Pi Kappa Alpha - Missouri State University

Spring 2018 Newsletter

Zeta Chi Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha at Missouri State University

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THE ZETA CHI PIKELINE Spring 2018 ZETA CHI CHAPTER OF PI KAPPA ALPHA AT MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY FOSTERING A LIFELONG EXPERIENCE Zeta Chi to Celebrate 50/150 Anniversary F or more than a century, Pi Kappa Alpha has played a pivotal role in the lives of its members. From the moment we became part of the brotherhood, we both celebrated and supported one another's accomplishments. Zeta Chi invites alumni, family, and friends to continue this celebration by joining us for the largest event since the chartering of Zeta Chi. On April 13- 14, our association will host the 50/150 all-class reunion weekend and Fireman's Challenge to celebrate Zeta Chi's 50th anniversary and Pi Kappa Alpha's 150th anniversary. DON'T MISS THE CHANCE TO RECONNECT If you have never attended an alumni event, the 50/150 all-class reunion and Fireman's Challenge weekend is the perfect opportunity to reconnect. Help us cheer on our undergraduate members as they experience demanding firefighter tasks and enjoy the company of brothers from across generations. Register at https://zetachi_150.eventbrite.com ZETA CHI RAISES MORE THAN $12,000 The Zeta Chi Alumni Association has raised more than $12,000 with the help of 62 donors. While we are short of our ambitious 2017 goal of $24,000, we should be proud of the growth we are seeing in our new annual campaign over the previous dues structure. Given the shortfall of donations compared to our target, we will be unable to establish a housing reserve fund of $5,000 and not be able to contribute additional funds to the Zeta Chi Chapter Endowment fund. However, I am so grateful for those who supported our efforts. The commitment of so many active alumni truly inspries me, but I can't help but think of the results if we had 200 donors. Let's continue building on this foundation to ensure the long-term success of Zeta Chi. Fraternally, Jeff Counts '90 ZXAA President (636) 675-5890 | alumni@zetachipikes.com Friday, April 13 • 6-10 p.m. – Happy hour at Dublin's Pass, 317 Park Central East Saturday, April 14* • 11 a.m. – Fireman's Challenge event registration at Plaster Stadium parking lot • 12 p.m. – Fireman's Challenge competition begins, for more information, visit www.zxfiremanschallenge.org • 3-4 p.m. – Alumni Association annual meeting at the Pike chapter house, 1117 E. Elm Street • 6 p.m. – Cocktail hour at Ocean Zen, 4117 S. National Avenue • 7 p.m. – 50/150 celebration dinner at Ocean Zen *Coat and tie preferable for Saturday evening events DEVELOPING THE TRUE PIKE William Perry '83 Inspired by Zeta Chi's Accomplishments A s many brothers experience after graduation, the connection to the fraternity decreases as time goes by. Bill Perry '83 was no exception. However, in 2006, a fateful call got him reconnected with the chapter in a big way. "It was exciting to get that call from Jim Roebuck '81," Bill said. "He, along with many other brothers, were on a mission to establish an alumni association. They took the effort and were quite persistent to re-colonize the Zeta Chi Chapter. It was a win-win all around." Bill joined Pi Kappa Alpha through his ROTC relationship with Josh Nixon '83 and Bob Horner '83, Bill's eventual big brother. All three received commissions with the U.S. Army as officers in 1983 and 1984, and all three attended the U.S. Army Airborne School (parachutist training) at Fort Benning, Georgia. "I am thankful for those two for getting me involved in PIKE. Looking back, it is amazing how so many different personalities managed to get along in a single building with just a few bathrooms," Bill said. "Living under the same roof helped us look for ways to make things work. When differences arose, we worked together to make it a great experience for everyone. Now, in full disclosure for those who were there, Bob and I argued like cats and dogs! To be fair, it was meaningless, but (Continued on page 2)

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