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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.

  • 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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  • 2017 Award Winners Recognized at 152nd Congress

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    During an afternoon reprieve from the fast-paced and productive 152nd Congress this Saturday, Chi Phi was able to recognize individuals and Chapters which have helped make the Fraternity what it is today. Congressional Delegates and their guests were treated to a luncheon during the awards ceremony which recognized twenty-five individuals and organizations within Chi Phi who have excelled this past year.

    In addition, during the Congressional Banquet in the evening, Chi Phi was able to recognize seven Alumni members with the Distinguished Service Award for outstanding dedication and service to the Fraternity.

    Please join us in congratulating the following Brothers on their awards!

    Athletic Excellence Award:

    Braxton Baird, Delta Theta Colony 2019

    William D. Parr Chapter Zeta Award:

    CJ Connelly, Delta Theta Colony 2019

    Highest GPA Award:

    Beta Chapter, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Outstanding Communications:

    Delta Theta Colony, Clemson University

    Most Improved Chapter Recruitment Award:

    Upsilon Chapter, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Outstanding Recruitment Practice Award:

    Towson Colony, Towson University

    Outstanding Philanthropic Service Award:

    Theta Chapter, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Outstanding Philanthropic Achievement Award:

    Delta Pi Chapter, Georgia Southwestern State University

    Eta Theta Chapter, University of Maryland

    Bates Block for Campus Involvement Award:

    Phi Lambda Theta Chapter, Bucknell University

    Outstanding Alumni Newsletter Award:

    Pi Theta Chapter, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

    Outstanding Alumni Event Award:

    Xi Delta Chapter, Florida Institute of Technology

    Theta Chapter, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Beta Chapter, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Alumni Association of the Year Award:

    Eta Delta Alumni Association, University of Southern California

    Delta Xi Alumni Association, West Virginia Wesleyan

    Chi Phi Club of the Year Award:

    Boston Chi Phi Club, Boston, Massachusetts

    Chapter Advisor of the Year Award:

    Charles Allen, Theta Delta 1982

    William M. Byrd Alumnus of the Year Award:

    Gary Simons, Theta Delta 1964

    Faculty Advisor of the Year Award:

    Dr. Warner R. Windborne, Epsilon 1988, Hampden-Sydney College

    Campus Administrator of the Year Award:

    Liz Shayler, Chi Omega Fraternity, Lehigh University

    Thomas A. Gehring Award:

    Eta Theta, University of Maryland

    Phi Lambda Theta, Bucknell University

    Theta Chapter, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Thomas A. Gehring Award: Most Improved:

    Delta Pi Chapter, Georgia Southwestern State University

    Distinguished Service Award:

    Jonathan Rawls, Rho Delta 1985

    Henry “Rocco” Carnevale, Mu 1980

    Matt Van Duinen, Beta 2010

    Matt Apesos, Mu 2005, Pi Delta 2003

    Mario Lento, Xi Delta 2012

    Dave Davis, Theta Delta 1973

    Frank Kovacs, Iota 1973

  • Delta Pi Celebrates 20 Years – Surpasses Fundraising Goal

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    The weekend of May 26-28 marked the 20 year mark for our Delta Pi Chapter at Georgia Southwestern. The Undergraduates, Alumni, and families celebrated with a weekend-long reunion and celebration of Brotherhood at GSW.

    Events that weekend included a flag football game, a concert by a Brother’s band, and plenty of community meals and camaraderie. Many Founders of the Chapter made a return to Americus, as did Alumni from every era of the Chapter’s existence.

    The celebration culminated on Saturday evening with a banquet and reveal of the total sum of Delta Pi’s Capital Campaign for improvements to the Chapter House. Their fundraising efforts proved more than fruitful, as they far surpassed their initial goal of $10,000. Funds from their campaign will go toward improving common areas and study spaces and providing better heating/cooling throughout the house.

    What a great way to kick off the summer!

  • Did you know that a simple cheek swab can help save a life?

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    Did you know that a simple cheek swab can help save a life?

    Thousands of patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell anemia or other life-threatening diseases depend on the Be The Match Registry to find a match to save their life.

    Patients like Chris Leahy, Gamma 2002, need donors who are a genetic match. Even with a registry of millions, many patients cannot find a match. A simple cheek swab can help determine your compatibility with Brother Leahy and thousands of others like him who are waiting for a blood marrow donor.

    To learn more, visit Be The Match Registry’s FAQ page here. To register in honor of Brother Leahy, visit By using this link, your willingness to donate will be extended to other patients whose doctors are checking the Registry daily; however, if you wish to be tested only as a potential match for Brother Leahy, you may have your testing done privately.

  • Job Opportunity: Leadership Consultants

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    Apply to be a Leadership Consultant for the Chi Phi Fraternity!

    Download Leadership Consultants Job Description or see below.

    Chi Phi, founded in 1824 at Princeton University, is the oldest social fraternity in the United States. Chi Phi currently has 51 Chapters and 7 active Colonies, with plans to expand to at least 10 more campuses in the upcoming years. The Chi Phi office is a dynamic team environment with opportunities to grow and develop in all areas of fraternity operations.

    Leadership Consultants are primarily responsible for providing support and services to Chi Phi Fraternity’s undergraduate Chapters and Colonies and providing administrative oversight of the expansion process. They contribute to the successful administration of the Chi Phi College of Excellence, the Chi Phi Congress, the Regional Leadership Alliances, Alphas Academy, and various Chapter workshops.

    As full-time members of the Chi Phi National Office team, these individuals assume significant responsibility for developing the Fraternity on both local and national levels through curriculum development, program presentation, and organizational consulting. Leadership Consultants must be able to use independent judgment and discretion when addressing issues and creating resources for our Chapters, Colonies, and Alumni.


    • Possess strong leadership skills
    • Exemplify excellent communication skills
    • Ability to use independent judgment and demonstrates decision making abilities
    • Hold an undergraduate degree
    • Ability to travel extensively (anticipated 75%)
    • Work well in a dynamic team environment
    • Prior recruitment experience preferred
    • Ability to work out of the National Office located in Suwanee, GA

    Job Responsibilities:

    Chapter Services

    • Responds to requests for administrative services to undergraduate Chapters and Alumni;
    • Conducts and coordinates comprehensive Chapter visitations with Officers, Alumni, and university administrators;
    • Exercises independent judgment when analyzing Chapter operations for compliance with best practices and with Fraternity and university policies;
    • Develops and delivers written consultations after Chapter visitations using independent discretion in formulating recommendations for improvements;
    • Promotes participation in Chi Phi’s regional and national events;
    • Provides resources and training to both Undergraduate Chapters and Colonies through workshops and ongoing communication;
    • Develops the Fraternity’s unique relationships with Chapters, Colonies, and Alumni.


    • Works to further the external growth and expansion efforts of the Fraternity;
    • Plans and executes expansion projects, using independent judgment and discretion, each semester through serving as the representative on campuses where the Fraternity has initiated the process of forming new Colonies;
    • Leads all recruitment activities on campus based on independent judgment and discretion; these activities may include meeting with potential members; interacts with campus officials, students, and Greek organizations; and forms and maintains relationships with all expansion constituents;
    • Uses Chi Phi’s Values-Based Recruitment Program, its related components, and is able to train and coach Chapters, Colonies, and Alumni on its use and implementation;
    • Assists in researching and contacting potential colleges and universities targeted for expansion;
    • Maintains regular contact with National Office and all key constituents involved in the development, progress, and growth of the expansion effort;
    • Works as a staff liaison to host institutions.

    Additional Responsibilities

    • Maintains a positive professional reflection upon the Fraternity;
    • Maintains and supports the values and ritual of the Chi Phi Fraternity;
    • Manages multiple projects effectively at the same time;
    • Demonstrates ability to work autonomously;
    • Possesses strong organizational skills, decision making skills, and multi-tasking ability;
    • Adheres to and enforces the Chi Phi Fraternity’s Personal Safety Policy.



    To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and three references with contact information to
    Michael Davis, Director of Undergraduate Services, at

    1160 Satellite Blvd NW, Suwanee, GA 30024 | 404.231.1824 | |