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Push America ePerspective – September, 2010

Push America ePerspective – September, 2010

Push America's logo.Push America’s ePerspective is a monthly newsletter sent to the extended family of Push America and past participants with the purpose of providing insight to the events of Push America and possible opportunities for involvement.

A successful summer comes to an end

Another summer has come and gone at Push America, and lives across the country have forever been altered thanks to the hard work and dedication of Push America team members and the extended Push America family. Gear Up Florida, Build America and Journey of Hope all experienced tremendous highs this year while covering thousands of miles and making hundreds of new friends from Miami to Seattle. Over 150 young men not only changed lives across the country, but were also changed themselves.

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Marine Corps Marathon 2010

Halloween is often synonymous with candy, costumes and scary movies. October 31 will be very different for Push America this year; it will be about sweat and determination, hard work and abilities, teamwork and accomplishments.

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A huge thank you to our volunteers

Push America’s 2010 summer event teams raised a combined total of over $660,000 to support people with disabilities. Thanks to the generosity and support of our volunteer system, over 85% of the funds raised by the team members go directly to programming that supports people with disabilities all across the country.

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Corporate sponsors help reach new heights

One of the major parts of Push America’s summer is support from several corporate sponsors from around the country. The help of corporate sponsors is essential in propelling the organization’s mission through Gear Up Florida, Build America and Journey of Hope. Our corporate sponsors allow more fundraising dollars to go directly back into the disability community, while also helping team members with their event preparation and even their safety on the road.

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We’re coming to a city near you!

Push America would like to give you a heads up that we might be in your neck of the woods this fall! We encourage you to come out and spend some time with the staff and fellow Push America supporters; Pi Kappa Phi alumni, parents, volunteers and Pi Alphas alike!

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Help us welcome new staff members

There have recently been two staff additions since the end of Push America’s summer. Push America is pleased to announce two new staff members, Nick Breaux and Kyle Thomas.

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Brother Joe Fox Riding for Journey of Hope

Brother Joe Fox Riding for Journey of Hope

A photo of brother Joe Fox Jr.Our brother Joe Fox Jr. is flying out to Seattle tomorrow, June 5, to begin the Journey of Hope, Push America’s cross-country bicycle ride. Joe is one of a growing list of UMass PiKapps to participate Push America’s national philanthropy efforts.

Joe will be keeping a blog this summer, posting text, pictures, and (maybe) videos while on the road.

Follow Joe’s Journey of Hope blog here.

What is Journey of Hope?

Journey of Hope is a philanthropic cross-country cycling event. Since 1988, Pi Kappa Phi brothers have been riding across the United States to benefit people with disabilities. Cycling has been the best communication vehicle for the Push America, our national philanthropy.

Our brothers take to the roads of America, spreading a message of acceptance and understanding for people with disabilities to millions of people through special events and media coverage. Our cycling events raise over $500,000 every summer to build hope for the future of people with disabilities while developing tomorrow’s leaders.

Supreme Chapter 2010

Supreme Chapter 2010

Supreme Chapter 2010.A wonderful world awaits you this summer as Pi Kappa Phi’s Supreme Chapter heads to Orlando on August 5-9 for a weekend of fun, family, and of course, fraternity!

Supreme Chapter in Orlando offers the perfect backdrop for a family vacation. For a full schedule of events, or registration information visit the Supreme Chapter website.


Stay at the Hilton Walt Disney World, located minutes from some of Orlando’s best attractions and parks, while enjoying the fraternity’s group hotel rate.

Parks and Events

Build your own weekend through our a la carte pricing, join us for Pi Kapp events at places like Typhoon Lagoon or the House of Blues, or grab the kids and head over to the Magic Kingdom for the afternoon, taking advantage of Pi Kappa Phi’s group rate for Disney Parks.….you decide!


Join us for Saturday night for the Supreme Banquet—the highlight of Supreme Chapter where the fraternity honors its top alumni, students and chapters with the Founders’ Awards, the Hall of Fame Induction and the Mr. Pi Kappa Phi award.

Attend Supreme Chapter sessions and committee meetings to see firsthand the legislative process led by our student members. Take part in the election of our new National Council. A full schedule of events throughout the weekend is available on PKP’s website.

To Register

The deadline for alumni/guest registration is Monday, July 5. For more information about Supreme Chapter or to register, visit

PiKapp Scholars Award

PiKapp Scholars Award

The Pi Kappa Phi Foundation logo.For over eight decades, Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity has been recognizing student leaders for their commitment to academic excellence. The oldest and most prestigious scholarship in Pi Kappa Phi, the Pi Kapp Scholars Award is intended to recognize and reinforce the idea that to lead in one’s chapter is to first lead in the classroom.

The Pi Kapp Scholars Award is made available to deserving students by the Pi Kappa Phi Foundation. Each year, thousands of alumni and students make unrestricted gifts to Foundation in support of its mission. From those funds, and the Foundation’s existing endowment, scholarship dollars are then awarded through an application process to deserving undergraduate members of the Fraternity.

Download 2010 PiKapp Scholars Award application.


Pi Kapp Scholar Award recipients first show a strong commitment to academic excellence. While Fraternity and campus activities certainly enhance a student’s collegiate experience, it is the work done in the classroom that sets an example for all members of the chapter.

Beyond the classroom, however, an applicant’s extra curricular activities will be considered in the award process. President John F. Kennedy was fond of saying that fifty percent of one’s education takes place outside of the classroom. It is in that spirit which an applicant’s level of involvement within his chapter and within the community will be considered.


To be eligible for this award, you must be a Junior or Senior at the time your application is submitted. In addition to having achieved high standards in scholarship, a brother must have also shown leadership within the chapter or within the campus community. See other criteria below.

In order for your application to be considered, you must comply with the following.

  1. You are an initiated member who is in good standing with the Fraternity. Your chapter Treasurer must initial the application attesting to your good standing status.
  2. At the time your application is submitted you are a Junior or Senior.
  3. You have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better.
  4. You have completely and thoroughly answered all questions.
  5. You have submitted an official transcript along with your application.


  • All award winners will receive a $1000 grant.
  • All PiKapp Scholars will have their bio and picture published in the Fall edition of the Star & Lamp magazine.
  • Winners will be publicly recognized at the summer conference.
  • Award recipients will receive a commemorative plaque, recognizing this accomplishment.

How to Apply

All scholarship applications must be postmarked no later than May 15, 2010. Applications should be sent to:

Pi Kappa Phi Foundation
Attn: Pi Kapp Scholars Application
PO Box 240526 Charlotte, NC 28224

With questions regarding the scholarship or award process, please contact Tom Atwood at (800) 929-1904 ext. 104 or

Download 2010 PiKapp Scholars Award application.

Meeting Minutes – Apr 11, 2010

Meeting Minutes – Apr 11, 2010

Attending: Corthell, C., Barnes, T., Demarco, T., Dawson, Z., Trzpit, R., Macdermott, J., Holmes, M., Vasquez, R., Venooker, A., Lemoine, G., Jost, J., Levitan, P., Miller, T., Villegas, J., Anderson, W., Pearson, M., Sugumaran, K., Khuashalani, J., Nokes, D., DiPietro, M., Brown, R., Bliss, J., Moffett, A., Kurtich, B., Dawson, A., Fox, J., Slocum, J.

Absent: Paquette, D., Silvia, C., Williams, M., Trzpit, J., Holly, P., Lees, J., Neyhart, K., Sandakli, A., Fedorenko D., Cummings, N.

PiKapps of the Week: Karthik Sugumaran, Paul Levitan, Mike Dipietro

Old Business


  • Unanimously approved

Academic Program

  • Unanimously approved

Committee Reports

Greek Week Results – Karthik Sugumaran, Paul Levitan

  • Results are not finalized yet
  • Thank you to all of the brothers who showed up and participated in all of the events!
  • Thank you Paul Levitan for all of the work that you put in for Greek Week

Brotherhood – Russell Brown

  • April 19th is Patriot’s Day, no school
  • Brothers traveling to support Joe Piedrafite running the Boston Marathon
  • Joe has raised over $4,000 and has been training for over a year
  • He has organized all of the trips down to Washington DC for the JOH arrivals
  • If you are interested in going Sunday or Monday, please see Russell Brown

Interfraternal Council – Andrew Dawson

  • Vacancy in VP of Communications position
  • Accepting nominees, elections will (likely) be held next week
  • Candidates must be organized
  • Responsibilities include emailing members and taking minutes
  • See Andy Dawson if interested

Community Service – Russell Brown

  • Bowl Weekend
    • April 25th, 12-4pm
    • Looking for 8-10 PiKapps
  • Special Olympics May Games
    • May 8th
    • For more info, see Paul Levitan
  • Relay for Life
    • April 23rd
    • To stay the night, participants must raise $100
    • For more info, see Russell Brown

Recruitment – Joseph Bliss

  • Starting to plan for Recruitment
  • First meeting will be held after Relay for Life
  • Will discuss t-shirt designs and improvements for next semester
  • Please start coming up with themes
  • Names already being added to PNM list
  • Use this semester to get closer with PNMs
  • Will work to improve retention rates for next semester

Finance – Mike DiPietro

  • Rose Ball
    • Dinner preferences and $30 (if bringing a date) due by April 25, see Mike DiPietro
  • Dues
    • See Mike DiPietro ASAP if you have not paid your dues yet

New Member Education – Derek Nokes

  • ROI is rapidly approaching
  • Please reach out to & lend support to associates
  • Curt Chamberlain is Theta Class President
  • Tom Tremarche is Theta Class Vice President

Historian – Brandon Kurtich

  • Four Alumni Initiates
    • Jesse & Ryan Trzpit’s friend’s father
    • Karthik Sugumaran’s godfather
    • Paul Levitan’s father
    • Joe MacDermott’s father
  • Composite photos
    • Please sign up if you have not yet
    • Wear ROI attire

Chaplain – Jitesh Khushalani

  • ROI will be held April 30th
  • All brothers will have specific tasks
  • Brothers must stay on own task to maintain organization and efficiency
  • See Jitesh if you would like a specific role

Push America – Andrew Venooker

  • Concert wrap-up
  • Thank you to all who helped out


  • Sun, April 25 – Volunteer opportunity: Bowl Weekend, 12-4pm
  • Sun, April 25 – Elections, time TBD
  • Sun, April 18 – Depart for Boston
  • Mon, April 19 – Boston Marathon, supporting Joe Piedrafite
  • Fri, April 30 – ROI, 7:30pm
  • Sat, May 1 – Rose Ball
  • Tue, May 4 – Last day of classes

Push America ePerspective – April, 2010

Push America ePerspective – April, 2010

Push America's logo.Push America’s ePerspective is a monthly newsletter sent to the extended family of Push America and past participants with the purpose of providing insight to the events of Push America and possible opportunities for involvement.

April 2010

Welcome to the new-look ePerspective! It’s the busiest time of the year for Push America as Gear Up Florida is right around the corner, with Journey of Hope and Build America following closely behind. Chapters of Pi Kappa Phi around the country are also making their last attempts of the semester to end their yearly Push America fundraising on a high note, one example of which you’ll read about below. Next month, the ePerspective will be replaced by the Push Perspective, which you’ll be receiving via hard copy or e-mail. The Push Perspective will highlight some of the big events of the last semester in addition to some exciting news coming down the pipe.

Marine Corps Marathon Registration

Registration for the 35th annual Marine Corps Marathon is now open as a Push America Challenge event! Follow the link below to learn more about this event and find how you can register!

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Armed Forces Wheelchair Basketball

On April 1, the brothers of Theta Eta (American University), in conjunction with the US Paralympic Military Program, hosted the inaugural Armed Forces Wheelchair Basketball Game to benefit Push America and the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Push America Adds Corporate Sponsors

Push America is pleased to announce two new Corporate Sponsors for the Journey of Hope and Build America. Case Logic, owned and operated by Thule, the world leader in sports utility transportation, has signed on as a sponsor for two of our summer events. Case Logic has been a past Corporate Sponsor of Push America and it gives us great pleasure to announce them back for 2010!

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Pi Alpha’s Individual Push America Challenge

The following was written by Ruben Talavera, a Pi Alpha and long-time Push America supporter. This past March, Ruben participated in the Bataan Death March as a Push America Challenge event. In this journal entry, Ruben recounts his experience participating in the event. Push America thanks Ruben for continuing his commitment to serving people with disabilities! Click the link to read Ruben’s story.

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Personal Connection to Push America

The following letter was written by a young woman from Arizona State University in response to the Pi Kappa Phi chapter’s efforts with their annual Bike-a-thon and its surrounding events. The letter brings to light the fact that, in addition to valuable funds raised on behalf of Push America, the friendship, caring and empathy shown can make a world of difference to people with disabilities. Push America is lucky to have supporters illustrating this across the country all year long.

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