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Colony Update and Save The Date! E-mail

September 23, 2015

For better or worse, football season is here. The South End Zone project at Jack Trice Stadium is constructed and amazing, and Iowa State football won its first game there! Hopefully there are more where that came from, including this October 31: Homecoming Weekend against Texas!

The ISU colony continues find its way toward official chapter status. The colony consists of 14 actives and 6-10 new members (pledge pinning October 9th). The office space on Stanton continues to serve the colony well, as they use it as a place to study, meet, and play. Members are currently living together in apartment complexes throughout Ames. On the academic front, the colony ended up the past spring semester with a 3.11 GPA, which was good for a tie for 6th place in the IFC report. The GPA was also significantly higher than the All Men’s Undergrad Average (2.94) and the All Fraternity Average (3.00). Congratulate them when you see them next (Homecoming weekend, at a minimum)!

The alumni group continues to work together with the colony, and local alumni attend colony meetings and executive meetings as often as practical. Alumni have been on the lookout for houses and properties, both for rent or purchase. One such opportunity arose this past spring when we were approached by Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) about renting their property on Lynn Avenue. We investigated this option thoroughly, and worked extensively with the colony, before ultimately deciding it was not feasible. The SAE house has a 65-man capacity, and the current colony membership was at 17. Even with a very aggressive and optimistic recruiting target, the colony would still only fill half the house. Involving another group to rent with the colony and share the space was ruled out due to potential risk factors. The timeline under which we were contacted created another complication, as the colony membership had already signed contracts for apartment leases, and we would incur approximately $10k in lease breaks. The concept of renting a house until we are able to purchase one is sound. However, this house at this time was simply too large and expensive. Both we and the undergraduates decided that it was best to focus on recruiting and building a solid, stable foundation at this time. We continue discussions with SAE about renting their property in the future, as they’re looking to secure renters from 2016-2020. With a few good recruiting semesters, the colony will be in a solid position to rent a house of that size.

Save the date of October 31, Iowa State’s Homecoming weekend! More details will follow, posted to the Iowa State Triangle Alumni website and emailed, but here’s a general agenda for the weekend.

Friday: Dinner at The IowaStater Restaurant in the Gateway Hotel in Ames

Saturday: Alumni meeting at the ISU Alumni Center, Tailgate, Football Game

Please RSVP for the weekend here.

Officer positions open for election every homecoming, and include president, vice president, and treasurer.

Current Board Members:
Chris Moe is92 - term expires 2015
Bob Balsbaugh is74 - term expires 2015
Brant Bristow is98 - term expires 2016
John Pritchard is82 - term expires 2016
Jason Carroll is02 - term expires 2017
Clint Rabe is99 - term expires 2017
Nate Perkins - Active President

Current Officers:
President - Brant Bristow is98
Vice president - John Pritchard is82
Treasurer - Jason Carroll is02

In F, S, & C,

Brant Bristow is98
Alumni Board President
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