Subject: PIKE Gamma Rho - February Newsletter

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Pi Kappa Alpha - Gamma Rho
Northwestern University
February 2015
Winter Quarter
Chapter & Alumni Association Newsletter
Kicking off 2015
Fall Quarter Recap
   Gamma Rho hosted another fantastic Thanksgiving dinner a week before the "real" Thanksgiving. Over 90 brothers and freshman attended the dinner which included glazed ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, asparagus, salad, pumpkin & pecan pie, and of course turkey. The alumni association's homecoming event at Chicago q was terrific. About 40 alumni and friends came together and enjoyed an premium BBQ dinner and a full cocktail bar. A big thanks to all those that attended.

   The chapter's flag football IM team went undefeated in the regular season earning the #1 seed going into the playoffs. The team maintained its undefeated streak and won the championship game 7-0 on a TD catch by Zack Smetana ('12).

The Chapter is gearing up for Dance Marathon which starts on March 6th (full story below).

Additional photos can be seen on the Chapter's flickr account here.
PIKE IM Football Championship Team
From left to right: Baui Senkfor '13, Yawer Amin '12, Chris Bell '12, Kevin Gerner '12, Zack Smetana '12, Brendan Schmitz '12, Sam Elberts '12, Zach Rubnitz '14, Mathais Schmutz '14
Chicago PIKE U
   Gamma Rho alum, Jeff Smith ('89), gave the keynote leadership lecture at the Chicago PIKE U conference in early February focusing on the importance of unique perspective and thinking. Jeff founded Clarity Consulting in 1994, along with fellow Gamma Rho, Craig Goren. Headquartered in Chicago, the software development company has grown to more than 120 employees with offices in Seattle, San Diego and Rijeka, Croatia. Clarity is a seven-time recipient of the Inc. 500/5000 Award for the country’s fastest-growing companies and a four-time winner of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies award. Prior to founding Clarity, he worked for several start-ups across a wide range of industries including real estate, healthcare, and biomedical engineering. Jeff is a founder of Clarity Ventures, Clarity’s venture capital spin-off, funding several start-ups.

In 2012, Jeff co-founded Truth Labs, an award-winning visual and industrial design agency whose work won the 2013 South by Southwest Interactive Festival’s Best in Show award-the highest award given. In addition to his work at Clarity and Truth, Jeff co-founded For the Fallen, a not-for-profit organization providing gap grants and financial counseling to armed service members wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jeff works with several Chicago-area schools in their efforts to promote STEM education and creative thinking to elementary and high school students. Jeff regularly works with undergraduate innovators and entrepreneurs through Northwestern’s InNUvation/EPIC initiative and the University of Chicago’s CCIB program. Gamma Rho is very proud and thankful for Jeff's contribution to Gamma Rho and the Fraternity!!
Jeff Smith with the Chapter's potential new members, actives & alumni who attended his lecture
Senior Profiles
   We are starting a new series each month featuring prominent PIKE seniors who have contributed greatly the to Chapter. Each profile includes their plans after graduation, student activities outside of PIKE, personal interests & hobbies, and favorite PIKE memory. 
Joey Coomes - Milford, OH
Major: Chemistry
Post-grad: U.S. Air Force Pilot Training in Columbus, MS

   Joey was actively involved in Dance Marathon, the tour guide office, Peer Advising, GlobeMed, Northwestern Emergency Medicine Organization, ROTC, and the Undergraduate Chemistry Society at NU. He enjoys learning about global health, international pharmaceutical policy, aviation, and exploring local restaurants. His favorite PIKE experience was attending the Chicago PIKE U leadership summit with his entire pledge class. The event allowed him to really get to know the guys in his pledge class and the senior chaperones. Joey previously served as Sergeant-at-Arms.
Brendan Gruenwald-Schmitz - Lake Geneva, WI
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Economics w/ Managerial Analytics Certificate
Post-grad: Deloitte Consulting in Chicago

   Brendan was a member of the Men's Varsity Soccer Team, primarily as a goalie. He also spent his time at NU engaging in his hobbies: sailing, golfing, and photography. One of his favorite PIKE experiences was participating in Dance Marathon and the sheer sense of accomplishment and joy experienced from dancing with the young heroes and his fellow PIKE brothers and students.
Aspen Mori - Somers, NY
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Post-grad: Bank of America - Merrill Lynch in NYC 

   Aspen is a big movie buff and avid concertgoer. He also enjoys football and soccer. Aspen previously served as SMC and is this year's Dance Marathon PIKE co-chair and will be participating again this year. His favorite PIKE memory is from DM, specifically the final 3 hour block of the 30 hour event where the fundraising checks are presented to the beneficiaries. He will be participating in his 3rd DM next month.
Dance Marathon 2015
   Northwestern’s annual 30 hour Dance Marathon has been an integral part of the PIKE Gamma Rho experience for the past 5 years . Teaming up with Kappa Kappa Gamma we've raised money for B+ Foundation, the Danny Did Foundation, Team Joseph, and this year we’re raising money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, an organization that seeks to improve the quality of life for children forced to spend most of their lives in hospitals. Last year we raised over $90,000 for Team Joseph, and this year we are excited to put our efforts toward helping Starlight improve the lives of children around the country. Through our fundraising efforts and donations we hope to break our team total from last year and help NU hit a university total of $1.4 million! If you would like to donate to our team you can go to the PIKE team page here. All donations are appreciated. Go Cats!
Chapter Eternal: 
Breckenridge Spinner
   Brother Spinner ('49) passed away last month at the age of 84. Breck was born in Chicago and attended Northwestern where he earned a BSBA in Marketing Management. A member of the U.S. Army and National Security Agency, Breck also spent 25 years at AT&T and Illinois Bell. The chapter sends its condolences to his wife, Kaye, and entire family.
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Sunday March 1st
Pi Kappa Alpha Founder's Day

Saturday May 16th
Location TBD

Annual Alumni Golf Outing

Friday June 19th
Ryan Field
Evanston, IL

157th Annual Commencement
New House
Check out the photos of the new house here. This page will be constantly updated as improvements are made.
Shield & Diamond
Gamma Rho's recent house renovations were featured in the most recent winter issue of the Shield & Diamond. Check out the write up and general chapter update here.
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