Archives http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/archives en-us Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:56:56 -0700 First Recipients of Military Medal Announced http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/archives/firstrecipientsofmilitarypinannounced  First Recipients of Phi Kappa Psi Military Medal Named; 

to be Honored at a Future Date.

The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity has announced today that the first two recipients of the newly created Phi Kappa Psi Military Recognition Medal will be Elma Letterman and her late husband Dr. Gordon S. Letterman, Missouri '38, the grandson of founder William Henry Letterman.

Both Dr. and Mrs. Letterman answered the call to service for their country during World War II. Dr. Letterman served as a surgeon in the U.S. Naval Medical Corps, while Mrs. Letterman spent her service in the Navy Nurse Corps. Each of them treated wounded soldiers in the Pacific Theater of operation.

National President of Phi Kappa Psi, A. Scott Noble, Texas '81, had high praise for Dr. and Mrs. Letterman when he made the announcement earlier today.

"Nothing could be more in line with the values and character of the men of Phi Kappa Psi than to award the first recipient of the Phi Kappa Psi Military Medal to Mrs. Elma Letterman. Mrs. Elma Letterman, now 95 years young, is the widow of the grandson of Phi Kappa Psi co-founder William Henry Letterman and mother of great-grandson Gordon R. Letterman (West Virginia '72). Her nursing career spanned over 50 years, including serving as a flight nurse in the Navy Nurse Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II. As the war ended, she also flew into Saipan and other locations to evacuate recently-freed POWs who required medical attention."

Brother Letterman will posthumously receive the Fraternity's second medal. He served from 1944 to 1946 first as a surgeon aboard LST 931 during the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and later on Base 18 in Guam. He then continued his career as a surgeon, and a dedicated brother, serving the Fraternity as both Surgeon General and Surgeon General Emeritus before his passing in 2001.

Speaking on the creation of the medal, President Noble stated: "The Phi Psi Military Recognition Medal is a meaningful way to publicly honor our brothers who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, as service is the very essence of both our fraternity and the military. Selfless service to our country is a core military tradition exemplified by these brothers and veterans, who also live the Fraternity's motto of 'The great joy of serving others.'  Phi Kappa Psi hopes to recognize their sacrifices with this award, which is rare among national fraternities."

With this, Phi Kappa Psi becomes one of just a small handful of Greek-Letter Societies to award and recognize members who have entered military service.

This will be the Fraternity's second award presented to Mrs. Letterman, who received the Ladies Silver Bowl in 1976, awarded biennially to honor the contributions of a special Phi Psi Sweetheart. The Ladies Silver Bowl now bears the name of Anna Ritchie Letterman, mother of Fraternity Founder William Henry Letterman.

While the recognition medals are still in production, a special certificate and presentation are being prepared and will be presented to Mrs. Letterman by a special delegation from the Fraternity soon.

Brothers across the country who have served, or are currently serving in our nation's military, are encouraged to visit the Fraternity's website and submit the form at www.phikappapsi.com/programs/militarypin to ensure that they receive updates as they become available.


The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is a 501(c)(7) association that engages men of integrity, further develops their intellect and enhances community involvement. With a legacy built on acceptance and trust, each brother realizes his highest potential through a lifelong experience of service and excellence. Founded on February 19, 1852 at Jefferson College by William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore, more than 117,000 men have been initiated into the organization in its history.

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Founders Day 2015 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/archives/foundersday2015 2015 was another great year for Founders Day gatherings! Despite some adverse weather conditions in the eastern part of the country, Phi Psi brothers came out in force to celebrate 163 years of our beloved Fraternity.

There are a few events still remaining for those avoiding weather or tying in with local founding days,, but based on early reports over 4,000 brothers and guests participated in a Founders Day event. The average event saw an attendance of over 80!

Our theme of Ignite Brotherhood found featured speakers around the country rallying around this message to promote the benefits of lifelong engagement with Phi Kappa Psi and encouraging our alumni to feed from the spark of Founders Day and get involved in a meaningful way.

Continue the excitement from Founders Day and reconnect with your local chapter and get involved with today's students as a mentor or an advisor.

If you have any pictures from Founders Day or any reports you would like to share, please send them to alumni@phikappapsi.com

2015 Founders Day Events (listed in chronological order)


Jersey Shore Alumni Club
Date: 1/25/2015
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Johnny Mac's, 208 Main Street, Asbury Park, NJ  07712
RSVP Contact: Christopher Hammer 
RSVP Email: chrishammer1971@yahoo.com
RSVP Phone: (732) 492-7467
RSVP Deadline: January 24, 2015
Cost: $5
Special Details: Help start a new alumni group in New Jersey!

Seattle AA & Washington Alpha 
Date: 2/7/2015
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Seattle Marriott Waterfront,  2100 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121
RSVP Contact: Matthew Donegan-Ryan 
RSVP Email: mdr1583@gmail.com
RSVP Website: Click Here
RSVP Deadline: 1/31/2015
Cost: $145
Special Details: Join us for the Washington Alpha Centennial Gala!

Garden State AA
Date: 2/8/2015
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: West Windsor Fire Hall #43, 153 South Mill Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550
RSVP Contact: Mark Kadetsky
RSVP Email: mkadetsk@su.edu
RSVP Deadline: 1/18/015
Cost: $40
Special Details: This event will be catered by Capuanos Italian Restaurant!

Pittsburgh AA
Date: 2/11/2015
Time: Cocktails at 6:00 PM Dinner at 7:00 PM
Location: Duquesne Club, Pittsburgh, PA
RSVP Contact: Ron Demay
RSVP Email: pittsburghphipsis@gmail.com
RSVP Deadline: 1/31/2015
Cost: $55 Undergraduate $80 Alumni
Dress Code:  Jacket and Tie are required.
Special Details: Join us for dinner at the Duquesne Club to celebrate our 163rd Founders Day. Our special guest speaker will be former SWGP Brother Jim Miller OH Delta '85.

New York City AA
Date: 2/12/2015
Time: 6:30
Location: Bill's Food & Drink, 57 East 54th Street, New York, NY 10022 (Conveniently located near Grand Central and Penn Stations)
RSVP Contact: Anthony Milano
RSVP Email: Bro@phipsinycaa.com
RSVP Phone: (646) 582-8770
RSVP Deadline: 1/30/2015
Cost: Alumni: $40,Couples: $75, Undergraduates: Free
Special Details: Enjoy a story of patriotism & hear an ALA update from former Navy Seal & ALA President Jim O'Connor.

Charlotte AA
Date: 2/17/2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Outback Steak House - Dilworth Gardens Shopping Center
RSVP Contact: Mike Flechas 
RSVP Email: Mike@FlechasRealEstate.com
RSVP Phone: (704) 301-4021
RSVP Deadline: 2/9/2015
Special Details: Cocktail reception at 6 PM followed by dinner at 7 PM. As always guests are welcome and encouraged to attend.  

Houston AA, Texas Epsilon & Texas Zeta
Date: 2/19/2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: The Woodlands Country Club - Palmer Course Dining Room, 100 Grand Fairway Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77381
RSVP Contact: Dustin Nicholson
RSVP Email: nicholsondustin@yahoo.com
RSVP Phone: (281) 871-9623
RSVP Deadline: 2/12/2015
Cost: $40
Special Details: All Houston area brothers are encouraged to attend!

Rochester Area AA
Date: 2/19/2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Jeremiah's on Monroe Ave, Jeremiah's on Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14620
RSVP Contact: Jason Simmons
RSVP Email: hagar129@gmail.com
RSVP Phone: (585) 329-7608
RSVP Deadline: 2/19/2015
RSVP Website: Click Here
Cost: $25

California Nu and California Desert AA
Date: 2/20/2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Hard Rock Hotel, 150 South Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
RSVP Contact: Jordan Meltzer
RSVP Email: jmelt002@ucr.edu
RSVP Phone: 310-697-2001
RSVP Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/phi-kappa-psi-founders-day-2015-cal-nu-after-party-at-saguaro-resort-tickets-15410465116
Cost: $55
Details: Greetings from Cal Nu! The brothers of Phi Kappa Psi at UC Riverside, cordially invite you to our 2015 Founders Day in collaboration with the Desert Alumni Association in Palm Springs. In celebration of the great legacy of Phi Kappa Psi, founded 163 years ago on February 19th 1852. It's sure to be a memorable night of speeches, awards, and brotherhood. A great opportunity for current Phi Psi brothers to network with alumni spanning multiple generations! 

Colorado Alpha
Date: 2/20/2015
Time: 6:15 PM
Location: Marlowes, 501 16th Street Mall, Denver, CO  80202
RSVP Contact: Alex Montoya 
RSVP Email: alexmontoya2@hotmail.com
RSVP Phone: (720) 432-5395
RSVP Deadline: 2/17/2015
Cost: $18
Special Details: Colorado is home to Brothers representing over 30 different Phi Psi Chapters and all are welcome at our celebration.

Ohio Zeta
Date: 2/20/2015
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Falcon Heights, E Merry Ave, Bowling Green, OH  43403
RSVP Contact: Edward Lagucki
RSVP Email: elaguck@bgsu.edu
RSVP Phone: (440) 954-2042
RSVP Deadline: 2/3/2015
Special Details: Join us for a great weekend where we will welcome back all of Ohio Zeta alumni!

Silicon Valley AA & California Beta
Date: 2/20/2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: California Beta House, 592 Mayfield Ave, Stanford, CA  94305
RSVP Contact: Nicholas Hsu
RSVP Email: nickhsu@gmail.com
RSVP Phone: (650) 862-6731
RSVP Deadline: 2/6/2015
Cost: $35
Special Details: This is a brothers-only event.

Toledo AA
Date: 2/20/2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Central Park West Special Event Facility, 3141 Central Park West Drive, Toledo, OH  43617
RSVP Contact: Larry Zaiser
RSVP Email: lzaiser@zaisercom.com
RSVP Phone: (419) 473-8811
RSVP Deadline: 2/14/2015
Cost: $40

Twin Cities AA
Date: 2/20/2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Jax Cafe, 1928 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN  55418
RSVP Contact: Joseph Taralson
RSVP Email: jrtaralson@gmail.com
RSVP Phone: (612) 702-8304
RSVP Website: Click Here
Cost: $50
Special Details: This event is open to all alumni and their significant others. We hope to see you there!

Arkansas AA
Date: 2/21/2015
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Oaklawn Jockey Club, 2705 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR  71901
RSVP Contact: Glenn Lockeby
RSVP Email: glenn@lockeby.com
RSVP Phone: (501) 690-5401
RSVP Deadline: 2/7/2015

California Epsilon & UCLA Colony
Date: 2/21/2015
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Los Angeles Country Club, 10101 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
RSVP Contact: Randall Schnack
RSVP Email: randall_schnack@cacd.uscourts.gov
RSVP Phone: (213) 894-5930
RSVP Website: Click Here
RSVP Deadline: 2/10/2015
Cost: $85
Special Details: This is a brothers only event.

California Lambda
Date: 2/21/2014
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Bristol Hotel, 1055 First Ave, San Diego, CA  92101
RSVP Contact: Ben Moraga
RSVP Email: benmoraga@gmail.com
RSVP Website: Click Here
RSVP Deadline: 2/13/2015

Central Iowa
Date: 2/21/2015
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Wakonda Club, 3915 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA  50321
RSVP Contact: Brand Newland
RSVP Email: brandnewland@gmail.com
RSVP Deadline: 2/13/2015
Cost: $40
Special Details: Social hour begins at 5:00 PM, dinner and the program begin at 6:00 PM. Last year we had over 100 attendees, let's beat that this year!

Central Texas AA & Texas Gamma
Date: 2/21/2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Embassy Suites - San Marcos, 1001 E. McCarty Lane, San Marcos, TX  78666
RSVP Contact: Troy Jaster
RSVP Email: tdjaster@gmail.com
RSVP Phone: (210) 632-3844
RSVP Deadline: 2/16/2015
RSVP Website: Click Here
Cost: $60
Special Details: All Phi Psi members and guests are welcome!

Chicago AA
Date: 2/21/2015
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Kinzie Chophouse, 400 N. Wells St, Chicago, IL  60654
RSVP Contact: Jeffrey Condren
RSVP Email: Jeffrey.Condren@gmail.com
RSVP Website: Click Here
RSVP Deadline: 2/3/2015
Cost: $57
Special Details: This is a Brothers only event. All area Phi Psis are encouraged to join us. We will have special guest speaker Bob Marchesani. 

Columbus AA
Date: 2/21/2015
Time: 11:15 AM
Location: Blackwell Hotel on the Campus of The Ohio State University
RSVP Contact: Mitch Grant
RSVP Email: mitch.grant@lfg.com
RSVP Phone: (614) 296-6029
Cost: $50 alumni $25 undergraduates
Special Details: Valet parking is available. Social hour with cash bar followed by luncheon and program including an overview of Phi Kappa Psi's new Health and Wellness initiative "ELEVATE". Register online at www.ohiodelta.org and pay via PayPal

Indiana Epsilon
Date: 2/21/2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Phi Psi House, 801 Mound St, Valparaiso, IN 46383 
RSVP Contact: Ryan Acosta
RSVP Email: phipsi.president@valpo.edu
RSVP Phone: (630) 807-9787
RSVP Deadline: 2/21/2015
Special Details: Celebrate Founders Day by joining us for our Chili Cookoff!

Indianapolis AA
Date: 2/21/2015
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Laurel Hall, 5395 Emerson Way, Indianapolis, IN  46226
RSVP Contact: Tom Pennington
RSVP Email: pkpindyaa@mac.com
RSVP Phone: (317) 702-1852
RSVP Deadline: 2/16/2015
RSVP Website: Click Here
Cost: $40
Special Details: Join us and hear SWVGP Jim Boyle as our guest speaker. We will announce this year's Alumnus Man of Excellence Award

Michigan Beta
Date: 2/21/2014
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Michigan Beta Chapter House, 522 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI  48823
RSVP Contact: Adam Jute 
RSVP Email: jutteada@msu.edu
RSVP Phone: (201) 916-9875
RSVP Deadline: 2/19/2015 

Mississippi Alpha
Date: 2/21/2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location:  Inn at Ole Miss, Oxford MS
RSVP Contact: Eddie Lawton
RSVP Email:
RSVP Phone: (404) 402-8886
RSVP Deadline:2/6/2015
Cost: $35
Special Details: Please come celebrate with us the rich tradition and history of Phi Kappa Psi at Ole Miss.

New Mexico AA
Date: 2/12/2015
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Sheraton Uptown, 2600 Louisiana, Albuquerque, NM  87110
RSVP Contact: Lewis Bejcek
RSVP Email: lbejcek21@gmail.com
RSVP Phone: (505) 550-4033
RSVP Deadline: 2/09/2015
Cost: $30.00
Special Details: Please join the New Mexico AA for our annual celebration!

Northern California AA
Date: 2/21/2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Cal Gamma Chapter House, 2424 Warring Street, Berkeley, CA  94704
RSVP Contact: Ken Perscheid
RSVP Email: kenperscheid@yahoo.com
RSVP Phone: (925) 947-6797
RSVP Deadline: 2/12/2015
Cost: $30
Special Details: Join your brothers and meet the undergraduates. Phi Psi ladies are warmly welcomed!

Ohio Beta
Date: 2/21/2015
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Wittenburg University, 455 Woodlawn Avenue Springfield, OH 45501
RSVP Contact: Paul Mahon
RSVP Email: mahonp92@gmail.com
RSVP Phone: (330) 241-1959
RSVP Deadline: 1/20/2015
Special Details:  We will be meeting at our chapter house then proceeding to a local pub/restaurant. Food will be provided.

Ohio Epsilon
Date: 2/21/2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Carlton Commons, Carlton Rd, Cleveland, OH  44106
RSVP Contact: Craig Shook
RSVP Email: cms220@case.edu
RSVP Phone: (682) 229-9137
RSVP Deadline: 2/14/2015
Cost: $20

Oklahoma AA
Date: 2/21/2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel, 1 N Broadway Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
RSVP Contact: Derek Neidig
RSVP Email: okalumniassociation@gmail.com
RSVP Website: Click Here
RSVP Deadline: 2/13/2015
Cost: $65
Special Details: This is a Brother only event.

Pennsylvania Eta
Date: 2/21/2015
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: PA Eta Chapter House, 560 W James St, Lancaster, PA 17603
RSVP Contact: Steven Viera
RSVP Email: sviera@fandm.edu
RSVP Phone: (908) 216-3328
RSVP Website: Click Here
RSVP Deadline: 1/31/2015
Special Details: Come visit with old friends, and enjoy the company of old and new brothers!

Pennsylvania Theta
Date: 2/21/2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Lafayette College, Marquis Hall, Easton, PA  18042
RSVP Contact: Tommaso Marsella
RSVP Email: tommaso.marsella@gmail.com
RSVP Phone: (317) 519-1548
RSVP Deadline: 2/9/2015
Special Details: Join us for Cherry Alley!

Phoenix AA
Date: 2/21/2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Fleming's 6333 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ,  85250
RSVP Contact: Aaron Forni
RSVP Email: chicagotrumpeter@gmail.com
RSVP Phone: (815) 347-6391
Cost: $60
Special Details: Fleming's is a unique steakhouse experience with an emphasis on generous hospitality. Salads and sides will be provided for those in attendance as well. Please visit our Facebook event page : www.facebook.com/groups/phxphikappapsi

Rubber City AA & Ohio Iota
Date: 2/20-21/2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, 3180 W. Market St. Fairlawn, OH, 44333
RSVP Contact: Tim Lynskey
RSVP Email: tskey@maits.com
RSVP Phone: (216) 701-9117
RSVP Deadline: 1/23/2015
Cost: $80
Special Details: There is no better way to celebrate Founders Day than by joining us for the re-chartering of the Ohio Iota chapter at the University of Akron!

Sacramento AA
Date: 2/21/2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Jackson's Restaurant, 1120 Fulton Ave, Suite N, Sacramento, CA 95825
RSVP Contact: Travis Nagler
RSVP Email: travisnagler@gmail.com
RSVP Phone: (530) 601-6596
RSVP Deadline: 2/13/2015
Cost: $50

South Central Louisiana AA
Date: 2/21/2015
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Petroleum Club of Lafayette, 111 Heymann Blvd, Lafayette, LA  70503
RSVP Contact: Jim Sterling
RSVP Email: usljim@aol.com
RSVP Phone: (337) 278-6059
RSVP Website: Click Here
RSVP Deadline: 2/1/2015
Cost: $25
Special Details: Our Guest Speaker for the evening is Brother Flynn Brantley, SC Alpha, 1972

South Florida Gulf Coast
Date: 2/21/2015
Time: 11:30 AM
Location: Gecko's Grill, Signature Room, 5585 Palmer Crossing Circle, Sarasota, FL 34233 (located behind Applebees)
RSVP Contact: Bob Greene
RSVP Email: rg27@masten@aol.com
RSVP Phone: (941) 798-2095
RSVP Deadline: 2/12/2015
Cost: $25
Special Details: Join us in celebration of Founders Day! National Historian, Mike McCoy is our guest speaker! (Additional RSVP number 941-524-0253).

Tennessee Delta
Date: 2/21/2015
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Holiday Inn - Vanderbilt West End, 2613 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN  37202
RSVP Contact: Byron Cain
RSVP Email: bchome@texastourstrade.com
RSVP Deadline: 2/6/2015
Cost: $28
Special Details: We invite all Phi Psis in the area to celebrate Founders Day at this banquet at the Holiday Inn - Vanderbilt.

Texas Alpha
Date: 2/21/2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: UT Club, Memorial-DKR Stadium, Austin, TX
RSVP Contact: Mark Mayer
RSVP Phone: (972) 816-8563
Event website: http://phipsitexas.com/event/founders-day-texas-alpha-phi-kappa-psi/
At the banquet we will honor the 2015 Founder's Day Award Winners:
Marion "Sandy" Kempner '64, William Greene '81, Gene Anderson '57, and Rhett Stone '64.

The Founder's Day banquet is a great time to organize a pledge class reunion,
catch up with brothers, and meet the active chapter. At the banquet we will
celebrate 110 years of brotherhood, the alumni and actives who have
given so much to the chapter, and what the future might bring.

West Virginia Alpha 
Date: 2/21/2015
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Erickson Alumni Center, 1 Alumni Drive, Morgantown, WV 26504
RSVP Contact: Zach Mendelson
RSVP Email: zachary.mendelson@wellsfargo.com
RSVP Phone: 412-227-4677
Cost: $55
Speaker: Frank Fumich '87

Wisconsin AA
Date: 2/21/2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Joey Buona's Milwaukee, 500 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI  53202
RSVP Contact: Ian Thomson 
RSVP Email: iantpkp@aol.com
RSVP Phone: (608) 346-0474
RSVP Deadline: 2/14/2015
Cost: $40
Special Details: Join us after dinner for free ping pong at Evolution Milwaukee just 3 blocks away.

Central Virginia AA
Date: 2/22/2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Capital Ale House - Downtown, 623 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 23219
RSVP Contact: Joseph Stemmle
RSVP Email: cvaaphipsi@gmail.com
RSVP Phone: (804) 304-4807
RSVP Deadline: 2/8/2015
Cost: $25

Wheat State AA & Kansas Alpha
Date: 2/22/2015
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: Chapter House, 1602 W. 15th St., Lawrence, KS 66049
RSVP Contact: Greg Sims
RSVP Email: greg.sims@crossfirstbank.com
RSVP Phone: (913) 327-1212
RSVP Deadline: 2/15/2015
Cost: $25 Guest Cost: $15

Florida Alpha
Date: 2/28/2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 1920 Heritage Grove Cir Tallahassee, FL 32304
RSVP Contact: Anthony Pun
RSVP Email:housing@fsuphipsi.com
RSVP Website: Click Here
RSVP Deadline: 2/14/2015
Cost: $50

Oregon Beta
Date: 2/28/2015
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Memorial Union Ballroom, Oregon State University, 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331
RSVP Contact: Ryan Ruark
RSVP Email: ryan.ruark@gmail.com
RSVP Phone: (971) 506-5489
RSVP Website: Click Here
RSVP Deadline: 2/1/2015
Cost: $35
Special Details: Mystagogue, David McDonald is our guest speaker. 

Pennsylvania Alpha
Date: 2/28/2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: George Washington Hotel, 60 S. Main St., Washington, PA 15301
RSVP Contact: Kyle MacKenzie
RSVP Email: mackenzieka@jay.washjeff.edu
RSVP Phone: (802) 681-8750
RSVP Deadline: 2/1/2015
Cost: $65 Alumni (Graduation Year 1940-2010) $45 Alumni (Graduation Year 2011-2014), Guest $45, Students $35

Western New York AA & New York Eta 
Date: 2/28/2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Hamlin House Restaurant, 432 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202
RSVP Contact: Fred Petersen
RSVP Email: fpetersen4@gmail.com
RSVP Phone: (716) 481-4769
RSVP Website: Click Here
RSVP Deadline: 2/13/2015
Cost: $80

North Texas AA
Date: 3/4/2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Maggiano's Willow Bend in Plano, 6001 W. Park Blvd., Plano, TX 75093 (Located at the Dallas North Tollway)
RSVP Contact: Marc Winandy
RSVP Email: marcwinandy@yahoo.com
RSVP Deadline: 2/20/2015
Cost: $50
Special Details: This year's guest speaker will be local celebrity meteorologist and Phi Psi brother Larry Mowry.

Birmingham AA, Alabama Alpha, Alabama Beta, University of Alabama in Huntsville Colony
Date: 3/7/2015
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Inverness Country Club, 1 Country Club Dr., Birmingham, AL 35242
RSVP Contact: James Newman
RSVP Email: yames296@yahoo.com
RSVP Phone: (256) 762-7430
RSVP Deadline: 3/2/2015
Cost: $40

Boston AA
Date: 3/7/2015
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Room 102, 900 Boylston Street, MA
RSVP Contact: Michael Corcoran
RSVP Email: mlcorcoran@gmail.com
RSVP Phone: (412) 334-9405
RSVP Deadline: 2/28/2015
Cost: $60

Michigan Alpha
Date: 3/28/2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
RSVP Contact: Jack Gray Jr
RSVP Email: jpgrayjr@gmail.com
RSVP: Phone: 313-244-3826
RSVP Deadline: 3/14/2015
Details: Please join the undergraduate chapter and alumni of Michigan Alpha at Founders Day 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan on March 28th, 2015.

The formal schedule of events is as follows:
5:30pm - Cocktail reception at chapter house
7:00pm - Founders Day event at Palmer Commons

Ohio Xi
Date: 4/17-18/2015
Location: Capital University
RSVP Contact: Adam Miller


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Founders Day 2013 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/archives/foundersday2013 Who Pledge Throughout Their Lives...



On February 19, 2013 Phi Kappa Psi turned 161-years-old. What started with two men in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania has grown into a national network of service and excellence with over 120,000 brothers initiated since that fateful evening. To recognize the gifts that Brothers Letterman and Moore have given us, we gather annually to celebrate our Fraternity, our brothers and the bonds we share through Phi Kappa Psi. 

We encourage you to join in the celebration! Be sure to check out our Phi Psi Calendar to find events nearest you as they are posted. Want more information on tracking down an event or organizing one, contact Kevin Marks, our Director of Alumni Services.

Get social! Talk about Founders Day on Twitter by using the hashtag #PKP161

Every time we recite the Creed of Phi Kappa Psi, we say these words. We all joined this great organization during our college days as undergraduates. No matter if you were just initiated or have been a member for many years, we all pledged a lifetime commitment to Phi Kappa Psi. Your presence at Founders Day is an example of your lifelong commitment. 

We have many ways of engaging our members throughout their lives. Our undergraduates find themselves intimately involved in the life of our active chapters. Our alumni give back by volunteering with our chapters as advisors, house corporation officers and mentors. Additionally, our alumni stayed involved with each other serving as friends, confidants, groomsmen and godfathers for each other. The lifelong relationships that begin with accepting your bid and being initiated into our strong band are the best benefit of membership. 

Founders Day is an opportunity to think back on what Phi Kappa Psi has meant in your life and also to look forward and think of additional ways to keep the spirit of brotherhood alive in your life. Use Founders Day to celebrate the friendships and bonds created throughout the years and those yet to come. Take time this year to see if there is a way you can increase your engagement or re-engage with Phi Kappa Psi. To make it another 161 years, we will need to stay committed to what it truly means to be brothers of Phi Kappa Psi.
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Mon, 29 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/archives/foundersday2013
Ending Hazing - The Creed Comparison IV http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/archives/endinghazing-thecreedcomparisoniv Hazing is not Greek 

As the conclusion to our five-part series, we finish our breakdown of the Phi Kappa Psi Creed and use it as the ultimate tool in showing how hazing has no place in our Fraternity. Part 1 of the overall series can be found here, while you can read the three previous Creed breakdowns here, here and here.


"I believe that to all I meet, wherever I go, I represent not only Phi Kappa Psi, but indeed the spirit of all fraternities; thus I must ever conduct myself so as to bring respect and honor not to myself alone, but also to my Fraternity. To the fulfillment of these beliefs, of these ideals, in the noble perfection of Phi Kappa Psi, I pledge my life and my sacred honor."



Why are we taking an aggressive stand to eliminate hazing in our chapters? Is it because we've noticed an increase in questionable new member treatment? To an extent, yes. Would it help decrease liability and drive down insurance costs? Of course. But, it is more than that. We firmly believe that the Phi Kappa Psi experience, the fraternity experience, the Greek experience, is a valuable tool in the growth of our nation's young generation.

We are in this together with all of our Greek peers, just as our Creed states we should be in everything that we do. The only competition we ever have is in recruitment. (On some campuses, there is no need for competition either) After we initiate members, to the outside world, we are all part of a negative stereotype together; a Greek alphabet soup.

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At Phi Kappa Psi, we are proud of our history, our humble founding that aimed at creating a "different" fraternity. We are proud of our tradition of service and excellence. We are also proud to be partners with dozens of organizations that uphold very similar values. Understanding that the doubters and haters aren't differentiating you from the other Greeks on campus, but rather the non-Greeks, is the first part of the process.

To gain respect and honor, to capture the positive headlines, to become the most desired opportunity takes a united effort to live those values and publicly, vocally and strongly remove the stereotypes. That effort begins with eliminating hazing.

Thankfully, we have a number of wonderful resources to partner with to strengthen that Greek movement to eliminate hazing. Phi Kappa Psi is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of HazingPrevention.org, a leading organization dedicated to empowering people to prevent hazing on college campuses. There, you can find numerous resources that give you the facts about hazing, resources to end hazing and programs to recognize those that are doing their best to eliminate hazing.

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Thanks to our partnership, we have the opportunity to host a number of educational webinars that will help our groups strengthen their programs and eliminate environments that could lead to hazing. Make sure you check out the Phi Kappa Psi Calendar to find out when those webinars will be taking place.

The final line from our Creed is a simple promise to live one's life by the values stated, representative of a Phi Psi. Through four articles, we have laid out how hazing is contrary to what we stand for. If you took the oath to be a Phi Psi, you were agreeing to those principles; values that have no room or allowance for disgraceful behavior to others, like hazing. Uphold your promise!

As always, the power is in your hands. If you feel your chapter is hazing, or you want to be a catalyst to change, contact our office at 317-632-1852 or anonymously to the anti-hazing hotline at 1-888-NOT-HAZE and online here.

Feel free to discuss this article and the entire anti-hazing series in our online Forum.

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Mon, 24 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/archives/endinghazing-thecreedcomparisoniv
Ending Hazing - The Creed Comparison III http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/archives/endinghazing-thecreedcomparisoniii Counsel Brothers. Build them up. don't haze

As the substantial part of our five-part series, we continue to break down the Phi Kappa Psi Creed and use it as the ultimate tool in showing how hazing has no place in our Fraternity. Part 1 of the overall series can be found here, while the first quarter of the Creed was broken down here and the second quarter here.

  "I believe that I am honor bound to strengthen my character and deepen my integrity; to counsel and guide my Brothers who stray from their obligations; to respect and emulate my Brothers who practice moderation in their manners and morals; to be ever mindful that loyalty to my Fraternity should not weaken loyalty to my college, but rather increase devotion to it, to my country, and to my God."

Let's quickly get the lessons about hazing being contradictory out of the way with this section so we may focus on the positive opportunities it provides. If you think that hazing, humiliating and harming another, strengthens YOUR character and integrity, there are bigger issues that need to be examined.

Secondly in that section is the concept of building loyalty/devotion to your college, country and chosen deity. This is a larger conversation, and a great opportunity for an advisor or fraternity educator to build a chapter activity around how Phi Psi can enhance this. From a hazing standpoint, it is simple: Hazing violates your school's rules and code of conduct; hazing violates the laws of this country; and hazing, as we discussed in part II of the Creed breakdown, violates the most universal of spiritual rules. Case closed.

Let us move away from the definition and condemning of hazing and focus on how our values as members of Phi Kappa Psi can help to remove hazing and also provide an environment that builds stronger men. The second line of the passage above is the strongest definition of "brotherhood" in our Creed.

We are to be aware of the missteps of our brothers and do all that we can to improve them and our practices. So, why not look at ways to improve our educational programs on a chapter level? Rather than take the easy approach (which can lead to hazing), challenge your new member education program. Challenge the active brothers to ALL take part in the educational activities. Work with the National Headquarters staff to develop long-lasting programs.

New member (pledge) education is Fraternity Education on a condensed basis, but why do so many chapters stop the lessons after initiation? If we are to counsel our brothers who stray, education should be offered to ALL members on a regular basis. Our strongest chapters continue to do this.

Those strong chapters include Pennsylvania Eta (F&M), who built an active mentoring program to bring alumni into the chapter more and counsel brothers through college and into the real world. They execute a values-based recruitment program, learned from our interfraternal friends. They join our New York Theta Chapter (RIT), who exemplifies the Ritual in all they do. The Creed is large and visibly on display in their chapter house for reflection. The Ritual is reviewed consistently by the entire chapter, focused on getting brothers to live it on a daily basis. Learn from these techniques, get on our Chapter Locator and contact those chapters to share valuable ideas.

We are to respect and emulate those who act as our moral guides. The easiest way to do that is to involve trusted alumni and members in the education process. Construct your values education around a speech by an alumnus who runs his own company and looks to hire employees with integrity. Maybe you have access to an alumnus in the ministry. Are they approachable to teach all members about moderation and values? How involved are your faculty advisors to work with members on time management, study habits and academic focus?

hazing hotline.gifWe can learn from the Creed to adopt practices that will strengthen our educational programs, combat hazing and move us forward in a positive direction. You can also be a part of our educational future as our revamped New Member Education Program will be unveiled in the summer of 2013, and feature dozens of lesson plans submitted by you! Contact Ron Ransom, Director of Expansion, if you have ideas for strong lessons that can be used with our new members.

Part IV of this Creed series will focus on the final quarter of the Creed and how hazing is anti-fraternity, all of them. As always, the power is in your hands. If you feel your chapter is hazing, or you want to be a catalyst to change, contact our office at 317-632-1852 or anonymously to the anti-hazing hotline at 1-888-NOT-HAZE and online here.

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Wed, 19 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/archives/endinghazing-thecreedcomparisoniii
Ending Hazing - The Creed Comparison II http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/archives/endinghazing-thecreedcomparisonii Hazing is Nothing We Are

As the substantial part of our five-part series, we continue to break down the Phi Kappa Psi Creed and use it as the ultimate tool in showing how hazing has no place in our Fraternity. Part 1 of the overall series can be found here, while the first quarter of the Creed was broken down here. 

"I believe that I am honor bound to strive manfully for intellectual, moral and spiritual excellence; to help and forgive my Brothers; to discharge promptly all just debts; to give aid and sympathy to all who are less fortunate;" 

This is the heart and meat of our values-guiding essay. For our chapters familiar with the excellence (accreditation) program, almost all 11 areas of operation we measure can trace their origin to this section of the Creed. Its language shapes not only our motto, "The Great Joy of Serving Others," but also our current tagline of "A Tradition of Service and Excellence." 

To simply summarize, we are to be good, selfless people.
 
Hazing is neither intellectual, moral or spiritual. 

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The first statement is not to imply that only stupid people haze, but it is certainly not the act of an intellectual person. Hazing is a lazy, easy way out of taking on the educational responsibility of teaching values. New members are given bids based on their character and worthiness of Phi Kappa Psi's principles. From there, the burden to get them initiated should fall on the brothers, NOT the pledges. 

Those already initiated are to be the instructor, the teacher. It is their responsibility to teach what it means to be a Phi Psi, while also living those values as an example. For undergraduates, the active members are professors (intellectuals of Phi Psi) and the new members are students. So, ask yourself this: When was the last time your English professor made you do push ups when you failed a quiz? Or verbally assaulted you for an incorrect answer? Sounds silly, because it is. Being an intellectual guide is about guidance, patience and showing equality. It is not about belittling or harassing. 

In terms of morality and spirituality, philosophers and theologians have spent thousands of years trying to pin down definitions about how we interact on this planet and beyond. One of the most unifying beliefs across almost all ways of life is the concept of the Golden Rule. It can be traced to ancient civilizations in every continent, not to mention written in the holy scrolls of every major religion on Earth. One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself. 

So, on a basic level of moral and spiritual excellence, you need merely treat another (any) person the way you would wish to be treated. And if you are in a group of peers that you deem to be even more special and valuable than all, you would likely treat them just as well, if not better, right? This is where hazing makes the least amount of sense. Not only does demeaning and ridiculing another violate the basic values of Phi Kappa Psi and the most widely accepting value of humanity, it is the most hypocritical act one could do when trying to welcome another into a special bond of friendship and brotherhood. 

Hazing does not help your brothers, and it certainly provides the opposite of sympathy and aid to the less fortunate. Hazing actually creates less fortunate people. It takes young men and strips them of dignity, self worth and respect. It creates hollow members and spiteful brothers. This is a line in the sand area of our Creed. You are either in or out when it comes to your actions. 

hazing hotline.gifThe beauty is the allowance it provides for change. The act of hazing may not be reversible, but the effects on friendship and fraternity can be changed. For in those same lines affords brothers the power to both forgive and hold their peers accountable. True Phi Psis will not ignore the missteps and poor behaviors of their brothers. Instead, they will work to improve them, their chapter and the Fraternity at large. We will explore more of that concept in the next section of the Creed and this online series.... 

Part III of this Creed series will focus on how our pact to counsel and guide our brothers can lead to a future without hazing. As always, the power is in your hands. If you feel your chapter is hazing, or you want to be a catalyst to change, contact our office at 317-632-1852 or anonymously to the anti-hazing hotline at 1-888-NOT-HAZE and online here.
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Mon, 10 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/archives/endinghazing-thecreedcomparisonii
Ending Hazing - The Creed Comparison I http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/archives/endinghazing-thecreedcomparisoni Hazing is Not Honorable 

As the substantial part of our five-part series, we will break down the Phi Kappa Psi Creed and use it as the ultimate tool in showing how hazing has no place in our Fraternity. If you want to call yourself a Phi Psi, think about your actions, especially those towards your brothers. 

"I believe that Phi Kappa Psi is a Brotherhood of honorable men, courteous and cultured, who pledge throughout their lives to be generous, compassionate and loyal comrades...."  

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The opening stanza of the manifesto that defines Phi Kappa Psi men past, present and future says a lot. In fact, if it stopped right there, one would be hard pressed to identify a more positive aspiration for living one's life. To put it simply, Phi Psis are gentlemen, as much to those they may come in contact with as to each other. 

This isn't a hard lesson. Hazing aims to break down an individual, degrade them and put the hazer in a position of ultimate power. 

Hazing is not honorable 
Hazing is certainly not courteous 
Hazing is also not cultured 

The last statement can be contentious in the mind of one who chooses to haze. To them, hazing builds character, not breaks it down. It creates unity in their mind, not driving a wedge between individuals (and pledge classes). The truth is, hazing is barbaric and the furthest thing from cultured. 

The greatest cultures in world history survived not because of victory in conflict, but in an ability to maintain an environment of respect. Those civilizations that failed to respect each other would inevitably fail from within. It may be extreme, but that is the same for any chapter. Hazing only creates an environment segregated by those who chose to haze and those who were victimized. This filters through all activities until the operations of the chapter erode into a malfunctioning unit. It is a culture of dominance and fear, not brotherhood. 

Beyond the culture of hazing differing from that of an effective undergraduate chapter, you have how hazing contradicts the individual values of our members. 

Hazing is not generous. It is, indeed, exactly the opposite. A hazer intends to strip one of his individuality. A Phi Psi generously provides to improve the quality of a brother's life. 
Hazing is not compassionate. It is calculated, often violent and intended to humiliate. 
Hazing does not prove or create loyalty. This has become so evident that the U.S. Marine Corps issued an order outlawing hazing practices for this very reason. If the most trusted military men of this country can't see the harm in hazing, why should any college student feel it has value?

hazing hotline.gifTake a moment to read the Creed and reflect on the true meaning of brother-to-brother interaction. Are you honorable? Is your chapter full of compassionate and loyal comrades? If so, hazing is not a part of it. 

Help us end hazing in Greek life nationwide. If you feel your chapter has a problem, take charge of your new member education program or seek out support from an alumnus or National Staff member. If you have been the victim of hazing, take a stand and call the Phi Kappa Psi National Office or the National Hazing Hotline at 1-888-NOT-HAZE. Or visit this anonymous website.

Part II of this series on hazing will feature a discussion on the intellectual and moral contradictions of hazing.
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Tue, 04 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/archives/endinghazing-thecreedcomparisoni
Ending Hazing - The Definition http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/archives/endinghazing-thedefinition As our chapters head back to school, and in conjunction with the summer issue of our magazine, Phi Kappa Psi is committed to ending hazing throughout the Greek community. It has no value for Phi Psi members and only offers a path to destruction. In addition to participating in HazingPrevention.org and Sigma Nu's #40Answers campaign, we will be posting stories on our website to help with the education and understanding of hazing's contradictory and destructive relationship with our Fraternity. This is part 1 of that series....

Written by Wes Schaub Toledo '80 

Has there has been an upsurge in hazing? It certainly has become a topic of discussion again. Hazing is such a covert and subversive practice that it may be more pervasive than before. With all our concentration on alcohol use over the past few decades, hazing has quietly crept back into our chapters. Hazing is difficult to address; the secretive nature makes it hard to talk about, so deception and denial are standard unhealthy group practices, and everyone believes the definition is vague. Ask among your alumni group and you will get different answers from each person. 

Hazing is about power and control. Even things that are not required are actually required. Our new members are very susceptible to group pressure. They want to fit in so they will do things "voluntarily" just to prove themselves to the members. No matter how much you hear that it's voluntary, it really isn't in the eyes of a new member. Because of this we have to be vigilant above all else and make sure we don't have activities that haze. "It was voluntary" is not a defense. 

There's a lot going on in the new member's head. New members feel safe to some extent participating in any activity. If we are honestly building new friends, why would we hurt them? No new member participates in an activity thinking he is going to be injured or die, but we lose members every year. When we haze we seriously violate their trust in us. That's no way to build a fraternity. It's not leadership through respect, but through fear and intimidation. Hazing is a culture. It's not about the activities as much as it's about the feeling the members have while preforming those activities. If they respect themselves then they should respect others. We have to work with our members on how they interpret our purpose and values. Chapters that haze don't take into account the baggage a new member might bring with him. Students may have had a tough and painful past and hazing can reopen a psychological wound without the chapter knowing. 

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Warning signs of alcohol abuse (both individually and as a chapter) can be easy to spot, but what about hazing?
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Sometimes new members want to be hazed. They think it is the only way to prove themselves and earn their way into the chapter. They are insecure and eager to please. There are better ways for new members to prove their value to the chapter. 

There's no such thing as good hazing, harmless hazing, little 'h' hazing, developmental hazing - It's all wrong. There are too many problems even with the most innocuous of activity. It's easy for things to get out of control and for people to lose their judgment and common sense. There is also resentment toward the hazer which subconsciously affects the long term operation of the chapter. 

Things have changed since most of us have been active. The web site Stophazing.org adds clarification by dividing hazing in three different categories. Understanding the categories will help uncover activity that may not be appropriate. 
    • The first is subtle hazing and it consists of behaviors that emphasize the power imbalance between new members and actives. This usually involves the breach of common respect for each other and can lead to ridicule or embarrassment. These behaviors might seem harmless, but they cause mistrust and apathy within the chapter. 
    • The second is harassment hazing and this type causes emotional anguish or physical discomfort. It is designed to confuse, frustrate and stress the new members. This behavior can compartmentalize the chapter causing resentment and challenges our value of the great joy of serving others. 
    • The last is violent hazing and this type of behavior has the potential to cause physical and/or emotional harm. These activities are dangerous and lead to injury or death. 
The list of activities generated under these three categories could be exhaustive, so it is important to examine the purpose of the activity. What are we trying to teach through our program? Anyone can put up with a few weeks of pointless shenanigans, but how do those activities reinforce responsible membership? It doesn't. Once new members complete that kind of membership process, they are done. They don't have to give anything back to the chapter and a lot of them won't. Hazing doesn't build trust, character, responsibility, dedication, brotherhood, lifelong commitment, or any other positive value the Fraternity looks for. It does create compartmentalization, apathy, discomfort, mistrust, and reinforces gang mentality to name a few. In fact, it does a terrible job of building the chapter. It teaches our new members that if you can get through the pledge program you have completed your commitment to the chapter. So his involvement won't revolve around what he can do for the chapter, but what the chapter can do for him. If there's no perceived personal gain, don't expect him to participate. Look at the apathy problems your chapter has now. Is there a retention problem? Do brothers not want to help out, complete house duties, or participate in service? What about pay their bill? These attitudes may come from their new member program. We are very effective at teaching our message even if we aren't sure what that message is. 

Look at what's going on in the new member program. If you find a questionable activity, don't pass it off as harmless. Hazing is kind of like an iceberg. What you see could be only a small portion of what's really there. It's not practical to tell the chapter to just stop the activity. Cold turkey is hard for even our strongest. Create conversations through review and replacement of the activity, or what will take its place will be far worse. Get help. The chapter needs to rethink what they are doing and that change will be a huge challenge. It will involve education, patience and creativity. Call Headquarters, talk to the fraternity professional on campus, meet with other alumni. Ask questions to find out the purpose or goal of the activity. If it doesn't reinforce our values then it needs to be replaced. Don't tolerate excuses, so much hazing comes from laziness and lack of options. Sometimes tradition means we don't know any other way. 

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Start by asking questions about the activity. Do members do the activity together? Does it have some legitimate educational value? How would you feel about seeing pictures of the activity in the local paper? Could you see the institution's president or the dean participating in the activity? Take the first step and evaluate all new member activities to assess the goal and outcome. Educate members on the definition of hazing and why it doesn't help the chapter. Find other like-minded people to help get buy-in that there's a better way. Get help by using your resources on campus and at headquarters. Hazing is a reoccurring cycle that can end only when someone steps in and works to eliminate it from the inside.

Brother Schaub is the Director of Greek Letter Organizations and Societies at Dartmouth College. Prior to that he served as the director of Greek life at Case Western Reserve, where he spent over 22 years working with students. A member of the Ancient Order of the S.C., he has served Phi Kappa Psi as the director of scholarship, and also serves on the advisory committee to his home chapter at Ohio Eta.
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Tue, 28 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/archives/endinghazing-thedefinition
Share the Vision - Founders Day 2012 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/archives/sharethevision-foundersday2012 Celebrate 160 years of Phi Kappa Psi with a gathering in your area. Visit the Phi Psi Calendar to find the event nearest you.

founders.jpgWhen William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore gathered in the cold of the western Pennsylvania winter in 1852, they did so to create something new and different. Thanks to the recent work of Historian Mike McCoy Indiana '58 and Archivist Timothy Tangen Minn.-Duluth '03, we now can assuredly say that a typhoid outbreak on the Jefferson College campus (the illness had been in dispute for years) was what brought the two men together in the bond of service. But their mutual connection to serving the less fortunate, coupled with a desire to create a fraternity of higher moral character, was not immediately shared by others on the evening of February 19, 1852. 

Two men had a vision. 

That vision would lead to where we are today. Not just a different Fraternity, but a different world. One where Greek life exists openly on almost all college campuses, but still battles the scrutiny and skepticism that Brothers Letterman and Moore dealt with generations ago. As a member-based organization, our future rests in the hands of over 117,000 men who have been initiated into the same ideals that created our strong band 160 years ago. With more than 70,000 living members, we have the power to influence the world, strengthen those ideals and share the vision of how Phi Kappa Psi members - gentlemen - can improve the world around us. 

This past summer, the Phi Kappa Psi Headquarters Staff was charged by the Executive Council with updating our vision and mission statements, in addition to our strategic plan. In order for our organization to be successful now and in the future, all of those components must interact seamlessly. 

Shared experiences allow us to succeed in our careers and relationships 

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This vision statement (unlike our mission, tag line, motto, Creed and others) does not directly reference our founding commitment to service. Instead, it takes our mission and activates it 
into a working benefit for all of our members. By joining Phi Kappa Psi and following the values of Brothers Letterman, Moore and all that came before us, we are united by a brotherhood that lives the values of service, respect, integrity and selflessness. Those shared experiences, occurring largely in the formative years of college, build men that move forward to influence the world in a variety of ways. 

What better way to celebrate the founding of our Fraternity than by gathering with thousands of other brothers to share an experience and share our values? We strongly encourage each and every member of our beloved Fraternity to find a Founders Day celebration near you. Our alumni associations and chapters provide the perfect, natural way for us to gather and grow. But, more than just attending and enjoying the natural benefits of brotherhood, help Share the Vision by: 
  1. Inviting a brother you haven't spoken to for a while to be your guest at an event; 
  2. Engage in a conversation about how your Phi Kappa Psi membership has impacted your life, especially to any undergraduates in attendance;
  3. Seek out representatives of the Executive Council or Headquarters Staff to talk about the direction and mission of the Fraternity; 
  4. Challenge those perhaps driven by the negative stereotype of fraternity life to understand the true value Phi Kappa Psi provides.  
Together, we can share our collective vision of what Phi Kappa Psi has stood for since 1852, and will continue to stand for as new generations are initiated each year.
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Wed, 30 Nov 2011 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/archives/sharethevision-foundersday2012
Announcing the Terrence G. Harper Presidents Leadership Academy http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/archives/announcingtheterrencegharperpresidentsleadershipacademy Phi Kappa Psi will gather its best undergraduate leaders for the 17th consecutive year 

October 6 - One of the strongest leadership programs in the interfraternal world, the Presidents Leadership Academy was developed as a way to heighten the leadership skills of the young men guiding our chapters around the country. It was put together under the watch of then-Executive Director Terry Harper Oklahoma State '85. Brother Harper left us too early, joining thousands of brothers in Chapter Eternal in June of 2009. 

His accomplishments as the chief executive of Phi Kappa Psi from 1990-1999 were numerous, but his connection to this program is his legacy. In honor of that legacy and the continuation of one of our proudest programs, the Executive Council of Phi Kappa Psi voted to change the name of the program in honor of Terry. Beginning in 2012 and moving forward, we are proud to continue the annual tradition of hosting the Terrence G. Harper Presidents Leadership Academy.

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The 2012 Terrence G. Harper Presidents Leadership Academy (PLA) will take place January 27-29, 2012 at the Hilton in downtown Indianapolis. Now in its 17th year, PLA is an intense weekend conference that consists of leadership development and training on a personal and chapter level. 

Funded in collaboration by our Foundation and the Fraternity, each chapter and colony is able to send one (1) eligible delegate to the conference. Eligible delegates include the president, or vice president of the chapter, at a minimal cost. Registration is open now. The registration fee helps to ensure the future of the program for generations of Phi Psis to come. Members that are interested in attending can read more logistical information and details on Phi Psi Connect

We are proud of this program, the leaders it has produced and, now, the man that it honors. As one participant said last year, "The PLA was very helpful in growing my leadership skills. I look forward to going back and getting to work improving my chapter." Be a part of something special and we hope to see the best leaders of Phi Kappa Psi in January!
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Sun, 02 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/archives/announcingtheterrencegharperpresidentsleadershipacademy
The History of Constitution Day http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/archives/constitutiondayandphikappapsi
Constitution Day is recognized within the Fraternity each year on September 17th to celebrate the founding of the Fraternity's modern governing document. Adopted at the 1886 Grand Arch Council in Indianapolis, the Constitution of Phi Kappa Psi provided a more formal foundation of leadership, laying the foundation for what would become the modern undergraduate controlled structure of today. This undergraduate leadership makes Phi Psi unique in the interfraternal world. The Constitution established the day-to-day control of the Executive Council, with a majority of the vote now controlled by the undergraduate Archons, elected by each District. The Constitution brought more alumni involvement back into the Fraternity, without jeopardizing the control of the undergraduates. Prior to a Constitution, the Fraternity was governed by a Grand Chapter, where an individual chapter on a college campus oversaw the governing of the national organization. An ever-evolving document, many of the same rules established in the Phi Kappa Psi Constitution 129 years ago still control how Phi Kappa Psi does business today.

To help unite brothers around the country, this day was honored by members of Phi Kappa Psi wearing their badges with pride.

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 The entire Letterman family badge collection, on display on September 17, 2011 in honor of Phi Kappa Psi Constitution Day. Gordon Letterman (West Virginia '72) assembled the badges on this page of his great-grandfather's (Phi Kappa Psi founder William Henry Letterman) diary - September 17, 1871!


To help one better understand how and why this new observance came about, Phi Kappa Psi's national Historian, Mike McCoy Indiana '55 asked the following questions of our President who presided at the first two Constitution Days (2002 & 2003) , John V. Ciccarelli Cal State Northridge '72.


Q: Why do we observe Constitution Day?

Phi Kappa Psi Constitution Day was adopted on Feb. 19, 2002, at the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity Sesquicentennial Anniversary Executive Council meeting in Pittsburgh, Pa. It was created to annually honor the September 17th birthday of Brother William Clayton Wilson Allegheny 1879, who was the author of the Phi Kappa Psi Constitution, which was adopted at the 1886 Grand Arch Council.

Then-President SWGP Steven Nieslawski (who served from 2000-2002) presented the idea for a new Phi Psi calendar holiday to the Executive Council at said meeting and the motion was unanimously approved.


Q: What are your memories of and role in the first Constitution Day?

Following the August 2002 Grand Arch Council and election as Fraternity SWGP, I contacted the heirs of the William Clayton Wilson family who included the three granddaughters and the 90-year old son and Phi Psi legacy William Clayton Wilson, Jr. Allegheny '34, who all resided in North Carolina. On September 15, 2002, District IV Archon Keith Tingley East Carolina '98; N.C. Beta President Mike Milote East Carolina '99; and consultant Robert Smith East Carolina '96, all joined with members of the Wilson Family for a Sunday afternoon brunch.

Copies of the Phi Kappa Psi Centennial History, Fraternity Manual, and a special Phi Kappa Psi Constitution Day proclamation of the Executive Council were presented to the Wilson family who were very honored to have their family descendant recognized for his contribution to our Fraternity.

A day later I flew to Cleveland, Ohio, as a house guest of Asst. Deputy Attorney General (now current national President) Jim Miller Ohio State '85, who drove and escorted me on a beautiful fall drive to Meadville, Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania Beta Chapter home of William Clayton Wilson at Allegheny College. On the evening of September 17, the Pennsylvania Beta Chapter hosted the inaugural Constitution Day observance in a celebratory banquet at the Allegheny Country Club in honor of Brother Wilson and of the newest Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity calendar holiday.


Q: Why is Phi Kappa Psi Constitution Day important?

The annual observance of the Phi Kappa Psi Constitution Day calendar holiday is important for many good reasons. It helps provide an important historical connection in recognition of now the 126th year anniversary adoption of the Phi Kappa Psi Constitution of 1886 that has served for over 12 decades as our unique guiding form of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity governance. The hallmark of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity Constitution is in the fact of both undergraduate and alumni participation of our Executive Council and Grand Arch Council biennial form of organization government.

It is important to note that at the time of 1886, the original form of fraternity organization oversight was vested in the Grand Chapter form of government by which one chapter was responsible for overall decision making of the entire Fraternity. The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity had grown to the point in the near onset of the 20th century by which the Grand Chapter model of government oversight became too unwieldy and responsive to meet the needs of a growing national fraternity organization.

The contribution of author William Clayton Wilson was hailed in 1886 as a major milestone and is recognized today by which the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity has grown and prospered. The Phi Psi Constitution's undergraduate role of District Archons has helped to insure undergraduate representation at the highest decision making level and enable the organization to build many fraternal and society leaders, thus promoting the lifelong mission of Phi Kappa Psi.

The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity Constitution is not only a set of governance documents but should serve as an important reminder of our responsibilities as undergraduates and alumni brothers to work together on all levels of our Fraternity for the common good in perpetuating the highest ideals of our Founders and of our collective purpose. The annual September 17th observance of Phi Kappa Psi Constitution Day is an important reminder of this inherent legacy.

*This article was originally created in 2012 and has been edited for 2015 to reflect date changes.

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Remembering Our World War II Veterans http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/archives/rememberingourworldwariiveterans With only a few of the 'Greatest Generation' still with us, it is important to reflect on how our brothers influenced the course of world history in the 1940s

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Submitted by Blair Schoell (Iowa '03)

When one considers the history of Phi Kappa Psi, and everything that the life of the Fraternity has endured, one cannot overlook the contribution of our brotherhood to the victory over tyranny in the Second World War. In a time where the security of the nation and world was at stake, the call to service was answered by Phi Kappa Psi. Our brothers were active in the service on all fronts of the war. Service in every branch of the military, in a litany of roles, has been recorded. The men of Phi Kappa Psi not only put their talents gleaned from fraternity and university life to use in the service, but also developed experiences and leadership capabilities that they brought back to their chapters and campuses upon return from the war. As a collective group our brothers represent the war experience of our greater nation. These men, who upheld the greater ideals of our noble purpose, served others selflessly, and in the case of 276 of our brothers, with their lives.  

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Americans were hungry to get involved in the war. Americans rushed to enlistment centers and joined the military in great numbers. Among those already in the service included Richard O. Joyce Nebraska '37 and Robert G. Emmens Oregon '32. These two (eventually) highly decorated brothers would meet each other aboard the USS Hornet as preparations were being made to make America's first retaliatory strike against Japan. Joyce and Emmens, under the command of Lt. Col. James Doolittle, would pilot and co-pilot a mission which would famously become known as, "Doolittle's Raid."  On April 18, 1942 at 8:46 a.m., 1st. Lt. Emmens took off just minutes before 1st Lt. Joyce's B-25 left the deck of the U.S.S. Hornet at 8:53 a.m. to make its strike against the industrial heart of Japan. 

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Both planes successfully delivered their payloads and then made a mad dash to ditch their planes in China. Lt. Joyce's plane took anti-aircraft damage and is recorded as being the only plane to take such damage during the raid. He was able to safely pilot his plane and crew to China where they bailed out and eventually made it to safety with the help of Chinese soldiers and civilians. Emmens' journey after the bombing would take a much different turn. His plane, due to a shortage of gas, and rendered defenseless due to a failure of the top machine gun turret, was forced to land near Vladivostok in Soviet Russia. Emmens, his pilot, and crew were later interned by the Russians and were taken to a camp in Penza and held for two-and-a-half months. The crew was then moved to Ohansk in the Ural Mountains for six months and after being moved once more, and a later escape with a Persian smuggler, the crew was finally able to meet British officials in Quetta, Baluchistan (present day Pakistan) and made their way back to Miami over a year after the mission. 

America had delivered its first blow to Japan and the men of Phi Kappa Psi began taking roles in the major operations of World War II. The record includes service in battles such as forgotten places like Gavutu in the Solomon Islands, where Walter X. Young Chicago '37 succumbed to wounds taken in an assault on a Japanese machine gun nest that was taking a toll on the landing zone. Capt. Young would be awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for this assault. This would be one of many instances over the next three-and-a-half years that the brothers of Phi Kappa Psi would experience the pain of lost brothers. Phi Kappa Psi lost brothers such as Lt. James C. Owens Southern Cal '30, who was a member of the doomed Torpedo Squadron 8. Only one member of survived their unassisted attack on Japanese naval vessels during the Battle of Midway. In the European Theatre of operations, brother Richard Jenson UCLA '35 was serving as an aide to General George Patton. While in Tunisia prior to being killed in action during a German Stuka attack he was quoted in the Chicago Tribune Military 3.JPGrelating the experience of prior dive bombing and strafing attacks by German planes. His relationship with the General was so strong that Gen. Patton reportedly wept upon the death of Brother Jenson. Iowa Alpha lost its Heisman Trophy winning hero, Nile Kinnick Iowa '39, to a decision to crash his plane at sea off of Venezuela on a training mission rather than trying to land on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier and risk the lives of those on deck. On numerous other occasions Phi Psis laid down their lives in support of their fellow servicemen and, ultimately, their country. 

Perhaps one of the most climactic moments of the war, and for Phi Kappa Psi, was D-Day. On June 6th, 1944, American forces under the command of Dwight D. Eisenhower assaulted Europe on the Normandy coast. In the early hours of D-Day, Brother Wright Bryan Missouri '27 flew into combat as a war correspondent with American paratroopers of the 101st Airborne. He offered a descriptive minute-by-minute account of the action on NBC to a general audience that was aired at around 4:00 a.m. It was the first eye-witness account to be broadcast. Flying into battle at the same time as Brother Bryan were brothers Lt. Roper Peddicord DePauw '41 and Lt. John C. Feeley Jr. Penn '40, both of the 82nd Airborne Division. Lt. Peddicord would fall to enemy machine gun fire as he led his platoon from the front, assaulting pockets of German resistance near Ste. Mere Eglise, France. 

Landing as part of the seaborne invasion on Omaha Beach were three brothers of Phi Kappa Psi. As a member of the 1st Infantry Division, Lt. John Simons UCLA '40 landed on Omaha Beach along with Gilbert Allis Jr. W&L '31 of the 743rd Tank Battalion. Both of these brothers were killed in action on the Normandy shore and are now buried above the beach on which their lives were lost. The third known brother to assault Omaha Beach, at Pointe du Hoc, was brother Roger Neighborgall West Virginia '42 (Duke '46). Brother Neighborgall would assault up the cliff at Pointe du Hoc with the 5th Ranger Battalion. He would be wounded while climbing the cliff along with his fellow Rangers and upon reaching the top, fought to secure the area that was reported to hold German artillery. Brother Neighborgall would go on to serve in the Battle of the Bulge, as another Phi Psi under the command of General Patton. 

As the war drove to an end, brothers like John Phillips Iowa '43 fought to end the war in Europe during the Battle of the Bulge. After being hit five times by enemy machine gun fire, he was taken prisoner by the SS and was a POW for much of the rest of the war. On the other side of the world another Iowa Alphan, Bob Benson Iowa '47, was serving as a medic on Saipan and Okinawa. Brother Benson would brave a Japanese crossfire to save two wounded soldiers during a battle. He would later be awarded the Bronze Star for his action. After the atomic bombs were dropped, ultimately leading to Japanese surrender, other Phi Psis like Whitney Harris Washington '30 held German military officers accountable during the Nuremburg Trials for their crimes against humanity. 

Phi Kappa Psi has a great history service during the Second World War. The true number of Phi Psis involved in the war is unknown. However, the dedication and service to our country demonstrated by our brothers who served in World War Two should inspire us to higher levels of service to our country in contemporary time. We must recognize, as the torch bearers, that it is our duty to reflect on the sacrifices of our brothers and pledge our lives to the fulfillment of both the Fraternity and the American ideals that our brothers fought for and that some gave their lives for during the Second World War.

Discuss this article and all things related to Phi Psi history and other topics in the Phi Psi Forum
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Founders Day 2011 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/archives/foundersday2011 Phi Kappa Psi is thrilled to celebrate 159 years of service and excellence

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With every year, thousands of brothers gather on or around February 19th to celebrate the founding of our beloved Fraternity. Some will have a meal. Others will simply share a drink. In all cases, stories will be shared. 
This year, our brothers gathered under a national theme of Join Us. It is simple, yet represented what we have always tried to do for 159 years. Bringing like-minded men together for the betterment of ourselves and others. 

With Founders Day now behind us, you can read various event recaps in the spring 2011 edition of The Shield
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Help Phi Kappa Psi Celebrate Constitution Day http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/archives/helpphikappapsicelebrateconstitutionday
Constitution Day is recognized within the Fraternity each year on September 17th to celebrate the founding of the Fraternity's modern governing document. Adopted at the 1886 Grand Arch Council in Indianapolis, the Constitution of Phi Kappa Psi provided a more formal foundation of leadership, which continued the undergraduate controlled structure that has existed since the Fraternity's founding in 1852. This undergraduate leadership makes Phi Psi unique in the interfraternal world. The Constitution established the day-to-day control of the Executive Council, with a majority of the vote being controlled by the undergraduate Archons, elected by each District. The Constitution brought more alumni involvement back into the Fraternity, without jeopardizing the control of the undergraduates. An ever-evolving document, many of the same rules established over 120 years ago still control how Phi Kappa Psi does business today.

To help unite brothers around the country, we are asking all brothers to wear your Phi Kappa Psi badge on Friday, September 17. Honor both your country and your fraternity with this display. It takes no time and effort, and you may even have a chance to talk about what your Fraternity means to you as people see the badge displayed.

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Phi Kappa Psi Summer 2016 Shield Alumni Association Newsletters http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/archives/summer2016newsletters Alumni Association Newsletters for the Summer Shield are now available.

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Phi Kappa Psi Fall 2016 Shield Chapter Newsletters http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/archives/phikappapsifall2016shieldchapternewsletters Chapter Newsletters and Chapter Eternal listing for the fall 2016 edition of The Shield are now available.

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