Gamma Rho Wins Third Consecutive Smythe Award

From Left: Membership Vice President Matt Liffmann (’11), IFC President Patrick Schnettler (’10), Internal Vice President Vivan Som (’10), President John Cowgill (’11), Internal Rush Czar Dave Richards (’11), Treasurer Will Stark (’11), Vice President of Risk Management Luke Moderhack (’11)

Gamma  Rho  was  awarded  its  3rd   consecutive  Robert  Adger  Smythe  Award  this  past   weekend  at the  68th  Pi Kappa Alpha International   Convention  held  in  Denver,  Colorado.  The  Smythe   Award  is  given  annually  to  the  top  eight  percent  of   Pike  Chapters  in  the  nation  and  recognizes   excellence  in  all  aspects  of  chapter  programming.

Gamma  Rho  won  its  first  Smythe  Award  two   years  ago.  Since  that  win,  Gamma  Rho  has  continued   to  advance  itself  as  one of the  preeminent  fraternities  at   Northwestern.  This  year,  Gamma  Rho  maintained  a   3.31  GPA,  initiated  32  men,  raised  over  $50,000  for   philanthropy,  and  ranked  1st  on  campus  in  athletics.  Gamma  Rho  was  also  one  of  the  few   fraternities  on  campus  with  no  discipline  violations.

“Thanks  to  the  hard  work  of  many  brothers   and  alumni  over  the  past  decade,  Gamma  Rho  is  now one of the top Pike Chapters in the nation,” said  president John Cowgill (’11).

Gamma  Rho  won  a  number  of  other  awards   at  the  convention,  including  the  Raymond  L.  Orions   Excellence  Award,  the  scholarship  award  (top  GPA),   and  the  Athletics  Division  I  award.  The  chapter  also   placed  as  finalists  in  Alumni  Relations  and  New   Member  Education.

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Gamma Rho to Send 8 Men to Pi Kappa Alpha International Convention

Top Row, Left to Right: Treasurer Will Stark (’11), IVP Vivan Som (’10), MVP Matt Liffmann (’11), SMC John Cowgill (’11). Bottom Row, Left to Right: VP of Risk Awareness Luke Moderhack (’11), Co-Rush Czar Dave Richards (’11), IFC President Patrick Schnettler (’10)

Gamma Rho is proud to announce that it will be sending seven brothers and one alumnus to the Pi Kappa Alpha International Convention in Denver, Colorado this July 26th-29th. SMC John Cowgill (’11), IVP Vivan Som (’10), MVP Matt Liffmann (’11), Treasurer Will Stark (’11),  VP of Risk Awareness Luke Moderhack (’11), Co-Rush Czar Dave Richards (’11), former SMC and current IFC President Patrick Schnettler (’10), and Gamma Rho Chapter Advisor Mike Anderson (’88) will all be in attendance. Patrick will also be interviewing to serve on the Pi Kappa Alpha Undergraduate Supreme Council. Wish Gamma Rho luck as it pursues its third consecutive Smythe Award!

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Annual Alumni Golf Outing

Please join us for the Annual Alumni Golf Outing at Glenview Golf Club located at 800 Shermer Road Glenview, IL 60025

Pike will hold its annual Alumni Golf Outing on Saturday, June 2nd, at Glenview Golf Club, with Tee Times beginning at 1:30pm. The last group will tee off around 2:30pm. Lunch will be provided at the course beforehand, and the event will continue with food, beverages, and swimming for “the 19th hole” at alumni Chris Coleman’s house located at 825 Wagner Court Glenview, IL 60025 following the round. There will be a longest drive contest, as well as a closest to the pin contest, with prizes for the winners.  Tickets for the golf outing are $50 and are available for purchase below.  If you are unable to golf please feel free to join us for the “the 19th hole” festivities.

Please RSVP to Alumni Relations Chair Kevin Gerner ( and contact him if you have any questions or concerns as well.
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Pi Kappa Alpha wins Order of Omega Awards

2012 Pi Kappa Alpha OOO Awards

Left to Right: SMC John Cowgill '11, Paul Huettner '09, Kevin Gerner '12, Patrick Schnettler '10, IVP Mike Lombardo '10

NU Pikes win big at Northwestern’s Order of Omega Year End Greek Awards. Pike won Outstanding External Relations, Outstanding Campus and Greek Involvement, and for the first time placed as one of three finalists for Chapter of the Year. In addition to chapter awards, Pike senior Paul Huettner ’09 won Outstanding Greek Leadership and Pike freshman Kevin Gerner ’12 won Outstanding New Member. Congratulations to all our brothers who made this year one of the most successful, rewarding periods in our chapter’s history.

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Pikes Do Their Part for Earth Day

Five brothers spent the Earth Day 2012 gardening on Northwestern’s campus. The brothers worked with Pike’s housing manager, David Giljohann, who runs the garden located near Technological Institute.

The brothers weeded and tilled the soil for new seeds. Though the work was grueling, the Pikes were willing to help out their housing manager. “It is always nice to go and give back to the earth and more directly Dave for all he gives to us with his work for the house,” said Matt Liffman (’11). Giljohann appreciated the brother’s work at the garden and he looks forward to their continued involvement next year.

Earth Day, founded in 1969, is celebrated in over 175 countries and encourages people of every community, including college campuses, to give back.

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Pikes raises $42,964 at 2012 Northwestern Dance Marathon

During the first weekend in March, brothers and pledges of the Gamma Rho Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha danced for 30 straight hours in the Northwestern University Dance Marathon.

The 12 Gamma Rho brothers and five pledges teamed up to dance with the women of Kappa Kappa Gamma. The team raised more than $42,000, the second most money of any dancer group.

The 30 hours of dancing was the culmination of a brother-wide effort fundraising efforts in the past three months. The money raised went to support the Andrew McDonough B Positive Foundation, which provides financial support for childhood cancer research and emotional support for families with children who have cancer.

Brother Matthew Larsen (’10) did not dance on the Pi Kappa Alpha team, but took on a larger role in the event. He was a member of the Dance Marathon executive board, serving as the co-chairman of finance.

After dancing in his fourth straight Dance Marathon, Paul Huettner (’09) became a member of the prestigious 120-Hour Club.

For the last six hours of Dance Marathon, the Gamma Rho brothers and pledges were able to spend time with children in the Andrew McDonough B Positive Foundation.

The Gamma Rho brothers and pledges erupted in jubilation when the final fundraising total of $1,107,670 was announced.

The total was the highest ever in the event’s 38-year history at Northwestern.

More information and photos can be viewed at the following sites:                                      Pike Flickr Page                                                                                                                         Justin Barbin Photography:  Blocks 1&2     Blocks 3-8   Blocks 9&10                                    The Daily Northwestern                                                                                                           North By Northwestern


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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. Sophomore John Cowgill (’11) was elected by a majority
vote and will be formally installed next week. John holds multiple
leadership positions on campus with the consulting and business
organizations, CASE and ISBE. He 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, Patrick Schnettler (’10), will be taking his
leadership experience to the entire Greek community as President of
the Interfraternity Council which currently includes seventeen
fraternities. Pat has served since March 2011. Under his presidency
the chapter earned its second Smythe Award, top public relations
chapter in the nation, and had record number of new members and
initiates. Pat will begin his role tomorrow evening at the annual
installation ceremony. Junior Nathan Jimenez will also be installed as
the VP of Programming for Order of Omega, a national Greek honor

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26 Men Pledge Gamma Rho


The Gamma Rho chapter started off the new year with a bang, adding 26 great pledges to the fraternity’s ranks during Northwestern University’s winter recruitment.

The pledges are an eclectic group of men, hailing from all over the country and studying in five of the six undergraduate schools at Northwestern.

Pledge Educator Mike Sharifi (’09), assisted by a small group of brothers, will help the pledge class learn about the fraternity’s history and values.

For more information on Pi Kappa Alpha recruitment, contact Nathan Jimenez at

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Recruitment Week Schedule

Check out the schedule below for Pi Kappa Alpha’s 2012 recruitment week events. Events are open to all non-affiliated men at Northwestern Wednesday through Friday. An invite only event will be held on Saturday. Go Greek!

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Happy Holidays from Gamma Rho!!

The brothers of Gamma Rho would like to extend our loyal readers and everyone associated with the chapter a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

If you haven’t checked out the website in a while we have made some updates including some recent posts seen below as well as updating links under the “Alumni” and “Useful Links” tab. Thanks again for keeping up with Gamma Rho’s news!!

Happy Holidays from Gamma Rho!!

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