About a hundred Beta Omicron Chapter alumni and students celebrated recent achievements and reconnected during reunions, tailgating and other gatherings.
Friday morning, chapter alumni Lane Luckie, Wil Adams, and Wes Breeden took part in meetings for the Northwestern State University Alumni Association and the NSU Foundation. The group met with university president Dr. Chris Maggio and heard updates on the NSU athletics, student government, fund raising and the Natchitoches community.
That afternoon, a large group of Beta Omicron Chapter alumni and students hit the links at the annual NSU Golf Tournament. Alumni George Etheredge, Jon Caliste, Chris Lyles, Wil Adams, Cory Wilson, Jason Phillips, Jonathan Grant, Robert Lockwood, Chris Rajewski, and Matt Rachal competed for cash and prizes at Northwestern Hills Golf Course.
Later, Beta Omicron Chapter members packed their ‘Back to the 80s’-themed float to ride in the NSU Homecoming Parade down University Parkway in Natchitoches. 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, including Pi Kappa Phi members Dedrick Lewis and Noah Baudoin, as well as an appearance by NSU Head Football Coach Jay Thomas, senior football players and the NSU mascot, Vic the Demon.
Beta Omicron Chapter members took home several awards for their efforts during NSU Homecoming Week. The Pi Kapps received first place in the Homecoming Banner competition, first place in the Canned Food Drive, and second place in the Lip Sync Competition.
That night, alumni and spouses gathered at downtown restaurants for reunions organized by decade of graduation.
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 included a major renovation of the chapter house kitchen, utility room, and master bathroom. Alumni chapter members discussed ideas for growing the annual Homecoming reunion and expanding tailgating offerings.
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, Inc. Selected for a one-year term: Lane Luckie, David Morgan, Sr., Joey Kliebert, Wes Breeden, Cameron Moises, and Sean Austin.
Members of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority gathered at the Alpha Zeta Chapter House for the announcement of the Morgan First Generation Scholarship. Beta Omicron Chapter alumnus David D. Morgan, Senior and wife Sherry made the largest individual one-time gift to the NSU Foundation in its history — $600,000, to establish this scholarship for members of the fraternity and sorority. It will be awarded to the first group of recipients in 2018.
Northwestern State University’s Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development inducted Beta Omicron chapter alumnus Dr. Larry W. Gracie into the Hall of Distinguished Educators.
The fun and fellowship continued at the Demon Commons, where families and generations of alumni convened at the Pi Kapp tailgating tents.
Dozens of Pi Kapps, their families, and friends enjoyed corn hole and flag football before heading to Turpin Stadium to watch the Demons take on the University of Central Arkansas. Pi Kappa Phi students and alumni were recognized during the game. Lewis and Baudoin were announced as members of the NSU Homecoming Honor Court. Alumnus Lane Luckie was named NSU ‘Outstanding Young Alumnus’ of the Year.