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Delta Theta Colony to Gain Charter on April 21

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We are happy to announce that the Delta Theta Colony at Clemson University gained approval to Charter during the Grand Council meeting on March 17, 2018!

Delta Theta is set to conduct its Chartering Ceremony in Clemson on Saturday, April 21. While a finalized schedule of events is still in the works, the Chartering Banquet itself will be 6 – 10p.m. at the Madren Conference Center adjacent to the University. Invites will be sent via email to selected recipients, but the Colony has welcomed all Alumni to attend.

You may email Colony Advisor Jonathan “CD” Rawls, Rho Delta 1985, Delta Theta 2017, for more information, or check Delta Theta’s Facebook page and website.

Alpha Hunter Bond, Advisor Jonathan “CD” Rawls, and Beta CJ Connelly.

  • Philadelphia Chi Phi Club to Host Inaugural Meeting April 11

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    Join Chi Phi Brothers from the Philadelphia area for the Inaugural Philadelphia Chi Phi Club meeting. The Club will meet at Yards Brewing Co. at 500 Spring Garden Street on April 11 from 6-9 p.m. Brothers from all Chapters are welcome to attend and partake in good times and Brotherhood. You can RSVP on their Facebook event page here.

    Chi Phi Clubs were commonplace in the mid 1900’s, and could be found sprinkled across the country. The purpose of these clubs is to provide an opportunity for fellowship, networking, and socializing among Chi Phi Brothers in a specific region.

    Philadelphia once had the oldest operating Club, originally chartered in 1916, which was known as the “Chi Phi Circle of Philadelphia.” Join us in helping re-establish this longstanding Philadelphia tradition!

    You can email the Club directly with any questions at Keep updated on their events and Philadelphia area news by liking them on Facebook.

  • Alumnus Highlight: William B. Fackler

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    Dr. William B. Fackler, Gamma 1942, and his wife Marjorie were the 2017 Honorees at the 21st Annual Ely Callaway Golf Event, an event that benefits the West Georgia Hospice. A retired cardiologist, Brother Fackler was the type of doctor who provided hospice care before “hospice” was even a formal concept.

    35 years ago, the Facklers opened their home to 50 volunteers who worked for the only eight hospice facilities in Georgia. That day began a new mission for the trailblazing couple: provide the type of support they knew families needed, something especially relevant to the Facklers after losing their 21-year-old daughter Laura in 1979. Mrs. Fackler thus became one of West Georgia Hospice’s first volunteers and was instrumental in sharing a young student’s design for a theoretical hospice facility with Ely Callaway Jr. – a design which he then fully funded.

    Brother Fackler and his sons have played in the Golf Event every year since 1996 and even have the distinctions of being back-to-back champions. This year, he was joined at the event by several Chi Phi Brothers from the Gamma and Mu Delta Chapters.

    Thank you to Brother Gordon Smith Sr. for submitting this story!

    Chi Phis in attendance at the Ely Callaway Golf Event. Left to Right: Gordon M. Smith Sr., Gamma 1957; Gordon M. Smith Jr., Mu Delta 1986; William B. Fackler, Gamma 1942; and Sykes Smith, Mu Delta 1989.

  • 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

  • Fall 2018 Expansions in need of Alumni!

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    The 2018/2019 is going to be a big year for Chi Phi!

    The Fall term will kick off with our return to Georgia State University (Chi Delta) and University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Psi Delta). Our return to both campuses has been eagerly awaited and presents us with a great opportunity to solidify our presence in two cities with an already strong Chi Phi population.

    Alumni support for our Colonies (and our Chapters) is key to their success and longevity. If you are interested in becoming involved in an Advisory role, contact Erin Wilensky, Director of Member Education, at to learn about how you can help. Just a few hours a week could change the lives of hundreds of men.

    If you know a student at either of these schools who embodies our Core Values of Truth, Honor, and Personal Integrity, let our Expansion Team know by filling out a Recruitment Recommendation, or by contacting John Fisher, Coordinator of Growth, at

  • Phi Delta Undergraduate Brother Enters Chapter Eternal

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    It is with a heavy heart that we must share the news that Joseph Tanner Wray, Phi Delta 2019, has entered Chapter Eternal.

    Tanner was participating in the annual Ace Miller Memorial Boxing Tournament to benefit Golden Gloves, Knoxville Chapter when he collapsed in the ring. First responders rendered assistance before taking him to a local hospital where he later passed away.

    He served as the Vice President and formerly was the Historian of the Phi Delta Chapter at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he was Initiated in the spring of 2017. Tanner had an outstanding academic record as a junior Aerospace Engineering major.

    Our thoughts are with Tanner’s family and friends, the Phi Delta Chapter, and the Vols community.

  • Civil Rights Reporter, Cronkite Award Recipient Jim Purks Enters Chapter Eternal

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    James H. Purks III, Alpha-Alpha 1959, Delta Pi 2002, entered Chapter Eternal on February 20 at the age of 81.

    Brother Purks was Initiated into the Alpha-Alpha Chapter at UNC in 1956 as a legacy, his father being a member of the Gamma Chapter at Emory University. He entered the journalism field after his graduation in 1959. He worked for several newspapers and the Associated Press, traveling the south and following the Civil Rights Movement. Several times, Brother Purks interviewed Civil Rights leaders including Martin Luther King Jr. He was perhaps most well known for his first-hand coverage of the September 15, 1963, bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, which killed four young girls.

    Brother Purks interviewing Civil Rights leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Most of Brother Purks’s notes and memorabilia from his time as a reporter now reside in various Civil Rights museums. His donations came with the hope to draw the spotlight to those who work to unite people, not divide them.

    Following his career as a field reporter, Brother Purks began working in government as press secretary for the Secretary of State of Florida and US Senator Richard Stone. He served as an Assistant Press Secretary for President Jimmy Carter during his administration. Brother Purks went on to work in corporate America, which, according to his associates, he absolutely hated. He desired to serve people in need, and soon found his way into a position at United Way.

    It was this desire to help those in need that led Brother Purks to his next career – as the Reverend Deacon Jim Purks of the Episcopal Church. Brother Purks was a member of the Order of Saint Luke, an Anglican healing order, and was active in their work with HIV/AIDS patients and survivors support groups, as well as serving as a Hospice chaplain. In addition, Brother Purks was involved with Habitat for Humanity in Americus, Georgia, even collaborating with the organization’s founder, Millard Fuller on two books.

    It was his proximity to Americus and Georgia Southwestern State University which led him to keeping even busier, this time in his role as an advisor to the GSW Colony of Chi Phi, helping them on their way to becoming the Delta Pi Chapter in 1999. The Brothers of Delta Pi elected him an honorary member of the Chapter in 2002.

    Brother Purks accepting his Cronkite Award at the 150th Congress from Executive Director Michael Azarian

    Brother Purks and his life’s work were formally celebrated by the Fraternity during the 150th Congress in San Francisco in the summer of 2015, when he received the Walter L. Cronkite, Jr. Congressional Award. The Cronkite Award, named for another famed Chi Phi journalist, is the highest honor the Fraternity can bestow upon an Alumnus. Since its establishment in 1990, only 18 Chi Phi Brothers have received this honor. During the presentation, Executive Director Michael Azarian said he looked at Brother Purks as “an example of life long commitment to the Badge, to humanitarian service, and to spiritual development. He exemplifies the purpose of [the award].”

    Our condolences go out to Brother Purks’s family and friends, the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, and the members of the Alpha-Alpha and Delta Pi Chapters.

  • Colonel W. D. Gardiner Enters Chapter Eternal at Age of 101

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    We are saddened to learn that William Douglas Gardiner, Lambda 1939, has entered Chapter Eternal at the age of 101. Brother Gardiner was a distinguished Cal Alumnus, supporter of the Lambda Chapter, and veteran of the US Army.

    Brother Gardiner served 31 years in the US Army, retiring in 1973 as a Colonel

    Brother Gardiner was born July 12, 1916, to Murray Starr and Belle Marsh Gardiner in Idaville, Indiana. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1939 and began working for an electric utility company. After Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army and his brother Murray joined the Marines. He married Christine Johnson earlier that same year.

    He graduated from Officer Candidate School and served in the US Army for 31 years. Brother Gardiner went on to obtain a master’s degree in business from Columbia University during his time in the Army. He was a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, including 13 years of overseas duty. In 1973, he retired at the rank of Colonel as Inspector General at the Army Supply Depot, Oakland, California.

    Brother Gardiner was as busy as ever in retirement, where he did everything from mentoring students at a local high school to writing Three Wars and Rusty Muskets, a biographical piece reflecting on his 31 years of service. He even continued playing golf until the age of 95 – making five holes in one during his many years. He also made trips from his home in Medford, Oregon, to visit his alma mater and Lambda Brothers. He reflected fondly on one such trip, saying “I’ll always remember the fun time at the 2013 Homecoming, when I was a mere 97 years young, and [Lambda] arranged for me to lead the Cal Band in the front room. If I may say so, the Band sounded as good in 2013 as it did when I attended the 1938 Rose Bowl.”

    He is survived by his son and daughter, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and his many Brothers of Chi Phi.

    Brother Gardiner (center) with Lambda Chapter Brothers who surprised him in Medford, Oregon, for his 100th birthday in 2016

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  • Psi Delta Alumnus Appointed to UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees

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    This month the North Carolina General Assembly appointed two new members of the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees; Teross Young and Dennis N. Bunker III, Psi Delta 1981. According to Chancellor Philip Dubois, both men “have been actively engaged with UNC Charlotte since they were students and have always looked for ways to give back to their alma mater. I am excited to work with them in their new roles as Trustees.”

    Brother Bunker’s current involvement with the University includes a position on the Executive Committee of EXPONENTIAL:  The Campaign for UNC Charlotte. He has previously served on the UNC Charlotte Foundation Board, was President of the Alumni Association Board, and served as an Advisor to our Psi Delta Chapter. After graduating in 1981, Brother Bunker went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and currently engaged in commercial real estate development.

    His four-year term on the thirteen-member Board of Trustees began on July 1. Congratulations, Brother Bunker!


    Chancellor of UNC Charlotte Philip Dubois (left) with Kathy and Dennis Bunker III, Psi Delta 1981. Photo courtesy of UNC Charlotte.

  • Alphas and Thetas Academy to be Held in Orlando on January 5-7, 2018

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    An exciting new program has been developed jointly between the Chi Phi Fraternity and the Educational Trust. In 2018, Alphas from across the country will be joined at their annual conference by Thetas – our New Member Educators – at the newly formed Alphas and Thetas Academy.

    After eight years of successfully hosting an event exclusively for Chapter Alphas, we are thrilled to finally have the ability to bring in more Officers to this remarkable program. This “Educating the Educators” program is designed to bring Chapter Presidents and New Member Educators together to better understand their roles as leaders and educators and how they can most effectively introduce change and progress into their Chapters.

    Due to scheduling conflicts with other major events occurring in the Atlanta area during the weekend that Alphas Academy has traditionally been held, the National Office has elected to change location for this year’s Alphas and Thetas Academy. On January 5-7, 2018, these Officers will come together at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida, for a weekend of programs led by National Staff, Grand Council and Educational Trust members, Alumni, and other Undergraduates who have previously served as Alphas and Thetas.

    Thanks to grants provided by the Educational Trust and generous Chi Phi donors, this program is provided at no cost to our Undergraduate Officers; only transportation to and from Orlando is required.

    We are very excited to see our Alphas and Thetas in Orlando! More information and registration will be provided as January approaches.


    The Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida: Site of the 2018 Alphas and Thetas Academy.