2018-2019 Theta Sigma Fund
Thanks to 13 incredible alumni, One Theta Sigma (1TS) raised $5,355 in the 2017-2018 Theta Sigma Fund. This support allowed our Chapter to truly shine and solidified Pi Kappa Alpha as a top fraternity at Winthrop University.
As a reminder, the 1TS board exists as an umbrella organization to bring together the various entities of Theta Sigma (Chapter, Alumni Advisory Board of the Chapter, Alumni Association, and Housing Corporation). Having a central board allows us to work together to coordinate functional needs, plan events, and engage with our host institution. It also provides a level of accountability to you — our alumni.
Due to the generosity of alumni, we added new flooring in the common areas and provided materials for an Improvement Work Day at the Chapter house. 1TS was also able to substantially support the expenses to send active brothers to the National Convention in Richmond, Virginia, which happened to be the 150th year anniversary of the Fraternity’s founding!
“I would like to thank all of the alumni that took part in helping me attend the 150th Pike Convention,” said Matthew McKenna ’15, internal president and recruitment officer. “It was an eye-opening experience for me. I have been in the Chapter for quite a while and thought I had experienced all that Pike had to offer; however, the Convention helped to light that spark again. I was able to attend the Convention as the voting delegate, giving me the opportunity to have a say on the direction of the International Fraternity as a whole. I was fortunate enough to attend with Robby Sisco ’75 and Bill Berry ’81. This means I had the opportunity to meet anyone and everyone at the Convention while those two ‘worked the room,’ including past and current presidents of the International Fraternity. This was an experience that I feel very few undergraduates get to be a part of. We also got to witness Dan Mahony, the president of Winthrop, get inducted into the Order of West Range and the presentation of the charter for the Pee Dee Pikes Alumni Association. I think my favorite part was traveling to the University of Virginia and touring the campus in the company of people like Jerome V. Reel Jr. I am very appreciative of this opportunity and look forward to the 2020 Convention in Las Vegas.”
Yogi Patel ’18, treasurer and philanthropy chairman, said, “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to go to Convention and represent Theta Sigma in the city that started our wonderful Fraternity. The Convention gave me such a wonderful experience to enjoy when I’ve only been a Pike for a couple of months. I promise to give it my all when it comes to representing Theta Sigma and Pi Kappa Alpha for the amazing Fraternity that it is.”
Being able to contribute to the leadership development of these young men is critical to the continued success of our Chapter, and it is rewarding to know they benefited from the experience.
Due largely to alumni support, both our active members and alumni are thriving. The Chapter currently consists of 18 active brothers. Last spring, seven new brothers were initiated, and the current pledge class consists of six, the largest class of any fraternity at Winthrop. The current GPA is over 3.0. This year, the pledges won the intramural ultimate frisbee tournament, and Pike beat ΣAE twice to secure an overall second place in the flag football tournament. Chapter leadership has refocused on a pledge recruitment program dedicated to rushing men who are leaders on campus, or are recommended by faculty or other key administrative people as studious yet well-rounded individuals. In order to continue support this upward trajectory, 1TS needs your help now more than ever.
In order to achieve our plans for this year, we need your assistance in raising a minimum of $10,000 toward the 2018-2019 Theta Sigma Fund.
Contributions to the 2018-2019 Theta Sigma Fund will allow 1TS to:
- Provide a book scholarship for a worthy active
- Provide funding for Executive Committee members to attend regional or national Pike leadership development sessions and the International Convention.
- Provide funding for much-needed improvements to the house, such as deck repair, landscaping improvements, repair of the house siding, and installing new LED lighting.
In addition to the aforementioned goals, the Alumni Association also plans to continue funding on-going expenses including recruitment, alumni communications, and social events.
We hope we can count on you and encourage you to consider making a gift of $500 to the 2018-2019 Theta Sigma Fund today. If $500 is more than you would like to contribute, please consider a gift of $250 or $100. Your financial contribution to this year’s Theta Sigma Fund is a commitment to our undergraduate brothers, our mission, and our future. All donors will be recognized as dues paying members of 1TS.
For your convenience, you may spread your gift over the course of a year by making monthly or quarterly payments. The easiest option involves setting up a recurring payment from your credit/debit card or checking account. This option is how we have personally chosen to contribute. Complete the pledge card below and return it using the envelope provided. You may also set up a pledge online at pikealumni.org by clicking the “Support the Campaign” button. While there, please double-check your contact information on the Alumni Search page and make updates as needed.
We are excited for the future of our Chapter and invite you join us for another record-breaking year of brotherhood!
In the Bonds,
Greg V. “Fitz” FitzGerald ’83
Treasurer, One Theta Sigma
Shane N. Duncan ’94
President, Alumni Association