The continuing adventures of Beau Yarbrough

Pi Kappa Alpha: Autumn 2005 Shield & Diamond

Wednesday, September 28, 2005, 19:10
Section: Virginia Tech

Pi Kappa AlphaSo, I come home from the paper to find the new copy of Shield & Diamond, the Pi Kappa Alpha magazine, waiting for me.

My chapter at Virginia Tech has won the fraternity’s highest honor, the Smythe Award. We’ve won this a bunch of times, but this is the first time, I think, that the reconstituted fraternity has won it. (That’s a story for another time.) So great news for Epsilon Chapter. We also received the 100 Man Award, which I suspect means exactly what it says on the label. When I was in school, we had about 120 brothers (helped along by guys on their sixth, seventh and in one case, eighth years in school). So it looks like the chapter’s back on track in a variety of ways.

Then there’s page after page of financial reports, which boil down to “why aren’t you giving money, Yarbrough, directly to your chapter if nothing else?”

That’s followed by the Alumni Notes, where I see my pledge brother Stan “Gyro” Maoury is now the associate director for the federal consulting division of Gartner, Inc. and lives in Ashburn, VA with his wife, Julie, and their children, Stan III and Lauren. My entry, discussing where I work and my three 2004 SPJ awards has a typo in my e-mail address: It’s actually

And finally, they’re pushing the 2006 Alumni Directory on the back, which is a collected database of where everyone is and how to reach them. The hardbound version is a little pricy at $69.95, so let’s look at the softcover … $66.95. Pass. I often think that some of the folks working at the national office are out of touch with post-collegiate realities. This just confirms it.

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