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ALUMNI ANNUAL DUES & CONTRIBUTIONS

  DUESThose things I entrusted Those things I endearedThose things I engaged Those things I engravedThose things I enraptured Those things I instill        To these things I am ever enthralled and my dues never paid at all

                
  



 


 



Cole Fuller (11) PIKE Memorial Scholarship / NSU




September 30th 2017






2018 NSU PIKE ALUMNI ASSOC. GOLF SCRAMBLE

Date to follow, Cherry Springs / Tahlequah
Check in 7:30 a.m. send your teams to brucehoop@aol.com
4 man team / must be pre-paid and registered
Pay here!

Entry fees / Mulligans / Donations



Spring 2017 four of the five Pledges

HOMECOMING / COME TAILGATE WITH US SEPTEMBER 24TH


Meet the new future members Fall 2016, they aren’t joining our chapter, they are standing up to rightfully represent and own it.

Jacob Benningfield, Trey Boshers, Devan Branham, Ace Cobb, Marty Coplen, Kyler Crittenden, Donovan Davis, Cole Dixon, Kyle Harders, Cory Holsapple, Bryce Johnson, Chase Kennedy, Jacob King, Joseph Kopenhiemer, Theron Merrill, Zach Robinson, Tyler Skeen, Landon Tyler

October 17, 2015, 20 new member initiations

January 23, 2015, 25 new member initiations







Many thanks to Adam Carry (09) for his 2013 ASSOC. DUES




Many thanks to David Pennington (83) for his 2013 ASSOC. DUES




Many thanks to Lakelin Crain (11) for his 2013 ASSOC. DUES


Many thanks to Tommy Story (09) for his 2013 ASSOC. DUES



Many thanks to Chris Luna (96) for his 2013 ASSOC. DUES



Many thanks to Eddie Miller (85) for his 2013 ASSOC. DUES
and contribution of  $500



Many thanks to Rocky Stone (75) for his 2013 ASSOC. DUES



Many thanks to Rick Ballenger (92)  for his 2013 ASSOC. DUES




Many thanks to Stuart Nichols (86)  for his 2013 ASSOC. DUES



Many thanks to Matt Pemberton (03)  for his 2013 ASSOC. DUES




Many thanks to Adam Pemberton (06)  for his 2013 ASSOC. DUES



Congratulations:  the NSU Pike Alumni Assoc. Spring 2013 scholarships of $1,000 
Each For the fall pledge class of 2012

TO:

Aaron Raney and Drew Curley 





Congratulations:  the NSU Pike Alumni Assoc. Fall 2012 scholarships of $500 

will be awarded to:
Tommy Story (09)
Alex Burkdoll (10)
Ryan Freeman (10)





Welcome to our organization  
We have been serving the Northeastern Oklahoma Community for over 37 years. 
As men of the
Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity - Theta Epsilon Chapter
we support the growth and integrity of the men of our fraternity and the strength of the universities they attend.

UPDATED 9/15/12

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The NSU ALUMNI ASSOC. DONATED $1500 to the chapter for Rush 2012, granted three Scholarships of $500 each for the 2012 fall semester.
Expended $3,850 on the fire truck
Donated $500 for National Convention expenses
Balance in the Alumni Assoc acct as of 9/15/12 $2,413.50 & $2,000 in the scholarship foundation

The NSU ALUMNI ASSOC. DONATED
$1,000
to the chapter for sring 2012
Awarded $1,000 scholarship to:


Lakelen Crane (11) for the fall pledge class scholarship
Balance in the Alumni Assoc. account 12/27/11 is $3400.62 which includes $2,350 ear marked for the Fire Truck.

The NSU ALUMNI ASSOC. DONATED
$1,000
to the chapter for Rush 2011
Awarded $500 scholarships to:
Ryan Freeman

Jordan Ladbrooke
Tommy Story


 Congratulations: Ryan Freeman (10) recipient of the Pledge Class Scholarship of $1,000 for 2010.

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Congratulations:  to Jordan Ladbrooke – 2010 Chapter $1,000 Scholarship award.

 



 

The NSU Alumni Association recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship to

the newly initiated member:

Jordan ladbrooke [mailto:jordladbrooke@hotmail.co.uk]

Jordon is on the NSU soccer team and from England.

$700 of the scholarship was contributed from the Craig Keener Memoriam

Fund.  He was selected by his pledge class as the recipient.


 The NSU ALUMNI ASSOC. DONATED $1500 to the chapter for Rush 2012, granted three Scholarships of $500 each for the 2012 fall semester.

 The NSU ALUMNI ASSOC. DONATED $500 to the chapter for Rush 2010, pledged two Scholarships of $1,000 each for the 2010 fall semester, and contributed $1,000 at homecoming to the chapter.

The NSU ALUMNI ASSOC. HAS DONATED $3,500 to the chapter for 2008/9 school year
$5,500 
for 2009/10 Scholarship $1,000 
$1,000 for 2010/11, Scholarship $3,000

Thank you! to the paid alumni members
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Special thanks to  






Eddie Miller  (85)he is added to the ranks with his contribution of thousands over the yeas

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Mike Scrimsher (84)he is added to the ranks with his contribution of $250  on 8/24/12

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Cain Wright 
(01)
he is added to the ranks with his contribution of $65 on 6/24/12

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Nick Hudson (01)he is added to the ranks with his contribution of $65  on 6//24/12 
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Damon Roberts (94)he is added to the ranks with his contribution of $110  on 6//24/12, $65 on 6/13/09
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Special thanks to  Rocky Stone  (75), he is added to the ranks in his continuing contibutions in the hundreds on 6/18/12

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Special thanks to  Rick Ballenbger  (02), he is added to the ranks with $65 on 7/20/09, $100 Fire Truck 10/21/10, $65 dues 6/18/12

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Special thanks to  Dr. Michael Turner  (88), he is added to the ranks with $65 on 6/15/12

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Special thanks to  Robert Wilson  (92), he is added to the ranks with $100 on 2/1/09, $65 on 3/16/12


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Special thanks to  Blake Steveson  (99), he is added to the ranks with $65 for dues, on 6/22/11


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Special thanks to  BRANDON ROBBINS  (01), he is added to the ranks with $65 for dues, on 6/14/11
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Special thanks to  MATT PEMBERTON  (03), he is added to the ranks with$65 dues on 7/2/12, $65 dues on 6/13/11,
$50 Fire Truck on 10/20/10, $65 for dues, on 5/10/10

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Special thanks to  Jeff Copeland (92), he has donated   $300 towards the Fire Truck on 6/13/11,
$65 on 3/27/10


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Special thanks to  David Pennington (83), he has donated   $200 towards the Fire Truck
and $65 for his dues on 2/21/12

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Special thanks to  Adam CARRY (09), he is added to the
ranks, $65 for dues, on 2/311 & $100 on 2/22/12


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Special thanks to  Brian Galloway (85), he is added to the ranks, $65 on 2/24/12, $150 on 2/26/11, $100 on 5/24/06, $65 on 4/9/05

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Special thanks to  Kevin Corley (96), he is added to the
ranks, $65 for dues, on 1/14/11, $70 on 6/27/06
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Special thanks to  Jerry Fennell  (01)he is added to the ranks $100 on 12/1/10

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Special thanks to  Dr. Richard Brown (83)he is added to the ranks $165 on 5/27/10

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Special thanks to  LEE PARMAN (82), he is added to the ranks of Gold, with $200 for dues, on 5/21/10

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 Special thanks to  Shane Tinsley (96), he is added to the ranks, $165 for dues, on 5/10/10,
$175 on 12/4/08, $100 on 9/29/05
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Special thanks to  MATT CALVERT (94), he is added to the
ranks, $200 for dues, on 3/11/10, $100 on 6/6/09




Special thanks to  Chris Luna (96), he is added to the
ranks, $130 for dues, on 3/11/10,  $150 Fire Truck 10/20/10, $100 on 10/6/09



Special thanks to  Gary Cacy (93), he is added to the
ranks, $200 for dues, on 3/9/10



Special thanks to  Jason Bolen (96), he is added to the
ranks, $65 for dues, on 3/3/10, $65 on 10/7/09



Special thanks to  Derek Cain (92), he is added to the
ranks, $65 for dues, on 2/19/10 & 2/23/12





Special thanks to  Rick Moore (87), he is added to the
ranks, $100 for dues, on 2/17/10



Special thanks to  Stuart Nichols (86), he is added to the
ranks, $65 for dues, on 2/10/10



     Special thanks to  DWAYNE RURY (87), he is added to the ranks, $65 for dues, on 7/11/09


  Special thanks to  Tyler Caughman (99), he is added to the ranks, $100 for dues, on 9/22/05

Special thanks to  Aaron Deering (98), he is added to the ranks, $550 on 9/11/08, $250 on 10/18/07, $65 on 3/26/05


Special thanks to  BRIAN COX (88), he is added to the ranks, $1,500 for the Fire Truck 2010,
$100 for dues, 4/10/09



Recently the Association donated $1,000 to NSU for their
Centennial fund $500, from the Chapter, $500 from the alumni.

ALUMNI ANNUAL DUES & CONTRIBUTIONS

  DUESThose things I entrusted Those things I endearedThose things I engaged Those things I engravedThose things I enraptured Those things I instill        To these things I am ever enthralledand my dues never paid at all

Recently the Alumni Association's Scholarship fund increased by $2,800 through a donation of an Electric car to the NSU Foundation. These as all scholarship funds go to memebers of the chapter.

 

Fire Truck Project



Brian Cox (88) with Cecil and Sons Discount Tires 918-245-9655
donated the fire truck tires at a cost of $1,500.
 
He would like to send out a challenge to the other brothers to off set this and
up our project budget.
You can donate any amount you want here securely to our Pay Pal account, you do not have to have a Pay Pal account to pay securely
with a credit card.  Thank You in advance.





Firemen on board with contributions to date: 

Adam Reasor (11)
Blake Steveson (96)
Brian Cox (88)
Bruce Hoop (75)
Chris Luna (96)
Dave Moore (79)
David Penninton (83)
Eddie Miller (86)
Jeff Copeland (92)
Jerry Fennell (01)
Josh Reasor (01)
Mark Humphries (93)
Matt Pemberton (03)
Rick Ballenger (02)    

 



From: joshreasor@yahoo.com
To: brucehoop@aol.com, emiller@bioscorp.com, gecacy@sbcglobal.net, reasor26@hotmail.com
Sent: 10/20/2011 12:23:36 P.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: NSU tailgate Oct. 29th (Shrimp Boil)

 

Bruce,
Would you send this out?

Pike Tailgate for October 29th starts at 11am
NSU v. Southwestern 2pm kickoff

Menu:  Shrimp and Sausage Boil
Cold Beer, Mardi Gras Beads and Hot Chocolate

Invite a Brother and come have fun!  Firetruck should be in full swing with Stereo and TV playing football games.

Fun for the whole family!

Fraternally,

Joshua A. Reasor
Reasor Brother's Investments llc
1208 Ross Pl.
Tahlequah, OK 74464

(918) 557-7406
joshreasor@yahoo.com




TAIL GATE 10/29/11 - Be there!
Meet the 2011 Fall Pledge Class

 

1)      Eric Bohanon
2)      Jordan Carbone
3)      Lakelen Crain
4)      Jay Flatt
5)      Cole Fuller
6)      Brook Hall
7)      Tommy Hillsberg
8)      Parker Hollabaugh
9)      Cody Honea
10)  Justin Hunnicutt
11)  Jake Maggard
12)  Kris Miller
13)  Michael Musil
14)  Brent Spencer
15)  Zach Stubbs
16)  Zack Tucker
17)  Kyle Ulmer
18)  Austin White
19)  Brent Williamson

 

 

  

 



As I sit down to email my semester report, it is with a heavy heart that it is my last. The Theta Epsilon Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha will forever be a part of my life now as an alumni. The brotherhood we share as a Fraternity is incomparable to any other friendships we have formed with individuals over the years. I am very proud of the progress our Chapter has made over the last two years and am confident in saying Theta Epsilon will only continue to improve on the NSU Campus. As I step out of the Chapter, I can proudly say I have left my mark and made a difference in my time as a member. All the Brothers have stepped up and went above and beyond what has been asked of them in the last couple of years, I am grateful for having the opportunity to have been a part of it. I would like to thank our Alumni for all of your continued support and hope to see more Alumni taking an interest in the Chapter. Look for a few chapter/alumni events this year!
 PHI PHI KAPPA ALPHA.


We initiated 21 new members in November, did a no shave november fundraiser, and participated in several community service projects all which I have detailed in the attached spreadsheet.
-- 
Adam C. Carry
Public Relations/Community Service Chairman
Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity
Theta Epsilon Chapter
918-448-8907
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From Scott Pearson (08)
12/6/10

Bruce and fellow Alumnus

From Scott Pearson (08)12/6/10

 

                The chapter had our final meeting last night and was it one for the records. We had numerous guys running for an executive position. It lasted just about all night long because we have a large amount of zealous men in our chapter who want and will make a large difference in our chapter. This past semester and even year our executive council along with our chapter, did an outstanding job of improving not only the chapter but Pike as a whole. Last night, they handed the torch over to a new executive council.                                               Our new council:

 


President- Scott Pearson Fall ’08

 Internal Vice President- Tommy Story Fall ’09 External Vice President- Toby Ritz Fall ’09

Secretary- Chuck Philipy Fall ‘09

Treasurer- Cain Wright Fall ’09

 Sgt. at Arms- Jordan “JoJo” Holderby Fall ’08


We had some of the tightest races that we have ever come about in our chapter and the numbers were outstanding. We as a council and chapter all have the same goal in mind and want to receive the chapter excellence award. I strongly believe that we have the people in position to do these things. Our chapter is full of zealousness and it is only growing. It started with our roots, of you alumni, and showing/guiding us along to the perfection that we are striving for.

 

There is the annual Chapter Executive Conference coming up January 6-9 in Memphis, TN and we are going to try and make it this year to help our chapter out furthermore. Our chapter has not attended this conference in over 5 years and it is a requirement for a chapter excellence award.

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Scott Pearson writes:

 

Scott Pearson

Theta Epsilon Alumni:

As the semester is closing out and the seasons are changing, pKA-Theta Epsilon has grown together not only within the chapter but with the Alumni as well. Being closer to the Alumni and having growing relationships is a big deal to the chapter. It also shows that the day you take the oath of being a member of Pike, the lifelong brotherhood, is a big deal to you as Alumni and shows us active members how we should relate Pike to our lives once we graduate from and move on from school. We as a chapter want to thank every Alumnus for everything you have done for this chapter and for showing positive actions.

 

Thank you to the donations given to us from the Alumni Foundation this semester we have been able to pay our national dues both times this semester on time. This is the first time in a long time, years and years, which the dues were paid and we as a chapter have a positive balance. We thank you all for contributing to one of our Fraternity’s obligations and helping with our finances.

 

The Fall 2010 pledgeship is also getting close to coming to an end. There are still 24 active pledges who are trying to earn their way to becoming a member of the best International Fraternity. They have been strong and will be a good addition once they become our brothers fraternally. Once these individuals become initiated our number of active members will be over 50. We are also seriously considering having a pledge class this spring if we have a number of quality men interested. We as a chapter do a great job of rushing not only year around but quality men who want to make a difference and follow our Scholarship. Leaders. Athletes. Gentlemen. AKA SLAG.

 

It is now November and that means it is, “No Shave November” for most college aged guys and others as well. We have decided to turn this into a philanthropy event, and the proceeds are going to go to Boys and Girls Club of America. We are going to not shave for almost the entire month and towards the end of the month we are going to sit outside the UC and take donations for anyone who wants to shave whatever they choose to and how much ever they choose. After that we will all where it for two days, then shave clean.

 

The chapter loves seeing all the support and efforts that are being put into the fire truck project. We are just equally as excited about it as you guys are. We want to leave a legacy not only for ourselves, the chapter, university but the Fraternity as a whole. We are on board to do whatever it is that we need to do for this fire truck to get it going as we talked about at Homecoming. I am personally ready to see the thing in person and not in emails. Thank you for every individual who donated money to make our dream become reality here in Theta Epsilon. Now, let’s make the cover of Shield and Diamond!

 

Finally, this Saturday, November 6 is when we have been planning for our tailgate with the Alumni. We will begin tailgating at 11:00 Saturday morning and the game is at 2:00 against Eastern New Mexico. There is also a soccer game in which we have 3 members who start for the team and for one it will be his last soccer game of his career. That game will be at 6:00. I have challenged and was promised that our active chapter and pledge class was going to be at the tailgate this weekend. We would love to have as many alumni as possible and try to make this an annual day. Not only myself but the rest of our chapter would love to sit down with some of you guys and learn more about you, our history of Theta Epsilon, and thoughts you all may have for our chapter and our chapter/alumni relationship. If you could call, text, or email me it would be very much appreciated. I just want to have a rough estimate on how much food we need to purchase. I understand if you cannot make it but we would love to have you! Please and Thanks!

 

Fraternally,

 

Scott Pearson

918.869.2479

pearsons@nsuok.edu

 

 

Brandon Robbins (01) Wedding in March




Here are a couple of pictures from my wedding in March.  First one is picture of me and wife, Catherine.  Second is of brothers who came to Vegas for Wedding.

Travis Adams, myself, Ryan Napier.  In front, Kevin Perry and Rick Ballenger.

 

 

Special thanks to Gary Cacy & Josh Reasor for putting on the best golf tournament yet.
Thank you to all that participated.
Special thanks to Scott Meek with his generous sponsorship contribution.






For the upcoming National Convention in Austin, TX
Eddie Miller (85) has pledged $250 for the Chapter's expenses and
Blake Steveson (99) has donated $50, this is much appreciated as the trip wil cost in excess or $1,000
Our alumni dues go almost completely to supporting the chapter, Annual expenses to Nationals, IFC, and conventions, which currently exceed $10,000 a year.  Our brother's support is always welcome.

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Justin Lyons Chapter President writes 5/10/10 on chapter finances:


Bruce I have noticed that you put out some of the past bank standings for the alumni assoc. I wanted to keep you up to par with the current chapter standing. Currently sitting in our account is $1,476.32. Personally I was happy with leaving the semester with this amount of money. We did empty our spending account to match the alumni offer to completely cover our debt. Again I thank y'all a countless amount of times for the help. With that being said I was able to push dues on the chapter and was able to collect enough money to support us for the semester. After everything was said and done for the spring semester of 2010 we successfully funded 3 functions, Greek sing, Greek week, and toga. So all in all we still came out of it pretty well.
Thank You
Dustin Lyons



Chis Luna (96)
3/10/10
Please let everyone know that Ginger and I had our third child, Evan William Luna today at 3:10 am.  He weighed 8 pounds and 10 ounces and mom and baby are doing great.  Looking forward to seeing everyone at Golf Scramble


Jeff Copeland's Pike / Alumni night out at the Snail / Saturday March 27th / 6 pm



See the entire picture album at our facebook page.

 

 


HOMECOMING  2010




 

 

 



Winning Team 2009
Scott Meek, Marcus King, Rob Stewart, Josh Reasor




 HOMECOMING  2009

 

 

 

 

 

In memory of  Ryan Chistopher Smith (01)
November 5, 1982 - September 29, 2009


In memory of John Franklin Henry (91)
December 23,1965 - July 4, 2009


CRAIG L. KEENER (96)    1976-2009     IN MOMORIAM





Eddie Miller receiving: Young Alumni of the year award at the Emerald Ball



Josh Reasor with date Michelle Bruffett, Miss Northeastern at the Ball.



                     Gary Cacy, Bruce Hoop, Eddie Miller and Josh Reasor


 


Congratulations to EDWARD W. MILLER (85)    
  Recipient of the
COLLEGE'SNSU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION'S
"OUTSTANDING YOUNG ALUMNI 2008
Eddie is Chief Executive Officer of Bios Companies,
Inc.; Home Care for people with developmental disabilities and the elderly.
He resides in Sapulpa, OK, with his wife Kendyll of 22 years and three children, Zachary 16, Madison 12, and his oldest son; Jonathan,
in his second year at Ole Miss.

 


Eddie W. Miller (85) Recently received
the distinguished award from the
Northeastern State University's Alumni
Association of: "Outstanding Young
Alumnus 2008", Awarded to him at
NSU's Homecoming Ceremony. Eddie
has been a steadfast and "Platinum"
contributor to the Chapter's Alumni
Association for many years. The
Chapter and Alumni salute and thank
him!

Referrals:
Attorney:
Trevan Morrow 
TMorrow@TVMorrowLaw.com      Tulsa      918-381-7864

Dentistry:
Richard L. Brown   rlbrowndds@sbcgobal.com     Tulsa     918-492-1991

Printing
:
Michael Scrimsher   
mail@royalprint-copy.com   Broken Arrow    918-584-2679

Auto:
 Brian Cox  coxfamilyof4@hotmail
.com   Cecil and Sons Discount Tires Tulsa  918-245-9655


 

PIKE-A-GUMBO

 

 4 large onions, 3 packages of Green onions, 4 bell peppers, 2 bunches of parsley, 2 bunches of

celery, small Small jar chopped garlic, 5 lbs of spicy cooked sausage, 5 lbs of ham, 4

chickens, I buy roasted chickens from the deli and use only the white meat, 1/3 small bottle of

extract of mint, 1/3 bottle of hickory liquid smoke, nature seasoning for salting, use chicken

brooth as liquid, canned okra & tomatoes and corn to taste.  The trick is slow cooking minimum

of 8 hours in roaster or crook pots, it doesn't even taste like it should in any shorter period, if

you add okra at start you won't even know it is in there, other than flavor.  If you like okra add

to mix just prior to serving.  If you add cooked shrimp, add 30 minutes before serving, as it

shrinks and gets tough. Cut portions in 1/3 for large Crook Pot.

 

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Chapter at Paton's mixer with alumni for dinner last spring.

       


Chorde William Davidson II (92)

Born in Drumright, Oklahoma on Apr. 14, 1972

 Departed on Aug. 24, 2008 and resided in Broken Arrow, OK.

            

OLD SCHOOL from Mike Scrimsher (84) 1985 of the members partial photo. This was taken at our place on the hill north of campus where we had the 3 houses that year & tennis court out front. Hope that this brings back plenty of memories.



            

Old School / 12 ft x 10 ft mural / student union 1977

     


OLD SCHOOL / Start of Tulsa to Memphis basket ball dribble 1975
We made it on time without incident with police escort 423 miles!

Ramblings of a mad man:
mostly written from events of my travels with the chapter and its battles along the way?

SCRIBED

      

To what I have scribed

Indelible or syllables temporal ever denied

Manuscripts of profundity or subscription to anonymity

Whims of thought or gleams of things not bought

Pursing of lips or cursing of flatulent quips

Things thought to rhyme but left to prose and lost to time

Hoop 5/19/12





TART

 

Oh what a trite, for they gave us life.

A dragon to slay along the way.

A chance to tart, and say “Do it our way”.

When the main coon cat settled, little was left, though

not our piddle.

Stories remarked, for we boasted them up.

Each we claimed very much, just for a touch.

When all was done.

All we proclaim,

It wasn’t a piddle.

For we sold them not shame.

At least be it told we sold them our fame.

Art is life, life is art.

Live it fully or destiny has no heart.

SALUTE

 

                I salute you

                Though not before you I bow

 

                For I know this salutation

                and how it was endowed

 

                I respect you

                For I know whence you came

                And now you seek the crown

 

                I admire you

                For I know you made travel

                And along the way, the ground was not

                firm, but, you feel stable now

 

                I admonish you

                For I know the winds before you

                Forebode not you tread the ground I trowel

 

                I warn you

                For I know your destiny has found

                the last strength deep within your bowels

 

                I salute you

                For my helmet’s visor was raised

                and forged open as it was when I found

 

                I know you

                For rather visor raised or denied

                Your salute is only past

                And for many as mine has stood the task

               

                Your salutation, denied, or forth giving

                Quest you jest

                For I know you

                And your disdain
Is not fertile humus
For this soil to claim

 

                As given
Pass in peace visor raised
Raise the lance
And Thrice my vine

                Will entangle with just a glance

INTEGRITY

 

MONSIEUR YOU MAY HAVE MY FOIL

 

YOU MAY HAVE MY HONOR

 

YOU MAY HAVE MY LOYALTY

 

BUT NOT MAY YOU HAVE MY STEED

 

FOR SHE NEVER WANTED

NOR ASKED

FOR THESE THREE

 

SHE ONLY TAKES ME FOR MOST WITHOUT

 

MY STEED INTEGRITY, KNOWS WHEN IT IS TIME

 

TO GIVE OUR LAST SHOUT

The salesman.

 

ITS BEEN SAID EVERYONE IS A SALESMAN.

 

I GUESS IN MY OPINION, THE BEST SALESMAN TO HAVE LIVED

WOULD HAVE TO BE JESUS CHRIST THE SUPERSTAR.

 

HE KNEW HOW TO ACCEPT REJECTION AND NOT TAKE IT

PERSONALLY BUT, SEE IT AS ONLY AS THE SEEDS OF POSSIBILITY.

HE ONLY TOOK NO, AS A MAYBE.

 

HE KNEW THAT TELLING WAS NOT SELLING.  SO, HE ALWAYS

DEMONSTRATED HIS EXAMPLE IN THE MOST DEMONSTRATIVE

SENSE.  HENCE, HE KNEW THE VALUE OF A TRIAL, HE ALWAYS

INVITED YOU TO TAKE IT HOME FOR A WHILE.

 

HE COINED THE ACRONYM ABC ALWAYS BE CLOSING WITH A

SUPERLATIVE.  THE SUPERLATIVE ETERNALLY, ALWAYS BE CLOSING.

 


Act One
Indecision is decisively the most profound
statement a man can make of his negative 
character
He chooses to be a coward,
rather than a fool
Thank  God for his decisiveness
He is foolish enough to risk breath to fools
Who from time to time turn into champions
Fools who’s Successes and more often failures, are the stairway,
each step, a monument to the foolish attempts and failures left behind


A highway of decisions
one step at a time
never higher without deciding to be foolish enough to
risk falling and knowing you will

How high, too high
otherwise you will never know how high

Decision, indecision
Coward or fool?






Burper

You will have to shout

Big Burper is here proud and stout

Hear her rumble, sirens grumble

Snow blowing, show going

Sharpest fireman's pike

She's not humble

She won't stumble

Party started, music thumping, T.V. blasting

Pike's Burper on site to claim the night

         

Hoop 12/22/11




CAME THE SAME

Nay, Nay

I came the same

Tip to tail to tip just the same

And here now I lay, though not in shame

 

Dead, but from before not

It is me just the same

 

Though caught and hooked

I fought and fought

With ever fiber and as strong as ever a creator

He has wrought!

 

From Fry to now, my great breadth and girth

 

I am still dead

Returned to the sea they call Earth

 

Thrown into the world

 

Ancestry, before a single word

Or dinosaur, even, ever lived or roared

 

None the less, here my carcass is dead and forlorn

 

To this point, lays, after this thought

For a moment, a thought, after a thought, will disappear though I fought

 

Slain by dragons without a scale,

only remnants they call hair

 

Slain by men, with as feeble as a snare

 

I lived and died, and now I am here?

 

Grandest of any a Hammer Head Shark be caught

bartered or ever sought!

 

Little are men, and as little is a universe, as long as an eternity

or the last prime number, infinity bought

 

Every small fish I sought

Each substance I emboweled

Every essence of blood for miles around

God gave me the sense to perceive and feel the electricity just below the sand in the ground

 

Only brought me to this moment, I never thought be found

 

I lived, I died

 

Now I am dead!

 

Grand I was and stronger than most

 

Stronger than most and I did not know my ghostly thoughts in death

 

As I transcended, made no rational sense?

 

My bowels hungered to eat and go on,

be me again

 

Hope from thoughts

I make it back to a star

that flares out once again

and in any form, I will be hungry, hungry to just
be again!


Chink

 Be careful if you find a chink in my armor

 

and before you think

 

You want to proclaim it to the world as a fault

 

For my armor was built not just around me but to

 

include you




CONFLICT

It is not contrite

Or contrived

That conflict is the only catalyst

Required

 

For a profound story of life

Hoop 12/22/12




Dawn

The dawn

Just as the world manifests the battle to which it has come

The world only marches and treads full force head on

Never waking for engagement

Nor kneeling of fatigue

Never readying the lance

Nor healing of besiege

Never recounting the victories

Nor concealing of defeats

Never pondering for consequence

Nor repealing of beseech

The dawn

Just as the world manifests the battle to which it has come

I look up

and thank God into this fray he is drawn

Nor presence of doubt for his sword is the dawn and always drawn

Hoop 6/30/12


Enemy Mine

What great scheme have you devised

Will today's venue offered be my demise

Oh, great plan

I am cognizant, your web you weave

Has no face

Evil, cruel, benevolent or benign

Only life and death

Struggle and strife be mine

For most, this life makes no sense

Though God given

Perhaps I can live my life

Make a choice

Perhaps and stumble on to that Understanding

The thing you call divine

My only enemy

The way I spend my time

Hoop 4/17/11

FIRST LIGHT

 

        They are not real until they manifest themselves

            at first light

 

            They are weak if you recognize their strengths        

            at first sight

 

            They are meek if you conceive their aggression

            Before they realize your adversarial rights

 

            You are dominant if their will is being bent

            for your concerns before the first night

 

            They are not the aggressor if you anticipate their

            fears before they feel imminently less than all right

 

            You are the enemy

            The enemy yours

            Your guise permits passage and conflict denied

            Your predominance strengthened

            And not one did you smite



FOREBODE

 

 

Less than remembered

           

More than was told

 

Happen stance It just was as bold

 

Little did I think

 

but much I was sold

 

Nothing did happen as I forebode



FRANK DEXTER MISCH

 

THIS THING THEY CALL LIFE

THIS THING THEY CALL DEATH

THIS THING THEY CALL FAMILY

THIS THING THEY CALL LOVE

THIS THING THEY CALL FATHER

 

WHO WOULD HAVE DREAMED THAT ON THIS MINUSCULE BLUE

MARBLE

LITERALLY BILLIONS OF EONS, IT WOULD TAKE

FOR THIS MARVEL

 

IT WASN’T A CHOICE, OR  A TICKET TO BUY

WE JUST GASPED FOR AIR AND HAD A FREE CARNIVAL RIDE

 

AS A CHILD WHEN IT WAS OVER, I WOULD ALWAYS CRY,

OH PLEASE, PLEASE, GIVE ME ONE MORE RIDE

 

NOW IT HAS COME, NOW IT HAS PASSED

AS AN ADULT, I WON’T CRY OR PLEAD

THE MOMENTS WE SPENT, MADE YOU A FATHER TO ME

AND IN MY HEART, AS MY MOTHER, I WILL NEVER LET YOU LEAVE




Fruition

 

The road to fruition

As a vine begins

it begins to climb

Fruition innate, it negates the obstacles,

it thinks as a vine

       

It knows the angle of the sun will turn

The grasp is only for position

Only to advance

Only to circumvent

Only not to lose    

Only to exist

Only the moment 

Only matters that

Yield not

Only to hold

Brute force, NA does it bestow

 

Shunt back within an inch of the ground

The road it shall seek was the path it once found

Not be it confused

For tread and advance on that familiar path,

as twice now it was bound

 

When all, as never is done

Vine should you wager

For circumstance withers

Persistence knows no winter, fruition delivers

 

To the wind another vine, to wind, that as

fruition, the mother of earth gave breath and

deliberation divine



Grasshopper

 

LIFE IS SO PROFOUND

 

THAT EVEN A SOUL’S UNINTENTIONAL WILL BE BOUND

 

LIFE IS SO PROFOUND

 

EVEN IF WHEN UNINTENDED

 

A SOUL IS EITHER LOST OR

 

FOUND


Hello

If I looked as I thought I looked

I would not be me

If I was what I thought I was

I would be someone other than myself

If I did as I thought I did

I would not be here but somewhere else

If I knew myself

Would I embrace what I knew?

Perhaps, I may never know?

At least as I age, my perspective changes

Rounding off the corners

a glimpse around the edge

And a brief sight of true self

And I say - who is that?



Hence

As the journey ends

The beginning ascends

The journey remembered

The farthest our travels rendered

The steps we took

The words to book

Though many were tread

We only return to where we began

The bravest just well read







HURRY

Wondered?
Why am I in such a big hurry?
13.8 billion years to get here,
and I have no idea where I am going
or truly end up?
Hoop 3/29/13


Influence

Surround yourself

With people of fortitude and success

You may be the director of your movie of life

Though the influence

The script

Is always written by the cast



Invention

Necessity is the mother of invention

           

Desire is the father of conception.

           

Ego is the brother of emancipation.

           

Vanity is the sister of deception.

           

Blessed is the child of contemplation.

 

Need is the stepchild of abolition.

           

Want is the cousin of perception.

 

Fear is the patriarch of conditional.

           

Fulfillment is the sire of actualization.    

 

Acceptance is the matriarch of improvisation.


Gloat

 

Damn if I do

Damn if I don’t

Boat won’t float

Nothing to do

but be here and gloat

Think I’ll just sit

here until I’ll float!



Life

  

 

Life, the world, the universe, forever in a battle

To bring disarray to order

Everything in existence never remains the same

The mountains, the world, the universe        

The forces are always in concert to bring

Destruction to order through decay and time

All of the basic elements of atomic structure

Are limited in time to once again be reduced to quantum

Particles less than hydrogen

 

Oh great scheme of life

How you cheat the knife

Your breath of existence

Gives a brief wreath of resistance

To, and the things of worldly demise

Yet you give me this mirth

As you girth me in birth

Bequeath me in an epoch in merit and time

And empower my spirit

In a mysterious rhythm

With this miraculous ribbon of

Life you vie ingress and consecrate and say mine?

You bid me to hold whole?

While God only knows to what God concentrates on?

So be it, so be it may?

I am only your little vestige of order

But a mere bottle of your time

As an emotion, can no better embrace its position?

A smoke ring blown, subsistence, structure, location

 but a mere glimpse of time

Hence, a myth in essence from whence?

You bottled and corked

Surely you have purpose for this small vial?



Mark

 

 

Sway and swagger into anything      

What matters you are here         

The time so near

Make your mark

Make it poignant

Make it strong

Make it tall


Ode to Pikes

 

 

Came in with the maddening crowd

it was our choice

a party

and poof, party over

quick, quick as no party, party at all?

yes

we made true

in recital

truth

an oath

and claims, claims sacred and bold

old they say and we in repeat

yes

we too told

yes we will make so!

bolder then any!

and to ourselves and the world we boasted and told, yet not sold or earned the gold

Yell as we may? be, bullet proof, we are so bold!

bullet proof as Teflon, a few eggs begin to boil

a breach, broken eggs and the yoke begins to stick and boil and turn to earth as soil

and around,

we were many

and now only a few

but a few

to lift, our pan out of the fire of the heart of the earth

and a few

burnt hands,

seem always to stand

Theirs which was once ours

Now only belongs to them, and to them we are glad

And out of ashes, what they hold,

should only be theirs

Yet, know not, but know they invite back all to what they still hold

knowing within the maddening crowd

acknowledging oath, they say told

at least one will stand tall and live the story beyond bold!

why?

storms are only weather

and men

and the men of Pi kappa Alpha may wither

though in a gale, are always, even if fallen, at least trying to stand

right the wrong, for those before us, those among us, and those behind us

in the oath

to become the men we vowed to be

in the oath

a challenge

and in life's challenges

a few take life to the challenge

and a life to the oath

"I what to be a Pike"

is only never to quit trying

to right, wrong

And to those men, and the men among them.

The alumni stand proud, and we know your sacrifices and applaud the strength

you have found!

an ode to Chapter men, of Theta Epsilon


Painting

Life very much like an old painting.

no amount of affluence can acquire a blank canvas.

You can gesso over it but what lies beneath is still a mirror image.

Yet the surface ever renewable.

As the masters, a painting was never complete.

a canvas never wasted and was not one but many paintings.

Some stopped at what we call master pieces, or perhaps as

in life a new canvas stole the past and a new beginning captured

their attention of imperfection.

Life is very much like an old painting.

One canvas or many, it is truly only one, and we are foolish if we

ever think it finished.

PASSION

 

 

God gave his only begotten son

And in agony and appearance Jesus left in defeat

He asked, and begged for help

but to his offenders he only gave defiance in forgiveness

He suffered the slings and arrows from anyone

that was at hand to inflict the pain

He was put on public trial

and only protected from gang disembowelment

by the state

tempted by the devil

and deviled by his friends

But somehow found the strength to

carry his gallows to the mount of reckoning

 

No wonder for his fame

For at the time he was truly a man

And since then, there has never been one the same

Prescriptions

           

 

            ONE OF THE GREATEST THINGS ABOUT LIFE IS

            THAT PEOPLE NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE YOU.

 

            THEY ARE ALWAYS MORE INTELLIGENT THAN

            YOU EVER GAVE THEM CREDIT.

 

            THEY INHERENTLY HAVE THE ABILITY TO

            CREATE TEN PROBLEMS TO SOLVE ONE

 

            FORTUNATELY LIFE IS A SYSTEM OF CHECKS

            AND BALANCES

 

            JUST AS PHYSICIANS, IF THE MEDICINE DOES

            NOT KILL THE PATIENT, EVENTUALLY, ODDS ARE

            THE RIGHT PRESCRIPTION WILL BE STUMBLED

            UPON to do the job.





Priority of State

  

 

Priority of presence

Look only at the essence

And hope it always to be a mystery

and never to be obsequious




Refraction

 

 

 

A reflection of life

is like light

bouncing off a mirror

 

You could not see a reflection

If light was not forgiving enough

to bend a little to see it here



Say None

       

 

 

I NEVER BOUND BEYOND MY MANLY DESTINY

 

I HAVE NEVER BEEN CRUEL BEYOND MY MOTHER’S

SYMPATHY

 

I NEVER LOOKED BEYOND

MY FUTURE CHILD’S NATIVITY

 

I ONLY PLANED

TO

LEAVE YOU IN THE LONGEST POSSIBLE

ABBREVITY


Simplicity

The master of simplicity

Is the slave that bore the burden

And chose to change

The destiny

Of complexity




There

           

 

                                    I want to go there

                                    There I do not

                                    Will I arrive?

                                    I have but only a thought

           

                                    The stern’s till, only my will

                                    I sail between the sea and the sky

                                    I am only here still

 

                                    Destiny’s squalls, my epitaph sealed

                                    Will it be small or beguiled, Or even at all?

           

                                    My sails I adjust and ever attend

                                    For the winds I direct not, nor can I

                                    And never ever even been able to bend

           

                                    Sails I adjust and ever attend

                                    Winds my will never direct

                                    Less to say ever effect

                                    Directions for winds

                                    My will never pretends

                                    So sails I adjust and must ever attend

 

STEAM   

                       

I AM MUCH

LIKE AN OLD STEAM LOCOMOTIVE

I AM ALWAYS TRYING TO GET A HEAD OF

STEAM

THOUGH I HAVE TOO MANY LEAKS,

TOO FEW TENDER,

TOO MANY ENGINEERS.





Tangent Off

       

If continually you jerk your mule in every direction you can

Expecting him to go in all directions at once

Chances are

He is smart enough to go nowhere

He knows staying put

Is smarter than the Jackass

Who thinks he can be and do everything at once?

Hoop 7/28/13



Today

Vex and vain do not bid adieu

I am thankful

Tomorrow

As the world

I start anew

Hoop 11/23/11


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