The men of Pi Kappa Phi, Theta Gamma chapter at the University at Buffalo, have had an eventful start to the Fall 2016 semester.
On September 10th, the chapter attended the “Out of The Darkness” walk for the American Foundation for Suicide prevention at Buffalo’s Delaware Park. With letters on, the brothers joined a diverse group of members from the Buffalo community to remember, honor, and support both those currently struggling, or lost to suicide.
The chapter has also continued its strong ties with the American Red Cross of Buffalo, as they have held tabling events in the Universities Student Union encouraging students to donate, as well as directing interested students to the blood drive events on campus.
Theta Gamma was also able to keep up its phenomenal recruiting and rushing efforts, as 9 associate members have signed their bids to begin their journey to become exceptional leaders. Rush week festivities included our traditional poker night, a meet the brothers night, as well as a trip to SkyZone, a trampoline park located in Buffalo.
Looking ahead, Theta Gamma looks to continue their efforts starting with their first ever Alumni tailgate, which will take place October 15th before the UB vs. Ball St football game.
On the 13th of November, 2015, the Theta Gamma chapter of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity officially became a fully functioning chapter at the University at Buffalo. This was a re-charter of the chapter, after it was initially closed in 2001.
Members of Pi Kappa Phi’s national organization, including Timothy S. Hebson, the secretary of Pi Kappa Phi’s national council and Tony Noce, a member of Pi Kappa Phi’s housing board, made the trip up to Buffalo to oversee the chartering process, and to judge if the chapter was qualified to take the final step in becoming a full fledged fraternity.
The chartering process included written and oral examinations in which the men of Pi Kappa Phi passed with flying colors. All men prepared themselves diligently, and every brother was able to pass the exam with the lowest score being an 85%, a truly impressive accomplishment.
On November 14th, the men celebrated their charter and commitment to the fraternity at the chartering banquet held at Samuel’s Grande Manor in Williamsville, NY. Each brother was accompanied by a date and were able to enjoy a meal with their newly initiated brothers. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their time, as it was a rewarding experience for all of their hard work.
The feat was accomplished by 54 men in all, and took just over a year. Pi Kappa Phi is already one of the biggest fraternities on campus, and is expected to make a big impact on greek life at the University at Buffalo.
The brothers of the newly chartered Theta Gamma chapter spent Wednesday afternoon tabling for Pi Kappa Phi’s national philanthropy organization, The Ability experience.
The purpose of the event was to spread awareness on disabilities, specifically the concept of people first language. This concept entails putting people before their disabilities, and believes that individuals are not defined by his/her disabilities.
Throughout the day, many students and faculty approached the table to learn more about The Ability Experience, and the program was a success.
Theta Gamma looks to continue the momentum of bringing the beliefs of The Ability Experience to The University at Buffalo, with multiple programs scheduled in the near future, including a tabling event focused on “spread the word to end the word”.
Two weeks ago a group of Theta Gamma members volunteered for Habitat for Humanity. They spent their time building rails around the front porch of a house and finishing up a roofing project. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the time spent bonding with brothers and helping the local community.