Pi Kappa Phi member completes life-changing 800-mile cycling trek

The cycling trek lasts only two weeks, but the memories made along the 800-miles of Gear Up Florida’s route won’t soon forget Pi Kappa Phi members like Sean Austin. The Northwestern State University junior was among 36 cyclists and crew members riding across the State of Florida to re-shape the perception of people with disabilities.

2012 Cycling for Sharon will honor Joe, too

Two Northwestern State University Greek organizations will honor the memory of deceased alumni by completing an annual cycling trek across Natchitoches Parish during this year’s Homecoming events. Members of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority will ride in memory of the late Sharon Sampité and the late Joe Sampité to raise funds for the Sharon Sampité, John and Allison Van Hoof Educational Scholarship administered through the NSU Foundation and the Sampité Family Baseball Scholarship administered through the NSU Athletic Association.

Pi Kappa Phi’s Gear Up Florida team changes lives one town at a time

The cycling trek lasts just days, but the lives touched along the Gear Up Florida route will never forget Pi Kappa Phi members like Ryan Jeffords. The Northwestern State University junior led a team of 35 cyclists across Florida to re-shape the perception of people with disabilities. On May 13, 2012, this 800-mile cycling event kicked off on the shores of Miami, traveled through the Florida orange fields, reached the Gulf coast, passed through Orlando, wound back to the Atlantic coast and culminated at the State Capitol in Tallahassee.

Alaina Davis crowned Miss Push America 2012

Sophomore Alaina Davis has been named the 2012 Northwestern State University Miss Push America. Davis and 13 other contestants competed for the title. The 3rd annual pageant, an outreach project of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, aims to raise awareness on behalf of people with disabilities.

Members rally around son of Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Sigma Sigma alumni

Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority are hosting a fundraiser to benefit the family of two of their members. The son of Tri Sigma alumna Rachael Tingle Smith (2005) and Pi Kapp alumnus Randy Smith (2004) was recently diagnosed with a relatively uncommon condition involving the irregular formation of the skull. Less than a year old,…

Pi Kapps use scaffold to build new perception of people with disabilities

The Pi Kapps would spend 48 hours perched atop the rigging, hoping for a chance to tear-down false perceptions about people with disabilities. Seeing members on the scaffold was sure to have passersby talking, providing the perfect springboard for conversation. Beta Omicron Chapter is committed to the Fraternity’s philanthropy, Push America. Each year NSU members raise thousands of dollars to fund projects…

Member leads bicycle trek across Florida to raise disability awareness

Changing lives often requires an extraordinary effort, like the one exhibited by Beta Omicron member Chris Alley. The Northwestern State University senior led a team of cyclists across Florida to re-shape the perception of people with disabilities. On May 12, 2011, this 800-mile cycling event kicked off on the shores of Miami, traveled through the…

Pi Kappa Phi to host annual Miss Push America Pageant

The Beta Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi is proud to present the 2nd annual Miss Push America Pageant at Northwestern State University. The competition will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2010 in the Sylvan Friedman Student Union Ballroom. The pageant, an outreach project of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, aims to raise awareness…

NSU Pi Kapps change lives by pedaling across Florida

They cycled almost 800 miles, contributed to more than $80 thousand raised to benefit people with disabilities, and most importantly, transformed lives. Four members of the Beta Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity participated in Gear Up Florida, a project of Push America. Cameron Moises, Jon Lee, Chase Harvey, and Nick Breaux spent two weeks spreading…

Ashley Williams named 2010 Miss Push America

Junior family and consumer science major Ashley Williams has been named the 2010 Miss Push America. On April 29th, Williams and 13 other contestants competed for the title. The pageant, an outreach project of the Beta Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, aims to raise awareness on behalf of people with disabilities. Prior to the…

Pi Kappa Phi to host Miss Push America Pageant

The Beta Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi is proud to present the inaugural Miss Push America Pageant at NSU at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, 2010. Founded in 1977, Push America is the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. Through its mission, building leaders of tomorrow by serving people with disabilities today, Push America has raised millions of dollars…

NSU fraternity, sorority honor friend by ‘Cycling for Sharon’

Members of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority honored the late Sharon Sampite’s extraordinary devotion to service at a Homecoming Weekend ceremony on October 30, 2009. The two groups collected donations to support NSU scholarships in Sharon’s memory. The project concluded with a memorial bicycle ride by three members of Pi Kappa Phi. The fraternity’s philanthropy, Push…

NSU Pi Kapp cycles across Florida to raise disability awareness

On May 30, 2009, Beta Omicron chapter member Cameron Moises was among a team of 31 men who cycled across the state of Florida on behalf of people with disabilities.  The team of Pi Kappa Phis arrived at the steps of the Florida State Capitol Building in Tallahassee after two weeks and over 800 miles traveled. Even more incredible than…

Pi Kapps raise awareness for Push America by sitting on scaffold

Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity continued their commitment to Push America by “doing whatever it takes.” To raise awareness for people with disabilities, members of the Beta Omicron chapter camped out on a scaffold from March 2-4. The attention-getting event involved over 40 participants sitting on or around the Chapter House on University Parkway. During the day and…

Pi Kapps take plunge for Push America

On March 7, 2009 in Bossier City, Louisiana, a group of eight members and friends of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity will participate in the Polar Plunge, hosted by the Louisiana Special Olympics. Their participation will fulfil a Push America Challenge. The Push America Challenge is a program of Push America that allows Pi Kappa Phi’s and friends of the Fraternity to participate in…

NSU rock and rolls for Push America

The Beta Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, in conjunction with Miss Northwestern Lady of the Bracelet 2008 Mandi Ridgdell, recently held a benefit concert for Push America. Ridgdell won the prestigious title in 2008, with Push America as her platform. On January 30, 2009, a crowd of almost 200 student from NSU and others from the surrounding area…

Pi Kapps adopt Natchitoches street for beautification, trash pick-up

Members of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity are doing their part to help keep Natchitoches beautiful. On November 9, 2008, the fraternity held their regular “Trash Bash” to help beautify the city before the upcoming month-long Festival of Lights. Members walked over a mile, clearing trash and debris from the roadside. In 2006 the chapter adopted University Parkway,…

Journey of Hope cycles through NE Louisiana

On July 26, 2008, Beta Omicron Chapter members Adam Upshaw and Collin McKnight, along with 23 other Pi Kappa Phis rode through northeast Louisiana as part of the Journey of Hope. The cross-country bicycle ride, sponsored by Push America, raises money and awareness for people with disabilities. Fellow Pi Kapps Cameron Moises, Cody Bourque, Lane Luckie,…

Pi Kapp Rose Court member brings Push America to Miss Louisiana competition

A member of the Beta Omicron Chapter’s Rose Court competed June 19-21, 2008 in the Miss Louisiana Competition. Mandi Ridgdell, a senior at NSU, has selected Pi Kappa Phi’s philanthropy, Push America, as her personal platform. Ridgdell promoted disability awareness and Push America during her interviews, which was aired on live television to over 4 million Louisiana…

NSU Pi Kapps ride across the country for people with disabilities

Two members of the Beta Omicron chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity are participating in a cross-country bicycle ride to raise money and awareness for people with disabilities. Northwestern State University students Adam Upshaw of Coushatta, Louisiana and Collin McKnight of Austin, Texas will spend six weeks of their summer participating in the Journey of Hope,…

On the Road: NSU Pi Kapps participate in Gear Up Florida

The following is an excerpt from the daily journal kept by the Pi Kappa Phi brothers riding in Push America’s Gear Up Florida. The trek is a 2 week ride across the state of Florida, which provides opportunities to promote the message of Push America. Throughout the route, friendship visits and service projects will be…