Gamma Rho Chapter Participates in “Take Back the Night” March

 

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(Left to right) President Calvin Dorsey (’13), Alec Wrubel (’14) and Jonah Kriger (’14) were among the members of Gamma Rho chapter taking part in the walk.

Members of Pi Kappa Alpha’s Gamma Rho chapter took part in Northwestern’s annual “Take Back the Night” March last Thursday, April 24 to raise awareness of sexual violence. President Calvin Dorsey (’13) encouraged members to participate the cause. As a member of Northwestern’s Men Against Rape and Sexual assault (MARS), Dorsey felt strongly about the event as did all who participated.

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Garnet and Gold Awards

The Garnet Award is given out each quarter to exemplary scholars of Pi Kappa Alpha Gamma Rho who exceed a quarterly GPA of 3.25. The recipients of the Garnet award for winter quarter 2014 are:

Chris David Bell, Chris Ryan Bell, Joe Farrell, Alex Findlay, Adam Van Heyligers, Cooper Holmes, Adam Jalali, Dennis Kan, Josh Lee, Wyatt McCallum, Tanner Nemkov, Alek Rinholm, Dan Ryan, Paul Saramadis, Mathias Schmutz, Baui Senkfor, Kevin Service, Joe Strack, Andrew Walker, Brandon Wilson

The Gold Award is given out each quarter to exemplary scholars of Pi Kappa Alpha Gamma Rho who exceed a quarterly GPA of 3.5. The recipients of the Gold Award for winter quarter 2014 are:

Blake Alexander, Yawer Amin, Judah Anolick, Nick Bessler, Nikhil Byanna, Tom Cahill, Ian Chan, KC Chilamkurti, TJ Considine, Joey Coomes, Dominik Cubelic, Calvin Dorsey, Sam Elberts, Demetrios Elias, Liam Flahive, Will Garofalo, Kevin Gerner, Michael Gleeson, Dan Goldberg, Andrew Hoff, Ryan Holmes, Sam Ide, Sahil Iyer, Pete Jourgensen, Amrit Kanesa-Thasan, Josh Katz, Jon Kernes, Jacob Kerr, Chris Lederhouse, Jacob Leguineche, Stephen Lenzini, Dan Lesser, Alex Lohmann, Jack McCartney, Dan Moynihan, Matt Mrozek, David Olodort, John Rizzetto, Joe Rosenbaum, Luke Ross, Zach Rubnitz, Matt Salazer, James Scoliard, Alex Wilke

Congrats to everyone on a great quarter!

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26 Pikes Make Dean’s List for Winter Quarter

NUCongratulations to the 26 actives who made the Dean’s List last quarter by achieving a GPA of 3.7 or higher!

Blake Alexander, Yawer Amin, Judah Anolick, Nick Bessler, Nikhil Byanna, Tom Cahill, KC Chilamkurti, Sam Elberts, Kwame Elias, Will Garofalo, Kevin Gerner, Andrew Hoff, Kevin Ibasco, Sam Ide, Amrit Kanesa-Thasan, Josh Katz, Jonathan Kernes, Jacob Lenguineche, Stephen Lenzini, Dan Lesser, Alec Lohmann, Matt Mrozek, John Rizzetto, Matt Salazer, James Scoliard, and Alex Wilke.

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Housing Corporation Signs Ten Year Lease for 2313 Sheridan Road

The New Home of PIKE - Gamma Rho

The New Home of PIKE – Gamma Rho

It is with great pleasure that the Gamma Rho Housing Corporation, currently led by Troy Ihanfeldt (’92) and Paul Huettner (’09), announces that a lease has been executed for 2313 Sheridan Road. The fully renovated house sits in the northwest corner of the recently upgraded south fraternity quad. The 36 man house is one of the biggest on campus and also boast along with having a fantastic layout. Although we are closing the books on our previous property at 566 Lincoln Street, we will not forget the countless memories that many of our alumni experienced within those walls and are hopeful that even more memorable experiences will take place at 2313 Sheridan for our actives and alumni of all ages.

The Housing Corporation and Northwestern executed the 10-year renewable lease on July 17th which terminated the 566 Lincoln lease. While NU will maintain the property, the Housing Corporation will be responsible for additional investment to upgrade the structure from a typical residence hall to a pristine fraternity house.

If anyone has high quality furniture, electronics, rec room equipment, old PIKE memorabilia that they would like to donate please contact Paul here to determine if it is something the house would be interested in. Keep your eye out for the next newsletter in mid-August as we unveil the 2313 Sheridan Capital Campaign.

Thanks again to all the alumni and actives who helped make this happen!

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Interim President Elected as Former President Leaves to Lead IFC

Gamma Rho held a special election for interim President of Gamma Rho last night. Junior Demetrios Elias (’12) was elected by a majority vote and will be formally installednext week. Demetrios, affectionately referred to as “Kwame” by brothers,  holds multiple leadership positions on campus in Dance Marathon, Greek Build, and Residential Life. Demetrios will serve as President until the start of spring quarter with the potential to run for a full term in the annual general elections in February.

Former President, John Cowgill (’11), will be taking his leadership experience to the entire Greek community as President of the Interfraternity Council which currently includes seventeen fraternities. John has served since January 2012. Under his presidency the chapter earned its third consecutive Smythe Award achieving “Legacy” Status, top athletics chapter in the nation, and finished as a finalist for Northwestern Chapter of the Year for the first time. John will begin his role January 31st at the annual IFC installation ceremony.

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John Cowgill Elected IFC President; Kevin Gerner VP

This past month, John Cowgill ’11 was elected Interfraternity Council (IFC) President by a

John Cowgill ’11

majority vote. Fellow brother, Patrick Schnettler ’10, is the current IFC President and will give way for Cowgill to assume the position in January. John, who has been President of Pike for the past year, looks forward to the new opportunity. As Interfraternity Council President he will be responsible for leading the council and establishing a clear vision for IFC as it looks to become more involved in the Northwestern community. “The people elected to IFC and PHA this year are some of the

Kevin Gerner ’12

best leaders and people in the Greek Community,” said John. “I am thrilled to be able to work with all of them over the coming year to better the Northwestern Greek community.” John will resign as the Gamma Rho President and a special election will be held after the New Year.

Kevin Gerner ’12 was also elected to IFC as Vice President of Membership Development. Kevin will sit on the Executive Board and will be responsible for organizing community service events and other large-scale activities.

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Homecoming 2012 Update

Gamma Rho is pleased to announce its festivities for Homecoming Weekend 2012 (October 26-28). We hope to see you in town. Here is the schedule for the weekend:

 

Friday, October 26th:
4:30-5:30 PM: Alumni/Undergrad Meet and Greet with appetizers at Pike House – 2317 Sheridan Road
6:30 PM: Homecoming Parade
8:30 PM-11:30 PM: Open Bar at Zella (1983 North Clybourn Avenue, Chicago) – $25 per head at the door

Saturday, October 27th:
7-11 AM: Homecoming Tailgate at Ryan Field – Lot TBD
11 AM: Homecoming Football Game vs. Iowa*
3:30-5 PM: Post Game Event at Pike House (2317 Sheridan Rd)
8 PM: Lime Credo Concert – Deering Meadow†

*Tickets for the game can be purchased through a block Pike has reserved for alumni for $45 by contacting Joel Childs in the Athletic Department office:
(888-467-8775 x7848) (j-childs@northwestern.edu )

†Lime Credo will be playing as part of the NU Class of 1992 Reunion Event. You do not need to be a member of that class to attend. Simply head here to purchase a Guest ticket. Look for “20th Reunion Class Party – Tent on Deering Meadow,” check the box and proceed to payment.

Questions? Kevin Gerner at kevingerner2015@u.northwestern.edu or Fiona at tatorandtots@gmail.com .

Homecoming 2012 PDF

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Gamma Rho Working with Northwestern to Secure Permanent House

The Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) Gamma Rho Housing Corporation, International Headquarters and Northwestern University have entered into exclusive discussions to establish a residence for the chapter at 2321 Sheridan Road, currently Goodrich Residence Hall, in Fall 2013. Below is the official statement from the University.

“Northwestern University has entered into exclusive discussions with Pi Kappa Alpha to establish a new home for the chapter at 2321 Sheridan Road (currently Goodrich Residence Hall) starting in the Fall of 2013.  The University is currently working with the chapter’s Housing Corporation and International Headquarters on adapting the facility to meet the fraternity’s needs.”

Further updates will be provided pending further discussions with University officials and formal lease negotiations.

The Pike Housing Corporation and Alumni Association commend the chapter’s excellent standing and look forward to Gamma Rho’s continued success at Northwestern this year.

 

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Message from Gamma Rho Alumni: Gamma Rho In Negotiations to Move Into New House

Below is a statement released by the Pi Kappa Alpha Gamma Rho Alumni Association this morning to its members.

Further updates will be provided pending further discussions with  University officials and formal lease negotiations.

On behalf of the Gamma Rho Alumni Association, I am pleased to announce that the Gamma Rho Housing Corporation has entered into negotiations with Northwestern University to move into Goodrich House as the new home of Gamma Rho. The projected timeline for occupation is September of 2013, following finalization of lease terms this fall and structural renovations next summer.

The following is Northwestern University’s official statement:

“Northwestern University has entered into exclusive discussions with Pi Kappa Alpha to establish a new home for the chapter at 2321 Sheridan Road (currently Goodrich Residence Hall) starting in the Fall of 2013. The University is currently working with the chapter’s Housing Corporation and International Headquarters on adapting the facility to meet the fraternity’s needs.”

The Alumni Association would like to take this opportunity to commend Troy Ihlanfeldt (’89) and Paul Huettner (’09) for their dedication and exceptional representation of the chapter as the dialogue with the University has progressed in recent years. Gamma Rho’s current position is an achievement long in the making. Additionally, thank you to Charlie Rimkus (’10) for his contributions to the Housing team.

We would also like to express our appreciation to the many actives and alumni who have helped along the way.

Goodrich Residence Hall

At the core of our drive to obtain a new home for Gamma Rho is a recognition that the actives have excelled in both personal character and their commitment to making Northwestern University a center of excellence. Under the leadership of exemplary Executive Boards, three consecutive Smythe Awards stand as testament to the success of their endeavors. Gamma Rho is now recognized as one of the top chapters in the nation. 

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Former President Patrick Schnettler Elected to Pi Kappa Alpha Supreme Council

Current IFC President Patrick Schnettler (’10)

Gamma Rho experienced more than just chapter-wide success at the Pi Kappa Alpha International Convention. Former Gamma Rho SMC and current IFC President Patrick Schnettler (’10) was one of just two Pike undergraduates in the nation elected to the Pi Kappa Alpha Supreme Council.

The Pi Kappa Alpha Supreme Council controls all Pike operations at the national level, overseeing budgetary changes, fraternity expansion, and national chapter programming. Patrick is the first representative in Gamma Rho’s history to be named to the Supreme Council.

“I’m thrilled to be given this opportunity to represent Gamma Rho and help move our international fraternity forward,” said Patrick.

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