Several years ago, a mandate by the city of Ames to put fire suppression systems in all fraternity and sorority houses mobilized the Alumni and Volunteer Corporation. With a dedicated president, Ray Schwichtenberg ’76, the planning stages began and the right volunteers were recruited.
A House Excelled by None: The Campaign for Iowa Beta was announced to fund the renovation and addition project. The campaign has raised over $3.1 million led by Honorary Chairman John V. Hanson ’65, and Campaign Chairman, Jeff Prouty ’79, the campaign executive committee, and the guidance of Pennington & Company.
“Dave DeCecco (MO Kappa ’04) and the Pennington team have been an absolute joy to work with. As the Campaign Chairman, I have found their advice and insights very, very helpful, every step of the way. Over the past year, with their assistance, we have raised $3.1 million, and I’m confident we’ll achieve our goal”, commented Jeff Prouty, Campaign Chairman.
The Chapter House was dedicated at the end of September and includes life safety upgrades, expanded study suites, and a Residential Learning Community classroom. The addition of new sleeping porches on the back of the house adds roughly 4,000 square feet to the existing 11,000 square feet and increases occupancy to 46 members.