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Iowa State Chapter of Triangle Fraternity
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

 

 
ISU Homecoming 2019 E-mail


Iowa State Homecoming is less than two weeks away - and Triangle Brothers are finalizing plans for the weekend. Are you going to be there? Let us know!

Now that the game time is finalized, so is the weekend schedule! We've created a PDF for you to use as a reference for the weekend - and there will be printed versions at the Triangle house available for you to pick up on Friday evening. Download the Homecoming Flyer now.


We're looking forward to welcoming you and these brothers back to Ames. Add yours to the list!

  • Ted Settle is64
  • Richard Soukup is64
  • Ed McCracken is64
  • D. Dexter Duhan is65
  • Ted Newton is67
  • David Schwickerath is68
  • Mike Goeser is73
  • Merle Newlon lou73
  • Dennis Rosauer is73
  • Joel Allen is75
  • John Pritchard is82
  • Timothy Sullivan is84
  • Troy Van Caster is86
  • James Meier-Gast is89
  • Lance Juffer is97
  • Dax Kuhfuss is98
  • Clint Rabe is99
  • Matt Bonneau is04
  • Ryan Clemens is06
  • EJ O'Donnell-Lines is14
  • Tyler Fenton is15
  • Samuel Howard is16
  • Anthony House is16

Time is running short. Please make your travel arrangements today!  

Weekend Schedule (final)

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 - 11:00 AM - Alumni/Active/New Member Breakfast at the Triangle House
  • 9:00 AM - Alumni Meeting at the house (all are welcome to attend)
  • 10:30 AM - House Tours
  • 11:00 AM - Tailgate at Jack Trice Stadium (Lot D3)
  • 2:30 PM - Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State football game
    See below for Game Ticket information.
  • Immediately following the game - Alumni Reception hosted by Ana and Ed McCracken 
    (2006 Kildee Street)

Sunday, October 27th

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

Register Today


Game Tickets: Tickets are $50 each and we still have a few left. 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: Unfortunately our hotel blocks have expired, but you should still be able to find a room somewhere around the Ames/Ankeny/Des Moines area. 

Suggested Donations: There is no fee for the weekend but the costs to the organization can be significant and donations are always appreciated! The alumni organization would also like to use these donations to purchase a Triangle tent for use at the tailgate or other events as well. We suggest $50 or $100. Please use the PayPal form in the left column at www.istriangle.org or bring a check to the events. 

Register Today


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  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Go Cyclones!

 
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: https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/IN74E9
  • 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 www.istriangle.org.


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

 
Homecoming Meeting Minutes - 10-22-2011 E-mail

We had a great meeting at Homecoming.  Thirteen brothers were able to attend in person, and two attended via our conference call.  We got a lot of good participation, including electing four board members, and several other people volunteered to help with some of the committees.

A tailgate will be taking place before the game.  If you are able to join us, we'll be in the south-center of lot C4.  We hope to see you there!

Full meeting minutes available below.

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Calendar Posted on Website E-mail

The chapter calendar has been posted here.

 
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