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:
email@example.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.
• 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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:
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: email@example.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
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.
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: