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Iowa State Chapter of Triangle Fraternity
ISU Homecoming 2019 E-mail

We’d like to invite you and all Triangle Alumni back to Ames for Homecoming weekend October 25-27, 2019. Festivities include a BBQ Friday night, the ISU Cyclones vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys football game, an Alumni meeting Saturday morning and an Alumni Reception Saturday night. Spouses and significant others are invited but feel free to come on your own! A little more time to tell stories, maybe. Whatever works for you!

All Alumni are invited and welcome back but we’d ask that those ISU Triangles who graduated with a 5 or a 9 at the end of your graduation year, please make a special effort to return and encourage your classmates to return as well. So, if you graduated in 2014, you graduated five years ago, 2009 ten years ago... let’s go all the way back to 1969! We’d like to start a tradition of inviting all Alumni but let’s get your brothers back if you graduated 5, 10, 15, 20, 25…years ago. You old(er) guys make a special effort because we aren’t going to live forever! In fact, if you are coming back to Ames, bring one of your fraternity brothers with you.

We’ll hold an Alumni meeting at 8:00 AM Saturday morning. We want you to meet Quinn Moran, who joined ISU Triangle as our Leadership Consultant and House Director. Under Quinn and Active President Alex Faucz we have made significant progress with our Recruitment Program. Quinn and the Membership Team will continue focus on recruitment on a full-time basis. Last spring, we had twenty (20) actives and pledges living in the house. We have increased our in-house actives and pledges from twenty(20) last year to twenty-five(25) this semester, 30 next Spring Semester and continuing the growth to reach forty-five(45) men in house a year from now.

Weekend Schedule
(subject to change - Homecoming game time is TBD)

Friday, October 25th

  • 5:00 PM - Alumni/Actives/New Member Welcome BBQ at the Triangle House, 2136 Lincoln Way
  • 7:00 PM - Cyclones Pep Rally and Bonfire
  • 8:30 PM - ExCYtement in the Streets-festival in Greek-ville. Triangle is doing a lawn display and cheer at Farmhouse. Come see the show!

Saturday, October 26th

  • 8:00 AM - Alumni Meeting at the Triangle House
    (all are welcome to attend)
  • 10:30 AM - House Tours
  • 10:30 AM - Tailgate at Jack Trice Stadium (exact location TBD)
  • Noon - Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State football game (time subject to change)
    See below for Game Ticket information.
  • Following the game - Casual get together at the Triangle House
  • 7:00 PM - Alumni Reception hosted by Ana and Ed McCracken 
    (walking distance from Triangle)

Sunday, October 27th

There are no organized activities on Sunday but house tours are available.

Game Tickets: Tickets are $50 each. Thanks to Bob Balsbaugh for purchasing a block of game tickets for us. If you want tickets, please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and send your check to Dave Schwickerath at 5146 Burnt Hickory Rd. NW, Kennesaw, GA 30152.

Hotels: We have two options for you. Please call them ASAP to make your reservations: 

Country Inn and Suites: 2605 SE 16th St, Ames

  • Phone number to book: 515-233-3935
  • Ask for check-in on October 25th and check out on October 27th and let the front desk know you are with the Triangle Fraternity Room Block
  • What we have blocked off: 10 Double Queen Beds at $229.00 per night
  • Amenities include: 
    • Free, Hot Breakfast
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Fitness Center
    • On-Site Parking
    • Indoor Pool and Hot Tub
  • Cutoff date is 9/6/2019 to book in the block!
  • Questions or issues? Ask for Adam Brungardt at the hotel.

Comfort Inn and Suites: 603 16th Street, Ames

  • BRAND NEW HOTEL - opened August 1st
  • Phone number to book: 515-450-4615
  • Mention that you need a reservation with the Triangle Fraternity Room Block for October 25-27
  • Book online:
  • We have blocked off: 10 King Beds with a pullout couch, and 5 Double Queen Bed Rooms, at $259.00 per night.
  • Amenities include: 
    • Free WiFi
    • Free breakfast
    • Fitness center
    • Indoor heated pool
    • Copy, print and fax machines
  • Questions or issues? Ask for Bonnie Alley at the hotel.
  • Cut off date is 9/24/2019 to book in the block!

Suggested Donations: There is no fee for the weekend but the costs to the organization can be significant and donations are always appreciated! We suggest $50 or $100. Please use the PayPal form at

We sincerely hope to see you in Ames for friends, family, fraternity and Cyclone football! It's always great to see our Triangle Brothers, old and new. Send any questions about the weekend to me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

In F, S, & C,

Br. David Schwickerath is68
ISU Triangle Alumni Board

Referrals Needed! E-mail

July 1, 2019

Hi All!

My name is Quinn Moran, and I currently serve Triangle Fraternity as the Regional Leadership Specialist. This year, I have the opportunity to work specifically with our Iowa State Chapter as we continue to grow our membership as well as increase our operational efficiency, ultimately fueling long term success.

As we are amidst our Summer Recruitment process, we have been utilizing different strategies to locate and recruit potential men for our chapter. At this point in the summer, we have already extended 3 Bids, which is outstanding! As we continue to think strategically moving forward, we want to see if we could tap into our Alumni base for some potential referrals of men to join the chapter.

In order to connect with more potential new members, we have created this form to send to our Alumni base. Anyone with the link can fill it out as many times as they would like, essentially serving as our Potential New Member referral form. I believe that by using these leads, we can directly connect with men who would fit our chapter as well as share that they were referred to us in high esteem, with hopes of securing their interest. Here is the link to the referral form:

If you have any potential men you think would be ideal fits for our fraternity, please provide us their information in the form above. We will then reach out and connect with these men, showcasing not only how they can benefit from membership in Triangle, but highlighting how their presence will help us grow and flourish in the coming years.

Should you have any questions or anything to discuss further, please feel free to email me at any time or call me at 319-560-0805!

All the best,

Quinn Moran
Regional Leadership Specialist - Triangle Fraternity
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - 319.560.0805

Exciting News for the Chapter! E-mail

June 14, 2019

I’m very pleased to share with you some exciting news!

Since the re-colonization of the chapter we have celebrated success in academics, service, and brotherhood while achieving some very impressive milestones, including re-securing our charter and purchasing our new house. However, we have struggled to achieve our goal of a stable, consistent, operationally effective chapter. We realize that, despite our successes, we’re still a young organization without the historical, institutional experience of much older chapters. Over the past several months, we have been actively working to find a way to address this challenge and provide more support to the chapter.

Many of you are already familiar with Triangle National’s Educational Leadership Consultant (ELC) program. ELCs are individuals experienced and trained in the multitude of areas necessary to have a successful chapter. The ELCs periodically visit chapters for a few days to conduct assessments and then work with the chapters to address areas of need. It’s an excellent program but the ELCs are spread very thin and can’t get to each chapter as frequently as we’d like.

We want to leverage this existing program but make it more beneficial to our chapter by getting much more dedicated, on-site, direct interaction with the chapter. A very generous alumnus stepped forward and agreed to fund a fulltime ELC who will be based in the chapter house and who will dedicate 75% of their time to helping the ISU chapter. The other 25% will be to support Triangle National educational programs and a few local chapters. This is an enormous benefit to the chapter – I don’t know of any other fraternity with a dedicated ELC.

In the past month, we defined the position, secured the donation, and began seeking candidates. Last week we identified who we believe is an ideal candidate – excellent relevant experience as an ELC, ISU Greek experience and contacts, and highly recommended by the ISU Director of Greek Affairs. The candidate is not a Triangle. And… the candidate is not male. We believe a non-Triangle is positive – an outside view and new ideas. On the other point, it initially gave us pause (as I’m sure it does for you too). We’ve conducted very thorough due diligence including speaking with multiple key executives in Triangle National, Triangle’s legal counsel, Triangle’s insurance provider, ISU Director of Greek Affairs (multiple times), the candidate’s references, and another fraternity at ISU who utilizes a live-in female graduate student house director. And of course, multiple people have interviewed the candidate. All of the discussions were positive, and the interview results were exceptional. We have a Director’s Suite which provides full living facilities which are distinctly separate from the other living areas of the house. We will specify specific ground rules to reduce the risk of any incidents. But the bottom line is we trust the character of our men and expect they will handle this with the appropriate respect and professionalism.

Here is a summary of Quinn’s qualifications. Quinn Moran is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the successful Past President of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority at ISU in 2017. Quinn graduated ISU Summa Cum Laude in Business Marketing in 2018 and has extensive leadership experience at her sorority, at the ISU Panhellenic Council and as a Leadership Consultant for her sorority for the last year. Quinn brings a combination of positive attitude, great communication skills, experience in recruitment at ISU and excellent relations in the ISU Greek community and ISU officials. Quinn understands the system, what it takes to succeed in building a strong chapter and the commitment to work extremely hard and closely with the active chapter and alumni to make it happen. In fact, she has already jumped in with both feet and the board is extremely impressed with her efforts in the first few weeks to help with summer recruitment. Quinn will have a dual reporting role to Triangle National and the ISU Triangle Alumni Board.

This is another incredible benefit bestowed on our men and the chapter. A fully funded, ELC dedicated to teaching and assisting us to become the best chapter we can be. We expect the position will continue for 2 years at which point the chapter should be mature, stable, and self-sustaining. We will provide additional details in the future, but we wanted to quickly announce this to all of you.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me or anyone on the Alumni Board.

In F S & C,
John P. Pritchard
ISU Alumni Board President



Alumni Board
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New House Dedication and Homecoming 2018 E-mail

The Iowa State Chapter of Triangle Fraternity

invites you to join us for the official

New House Dedication Ceremony

and Homecoming Weekend

Schedule of Events:

Friday, October 26

5:00 PM Alumni Meeting (all welcome)
New Chapter House
2136 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA

7:00 PM - Pizza Dinner
Chapter House

Saturday, October 27

8:00 AM - Homecoming Tailgate
Chapter House

11:00 AM - Homecoming Game (Texas Tech)
Jack Trice Stadium
If you reserved a ticket, make sure you're at the tailgate by 10:00 AM

4:00 PM - New House Dedication Ceremony

4:30 PM - Parents Meeting
(immediately following ceremony)
Chapter House


Sunday, October 28

10 AM - Brunch
Chapter House

Register Now

There is no fee for the weekend but donations toward the costs are appreciated.
Please use the PayPal form on the left of this page.

For additional information, please contact

Chris Moe is92 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

or Tyler Fenton is15 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )



Who's registered?

Mike Mallinger is64

Ed McCracken is64

Rex Dickens is65

Dexter Duhan is65

Richard Soukup is65

Glenn Vondra is66

Allen North is68

David Schwickerath is68

Jim Fay is70

Mike Goeser is73

John Greene is73

Bob Balsbaugh is74

Mark Ferguson is74

Joel Allen is75

Steven Whittlesey is76

Peter Rasmusson is78

David Slack is81

Jack Cheney is82

Thomas Laing is82

John Pritchard is82

Timothy Sullivan is84

James Meier-Gast is89

Chris Moe is92

Wade Hinderks is96

Matt Ostanik is97

Warren Atkinson is98

Brant Bristow is98

Dax Kuhfuss is98

Brian Rayski is98

David Scott is00

Nick Shafer is00

Asa Plum is01

Jason Carroll is02

Matthew Peyton is03

Brian Vanecek is03

Colby Moorberg is05

Ryan Clemens  is06

Bill Stockdale is06

Jacob Gentile is13

Georges Bou-Saab is14

Mark Humphreys  is14

EJ O’Donnell-Lines is14

Nate Perkins is14

Brian Regan is14

Cody Stultz is14

Michael Christoff is15

James Yarrow-Jenkins is15

Dan Frese is16

Matthew Kinnander is16

Mike Fouts (Triangle Building & Housing Corp)

Aaron Girson (Triangle Education Foundation)

Exciting News! E-mail


Today, on behalf of the Board of Directors, I’m very excited to make a major announcement regarding Triangle Fraternity at Iowa State. As you know, as the result of a huge amount of effort, we have successfully risen from our disbanding into a thriving chapter. In fact, this March, we were awarded our charter in a celebration attended by the Iowa State University President and Dean of Engineering. We have an exceptional cadre of young men in the chapter who continue to excel in their academics, most importantly, but also building the chapter and serving the community. We all should be very proud of them.

But lurking in the background of all of this success, was a very scary threat. After our lease with SAE expired in one more academic year, we might not have a place to live and our actives would be scattered to university housing and off-campus living. A very unappealing and possibly terminal scenario. For two years, we have been searching for a house to purchase, including notifying ISU Greek Affairs and engaging a realtor. During that period, we’ve had a total of zero candidate properties to consider. Scary.

A short time ago, I received a call from the President of the Sigma Chi Alumni Association. He indicated ISU was about to suspend the chapter and the alumni had decided to sell the chapter house. In the interim period, we’ve amassed so many stories, we can’t wait to have a ‘pass the gavel’ or a classic Triangle BS session. But for now, I’ll cut to the punchline – late last week we executed an agreement to purchase the Sigma Chi chapter house!

This house is far and away the crown jewel of all fraternity and sorority houses at ISU. I should quiz you on your pledge education and ask where the Sigma Chi house is located, but I might get the reply, “This lowly pledge is deeply embarrassed and infinitely humiliated …” – so I’ll tell you. It is one of the five fraternity houses on Lincoln Way adjacent the southeast part of campus – the western-most house. The visibility Triangle will get is incredible. Second, in 2015 Sigma Chi completed a 2-year construction process having razed the previous house and built anew. The house has a rare distinction of being in the heart of Greek-land, but 3 years old. It has state of the art safety, security, HVAC, and more. Very importantly, the rooms are suite-style configurations where two sleeping rooms are adjoined by a common study area and a common bathroom with shower. Today’s youth are not fond of the cold air dorm and community showers arrangement of most fraternities and universities have built suite-style dormitories which appeal to students far more than fraternities. In fact, our plan if we purchased an old house was to renovate it into suite-style.


I could go on about positive details of the house, but for this note, I’ll stop and conclude by saying this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – a new, turn-key (furniture and fixtures included), state-of-the-art (safety, security, technology, HVAC, etc) house in the location we desired.

The two primary downsides are the size and price (of course, when isn’t price a downside?!). The building houses 55 men. Our planning number was 40 men since chapters much larger struggle to maintain consistent occupancy with quality men. Our plan to mitigate this downside is to make the financials work with 40 men and use the other rooms as study areas. The second downside is the price. Initially Sigma Chi wanted $5.0M, but we settled on $4.6M. That’s $750k-$1M higher than what we’d originally planned, but since these properties rarely change hands, it’s difficult to determine prices in advance. And most houses would have required major improvements – which necessitate significant additional costs as well as costs to live somewhere else during the build, if such a place can be found. We avoid that with this house.

Without going into the gory details, to secure the purchase, it was necessary to close and take possession this July. Needless to say, it’s been a massive whirlwind of activity to make this happen. With this timeframe, we didn’t have time for the typical mortgage loan process. However, I’m very pleased to say we have secured short-term funding which will allow us to close – quite an achievement. It’s a combination of donations plus a short-term loan from the Triangle Building and Housing Corporation. After closing and getting the actives moved in before the semester begins, we will begin backfilling the short-term loan. We will secure a mortgage for a portion of the debt and launch a capital campaign to solicit donations.

This is truly an extremely fortunate event. Our actions will fully return Triangle to Iowa State – where it belongs. And we will once again have a chapter house to call our home.

We’ll provide more information when we have an opportunity to breathe after the closing and move.

Please block your calendars and plan to return to ISU for Homecoming 2018, October 27, 2018. We plan to celebrate this momentous achievement and hope you’ll join us!

In F, S, & C

John P. Pritchard is82

Alumni Board President


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