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Grand Council Adopts Fraternity Good Samaritan Policy

By | Media Statements, National News | One Comment

The Grand Council of the Chi Phi Fraternity voted unanimously to adopt the Fraternity’s new Good Samaritan Policy. This Policy is that of the National Fraternity for its members and Chapters. Members should familiarize themselves with other Good Samaritan Policies that may apply to them from their IFC, school, state, and other applicable entities.

This Policy takes effect immediately and is written below. It can also be reviewed here in PDF format. The document is available for download from our Policy page and the Resource Center on Chi Phi Connect.

Any questions about the Good Samaritan Policy or other policies of the Chi Phi Fraternity can be directed to Ryan Lugabihl at the National Office via lugabihl@chiphi.org or (404)231-1824.

Individual

If a member or new member assists another person in obtaining immediate and appropriate medical care related to the use or consumption of alcohol, drugs, or to another medical emergency, then that member or new member, as well as those who are assisted, will not be subject to individual disciplinary action with respect to the incident. This is the case even if the member or new member who is assisting was a contributing factor to that emergency. An individual may benefit from this policy more than once.

Chapter

A chapter that seeks immediate and appropriate medical assistance for a person in need related to the use or consumption of alcohol, drugs, or to another medical emergency, may be eligible for mitigation of charges related to violations of organizational policies. To be eligible for this potential mitigation, the chapter will be required to meet in person or by phone with a national staff member or an alumni volunteer designated by the fraternity. A chapter may benefit from this policy more than once.




  • Educational Trust Awards Thirty-Four Brothers with Scholarships

    By | Alumni News, Chapter News, National News | No Comments

    Thanks to the generosity of Brothers, Alumni, family and friends, the Chi Phi Educational Trust is excited to announce our 2019 Scholarship Recipients!

    These Brothers have proved themselves as leaders both in their Chapters and in their academic pursuits. Thanks to the generosity of Alumni, undergraduate Brothers, parents, and Friends of Chi Phi, the Educational Trust was able to award thirty-four scholarships this year – eight more than in 2018. Please join us in giving our Brothers a hearty congratulations!

    Interested in supporting our Brothers and the Trust’s scholarship program? Become a Men of Virtue donor today and commit to our future leaders.

    Benjamin Arnold, Alpha-Chi 2020
    Alexander Bacon, Sigma Theta 2020
    Darren Bogart, Alpha-Tau 2021
    Chase Boone, Psi Delta Colony 2021
    Joseph Burrows, Delta Pi 2021
    Kamron Campbell, Xi Theta 2020
    Daniel Celic, Theta 2021
    Zeachary Chieco, Mu 2020
    Safwan Chowdhury, Psi Zeta 2022
    Benjamin Cradin, Zeta Theta 2020
    Peter D’Almeida, Theta 2019
    Shresttha Dubey, Omega 2020
    Ramzi Ebeid, Phi Lambda Theta 2016
    Carlos Flores, Phi Lambda Theta 2014
    Garrett Gomez-Nieto, Lambda 2020
    Spenser Gorenflo, Xi Delta 2022
    Conor Hanggi, Theta 2022

    Harrison Hicks, Psi Zeta 2020
    Abhigyan Kotti, Rho Theta 2020
    Tripp Larkey, Delta Pi 2022
    Marc Leazer, Mu Delta 2020
    Kevin Long, Rho 2021
    Akhil Mahant, Rho Theta 2022
    Calvin McKay, Mu 2020
    David Niemynski, Kappa Delta 2021
    Rory Plewman, Lambda 2021
    Austin Rule, Alpha 2020
    Evan Schumacher, CMU Colony 2020
    Elias Sebti, Lambda 2019
    Tyrell Snagg, Rho Delta 2023
    Mitchell Spalding, Xi Delta 2020
    Matthew Stafford, Alpha Theta Chi 2020
    Marc Wade, Alpha Theta Chi 2020
    Frayser Wall, Alpha 2021

    A special thank you goes out to the Scholarship Committee for their time and dedication to our Brotherhood! The Educational Trust is grateful for their exhaustive efforts and time spent reviewing each one of our scholarship applications this year. Our 2019 Committee members are:

    Chairman Nicholas A. Medina, Lambda Zeta 2008
    Daniel W. Ahearn, Theta Delta 1999
    Robert H. Finley, Lambda 1980
    Douglas S. Howie, Mu 1983
    Dr. David C. Jenkins, Delta Pi 2000
    Mario L. Lento, Xi Delta 2012
    Jason M. Malone, Alpha-Chi 1997
    Sean P. Murphy, Lambda Theta 2008
    Dr. Aaron G. Palmore, Alpha-Chi 2006
    Sahil A. Patel, Gamma 2000
    Andrew T. Schrimscher, Tau 1988
    Norman A. Sensinger Jr., Rho 1959
    Allen Shih, Gamma 2000
    Dr. Eric C. Swindell, Nu 1991
    Cory J. Thomas, Mu Delta 1986
    MAJ Jesse R. Wentworth II, Nu Delta 2002




  • Gamma Returns to Emory University

    By | Chapter News, National News | One Comment

    The 2019-2020 academic year’s expansion opportunities are already off to a rolling start with the reestablishment of Gamma at Emory University in Atlanta. In a Ceremony at the home of Dr. Miles Crowder, Gamma 1963, Pi Delta 1969, twelve men took their pledge to Chi Phi and became the first New Members of Gamma.

    Originally founded in 1869 as one of Chi Phi’s earliest Chapters and Emory’s first Greek organization, Gamma’s return marks the continuance of one of our longest legacies. 

    Our expansion teams are still hard at work at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Tampa. If you know a student on any one of our campuses who is interested in establishing his legacy, you can always fill out our recruitment recommendation form.




  • Former Grand Eta George MacDonald Enters Chapter Eternal

    By | Alumni News, Media Statements, National News | 9 Comments

    Brothers & Friends,

    It saddens us to announce the passing of former Grand Eta and truly great Chi Phi, George MacDonald, Kappa Delta 1971, Iota Zeta 1989, Eta Theta 2011.

    Brother MacDonald entered Chapter Eternal peacefully in hospice care this morning after a long and valiant battle with cancer. Known for his passion for Chi Phi and unparalleled drive to see our Brothers succeed, he will perhaps be remembered best as “The Grand Reveler.”

    For two decades, Brother MacDonald dedicated himself to our Brotherhood in the capacity of Grand Eta and as Legal Counsel to the Chi Phi Educational Trust. Most recently, he continued his Grand Council career as a Member-at-Large. At various times, he also served as Alumni Advisor to the Kappa Delta Chapter at University of Rochester, the Iota Zeta Chapter at George Mason University, and the Eta Theta Chapter at University of Maryland; Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary of the National Capital Chi Phi Club; and Governor, Trustee, and Treasurer of the Chi Phi Educational Trust. Brother MacDonald is also the namesake of Chi Phi’s Risk Manager of the Year Award, given to an outstanding Chapter Eta at Congress.

    He was always eager to lend an ear and advice to any Brother in need, no matter who or when. His drive to work alongside our undergraduate Brothers to promote their health and safety was always at the forefront of his mind. Our Fraternity’s longevity owes itself in no small part to his efforts.

    The true embodiment of a Gentleman and a Chi Phi, Brother MacDonald will be missed by all.

    Brother MacDonald’s family has asked that anyone wishing to honor him should make a gift to the Chi Phi Educational Trust in his name. You can donate online at chiphi.org/donate or by mail to:

    Chi Phi Educational Trust
    1160 Satellite Blvd. NW
    Suwanee, GA 30024




  • Iota Delta Brother, Paleobiologist, Receives 2019 Cronkite Award

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    Since its establishment in 1990, the Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. Award has been granted by the Grand Council to only nineteen Brothers whose humanitarian, social, or political achievement benefitted our country, educational system, or society. A governor, civil rights activist, Hollywood producer, US Senator, and Cronkite himself are among those honored these past three decades.

    More than forty Iota Delta Brothers and their guests attended the Congressional Banquet on June 22 to honor Chi Phi’s nineteenth recipient: Ronald L. Richards, Iota Delta 1971.

    Brother Richards is the first paleobiologist to be honored with the Cronkite Award. He graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 1971. Since 1980, he has worked in various capacities with the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, beginning as a volunteer and contract laborer and working the way up to his current role as Senior Research Curator of Paleobiology. Among fifty-five years of experience with excavations are no fewer than fourteen recoveries of mastodon fossils throughout Indiana.

    In addition to his prolific fieldwork, Brother Richards has written extensively on Ice Age fauna with thirty works for the Indiana Academy of Science and seventy for other organizations, universities, geology clubs, and civic clubs in the state and nationwide. He has also served as a Grant Reviewer for the National Geographic Society and the National Science Foundation.

    He has long credited his Chi Phi Brothers with fostering a love of excavation when they explored caves near Indiana University’s campus together. During his acceptance speech at the Congressional Banquet, Brother Richards recounted the adventures with his Iota Delta Chapter Brothers, many of whom were present to celebrate him.

    Through a career rooted in research and a commitment to better understanding of the world which once was in order to educate those around him, Brother Richards has displayed the Values of Chi Phi and a True Gentleman. Congratulations, Brother, on this well-deserved honor!

    “I would hope that in future years, as our Grand Council ponders the names of potential honorees, that it look long and hard at those who may not gain national fame but who devote great effort and much of their time trying to improve their local communities and the lot of their neighbors.”

    – Walter Cronkite, Nu 1937

    Above: Grand Alpha Bob Walker, Iota Delta 1970, (left) with Brother Richards following the award ceremony at the Congressional Banquet this June.

    Below: Brother Richards was in his element as he donned a headlamp during his acceptance speech. Later, he gathered with Iota Delta Brothers to celebrate his award.




  • Congress Photos Now Available Online

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    Looking for images from the 154th Chi Phi Congress?
    Look no further!

    Thanks to GreekYearbook for being our official convention photography company. All photos from convention can be found online. GreekYearbook provides the best in sorority and fraternity composite, bid day, and convention photography for thousands of sorority and fraternity members across the United States and Canada.

    And remember to tag your posts with #ChiPhiCongress to share your experiences with Brothers across the country!




  • Congress Votes to Adopt National Flower

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    The 154th Chi Phi Congress voted to adopt as our official flower, the white chrysanthemum. 

    Recognizing that our Fraternity had no flower to present to sweethearts, at banquets, and at funerals of Brothers that have entered Chapter Eternal, Brothers committed themselves to researching a meaningful symbol of Chi Phi. 

    Congress voted to adopt the white chrysanthemum in honor of Joseph Tanner Wray, Phi Delta 2019, who entered Chapter Eternal in 2018.

    Tanner served as the Beta of the Phi Delta Chapter and was the Chapter’s enthusiastic go-to man for all Chi Phi knowledge.

    Commonly known just as “mums,” the flower came forward after much thought and internal debate from individual Brothers and groups alike. The symbolism associated with the white chrysanthemum put it on top, and the 154th Congress adopted the resolution put forth without dissent. 

    “When Tanner passed away, Dan Hathaway, their current Alpha, asked me what our National flower was saying ‘Tanner probably would’ve known.’ When I went to send flowers, I had to go with the generic ‘red and blue.’ I also noticed how long it took us to get a crest. I figured it was the same reason we don’t have a flower. After researching for months, I narrowed it down to 10. The white chrysanthemum was chosen for the meaning of truth, loyalty, honesty, Lasting Friendship and Non-romantic Affection, and Enduring Life and Rebirth. It is also the flower of November, the month of the founding of the Hobart Order. The resolution was passed to honor Tanner.”

    – Christian Sutton, Theta Delta 2019, Phi Delta 2019




  • Celebrating our 2019 Award Recipients

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    Chi Phi was thrilled to honor our Chapters, Alumni Associations, and individual Brothers and Friends at the 154th Congress in Indianapolis. With photos of each soon to come, we wanted to jump on the opportunity to publish the recipients so the Brotherhood at large could extend their congratulations.

    Congrats again to everyone, and thank you for the positive impact you have made on Chi Phi!

    More photos soon to come!

    2018-2019 Award Recipients

    Thomas A. Gehring Award for Chapter Excellence

    Theta Chapter, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Xi Delta Chapter, Florida Institute of Technology

    Bates Block Campus Involvement Award

    Beta Chapter, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Outstanding Chapter Alumni Event

    Sigma Theta Chapter, Towson University

    Highest GPA

    Delta Xi Chapter, West Virginia Wesleyan College

    William D. Parr Zeta Award

    Bradley Myers, Delta Theta 2020

    Chapter Advisor of the Year

    Tara Fisher
    Alpha-Pi Chapter, Iowa State University

    Philanthropic Achievement Award

    Eta Theta Chapter, University of Maryland, College Park

    Outstanding Alumni Newsletter

    Xi Delta Chapter, Florida Institute of Technology

    Alumni Association of the Year

    Indiana Chi Phi Alumni Association, Indiana University Bloomington

    Most Improved Recruitment

    Rho Chapter, Lafayette College

    Outstanding Recruitment Practices

    Tau Chapter, University of Alabama
    Phi Lambda Theta Chapter, Bucknell University

    Outstanding Communication & Public Relations

    Theta Chapter, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Alpha-Pi Chapter, Iowa State University

    Athletic Excellence Award

    Timothy P. Roberts, Beta 2019

    Campus Administrator of the Year

    Kelly Phillips
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    Outstanding Community Service

    Phi Lambda Theta Chapter, Bucknell University

    Outstanding Total Membership Education

    Alpha-Pi Chapter, Iowa State University
    CMU Colony, Central Michigan University

    Carl J. Gladfelter Leadership Award

    Nic Panicola, Alpha-Pi 2019

    Outstanding Service to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America

    Theta Chapter, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Ben Wayne Greig, Jr. Award for Outstanding Chapter Scholastic Chairman

    Daniel Celic, Theta 2012




  • It Could Have Been Any of Us

    By | Alumni News, National News, Philanthropy/Community Service | No Comments

    Originally published in the fall 2018 edition of The Chi Phi Chakett, Brother Felt’s story was recently recognized by the Fraternity Communications Association (FCA) with the 2nd Place Award for News Feature. FCA member include 71 social and honorary Greek organizations and governing bodies, including the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC).

    Photos courtesy of the US Department of the Interior

    Looking out across the landscape filled with lush grass, wildflowers, and trees, one would never suspect the tragedy that occurred there just seventeen years ago. The only visible reminder of that day sits at the edge of a grove of hemlocks, the trees themselves now recovered from the damage they sustained. Now that the scars on the land have healed, there is only a boulder left to mark the impact site of United Airlines Flight 93 – the Sacred Ground. Though the physical reminders of the crash are gone, the wounds of loss are still fresh in the hearts of the friends and families of the heroes of Flight 93. For seventeen years, Gordie Felt, Alpha-Chi 1985, has sought to help heal those wounds through the establishment of the Flight 93 National Memorial. He knows well the feelings of loss; his brother Ed was one of the forty crewmembers and passengers who lost their lives when Flight 93 crashed.

    It Could Have Been Any of Us

    “Ed and the 39 other passengers and crewmembers that were on Flight 93 were all in many ways very unique individuals from all over the world. But also, in many ways, they were just like the rest of us; they were parents, they were brothers, they were spouses. I think that part of the story of September 11, particularly Flight 93, is that it could have been any of us on that flight,” Brother Felt reflected.

    It was the normalcy of the flight and of the people on it – college students, retirees, teachers, and Ed, who worked as a system engineer for a software company – which makes the heroic fight that the passengers made in their final moments all the more remarkable.

    Among the many calls and recordings from Flight 93 on that day – including the Cockpit Voice Recorder which captured the final words of the passengers who breached the cockpit and attempted to retake the plane – is the final cell phone call from Flight 93, and the only one to reach a 911 operator, made by Ed. His last-minute call to ground personnel allowed the operator to contact emergency services in the next county over and inform them that a large, hijacked commercial flight had been taken down – a fact that had not yet even reached the military. Had anyone survived the crash, Ed’s final call to alert first responders to the scene would have been lifesaving.

    Memory

    Within hours of first responders arriving from all over Somerset County, local citizens were the first to establish a memorial for the forty heroes. And they have been there with the Families of Flight 93 ever since.

    “It’s been unbelievable,” according to Brother Felt. “That whole community has really become an extension of our greater Families of Flight 93. They have opened their arms to us as family members and accepted this Memorial with a certain degree of pride; they were the first ones who were there.”

    The Families of Flight 93 has worked hand-in-hand with the local community, National Park Service, the National Park Foundation, and the Friends of Flight 93 (a similar organization to their own) to create the Flight 93 National Memorial. This September, seventeen years since the day that changed the United States, the final piece of the Memorial was put in place.

    Uncertainty

    Though today the Flight 93 National Memorial is now complete, just a few short years ago it was nearly a vision unfulfilled. As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approached, the government and civic organizations had hit a brick wall while fundraising for the Memorial. Unlike the other two sites that met with tragedy that day, Shanksville had neither the same federal funding as the Pentagon nor were corporations moving to back the Memorial like those which had lost employees at the World Trade Center. Simply put: They were out of money.

    “We really were starting with nothing,” Brother Felt said while recalling the fundraising efforts they undertook. Though a small portion of the site was donated, the task of raising more than $40 million for portions of the Memorial itself fell on the Families of Flight 93, the National Park Foundation, and other organizations.

    Creation

    The Memorial is now an established site within a vast tract of parkland, but the area surrounding it is, in many ways, still as rural and difficult to access as it was in 2001. Approaching the site through the many winding roads of western Pennsylvania, visitors are welcomed by signs along the way directing them to the various historic covered bridges, the occasional tavern, and stone homes dating back to past centuries. Entering the gates of the Memorial requires that visitors still drive for several minutes before reaching the museum and visitors center, and the Sacred Ground itself still further.

    The Tower of Voices was designed as imposing; the 93-foot tall structure is the first piece of the Memorial that visitors see when entering the site. Its stark, industrial appearance contrasts with the flowery, green environment that now surrounds it. Its height is no coincidence; architect Paul Murdoch built numbers into how the Tower memorializes the forty heroes of Flight 93. Forty chimes adorn the Tower, each measuring between five and ten feet long and weighing up to 150 pounds. Each chime creates its own unique sound as the wind passes through – each one with its own voice.

    Dedication

    As the final piece of the Flight 93 National Memorial, the Tower of Voices provided a sort of closure, not only for the project itself, but for families, friends, and the community. Despite the chilly weather and steady rainfall during the dedication on September 9, a devoted showing of onlookers was present for the ceremony.

    Brother Felt sensed the effect that this final ceremony had while watching with other spectators; families and friends of those on Flight 93, local residents, first responders, and complete strangers who came to show their support.

    Speaking on behalf of the Families of Flight 93 that day was Calvin Wilson, brother-in-law of First Officer LeRoy Homer Jr. In the midst of describing the partnerships and friendships formed, the land purchased, and the money raised, Mr. Wilson reflected, “and then there’s the families. The Families of Flight 93. That wasn’t just a title for us; we are truly a family. We bickered, we hugged, we yelled, we screamed, but we had one goal in mind; and that was to make sure that our loved ones were remembered not only by name, but for their actions.”

    “There is one individual,” he continued as he fought back emotion, “who has been like the father figure, the referee, our representative, across the nation, in the families, and in the executive group. He has represented us strong for fifteen years. This man has led us not from the front, not from the back, but at our sides. We can’t tell him enough how much we appreciate it and how much we love him, but we tried.” Mr. Wilson invited Brother Felt to the stage, where he was presented with a plaque as a thank you from the families for his efforts as President of the Families of Flight 93 for fifteen years.

    Brother Felt and others were then led to the base of the Tower. There, family members and dignitaries officially dedicated the final piece of the Memorial and opened the chimes. As an ever-silent audience looked on, the winds sweeping through the field hit the Tower, which began its song for the first time.

    Future

    With the Flight 93 National Memorial complete, Brother Felt’s work would seem finished; but this is far from true. As life moves forward and the Families of Flight 93 continues to work toward preserving the memories of the forty heroes, he intends to continue working at their sides to support the Memorial and the community which has formed around it. The memory of the selfless actions of Ed and the other thirty-nine heroes of Flight 93 will continue to inspire awe, humility, and reverence for generations to come.

    “The thing I want you to take away today, is that I want you to understand that we need to continue with the spirit of the forty heroes. We can’t lay down, we must come together as a diversified, unbiased group, understand what the problem is, come up with the solution, and then act upon it.”

    – Calvin Wilson

    Left: Brother Felt accepts a plaque as a gift from the Families of Flight 93, represented by Calvin Wilson. At left is Tom Ridge, the former Governor of Pennsylvania and first Secretary of Homeland Security. Photo courtesy of the Tribune-Review.

    Article by Dan Coutcher, Alpha-Chi 2016, and Liz Carter




  • Chapter Spotlight: Delta Xi at West Virginia Wesleyan College

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    At West Virginia Wesleyan College on a crisp fall day in October, more than 21 collegiate Brothers and many dedicated Alumni of the Delta Xi Colony of Chi Phi gathered to receive our Charter. Delta Xi is now officially recognized as an active Chapter by the Chi Phi Fraternity. During this ceremony our Chapter was also significantly recognized with the presentation of the President’s Cup (right). This award distinguishes our Chapter from others on campus as exemplar in academics, service, intramurals, and social activity. It is a high honor to receive this award from West Virginia Wesleyan Greek Life and the College.

    The fall semester proved to be a busy season for our philanthropic activity with the Brothers’ participation in a variety of service around our campus. West Virginia Wesleyan College stresses giving back to the campus and community and Delta Xi is an active contributor. We started on the first day of the semester! We lined up curbside to help the freshman arriving on campus unload their cars as they moved into their new dorms.

    On Halloween, we participated by “trick or treating” for canned goods in the town of Buckhannon (below, right). These donations were used to boost one of the town’s local food pantries. Later in the fall on Community Unity Day we joined forces with Alpha Sigma Phi to do some clean-up work in local cemeteries and assisted some of the elderly population with fall landscaping (below, left). Working together to benefit others in the community always has a positive effect on us all.

    After a setting the academic all time high GPA record last year in the Greek system here at West Virginia Wesleyan, we are striving to begin again to recapture this status. This fall the Brothers of Delta Xi topped the all fraternity average GPA for fall semester with a 3.54. The men of the scarlet and blue endeavor to continue this trend.

    Together we have experienced academic success, opportunities for leadership, service, and social activities that are enriched because of our Brotherhood. With these things in mind we plan to carry on the rich tradition of the Delta Xi Chapter of Chi Phi that was established by all the brothers of Chi Phi since 1824.

    Fraternally,
    Jack Goellner, Delta Xi 2019
    Zeta of the Delta Xi Chapter