Zeta Alpha A-Kettering University


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Winter 2016 Newsletter
Pi Kappa Alpha Zeta Alpha A

Alumni Ball 2016

The goal of semi-formal is for new member initiates to meet the alumni and to celebrate their initiation into Pi Kappa Alpha. We have listened to these concerns and have made the following plan moving forward.


  • The membership will no longer arrive at the venue on a party bus.
  • The location will be closer to Flint to allow for a gathering at the chapter house following the event
  • Transportation will be provided to and from the house, hotel and semi-formal.

Semi-Formal Location:
Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club

9057 S Saginaw Rd, Grand Blanc, MI 48439
Ballroom #3

Preferred Hotel:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Blanc
3405 Regency Park Dr, Grand Blanc, MI 48439
*Request to stay in the “Pike Alumni Block”*


  • Semi-Formal will be March 12, 2016.
  • For those who need transportation, the house will work with you. Please let us know when you RSVP.
  • Dinner will be served 6:30.
  • A presentation and awards will be given following dinner.
  • Following the event, the membership and alumni have the option to then head back to the house for dessert, drinks, and socializing. 
  • At the end of the night, the alumni will have the option to stay at the house or be driven back to their hotel for the night. 

There are two options to RSVP for the Alumni Ball

  1. Click this link in order to fill out the RSVP form.
  2. Email pikezaa.alumni@gmail.com. 



Alumni Updates
The chapter would like to congratulate Brother Cameron Schaefer ’09 with his marriage to Kayla Schaefer on September 12, 2015. Both are graduates of Kettering University with a degree in industrial engineering. The couple resides in the Grand Rapids, MI area.
As the term was wrapping up for the chapter in the Summer. We lavaliered Morgan Williams. She is the girlfriend of Michael Sherman ’12. They both graduated this past summer with degrees in business administration. Congratulations Morgan, thank you for everything you’ve done for the house!



Chapter Update

Over the past summer term, the chapter had a successful recruitment with nine freshmen accepting bids. We have plans to continue recruiting more this winter. The current chapter size is currently at 21 and we look forward to having it grow back up to 30 this coming summer. We took home our eleventh Greek Cup in a row and ranked third out of eleven on GPA with a 3.21.
The chapter looks forward to IWD coming up on February 27, 2016. This is a reminder that all alumni are encouraged to come back and help out. The projects will focus on finishing the new setup in the family room (pictured below), repairing and drywalling the roof that started to leak into the dining room, and a deep cleaning of the house as a whole.
Above: The new pool table can also be used as a ping pong table as well. The room is now also enclosed and heated. This makes for a perfect place to study in the winter.
Below: Members Steven Ma ’13 and Austin Schettenhelm ’13 sit at the bar studying for classes.



Austin is pictured with his girlfriend Ashley McCullough
Pike of the Term: Austin Smith
Austin Smith is a 2014 initiate, junior II and the current Internal Vice-President at Zeta Alpha A. He grew up in Sterling Heights, MI, living just a few miles from fellow pledge brothers Preston Zalewski and Zachary VanMaldeghem.
He graduated valedictorian of his high school and is now pursuing degrees in mechanical engineering and engineering physics. During work term, he works in the durability department as a loads analysis engineer at FCA (formerly Chrysler). He plans to complete his thesis in this group as well, which will involve bushing characterization for vehicle suspension development. On the weekdays, you’ll find him in the upper study working hard and during the weekend you’ll find him at Foutch’s, the bar at the corner of Corunna and Linden, working just as hard.
Austin is currently looking to stay on executive council this coming year and continue to do great things for the house. After leaving Kettering, he plans to get his masters in mechanical engineering and then possibly his MBA. He intends to stay in the automotive industry and move into a managerial role during his career. Speaking on behalf of the house, we’d like to thank Austin for his hard work and continuous support of his brothers and the Fraternity.

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