Iowa State University Alumni Association

October 2015

Greek Alumni Alliance

October 26, 2015

Homecoming 2015 Activities


Annual Greekfest Stroll-off Competition
Thursday, October 29
7 p.m.
Great Hall of the MU

Greek Alumni Reunion
Friday, October 30
5:30-7 p.m.
Mente/Boyd Reception Area, Third Floor, ISU Alumni Center

Pep Rally
Friday, October 30
7 p.m.
ISU Alumni Center Parking Lot

ExCYtement in the Streets
Friday, October 30
8 p.m.
Greek Community

Pancake Feed
Friday, October 30
10 p.m.
Central Campus

Fireworks/Mass Campaniling
Friday, October 30
Central Campus

Homecoming Cyclone Central
Alumni Tailgate
Saturday, October 31
ISU Alumni Center
2-5:30 p.m.

Greek Community Gives Back

For the 2014-2015 academic year, the Iowa State University Greek Community raised $320,926.36 in philanthropic dollars.

MGC Philanthropy Event of the Year
Sigma Lambda Gamma
's service event, "Rent-a-Puppy," was recognized at the 2015 Vespers. Their chapter has hosted the event since 2010. During their last event, their chapter of only nine women  engaged more than 300 people not only from Iowa State University, but from the community as well. Rent-A-Puppy raised over $2,000 for the Rama County Humane Society, Boone Area Humane Society, as well as their own organization. Rent-a-Puppy is a prime example of what our members do for the community.

NPHC Philanthropy Event of the Year
Congratulations to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., for winning the Community Service Project of the Year and Best Philanthropy of the Year last year during the Vespers celebration.

For its community service project, Delta Sigma Theta combined its love for the arts with the challenge of addressing hunger in Iowa. More than 50 people from Drake University and the Des Moines community attended a Poetry Slam, where more than 20 spoken word performers of all ages showcased their talents. The chapter collected numerous boxes of non-perishable canned goods for local Des Moines food banks during its event.

For the NPHC Philanthropy of the Year Award, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., raised funds and spread awareness for breast cancer research. Members worked around the clock baking hundreds of items to sell on central campus throughout spring semester. The event was called Save the Boobies: Breast Cancer Research Philanthropy.

IFC Philanthropy Event of the Year

Sigma Phi Epsilon
Hawaiian Luau

Sigma Phi Epsilon created a philanthropic event from scratch that raised more than $4,000 in its first year. Through uncharted marketing strategies that utilized Iowa State athletes and campus organizations, this chapter was able to spread awareness and serve burrito bowls to more than 800 attendees all while fostering a relationship with the Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Iowa. They look forward to renewing and building upon the success of their first event.


IFC Service Man of the Year
Logan Gushiken

Tau Kappa Epsilon

CPC Philanthropy Event of the Year

Alpha Omicron Pi
Run for the Roses

Alpha Omicron Pi has continued to improve and enhance its annual philanthropy through effective collaboration with the Ames Running Club and other local organizations to co-sponsor their event, extending involvement to chapter members through numerous committees and leadership opportunities and successfully promoting awareness in the community. This fall, 1,200 individuals participated in Alpha Omicron Pi’s Run for the Roses. This community-wide wellness event raised a record-breaking $20,000 for the Arthritis Foundation.

CPC Service Woman of the Year
Hannah Darr

Kappa Alpha Theta

Greek Community Growth and Stability as the University Grows

  Undergraduates Greeks %Greek Chapters
2012 25,553 3,145 12.3% 56
2013 27,659 3,555 12.8% 55
2014 28,893 4,231 14.6% 61

The fall 2015 numbers are not yet compiled, but all signs point toward another great freshman class and an increase in percentage of Greeks on campus.

Greek students continue to graduate at a higher rate than the rest of students on campus as well.

Welcome Back

The Chi Phi Fraternity recently returned to Iowa State’s campus for the first time in over 40 years. The fraternity is excited about the opportunity to rejoin a thriving Greek Community. To recruit the first class of new men for the Colony, Stuart Brewingon and Christian Madrid, expansion specialists who work directly for the Chi Phi National Office in Suwanee, Ga., utilized a values-based recruitment model. This model, based on campus recommendations from sororities, student organizations, and faculty and staff, allowed the expansion team to interview each potential new member and get to know him on a personal basis. In the end, the team was able to recruit a group of 35 high-quality, values-driven men.

Since the first bid was handed out, the men have been eager to create a brotherhood with each other and begin the process of developing the fraternity. These men are dedicated to creating an organization that stays true to its values and are open and welcome to being involved in all parts of campus. Throughout the upcoming semesters, these men will focus on recruiting new members, participating in community service and philanthropy events, and building a strong foundation for operations that will lead the Colony into years of future success not only within Chi Phi but the Iowa State University community as well. 

To accomplish this, they have created a vision to serve as the foundation of their Colony: “The vision of the Alpha-Pi Colony of the Chi Phi Fraternity is to build better leaders through a diverse and respectable brotherhood that values integrity, honor, and chivalrous acts while positivity impacting our community." The vision will guide the men through their journey as a Colony through the return of their Charter and their reinstatement of Chapter status.

To learn more about the return of the Chi Phi Fraternity, please contact our president, Lukasz Guzek (; recruitment chairs, Nick Panicola ( and Noah Stetzel (; or the Chi Phi National Office (

New Member Pinning Ceremony held on Thursday, Sept. 24.

Award Nominations Due Dec. 1, 2015

Nominate young, outstanding alumni for 2016 Iowa STATEment Makers
The ISU Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the annual STATEment Makers, which recognizes ISU graduates ages 32 and under who have reflected the spirit of ISU by making a difference in their own lives or the lives of others. Alumni may be nominated for their accomplishments in the following categories: scholastic, career achievement, personal achievement, entrepreneurial spirit, and service. Applications and more information can be found at

Nominate your favorite current or past ISU employee for the Faculty/Staff Inspiration Award
Nominate current or former ISU faculty or staff members who had a significant influence in your life as students at ISU. Nominees may be anyone who is or was employed by ISU and need not be Iowa State alumni. Nominators must have attended ISU as a student but need not to have graduated from ISU. Applications and more information can be found at

Nominate an outstanding senior for the WALLACE E. BARRON ALL-UNIVERSITY SENIOR AWARD
The Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award was established in 1968 to recognize outstanding ISU seniors who display high character, outstanding achievements in academics and university/community activities, and promise for continuing these exemplary qualities as alumni. Applicants must be undergraduate students with senior classification status (90+ credits) and a 3.0 (cumulative) GPA at the end of fall semester 2015 (seniors graduating fall 2015 are eligible to receive the award). Nomination forms for the Wallace E. Barron award are available online at

The deadline to receive nominations is Dec. 1 by 5 p.m. Questions should be directed to Julie Larson at

Get Involved

Join the Greek Alumni Alliance Executive Council. It’s fun, worthwhile and only takes a few hours every other month. Please contact Josh Carper,, for more information. 


In an effort to reduce the financial burden on our students, we are hosting a fundraiser to support leadership programming for student leaders. This is the 140th Year of Greek Life at Iowa State and we hope that you (and other alumni with whom you share this link) will be interested in purchasing a commemorative calendar and T-shirt. Questions may be directed to Karina Buttler at Here is the order form: 140th Anniversary Fundraiser.

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