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

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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

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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

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    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




  • Pi Theta Chapter at UW-LaCrosse Serves up Thanksgiving Meals

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    The Pi Theta Chapter at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse spent part of their Thanksgiving giving back to their community.

    Brothers worked alongside other volunteers at the Salvation Army to prepare, cook, and serve meals to members of the La Crosse community. Pi Theta’s Thanksgiving mission has been an annual undertaking for the past several years, faithfully returning to the Salvation Army each Thanksgiving to commit themselves to community service before returning home to their families for the holiday.

    Thank you to our Pi Theta Brothers for continuing their outstanding work in their community and on campus.

    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.




  • 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




  • 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.