AKPsi Twin Cities Alumni Chapter

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Broomball: Students vs Alumni

Saturday, February 10

2:45 - meet at Chapter House to car pool
3:00 - game starts at Logan Park in Northeast Minneapolis


Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Who doesn't love Park Tavern?

January's Third Thursday will be held on Thursday, January 18 at the Park Tavern in St. Louis Park. Cash bar at 6pm, dinner at 7pm.

We will meet in a semi-private room in the back of Park Tavern -- "The 11th Frame" -- which features:

  • Our own bar & bartender
  • Pool tables
  • Dart boards

We will NOT be bowling because leagues are in session in January.

Dinner will either be a buffet, or a set menu where you'd choose from 6 entrees. PLEASE NOTE WHICH YOU'D PREFER IN YOUR RSVP. The decision between buffet/menu will be made in early January and announced (along with the cost).

If you live in the Twin Cities, you should've received an Evite to the event. If you did not, please contact Laura at laurawhisney@gmail.com. Please RSVP by Evite or by sending an email to Laura.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Alumni vs. "Active" Football Game

I've finally recovered from the rather physical two-hand touch Alumni/Active football game last Sunday, and wanted to share some pictures from the event. We had amazing weather, so I'm not sure why only 1 active member showed up:

We split the 16 alumni in attendance down the middle and played some 7 on 7. I think the final score was 38-26? Regardless, the Alumni won...

Back Row:
Jason Busta, Reed Richerson, Ryan Hays, Matt McEwen, Derek Holl, Chris Lund, Joe Heinert, Matt Kuhlman
Middle Row: Tony Black, Eric Enders, Jeff Trousil, Chris Brown, Dan Vogtman, Chad Crowley, Todd Hering
Front: Mike Dwyer (active)

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Random NYC Meetup

It just so happened that Missy Dolski (AH 99 - currently in London), Brad Johnson (AH 99 - currently in Minneapolis) and Michael Krans (AH 98 - lives in NYC) were in New York last Thursday night, so we had dinner and talked about the fraternity ALL NIGHT...

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Homecoming Football Tickets

The Gophers (3-5) play Indiana (4-4) this year for Homecoming, and Alpha Kappa Psi will be there!

Saturday, November 4th
11 AM @ The Metrodome

If you're interested in getting $20 tickets with other AKPsi alums, contact Rosita Villelli by Saturday 10/21.

UPDATE: The deadline has been extended to this SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29. Out of towners like Lyn Truitt and Jason Busta will be attending, as well as old timer Dick Perrine. We need more people to get tickets or we don't qualify for a group order - so place your order NOW.

More details are available for Homecoming 2006: "Wild, Wild Midwest"
  • Parade
  • Football Game
  • BBQ @ Chapter House
  • Alumni/Active Football Game
View the calendar for more details.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Lyndell Truitt Kissed by John O'Hurley in TV Debut

Lyndell Truitt, AH '96, recently appeared on The Family Feud with three of her four sisters and her dad. The Truitts auditioned in Milwaukee in July, and flew to Los Angeles in September for the filming. The episode originally aired on October 5, 2006.

Within 5 seconds of meeting her, host John O'Hurley succombed to Lyn's legendary charm, flirting and kissing her hand. The Truitt Family started strong, winning the first round with the question "We asked 100 people where to go to fool around at your office." Lyn proved a strong team leader by answering the initial question correctly and deciding to play. Her family pulled through with correct answers such as "the copy room", "the bathroom", and "the conference room". Sorry, Andrea, but "under your desk" was not a correct answer.

Unfortunately, a question about what makes Popeye sexy tripped up the Truitts and it was downhill from there. They lost the game and went home to Milwaukee after a few days of SoCal R&R with their parting gift (a coupon for the Family Feud computer game).

Lyn was an AKPsi Housing Scholarship winner, and lived in the AKPsi House throughout her college career. She is employed as the E-Commerce Marketing Manager at C&H Distributors in Milwaukee, is pursuing her MBA at Marquette University part-time, and lives in West Allis, WI.

AKPsi Twentysomething Happy Hour

We don't care if you haven't been to an event since last century's Demit - it's time for young(ish) alumni to get together over FREE APPETIZERS and cheap drinks.

A new tradition - the AKPsi Twentysomething Happy Hour!

The inaugural event will be held at The Independent in Uptown on Wednesday, November 8 at 5pm. The event is FREE if you have paid your alumni dues (or $5 if your membership has lapsed). You will have the option to pay your dues that night at the door.


* The event is scheduled from 5pm-7pm -- no guarantee on appetizers after 7 but people will probably still be around if you have to work late.

* Non-alumni friends/co-workers/significant others are $5 (includes apps) - please RSVP w/ their name if you're bringing a guest.

* This event is focused on "youngerish" alumni - but if someone isn't quite in that age group and wants to attend, that's fine :)

* Calhoun Square offers ramp parking, meters are on the street.

Questions? Post a comment here on the blog!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Save the date!

The November Third Thursday event will be held on Thursday, November 16 at 6pm at the AKPsi House. Dinner will be served by the pledges as a fundraiser.

The pledges will be serving salad, spaghetti, and brownie sundaes for the dinner as a fundraiser. Cost of the dinner is $8 for actives and $12 for alumni. A glass of red wine will be included in the meal, with additional glasses going at $2. There will also be $2 bottles of beer on hand as well.

If you live in the Twin Cities and we have your email address, you will receive an Evite to this event. If we do not have your email address (or you're not sure if we do), email Laura Whisney at laurawhisney@gmail.com.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Third Thursday Alumni Dinner Well-Attended

Over 30 alumni and actives (and a few pledges!) attended October's Third Thursday alumni dinner last night. The event was held at the AKPsi House and catered by Boston Market.

Everyone shared their expectations for this year's alumni chapter. Comments included:
  • Implementing a planned giving program
  • Having events where students get to hear stories about how things "used to be" from alumni
  • Networking with alumni to talk about job opportunities

The next Third Thursday event will be on Thursday, November 16 at the AKPsi House and will be a fundraiser for the pledge class. Check back for more details coming soon.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Carlson School Reunion

The Carlson School is hosting "Reunion 2006" during Homecoming weekend this year - one more great reason to make your way back to campus!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Support Jason Van Buren

You're invited to Campaign Kickoff 2006! Speakers include:

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Get Involved, Be An AKPsi Mentor!

The student chapter is planning their 2006-07 Mentorship Program, and needs your help! This is a great opportunity for you to reconnect, share your experience and help a current student make important decisions about their future.

If you're interested, download the application and send it to Jon Pogue by October 12th.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Founders Day

Founders Day - 8:30 PM Thursday, October 5

All alumni are invited to join the actives at the house for cake and an informal celebration of Alpha Kappa Psi's Founders Day. The event will be b.y.o.b.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Third Thursday Alumni Dinner - October 19

To kick off the school year, the first Alumni Dinner of the year will be held on Thursday, October 19 at the AKPsi house. Cash bar at 6pm, dinner at 7pm.

Dinner will be catered by Boston Market and will include a variety of choices for entrees and sides (and vegetarian). Cost will be $8 for students, $12 for alumni. The program will consist of announcements from the Alumni Chapter about plans for alumni events for the coming year.

Moving forward, plan on an alumni event the Third Thursday of each month - you'll be able to access the information about events in a variety of ways:
  • All Alumni will receive an email (as long as we have your email)
  • An electronic Evite will be sent if you live in the 7-county metro area
  • This blog will always serve as a portal for information about upcoming events.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

2006-07 Executive Board Announced

Here's the Executive Board for the 2006-07 Twin Cities Alumni Chapter... get to know 'em!

  • President - Brad Johnson
  • Vice President - Laura Whisney
  • Secretary - Rick Jones
  • Treasurer - Ryan Basballe
  • Director of Sporting Events - Derek Holl
  • Director of Recruitments - Jason VanBuren
  • Director of Social Events - Sarah Perrine

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Photos from the Twins Game

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Alpha Eta Alumnus for State Representative

As many of you may be aware, Jason Van Buren, an alumnus of Alpha Kappa Psi Alpha Eta chapter, is seeking election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 44A—St. Louis Park/Hopkins. Jason is a lifetime resident of the State of Minnesota. He has graduated of the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota majoring in Finance and Management Information Systems. Jason has had a history of civic involvement including but not limited to the St. Louis Park Human Rights Commission, as well as extensive involvement with several Scouts organizations.

This letter is to both inform you of his decision to run and to ask for your support. In challenging an incumbent, there is a great deal of work that must be completed; however, such work requires adequate funding.

Minnesota has a program in which contributions to candidates who have chosen the public funding option are reimbursable one time up to $50 per individual and $100 per couple. Should you wish to contribute, the campaign will provide you with a receipt and the necessary form to be sent to the State. Once you complete the form and send it to the State, you will be reimbursed up to the aforementioned amounts.

In order to qualify for the public funding program, the Van Buren campaign must raise at least $1500 in donations of $50 or less. These contributions must be in the campaign account by September 1, 2006 and, thus, must be received several days prior to that date. For more information regarding the reimbursement program you may visit the MN Campaign Finance Board website.

If you are at all willing to contribute, please do so as soon as possible. You may contribute via mail or PayPal. Instructions for both methods can be found on www.jasonvanburen.com. Should you have any questions please email volunteer@jasonvanburen.com.

If you would like to contribute through mail, please send your contribution with your name, phone number, address, and employer to the address below:

Jason Van Buren Volunteer Committee
2103 128th Lane NW
Coon Rapids , MN 55448

Thank you for your support.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Michael Krans Wins Sales Producer of the Year

Michael Krans, AH '98, won min’s Sales Producer of the Year for the category of consumer magazines with circulation between 100-500K. He was recognized for this achievement in New York in May 2006.

Michael's profile appears below:

Are you ready for some football?

Are any AKPsi students or alumni getting season tickets for Gopher Football this fall? We should put a plan together for tailgating!

Comment if you're getting football tickets this year - and GO GOPHERS!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Active/Alumni Golf Outing

Jon Pogue is organizing a 9 hole golf outing before school starts this fall...
  • Francis Gross Golf Course
  • Sunday, September 3rd @ 2 PM
  • Best Ball format - 2 actives & 2 alumni in each foursome
  • Food and cocktails afterwards?
To sign up, send him an e-mail at pogu0007@umn.edu

Baseball, Anyone?

In addition to the August 18th game announced below, contact Dick Perrine if you're interested in attending the game on August 2nd:
  • Meet at Hubert's at 11:15 AM for pre-game libations
  • Tickets: $41
  • First Pitch: 12:10 PM

Saturday, July 22, 2006

AKPsi at the Twins game

The summer AKPsi Twin Cities Alumni event has just been announced - mark your calendar!

Friday August 18
Twins vs. White Sox (ooh - big rivalry!)
  • 4pm - Meet in Grumpy's party room for pre-game prep 1111 Wash Ave S.
  • 7:05pm - First pitch
  • $17 Home Run Porch ticket (includes 1 Dome dog and 1 soda)
  • All AKPsi actives and alumni are encouraged to attend - bring your roommate, boyfriend, wife, etc. - but no kids :)
TICKETS ARE LIMITED so RSVP today to be sure you get in on this event! RSVP deadline is August 4.You'll be receiving additional information on how to reserve your ticket in the next few days...

Friday, July 07, 2006

Carlson @ Canterbury

A few years ago, I dressed up as Goldy Gopher for the Carlson School Day at the Races - I wonder who will be sweating their tail off this year?

Friday, August 11, 2006
Check-in opens at 6:30 p.m.

Canterbury Park
Ubetcha! Bar & Grill
1100 Canterbury Road
Shakopee, MN

Reservations required by August 7
(For questions call 612.626.9633)
  • FREE general parking
  • FREE bet voucher
  • FREE picnic dinner

Monday, June 05, 2006

Monte Carlo Alumni Dinner

Several local alumni met for a casual dinner at the Monte Carlo in downtown Minneapolis last week. Joining us was Maria Mitova, who pledged the Eta Lambda chapter at UNLV in 2003 but now lives & works in the Twin Cities.

Although we don't traditionally hold events in the summer, everyone in attendance had such a good time that we decided to plan another casual event sometime in July/August - stay tuned!

From left: Chris Brown, Herb Virtullo, Laura Whisney, Jeff Trousil, Alicia Truhe, Brad Johnson and Maria Mitova

Tuesday, May 16, 2006


We are celebrating the final AKPsi Alumni Dinner of the 2005-2006 school year by NOT having a speaker and instead letting loose and just sitting down for a nice dinner on Tuesday, May 30 at 6pm at the Monte Carlo in the Warehouse District in Downtown Minneapolis.

Highlights of the night - our group will have a private room for dinner, the Monte Carlo has great ambiance, plus the award winning classic martinis at the copper-topped bar are worth a visit alone. If you've never been to the Monte, this is a great chance to check it out! There's free valet parking and if it's nice, we may visit the NEW patio after dinner. The Monte Carlo is located at 219 3rd Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401, (612) 333-5900.

Cocktails will begin at 6pm, with dinner scheduled for 6:45pm. Cost will be $25 for dinner and will include your choice of entrees from a set menu and your choice of beverage. Please invite another alumni friend and RSVP for the dinner by Friday, May 26 to Laura Whisney at laurawhisney@gmail.com. Any questions regarding the dinner may also be directed to Laura at this email address.