Beta Omicron Chapter traditions celebrated at Pi Kappa Phi’s annual Rose Ball formal at NSU

Members of the Beta Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity at NSU and their dates recently celebrated the accomplishments of the chapter and individuals at the annual Rose Ball formal, a long-cherished tradition of the fraternity.

Held April 13, 2023 at the Sylvan Friedman Student Union on the Northwestern State University campus, the evening began with welcoming remarks from student chapter Archon Travis Jimenez.

Following a catered meal, several members were honored for their dedication in the last year. Devin Stacy was named ‘Active Member of the Year.’ Travis Jimenez was again recognized for his dedication to chapter leadership with the Kroeg Award. For a second year, Zach Cooper received the Mixson Award for excellence in campus involvement. The Fogarty Award for dedication to academic achievement again went to Andrew Dubriske. A Living the Ritual award was given to Graham Claycomb, while the Associate of the Year honor was given to Caid Kendrick.

Chapter members who served as big brothers over the last semester were also recognized for mentoring associate members.

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. Ash Gardenhire was crowned the 2023 Beta Omicron chapter Rose Queen. Others named to the court include: Jillian Kerneen, Scarlett Lachney, Kennedy Theriot, and Kirsten Knoblock. 2022 Rose Queen Morgan Landry presented Gardenhire with a bouquet of red roses, the official flower of the fraternity, while members performed the traditional serenade, ‘The Rose of Pi Kappa Phi.’

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