Chapter Hosts New VP of Student Affairs

The chapter recently hosted the new Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Patricia Telles-Irvin at the house for dinner.  Brothers and alumni enjoyed a catered meal and discussed campus and Greek issues with the new VP.  Dr. Telles-Irvin previously held the same role at University of Florida and was a Greek herself (Kappa Alpha Theta) at Duke University. She was very appreciative for everything Pike and the rest of the NU Greek community has done for the university and surrounding Evanston community and is looking forward to working with the Greeks to create the best and safest campus environment for students. Pike would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Dr. Telles-Irvin for taking time out of her busy life to attend the event.

Brothers and Alumni with VP of Student Affairs Dr. Telles-Irvin

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Packed House for Thanksgiving Dinner

The chapter hosted its annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday November 17th in the great room of the house.  The house reached capacity as turnout was unprecedented with over 70 brothers and 50 potential new members in attendance! Gamma Rho’s Thanksgiving Dinner is widely regarded as the best on campus and serves as the chapter’s staple event for fall quarter. The evening consisted of hors d’oeuvres in the chapter room, a three course dinner of salad, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie.

Brothers and guests enjoy dinner

The opening prayer was given by sophomores John Cowgill (’11) and Sam Ide (’11) and Patrick Schnettler (’10) gave the presidential address. Scholarships totaling $1,000  were also presented to three potential new members: Eddie Gaitan, Pete Jourgensen, and Brad Winters. All recipients went through an application and interview process. The Garnet and Gold Scholarship Fund sponsored the scholarships.

$250 Scholarship Winner - Freshman Pete Jourgensen

Senior Recruitment Czar, Nathan Jimenez (’10) and Dave Richards (’11), the Junior Recruitment Czar, did a tremendous job getting over 50 freshman and transfer students to the event. A big thank you to David Giljohann for assisting with the event as well! More pictures can be found by clicking here.

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President, Patrick Schnettler (’10) Elected IFC President

Schnettler holding the 2011 Smythe Award

On Tuesday Patrick Schenttler (’10) was elected by a majority vote of the Interfraternity Council presidents. Schnettler will be taking over for Andrew Duble, the current president, on January 24th. As IFC president Pat will be responsible for leading the council and establishing a clear vision for IFC as it looks to become more involved with the Northwestern community and establish closer ties with the administration. Following his election Pat said, “I am very excited and grateful for this opportunity to lead the greater Northwestern fraternity community. I look forward to working with the chapter presidents, fraternity and sorority life staff, and other NU administrators over the next year.”

Pat will be resigning from his role as Gamma Rho President in January and a special election will occur to elect the interim President until elections are held in late February.

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Pi Kappa Alpha Joins with

The Gamma Rho Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha is proud to announce that the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity recently joined as a platinum level sponsor. is a national organization dedicated to its mission of empowering people to prevent hazing in college and university student groups. They provide education, develop resources and build partnerships with others who believe in the work they do. The full press release can be read here – Hazing Prevention Press Release. Our chapter continues to support hazing prevention at Northwestern through a strict standards and non-hazing policy which every member is required to sign before entrance into the fraternity is granted as well as participating in multiple hazing prevention events on Northwestern’s campus organized by various organizations and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

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Brother Sam Wheeler (’09) Runs Non-Profit Project in Laos

Sam Wheeler (’09) has spent over a year working and traveling across Asia including his most recent project, Football for Nature. He set up shop in a mountain village in Laos and began working with the locals to educate them on environmental awareness while enjoying a game of football (soccer to us here in the USA). Below is the “recipe” for Football for Nature (F4N).

The Recipe for F4N: Laos

10 footballs
2 goals
25 shirts
2 ‘mini’ lectures
8 days of environmental education

Sam Wheeler and the beneficiaries of Football for Nature

You can learn more about the project by checking out Sam’s blog here. Sam’s service work is a true demonstration of Pi Kappa Alpha’s global reach.

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Homecoming & Alumni Events

Alumni, actives, and friends please check out the exciting message below from Matt Liffmann, the chapter’s Alumni Relations Chairman. Please note that tickets can only be bought by Gamma Rho alumni for themselves and immediate family members.

Hello Alumni,

After coming off a fantastic weekend down in Memphis where the chapter won its 2nd consecutive Smthye award, I wanted to let you know about some great things the chapter is doing this upcoming academic year. Below is information on Homecoming, Recruitment, and away football games and how you can get involved.


The most important event of the year is once again HOMECOMING. We had a record number of brothers return to Northwestern last year and we would like to have an even higher turnout this year. Please mark your calendars and book your flights now you are not going to want to miss this. Our events are starting up the evening of Friday October 21st. The main event is the football game against Penn State with kickoff taking place on Saturday, October 22nd at 6 p.m. This year is going to be especially exciting. Check this out:

· PIKE is taking over the endzone! Gamma Rho has exclusive access to the north endzone party deck complete with seating and canopied buffet dining included.
· Cash Bar in the stadium!! NCAA regulations don’t allow alcohol to be served in general admission so the party deck will also be the ONLY place in the stadium where alcohol will be served.
· The game starts at 6pm on 10/22 – meaning tons of time to tailgate. Location TBD but the tailgate will most likely be in the East or West Lot.
· Only 120 tickets are available and will sell out so don’t delay and purchase them now! You have been warned. Any remaining tickets after Sept. 15th will be released to friends and family of the actives.

Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased here. Everyone will need a party deck ticket (not general admission) to get into the party deck area.

Check out the map below for a detailed aerial view of Ryan Field.

PIKE Ryan Field Homecoming Layout

Recruitment – Iowa Roadtrip

This year the chapter is asking for alumni to consider donating toward our traditional football roadtrip. Historically the chapter has taken a charter bus to an away game to cheer on the Wildcats. With around 30 brothers and 20 freshman attending each year, this has historically been the chapter’s best recruitment event which “seals the deal” with many top prospects . Unfortunately, the chapter was unable to do this event last year partially due to cost and we simply have to do this event if we are to reach our goal of undeniably securing the best rush class at NU. We are traveling to Iowa City on October 15th and are looking for alumni to sponsor tickets for the trip at a cost of $50 per ticket. If you would like to donate one or more tickets to the chapter for this event please click here. If you would like to donate an alternate amount please click here. We greatly appreciate any support you can offer.

Away Football Games

Finally, the chapter and some alumni are also planning a few trips to away football games. Check out the info below:

Opponent: Army (West Point, NY)
Date: 9/17
Time: 2:30pm
Contact: Blake Yocom | 
Other Info: Some alumni will be participating in Sailgate, a boat ride tailgate to West Point.

Opponent: Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
Date: 10/15
Time: 6pm
Contact: Nathan Jimenez | | 630.518.7598
Other Info: Gamma Rho’s annual rush event. Please see donation info above.

Opponent: Nebraska (Lincoln, NE)
Date: 11/5
Time: TBA (Probably night game)
Contact: Paul Huettner | | 847.859.9761
Other Info: Get your tickets here ASAP or order through stubhub (Nebraska doesn’t sell general admin tickets). About 10 actives are making the trek out to Lincoln for this.


Shield & Diamond Magazine – Gamma Rho is featured on page 20. Correction: The contact should be our president or myself, not Patrick Metcalf as mentioned in the issue.
Actives Website
Alumni Website

Thanks in advance and look forward to speaking to you all soon. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to email me.
In phi phi kappa alpha,

Matt Liffmann
Pi Kappa Alpha Alumni Relations Chair

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Gamma Rho Wins Second Consecutive Smythe

At the 2011 Academy in Memphis, Gamma Rho was awarded its second consecutive Robert Adger Smythe Award by the International Fraternity. The Smythe Award recognizes overall chapter excellence and is the most prestigious honor awarded by the International Fraternity. This is evidence of the outstanding year Gamma Rho had during the 2010-2011 school year. The chapter improved in nearly all of its statistical categories and worked hard to create a culture to sustain its recent success.

From left: Nathan Jimenez ('10), Dave Richards ('11), Mike Raab ('09), Pat Schnettler ('10), Matt Larsen ('10), Vivan Som ('10)

Highlights from this year’s Year End Summary are below.

  • Raised over $50,000 for philanthropy
  • Recruited more men than any other chapter on campus
  • Won intramural Team of the Year
  • Performed more than 2,500 hours of community service

In addition to the Smythe Award, Gamma Rho took home numerous other chapter awards. The chapter won the award for Outstanding Public Relations, 100-man chapter award, and the scholarship plate (recognizing 3.0 chapter GPA). Gamma Rho was also a finalist for Division I Athletics and Philanthropic Efforts.


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Gamma Rho Internship Program in Spotlight

The recently initiated and continually growing Gamma Rho Internship Program is receiving praise from the International Fraternity. The article below was published to the Pi Kappa Alpha website ( on Wednesday, May 25.

Three Pi Kappa Alpha members from Gamma Rho Chapter (Northwestern University) are getting an opportunity of a lifetime spending the summer interning at a private equity firm based in Indonesia.

Gamma Rho’s continuing education summer internship program was established in summer 2010. Former Chapter President Christopher Clower ’85 who initiated the program has worked in the investment banking industry for 15 years and recently started his own firm last year. Clower offers two to three summer internship positions to members of the chapter based on commitment and contribution to Gamma Rho. Summer internships have the possibility to lead to an offer of permanent employment with the firm.

Paul Huettner ('09) and Pat Garvin ('08) interning in Indonesia during the summer of 2010


This year’s interns include Paul Huettner ‘09, Andy Day ‘08, and Dan Pfeffer ‘09. The summer 2010 program included Paul Huettner and Patrick Garvin ‘08. The interns will gain experience in the mining industry through rural site visits, learn Bahasa, Indonesia’s national language, take classes on aspects of corporate finance, get an in-depth look at community development in the emerging market community, as well as some time for sightseeing and learning about south-east Asian culture.

Clower is a great example of Pikes giving back to the organization by assisting undergraduate members find internships and gain valuable real life work experience. We commend Christopher Clower for his work and dedication to Pi Kappa Alpha.

Any questions regarding the Gamma Rho Internship Program can be directed to Alumni Relations Chairman Matt Liffmann.

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Paul Huettner (’09) Wins President of the Year

Paul Huettner '09 - 2011 IFC President of the Year

]At the annual Greek Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Order of Omega on May 17, 2011, Paul Huettner (’09) won the individual award for Outstanding Chapter President. This award was very well deserved, as Paul’s commitment to the fraternity during his time as president and beyond has brought the chapter to new heights.

Highlights of Paul’s presidency include winning the Smythe Award at the International Convention in 2010, greatly improving the leadership transition process, and establishing clear brotherhood expectations.

Paul served as president from March of 2010 to March of 2011. Paul now serves as the Membership Vice President on the Executive Board. He is also the Vice President of Administration for the Interfraternity Council.

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Pike Wins 2 Greek Awards, Finalist for 3 Others

At the annual Order of Omega Greek Awards Ceremony, held on Tuesday, May 17, Pi Kappa Alpha took home two chapter awards and was a finalist for three others. These awards recognize the excellence of both chapters and individuals in the Greek community. Seventeen IFC chapters compete for each award.

Pike won the Outstanding External Relations Award for the chapter’s excellence in alumni relations, relationship with International Fraternity, and outstanding work in the Northwestern community.

Gamma Rho also took home the award for Outstanding Membership Development. This reflects the chapter’s commitment to brotherhood and personal development through the fraternity experience.

Pike was a finalist for three other awards: Outstanding Chapter Management, Outstanding Community Service, and Outstanding Public Relations.

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