Monday, July 13, 2015

Brotherhood Spotlight: Joe Minichiello

The moment you've all been waiting for has arrived: the undergraduates are bringing back Brotherhood Spotlight for 15X. In an effort to continually improve connections between undergraduate members of the brotherhood and graduates, we will be asking a few brothers to share a little bit about themselves--proudest accomplishments, ambitions, passions, whatever they'd like. We first shine the spotlight on Joe "Mini" Minichiello, a '17 human biology and psychology double major on the pre-med track. 


Cheers from Hanover! My name is Joe Minichiello, and I have lived in Pelham, NH for the last 15 years. Growing up, I loved taking camping trips with my family and spending time in/on the water. I graduated from Pelham High School and also attended the St. Paul's School Advanced Studies Program. I am also a HOBY NH alumnus.

Joe and his sister Kaitlyn are both avid Boston sports fans.

I am the Tri-Kap Risk Manager for the full year and the Academic Chair for 15X. Outside of Tri-Kap, I am heavily involved in Dartmouth EMS as an EMT, CPR instructor, and board member. I have been a UGA in East Wheelock, currently in Gile, and in the Choates starting in the fall. I have also been a mentor in the First-Year Peer Mentors program. To top it off, I'm a TA in the genetics lab and will be a TA in the organic chemistry lab starting in the fall.
 Joe and Brian White '15 at CPR class. 

This past year, I was the Community Training Officer for Dartmouth EMS. When I took over the position, Dartmouth EMS' First Aid and CPR program was operating under DHMC, which was a logistical mess. I worked on a proposal that was passed at the end of winter term for Dartmouth EMS to become its own American Heart Association Training Site, gaining independence and cutting expenses in the process. I am now the Training Site Coordinator for this program, supervising and overseeing the First Aid and CPR program at Dartmouth, which certified 435 students, faculty, and community members in spring term alone. I am the Director of Dartmouth EMS for 15X and will be the Operations Officer all of next year.

Joe in EMS gear with brothers Andy Solares '15 and Keaton Renta '16.

Tri-Kap means a lot to me. In high school, I lost my best friend to brain cancer. At Dartmouth, I began meeting brothers like Brian White '15, Robbie Bhattacharjee '15, Sanders Davis '14, Andy Solares '15, Chris Loughlin '17 and others with whom I began to gain close friendships with again. I loved the genuine brotherhood that defines Tri-Kap and could not imagine having gone to any other house.

Joseph Minichiello '17

In the fall, Joe will be applying to the Geisel School of Medicine Early Assurance Program with hopes of continuing at Dartmouth for medical school. After medical school, Joe hopes to practice medicine either in the Boston area or at DHMC.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

July 4th Update


We hope this post finds you and your families well. This July 4th weekend, the brothers of Kappa Kappa Kappa celebrated the country for which our founder Harrison Hobart fought so bravely. The weekend commenced on Friday at a popular barbecue with Kappa Delta sorority, featuring board games, brews, and barbecue. Saturday, the brotherhood traveled to the Ledges (pictured below), a beautiful setting outside of West Lebanon featuring cliffs, swimming holes, and rapids. As we basked on the rocks and lounged in the water, the brothers sang patriotic tunes to the surrounding pines. That afternoon, our Grill Master Joe Minichiello '17 cooked up some amazing barbecue for the brothers. As night set in, the brotherhood celebrated together in our temporary home on West Wheelock.

 The celebration continued on Monday and Tuesday, which featured two straight wins in IM softball (including one a 19-1 win over Beta), and our Summer Treasurer Chris Loughlin's 21st birthday. 

Despite the lack of access to our hallowed halls on 1 Webster this summer, the brotherhood remains as strong as ever. We cannot wait to continue our adventures this summer with a cabin trip, potential road trip to Rhode Island, and further exploration of the Upper Valley. 

The brotherhood takes a trip to the scenic Ledges.
Top (left to right): Eric Do, Sam Agler, Phil Yom, Vince Puzak, Chris Loughlin
Bottom (left to right): Ronak Kanwar, Jeff Lang, Arun Reddy, Joe Minichiello, James Howe

Left: Grill Master Joe Minichiello on grill duty.
Right: Chris Loughlin scales a cliff at the Ledges.

Jeffrey Lang '17, Summer VP

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Groundbreaking at 1 Webster Ave

A Vision Realized

After decades of history and brotherhood, Tri-Kap's hallowed halls are closed as we renovate our home at 1 Webster Ave. On June 20, 2015 the brotherhood held a groundbreaking ceremony on the lawn. In attendance were Dartmouth College administrators, undergraduates and Tri-Kap alumni spanning decades to commemorate the occasion.

(R to L: Assoc. Dean of the College Liz Agosto, Anka Tezcan '15, Michael Brasher '10, Bruce Williamson '74 and James McKim '83)

Breaking Ground on the Future

After remarks from James McKim '83 on the history of Kappa Kappa Kappa at Dartmouth, Michael spoke about the Capital Campaign that made the event happen and the considerable fundraising effort it represents both in the past and future. Bruce Williamson '74 detailed the construction effort, explaining the necessary improvements and upgrades to the house. Anka Tezcan '15 affirmed the undergraduate's commitment to the house's future maintenance and Associate Dean of the College Liz Agosto closed by stating the College's appreciate for the brotherhood's commitment to the Dartmouth community through leadership, diversity and achievement.

Check out full renovations plans on our website:

Over 50 people from the brotherhood and Dartmouth community in attendance

Find more pictures on our Facebook group:

College President Phil Hanlon '77 Stops By

Monday, June 15, 2015

Spring Term Update


After a long Spring term, we can look back on the last term in our old house with a feeling of pride. The house endured a long winter whose snow lasted well into April.

However, our hallowed halls held on through the winter, thanks in no small part to House Manager of the Year, Will Bollenbach '15. He was able to bring the award to Tri-Kap, filling the shoes of alumni board member Matt Graves '14 as he mentored first-timers George Philipose '15 and Sam Libby '17 throughout the term. While this term was one that held onto our laurels for executives, we came one game (one could even say one inning) short of defending our intramural softball title despite the best efforts of notable competitors Brian White '15, Sam Agler '17 and Kevin Kim '16 while the Master's duo Danny Katz '16 and Charles Cai '16 added key at-bats in the final.

(The Tri-Kap bench eagerly watching softball)

Luckily for the brothers of Tri-Kap, we were able to rally from the defeat the next weekend to enjoy the beloved Green Key Weekend. After days of pong, alumni visits, and concerts, our hallowed hall looked spectacular in the early sunlight of Sunday morning. While alumni filled up our spare couches, spring had finally sprung.

(7 a.m.)

With new, warm weather surrounding us, we enjoyed a Spikeball on the front lawn, playing with our dog, Zeus, and, perhaps most of all, a handful of barbecues. Programming chairs young and old, from James Howe '17 to Josh Schoenbart '16 to Brian Grumka '15 we cobbled together some artery-clogging feasts to stave off finals stress.

(15s Anka, Marty, Robbie, Brian, Brian and Hank prepare food)

Inspired by our passion for grilling, our philanthropy chair, Brendan Krimsky '17 conceived of the Tri-Kap Hotdog Eating Contest. All of the hundreds in proceeds went to the "I Care I Cure" charity dedicated to finding better treatments for childhood cancer. In the first annual competition, the brotherhood's own Kevin Wang '15 ate a hot dog every minute over the seven minute contest, crushing the competitors from Phi Delt.

(Kevin Wang '15 destroying hot dogs and foes)

Sadly, after weeks in the indecisive, unpredictable Hanover springtime, it came time for us to bid the term farewell. While 1 Webster may never be the same exact house after the renovations project, we set out to enjoy the waning time we had in the house as best we could with the fellow men we call brothers.

(At Senior Week meetings, ex-President Anka Tezcan '15 addresses the brotherhood)

Spring term 2015 was the capstone for the many decades we spent at the most recent Kappa Lodge and will never be forgotten in hearts of our brothers. I all the hope in the world for us a as a society and nothing but the best wishes for the outgoing Class of 2015.

(L to R: Kevin Kim '15, Justin Lee '15, Nish Ravichandran '15, Manav Raj '15, Andy Solares '15, Brett Szalapski '15, Kevin Moon '15, Brian Grumka '15, Will Bollenbach '15, Eric Do '15, Brian White '15, Kevin Wang '15 and George Philipose '15)

Yours in Kappa,
Joseph (Jake) Bayer '16

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

IM Championship

Yesterday, the brotherhood rekindled its IM dynasty with a resounding 8-1 victory over Sigma Nu in the IM Hockey finals. The victory capped off a perfect season for the team, which went undefeated in the regular season and tore through the competition in the playoffs as well. In the finals, Tri-Kap was lead by Scott Lehman '17 who scored a hat trick and our treasurer, Brett Szalapski '15, who added two goals of his own. Through the season, the team enjoyed the full-throated support of the brotherhood, including a three man "management" team and a raucous heckle crew at each game. We're looking forward to continuing our success in IM sports with softball in the Spring.

The team with management and brothers following the final

Yours in Kappa,
Justin Lee '15
Athletic Chairman

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Montreal Trip

This term, the brotherhood eschewed a traditional formal to instead take a trip to Montreal. Brothers, some with dates, went up this last weekend for Montreal's Festival of Lights, and enjoyed the sights and the nightlife of the city. Following a debaucherous and rowdy weekend, we were all tired, but determined to make another trip up North in the Spring.

A group of brothers and their dates outside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Montreal

From left to right, Marty Gatens '15 and his date, Anka Tezcan '15, Arun Reddy '17, and Sam Agler '17

Yours in Kappa,
Manav Raj '15
Vice President

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Tri-Kap's Faculty Mixer

This Friday, Tri-Kap hosted its first ever faculty mixer. Brothers invited their favorite professors from around campus to 1 Webster Avenue to enjoy their company, share a little wine with them, and get to know them a little bit better outside of the classroom. We had a great turnout, and were happy to have an alum, Professor Roger Ulrich '77, as one of our guests.

Brothers cleaning and preparing the Great Hall for the Mixer
The professors that came seemed to have a good time and were appreciative of the opportunity to get a better understanding of fraternities at Dartmouth. After the success we experienced on Friday, we plan to host a similar mixer every term.

Professors and brothers mingling

Yours in Kappa,
George Philipose '15
Academic Chair

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Winter Rush

This last weekend, fraternities around campus held Winter Rush, and Tri-Kap welcomed three new members in to our brotherhood. We are really excited with the guys we got, and we look forward to teaching them about our house and our values. Below are pictures of brothers during rush and the three new members:

The Great Hall filled with brothers and rushees

Marty Gatens '15 and James Howe '17

The newest Tri-Kaps in their favorite shirts. From left to right, Sam Libby '17, Miguel Peña '16, and Vince Puzak '17

Yours in Kappa,
Manav Raj
Vice President

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Dean Ameer Visits Tri-Kap

On October 24th, Dean Inge-Lise Ameer came to Tri-Kap to talk to the brotherhood about her life and her experience as Dean of Dartmouth. The brothers really appreciated the opportunity to meet Dean Ameer and talk to her in a casual setting. The brotherhood listened to Dean Ameer discuss the current campus climate, her involvement with the Tri-Kap Capital Campaign, and her path to her current position. She also spent time taking brothers questions about any and all subjects that came up. Dean Ameer spent over an hour at the house and only left because she had another appointment. We were really happy to have her come over and look forward to working with her more through the process.
Brothers listening to Dean Ameer
Yours in Kappa,
Manav Raj '15
Vice President

Brotherhood Bio: Charles Cai

In an effort to highlight some of the interesting things that brothers are doing, we will be putting up some posts that allow brothers to share their passions. Below, Charles Cai, a member of the '16 class and one of our Rush Chairs, talks a little bit about his experience with music and singing with the Aires. 

Golf for me has been such a huge part of my life ever since I took it up at the age of 8 and I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. It all started when I was down in Myrtle Beach, SC on a family vacation, and my dad and I went to the driving range for the first time ever. Despite our lack of experience, we both had a ton of fun and got hooked onto the sport. I am grateful I was able to go through the many ups and downs of golf throughout the years with my dad, who has been there every step of the way.
Charles, third from the left, with other members of the golf team.

In high school, I also ran cross country and winter track but golf was still my main focus come springtime. In the summers, I would spend countless hours working on my game and traveling across the country competing in junior tournaments. Some of my best memories have come from competing and dealing with the pressure that’s present during the last few holes of a golf tournament. Golf has taught me how to remain cool and collected in the heat of the moment, which I think was one of the reasons why Danny Katz ’16 and I were able to win Masters this summer.
Danny Katz '16 and Charles following their victory at Masters
At Dartmouth, I am a member of the varsity golf team and also our team’s DP2 mentor and Student Athlete Advisory Committee representative. My freshman year, I was voted as the team’s Rookie of the Year and have enjoyed every moment on the team. One of the most enjoyable aspects is the long van rides we take traveling to tournaments as we share stories and crack jokes. We just wrapped up the fall season a few weeks back and it was a successful one. We started off the season with 2 straight wins as a team and the freshmen were able to gain a lot of invaluable experience. We hope to build on this momentum and carry it into the spring season, which culminates in the Ivy League Championship during the last week.

Yours in Kappa,
Charles Cai '16