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Iowa State Chapter of Triangle Fraternity
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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Homecoming 2014 update E-mail

September 23, 2014

Greetings!  Football is finally here, and so is a win for the Cyclones!

Please make plans to come to Ames and meet with the active members at Homecoming in a few weeks!  And if you're already going to be at Homecoming, make plans to attend some of the weekend's events:

Oct. 10
Active Property Open 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 207 Stanton Ave., #4, Ames, IA 50014
Oct. 11
Alumni Meeting 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Memorial Union, Room 3534
conference call information:    
phone number (605) 475–3200      
code: 165-176#
Active Property Open 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 207 Stanton Ave., #4, Ames, IA 50014
Tailgate 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM Lot A3, near the southwest corner of the Alumni Center, food and drinks provided. Look for the Triangle flag.
Homecoming Game 2:30 PM Jack Trice Stadium
let us know if you need tickets

Please RSVP for the weekend here.

The alumni meeting agenda will be posted to the website (link), and will include an alumni group financial update, a colony update from the active president, active treasurer, and recruitment char, and an update regarding the Chapter Endowment Fund.

In addition, there are 2 scheduled spots opening up on the alumni board (Jason Carroll, Dax Kuhfuss). The position is a 3-year term, and does not specifically include an officer position.

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

Current Board Members:
Dax Kuhfuss is98 - term expires 2014
Jason Carroll is02 - term expires 2014
Clint Rabe is99 - term expires 2014
Chris Moe is92 - term expires 2015
Bob Balsbaugh is74 - term expires 2015
Brant Bristow is98 - term expires 2016
John Pritchard is82 - term expires 2016

Current Officers:
President - Chris Moe is92
Vice president - Brant Bristow is98
Treasurer - Jason Carroll is02

If you would like to get involved in helping guide the actives toward a successful renewed presence on campus, nominate yourself someone or someone else by emailing me ahead of time, being present at the alumni meeting, or joining the conference call. See you at Homecoming!

F, S, & C,

Brant Bristow is98
Alumni Board Vice President
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P.S. Keep up to date in real-time on our Social Media channels: Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn

Chapter Endowment Fund update E-mail

Hello Brothers,

We want to pass along an update on the progress of our Chapter Endowment Fund.  Each of you should have received a letter from John Pritchard in the mail in May (if you didn't please email us so we can update our information).  The text of that letter is also in the post below this one. We also posted the letter via our email distribution list, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  Our goal is to establish a $100k endowment that will support the undergraduates through annual disbursements.  Surprisingly, the response to this call for support was disappointing.

The good news is that we exceeded the minimum threshold of $25k necessary to provide some funds to the undergraduates this school year. The bad news is the amount we've raised.  To date we've received $52,900 ($32,513 cash and $20,387 pledged).  Out of over 412 alumni, only 18 have donated or pledged - ouch.  We know we can do better than that.  Some brothers had indicated they would make a donation, but have yet to do so.  We think others may have set it aside to think about it and then forgot.  Because of the critical importance to the newly re-formed chapter, we ask you to please pick it back up and make a donation soon.  As mentioned in the letter, we’d like to achieve a high participation rate, even if each donation isn't large, so we can send a message of support to the undergraduates.


Please participate. Thank you very much!

Download the form here

F, S, & C,

Chris Moe is92
Alumni Board President
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50th and Chapter Endowment E-mail

Triangle Brothers gather in Ames for VEISHEA weekend to celebrate 50 years of the fraternity


May 7, 2014


Posted on behalf of Br. John Pritchard is82:


Dear Brothers,

It's John Pritchard. I write this after having participated in a fantastic weekend in Ames celebrating Triangle's 50th anniversary. Approximately 140 Triangles and their spouses participated. We had a weekend full of activities, some business, seemingly perpetual eating, socializing, laughter, and stories, stories, stories! Contrary to rumors, the riots earlier in the week were not instigated by Triangle alumni. And other than not having a parade to watch, we were unaffected by the cancellation of VEISHEA.

We provided information regarding the current status of the chapter from both the alumni and undergraduate perspectives. I'll mention just a few of the highlights. After much planning and effort, we conducted a successful re-colonization. We have conducted, and will continue, training and mentoring to assist the young men as they establish their chapter. Fifteen men were recently initiated and the chapter currently has 4 pledges (3 of whom are going to be initiated this weekend). As you know, we no longer have the house on North Hyland nor the Annex, but we worked with ISU to secure a portion of a dorm floor next year for Triangle men so they can be together. We've also notified ISU that we wish to buy a fraternity house should one become available. But the membership is not yet large enough to support a house anyway. In the meantime, the men are also about to rent a facility near campus where they can meet between classes, study, and socialize.

At the gala event, we announced the establishment of the Iowa State Triangle Chapter Endowment Fund (CEF). Managed by the Triangle Education Foundation (TEF), all funds donated are strictly for the benefit of the ISU Triangle Chapter. We benefit from the TEF managing the investment as part of the overall TEF portfolio and managing the process of distributing funds to the ISU chapter in accordance with applicable tax laws. Annually, approximately 5% of the endowment is available to the chapter for education related expenses, including scholarships, education space within a chapter house or facility, and sending men to participate in Triangle or North-American lnterfraternity Conference (NIC) leadership training or educational programs. With ISU CEF funds we hope to send many men to the Herbert Scobie Leadership School this summer so they not only receive incredible training, they plug in to other Triangle men and resources which is so important at this early stage of the chapter. Unlike donations to the chapter itself, donations to the ISU CEF are tax deductible.

A huge amount of effort went into planning the re-colonization of the chapter. Despite significant class loads and other commitments, the re-founding members took the initiative, put in the difficult work and long hours, and re-started the legacy of Triangle at ISU - a legacy we all share. Now it's time for us to show our support. The CEF is a means for us to provide immediate benefit to the men.

At the gala, we announced a goal to raise $100k for the CEF which will allow approximately $5,000 per year to be available to the chapter. We also announced that the CEF has already been seeded with $45,000 from Brothers Dexter Duhan, Jim Fay, Chris Moe, and me.

During the gala, three of our founders gave the keynote address. One of the common messages from Lynn Davis, Ed McCracken, and Ted Settle was how their Triangle experience benefited them throughout their lives. I am certain all of us could make the same statement - we each have benefited from Triangle. We don't often ask for support, and it's not the most comfortable endeavor, but I'm asking now because it's critically important. If you benefited in any way from Triangle, I ask you to pay it forward. Not all of us are able to commit our time, but we all have the ability to make a donation – of any amount. I have benefited from Triangle and so I have committed my time and money to give other young men the same opportunity. I also serve on the Board of Directors of the Triangle Education Foundation because I've seen how its mission greatly benefits young Triangle men. I ask you to please contribute as much as you can to the CEF so that we can quickly achieve our goal and begin to provide critical financial support to our new brothers. I hope we can show our support to the men not only by quickly achieving our $100k goal, but by having a large percentage of our alumni donate at some level.

Installment payment options are available so you can make monthly, quarterly, or annual payments. Donation information is enclosed. If you have any questions, you can email me or Amy Buchheit at the Education Foundation.

Download the form here

Please don't delay as we need the funds to be able to send men to programs this summer. I thank you very much.

In F, S, & C,

John P. Pritchard

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Iowa State 50th Grand Reunion E-mail

Triangle Fraternity Grand Reunion

Celebrating 50 Years

April 11-13, 2014
Ames, IA - VEISHEA Weekend

Join your Triangle Brothers to celebrate 50 years of our Fraternity at Iowa State, and meet the next generation of men who will carry on the legacy.

Visit the Event Website now

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