Two alumni of Pi Kappa Phi at Northwestern State University are among the Fraternity’s inaugural ‘Thirty Under 30’ honorees. Wil Adams and Lane Luckie, both initiates of the Beta Omicron Chapter, received the recognition, which seeks to recognize young alumni for their post-college achievements.
Adams and Luckie were nominated to be included in the initial Thirty Under 30 class by their peers, older alumni, and friends of the fraternity. After several weeks of initial legwork by the Pi Kappa Phi alumni engagement team, a committee of volunteers reviewed all of the nominees in areas such as impact, leadership and service, and awards and recognition. After the herculean effort of reviewing all nominations was completed, the list was narrowed to the 30 finalists. Both will receive special recognition at the fraternity’s convention this August in Atlanta.
Adams is a quickly rising financial advisor for Edward Jones Investments, opening his own branch in Bossier City, Louisiana in 2011. Wil graduated from NSU in 2009 and now serves on the university’s Presidents Council, NSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, and Beta Omicron Alumni Association Board of Directors. As a student, he served the Beta Omicron Chapter as Secretary, Vice Archon, cycled Gear Up Florida (2007) and was IFC president. Since signing on with Edward Jones, he has made an impact in north Louisiana by working with successful individuals and business owners by offering fee-based investing, retirement plans, 401k rollovers, annuities, life insurance, and more.
Luckie is an example of someone who has had both an outstanding career and a track record of dedication and impact as an alumnus at an early age. A 2008 NSU graduate, Lane served his chapter as Chaplain and was a member of student government and homecoming court. By age 24, Lane had become the lead anchor for the primetime news at KTRE-TV. He has since moved on to KLTV, anchoring the highest-rated morning show in east Texas. His diversity as an anchor, reporter and producer has led to notoriety in his field. In 2005 and 2006, while in college at NSU, he was voted “Best TV Journalist in the South” by the Southeast Journalism Conference. Lane served as the founding chapter advisor for Iota Zeta (Stephen F. Austin) and currently serves as chapter advisor to Theta Pi (Texas-Tyler), President of the Beta Omicron Alumni Association, board member for the NSU Alumni Association, and as a facilitator for Mid Year Leadership Conference, Ladder of Risk and ASTP. His efforts earned him the fraternity’s Facilitator of the Year award and resulted in Beta Omicron earning the Alumni Chapter of the Year award in 2013.
Alumni of 25 different chapters of all sizes, locations and age are represented in the group of 30, painting a broad, yet distinguished, view of Pi Kappa Phi as a national organization. The recipients come from all types of backgrounds, and were nominated for all types of outstanding achievement: volunteerism, professional achievement, etc. While the qualifications of the honor can vary, all of the recipients have in common a commitment to fraternal values. These men are all outstanding examples of how to live out the values of Pi Kappa Phi long after leaving their college campus.
More information about the honor can be found at: http://www.starandlamp.com/index.php/features-nav/alumni/thirty-under-30