Phi Kappa Theta - Iowa State University

Fall 2014 Newsletter

Iowa Xi Chapter of Phi Kappa Theta at Iowa State University

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FKQ CLONE PHI KAPPA THETA FRATERNITY n IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY n FALL 2014 GIVE, EXPECTING NOTHING THEREOF T his year marks the 90th anniversary of Iowa Xi and the 80th anniversary of Iowa Xi being housed at 2110 Lincoln Way. It's fitting that we have accomplished so much this year as a way to honor our history. We are proud to say the house renovations are almost fully complete. This is by far the largest renovation project Iowa Xi has ever done, and we are so thankful to all the alumni and undergraduates who donated time and treasure to the project. These upgrades were long overdue, and now the house looks great. As announced in the last biographical update mailing, the major renovations were completed in time for the undergraduates to move in for the fall semester, with a small punch list being accomplished during the semester. Hopefully many of you are able to stop by the house during football season or have followed the construction progress on If not, please drop in when you're in Ames or check things out online. We think you will be pleased with how things turned out. While the construction is complete, we are continuing the Pride in Our Past, Foundation for Our Future campaign to pay for the project. There is still time to contribute to the project and get your name listed with other generous alumni on the plaque on main floor (a contribution or pledge of at least $1,000 will get your name on the plaque). We are still roughly $30,000 short of our $600,000 goal. We need to meet this goal, and of course exceeding it would help cut down on the planned loan that was taken out to meet the funding gap. All amounts are welcome, and we still have tax deductibility available for pledges of $10,000 or more. Remember that pledges can be structured to be paid over a five-year period. We are also happy to note that we have raised more than $12,000 for our Stand in the Gap initiative started by our brothers from the 1970s. Nine brothers from the 1970s and 1980s have made pledges to Stand in the Gap for four fallen brothers (noted in enclosed donor list). As a reminder, the The main floor of the Phi Kap house looks spectacular after the renovation. The added space and openness have led to more brothers gathering in communal areas and interacting rather than staying isolated in their rooms. Pride in Our Past CamPaign Only $30,000 frOm gOal Make a Gift Today as Your Support Is Still Needed (Continued on page 3) Rick Ball '86 Invests in the Future of Iowa Xi R ick Ball '86 wanted something more out of his college experience at Iowa State. He came upon Phi Kappa Theta and it immediately felt like home: a place that provided an atmosphere to grow and develop as a person. It was a symbiotic relationship—as his leadership skills matured, so did the fraternity as a whole, thanks in part to Rick's dedication to Iowa Xi. There were many alumni involved in Iowa Xi during Rick's undergraduate tenure who had a positive impact on his experience. "As I look back, alumni like Greg Stolp '84, Mark Biegger '84, and Ron Contillo '85 set a standard for us. But a great deal of my success comes from my pledge brothers and those from the following pledge class. To this day men like Mike Fahning '86, Mike Biegger '87, Ed Maginn '87, and Paul Fisher '87 show me how to be a man, a father, and a brother in all aspects of my life, and for that I am eternally grateful." Rick graduated from Iowa State with a B.A. in marketing. He is the managing member/owner of Ball Team LLC, a regional construction company. "I've been around construction all my life because of my father, so this was a natural progression. Phi Kappa Theta also exposed me to business experience that many young people don't have, which opened many doors for me to early in my career." In addition to making lifelong friends, Phi Kappa Theta is where he met his wife of 27 years, Nancy. "Phi Kap has always been there for me and has helped me both personally and professionally. It provided me (Continued on page 3)

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