A weekend of fun and festivities at Northwestern State University’s Homecoming brought dozens of Pi Kapps, alumni, and their families to Natchitoches on October 26-27, 2018.
Beta Omicron Chapter alumni and students celebrated recent achievements and reconnected during reunions, tailgating and other gatherings.
Friday morning, chapter alumni Lane Luckie 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, fundraising efforts and the Natchitoches community.
That afternoon, a 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, Robert Lockwood, Chris Rajewski, and Foster Adams competed for cash and prizes at Northwestern Hills Golf Course.
Later, Beta Omicron Chapter members packed their Western-themed float to ride in the NSU Homecoming Parade down Second Street in Natchitoches. A pep rally included performances by the NSU cheerleaders, Demon Dazzlers, pom pon line, and the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band; the introduction of the Homecoming Court, including Pi Kappa Phi member Char Wilson, as well as an appearance by NSU Head Football Coach Brad Laird, 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 and second place in the Lip Sync and designing Vic’s costume competitions.
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 before alumni chapter members discussed the organization’s plans to secure new housing for the chapter.
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: Wes Breeden, Chris Alley, David Morgan, Sr., Shayne Creppel, Joey Kliebert, Lane Luckie and Cameron Moises. Robert Broadwell was selected to chair the ad-hoc Future Housing Committee.
For lunch, more than 60 Pi Kapps and their friends and families sat down for meatpies at Lasyone’s Restaurant in the downtown historic district. Taking turns stepping up to the podium, alumni and students shared heartfelt stories illustrating the impact of brotherhood in their lives.
Alumni Chapter President Lane Luckie later awarded this year’s Robert G. Crew Freshman Leadership Scholarship, which was renamed in February in memory the dedicated alumnus. Freshman JT Harrington, from Center, Texas, was awarded a 500 dollar stipend to recognize his achievements and extra-curricular involvement in high school.
The fun and fellowship continued at the Demon Commons, where families and generations of alumni convened at the Pi Kapp tailgating tents. Students, alumni, and their families and friends enjoyed corn hole and flag football before heading to Turpin Stadium to cheer on Pi Kappa Phi member Zachary Perry, a freshman offensive lineman, and his teammates. The Demons fought for an exciting 31-28 win against the Huskies of Houston Baptist University.
At halftime, Beta Omicron Chapter secretary Char Wilson was recognized as the 2018 Homecoming King, while other Pi Kappa Phi member members performed with the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band.