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Auburn Alum’s Architecture Designs Honored

By Alumni News

Calvin Durham, AIA, NCARB, Mu Delta 1988, was once again recognized for his work by the North Alabama Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), this time for his design of a museum in Florence, Alabama.

The Florence Indian Mound Museum is dedicated to the interpretation of the prehistory of the Shoals area, which stretches back more than 10,000 years. The Florence Indian Mound itself is roughly 2,000 years old. With many prehistoric American mounds no longer standing due to encroaching farms, industry, or extensive excavation, the museum has committed itself to a dialogue on environmental stewardship and preservation.

Brother Durham’s design for the 3,400 square foot building keeps the mound as its focus and even draws on its shape. The exterior of the building includes native cypress wood and the cast stone includes an explorer’s map of the Tennessee River, mound, and surrounding area. Also carved into the exterior stones are petroglyphs of the local Woodland Indians, serving both as a design element and as an educational tool.

The mound itself also presented a challenge for Brother Durham’s project, as the narrow space allocated for the museum posed difficulties for the heavy construction equipment, increasing the risk of damaging the ancient earthwork. Careful consideration was taken with every step, however, and the museum was erected according to plan and without any incident.

Brother Durham and his firm were presented the North Alabama Chapter Honor Award for Design Excellence for their work, the highest honor offered by the organization. The award was given based on recommendation from a panel of architects who considered on the museum’s design challenges and appreciated the unobstructed view of the mound from almost every corner of the building.

Above: Calvin Durham, AIA, NCARB, Mu Delta 1988

Below: Brother Durham’s award-winning Florence Indian Mound Museum in Florence, Alabama

Happy Thanksgiving from Chi Phi!

By National News

Dear Brothers,

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope that your day is filled with family, friends, and plenty of food and drink to go around.

With the Holiday Season upon us, many of us find ourselves reflecting upon the people and places which have made us feel at home throughout the years. The Brotherhood we have found in Chi Phi and the moments we shared with Brothers on campus and after graduation are at the forefront of what we are thankful for year after year.

It is because of these memories with men like you that we have continued our involvement with the Fraternity and the Educational Trust to Build Better Men who, decades after graduation, will find themselves as grateful for this shared bond as we are.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and the Holiday season, the Educational Trust has announced the 2018 Founder’s Day Campaign. With a goal of raising $20,000 to continue providing scholarships, innovative educational programming, and support for our Chapters and Colonies across the country, the Founder’s Day Campaign is just one part of our commitment to creating a better future for our Brothers.

Thank you for your continued spirit of support for the mission of the Fraternity and Educational Trust. We hope to see you at a Chi Phi event in the future, including the upcoming Chairman’s Dinner during Alphas and Thetas Academy in Atlanta.

Fraternally,

Bob Walker & Dave Skelton
Grand Alpha & Educational Trust Chairman

Want to support the 2018
Founder’s Day Campaign?

Contributions of any amount are deeply appreciated, but those giving $100 or more to the Campaign will receive a pair of our limited edition, never-before-seen Chi Phi dress socks. Hurry, our supply is limited!

Brothers Walker and Skelton have already claimed theirs! You can join them by making your donation today.

Chapter Spotlight: Rho Theta at Arizona State University

By Chapter News

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

By Chapter News

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

By Chapter News, Media Statements, National News

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

By Chapter News, Philanthropy/Community Service

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

Chi Phi Kicks Off Alumni Directory Project

By Alumni News, Media Statements, National News

The Fraternity is pleased to be revising our Alumni Directory – last published in 2013 – which is a critical part of our national operation. Maintaining accurate contact information for more than 40,000 members is no small task, and we ask that you take a few minutes to respond to inquiries about your current information.

We have contracted with Publishing Concepts (PCI), a Dallas-based company who we have worked with for more than a decade. You will be contacted by PCI, using Chi Phi’s name and trademark, via email and postcard in the coming weeks (if not already). Please know that these messages are not spam and have been approved by the Fraternity.

You will be offered the opportunity to purchase a completed Directory; however, you are under no obligation to do so. Should you choose to make a purchase through PCI, a portion of it will directly benefit the Fraternity.

Should you have any questions or concerns about this project, please feel free to reach out to Dan Coutcher, Director of Member Engagement, at coutcher@chiphi.org or by calling 404-231-1824.

To our undergraduate Brothers, from Grand Iota Brody Stogdill

By Chapter News

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

Best wishes to our departing staff members!

By National News

Chi Phi is saying farewell to two members of our National Staff; Erin Wilensky, Delta Zeta Sorority, and Michael Davis, Alpha-Pi 2016.

Erin served in several capacities in her four years with Chi Phi, including her most recent role as Director of Member Education. Even after her departure, her work with Chi Phi will continue with some of our undergraduate members as she takes on the position of Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Lehigh University, the location of our Psi Chapter.

Michael served as Director of Undergraduate Services for nearly two years, leading our Chapter Services and Expansion teams and overseeing the Accreditation program in his time on staff. He accepted a position at GUIDE, Inc., a local non-profit in Atlanta, and plans to continue working with our returning Colonies at Georgia State and Emory.

Please join us in wishing them the best in their new endeavors!

Three Brothers Achieve Goliard Status

By Alumni News, Chapter News, National News

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.