Pi Kappa Alpha - Mississippi State University

Spring 2015 Newsletter

Gamma Theta Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha at Mississippi State University

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Fireman e newsletter for alumni and friends of Gamma eta Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha at Mississippi State University The Spring 2015 Foundation Firm as House Corporation plans For Future Now Is the Time to Reconnect with Pi Kappa Alpha U pon graduating from Mississippi 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 Theta Chapter willingly gives its time to help Pike remain strong on the MSU campus. With this in mind, we have decided produce The Fireman newsletter biannually. This focus will help our members stay in touch and will cultivate awareness and involvement with Gamma Theta. 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 Pikes at Mississippi State. In order to preserve that legacy, now is the appropriate time to secure our future at MSU. 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 provide those opportunities for future generations. Our beloved chapter house has been the heart of our brotherhood for nearly 90 years and has provided a home away from home for generations of Gamma Thetas; 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 MSU 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 Theta continues to send outstanding young men to post-college life, we maintain a solid foundation on Pi Kappa Alpha's principles housed at 103 Stone Boulevard. Fraternally, Jay Cook '02 House Corporation President (662) 418-9605 | jaycook@bankcom.com Alumnus Maintains Pike Connections Despite Distance Spotlight on Niles Withers '66 A lthough his career has taken Niles Withers '66 far from Mississippi, his loyalty to Gamma Theta remains strong. Living in Malaysia, Niles is the owner of an oil and gas company that provides offshore crane services in South East Asia and the Middle East. Pike brothers who majored in petroleum engineering were helpful to Niles as he got his start in the field. He also worked in the Gulf of Mexico during the summers while working on his B.S. in accounting. During his time in the chapter, Niles served as assistant pledge master for initiation. He was grateful for the guidance of Jim Smith '63. "He was my pledge master and from humble beginnings, like me. He taught me that it didn't matter where you came from, but how you handled yourself," Niles said. Some of Niles' favorite moments with his brothers include the parties, sporting events, and simply hanging out at the house together. "Christmas Open House was always very special as we had our parents and all the faculty and administration from the University attend," he said. Distance keeps Niles from visiting often, but he stays up to date on chapter happenings through The Fireman newsletter and correspondence with friends like Eddie Keith '67 and George Sherman '70. Niles enjoys catching up with Gamma Theta brothers on his trip to the U.S. each spring. (Continued on page 2)

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