Pi Kappa Alpha - Purdue University

Fall 2017 Newsletter

Beta Phi Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha at Purdue University

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Fall 2017 Candlelight Beta Phi Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha • Purdue University Published by the Beta Phi Foundation 97 Y ear s at Pur d u e Recovered Charter and Smythe Award Make 2017 a Standout Year B rothers, it is indeed a great time to be a Beta Phi Pike! The Smythe Award capped off a long and hard climb to the highest level. It was unveiled at Homecoming, along with our recovered charter. For those who don't know, our original charter had been lost for about 40 years. We had believed it was lost forever. In late fall 2016, shortly after Homecoming, the Chapter president, Andrew McGowan '17, received a package in the mail simply addressed to the president. It had no return address on it or anything identifying who sent it. The postmark was from somewhere near Columbus, Ohio. Inside Andrew found our original charter— printed on lambskin and extremely well maintained. Bob Nice '82, Rex Martin '72, and I began a project to restore some of our Chapter history. Last spring we asked in the Candlelight for donations to help pay for the project. We received gifts from Jim Thompson '57, Jeff Langston '92 and his brother, Jim Langston '92. That put the wheels in motion. Through a great deal of research, Rex was able to put together our petition for charter and a photo history of all the houses we've lived in at Purdue. So now our petition for charter, original charter and brief history are in their own case, along with our brand new Smythe Award in the Alumni Room of the Chapter House. Please make sure you stop in and enjoy the display. One note of mystery however: see if you can figure out which name from the petition has been removed from the charter. Sincerely in ffka, Joe Conti '85 President, Beta Phi Foundation (812) 629-3356 joscon_61@yahoo.com

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