These programs are designed to help incoming STEM students navigate their way through their first year at Purdue. Led by current brothers in the house, these programs will focus on classes and professors, networking, and involvement. Feel free to go to our Summer Programs 2022 page under Recruitment to learn more!
Feel free to read this newsletter that highlights our events as well as some updates that have taken place at the chapter throughout the Fall 2021 semester. Triangle Newsletter Fall 2021
Our Spring Rush 2022 schedule is out! Feel free to come to any of our events to meet the brothers, get some good food, and learn about Triangle. Questions? Contact our Recruitment Director Brennan Birn at (650) 740-1224 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
On August 28th, 2021, the brothers held our House Improvement Day. Throughout the day, brothers cleaned the yard, pulled weeds, power washed the porch, added new mulch, and planted some nice flowers and shrubs. We also repainted and refurbished our chapter bench that is right in front of the house. Lastly, we created an outdoor table to use for grilling out and socializing.
On 10/19, over 140 Indiana and Illinois FIRST Robotics students visited Purdue for a day packed with workshops, leadership talks, and activities. The events helped give these students a glimpse of what is possible in industry and education with the skills they are gaining in FIRST Robotics.
During the day, Triangle President Kevin Fitzgerald, External Vice President Matt Davis, and Phi Sigma Rho sisters Emily Bruess and Klaire Fosnaugh spoke to junior and senior FIRST students about their experiences both within their respective houses and as Purdue students. Subsequently, Triangle alumni Don Knebel and Mike Pettit spoke to FIRST junior and seniors about their experience as leaders, how to develop into a STEM leader, and how being a Triangle brother impacted their lives. Don worked as a patent lawyer for several years, and Mike is currently a Senior Vice President at Wabash National.
After the campus workshops and discussions, the brothers along with Phi Sigma Rho hosted an engineering challenge and ice cream social at the Triangle house. FIRST students were to calculate the volume of various rooms in the house without any measuring tools, and those who answered closest to the true volume were rewarded with Raspberry Pi microcomputers.
The brothers would like to thank the representatives from FIRST Indiana, the ladies of Phi Sigma Rho, our alumni Don and Mike, and all the FIRST students and volunteers who made these events possible. This is just another way for our brotherhood to live out the code of ethic “Promote the welfare of my profession.”
Last Friday, brothers who were active during the late 60’s and early 70’s held a reunion at the Purdue Memorial Union. Beforehand, the group held a Q&A session in the formal room to learn about the current state of the chapter and discuss how Triangle has changed over the last 50 years. The brothers’ spouses also attended, and hosted a guest speaker in the chapter room.
Topics discussed at the alumni-active Q&A included academic success, social events, recruitment, house upgrades and operations, philanthropy, career interests, and alumni engagement. Both alumni and actives learned a great deal about each other and the overall brotherhood in the process.
Thank you to both the alumni and their spouses who attended as well as the active brothers for setting up and participating in the events!
Thank you to all alumni and actives who participated in our 2019 House Improvement Day! This event included adding new mulch to our landscaping, deep cleaning the carpet in the formal, and power washing the porch and pit. A special thank you to alumni Pat McCarthy and Jeff Ott, who brought a smoker over to make some delicious barbecue!
Congratulations to Jared Thayer (Fall ’14) and Vijay Venugopal (Spring ’17) on completing the 62nd Purdue Grand Prix. Jared finished 3rd for the second year in a row and Vijay finished 15th in his second Grand Prix. Thank you to both teams for your hard work throughout the school year and helping us finish in the top three!
For more information about Triangle’s Grand Prix teams, visit the Triangle Racing website.
Congratulations to brother Eli Maricich for performing in Zeta Tau Alpha’s Big Man on Campus (BMOC) talent show this past weekend. BMOC is a fundraiser for Zeta Tau Alpha’s philanthropy of breast cancer awareness and research, and almost every fraternity on campus participates and performs. Eli, who was inspired to perform by his grandparents, sang and played the piano to “Hallelujah,” which earned him 2nd best act in the competition. Overall, BMOC 2019 raised over $109,000 towards the fight to end breast cancer. Thank you Eli for your dedication towards a great cause!
Thank you to the alumni and parents who helped us update the house on house improvement day in January! Some accomplishments of that day include restoring the foyer tiles, deep cleaning the bathrooms and kitchen, stripping and waxing the chapter room floor, painting the hallway walls, and adding new furniture to the formal. The house looks fantastic, thanks for everyone’s hard work!