As individuals, we all have defining moments in our lives.
As the CEO of this fraternity, I can acknowledge that Pi Kappa Phi has had its
defining moments as well. Some of those defining moments are easy to identify –
the defeat of the Nu Phi slate, the birth of Pi Kappa Phi and the creation of
Push America. However, sometimes our defining moments are born of tragedy.
Each year, May 7 weighs heavily on my heart. Ten years ago
today, Brett Jensen, a member of the Alpha Delta Chapter
(Washington), passed to the Chapter Eternal after falling from a roof-top
balcony at the chapter house.
In high school, Brett was a stand-out student, athlete and
citizen. He participated in student government, football, track, community
service and many other activities. But above all, he was a sensitive, kind,
funny and loving human being.
As a parent of three, one of the hardest things I can
imagine is the loss of a child. Every day, but especially each year on the
anniversary of Brett’s death, I ask myself, “Are we doing what we can to create
a safe environment within Pi Kappa Phi that will promote healthy choices and
respect among brothers?”.
It is hard to believe it has been 10 years since Brett’s
passing. While I know it is no solace, the aftermath of his death has spurred
Pi Kappa Phi to better support and prepare our students in so many ways. Our
thoughts remain with his family and chapter brothers on this day and always.
While we cannot bring back the brother we lost, as we
remember Brett Jensen, I hope you will join me in a renewed commitment to
fostering a brotherhood that is concerned for the safety and well being of our
members. We must all remember, we are our brother’s keeper.
in Pi Kappa Phi,
Mark E. Timmes
Chief Executive Officer
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity
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