November 2017 Dart

Greetings Alumni!

November is always a busy month. It’s the month of musicianship, it’s the wind-down of the marching season, and a busy time in the school year for us students. Nevertheless, the Gamma Pi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi has kept busy with service projects, recruitment events, and other activities. Read on to see what we have been up to this month!

 

Day of Service

Our largest recruitment and service event this semester was Day of Service which took place on November 11th and was a joint effort from the Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi and Sisters of Tau Beta Sigma.

 

Meeting other Brothers!

Football has brought other brothers to us this month! Earlier we hosted a Big 10 game against Illinois and some members of the Marching Illini came to support their team and watch us play! At third quarter, brothers of the Nu Xi chapter met brothers in the AAMB and we sang the hymn together. It was a wonderful display of brotherhood and musicianship, the very things which bind us together.

 

Bollywood Night

Our fantastic brother, Natalie Lamport, an oboist and community chair for our chapter hosted “Bollywood Night,” where she put on Bollywood movies and led a host of fun activities for the night in the spirit of brotherhood and musicianship!

 

A Spotlight on Justin Schaefer, the Shaker and Mover Behind Dues Reduction

This month, Justin Schaefer, our finances chair, has made an initiative for brothers to earn money towards their dues by participating in services at basketball games. Read on for Justin’s statement about his work and dedication to making chapter more feasible and accessible to bandsmen.

“This semester, our chapter had the opportunity to volunteer for Andy Frain Services. We have volunteered with Andy Frain during the last spring semester by ushering for the men’s and women’s basketball games as a way to raise funds for our chapter. With the cost of dues being relatively high for some brothers, and with the high cost of membership candidate (MC) dues in the spring, we wanted to try to help to lower that cost. A couple weeks ago, we started allowing brothers to volunteer with Andy Frain to work to reduce their dues. 70% of all funds raised goes towards the brothers that volunteered to pay off their dues. The other 30% goes towards the incoming MC class to help reduce the cost of their dues. So far, we have raised $81 for the MC class. We hope to meet our goal of $300 for the MC class by the end of the semester.”

 

Pot Peaks

This month’s pot peak is brought to you by Brendan Shultz. Before the bucket game this year, Brendan said that a pink glove on his pot reminded him of his favorite Purdue sporting event! This glove is from the B10 women’s basketball tournament, when the team made it to the finals and were playing Notre Dame! In this game Purdue was the underdog, and the women’s basketball team came back to tie the game and bring it into overtime! He also recalled how the small band of GABS members cheered louder than the stadium of Notre Dame fans!

 

Brother of the Week

Brendan Schultz passed the Brother of the Week Paddle to Alec Pederson, the music chair for the chapter. Alec is a snare player on the drumline for the All-American Marching Band who was awarded the Brother of the Week Paddle for his clear passion and devotion to the “music chair” (passion chair) of our chapter. He always posts great playlists and music shares which is a great addition to chapter. This year Alec has also been responsible for Friday home game passing pep bands. Congrats, Alec!

 

Alec Pederson passed the paddle to Andee Reynolds for her work as Vice President for our chapter. Andee is a concert band trumpet player who is a junior in Kappa Kappa Psi. She helps organize all the chairs and special people in chapter. Congrats Andee!

 

Andee passed it on to Anna Sagstetter who is one of our co -growth chairs for the chapter. Anna  is a trumpet player in the Purdue All-American Marching Band who stepped in to fill a co-growth chair position when the one of the two chairs went conditional for the semester! She has done a fantastic job jumping headfirst into her new position. Congrats, Anna!

 

October 2017 Dart

Greetings Alumni!

PRESENTING THE NEW, COMPLETE BAND CHEER BOARD WITH MANY MORE BOARDS FOR THE CONTINUANCE OF THE BAND CHEER. ENJOY.

Special thanks to the Leff family who have helped the project completion, we are grateful for your dedication, and help.

Recruitment Events: Indoor Games, Bob Ross Night, Trivia, and MORE!

A traditional recruitment event of ours is Indoor Games where prospective brothers and sisters and current brothers and sisters of each service organization come together for a night of fun games between midterm studying! Games like monopoly, uno, and taboo were common staples of the night. The movie, “Mean Girls,” also played in the background. It was all around a fun time to get to know potential members as well as an opportunity for them to get to know us and our organization. Thanks to all those who helped out and brought games to Indoor Games night!

 

In addition to Indoor Games, our Community Chair also put on a “Bob Ross Night,” where band members came to paint nature scenes on canvas like Bob Ross. Brendan rented out the biggest lecture hall on campus, Class of 50, and played videos of Bob Ross painting so everyone could follow along. It was a fun, well attended event- and one of our favorites to put on!

 

Trivia Night went well under the trustworthy lead of Jessica Sullivan. Prospective members came out and got to break into teams to compete for winner of Purdue Band Knowledge! Thanks to all who came out and had fun- and special thanks to Jessica for prepping for Trivia Night!

 

We are also looking forward to Halloween where we will be hosting an event called “Thrill on the Hull” where we will have hay rides on the band gator, tarot card readings, pumpkin carving, costumes, and more!

 

Pot Peaks!
This month’s Pot Peaks is brought to you by the lovely Garrett Bruns. Garrett is a senior studying chemical engineering and is also a student leader for the saxophone section in the All-American Marching Band. Garrett’s favorite item on his pot is his big “MISS IT” sign. Garrett had this to say about his sign, “My sophomore year, I was in boiler brass, and we had a game against michigan state that was super hyped up. Both teams were ranked in the top 25 and that was the first time I saw mackey arena super packed and the energy was incredible. They handed those signs out to the student section and we waved them at the opposing team as they were shooting free throws. The game ended up going into overtime and we won, which was fun too haha. I chose to keep that on my pot because it was just a super cool band experience and one of my favorite at Purdue.” Thanks Garrett for being October’s Pot Peaks!

 

Brother of the Week Paddle

Justin Schaefer passed the paddle down to Jessica Sullivan, the chapter’s Growth Chair for her consistent hard, behind the scenes work to make our recruitment events happen. Jessica created Facebook events for all of our recruitment events and helps create the content of the event like the questions and structure for our trivia night. Jessica is a senior studying Economics and is planning on going to law school! Jess is the section leader of the saxophone section and has held many positions as a brother in the Gamma Pi chapter and we couldn’t be more proud of her! Thanks for all your hard work, Jess!

 

Jessica Sullivan passed the paddle to Hayden Hermes for his initiative with a new service project for the band centered around fixing up the music stands in performance halls around Purdue. Hayden is a first year brother, a sophomore studying  Materials Science and Engineering and he’s also working on an art minor. Hayden is co-leading the stand refurbishing project at Purdue.. Hayden is also a trumpet player in the All-American Marching Band! Jessica wanted to honor a brother who steps up without necessarily having a leadership title. This is exactly Hayden, who took the initiative to start a new service project and is always helping out others with their projects. Congrats Hayden!

 

Our last brother of the week was Brendan Schultz for his work as one of our community chairs alongside Natalie Lamport. Brendan has weekly taken the initiative to host activities for Kappa Kappa Psi including Bob Ross Night, Auxiliary Day, and Dogs on the Hull in addition to many more. Brendan is a junior studying engineering and he is a student leader for the alto saxophone section. Way to go!

September 2017 Dart

Greetings Alumni!

 

 

Recruitment Events: Outdoor Games and Reading Band

Our first recruitment event of the semester was Outdoor Games on Hull Field after practice. Brothers, Sisters, and prospective members for both service chapters gathered together to play ultimate frisbee, kickball, and have fun with one another outside enjoying the late summer weather. Emily Pawluk, our Vice President of Membership who planned the event, said we had an amazing turnout! Fellow Brother Russell House said it was an amazing experience where he got to interact with brothers he doesn’t get the opportunity to speak with in a rehearsal setting.

 

Reading Band is a traditional recruitment event Gamma Pi normally puts together to engage our value of musicianship. Reading band is just when brothers gather with prospective members and everyone plays an instrument and sightread fun tunes. Many people like to experiment with playing different instruments. Our president, Joshua Woods, normally an alto saxophonist played the flute for reading band. Other band members enjoyed being able to conduct a fun band with some great tunes. Overall it was a great night of musicianship!

 

State Day

On September 9th, car loads of Gamma Pi brothers ventured off to IU to meet with brothers from the 4 Indiana chapters from Purdue, IU, Indiana State University, and Butler University. State Day 2017 took place at Indiana University’s campus. As always, the day included a cookout, a game of capture the flag, and a lot of get to know you activities! Many brothers in our chapter have formed strong bonds with Alpha Zeta brothers (IU bandsmen) and even stayed the night at IU! Russell House, our Publicity Chair posted this to social media the day after state day, “Yesterday a group of brothers from Gamma Pi traveled down to Bloomington for Indiana State Day! We got to bond with brothers from Butler University, IU, and ISU in a day of games, music, and brotherhood! Some highlights from the trip include capture the flag, a jazz performance of the fraternity hymn arranged by our brother Joe Pacheco, a concert arrangement of the fraternity hymn by a brother from AZ, and some awesome group photos with all the brothers! We want to extend a huge thank you to the brothers of Alpha Zeta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi for hosting a great day! We hope to see the brothers from all the Indiana chapters again real soon! AEA” Emily Damone, Gamma Pi brother had this to say about State Day, “State Day has always been a great event, one of my favorites of the year. As it matures, it’s been great to have relationships grow through other district events and be able to see brothers that are so close on a regular basis.” Emily Pawluk, Gamma Pi Vice President of Membership said, “State day was an amazing day full of brotherhood bonding, music playing and idea exchanging. 10/10 would recommend.”

 

Band Cheer Board Progress

Thanks to the help of our awesome brothers and the special help of Brother Kelsey Leff’s father, we have a new band cheer board in place! The new band cheer board is constructed on rails in the same spot where the old band cheer board hung. The rails allow for a modular board structure where every phrase in the band cheer has it’s own board which can be slid into the rails in order of the cheer. The modular structure allows for the band cheer board to grow with the times, something the individual board was capable of, but was limited in space. Now we hope brothers ten years down the road will not be in a position where they have to start from scratch with a band cheer board. Once again special thanks to Kelsey Leff’s father and his construction of the new board!

 

Band Cheer Board Auction

Thank you to all the band alumni, family, and friends who joined us for the band cheer board auction before the Saturday Homecoming game! For those of you who don’t know about the auction, the band cheer outgrew the board with the word additions of Flores and Roy, so we decided to cut up each phrase in the board and auction it to band alumni so they could have the opportunity to take a piece of band history home with them.

The night itself was very successful for us, as we made around $3,000 on the auction which will help pay for the construction of the new board and fund various service projects to help Purdue Bands and Orchestras!

 

Pot Peaks

This month’s Pot Peak is brought to you by Kelsey Leff! I wanted to feature Kelsey, as she has been so actively involved with Gamma Pi this semester- and she’s only a sophomore! Kelsey plays trombone in the marching band and is a pre-pharmacy student! Kelsey’s favorite item on her pot is her Purdue P Star which is traditionally on the marching band hats. She loves the Purdue P Star and all that it stands for as a member of the All-American Marching Band!

 

Brother of the Week Paddle

Laura Long gave the paddle to Russell House for his dedicated help with the construction of the new band cheer board. He has over 23 service hours and nearly all of them are for the band cheer board construction including painting, sanding, and putting up the rails. In addition to this help, Russell also is known for his candid photoshop work in making flyers for events and updating all of our social media accounts on a consistent basis! Congrats to Russell House, our Publicity Chair, who has earned brother of the week!

 

Russell House passed the paddle down to Kelsey Leff similarly to her help with the band cheer board! Without her help, and the help of her father, we surely would not have a new band cheer board, something so critical to our band history. Kelsey is our Initiative Chair and has dedicatedly spent hours and hours painting and perfecting the each phrase of the extremely long cheer, and her service and help are so appreciated by everyone in the band! Congrats Kelsey! We thank you and your family for your service!

 

Kelsey Leff passed the paddle to Olivia Glowacki for her work with the old band cheer board by setting a date for brothers to come in and sand and polish the old phrases for the auction, and help facilitate the auction. Olivia is the alumni secretary for the chapter and is a junior majoring in Human Services. She’s a student leader for the tenor sax section and is ecstatic that the auction was such a success!

Olivia Glowacki passed the paddle to Justin Schaefer for his behind the scenes work in chapter. Justin is our Finances Head and is responsible for a plethora of different things in our chapter like our skip-a-meals which generate a nice profit for us, with little extra effort on our part. He is responsible for stadium cleanup and many other odd jobs for chapter which sometimes go under the radar by chapter at large. Justin is a sophomore in civil engineering and a baritone player in the All-American Marching Band. Congrats to Justin and all the brothers who were named Brothers of the Week for the month of September.

August 2017 Dart

Summer Recap:

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Vice President of Membership, Emily Pawluk (left), swearing in President Joshua Woods (center), and Vice President Andee Reynolds (right)

Greetings Alumni! My name is Olivia Glowacki, and I will be your point of contact for the current Gamma Pi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at Purdue University! I’m excited for another semester to serve as your alumni secretary. Please feel free to email me at [email protected] if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or ideas.

andeeOnce again, we have all convened from our long, luxurious vacations and are ready to hit the ground running with service for the band! This summer, many of our Gamma Pi brothers stayed active by constructing a new band cheer board and meeting other brothers in Orlando for KKPsi and TBS National Convention! Read on to see what our brothers have been up to over the summer and since we’ve been back on campus! Below are pictures from our first meeting, August 20th. Emily Pawluk, Vice President of Membership had an activity for us to brainstorm ideas for the year!

 

 

NatCon:

 

Several of our brothers took off to Orlando, Florida for National Convention. During the week long event, which has workshops related to the fraternity, Gamma Pi brothers got to meet other brothers from different chapters. Jacob Boesch, our secretary and district Vice President of Programs had this to say about Natcon, “National Convention was an absolutely incredible experience. I was honored to be able to represent our chapter at that level and be a member of National Chapter.” Gamma Pi even roomed with some Alpha Zeta (IU) brothers and went to Disney for tons of fun in the summer! I could write tons more about the fun all of our brothers had, but I’ll just show some pictures from brother, Russell House, who seems to capture very well what the week looked like.

Dinner for a Buck

As always, our first service project every year is (usually) “Lunch for a Buck,” during band camp week where participants can buy a hot dog, chips, and a water for a dollar. This year, the weather got the best of us, so Lunch for a Buck was moved to Dinner for a Buck! We had a great turnout and this year we actually turned a profit of $20! Never before seen! Great job to everyone who helped to make it happen!

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Thanks to a handful of our brothers on campus over the summer, the new band cheer board shell is up and we plan to have the words and phrases up in time for alumni to see it for homecoming. A very special shout out is in need for those brothers who came in during their summers to work on crafting a new band cheer board. Our brothers never cease to strive for the highest- even on summer vacation! Special thanks are due to Joshua Woods, Russell House, Abby Peterson, Jacob Boesch, and a few others who helped!

Band Cheer Board Auction:

I know everyone has been anxiously awaiting the reveal of the band cheer board auction! More details with be forthcoming but we are going to have a silent auction at the Friday night reception for the alumni in Armstrong Hall. As the date approaches, alumni will receive more information from me, and the Purdue Bands and Orchestra Department as well.

Pot Peaks:

Suggested from alumni brother Carolyn Tripp, Pot Peaks is a portion of the monthly darts where you will see pictures of current brothers and their pots! You will see many silly and random items on the pots, but each item has a special meaning and represents a memory to each brother. For this edition of Pot Peaks, we feature our President, Joshua Woods and his pot. Josh’s favorite item on his pot is his ticket from his first amateur drag show at Purdue. He has gone every year since and the ticket from his freshman year adorns his pot and gives it some fabulous flair!

Brother of the Week Paddle:’

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leighFollowing in suit with tradition, the newest membership class was given the Brother of the Week Paddle for their hard work with their service project, and dedication to the fraternity and its ideals. Over the summer, Sound the Psiren passed the paddle around to each individual brother in the class. The paddle made its way around the United States including journeying to New York, Minnesota, Chicago, and many other places! On the first chapter meeting, the brothers of Sound the Psiren passed the paddle on to Laura Long for her work with the new Gamma Pi website, http://www.purduekkpsi.com/. She worked diligently over the summer to add pages to our website and update our calendar. Laura is a psychology and statistics student and a clarinet student leader in the marching band!

August 2017

Summer Recap:

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Vice President of Membership, Emily Pawluk (left), swearing in President Joshua Woods (center), and Vice President Andee Reynolds (right)

Greetings Alumni! My name is Olivia Glowacki, and I will be your point of contact for the current Gamma Pi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at Purdue University! I’m excited for another semester to serve as your alumni secretary. Please feel free to email me at [email protected] if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or ideas.

 

andee

Once again, we have all convened from our long, luxurious vacations and are ready to hit the ground running with service for the band! This summer, many of our Gamma Pi brothers stayed active by constructing a new band cheer board and meeting other brothers in Orlando for KKPsi and TBS National Convention! Read on to see what our brothers have been up to over the summer and since we’ve been back on campus! Below are pictures from our first meeting, August 20th. Emily Pawluk, Vice President of Membership had an activity for us to brainstorm ideas for the year!

 

NatCon:

Several of our brothers took off to Orlando, Florida for National Convention. During the week long event, which has workshops related to the fraternity, Gamma Pi brothers got to meet other brothers from different chapters. Jacob Boesch, our secretary and district Vice President of Programs had this to say about Natcon, “National Convention was an absolutely incredible experience. I was honored to be able to represent our chapter at that level and be a member of National Chapter.” Gamma Pi even roomed with some Alpha Zeta (IU) brothers and went to Disney for tons of fun in the summer! I could write tons more about the fun all of our brothers had, but I’ll just show some pictures from brother, Russell House, who seems to capture very well what the week looked like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner for a Buck

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As always, our first service project every year is (usually) “Lunch for a Buck,” during band camp week where participants can buy a hot dog, chips, and a water for a dollar. This year, the weather got the best of us, so Lunch for a Buck was moved to Dinner for a Buck! We had a great turnout and this year we actually turned a profit of $20! Never before seen! Great job to everyone who helped to make it happen!

Band Cheer Board Progress:kkpsi2.jpg

Thanks to a handful of our brothers on campus over the summer, the new band cheer board shell is up and we plan to have the words and phrases up in time for alumni to see it for homecoming. A very special shout out is in need for those brothers who came in during their summers to work on crafting a new band cheer board. Our brothers never cease to strive for the highest- even on summer vacation! Special thanks are due to Joshua Woods, Russell House, Abby Peterson, Jacob Boesch, and a few others who helped!

Band Cheer Board Auction:

I know everyone has been anxiously awaiting the reveal of the band cheer board auction! More details with be forthcoming but we are going to have a silent auction at the Friday night reception for the alumni in Armstrong Hall. As the date approaches, alumni will receive more information from me, and the Purdue Bands and Orchestra Department as well.

Pot Peaks:

Suggested from alumni brother Carolyn Tripp, Pot Peaks is a portion of the monthly darts where you will see pictures of current brothers and their pots! You will see many silly and random items on the pots, but each item has a special meaning and represents a memory to each brother. For this edition of Pot Peaks, we feature our President, Joshua Woods and his pot. Josh’s favorite item on his pot is his ticket from his first amateur drag show at Purdue. He has gone every year since and the ticket from his freshman year adorns his pot and gives it some fabulous flair!

Brother of the Week Paddle:’

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leighFollowing in suit with tradition, the newest membership class was given the Brother of the Week Paddle for their hard work with their service project, and dedication to the fraternity and its ideals. Over the summer, Sound the Psiren passed the paddle around to each individual brother in the class. The paddle made its way around the United States including journeying to New York, Minnesota, Chicago, and many other places! On the first chapter meeting, the brothers of Sound the Psiren passed the paddle on to Laura Long for her work with the new Gamma Pi website, http://www.purduekkpsi.com/. She worked diligently over the summer to add pages to our website and update our calendar. Laura is a psychology and statistics student and a clarinet student leader in the marching band!

Spring 2017 President’s Letter

Greetings Brothers!

I hope everyone has survived the massive thunderstorms that have been hitting the Midwest over the past couple days. We should be getting some spectacular May flowers after this week. 😊  Over the Spring Showcase weekend on April 22nd, the Executive Committee had a chance to meet in person and discuss some exciting plans coming up this year!

On April 26th Purdue Bands and Orchestras, with the help of students, staff, family, friends, and alumni, raised over $300,000 for the department! We rocked out all of the high-volume challenges we set out to win, including most donations from new alumni in the last ten years and most donations from alumni (twice!). We set the record for the most participation at 1,843 donations and winning those bonus challenges earned the Bands and Orchestras an additional $40,020. Amazing work to all those involved!

If you’ve been getting the Alumni Darts and Arrow, you will know that Gamma Pi has been making waves on campus, on the District level, and now they’re poised to make a splash on the National scene. They worked their tails off helping move everything stored at the hangars to new storage facilities and inventoried as they went. This set them up to win the Outstanding Service Project Award at the North Central District Convention this year and had them in the running for Governor’s Cup, as well. While they didn’t win Gov Cup, they were asked to move on to present at National Convention to be considered for Founder’s Trophy, a HUGE honor! We could not be more proud of the work Gamma Pi is doing on and off the stage. (more…)

April Arrow 2017

Greetings Alumni!

The school year is coming to a close and while things should be winding down for Gamma Pi brothers, we are driven and focused on the Fall already! We just elected a new executive board and will soon announce our chair positions. The new executive board is as follows:

President: Joshua Woods

Vice President: Andee Reynolds

Vice President of Membership: Emily Pawluk

Treasurer: Nick Iavagnilio

Secretary: Jacob Boesch

Historian: Stuart McCrorie

Alumni Secretary: Olivia Glowacki

We congratulate these brothers and every brother who ran for positions!

 

Third Degree

The new class, Sound the Psiren was formally initiated into the Gamma Pi chapter on Sunday April 2, 2017. Big brothers presented their littles with family letters and other traditional gifts to congratulate them for their devotion to this chapter, this school, and the band and orchestras program. Brothers from the Alpha Zeta chapter of Indiana University even joined us along with several alumni members! Thanks to everyone who celebrated with us and congrats to the new brothers!

North Central District Convention

2017 North Central District Convention (NCDCon) was held in Columbus, Ohio. Hosting convention were the Chi and Eta Chapters from Ohio State University, the Iota Epsilon Chapter at Capital University, and the Gamma Omicron Chapter of Otterbein University. Brothers from Gamma Pi and Sisters from Beta Sigma joined together to go to workshops, attend third degree and award ceremonies, and even play in the North Central District Intercollegiate Band.

Purdue Chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma went to NCDCon and arrived back home with awards in tote and pride in what we’ve done the whole year! Sisters in TBS won district awards and Kaley Bean was even recognized for her outstanding work in chapter. As for Gamma Pi, we were awarded OSPA, or the Outstanding Service Project Award for our Day of Service and hanger move!

 

Sound the Psiren’s Class Service Project

Per the request of Professor Gephart, the newest class decided to repaint the band lounge and clean it up. This project is phenomenal and the results of it will be shared with every member of the department which passes through the doors of the band lounge. The class went in the band lounge for hours at a time to clean, paint, and polish the room. They paid attention to such detail and the band lounge looks wonderful. Great work to the new class for striving high and making a positive impact!

 

Activation Banquet

Before the Spring Band Banquet, sisters and brothers got together to introduce each chapter to the incoming classes of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. TBS announced their newest class, “Meow Mix,” and Gamma Pi’s new class, “Sound the Psiren” introduced themselves as well. Tau Beta Sigma gave out their Beta Bo(quet) of flowers to Christopher Ioerger, for his passion, dedication, leadership, and service to bands and orchestras department at Purdue, and moreover his commitment to Gamma Pi specifically. We are so proud of Chris and see greatness in his future as he will graduate this May with a degree in Chemical Engineering!

Gamma Pi gave our award, “Gamma Pi Sweetheart” to Joe Bean, a sophomore of Tau Beta Sigma who worked diligently on videos and publication for Purdue Bands as a whole and the Beta Sigma chapter of TBS as well. He’s a dedicated, hard worker and we look forward to seeing what his next two years at Purdue will entail!

 

Christopher Ioerger Awarded Life Member Status of Kappa Kappa Psi

At the Spring Band Banquet, Christopher Ioerger, the president of Gamma Pi was awarded Lifetime Member status from district governor and former brother of Gamma Pi, Jason Mlady. We could not be more proud of Chris, who is very deserving of this award. Working with him personally on the executive board, I have much respect for Chris and his ability to lead, delegate, and impact positive change. I think the rest of the chapter would agree with me in saying congratulations to Christopher Ioerger! We cannot wait to see the great things you do!

CONGRATS to MANY of our brothers including Jessica Sullivan, Kristin Darling, Lauren Bailey, Emily Davelis, Christopher Ioerger and MANY MORE!!!

 

Final Chapter and Purdue Day of Giving 

First of all, a HUGE THANK YOU, to EVERYONE who donated on Purdue Day of Giving! We cannot lament enough how happy and thankful we are to all donors, no matter how big or small the donation. The donations are primarily what help us to stay in band through scholarships, play school owned instruments, look spiffy in uniforms, and play tons of new sheet music. THANK YOU!

While we are thankful for YOU, the ALUMNI DONORS, we are also thankful for everything the students and active brothers did too! Like posting on social media, running around campus screaming our fight songs, and even donating themselves. To incentivize current brothers to participate, the president, Christopher Ioerger, promised that the most active brother on Purdue Day of Giving (like doing all the challenges) gets to pie him in the face on final chapter. Lo and behold, Emily Pawluck, the most active brother on PDOG was given this lovely opportunity. Here are some pictures- or a play in 3 acts of Emily pie-ing Chris. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALSO at final chapter, we found out the winners of the Brotherhood Challenge: Anna Sagstetter and Natalie Miller! Congrats to the pair who earned the most points by eating together weekly, going to major landmarks on campus, and seeing a ton of concerts! Great work (P.S. their family has won it THREE YEARS in a row!)

 

 

Finally, a special shoutout to Nicole Misselle and Justin Shaefer for performing a live music share at final chapter on the baritone. The selection they played was arranged by Justin and was a medley of some awesome, entertaining pop songs!

 

 

 

Kappa Kappa Snap Streak

Our second winners of the Kappa Kappa Snap Streak Paddle goes to Brendan Schultz and Justin Schaefer! Congrats to them and their long distance snap streak, as Brother Schultz is on co-op in Bloomington!

Also a special shoutout to Joshua Woods who is expanding Kappa Kappa Snap Streak across the district to our brothers at IU! Josh even mentioned that while he was at convention, he got to see in full form, a friendship established between the brothers at Gamma Pi and Alpha Zeta because of Snapchat and the fun, competition of Kappa Kappa Snap Streak! We only hope to strengthen this bond and extend it beyond IU!

 

From the Brothers Themselves!
The last dart I sent, I had brothers tell me their favorite thing they did all semester with Kappa Kappa Psi to recap the semester!

Erica Wolf, Piccolo: “Painting Slayter was really fun- I enjoyed getting rid of the pukey salmon color.”

Christopher Ioerger, Alto Sax: “Managing to somehow caucus in a hotel room without getting several noise complaints.”

Joshua Woods, Alto Sax: “Kappa Kappa Snapstreak and Honda Battle of the Bands were my two favorite things this semester. Kappa Kappa Snapstreak was really cool because it started as a harebrained way of getting people in our chapter to actually talk to one another, but it eventually evolved into something that allowed our chapter to develop a friendship with Alpha Zeta (IU). Honda Battle of the Bands was awesome, but the mass band, the Honey Bees, and the drive itself were probably my favorite parts.”

Kyle Manion, Alto Sax: “Honda. Hands down my favorite Psi memory. Being able to satisfy my obsession with HBCUs, take a harebrained scheme and turn it into a real event, and getting help from an alum really made the whole trip exactly what Psi is all about: building a bond with your brothers through music, and continuing that bond beyond graduation.”

Anna Sagstetter, Trumpet: “Big/little bonding! Lucky to part of the best fam in the whole wide world!”

Brenden Schultz, Alto Sax: “Hanging with AZ this semester and helping build the bond between Purdue and IU (Also Kappa Kappa Snapstreak).”

Natalie Lamport, Oboe: “Recruitment and welcoming new brothers!!”

 

Brother of the Week Paddle

Christopher Ioerger gave the Brother of the Week Paddle to the newest class, Sound the Psiren! They will keep it over the summer and pass it on during the Fall semester! See you all then!

 

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March 2017 Dart

Greetings, Gamma Pi Alumni!
Thank you to those who took time to fill out my alumni survey. I appreciate all 8 of you who did it and really appreciate your feedback. The active brothers and I had a great time reading your responses and taking in your suggestions. We so appreciate your feedback and will be implementing some of them!

PRESENTING THE NEWEST CLASS SOUND THE PSIREN

On Sunday March 26, the membership candidate class disrupted chapter for their class Walk-About! Starting at Elliott, the class brought actives all over campus and led them to Slayter where they performed their class song, read us their class acronym, and had dinner for everyone. While actives and the members of Sound the Psiren ate pizza, oreos, and taco dip, new members got their board signed by actives and everyone learned more about one another.

From all the active brothers, we congratulate you on your endeavors through your membership semester and applaud you! We cannot wait to induct such a fine class of brothers!

To the left is a photo taken by Growth Chair, Emily Pawluk, of the candidates outside of Hovde working on answering questions from a recent lesson! They’ve come so far!

Third Degree

The class, Sound the Psiren will be officially inducted in our chapter on Sunday April 2nd at 10:00 am in Matthews 210! We encourage any and all alumni to come and celebrate with us!
The photo taken to the right is of the new class singing their class song! They had not yet unleashed their stellar shirts!

 

Pot Peaks

This is a new section of the dart called Pot Peaks, where I will feature one brother, their pot, and their favorite item on it. This gives you, the alumni, more insight into who our brotherhood is and our interests and values. Moreover, Pot Peaks, is a creation of an alum, Jojo Smith who inquired if our chapter still uses pots and asked to see more in the darts. The answer is YES and we’re more than happy to show you!


The FIRST edition of Pot Peaks is from a new big/little pair, Anna Sagstetter and Natalie Miller!

I had to include two because this pair is just too sweet! Natalie is pictured to the left in both pictures and Anna is to the right! Both of them said their favorite item on their pot was a piece of confetti from when the Purdue Men’s Basketball Team won the 2017 Big 10 Tournament. Both are in the Boiler Brass and loved cheering on the men in their big win. Although this isn’t their favorite, it was amusing to me how Natalie had a salt packet on her pot. She explained she got salt packets for all of her Psi Family to put on their pots because they’re “salty.” (If you’re unfamiliar with this term, refer to this link http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=salty).

 

Brother of the Week Paddle

Adam Mills passed the Brother of the Week Paddle to Andee Reynolds a sophomore trumpet player in the AAMB for her ability to step up to the plate in a time of need for chapter. She filled the role of the integrity chair and consistently helps with setting up for rituals and events. She’s been a great help to chapter and her dedication is impeccable! A fun fact about Andee is she marched Blue Stars for DCI last summer! She’s been an inspiration to many more trumpeteers who audition for drum corps!

Andee Reynolds passed the Brother of the Week Paddle on to the president Christopher Ioerger for his continued excellence and dedication to the Gamma Pi chapter. He has been diligent on working on awards packets in preparation for convention. Christopher Ioerger is a senior in chemical engineering and plays alto saxophone in the marching band and the university band! A fun fact about him is he is from Kansas. He says, “There’s no place like home!”

February 2017 Dart

Welcome to the second dart of the semester. I think you’ll notice that for such a short month, the Gamma Pi chapter has accomplished A LOT thus far! These darts often supply you, the alumni, with tons of information about our current chapter, this time, we’d like to turn the tables and ask you a few questions! Please see the link and passage below!

Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Survey

Alumni, the brothers of Gamma Pi and I are asking YOU for your Gamma Pi history in a short survey you can reach here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeTlRstrskDl2Zp8fqC6ivaYg8pjI5Rx4NLGY5C_MzdbAoS8g/viewform

This survey will only be used by the current brothers of the Gamma Pi chapter and questions can be skipped if you wish. Questions include class name, family name, the year you were initiated, and favorite project or trip. We would greatly appreciate it if you take some time out of your day to fill it out! We only ask that you fill it out by March 31!

 

Tap Out with Tau Beta Sigma

Kaley Bean as we sing “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.”
FIRE DRILL

The first Sunday of the month, brothers and sisters and their prospective members gathered in Stewart to present TBΣ candidates their big brothers and KKΨ candidates their big sisters. Unfortunately, the fire alarm went off so we all gathered in the clapping circles to present the Gamma Pi Sweetheart and Beta Beau. Kaley Bean of TBΣ was awarded this year’s Gamma Pi Sweetheart for her contribution through the years as a great sister and treasurer, asset to both organizations, and a wonderful section leader for the Big Ten Flags. Our very own, Nick Iavagnilio was awarded the Beta Beau for his dedicated service as a library team member, treasurer and past co-growth chair of KKΨ, and his service as a trumpet student leader.

Bob Ross Night

Joshua Woods, our community chair has done it again! Following the success of his first Bob Ross night where any Purdue Bands and Orchestras members can come out and paint through the video instruction of Bob Ross, Josh held a second one, in a much larger venue and had over 70 band members in attendance.

Nick Iavagnilio!

Big & Little Pairs

Just before second degree, big and little pairs were announced! Each member of the new class got paired with a brother to be their mentor, friend, and “keeper.” Here’s a picture of all the pairs!

Second Degree & Joint Ceremony

On Wednesday February 22nd, the newest class went through the second ritual in our membership education process! That Saturday, the class attended Joint Ceremony with brothers of Gamma Pi Brothers and Beta Sigma Sisters!

NCD Con & Looking Forward

I am honored to announce that our chapter has been selected by the National Council of Kappa Kappa Psi as finalists for the William Scroggs Founder’s Trophy!  Our chapter submitted an application and materials after completing all required paperwork on time and maintaining active status throughout the biennium.We are one of thirteen chapters in the nation to be considered for this honor. Jacob Boesch, our NCD delegate and Vice President states, “Next step for Founder’s Cup is a one-on-one session with National’s representatives that chapter will take part in. For Gov Gup we have an application questionnaire and a one-on-one coming up a West Block Saturday. If we are selected as a finalist there is a video presentation we will need to create as well as participate in additional activities during convention.”

Also, our chapter is applying for Governor’s cup (mentioned above), which is a specific district award for NCD chapters. Many of our active brothers have been perfecting and compiling the application including the president, Chris Ioerger, active senior brother Katie Boyer, and Jacob Boesch, our NCD delegate. We will submit the application and a video which highlights our chapter very soon!

OSPA, Outstanding Service Project Award is a joint award for an outstanding service project in the NCD. We are submitting the joint application with our chapter of TBS to apply for OSPA. We are submitting the Day of Service service project which was our work of clearing the hangar and moving a ton of instruments to a new site. Please see the January Dart if you would like more information!

Kappa Kappa & Tau Beta Snap Streak

Once again our community chair, Joshua Woods, came up with a new idea to promote community and bonding within our chapter (and extending to sister sorority TBΣ). For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Snapchat is a mobile app where you can send pictures with captions to your friends instantly. A feature on Snapchat allows you to see how many days you have a “snap streak,” which is a streak of sending “snaps” (or photos) everyday to a friend. Josh gauged interest and paired up people in competition for the longest snap streak! The FIRST winner of Kappa Kappa Snap Streak is the pair of Natalie Lamport and Jacob “Moose” Williams! Congrats to them and thanks to Josh for the great idea!

Brother of the Week Paddle

Emily Pawluk, a sophomore tenor saxophonist in nursing, was awarded the Brother of the Week Paddle by yours truly for her spectacular dedication and passion for this chapter. Emily has always been a positive force in this chapter and does a lot of behind the scenes work that often goes unrecognized. As one of our co-growth chairs, this semester Emily took it upon herself to actually create a real, physical scrapbook of every active brother of Gamma Pi accompanied with photos and bios of each member. Emily is a wonderful asset to this chapter and a fun fact about her is she is very crafty- in addition to the scrapbook she likes to make loop rugs, pillows, bracelets, and paint furniture!

Adam Mills was awarded the Brother of the Week paddle from Emily for being a wonderful brother, especially behind the scenes! Adam is currently working on a complete family tree dating back to the origins of the Gamma Pi chapter. Adam is not doing this for a school project or for recognition in the chapter. He is merely doing it out of the goodness of his heart combined with the passion he has for Kappa Kappa Psi. Adam is a sophomore trombonist in the AAMB and a fun fact about him is his great grandfather created the mold for the original Barbie Doll.

 

Winter 2017 President’s Letter

Greetings Brothers!

I hope everyone has had a great start to their new year and are sticking to those resolutions. It is my pleasure to share with you all some updates and our own resolutions for the Association this year.

Since the restructuring of the organization back in the fall, we on the executive council have had several discussions about what next steps should be and how to improve as an alumni organization. Everything we have talked about gets back to communication- with ourselves, with other alumni, and with the active chapter. Our main goal this year is to start asking questions to have great discussions about what you want to see this organization do, keeping you in the loop, and continuing to provide fraternal support for the active members.

What does this look like? That will take some time to find out and we need your help to do it. Get engaged on social media and we will keep you updated with Degree dates and other opportunities to support the active chapter. More voices = more ideas = more happening.

Finally, I would like to thank David Robinson and Scott Kubly for all they have done for this organization over the years. Both of them have made the decision to resign from their positions as Members at Large on the leadership council with their sights set on new opportunities. We wish them all the best!

I look forward to a year of growth and continued striving. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. I would love to hear from you!

AEA,

Carolyn Tripp
GPAA President
Purdue School of Nursing 2015