Iota Delta Chapter Receives its 13th Robert Adger Smythe Award

August 1, 2015

After another tough but eventful school year at Rose-Hulman, the brothers of the Iota Delta chapter all departed to their respective places for the summer. The Iota Delta grounds eventually would become almost vacant of people, but the fruit from this past year’s hard work would remain.

After another successful transition in leadership, the chapter carried on the ideals and goals set by the previous leaders. Former President Nick Heshelman and his cabinet spearheaded a change in the chapter’s culture, casting a vision and making brothers excited about being successful with chapter functions and programs. Current President Joe Kaltenthaler and his new team took the reins and further unified the chapter while focusing on important goals made by brothers. The chairmen were also on board and created a board filled with end of the year goals. This included recruitment goals, social goals, service goals, and many more. The year ended productively for the active brothers, with help from chapter advisors, alumni advisors, and supporting alumni.

Graduation had passed, and all that was left was to wait patiently. hotel comparison Although not the primary end goal, brothers wondered if their work was enough to gain recognition from the Pi Kappa Alpha Memorial Headquarters. On August 1st, 2015, brothers Joe Kaltenthaler and Jacob Wyrick attended the International Awards banquet during The Academy in Memphis, Tennessee.


Brothers Jacob Wyrick (Left) and Joe Kaltenthaler (Right) at the Pi Kappa Alpha Memorial Headquarters entrance

With much anticipation, the brothers heard the news. Iota Delta was recognized as one of the top 10% chapters for the 2014-2015 academic year, which meant that the chapter earned its 13th Robert Adger Smythe award. Iota Delta Alumnus Kyle Massey was also in attendance as a chapter advisor for Indiana University (Delta Xi) and also celebrated with active brothers Kaltenthaler and Wyrick at the banquet.


Joe Kaltenthaler, Kyle Massey, and Jacob Wyrick at the Awards banquet

Other awards received were the Orian’s Excellence Award, the Scholarship Plate, 100 Man Chapter Recognition, and 100% ppka Club.


Orian’s Excellence Award


Scholarship Plate and 100 Man Chapter Recognition

The Smythe award was last seen by the chapter in 2009, and we are very thankful that another trophy can be brought back to the chapter house. While winning a Smythe is not the only goal as a fraternity, the entire chapter and everyone affiliated is very proud of this accomplishment. The chapter will use this as encouragement and fuel to produce even greater things next year!

This award could not have been possible if it weren’t for the guidance and support of certain groups and individuals:

Thank you Pi Kappa Alpha nationals for awarding the Iota Delta the Smythe

Thank you alumni advisors for your guidance and specifically, helping edit Smythe report drafts

Thank you chapter advisors for your continued wisdom and encouragement

Thank you alumni supporters for cheering the actives on and for your generous donations

Thank you friends and family who have put in so much for the betterment of the Iota Delta chapter


The Smythe – at Memorial Headquarters