Alumni Profile: Alan Karpick ’79
Alan Karpick has been involved in sports promotion and publishing for most of his career. For the last seven years, this ’79 Alpha Sigma Phi alum has been working for true gold – the Gold & Black Illustrated that is. Karpick is publisher and president of Purdue’s guide to all things sports.
“The people in West Lafayette are just great to work with,” said Karpick about the decision to come back to Purdue. He never stopped following the gold and black. In 1989, he wrote a tribute to Boilermaker basketball, “Great Purdue Teams and Players.” He is one of three writers contributing to a new book due out this fall, “Tales from Boilermaker Country.” Karpick summed up, “It is a collection of vignettes – just some of the greatest stories ever told about Purdue sports.”
One of the tributes included in the new book will be to the women’s basketball program. “Our team has experienced amazing growth. They will have a loyal following of 6,000 at home games. We want to recognize what they and all our athletes have accomplished.”
You could say that Karpick really came in out of the cold when he returned to West Lafayette. He spent five years in Columbus, Ohio, starting that city’s minor league hockey franchise, the Chill. As vice president of marketing, he worked hard to grow support for the new team and eventually the building of a couple of ice facilities. Karpick can tell you about some really exciting contests there, not all conducted by the team. Local supporters looked forward to his special promotional events. You might see a rare slingshot competition using frozen Cornish hens or even get to bowl throwing a frozen turkey. “We were able to raise a lot of money for charity and have frozen food drives for local food banks, ” noted Karpick. Such unusual events also gained national attention for the Chill from The Wall Street Journal and ABC TV.
He may not be organizing slingshot tournaments anymore, but there is still plenty of action at the Karpick house in West Lafayette. He and wife, Amy, have two children, Reid, 8, and Hayley, 6. Amy was an Alpha Sig Little Sister and a registered nurse. They have been married for 17 years.
Karpick followed in his older brother’s footsteps when he decided to pledge Alpha Sig. In addition to meeting his wife, Karpick remembers his three years living in the house for the great friendships he made there. Of course, he can’t forget Hell Week and initiation! But he quickly added, “It was an easy place to get along with everybody. We also had a lot of brothers involved in athletic activities that fed my passion for sports.” That passion for sports is obviously still going strong!
Brothers can contact Alan Karpick at firstname.lastname@example.org.