Pi Kappa Phi at Meet the Greeks



    Chapter sees lots of interest


    During the spring new member recruitment period, nearly 100 men have expressed an interest in Pi Kappa Phi.


    The official kickoff of the fraternity recruitment period began with the Wednesday, Jan. 20 “Meet the Greeks” event in the Purdue Memorial Union. Many chapters, including Pi Kappa Phi, had some events the first week of school, but recruitment starts in earnest this week.


    Events at Pi Kappa Phi focus recruiting on Men of CLASS – Character, leadership, achievement, scholarship and service. Recruitment events run through the week of Jan. 25, but the sooner a guy starts the process the better.


    “The men who have been coming to us are very interested in the balance that Pi Kappa Phi offers,” Bailey Walton, said recruitment chairman. “We, as a chapter, focus on the totality of the college experience – from academics to athletics to service and beyond.”

    Upcoming events include:


    • Thursday, Jan. 21, Meet and Greet, an informal opportunity to meet the brothers.


    • Friday, Jan. 22, World of Pi Kappa Phi, potential new members are taken from room to room within the chapter house to learn various aspects of the chapter – from finances to pledgeship, from philanthropic efforts to intramurals and such.


    • Sunday, Jan. 24, Recreational Sports Center event.


    • Monday, Jan. 25, Ability Experience, learn about how the chapter helps people with disabilities locally and nationally.


    • Tuesday, Jan. 26, Game Night.

    All events are 6 to 8 p.m. and held at the chapter house, 330 N. Grant St., except for the Jan. 24 event to be held in Purdue’s Rec Center.


    The Jan. 25 Ability Experience recruitment event will showcase the most significant way that Pi Kappa Phi sets itself apart from other chapters at Purdue – servant leadership. Our work with people with disabilities touched more than 2,000 people last year, including daily volunteering in special needs classes at Lafayette Jefferson High School.


    For more information about new member recruitment or to get a ride to an event, contact new member recruitment chairman Bailey Walton, rush@purduepikapps.com, 765/716-7783.


    His assistants’ contacts include: Jake Schomer, 847/373-8841, Nick Hnatusko, 708/254-2789, and Sam Hostettler, 812/205-9343.


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    Chapter Achieves Academically 


    With more than two-thirds of its members at a 3.0 GPA or higher, Pi Kappa Phi helps set the standard among Purdue’s fraternities – something especially noteworthy as the new member recruitment begins.


    Individual grades were released on Jan. 12, 2016, and the fraternity will certainly be among the top in grades again. The rankings for the 41 chapters will come at a later date not yet announced.


    Pi Kappa Phi earned a 3.08 average GPA from the Fall 2015 semester. A whopping 68.3 percent – 82 of its 120 members in the fall – earned a 3.0 or higher. A total of 48 men were either the dean’s list and/or semester honors – 40.0 percent of the chapter – and six members earned a perfect 4.0 GPA.


    Furthermore, there were 10 additional members either on co-op or study abroad in the fall.


    For Pi Kappa Phi, spring recruitment runs for three full weeks. It starts with a 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 15 meet and greet event at the chapter house, 330 N. Grant St.


    Other new member recruitment events include:


    • Monday, Jan. 18, Game Night.


    • Thursday, Jan. 21, Meet and Greet, informal gathering to meet the brothers.


    • Friday, Jan. 22, World of Pi Kappa Phi, learn about various aspects of the fraternity.


    • Sunday, Jan. 24, Recreational Sports Center, sporting events.


    • Monday, Jan. 25, Ability Experience, our philanthropic effort to assist people with disabilities.


    • Tuesday, Jan. 26, Game Night.


    • Thursday, Jan. 28, Bid Dinner, by invitation only.


    All the above events are from 6 to 8 p.m. at the house, except for the Recreational Sports Center event there. Also, Pi Kappa Phi will be involved in the 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, Meet the Greeks open house in the Purdue Memorial Union.


    For information about the Pi Kappa Phi recruitment process and/or to get a ride to an events, contact recruitment chairman Bailey Walton, 765/716-7783, rush@purduepikapps.com.



    Welcome to the best! Welcome to Pi Kappa Phi!



    Members of the Feltner family ride stationary bikes during the final five minutes of the Fifth Annual David R. Feltner Memorial Bike a Thon on Nov. 7, 2015.


    Chapter sets records with bike a thon


    The Fifth Annual David R. Feltner 72-Hour Memorial Bike A Thon set records upon its conclusion on Oct. 7, 2015.


    The cycling event that was held near the belltower on the Purdue campus, raised nearly $5,000 for people with disabilities. The bike a thon is named in honor of the late brother Feltner who died in 2011 from a rare soft-tissue cancer. It benefits The Ability Experience (www.abilityexperienc.org).


    Nearly 150 riders and teams from seven sororities participate in the event from Wednesday through Saturday night.


    Feltner’s parents – Candy and Steve – along with his sister – Jessica – rode the last five minutes as nearly 100 fraternity members surrounded them. As the bells tolled in the tower adjacent to the cycling site, applause erupted even by the young Feltner grandchildren.


    Ability Experience Chairman Mark Fisher and President Tyler Ochs thanked the participants and riders alike during comments at the fraternity house following bike ride’s conclusion. Chapter members watched a slideshow of the 72 hours. And the chapter presented red roses – a fraternity symbol – Candy and Jessica.


    Feltner’s dad, Steve, congratulated the chapter members on keeping his son’s memory alive and living the brotherhood that brings the event together.


    The fraternity also had a posterboard asking passersby to sign a pledge to “Spread the Word to End the Word.” That is an effort to eliminate the “R” word when speaking of people with disabilities. More than 1,500 people signed the pledge during the 72 hours.


    Photos from the last 24 hours of the event can be viewed at:



    Photos from the conclusion of the event as well as the program back at the chapter house can be found at:





    Nick Hnatusko rides the bike in front of the Purdue belltower on Friday, Nov. 6, at the start of the final 24 hours of the Fifth Annual David R. Feltner Memorial Bike a Thon.


    Chapter heads into final 24 hours


    Notwithstanding the ongoing enthusiasm, the final 24 hours of the chapter’s cycling event started significantly different than the previous 48 – it got cold.


    On Friday night, the Fifth Annual David R. Feltner 72-Hour Bike A Thon entered its third and final day near the belltower on the Purdue campus. The event, which benefits people with disabilities in honor of a late fraternity brother, concludes at 5 p.m. Saturday.


    After dusk Friday what were unseasonably warm temperatures for the first of November, plummeted.


    Wednesday and Thursday highs were in the 70s during the day and lows were in the 50s at night. By Friday, the high was in the mid 50s and will be in the low 30s at night. Nonetheless, at least two cyclists will continue the vigil through Saturday evening.


    For the last five minutes of the 72 hours on Saturday, David Felter’s mother and father will be joined by David’s sister to finish off the fund-raiser for The Ability Experience, the national outreach program of Pi Kappa Phi serving people with disabilities.


    Meanwhile, the effort to “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign to eliminate the “R” word when speaking of the disabled has really taken off. Hundreds – if not a thousand – signatures now grace the poster to commit to stop using the “R” word.


    The bike a thon was first established in April 2011. That’s when Feltner was in need of an assistance dog after radiation, chemo and surgeries robbed him of several of his senses. Because insurance would not cover the expenses related to the dog, his fraternity brothers stepped up and bought one for him with proceeds of the biking event.


    Three months later, Feltner died of his rare form soft tissue cancer. Then in the Fall 2011, the chapter conducted the first memorial bike a thon. As an undergraduate student with the chapter, Feltner was committed to serving people with disabilities. Thus, the chapter does the fund-raiser in his name yet today.


    For more information about the event or to financially support it, contact Ability Experience chairman Mark Fisher, push@purduepikapps.com, or at 765/543-4720.


    To see photos of the event in the last 24 hours, click:







    An Alpha Chi Omega team member participates in the timed distance competition as part of the Pi Kappa Phi Bike A Thon on Nov. 5, 20154. Alpha Chi Omega won the competition by pedaling a combined 5.46 miles in 15 minutes.


    Alpha Chi Omega wins distance competition


    Campus sororities competed in a 15-minute timed distance competition at the start of the second 24 hours of the Pi Kappa Phi’s cycling event on Nov. 5, 2015.


    Seven sororities – Alpha Chi Omega, Sigma Kappa, Alpha Omicron Pi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Delta Zeta, Zeta Tau Alpha and Delta Delta Delta – rode stationary bikes at their chapter houses alongside fraternity coaches on Thursday night. It kicked off the second full day of the Fifth Annual David R. Feltner Memorial Bike a Thon.


    Sororities were given the opportunity to pedal as fast as they could as individuals and team members for the distance competition. A Pi Kappa Phi brother explained the purpose of the three-day event: To raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities in honor of chapter brother Feltner who died of cancer in 2011. Feltner was highly committed to the cause as an undergraduate student.


    Monies assist The Ability Experience (www.abilityexperience.org), the national outreach program of Pi Kappa Phi. A quarter of the funds raised during the year are used to assist special needs classes at Lafayette Jefferson High School. Feltner was among the first Pi Kapps to help in the classrooms.


    The Alpha Chi Omega team won the competition by pedaling 5.46 miles on Thursday evening. Delta Delta Delta was second with 5.28 miles and Delta Zeta was third with 5.17 miles.


    “I was excited to see how excited and dedicated each chapter was by riding as fast as they could,” said Mark Fisher, chapter Ability Experience chairman. “It was awesome to see the sorority members come outside each house and support their team members.”

    The overall bike a thon event ran smoothly all day Thursday and into the night. Most of the daytime hours had three stationary bikes pedaled simultaneously near the belltower in the heart of the Purdue campus.


    The Spread the Word to End the Word poster received hundreds of signatures from students and passersby next to the cycling stand. Alongside raising funds and awareness, the chapter is promoting a nationwide campaign to end use of the “R” word when referring to people with disabilities.


    Friday will see Pi Kappa Phi alumni participate in the bike a thon as they return to campus for Homecoming weekend.


    For more information about the event or to financially support it, contact Ability

    Experience chairman Mark Fisher, push@purduepikapps.com, or at 765/543-4720.

    For photos of the sorority competition held Thursday night, click:



    For other photos of Day 2 of the bike a thon, click:


  • Pi Kappa Phi members Thomas Pechin, Matt Cavenaile and Griffin Engle ride stationary bikes in the first minute of the Fifth Annual David R. Feltner 72-Hour Memorial Bike a Thon near Purdue's belltower on Nov. 4, 2015.


    Football coach among first riders


    Unusually mild temperatures greeted the first wave of riders in Pi Kappa Phi’s annual bike-a-thon on Nov. 4, 2015.


    On Wednesday, the temperature was in the low 70s with an overnight low in the upper 50s – unusually warm for the first week of November. Those highs and lows are to remain steady until at least Friday night. Then it is to dip into the mid-30s for a low.


    Fraternity members began the Fifth Annual 72-Hour David R. Feltner Bike-A-Thon amid enthusiasm near the belltower on campus. Two or three riders will don stationary bikes for three full days from 5 p.m. Wednesday to 5 p.m. Saturday. The event honors a late fraternity brother, Feltner who died in 2011. He was highly committed to serving people with disabilities.


    The event raises money for The Ability Experience (www.abilityexperience.org) the national outreach program of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.


    Three members kicked off the hour-long slots, but were interrupted by the first guest rider, football coach Darrell Hazell. The third-year coach rode one of the bikes alongside fraternity members for nearly 15 minutes on Wednesday.


    In addition to raising money and awareness for people with disabilities, chapter members and guests are asking passersby to sign a poster. That poster asks guests to commit to not use the “R”-word while referencing people with disabilities.


    Within the first five hours, the chapter had secured more than 100 signatures on poster board with Purdue Pete’s figure on it.


    “The kickoff for this year's bike-a-thon could not have gone much better,” said Mark Fisher, Ability Experience chairman. “The weather was surprisingly perfect, Coach Hazell came to ride with us and there has been a good amount of foot traffic pass by.


    “People on campus seem to be enthusiastic about what we are doing,” he said. “I am greatly looking forward to the next few days of bike-a-thon.”


    Supporters and interested parties and encouraged to visit with riders and table monitors anytime during the 72-hour period.


    For photos of the first day’s happenings at the tent next to the Purdue belltower, see:




    Purdue football coach Darrell Hazell rides one of the three stationary bikes during the first hours of the Fifth Annual David Feltner Memorial Bike a Thon on Oct. 4, 2015.


    Chapter kicks off annual bike a thon


    For 72 hours beginning at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4, fraternity members and guests will be riding stationary bikes near Purdue’s belltower to honor a fallen brother and raise money for charity.


    The Fifth Annual David R. Feltner Memorial Bike A Thon will run from 5 p.m. Wednesday to 5 p.m. Saturday. It honors a Purdue chapter brother, Feltner, who died in 2011 who died of cancer. It benefits the national fraternity’s outreach program – The Ability Experience (www.abilityexperience.org) – an agency that serves people with disabilities.


    Feltner, while an undergraduate student, was a regular participant in Ability Experience activities. In fact, he was in the first group of brothers who worked with students with special needs at Lafayette Jefferson High School, a chapter outreach program that continues each school day yet today.


    Feltner’s parents from Noblesville will ride the last five minutes of the event, which will occur after the homecoming football game on Saturday. This year, Feltner’s sister and brother-in-law from Alaska and their three children will be on hand, too.


    Purdue football coach Darrell Hazell will be among the first to ride one of the bikes this week. He is scheduled to ride starting at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday. Brandon Cutler, Purdue assistant dean of students for fraternity, sorority and cooperative life will ride starting at 5 p.m., Thursday.


    Also on Thursday, seven sororities – Alpha Chi Omega, Sigma Kappa, Alpha Omicron Pi, Delta Zeta, Zeta Tau Alpha and Delta Delta Delta – will be part of the festivities, too. Each sorority will have participants compete in a timed distance competition. Those events will occur at the sorority houses while the bikes near the Purdue belltower continue to roll.


    Since this is homecoming weekend, the fraternity expects many chapter alumni to participate on Friday and Saturday as they return to campus.


    For more information about the event, contact chapter Ability Experience chairman Mark Fisher at push@purduepikapps.com, or at 765/543-4720.



    Pi Kappa Phi Ability Experience Chairman Mark Fishers presents the most creative costume award at the conclusion of the Oct. 28, Arctoberbest 2015. The princess award winner had a canopy built over her wheelchair for the event.


    Chapter hosts annual Arctoberfest


    A festive mood permeated a gym on campus as the fraternity hosted a local agency serving people with disabilities on Oct. 28, 2015.


    Pi Kappa Phi, in conjunction with the Arc of Tippecanoe, conducted a Halloween-themed costume party for 100 clients, sponsors and family members. The crowd of nearly 200 included some Best Buddies, a Purdue student chapter of a national organization, who work with Arc clients, and more than 75 fraternity members.


    It was the fifth such Arctoberfest, as it has come to be known, hosted by Pi Kappa Phi.

    The people with disabilities participated in carnival games and dancing for nearly two hours in the auxiliary gym at Purdue’s Recreational Sports center on campus. The fraternity brothers coordinated games, offered snacks and gave prizes. Awards were given to the most creative, the scariest and funniest costumes.


    “I was most pleased with just the amount of smiles that I saw,” said Mark Fisher, Pi Kappa Phi’s Ability Experience chairman. “It’s incredible how powerful a smile can be and it seemed like every face I saw was grinning.”


    This was the first year for the event to be held inside. In previous years, it has been held in the parking lot and lawn of Pi Kappa Phi or alongside the neighboring property housing the Purdue Musical Organization.


    The Arc uses the event as a fund-raiser for its other activities. However, it’s by far the agency’s largest and most anticipated event of the year.


    “I was told that this night is, and will continue to be, a person’s favorite night of the year,” Fisher said. “This is the reason that we do things that we do. It’s beyond incredible that we have the power to create such an impact (on Arc clients), not to mention the impact that it has on chapter members.”


    The Purdue fraternity is committed to serve those with disabilities in many ways. Artoberfest is one of three major events that the chapter hosts each academic year. Other events include the 72-Hour David Feltner Memorial Bike a Thon in the fall (this year Nov. 4-7) and War of Roses held in the spring. The last two events raise money and awareness for The Ability Experience, the national fraternity’s outreach supporting people with disabilities.

    Furthermore, fraternity members also volunteer each school day at special needs classes at Lafayette Jefferson High School.


    “All of us have an intention of making a difference – the intention of making the world a better place,” Fisher said.


    Photos from the Fifth Annual Arctoberfest can be found at:




    National CEO Mark Timmes presents Austin Schroeder his No. 2,000 initiation certificate on Oct. 24, 2015.


    Chapter celebrates 2,000th initiate


    Undergraduates, alumni and parents celebrated something only three Pi Kappa Phi chapters have done – initiate their 2,000th member.


    After 93 years at Purdue, the chapter celebrated that milestone during a banquet attended by more than 130 people on Oct. 24, 2015, in the Memorial Union.


    Austin “2K” Schroeder, a sophomore from Carmel, IN, was the focal initiate. Omega became the third Pi Kappa Phi chapter out of nearly 200 nationwide to have achieved that milestone number of initiates – only Florida and Alabama Pi Kapps had done such.


    “It is truly an honor to be the 2,000th initiate into the Pi Kappa Phi Omega chapter, however it could have easily been another brother standing in front of you tonight.,” Schroeder said at the banquet. “What I am trying to say is: Tonight is not about me – it is about us. Tonight is about our brotherhood!”


    He said that 10 months earlier, he stood in the chapter house and accepted his bid.


    “Little did I know, I would be embarking on one of the greatest experiences of my life,” Schroeder said. “One that includes life-long friendships, academic success, and positive contributions to our community.  As I stand before you this evening, I can honestly say that becoming a member of Pi Kappa Phi has made me a better man!”


    President Tyler Ochs (Omega initiate No. 1906) told the assembled crowd about the many achievements of the chapter. They included a 3.02 average GPA last spring, numerous leadership positions and student organizations represented by the brothers and an ongoing commitment to serve people with disabilities.


    “Going forward, the chapter’s potential has never been higher,” Ochs said. “We have established an identity, ‘The Pi Kapp Way’ as (assistant dean of students) Brandon Cutler said recently. We don’t get in trouble, we consistently produce Top 3 in philanthropy dollars raised, service hours, and are above a 3.0 in GPA. We take care of ourselves by running our own philanthropy and doing what we know is best in a very humble way.”


    More than 30 alumni attended the event commemorating the historic event, too. The oldest initiate was insurance agency owner Kim Tubergen (Omega No. 852) of Angola, IN.


    “I did learn about brotherhood (when in the chapter), which is what the fraternity is all about,” he said. “It was brotherhood in 1968 and it’s brotherhood in 2015.”


    He quoted the Jaycee Creed as emblematic of Pi Kappa Phi – “The brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations.”


    “I know that most of you don’t know me and I do not know you, but one thing – you are my brothers and I couldn’t be happier and I love you all,” he said.


    Another featured speaker was Larry Morton, president of the Hal Leonard Corp., the world’s largest music print publisher. He was an alumnus initiate that day.


    “Oh, my goodness, I am so honored to be here tonight,” Morton said. “It was just a beautiful surprise when I got the invitation to be part of this. Sitting here this evening I have been overwhelmed with the quality of the folks gathered under this chapter. It’s truly remarkable and I am deeply honored to be part of it.”


    Morton was not Greek as an undergraduate at Eastern Illinois in the early 1980s.


    “As I came to learn more about the Greek system, I really regretted that I didn’t have that opportunity,” he said. “It wasn’t until my daughter came to Purdue three years ago and joined a sorority and began her own journey that it opened my eyes to the power of what you all are doing and how it shapes and elevates your lives.”


    Pi Kappa Phi national CEO Mark Timmes came from Charlotte, NC, to be part of history and lauded the chapter’s successes.


    “We have created a sustainability here – a culture of excellence that has made Omega one of the great chapters in Pi Kappa Phi,” Timmes said. “Across the United States on 183 campuses, Omega is a leading chapter of Pi Kappa Phi. You’ve heard about all the awards the chapter has won at the university and national levels and with your great volunteers, so Omega has been a very impactful part of Pi Kappa Phi.”


    Chapter advisor Pat Kuhnle (Omega 1197) reminisced about the all the students and alumni he has met along the way.


    “The formula is simple (but the execution is not always that easy),” he said. “Recruit men of character, maintain great programming, develop quality leaders. That’s what we celebrate here tonight.”


    Kuhnle said it took the chapter established in 1922, a total of 54 years to get to the 1,000th initiate in 1976. Then it took 39 more to get to No. 2,000 in 2015.


    “Today, through the Ritual of Initiation, some recall the real meaning Pi Kappa Phi and others learn it for the first time,” he said. “We all should live it for the rest of our lives.”

    Omega initiate No. 1,000, Ken Buchanan,  was unable to attend the banquet but was there for the historic initiation afterwards.


    Buchanan, who works in Purdue Athletics, did prepare some comments that were shared at the banquet.


    “One of the best decisions I’ve made in my life was to rush Pi Kappa Phi and was honored to accept a bid from Omega,” his note read. “The ‘life lessons’ I learned from the other brothers still help me every day on my journey through life. Being pin number 1,000 was a great honor not just for me but, should be shared equally by all of those that preceded me in initiation with all of their hard work and dedication to the organization.”


    Photos from the 2K events can be found at:



    New members have varied backgrounds


    The newest members of the chapter have probably the most diverse background of any fall class ever.


    The 25 associate members come from 10 states and two countries outside the US. In addition to the 12 guys from Indiana, there are nine from other states. Those states include: Maryland, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Arizona, Texas, Massachusetts, Florida and Michigan. Two of the new members come from other countries – India and Costa Rica.


    Engineering is the major of choice for 15 of the 25 guys. Other majors include: management, technology, science, nursing, education and health sciences.

    Other interesting facts about the new member class:


    • Four of them are ROTC students.


    • 12 of the 25 are sophomores while the rest are freshmen.


    • Four are legacies.


    • Four were captains of a varsity sport in high school.


    • One was a high school student council president.


    • One was president of the National Honor Society.


    • One was editor of his high school yearbook.


    • One is a helicopter pilot.


    • One is an EMT.


    • One is transfer from the University of Kentucky.



    Prospective newcomers and Pi Kappa Phi members hit golf balls during an Aug. 30, 2015 recruitment event. The driving range activity kicks off the second of a three-week new member recruitment process for the fall semester.


    Week 2 of recruitment process begins



    The second week of the new member recruitment process started on Aug. 30, 2015, for Pi Kappa Phi with a large turnout at a first-time event.


    The fraternity hosted an outing at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex driving range. The two-hour event featured 1,500 balls along with food. It kicked off Week 2 of the three-week fall semester recruitment process.


    Pi Kappa Phi, 330 N. Grant St., will have two more open-house type events the week of Aug. 30. On Tuesday, Sept. 1, the fraternity will have steaks ‘n stogies on the front lawn and side parking lot. Then on Thursday, Sept. 3, the chapter will have its second World of Pi Kappa Phi event. During the Thursday experience, prospective members will be taken from room-to-room at the fraternity house learning about various aspects of the chapter from financial obligations to service.


    More than 300 men have indicated an interest in the fraternity. It’s not too late to attend a first event. However, if you are interested in the fraternity the more events you attend and the more brothers you meet the better your chances at receiving a bid to join.


    Pi Kappa Phi is among the elite chapters at Purdue and the nation. It has been named the top chapter at Purdue six of the last eight years and has been named the best among Pi Kappa Phi’s 200+ chapters nationwide three times in the last five years.


    What makes Pi Kappa Phi so special? It involves character, leadership, achievement, service and scholastics.


    For more information, contact Ryan Conrad, Pi Kappa Phi recruitment chairman at:



    Conrad can also be reached on his cell phone at 317/450-1042.


    Photos from The Ability Experience event can be found at:




    2015 Journey of Hope team member Mike McBride talks of his experiences to prospective new members on Aug. 27, 2015, at Pi kappa Phi Fraternity.


    Recruitment Week 1 ends


    A packed room of prospective members gathered on Aug. 27, 2015, to learn about Pi Kappa Phi’s commitment and successes with its national outreach program.


    The Ability Experience (www.abilityexperience.org) is the national fraternity’s philanthropic effort serving people with disabilities. Pi Kappa Phi is the only Greek organization in the nation to have its own philanthropy.


    The Purdue chapter is committed to bringing a message of empathy and support to the Purdue campus and Greater Lafayette community through a myriad of programming opportunities. In fact, the fraternity touched nearly 2,000 people in the 2014-15 academic year with its efforts.


    On Aug. 27, a panel of fraternity members explained to the more than 60 rushees how and why they are committed to such a cause.


    Annual events include:


    Lafayette Jefferson High School special needs classes support. Nearly each school day throughout the academic year, the fraternity sends some of its members to the high school to assist with life-skills training, companionship and support.


    David Feltner 72-hour Memorial Bike a Thon. Each homecoming week, the chapter rides two or three bikes continuously raising money and awareness for people with disabilities. It remembers Feltner, an undergraduate member who died of cancer in 2011. Feltner was committed to The Ability Experience as a student and was part of the first group in 2008 that started the special needs classes support.


    • Arctoberfest. The chapter hosts members of the Arc of Tippecanoe and its clients for a Halloween costume party complete with snacks and dancing.


    War of Roses. Each spring, Pi Kappa Phi hosts an empathy training, disability competition, talent show week of activities. Most of the campus sororities participate in the events that result in more than 600 people attending the capstone event – the talent show that also features a special needs theatre troupe.


    Pi Kapp 100. Each student and alumni spring cyclists and crew ride from Zionsville to the Purdue campus – 100 kilometers – with individual and corporate sponsorships. The team arrives on campus during the annual moms day.


    Journey of Hope. Chapter members have had an amazing participation level in the national cycling event that starts on the west coast each June and ends in Washington, DC, in early August. Riders raise at least $7,500 each for The Ability Experience. In 2015, the Purdue chapter had 10 participants and will have another 10 or more in 2016. In all, the chapter has or will have 54 participants in the Journey of Hope since its inception in 1987.


    Since 1980, the chapter has raised $198,508 for people with disabilities independent of what Journey of Hope riders have raised.


    The chapter also participates in nearly every Greek philanthropic effort campus wide and clearly leads other fraternities in its commitment to servant leadership.


    Week 2 of the new member recruitment period starts on Sunday, Aug. 30, when fraternity members have an off-site event – a golf outing at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex, 1300 Cherry Lane, West Lafayette.


    Those interested in attending a new member recruitment event should attend events as soon and often as possible. Other events that same week include Tuesday, Sept. 1 Stakes ‘n Stogies and Thursday, Sept. 3 World of Pi Kappa Phi II (where rushees go from room to room to learn more about the fraternity’s internal operations). The last two events will be held at the fraternity house, 330 N. Grant St.


    For more information, contact Ryan Conrad, Pi Kappa Phi recruitment chairman at:



    Conrad can also be reached on his cell phone at 317/450-1042.


    Photos from The Ability Experience event can be found at:



    Prospective members shake hands with Pi Kappa Phi members on Aug. 23, 2015, during the first new member recruitment event at the chapter house, 330 N. Grant St.


    New member recruitment begins


    It was an amazing first day of new member recruitment for Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity on Sunday.

    More than 250 prospective members visited the fraternity’s booth at the Aug. 23, 2015, Meet the Greeks in the Purdue Armory. Then nearly 100 men stopped by the first event held at the chapter house located at 330 N. Grant St.


    “It was great to meet all of the new rushees and I’m very excited for our upcoming events,” said Ryan Conrad, Pi Kappa Phi new member recruitment chairman.


    Sunday marked the first day Greek organizations could talk with prospective members at Purdue. Incoming students had just finished Boiler Gold Rush, an orientation program on campus.


    The fraternity will host three more events the week of Aug. 24, highlighted with a presentation about The Ability Experience on Thursday, Aug. 27. Those interested in learning more about the fraternity will hear about the chapter and national organization’s efforts to serve those with disabilities through their national philanthropic effort.


    Prospective members (aka rushees) will hear about the various fund-raising and outreach programs Pi Kappa Phi undertakes each year. Those events include: The David Feltner Memorial 72-Hour Bike-a-Thon, Artoberfest, War of Roses and Pi Kapp 100 that are held at specific times throughout the school year. Furthermore, Thursday’s attendees will learn about how chapter members volunteer in special needs classes at a local high school every week.


    “I think excitement for our chapter will continue to build as the week goes on with our big philanthropy event being Thursday,” Conrad said.


    The other two events during the week include and informal meet-and-greet format on Monday, Aug. 24 and the World of Pi Kappa Phi on Tuesday, Aug. 25. The World of Pi Kappa Phi event takes rushees from room to room in the fraternity house where they will learn of five different aspects of the chapter.


    Conrad and his team of recruitment experts can be reached at:



    Conrad can also be reached on his cell phone at 317/450-1042.

    Photos from the Meet the Greeks event can be found at:



    Photos from the first recruitment event can be found at:




    Pi Kappa Phi, 330 N. Grant St., will start its new member recruitment process on Aug. 23. The fall recruitment period runs three weeks.

    Stats show Pi Kappa Phi among best


    Statistics from the spring semester indicate Pi Kappa Phi members are well ahead of the average Purdue student.


    The average all-men’s GPA for the spring semester 2015 was 2.85. The average of the 41 fraternities was 2.89.


    Pi Kappa Phi had a 3.02 average GPA in the spring. That breaks down as follows:


    • 60.0 percent of the chapter were at a 3.0 or higher.


    • 30.4 percent earned semester honors and/or dean’s list recognition.


    • 6.7 percent had 4.0s.


    • 5.2 percent were on co-op or study abroad in the spring.


    Among the 41 fraternities at Purdue, Pi Kappa Phi was No. 2 in size (152 members), No. 2 in philanthropy dollars raised ($7,979 during 2015 thus far) and No. 7 in average GPA (3.02).


    Pi Kappa Phi, 330 N. Grant St., has been the winner of the RB Stewart Award, which signifies the top fraternity at Purdue, in six of the last eight years. It has also won the

    Founders Award from the national fraternity three out of the last six years, signifying it as in the top 10 percent of chapters nationwide.


    The fraternity will be holding new member recruitment open houses throughout the first three weeks of classes. Generally speaking recruitment events are Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays with the first week of school being the exception.


    If you are interested in checking Pi Kappa Phi out, the earlier the better.


    The recruitment schedule can be found at:



    For more information, contract recruitment chairman Ryan Conrad at:

    rush@purduepikapps.com, or by calling 317.450.1042.


    Welcome to the Best – Welcome to Pi kappa Phi.


    Alumnus Named Mr. Pi Kappa Phi

    David Lane (second from the left) is presented with a certificate recognizing his achievement as Mr. Pi Kappa Phi from fellow Purdue alumnus Greg Linder. Alongside them are Mary Beth Lane and Maddie Linder.



    An Omega graduate described as the ideal alumnus recently became the 50th member to receive the national fraternity’s highest honor.


    David Lane (Omega 835) was bestowed the Mr. Pi Kappa Phi award June 13, 2015 at an alumni gathering in Clearwater, FL.


    “He was the perfect alumnus because he never turned me down when I asked him to do something for the fraternity – from expansion to disciplinary matters at the chapter level as well as all points in between,” said Durward Owen, national CEO-emeritus, who attended the ceremony. “He was the perfect alumnus is the only way I can say it. He’s the type of alumnus everybody wants and a few people get.”


    Lane, who was initiated in 1968, joined Greg Linder (Omega 951) as the only Purdue alumni to receive the award.


    “The Mr. Pi Kappa Phi Award shall be recognized as the highest and most prestigious honor bestowed upon a member,” according the Gold Book national laws. The national council selects the recipient.


    Lane started his volunteer work with the national fraternity in 1973 on the Pi Kappa Phi Properties Board including one term as president. Pi Kapp Properties work with new and existing chapters to secure and maintain local fraternity facilities.


    He served as a Trustee for the Pi Kappa Phi Foundation, too. Furthermore, he was  on the national council for more than a decade as chancellor. Later he returned to the  council as vice president and president-elect. He led the national fraternity for the year leading up to the national centennial and presided at the 2004 Supreme Chapter in Charleston, SC.


    “It is an exciting tribute,” Lane said. “I’ve served the fraternity (including Omega Chapter) as a volunteer in various roles since 1973.  Most will tell you my preference is to use the award to recognize those who have demonstrated exemplary service.  Being president as we celebrated the fraternity’s 100th anniversary in 2004 was recognition enough, but it’s really nice to be included as part of the Mr. Pi Kappa Phi ‘club’ with many of my friends.  I know (or knew) most of the 50 members.”


    Lane, a Washington DC-based attorney, said his chapter experience while at Purdue changed him.


    “My undergraduate experience at Omega (1967-71) was a turning point in my life,” he said.

    “I would not be where I am today but for the brothers (and others) whom I came to know in those years.  I learned some lessons and had many terrific experiences.”


    The variety of brothers and the opportunities he encountered proved invaluable for Lane.


    “If you are inclined to learn, the leadership opportunities at the chapter provide training not available elsewhere, except perhaps in the Armed Forces,” he said. “Just as in post-graduate life, one has to live and cooperate with individuals of various backgrounds to an extent not experienced during high school years.  These circumstances, if fully appreciated, increase sensitivity to the importance of leadership and the circumstances of others less fortunate.”


    Lane said many brothers influenced him while at the local chapter level.


    They included the late Tom Pierson, a Purdue student who died while serving in Vietnam and his pledge pop Preston “Skip” McDaniel (Omega 794). Others included John Lovell (Omega 751), C J Frame (Omega 823) and the late chapter advisor Ken Wark (Omega 429).

    “Being his pop was a very easy job since he picked up on the ins and outs of the fraternity and stayed out of trouble,” McDaniel said. “About the only time I can remember that he needed some guidance was when he was questioning his decision to join Pi Kappa Phi.”

    McDaniel the two talked that decision.


    “Boy when David makes a commitment, he’s all in,” McDaniel said. “With leadership roles from the chapter level to the national organization and with contributions of time, energy and financial support, David is an outstanding role model for those inside and outside Pi Kappa Phi.


    “He shows us what one person can do to brighten the lives of many,” McDaniel said.

    After the 1987 fire that severely damaged the fraternity house at 330 N. Grant St., Lane worked with Herb Meyer (Omega 69), Paul Swafford (Omega 74) and Gus Riggs (Omega 69) who were initiated in the 1920s. Those men, along with many others, helped raise more than $400,000 to help rebuild the house.


    On the national level, Lane cites former executive director Owen and Kelley Bergstrom from Iowa State as his mentors.


    Owen has known and worked with Lane for nearly five decades.


    “Why did it take so long (for him to receive such an honor)? Owen said. “He didn’t just become deserving recently. He’s been deserving from the years of his involvement in the affairs of the fraternity. Of all the people who have received it (including Owen), he’s been equal to them in his contribution.”


    And for Owen, his relationship with Lane has been special.


    “We are very close,” he said. “He’s much like a blood brother as he’s a fraternal brother.”

    Photos from the June 13 presentation ceremony in Clearwater can be viewed at:







    Pi Kappa Phi member appears live on a Chicago TV program talking about his upcoming Journey of Hope ride. (Screenshot from Fox 32-Chicago).


    Brothers start cross-country ride


    Ten members from the Purdue chapter have started a ride of their lives this summer.


    In June, the fraternity brothers embarked on a cross-country cycling ride that will take them from the West Coast to Washington, DC on Aug. 8.


    Three teams made up of 76 riders, 20 crew and three project managers will cross the country on the annual Journey of Hope trip that raises money and awareness for people with disabilities. The event is sponsored by The Ability Experience (abilityexperience.org), the national outreach project of Pi Kappa Phi national fraternity.


    Purdue’s 10 team members tie for the most ever from a single chapter. In 2008, the Colorado chapter had 10 members participate, too. Pi Kappa Phi has nearly 200 chapters nationwide.


    Led by project manager Kyle Marpe , a former JOH rider himself, four other Boilermakers will join him on the north team. They include Patrick Hobbins, Mike McBride, Dillon Pike and Jarrod Wagner.


    Chapter members on the south team include: Billy Cooke, Mark Fanelli, Dan Heinenkamp, Matt McKee and James Wooldrige.


    There is also a trans-America team, but no Purdue chapter members are on it this summer.


    The riders and crew will make stops along the way known as Friendship Visits to interact with people with disabilities along the way.


    “We had a lot of fun (at the first such visit) and got a glimpse of what the Friendship Visits are like created a lot of excitement for the many more to come,” Pike wrote on June 4.

    Pike is one of many recounting his ride through blog entries:



    Fellow North teammate McBride is also writing a blog:


    “I have thought about the Journey of Hope every single day for the last year,” he wrote on June 7. “There are 27 riders and nine crew from universities all over the country (on the north team), but we share one common goal that instantly bonded us together. I’m just now beginning to get a grasp on the magnitude of this adventure.”


    McBride spent the spring in China during a Study Abroad semester.

    Photos from the Purdue contingent Journey of Hope events can be found at:






    Fraternity celebrates graduation


    Pi Kappa Phi graduated with various degrees on during the May 15 to 17 ceremonies at Purdue.


    The group accepted a wide variety of jobs including: Auditor, commodity trader, computer information technologist, hotel management trainee, product development engineer, biomedical engineer and sales.


    Those pictured in the photo above include (left to right in the Omega):


    • Ben Sommer, from Carmel, IN, marketing and management major has accepted a job as an analyst with Nielsen Co.


    • Nolan Xahn, Florissant, MO, mechanical engineering, Cook Research Inc, mechanical testing engineer.


    • Chris Price, South Bend, IN, computer information technology, Microsoft, information technology.


    • Zach Geswein, West Lafayette, IN, accounting, ArcelorMittal, internal auditor.


    • Justin Cook, Rensselaer, IN, accounting, ArcelorMittal, internal auditor.


    • David Scott, Louisville, KY, professional flight, undecided.


    • Brant Fettig, Carmel, IN, selling & sales management, Kadet Products, sales.


    • Michael Duefel, North Aurora, IL, electrical engineering, undecided.


    • Andrew Lemna, Noblesville, IN, agribusiness, Bunge, commodity trader.


    • Doug Breuckman, Hebron, IN, mechanical engineering technology, undecided.


    • Eric Miller, Fort Wayne, IN, biomedical engineering, undecided.


    • Nick Herhusky, Zionsville, IN, mechanical engineering, Ford, product development engineer.


    • Kamron Mortazavi, Carmel, IN, applied exercise & health, undecided.


    • William Cooke, Carmel, IN, ag business management, Journey of Hope 2015, undecided.


    • Brandon Mattox, Noblesville, IN, industrial engineering, Eaton Corp., manufacturing/quality engineer.


    • Tripper Carter, Champaign, IL, hospitality & tourism management, Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North, manager in training.


    • Matt McKee, Baldwinsville, NY, agribusiness management, Journey of Hope 2015, CBG Enterprises, commodity merchandiser.


    • Jordan Broschard, Hershey, PA, mechanical engineering, Ford, product development engineer.


    Not Pictured:

    • Mayank Bhattari, Boston, MA, aeronautical engineering, Eaton Aerospace, quality engineer for new development.


    • Josh Nahley, Sugar Grove, IL, industrial engineering, Amazon, area manager.


    • Blaine Roberts, Zionsville, IN


    • Cole Romanyk, Zionsville, IN.


    • Nick Eckstein. Carmel, IN





    Andrew Lemna (face poking through a custom-made cornhole board, and Ambrose Haas auction off items during the Moms Day 2015.

    Moms enjoy their special day


    A beautiful early spring afternoon greeted moms as they watched their sons arrive for the annual 100-kilometer cycling ride on April 18, 2015. That event kicked off a day filled with fun for more than 300.


    The 16th annual Pi Kapp 100 saw nearly 30 riders and crew arrive at 12:30 p.m. at the fraternity house at 330 N. Grant St. Nearly 100 people lined the street to see the riders bring their mission of helping people with disabilities to campus.


    Participants committed to raising money and awareness for the fraternity’s national outreach program, The Ability Experience (formerly known as Push America).

    After the ride, guests and members alike ate appetizers including shrimp cocktail, chips & salsa, meatballs, cold meats & crackers along with various fruits.


    At 3 p.m., the chapter hosted a reception that had more than 200. One of the day’s favorite events – the annual auction of moms-made or moms-purchased things – started in the Great Hall at 4 p.m. More than 25 items went through the open bidding process and a similar amount remained downstairs for a silent auction.


    Items included homemade jewelry, designer purses, a knife set, original artwork and a snack basket to name a few. The last item up for bid – a customized cooler compete with drink cups, t-shirts and sun visors for the beach– brought in the highest bid, $1,201.


    In all, the silent and public auctions raised $9,851 for the Ability Experience, a house improvement fund or to cover the day’s expenses.


    Then at 6:30 p.m., a record 280 people attended the moms day buffet, in the south ballroom of the Purdue Memorial Union.


    Attendees watched a slideshow of the fraternity’s activities during the school year. They also heard from president Andrew Lemna, Ability Experience chairman Jarrod Wagner and Journey of Hope alumnus Luke Millen. The keynote speaker was Tampa native Dr. J. Patrick Figley, a former national president and Mr. Pi Kappa Phi.


    Lemna praised his chapter brothers for their accomplishments. He said the chapter was a finalist for the RB Stewart Award as Purdue’s best fraternity for eight straight years, winning six of them. It was one of 15 Founders Award winners this year, the highest honor the national fraternity can bestow for its 200+ chapters. And he said the fraternity rose to No. 3 in grades in the fall with an average of 3.14 GPA. The academic achievement included 62.2 percent at a 3.0 or higher, 33.9 percent on the dean’s list and/or semester honors as well as 4.7 percent with a 4.0.


    “We have an unique blend of members here,” Lemna said. “We have guys from all across the country who share common values. We are men dedicated to service and a selfless brotherhood.


    “It has been a blessing to be a part of such an amazing group of men and I am truly thankful for what we have here at Pi Kappa Phi-Omega chapter.”


    When Wagner spoke, he pointed out the philanthropic efforts within and outside the Ability Experience events.


    Wagner spoke of a moment when he worked with a special needs student at Lafayette Jefferson High School.


    “After adding 5 plus 5 four times, he recorded his answer,” Wagner said. “He realized he just used multiplication and then the student responded, ‘I didn’t know I could do that’ … it was a very touching and powerful experience for me.”


    Wagner focused his closing remarks on how he and his fraternity brothers, can make a difference in society.


    “I believe in this world, you are not here for yourself or to help yourself,” he said. “You are with seven billion people and you’re bound to make a difference in someone’s life.”

    Millen told parents and audience members about his experience in the Journey of Hope. He focused on one interaction near the end of his 2013 trip.


    “One guy, in particular, stands out among the rest – Zack from Pittsburgh,” Millen said.

    The interaction was near the end of the summer-long, cross-country trip. Millen estimated he might have been in contact with up to 700 special needs clients during the 47 friendship visits.


    Zach, 26, who has the looks and size of a 10-year-old, suffers from Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome. The condition causes lack of muscle control and leads to possible self-mutilation habits.

    When Millen tried to interact with Zack, he was greeted with profanity and disdain. Nonetheless, Millen found common ground while the two ate lunch – baseball and sunglasses.


    “More than any other person that summer, Zack taught me what it means to be tough,” Millen said. “At 21 years old, I don’t know if I could handle the things that Zack faces daily. I can tell you I know someone who I look up to and emulate in finding beauty and joy in life, no matter what.”


    In his keynote speech, Figley praised the chapter for its commitment to service. He cited the fact that the fraternity will have had 44 riders in the Journey of Hope by 2016.

    “You are almost like the ideal Ability Experience chapter,” Figley said. “I don’t know of any chapter that has participated as immensely and wholeheartedly as you. I applaud and appreciate that effort.”


    He recognized the parents for “teaching them how to be the young men they are today. You are the true reason that the Omega chapter is successful.”


    He said the undergraduates in the room learned values at home. He challenged his brothers in the room to use the integrity, honestly and ethical mores from our ritual to turn those values into virtues for life.


    “Mothers, dads, you have a right to be proud for these are emerging men of virtue,” Figley said.


    “Each of you, men of Omega, will be faced with challenges and you don’t even expect to happen in your life,” he said. “How you will be able to deal with diversity will be influenced in no small extent by how you deal with others along the way. What you get will depend a lot on what you give.


    “The fraternity gives you a running start. The men of Omega are indeed the truth behind that statement. Gentlemen of Omega, I am proud to be your brother.”


    The evening ended as sons presented their moms with red roses while the fraternity’s sweetheart song was sung.


    Photos from the events can be viewed at:






    Moms Day 2015 is upon us


    Moms Day 2015 might easily be the largest in the chapter’s 93-year history.

    Each year in conjunction with Purdue’s Springfest, Pi Kappa Phi hosts the event that showcases many of the chapter accomplishments during 2014-15. Furthermore, we focus our programming for moms and their guests to enjoy a day of activities with their sons and adopted sons.


    We anticipate nearly 300 people to participate in this year’s Moms Day.

    The day will kick off with the 12:30 p.m. Pi Kapp 100 arrival at the fraternity house, 330 N. Grant St. The ride is a 100-kilometer, fund-raising cycling event that begins in the early morning hours on April 18 from Zionsville. Proceeds from the event benefit the fraternity’s local and national service project, The Ability Experience (www.abilityexperience.org).

    That program raises awareness and funds for people with disabilities. One fourth of the money raised throughout the year goes to the chapter’s local outreach program with the special needs classes at Lafayette Jefferson High School. In January, the fraternity presented a check to the Lafayette School board for $3,942, which was 25 percent of the $15,768 raised during 2013-14.


    After the team arrival full of hugs and a team photo, parents will be on their own with their sons for lunch, the 1 p.m. Purdue spring football game or other campus events. Springfest, a two-day Purdue program, brings in as many as 25,000 visitors to campus. Activities include a Veterinary Medicine open house, tours of the Envision Center, a science outreach showcase, horticulture shows and entomology’s bug bowl. Events run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday mostly on the Memorial Mall and Agriculture campus. For more information on Springfest, visit https://ag.purdue.edu/springfest/Pages/default.aspx.


    At 4 p.m. Pi Kapps reassemble with their moms (and mom guests) for a reception prior to the very popular auction in the Great Hall and foyer of the house. Grab some snacks in the basement then head upstairs and reserve your seat.


    Auction items vary significantly. In the past, that has included professional baseball or lottery tickets, potted plants, sportswear and picnic gear. Photos from last year’s moms day, which includes shots from the auction can be found at:



    From 5 to 6:15 p.m., the auction will be conducted at the fraternity house. Proceeds from the event can benefit the chapter in three ways – No. 1 to offset the costs of the day’s events, No. 2 for tax-deductible contributions to the fraternity’s Ability Experience, or No. 3 toward a house improvement project (which has included dining room chairs, library furniture, wood flooring in the upstairs hallways and TVs in the Great Hall).


    At 6:30 p.m., we move two blocks away to the South Ballroom of the Purdue Memorial Union for a casual dress moms day banquet. Speakers will let moms know about many of the fraternity’s accomplishments during 2014-15, about the impact of The Ability Experience on our students and how important the fraternity is for our chapter members. Our keynote speaker is Dr. J. Patrick Figley of Tampa, a former national president and Mr. Pi Kappa Phi.


    For more information about the day’s events, contact historian Henry Papineau, historian@purduepikapps.com, 219/210-9970.




    Jessica Cieslak poses with her Sigma Kappa sorority sisters and members of Pi Kappa Phi after she was named the 2015 Rose Queen on April 1.

    Fraternity crowns queen


    The crowning of a new Rose Queen culminated a week’s worth of opening the eyes of Purdue Greeks to the plight of people with disabilities.


    Sigma Kappa’s Jessica Cieslak earned the queen’s crown for 2015. The announcement came at the conclusion of a two-hour talent competition for Pi Kappa Phi’s War of Roses, a weeklong competition among 13 campus sororities.


    The War of Roses is one of various fraternity programming and fund-raising events throughout the year for conjunction with The Ability Experience its national outreach program.


    “The most powerful thing about the week for me was when people came up to me after the show and said, ‘This is a really great thing you guys are doing here,’” said Jarrod Wagner, the chapter’s Ability Experience Chairman. “It’s a very simple comment, but it’s great to hear what others think of our efforts.”


    Cieslak was one of many contestants who participated in all the events during the last week. Those included being part of an empathy dinner where those assembled acted out a pre-assigned disability. She also competed in the disability races whereby participants would take on various disabilities and try to do various timed activities, such as button a shirt with hands covered by socks. Furthermore, the new Rose Queen assisted fraternity members in their daily visits to special needs classes at Lafayette Jefferson High School.


    At the talent competition on April 1, contestants were asked two questions – to respond to a funny query about themselves and a second about what they learned during the week about people with disabilities. Then the sororities performed acts that included singing, choreographed dancing or gymnastics. The show in Loeb Playhouse, which saw more than 600 in the audience, also featured a local agency’s song and dance performance with clients with disabilities, Spirit! Theatre of Lafayette.


    The runners-up in the overall War of Roses event were Lauren Kelly, Alpha Xi Delta, and Oliva Pesce of Delta Zeta.


    Individual competition winners include:

    • Reading backwards (word letters reversed): Alpha Xi Delta
    • Obstacle course, hand-impaired: Delta Gamma
    • Reading colors (words that used color were printed in another color): Zeta Tau Alpha
    • Belted stair hopping: Alpha Xi Delta
    • Sheet sign: Sigma Kappa
    • Skip a Meal at Hot Box Pizza: Delta Zeta

    • Ticket sales: Alpha Chi Omega


    The other participating sororities included:

    Alpha Gamma Delta, Gamma Phi Beta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Delta Delta Delta, Phi Mu and Phi Sigma Rho.


    “I think the audience members (at the talent show) – sorority sisters in particular – were able to walk away with a better understanding of people with disabilities and how to best treat them in society.”


    The fraternity raised nearly $4,000, which will be used locally and nationally to assist those with disabilities.


    Photos from the talent show can be viewed at:





    A Delta Delta Delta member tries to stack cups with one hand during disability competition as of the annual War of Roses event.

    War continues with disability races


    Disability races featuring 12 sorority teams highlighted the March 31, 2015 activities in the annual War of Roses competition.


    Pi Kappa Phi hosted the various teams in six competition categories simulating various disabilities for more than an hour at the Purdue fraternity house. Each sorority is putting up a candidate to earn the title of the Rose of Pi Kappa Phi over nearly a week of events.


    The War of Roses is one of many events Purdue’s Pi Kappa Phi’s chapter conducts to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities.


    The six events included: Charades, color game, reading backwards, obstacle course, one-handed activities, pin the tail on the donkey and stair hopping. Except for the charades, which used Disney movie characters as the guessing object, the rest of the games mimicked various disabilities.


    The other games provided contestants various challenges. For example, participants had to read the names of various colors on a sheet. The twist was the name of the color did not match the color used in the letters of the word. Reading backwards involved words spelled from last letter to the first. One handed activities meant that those involved used one hand to stack cups, untie then retie those same shoes. The pin the tail game was done blindfolded and stair hopping involved feet being tied together to go up and down stairs.


    The various activities were being timed.


    The week’s events will be capped off by a talent show in Loeb Playhouse on April


    Participating sororities include:

    Delta Zeta, Alpha Gamma Delta, Gamma Phi Beta, Delta Gamma, Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Delta Delta, Zeta Tau Alpha, Sigma Kappa, Phi Mu and Phi Sigma Rho.


    Pi Kappa Phi and The Ability Experience thank the sponsoring organizations.



    Photos from the disability races can be seen at:







       A War of Roses queen contestant tapes the fingers of Justin Cook to help him mimic a disability during the March 30, 2015, empathy dinner at Pi Kappa Phi


    War of Roses competition continues

    Sorority participants took turns visiting special needs classes and took part in an empathy dinner during the annual War of Roses competition.


    The Pi Kappa Phi event emphasizes empathy training and interaction with people with disabilities. The program is part of the chapter’s efforts to support The Ability Experience (www.abilityexperience.org), the national fraternity’s outreach endeavor.


    The Purdue fraternity hosts multiple events during the year, but the War of Roses produces the most direct interaction among outsiders and those with disabilities.


    On March 30, the first of up to 13 contestants vying for the Rose Queen title, worked in a special needs classroom. That way the she saw first hand what it’s like in the fraternity’s daily outreach program.


    Also on March 30, the fraternity hosted a disability dinner for contestants and fraternity members. During the meal, those dining mimicked various disabilities. Those included: Not being able to speak, limit the vocabulary to words beginning with the same letter, only being allowed to speak with three- or five-letter words, not allowed to eat with dominant hand, taping thumb and fingers together as well as eating with one or both eyes closed.


    “It was exciting to see the in-person side of the competition for the first time on Monday,” said Jarrod Wagner, chapter Ability Experience chairman. “Before Monday night, the sororities had been doing a great job in the various events.”


    Earlier or ongoing included: Sheet sign competition, skip-a-meal at Hot Box Pizza and coin wars.


    “The first contestant went to the Lafayette Jefferson partnership on Monday and it went very well,” Wagner said. “It is important that we all understand challenges for people with disabilities and how to interact with them.”


    Tuesday’s events include disability races at the fraternity house and continued interaction with the special needs classes.


    Photos from Monday’s empathy dinner can be viewed at:



    Photos from the Monday classroom visit:



    Photos from Tuesday’s classroom interaction can be seen at:



    Sorority sheet signs can be viewed at:



    For more information about the War of Roses or for ticket information, contact Ability Experience Chairman Jarrod Wagner, Jarrod Wagner, jarrodwagner@me.com, 708/917-0066.






    War of Roses Week begins


    Pi Kappa Phi’s spring event – War of Roses – will help spread knowledge about people with disabilities while having lots of fun along the way.


    The fraternity begins with a Skip a Meal dinner at Hot Box Pizza in the Chauncey Hill Mall, 135 S. Chauncey Ave. on Friday, March 27. A portion of pizza sales benefits The Ability Experience (www.abilityexperience.org), the national outreach program of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. The program assists people with disabilities both nationally and locally.


    Various campus sororities will participate in the War of Roses including a talent show at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 1 in Loeb Playhouse in Stewart Center on the Purdue campus.

    Sorority members will be asked to send representatives to the 6 p.m., Monday March 30 empathy dinner at Pi Kappa Phi. During this meal with fraternity men, those in attendance will be asked to mimic some disability. This will enable the participants to experience the challenges and abilities of those we serve. Some diners will have taped fingers, be blindfolded and only be able speak in single syllable words, for example.


    Then at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, sorority team members will compete in a variety of disability races at Pi Kappa Phi, 330 N. Grant St.


    During the days leading up to the talent event in Loeb on Wednesday, sheet signs, penny wars and friendship visits will occur.


    During the visits, Rose Queen candidates – one member per participating chapter – will spend time with special needs classes at Lafayette Jefferson High School alongside fraternity men. Each school day throughout the academic year, Pi Kapps assist the classes with life skills such as making change, grocery shopping, planning meals or doing various classroom activities. So Rose Queen candidates will get to be part of that local outreach effort.


    At the Wednesday talent show, each sorority will perform individual or group acts in front of an audience of more than 800 people in Loeb Playhouse. In recent years, performances have included a comedienne, singers, dancers and magic acts. A contestant from each group will answer questions from Pi Kapp emcees, too.


    Points can be earned from sheet signs, t-shirt sales, skip a meal proceeds by chapter, penny wars and talent show competition. Then one sorority woman will earn the title of Rose Queen and her picture will accompany the fraternity’s 2015-16 composite based on points earned throughout the programming and talent show.


    For more information about the War of Roses or for ticket information, contact Ability Experience Chairman Jarrod Wagner, Jarrod Wagner, jarrodwagner@me.com, 708/917-0066.


    This website will include photos and story updates for events through April 1.

    Photos from sororities participating in the 2015 War of Roses events can be viewed at:











    The Pi Kappa Phi contingent in the 2015 BMOC take the stage in Elliott Hall of Music on March 6.


    Chapter places in BMOC competition


     Pi Kappa Phi’s entry in a Greekwide talent competition garnered it a Top 10 finish.


    Johnny Fullerton was joined by Kyle Marpe, Bon Sommer, Pat Rivelli and Kyle Boland during the March 6 show in Purdue’s Elliott Hall of Music. Pi Kappa Phi performed a Justin Timberlake medley, “JT Through the Years” in front of nearly 4,000 audience members.


    Pi Kappa Phi was among the 32 fraternities that participated in the event.



    “The experience was an incredible one,” said Fullerton, who sang solo and danced alongside his fraternity brothers. “Months and months of hard work and preparation led up to one night of fantastic performances.”


    The event raised more than $124,000 for breast cancer research for Zeta Tau Alpha’s BMOC (Big Man on Campus).


    “I met women and families of survivors over six months while we were involved in BMOC who inspired me to take life one minute at a time because you never really know what’s in store for you,” Fullerton said.


    “I participated in BMOC for all the families and individuals affected by the disease, and in particular for my girlfriend’s grandmother, Idelma Pescara, who will celebrate her fifth year cancer free this June. She’s a fighter, a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.”



    Photos from the performance can be viewed at:



    Photos from practice the night before can be viewed at:






    Associate New Members on their retreat

    Three of the 15 new members work in a small group during the spring 2015 off-campus retreat.




    Spring group starts its journey



    Fifteen new members began their Pi Kappa Phi journey following the spring recruitment period.



    The group hails from five states – Indiana, Illinois, Florida, Texas and Michigan – and a wide variety of academic disciplines. Five of the new members major in management, four in engineering, two in pre-pharmacy, two in science and one in technology.



    The group’s average GPA last semester was 3.53, which includes two 4.0s.



    Pi Kappa Phi aggressively recruits men who hold leadership positions prior to coming to us.



    Included in the spring class are five guys who have been captains of their athletic teams in high school and one who participated in seven different varsity sports. Of the men who were their high school valedictorians, one was captain of two sports different teams and was on student council for three years.



    One new member is in ROTC at Purdue.



    Five of the 15 new members come from the Greater Indianapolis area and four are from outside Indiana.



    The elite new class was selected from nearly 100 men who expressed an interest in joining Pi Kappa Phi during the spring recruitment process.








    Pi Kappa Phi sets Purdue standard

    Pi Kappa Phi is one of the highest achieving among Purdue’s 40 fraternities and has the statistics to back up that claim.


    While the Fall 2014 fraternity grade rankings have not yet released by the university, Pi Kappa Phi will easily be within the Top 5. Preliminary grades indicate the chapter received an average 3.14 GPA, which is well above the anticipated all-fraternity and all-men’s average. (In the spring semester 2014, for example, the all fraternity average was 2.96 and all-men’s average was 2.83.)



    An analysis of the individual grades are telling, too. Consider the following statistics:


    • 62.2 percent of the chapter members earned a 3.0 or higher in the Fall 2014.


    • 33.9 percent of the chapter members were on the dean’s list and/or received semester honors.


    • 4.7 percent of the chapter members had a perfect 4.0.

    The grades are only part of the success of the chapter. In fact, in January the national fraternity honored the Purdue chapter with three major awards. They include:


    Founders Award, the highest recognition a chapter can receive nationally. One of only 15 (out of 200+ chapters and colonies) to receive such an honor. This was the third time in six years the chapter earned this recognition.


    Champion Master Chapter, meaning it received the highest ranking in the Seven Objectives of Chapter Excellence set by the national fraternity.


    Alumni Newsletter of the Year, The Omegalite.

    The fraternity competes at the highest levels on the Purdue campus in terms of awards, too. Pi Kappa Phi was named the RB Stewart Award winner as the top fraternity at Purdue in six of the last seven years.



    During 2013-14 (most recently available statistics), Pi Kappa Phi voluntarily performed 2,007 service hours and raised $15,768 for the Ability Experience (formerly known as Push America), the national fraternity’s national outreach program assisting people with disabilities. The Purdue chapter has raised $189,392 for the Ability Experience since 1980.

    Pi Kappa Phi conducts numerous events during the school year to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities. Members participated in seven separate outreach efforts during 2013-14. Furthermore, it participated in 16 other Purdue Greek philanthropic efforts.




    On Sunday, Jan. 25, Pi Kappa enters its third and final week of new member recruitment. On Thursday, Jan. 29, it will conduct a bid dinner recognizing its newest members.

    Photos from the chapter’s most recent new member recruitment function, which highlighted achievements in service, can be seen at: https://purduepikapps.celect.org/site/albums/40966

    For more information about the Pi Kappa Phi recruitment period, contact Mark Fanelli at: rush@purduepikapps.com, 317/519-9118.

    Welcome to the best … welcome to Pi Kappa Phi!





    Pi Kappa Phi conducts two campus cycling events as part of its Ability Experience programming. The fraternity participates in nine of its own philanthropic events along with many other Greek-sponsored ones each school year.

    Member Recruitment Week 2


    The second week of the new member recruitment period will begin an informal fun night and then get down to business.




    The Jan. 20 event will be held in the Purdue Memorial Union’s bowling and billiards area. That is located on the southeast corner of the Union, below Pappy’s. The entrance to the area is located near the subwalk on the east side of the building. (This function substitutes to the previously announced event at the Recreational Sports Center.)




    On Jan. 22, we will focus on one area that makes Pi Kappa Phi unique on this campus and as a national fraternity – The Ability Experience (formerly known as Push America). It is our national outreach program to assist people with disabilities locally and across the nation.




    Prospective new members will hear from Pi Kappa Phi chapter members who participate in various service projects within and outside The Ability Experience (www.bilityexperience.org).




    Among the events highlighted at Thursday’s recruitment event includes:


    David Feltner 72-Hour Memorial Bike a Thon. For three days each fall, fraternity and sorority members don one of three bicycles to raise money and awareness. Photos from Fall 2014: https://purduepikapps.celect.org/site/albums/40276


    Arctoberfest. The fraternity hosts a Halloween-themed costume party for the Arc of Tippecanoe, a local branch of a national organization that assists people with disabilities in the county. Photos from Fall 2014: https://purduepikapps.celect.org/site/albums/40508


    PUDM Participation. Learn how many chapter members participate and serve leadership roles in the annual Purdue University Dance Marathon. Photos from Fall 2014: https://purduepikapps.celect.org/site/albums/40508


    Special Needs Classroom Volunteering. Each school day chapter members assist Lafayette Jefferson High School classes. Photos from Fall 2013: https://purduepikapps.celect.org/site/albums/38265


    Abilities Camp. A regional effort to help maintain/improve facilities for disabled.


    BMOC. Each spring we have an entry in the Big Man On Campus. Photos from Spring 2014: https://purduepikapps.celect.org/site/albums/39154


    War of Roses. In the spring semester, we have weeklong events including sorority sheet signs, disability races, empathy training, special needs classes participation and a talent show. Photos from Spring 2014: https://purduepikapps.celect.org/site/albums/39345


    Moms Day/Pi Kapp 100. Fraternity members and alumni participate in an 100-kilometer cycling trip from Zionsville to campus in conjunction with our annual Moms Day celebration in April. Photos from Spring 2014: https://purduepikapps.celect.org/site/albums/39356


    Journey of Hope. Nearly 40 chapter members have traveled cross-country on bicycles in conjunction with guys from other chapters raising money and awareness for people with disabilities during the summer. Photos from Summer 2014: https://purduepikapps.celect.org/site/albums/39935




    For more information about the Pi Kappa Phi recruitment period, contact Mark Fanelli at:






    Welcome to the best … welcome to Pi Kappa Phi.






    A prospective new member talks with fraternity members during the Jan. 15, 2015, Meet the Greeks in the Purdue Memorial Union. Pi Kappa Phi hosts recruitment events on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. through the end of the month. Additional photos from the event can be seen at: https://purduepikapps.celect.org/site/albums/40886



    A prospective new member talks with fraternity members during the Jan. 15, 2015, Meet the Greeks in the Purdue Memorial Union. Pi Kappa Phi hosts recruitment events on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. through the end of the month. Additional photos from the event can be seen at: https://purduepikapps.celect.org/site/albums/40886


    New member recruitment begins

    Pi Kappa Phi begins its spring recruitment period on Tuesday, Jan. 13 while seeking members who excel in the classroom and beyond with character and leadership.


    The fraternity located at 330 N. Grant St. sets the standard for chapters at Purdue. In fact, Pi Kappa Phi has been named Purdue’s best fraternity in six of the last seven years. Just last weekend, the chapter won the national Pi Kappa Phi Founders Award, recognizing it as one of the top 15 chapters out of 177 nationally.


    Pi Kappa Phi seeks men who excel in scholarship, character, involvement, service and athletics. Those characteristics are reflected among our 140 members on campus.


    We lead in various areas including: Top philanthropic chapter (in terms of fund-raising and volunteer hours), service to the campus and community, academics as well as leadership. Accordingly, we seek men who understand servant leadership, are or have been involved in campus or high school activities (including sports, honoraries and service organizations, particularly if they have held a leadership position) and exude character.


    Pi Kappa Phi’s recruitment (aka rush) events will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Jan. 29. There will be at least one Sunday event – Jan. 25. All the open-house type events will be held at the fraternity house, except Jan. 20, which will be held at the Recreational Sports Center’s gold and black gyms.


    Pi Kappa Phi will also maintain a booth at the Jan. 15 Meet the Greeks held in the Purdue Memorial Union’s South Ballroom.


    You can learn more about Purdue’s top fraternity (in terms of membership numbers, fund-raising, community service and unparalleled recognition) by reading various stories on this website or on Twitter (Purdue Pi Kapps).


    For more information about the Pi Kappa Phi recruitment period, contact Mark Fanelli at:




    Welcome to the best … welcome to Pi Kappa Phi.





    Brothers Pose with check to present to Lafayette Jeff

    Fraternity members pose with Lafayette School Board members and administrators after presenting a check for $3,942 on Jan. 12, 2015, to assist the special needs classes at Jefferson High School.


    Fraternity Celebrates Service

    Pi Kappa Phi was recognized for its service to students with disabilities at a local school board meeting on Jan. 12, 2015.


    The fraternity in conjunction with its national outreach program, the Ability Experience, presented a check for $3,942 to assist special needs classes at Lafayette Jefferson High School. Chapter leaders and the special needs teacher addressed the board during the Lafayette School Board’s January meeting. A total of 15 fraternity members attended the presentation, too.


    “Tonight we stand before you with a check to help show our appreciation for the special education students as well as the teachers and administrators who support them,” said Andrew Lemna, fraternity president.


    The donation represents one-fourth of the fraternity’s 2013-14 fund-raising for the Ability Experience. Chapter members conduct a variety of events that raise awareness and funds for people with disabilities. They include the 72-Hour David Feltner Memorial Bike-A-Thon, the War of Roses and the Pi Kapp 100 among others.


    Over the last six years, the chapter has donated $22,689 to Jefferson High School’s special needs classes. Since it first started raising funds in 1980 for the Ability Experience (formerly known as Push America) the chapter has raised $189,392, including $15,768 last school year.


    The fraternity’s donations are used for various outings and supplies – including tickets to an Indianapolis Indians game, an iPad used for nonverbal students, luncheon outings as well as field trips to a local candy store and ice cream shops.


    Furthermore, fraternity members volunteer almost every school day in the classroom and during the students’ outings. That relationship started in 2008.


    “The impact of the fraternity’s donation truly makes a difference in our community, the school and most of all for my special needs students,” said Alyssa Montgomery, special needs teacher. “Oh behalf of myself, my colleagues and my students at Jefferson High School we would like to say, ‘Thank you, Purdue guys’ from the bottom of our hearts.


    “Thank you again for your sincere kindness and overwhelming generosity.”


    Jarrod Wagner, Ability Experience chairman, said that the fraternity’s programming during 2013-14, touched nearly 2,500 people. That total included more than 1,000 during the chapter’s spring War of Roses, which features empathy events along with a large campus Greek-wide talent competition.


    “Through these outreach efforts, we were able to communicate the abilities – not disabilities – of those we serve,” Wagner said.


    He also told the board that the fraternity members receive more in return than the servant leadership they display.


    “While we may help the students with life skills and academics, the lessons we have learned about friendship, happiness and the value of thankfulness are truly immeasurable,” he said.


    Photos from the check presentation can be found at:








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