Potential new members watch a slideshow of the various Push America programs Pi Kappa Phi in each school year
Chapter showcases Push events
Potential new members learned a bit about what makes Pi Kappa Phi Purdue’s best fraternity on Thursday, Jan. 23 – Push America.
Several dozen men searching for a chapter to join, heard from a panel of fraternity members who spoke about their experiences with Push. The national fraternity’s outreach program to assist the disabled locally and nationally – Push America – is one thing that makes Pi Kappa Phi unique.
During their undergraduate careers, chapter members participate in a variety of ongoing outreach efforts. Annual chapter-level events include: The David R. Feltner Memorial Bike a Thon (fall), Arctoberfest (fall), War of Roses (spring), Pi Kapp 100 (spring) and Lafayette Jefferson High School volunteer relationship (throughout the year).
During 2012-13, for example, through its outreach efforts, Pi Kappa Phi touched nearly 2,500 people. Furthermore, six members rode in the 2013 Journey of Hope – a national Push cycling event that has nearly 50 brothers from various chapters ride from the West Coast to Washington, DC. Four chapter members will participate in 2014.
Here’s a brief description of the events that help set Pi Kappa Phi apart from other fraternities.
• Feltner Bike-a-Thon. For 72 hours at least two stationary bikes are ridden to raise funds and awareness leading up to Homecoming each fall.
• Arctoberfest. The fraternity hosts clients of the Arc of Tippecanoe, a local agency assisting disabled, for a costume party/carnival near Thanksgiving.
• War of Roses. This two-week empathy training, outreach, talent extravaganza involves more than 1,000 people. In 2013, for example, 16 sororities competed to earn the War of Roses crown.
• Pi Kapp 100. The chapter hosts a 100-kilometer cycling trip from the Indianapolis area to the Purdue campus each spring. As many as 40 riders arrive on the steps of the fraternity house during the annual Moms Day each spring.
• Lafayette Jefferson High School Volunteer Relationship. Each school day during the fall and spring semesters, fraternity members assist in two special needs classes at a local high school.
Photos from the Jan. 23 new member recruitment event can be found at:
Chapter members work with students with a wide variety of disabilities from cognitive to physical.
Pi Kappa Phi completes its spring recruitment period the week of Jan. 27. For more information about the process, contact Matt McKee at:
or at 315.727.1182.
Pi Kappa Phi has won six consecutive R.B. Stewart Awards, signifying it as Purdue’s best fraternity. It’s commitment to Push America (pushamerica.org) is one of those reasons.
Pi Kappa Phi's booth at the Jan. 15, "Meet the Greeks" event in the south ballroom of the Purdue Memorial Union.
Member recruitment starts
The spring recruitment period began the first week of the spring semester, with 50 prospective members already registering with Pi Kappa Phi.
Events during the three-week new member recruitment period started on Jan. 14, with an informal “meet and greet” event at the chapter house, 330 N. Grant St. We also participated in the Jan. 15 “Meet the Greeks” event in the south ballroom of the Purdue Memorial Union, and will host another event on Jan. 16 at the house.
Recruitment events will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays throughout the month of January. On Jan. 26, there will be one Sunday event, too.
Pi Kappa Phi is seeking Men of C.L.A.S.S. to join its ranks – men of Character, Leadership, Accomplishment, Scholarship and Service. Many of those five tenets will be emphasized during the recruitment (aka “rush”) period. Prospective new members are encouraged to attend as many events as possible because Pi Kappa Phi is very selective during its process. For example, we had more than 400 men go through the fall recruitment period for one of 25 spots. We anticipate having 15 slots open for the spring period. Thus, the more you meet the brothers, the more you enhance your ability to get a “bid” (prospective members may receive multiple “bids,” which is a formal invitation to membership, from various fraternities).
Pi Kappa Phi is different than most fraternities in that we expect our members to do community and campus outreach. That will include participating in our national philanthropy, Push America benefitting the disabled locally and nationally. Furthermore, you will be expected to belong to campus organizations and hold leadership positions, too.
It’s no accident that Pi Kappa Phi has been named Purdue’s top fraternity six years running – the 2008, ‘09, ‘10, ‘11, ‘12 and ’13 R.B. Stewart Award winner. And we expect our new members to uphold that tradition of being Purdue’s best chapter. Welcome to the Best!
For more information about the new member recruitment period, click the following link:
and/or contact Matt McKee, recruitment chairman at:
or at 315.727.1182.
Pi Kappa Phi had 31 members participate in the 2013 Purdue University Dance Marathon. The group is shown here at 1 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.
Chapter supports PUDM again
Pi Kappa Phi had a significant presence at the highly successful Purdue University Dance Marathon held from Nov. 9-10, 2013 on campus.
A total of 31 fraternity members were among the 2,080 dancers who raised $1,000,471.03 for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. The event is part of a nationwide Children’s Miracle Network, which was founded in 1983 to assist hospitals that specialize in treating children. Marathons last 18 hours, during which participants learn various dances and must be on their feet continuously. Purdue’s dance event was established in 2005 and this year became the quickest marathon to reach $1 million – nearly doubling its $528,000 from 2012.
The 31 Pi Kappa Phi dancers raised $6,692.21 in 2013. Fraternity members held leadership roles for the marathon, including 13 on various committees and two on the executive committee.
Ricky Rivelli is a doctoral student in pharmacy from Indianapolis, completed his fourth year with PUDM. In 2010 and 2011, Rivelli was on the morale committee. Last year he co-chaired the morale committee. In 2013, he was chairman of the Stewardship and Education Committee.
Kyle Marpe, a civil engineering major from New Jersey, finished his second year with PUDM. In 2012, he was a morale committee member and this year was chairman of the Student Organization Outreach Committee. He has recently been named one of three vice presidents for 2014.
“I am so committed to PUDM because I see it as a way to give back to others and make a limitless impact on the world,” Marpe said. “I have been given a lot in my life and I believe in paying it forward.”
Marpe was also a 2013 Push America Journey of Hope rider.
Leadership is something that Pi Kappa Phi expects among its members. So, with the fraternity being among the fraternities with most dancers, impacts him.
“It means a lot to me,” Marpe said of the chapter’s participation. “It makes me proud that I can attend the event and see a fellow Pi Kappa Phi brother everywhere I go.
“It shows how big of an impact our chapter has on this campus.”
PUDM is one of many outreach programs for the fraternity. Other areas of community service include daily visits to the Lafayette Jefferson High School special needs classes, hosting a Halloween costume party for clients of the Arc of Tippecanoe and various Push America fund-raising events throughout the year. Pi Kappa Phi members pride themselves in being the No. 1 philanthropic fraternity at Purdue.
Photos from Pi Kappa Phi members at the 2013 PUDM can be seen at:
Fraternity members, special education students & teachers pose for a photo with Lafayette School Board members and administrators during a "Circle of Giving" check presentation on Nov. 11, 2013.
Fraternity presents check
Pi Kappa Phi celebrated the start to its sixth year of assisting special needs students when it presented a check to the Lafayette School Board on Nov. 11, 2013.
As a result of raising $10,464 in 2012-13 for its national philanthropy, Push America, the local chapter was able to present the school board a check for $2,616. That total represents a “Circle of Giving” grant from the national Push office in Charlotte, which allocates one-fourth chapter fund-raising each year. Since 2009, the chapter has donated $18,747 to the Lafayette School Corp. with the grant.
The school uses the money to fund class outings, to purchase iPads for non-verbal students, to buy lunch at local restaurants and to provide treats.
“The donated money provides an excellent opportunity for all my students whose families would not normally be able to afford such outings or provisions,” Alyssa Montgomery, special education teacher told the school board.
She lauded the fraternity for assisting in the classes each week of the school year.
“Gentlemen, I sincerely admire what your fraternity has done t help me improve the lives of those in need.
“I sincerely hope we continue to build on this marvelous partnership because the impact of the fraternity’s donation truly makes a difference in our community, the school and most of all my special needs students,” she said.
President Kaleb Stephens addressed the school board as well.
“I consider myself incredibly fortunate to be part of such a tremendous organization driven to improve the lives of individuals the way Pi Kappa Phi does,” he said. “It is our mission, as a chapter, to improve our community in some way each day.”
Stephens read a letter from chapter Push America chairman Luke Millen, who was unable to attend the meeting due to an exam.
“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,” Millen wrote.
One of the two special needs students who attended simply told the board, “Purdue guys rock!”
Photos from the check presentation can be found at:
You can view photos from last week's visit to Marsh Supermarket at:
You can view photos from last week's classroom visit at:
You can read and view television coverage of the school board event at (the check presentation portion starts at the :44 second mark of the video):
You can read the Exponent’s story about the check presentation at:
Jarrod Wagner accompanies a Lafayette Jefferson High School student with shopping, as part of the ongoing fraternity's service to special needs classes. The fraternity will present a check for $2,616 at the Lafayette School Board meeting on Nov. 11 to support funding for projects such as grocery shopping shown here.
Fraternity to present check
At its Monday, Nov. 11 meeting, the Lafayette School Board will accept a donation check from Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity to assist programming in the special needs classes at Lafayette Jefferson High School.
Members of the Purdue fraternity will present a check for $2,616 for the low-incidence classes to fund various programs such as field trips, community outings and classroom supplies. The fraternity has presented a check to support low-incidence classroom programming to Lafayette Jefferson High School for each of the last five years.
The donation represents one-quarter of the fraternity’s annual fund-raising for Push America, the Pi Kappa Phi national outreach program to assist the disabled. The local chapter raised $10,464 during the 2012-13 academic year.
The fraternity started working with the disabled at Jeff in 2007 and continues doing so today. This school year, more than 20 fraternity members have rotated through the classes up to five days a week.
Including the most recent donation, Pi Kappa Phi has given $18,747 for the special needs classes spanning five years.
“The partnership we have with the class at Lafayette Jeff is very special to us because of the relationships we build and what everyone learns,” said chapter Push Chairman Luke Millen. “Seeing the friends I have made in the classroom is something I look forward to week after week. Spending an afternoon with them will brighten up anyone’s day, and it is an honor to be able to give back to them year after year.”
Photos from the fraternity's ongoing volunteer relationship at Lafayette Jefferson High School on Nov. 5, can be found at:
An Arc client, dressed as a witch, visits with Kaleb Stephens and Brett Poncsak during the Oct. 28, 2013, "Arctoberfest" at Pi Kappa Phi.
Fraternity hosts Arctoberfest III
Nearly 200 people enjoyed the generosity of the fraternity as it hosted the Third Annual “Arctoberfest” on Oct. 28, 2013.
Pi Kappa Phi alongside the Arc of Tippecanoe held a Halloween costume party, carnival and dance for more than 100 clients in the parking lot and lawn of the fraternity. The Arc provides support for special needs adults of the age of 18 and older.
A spokesperson from the Arc said it is the event that its clients look most forward to each year.
During the two-hour event, fraternity members volunteered with nearly 25 sorority women in various activities that brought many smiles throughout the evening. Games included basketball, bags and ball toss through targets. Participants received various prizes along the way, too.
Gatorade provided drinks throughout the evening. The fraternity supplied candy and baked goods for competitors, too.
Luke Millen, chapter Push America chairman, sees the Arc event as another thing members do to assist the disabled.
“Arctoberfest helps us realize why we do the things we do,” he said. “It helps remind us that it’s not about how much money we might raise, but it’s for the people we serve.
“It is also a great way to show Purdue's campus what Pi Kappa Phi stands for in the community."
Arctoberfest is not associated with Push America, but it serves the Arc’s clients who are disabled. It is not fund-raising in its nature, rather it is about service.
At Arctoberfest’s completion, chapter members recognized three Arc clients’ attire and gave out a plastic pumpkin filled with snacks.
The award included:
• Most Creative: The Mad Hatter.
• Most Original: The Scarecrow.
• Scariest: The Werewolf.
The fraternity was praised in a thank you note from the Arc of Tippecanoe’s representative, Katy Dietrich. It read:
“On behalf of the board of directors and all of the participating members of the Arc of Tippecanoe, I want to thank you and all of your brothers for another wonderful “Arctoberfest”. I heard so many great comments and the smiles were endless. We lucked out with perfect weather and with all the basketball and dancing, I don’t think anyone even noticed when the temperature started dropping.
“The Pi Kapps once again welcomed our guests with open arms and we appreciate your hospitality. By hosting this event, your house allows the Arc to raise funds for our annual Holiday Dinner Dance next month. Last night was such a success that we might come close to our goal!”
Photos from the event can be viewed at: