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Chi Phi Returns to UT Austin, Establishes at Tampa

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This fall has been a busy time for the Fraternity with expansion opportunities at two major campuses.

First established in 1892, Nu at the University of Texas at Austin was Chi Phi’s first Chapter in the Lonestar State. Nu has given rise to historic figures such as CBS Anchorman Walter Cronkite, Nu 1937, and Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe, Nu 1940, as well as our current Grand Eta Steve Hopkins, Nu 1999.

The nine men who will carry on Chi Phi’s legacy at UT were Initiated into our Brotherhood on October 20 by the men at the Psi Zeta Chapter at the University of Texas at Dallas. They join a very active fraternity scene on campus and are backed by an extensive network of Nu Alumni. Alpha Wade Smith, Nu 2021, says he is most excited about having “a chance to reestablish our presence on campus and become an influential organization. I hope we can expand our Brotherhood as this school year goes along, and I hope we are able to positively impact our campus and the Austin community.”

Chi Phi is now present at the University of Tampa for the first time, where thirteen young men were Initiated on October 27 by the Brothers of the Xi Delta Chapter at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. Our group at Tampa is now one of thirteen fraternities on campus and the latest in Chi Phi’s long legacy in the State of Florida.

The Alpha at the University of Tampa, Nick Scozzari, Tampa Colony 2022, says that our Brothers at Tampa hope “to establish an environment that is accepting and community-driven in the coming future. The Colony and I look forward to recruiting New Members and growing our brand as Chi Phi.”

Reflecting on the successful establishment of Chi Phi at Texas and Tampa, Director of Growth and Alumni Services John Fisher, Delta Pi 2013, says that he looks forward to “continuing to support and work with these men as they grow themselves and their respective Colony on campus and in their community. Chi Phi has a bright future with these men.”

As they work to establish their mission, vision, and goals for the coming years, Chi Phi is built for success with Brothers on both campuses from diverse backgrounds and interests, and who represent an array of academic fields, including environmental engineering, chemistry, finance, marine biology, and exercise science. We are excited to see what the rest of the year will bring for them.

Above: The men of Nu at Texas following their Pledging Ceremony on October 13, held at the base of The Tower on UT’s campus.

Below: New Members at the University of Tampa were pinned in a chapel on campus on October 19.




  • Chi Phi Prepares for a new edition of the Three Star Book

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    Join us to preserve our Heritage and delivering our Ritual to a new generation of Chi Phi Brothers

    Dear Brother,

    We are reprinting our Three Star Book, also known as the Custom Book, and you have the unique opportunity to be a part of our Chi Phi history!

    The Three Star Book contains our sacred Ritual. The birth of our Ritual occurred nearly two centuries ago, and became a means to define our purpose and bind us in fellowship and values. Through a series of oaths and historical lessons, the Ritual we perform teaches us about the life-long commitment we promise to the Fraternity, shows the historical context of our organization, and – most importantly – lays out the standard to which we hold ourselves. It is a way to pay homage to our Founders and reminds us of the privilege to be Chi Phi.

    When we think about this Book, what comes to mind? Perhaps memories of that time you officially became a Brother, learning the deeper meaning of Chi Phi, or the lifelong promise you made to the Fraternity. Whatever the memories are, the spirit of our Brotherhood is and forever will be embodied in our sacred Ritual contained within this Book. The Three Star Book is our Fraternity’s most treasured document, and, despite cultural changes, it is the one constant that provides us with the inspiration and guidance to keep us on course for continual existence.

    In recent years, we assembled a group of passionate Alumni to spearhead strengthening Ritual in our Fraternity. Through this committee, we developed new resources for Chapters, additional training at national programming, and an entirely new national program focused exclusively on our Ritual and Heritage; the Regional Ritual Retreat (RRR).

    The most exciting and impactful project, however, is our work being done toward updating and reprinting our Three Star Book. This has only happened a few times in our Fraternity’s history. The first printed edition of the Book appeared in 1902 and our most recent printing was in 2005. We could not be more excited to announce that we are producing a new edition in 2020!

    The new edition will be updated with additional Ceremonies, history, diagrams, the Creed, and more! The overarching goal is to provide a better resource to our undergraduate and Alumni Brothers while preserving the sanctity of the Book. Moreover, our plan is to give each Chapter six copies of the Book so that they can efficiently perform each of our Ceremonies.

    Since this is such a unique moment in our Fraternity’s history, we are offering every Brother, Alumni Association, and Chapter the opportunity to donate to the Three Star Campaign and have their respective name listed in the Book as a Three Star Donor. This generous donation will help us fund the production of the Book and ultimately make a dramatic impact on our Fraternity. We are, however, only offering a limited number of just twenty-four donor spots. The donors’ names will be listed on a “Very Special Thanks” page at the beginning of the new Three Star Book and they will receive an exclusive special edition copy. The donation amount is, appropriately, $1,824, and can be paid in multiple payments. The Three Star Campaign will only last through the end of the year.

    Donate today

    If you are interested in participating in this once-in-a-lifetime Chi Phi opportunity and have your name immortalized in Chi Phi history, please contact us to claim one of the twenty-four spots available. If there is any other gift amount with which you are more comfortable, every dollar makes a difference.

    Thank you for your continued support of our unique heritage and the indispensable Ritual which binds us together.

    Fraternally,

    Matt Scheller, Psi 2007
    Grand Zeta
    scheller@chiphi.org

    Learn more about funding the Three Star Book:

    What are the benefits of donating to the Three Star Campaign?

    The benefits to our Brothers and Fraternity are vast, but there is a personal benefit to those contributing $1,824 or more to this Campaign. The first twenty-four Brothers to commit this amount will see their names appear on a special dedication page in the front of the Three Star Book, immortalized in Chi Phi history forever.

    Do I have to donate at the $1,824 level?

    No! A gift of any amount is appreciated and will help Chi Phi’s efforts to provide our members with the tools needed for our Ritual.

    Can I split my donation into payments?

    Yes! A donation of any size can be made in monthly installments via PayPal or check sent to the National Office. To meet the $1,824 mark, a recurring payment of $152 a month for twelve months can be established.

    What happens with any funds raised beyond the cost of printing a new edition?

    Money raised through this Campaign is dedicated solely to purposes benefitting our Ritual and heritage. Anything raised beyond the costs associated with the new edition will be used for programs like the Regional Ritual Retreat.

    Will my gift be tax-deductible?

    No. The Chi Phi Fraternity is a 501(c)(7) organization, meaning contributions are not eligible for a tax-deduction. Contributions to the Chi Phi Educational Trust – a 501(c)(3) organization – are tax-deductible but cannot be used to fund the Three Star Book or Ritual.

    Who should I contact with any questions?

    Grand Zeta Matt Scheller, scheller@chiphi.org, is coordinating the Three Star Campaign. He does not have a direct line at the National Office, but please call (404)231-1824 and they will do their best to answer any immediate questions you may have.




  • Fraternity Issues Statement Regarding Incident at Penn State

    By | Media Statements

    After an incident at Penn State University, the Chi Phi Fraternity’s prayers are with this young man’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time. While the incident at an off-campus residence was not part of fraternity activities, we will monitor the investigation by the university and local officials




  • 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

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    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