Pi Kappa Alpha - Oklahoma State University

Summer 2014 Newsletter

Gamma Chi Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha at Oklahoma State University

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P i k e P r e s s Gamma Chi Chapter of Pi kappa Alpha at Oklahoma state University U pon graduating from Oklahoma State University, we all leave Pi Kappa Alpha with high hopes of keeping our fraternal bonds intact. However, we quickly find that many new interests—careers, families, and civic activities—can create valid diversions. The day- to-day activities of life take over and, before long, we fall out of touch and begin to wonder what happened to our brothers. Fortunately, the House Corporation of Gamma Chi Chapter willingly gives its time to help Pike remain strong on the OSU campus. With this in mind, we have decided to launch production of the Pike Press newsletter. This focus will help our members stay in touch and will cultivate awareness and involvement with Gamma Chi Chapter. It is important for all brothers to stay informed about the collegiate chapter and what our younger brothers are accomplishing on campus and in the community. While there may be some differences in today's chapter compared to the one you knew, there is an unbroken chain of PKAs at Oklahoma State. In order to preserve that legacy, now is the appropriate time to look into securing our future. Today, perhaps more than ever, college fraternities play a pivotal role in shaping the lives of young men. We all know that Pi Kappa Alpha can provide a solid foundation for young men by offering a small-group living environment and opportunities for high academic achievement and the development of leadership and social skills. As alumni, it is our duty to continue providing those opportunities for future generations. Our beloved chapter house has been the heart of our brotherhood for more than 30 years and has provided a home away from home for generations of Gamma Chis; however, as the university continues to invest in modern, updated dormitories, the House Corporation must address our need to provide a safe, competitive, and modern facility on the OSU campus. We recognize these challenges and are dedicated to providing an educationally conducive environment and a modern facility for college men well into the future. So as Gamma Chi continues to send outstanding young men to post-college life, we maintain a solid foundation on Pi Kappa Alpha's principles housed at 221 South Lincoln Ave. Fraternally, Larry Ricker '65 House Corporation President (405) 372-7617 larry.ricker@gmail.com Foundations Firm as House Corporation Plans for Future Now is the Time to reconnect with Pi kappa Alpha House Corporation President Larry Ricker '65 Auto Parts Specialist, NAPA Stillwater, Okla. (405) 372-7617 larry.ricker@gmail.com House Corporation Vice President D. Blain Claypool '85 President, St. Vincent's Clay County Hospital Jacksonville, Fla. (702) 372-6443 dbclaypool@gmail.com Members-at-Large M. Lee Wilson '86 Senior Manager for the Information Systems Division at Walmart Fayetteville, Ark. (479) 422-5806 michael.wilson@walmart.com Rich Young '80 Owner, Rich Young Design Palm Springs, Calif. (760) 333-7417 rich@richyoungdesign.com S. Shane Pate II '00 Attorney at Williams, Box, Forshee & Bullard, P.C. Oklahoma City, Okla. (405) 232-0080 spate@wbfblaw.com Chapter Advisor Tommy Shotwell '89 Student Union Custodial Services, Oklahoma State University Stillwater, Okla. (405) 269-2437 tommy.shottwell@okstate.edu iNTrOdUCiNG THe GAmmA CHi HOUse COrPOrATiON T he House Corporation for Pi Kappa Alpha at Oklahoma State University is a 501(c)(7) not-for- profit corporation, formed with the purpose of planning for and working toward providing competitive housing on campus for Gamma Chi. The manner in which the house corporation seeks to accomplish this is by buying, selling, receiving, exchanging, leasing, renting, granting, improving, developing, repairing, and at times maintaining a mortgage on the real and personal property of the Gamma Chi Chapter. House corporations are governed by a board of alumni volunteers, elected by their peers. While some house corporation board members have a background in real estate, the most important qualification is having a passion for the chapter's housing. At OSU, the Gamma Chi chapter house competes with some of the best fraternity housing structures in the nation, competition which becomes increasingly fiercer as the surrounding fraternities are currently engaged in capital campaigns to renovate or completely rebuild their living spaces. A strong house corporation is critical to the longevity of Pi Kappa Alpha as it faces these challenges. Our house corporation board is composed of the following members: sUmmer 2014

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