delta chi dream girls...
I'm Shea Granger, a Secondary Education and Spanish major here at UNO. I am also the current Public Relations Vice President for Alpha Xi Delta. I was born and raised in the Omaha area. After graduation, my plan is to travel the world and eventually live in Europe or Central America for a while to teach English to students of other languages.
The gentlemen of Pi Kappa Alpha never cease to amaze me. Not only are they motivated students and leaders on campus, and passionate about helping out in the community, but they are also some of my very best friends! My favorite part about the Delta Chi chapter is that each member is very different and has something great to offer to the organization. They are continuously striving for improvement and always willing to help ΑΞΔ with our philanthropic goals.
"It's not where you are, but who you're with that matters." The men of Pi Kappa Alpha have made my experience at UNO one to remember! I will never forget the cold nights spent in cardboard boxes for Just Can It!, carving so many pumpkins that the house smelt bad for days, losing my voice from talking so much the speed dating exchange, and of course the countless evenings spent at the house playing cards, pool, and watching the tenants attempt the same four Rock Band songs. It is a huge honor to be the 2014 Dream Girl, but it's even better knowing I have made so many memories and life-long friendships with some really great guys.
My name is Zander Thornburg. I am currently a Marketing major with a minor in Management at UNO. My current plan for when I graduate UNO is to be an Event Marketing Director at a company located in the Midwest.
The men of Pi Kappa Alpha have been a big part of my life for the last couple of years and I would not change one thing about the many wonderful memories they have helped me create. From riding a stationary bike for blood cancer research to helping build a cardboard house bringing awareness to homelessness to going on a hayrack ride in 35-degree weather and smelling like a bonfire for a whole weekend.
I was surprised but extremely honored that this group of commendable gentlemen would allow me to be their Dream Girl for 2015. The members of the Delta Chi chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha are accepting of others, give more back to their University and community than they would ever think to take, and constantly encourage those around them to be the best version that they can be. This group of men will always have my utmost respect and will always hold a place in my heart.
jessica (mcbride) Truman...
2016 & 2017
My name is Jess McBride and I am currently a nursing student at the University of Nebraska medical Center. After Graduation, I hope to work with underprivileged children in an inner-city school.
I first met the men of Pi Kappa Alpha while attending UNO for my UNMC prerequisites. Since first meeting these men, I have witnessed them thrive in everything they do. They have exceeded expectations in their philanthropies, they have won numerous intermural sporting events, and they have brought fun and excitement to the campus. I have so much respect for the way they treat others, and all the hard work they put into their events and their campus. It has truly been an honor to watch them grow into the group of men they are today. However, not only have these men made a huge difference in their campus, but they have also made my college days the best days of my life.
Being chosen as the Dream Girl of the Delta Chi chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha not once, but twice, is an unbelievable honor. Knowing that these men think as highly of me as I do of them is so meaningful. The philanthropy events, intramural sporting events, formals, and the many nights spent at the house were the defining moments of my college experience due to the amazing men that make up this chapter. I have seen members come and go during my time spent with the fraternity, but the one constant is the respect and kindness I have continued to receive from everyone. I am forever grateful for everything gentlemen.
My name is Chelsey Patten. I am currently a Biology major with a minor in Psychology at
UNO. I plan to attend law school and pursue a career in medical law and bioethics.
I first met a few of the members of Pi Kappa Alpha while I was still a student at Northwest Missouri
State University. Leaving a school that I had spent two and a half years at was scary, but knowing
these men made transferring to UNO much easier. The men in this chapter are some of the most
enthusiastic men I have ever known. They made my role as cheerleading captain exceptionally
fun, and I loved cheering at basketball games with all of the Pikes behind us pumping up the team.
Being chosen as Dream Girl was such an amazing honor. Being acknowledged by the members of
this chapter touched my heart, and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to represent such an
admirable group of men. The outpour of support from Connor's brother as he proposed to me on
stage truly made that night unforgettable, and for that I am forever thankful.
I am currently working for salon centric here in Omaha and am majoring in multidisciplinary studies, meaning I have three different concentrations rather than just one major.
I don’t have any set plans as of yet for what I would like to do after graduation, but I know I would like it to be something with animals. I adore animals, especially dogs, and would love to do something with them in the future. I currently foster and train puppies until a home is found for them. Dogs bring so much joy and happiness in my life and I would love to make them part of my profession someday.
I started college in the fall of 2015 and because of Pike I was able to meet the man that I am currently dating now. Through mutual friends we met at the Pike House and have been together since. Being so close to the fraternity through Cole I was able to have the opportunity to meet so many great members over the years. The men of this fraternity from day 1 treated me with the upmost respect. I will forever cherish the amazing memories made with them and I can truly say that the men of Pi Kappa Alpha helped shape my college experience.
It was an honor on the night of formal to be awarded dream girl, and was a night I will never forget. To have all 100+ men on a knee singing to me was an awkward yet wonderful experience. Throughout Cole’s presidency I felt so close to the chapter, knowing how hard they work, that being named dream girl was special knowing that this group viewed me as someone who could be part of this wonderful group. Thank you Pi Kappa Alpha for everything.
I am a supply chain management major with a minor in accounting and management. I am currently a finance intern at Union Pacific in the revenue accounting department. While all my experience is in accounting I am leaning more towards a supply chain career. I enjoy the transportation industry but am looking into the health care industry as well. I’m unsure of where I’ll end up after college, but if I don’t stay in Omaha I could see myself living in Minneapolis.
In my free time, if I’m not hanging with the guys, I am in Lincoln cheering on the huskers, hanging out with my family, or road tripping with friends. Having a work-school-social balance is super important to me. I can tell the pike culture supports this lifestyle and this is part of why I admire them.
I came into college knowing some of the pike guys from high school. In fall 2016, I started hanging out with them and meeting new pike guys. Getting to know each one of them made me realize they were my college family. Through my ups and downs, I’ve always had one of them to lean on. Because of that, I am forever grateful and proud to represent this fraternity on UNO’s campus. No matter where I go pike will always hold a special place in my heart.
~Once a dream girl, forever a dream girl~
I am currently finishing up nursing school at the University of Nebraska medical center in Omaha. I have accepted a position to work at Nebraska medicine as an RN on the heart and vascular unit upon graduation in May. I am grateful to have had many excellent experiences in nursing school and I am excited to care for more hearts once I begin working
Although nursing school keeps me pretty busy, I make time for the things I love most. I like to try new things, spend time outdoors, cook, and make trips home to see my family whenever I can. Throughout college, I have worked as a Nurse Aide in assisted living facilities and in-home health. This past year, I also began tutoring nursing students which has been really fun for me to invest in such talented individuals; some of whom are Pikes!
When I came to college in Fall 2016, some of the first people I met were the gentlemen of Pi kappa alpha. I made instant friendships with these men and started spending more time with them around the house and at fraternity events. When my current boyfriend, Kobe Ackerson, came to UNO in fall 2017, he asked me if he should join Pike. I assured him that pike men are a truly elite group and I still believe that today. I spent a lot of time at intramural games and other pike events throughout the years and I wouldn't have it any other way. Through some of my best and worst days, a pike has been there to support me. When I am with the pike men, I always feel safe, protected, and respected and I will forever be grateful for that.