Pi Kappa Alpha - Purdue University

Fall 2023 Newsletter

Beta Phi Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha at Purdue University

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Page 3 PI KAPPA ALPHA Jim M. Thompson '57 lives in Carmel, Ind., and is still writing. Email: jamesmiltonthompson@gmail.com Bill E. Jegen '66 graduated with a Juris Doctorate after Purdue and practiced law for 43 years in Glen Ellyn, Ill. For 28 years, he also operated a farm in Carroll County, Ill. His advocation was the Masonic Fraternity, having served as Grand Commander of Knights Templar of Illinois. Bill's daughter and granddaughter are Purdue alumnae. "Boiler Up!" He resides in Wheaton, Ill. Email: billjegen@gmail.com Philip D. Preuninger '68 formed a consulting business in 2015, leaving corporate employment. His focus is on aerospace rocket launch equipment for ground support. His main location work is installations at Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg for NASA, SpaceX, ULA, Blue Origin, and others. He lives in Apple Valley, Minn. Email: philpreuninger@gmail.com Alumni News I am pleased to be entering my third year as Chapter advisor and chairman of the Alumni Advisory Board. I am a fall 2017 initiate and a 2021 graduate. During that time, I served as secretary and risk manager on my way to becoming Chapter president for the 2019-20 school year. Outside of PIKE, I majored in communications and served on the executive board for The Paint Crew, the men's basketball student section. I have greatly enjoyed staying involved with the Chapter post-graduation. I feel strongly that Beta Phi is continuing to move in a positive direction and is competing as an elite Chapter on Purdue's campus. Whether it be working with the Home Association on improvement projects, handling compliance matters with the IFC or PIKE headquarters, or simply looking to better the Chapter, we have accomplished some good things over the past few years. Now, entering another year, I am eager to see what the Chapter accomplishes. I am pleased to assist them with whatever they see fit. In the bonds of ΦΦκα, Jordan Jones '21 Chapter Advisor Chapter Advisor Jordan Jones '21 Has High Hopes for New School Year Moving Beta Moving Beta Phi Forward Phi Forward Ready for a Fantastic Year Ahead Reflecting on Our Accomplishments as We Continue to Grow B eta Phi Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha has amassed a wealth of accomplishments in the past year. Ranging from monumental academic improvement to a strong and consistent philanthropy campaign, Purdue Pikes have been putting a stamp of good works to reflect our character at Purdue University. As president and internal vice president, I am proud to share the impact Beta Phi Chapter has made. Refocusing AcAdemic PRioRoties Our most impressive accomplishment is our GPA increase. Two semesters of inconsistent new member education and misplaced priorities put our overall fall 2022 GPA at 2.9, with new- member GPA being even lower at 2.6. The stress on academics and the new system placed by Academic Chairman Josh Clark '25 resulted in a cumulative house GPA of 3.14 and a new-member semester GPA of 3.02. This massive improvement is commendable, and we will build on this academic system to raise our GPA even higher during my next two semesters as president. stAying stRong in PhilAnthRoPy Philanthropy has always been a strong point of Beta Phi Chapter, as PIKE Fireman's Challenge continues to be a success and campus favorite ($10,350 raised). Along with that, money was also raised with smaller events such as Pie a Pike and PIKE x AXO Car Wash. In addition, the PIKE Dream Girl competition increases philanthropy participation and involvement from sororities across Purdue. These important events were all organized by brothers Caden Chen '25 and Alex Pons '25. AlwAys involved I want to congratulate Brother Tejas Chandrasekhar '25 for winning the Intramural Tennis Championship. PIKE fields teams for all sports and will continue to find a way to win! We had multiple Pikes participate in Winterization volunteering as well as volunteering in the soup kitchen in Lafayette. Our brothers are involved in clubs across campus, and this culture of campus involvement will continue to grow. Pi Kappa Alpha is eager to exceed our expectations and have a great school year! In the bonds of ΦΦκα, Jacob Kaplan '25 Chapter President C H A P T E R O F F I C E R S President Jacob Kaplan '25 Treasurer Kyle McKeon '25 Internal VP Mike Mattern '25 External VP Caden Chen '25 VP Membership Michael Bobber '25 mbobber@purdue.edu VP Communications Cooper Keillor '25 Sergeant-at-Arms Alexander Pons '25 Health/Safety Officer Christos Kaiafas '25 William Messmer '25 wmessmer@purdue.edu (812) 661-7756 Ethan Jost '26 joste@purdue.edu (317) 495-8916 Jonathan Huang '26 huan1797@purdue.edu (408) 621-9469 Brothers gather at the local fire department for the annual PIKE Fireman's Challenge fundraiser. As is the case with all our alumni groups, we are always welcoming new volunteers. Please email me at jordanjones574@gmail.com should you be interested in getting involved. R E C R U I T M E N T C H A I R M E N

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