On Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, the Badger Skulls Alumni Association (BSAA) held the fifth annual steak night at the Prime Quarter Steak House in Madison, WI. This year we set an attendance record with 47 people coming out to the event. Among the group were 10 potential new members, 15 undergraduate members, 20 alumni of the Alpha Theta Chapter, and 1 alumnus from the Alpha Nu Chapter (Georgia Tech).
The evening allows members of the chapter and potential new members to connect with alumni, and as usual, it was filled with reminiscing of years past along with stories from more recent memory. While alumni pay for their meal, the BSAA subsidizes the cost for graduating seniors, potential new members and undergraduates who invite a potential new member. There was an opportunity to bid new members, and five new members signed their bids.
Alumni in attendance included: Craig Bolyard 11, Brian Schaeffer 10, Curt Klinkner 95, Ryan Campagna 12, Morgan Lippitt 11, Jordan Schelling 11, Jeremy Sorenson 10, Andrew Butts 11, Brian Della 95, Mike Hilla 99, Aaron Kirchenberg 12, Travis Serebin 12, Ethan Pierick 12, R.P. Petrowski 01, Sean Strache 98, Dave Wolf 99, Jon Hancock 11, Tim Bero 90, Dan McGown 92, Craig Nelson 99, and Mark Burgess (Alpha Nu) 09.
There was plenty of steak, potatoes, Texas toast, and cheesecake to go around, so we have a while to digest it before we do it all over next year.
As most of the nation went to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6, our BSAA vice president Mike Hilla was busy signing closing documents related to the purchase of our new property. It is not a house. Given the lack of adequate housing on campus available for purchase and the disinterest in living at a substance-free location, the decision was made to purchase 1800 sq. ft. of commercial/office space (located at 315 W. Washington Ave) for meeting, event and storage purposes.
The BSAA began negotiations with the seller this past May and the purchase is the culmination of numerous housing discussions over the last few years with the undergraduate members. In the end, all parties agreed that a common meeting space similar to an Elk’s lodge or Mason’s temple would best meet the organization’s needs.
The space was purchased along with two nearby parking stalls for $230,000. Jim Gersich from Dimension IV has been hired by the BSAA to design, build and furnish the location, which is currently unfinished. If all goes well, “The Crypt” will be ready for an open house in April to coincide with the annual Parent-Alumni banquet.
At the annual BSAA board planning meeting on Feb. 16, $175,000 was approved for the build-out and furnishing of the space. Our vision of the space is one that meets all of the undergraduate and alumni chapters’ functional and storage needs, while also being presentable and rentable to the general public for meetings. An agreement for such use with the Hyatt Place hotel next door is already in the works.