Phi Psi Story http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory en-us Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:04:40 -0700 A Father’s Odyssey: 75 marathons in 75 days http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/terry_hitchcock Driven by the experience of being a single parent raising three children, Terry Hitchcock did the impossible: run from St. Paul to Atlanta in only 75 days. In order to reach this goal, Terry had to run a complete marathon each one of the 75 days. Terry was 57 years old and was suffering from a weak heart, bad knees, and fragile ankles. Terry made it to the finish line right in time for the opening ceremonies of the 1996 summer Olympics. In all, Terry travelled more than 2,000 miles to bring awareness to the financial and emotional hardships faced by single parents and their children.

Hitchcock is a 1966 initiate of our chapter at Bowling Green State University. In 2015, he reached out to the National Fraternity and asked us if there was a way to partner to tell his story and simultaneously benefit the brothers of Phi Kappa Psi. 

In partnership with his publisher, Create Space, we created a customized version of his book just for Phi Kappa Psi Brothers. By purchasing a copy of A Father's Odyssey for $20, 33% of the proceeds will benefit the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation and help fund leadership opportunities for undergraduate Phi Psis. An additional 33% will go to breast cancer, diabetes and Asperger's/Autism research. The remaining 33% will go towards production costs.

If you would like to purchase a copy of Brother Hitchcock's book, head to https://www.createspace.com/5708374

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PhiPsi Mobile App – New Key Feature http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/phipsimobileapp November 10, 2015 - We've heard you loud and clear. Although email and social media are the most popular methods to connect with our members, the overall consensus is that chapter members want to receive information and updates about Fraternity matters directly to their mobile device. Given the variety of deadlines and projects that require your attention, we have a solution that allows us to send minute-by-minute updates with ease. 

The PhiPsi Mobile App is a powerful new tool for chapters and alumni associations to centralize functions and communications. Features of the app include group chats, important contact information, alerts, and a digital calendar. This provides enormous benefits for planning chapter events and communicating with all members who need critical details in a moment's notice. With so many options out there for communication between Google, Facebook groups/events, the internet, and various communication platforms built by outside companies, this Fraternity-branded solution gives you important Phi Psi contacts at your fingertips with social and website links throughout the app. And it's FREE!

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As of December 7th, the National Fraternity will begin utilizing the PhiPsi Mobile App to deliver messages about upcoming events, dates and deadlines. The only way you can ensure you receive these updates is to download the app. We will send an invitation email to all chapter officers who are not currently using the App on Tuesday evening. If you have questions about how to use the technology, email our team at MobileApp@phikappapsi.com.


Chat Icon1.pngChats:

The chat feature can be used to facilitate communication between meetings. The chats can include all brothers or only a specific group, allowing chapters to discuss things within a committee or among chapter leadership. The chat function is also private to only those included in each individual chat group.

Contacts Icon2.pngContacts/Profiles:

The contacts feature holds contact information for all members in your chapter. This provides easy access to contact brothers when you may not have their information on hand. Separately, the profile section also allows one-click access to the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity Headquarters staff, making it simple to answer your questions.

Bell Icon1.pngAlerts:

Last-minute changes can derail plans that have been in the works for weeks. The alert feature allows you to send notifications directly to members' phones, ensuring they receive updates as they occur.


Calendar Icon1.pngCalendar:

The Phi Psi app provides a digital calendar for use by your members. It can be used to keep track of all important updates in one location.


 


Testimonials:

We were fortunate to have three early adopters (chapters) who have utilized the App for their members and have given us steady and consistent feedback. What are their thoughts after a few months of use?

Adam Parker Goldberg (Iowa State University, '13), Vice President:

"Our members are thrilled to have a centralized platform for sharing important chapter information. We are especially fond of both the ability to easily broadcast our chapter calendar and quickly update members via alerts. We're thinking about how we can further embrace and adopt the app. We just recently added our new members, making communication more universal. Committee chairs can now reach out to their committees in the message feature. Furthermore, we started reaching out to sign on alumni and we're exploring how we can engage alumni with current undergrad happenings."

Nathan McDonald (University of Minnesota, Duluth, '14), Messenger:

"The app has completely redefined how we communicate as a chapter, creating a communication network that is second to none. We have incorporated the app in scheduling all our chapter events, group chat communications, and alerts to bring important news to the attention of members. Our alumni have also been incorporated to offer greater communication with the chapter."

Jon Bell (IUPUI, '13),  President:

"Essentially, brothers in Phi Psi go through many stages of involvement in the fraternity, and this app would seek to develop a connection between them all. As president, I have a pretty busy agenda, and prior to using the app, our chapter had no digital calendar. As for the alerts, this has been really helpful if I want to get a quick message out to the chapter. For example, if we have a room change for chapter meetings (we use the IUPUI Campus Center), I can simply make an alert that goes out, informing all my members of the change. Why would you not want your own personalized app for your chapter?"

Polling Icon2.pngIntroduction of the Polling Feature

As with any other app, the Phi Psi Mobile App will continue improving with additional features to become an even better tool for your chapter. These updates are in response to specific requests from chapters. The big update around the corner is the introduction of the polling feature. Polling will allow chapters to quickly and easily vote using their mobile phones. It can also be used to take a quick survey between meetings. The polling can also be segmented to poll only brothers on a certain committee or only in a particular group. Be on the lookout for that update.

Join us as we revolutionize the chapter communication process. The PhiPsi Mobile App is ready to help you function at your highest level possible!


The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is a 501(c)(7) association of men of integrity who strive to develop the individual in his intellect, in his involvement in the community and in his faith. The Fraternity was founded on February 19, 1852 at Jefferson College by William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore. It currently has 100 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.

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Phi Kappa Psi at UCLA Returns Home - 2015 House Dedication Ceremony http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/ucladedication House Dedication Plaque.jpgNovember 6, 2015 - Alumni, undergraduates, family members, and supporters of California Epsilon (UCLA) had reason to celebrate on October 24, 2015. For nine years, the alumni have endeavored to update the outdated fraternity house. After overcoming many obstacles (including the chapter closing in 2011), the goal has been realized with the completion of the house dedication ceremony. Alumni of all ages journeyed to campus to participate in the ceremony, including a number of alumni initiated as early as the 1940s. House Corporation President Robert Wallan (UCLA '81) said, "The dedication served as a great occasion to salute our financial and moral supporters."

UCLA Bros.jpgAlumni weren't the only ones with reason to celebrate. After the full group of attendees heard from influential donors such as Jerry Nelson (UCLA '48), Bob Rayburn (UCLA '92) and Dave Wehrly (UCLA '82), Brother SWVGP Jim Boyle (Washington '88) announced the UCLA colony petition has been approved by the Executive Council. The UCLA charter will be re-installed on January 30, 2016. Chapter President-elect Andrew Avila stated, "When Brother Boyle announced that our petition for charter was approved, the happiness that pervaded the room was incredible."

Alumni.jpgThe 64 members of the UCLA colony have been thriving. 21 of those new members are the result of a successful fall 2015 recruitment. The new house, which is one of the most up-to-date Phi Psi houses in the country, has become a place for alumni and undergraduates to connect and perpetuate the goals of the Fraternity.

Jerry Nelson.jpgHowever, the house is not entirely paid off. A more than two million dollar mortgage still exists on the property. "It was great to honor the alumni that have dedicated their time and money, but we still have a mortgage towards the house to pay," said Brother Nelson, Phi Kappa Psi Foundation Trustee. "I encourage you to give what you can. Remember, you make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give." It's important to note that all of this wouldn't have been possible without the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation collecting tax deductible gifts from alumni, which allowed for grants to be made to the House Corporation.
 
Be on the lookout in the coming months for more information in regards to the chartering ceremony for UCLA. If you would like to donate to the California Epsilon Housing Campaign, please contact Ben Nicol or Lee Fuller of the Foundation. 

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Story by Adam Dunworth (Ball State '12), Membership Development Consultant

Photos by Aysen Tan (UCLA '14)



The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is a 501(c)(7) association of men of integrity who strive to develop the individual in his intellect, in his involvement in the community and in his faith. The Fraternity was founded on February 19, 1852 at Jefferson College by William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore.  It currently has 100 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni. 
 
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"We Moustache You to Start the Conversation about Men’s Health" – #PhiPsiMovember Campaign http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/phipsimovember How it works | Rewards | Rules | Other useful videos

A 25-Minute Guide for Participation in #PhiPsiMovember


Did you know?
  • Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men in the U.S.
  • Testicular Cancer is the most common cancer in young men aged 15-34 in the U.S.
  • • About 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. will experience a mental health problem in a given year.
  • Around half (53.8%) of American men meet the federal guidelines for physical activity.


These numbers are staggering. They bring to light a men's health problem that we cannot ignore. It is especially pertinent to the well-being of all of us as Phi Psis. With more than 70,000 living alumni, we have the power to make a meaningful difference in the fight for men's health on a massive scale. Our current undergraduates and their future sons deserve every bit of help we can provide.

There is a way we can all come together as a brotherhood to address this issue head-on. In just a few days, October will depart from our calendars and November will be upon us.

Let's harness the power of our brotherhood in a massive MOVEMBER campaign for all brothers of Phi Kappa Psi.

Our Goal:
Raise $50,000 for the Movember Foundation by November 30

Is it a gutsy goal? We don't think so. We have 70,000+ members, more than 100 chapters and colonies, and 50 alumni associations. If we all can inspire our brothers to take on this challenge, we will most certainly exceed our goal and show the world what the power of our brotherhood really means.  


How it works

Step 1 - Create a Personal Page

Head to Movember.com to create a personal profile. We encourage you to add a heartfelt message in the description to bring your cause to life and a customized URL to make your profile easily accessible/professional.

If you don't plan to join any team (chapter, alumni association, or alumni club), simply join the 'Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity' team.

Step 2 - Create a Team Page for your Chapter, Alumni Association or Alumni Club

When you are signing up for your personal profile, it will give you an option to either 'Join' or 'Create' an existing team. If your chapter, alumni association, or alumni club wants to create a team page to centralize donations (highly recommended), create one at this screen. Keep in mind that the creator of the page will be the team captain.

  • • Team names should follow this structure:
    •       ◦  Tennessee Alpha - La Grange Synodical College OR Lancaster Alumni Association
  • • Create a customized link to your team page that is easy to navigate (i.e. moteam.co/phipsialaska)
  • • If your chapter is not creating a team, you can CLICK HERE to join the Phi Kappa Psi team.

Step 3 - Join the Phi Kappa Psi Network

Click on the 'Networks' tab just below your profile picture. In the search bar, type in 'Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity' and click 'Join This Network.' This will give you access to the overall network of Phi Psis participating in this challenge. We will monitor progress for each individual and group to assess who is at the top of our community leaderboard. To help us get to our $50,000 goal, your personal or team profile MUST be a part of our network!

Step 4 - Share Your #PhiPsiMovember Story

Post pictures of your moustache to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or another social media platform of your choice with the hashtag #PhiPsiMovember. Use this as an opportunity to share your purpose and ask for donations to the cause—you might even become internet famous!

Step 5 - Participate in our Upcoming Conference Call

If you have questions about #PhiPsiMovember or want to know best practices for fundraising, we are hosting a conference call on Friday, October 30 at 3:00pm EDT. To connect, call 317-325-8945. This is a great time to ask clarifying questions and ensure you are on the path to MoBro success.


Reward for Your Efforts

Raising awareness for men's health is the real win here. On the other hand, we want to reward the teams and individuals who work the hardest to raise the most money towards our $50,000 goal. Here are the prizes we will offer:

Top 3 Individual Contributors
The three brothers who single-handedly raise the most money through their personal profiles will receive a Full-Size Shaving Kit with a Pure Shaving Brush from www.theartofshaving.com (these packages are $120 in value).

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Team that Raises Most Money Overall
The team that is able to raise the most money overall will receive a $15 gift card to www.dollarshaveclub.com for EACH member of the team who raises at least $25.

Team that Raises the Most Money per Team Member

This group will also receive a $15 gift card to www.dollarshaveclub.com for EACH member of the team who raises at least $25.


The Rules of Movember

  1. Click HERE to create an individual and/or team profile and get started
  2. As dawn breaks on November 1, each participant must start the day with a clean shaven face
  3. For the entire month of November, each participant must grow and groom a moustache
  4. Beards, goatees, and fake moustaches are not allowed; we're talking all-natural—be proud of whatever you can muster
  5. Use the power of the moustache to open up conversation(s) about men's health
  6. (Like any Phi Psi should) Be a gentleman
  7. Tell your fellow brothers to join in on the campaign and create a Movember fundraising page
  8. Post your photos on social media with #PhiPsiMovember
  9. Most importantly, have fun raising awareness for a great cause with brothers from all over the world!

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Other Useful Videos

Movember Awareness Saves Lives
Movember Tackles Testicular Cancer
A Mo Bro's Journey - Ron Telpner
The Journey to End Prostate Cancer
True NTH - Raising Money to Fight Prostate Cancer



The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is a 501(c)(7) association of men of integrity who strive to develop the individual in his intellect, in his involvement in the community and in his faith. The Fraternity was founded on February 19, 1852 at Jefferson College by William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore. It currently has 100 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.

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DePauw Phi Psi Celebrates 150th Anniversary http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/phipsidepauw150 October 20, 2015 - The Indiana Alpha chapter (DePauw) celebrated its 150th anniversary this past summer during their annual alumni weekend in Greencastle, IN. The celebration brought over 200 Indiana Alpha alumni and undergraduates together for multiple events during the June 6th weekend and it was a major success.

Indiana Alpha was chartered in January of 1865 and has remained active since that time. It has initiated over 2200 Phi Psis and remains the fourth oldest uninterrupted Phi Psi chapter. The anniversary celebration sparked major interest to celebrate and bring alumni of all ages back to 'The Rockpile.' The nickname of The Rockpile refers to the existing chapter house built in 1926, which still stands today. The current chapter house replaced an old wooden structure that burned down in the early 1920's. 
 
The weekend began on Friday in Indianapolis with a golf scramble at Brickyard Crossing Championship Course, followed by cocktails and dinner downtown at the Omni Hotel. Over 50 members attended Friday's events. Saturday began informally with many alumni gathering at The Rockpile to celebrate their respective class anniversaries. The weather was beautiful and it set the stage for brothers to gather, tell stories, play yard games, and participate in a formal ceremony that included over 180 registered alumni. And, of course, there was a delicious catered dinner followed by live music that attracted many other DePauw alumni celebrating on campus to the front lawn of The Rockpile. 
 
Highlights of the evening included a special dedication of the new Phi Psi Street Clock, speakers representing every decade since the 1950s, current chapter updates from both alumni and undergraduate leaders, recognition of Dorothy "Mom" Brown for her continued role as House Director, and the remembrance of a recently deceased chapter brother, Jim Barrett, who passed away shortly before the anniversary. The recent death and upcoming anniversary gave many alumni the opportunity to honor Jim's memory.

Alumni in Living Room Web.jpgJim Barrett, who succumbed to bone cancer this past March, was very active at DePauw during his undergraduate years and took on many Phi Psi chapter and student government positions during his time at DePauw. Famous for his athletic abilities, Jim captained many intramural teams but was best known for his basketball skills. In honor of Jim, the class of '79 started a fundraising campaign during the Sesquicentennial celebration in Jim's name. After discussing a number of options on how the money raised could be used, the class decided to leave the decision up to his family. At the request of his wife Beth and is two children, the House Corporation has agreed to honor Jim by dedicating the new Phi Psi basketball court in his name. The project to overhaul the existing court will begin in the spring of 2016.

Phi Psi Street Clock Web.jpgAnother contribution from alumni to commemorate this anniversary is the new Phi Psi Street Clock. The street clock was given, not only to commemorate Phi Psi's 150 years on the DePauw campus, but to act as a 'gift' of sorts to the University, enhancing the Burkhart walkway. Phi Psis who excelled nationwide and/or have played a significant role in making DePauw a better place are engraved on the clock.One example is Ford Frick, former President and Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

During the dinner, a panel of brothers took some time to address the congregation about their Phi Psi experience and how it played a role in their own lives. Those who spoke included John Mote '50, Bruce Walker '53, Jim Taylor '67, Matt Neff '77, Scott Ullem '89, and Paul Mpistolarides '14. They talked about what the world was like during their college years and about the culture and environment of Phi Psi at DePauw. The stories they told left the audience smiling, laughing, and reminiscing on their own college years.

Mom Brown Dinner Web.jpgOf course, no Indiana Alpha gathering would be worthwhile without honoring its housemother who, for these past 23 years, has been Dorothy Brown. As per tradition, the walk into dinner that evening began with two brothers escorting Mom Brown to her table, a tradition that still exists during chapter house lunches and dinners today. To commemorate her work and dedication to The Rockpile, alumni found it fitting to name the current dining room The Dorothy "Mom" Brown Dining Hall. Mom Brown was very gracious as always for this wonderful honor. As every Indiana Alpha brother knows, the DePauw Phi Psi experience would not be the same without wonderful housemothers such as Mom Brown.


Story by The Indiana Alpha House Corporation 


The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is a 501(c)(7) association of men of integrity who strive to develop the individual in his intellect, in his involvement in the community and in his faith. The Fraternity was founded on February 19, 1852 at Jefferson College by William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore.  It currently has 100 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni. 
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Brothers in Peril – Phi Kappa Psi at Cal, Berkeley Raises $11,000 in 48 Hours http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/gillstory "The Gill family's home was recently destroyed by the Valley Wildfire. The home was the operating location of the family business used to support their two children, one of whom, Jacob, is attending UC Berkeley. Jacob and his father are both Brothers of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, so the Berkeley Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi is doing our part to help them out. Jacob is also very involved on campus, always looking for ways to serve the community. Now let's do our part to help give back."                                                    That was the message delivered by the brothers of California Gamma on the GoFundMe page for Brother Jacob Gill (Cal '14) after his family lost their home in the recent rash of California Wildfires. Jacob's father is also a Phi Psi; Tim Gill was initiated at California Eta (Cal Poly '81). It is a heartbreaking story that was confronted head-on by the undergraduate membership of the chapter. After learning of this terrible tragedy, the members (including District VI Archon, Thomas Zorrilla) went to the popular fundraising platform GoFundMe to start a campaign. That campaign was started on September 14, 2015.  
 
The goal: raise $10,000 for their brothers in need. 
Within 48 hours (and over 100 donations later), the campaign raised well over $11,000

We asked Jacob about the GoFundMe campaign and how it affected his family. He said, "Before I even knew about how much support my family was actually receiving, my younger brother Connor, who is a 16 year old at Middletown High School, called me and simply said, 'Dude. Phi Psi is awesome.' He then told me that I needed to go online and check out the GoFundMe. I was blown away. Everything felt very surreal. I had previously thought that I understood the extent to which the Fraternity would be a resource and a support system for me, but I think that no one can fully comprehend it until they experience it. My family is absolutely in awe and unconditionally grateful for the support we have received. We received support from not only actives and alumni from chapters across the nation, but also from the friends and family of my brothers.  It has been incredibly helpful as well as a force of hope during a dark time for us." 
 
Thomas Zorrilla, who helped organize the campaign, exclaimed, "I believe that the outpouring of support from across the county and world is a truly amazing representation of the strength of our brotherhood. I hope that the love and support from brothers near and far was able to offer much needed comfort for the Gill family, and reassure them that we are all standing by them."  
 
It wasn't just undergraduates who were involved in the campaign. Alumni Brother John Klentos (Oklahoma '83) left this comment on the campaign page: "...the outpouring of generosity by Phi Psis across the country is amazing. Fraternity is about so much more than epic parties... it's about Brotherly Love. I'm so proud of these guys."  
 
Jamey Gill (who is Jacob's mom/Tim's wife), gave this emotional response to the outpouring of support on the GoFundMe page: "It offers us so much hope that we will be able to start over and end up strong. I cry as I write this. We are truly humbled. How do I extend an appropriate thank you? It seems an impossible task." 
 
The campaign was closed by the chapter on September 22, 2015. In just eight days, these young men were able to capitalize on the power of social media and the power of brotherhood to raise a grand total of $16,020 for Jacob and his family. The money will be used to support Jacob's college tuition, room and board. While the family begins re-establishing their life in a new home and continues to run a business, the $16,020 will go a long way to ensuring that Jacob is able to finish his education. 

This level of support for our brothers in California demonstrates to all of us that true brotherhood extends beyond geographical barriers. Let this be an example to everyone of what support and service looks like in a time of immediate need.

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Brothers Tim Gill (Cal Poly '81) and his son, Jacob (Cal '14).

The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is a 501(c)(7) association of men of integrity who strive to develop the individual in his intellect, in his involvement in the community and in his faith. The Fraternity was founded on February 19, 1852 at Jefferson College by William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore.  It currently has 100 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni. 
 
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2015 Constitution Day Celebration - #PhiPsiBadge http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/constitutiondaycelebration Green Badge-Web.jpgSeptember 16, 2015 - Thursday, September 17th marks the 14th Annual Celebration of Phi Kappa Psi's Constitution Day. It was on this date in 1857 that Brother William Clayton Wilson, Allegheny 1875 was born. If you think back to your Fraternity Education, that name might sound familiar; it is because of William Clayton Wilson that we celebrate this Phi Psi day.  This date coincidentally also commemorates the United States' Constitution Day. 
 
At the 1886 Indianapolis Grand Arch Council, Phi Kappa Psi decided to vacate the Grand Chapter form of government that served the Fraternity since our founding in 1852. The new Constitution, which provides the framework that still governs us today, was authored by William Clayton Wilson. Rather than an undergraduate chapter governing the entire Fraternity, it was decided that a small group of alumni and undergraduates would be elected to serve as representatives of the Fraternity as a whole.

We are asking that all Phi Psis join us in celebrating this occasion. To celebrate and honor Phi Kappa Psi Constitution Day, please consider participating in the following: 
    -Wear your badge on September 17th
    -Fly your Phi Psi flag
    -If you don't have one, consider purchasing one or make one
    -Post pictures to social media (#PhiPsiBadge) showing your badge or flag 
    -Follow @PhiPsiArchives on Twitter for more information and history  on Constitution Day 
    -Tweet your suggestions @phikappapsi for ways to evolve the Phi Kappa Psi Constitution
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Phi Kappa Psi Joins It’s On Us Movement http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/itsonus pkpitsonus.jpgOn September 19, 2014, the White House launched the "It's On Us" campaign to stop sexual assault. "It's On Us is an awareness campaign to help put an end to sexual assault on college campuses.

 

"It's On Us" is a cultural movement aimed at fundamentally shifting the way we think about sexual assault. Phi Kappa Psi is proudly joining this movement.

 

"An estimated one in five women has been sexually assaulted during her college years -- one in five," the President noted. "Of those assaults, only 12 percent are reported, and of those reported assaults, only a fraction of the offenders are punished."

 

"It's On Us" is a rallying cry inviting everyone to step up and realize that the solution begins with us. It's a declaration that sexual assault is not only a crime committed by a perpetrator against a victim, but a societal problem in which all of us have a role to play. We are reframing sexual assault in a way that inspires everyone to see it as their responsibility to do something, big or small, to prevent it. We are asking everyone to create an environment, be it a dorm room, a party, a club or a sports team, or the greater college campus, where sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

 

Raising awareness. Holding ourselves and each other accountable. Looking out for someone who cannot consent.

 

IT'S ON US. All of us. All brothers of Phi Kappa Psi.

 

As a member of Phi Kappa Psi, we ask you to TAKE THE PLEDGE

  • To recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.
  • To identify situations in which sexual assault may occur.
  • To intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.
  • To create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

 

We encourage you to discuss these tips with your friends and chapter:  

  • Talk to your friends openly and honestly about sexual assault.
  • If you see something, intervene any way you can.
  • Trust your gut. If something looks like a bad situation, it likely is.
  • Be direct. Ask someone who looks as if they need help if they are okay.
  • Get someone to help you if you see something. Enlist an officer, sober monitor, brother, or friend.
  • Keep an eye on someone who has had too much to drink.
  • If you see someone who is too intoxicated to give consent, enlist their friends to help them leave safely.
  • Recognize the potential danger about someone who talks about planning to target another person at a party, mixer, social or event.
  • Get in the way of potential issues by creating a distraction, drawing attention to the situation, or separating them.
  • Understand if someone does not or cannot consent to sex, it is rape.
  • Never blame the victim.

 

Join the conversation on social media by using #PKPItsOnUs!


If you are a victim or survivor, or helping someone in that situation go to notalone.gov to get the resources and information you need. You can also call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE.

 

If you have any questions or need the assistance educating your chapter, please feel free to contact our Director of Health and Wellness Sarah Benfield at srb@phikappapsi.com

 

For more information: 
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Phi Kappa Psi Undergraduate Competes on NBC's The Voice! http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/pkpthevoice Last week, we got the chance to talk to our very own Phi Kappa Psi Voice contestant! Chris Jamison Capital '12 auditioned for NBC's The Voice earlier this year, and his "four chair turn" audition performance of John Mayer's "Gravity" aired September 30th. On October 3rd, Chris gave us the scoop on his Voice experience thus far!


Tune in TONIGHT, October 13th at 8/7c (and every Monday and Tuesday) to see Chris compete for Team Adam!



What has your experience on the Voice been like so far?

So far it's been crazy, obviously. I started the whole process a while ago, so it's been a long process. I think throughout the whole thing, I kind of never went into anything expecting anything in return because I didn't want to get my hopes up or be let down. I just didn't want to expect anything out of this because of how big of an opportunity it was and how many people try to take advantage of something like this.

 

So I went through the audition process. I initially sent in a video, they called after they saw the video, and then I went to Philadelphia for a call back audition. After that, it kind of all skyrocketed into this crazy experience. I hadn't really watched the show regularly in the past couple of seasons, but I remember watching the first season. My mom watched the show a lot, so sometimes I would sit down with her. Before I was even a part of it, my mom would say, "Hey! You should try out for this. I can definitely see you up on that stage singing."

 

And I kind of just shrugged it off because I never expected to do anything like this. So now that the other day I'm watching myself on TV actually on that stage and singing a song, it's just a surreal and crazy experience.

 

What has been your favorite moment?

My favorite part so far was probably after the audition. I'm standing on that stage and looking after the chairs turned, and it's me on stage staring at these superstars that are in front of me. I listen to their music on the radio and buy their songs on iTunes, and now they're telling me what they liked about my voice and what they liked about my performance, and I'm getting feedback from people that have been in the music business for a very long time and are very well respected.

 

That was probably my favorite moment because regardless of what happens with this whole experience, the fact that I got to get feedback on my music and the fact that they liked my music and my singing voice really meant a lot. It's very validating too when you're hearing these things from them after working hard and trying to make something of your music, and then their telling you that what you're doing is great. It's really cool.

 

What did it feel like to have four major musical artists fight over you?

That's what's crazy about the whole thing. Normally, I'd be the one fighting to be on any one of their teams. So it's like the roles were reversed, and I have the choice of four superstars to pick as one of my coaches. The fact that the roles are reversed and I have this choice is kind of scary a little bit because you don't want to make the wrong choice. Not that there could really be a wrong choice because they're all obviously successful, and they know what they're doing because they are where they are today. I mean, the choice just really comes down to, in the moment, who connects with you the most and what fits you the most.

 

Before I went on stage, I told myself that I would pick Pharrell if he turned around, and that's kind of who I thought throughout this whole process that I'd end up going with. But once I got on stage and heard Adam's constructive criticism, some people might have been put off by that, but for me I've always been a part of performing groups, so I've always had constructive criticism as a performing arts thing, and I've always enjoyed it because that's how performers and artists are able to grow. You learn from your mistakes and you learn from other people's advice. When Adam was giving me constructive criticism, I kind of felt like he was already coaching me, and it felt like the right choice to go with him.

 

What has Adam been like as a coach? Are there any specific things he's asked you to work on in the meantime before the Battle Rounds begin?

We haven't really had a lot of interaction yet, but from what he said in the Blind Audition, I think the biggest thing was that he said he loved everything that I did, and he really felt the emotion of everything in the performance, but that what he thought was that there was a little bit too much I added to it and a little bit too much going on vocally. He said that if I pull that back a little bit and did 85% of what I did on stage that he would see that as a big improvement and that would be helpful to my performance. I'm just looking forward to hearing more of his thoughts on performance and how you incorporate the whole performance aspect of the show into singing a song. To be honest, I'm just thrilled at the opportunity to get to even spend more time with him. It's really exciting.

 

Beyond yourself, who are you cheering for this season?

I really don't have any because all of the contestants on the show, we're all friends with each other. We've all spent a lot of time together and gotten to know each other really well, so I think we're all rooting for each other. That's what I like the most about this whole opportunity. At the end of the day, it's still a competition, but we're all still rooting for each other. It doesn't have that competitive feel to it. We all just want each other to be successful.

 

I'm friends with a lot of the people on the show. When we see each other on the show, we're all texting each other and we're just all excited. Number one, this is a huge opportunity. The fact that I even got to be on that stage and sing a song is just incredible and a moment that I'll never forget.

 

What are some songs you'd like to tackle on the show this season?

As far as music goes, the whole reason for me going on this show was to figure out the music I should be singing or the sound I should have and where I fit in to the whole huge music business and world. I think that after doing the audition and everything, I'd like to have more of a soulful sound to the music I create. Some of the artists I use for influence on the show and in general are Allen Stone, a little bit of John Mayer, and I kind of like the old school sound too, like Otis Redding. I kind of want to incorporate that older soulful kind of music and give it a modern twist. So I think that's the direction I'm headed in, and I hope I get to showcase that on the show.

 

What has been the best moment since your audition? 

I think there have been two things that have been, for lack of a better word, "crazy" for me. One was seeing my song on the iTunes charts, and at one point it was on the overall iTunes chart. Even though there are 200 songs, your name is around Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé songs, and it's crazy. I would have never imagined seeing one of my songs on the iTunes charts, let alone next to names like Justin Timberlake.

 

So that was one of the craziest things, and the other one was actually when Allen Stone tweeted at me and said, "Thanks for the shout out during the show." That was pretty cool because I'm a big fan of Allen Stone. The fact that he sent me a little tweet, it was a little thing, but it still meant a lot. That was really cool.

 

What has your Phi Psi Experience been like? Why did you join Phi Psi, and how has it impacted your life?

The experience so far has been great. I originally joined kind of on a whim. I wasn't planning on it. I joined the fall of my freshman year right when everybody got to school. I wasn't planning on doing that when I first got to school because I kind of wanted to play it out and see how things worked out. But I'm originally from Pittsburgh, and Capital's obviously in Ohio, so I was around new people and didn't know anyone.

 

My roommate and I thought it would be beneficial to go and learn more about the fraternities on campus. I actually remember going to an organizational fair where all of the fraternities were set up in a circle, and we went up to the Phi Psi table and talked with members of the Fraternity at the time. Right when we went to the table, that's the one I felt the most connection with and the one that I felt the most comfortable with just talking to and learning more about the Fraternity and the school in general.

 

My roommate and I went back to our room and discussed it, and we figured it would be a great experience. We didn't have many friends, and what better way to make friends than through this organization. There's the service aspect as well, and you get 46, or however many there were at the time, brothers and best friends. That was the main reason why I joined the Fraternity.

 

Throughout everything musically, my roommate and I have performed a lot at different venues in Ohio, and I've had different shows at restaurants and stuff. They are always coming out and being supportive, and they're always taking the time, no matter how crazy everyone's schedule is, somehow there's always one or two Phi Psis in the audience supporting us. It's been a great experience.

 

And you know, even throughout this whole thing, everyone from Capital, including all the Phi Psi's from Capital, they're all tweeting, messaging and sending me text messages encouraging me. It's really overwhelming and great knowing that you have so many people behind you supporting you.

 

And not only from Capital! Since the whole news about me auditioning for the show came out, Phi Psi's from all around, including the Headquarters, will tweet at me and stuff like that.  It's just been a great experience.

 

How has Phi Kappa Psi prepared you for your Voice experience?

The main thing that a lot of us talk about at our chapter, and I guess in Phi Psi in general, is "others before yourself." So I have not lost focus and don't plan on losing focus of the important things in life. I think Phi Psi has helped me to keep myself on track and recognize the things that are important including the Fraternity, family, friends and stuff like that, especially with all of the support they've given me so far.

 

I plan on doing my very best to uphold Phi Psi's image and to make sure that when people find out that I'm a Phi Psi that I represent our whole Fraternity well and that I am hopefully who they want to be representing their Fraternity.

 

A lot of Brothers are now tuning into the Voice, is there anything you would like to say to them?

I would just like to say thank you for the support. I see all of those tweets, and I read and share them. I'll go over to my mom and be like, "Oh! The Phi Psi Foundation just tweeted at me!" It's cool! All of these people are supporting me, and it just means a lot! I look forward to hopefully making Phi Psi and everyone else that's rooting for me proud!

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The 2013 Woodrow Wilson Leadership School and District Council Meetings http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/the2013woodrowwilson

The 2013 Woodrow Wilson Leadership School and District Council meetings have come to a close, and the over 250 attendees are headed back to their campuses prepared and excited about leading and influencing their chapters and communities.

Throughout the week, undergraduates in attendance were treated to roster of informative and inspiring speakers who challenged them to become true leaders in all aspects of their day-to-day lives. 

These large group presentations were combined with over 25 hours of breakout sessions covering Fraternity Operations & Management, Service Learning, Academic & Career Success, Citizenship, Health & Wellness, Life Skills and, of course, Leadership. Undergraduates also met in Alpha Groups facilitated by higher education professionals from around the country to discuss the concept of change and create action plans to be utilized in their chapters later this fall.

Keeping with the leadership theme, the Woodrow Wilson Leadership School also plays host to the biennial District Archon elections. This new batch of Archons will represent their individual districts for the next two years, and we are excited to see the influence they have on the Fraternity moving forward.

2013-2015 Archons

Pictured left to right by Districts (1-6): Matthew Bratsch (Rowan '11), Kenny Roberts (W&J '12), Brian Kochheiser (Bowling Green '12), Nathan Markiewitz (Vanderbilt '13), Jeff Scott (Oklahoma '11), Bryce Hobbs (Washington '11)


2013grandchapterWEB.jpgDuring the final banquet, Phi Psi chapters from coast to coast were recognized for their hard work and accomplishments in the classroom, the community and the Fraternity. The Chapter Excellence Program acknowledged 51 chapters for reaching an Accredited status. Thirteen chapters were accredited with honors, and sixteen chapters were accredited with distinction.


From those sixteen, one chapter from each district was awarded the District Excellence Award, and from those six, the best of the best was awarded with the Grand Chapter award. We are proud to announce that the men of New York Theta (Rochester Institute of Technology) took home the honors as the best chapter in Phi Kappa Psi!


Complete Awards Listing

Accredited (Passing 8 out of 11 areas of Chapter Excellence) 
Auburn, UC-Berkeley, Occidental, GW, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Valparaiso, Ball State, Iowa State, LSU, Minnesota State, Rutgers, Buffalo, East Carolina, Muskingum, Penn, Penn State, USP, Texas, Houston Baptist, VCU, Beloit

Accredited with Honors (Passing 9 or 10 out of 11 areas of Chapter Excellence)
USC, DePaul, Butler, Maryland, Brandeis, TCNJ, Rowan, Oneonta, Ohio State, Ashland, Capital, Bowling Green, York

Accredited with Distinction (Passing 11 out of 11 areas of Chapter Excellence)
Stanford, Illinois, Purdue, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Creighton, RIT, Toledo, Oregon State, Allegheny, F&M, Bucknell, Lafayette, Vanderbilt, Washington

District Excellence Awards 
District 1 - Rochester Institute of Technology
District 2 - Allegheny College 
District 3 - Purdue University
District 4 - Vanderbilt University 
District 5 - University of Iowa 
District 6 - Stanford University

Scholastic Achievement Awards (Chapters with the top GPA or GPAs in the top 10% on campus) 
Occidental, Valparaiso, IUPUI, Maryland, Bowling Green, Muskingum, F&M, Penn

Thomas Myers (Recognizing Scholastic Achievement) 
Summa Cum Laude (3.3 or higher)
Northwestern, IUPUI, Maryland, Cornell, Bucknell, Penn, Lafayette, Virginia

Magna Cum Laude (3.2 - 3.29) 
Occidental, Creighton, Washington

Cum Laude (3.0 - 3.19) 
USC, UC-Berkeley, Georgia, DePauw, Valparaiso, Butler, Iowa State, Johns Hopkins, Michigan, Minnesota-Duluth, Nebraska, TCNJ, Syracuse, Binghampton, Oneonta, RIT, Ohio State, Case Western, Toledo, Miami (OH), Dayton, Muskingum, Bowling Green, Allegheny, F&M, Penn State, Drexel, Texas


The next national Phi Kappa Psi gathering will be the 2014 Grand Arch Council in Phoenix, Arizona on July 9, 2014. Make sure to check back this fall for hotel information and registration.

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2013 National Day of Service http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/2013nationaldayofservice Give back to your local community to celebrate the legacy of our Fraternity

On April 13, 2013 and throughout the month, brothers of Phi Kappa Psi from around the country gathered in various locations to do what our founders, Brothers William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore, set out to do 161 years ago: Serve. Those two men started a Fraternity based on the motto The Great Joy of Serving Others. Today, our tradition of service and excellence continues, with brothers contributing hundreds-of-thousands of hours, and millions of dollars annually to charities around the world.

While service is something our members participate in every day, we highlight our organization's commitment to service each year with the National Day of Service. In 2013, we recognized this day on April 13th. Brothers were encouraged to find some sort of service project to participate in on (or in the week leading up to) that Saturday. Here's how we made a difference:

Pennsylvania Upsilon - (from Brother Josh Dienstman) The brothers of PA Upsilon at Drexel University took part by participating in two great events. First, we got up early and joined other Drexel students to clean up a local west Philadelphia neighborhood as part of the city-wide Philly Spring Cleanup Day. Later that day, our brothers continued their service by staying up all night for the Relay for Life, benefiting the American Cancer Society. We were proud to have upheld Phi Psi's great tradition of serving the community. 

TX Alpha NDOS Check Presentation.jpgTexas Alpha - Joining forces with the ladies of Delta Delta Delta, our men at the University of Texas hosted Fun Fest, a competition-like recreation event where 134 underprivileged kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin (TX) Area for a day of fun activities and positive experiences. The event was the largest BGCAA event ever held with a University of Texas organization! It also helped to raise $5,000 for the local clubs (pictured). To read the full article about the event, visit here.
 
Washington Alpha, Oregon Alpha and Oregon Beta - To be held on April 21st, these three Northwest chapters will gather in Portland at the Birch Trailhead of Forest Park, and will work in cooperation with staff from Portland Parks and Recreation, The Forest Park Conservancy, and The Friends of Tryon Creek to remove invasive plant species in the park, which smother the native environment. Brothers will also replant native shrubs and trees.. Learn more on the event's Facebook page HERE.

Pennsylvania Alpha - Our first chapter, located at Washington & Jefferson, isn't the only fraternity founded at the school. So, naturally, it only made sense for our men to partner with Phi Gamma Delta to host the Jefferson Duo Kickball Tournament. With 65 participants, over $400 was raised for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Great work! This is only the beginning, with the Jefferson Duo 5K set for the fall.

Iowa Alpha - Our men at the University of Iowa took our partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of America to heart and spent the weekend of April 13th engaging with dozens of local children, including a giant dodgeball game and mastering the art of Legos!

California Lambda - Several brothers from San Diego State headed south, past the border and into Mexico to help build houses for the less fortunate.

Illinois Epsilon - The timing couldn't have been better for our chapter at Illinois State. The campus was hosting "Bring It Back to Normal," a campus-wide event where students were able to sign up for a variety of projects around the city to give back to the community that provides so much support to the school. Brothers from the chapter participated in a number of various service projects on April 13th. 

Ohio Delta - Our men at Ohio State took to the phones on April 14th in the hopes of raising $5,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. This wasn't a one-day pursuit of the goal, as money was raised leading up to the weekend and continued to pour in after the Phonathon. You can track the progress or make a donation HERE.

Southern California Chapters - To be held on April 28th 

If your chapter did something of note, please let us know. We will post full details and recaps here.

Also, if you still want to make a difference, how about helping us in our campaign to raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County. Perhaps your group can organize a quick fundraiser, or you can give directly to the cause

Whatever you find to do, giving back is the ultimate act of a Phi Psi. Help us celebrate our founding principle.
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Wed, 05 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/2013nationaldayofservice
A Long Time Coming http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/alongtimecoming Two brothers, once colony members, return over 20 years later to be initiated

Submitted by Simeon Melman Brandeis '13, Corresponding Secretary

Brandeis 1.jpgOn the morning of April 27, 2013, the brothers of the Massachusetts Beta Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi at Brandeis University united for a very atypical event. It was a beautiful spring day as we inducted two new members, Edward Messina Brandeis '13 and Evan Schwartz Brandeis '13, into our Fraternity. Both men (now in their mid-40's) were some of the first colony members back in the late 1980s, and graduated before Massachusetts Beta attained national recognition as a chapter in 1991. 

Until that morning, the two men had not seen just how far their colony had come. Since their ingenuity in bringing the 'great joy of serving others' to Brandeis University had truly formed after their departure from the school, Brothers Schwartz and Messina were awe-stricken by the progress their idea had made. What was once a small group of men trying to follow the ideals of Phi Kappa Psi has now become a full-fledged brotherhood of over 60 young men of all backgrounds, complete with its own chapter house. Despite not being recognized by Brandeis, the chapter maintains a staggering presence on campus. 

All brothers who were present, including our chapter founder, Neal Spindel Brandeis '91, were very emotional in seeing our beloved chapter go full circle. All expressed gratitude for our chapter's "newest" members. If it wasn't for their determination, we would not share the wonderful fraternal bond that we cherish so deeply.

After the initiation ritual, the present graduating seniors and alumni were inducted into the Alumni Association. After becoming official Phi Kappa Psi alumni, each member said a few words, mostly regarding the pride and love they had for their Fraternity, and how their brothers inspired them to succeed and seek the right path in life. Closing remarks were made by Brother Spindel and recent graduate Mitch Berkowitz Brandeis '08, who spoke with a sense of wonder about how new and old merged so beautifully, that striving for the betterment of one's community is one of the noblest deeds a gentleman can do, and how a common sense of initiative can go a very long way.

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Brother Spindel (middle) flanked by his former colony brothers, now finally chapter brothers Messina and Schwartz
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Success: Campaign Completed for BGCA of West Alabama http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/successcampaign
On April 27, 2011, an EF4 tornado ravaged the city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Millions of dollars of damage were done, lives lost, futures impacted. For the dedicated members of the Boys & Girls Club of West Alabama, the gathering place for area youth was practically destroyed. For our members at Alabama, this had a profound impact, as brothers worked on a weekly basis with the club.

Thankfully, insurance money covered the structural damage and the club was rebuilt. But the construction, loss of time and focus on the community slowed the pre-existing planned improvements to the club. It was determined that Phi Kappa Psi could help improve the educational space of the club, including books, educational supplies, teachers' time and furniture.

Final Thermometer.gifOur goal was to raise $4,700. We are glad to announce that as of April 20, 2012 (1 day before our National Day of Service), we have met that goal! A total of $4,878.07 was raised for our BGCA friends in Tuscaloosa. That money has been delivered to the hard working volunteers and staff. The best part of it all, we did it the grassroots way! Individual brothers went to the club's website to donate, hats were passed at Fraternity events and several chapters organized their own fundraisers to participate, including all of the following:

Alabama Alpha - In addition to the 10 hours each brother donates a semester (tutoring and spending time with local kids), the chapter hosts a carnival for the kids from the BGCA of West Alabama, which also serves as a fundraiser for non-BGCA attendees. This year, it was held on Halloween, October 31st.

California Delta - Answering a call and challenge at January's Presidents Leadership Academy, our men of Troy delivered a check for $100!

California Iota/Sacramento AA - Founders Day 2012 saw both entities come together and raise money for the cause. In total, $201 was donated.

Indiana Epsilon - The Phi Psi men at Valparaiso put their dancing shoes on and invited the rest of the campus. On January 28, 2012, the chapter hosted a dance party with a philanthropic mission. In the end, from people attending, and a generous chapter donation, atotal of $1,500 was given to our Boys & Girls Clubs friends in Alabama!

Iowa Alpha - Also answering the challenge from PLA, we received $100!

Pennsylvania Theta - Our men at Lafayette College hosted a haunted house to help raise money for their philanthropic missions, and a portion of the final tally was given to this national initiative! In addition, other fundraising efforts of the semester were pooled with this money to help increase the donation. Update: $1,000 was raised!

Pennsylvania Beta - At Allegheny College, Phi Kappa Psi had their normal fall semester of philanthropy, but the challenge to help our national efforts inspired the brothers to dip into their funds to help. The result? A check delivered after the beginning of the year for $307.07!

Pennsylvania Eta - The men at Franklin & Marshall hosted a benefit concert on November 18th at 7:00 p.m.. All profits from the show were donated to this cause, a total of $85.00.

Ohio Theta - Our chapter at Ashland hosted a root beer pong tournament and raised $550

Atlanta AA - Inspired by the work being done nationally, organizers of the Founders Day event in Atlanta on Friday, February 24th literally passed the hat around the room and raised $160, which was donated directly to our friends in need in Tuscaloosa! 

North Texas AA - Already committed to the BGCA in Dallas by volunteering time to read with their local clubs, alumni members passed the hat and made a $50 donation to our national cause.

We can't thank our members and groups enough. This has truly grown our national partnership and shown that we can build for the future. We will be selecting another local Boys & Girls Club to adopt for the 2012-13 school year. 
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Sat, 20 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/successcampaign
From Triumph to Tragedy http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/fromtriumphtotragedy Our world was shook (sadly, again) on Monday, April 15, 2013. The bombs that killed three and injured countless others during the Boston Marathon impacted all of us as Americans and human beings. While brothers from our Massachusetts Beta (Brandeis) Chapter and Boston Alumni Association were all safe, they, like all us, were rattled. Each of us is connected in some way, some deeper than others. The tragedy came in the midst of an annual day of celebration, where thousands of runners unite for cause and community. Among that community was Brother Jeff Maher (Kansas '87, pictured in orange jacket below, prior to the race) who was competing in his third Boston Marathon and reflected afterwards on the emotional journey...

Arrival in Hopkinton.jpgAs I have had time to reflect on all that I experienced over the weekend in Boston many emotions come to mind: euphoria, excitement, anticipation, pride, disappointment, anger, sadness, and emptiness. A weekend full of hi's and lows. I was filled with euphoria arriving at Logan [Airport] on Saturday afternoon with the town buzzing with and for the marathoners. Excitement filled me at the expo seeing new faces getting to run Boston for the first time and vets proud to be back. 

Attending the charity dinner on Saturday night where our groups collectively have raised over $800,000 for non-profits (Brother Maher raced for Jumpstart, a charity aimed at making sure all children are prepared when entering school, raising nearly $44,000 through his running the Boston Marathon) was such a fun time and I was able to meet my charity teammates and celebrate with pride all we have accomplished so far. Getting up early Sunday morning and running the BAA 5k with 6500 others and getting to run the last mile of the finish line was anticipatory as people gathered in the grandstands to cheer us on. Knowing that the next day these streets would be lined 10-15 people deep and packed was an overwhelming thought. I attended a dinner with 20 other Kansas City area folks on Sunday night and we all talked about our goals and dreams for Monday's race with the enthusiasm of a 5-year-old getting up for Christmas morning! 

The race: A group of us met the buses at 6:15 a.m. in The Common and took the 26.2 mile ride out to Hopkinton to the Athlete's Village. I had a bagel and a banana for breakfast which is my pre-race meal. Excitement bubbled, anticipation grew. It was a beautifully cool morning with the sun peaking through clouds. As they called the Wave 1 start on the loud speakers, I got up and began making the mile walk toward the starting line. I met a friend in my corral and we decided to start the race together. There was a 26-second moment of silence at the start for the 26 people killed in the Newtown, CT shooting which was very touching. 

With that, the elite athletes were introduced to the crowd and the gun went off. I began my journey through the marathon course with a time goal of 3:10 and feeling well trained and ready to [set a personal record; PR]. I wore a pace band and knew what I wanted to do for each mile split. By mile 3, I was a little quicker than the pace I needed but not too fast. By mile 9, I was a little ahead of pace. At the half, I was needing to cross at 1:33:18 and I crossed at 1:32:36- still on pace, however, I was starting to tire and I knew the Newton hills still were ahead. By mile 16, at the beginning of the hills, I was 70 seconds ahead of goal but here we go... four significant hills over the next five miles. 

Not to be too graphic but I started to burp up my hydration products around this time. By mile 19, I had given up some time but fighting on 20 seconds ahead of my pace band. The next two miles, 20 and 21, the infamous Heartbreak Hill section, really took the steam out of me. I was now now two minutes off my pace. I was spent, physically and mentally. The last 5 miles needless to say were way off pace, every one of them. I took short walk breaks every half to quarter mile losing valuable time. It was not my day to have a great race. 

At mile 22, I stopped to stretch it in the middle of the road and the crowd was great urging me on 'come on Jumpstart, you got this!' (I was wearing a Jumpstart singlet) So encouraging, yet frustrating that my body wouldn't and couldn't do what my mind was telling it to do. As I would start to run again the crowd would go ballistic, 'GO JUMPSTART- you are awesome!' It really does make you feel like a rock star. I would wave and smile not because I felt good, but just because I could not help but acknowledge them. Has someone ever MADE you smile when you thought you could not? That was it. I didn't want to wave or smile, that would take energy right? But I smiled and waved and trudged along. It was at this point that I allowed myself to let go and just try to enjoy the crowds more, finish this race with a smile on my face taking it all in as I hit Hereford and then Boylston St. 

I did pay attention to my watch in the homestretch to see if I could push it to break 3:20 and at least finish in the "teens" because I knew I was close to that. Small victory, right? 
Official time 3:20:00 flat! That is right, one measly second off from the teens! Figures. 

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Maher at the finish line the Sunday before the race, just steps from where the bombs would go off the next day

Post race: After I crossed the finish line I was herded through the corral to get water, a mylar blanket, Gatorade recovery drink, a bag of snacks, banana, and medal. This all takes about 10-15 minutes believe it or not, it is not a quick process. The time of day was about 1:25 p.m. when I crossed the finish line. (The bombs went off at 2:50) After getting through the corral system and out onto the streets, I could make my way back to the Westin where Jumpstart and the other coalition charities had rented a ballroom for us to celebrate. They had my bag of clothes waiting for me and an available guest room to shower in. I did that came back to the ballroom and hung out for a few minutes as other finishers started trickling in to standing ovations. 

It was around this time that the bombs went off although in the center of the Westin it could not be heard. I decided after checking in with [wife] Tracy back in KC and telling her about my race to take my bags back to the Marriott where my guest room was and see if my roommate and friend from KC was back yet. 

On the walk through the Copley Mall (all indoors) I congratulated a couple wearing their medals and walking the same direction. I asked where they were staying and they said "the Hyatt- if it had not blown up yet"....What?!? They told me an explosion happened a few minutes before at the finish line and it was bad. The first explanation was maybe an an electrical explosion but no one knew. 

I had given two other friends who had to check out earlier in the day a key to my room so they could shower before heading to the airport and they were in my room packing and getting ready to head off to the airport. When I got to the room I asked if they had heard anything about it and they had not. We ran to window and saw very clearly all of the emergency vehicles and police descending on the Finish Line area. I quickly turned on the TV and watched live what was happening at street level. SHOCK. 

Immediately we started checking in with friends via text, because the cell lines were all overwhelmed. Slowly but surely we got responses back that everyone was safe and clear of the explosions, but that took a couple of hours. A few were still out on the course and were re-routed and not allowed to finish - not knowing what had happened. 

All of the frustration and disappointment in my race was immediately erased. I could have cared less about the time, the medal or the accomplishment. There was a little fear of the unknown. What was it? Was it really an equipment malfunction? Was it a bomb? Were more explosions coming? And from where? News of lockdown at the Westin and Copley Mall had us nervous as they were attached to our hotel. Evacuations from the Marriott Courtyard a block away, the Mandarin Hotel, the Lenox Hotel had us wondering if we were next or even safe 29 stories up? 

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You all know the rest of the story through the media coverage after the event. I am thankful that all of the friends and family members that I knew that attended are all safe. My heart breaks for the families and individuals that were hurt and killed in this tragedy. All they were doing was coming together to celebrate a great day in Boston. The news crews quickly arrived in Boston to cover the event, perched on every corner conducting interviews with runners. When we arrived back at the airport in KC there were crews everywhere trying to get stories from us. 

As I write this [three days after the race], I am not really recovering from the 26.2. It's more from what happened after. I was not even in the immediate area, I did not see first hand the destruction and loss of life and limbs and I know how I feel, I cannot imagine the despair they feel. I really feel for those that will be haunted by this for days, weeks, years and for some for their lifetime. 

I will say this, runners are a determined, resilient lot, as are Bostonians. We will be back next year in full force, there is NO doubt about that. The emptiness that I felt when I left Boston is slowly being replaced by an uplifting feeling of the Human Spirit. The stories of random acts of kindness that my friends encountered in Boston by complete strangers as they were evacuated from their hotels without a chance to change or put on warm clothing would bring a tear to anyone's eye. 

The evil done by the lone or the few will be far outweighed by the bravery and valor of the hundreds to thousands of heroes that responded to this tragedy. BOSTON STRONG! 

God Speed. I, for one, will be there in 2014!

(Final picture: Safely at home with his 12-year-old son)
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Fri, 19 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/fromtriumphtotragedy
Texas Alpha Gives Back in a Big Way http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/texasalphagivesbackinabigway Chapter partners with women of Tri Delta to hold largest Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area event with a student organization

On April 13, 2013, the same day as Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity's National Day of Service, the men of the Texas Alpha Chapter (University of Texas) worked to create a memorable experience for hundreds in the greater Austin area. Partnering with the women of Delta Delta Delta, they organized an event called "Fun Fest," which became the largest Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BGCAA) event ever held with a University of Texas organization. 

TX Alpha NDOS Check Presentation.jpgIn the end, 134 Club kids, ages 6-12, representing the 18 Austin-area Clubs, were on hand. Each was paired one-on-one with a Phi Psi or Tri Delta member, providing a UT buddy for the day. Each pair participated in all activities together, learning from a shared experience and mentoring discussions. There was a series of recreational activities, like relay races, tug-of-war, and much more. In addition, at the end of the day, an official check presentation from Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area was made in the amount of $5,000 to aid in future programming at the local Clubs.

"By holding Fun Fest, our brothers were able to physically and monetarily give back to our community," said Chapter President John Powers Texas '10. "Our philanthropy committee did a phenomenal job and the alumni support we had along the way was indispensable. I am truly pleased with our chapter and what were able to do for the Boys and Girls Club."

Beyond the money raised, the day provided a chance for underprivileged kids to venture outside of their communities and be exposed to new people, opportunities and ideas. In addition, the weekend supported the chapter's ongoing efforts to increase the visibility and awareness of the BGCAA. The Clubs serve 1,700 kids per day (over 12,000 annually) by providing a safe, nurturing environment from 3-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and during the summer. At the Clubs, kids receive homework help, healthy snacks, engage in physical fitness activities, spend time with their friends, and benefit from coaching and mentoring. 

"I was extremely pleased with the results of Fun Fest," Powers added. "Not only were we able to make a considerable donation to our local Boys and Girls Club, but we also found a way for our undergraduate brothers to physically contribute to bettering the experience of those kids."

In the Austin area, there is a great need to serve more kids, with an estimated 30,000 additional children in need who are not being served by existing Clubs. This event will further promote the chapter's growth plan for Austin's leading youth development agency.

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Tue, 16 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/texasalphagivesbackinabigway
Welcome Back Tennessee Delta http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/welcomebacktennesseedelta
TN Delta Rechartering.jpgIn total, 54 men were initiated into the Fraternity, bringing the chapter's total ranks to 1,645 members, dating back to the chapter's installation in October of 1901. The long history of the organization, combined with the excellent caliber of student at Vanderbilt, has long made for a perfect match of Phi Kappa Psi's values and mission. 

"We are extremely excited to be back as an active chapter on the Vanderbilt campus," Executive Director Shawn Collinsworth said. "Our long history on the campus, coupled with a tremendous network of alumni, made this expansion a top priority for us over the past two years." 

The path back to being an active chapter started in the fall of 2011 with the colonization of a small group of students. Several alumni had put in time and money to organize a support network on the ground and also make significant improvements to the chapter property. The National Fraternity routinely sent expansion staff to Nashville to help the colony grow and work on its petition to reclaim the charter. 

"I am so proud of the work these young men put in to seeing this process through to the re-chartering," Director of Expansion Ron Ransom said. "But, I would be remiss if I didn't recognize the valuable support so many alumni provided throughout this process. Without them, we would not have been successful and may not have been able to return to Vanderbilt as quickly as we did." 

Phi Kappa Psi is invested and dedicated to the long-term survival of Phi Kappa Psi at Vanderbilt and maintaining a tradition of service and excellence within the chapter and student population.

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Sat, 23 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/welcomebacktennesseedelta
Men at Drexel Raise Money for BGCA http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/menatdrexelraisemoney
For more pictures of the event, along with some additional details, you can visit the group's Facebook page for it.

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Our partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America continues to grow and we encourage more of our chapters to find a way to give back to a tremendous organization. We could also use your help in our national campaign to raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County.
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Fri, 22 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/menatdrexelraisemoney
Ohio Delta Brings Christmas to Area Children http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/ohiodeltabringschristmastoareachildren
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We encourage more of our members and chapters to engage in some form of service, including our National Day of Service, April 13, 2013. Our national commitment to the Boys & Girls Club also includes an increased focus this semester with our adopted club, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County. Please find a way to help support our efforts to give back to a tremendous organization.
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Brothers in West Virginia Give Back http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/brothersinwestvirginiagiveback Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

In the release, our men cite a year-long commitment to the Boys & Girls Club of Morgantown, West Virginia. The chapter raised $2,500 through two separate philanthropy events.

"The Boys & Girls Clubs are Phi Kappa Psi's national service partner and it is very important to the brothers that they contribute to the community for a great cause," said Vice President Chip Matala West Virginia '10.

The chapter has shown a commitment to the community, which dates back over a century ago to the founding of Phi Kappa Psi's 52nd chapter in 1890. As a new semester begins, we expect to hear more news like this from not just West Virginia Alpha, but our 103 chapters around the country.



We encourage more of our members and chapters to engage in some form of service, including our National Day of Service, April 13, 2013. Our national commitment to the Boys & Girls Club also includes an increased focus this semester with our adopted club, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County. Please find a way to help support our efforts to give back to a tremendous organization.
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New York Theta Sets Records at 17th Mud Tug http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/newyorkthetasetsrecordsat17thmudtug Article submitted by Justyn Carll (RIT '10), Corresponding Secretary

Every year, school campuses nationwide host traditional campus events to show support of their school. These events are organized through the forms of homecoming weekends, festivals, and parades. Many are thrown by Greek organizations in respect to a charity of their choice, giving back to their community and the less fortunate. At Rochester Institute of Technology, our organization does things a little different. This year, Phi Kappa Psi New York Theta teamed up with Zeta Tau Alpha Iota Psi to host the 17th annual Mud Tug. 

Mud Tug.jpgMud Tug is a tug-of-war competition played over mud pits. Started by Phi Kappa Psi in 1996, the event has grown to an unprecedented level. Charities have varied from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Hillside Family of Agencies, and the money raised going to these charities has grown every year. The event includes men's, women's, and co-ed brackets, as well as food and music for everybody present. This year, the music was supplied by one of our own, Christopher Rumpler RIT '07.
 
Although the day of the event runs smoothly, not many people get the privilege of seeing all of the hard work and effort that goes into the event. Planning for Mud Tug starts in the spring prior to the upcoming academic year. One brother from Phi Psi and one sister from Zeta Tau Alpha are made head of the event, and the brotherhood comes together early to help out with everything from getting corporate sponsorship months in advance, to setting up the fences and bleachers the day before. Many key organizations at RIT are involved in making the event a success. The Student Government at RIT, Center for Campus Life, Facilities Management Services, and other Greek and non-Greek organizations donate time and money to allow the most possible amount of money raised to go to Hillside Family of Agencies. Local companies sponsor necessities such as food and cooking needs, as well as the local fire department coming to fill the mud pits with water the night before. 

As Phi Psi's, we don't stop at being successful; we strive to reach perfection. This year we undertook the task of making the event into the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest Tug-of-War event ever played. After getting our brotherhood on board for this feat, the planning for breaking the world record added more hurdles and obstacles to tackle in the short five month planning period. 

As the day of the event approached, September 22nd 2012, all of the planning and hard work became a success. The amount of people showing up to join the tug-of-war event totaled over 1,600 people, shattering the previous record of 1,290. The money collected for Hillside Family of Agencies, which has been a cornerstone of the local Rochester community for over 175 years, totaled $10,800. Phi Kappa Psi was founded on "the great joy of serving others," which is why the New York Theta Chapter strives to do what we do. These events are not for profit, or for ourselves, but for the community around us and the lives that these contributions impact.

UPDATE - After submitting the information and documentation, the men of New York Theta did indeed set a Guinness World Record for the largest tug of war tournament. It is the second world record the chapter has established in the past couple of years, including the largest dodgeball game. 
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Wed, 31 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/newyorkthetasetsrecordsat17thmudtug
Brother Oliver Wyckoff Awarded Mortar Board Fellowship http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/brotheroliverwyckoffawardedmortarboardfellowship Release provided by the Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Mortar Board National Foundation proudly announces that Oliver Wyckoff is the recipient of the 2012 Mortar Board Ruth Weimer Mount Fellowship, a $2,250 award. Oliver is a recent graduate of Beloit College, where he earned a baccalaureate degree summa cum laude in political science. In the fall, he will attend Roskilde University in Denmark to pursue a master's degree in global studies and international development. 

Oliver Wyckoff for web.jpgOliver was initiated into the Senior Bench chapter of Mortar Board in 2011 and served as president. In addition to his Mortar Board involvement, he honed his leadership skills as a resident assistant, membership chair of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and representative on the academic advising task force at Beloit College. A dedicated community volunteer, Oliver served meals and helped with operations at the Hands of Faith Homeless Shelter. He also tutored local middle-school children as a contributor to the Beloit College Help Yourself Program, a comprehensive academic program for low-income youth. 

Oliver's interest in international relations was engendered by a unique overseas experience in Rwanda. Selected as a human rights delegate with Global Youth Connect, he participated in human rights workshops, debates and site visits with international youth leaders. He also provided volunteer service to the Center for Social Mobilization and Information in Rwanda, aiding in its mission to promote food security, gender equality, economic development, health and nutrition through access to land and property rights. The rich complexity of social issues in Rwanda influenced Oliver's subsequent scholarly research, including an honors thesis and an academic presentation at Beloit College's International Symposium. For his work, Oliver was honored with the Ivan McKinley Stone Prize for International Relations. 

A native of Seattle, Oliver was selected as a summer intern in the office of Maria Cantwell, United States Senator from Washington. In this role, Oliver advocated on behalf of constituents requesting federal loan modifications in an effort to mitigate the housing crisis in his home state. The son of Carol Judge and Richard Wyckoff of Seattle, Oliver graduated from The Center School in 2008. 

This year, the Mortar Board National Foundation awarded nearly $40,000 in fellowships to 10 exceptional Mortar Board members. Fellowship recipients are chosen based on academic excellence, strong recommendation, scholarly promise and Mortar Board involvement. Since the establishment of the Mortar Board fellowship program in 1941, more than $650,000 has been awarded to assist members in pursuing further study in graduate or professional school. 

Mortar Board National Foundation president, Sally Steadman, Ph.D., commented, "These extraordinary students, having already made a positive impact on their campuses and in their communities, share a proven commitment to promoting meaningful societal change. It is with pride that Mortar Board assists them in their pursuit of scholarly, leadership and charitable achievements." 

Mortar Board is the premier national honor society recognizing college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Since its founding in 1918, the Society has grown from the four founding chapters to 229 chartered collegiate chapters with more than a quarter million initiated members across the nation. 

Mortar Board provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community. Some notable Mortar Board members include pioneering engineer Lillian Gilbreth, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Emmy-winning actor Rue McClanahan, astronaut and scientist Judith Resnik, adventurer Aron Ralston and lifestyle expert Bruce Littlefield. Learn more about Mortar Board at www.mortarboard.org.
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Wed, 22 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/brotheroliverwyckoffawardedmortarboardfellowship
A Brother's Story of the End of World War II http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/abrothersstoryoftheendofworldwarii Rex "Jim" Stever (Ohio Wesleyan '46) was born in Ohio but moved to Texas during his formative years of high school. While finishing up his prep studies, the United States was thrust into World War II. He enlisted in the Army in 1943 and entered basic training for the infantry. He was in line to be sent to France but, as he points out, was fortunate to get out of it and enter flight training. Instead of marching through Europe, he flew over the Pacific. This is his story about the war and how it came to end in the Pacific in 1945.

Everybody knows that Japan surrendered and the war was over. That's what people heard on the radio or read in newspapers. But I want to tell my Phi Psi brothers some of the details they probably never heard or read about.

I was a flying officer in the Troop Carrier Command - 67th Squadron, 433rd Group, Forward Area Wing, Fifth Air Force. The 67th had about 275 enlisted men and 83 officers. The latter consisted of an intelligence officer, a signal officer, a medical doctor and 80 flying officers, which were 78 pilots and two navigators. I was one of the navigators and thus was always in a lead plane.

Jim Stever.jpgAfter the successful battle of Okinawa we began practicing for the invasion of the Japanese homeland. Troop Carrier's role would be dropping paratroopers and towing gliders (containing items like Jeeps, cannons and heavy weapons, ammo, food and medical supplies). I found out later that the scheduled date was November 15, 1945. I would have been in the first wave and very likely would not have survived. That invasion, of course, never occurred.

The Allied High Command estimated about 2.5 million casualties, comprised of 1 million Allied (mostly American and Australian), plus a million-and-a-half Japanese, many of which would be civilian. How would we avoid the carnage? That's when President Harry S. Truman approved using America's new weapon, the atomic bomb. The United States, through diplomatic channels, sent a message to the Japanese government urging them to surrender or 'we will destroy your country.' That fell on deaf ears. And so, on August 6, 1945, an A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Japan did not surrender.

General George MacArthur, who no doubt knew there could be more atomic bombs dropped, ordered the squadrons of the 433rd Group to ferry the 11th Airborne Division from Luzon to Okinawa. He didn't want Japan to surrender and then have us take 10 days to arrive. Then, on August 9th, the second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, a secondary target when the primary target was socked-in by weather. Still, Japan did not surrender. I learned later that the Emperor entered the picture and convinced his military leaders to surrender "or they will destroy our country." On August 14, 1945, Japan surrendered and we immediately began flying 11th Airborne into Atsugi air base in Tokyo. Yes, I was in Japan on the first day of the occupation.

Brother Stever then began a stretch of time in Japan. Many fail to realize that a surrender doesn't mean an immediate return home for troops. Instead, the occupancy takes on a new level of embedded organization and control. It would be weeks before he would get his ticket back to the United States. But, during this time, Brother Stever created some lasting memories, including flying missions over the recently bombed Hiroshima. He took pictures from 3,000 feet up in the air, fearing radiation should they get any lower to the ground of the city bombed just two weeks prior. It was one of many unique experiences in occupied Japan.

The airstrip at Atsugi had a parallel taxiway on the east side. After our cargo left the plane, we had about 45 minutes as all planes worked before heading back for another load. There was a small village next to the taxiway. During my 45 minutes, I walked over there. I was probably the only curious person in the entire fleet. I just wanted to see what a Japanese village looked like. To the villagers, I was an enemy soldier with a gun. I realized those people were frightened and returned to my plane, but it was an experience I shall never forget.

The 433rd squadrons received orders to move to Japan. Our new base was bombed-out Mitsubishi Laboratories at Tachikawa, about 15 miles west of downtown Tokyo. One day, we got word that we could not use Japanese aviation gasoline in our planes (too low octane) and the 67th squadron was ordered to fly to Iwo Jima and pick up fuel. I volunteered to go.

They put four tanks in the fuselage of each (15 total) squadron planes. Each tank could hold 450 gallons of gasoline. After a couple of days filling the squadron's tanks, we headed for Tokyo. As we approached Tokyo Bay we could see hundreds of ships plus squadrons of planes circling overhead. So we decided to form up and circle with the rest of them. It was September 2, 1945 and the surrender documents were being signed on the Battleship Missouri! I remember looking down on a U.S. destroyer and thinking, "You guys have no idea what's above you." We made one circle around Tokyo Bay and decided we better get our cargo to Atsugi.

A few weeks later, Brother Stever would make a 10-day journey (by sea) across the Pacific to Tacoma, Washington. With him came a lifetime of memories and even a Japanese battle flag he discovered while exploring a jungle during his time in the Pacific. He has never been back to any of the spots he experienced during the war. He would get his degree from Ohio Wesleyan in Mathematics before earning his Masters in Petroleum Geology from Texas Tech. He went on have a successful career as a Petroleum Geologist in Texas, and also is an author and historian.

As I said in the beginning, you probably never heard about the 11th Airborne being the first occupiers or a squadron bearing aviation gasoline flying overhead on Surrender Day. Just a couple of tidbits of history.

Thank you Brother Stever and all of our members who have served in the military to protect our country, many of whom have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve a country where Phi Kappa Psi can thrive. 
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Bob Marchesani Honored at 2012 GAC http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/bobmarchesanihonoredat2012gac Longtime volunteer and Greek life advocate presented with the Eddie Knight Award of Merit

For the 20th time in Fraternity history, Phi Kappa Psi honored one of its best with the Eddie Knight Award of Merit during the closing banquet of the 2012 Grand Arch Council in San Antonio, Texas. Bob Marchesani Butler '94 (IUP '79) became the 21st member of the Fraternity to receive one of the highest individual honors in all of Phi Psi. Bob's dedication not just to his Fraternity, but to the entire Greek movement was a driving force in receiving this high honor.

Eddie Knight Marchesani Award.jpgNot only was Brother Marchesani (right) involved locally in his chapter and on his campus as an undergraduate, he also was elected by his district as Archon, sitting on Phi Kappa Psi's Executive Council from 1981-1983. Upon graduation, he moved to Indianapolis and began working for the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) as the assistant executive director. In 1986, he was appointed the first full-time administrator to Phi Kappa Psi's Foundation. After serving in that role, and while pursuing his masters in business administration, he made a career move and began work for Lilly Pharmaceuticals in 1989, where he has worked ever since in a successful marketing career on some of the company's most noteworthy products. 

His departure from the Headquarters staff in the late 1980's, however, did not stop his involvement in the fraternal movement. He continued to be involved, including holding nationally appointed positions such as Director of Public Relations, Coordinator of Accreditation, NIC Representative, Director of Extension, Outreach Advisor, Regional Coordinator and Member of the Sesquicentennial Commission.

He also served as the chapter advisor for 10 years to the Indiana Zeta chapter at Butler University, guiding them to be named Grand Chapter of the Fraternity in 1996. He is a member of the Fraternity's secret Order of the S.C., attending every national biennial governing convention since 1980, which is 17 in total. 

Most recently, he concluded a two-year term as chairman of the NIC, becoming one of only two Phi Psis to ever have had the distinction of serving in that role.

"It would be incredibly difficult to imagine anybody more deserving of this award than Bob Marchesani," said Shawn Collinsworth Indiana State '91, Executive Director of Phi Kappa Psi. "He has committed much of his life to the betterment of Phi Kappa Psi and Greek life, and we all owe him thanks for that tireless and selfless work."

The Eddie Knight Award of Merit is named after Edward H. Knight Wabash 1893, one of the Fraternity's most loyal and dedicated alumni. In addition to attending a record 38 Grand Arch Councils, an astonishing number between 1894 and 1970, Knight was a co-founder of the Order of the S.C., stalwart of the Indianapolis Alumni Association and champion to Indiana Gamma at Wabash College. The award is presented to an alumnus, like Eddie, who contributed his time and talents to the initiatives of the National Fraternity, a chapter, colony and/or alumni association.

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Southern California Phi Psis Uphold the Tradition of Service & Excellence http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/southerncaliforniaphipsisupholdthetraditionofservice NDOS SoCal golf.jpg Phi Kappa Psi's National Day of Service took place on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Not only did the day serve as a culmination of a semester that saw members of the Fraternity give more than 26,000 hours of service and raise over $107,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. This partnership has grown because our undergraduates continue to buy in to the difference we can make. This was on full display in southern California where several chapters united to show their support of our philanthropic partner.

Submitted by Steve Flores (Long Beach '10), Chapter Historian

On April 21, 2012, four Southern California chapters of Phi Kappa Psi participated in the National Day of Service by hosting a carnival at the Dana Strand Boys & Girls Club in Wilmington, California. Brothers from UC Irvine (California Kappa), Occidental (California Mu), UC Riverside (California Nu), Long Beach State (California Xi) were in attendance. [Former National President] Brother Paul Wineman Washington '55 made an early appearance at the Phi Psi Carnival. Brother Tim Suwandhaputra UC Riverside '09, District VI Archon, was also in attendance. Phi Psi favorite and etiquette expert Mom Nonnie kicked off her trip through Southern California chapters at the Phi Psi Carnival. She stopped by after landing from her flight from Florida. 

NDOS SoCal stage.jpgThe Phi Psi Carnival delighted over 200 boys and girls from the club. There was something for everyone. There were small soccer matches, small football games, relay races, obstacle courses all over the back yard of the club. Not everything at the event involved running around the hot Southern California sun. Finger painting, face painting, coloring, along with other arts and crafts brought out the inner artists in children all afternoon. Performances by local bands, acoustic singers and comedians entertained the large crowd thoughout the afternoon. 

The grill was busy the entire afternoon. Feeding over 200 hungry children was not an easy task. Brothers helped prepare burgers and hot dogs for the children with the help of staff members of the club. Two Disney pass tickets were raffled off. The winners cried in excitement as they heard their numbers being called out. When asked why they were crying they responded with, "Iʼve never been to Disneyland. Iʼm so happy!" 

The event was a total success. The children of the Dana Strand Boys and Girls Club left the club with memories of a day full of fun and surprises thanks to the brothers who attended.

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The Ultimate Volunteers http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/theultimatevolunteers This article ran as a 3-page spread in the spring 2012 issue of The Shield. Because of space constraints, below is the entirety of submitted materials to thank two amazing volunteers and supporters of Phi Kappa Psi!

After five years of being the live-in house parents and advisors of Iowa Beta, Bill (Iowa State '69) and Lindy Good are leaving their post inside the chapter house. While Bill will still be advisor and Lindy will still mentor the undergraduates and run some programming, a new house mother will step in. It marks the end of an era where two dedicated individuals literally brought the chapter back to existence and nurtured it to success. As a gift for their time and service, the men of Iowa Beta wanted to pay the ultimate respect, in their own words.... 

Bill and Lindy Good 1.jpgBill and Lindy Good are the reason why the Iowa Beta Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi is where it is today. After the loss of our charter in 1999 the future of Phi Psi at Iowa State University looked bleak. This, however, was not an acceptable outcome for Bill. He contacted the National Fraternity and began actively working on restarting the chapter, beginning with a large donation drive to renovate the house. The search soon began for the undergraduate men who would begin the re-chartering process of the chapter at Iowa State University. 

Even after all this, the Goods wanted to do more. Bill was not just going to get the chapter on its feet, but also make sure that the chapter went down the right path. After the re-chartering he and Lindy decided to voluntarily take on the challenge of being house directors for Iowa Beta. 

Without Bill's persistence and great advice, and Lindy's mothering spirit, Iowa Beta would not be where it is today. The men of Phi Kappa Psi are very thankful to have such dedicated house directors that have sacrificed so much of their time to not only bring Phi Psi back to Iowa State University but to bring it back with a vengeance. 

Bill is constantly giving advice in recruitment and giving life lessons in how to be successful in life. He really emphasizes that you get just as much of an education as being in a fraternity as you do going to school. 

 Lindy is the mom away from home; our second mom if you will. She is a huge part in making sure we are up to date with etiquette and helps shape us into better men. Lindy is always willing to talk and is always interested in what you have to say. She is an important part of the rebuilding process in making sure that the men are always portraying a positive image. 

It goes without saying that without Bill and Lindy Good, Iowa Beta would be nowhere near where it is now. The influence that each of them have had on the lives of all members in this chapter is immense. They have given so much during their time as house directors and the Men of Iowa Beta is so thankful for everything that they have done to give us the great start that we have now.

Testimonials

Bill and Lindy Good 2.jpg"As a son, there is no greater feeling than seeing your parents completely engulfed in something they love.  Being fraternity house parents has been just that for mom and dad.  Some think they're crazy for living in a fraternity house as grown adults, I think it's one of the most selfless and caring things a couple can do. Not to mention, I envy their social life." - Steve Good, Phi Delta Theta, Iowa State Class of 2004

"I have always known that I have been blessed with amazing parents. They have shown us what a loving relationship looks like, as well as how to be kind, giving, hardworking, selfless people. It has been a blessing to see them be an example for the young men of Phi Kappa Psi, Iowa Beta over the last several years. They have given so much of their energy, time, and resources because they believe so strongly in the "great joy of serving others." I'm so proud to be the daughter of Bill and Lindy Good!" - Anne Good Davidson

"My second mom and dad" -Marc Quezada

"Bill and Lindy have become my second set of parents; whenever I've needed someone in college to lean on or ask for help they have been there for me. Bill the ever steadfast and headstrong father who will always speak his mind in a 'let me tell you a couple three things...' and Lindy who is always interested in what we have to say, always there to bug and bother, always there to keep us in line like a patient and loving mother. They are a compliment to one another and have been instrumental to my success at Iowa State." -Nolan Vallier

"My college experience just wouldn't have been the same without the two of you.  Lindy, you were a mom away from home, and I can't thank you enough for all your support.  Bill, I look up to you so much as a Phi Psi, a professional, and as a loving family man; you are truly one of my life mentors and I can't express in words the sincere gratitude I have for everything that you've done for me, our chapter, and the fraternal movement as a whole." - Evan Todtz

"Bill and Lindy are the wisdom and the order of the chapter, they balance the natural immaturity of the group and help mold us into the responsible mature men that are known in Phi Kappa Psi." - Michael Rosenthal

"Always being there to cheer us on at varieties and encouraging us to do great things has made all the difference!" - Ryan Page

"They have been a source for inspiration during my time at Iowa State." -Austin Creswell

"Bill and Lindy have been a big influence in helping make the transition to college a lot easier. They have filled the role of being the parents I need away from back home." - Eric Lathrop

"Bill and Lindy are like the parents you can definitely count on to support you on all levels." - James Cayer

"Bill and Lindy are two sources of support for me when I feel down they are a source of joy in this place I call Home." - Fernando Burrios

"[If our] house [is] a pirate ship, if anyone is the captain guiding the ship it is bill and lindy" - Brian Moran

"Bill and Lindy have been more than house parents for me. They have taught me to do better in my daily life as a gentleman and I will never forget them." - Francisco Murphy

"Bill and Lindy took it upon themselves to make successful men out of all of us, and I am thankful for that." - Brandon Stodghill

"Phi Psi has made me a better man than I was starting out at Iowa State, and I owe that to Bill and Lindy for directing me down that Phi Psi path." -Travis Ziemke

"Bill and Lindy have been so great to have at the house: always encouraging and uplifting to the members. Their enthusiasm is wonderful." - Nic Payne

"Bill and Lindy have been my second parents who are always willing to offer encouragement and help with anything I need." - Mark Mendick

"Bill and Lindy have made this a home away from home by showing support in whatever choices we make as a person or as a chapter." - Anthony Schug

"I always enjoy coming over to the house to have a conversation with either of you about anything that is going on." - Mark Rissmann

"Bill and Lindy are the reason Iowa Beta is living strongly today, and they are the reason that I was able to share the experience of my father, and of my grandfather, who both spent their college years at 316 Lynn." - Colton Kennedy

"Bill and Lindy are what makes Phi Psi feel like home." - Robert Diamond

"Bill and Lindy have meant comfort. Knowing that Bill and Lindy are always around means that there is always a sense of stability." - Thomas Martin

"Bill and Lindy are true examples of the value in showing love and appreciation for others." - Timothy Landwehr

"They've helped me start to grow into the man I want to be in the future and for that I am eternally grateful." -Sean Determan

"Thank you for all the support and helping my college experience that much better I don't think my college experience would have been quite the same without you" - Kyle McGreevy

"In your darkest hour, your guiding light can be the voice that asks 'You ok?'" - Nathaniel Kanellis

"Bill and Lindy have always been there for me. They have been a huge influence in my college experience." - Sam Cook

"Bill and Lindy exemplify the ultimate house parents; they do everything many other people would not, watch after a bunch of crazy college fraternity kids. I will truly miss them in fall, as they have made the house a second home for me." - Paul Troupe

"They have meant a lot to me. Particularly in that Iowa Beta would not exist right now without their efforts and I would have missed out on an incredible fraternity experience." - Michael Good

"To me Bill and Lindy are kind of the heart and soul of this fraternity house." - Jack Nielsen

"Bill and Lindy mean to me: The people to go talk to if you have a question no one knows. They mean a lot to me, they are always there when you have a question and point you in the right direction. They do so much for the house, top to bottom, small and large scale. They will be greatly missed!" -Andrew Allard

"Thank you for being our House Father and Mother and keeping an eye out for us.  Because of everything you've done for us, we learn and strive toward the mold of becoming responsible and diligent men with integrity." -Peter Liu

"Bill and Lindy have done an excellent job guiding both my life and the lives of my brothers to truly be men of excellence. From simply being a mom to offering connections for networking, I have benefited greatly from their love and work for our chapter." - Brett Byriel

"Lindy and Bill, you have really become my parents away from home and really have allowed Phi Kappa Psi to quickly become my second family!!  You have been the glue that binds this great family together and because of you Phi Kappa Psi will continue to thrive for many years to come!" - Jeffrey Luhr

"Bill and Lindy meant the world to me.  They were able to help me transition into the new college world and help me along the way." - Andrew Augustine

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California Delta Cleans Up with Awards http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/californiadeltacleansupwithawards Continuing to grow in both numbers and leadership, our California Delta Chapter earned a variety of awards to close out the school year

As written by Sara Pfirrmann and Karen Guthorn, Phi Psi Parent's Club of California Delta

The 2012 Greek Awards Ceremony for the University of Southern California was held Monday evening, April 16th, at the Tutor Center Ballroom. The Greek Awards are an opportunity for the University to recognize and honor outstanding Greek men and women and individual fraternities and sororities for their house achievements. The Phi Kappa Psi Executive Board officers, two moms from the Parent's Club who also serve on the IFPC Board, and one of Phi Psi's special alumni attended the event. 

We are proud to announce that the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity was awarded the Best Overall Award for the IFPC House Appearance Recognition for the second year in a row! The judging included 14 fraternities. Phi Psi was selected Best Overall with specific recognition for our fabulous kitchen, the study annex, the brotherhood/alumni focus in the TV Room and hallways, for the new addition of the TV projector, and for the decorations that were underway at the time of the judging for their registered theme party. For those who visit the house under normal, everyday circumstances, they may be very surprised and baffled by this distinction. 

The men put in a huge amount of work to clean and prepare the house for the judging so it is a well-deserved award. The guys are determined to "three peat" next year! Phi Kappa Psi's distinguished alumnus, Tommy "Blue" Kuenster Southern Cal '05, was honored with the Continued Alumni Leadership Award. The Phi Psi's admire "Blue" and are extremely proud that he was awarded this recognition. Phi Kappa Psi also won the Diversity Program Award based on its pride in having a diverse membership of brothers from six foreign countries and 21 states!

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Proud undergraduate members of the California Delta Chapter surround their beloved Brother "Blue"
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Every Little Bit Helps http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/everylittlebithelps April was highlighted by National Day of Service. And while we hope many of our groups got out in their communities to serve, it also allowed us to celebrate what our members are doing every day. Giving back! As part of a series of service-related news, we focused on the little things our chapters are always doing, recognizing that benefiting the community can be a part of our everyday activities...

Wabash service.jpgWabash College (Indiana Gamma) - Who loves a cookout?! Everybody. So, why not gather 25 brothers, hit the store for some burgers, drinks and fixins, and then invite the community. That's what our men at Wabash did last weekend, but it had a beneficial purpose. The Animal Welfare League of Crawfordsville, Indiana is in need of funds to keep operations running normally and the community cookout raised $250, despite wet conditions. The brothers also put in a little labor while on site, planting a garden, building fences and helping with upkeep. You can check out the pictures of the event on the chapter's philanthropy Facebook page




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Syracuse University (New York Beta) - Remember the television show Double Dare? It created a generation of young people who wanted to compete all while getting dirty. So, why not use the resources of a large chapter to bring a similar event to campus!? That is what the men at Syracuse have done annually, holding their GUTS competition for Greek organizations on campus. Flag football with a little mud? Check. Exploding food tosses? Yes. Fun? Absolutely. Oh, and how about raising thousands of dollars for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse? That may get overlooked on the day of competition, but it is the lasting impact of the program. In 2012, the men of New York Beta raised over $3,200!





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Everywhere - Sometimes simply recognizing that you are a part of a larger community is all it takes for a chapter to make a difference. So many of our chapters invest their time and money into assuring that their chapter and campus exist in a community that everybody can be proud of. This could be in Allegheny, Pennsylvania where the men of Pennsylvania Beta (pictured) helped to keep a section of the local highway clean. They aren't alone, with dozens of chapters around the country pitching in to keep their highways clean, like Ohio Beta at Wittenberg. Or, how about our Nebraska Alpha chapter in Lincoln cleaning up a local park after a late-winter snow storm. 
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Iowa Beta Slings Burgers for the BGCA http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/iowabetaslingsburgersforthebgca April 17, 2012 - The men of the Iowa Beta Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi have long had a strong relationship with the Boys & Girls Club of Story County. Their philanthropic pursuits each year center on how they can both interact with and benefit the club located just minutes from the Iowa State campus. In 2011, the brothers came together with a new idea for a quick April fundraiser, called Phi Psi Sliders. Last year, it was needed to help their local club rebuild after damages from some historic spring floods. The event was so successful, it came back in 2012!

PhiPsiSliders.jpg"We look forward to this event each year and it is such a blessing to be able to give back to our local Boys and Girls club and have a great time while we are doing it!" said Drew Warnock Iowa State '11, chapter president.

In addition to serving burgers, lemonade, and ice cream, the chapter encourages the social gathering of Iowa State students to make the event something more than just a meal. Last year, the brothers met their goal of raising $1,000. In 2012, the bar was set higher. The chapter brought in some additional activities to attract more students and also more money. This included a dunk tank, which netted over $200 for the cause.

"The dunk tank was a great addition," said Ben Rohloff Iowa State '11, social chairman. "The water was a little cold but it was so worth it! I cant wait to do it again!"

Just a few days removed from the event, the final tally has not been added up, but the men of Iowa Beta are confident they have met their goal. For the school year, the chapter will have contributed over 1,000 hours of community service and raised well over $1,500 for their local Boys & Girls Club. As the Phi Psi Sliders event continues to grow, it's a true sign that every little bit counts.

"Phi Psi Sliders has already grown into something that everyone looks forward to!" added Nic Payne Iowa State '11.

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California Lambda and the Boys & Girls Club http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/californialambdaandtheboys This spring, our men at San Diego State wanted to strengthen their relationship with the local Boys & Girls Clubs. Mission Accomplished!

By Justin McKetney San Diego State '10 
Our spring philanthropy benefited our local Boys and Girls and Club, The William J. Oakes Branch, and in that spirit, was called "Return to Recess."

It consisted of various fundraisers at local restaurants and each sorority being given a day of the week to go volunteer at the club for an hour. On Wednesday each sorority had to create a poster for the philanthropy that included our letters, their letters, and the BGCA logo. The final event was at a local school where sororities competed in common recess games such as 4-square, tug-of-war, chalk art and had a one game elimination dodgeball tournament.

"When we had the philanthropy I think it showed all of the house, but especially our new members the positive influence that community service could have on a less fortunate part of our community," said Benjamin Rubin San Diego State '10, new member chairman. "Aside from the money, just the fact that we brought so many college students to come hang out and speak to a group of kids, many of whom live in Mexico, who don't really think of college as any sort of sure thing. It was just a great example of practicing what you preach for our new brothers."

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The chapter met it's goals in raising over $1,400 and organizing the first philanthropy for our chapter in six years, and we are especially proud to have created something without tradition and experience. Additionally, it was a very strong increase for the image of a Phi Psi as positive, pivotal part of the community. 

"I have really wanted a philanthropic event for this chapter since I rushed and it's just been amazing to be able to put one together," said Chris Aguilar San Diego State '10, current vice president. "When we see people walking around with the 'Return to Recess' shirts with the Boys & Girls Clubs logo on them it's something we can be proud of."

The chapter put a lot of work into securing a location for the dodgeball tournament, but more so into finding venues for the fundraisers and transportation for the hundreds of participants. We have a small chapter, so getting supplies, organizing and motivating sororities that all consist of more than 100 members was somewhat difficult.

Congratulations to our men at California Lambda! This is a perfect way to celebrate our relationship with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
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The Strength Behind Every Successful Chapter http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/thestrengthbehindeverysuccessfulchapter A resurgence at Texas Alpha reinforces our need for dedicated alumni support in Phi Kappa Psi 

It can sound cliché at times, but Phi Kappa Psi leaders have often said that behind every great chapter is a group of dedicated alumni. It is how our organization was founded, evolved and operates 160 years later. Even with a growing national operating budget and staff, a majority of the work done within Phi Kappa Psi is carried out by our members on a local level. 

When it comes to our chapters, the concept of undergraduate control has often been a unique characteristic of our organization. This carries all the way to the top, but there is also a common thread that holds that undergraduate activity together: alumni. From the advisors helping to teach and guide new members through the proper ways to organize a chapter, to the national president overseeing the priorities and future of the organization, alumni take ownership of their fraternity to assure it stays on the proper course. This ownership was on display over the past few years in Texas, where our Lone Star state Alpha chapter at the University of Texas has had a turnaround that is due largely to the centralization of a powerful alumni base. 

During the early part of the last decade the active chapter was at 120 members and the goal was building a large new house. Architectural plans were completed and brothers began selecting new rooms to live in. A subsequent move into an old sorority house led to additional construction needs and the chapter was un-housed for a year. By the spring of 2009, many of the disillusioned undergraduates had quit, leaving about 45 men (mostly freshman and sophomores) to run the chapter. 

TX Alpha.jpgAt Founders Day in 2009 nine alumni brothers, who were fearful of chapter failure, joined the alumni boards and immediately began recruiting other alumni brothers of all eras to get involved. Three years later there is a core of about 30 alumni brothers, from a 50-year range, that are on the boards or actively volunteering in other ways. 

One of the new alumni board members, Bryan Muecke Texas '75 states, "We had to show the young members how a chapter should function and help them rebuild the infrastructure - how the committees are set-up and function, responsibilities of officers. Moreover, their idea of recruitment was just throwing parties; we have worked with them for three years and they are finally starting to understand that recruitment is about building friendships and that it doesn't have to be expensive." 

According to house board member Kelly Fish Texas '77, "Probably one of the toughest things we found was the jadedness and distrust that many undergraduates had for the alumni when we showed up. I was appalled but it was understandable considering what they had been through. It's taken a few years of alumni working shoulder-to-shoulder with the undergrads to regain their trust." 

To help the chapter become stronger and more accountable, the alumni helped to institute two major changes. The first involved partnering with a third-party billing website to improve collections and financial responsibility. The second, and more important, step was getting the chapter to move to a controlled, six-week pledge education program, away from one semester. 

"A six-week time frame allows new members to focus on finishing the semester strong with plenty of time to study and complete class projects" Fish said. "It addresses hazing by obviously reducing the window of opportunity, but, more importantly, we used it as an occasion to change the attitude to winning respect of the pledges by helping them to get quickly integrated into the Fraternity. We are confident that hazing is no longer an issue at Texas Alpha but we must be in constant conversation about it with actives and pledges so that it won't creep back in." 

The chapter is now at 85 brothers and hopes to be over 100 by next fall. Brother Fish concludes, "The turnaround is the direct result of brothers from all eras coming together as one. We have made tremendous progress but we still have a ways to go." 

Update: With another year of the new 6-week program in place, this past fall's new member class had a 3.02 cumulative GPA, up from 2.75 for the previous year's class. The alumni attribute that improvement to the shortened educational period, allowing for the proper focus to be placed on success in the classroom.


Can our chapters operate and exist without alumni support? Yes. The real question is can they sustain activity at a high-quality level without the consistency and guidance that alumni provide. This factors-in not just the advisors, but the alumni corporation that can bridge the present with the future in terms of alumni relations and housing. 

Ask yourself, 'Can I be doing more to give back to a chapter that gave me so much?' 

We are fortunate to have an alumni base of dedicated volunteers, but the fact is that less than two-percent of all living Phi Psi alumni are engaged in a volunteer position. In a month where we celebrate the founding of Phi Kappa Psi, what better way to honor the volunteerism of our Founding Fathers than by giving back of your time to a local chapter? You can dramatically impact the life of a student and set the course of Phi Kappa Psi moving forward. 
To get more involved and find the best alumni volunteer fit for you, please contact our Director of Alumni Services.
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Family Within Family http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/familywithinfamily Thu, 12 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/familywithinfamily How a Phi Psi Helped Save the Lubbock Health Department http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/howaphipsihelpedsavethelubbockhealthdepartment Earlier this year, budget cuts and a political agenda almost cost the city of Lubbock, Texas its health department. A Phi Psi, Brian Carr (Texas Tech '78) helped lead a charge to keep public health a part of his city, recognizing his duty to serve his community in a time of need. This is his story, in his own words...

Brian Carr.jpgLife often takes surprise twists as we start out in one direction only to find ourselves doing something completely different. That is what has happened in Lubbock, Texas in response to an attempt by the city government to dismantle the Public Health Department. 

This is the story of how people can make a difference. A simple desire to serve the community became a struggle to save essential services for the citizens of Lubbock, Texas. While much remains to be seen as to the ultimate success in providing these services to the citizens, this is a recollection of the first steps of a larger movement that came about unexpectedly. 

In March of 2010, I was appointed to the City of Lubbock Board of Health. I had wanted to serve in some form of public affairs. When a vacancy came open on the Board, I sought nomination. To my surprise, my nomination was supported with a 7-0 vote by the City Council. 

For the remainder of 2010 through the first half of 2011, the Board meetings were uneventful.  Then, just before our July 2011 Board meeting, I was contacted by a friend who worked at city hall and he asked what I thought about the impending motion by the city manager to strip out services from the health department which would effectively close the department. 

I, along with the other members of the Board were shocked to hear of this effort, as we had not been appraised of any part of what was being proposed. The local media reported that the mayor had stated that the programs were going to be discontinued because of reductions in grant funding, but that he believed this was acceptable because "other providers would be picking up the services." This was the first shot fired in what would become the position of the city that "we don't have the money" as the reason for closing the department. The city manager and mayor further refined their argument at the first of August as they outlined that their proposal was based not only on the loss of funding in public health services but also because the building out of which the Health Dept operated was a "tired old car dealership that was too costly to repair and was underutilized." 

When the Board looked at the "facts" behind their allegation, we found that the data did not match the city's argument. The Board voted on a resolution recommending action for the city and county to consider.  
1) The Board wanted to examine the entire spectrum of services being reviewed and not be limited to the three of STD management, immunization, and surveillance 
2) We recommended adoption of a 90-day delay of action to permit study of the issues. 

At that point, I began what became an almost daily email campaign to keep the public and media updated on what was happening in this matter. On Thursday, August 25, 2011 the City Council held their regular meeting, and they faced a crowded room in the chambers that morning at 7:30 a.m. The meeting lasted well into the afternoon with the council finally agreeing to delay any action for the requested 90 days. The council did ignore the broader request to review all services and narrowed the focus of review to only sexually transmitted disease services, immunizations, and surveillance. This limitation allowed the city manager to move forward with the dismantling of the other services such as the bio-terrorism lab, vital records, food service inspection, vector control and laboratory services and transfer them to other entities. 

With the help of Dr. Linda Brice and Sharon Robinson from the Medical Alliance of the County Medical Society, we held the first meeting of the "Health Coalition of Lubbock" at the medical school educational building on Thursday, September 22nd. This first meeting attracted about 20 people and was the start of what would become the only formidable opponent to those who wanted to close public health services in Lubbock. 

The independent coalition initiated an online and hard copy petition to collect signatures from citizens to demonstrate the citizens' wishes to keep the health department open. Over the next six weeks we collected over 6,000 signatures. This petition was clearly the heart of our success. The mayor and some on the council noted their disapproval of the petition effort, which revealed how effective it had been. 

Then the evidence of how bad a decision to close the department would be occurred in early September when over 7,700 patrons of a local restaurant were exposed to Hepatitis A. Lacking staff resources, the city had to deputize other first responders in the city (i.e., paramedics, firemen) and hire agency nurses to manage the emergency vaccination program. Even with this extra help, only about 2,500 vaccinations were administered. If this would have turned into an actual epidemic, there would have been a need to track down over 5,000  people who were exposed. Fortunately, no report of disease outbreak was reported. This would have been extremely difficult if there would have been an actual outbreak and the public took note of this fact....

Brother Carr's work would pay off, and the outreach from the community was enough to sway the opinion of those in power. On October 21, 2011, with his language included in the proposal to not transfer out any health services and not move the Department of Health from a centralized location, the resolution passed and the efforts were rewarded. You can learn more here. After his successful campaign, he reflected:   

It is refreshing to take pause and reflect on what we accomplished. The mayor and city manager thought so little of our Board and the citizens of Lubbock that they were dismissive of any efforts to promote public health in Lubbock . When challenged, some of the members of the city leadership resorted to personal insults and a refusal to acknowledge the scientific evidence that mounted against their position. It was only with the sustained effort from a dedicated group that a successful counter-argument was raised.  

My final comment to the Council (at the meeting on October 21) was not heard because the resolution passed before my opportunity to address the assembled crowd that was present at city hall last Thursday. I would have liked to have had the chance. 

Family is Important 
My uncle, Warlick Carr, would offer these words as we prayed at family gatherings. 
"Father, help us to do right even when those around us do wrong." 
Lubbock is my birthplace. 
My parents live here. 
My brother, sister and I were born here. 
I was married here.
My children were raised here. 
I see myself being buried here. 
In this community of Lubbock, we are all family, without notice to color, religion, or sports affiliation. 
We must care for family, from a tiny infant to the most senior. 
This issue of health and how it is provided is about family. 
We must care. 
We must look after their wellness. 
And we should not care what it costs. 
We should not care what it takes to do the right thing, because we are family. 
We will not be silent and let any of our family suffer. 
We will not surrender when others resist and cry out "no money" for care for our family. 
Right is right. We are Americans. We are Texans. 
I want to boast again "Lucky me, I live in Lubbock" where we care for family. 
Today is the day to stand firm for family. 
I love my family. 

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New Engineering Center at Valparaiso Honors a Phi Psi http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/newengineeringcenteratvalparaisohonorsaphipsi Tue, 25 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/newengineeringcenteratvalparaisohonorsaphipsi The Year of the New House http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/theyearofthenewhouse Wed, 05 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/theyearofthenewhouse Kansas House Mom Continues Her Own Education http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/kansashousemomcontinuesherowneducation Fri, 02 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/kansashousemomcontinuesherowneducation Phi Psis For Hire http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/phipsisforhire Thu, 26 May 2011 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/phipsisforhire A Brother's Special Skill http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/abrothersspecialskill Tue, 19 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/abrothersspecialskill Phi Psi Most Influential in Sports Under 40 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/phipsimostinfluentialinsportsunder40 Adam Lippard a top young sports marketing professional but also practices the Great Joy of Serving Others through his platform

SportsBusiness Journal has honored GMR Marketing vice president Adam Lippard Syracuse '90 as one of the most influential young executives in sports with inclusion on the prestigious "Forty Under 40" list.
 
Adam Lippard for web.JPGLippard, 39, who is general manager of GMR's San Francisco office, was lauded for the critical role that he has played with several of the agency's top sports accounts, as well as his contribution to GMR's global growth initiatives in the London, Sochi and Brazil marketplaces in advance of the upcoming Olympics and World Cup. He has also managed the expansion of the office, which has grown from three to 25 employees during his decade with GMR.
 
"Adam has allowed us to make meaningful relationships with properties, clients and prospects," lauded Mike Boykin, GMR's executive vice president of sports. "He's passionate about delivering for clients, and they pick that up when they talk to him."
 
Lippard's influence in sports goes well beyond his work with GMR. In late 2009, he took a three-month sabbatical to do pro bono work with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of FIFA, streetfooballworld, volunteering with international cause-related organizations in Africa and India. In South Africa, he consulted for GrassrootSoccer (GRS), whose mission is to stop the spread of HIV by using the universal language of soccer. While at GRS, Lippard was instrumental in developing a campaign called, "Give HIV the Red Card." In India, he accepted a volunteer assignment with "Magic Bus," which is an organization dedicated to inspiring impoverished youths through sports to discover their true potential and encourage them to find purpose in life. Lippard said the sabbatical significantly changed his approach to life and business.
 
"Prior to the sabbatical, I think perhaps I overvalued the importance of the work I did," he said. "It's one thing to help my clients sell more of their products or services through their sports and entertainment efforts. It's an entirely different thing to impact a child's life."
 
In addition to his work in the sports management business, Lippard has taught graduate level sports marketing classes as an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco.
 
Lippard and the other Forty Under 40 honorees will be feted at a banquet in Miami on March 31.

Release courtesy of GMR Marketing's Communications Department

Want to talk about Adam or other successful brothers, visit the Phi Psi Forum

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Woodrow Wilson Leadership School and District Council Meetings http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/woodrowwilsonleadershipschoolanddistrictcouncilmeetings Phi Kappa Psi gathered for a week of wonderful education and the election of new undergraduate leaders

The 2011 Woodrow Wilson Leadership School and District Council meetings were a tremendous success. Held from June 21-25 in Columbus, Ohio, the Ohio State University campus proved to be a tremendous setting for the over 200 undergraduate and alumni brothers that attended.

McDonald web.JPGThe curriculum for the week featured dynamic speakers, highlighted by two eloquent keynote speeches by David McDonald Beloit '82, who challenged the undergraduates in attendance to be leaders on campus, not necessarily through what is socially normal, but what is excellent. His speeches set the tone for a week filled with breakouts and small-group meetings where the concepts of teamwork, integrity and gentlemanly conduct all were hot-button issues that challenged each brother to be a stronger representative of their chapter, school and Fraternity.

"This conference has given us all a tremendous number of ideas from both speakers and brothers," said Adam Goodman Rowan '08. "These talks have acted as our catalysts to make all of us want to improve our chapters."

The politics of the week also saw the election of six new Archons to the Executive Council of Phi Kappa Psi. There were some wonderful candidates and some heated discussion, as our undergraduates took their responsibility seriously in influencing the direction of the Fraternity moving forward.

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Pictured left to right by Districts (1-6) - Adam Goodman (Rowan '08), Carl Sceusa (GW '08), Jeff Miskovich (Purdue '09), Matt Evans (Kentucky '09), Michael Kirschbaum (Creighton '11) and Tim Suwandhaputra (UC Riverside '09)

 

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Complete Awards Listing

Accredited (Passing 8 or 9 out of 11 areas of Chapter Excellence)

Auburn, Stanford, Southern Cal, UC-Davis, Occidental, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, SIU-Edwardsville, Purdue, Valparaiso, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Loyola, Maryland, Nebraska, RIT, Ohio State, Case Western, Ashland, Capital, Bowling Green, F&M, Bucknell, Penn, Penn State, USP, Texas, Virginia, Washington

Accredited with Hono rs (Passing 10 out of 11 areas of Chapter Excellence)

Cal, GW, Illinois, DePaul, Minnesota, Oneonta, Ohio, Allegheny, Lafayette, West Virginia

Accredited with  Distinction (Passing 11 out of 11 areas of Chapter Excellence

Northern Illinois, Brandeis, Creighton, Rowan, Dayton 

District Scholarship Awards (Highest GPA in District)

District 1 - Brown University
District 2 - Bucknell University
District 3 - Northwestern University
District 4 - University of Virginia
District 5 - Creighton University
District 6 - Stanford University 

Thomas Myers (Recognizing Scholastic Achievement)

Summa Cum Laude (3.3 GPA or higher)

Stanford, Occidental, Northwestern, Brandeis, Johns Hopkins, Case Western, Bucknell, Lafayette, Brown, Virginia, W&L

Magna Cum Laude (3.1 to 3.3 GPA)

Cal, Creighton, Syracuse, Drexel, Beloit

Cum Laude (3.0 to 3.1 GPA)

Southern Cal, UC-Irvine, GW, Georgia, Iowa, Iowa State, DePauw, Indiana, Valparaiso, IUPUI, Butler, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Monmouth, TCNJ, Binghamton, Oneonta, Ohio State, Miami (OH), Ohio, Ashland, Capital, Bowling Green, Oklahoma, Oregon, Allegheny, F&M, Penn, Penn State, Lycoming, Texas, Washington

 

The next full national gathering of Phi Kappa Psi will be the 2012 Grand Arch Council, which will be held in San Antonio, Texas beginning on July 11, 2012. Be sure to check the website frequently this fall for updates, hotel information and registration.

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National Service Week http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/nationalserviceweek Building off annual tradition of day of service, Phi Kappa Psi raised money in 2011 for Boys & Girls Clubs of America
 
Phi Kappa Psi designated April 10-16, 2011 as the National Service Week. Chapters and alumni associations united around the country with the development of community service programs. The week culminated in a proud and annual tradition for Phi Kappa Psi: National Day of Service on Saturday, April 16, 2011. 

To add to the national partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, National Service Week featured high profile fundraising events on their campuses and in their communities. The money raised will be donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.  

The campaign, however, never ends. Chapters and alumni associations are encouraged to think annually about ways to hold a fundraiser and collect the funds for remission to the BGCA directly via the link above.

Together, we can change the lives of thousands of children nationwide. Did you know:
 
1) More than one-third of all Phi Kappa Psi chapters reported some sort of project or donation to BGCA in the fall 2010 semester? 
2) Members have 24-7 access to a list of the closest Boys & Girls Club in the Philanthropy Container on Phi Psi Connect.
3) We want to promote every local event and recognize hard work. Let us feature your service event on the Phi Psi Calendar and recap what you did here, as we did in 2010.

Tennessee Epsilon - In Knoxville, our Volunteers lived up to both their school nickname and fraternal values when they spent a day with their local BGCA club. You can check out pictures of their event and some videos through their chapter Facebook page.

New York Beta - In Syracuse, our chapter's annual GUTS competition is fun for the students but even more rewarding for their local BGCA Club. Check out the great media coverage of their event!

Alabama Alpha - In order to raise awareness for their local Boys & Girls Club, our men at Alabama are hosting a carnival in their front yard on Tuesday (April 12th) from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., featuring t-shirts, a dunk tank and several other fun booths. It also allows for the children from the local club to have a fun day, sponsored by Phi Kappa Psi, along with Alpha Omicron Pi and Phi Sigma Kappa.

South Florida Gulf Coast AA - Our brothers on Florida's west coast are excited to get involved with their local BGCA club. They have a donation event set up for National Service Week. Learn more here.

Indiana Delta - Our men at Purdue are already in the giving spirit, having sent a team of brothers to their local Boys & Girls Club on March 5th to help with demolition. View the pictures here.

New York Theta - Our chapter at RIT is always setting the bar, especially when it comes to helping the Boys & Girls Club. Besides raising money and awareness for their local club at their Winter Banquet, they continually give back throughout the year. Watch it!

New York Iota - The men from Binghamton will be working with their local BGCA Club the Tuesday after NDOS, April 26th, when they welcome the local kids to an evening of skating and fun. Learn more here and through their Facebook event.

Ohio Mu - Our Grand Chapter in 2009 will be helping their local community by cleaning up a local park in the Dayton area on the morning of April 16th.

Discuss your community service event or get tips on how to execute a successful philanthropy event in the Phi Psi Forum.
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A New Beginning For Oregon Beta http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/anewbeginningfororegonbeta Two years removed from explosion, hard work by the men at Oregon State has led to the start of construction of a new chapter house

On November 15, 2008, a boiler explosion at the home of the Oregon Beta Chapter (Oregon State University) destroyed the longstanding home of Phi Kappa Psi in Corvallis. Thanks to the heroic effort of brother Chris Gerritz Oregon State '06, nobody was harmed in the explosion, but the future of the chapter was in question. 

Continuously active since 1948, the loss of the house was a huge road block for a chapter gaining momentum in terms of membership and campus status. The chapter, however, wouldn't let adversity bring them down. They united without a home, grew stronger and now have a bright future ahead of them.

That success did not go unnoticed by alumni. Rallying together in tough economic times, the alumni of Oregon Beta have embarked on a campaign to build a new, state-of-the-art facility at Oregon State. And now, more than 24 months removed from that course-altering explosion, the work has begun.

The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is excited to watch the progress of Oregon Beta's new chapter house and you can too. Click here for a live webcam of the construction process, which will conclude with a property that will be one of the first fraternity houses to gain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification.

Congratulations to the men of Oregon Beta. We can't wait to watch your house (and chapter) grow!

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Men of Auburn Capture Award http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/menofauburncaptureaward Alabama Beta Chapter Honored as Outstanding Fraternity on Auburn Campus

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From the men of Alabama Beta...

The Alabama Beta Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi is excited to announce a near sweep of awards at the 2010 Auburn University Greek Life Installment Banquet. Every year, Auburn University's IFC has an awards application process in honor of James E. Martin, former president of Auburn University. 

Fraternities are split into two categories based on the median chapter size, which is 87 this year. Those under the median are considered small and those above it are bracketed as large. Each division awards an Outstanding Fraternity trophy to the fraternity that most exemplifies the "Spirit of Auburn" and best represents the IFC and Greek community as a whole. 

There are six criteria used in deciding who wins the trophy and an award is given to one fraternity from each division who shows superior effort in those areas. The judged criteria are campus involvement, philanthropy/community service, risk management, scholarship, recruitment and athletics. Last year (2009), Alabama Beta showed great strides by winning the awards in athletics and risk management.

There is also an application for outstanding chapter advisor. In 2009, Alabama Beta Chapter Advisor Gordon Carter Alabama '75 received the Advisor of the Year Award. This is a great accomplishment, as the chapter president is required to document the advisor's body of work and all 28 campus fraternities compete for the award.  

Thanks to the advising of Brother Carter, and with hopes of improving from 2009, Brothers Tyler Evans Auburn '07 and William Gaddy Auburn '08, both former chapter presidents, worked very hard on the application and accompanying materials. 

Alabama Beta is excited to announce that we were able to secure four of the six criteria awards: philanthropy/community service, risk management, campus involvement and scholarship. As the winner of the overall trophy has to win a majority of the awards, Alabama Beta won the Outstanding Fraternity Trophy! 

A chapter which has struggled with regards to recruitment, Alabama Beta has stayed true to the banner inscribed over us by the Founders. We are committed to a quality over quantity philosophy and we are confident that the chapter will continue to grow. Winning these awards is the realization of a dream that many associated with Alabama Beta have shared. Our chapter is currently re-working our recruitment program. We have implemented a summer recruitment program and a referral program. We need a lot of help moving forward and would gladly accept any member support. Please contact the chapter to get involved.

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Discuss this story or ask for advice on improving your chapter in the Phi Psi Forum
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Phi Psi Doctor Elected to New Position http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/phipsidoctorelectedtonewposition Ohio State alumnus cites the leadership learned through Phi Psi with influencing his professional service pursuits

Brian Santin Ohio State '99 was elected Secretary of the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) at their annual meeting in October. The position, a three-year commitment, will eventually lead to his being president. Currently the Chief Surgery Resident at Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio, Santin recognizes the value of leadership beyond the operating room.

"I have always sought out leadership opportunities and enjoy being involved in various aspects of organizations," Santin said. "The ACS serves as the umbrella organization for all surgical specialties and I enjoy being able to impact surgeons in training around the country from my involvement."

Seeking out those leadership opportunities was not a lesson that came without influence. Serving as treasurer of the Ohio Delta chapter while an undergraduate, Santin used the opportunities of being a member in Phi Kappa Psi to hone those leadership skills.

"I was fortunate to have attended one of the earlier Cabo trips (prior to the creation of the American Leadership Academy) and have since reused that leadership mentality in medical school by leading committees and student organizations," he said. "I continue to build upon the original leadership foundation from Cabo and Ohio Delta."

More importantly than the lessons learned through membership, Santin capitalized on the vast educational opportunities provided by the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation. While an undergraduate at Ohio State, Santin was awarded a Summerfield Scholarship for his leadership qualities and academic success. After graduation, and in pursuit of his medical degree, he was awarded a Founders Fellowship in 2003. The generosity of the scholarship allowed him to focus his attention on what he felt was the most important.

"The Founders Fellowship helped to alleviate additional financial burdens I would have otherwise needed to assume during my undergraduate tenure, thus placing further constraints on my ability to pursue other areas of interest such as volunteering at The Ohio State University Medical Center."

A student rewarded, a career started, and a life of service empowered through the support and connections of Phi Kappa Psi.

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It's Good to be King http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/itsgoodtobeking Phi Kappa Psi is proud of those brothers who have been honored this fall as Homecoming King on their campus

On some campuses, it's a tradition that dates back over 100 years. On others, it's a glorified popularity contest. But, no matter what the local perception may be, there is a great sense of pride in being named Homecoming King on a college campus. Much of that honor likely comes from the fact that it isn't award that is sought out, but rather an honor bestowed on those whose actions throughout their college career have resonated with a large number of their peers.

"Becoming Homecoming King was something that I had never thought about before," said Austin Hook Valparaiso '08, recently named Homecoming King at the northwest Indiana university. "Winning is a great honor and is something that I will remember forever. It felt great to know that I had the support of my brothers and other members of the students, faculty and staff to vote for me."
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Austin Hook with two Queen candidates of the Valparaiso Homecoming Court

Beyond the value of the award to the individual, the residual effects of being named Homecoming King can have tremendous value to his organization. While the average student may not understand the importance of such an honor, when you are representing a larger group, the payoff is significantly greater.

"Seeing an organization that participates in the campus and wins in different events, such as Homecoming King, can inspire an individual to want to be a part of that organization," Hook added.

John Rigby Iowa '08 was named Homecoming King of the Hawkeyes, and feels the same way. "I hope that my winning will have a great impact on Iowa Alpha. I hope to use this as a model of what men of the Greek community can accomplish when they study hard, stay involved, and give back to their communities."

On other campuses, winning becomes a habit, and something that chapters will work diligently to continue. It may be just the title for one individual, but the success of one reflects positively on the image of the whole. Continually succeeding is a PR boost. Just ask the men of Illinois Eta at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. A member of that chapter has been named Homecoming King for five straight years!

"Winning this award strongly impacts Phi Psi here on our campus," said Zac Sandefer SIUE '08, who was Homecoming King in 2009, prior to his twin brother, Brad '08, earning the same honor this year. "With my twin brother now winning in 2010, Illinois Eta has consecutively won for half a decade! We, along with many students on the campus, currently see Phi Psi winning Homecoming King as a tradition."

Whatever the realized benefits, having so many Phi Psi brothers recognized on campuses around the country speaks to the quality of men and chapters we work to build. Whatever the criteria, something is being done right where a young Phi Psi stands out in a crowd, a quality that will continue to benefit the individual, and the Fraternity, for years to come.

Congratulations to all 2010 Homecoming Kings from Phi Kappa Psi
Dan Caldwell Bowling Green '09
Austin Hook Valparaiso '08
John Rigby Iowa '08
Brad Sandefer SIUE '08
Joe Wadlington Butler '08
Tony Vaccaro (Muskingum Colony member) 

[If there is another Homecoming King from Phi Kappa Psi that is not on this list, please let us know]

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The Homecoming King dynasty of Illinois Eta, from left to right: Brandon Rardin (SIUE '06), Zac Sandefer (SIUE '08), and Brad Sandefer (SIUE '08) 
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Sixty Nine Years in the Making http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/sixtynineyearsinthemaking A pledgeship interrupted by war and life, comes full circle for Phi Kappa Psi's newest initiate, Stan McDonald

Some members question whether a six-week pledge program is enough time for young men to learn the lessons needed to be a member. Try 69 years! That's the length of time it took for Stan McDonald Washington '10 to finally receive his badge and become a member of Phi Kappa Psi. His remarkable story of membership came full circle this past Sunday (October 17, 2010) when he was initiated into the Washington Alpha Chapter.

Pledged in 1941, McDonald was called into duty during World War II and served in the U.S. Navy. His military service suspended his prospective membership in the Fraternity, and while he earned his degree from the University of Washington, he never made it to initiation in the Fraternity.  

He would go on to play a vital role in developing ground transportation for the 1962 World's Fair in Seattle through his first company Air Mac. That experience led him to found Princess Cruises in 1965. Featuring several luxury cruise ships in a fleet that explored everywhere from Alaska to the west coast of Mexico, Princess Cruises grew into one of the largest cruise lines in the world. The company would later be sold to Carnival Cruise Line. (You can read more about Brother McDonald's foray into cruise lines here)

Presently, he is the Chairman of Stellar International, a real estate business that started by acquiring the real estate assets of the Chrysler Corporation.

McDonald achieved the ultimate success in life, but Phi Kappa Psi was something that stayed on his mind. His older brother, Lamont Washington '40, is a member, and two grandsons, Jonas Southern Cal '06 and Marcus Southern Cal '08 Jonsson, are undergraduate members at the California Delta Chapter. All three of them were on hand to initiate another family member. 

And, at the age of 90, Brother Stan McDonald is now finally a member of Phi Kappa Psi...

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Stan McDonald (red tie), joined by brother, Lamont, and flanked by both grandsons
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Welcome Back Oregon! http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/welcomebackoregon Phi Kappa Psi recharters the Oregon Alpha chapter at the University of Oregon, giving the Fraternity 102 active chapters nationwide

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Inactive since 1999, it has taken some hard work and dedicated individuals to finally bring the chapter at the University of Oregon back to active status in Phi Kappa Psi. Fifty one men were initiated on Saturday, October 2, 2010, with a large audience of Oregon Alpha alumni, Phi Psi dignitaries and National Officers and Staff present for the occasion. 

Some of the 51 initiates were members of the first attempt at a colony in 2004 that did not reach the level needed to recharter. Their dedication to the dream of Phi Kappa Psi at Oregon, even three years removed from graduation for most, was received well by the alumni present. One of those original colony leaders who made it back to be initiated is Ian Tacquard Oregon '10, a legacy of Phi Kappa Psi...

"All my life I have looked to fulfill my family's Phi Psi tradition by becoming a member of the Fraternity," he said. " Today was it. Not just receiving my badge, but seeing the chapter's charter renewed. I've been looking forward to that for the past eight years. Everything came together right here, right now!"

What led to success this time around for a colony at Oregon? Undoubtedly, it was the support of a loyal and tireless group of alumni. In addition to establishing a solid advisory base, the Oregon Alpha House Corporation came together over the past few years to completely refurbish the historic chapter house and provide the foundation needed for a successful chapter on the Oregon campus.

"I can say as the 'elder' among the board members that, after a lifetime of working on projects and assignments of every kind, I have to mark the rehab of the house and the rebuilding of the chapter membership as the most complex and yet the very best and most successful I have ever been involved with," Mac Epley Oregon '49 remarked. "The leadership has been brilliant. The collective intelligence and energy of the board was something to behold."

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The newly refurbished Oregon Alpha chapter house, famously featured in the movie 'Animal House' as the Omega house


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Phi Psi Named Top Family Practitioner http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/phipsinamedtopfamilypractitioner Hughes Melton W&L '86 was named the 2011 Family Physician of the Year by the AmericanAcademy of Family Physicians this week at its annual Scientific Assembly. The award goes to an outstanding American family physician who provides compassionate and comprehensive patient care and serves as a community role model — professionally and personally — to other physicians, residents, medical students and health professionals.

In 2000, he started a practice with another family physician that they called C-Health, for Complete Health. It opened in a rented trailer in Lebanon, Va. Today, the clinic serves 18,000 area residents and occupies a state-of-the-art facility that opened in 2006.

Although the clinic offers the full range of family medicine, Hughes was quick to realize that the area was being hit especially hard with substance abuse, and he has become known as an expert in the primary care treatment of addiction and chronic pain.

Among the special features of the clinic is its practice tithe fund, under which the clinic puts aside a portion of its profits to help needy community members pay their electric and fuel bills and cover the cost of food, shelter or medication. The tithe also supports mission partners in El Salvador.

Hughes began his work in rural Virginia after he left the Army, where he earned the Meritorious Service Medal for distinguished non-combat achievement in 2000. He went to medical school at the University of Virginia and did his residency in U.Va.'s Department of Family Medicine.

Courtesy of Washington and Lee's 'What's News' features, found here.  

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Phi Psi Welcomes the U. of Houston Colony http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/phipsiwelcomestheuofhoustoncolony Fraternity is proud to be on the third largest campus in Texas with the foundation set for the Texas Eta Chapter, if installed

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It is with great pleasure that Phi Kappa Psi announces the formal installation of the newest colony of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, at the University of Houston. Led by transfer students from our chapter at Houston Baptist (Texas Zeta), the colony is comprised of 27 founding members, with the promise of many more to come. On a campus with a mean chapter size between 30 and 40 men, our gentlemen are off to an excellent start.

Following five weeks of support from the Phi Kappa Psi expansion team, led by Director of Expansion Corey Peart Valparaiso '05, the colony became the 11th IFC organization on the urban campus. With over 30,000 students on campus, our colony is prepared to go about recruiting the best that the University of Houston has to offer.

A large populous of Phi Kappa Psi alumni, Houston has offered exemplary alumni resources for this new colony. Sean Carter-Hammerle LSU '90 has taken the position of colony advisor, while Chemistry faculty member Eric Bittner Valparaiso '85 has graciously volunteered to serve as the faculty advisor. Two other Phi Psi brothers serve on the Houston faculty in the College of Education (Robert McPherson Texas Tech '73) and the College of Law (Peter Hoffman Michigan State '65).

The colony will now begin the process of growing and working towards becoming an official chapter. Phi Kappa Psi has established high standards for our new groups, and colonies must meet all of the standards normally met by our chapters accredited with distinction. The Fraternity is dedicated to working with these fine young men to see that they reach their goals. For more information on this colony, or to get involved with the expansion efforts of Phi Kappa Psi, please contact Corey Peart.

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An Unlikely Reunion http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/anunlikelyreunion But, to a member, all will agree that the original shield (Phi Psi historically referred to the membership pin as a shield, not a badge; that distinction is hardly used now) pinned on them when first initiated is an invaluable, special piece.

For one such brother, that treasure was seemingly lost forever. Bob Greene Buffalo '59 is a familiar name and face within Phi Kappa Psi. The steadfast leader of the South Florida Gulf Coast Alumni Association, Brother Greene is a proud member of his chapter at New York Eta. Shortly after his initiation, in the early 1960's, Bob lost his badge. As best he can remember, it was scraped off of his jacket by the seatbelt of a car.

Over the next five decades, Bob stayed devoted to Phi Psi, but always knew that a piece of his experience was lost forever.

Then, in late July of 2010, the Phi Kappa Psi National Headquarters was contacted by a man in New York claiming to have found a badge some years ago. Having finally had the time to research the lettering and identifying it as a Phi Kappa Psi piece of jewelry, he noticed an engraving on the back. It was Brother Greene's full name, New York Eta, 8-8-59. Could it be?

It turns out that this good Samaritan was a student at Buffalo in the late 1980's and had made several trips back since being an undergraduate. He can't remember exactly when or where he found the badge, but that leaves over 20 years of undocumented time when Brother Greene's badge was "whereabouts unknown." To say the least, it was a miracle.

The timing could not have been any sweeter. Bob received news of this discovery just days before joining hundreds of fellow Phi Psis in Orlando for the 75th Grand Arch Council, where he was inducted into the Order of the SC, having attended his seventh national convention. To Bob, it was more than a coincidence. It was fitting. Bob's original badge, some 45+ years estranged from its owner, is now back with him, having arrived shortly after he returned from the GAC.

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Greene (right) pictured at this summer's Grand Arch Council with Bill Recht (Cornell '49)

To our tens-of-thousands of brothers out there, think about what Phi Kappa Psi has meant to you. Maybe it is trivial to place all of that meaning in one piece of jewelry, but the badge each brother receives is unique to the wearer. It represents not only your experience, but all that Phi Kappa Psi was, is and will be. 

To help share the story of Phi Kappa Psi and honor her, we ask that all members wear their badge on Constitution Day, which will be observed on Friday, September 17th. 
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University of Texas Chapter Rebounds with Alumni http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/universityoftexaschapterreboundswithalumni The past few years has been a period of transition for Phi Kappa Psi at the University of Texas. The men of Texas Alpha have been in a stage of limbo when it came to their property and future. Recently, however, the generosity and love for their Fraternity has brought alumni back to contribute in ways nobody ever imagined.

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A recent campaign generated over $1 million in donations to renovate an old sorority house and bring much-needed changes to the home of Phi Kappa Psi in Austin. But the support didn't stop there. The original campaign provided just enough to construct a fundamental house, but a lack of funds left the property without the look and feel of a welcoming property.

Thanks to the perseverance of several new volunteers, and the generous matching of a lead donor, the chapter and house corporations recently raised over $40,000 to provide landscaping and beautification for the house. As some alumni call it, Texas Alpha went from "worst to first" on campus in terms of curb appeal!

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The story, for the alumni, does not stop there. For it wasn't the amount raised that has left the volunteers appreciative, but the numbers that have come together for support.

"The number of alumni who gave was staggering," Kelly Fish Texas '77 said. "There was a need for alumni involvement and people came together."

The actual renovation of the property forced the closure of the chapter house for a full school year. In that time, the numbers for Texas Alpha dropped from a chapter of over 100 men, to one of merely 60, low historically for Phi Psi's third-largest chapter in total initiates. Compounding the issues was the fact that most of the active members who returned after the renovation were underclassmen lacking experience in chapter management.

"The alumni who came back not only gave, but took a hands-on approach to teach the young members how to run a chapter," Fish added. Stories range from alumni in the food-service industry mapping out plans for a kitchen, to alumni joining undergraduates to make recruitment calls to prospective students.

What started as a project to fix up a house has turned into a campaign of more than just money. While the yard and property looks better than it ever did, the future stability of Phi Kappa Psi at Texas is now assured because of the alumni who saw fit to get involved in all areas.

For more information on how you can make a difference as an alumnus within your own chapter, contact the Director of Alumni Services.
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Phi Psi's Company Awards Scholarship http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/phipsiscompanyawardsscholarship Stanford '91, also a former Archon of Phi Kappa Psi, is the President of Ivy League Labs, the makers of Score-Booster™, a memory improvement supplement proven to enhance cognitive performance.

In order to help boost the sales of Score-Booster, the company created a Greek scholarship program, where $5 was donated to the Greek organization of the buyer's choice for each bottle sold. Thanks to Blackwood's position and connection to brothers around the world, Phi Kappa Psi was one of the first Greek organizations to benefit.

"We created the scholarship funds in order to give back to the student community," stated Blackwood said. "An additional $1,000 can go a long way toward helping students achieve their academic goals, and we appreciate the opportunity to share some of the success we've experienced with Score-Booster."

The scholarship awards a student, in good standing with his or her Greek organization, that shows the greatest academic improvement over two periods. The student must also follow Ivy League Labs on both Facebook and Twitter. 

The beneficiary of this first award for Phi Psi was John. D Miller Creighton '08, who showed a 64% improvement in his GPA from fall to spring semester during the 2009-10 academic year. Brother Miller could be the first of several Phi Kappa Psi members to receive such an award, as scholarships will be awarded twice a year to eligible organizations. Currently, Phi Kappa Psi and Pi Beta Phi have scholarships available.

For more information on the company's products and scholarships, visit Ivy League Labs

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Phi Psi Brothers Earn Gamma Sigma Alpha Spots http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/phipsibrothersearngammasigmaalphaspots
Gamma Sigma Alpha is a national Greek academic honor society that works to help Greek members become high academic achievers. Members entering their junior year with a 3.5 cumulative GPA, or those that achieve a 3.5 GPA or higher during any semester of their junior or senior year, are eligible for membership.

In the 2009-10 academic year, Phi Kappa Psi was thrilled to have 19 brothers recognized for their academic achievement...

Ashland University (Ohio Theta)
David Ellsworth
David Lee Hodgson Stuck
Joseph Sypolt
Garrett Wienecke

Case Western Reserve University (Ohio Epsilon)
Yao-Chieh Cheng
Andrew Franco
Jason Li
Kogulan Nadesakumaran
Kevin Ricci
Samuel Roberts

Northwestern University (Illinois Alpha)
Marc Bourgeois

University of Iowa (Iowa Alpha)
Mark Rigby

University of Michigan (Michigan Alpha)
Michael Minchella
Blake Toll

Valparaiso University (Indiana Epsilon)
Ken Knuppel
Bruce Morgan II
Ben Taylor

Wittenberg University (Ohio Beta)
Michael Giavasis
Joseph Nixon

Congratulations to all of those brothers listed. For more information on the society and how you can get involved, visit www.gammasigmaalpha.org 
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Phi Psi Teams with Delta Sig to Train Advisors http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/phipsiteamswithdeltasigtotrainadvisors
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Over 50 volunteers from campuses around the country attended the event and experienced a comprehensive curriculum that dealt with issues ranging from how to impact the lives of current students to how to recruit additional alumni volunteers. The sessions were facilitated by members of both National Staffs and built around collaboration, encouraging extensive discussions amongst the participants as they tried to build a bigger and stronger alumni base locally.

"It can sometimes get lonely out here in volunteer-land, so it was nice to be able to interact with other fraternity advisors from around the country (Phi Psi or otherwise) who are all trying to accomplish the same thing: make their men better men," said Bill Good, Phi Psi Advisor at Iowa State

The participants were strategically intermixed with members of both fraternities and no affiliation was available. Name tags only identified participants by name and college. This was done to showcase just how similar volunteers are across the country. While there are some unique qualities to each organization, the work done by volunteers is universal: making better men. 

"It was very stimulating and the vision is absolutely right on!" said Dennis Rockow, a Delta Sig volunteer from UW-Plattville. "I firmly believe it is a lifetime commitment and we need to get the alumni re-initiated into the activities and enjoy what Fraternal Life has to offer."

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Thanks to a generous donor, the weekend was completely free to all participants. Both fraternities are hopeful that the opportunity to repeat this program will continue in the future.

"The advisor conference reinforced the fact that we can and do make a difference, and it gave us new ideas on how to do so more effectively," Good added.

A video recap of this weekend conference will soon be available on the Phi Psi YouTube channel. Anyone interested in seeing pictures from the weekend can find them on the Phi Psi Flickr page.
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Brother Keeps Scholarship Within Phi Psi http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/brotherkeepsscholarshipwithinphipsi Beloit '07 was recently named the recipient of the Warner Mills Prize for Practical Politics. Brower, who graduated this spring, was presented the award at the college's annual Scholarship Luncheon in February. While any scholarship is important to the modern student, this award carries special meaning.

Brother Warner E. Mills was initiated into the Fraternity in 1978 when the Wisconsin Gamma chapter at Beloit College was rechartered after an eight year hiatus. Mills, a longtime Professor of Government at the school, was instrumental in seeing the chapter come back to campus. He was a staunch supporter of Phi Kappa Psi as a faculty member and helped to advise the young men who re-chartered the group. That dedication was rewarded with his inclusion in the initiation of that "founding" class of 1978. He would continue to serve as chapter advisor.

Brother Brower is pictured below in the middle, flanked by Glenn Koch Beloit '58 (left) and National Chaplain David McDonald Beloit '82 (right), who both sponsor scholarships at the college. 

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Stanford Chapter Helps Fight Hunger http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/stanfordchapterhelpsfighthunger Taste of Palo Alto. Partnering with the women of Alpha Epsilon Phi and the Stanford Project On Hunger, the goal was to raise as much money for the Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP), which provides food and essentials for low-income families in the Bay Area.

Eight area restaurants partnered with Phi Psi to donate delicious items for taste. In total, over 7,000 food tickets were sold, and a perfect day of weather allowed guests to sample the cuisine and take in the sounds of some local music.

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At the conclusion of the day, over $3,500 was raised for EHP, far exceeding the expectations of the chapter. Even more importantly, the partnership with EHP was a success on both sides.

"We picked EHP for three reasons," said Ravi Sankar, Calif. Beta's Corresponding Secretary. "One, they seemed very efficient with their use of money. Two, they explicitly are looking for more attention from Stanford students and, three, they seemed thematically appropriate: feed yourself and feed the hungry."

Feed yourself and feed the hungry was such a simple concept that the event sold itself on campus. The chapter conservatively estimates that 350 (possibly as high as 500) people showed up during the four-hour event to help EHP. It was the largest turnout for a charity event that the men of Calif. Beta could remember. The support not only helped to fund the program, but raise its awareness on campus.

"The event itself was well planned, well attended and helped to shine more light on EHP," added Melanie Jones-Carter, Program Administrative Manager for EHP. "We were able to gather names of others that are interested in volunteering and with [Phi Psi's] help, establish a greater working relationship with other groups at Stanford. The money that was raised will certainly keep our mission alive in providing food, clothing and household essentials to those in need. We hope to continue our relationship and we can't wait for next year's event."

What started as a brainstormed idea for a weekend philanthropy event has now turned into an annual campaign for our men at Stanford. 

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For more information on helping out California Beta in their philanthropic work, contact Ravi Sankar. For more information on the EHP, visit them here
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National Day of Service http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/nationaldayofservice National Day of Service. As a Fraternity founded on the principle of The Great Joy of Serving Others, the weekend was a special opportunity for our groups to honor that principle. 

For many of our undergraduate chapters, this month is a culmination of a year's worth of tremendous service, where thousands of dollars have been raised and countless hours of work have been given. What better way to celebrate that success than by doing something this weekend to better the lives of those in a local community.

If a group is still looking to get involved with a local philanthropy this year or next, don't forget to check with your local Boys & Girls Club. Phi Kappa Psi is proud to be affiliated with BGCA as our national philanthropy. Click here for more information on the partnership.

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If you are a part of a local chapter or association that has completed some sort of service project this monthd, we want to know about it! Email your pending event here, and we will add it to this page. Or, send us a brief report on what took place during your service event and we will share those successes.

April Service Success Stories

- Our brothers at Ohio Nu (Ohio University) got in the act of service early, by working to improve a local day care center. Their efforts were recognized in the local paper.
- Brothers at Mississippi Alpha (Ole Miss) co-sponsored the Chucky Mullins Courage Award Banquet in connection with the Ole Miss spring football game. Proceeds benefited students in serious accidents. This was the 21st year for the banquet. It's part of a big weekend in Oxford.
- The men of New York Eta (Buffalo) helped clean up the streets of their community. Scroll to the middle of this article for the details.
- Not to be outdone in New York, our brothers at RIT (N.Y. Theta) held a wristband fundraiser last weekend to raise money to support our American troops.
- Ohio Mu (Dayton) partnered with the service Fraternity Alpha Phi Omega to help with their Carnival for Cystic Fibrosis, raising money for a cure and to aid those in need. April 18th also coincided with five-year anniversary of the chapter, and alumni in town to celebrate pitched in with the service.
- Our members at Pennsylvania Upsilon (Drexel) committed themselves to 125 hours of community service this semester, and will earn $500 in grant money upon completion for helping out needy individuals in West Philadelphia. Read about their philanthropy here.  
- Wisconsin Gamma (Beloit) spent the National Day of Service weekend cleaning up a road as a part of the Adopt-A-Highway program. Check out their story and a picture here. (Phi Psi Connect account required)
- The men of one of our newest groups, the Muskingum University Colony, helped to clean up a local center for children. You can read their account here. (Phi Psi Connect account required)
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New York Theta Tops Them All at RIT http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/newyorkthetatopsthemallatrit
This is a comprehensive award process and something the undergraduates and alumni of our N.Y. Theta chapter have been working very hard at to achieve. President's Cup categories include: Excellence in Scholastic Achievement, Excellence in Philanthropic Endeavors, Excellence in Campus and Community Involvement, Excellence in Chapter and Risk Management and Excellence in Recruitment/Intake and Retention. 

We hope that all of Phi Kappa Psi will join us in wishing the men of N.Y. Theta well-deserved congratulations! 

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2010 Grand Arch Council http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/2010grandarchcouncil The 2010 Grand Arch Council is behind us, but the memories will keep many members excited all the way until the 2012 GAC in San Antonio! Right around 700 people attended this summer in Orlando for the biennial governing convention, making it the second largest GAC on record!

Recap the Action
For those of you unable to join Phi Kappa Psi in Orlando, there are several ways to get a recap of what took place.
1) Hundreds of pictures are now on Phi Kappa Psi's Flickr page. You can visit it using the link buttons above, or by clicking here.
2) Videos from the week in Orlando are uploaded to our YouTube channel.

Golf Outing  
Despite hot and steamy conditions, several groups braved the weather to compete in the second Founders Cup. Congratulations to our winning foursome:

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(From left to right: Jim Boyle Washington '88, Scott Noble Texas '81, Will Haskett Butler '00 and Bruce Jackson Case Western '70)

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Awards Luncheon
Thursday saw the recognition of some of Phi Psi's best chapters. The 2010 GAC Awards Luncheon presented the following awards:

Thomas Cochran Campbell Award - Kansas (Kansas Alpha) 
Founders Award - Stanford (California Beta) 
Alumni Relations - West Virginia (West Virginia Alpha) 
Senior Involvement - Kansas (Kansas Alpha) 
Griffing-Tate - Stanford (California Beta) 
Amici Award - CSU-Long Beach (California Xi) 
Edgar Fahs Smith Award - Michael H. McCoy Indiana '58 
Ralph R. Haney Award - Stanford (California Beta) 
Chapter Public Relations Award - Lycoming (Pennsylvania Phi) 
Intramural Excellence Award - Butler (Indiana Zeta) 
Outstanding Recruitment Publication - DePaul (Illinois Zeta) 
Outstanding Chapter Newsletter - Cornell (New York Alpha) 
Risk Management Award - Bucknell (Pennsylvania Gamma) 
Outstanding Alumni Association - Indianapolis AA 
Alumni Corporation Award for Continued Excellence - Missouri (Missouri Alpha)
Alumni Corporation Achievement Award - Purdue (Indiana Delta) 
Hyatt Pat Eby Award - Stanford (California Beta) 
Ralph D. Daniel Award for Chapter Management - RIT (New York Theta) 
Most Improved Chapter - Beloit (Wisconsin Gamma) 
Outstanding Chapter Advisor - Mark Wong UC-Davis '88 
Dr. Gordon S. Letterman Award - RIT (New York Theta) 
Phi Psi Big Brother Award - Ashland (Ohio Theta) 
Membership Excellence Award - Purdue (Indiana Delta)

The Final Banquet also awarded the highest honors in the Fraternity. Don Fites Valparaiso '53 was awarded the Medal of Honor. Rob Parada RIT '92 was awarded the Edward H. Knight Award for Merit. And our chapter at Stanford (Calif. Beta) culminated the night by winning Grand Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi for 2010. 

The Phi Kappa Psi Foundation also presented three deserving members with the National Leadership Awards. To learn more about the awards, the 2010 recipients and view their stories, visit the Foundation's site

Here is a complete rundown of the Fraternity's award recipients at the final banquet: 

Anna Ritchie Letterman Silver Bowl - Lee Ann Harper
Advisor to Fraternities Award - Caitlin Roberts (?xml:namespace prefix = st1 /?-->Long Beach State)
Ralph D. Daniel Interfraternal Award - Jon Williamson
Eddie Knight Award for Attendance - Ralph "Dud" Daniel Arizona '47  
Eddie Knight Award for Merit - Rob Parada RIT '92
Undergraduate of the Year - Justin Solomon Stanford '08
Billy Mitchell Award - Chris Gerritz Oregon State '06
Medal of Honor - Don Fites Valparaiso '53
Grand Chapter Award - Stanford (California Beta)

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Phi Kappa Psi at RIT Makes a Difference http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/phikappapsiatritmakesadifference


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Phi Psi Welcomes Bowling Green http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/phipsiwelcomesbowlinggreen http://www.flickr.com/photos/phikappapsihq/
Welcome back to the brotherhood to these new undergraduates, and congrats to the over 600 alumni of the chapter.
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Phi Psi Website Wins Top Award http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/phipsiwebsitewinstopaward www.phikappapsi.com has been selected as the Fraternity Communications Association's (FCA) top Greek website at the 2009 FCA annual conference. We're very pleased, and look forward to continuing to provide more content and features to enhance your experience. You can provide your feedback about the site to RJP[at]PhiKappaPsi.com. Thanks for using the new site!
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2009 WWLS photos http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/2009wwlsphotos Photos from the event can be found at http://bit.ly/2009WWLSphotos. Please feel free to tag, comment and pass along to other Phi Psis!]]> Thu, 16 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/2009wwlsphotos A 4-Year Old Girl with Cancer Inspires a Chapter http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/bryleesstory On January 30, 2016, the brothers of CA Epsilon (UCLA) celebrated a rechartering ceremony to bring the chapter back to the University of California-Los Angeles. Despite all of the work required to pull off an event of such magnitude, the brothers of CA Epsilon added one extra task to their list the weeks prior to the ceremony: they forever changed the life of a young girl named Brylee Joy Cadamy.


The Talbert Family Foundation

On October 15, 2015, Brylee Joy Cadamy was diagnosed with Stage IV Rhabdomyosarcoma Cancer. When it was found that the cancer was in the bottom of her brain, nasal cavity, left ear, and lungs, it utterly devastated the family. Chemotherapy, transportation, and insurance costs were piling up and it became very difficult for the family to cover the costs, adding to the difficulty of the situation. The Talbert Family Foundation stepped in to help raise the money necessary to assist Brylee and her family. The Foundation is coordinated by Lloyd Talbert (UCLA '78) and his wife, Julie.

Brother Talbert was initiated into the Fraternity the same year as House Corporation Vice President, Dan Cislo (UCLA '78). Dan served as legal counsel for Talbert's company and after a conversation one evening, Talbert suggested that working with young Brylee might be a great opportunity for the men of the then-colony.

"The very reason I decided to become involved with resurrecting CA Epsilon was to see teenage boys become men of distinction and honor. It was Brother Talbert's idea to offer the brothers an opportunity to do something really special," said Cislo.

As soon as the men of CA Epsilon heard the news of Brylee's last round of radiation, they immediately wanted to get involved. From the onset, her courage seemed too inspiring to pass up.

"As the Public Relations chairman for the Fraternity, I enlisted the help of Jared Aguayo and Jason Hibono to plan out a visit with her," said Eli Jaffe (UCLA '16). "Phi Psi is a brotherhood dedicated to honorable and selfless conduct toward those around you. Brylee and her family were thrust into an extremely difficult situation, and the brothers in the chapter were just hoping to bring a little extra joy on her big day."



During their time with Brylee, members of the chapter sang a song, danced with her, dropped off a series of gifts, took photos, and told jokes. One of the brothers even gave Brylee a music box from Japan that plays 'When You Wish Upon a Star' with a cat on the front (Brylee's favorite animal).

"My experience visiting Brylee was profound. The video cannot come close to capturing the energy and vibrancy that Brylee brings to every situation. Her ability to not only endure what she has at such a young age, but also to come out the other side with so much optimism and positivity left me awestruck," said Jaffe.

Following the initial visit, the chapter has decided to continue supporting Brylee in her fight against cancer. Brylee, her mother, and Julie Talbert are attending the chapter meeting on February 22 and will have a discussion with the men about the Talbert Foundation and its continued work to support survivors. Additionally, the chapter is taking extra steps to make sure Brylee continues to be #1 in their hearts.

"We decided to officially declare Brylee as our first Phi Psi Sweetheart and include her on our next composite. We really want to be involved long-term in her treatment and recovery," said Kanav Saraf (UCLA '16).


The Real Essence of Service

The Great Joy of Serving Others is not about stockpiling community service hours; it's not about sending the biggest group to another fraternity or sorority's competitive philanthropy event. The real joy of serving others is when you identify a person or group of people in need and do everything in your power to provide the support necessary to affect real change. #Bruins4Brylee is a great example of how members of Phi Kappa Psi recognized their obligation to brighten the life of a young girl who has shouldered the kind of pain (at 4 years old) that most of us can never imagine.

Far too often, brothers stand behind a cause without any explicit knowledge of who they are helping. Far too often, we never see the faces of those receiving our support. The Brothers of CA Epsilon broke the mold by standing behind the courage and inspiration of young Brylee Joy.


Supporting Brylee's Fund

Donations can still be made to Brylee's Fund. The Talbert Family Foundation will match the first $5,000 raised in this fund and has provided a $5,000 honorarium as well. Once these funds have been matched, the next $5,000 will also be matched by an anonymous donor.

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Spring 2017 Executive Council Meeting http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/phipsistory/spring2017executivecouncilmeeting The next Phi Kappa Psi Executive Council Meeting will be St. Louis, MO on Saturday, March 4. It will last from 9:00 am to approximately 5:00 pm. The meeting will be at the Marriott St Louis Airport across from Lambert International Airport. For a list of dining options in and around the hotel, click here.

Parking

If you are staying at the hotel, on-site parking is $13 per day. For non-guests, parking is $8 for up to three hours, $14 for three to 12 hours and $18 for 12 to 24 hours.

Executive Council Meeting

Date:

Saturday, March 4

Time:

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location:

Marriott St. Louis Airport Room, Saloon II

Address:

10700 Pear Tree Drive, St. Louis, MO 63134

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