Saturday, June 14, 2014

Reunions

The last two weeks, the house hosted reunions for the classes of 1964, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1984, 1989, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2009. We were thrilled to see so many brothers and their families take the trip back up to Hanover and visit the house. Especially impressive was that 16 out of the 19 members of the class of 1964 were present for their 50th reunion. Thanks to all of the brothers that were able to make it up, and we hope to see you again soon. Here are a few pictures from the '64s reunion:





YiK,
Manav Raj '15

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Brother Bio: Jeremy Thibodeau

In an effort to highlight some interesting projects that current brothers are working on, we will be putting up some posts that allow brothers to share their passions. Below, Jeremy Thibodeau '14 talks a little bit about the feature film that he has been working on for the last year. 

Jeremy framing a shot
Since our sophomore spring, my team and I have been working on "THE UNION", a feature film about a bartender and his experiences dealing with the dysfunctional family whose wedding reception he is working at. Spanning a period of three weeks, the shoot took place primarily on the Dartmouth campus. It was an intense and educational experience, the source of many wonderful memories I'll cherish for years to come. 
A look at the set within the tower room in Baker Library
We are proud to be offering a pre-screening of the film tonight in the Black Family Visual Arts Center. Hopefully, many brothers will be able to attend. If you're interested, take a look at the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kigrb2uLhw0

We are excited to keep you posted as the film nears completion. 

YiK,
Jeremy Thibodeau '14

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

IM Softball Champs

This last Sunday, Tri-Kap won the IM softball championship, beating Alpha Chi 11-10 with a walk-off hit in the bottom of the sixth inning. The victory completed a successful three-peat for Tri-Kap, capping a year in which we won Soccer in the Fall and Basketball in the Winter. After a rocky start, Tri-Kap trailed 10-6 going in to the fifth inning. However, the team remained resilient, lead by solid fielding and coaching by Brian White '15.

Down 10-8 in the bottom of the sixth, the situation looked dire with two outs and just a man on first. However, Keaton Renta '16, remaining cool and composed despite the pressure, hit a clutch single, and Charles Cai '16 followed it up with a huge triple to bring home the tying run. On the next pitch, Anthony Zhao '14 hit a line drive over the second baseman to bring Charles home and win the game.


We are excited to bring another IM championship to the house, and hope to continue Tri-Kap's IM dominance in the coming term. Here's a picture of the winning team and the crew that came to heckle and cheer them on.





YiK,

Eric Do '15
Jock Chair

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Relay for Life

On May 10th, the brothers of Kappa Kappa Kappa participated in Dartmouth College's Relay for Life event. Relay for Life is a walking marathon that benefits the American Cancer Society, an organization that is dedicated to helping those suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.
Our team was able to raise $3,143.69 in the two weeks leading up to the event, and we were proud to have the second highest total of any team participating and the highest team fundraising total of any fraternity. Above and beyond that, brothers sold grilled cheeses at the event to help provide whatever we could. We were excited to see the energy that these brothers have put in to finding sponsors for this cause, and we were thrilled to see that we could give back in some way.
A few of the brothers that were able to participate at Relay
We wanted to give a special thanks to the alumni that helped donate to our cause. We greatly appreciate the support, and we look forward to continuing the strong tradition we have of helping the community in anyway we can.

YiK,
Brian White '15
Philanthropy Chair

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Spring Lock-In

Brotherhood lock-in this spring term was a great success. On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, brothers spent the early part of the afternoon playing lawn games and hanging out on the front porch, and later, the entire brotherhood came together to share a few hours of productive discussion and conversation, ranging from the status and care of our house dogs to the future of our house’s renovations project.
 
The programming chairs decided to take the culinary aspect of lock-in to the next level, driving over an hour to pick up a truckload of catered Chipotle. Needless to say, the brotherhood appreciated their effort.

Brothers dressed up and ready to play in the Ryder Cup
The brotherhood ended the night with a match-play pong tournament, pitting the seniors against the sophomores and juniors in what we call the Ryder Cup. Though there were some hotly contested match-ups,  the senior class gracefully took the title, concluding an enjoyable lock-in Saturday.

YiK,
Marty Gatens '15

Spring Philanthropy Update

On Wednesday, April 23rd, Tri-Kap hosted "Xi Man" with Alpha Xi Delta sorority. The annual event pitted 13 fraternity presidents against each other in a variety of entertaining trivia and skills-based competitions. President Anka Tezcan '15 showed everybody why Tri-Kap represents the best of brain and brawn and spirit at Dartmouth,  finishing second in the competition following a contested decision in the final dance off.  All proceeds from the event benefit Autism Speaks, an organization that funds research geared towards understanding, treating, and preventing autism while also increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders and advocating for the needs of patients and their families. The event was a huge success, with over 200 attendees packed in to the great hall, and all having a great time.

The first floor packed for Xi Man
On Friday April 25th, Manav Raj ’15, Andy Solares ’15, Josh Schoenbart ’16, and Brian White ’15 cooked a ‘ghetti and chicken parmesan dinner for some 20 needy Upper Valley residents at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Hanover. The event was sponsored by Tri-Kap and hosted by Students Fighting Hunger, a non-profit that works to provide meals for local families struggling to meet dietary needs while also raising awareness about national and global hunger-related issues. Each brother enjoyed the opportunity to engage with Upper Valley residents and learn about the lifestyle and problems associated with hunger. Our Savior Luther Church’s pastor, Reverend Michael Thomas, commented on the success of the event and invited us to return soon!

Andy Solares '15 with the meal we prepared

YiK,
Brian White '15




Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Brother Bio: Josh Schoenbart '16

In an effort to highlight some interesting projects that current brothers are working on, we will be putting up some posts that allow brothers to share their passions. Below, Josh Schoenbart will talk a little bit about his experience starting and running his own business. 

Josh Schoenbart '16 (right) with his big, Anthony Zhao '14
My name is Joshua Schoenbart, I am a member of the Class of 2016 from New York City, a Business/Sociology major, the current Houseman at Tri-Kap, and the CEO and Founder of The EyeBook. I also sit on the Board of the Innovation Center and New Venture Incubator as Associate of Business Development and Operations.

Though I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit, I learned about the optometric industry from my father, an optometrist in Long Island. After understanding the operations and intricacies of the industry, I decided to act on my keen interest and enter the field myself. My career as a businessman within the eye care industry began in 2004 when I assisted Long Island optometric practitioners and eyeglass stores in buying and selling eyewear. Through e-commerce and online stores, I was successfully able to facilitate the buying and selling processes of both eyeglasses and sunglasses. 

After continuing this venture for over six years, I decided to start my own line of eyeglasses in 2010. Despite designing each frame and beginning the production process in factories worldwide, I soon realized the inefficiencies, strong competition, and time consumption that my venture entailed. Thus, I decided to place my idea on hold and focus my attention on another endeavor. I was determined to remain in the optometric industry, and sought to create a service-based site that would benefit practitioners while improving the accessibility of optometric health services. Soon thereafter, The EyeBook was born. With its extensive directory of 5000+ highly qualified and specialized eye care professionals, The EyeBook serves as the best tool on the web for helping thousands of patients find the right optometric professional in their area and for connecting these professionals with patients. I am also a Partner of Glass-U, an exiting new startup licensed to 200+ universities and nearly every fraternity and sorority in the country. It has been featured at events such as The Rose Bowl and Lollapalooza and has recently become the official distributor for the FIFA WorldCup this summer for all North and South American Countries as well as all Asian countries.

YiK,

Joshua Schoenbart

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Professor Julie Kalish visits Tri-Kap

On March 26th, we hosted professor Julie Kalish ‘91 at our house for an academic talk. Professor Kalish teaches at the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric and is also an expert on constitutional law. Along with her responsibilities at Dartmouth, she recently tried and won the case Hackett v. Town of Franklin in front of the Vermont Supreme court. She and her colleagues on the case were given Jonathan B. Chase Cooperating Attorney Award for their work with the ACLU.

The main topic of Professor Kalish’s talk was the first amendment and its implication for college students, but the discussion covered topics from the recent Hobby Lobby case to first amendment rights of students on college campuses. Brotherhood attendance was strong, and many actively participated with the conversation. Professor Kalish ended up staying within the house and discussing constitutional law with brothers for more than two hours. Here are some pictures of Professor Kalish and of brothers enjoying the talk. We really appreciated the opportunity to talk to Professor Kalish, and hope to have a few more academic events this term!




Professor Kalish speaking to our brothers


A packed house had a great time learning a little bit more about constitutional law


YiK,

George Philipose '15
Academic Chair

Saturday, March 22, 2014

IM Basketball Champions

Tri-Kap has now become the dominating force in the IM leagues with our recent championship win over Heorot. This now makes us back-to-back champions including our Soccer championship last fall. With a commanding win of 38-31 over a strong Heorot team, we brought home the championship t-shirts to expand our already impressive collection. Plans are already being made for establishing our dynasty and further adding to our championship collection by putting together a strong team for IM Softball this spring.
The championship winning team celebrating their decisive victory Heorot

YiK,
Aaron Goone

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

1st Los Angeles Tri-Kap Reunion

18 Tri-Kaps got together on Saturday, January 11 for a great night at SmithHouse Tap & Grill for our first Los Angeles Tri-Kap Reunion. Thanks to Richard Park ’01, Ed Son ’08, Chris Takeuchi ’09 and Blair Randall ’11 for organizing. The turnout was a great one for a first time event so many miles from Hanover. While many of those Tri-Kaps who attended were graduates from the ‘90s and ‘00s, we were happy to have Bill Danforth ’60 and his wife Joanne join us as well as Greg Pulis ’74.
The group had a great time together reconnecting, sharing stories and meeting fellow Tri-Kaps. Bill shared with us the sad news of the passing just that morning of Tony Rodolakis ’60. Over the years of Tony’s illness, Bill and many of his Tri-Kap classmates routinely visited Tony in Massachusetts together. Bill gave a stirring tribute to Tony and said that he and many of his Tri-Kap classmates were on the phone that morning after news of Tony’s death circulated. Greg was kind enough to lead the group in a verse of the Tri-Kap Marching Song in honor of Tony. All those in attendance received a Tri-Kap coffee mug emblazoned with the Pillar and Shield seal. Everyone had a great time and promised to both get together for future Los Angeles reunions and spread the word to other Tri-Kaps. Look out for upcoming Tri-Kap reunions in your area on the website at www.tri-kap.com