Christmas Time at the Iota Delta Chapter

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! We wish all actives, alumni, friends, and family a very cheerful and blessed holiday season. For the Iota Delta Chapter, the three weeks leading up to the Holiday break were very busy. We spread the Christmas spirit in the community and also managed to spend a good amount of time dedicated to brotherhood.


Once we got the house decorated with wreaths, lights, and a beautiful Christmas tree, we sought to service the community. For our first weekend before break, some of our brothers woke up especially early on Saturday morning to participate in an event called “Shop with a Cop”. Members of the Terre Haute Police Department partnered with the Rose fraternities at the local Wal-Mart to buy Christmas gifts for underprivileged children. It was a great way to bring some Christmas spirit to the children who needed it most during the Christmas season. Shop with a Cop Brothers Trevor Bischoff, Nick Heshelman, Billy Scheid, Riley Wern, Tucker Nelson, David Reamer, Joe Kaltenthaler, and Joe Carroll are smiling with members of the THPD on an early morning trip to Wal-Mart.


For our second weekend leading up to break, we participated in two (Yes, that’s TWO) community service events. In the early morning, a large group of brothers headed to the BIC on campus to do “Bikes for Tykes”, an annual Rose-Hulman event where students assemble bicycles for children in the local area. The event had a great showing, and we successfully assembled all the bikes given to us. It was a great way for us as engineers to use our skills for the community. IMG_3154 Brothers Harlan Dupree and Dustin Fullerton work together with great determination (photo by CASY-Chances and Services for Youth). IMG_3153 Brothers Nick Diskerud and Alumnus Brady Wern make sure that the bike is assembled properly (photo by CASY-Chances and Services for Youth).


Our next event was a bit different. Brother Ian Fong had a vision to bring Help-Portrait to Terre Haute, Indiana. Help-Portrait is a global movement of photographers, make-up artists, and stylists who come together to give portraits to people in need. They may use it for professional purposes, to give to family, or just as a nice family portrait for the house. Brothers David Reamer, Gene Kum, and Joe Kaltenthaler assisted Brother Fong with planning and tasks leading up to the event. It took a lot of preparation, but we are happy to say it went successfully. We even had Brother David Reamer interveiw with local Terre Haute show “Good Day Live” with Julie Henricks to promote the event.

Check out the interview here.

We had at least 30 groups from the local area come to take pictures. Through this event, we were able to listen to the stories people brought with their photos. This helped understand them better and appreciate the service we were providing. We had a great group of brothers and other volunteers show up to help run the event. Nick Garcia, a local photographer from “Common Thread Photo”, came to help out and take pictures along with Brother Fong. We really appreciated Nick and the long hours he put into the photo shoots and portraits.

Check out Nick’s photography company “Common Thread Photo” here.

IMG_3147 A group photo of the brothers who volunteered during the afternoon shift with Nick Garcia in the center. Thanks to all the brothers from the morning shift as well! It was a job well done! IMG_3163Some of the wonderful families who came out to have their picture taken. We were so happy to give them these high quality portraits. IMG_3137 Jen Nishida (shown in photo) headed the make-up and hair station at the event. The hair and make-up station was an optional stage of the event for those who wanted to do some styling before the photo shoot. Although they are not in the photo, Alexa Hylas from Rose-Hulman and Kaitlyn McCullough from Terre Haute were a huge help with make-up in the afternoon shift! Thanks ladies! We really appreciate your help! IMG_3139 Rose-Hulman’s Tri Delta Sorority also came to volunteer and support the event. Katie Lakstins (left) and Haley Bowyer (right) helped out with make-up and hair in the morning session! Great job ladies and thank you!


Lastly, we made sure to spend some time for brotherhood to cap it all off. We held our annual Secret Santa gift exchange headed by Brothers Jacob Chalmers (who was also Santa for a little bit) and Sam Hojnacki. Associates also joined in on the brotherhood event as we all enjoyed ourselves with laughter and joy of gift giving. IMG_3141 A large crowd gathered in the Back Lounge of the Main House to celebrate Christmas the Iota Delta way. Have a Merry Christmas everybody!! Stay tuned for more updates. We excited about what the New Year will bring to us at PIKE.