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Capital Campaign Update E-mail

 

Securing Our Future – Triangle’s Home Campaign Passes $1,750,000

Iowa State House Fund On Target Toward $2,000,000 Goal

Since its public launch at 2019 Homecoming alumni have rallied to the support of the Securing Our Future – Triangle’s Home campaign with commitments now exceeding $1,750,000! A key component of the campaign was the Major Gift Challenge Match where all gifts of $25,000 or more were matched, this initiative helped encourage $700,000 in gifts! The generous matching gift of $700,000 is in addition to the $1,750,000 already raised! Efforts to raise additional funds and surpass the campaign goal are continuing and volunteers and staff are working to surpass the goal.

 

As of January 15, 2020, the following alumni and friends of Triangle at Iowa State have made commitments to the campaign.

$1,000,000+

Anonymous

$250,000 - $499,999

Richard Soukup is65

$100,000-249,999

Ed & Ana McCracken is64 Keith Gustafson is66

$50,000 – 99,999

Ron & Terri Moore is66 Daniel Diesburg is64

$25,000 – 49,999

Joel & Beth Allen is75 Ted Newton is67 John Gould is66

John Greene is73 Mike Goeser is73 Michael Galey is66

John Pritchard is82

$5000 – 24,999

Jason Carroll is02 Ted Settle is64

$1000 - $4,999

Chad Whitman is00 Lynn Davis is65 CJ Hoffman marq04

James Hooper is66 Aaron Girson Rich Hautekeete is87

Kyle Robertson is01 Daniel Price is82 Glenn Vondra is66

$25 - $999

Justin Richardson is09 Scott Bova Daniel Brown is70

Ryan Clemens is06

 

For more information on the Securing Our Future – Triangle’s Home campaign for the Iowa State Chapter House please contact Aaron Girson, Triangle Education Foundation Vice President at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 317-203-4510.

 
President's Message E-mail
Hi all! 

I’m writing this note as your newly elected Iowa State Triangle Alumni Board President for 2019-2020. Frankly, this note is a little longer than I would like, but I want everyone to know the great things going on at Iowa State Triangle as well as our key priorities for the coming year. Bear with me please. 

I want to personally thank John Pritchard for his too numerous to mention contributions to the ISU Triangle Alumni Board and Active Chapter. John stepped down from the Alumni Board President job at the end of October and left me some huge boots to fill. 

John led our effort to acquire the Sigma Chi house at Iowa State, negotiate the deal and worked with one of our very generous, Founding Charter Alumni who made a $1,000,000 contribution for the down payment on our house. John worked with Jason Carroll, our Alumni Treasurer to get our financials in order and get the deal closed, all in about 45 days. There were numerous significant hurdles, barriers and setbacks. With John’s leadership and the support of the ISU Alumni Board, our partners at Triangle Education Foundation and Triangle Building and Housing Corporation, it all got done. Iowa State Triangle has the newest, nicest, most modern and best located fraternity house at Iowa State University. Thank you, John! It would not have happened lest you did it! We are forever grateful! And a very big thank you to one certain Alumni, Dexter Duhan for your most generous contributions. In addition to the house down payment, Dexter contributed another $1M as the lead gift for the Capital Campaign. There are other special Alumni who have made significant contributions, but I want to recognize Dexter because his generosity is in a league all of its own!

Although no longer an official Board member, John has agreed to stay involved with this Board with a focus on our continuing financial actions including our Capital Campaign effort and obtaining mortgage financing for the house. After our successful $2 Million Capital Campaign is complete, we expect to have a $1,500,000 mortgage balance on our $4,600,000 house.  

Thank you, John, from the bottom of my heart!

I present the 2019-2020 Iowa State Triangle Board Members as follows:
  • Chris Moe is92, Vice President,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Jason Carroll is02, Secretary-Treasurer,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Jim Meier-Gast is89, House Committee Chair,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Tim Sullivan is84, Councilman At Large,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • E.J. Lines-O’Donnell is14, Alumni Relations,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Ben Johnson is19, Active President,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Dave Schwickerath is68, Alumni President,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thank you to Brant Bristow for serving as Vice President of the Board the last number of years. 

Congratulations and thank you to all the Board members for your commitment to serve. There is a lot to be done. 

I accept the responsibility as Alumni President, with a combination of enthusiasm and commitment to our Alumni and our Active Chapter. From my view, it’s a very critical time for Iowa State Triangle. We have a new house, the largest we’ve owned, but a house that comes with a lot of responsibility. It comes with both a financial and a growth responsibility. We plan to reach 45 men living in house to reach our budget target. The good news is we are on the path to achieving that.  

I want to outline our key Alumni Board priorities for the upcoming year:
  • Active Chapter Support
    • We will work closely with the Active Chapter Leadership to support their efforts on Recruitment, Mentoring, Member Retention, Brotherhood, Academic Excellence and improving Chapter Operations
    • We will focus our efforts supporting and insuring the Active Chapter continues to be successful in their recruitment efforts so that we achieve our “Steady State Target” and financial strength no later than September Fall Semester 2021
      • Quinn Moran continues with us on a part time basis and is focused on working closely with the Recruitment team to meet and exceed our expectations and goals
      • The Scholarship Programs we offer Incoming ISU Freshmen and FIRST Robotics Team Members Incoming to ISU as Freshmen will help tremendously, as it has this year.
    • We have a Recruitment Strategy and Business Plan and the Scholarship Program is one component, not the only component
  • Improve Alumni Relations and Increase Alumni Engagement with each other and the Active Chapter
  • Strengthen our Financial Position
    • We will support John Pritchard’s efforts to obtain a mortgage for the Chapter House for $1,500,000.
    • We will work with Aaron Girson to reach our Capital Campaign Goal of $2,000,000.
    • Jason Carroll, our Alumni Treasurer has implemented QuickBooks for the Active Chapter and works with the Active Treasurer and President on a regular basis to get our Active Chapter Financial house in a further position of strength
  • House Improvements and Operational Excellence
    • We’ll make necessary repairs and improvements to the house so we can accommodate our chapter growth and reach operational excellence by running a “tight ship”. Jim Meier-Gast and Tim Sullivan lead our efforts in working closely with the House Manager to make the above-mentioned repairs and improvements.

Those are our goals and priorities. We are spreading the workload and asking the entire Board along with a number of Alumni to help. Let me know if you want to volunteer!

Let me delve into a few membership numbers. 

We are initiating 14 Pledges this Saturday. Quinn Moran, our Leadership Consultant and our Recruitment Team were instrumental in making this happen. 

We graduate four men this spring and if we don’t pledge any additional men between now and Fall 2020, we will have 31 men living in house Fall 2020. Pretty darn good considering our starting point 15 months ago. 

Our plan for the house at “Steady State” is forty-five 45 men, paying room and board living in house. Even though the time line for reaching our Steady State target is Fall 2021, we have a real shot to reach that number by Fall 2020. We need to add 14 net new members that will live in the house and pay board between now and Fall 2020. Adding 14 is difficult but possible. 

We plan to reach our target and fill the house with great young men and that will enable financial stability and security for the long-term. After getting to know most of our Actives and Pledges, I am confident that with support from our Alumni, Triangle Fraternity at Iowa State has a great future. 

I challenge each Alumni to find an incoming ISU freshman STEM major in your area with great grades and introduce them to our Iowa State Triangle Recruitment team led by Seth Pierre and Quinn Moran. Any assistance our Alumni can provide in terms of referrals of talented young men from your hometown coming to ISU next fall will be much appreciated. Contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any potential new member leads.  

We launched the official “Public Phase” of our Capital Campaign at the Alumni meeting on October 26th and you received that Press Release a few weeks ago. Aaron Girson, Vice President of the Triangle Education Foundation leads our efforts for our Capital Campaign. Aaron’s charter is to work with ISU Triangle Alumni to raise $2,000,000 so we can pay down our debt to $1,500,000. We intend to get a mortgage for the $1.5M and we need all Alumni to help get us to the $2M. As of this moment, we either have the money in the bank or commitments from Alumni for a total of 1,650,000 which leaves us with a remaining amount of $350,000. We are 80% of the way there thanks to some very generous Alumni. 

The Actives are working hard to build a great chapter at Iowa State. Now I need to ask you, our great Alumni, for your help. I realize our Alumni are at different stages in our lives. Some can afford to give more than others. I ask each of you to give as much as you can to our Capital Campaign. The Alumni who have given already, were generous because they believe Triangle Fraternity changed their lives for the better, that the experience of Triangle at Iowa State, the friends they made, the life they’ve lived, made them better men, that they were able to achieve the success in their life they have because of Triangle and the experience with their brothers while at Iowa State prepared us for life. 

BTW, if you can find a way to contribute $25,000, even if it’s over a few years, we have an Alumni who will match your contribution. Stretch if you can. Contact Aaron Girson at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 269-589-5744 if you can help! 

We will make Homecoming at Iowa State a very special annual event in an effort to get our Alumni back to Ames to meet up with your old friends. For some of you, I mean really OLD friends. The experience those of us had this year and last year, meeting the brothers new and old, was tremendous. We went home invigorated. I ask each of you to come back next year for Homecoming weekend October 17th when the Cyclones play Oklahoma. Mark your calendars. Call your best Triangle buddies and get them to commit to come back and meet up. I promise you it will be a great weekend!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

Yours in F, S & C,

Dave Schwickerath is68
Iowa State Triangle Fraternity
Alumni Board President 2019-2020
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
678-414-0430

 
Capital Campaign E-mail

 

October 26, 2019

Iowa State Triangle Launches $2,000,000 Campaign


Ames, IA – The Triangle Chapter at Iowa State University launched its Securing Our Future – Triangle’s Home Campaign during Homecoming 2019.  The $2,000,000 Campaign will help ensure the future of the chapter and provide alumni and friends of Triangle the opportunity to invest in the long-term success of the chapter by providing funding for the chapter house at 2136 Lincoln Way.

Since Triangle’s founding on the Iowa State campus in 1964 more than 500 men have been initiated into the chapter. Triangle’s Iowa State brotherhood has had a long history of leadership on campus, in the classroom, and provided a home away from home for generations of Triangle brothers. Acquired in 2018, 2136 Lincoln Way is a new, modern facility in the heart of the Iowa State community that will provide all Triangle brothers a home when in Ames. The new home is the crown jewel of Greek houses at Iowa State and in all of Triangle. The facility boasts state-of-the-art safety and security, suite-style living, plentiful common and study space, in a location directly adjacent to campus.

“Our goal is to ensure that the costs of procuring and maintaining our home does not fall entirely on the newly reinstalled chapter and we are asking alumni to participate to help continue our recent successes. We have already secured $1,340,000 in gifts and our goal is to raise the remaining $660,000 by September 2020,” said Alumni President John Pritchard is82.

The chapter has engaged the Triangle Education Foundation to manage the Securing Our Future – Triangle’s Home Campaign. Alumni and Friends of Triangle will have several options for supporting the Campaign, including both tax-deductible and non-deductible options. Triangle Education Foundation Vice President Aaron Girson will manage the campaign. Girson’s experience includes running the 2012 Campaign for Triangle national endowment campaign that secured more than $7,000,000 in gifts.

With a successful fall new member class of 17 men, the chapter is already demonstrating what it can do with 2136 Lincoln Way as its home. The growing chapter strives to attain a level of excellence while maintaining a friendly and inviting home where lifelong friendships are made.

DONATE TODAY

About Triangle

Founded in 1907 at the University of Illinois, Triangle is a social, professional STEM organization of Engineers, Architects and Scientists. We are the only national social fraternity that requires specific fields of study and Triangle is one of only three national fraternities that does not have a Greek letter name. Triangle Fraternity currently operates on 37 campuses with more than 1200 undergraduate members, since founding in 1907 more than 29,000 men have been initiated.

The Iowa State Chapter was founded in 1964 and has a strong tradition of recruiting academically focused men. In addition, we strive to find men that live their life with integrity - those who make the choices to be leaders, scholars, professionals and gentlemen in all aspects of their lives. 

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Contact: Aaron Girson, CFRE, Vice President Triangle Education Foundation
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Phone: 317-837-9641

 
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

 
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