February 2017 PIke of the Month
Posted on Feb 16, 2017
MEMPHIS, TN - Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity is pleased to announce Joseph R. Rubino (Wyoming, Iota Alpha ’16) as the February 2017 Pike of the Month. Pike of the Month award recipients demonstrate the True Pike ideals, working to improve themselves and have a positive impact on their chapters, campuses, and communities.
Rubino, a junior at the University of Wyoming, was nominated for his leadership skills in the chapter, on the campus and in the community.
Rubino has been a significant asset in the success of Iota Alpha Chapter receiving its charter. As a freshman in the fall of 2014, he immediately took a leadership position to serve as the colony secretary. Rubino’s passion for the Fraternity ultimately led his election as chapter president, a role he currently upholds.
“While I would like to say that I have been the reason for many of our successes in the areas of recruitment, continuing education and brotherhood, I simply can't,” says Rubino.
He credits the hard work of supportive and cohesive cabinet members, chairmen, and committees noting that plans to further succeed as a chapter are already beginning to unfold. “There are always gains to be made and planning practices to perfect, for which I am honored to facilitate with the great men of Iota Alpha,” he adds.
Campus involvement extends far beyond the Fraternity for Rubino. He currently serves the Associated Students of the University of Wyoming (ASUW), the universities’ student government organization, as a student at large for the student senate budget and planning committee.
In 2014, Rubino was one of two students selected by the Wyoming Department of Education for the United States Senate Youth Program scholarship where he was recognized for his exceptional knowledge of the United States and Wyoming state government. In addition, he has been the recipient of the University of Wyoming Alumni Association Scholarship and Marriott Corporate Marketing Scholarship.
Rubino has maintained a 3.8 GPA while pursuing a B.S. in economics and a B.A. in History. He plans to eventually earn a law degree after graduation at the University of Wyoming and practice natural resource and constitutional law.
Political activism has been at the forefront of Rubino’s interests for some time. “As soon as I turned 18, I raced down to the courthouse to register to vote,” Rubino recalls. Beginning in 2014, he served as a team member for Senator Mitch McConnell’s campaign. In the summer of 2016, Rubino was the administrative and legislative intern for the Office of Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis in Washington, D.C. where among many responsibilities; he was tasked with participating in caucus meetings related to water, energy and public lands use. In addition to supporting the congresswoman, he was elected as the County Delegate to the Wyoming State Republican Convention in the spring of 2016 and later as the Republican Precinct Committeeman for Albany County Dist. 46-2 in the summer of 2016.
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