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Chapter Spotlight: Rho Theta at Arizona State University

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The fall term is well under way at Arizona State University, and when looking back since spring, it is clear that we have accomplished many things here at the Rho Theta Chapter. First, we now have an on campus Chapter House. This is something that even last year, we wouldn’t have even thought was possible. The house, with letters on it, allows us to represent ourselves. Now, we finally have a place to all gather, hangout, and even hold philanthropy events.

During the spring semester there were a lot of activities that our Chapter took place in. The most fun was the Brotherhood retreat. It took place in Show Low, Arizona. It allowed us to get to know each other better. We also participated in many philanthropies where we competed in sports and other activities to raise money for certain charities.

Next, fall recruitment was a great success. We ended up with thirty-two New Members. It was great to meet all the new future Brothers whom we will share our college experience with.

A few of the Brothers also have achieved great things in the past year. For instance, Brother Jared Hoerle, Rho Theta 2021, was just added to the roster of the Arizona State’s Division 1 Men’s Hockey team.

Fraternally,
Tariq Al-Thenayan
Zeta of the Rho Theta Chapter

See Rho Theta and other Chapters featured in the fall edition of The Chi Phi Chakett

Above: Rho Theta’s New Member Class for Fall 2018
Below: Brother Hoerle, now on ASU’s Division I hockey team




  • Chapter Spotlight: Psi Zeta at University of Texas at Dallas

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    Here at the University of Texas at Dallas, the Psi Zeta Chapter of the great organization known as Chi Phi is thriving. Recently, we had thirty-six great young men join Chi Phi, which is the largest New Member Class we have ever had in the history of the Psi Zeta Chapter since our Chartering in 1998. This is definitely great for us, having lost so many great guys to graduation. 

    On the philanthropic side of things, we are planned a large event for September 28 called “Kickin’ it for the kids.” This public event had teams registered for the price of $30 each to compete in a tournament. All the proceeds went to the Boys and Girls Club in Richardson, Texas. Not only that, but the winner of the tournament received a donation to a charity of their choice. Needless to say, the entire Chapter is excited about the impact this event had on the community around us. 

    The Fall 2018 New Member Class of the Psi Zeta Chapter

    Over the summer, we won the Outstanding Alumni Newsletter Award, an award that distinguishes our Chapter from the rest because of the quality of our newsletters in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. As the Zeta of this Chapter, I am of course really happy with this result. It’s really important to note that several members of the Fraternity also made key contributions to the success of these newsletters, and in that effort showed how we function as a Chapter.  

    All-in-all, I am extremely excited for the future of this Chapter in the coming week, month, year, and decade. I feel that we have definitely drawn up a great blueprint for success, and what the future holds is based on our execution of the instructions that blueprint holds.  

    Fraternally, 
    William Spencer
    Zeta of the Psi Zeta Chapter




  • UC San Diego Colony Votes to Cease Operations

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    The UCSD Colony at University of California San Diego has informed the National Office and Grand Council of a motion proposed during a meeting on Tuesday, October 2, which resulted in a vote without opposition to suspend Colony operations indefinitely. The vote was held as a result of low membership in the Colony.

    As of today, October 3, Chi Phi no longer has an active presence on the campus of UCSD. All Initiate members of the Colony have been moved to Alumni status and are entitled to all the rights and privileges accorded to all members.




  • Chapter Spotlight: Lambda Theta at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

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    See this Chapter submission and many others like it in the fall 2018 edition of the Chakett!

    Hello Brothers,

    The Lambda Theta Chapter at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has had a great year. Though many Brothers were lost for various reasons at the beginning of the year, our Chapter was not hesitant to fill in the positions those Brothers held. It was intimidating at first, but many of our Brothers stepped up and took on a position, truly growing as an individual as the year progressed.

    Something I’m particularly proud of this year is our success in participating in the MS Walk. The MS Walk is a national fundraiser whose goal is to end the life-changing condition known as Multiple Sclerosis.  Brother Kyle Gagne set up our participation in the event, and we managed to raise over one thousand dollars. It was truly inspiring to see the things we could accomplish working together as a Chapter.

    In addition, this year we held one of our most successful Alumni events. We call it the “Alumni Games,” where Alumni from the Chapter come and play a few sports against the current Chapter. Per usual, the Chapter lost to the much stronger and older Alumni; however, we had a great showing from both our Chapter and the Alumni alike. It was the perfect time for new Brothers to meet Alumni and bond with them over common interests.

    Overall, this year has allowed our Chapter to grow and mature as a part of Chi Phi. Brothers appear more motivated than ever to work towards bettering both the Chapter as well as themselves. Our Brothers show a lot of ambition and truly want to dive into the responsibilities of being a Chi Phi. I am excited and honored to witness these changes, and cannot wait to see what the future years of this Chapter hold in store.

    Fraternally,
    Dylan Tocci
    Zeta of the Lambda Theta Chapter




  • Chi Phi Kicks Off Alumni Directory Project

    By | Alumni News, Media Statements, National News | 2 Comments

    The Fraternity is pleased to be revising our Alumni Directory – last published in 2013 – which is a critical part of our national operation. Maintaining accurate contact information for more than 40,000 members is no small task, and we ask that you take a few minutes to respond to inquiries about your current information.

    We have contracted with Publishing Concepts (PCI), a Dallas-based company who we have worked with for more than a decade. You will be contacted by PCI, using Chi Phi’s name and trademark, via email and postcard in the coming weeks (if not already). Please know that these messages are not spam and have been approved by the Fraternity.

    You will be offered the opportunity to purchase a completed Directory; however, you are under no obligation to do so. Should you choose to make a purchase through PCI, a portion of it will directly benefit the Fraternity.

    Should you have any questions or concerns about this project, please feel free to reach out to Dan Coutcher, Director of Member Engagement, at coutcher@chiphi.org or by calling 404-231-1824.




  • To our undergraduate Brothers, from Grand Iota Brody Stogdill

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    Hello Brothers,

    My name is Brody Stogdill and at the 153rd Chi Phi Congress, I joined Grand Alpha Bob Walker and his Grand Council as I took on the role of Grand Iota. I am a student at Iowa State University and a proud Founding Father of the Alpha-Pi Chapter. It is my honor to have the opportunity to make my own impact on the Fraternity; however, my greater honor is to be your voice and your advocate.

    The Council includes nine voting members, two of whom are undergraduate Brothers: Myself, and Grand Theta Elias Sebti, Lambda 2019. Together, Elias and I represent the interests of our fellow undergraduates, which is a responsibility I take to heart. Undergraduate membership is at the heart of our existence as a Fraternity; therefore, it is important that our voices be heard at all levels of the organization. In that spirit, I sincerely hope that you feel empowered to talk to me about any concerns or opinions you might have!

    If you have any questions about my role as Grand Iota, or about the Grand Council in general, please reach out to me any time at stogdill@chiphi.org. I look forward with great anticipation to the coming year, to the progress we will make, and to the bonds we will build. Good luck in all your Fall courses and have great semester!

    Fraternally,

    Brody Stogdill, Alpha-Pi 2020
    Grand Iota




  • Best wishes to our departing staff members!

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    Chi Phi is saying farewell to two members of our National Staff; Erin Wilensky, Delta Zeta Sorority, and Michael Davis, Alpha-Pi 2016.

    Erin served in several capacities in her four years with Chi Phi, including her most recent role as Director of Member Education. Even after her departure, her work with Chi Phi will continue with some of our undergraduate members as she takes on the position of Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Lehigh University, the location of our Psi Chapter.

    Michael served as Director of Undergraduate Services for nearly two years, leading our Chapter Services and Expansion teams and overseeing the Accreditation program in his time on staff. He accepted a position at GUIDE, Inc., a local non-profit in Atlanta, and plans to continue working with our returning Colonies at Georgia State and Emory.

    Please join us in wishing them the best in their new endeavors!




  • Three Brothers Achieve Goliard Status

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    The Regional Ritual Retreats of 2018 provided nearly 100 members with an opportunity to invest themselves in our heritage and Ritual and walk away as a resource for our Brothers across the country. The Goliard Program has significant ties to RRR, as many of the Alumni facilitators are themselves Goliards and certified experts in our Ritual. The Goliard status, coveted among many, was conferred upon three Brothers at RRR this year.

    Eric Weiss, Kappa Delta 2019, gained recognition as a Goliard during the Northeast RRR at Lehigh University, where he completed a proficiency exam and performed essential Ritual duties without written aid. Brother Weiss, the Chapter’s Delta and former Epsilon, has been deeply affected by learning more about Chi Phi’s heritage and Ritual and reflected on the experience after RRR:

    Brothers Weiss, Scheller, and Davis.

    “Last year, I attended RLA where Grand Epsilon Matt Scheller, Psi 2007, gave a talk on Ritual. I was shocked to discover that our Fraternity has many of the classic secrets that my Chapter had never taught: Passwords, Unwritten Law, and even a secret handshake. My Pledge of secrecy and the entire New Member process suddenly made more sense as I finally got a glimpse of the secrets that I am bound to protect. I learned the full challenge that year at Congress after getting denied entry twice. Shortly before RRR, my fellow Congressional Delegate and I decided to join the Goliard Program. We believed that this would be an excellent opportunity to learn about all of the Ritual and history of our nearly 200 year old fraternity, and that it was crucial to incorporate Fraternity traditions into our struggling Chapter.

    Now having gone through the program, I have a strong foundation in Chi Phi ritual and history, and am excited to bring what I have learned to chapters wishing to learn more. That said, I still have much to learn, and am looking forward to working with fraternity leadership as well as other goliards to continue my studies and to strengthen ritual on a national level.

    Chapters of the Chi Phi Fraternity, I strongly encourage sending a couple of Brothers to RRR, especially those who might be interested in the Goliard Program. Our Ritual is what binds us together and teaches us the Values we hold so dear. RRR not only teaches Ritual, but explains its continual relevance and importance, and leaves Brothers enthusiastic about our history and traditions. If we live by our Values and live our Ritual, we can show universities, the media, and the broader community that our Fraternity is a positive force built on Truth, Honor, and Personal Integrity.

    Two Alumni Brothers also attained Goliard status this summer; Grand Epsilon Matt Scheller, Psi 2007, and Michael Davis, Alpha-Pi 2016, have worked diligently on preserving Chi Phi’s heritage through the archives and Greek Life Museum while also forming the Regional Ritual Retreats into one of the Fraternity’s premier and most loved educational programs.

    The Fraternity is privileged to have so many men like Brothers Weiss, Scheller, and Davis who have helped Build Better Men at every opportunity. Congratulations to them on a well-earned distinction!

    The Goliard Program is an educational program designed to encourage in-depth learning into the Heritage and History of our Fraternity. Those wishing to enter the program will advance through several stages, known as Chambers, with an eventual certification upon completion. These certified “Goliards” will be the experts on the History, Ceremonies, and Traditions of Chi Phi, and will be called upon to assist other Brothers and Chapters throughout the country when help, advice, or guidance is needed.

    The program is designed to train those who could assist the Fraternity in educating other Brothers on a Chapter by Chapter basis or at potential future Ritual Educational Programs. Therefore, it is important to note that those looking to complete the Goliard Program should have at least a very basic understanding of the Chi Phi Fraternity’s Ritual and History.

    You can download the full Goliard Program and application packet on Chi Phi Connect. Email Heritage & Traditions Counselor Clark Kjorlaug at kjorlaug@chiphi.org with any questions about the program.




  • State Representative, Advocate for Social Rights Enters Chapter Eternal

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    Florindo J. Fabrizio, Alpha Delta 1966, entered Chapter Eternal peacefully at home on July 24. Brother Fabrizio served his community as a State Representative from Pennsylvania’s District 2 from 2003 until his passing.

    After graduating form Penn State, Brother Fabrizio worked in education and as a stockbroker, all while continuing his education and obtaining a master’s degree and later pursuing a doctorate. He later began his public service career as Erie County Clerk and Clerk of Elections before retiring and running for state office in 2002.

    Our condolences go out to Brother Fabrizio’s family and friends and to his constituents.

    You can find his entire obituary here.

    “Born in Erie, he was the son of the late Nicola and Ida Passarelli Fabrizio. After graduating from Strong Vincent High School in 1962, he attended Pennsylvania State University Main Campus where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in General Arts and Sciences. He was a member and an officer of Chi Phi Fraternity.

    While attending graduate school at Temple University, he taught in the Philadelphia Public Schools.

    Upon returning to Erie, he taught and held several positions with the Erie School District, and received his Master’s Degree in Counseling from Edinboro State College (now University). He also pursued doctoral studies at Nova University.

    Flo worked as a stock broker from 1973 to 1982 when he became Erie County Clerk and Clerk of Elections, retiring in November 2002.

    First elected in 2002 to represent the 2nd Legislative District, he was re-elected to seven consecutive terms. He has served on the House Aging, Finance, Insurance and State Government Committees, and served as Vice Chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee.

    He was elected Chairman of the Northwest Caucus, served as Policy Committee Vice Chairman and as Trustee to the American Italian Caucus.

    Currently, Flo was serving as Democratic Chairman of the House Health Committee, as Deputy Whip, as Speaker-appointed member of the Legislative Audit Advisory Commission and as a member of the House Rules Committee.

    Also, he was elected by the Republican and Democratic leadership of both the House and Senate to serve as Chairman of the Joint State Government Commission, a bipartisan/bicameral research agency of the General Assembly which provides the legislature with a readily available mechanism conducting interdisciplinary studies.

    Flo was the godfather of gaming legislation, a strong advocate for medical marijuana, worked hard to secure funding for his alma mater, the Erie School District, and for a bill that updated the length of stay in ambulatory surgery centers.

    Flo has been active in the Erie community, serving as a charter member of the Erie Museum Commission, as a board member of Pleasant Ridge Manor, a member of Gannon University’s Physician Assistant Advisory Board, as a board member of the Martin Luther King Center, as President of the Saints and Sinners Dan Rice Tent, and as a board member of many other philanthropic and charitable organizations.

    Flo has received many awards and accolades through the years, most notably as the Giuseppe Mazzini Civic Association’s Man of the Year, the Cicero Award recipient from the Jefferson Educational Society and leadership awards from the Greater Erie Community Action Committee (GECAC).

    As a long-time member of the board and vice president at the Erie Maennerchor Club, he sponsored the first female member. While his initial effort failed, he paved the way for not only female members, but a more ethnically diverse club.

    He was a life member of the Erie Maennerchor Club, and a member of the Elks Club, Sunflower Club, Zukor Club and Nuova Aurora Club.

    Known for his deep, distinctive voice, he at one time hosted the Italian Hour radio program, was the announcer for the Sailors baseball games at Ainsworth Field, and sang with the Maennerchor Choristers. His extemporaneous, firebrand, motivational speeches at political and other functions are legendary.

    He was an equally talented thespian, having played the roles of El Gallo in The Fantasticks, as Joe Cabot in the first ever stage production of Reservoir Dogs and as Detective Hennessy in Cocoanuts, both Roadhouse Theater productions.

    His love for entertaining extended to being a clown with the Saints and Sinners at the Dan Rice Parade in Girard, and playing Santa Claus at the GECAC Activities Association Breakfast with Santa.

    A life-long Democrat, he believed in the principles of the party – equal and civil rights, quality public education and social programs for those in need. He loved engaging today’s youth in the political process and frequently met with the Democratic organizations at the area’s universities.

    Flo was proud of his Italian heritage, having grown up in Erie’s Little Italy. However, he frequently remarked, “I am glad my grandfather made the boat.”

    Flo was an ardent fan of Penn State football, attending as many home games as possible. Family and friends knew not to schedule events that would conflict with the Nittany Lions’ schedule.

    Besides his parents, Flo was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, John D. Mong; and sister-in-law, Patricia Beyer Collier, and her husband, the Rev. John Collier.

    Flo is survived by his wife of 30 years, Victoria Beyer Fabrizio; two stepsons, Anthony J. Sanfilippo (wife Allison) and Matthew J. Sanfilippo (wife Brooke), all of Erie; a daughter, Jill Macknicki (husband Steve) of Kneeland, CA; a sister, Rosalia Mong of Erie; two step-grandchildren, Sophia and Joseph Sanfilippo, both of Erie; two grandchildren, Zoe and Noah Macknicki of Kneeland, CA; nephews and niece, Marie Troyer (husband Kevin) of Erie, John Mong (wife Kelly) of Williamsville, NY, Christopher Mong (wife Christine), Michael and Nick Mong, all of Erie.”




  • Celebrating our 2018 Award Recipients

    By | Alumni News, Chapter News, National News | One Comment

    Congratulations to our 2018 award recipients! We are honored to recognize you for your outstanding work this past year and look forward to seeing our Brothers continue Building Better Men through Fraternity and Community.

    The Fraternity was honored to recognize 15 outstanding Chapters, Colonies, and Associations, and 14 hard working individuals during the 153rd Congressional Banquet on the evening of June 23.

    Among the many accolades given, Benjamin Bloom received the first George M. MacDonald Risk Manager Award, adopted at the 152nd Congress in honor of our past Grand Eta. It is worth noting that the Fraternity broke tradition in recognizing not one, but two outstanding Brothers with the William M. Byrd Alumnus of the Year Award. Brothers Blakeslee and Wolfgang have dedicated much of their time and energy over many years to the Fraternity and their Chapters, rendering it impossible to choose between them. This was one tradition worth breaking for them.

    Please join us in congratulating our Brothers and Chapters on all they have done!

    Thomas A. Gehring Award for Chapter Excellence

    Theta
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Xi Delta
    Florida Institute of Technology

    Delta Pi
    Georgia Southwestern State University

    Thomas A Gehring Award for Chapter Excellence: Most Improved

    Mu
    Stevens Institute of Technology

    Bates Block Campus Involvement Award

    Rho Delta
    Oglethorpe University

    Delta Pi
    Georgia Southwestern State University

    Highest GPA

    Delta Xi Colony
    West Virginia Wesleyan College

    Philanthropic Achievement Award

    Pi Theta
    University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

    Outstanding Total Member Education Program

    Alpha-Pi
    Iowa State University

    Rho Delta
    Oglethorpe University

    Outstanding Risk Management Practices

    Delta Pi
    Georgia Southwestern State University

    Delta Theta
    Clemson University

    Outstanding Service to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America

    Theta
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Outstanding Alumni Newsletter

    Alpha-Chi
    Ohio Wesleyan University

    Xi Delta
    Florida Institute of Technology

    Psi Zeta
    University of Texas at Dallas

    Outstanding Chapter Alumni Event

    Alpha Theta Chi
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Alpha Zeta
    University of West Georgia

    Outstanding Community Service

    Theta
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Delta Pi
    Georgia Southwestern State University

    Outstanding Communication/Public Relations

    Alpha-Pi
    Iowa State University

    Delta Theta
    Clemson University

    Alumni Association of the Year

    Xi Delta
    Florida Institute of Technology

    Chi Phi Club of the Year

    New York City

    William M. Byrd Alumnus of the Year

    Jerome A. “Jerry” Blakeslee, Rho 1970

    Gerald L. “Jerry” Wolfgang, Delta Xi 1974

    Carl J. Gladfelter Leadership Award

    John Kelly, Mu 2018

    Campus Administrator of the Year

    Cat Nanney
    Florida Institute of Technology

    Chapter Advisor of the Year

    Jonathan “CD” Rawls, Rho Delta 1985, Delta Theta 2017
    Clemson University

    William D. Parr Chapter Zeta Award

    Benjamin Trudeau, Pi Theta 2019

    Athletic Excellence Award

    Yusuf Abdullah, Rho Delta 2019

    George MacDonald Risk Manager of the Year

    Benjamin Bloom, Delta Theta 2020

    Distinguished Service Awards

    Scott A. Benton, Eta Delta 1989

    Matt D. Scheller, Psi 2007

    Jonathan H. Scott, Delta Pi 2003

    Stuart E. Jones, Lambda 1979