Iota Gamma Newsletter: Volume 1 - Spring 2013
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Dear Alumni,

We are excited to be sending the first of what will become many alumni newsletters! As an active chapter, we understand that our past has played a crucial role in the continued success our chapter sees. Thanks to the dedication and effort that each of you put forward during your undergraduate career and your continued support of our chapter after your time in college, Iota Gamma continues to thrive and excel!

The Alumni Update will be sent as an e-newsletter. If you would prefer to receive a copy in the mail, please update your contact information by following the instructions listed at the bottom of this e-newsletter and inform us you would like a hard copy. You will still receive the e-newsletter, but we will make sure to also send you a copy in the mail.

Also, make sure to check out our Facebook Page, UNK Pi Kappa Alpha -Iota Gamma. It is the best way to stay current on what our chapter is up to as we update it frequently.

Letter from the President

Alumni brothers,

I am extremely proud of what our chapter has accomplished over the previous semester and wanted to provide everyone with a brief overview of everything we achieved. Fall 2012 was one of the best semesters Iota Gamma has ever had! There were feats accomplished for the first time in over six years, an event that happens once in a chapter’s lifetime, and our chapter excelle
d in numerous areas!

Our chapter has had a long history of excelling in our philanthropic efforts. We contributed more money to philanthropies this semester than we did over the previous two combined! We began the year by donating $5,000 to the Iota Gamma Endowment Fund. Next, our chapter participated in the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure. We teamed up with the ladies of the Alpha Phi Sorority and had the largest team size, 84 members, and our team contributed the most money to the event with $8,470! Our last philanthropy of the semester was our annual Haunted House to benefit the Mid Nebraska Food Bank. The event was again a success, allowing us to contribute $1,350 and 1,250 cans! Combined, all three events and our participation at sorority philanthropies allowed us to contribute $15,385 and 1,250 cans for philanthropies! Our chapter also helped the community by averaging 35 community service hours per member. We will be hosting our signature philanthropy event, the Kent Estes Memorial Golf Tournament, this spring. Details are available on our Facebook Page.

This past spring, we won Greek Week for the first time in years. Using that momentum, we accomplished a feat this fall that had not been done since 2007. We won Homecoming! With the help of the ladies of the Alpha Phi Sorority and the men of Phi Delta Theta, we finished 4th in the Float, 2nd in both the Adventure Race and Canned Food Build, and 1st in Battle of the Brains, Spirit Competition, and Lip Sync! We’ll be looking to continue our reign by defending our Greek Week title this spring semester.

Each year, our chapter attends the Pike University Kansas City Leadership Summit. This year, thanks to the generous donations of our families and sizable funding from the university, we were able to send 48 of our members to the leadership summit in Kansas City, receiving an award for most men participating!

Our chapter experienced an historic moment this semester as well. This is our chapter’s 26th year since being founded. We have had over 600 members initiate into our ranks, with 25 more initiated this past semester. Of those 25 were our first two legacy members, signaling the beginning of a new generation for our chapter! We currently have 63 active members, but we ended the semester by recruiting 11 men to join our Spring 2013 New Member Class, the largest spring class we have had in years!

Finally, and most importantly, are academics. Academics are the reason we are in college and our Fraternity strives for academic success. This past semester, our chapter earned our highest GPA since the 2007-2008 academic year! Our 65 members averaged a 3.125 GPA!

I want to personally thank each and every alumnus member for everything you have done to impact our chapter. There is no doubt in my mind that we are in the position we are in right now thanks to the hard work and dedication that each of you put forth during your undergraduate careers. Rest assured, Iota Gamma is in an amazing place right now! We have set lofty goals for ourselves and expect nothing less than the continued success and prosperity of our chapter!

If you would like to contact me for any reason, be it to share ideas or ask any questions about the chapter, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone (308-883-0412) or by email (

Thank you again! Damn Proud to be a Pike!

In the Bonds,
Josh Schuman ‘09, Imperial

Executive Board

From left to right:
  • Secretary
    Taylor Jurgens (Beta Delta '11, Beatrice)
  • Recruitment
    Wilfredo Lopez (Beta Delta '11, Lexington)
  • Internal Vice President
    Ryan Figgins (Beta Beta '10, Omaha)
  • Treasurer
    Zach Justus (Beta Delta '11, Lincoln)
  • President
    Josh Schuman (Alpha Omega '09, Imperial)
  • New Member Educator
    Andi Diediker (Alpha Omega '09, Wayne)
  • Sergeant-At-Arms
    Brandon Pruss (Beta Beta '10, Dodge)
  • Continuing Education
    Tony Munch (Beta Delta '11, Kearney)
  • External Vice President
    Brock Shuler (Beta Delta '11, Plattsmouth)
Not pictured:
  • Member-At-Large
    Jesse Orsi (Beta Beta '10, Omaha)

The 9th Annual Kent Estes Memorial Golf Tournament registration is now open!

When: April 20th, 2013 at 10am
Where: Kearney Country Club
Cost: $320 per team of four
Format: Scramble with a two putt max on every hole.


If you have any comments or questions, feel free to email Michael Hanrahan at:
2012 Homecoming Spirit Competition Champions!
Recent Initiations - Beta Zeta

We are proud to welcome 25 new members who initiated on 10/26/2012!

  • John Austin (Nebraska City)
  • Jake Berglund (North Platte)
  • Alex Brown (Hershey)
  • Tyler Cogswell (Gretna)
  • Alex Cudney (Papillion)
  • Justin Ellingson (Gretna)
  • Jacob Griffith (Merna)
  • Tyler Habrock (Norfolk)
  • Jesse Henne (North Platte)
  • Clay Jones (Deshler)
  • Arron Kowalski (Grand Island)
  • Aaron Kuecker (Flush, KS)
  • Cody Larsen (Plattsmouth)
  • Jordan Lofing (Fairbury)
  • Ethan Malmkar (North Platte)
  • Nick McGrath (Omaha)
  • Manuel Ozorio (Nebraska City)
  • Alex Palumbo (Erie, CO)
  • Cameron Riecke (Omaha)
  • Brian Steffes (Hershey)
  • Russel Tappy (Merino, CO)
  • Derrick Tolles (Pleasanton)
  • Ross Van Horn (Crete)
  • Dillon Wordekemper (North Platte)
  • Zach Wurdeman (Albion)
  • Logan Yager (North Platte)
Our first legacy members!

From left to right: Mark Kuecker (Alpha '86, Omaha), Aaron Kuecker (Beta Zeta '12, Flush, KS), Tyler Cogswell (Beta Zeta '12, Gretna), and Jeff Cogswell (Iota '92, Gretna).
Recent Pledges - Beta Eta

We are proud to announce we have formally pledged 10 members into the Beta Eta pledge class!

Back Row (Left to right)
  • New Member Educator Andi Diediker (Alpha Omega '09, Wayne)
  • Matt Hansen (Holdrege)
  • Riley Hoy (Waverly)
  • Gared Rathe (Waverly)
  • Ty Ottoson (Potter)
  • Ritual Chair Curtis Miller (Beta Alpha '11, Osceola)
Front Row (Left to right)
  • Brandon Way (North Platte)
  • Logan Groves (Chadron)
  • Kade Folchert (North Platte)
  • Brandon Krichau (Scottsbluff)
  • Sergio Ceja (Lexington)
  • Jalen Irish (North Platte)
Recent Alumni

Two members went through the alumni charge at the end of last semester!

Lance Juelfs (Alpha Omega '09, Potter)

Major: Agricultural Business
Future Plans: Farming, banking, and coaching basketball.

James Keating (Beta Delta '11, Ogallala)

Major: Political Science and International Studies
Future Plans: Studying for the GRE to attend Grad school in Fall 2014. Plans to travel for the next seven months teaching English in France.
Alumni Advisory Board
  • Ben Allemann
  • Jeff Ensz
  • Bill Hayward
  • Paul Knutson
  • Michael Pelster
  • Mattew Saathoff
  • Nathan Summerfield
Iota Gamma's active chapter on January 27th, 2013.
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