A week of gatherings reunited Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity brothers, spouses, and guests from around the country, all returning to their alma mater to celebrate NSU Homecoming on October 16-17, 2015.
The festivities began Tuesday with Pi Kapps joining hundreds other Demon fans for the Homecoming Bonfire and the Intramural Department’s Glow Run. Thursday, Pi Kappa Phi members went head-to-head with other Greeks and student organizations in the annual lip sync contest in A.A. Fredricks Auditorium.
Friday morning, Pi Kappa Phi alumni Lane Luckie, Wil Adams, and Wes Breeden took part in meetings, as members of the board of directors of Northwestern State University’s Alumni Association and the NSU Foundation. The group met with university president Dr. Jim Henderson and heard updates on the NSU athletics, student government, fund raising and the Natchitoches community.
That afternoon, Beta Omicron Chapter alumni continued their streak of success at the annual NSU Golf Tournament. Wil Adams, Chris Rajewski, Stephen Carrier, and George Etheredge took third place in the scramble.
Later, Beta Omicron Chapter members participated in the annual Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally on the Downtown Riverbank. Pi Kapps took third place with their float, themed after scenes from the hit movie ‘The Hunger Games.’ Following the parade, a pep rally included performances by the NSU cheerleaders, Demon Dazzlers, pom pon line, and the Spirit of Northwestern Demon Marching Band; the introduction of the Homecoming Court and an appearance by Head Football Coach Jay Thomas, senior football players and the NSU mascot, Vic the Demon.
Afterward, dozens of Pi Kappa Phi members, alumni, and their families gathered on the banks of scenic Cane River for the ‘Rockin’ on the Riverbank’ festival, enjoying the music of the LA Roxx and swapping stories about their experiences in the fraternity.
Saturday morning began with stories swapped over coffee and donuts at the chapter house across from the Northwestern State University campus. Beta Omicron Chapter alumni convened for the annual Alumni Chapter business meeting. Officers gave brief reports of the previous year’s initiatives, which earned Beta Omicron Chapter the national fraternity’s ‘Alumni Chapter of the Year’ award for the second time in three years.
Student Chapter Archon Sean Austin gave an update on the activities of the student chapter and their recent success. A new slate of officers were elected to the Board of Directors of the Beta Omicron Alumni Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity Housing Corporation, Incorporated. Selected for a one-year term: Lane Luckie; DJ Klucznik, David Morgan, Sr., Wil Adams, Joey Kliebert, Rodney Clements, and Wes Breeden.
More than 70 Pi Kapps and their friends and family sat down for a traditional Natchitoches lunch at Lasyone’s Meatpie Restaurant. Alumni President Lane Luckie and student chapter archon gave a “state of the chapter” address, discussing accomplishments over the past year, while attendees sampled meatpies and fried catfish. Curt Herzog, director of development for the Pi Kappa Phi Foundation, was the chapter’s guest from the national headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. He shared exciting new initiatives in the areas of leadership development and service learning for student members, before presenting the alumni chapter with the ‘Chapter of the Year’ plaque.
Beta Omicron chapter alumnus David D. Morgan, Sr. challenged student members to make the most of their experience at NSU and to work toward helping each other excel by going the ‘extra mile.’ He then presented nearly $4,000 in scholarships to seven members named ‘Extra Mile Scholars:’ Zack Cockerham, David Johnson, William Devall, Michael Dailey, Wesley Bray, Manton Capers, and Tyler Robinson. Noah Baudoin was awarded $500 through the chapter’s ‘Freshman Leadership Scholarship,’ rewarding the Shreveport native for his 3.9 high school GPA, as well as extracurricular involvement in Student Council, church, Key Club, bowling team, Youth In Government, and French Club.
The fun and fellowship continued at the Demon Commons, where families and generations of alumni convened at the Pi Kapp tailgating tent. Beta Omicron Parents Club coordinators Al and Vivian Cockerham prepared a savory spread of favorite Louisiana recipes, which kept people coming back for seconds.
Dozens of Pi Kapps, their families, and friends enjoyed corn hole and flag football before heading to Turpin Stadium to watch the Demons dominate the Lamar Cardinals in an exciting 48-35 victory.