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December Update E-mail

December 17, 2016

Greetings Brothers,

As this calendar year ends, I wanted to provide a brief update on the Colony and the endowment.

The undergrads will provide more information once they get through finals, but here are a few highlights from the Colony (They are a ‘colony’ until they fulfill the requirements of Triangle National to regain the ISU charter and become a ‘chapter’ again. We are working hard toward this goal.). I have met most of the young men in the colony and it gives me such pride because they are so intelligent, talented, friendly, and incredibly motivated about Triangle.

  • Moved into 140 Lynn Avenue in August.
  • Recently activated 8 men bringing their total number of actives to 23.
  • Most recent semester GPA: 3.23, 3rd place in IFC. The guys already are executing a plan which they expect will improve this important metric. Pledge class GPA was the highest of all Triangle chapters.
  • Are reaching out and interacting with other greek organizations including: Alpha Sigma Kappa (engineering sorority), Phi Beta Chi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Farmhouse, and Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Teamed with FIJI and Kappa Alpha Theta for Homecoming activities.
  • Won 3rd place overall in Greek Week, paired with Delta Delta Delta, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Chi Phi.
  • Hosted Homecoming Dinner for alumni at the house and provided tours to alumni throughout homecoming weekend.

With the recent run-up of the stock market, I know you are looking for ways to reduce the government’s cut of your hard-earned income. I have just the thing for you…a donation to an IRS-recognized non-profit. Seriously though, we are very close to achieving the goal we established at our 50th Anniversary celebration in 2014. We sought to establish a $100k endowment that would annually yield $5,000 to benefit the educational needs of the ISU Chapter’s men. We have raised $93k to date, with 51 out of 412 brothers contributing. We’re so close.

The Chapter Endowment Fund (CEF) has already benefitted the ISU Triangle men. It’s funded attendance at Leadership & Training Weekend (an amazing event hosted by Triangle National at which incredible training is provided to help men become leaders and learn how they can benefit their chapters), and Scobie Leadership School (another incredible program which teaches leadership and other skills that improve the lives of the men and the effectiveness of the chapter). Now that the men are in the house, they are developing plans to use CEF funds to improve the study areas as well as other academic-related improvements to the house. Note: CEF funds can only be used for educational related purposes and Triangle has a process by which the funds are applied for and approved. Your valuable donations are not wasted and only fund educational purposes.

We’ve already seen the great benefit CEF donations provide to our young Triangle Brothers. It’s a great way to give back to what I believe most of us feel was a major positive influence in our lives at a time when we needed it most and provided us skills and experiences that have benefitted our careers. And something that provided for life-long friendships – true brotherhood. Through our donations, we can help provide these same opportunities to the next generation of Triangles. I respectfully ask you to consider a donation before the end of this calendar year. The process is extremely simple. Go to, select the ‘Donate’ tab near the top right. Fill in the form with your donation amount in the ‘Chapter Endowment Fund Donation Amount’ area and select ‘Iowa State Chapter Endowment Fund’ from the dropdown list. If you don’t want to pay by credit card, you can mail a check to Triangle Education Foundation, 120 S. Center Street, Plainfield, IN 46168. Specify on the check that it’s to go toward the ‘Iowa State CEF’.

To those who have already donated, thank you very much. For everyone else, thank you for considering a donation.

I hope you and your families have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and happy holidays. God Bless.

In F, S, and C,

John Pritchard

Alumni Board President



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