Depending on whom one asks, the name Edel Serafin can mean several things at Boise State.
Along with once being a cheerleader and now being a radio personality for the University Pulse, he is the first president (archon) of the new Pi Kappa Phi chapter on campus.
“I’m very for getting involved; like any student who gets involved has my respect because they’re going above and beyond classes,” Serafin said. “And whether it’s doing a radio show, or The Arbiter, or an athletic sport or even Greek Life, you are devoting hours to the school that you’re not getting paid for, but you’re doing it because you want to do it.”
Serafin believes he is not only building his resume via extracurricular activities, but also keeping school fun and opening up to new opportunities.
“Boise State has been a blessing to me: being a cheerleader, being able to travel with Cheer, now that I’m in Pi Kapp, and being able to do that and more. I met President (Bob) Kustra when I was in cheerleading, where most students don’t even get to meet him… I’d say my years at Boise State have matured me,” Serafin said.
With two of his siblings being involved in Greek Life elsewhere, Serafin has always wanted to join a fraternity as he admires witnessing the opportunities that were made available to them. This is a goal that only recently made itself available to him.
“When I got to BSU, I was already swamped with Cheer. I was like, ‘I don’t think I have time for it.’ But since I’m not doing Cheer anymore, I was like, ‘let me do it now,’” Serafin said.
Another founding father of Pi Kappa Phi is Tyler Ward, the vice-archon.
“I’m glad he’s been elected archon. Edel is a great leader with strong initiative and lots of connections. He understands what it takes to build up this fraternity and was the right fit,” Ward said.
Serafin and Ward plan to have 40 members by the end of the semester.
“For recruiting enough quality guys towards our fraternity, we have a plan that every man get a man,” Ward said.
They are currently at 28 initiates and encourage anyone interested to talk to either of them.
Minus his devotion to Pi Kappa Phi, Serafin keeps himself occupied as a full-time student majoring in history with a minor in Latin-American studies.
Following his time at Boise State, he plans to attend graduate school at the University of Illinois.
“If I have opportunities like that, I will take advantage of them, especially since I’m the first person in my family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree, and probably will be the first to get a master’s degree,” Serafin said.
He plans to finish his undergraduate program by next fall.
“I have a year and a half left. So… another year to leave my mark at Boise State,” Serafin said.