Patrick Hutchinson embodies what it is to be a CSU student in
Greek Life, and the nation has noticed.
“The Greek community, as a whole, would benefit by having more
people like Hutch,” said Tim Ulrich, a graduated member of the
Delta Chi fraternity.
On Aug. 14, Hutchinson, also known as “Hutch,” was honored with
the Howard H. Baker award for his work at the Pi Kappa Phi
The Howard H. Baker award is given to Pi Kappa Phi’s leading
undergraduate member – the student who has made the biggest
difference to his chapter, campus and community. Hutchinson’s award
is one of two awards that Pi Kappa Phi gives to individual
Hutchinson, a senior at CSU and a double major in computer
science and business administration, intends to graduate in May
“I don’t do it for my own recognition. For whatever it might be,
I have an interest in … making CSU a better place. I just want to
make a lasting impact on the university,” Hutchinson said. “I want
to send my kids here. I want my children to be Greek here.”
Hutchinson joined Pi Kappa Phi the second semester of his
sophomore year. He chose Pi Kappa Phi because it is the only
fraternity that has its own philanthropy. Push America, the
national project of Pi Kappa Phi, serves disabled U.S.
All the fraternities on campus elected Hutchinson as the
Inter-Fraternity Council president in November.
At this position, Hutchinson acts as a liaison between the
campus, administration and the fraternities. He said he is working
to make the fraternity system stronger.
Hutchinson also works to make new fraternity members feel
welcome in the Greek community.
“He shows them the ropes,” said Rob Schneider, the president of
the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. “He’s a guy people look up to. I go to
him all the time.”
In addition to his involvement in Greek Life, Hutchinson is also
involved with many philanthropies including the Order of Omega, the
Associated Students of CSU, the Summit Fund and Up ’til Dawn.
“Patrick is a very caring individual who believes in exhibiting
high moral character in everything that he does,” said Mark
Koepsell, director of Greek Life.
While Hutchinson completes his large projects with pride, he
also takes a vested interest in individuals in his fraternity.
“I believe wholeheartedly in the ideals of my fraternity,”
Hutchinson said. “And one of the huge things is building better men
and I don’t want a guy to join my chapter if they’re not going to
be a better man four years later when they graduate from the
And despite his various other activities, Hutchinson believes he
is a better man for having been a member of Greek Life.
“As much as I’m involved with everything else, Pi Kappa Phi is
always an interest of mine and is always in my heart. And I have
worked hard every day for the chapter,” Hutchinson said. “Pi Kappa
Phi changed my college career.”