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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




  • 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




  • 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.




  • 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




  • 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




  • Chapter Spotlight: Xi Delta at Florida Institute of Technology

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    Xi Delta Celebrates Philanthropy

    “The Xi Delta Chapter of the Chi Phi Fraternity had a tremendous year! Although the Greek Life in Florida is under the microscope, we had a great recruitment season and took in 16 New Members. Xi Delta is also hosting our 50th Anniversary this spring, and we look forward to the gathering of Alumni and undergraduates.

    The Chapter has continued our tradition of effective philanthropy events, including the 4th Annual Kicking for Kids Soccer Tournament (pictured above), which raised over $1,100 for the local Boys and Girls Club. Our efforts this year included our “America’s Next Top Doge” competition, an event benefiting Brevard County’s SPCA.

    We were also honored to host the Southeastern Regional Leadership Alliance for Chapters in the region in mid-February. Finally, the Xi Delta Alumni Association gained 14 members during the Alumni Installation Ceremony, demonstrating a lifelong commitment to Xi Delta and Chi Phi!”

    -Mitchel Spalding, Xi Delta 2020, Chapter Zeta

    Above: Xi Delta Brothers and Mr. Pickles (right center, sitting like a good boy) with the winners of their Kicking for Kids Tournament.

    Below: Two of the lovely participants in Xi Delta’s Next Tog Doge Contest.




  • Brothers use Spring Break to Make a Difference

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    Spring Break took on a new meaning this year

    Being a Fraternity Man means more than just partaking in the Bonds of Brotherhood; it means putting others before self, acting out of goodwill and an acute sense of propriety. We were thrilled this spring to see our Brothers acting as True Gentlemen and using their time away from campus during Spring Break to serve others.

    Two Brothers from Alpha-Chi (Ohio Wesleyan) traveled with a group of students to Houston, where residents are still confronting the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The group worked with SBP, a recovery organization founded by an unaffiliated Ohio Wesleyan Alumnus to help recovery in the St. Bernard Parish of Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. Since 2006, the organization has expanded well beyond Louisiana to aid recovery efforts from natural disasters throughout the country.

    Dr. Chad Johns, Alpha-Chi 2002, Chapter Advisor and University Chaplain, helped prepare his group of OWU students throughout the semester through team building exercises and other bonding methods to build them up for a week of hard work. Among the students who joined him was the Chapter’s Theta, Evan Hudgens, Alpha-Chi 2019.

    Across an ocean, another Brother used his Spring Break to work with a community in the Ekumfi District, Ghana. Evan Schumacher, CMU Colony 2020, along with 39 other Central Michigan students, provided medical care to residents through a local clinic over several days.

    The team of students, along with staff and doctors, diagnosed and treated approximately 734 patients in their time there. Along with treatment for illness, malnutrition, and a variety of other ailments, the group helped educate their patients about Ghana’s national health insurance, malaria, hygiene, and safe sex practices.

    For many, Spring Break is all about sunshine and relaxation, but we commend these Brothers who utilized their time off to do some good. Building Better Men comes in all forms, and we look forward to many more Chi Phi Brothers doing just that!

    Did you or a Brother you know spend Spring Break making a difference? Tell us your story by emailing us at chiphi@chiphi.org.




  • Reminder: End-of-Year Reports Due May 1

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    End-of-Year Reports are due May 1!

    This is an important document for the Fraternity to keep an accurate list of Chapter/Colony members and Officers. The Report (also called Form 5) is a simple checklist acknowledging that all necessary items (graduating members, new Officers, etc.) have been reported through Vault.

    The Report can be downloaded from the Resource Center on Chi Phi Connect, or you can download it by clicking here. Completed forms should be submitted through your Chapter/Colony’s Vault account. End-of-Year Reports are no longer collected through Accreditation.

    If you have any questions about the Report, please contact Liz Carter at carter@chiphi.org or by calling 404-231-1824 during business hours.




  • Cancelled – Northeast (NY) RLA

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    In the best interest and for the safety of our Brothers and facilitators, the Northeast (NY) RLA this weekend at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is cancelled. 

    We encourage you to reach out to your hotel and cancel your reservation as soon as possible in order to avoid any fees. Due to the weather, some hotels in the area are accepting cancellations without penalty.

    Plans for another program in lieu of RLA will be forthcoming.

    If you have any concerns please reach out to our office or directly to Erin Wilensky, Director of Member Education, at wilensky@chiphi.org.