Members of the Beta Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity at NSU and their dates celebrated the accomplishments of the chapter and individuals at the annual Rose Ball formal, a long-cherished tradition of the fraternity.
Held April 24, 2021 at NSU’s Sylvan Friedman Student Union, the evening began with welcoming remarks from student chapter Archon Matthew Raybon.
Following a catered meal, several members were honored for their dedication in the last year. The chapter’s ‘Mister Pi Kappa Phi’ award was given to Alphonse Engram for best exemplifying the values of the Fraternity and unmatched overall dedication as a brother. Javier Garcia was named ‘Active Member of the Year,’ while Jay Rowling received ‘Associate Member of the Year.’ Raybon was recognized for his dedication to chapter leadership with the Kroeg Award. Jonathan Jimenez received the Mixson Award for excellence in campus involvement. The Fogarty Award for dedication to academic achievement went to Andrew Dubriske.
Graduating seniors Ben Butcher, Diego Maldonado, and Alphonse Engram imparted wisdom and shared favorite memories from their experiences in Pi Kappa Phi.
Each year the Beta Omicron Chapter selects the fraternity sweetheart, known as the Rose Queen. This honorary title is bestowed upon one woman who embodies class, character, and elegance. Chandler Milligan was crowned the 2021 Beta Omicron chapter Rose Queen. Others named to the court include: Morgan Landry, Claire Schouest, Naysia Jones, and Halle Mahfouz. 2020 Rose Queen Chloe Farrar presented Milligan with a bouquet of red roses, the official flower of the fraternity, while members and alumni performed the traditional serenade, ‘The Rose of Pi Kappa Phi.’ Milligan is the granddaughter of the late Beta Omicron Chapter alumnus Robert Crew and Jacque Crew, who is an honorary rose of the fraternity.
The Beta Omicron Chapter Distinguished Alumnus Award is given each year to an individual for their personal achievement, outstanding service to the Fraternity and community, involvement in the life of the university, and serving as a model for lifelong brotherhood. The 2021 ‘Alumnus of the Year’ is Robert Broadwell, who serves as director of housing for the Beta Omicron Alumni Chapter. A 1972 initiate of the Beta Omicron Chapter, he served in numerous roles as a student leader, including involvement in intramural sports, recruitment, and campus activities. Broadwell graduated from Northwestern in 1975 with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Arts and quickly became a leader in the healthcare industry. After a successful career of 32 years with Baxter Healthcare, he retired as Regional Manager of Infusion Systems. He has been a longtime volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America and Troop 6 in Alexandria. He became a leader, high adventure trip planner, and took his sons and their fellow scouts on trips to New Mexico and Canada. Since retiring from the medical sector, he has taught himself to play guitar, and enjoys fishing, hunting, and trips with friends. Over the last 20 years, he has been an active alumnus, serving as an advisor to the student chapter and playing a critical role in organizing alumni. He has been an important consultant and supporter of numerous alumni and student chapter efforts, having a direct hand in nearly every success of our organization in that time frame. Broadwell has served as president of the Beta Omicron Chapter Housing Corporation and was a key player in the purchase and operation of our previous chapter house on University Parkway. He also served in leadership roles with our 50th and 60th anniversary reunions and activities. Over the last two years, he led our effort to design, finance, and construct the new $1.1 million Beta Omicron Chapter house along Chaplin’s Lake. He invested countless hours working with the architects, contractors, and vendors to meet the needs of our student residents and ensure the project was completed on time and within its budget. This project would not have been the overwhelming success it achieved, had it not been for the expertise and guidance of this award’s recipient. He is married to his high school sweetheart, the former Pam Pitman. This summer, they will celebrate their 44th anniversary. They have two sons, Patrick and Thomas who is a Pi Kapp from our LSU chapter.