Pi Kappa Alpha - Purdue University

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Beta Phi Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha at Purdue University

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spring 2016 Candlelight Beta Phi Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha • Purdue University Published by the Beta Phi Foundation I want to open this letter by sending out a huge thank-you to all who generously donated to our leadership training fund. Due to your generosity, Beta Phi will send 20 members to Pike University in Chicago. We have experienced firsthand that members who attend these types of conferences come back and become strong leaders. We look forward to getting a report back from Chapter President Andrew McGowan '17, as he is one of the 20 members attending. These activities really solidify the Chapter, bring in new ideas, reinforce the importance of training, and create an even stronger bond among the Foundation, Home Association, Alumni Advisory Committee, and the Chapter. Thank you, again! December opened with Pike Old Masters and turned out to be another great event. Jeff Copeland '69, Steve Clausman '85, Matt Folz '11, and Matt Daily '09 donated their time to meet with the members on Saturday and Sunday. Old Masters has been a great success and this year was no different. We attended the Purdue vs. Youngstown State game and enjoyed a great dinner with members of the executive board on Saturday. It is a great way to get to know these young men on a personal level. On Sunday, we had breakfast at the Chapter House followed by break-out sessions. During these sessions, the Old Masters can share stories, give advice, and look for potential employees. The undergraduates can gain the benefit of the experiences the alumni have accumulated. To me, it is immeasurable the importance of passing down stories and allowing our active members to understand that we all once stood in their shoes, lived in the same house, and sometimes even in the same room. Anyone interested in becoming an Old Master should contact me or Josh Bellman '08. The event is held either the first or second weekend of December every year. In January, Bob Nice '82, president of the Home Association; Josh Bellman '08, chapter advisor; Dick Cypherd, house management; and I met with the Chapter. We do this every few years since the house turns over in about that time frame. Our purpose is to explain who we are, what we represent, and what the three different organizations do for the Chapter. It was an incredibly positive meeting. Much discussion was had about what our expectations are for them as individuals and as a Chapter. The group of young men in the house today lives in a completely different set of circumstances than when most of us were at Purdue. We as alumni need to adapt to a changing world, but also reinforce the importance of history and tradition. You will see in the report from Andrew McGowan '17 that the Chapter GPA continues to climb. They are making extensive use of the tutoring program we established, thanks to the tremendous donations from our alumni. The program helps create an environment where the undergraduates can get help with virtually any class they need. They know this program is funded by the alumni and take full advantage of the opportunity. As you can clearly see, your donations are being put to good use. The Foundation maintains as small of an operating budget as is possible. Through your continued support, we continue to sponsor the services, assistance, scholarships, reunions, communications, and events that make Beta Phi the best possible fraternity at Purdue. Your support is greatly appreciated. Make note of our upcoming events and join us. You will be impressed with what you find. In the bonds of ffka, Joe Conti '85 President, Beta Phi Foundation (812) 629-3356 / joscon_61@yahoo.com Beta Phi Alumni Continue Creating Opportunities for Chapter to Succeed Beta Phi Sets Its Sights on Philanthropy and Academics This Spring Left: Beta Phi members volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club. Middle: Pike members and their dates at formal in Louisville, Kentucky. Right: Last winter, Pike joined the women of Alpha Xi Delta for an evening of ice skating. Read about the chapter on page 2!

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