Graduating seniors, alumni initiates honored at Founders’ Day gathering

Graduating seniors, alumni initiates honored at Founders' Day gathering (2012)108 years after Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity was founded, the Beta Omicron Chapter at NSU marked the anniversary by welcoming its newest members and honoring those beginning the next phase of their lives. A semi-formal banquet centered around the spirit of friendship forged by the Fraternity’s founders. On December 8th, 2012, members and their guests gathered in the Orville J. Hanchey Art Gallery to commemorate Founders’ Day.

On a quiet evening on December 10, 1904 in Charleston, S.C., three friends — Andrew Kroeg, Simon Fogarty and Harry Mixson—made a choice to lead. Those three men chose to start their own fraternity. The three grew to seven; seven grew to eight; eight grew to 11. Over the course of a century, a fraternity with humble beginnings has grown into a brotherhood of more than 110,000 strong — all because three men made a choice to lead. In 1956 that same spirit planted roots at Northwestern State University, when members of local fraternity Phi Kappa Nu decided to affiliate with Pi Kappa Phi and establish the Beta Omicron Chapter.

Acting archon Ryan Bonnet welcomed the alumni and other guests to the evening and introduced the slate of newly-elected officers. Chaplain Tyler Stahl gave the invocation before past Chaplain Scott Mayeaux presented the Founders’ Memorial Service. Alumni Chapter President Lane Luckie introduced alumni initiates Alvin Cockerham, James Allen, and Mark Bitner, then presented each of them with their member badge and a red rose. Omega class associate members presented their big brothers with personalized paddles as a token of gratitude for a semester of mentorship. Graduating senior Chris Alley was recognized for his dedication to the chapter and his passion for serving people with disabilities through Push America, the Fraternity’s national philanthropy.

After the dinner, members serenaded the women in the room with a rendition of “The Rose of Pi Kappa Phi.” Chapter Ritual Advisor Shayne Creppel closed the evening by sharing the “Precepts of Brotherhood.” By candlelight, he reminded members of their obligations of membership among a band of brothers devoted to leadership.

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