Pi Kappa Alpha - Purdue University

Spring 2023 Newsletter

Beta Phi Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha at Purdue University

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Spring 2023 CANDLELIGHT BETA PHI CHAPTER OF PI KAPPA ALPHA • PURDUE UNIVERSITY Published by the Beta Phi Foundation Published by the Beta Phi Foundation Stay connected by visiting pikapurdue.org. To the Next 100 Years HOW TO KEEP UP WITH BETA PHI M y first major announcement for this edition is the change we are making to our Golf Outing—please mark your calendars! To attract more people, we will hold our golf outing the same weekend as our reunion. We will play golf on Friday, September 29, in the afternoon and then attend our reunion on Saturday, September 30, as the Boilermakers take on Illinois. More information to follow. We have officially kicked off our fundraising campaign to fully fund Chapter House maintenance projects, as announced during our 100th anniversary. This is a long-term project and was one of the original "goals" when the Beta Phi Foundation was formed over 30 years ago. We all understand that the house and property at 629 University is the garden spot for our Chapter; the physical house is now 60 years old and will need to be maintained. You, our alumni, have been incredibly generous in helping maintain the house. It is our goal to create a fund that will allow the maintenance and depreciation of costs to become self-funded and perpetual, in the same way our scholarships and tutoring program are. Your contributions to this fund will solidify our physical house and property's status for generations. Please keep this in mind if you choose to contribute. As always, if you have specific thoughts about where you want your donation to be placed, just let us know. The Beta Phi Foundation serves as the custodian of your generous contributions and will apply yours wherever you desire. We look forward to seeing you all this fall. Hopefully, our new format will entice and allow for more of you to join the golf outing! In the bonds of ΦΦκα, Joe Conti '85 President, Beta Phi Foundation joscon_61@yahoo.com (715) 498-4498 As a friendly reminder, please note that the PIKE Foundation is a separate entity from the Beta Phi Foundation. We at Beta Phi Foundation appreciate your support and ask that all donations for the Beta Phi Chapter come through us. OUR BEGINNINGS AT PURDUE Beta Phi Chapter held its 100th anniversary celebration this past October 14 and 15. This was a grand event recognizing this great Chapter's long and storied history. Chartered on April 12, 1922, Beta Phi Chapter was established by members of a local Purdue fraternity named Emanon. These young gentlemen certainly had a sense of humor, deriving their name from the words "no name" spelled backward. They began their journey in a small West Lafayette home with a modest 31 members. Legendary founder Arthur S. Bowes served as president of the Senior Pan-Hellenic Council in 1922-23, his senior year, and later received the Distinguished Achievement Award from Pi Kappa Alpha National in 1958. The Chapter has moved its home twice since 1922 and, since 1964, has remained at its coveted location on University Street right next to the campus. It has won many awards over the years, including eight Smythe awards (in 1971, each year from '82 through '88, and 2017) and the House of the Year award in 2019. CREATION OF THE FOUNDATION, HOME ASSOCIATION, AND ADVISORY BOARDS This Chapter has been blessed with many dedicated alumni who have been committed to sustaining it these 100 years. In 1992 and with incredible foresight, alumni Rich Russell '58 and Charlie Hetrick '64 initiated the Beta Phi Foundation Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that provides scholarships and financial aid for its deserving members. Begun with a modest investment of $2,000 followed by the generous contributions of many loyal alumni, it now has an asset value of just over $1 million. Also in place is the Home Association, which oversees the affairs of the Chapter and maintenance of the property, and the Alumni Advisory Board, which provides a direct connection between alumni and undergraduate members. ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION RECAP ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION RECAP (Continued on page 2) REFLECTING ON A CENTURY AT PURDUE

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