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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.




  • 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.




  • 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




  • Funds Raised by Pi Theta Presented to Local Organizations

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    This week the Sara Rose Hougom Foundation presented checks in excess of $11,000 to various groups in the La Crosse area, including the local police department and Big Brothers Big Sisters. A portion of those funds was raised by the Pi Theta Chapter at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse during their 5th annual Sara Softball Tournament.

    The Foundation promotes violence awareness and prevention and provides positive opportunities by uniting and supporting area youth with community members, businesses, and local authorities to facilitate a brighter, safer future in honor of the founder’s daughter, Sara, who passed away in 2012.

    Sherry Hougom, Sara’s mother, presented the donations during a local little league baseball game and also announced a new initiative of the Foundation; “Share the Love, Sara Style.” Sherry and her volunteers have collected candy, stuffed animals, and school supplies to create care packages for children in need. The care packages will be distributed by local police officers.

    For more information and updates from the Foundation, visit their Facebook page.




  • 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!