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Pi Kappa Alpha Crest
Fall 2004 Volume 53 Number 1
23 Dec 04

News & information by the alumni association of the Beta Theta Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at Cornell University

SMC Report

Brian Rosenberg '06, SMC

In the spring of 2004 I was transitioned into the SMC position, and it was a smooth one at that. Before I let you all know about the current condition of the house, I feel obliged to thank previous leadership, especially former SMC Andrew Stumacher '04 for making that smooth transition possible, for working hard for our chapter, and for getting Pike back on the right track towards success on this campus and in our community.

Since becoming SMC, a lot has happened to say the least. Our most recent initiates have taken a very active role in the house, and are doing a great job in aiding me with getting tasks done for Pike. This group of initiates is led by current vice presidents Ken Ehrler '06 and Derrick Kaye '07, house manager David Frumberg '07, and Alumni Relations chair Nick McGuire '07. I must also add that the involvement in such important positions this early in their Pike careers is a credit to last springs excellent and revived pledge program. We allotted more time for grooming them not only into great members, but into those who want to become leaders of the house.

We currently have 51 active brothers, one of the largest chapters on campus, and have become more actively involved in community service and IFC. This fall we also had a strong showing during Greek Week, where we scored very highly due to our roles in several events, especially that of winning the fraternity basketball tournament. The chapter has also just ended two great intramural seasons, going deep into the playoffs in both flag football and out door soccer.

Beta Theta also has a new chapter adviser in Brad Anton. After reading about him in the Shield and Diamond, we came into contact, and when we offered him the position. We are very happy to have him playing an active role in our chapter and look forward to a long friendship between him and Beta Theta.

So far rush has been going very well. We are anxiously awaiting our annual big rush weekend, Pikathalon, which is coming up fast. We anticipate a large turnout of freshman, as we have had many of them around the house this semester thus far. Events such as Monday Night Football, BBQs and parties, are providing a great forum for the chapter to meet the new freshman. We are well on our way to a successful rush next semester.

I would also like to encourage more alumni to participate in and attend future events. Next semester we plan to have another large alumni gathering on Pike International Work Day. In hopes of getting the house back to the beauty that it once was, we hope you will come and join us at this event in order to do so. Look forward to hearing about this event in the near future. Alumni relations is an aspect of our chapter we are actively trying to bring back. I have confidence that the relations between alumni and the undergrads will get back to the great levels where it once was.

Pike in the Community

Kenneth Ehrler '06, External IMC

This semester Beta Theta has turned a new leaf, becoming more actively involved in the Ithaca community and philanthropy events to help those in need. In October, we participated in a Collegetown Cleanup organized by the InterFraternity Council. We attended with over twice as many brothers as any other fraternity participating, and played a large role in cleaning the Collegetown area.

Pike also participated in a dodgeball philanthropy event with the sorority Alpha Chi Omega to raise money for the Women's Advocacy Center, which helps to prevent and aid victims of domestic abuse, and the Brain Tumor Foundation.

We are currently planning to host our own fundraising philanthropy event for later this semester to get the entire brotherhood involved and do something important for the Ithaca Community. Ideas now are to organize a book drive for the Ithaca-Tompkins County Public Library, involving both Greek organizations and students on and off campus, or perhaps to host an event at the chapter house, and donating the proceeds to an organization of our choice, in the past it has been the American Red Cross.

We are proud of the accomplishments we have made thus far in the semester, and only look forward to the future where we will gain even greater involvement in service and philanthropy projects, and set a precedent for later years to stay active in the community.

Chapter Advisor's Desk

Brad Anton , Epsilon '75

You may have heard that Mike Hayes, Beta Theta's previous Chapter Advisor, has left Cornell for "greener pastures" (a raise and a promotion to Assistant Dean at the University of Maryland). On October 6th I had lunch with SMC Brian Rosenberg and a few other officers of Beta Theta, and they offered me Mike's job. I am honored to accept this opportunity, and I am thankful for the excellent work Mike has already done.

So, let me introduce myself......

I grew up in the suburban South Hills of Pittsburgh PA, and in the fall of 1974 I entered the chemical engineering program at Virginia Tech, where I completed my BS in 1979 (5 year co-op plan). The best move I made there was to pledge Epsilon Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha in the spring of 1975. I was elected SMC for the calendar year of 1978, and I received the Pi Kappa Alpha Powers Award in 1979. I went to grad school at Caltech and completed my MS in 1982 and my PhD in 1985, both in chemical engineering, and then I went to Germany for a year to be a research fellow at a physics institute. I have been at Cornell since the end of 1986, and I am now an Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Before Mike left he briefed me on the solid progress that Beta Theta has made in recent years. I am looking forward to collecting my own data, formulating a comprehensive plan, and working with the active brothers and alumni to make the Beta Theta Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity as good as it can be.

Proxy Designation

To provide a more complete representation of Alpha Theta voting interest, we are initiating a proxy designation for each brother. We are asking that you designate your proxy for future voting issues in this format:

¤ Alpha Theta President
¤ Alpha Theta Vice President
¤ Alpha Theta Treasurer
¤ Alpha Theta Secretary
¤ Other ________________
The 'Other' designation may be a specific brother's name, or an official position. Please remember that, to have your proxy be effective, it must be a dues-paying brother, by §III.5 of the by-laws. This proxy information will be incorporated into alumni records, and remain in effect for eleven (11) months from the date of its execution in accordance with §III.6.

You may indicate your proxy by updating your contact information online , or with the update tearoff voucher when you pay your Alpha Theta dues.


January 16, 2005 Rush Week starts
May 1, 2005 Spring 2005 Beta Theta DATA deadline
June 9-12, 2005 Reunion Weekend Future Reunion dates
October 15, 2005 Homecoming Future Homecoming dates
November 1, 2005 Fall 2005 Beta Theta DATA deadline
October 14, 2006 Homecoming Future Homecoming dates
October 13, 2007 Homecoming Future Homecoming dates

Alumni Notes

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Jacobs wedding
Tim Cole '83, Ed (Chow) Catto '85, Kathe Day, Bill (Pageberg) Page '85, Hans (Hadji) Rempel '85, Stephanie Liniger Page (Cornell- KD '85), Betsy Rempel, Kelly Martin, Mark (MMM) Martin '85
During Homecoming weekend, Bill Page, Hans Rempel, Mark Martin and Ed Catto (all '85, more-or-less) were joined by Tim Cole '83 to celebrate Al Jacobs' '86 wedding in Boston. We enjoyed an elegant wedding at Boston's finest hotels, but still managed to sneak in time for the Boston/Yankee Pennant Race games.

The Rehearsal dinner was filled with great PiKA stories and tall tales, and we surprised the Jacobs family by revealing that Al's nickname was Pumper! He was the Firetruck Chairman, after all. Al and his lovely bride, Jennifer, will reside in Palo Alto, and we wish them the very best.

Jerri & Tom Sporney '75 spent their anniversary weekend celebrating with Carol & Ralph Olivier '76 on the DelMarVa shore.

After dinner in Ocean City MD, they went looking for a place for dancing in Delaware. From the back seat of the car, Carol solved her problem with hot flashes by commanding Ralph to turn the air conditioner on: "I'd better see that green light, Ralph!!"

Jim Lang '89 and his family are now located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jim is in his 15th year with P&H Overhead Cranes & Hoists. Wife Cheri and he have two terrific boys, James 4 and Christopher 2. They are expecting their third child, due in Feb 2005.

Bob Mateus '79 writes "Brothers, anywhere near SF, for any length of time, with the slightest recollection of me in my collegiate youth, would be wise to contact me & share in the pleasant life my family & I enjoy in the rolling hills of Belmont frolicking with the indigenous fauna when not bonded to 90nM silicon in what we call work!"

July 3rd The annual fireworks bash at the vonLengerke lodge was a gorgeous day at the lake to celebrate Independence Day a bit early. A lot of the usual suspects were MIA, but still fun was had by all.

Representing the Pike contingent were Barry Marcus '75 & Jean, Dennis Arnsdorf '75, Rich Sasson '76 & Deborah, Chip Baines '78 & Linda, Joe Fiteni '76 & Ann, Ralph Olivier '76 & Carol, Tom Sporney '75 & Jerri, hosts Justus '75 & Suzy, as well as many second generation Stag Lake derelicts.

The Garrys (James '54) hosted a wondferful dinner for the Nordwalls, Ogrens, and Bob Busser in Florida this past March.

Don Ogren '52 had not seen Bob Busser '53 or Al Nordwall '52 since the early 1950s.

Robert Beitler '68 (Beta Theta) has been a Florida licensed attorney for the past 23 years. In his current position as General Counsel of the Office of Financial Regulation, he is responsible for 25 lawyers and 14 administrative staff that provide legal support for the agency that licenses and regulates state chartered banks, stockbrokers, and consumer lenders in Florida.

He is married to Meg (35 years), the hometown girl he dated while at Cornell, and their two children are grown, married, and doing well.

Neil Best '82 plays tennis with Mike McCoy '84, his brother-in-law. They are the world's two most evenly-matched players.

"We're not good, but we're even."

Nest dwellers Mark 'Metzie' Metz, Greg 'Grog' Paradiso, and Rich 'Richie Rats Ass' Gold '82 met in Ithaca this past May and had a time worthy of the ages. "With eight kids among us, we really needed the break."

"After finally realizing that Plum's was long gone, we settled into a suitable rotational drinking circuit. Breakfast at the State Diner seemed like old times, as did the bonafide all-nighter." Next up, Rich and Mark will visit San Diego in October, and hopefully catch a World Series game in San Diego, LA, or Anaheim.

Hatches & Matches

Ed (Chow) Catto '85 is engaged to Kathe Day and is planning a 2005 wedding. Many Pikes will remember Kathe as Chow's college girlfriend, and as a frequent participant at Pike parties and formals.

September 20, 2004
Kathe King to wed  Ed Catto

Linda Day-Dennie, of Skaneateles N.Y., announces the engagement of her daughter,  Kathe King, to Edward Catto of Ridgewood.  He is the son of Bill and Cassie Catto of Auburn, N.Y.

Miss King is a graduate of Skaneateles High School and Buffalo State College, SUNY where she earned her B.A. in Journalism.  She is an Assistant Store Manager for Home Depot, Inc. in Hackensack, NJ.

Mr. Catto has been a Ridgewood resident for the past 14 years. Graduate of Cornell University and MBA from the University of North Carolina.  He is currently Vice President-Group Account Director at EastWest Creative, recently voted the #1 Creative Promotions Agency in the U.S. by Promo Magazine.

Miss King brings her son, Joey Mecca, to Ridgewood to start as a junior at Ridgewood High School. Mr. Catto is the proud father of three longtime Ridgewood daughters, Cassie, Tessa and Lacy Catto.

A Spring 2005 wedding is planned and the couple will reside in Ridgewood, NJ.

"It only took Chow twenty years to propose to this girl," moans big brother Tim Cole, '83, "now maybe he'll stop procrastinating with his alumni dues too."

Chow works in NYC and recently had lunches with Paul Wessel '82, Steve Bloom '85 and John Flax '87. More importantly, Mike Greenberg '85, generously donated some great children's furniture to Chow's new house, recently purchased in Ridgewood. All Pikes are encouraged to stop by as often as possible.

Chapter Eternal

The brothers of Beta Theta Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha extend their sympathy to the families and friends of the following brothers:


term Alpha Theta Director
2004 Tim Cole, President
2005 Marco Boyce
2006 Ken Hull, Vice President
2007 Rick Eno, Alumni Relations
2008 Steve Amador, Treasurer
Spring '05 Undergraduate Exec Board
President Brian Rosenberg '06
Internal VP Mitchell Reiman '07
External VP Kenneth Erhler '06
Treasurer Adam Feintisch '06
Secretary Jesse Drawas '06

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