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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

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    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




  • Looking for photos from Congress? Look no further!

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    Thanks to our official Congress photographer, GreekYearbook! Christian was a great team member the entire weekend and did amazing work.

    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.




  • Beloved Brother, Scientific Authority, and Grand Officer Enters Chapter Eternal

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    We are saddened to share the news that Dr. Jonathan Y. Richmond, Zeta 1962, Zeta Delta 1962, entered Chapter Eternal this morning. Brother Richmond was a noted scholar on Biosafety and previously worked for the Centers for Disease Control as the Director of the Office of Health and Safety.

    Brother Richmond was educated at the University of Connecticut, where he completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees before earning a PhD in Genetics from Hahnemann University. Brother Richmond spoke for many years on HIV/AIDS and helped draft the CDC’s policy on the topic. He often invoked his expertise during many years of Chi Phi’s College of Excellence, where he served as a keynote speaker advocating for healthy sexual practices and men’s health with his presentation “45 Minutes That Could Save Your Life.”

    Always the advocate for his Fraternity, and especially our undergraduate members, he served for many years on Grand Council as both Scholastic Counselor and as Grand Gamma on the Councils of Grand Alphas Jeff Velis, Steve Runkel, Ron Frank, Rich Lane, and Rocco Henry Carnevale. Apparently unsatisfied with his already superhuman involvement, Brother Richmond also took on the role of Chapter Advisor to our Gamma Zeta Chapter at UNC Wilmington.

    In 2013 the Fraternity honored Brother Richmond with the Walter L. Cronkite Jr. Award during the 148th Congress in Baltimore. This elite award is reserved for Brothers who have made outstanding contributions to society through lifelong service; a distinction well-fitting of Brother Richmond.

    His friend and Brother Tommy Harrelson, Gamma Zeta 1964, wishes for Brother Richmond to be remembered as “generous in every way,” but especially with his time and commitment. Brother Richmond was active in St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Southport, North Carolina, for many years as a reader, visitor, and organizer of weekly community lunches. He and his family supported the arts, particularly community theater, and he was heavily involved for many years in the Boy Scouts of America.

    Our deepest condolences go out to Brother Richmond’s family during this difficult time. He was a True Gentleman and will be greatly missed.




  • July Chi Phi Club Events

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    Join Brothers from across the country for a Club event near you!

    Join Brothers from all Chapters at these upcoming Chi Phi Club events:

    • Friday, July 14: The Boston Chi Phi Club is hosting their summer Bowling Bonanza at Kings Dining & Entertaining – Dedham. The event is from 1:30-3:30pm. Follow their Facebook Page for more information and updates on other events.
    • Thursday, July 19: The Philadelphia Chi Phi Club will be gathering at Roy-Pitz Barrel House (990 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA 19123) from 6-9pm. Follow their Facebook page for more information and updates on other events.



  • Alumnus Highlight: Paul DePace

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    Paul DePace, Rho Iota Kappa 1966, received the Paralympic Order, the highest accolade from the Paralympic Movement, during the 2017 Paralympic Sport and Media Awards in September. He received the Order alongside Denmark’s Karl Vilhelm Nielsen and France’s Gerard Masson. The Orders were presented by Sir Philip Craven, then the President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

    Brother DePace, the President of the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) received the Order in recognition for the nearly 50 years of work he has put into the Paralympic Movement. During this time, he has been an athlete, coach, United States’ Chef de Mission, and Board Director for the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games Organizing Committee. His roles have also included Vice-President of the International Stoke Mandeville Wheelchair Sports Federation (ISMWSF) and IPC Executive Committee. As IWAS President since 2001, he did much to promote Paralympic sport internationally from the grassroots to high-performance levels.

    See this article in the Spring 2018 Chakett News

    Photo courtesy of The University of Rhode Island, Nora Lewis.

    Article adapted from original by Daniel Etchells, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.




  • Regional Ritual Retreats Return in July

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    Will we see you at a Regional Ritual Retreat this July?

    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. The event is provided at no cost and is open to all Brothers.

    We are thrilled to be hosting three RRRs this year across the country; at University of Florida on July 13-15; Lehigh University on July 20-22; and University of Southern California July 27-29.

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




  • Chapter Spotlight: Theta Delta at University of Florida

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    Brothers Raise $45,000 for Dance Marathon

    Dance Marathon 2018 at University of Florida was an all-around success, with almost 6,000 students participating in some form. The Theta Delta Chapter was among those participants, many of the Brothers standing for the full 26.2 hours of the event.

    In addition to participating in the marathon itself, the Chapter raised $45,000 for the cause – they were surpassed in fundraising by only one other fraternity. All money donated during Dance Marathon benefits the patients of UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

    The Chapter is already gearing up for Dance Marathon 2019, where Brothers Nick Scianna and Gabriel Rojas will serve as Overall Directors.

    Theta Delta Brothers pose together during the Dance Marathon. Photo credits to DM at UF