Pi Kappa Alpha - Oklahoma State University

Summer 2017 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 SUMMER 2017 T he ribbon cutting ceremony for the Gamma Chi chapter house was on Saturday, April 1. More than 200 individuals attended to celebrate the completion of our stunning new home. It was a day full of Pike events and those who attended were overwhelmed with chapter pride; the house is sure to be the envy of every other fraternity across campus. The chapter honored Brother Neal Patterson '68, who in total, donated $8 million; and Gamma Chi Hall of Famer Gordon Eubanks '65, who donated $1 million. The pair led the way for the construction of our $12.8 million fraternity house, which boasts 32,500 square feet. Scores of other four-, five-, and six-figure donors made incredibly generous donations, pushing themselves to their giving limit. The house now ranks as the second-largest Pike fraternity house in the nation and the ninth- largest Greek fraternity house in the nation. But it's not just the size—the house features unprecedented levels of amenities and finishes for a Greek housing structure. At 1 p.m. on April 1, the culmination of several years of hard work from so many alumni from across generations of Gamma Chi came to a head when the Neal L. Patterson Chapter House was dedicated and Brother Patterson was inducted into the Gamma Chi Hall of Fame. Neal's son, Clay, accepted the Hall of Fame award on his father's behalf. Neal's children and their spouses were present, as well as his brother's family, and nephew Alan Patterson, who became the first Pike initiated in the new chapter house on March 31. Later that evening, over 230 guests gathered at the O-Club inside Gallagher-Iba Arena overlooking T. Boone Pickens Stadium to celebrate the momentous occasion at the Alumni Association's Annual Banquet. The guest list was notable with Brother Eubanks, and Brother Patterson's families, two International Presidents (Shad D. Williams and John M. Williams), many prominent business and community leaders, and representatives from the International Headquarters in attendance. The keynote speaker for the event was PiKA Vice President and CEO Justin Buck, who primarily spoke to the undergraduates about how now it is their time to capitalize and turn Gamma Chi into a Smythe Chapter. At the banquet, the undergraduates gave out their SLAG awards and Undergraduate of the Year Award. Also given out was the J. Lewie Sanderson Alumni Volunteer of the Year award to Brandon Lux '02 and Gamma Chi Dream Girl Hall of Fame award. Generations of Gamma Chi Brothers Gather for Chapter house Grand openinG Ceremony Honoring Our Legacy, Securing Our Future Campaign Still Needs Your Support To date, we have raised over $2.6 million from alumni other than Neal Patterson. This is extremely exciting; however, although our house is complete, we must ensure we raise as much as possible as there is still a significant mortgage balance to reduce. Please ask yourself what impact Pike has had upon your life, and return your gift today using the enclosed envelope, or visit osupike.kintera.org/donate. Thank you for your support. Fraternally, Nicholas Johnson '02, AA Chairman najohnson2121@gmail.com Left to right: Jerry Morrison '78, Mrs. Morrison, Dr. David Metz '77 and wife Sheila Metz, John Brandon '81. OSU President Burns Hargis and Pi Kappa Alpha International President Shad Williams '90 addressed the crowd at the dedication of the chapter house. Make Your Gift Online — osupike.kintera.org/donate

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