Colony-Christopher Newport University

Pike of the Week
Our next PIKE of the week goes to Cj Buechner!! CJ is a junior from Stafford Virginia, and has been an important part of the fraternity since we were founded at CNU. He served as social chair for our first two semesters on campus, and has recently been elected to our E-board as our Health and Risk Chairman. These positions have put him in charge of organizing things such as our mixers and legendary tailgates. CJ joined PIKE because: "I recognized the opportunity and potential I could have in making a lasting impact on the campus through an amazing organization." Congratulations CJ, we are all proud to call you a brother!

 

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  • March 2017

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      Our next PIKE of the week goes to Cj Buechner!! CJ is a junior from Stafford Virginia, and has been an important part of the fraternity since we were founded at CNU. He served as social chair for our first two semesters on campus, and has recently been elected to our E-board as our Health and Risk Chairman. These positions have put him in charge of organizing things such as our mixers and legendary tailgates. CJ joined PIKE because: "I recognized the opportunity and potential I could have in making a lasting impact on the campus through an amazing organization." Congratulations CJ, we are all proud to call you a brother!
  • February 2017

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      Our next PIKE of the week is a senior from Springfield, Virginia: John "Goose" McAndrew! He is one of the key players on defense for the varsity lacrosse team as a group leader, and has accomplished All-CAC Academic Team twice. Within PIKE he is a family leader and our intramural football coach. John stays busy with academics as part of CNU's President's Leadership program. He also boasts back-to-back wins in the Lacrosse team's annual hotdog eating contest. On joining PIKE, he said: "I saw an opportunity to be a part of a great group that would help me grow as Scholar, Leader, Athlete, and Gentleman." No better example of SLAG. Congrats Goose!
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      Our next PIKE of the week is a junior from Beaverdam, Virginia: Hunter Johnson! Hunter is an accounting and finance double major with an outstanding cumulative GPA of 3.82. On our varsity soccer team he plays center-midfield, and netted three goals last season. In PIKE he is a member of E-board as our treasurer, and outside of PIKE he is a member of the student investment club CEE-fund. On why he joined PIKE, Hunter explained that "I was looking for a bridge between Greek life and athletics, and through this fraternity I found that." Hunter finds ways to balance devotion to athletics, hard work in academics, and playing a major role in PIKE, easily earning him this award. Congratulations!
  • January 2017

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      Our next PIKE of the week is a sophomore on the baseball team, Eliott Sledd! Eliott is a sophomore from Ashland, Virginia, and is one of our most involved brothers within our fraternity. As our brotherhood chair he is always busy putting together events to make sure that ensure that we remain as connected as possible. On our varsity baseball team he puts in work playing outfield. When he isn't playing baseball he is playing intramural sports, and last semester piled up more intramural wins than any other student on campus. For campus involvement he is a member of CEE fund, which is the campus investment program for students. After all of this he still finds time to volunteer at the Boys and Girls club whenever possible. Eliott joined PIKE because "I not only saw the potential the fraternity had to make an impact on campus, but also saw the quality of men that had already been recruited." Congrats Sledd, keep up the amazing work!!
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      This week the honors go to Chris Samuelsen! Chris is a Junior from Stafford, Virginia, and is majoring in electrical engineering. He is our head of alumni relations for PIKE, as well as a member of the rugby team on campus. An inspiring story comes from Chris' battle with cancer. Several years ago he was diagnosed with tissue cancer on his thigh. After battling it and winning, he has now been cancer free for a year! Whenever one of our brothers in PIKE has any mechanical problems, Chris is almost always the first one to step and volunteer to help, exemplifying the qualities that Pi Kappa Alpha stand for. Congratulations Chris! We are all proud to call you a brother.
  • November 2016

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      We are proud to introduce our new Pike Of The Week, Ben Haynes! Ben is a senior from Newport News and one of our most involved brothers. In Pike he serves as our PR Chair maintaining our social media, campus relations, as well as our public image. He also serves as the Senior Brother Educator as a part of the brand new True Pike Experience Program as well as an integral part of the Chartering Committee. Outside of Pike Ben is the treasurer on CNU's Fishing Team and a regular member of FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). On why he joined Pike, Ben said: "I was impressed with the quality the of people that were already in it when I had my first interview. Also I learned that everything Pike stood for was what I strive to be in my every day life. I am truly blessed to be a part of such an amazing organization." Ben you are a true gentlemen and we are honored to be able to call you brother.
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      Our next PIKE of the week is a senior from Arlington, Virginia, Daniel Overbeek!! Daniel is a part of the Luter School of Business at CNU, with a major in accounting. He plays an important part in PIKE as a member of our recruitment committee, which will be crucial to the future of our organization with spring recruitment right around the corner. During the summer Daniel uses his passion for sports to help volunteer as a coach for a local kid's baseball team. His reason for joining PIKE was "I saw the opportunity of joining an organization with people that have the same morals and values that I do. I knew that joining this organization would enhance my college experience while building life long friendships." Congratulations Beek!!
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      Time for the next POTW! This week we present Hunter Tipton, a junior from Gloucester, Virginia! Hunter is working towards a major in biology, which is reflected by the fact that he spends most of his time in the woods or on the water. He balances work and school while commuting from Tabb, which makes how much support he shows our school even more impressive. If you go to almost any sports game, whether it's football, baseball, soccer, or anything else, you can probably find Hunter there cheering on his school and brothers. On top of supporting our teams, he plays on PIKE's dodgeball team, which has been killing it this year. On joining PIKE, Hunter said "I saw the quality of people that had already joined PIKE last year, and immediately knew that I would be joining a top-tier organization." Congrats Hunter!!!
  • October 2016

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      Introducing our newest PIKE of the week, Craig Johnson!!! Craig is a Junior from Richmond Virginia with a major in biochemistry. He has been on the Dean's list every semester and currently has a 3.81 GPA. Within PIKE he is on the brotherhood committee. On campus he is a part of the pre med scholars program, honors program, and the varsity baseball team. On baseball he is one of the only players that plays both in the outfield and on the mound as a pitcher. In his spare time he volunteers at riverside hospital in both the ER & OR. His reason for joining PIKE was "I joined pike because I wanted to create a brotherhood of individuals with similar aspirations and competitive attitudes as several members are on athletic teams." Congratulations Craig!
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      Our next PIKE of the week is Benjamin Spencer! Ben is a senior from Leesburg Virginia with a major in information science. He is one of the few people on CNU's campus to be in both a social fraternity and a academic fraternity. In PIKE he serves on both the brotherhood and social committees, and in the business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi he is the IT committee chair. For over seven years Ben has helped out with the special olympics, three of which he was a coach. His statement on why he joined PIKE was: "I was already doing a lot on campus, but I still wanted to feel like a bigger part of the community. By joining PIKE I felt like I was becoming a part of something much bigger." Way to go man!!
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      Our next PIKE of the week is a varsity soccer player that been unstoppable on the field the last few weeks... Zach Ballard!! Zach is a sophomore with an accounting major from Gainesville Virginia. His life this year has been committed to making himself a better athlete on the field and a better person through PIKE. He plays midfield on the team, and was recently named CAC player of the week, which is an incredible honor. He explained the reason he joined PIKE was: "I wanted to be a part of building a new colony from the ground up and spreading the name of pike to build a great reputation for myself as well as my brothers all across the country." Congrats Zach, we are all proud to call you a brother!
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      Our next PIKE of the week is our very own president...Logan Rader!!!! Logan is a cellular and molecular biology major from Yorktown, Virginia. Since PIKE's introduction at CNU earlier this year, Logan has easily been one of the most involved people in making sure our fraternity would be a success. Thanks to his work, we are closing in on becoming chartered in record time. After chartering he will be setting his sights on becoming one of the top PIKE colonies in the country. Outside of being president, Logan plays on our intramural football and dodgeball teams, as well as volunteers his time to help out in the school's biology labs. His reason for joining PIKE was "I wanted to make lifelong friendships through brotherhood while also building the ideal fraternity on campus from the ground up." From all of PIKE, we are proud to have you representing us Logan!! Congrats on being awarded PIKE of the week
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      Our next PIKE of the week is Logan Aylor!!! Logan is a junior from Culpepper County with a double major in business management and marketing. He plays a big part in PIKE through the roles of new member educator and our True Pike Experience Chair. Through both of these positions he ensures that members are getting the most out of their fraternity experience at CNU. Baseball is also a big part of Aylor's life, playing on CNU's team as a pitcher and helping to coach his high school's team when he can. His statement about joining PIKE was "I saw an opportunity to create something that CNU needed on its campus from the ground up. I knew joining would also give me, as a baseball player, the opportunity to mix with the other organizations on campus." Congratulations Logan!!
  • September 2016

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      Our featured Pike of the week is Tyler Lay. Tyler is a junior with a communications major from Prince William County. He is involved in several things on campus, which includes being an RA in Santoro Hall, the recruitment chair for Pike, a small group leader in Intervarsity, the president of Catalyst on campus, and both a honors and PLP student. When asked about why he joined Pike, his response was “Pike, being brand new to CNU, is at a place where I can help facilitate and create the ideal fraternity. I joined because I wanted to be apart of creating an organization that I can truly be proud of.” Congratulations Tyler!
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      Introducing our next PIKE of the week, Bryce Johnston! Bryce is a junior majoring in criminology from Toano Virginia. He plays a crucial role in the fraternity as our Sergeant at Arms residing over the judicial board. He also plays defensive end for the CNU football team. When asked about why he joined PIKE, he explained "I felt like I was joining a true brotherhood through this fraternity, just like the bond I feel through the football team. It's awesome always having someone there to have your back." Congratulations Bryce!!
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      Introducing our next PIKE of the week...Arttu Fiva! Arttu is finance/accounting double major with an outstanding 3.9 GPA from his hometown of Rovaniemi, Finland. In PIKE he a member of the recruitment committee and handles the new member scholarship program. He is also a member of the business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, where he is on the fundraising committee. He is an important player on the varsity tennis team at CNU and plays as the number 4 ranked person on the entire team. When asked about PIKE, Arttu explained that "This fraternity has given all the athletes on campus a way to connect with each other through greek life. The Gentleman aspect of the fraternity also stood out to me, because that is one of the things i value most in an organization." Congratulations man! You truly represent what PIKE stands for.
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      Introducing our new PIKE of the week, Brooks Billings! Brooks is a senior with a business management major from Bel Air, Maryland. Within PIKE, he is a part of the special events committee. On campus, he is a member of the entrepreneurial club, PLP, and the business executive mentorship program. Off campus he is a guitar player and singer for the band "Where's Randy?" On why he joined PIKE, he stated that "I wanted to get the most possible out of my college experience, and I felt that through PIKE I could accomplish this while making some friends I would have for the rest of my life." Way to go Brooks!!
  • April 2016

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      Our Pike of the week is Kyle Saulle. He is currently a senior with a major in Communications and a minor in business administration. He plans on attending graduate school to pursue a degree in sports administration. Not only is he the President of the club soccer team here at CNU, he is also an assistant coach for the woman's varsity team. Kyle said, "I joined pike because I liked the idea of having a brotherhood and connections post-college. Although I only get a semester as an active member, I'll be able to call any Pikes my brothers for the rest of my life and I think that's something to be grateful for because I know I'll have brothers who will be there for me" Congrats Kyle on being named the first PIKE of the Week!!!
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      Brother Sam Straus from Richmond, Virginia. Sam is currently a senior with a major in cellular, molecular, and physiological biology with a minor in chemistry. His post graduation goals are currently to get job in a naval medical research unit, and then eventually attend medical school. On campus, he is a member of the chemistry fraternity Alpha Chi Sigma as well as a member of the club soccer team. Within PIKE, he is currently on the judiciary board. Sam says: "I wanted to help establish PIKE and create a brotherhood with like minded guys who want to strive to be their best everyday." Sam is a perfect example of what PIKE represents: scholars, leaders, athletes, and gentlemen. Congratulations Sam!