Pi Kappa Alpha Newsletter

Spring 2016

August 1st, 2016

2016 Spring Rush

Recruitment for Spring 2016 is officially over! Zeta Epsilon is happy to welcome the newest pledge class of 12 men, Delta Delta! Special thanks to our rush chairs who did such a great job with this semesters recruitment, φφκα!



50th Anniversary


The Zeta Epsilon chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha, which was founded at Western in 1965, kicked off it's 50th anniversary during last years homecoming and had a blast! We would like thank all of our alumni that visited campus during homecoming and supported our chapter during the time of celebration.We

would also like to

thank the ladies

of Alpha Xi Delta

and the members

of Iota for their

assistance with

the float and all

the effort it took

to plan and create

We couldn't have

asked for a better

pairing and can't wait to compete again next year!

Member Introduction

Chapter President


My name is BJ Sweatt, I am a senior at Western majoring in mechanical engineering. Before transferring to WKU, I played football for Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, KY. After I was suddenly no longer a part of a team, I realized just how important it was to me. I found a new team by becoming an active member in Pi Kappa Alpha. I started off in Zeta Epsilon as the VP of external affairs before becoming president. I'm working very hard to help ensure a great future for our chapter.

Academic Adviser


Hello. My name is Tim Straubel. I have two awesome dogs, Magnolia and Owen. I hail from Wisconsin, and have slowly moved south my entire life. I have been a German Instructor here at WKU since 2002. If I have the opportunity, I also teach in study abroad programs during the summer in Germany or Austria. Every Fall, I teach German to grade school children in the Gifted Studies Super Saturdays Program. I enjoy sports and I am a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers. If I have free time, I enjoy gardening, reading, cooking and making jam. On May 2, 2010, I was initiated into the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Becoming a Pike was one of the best moments of my life, and I am a better person for it.

Chapter Adviser

Rod Hutcheson pledged Zeta Epsilon Chapter in the Spring of 1980, AE pledge class. Rod was Social Chairman for 2 years while an undergrad and graduated with a BS in Finance in 1984. While attending WKU, he met his wife, Eva Sutton and they were married August 4, 1984. Rod and Eva have 3 children, all who chose WKU for their education. Rod’s role as Chapter Advisor is not his first time to be involved as an alum. He was Treasurer of the Housing Corporation board when the house on Chestnut was acquired. Rod and Eva attend WKU sporting events at home and abroad and look forward to helping the chapter grow in both numbers and prominence here at WKU.

A Blast From the Past

Parents Weekend

WKU's Parent & Family Weekend has become an annual event for current students and their families. We would like to take this day to introduce you to our chapter members and take a look around the house! We look forward to seeing WKU students, parents, and family members on October 1, 2016!

Peak Week

This year our chapter hosted Peak Week to benefit K9s For Warriors. K9s For Warriors is an organization dedicated to providing service canines to our warriors suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post 9/11. The events included, paintball, dunk-a-pike, Griffs night, and our first ever Pike Idol. The events were a success as we raised nearly $2,000 in 4 days!

Campus News

Students of legal drinking age at Western Kentucky University could be sipping beer and wine in a new campus restaurant in the fall. Gary Meszaro has stated the tentative date for the restaurant’s opening is mid-October. The yet-unnamed restaurant will be in Garrett Conference Center and will serve a burger and wings style menu along with alcohol.

The university has hired an architect, drawn up plans and is looking for bids. The restaurant will be on the side of the building closest to Cherry Hall and the Faculty House right above Subway. Adding the restaurant is the administration’s response to a Student Government Association resolution passed in December requesting students be allowed to buy and possess alcohol on campus.

Fall Formal

As the spring semester begins, we have already started on our search for the next fall formal destination. We would like to give special thanks to our brother, Elliott Law, for planning our fall formal last semester. Zeta Epsilon's trip to Destin, FL was an overwhelming success and we can't wait to see what is in store for us during our next fall formal!



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Famous Pikes Spotlight

A 1986 initiate of Eta Omicron Chapter at Louisiana-Monroe, Tim McGraw's achievements are as remarkable as they are numerous: nine albums spawning 25 #1 singles and selling 33 million copies, successful tours, and scores of awards including a 2001 CMA Entertainer of the Year nod, 2 Grammys and the 2004 People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Musical Performer.

He was the headline act at the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Concert, and in November 2004 made his major motion picture acting debut in "Friday Night Lights". McGraw is a celebrity cabinet board member with the American Red Cross, and continues his involvement as an alum with Eta Omicron Chapter.

Homecoming Schedule of Events













WKU’s 2016 Homecoming is scheduled for Oct. 22.


The Hilltoppers will face Old Dominion in the annual Homecoming football game at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Kickoff is TBD