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105 from UC Davis Reunite

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On the second Saturday of October, the Brothers, friends, and significant others of the Sigma Delta Chapter from UC Davis met again, this time 105 strong from the graduation years of 1984 to 1990.

The thought of a reunion started at a kids’ soccer game last year when Jeff Galdes, Sigma Delta 1987, and I came together. With the help of Eric Mariotti, Sigma Delta 1989; Simo Rodich, Sigma Delta 1986; and Mike Babot, Sigma Delta 1985, we found as many graduates as we could and started planning.

The Mariotti family generously agreed to hold the event at their home in Martinez, California, and Brothers and friends came from six different states to celebrate old – but never forgotten – friendships.

It was one of those days in life that do not come around often, yet leave an indelible impression on you. How sweet life is when you are surrounded by people you love. So many friends reconnected, some after not seeing each other since graduation. The time and distance between us melted instantly away in hugs and happy tears and gut-busting laughter of the times we spent together. We learned of many smaller groups of Chi Phi’s that became life-long “families” forged in the days before anyone was married or had kids to brag about and careers and lives as adults to share.

Our humble message to all of you; don’t wait to do this at your Chapter. We are all still talking about it we can’t wait to do it again. October 2020 is right around the corner!

Adam Cipriano, Sigma Delta 1988

The Sigma Delta Chapter at the University of California, Davis is celebrating 50 years as a Chapter, founded May 31, 1969. The Valley Alumni Association and Sigma Delta Chapter are hosting an Alumni Banquet on June 1, 2019. For full details and to RSVP May 10, click the button below. We hope you can make it!
– Jeremy Donati, Sigma Delta 2002
Valley Alumni Association President
Learn More about Sigma Delta's 50th



  • Join us at the 9th Annual Watts Gunn Memorial Golf Tournament

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    It’s okay to jump the Gunn and reserve your spot!

    Now in its 9th year, the Tournament honors Watts Gunn, Omega 1928, known as “The Southern Hurricane,” who made golf history at the 1925 U.S. Amateur by setting the record for international championship golf by winning 15 straight holes. Brother Gunn faced off with his friend and rival, the famed Bobby Jones, and later teamed up with Jones during their successful 1926 and 1928 Walker Cup tournament appearances.

    Brother Gunn has been recognized in the Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, and Southern Golf Association Hall of Fame.

    Join Brothers from across the country on Thursday, June 20 (right before Congress!) at The Fort Golf Course in Indianapolis. Since 1998, The Fort has been considered one of the finest public golf courses in the state after its redesign by Pete Dye and Tim Liddy. 1,700 acres of the 2,500 acre property is now a Fort Harrison State Park, making it a pristine site for Chi Phi’s only official golf outing.

    Proceeds from the Tournament benefit the Educational Trust’s efforts to provide scholarships and leadership development programs to our Brothers.

    Player spots are available on a first come, first served basis. Undergraduate Brothers, Alumni, Friends of Chi Phi, and our sponsors are encouraged to register early to ensure availability. Email EducationalTrust@chiphi.org today!




  • What truly makes us Chi Phi? Announcing 2019 RRR!

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    “I feel more connected to Chi Phi than I ever have been. I am convinced that I am/will be a better man.”
    – 2017 RRR Participant

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    Register Now

    RRR is focused on our Ritual, Heritage, and the secret meaning of our Brotherhood. This is a unique opportunity to learn about what truly makes us Chi Phi and what has bound us together for nearly 200 years. RRR is provided at no cost and is open to all Brothers.

    We are thrilled to be hosting three RRRs this year across the country:

    University of California, Berkeley – Berkeley, CA
    June 7-9, 2019 – Register by May 31

    Oglethorpe University – Atlanta, GA
    June 14-16, 2019 – Register by June 7

    Lehigh University – Bethlehem, PA
    July 12-14, 2019 – Register by July 5

    Registration is now open on Chi Phi Connect. Learn more about the program: chiphi.org/rrr




  • Chapter Spotlight: Phi Lambda Theta at Bucknell University

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    Here in Lewisburg the Brothers of the Phi Lambda Theta Chapter at Bucknell University have kept busy in the classroom and on campus.

    Our campus involvement is something that we have always taken great pride in. We have Brothers holding positions such as school president, orientation leaders for incoming first-years, admissions ambassadors, TEDx speaker coaches, volunteer firefighters, and residential advisors. Our Brothers are able to do all of this while still maintaining a strong academic performance.

    We have spent the last couple of months preparing for our annual Special Olympics philanthropy event. This has always been a fantastic event and we are hoping to build upon the success we had with it last year. Our Chapter has always placed a high importance on giving back, and this is evident based on the fact we had a total of 1,922 community service hours last semester and donated over $2,500 dollars to various charities and organizations.

    We have always maintained had a strong presence on the intramural field. Specifically, we have always had a strong soccer team which led to a second place finish in the general intramural season, and we walked away with a victory at the Kappa Klassic (a philanthropy event held by a sorority at Bucknell). We currently have teams competing in the intramural basketball league playoffs and are hoping we can add some more hardware to our collection. Intramural games are always some of everybody’s favorite events to attend and are a great way to show support to our Brothers.

    This academic year has been a great success for our Chapter so far. Our New Members have integrated themselves very well and are true embodiments of the core values Chi Phi sets forth, as well as our own Phi Lambda Theta values. Personally I look forward to watching our Chapter continue to thrive and flourish at Bucknell.

    Fraternally,
    Aidan Shea, Phi Lambda Theta 2021
    Zeta of the Phi Lambda Theta Chapter

    Above: Phi Lambda Theta Brothers celebrating their victory at the Kappa Klassic.

    Below: Brothers having a blast during the Chapter’s ski trip.




  • Statement on the Phi Delta Chapter and Ace Miller Boxing Tournament

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    Recently, an announcement was made by our Phi Delta Chapter at University of Tennessee-Knoxville that members participated in the Ace Miller Boxing Tournament in the name of Tanner Wray, Phi Delta 2019, who tragically passed away during the tournament in 2018.

    The Chi Phi Fraternity does not endorse the Chapter’s participation in the Tournament.

    We offer our sincerest apologies to the Wray family for any distress caused by our members’ announcement. Chi Phi will continue to address the matter with our local Chapter.




  • Chi Phi Launches Loyalty Campaign

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    Preserve the fraternity experience for the next generation

    Learn More about the Loyalty Campaign

    In just five years, Chi Phi will be the first Greek lettered social fraternity in America to be celebrating its bicentennial. We take enormous pride and comfort in the knowledge that, despite the numerous challenges we have weathered and those facing Greek Life today, Chi Phi continues to subscribe to the same code of integrity that has been our legacy for two centuries. We remain steadfastly committed to doing fraternity the right way through the unwavering congruence between our words and our actions.

    However, we now face challenges that are vastly different from even a decade ago. The meteoric rise in college tuition and the cost of fraternity liability insurance premiums are now placing serious financial burdens on Greek Life. These burdens, along with Ritual, membership growth, and fraternity expansion, are just some of the programs not eligible for funding through a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization like the Chi Phi Educational Trust.

    Grants awarded from the Educational Trust provide for the bulk of the Fraternity’s educational expenses, amounting to about 25% of Chi Phi’s annual operating revenue. Much of the revenue to fund the remaining 75% of the Fraternity’s programs and services comes via undergraduate dues. This revenue model is no longer sustainable and, given the financial challenges facing our Chapters, this system has become a burden on our members. It is essential to our future health and that of our Chapters that we identify and develop additional sources of funding.

    To that end, the Fraternity will reinstate the Loyalty Campaign. As in years past, it will be a once a year campaign, to be conducted during the first six months of each calendar year. Please visit chiphi.org/loyalty to learn more about the campaign and how your support will preserve the fraternity experience.

    Your support is the lifeblood of our fraternal mission. It is an investment in our future and provides the necessary resources to ensure that our young Brothers are immersed in the values that we hold dear: Truth, Honor, and Personal Integrity. In a time when character and accountability are in great demand, I cannot imagine a better investment.

    Donate to the Loyalty Campaign

    You can make your donation online now through PayPal by clicking the button above (you don’t even need to sign up for an account!), or visit our website for other giving options.

    On behalf of the many young men whose lives have been and will be impacted by Chi Phi through your generosity, thank you.

    What our Brothers say about the programs the Loyalty Campaign will support:

     
     
     
     
     



  • Chi Phi Unites with the Max Gruver Foundation for the first #FlyHighMax 5k

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

    At the annual Alphas and Thetas Academy this January, Chi Phi was honored to host Stephen and Rae Ann Gruver as keynote speakers. The Gruvers shared the story of their son Max, who passed away in 2017 after a hazing incident at Louisiana State University.

    Remembering Max and the impact that hazing has had on their family left such an impression on our members that the Fraternity and Educational Trust came together to serve as Lead Sponsors of the first Stop the Hazing #FlyHighMax 5k on February 2.

    National Staff, Friends of Chi Phi, and members of the Rho Delta Chapter at Oglethorpe University came together with more than 600 other runners to support the Max Gruver Foundation’s mission to ensure that hazing is eliminated on college campuses.

    The event was a great success for all parties, especially for the Foundation. John Fisher, Delta Pi 2013, even took home a medal for coming in 3rd for his age group. Perhaps one of the most meaningful moments of the 5k was when Rho Delta Brothers ran their final lap twice in order to stick with and support other Brothers still in the race. A real moment that shows true fraternity is about Brotherhood and community.

    Chi Phi’s partnership with the Max Gruver Foundation and the Gruver Family continues with Stephen and Rae Ann scheduled to speak at the Psi Delta Colony at UNC Charlotte on March 24. If you are interested in bringing the Gruvers to speak with your Chapter or campus, contact Assistant Executive Director Danny Zayas to learn more about how to make it happen.

    The event in images

    (click to enlarge)

    Chi Phi’s runners for the event included undergraduate members of the Rho Delta Chapter Arman Niknafs, Tyrell Snagg, Steve Myers, Chandler Robinson, and Luis Pereira-Hernandez. Alumnus John Fisher of the Delta Pi Chapter and his wife Danielle also ran the 5k.




  • Alpha Theta Chi Wins Fundraising Challenge at UNL

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    A recent challenge laid out by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln saw the Alpha Theta Chi Chapter posed against sixteen other student organizations in a forty-eight hour fundraising challenge.

    From the men’s volleyball team to Nebraskans for the Upgraded Treatment of Squirrels (no, seriously, they’re N.U.T.S.), these organizations took part in UNL’s #GlowBigRed challenge as part of the University’s 150th anniversary celebration.

    The blitz challenge came with four additional incentives; an extra $1,000 to one randomly selected donor’s total, $250 to one randomly chosen organization, $250 to the group with the most money raised, and $500 to the group with the most individual donors. With such big stakes on the line, Alpha Theta Chi’s Alumni found themselves on a mission. Communication from Chapter Advisor Victor Martinez, Alpha Theta Chi 2002, was soon blasted via email and Brother after Brother stepped up to the plate.

    When the dust settled and the donations were all in, Alpha Theta Chi found itself the victor of not one, not two, but THREE of the incentive awards! With $2,030 raised by twenty-seven donors, they won $250 for the most raised and the $500 award for most individual donors. To top it off, Rick Wintermute, Alpha Theta Chi 1984, was chosen as the donor to have $1,000 added to his contribution.

    All in all, the Chapter found itself on the receiving end of $3,780 to be used for member scholarships.

    “Wow!! Thank you all,” Brother Martinez wrote in an email. “Proud to be a Chi Phi. A great 48 hours for Alpha Theta Chi! These scholarships are going to be fantastic to help recruitment both this spring and summer.”

    Join us in congratulating our Brothers on this amazing effort and their great success!

    Members of the Alpha Theta Chi Chapter gather after an intramural broomball game at UNL




  • Brothers from CMU, UTK Come Together During Thanksgiving Service Trip

    By | Chapter News, Philanthropy/Community Service | No Comments

    With more than 2,600 undergraduate members on our rolls, it is not unusual for Brothers from different Chapters to cross paths. But who would have thought that two Brothers would come together during a service trip more than 2,000 miles away?

    Aleks Silva, CMU 2018, and Addison Mossett, Phi Delta 2020, both took part in a summer internship with Southwestern Advantage Sales Program, which involves 2,000 students from more than 350 universities each year. With their remarkable enthusiasm for their work, the Program offered both Aleks and Addison an incentive trip to Cancún over Thanksgiving Break, where they were also given the opportunity to help the local community and give back to those in need.

    The Tuesday before Thanksgiving, our Brothers and other volunteers on the trip went on a service project to assist Casa Hogar San Jose de la Inmaculada, a safehouse for girls aged 2-18 who have confronted extreme challenges in their lives. The Southwestern Advantage Sales Program worked with the four missionary nuns running the facility and raised enough money to build an addition to their current living quarters.

    The volunteer team spent most of their day helping maintain the property by weeding, painting, picking up rubbish, and even some landscaping work. They were also able to come together to purchase the facility a lawn mower and picnic table and even provided school supplies for the girls for the coming year.

    Thank you to Brothers Silva and Mossett for their continued dedication to community service and philanthropy, even when already being rewarded for a job well done!

    Do you know Brothers making an impact on their community, profession, or Chapter? Submit your stories by emailing Director of Member Engagement Dan Coutcher so the Fraternity can continue to recognize our members for their outstanding efforts.

    Above: Brother Aleks Silva (left) and Addison Mossett (right) during their service at Casa Hogar San Jose de la Inmaculada

    Below: Brothers Silva and Mossett with other volunteers and residents hard at work maintaining and improving the property




  • USC Alumni Reunite at Eta Delta to Celebrate 50 Years

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    Brothers from the New Member Classes of 1965-1967 returned to Los Angeles this November to celebrate 50 years of Brotherhood, and, of course, to cheer on their beloved Trojans. Homecoming weekend saw them face off with the University of California, home of our Lambda Chapter, but the weekend was really all about Eta Delta.

    Steve Felice, Eta Delta 1970, was instrumental in organizing the weekend and was gracious enough to open his home to Brothers that Sunday for a backyard picnic. Some Brothers in attendance had not seen each other for nearly 50 years!

    The occasion was a huge draw for Brothers from all over the country, including Mickey Koleszar, Eta Delta 1970, who made the trip to Los Angeles from his home in Connecticut; “We were able to catch up on each other’s lives and to tell countless stories about the great times we all had at Chi Phi during the late 60’s. A good time was had by all and we have decided to make this an annual event!”

    Do you know Brothers making an impact on their community, profession, or Chapter? Submit your stories by emailing Director of Member Engagement Dan Coutcher so the Fraternity can continue to recognize our members for their outstanding efforts.