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Regional Ritual Retreats Return in July

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Will we see you at a Regional Ritual Retreat this July?

RRR is focused on our Ritual, Heritage, and the secret meaning of our Brotherhood. This is a unique opportunity to learn about what truly makes us Chi Phi and what has bound us together for nearly 200 years. The event is provided at no cost and is open to all Brothers.

We are thrilled to be hosting three RRRs this year across the country; at University of Florida on July 13-15; Lehigh University on July 20-22; and University of Southern California July 27-29.

Registration is now open on Chi Phi Connect. Learn more about the program: chiphi.org/rrr




  • Congress Hotel Deadline on the Horizon

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    Will you be joining us in Atlanta?

    The deadline for room reservations at the InterContinental is fast approaching! Remember to reserve your room by May 30 at 5:00 pm. You can call the hotel at 404-946-9191 and reference Chi Phi, or use our booking link here.

    The 153rd Congress will be hosted at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta June 22-24, 2018. For more information and a tentative schedule for the weekend, check out our Congress page. Activity highlights for the weekend include the Trust Dinner (invite only) on Thursday evening, an Atlanta Braves game on Friday, and the Congressional Banquet on Saturday night.

    All Brothers and their guests are welcome at events throughout the weekend, but registration is required in advance. Head to Chi Phi Connect today, or email us if you have trouble logging in or establishing an account.




  • Nominate Chi Phi’s Next Grand Alpha

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    Pursuant to Article X, Section 4 of the Constitution, Grand Alpha Robert K. Walker has appointed the following five Brothers to the Grand Alpha Nominating Committee:

    • James P. Soderquist, Alpha 1967, Epsilon 2014;
    • Ronald P. Frank, Nu Delta 1983, Iota Zeta 1989, Delta Zeta 2000;
    • Elias Sebti, Lambda 2019;
    • Senour H. Reed, Eta 1979;
    • Joseph O. Hawkins, Lambda 1980

    The election of the Grand Alpha takes place at Congress on even numbered years, meaning that the 153rd Congress on June 22-24, 2018, will elect the Grand Alpha to serve from 2019-2021, with one year of service as Grand Alpha-Elect prior to taking office.

    For details on qualifications and to nominate a Brother, go to the page for our Grand Alpha Nominating Committee.




  • 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.




  • 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 wilensky@chiphi.org 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 fisher@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.




  • 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.




  • 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.

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




  • 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