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The Campaign For Alpha Pi

Honoring Our Past, Building Our Future

Case For Support

The Alpha Pi House Corporation aspires to launch a capital campaign, to accomplish three primary objectives:


1. To establish a renovation and long-term maintenance fund for the house,


2. To reduce the mortgage.


3. To provide academic and leadership scholarships

to our undergraduate brothers.
 

OUR HISTORY
Alpha Pi Chapter has served men at the University of Minnesota since 1924, when a local organization, known as the Thulanian Society, affiliated with Theta Chi National Fraternity. The chapter thrived and at times—simply survived, for 76 years until low membership resulted in its closure in 2000.

 

Alpha Pi was recolonized and re-chartered in 2012. The undergraduate chapter now boasts 90+ members and it is arguably as strong as it has been in its history. The chapter scored an impressive 3.46-grade point average over the previous academic year, ranking Theta Chi among the top fraternities academically on the UM campus.

THE HOUSE

Originally constructed in 1922, the historic home was purchased by the house corporation in 2017. It occupies a prime location, next to Williams Arena and very near TCF Bank Football Stadium. Maximum occupancy is 26 brothers, which supports a sufficient cash flow to pay the mortgage on the property, utilities, insurance, and other routine expenses. The current value of the house is $1.5 million. Ironically, the house has the same street address as the old house—315 19th Avenue, just three blocks away.

 

THE REGULATORS SOCIETY

In 2018, Brother Creig Andreasen ‘90 applied to the IRS to create a historic preservation and scholastic foundation. The application was approved, and The Regulators Society was created as a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, enabling this new entity to receive tax-deductible contributions from alumni.

 

THE HOUSE CORPORATION

The mission of the Alpha Pi House Corporation is to manage the physical structure and the financial operations of the chapter house, plan for its long-term maintenance and serve as alumni mentors for the undergraduate chapter.

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Daren “Len” Jenson ‘95

President

Lending Manager, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Daren.w.jenson@wellsfargo.com

612-257-8190

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Dan Reilly ‘93 

Vice President & Campaign Chairman

Senior Vice President, SMS Research Advisors

dreilly@smsresearch.com

612-455-1784

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Darren “Junior” Gerke ‘93

Secretary

Chief Financial Officer, Altimate Medical, Inc.

Darren.w.gerke@gmail.com

651-592-8241

The Regulator

Society

The Regulator Society is a 501(c)(3) historic restoration and scholastic charitable foundation. The IRS recognizes the Regulator Society as a non-profit organization and contributions to it may be tax-deductible according to the current tax code. The foundation was established in 2018 to accept contributions for the renovation and restoration of the Alpha Pi Chapter House at 315 19th Ave SE. The foundation will also accept contributions for academic and leadership scholarships.

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Paul “Yogi” Norstrem ’86

President
Chief Engineer, Core Products International, Inc.
pnorstrem@coreproducts.com

651-247-3919

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Scott Schwab ‘85

Treasurer

Controller, SRW Products, Inc.

Scottschwab81@gmail.com

612-860-7343

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Josh Matushin ‘15

Attorney, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Josh.Matushin@gmail.com

605-290-1088

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Mitch Andreasen ‘18 

Member-at-Large

Controls Engineer, Cybertrol Engineering mitch.andreasen@gmail.com

612-229-1507

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Paul “Yogi” Norstrem ’86

House Chairman
Chief Engineer, Core Products International, Inc.
pnorstrem@coreproducts.com

651-247-3919

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Austin Cariveau ‘16

Treasurer

austinjcar@gmail.com

Additional Alpha Pi

Leadership

Brother Rheis Jensen has led the chapter through a difficult year with COVID-19 restrictions on all activities. Brother Andy Buckley leads the Chapter Advisory Board (CAB), which supports the undergraduates and mentors the chapter officers. Brother Steve Gehrke serves as the broker for the Regulator Society, to receive contributions of stocks and securities. He has recently been elected to lead the UM’s Greek Alumni Counsel.

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Rheis Jensen '22

President
Major in Finance

jens1972@umn.edu

507-696-1222

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Andrew “Buck” Buckley ‘16

Chapter Advisory Board Chairman

Search Manager  & Co-Owner, 

Home & Local Services, LLC

andrewaidenbuckley@gmail.com

Phone: 952 847-3767

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Steve “Gerk” Gehrke ‘90

President, Chair-Elect of the Minnesota Greek Alumni Counsel

Ameriprise Financial, Financial Advisor

stevegeh@gmail.com

(612) 414-7234

Grand Chapter of Theta Chi

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Creig Andreasen ‘90

National Vice President

Attorney, Lommen Abdo, P.A.

creig@lommen.com

612-336-9316

Alpha Pi Chapter is proud to recognize Brother Andreasen , recently elected as National Vice President of Theta Chi. Brother Andreasen began his second 4-year term on the Grand Chapter in July 2020. He follows Paul “Yogi” Norstrem as the second alumnus of Alpha Pi to serve on the Grand Chapter.

Gift Clubs

Traditional gift clubs are a good way for alumni to be recognized among their pledge brothers, former roommates, and classmates. Gift clubs will recognize alumni by gift amount, as seen in these examples:

$100,000+ The Thulanian Society
$50,000 The Regulators Society
$25,000 The Frederick Freeman Society
$10,000 The Arthur Chase Society
$5,000 The Red and White Club
$2,500 The Golden Gophers Club
$1,000 The Maroon and Gold Club

Room Naming Opportunities

One of the ways alumni will be recognized is through room-naming opportunities for leadership giving. Room naming opportunities include:

$100,000 Living Room
$50,000 Dining Room
$50,000 Information Living Room/Den
$50,000 Basement/Game Room/Social Room
$25,000 Front Foyer
$25,000 Front Porch/Deck/Back Porch
$10,000 Bedrooms
$5,000 Hallways

Gifts In Memoriam/Gifts In Honor Of...

We encourage alumni to make gifts “In Honor of” or “In Memory of” alumni who have played a meaningful role in the life, of the Alpha Pi Chapter, or the national fraternity. In each case, the contributor receives recognition in the appropriate Club/Society, and the alumnus or family member of the alumnus will be notified that a gift has been made in the alumnus’ honor or memory.