Press Releases http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases en-us Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:05:43 -0700 Undergraduate GAC T-Shirt Competition http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/gact-shirtcompetition2018 The 79th GAC will be here before you know it. To help celebrate, Phi Kappa Psi National Fraternity is holding an undergraduate t-shirt design contest. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. EST Wednesday, January 31, 2018. The top designs will then be up for popular vote between March 1, 2018 and March 15, 2018. The winning design will be printed on t-shirts available for purchase at GAC in July.

Please submit your entry via this form.

Official Rules:

  1. The contest is open to all undergraduate members of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.
  2. All entries must be original creations of the contestant which have never been published and do not contain profanity, trademarks, logos or copyrighted works of any other person or business.
  3. The winning design will remain property of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and will not be returned to you. Phi Kappa Psi may use the winning design at any time after the contest. The contest winner may display their own design in a portfolio or personal collection, but may not sell or reproduce the design for any other purpose once submitted to the contest.
  4. A panel of judges at Phi Kappa Psi headquarters will choose no more than the top 10 submissions. The top submissions will be put to a public vote from March 1 through March 15, 2018.
  5. The contest begins on November 15, 2017.
  6. The entries must be received online by 5 p.m. on January 31, 2018.
  7. Form of Entries:
    1. The entry should be accompanied by your name and contact information (a cell phone number and email address).
    2. The entry may be submitted electronically using the following file types: .AI, .JPG, .PDF, .PNG or .PSD.
  8. If you are selected as the winner, you will receive your choice of a free non-transferable registration to GAC OR a prepaid $150 Visa Gift Card. You will also receive a t-shirt with your design, and a mention in The Shield.
  9. Phi Kappa Psi reserves the right to terminate this contest at any time, effective on the date of issuing the termination notice and is under no obligation to give notice prior to the date of termination.
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Statement by National President James D. Boyle on Settlement of Rolling Stone Lawsuit http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/uvarollingstonesettlement Indianapolis, June 13, 2017 - The debunked Rolling Stone article caused considerable turmoil to individual Phi Kappa Psi members and alumni in addition to the University community as a whole. It is gratifying now to be able to put this entire ordeal behind us. 

The goal of fraternity life is to foster high ideals: integrity, fellowship, leadership, and service. This most unfortunate series of events only reinforces the importance of our commitment to developing young men of character in an environment of safety and trust. 

The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, founded in 1852 at Jefferson College, engages men of integrity, further develops their intellect and enhances community involvement. With a legacy built on acceptance and trust, each brother realizes his highest potential through a lifelong experience of service and excellence. Today there are 106 undergraduate chapters and colonies, 51 alumni associations and more than 124,000 lifetime initiates.

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Fall 2016 Executive Council Meeting Minutes Available http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/fall2016_ecminutes The meeting minutes from the Phi Kappa Psi Fall 2016 Executive Council Meeting are now available.

To access the documents, follow these steps:

  1. Head to phipsiportal.phikappapsi.com
  2. Log-in using the same username/password you used for the Phi Psi Experience
  3. You'll see a box on the left side titled Resource Documents
  4. Click the Executive Council link
  5. Find the document labelled 2016 October - EC Meeting Minutes (Indianapolis)

As you may notice, these documents are no longer housed on the Phi Psi Experience. The Experience could no longer provide the services to support our resource needs and the Phi Psi Portal will come to serve all members as a one-stop shop, with customized news, a calendar and links relevant to you. You will quickly find whatever information and resources you need, including all future Executive Council reports.

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Staff Update - Matt Kifle departs http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/staffupdate-mattkifledeparts Indianapolis, Jan. 9, 2017 - Director of Advisory Teams Matt Kifle (Ohio '12), will be departing the staff to pursue other professional opportunities.

During his time on staff, Kifle was instrumental in the success of numerous initiatives, including the 2016 Alumni Bus Tour, which visited more than 30 cities and connected with at least 300 alumni members. Kifle was also instrumental in creating a new Chapter Advisor Retreat program in March which saw 47 chapters represented.

"Matt played a crucial role in leading the development of Phi Psi's new alumni support service and beginning the transformation of how we staff our chapter advisory teams," said Executive Director, Mark Guidi (Virginia Tech '84)

The fraternity appreciates Kifle's work, helping to recruit and train more than 100 alumni advisors for new created colonies and chapters. His work moves the organization closer to the five-person advisory team model the fraternity seeks to implement with every chapter or colony.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed my time working with our professional team at the National Fraternity. They care deeply about the personal and professional development of our undergraduate men and the continued support of our alumni population," said Kifle. "I look forward to seeing what the future holds for Phi Kappa Psi."

Kifle's last day as the Director of Advisory Teams was Friday, December 16.


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 105 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.

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Hiring Update – Robert Nagel as Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Housing http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/hiringupdate–robertnagelasseniordirectorofalumniengagement INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 4, 2016 - The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is pleased to announce the hiring of Robert Nagel (Buffalo '99) as the Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Housing.

RobNagel.jpgNagel began his professional career working for Phi Kappa Psi, spending two years as an Educational Leadership Consultant (2002-2004) and later as the Director of Leadership Development (2006-2008). Additionally, he worked in a sales positions, was on the leadership team of a small start-up company and most recently worked in non-profit fundraising for the American Diabetes Association. Throughout his career, Nagel has visited over 100 chapters, working with alumni, undergraduates and host institutions. While working with Phi Kappa Psi, Nagel helped plan Grand Arch Councils, Presidents Leadership Academies and other educational programs.

"Since I worked for Phi Kappa Psi for over four years, I have had the pleasure to meet and know hundreds of brothers," said Nagel. "With the right pieces in place and the right team, we can elevate alumni involvement in our organization, which will lead to an improved Fraternity for all undergraduates and alumni."

In the role, Nagel will oversee two primary areas: alumni engagement and housing. He will be instrumental in developing alumni programming, training of alumni volunteers, coordinating with house corporations and advancing the initiatives of the alumni engagement team. He will coordinate a team of staff which includes the Director of Chapter Advisory Teams, Matt Kifle, the Associate Director of Chapter Advisory Teams, Jared Bills and the Fraternity's Archivist, Timothy Tangen.

"Rob brings many years of experience in working with alumni and donors of Phi Kappa Psi and a national organization like the American Diabetes Association," said Executive Director, Mark Guidi (Virginia Tech '84). "His professional experience ties in wonderfully with where Phi Psi is heading in terms of a service-oriented mindset and culture."

Nagel will begin the role on August 3, 2016. You can email him at rsn@phikappapsi.com.


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 101 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.

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Phi Kappa Psi Partners with OmegaFi http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phikappapsipartnerswithomegafi PhiPsiWebsiteBanner.jpg

Indianapolis, July 29, 2016
- Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity has partnered with OmegaFi to provide financial management software, training and support to undergraduate chapters and house corporations. Beginning in July, Phi Kappa Psi organizations are encouraged to use the chapter finance and management tools provided by OmegaFi to streamline operations, enrich data quality and improve financial performance.

"We recognize OmegaFi's unique ability to provide ongoing education and a robust suite of services to position our students, advisors and chapters for financial success and security," said Executive Director, Mark Guidi (Virginia Tech '84.)

A number of chapters already partner with OmegaFi—some for almost 20 years. Working with OmegaFi will help chapters file IRS paperwork, enjoy high collection rates, save time, reduce fraud and more easily pay National dues and fees. All chapters registered for OmegaFi's Vault for fall 2016 billing will be eligible for the following benefits: a reduced cost of service, a free mobile-friendly chapter website for one year and free IRS tax filing of the 990N or 990EZ. Other incentives will be announced at a later time.

"We are excited to work with Phi Kappa Psi and pleased we were chosen after a thorough review and comparison to other companies," said OmegaFi CEO Fred Maglione. "I envision great results from this partnership and OmegaFi is eager to help chapters generate more money, maintain their tax exempt status and safely spend fraternity funds. We even have a fun new awards program planned to recognize Phi Psi chapters with best financial management practices. It's a new day for Phi Kappa Psi, and we are proud to be aligned with this leader in the fraternal world."


The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, founded in 1852 at Jefferson College, engages men of integrity, further develops their intellect and enhances community involvement. With a legacy built on acceptance and trust, each brother realizes his highest potential through a lifelong experience of service and excellence. Today there are 106 undergraduate chapters, 51 alumni associations and more than 124,000 lifetime initiates.

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Phi Kappa Psi to Expand at West Virginia University http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/wvuexpansion Indianapolis, June 29, 2016 - Phi Kappa Psi was recently invited to start a colony at West Virginia University in the fall of 2016.

West Virginia_Colony.pngFollowing the chapter's closure in December 2013, the Fraternity has been eagerly awaiting a chance to return to campus and establish a colony which will be a productive and contributing member of the Greek community. The overwhelming support on this project from alumni and the university has been impressive and Phi Kappa Psi thanks all of you for your hard work. 

"We are very excited to be returning to West Virginia University. This chapter is one of our oldest and most prolific chapters in our Fraternity's history, which makes this expansion a great opportunity," said Director of Expansion, Benny Rohloff.

As part of the established advisory team model, the expansion team will be looking to recruit at least five chapter advisory team members to work with the men. These individuals are not required to be members of Phi Kappa Psi; in fact, non-members are encouraged to inquire into the opportunity. The involvement of these advisors will be critical to creating a chapter culture where student development matters. Anyone interested in becoming an advisor should contact Director of Chapter Advisory Teams, Matt Kifle.

The Fraternity looks forward to establishing a successful colony at WVU this fall. To recommend a current WVU student for the new colony or to learn more about the expansion, please contact Director of Expansion, Benny Rohloff.

*Members of the previous West Virginia chapter will not be permitted to join the new colony and cannot be affiliated with the process. 


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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New Addition to the Professional Team – Kylie Justus, Digital Marketing Manager http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/hiringjustus INDIANAPOLIS, June 30, 2016 - The Fraternity is happy to announce the hiring of our new Digital Marketing Manager, Kylie Justus.

Kylie Justus-Web.jpgJustus, a member of Phi Mu Fraternity from Hanover College, steps into the role with years of communications experience. Her professional and higher education journey has allowed her to conduct advertising efforts, event photography, and social media marketing. She previously served Phi Mu as an educational consultant, which allows her to bring a wealth of fraternity and sorority knowledge into the role.

"Working with others, paired with my love of creativity and communication within the fraternity world, makes me a great fit for this role," Justus said. "I hope to bring new ideas and an innovative voice to our platforms."

Her primary responsibilities include spearheading the Fraternity's social media marketing efforts, the strategy behind the PhiPsi Mobile App, all video development efforts, brand management, on-site program marketing and training materials for undergraduates.

"Kylie's creativity and storytelling ability is going to be an incredible asset to the communications team," Kyle Hickman (Lycoming '07), Senior Director of Communications said. "She is going to play a key role in helping the Fraternity tell meaningful stories through digital media."

Justus is now serving in her full-time role. She can be reached via email at KRJ@phikappapsi.com.  


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 101 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.

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Ohio Alpha Suspended http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/ohioalphasuspended INDIANAPOLIS, May 26, 2016 - On April 13, 2016, Ohio Wesleyan University's Student Conduct Board announced the suspension of the Ohio Alpha chapter of Phi Kappa Psi for a period of no less than four years. As a result, Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and the chapter ceased all official activities at Ohio Wesleyan University.

University administrators suspended the Ohio Alpha chapter following a university conduct hearing on March 30, 2016, based on a determination that the chapter had generated several risk management concerns and violations over the past five years. The university's ruling states that over this same time period the chapter has not been able to meet conduct rules and expectations for student organizations. The chapter chose to appeal the decision and their appeal was denied on May 3, 2016.

The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity regrets any negative impact its members or organization has had on the Ohio Wesleyan University community. We are cooperating with university officials and we will work with the student conduct board on its decision, as well as meet with individual chapter members to address their conduct.

The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity values its 155-year history at Ohio Wesleyan University. Our Fraternity's leadership and staff are committed to collaborating with university administrators to ensure chapters are acting in accordance with our mission while developing, promoting, and implementing strategies that lead to positive and constructive outcomes. We look forward to once again having a model chapter on campus when the university is prepared to reconsider Phi Kappa Psi as a member of its community.


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 101 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni. 

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2016-17 Expansion Projects – Coming to a Campus Near You http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/201617expansions Indianapolis, May 5, 2015 - The Fraternity's expansion team is excited to announce a number of upcoming expansions. As part of our improved expansion model, we are looking to build full chapter advisory teams (made of members or non-members) as soon as possible. Our long-term sustainability relies upon finding the right men and surrounding them with the proper guidance and mentorship.

Campuses chosen for new Phi Kappa Psi chapters are based on several important criteria:

  • Academics - a Greek system focused on scholarship is important for any new group
  • Advisor Support -adequate adult guidance is a must for our new chapter
  • Greek Life Culture - the norms of the community play a big role in choosing a campus
  • Timing - Phi Kappa Psi and university staff must be able to support the colony
  • University or College Culture - well-rounded men are a must for success
  • University Support - the university must be a willing partner for success


Virginia Tech University
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Despite being closed since 2010, the Fraternity is returning to Virginia Tech University (Virginia Zeta) this upcoming fall. Reasons for returning to campus include a strong local alumni base, a fully supportive fraternity and sorority life staff, and a healthy fraternity and sorority community. We're seeking at least five advisors to be involved.


Denison University
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Denison University is considered one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country. Located in Gransville, Ohio, the university sports a great academic prestige, a strong local alumni base and a 15-man interest group. Our staff will formally establish a Phi Kappa Psi colony at Denison this fall and we're seeking at least five advisors to be involved.


Auburn University
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Over the past couple of years, the membership of the AL Beta chapter at Auburn has dwindled to a point of not being sustainable. In an effort to rejuvenate the local chapter, our expansion team will be on-site this fall to recruit a group of men into the chapter. We're looking for alumni willing to be involved and recommendations of men on campus who would be great for the re-organized chapter.


Texas A&M University
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With a relatively young Greek community and a large staff of trained professionals, the Fraternity believes TAMU will provide a place to succeed. If you know of anyone in the area (regardless of membership status) who would be a great mentor to our men, please contact Benny Rohloff. We are seeking at least five advisors to be involved.


Arizona State University
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The Arizona Beta chapter has been inactive at Arizona State since 2007. We are proud to announce we are returning in the fall of 2017 to establish a colony. The timing is right, we have great alumni interest, and there is strong university support in place. We are also seeking at least five advisors to be involved.


If you're interested in helping out with any of these projects, please contact Director of Expansion, Benny Rohloff or call 317-632-1852.

More information will be available soon about additional projects for 2016-2017.


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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2016 National Scholarship Recipients http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/2016scholarshiprecipients new foundation logo.jpg
INDIANAPOLIS, May 4, 2016 - The Phi Kappa Psi Foundation is pleased to announce the 2016 National Scholarship Recipients. Each recipient received his award based on his academic merit, dedication to his chapter, exemplary leadership on and off campus, and meritorious service to others.  
 
Alumni evaluators were overwhelmingly impressed by the pool of nearly 350 candidates for the 28 awards. 

"I'm truly amazed at the work that all of the candidates are doing. Overall, the pool was very impressive. I found it uplifting to read the applications and hear about all the great things being done by our brothers," said evaluator Andrew Deutsch (Duluth '02).  Evaluator Joey Stemmle (VCU '10) added, "It is always so nice to see how many talented brothers there are across the country."

The Phi Kappa Psi Foundation remains a leader in the Greek world for both the number of scholarships and the amount of money awarded. National Scholarships are made possible by contributions from donors to the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation.   

"I am lucky to have the opportunity to apply for such a wonderful range of scholarships," said Nick Jungbauer (Creighton '14). 
 
The Foundation Trustees and staff congratulate the following scholarship recipients:

2016 Ben King Award
Keven Lugo (Lafayette '13)
 
2016 Ernest H. Garbe Award
Max Levy (Penn '14)
Nathaniel Urban (Ashland '15)
 
2016 Founders Graduate Scholarship Awards
Gregory Chang (Case Western '13
Sean Eden (Drexel '11
Joseph Germano (Wittenberg '12
James "Drew" Hopson (DePaul '10
 
2016 Jerry Nelson Award         
Jason Cornelius (Penn State '14
 
2016 Mary Pickford-Rogers Memorial Award
Matthew "Drake" Shrader (Texas State '14
 
2016 Philip M. Cornelius Award          
Kevin Meyer (Ball State '14
 
2016 Ralph D. Daniel Leadership Award
Kevin Paternostro (Oregon State '12
 
2016 Ruddick C. Lawrence Award
Nicholas Dugan (Mississippi '14)
Jaison Marks (Iowa '13
 
2016 Schroeder Family Finance Award
Alex Gregorowicz (Kentucky '12
 
2016 Outstanding Solon E. Summerfield Scholar
Jared Smith (Washington '13
 
2016 Solon E. Summerfield Runner-Up
Walter "Nick" Jungbauer (Creighton '14
Jonathan Mardini (Penn State '14
 
2016 Solon E. Summerfield Scholar
Christopher Maxwell (UCLA '16
Thomas Metke (Vanderbilt '15
Charles Pollnow (Occidental '14
Mario Sahlani (Ohio State '13)
Tyler Brennan (Drexel '13
 
2016 Watkins Christian Scholar Award
Nicholas Stitzell (Iowa State '14
 
2016 William H. Blanning Graduate Awards
Henry Dickmeyer (Occidental '12
Colin Gibbons (Brandeis '10
 
2016 William R. Walker Award
Robert McIlhatton (Cal '14
 
2016 Winston R. 'Win' Tate Award
Matthew Liang (New Jersey '13
Stephen Lichtenfels (Ohio '13)  



For more information, contact: 
Cara Augspurger, Scholarship & Fellowship Coordinator  
Phone: 317.275.3400 
Fax: 317.275.3401
 


The Phi Kappa Psi Foundation is a public, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) educational foundation supporting academic excellence, leadership, education and service through more than $600,000 annually in scholarships and grants to undergraduate and graduate students and grants for leadership programs of the Fraternity. 

The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is a national men's college social fraternity founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania on February 19, 1852.  It involves approximately 4,000 undergraduates at 104 chapters and colonies in the United States and has initiated over 100,000 men since its founding.  Its headquarters is located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Phi Kappa Psi Kentucky Beta Suspended http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/kentuckyinvestigation INDIANAPOLIS, April 28, 2016 - Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is announcing the five-year suspension of the University of Kentucky chapter, Kentucky Beta. Both the university and Phi Kappa Psi were made aware of hazing allegations after they were reported anonymously. The chapter accepted the proposed suspension from the university on Thursday, April 21.

The allegations made span from the fall 2015 semester to the current spring 2016 semester. The chapter does not dispute these allegations. Hazing is incongruent with the values and Creed of Phi Kappa Psi. The Fraternity takes any allegations seriously and works to investigate any such claims with the university.

Phi Kappa Psi Headquarters will continue to work with local alumni to ensure a successful return to the University of Kentucky. With guidance from Phi Kappa Psi Headquarters staff, the alumni will provide guidance to the new group in 2021 to ensure those future members become a conducive, respectable group on campus once again.

Decisions to suspend a chapter are among the most difficult a Fraternity's leadership and staff must make; decisions which are not taken lightly. Nevertheless, when circumstances dictate and the best interests of the Fraternity and its members are at risk, suspension will be considered in partnership with the campus administration and the chapter's alumni leadership. Phi Kappa Psi's leadership and Staff are foremost committed to educating, leading and inspiring our undergraduate and alumni members to make positive and constructive decisions.

All members of Phi Kappa Psi are expected to live up to the Creed of Phi Kappa Psi. Those members who do not do so, are held accountable. Phi Kappa Psi has a commitment to excellence and providing guidance for all members to be successful in college and in the future.


Media Contact: Garret Walton
gdw@phikappapsi.com
317-632-1852


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 101 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.

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Introducing the 2016-17 Consultants http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/201617consultants INDIANAPOLIS, Apr. 20, 2016 - With a number of expansions planned for the 2016-2017 academic year and an enhanced approach to chapter development on the horizon, the Phi Kappa Psi consultant model has changed to fit evolving needs. After a successful consultant recruitment period, the Fraternity is eager to announce new hires and a new consultant structure.

Two consultants are stepping into the Senior Educational Leadership Consultant role: Nicholas Dorsey (Akron '15) and Zachary Herge (Toledo '10). After a consultant visit, both men will follow-up with chapters and stakeholders to set goals and ensure long-term success. They will be charged with organizing and providing additional resources for chapters in need and will provide mentorship to first-year consultants.

Following a successful year on the road, Dile Wilson (IUPUI '12) returns to staff as a second-year Expansion Consultant. Benjamin Sigler (BGSU '10) also returns as a second-year Educational Leadership Consultant.

"All four of our returning consultants bring a level of professionalism and passion for the organization that will no doubt provide our new consultants with excellent guidance," said Director of Chapter Services, Michael Morin (Loyola '11).

Along with the returning consultants, eight new staff members have been hired:

Expansion Consultants
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Stephen Gowdy
(LSU '12)
Marc Munoz
(Cal Poly '12)
Kevin Paternostro
(Oregon State '12)

 

Educational Leadership Consultants
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Kevin Gong
(Cal Poly '13)
Zachary Kunstman
(UL-Lafayette '15)
Phil Mikos
(IUPUI '12)
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Coltin Solari
(SDSU '13)
Alexander Vickery-Holland
(Oregon State '12)

With a traveling staff of 12 members, Phi Kappa Psi plans to visit each chapter at least twice by the end of the 2016-2017 academic year. Both the Expansion and Educational Leadership Consultants will be instrumental in upcoming expansion projects, providing consistent and valuable support.

Phi Kappa Psi also recognizes the hard work and dedication of four consultants who are departing staff this May: Conner Boyd (Oregon State '12), Parker Laba (UC-Irvine '11), Jordan Nabizadeh (Loyola '12) and Nathan Whisman (Wabash '10).


New Senior Director of Business Operations

The Fraternity is pleased to announce Amanda Baldwin as the new Senior Director of Business Operations.

Baldwin's career has spanned 13 years in government, academia and non-profit sectors. Her career has placed her into positions as a payroll technician, financial analyst and finance manager. She received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master in Business Administration - Accounting from the Indiana Institute of Technology. She is working to complete the CPA exam by April 2017.

"Amanda's extensive experience in the non-profit space will be a huge help for us. She will help us take our business operations function to the next level," said Executive Director, Mark Guidi (Virginia Tech '84).

Baldwin's responsibilities in the role will include managing chapter and alumni association accounts receivables, ensuring the quality of database records, managing annual data collection, coordinating chapter accreditation, supporting website data integration and maintaining membership documentation. She will also be the primary staff member in charge of liability insurance coverage, grant development, audits, annual budgets, tax preparation, and related financial duties. Baldwin will be instrumental in new staff on-boarding and payroll management.

You can contact Baldwin at ALB@phikappapsi.com.


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 101 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.

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Hit the Mark with Mark Guidi http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/hitthemark Hit the Mark with Mark Guidi_Logo.png

INDIANAPOLIS, April 11, 2016 -
(Updated June 8, 2016) Phi Kappa Psi recently hired a new Executive Director, and he would like to talk to you. Mark Guidi (Virginia Tech '84) wants to give you a chance to learn more about his background and philosophy. We will post a video conversation on Facebook every other Thursday at 3:00pm EDT for 'Hit the Mark with Mark Guidi.' You'll have the opportunity to follow along and engage in discussion with other members and Phi Psi Friends. 
 
How does it work?
 
Mark will be generating conversation around topics that have wide application to our personal and professional lives; not just administrative topics for the Fraternity. He will invite in a panel of subject matter experts for each discussion and they will discuss, in depth, the topic of each call.
 
We will post a video recap every other Thursday at 3:00pm EDT. Each session will last no longer than 30 minutes. We encourage you to review the video and provide your thoughts in the commentary. Subscribe to our YouTube page to receive a notification when each conversation is posted.
 
To share the campaign on social media, use #PhiPsiHMMG.

Hit the Mark Recorded Sessions

As videos become available, we will post them here. Check back for the links to the YouTube clips!
 
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 101 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni. 
   

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Hiring Update – Changes at Headquarters http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/hiringchanges INDIANAPOLIS, Apr. 4, 2016 - The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is pleased to announce a variety of staffing changes at the National Headquarters.

Membership Development Team
Recognizing the need for enhanced leadership programming for our members, the Fraternity invested significant resources into the enhancement of the Membership Development team.

Director of Leadership & Programming, Jason Allen (Oneonta '06) now manages a team of three professional staff members: Andrea Kleekamp, Adam Dunworth and Elise Bradshaw.

Kleekamp has served as the Director of Health & Wellness since last December and will continue to develop targeted wellness programming for undergraduate members.

Adam Dunworth web.jpgAdam Dunworth (Ball State '12) previously served as the Membership Development Consultant for Phi Kappa Psi. In his new role as Associate Director of Member Development, he will be in charge of new member education, the Phi Psi Experience, National Hazing Prevention Week and leadership program facilitator recruitment and training.


Elise Bradshaw.jpgThe newest member of the professional team is Elise Bradshaw. Before coming to Phi Kappa Psi, she worked for two years as a Chapter Consultant for Phi Mu Fraternity, along with several volunteer and facilitator roles for leadership programs. As the Associate Director of Leadership & Programming, she will be in charge of regional officer trainings, StrengthsQuest programming, chapter leadership retreats, and service initiatives.

"Her experience in fraternity and sorority life, particularly her years on staff at Phi Mu Fraternity, allows Elise to bring a diverse perspective to the Membership Development team," said Allen.

As the Fraternity looks to further define the member experience, these changes will allow the organization to restructure current programs and create innovative new offerings. Generating opportunities for members to learn, grow and enhance their personal and professional skills remains a top priority.

New Director of ExpansionBenny Rohloff.jpg
After serving the Fraternity as an expansion consultant over the past year, Benny Rohloff (Iowa State '11) has moved into his new role as the Director of Expansion. 

Following recent expansion successes at Kent State and Cal-State Northridge, along with planned expansions at Texas A&M, James Madison, and Towson, Rohloff is looking forward to maintaining the same level of momentum going into the 2016-2017 school year.

"I'm excited to be involved in the campus selection process and long-term success of new Phi Kappa Psi chapters. Colonies are filled with so much excitement from the new members and re-engaged alumni, and I'm overjoyed to be a continued part of that process," said Rohloff.

Over the next year, Rohloff and his expansion team plan to return the Phi Psi flag to a number of prestigious chapters, as well as starting several promising new colonies at campuses where Phi Psi has never been. An update of the 2016-2017 expansion schedule will be available in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for that announcement.

Addition to the Alumni Engagement Team
Jared Bills.jpgAs of April 1, 2016, Jared Bills (Oklahoma '12) will be taking over as the Associate Director of Chapter Advisory Teams, a new Alumni Engagement position. Previously, Bills served as an Educational Leadership Consultant during the 2015-2016 school year. In the role, he will be a fundamental part of the upcoming Alumni Bus Tour, along with working to develop chapter advisory teams across the country.

"As an ELC, I have seen many chapters have success because of a group of involved alumni advisors," said Bills. "With this position, I will have the ability to create a firm foundation for advisory teams, which will in turn impact the lives of undergraduate members for years to come."

The Standards Team is Growing
Nick Chiesa.jpgAfter a successful year as an Expansion Consultant, Nicholas Chiesa (W&J '12) is stepping into a new role on the Standards team. As the Associate Director of Standards, Chiesa will be in charge of risk management, conducting or assisting in investigations and visiting chapters to facilitate best practices.

"The addition of Chiesa to the team will allow us to broaden our range of touch points with chapters and alumni, providing even more proactive student development" said Brian Kochheiser (BGSU '12), Associate Director of Standards.

Consultant Interviews
Following a very successful consultant recruitment period, the Fraternity is inviting 14 total applicants to Indianapolis to interview for Educational Leadership and Expansion Consultant positions. Michael Morin (Director of Chapter Services) hopes to hire new consultants by April 22. The Fraternity will announce new hires once the process is complete.

Other Hiring Initiatives

The application process for the Digital Marketing Manager has wrapped up and interviews have begun.

We are still looking for applicants for the Senior Director of Alumni Engagement position. Click here to learn more.


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 101 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni. 
   

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Phi Psi's March Madness Bracket Challenge http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phipsimarchmadness INDIANAPOLIS, Mar. 9, 2016 - It's back! The Phi Kappa Psi March Madness Bracket Challenge has returned. Compete against brothers and Phi Psi Friends from all over the country for a chance to be our March Madness Champion.

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First, head to ESPN.com to sign-in (or create) an ESPN member account. Once you've done that, follow these steps:
  1. Click HERE to access the Tournament Challenge page.
  2. Click 'Groups' in the navigation bar at the top.
  3. Scroll to the bottom, search 'Phi Kappa Psi Challenge' and click on the group link.
  4. Click on the blue button that says 'Create Your Bracket Now' to initiate the process and name your bracket.
  5. This is a private group, so you will need the password (1852) in order to enter. Follow the remaining steps to setup your bracket.
  6. If you sign-up before Selection Sunday, remember to return later and fill out your bracket.
Spread the word: invite your brothers and Phi Psi Friends to be a part of the competition. All entries must be submitted by the tip-off of the first game on Thursday, March 17 at 12:00pm EDT. If you have already created a bracket on ESPN.com, you can still join the group before the start of the 2nd round. Our 'Final Four' participants will receive a complimentary prize pack for emerging victorious. 

1st Place: Receives a full member registration to the 2016 Grand Arch Council
2nd Place: Half-off the price of a member registration to the 2016 Grand Arch Council
3rd Place: $100 off the price of a member registration to the 2016 Grand Arch Council
4th Place: $50 off the price of a member registration to the 2016 Grand Arch Council
Note: all four winners will also receive customized Phi Psi gear and any non-members who emerge victorious will receive a prize-pack of similar value.

Good luck to all participants and to our fans of the teams on college campuses where Phi Kappa Psi currently has an active chapter or colony.

March Madness Results (Update)

We had over 140 participants in the March Madness Bracket Challenge. Although a series of upsets ruined the bracket hopes for many, a UNC/Villanova National Championship game produced four lucky winners.

1st Place: Jacob Thompson (Kent State Colony) - 1230 points
2nd Place: Tyler Cross (Akron '15) - 1190 points
3rd Place: Andrew Gnias (Drexel '12) - 1100 points
4th Place: Evan Kauffman (Toledo '13) - 1060 points



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 101 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni. 
   

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Staffing Update – Brittany Morrow Takes Position with the Foundation http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/staffingmorrow INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 16, 2016 - After serving on the Fraternity staff as the Administrative Assistant, Brittany Morrow will be transitioning away from her role to a new position with the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation as the Annual Giving & Communication Coordinator.

Brittany Morrow.jpgMorrow (a member of Alpha Phi from Ball State University) was hired as the Administrative Assistant in April 2015. Her primary responsibilities included program logistics, database management, and contributing to a variety of fraternity projects. Her positive attitude and adaptability made for a significant asset in keeping Phi Kappa Psi projects moving in a timely and accurate manner.

"This position provides me the opportunity through marketing solicitations and annual giving programs to impact our undergraduate men. This position brings my passion for non-profits and marketing to one place and I couldn't be more excited for this opportunity," said Morrow.

Morrow's primary responsibilities as the Annual Giving & Communication Coordinator will be to oversee strategic execution and management of a comprehensive marketing communications program, including the coordination and oversight of annual giving initiatives. The position is also charged with sustaining positive and mutually-rewarding relations between the Foundation and its donors, serving as a member of the organization's advancement team, determining best strategies for effective stewardship of donors, and expanding the organization's impact.

"Brittany brings not only a love and passion for the difference fraternities and sororities can make for young men and women, but also a working knowledge of Phi Psi," said Ben Nicol, CEO of the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation. "Coupled with her relevant communications background, we believe she will bring a lot to our team."

During her time at Ball State, Morrow was a double major in Psychology and Marketing (with a minor in Sociology). Outside of her work with Phi Kappa Psi, she interned with a non-profit company in Southern California in marketing communications and worked with women in Uganda. Morrow's communications expertise, along with her passion for non-profit organizations and helping others, will provide immense benefit to the advancement of the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation.

"Brittany brought a great attitude, strong work ethic, and a wonderful smile to work each day," said Ron Ransom, Phi Kappa Psi Senior Director of Chapter Operations. "I'm so thankful that the Foundation has taken this opportunity to keep her talent at Laurel Hall."

Morrow is now serving in her full-time role. She can be reached via email at BNM@pkpfoundation.org.


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 101 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.

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Hiring Update - Douglas Brucki, Senior Director of Business Operations http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/hiringbrucki INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 3, 2016 - After several months without a staff member in the role, the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is pleased to announce the hiring of Douglas Brucki as the Senior Director of Business Operations.
 
Doug Brucki.jpgBrucki comes to the Fraternity with 26 years of knowledge in accounting, business operations and human resources. After graduating from Eastern Illinois University with a B.S. in Accounting in 1990, Brucki started his career as an auditor with KPMG, LLP. He spent much of his professional career providing business operations expertise to national and international companies. He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1991.
 
"It is a thrilling time to be joining the team at Phi Kappa Psi and helping to build upon a solid foundation," said Brucki. "I look forward to adding a new perspective to help improve certain areas and processes of the Fraternity."  
 
His responsibilities in the role will include managing chapter and alumni association accounts receivables, ensuring the quality of database records, developing reporting dashboards, managing annual data collection, coordinating chapter accreditation, supporting website data integration and maintaining membership documentation. He will also be the primary staff member in charge of liability insurance coverage, grant development, audits, annual budgets, tax preparation, and related financial duties. Brucki will also be instrumental in new staff on-boarding and payroll management.
 
"I am very excited to bring Doug into the leadership of Phi Kappa Psi. Our fraternity is modernizing to be relevant for the next century. As our fraternity, chapters, staff, and Foundation grows, our operations and our financial structure have become much more sophisticated. Doug brings a professional background of accounting, financial, and operational expertise as a non-member that will assist with our growth," said Interim Executive Director, Blake Yeaman.
 
Brucki operates on a specific professional motto: 'Plan the Work, Work the Plan.' He also believes a sense of humor never impedes the progress of the motto. 
 
Brucki's first day in the office will be Monday, February 15. You can email him at djb@phikappapsi.com.   
 

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 101 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni. 
   

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Introducing Phi Kappa Psi’s New Executive Director http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/newedguidi Mark Guidi.jpgINDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 1, 2016 - After a long and exhausting search, Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is proud to announce the hiring of Phi Kappa Psi's next Executive Director. Please join us in welcoming Mark A. Guidi (Virginia Tech '84) to the Fraternity's Headquarters team.

Guidi brings an extraordinary professional background and expertise to the Fraternity. He earned his B.S. in Computer Science and a M.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. In addition, he possesses a M.A. in Organizational and Leadership Development from Fielding Graduate University, and he has earned a CFP Certificate from Florida State University and a Certificate in Executive Training from the Coaches Training Institute. Professionally, Guidi most recently served as a Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Operations and Chief of Staff to the CFO for LPL Financial. Previously, Guidi served as a Director, Operations Strategy and Planning for Cisco, Inc., as a Senior Manager, Transaction Advisory Services for Ernst & Young, LLP, and as Director, Performance Improvement for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP.

Guidi's extensive in-depth and broad-ranging business and business transformation skills will be a benefit to Phi Kappa Psi. He possesses terrific knowledge for improving how organizations execute their strategic planning and capital planning processes, for helping companies plan, implement and measure the impact of change, and for improving the overall organization and performance of each business. Collectively, Guidi has over 25 years of experience helping companies to engage and succeed in navigating change and transformation.

"We are excited to have Guidi at the helm to direct Phi Kappa Psi's continued growth and development," said Phi Kappa Psi National Vice President, James Boyle (Washington '88). "With Guidi's experience, Phi Psi will continue to grow in both numbers and standards."

Guidi will be highly visible and resourceful to all of the Fraternity's stakeholders. He has stated many times that he strives to be in tune with clients' needs, wants and desires. He believes it is vital for success that everyone understands their own role and why it is critical to the ultimate outcome.

Guidi has outstanding professional credentials, a gregarious personality, a passion for excellence and dedication to Phi Kappa Psi. Mark is a 1998 initiate to the Order of S.C., and has remained an active member of the Virginia Zeta alumni network since graduation.

Mark will officially assume the duties of Executive Director from Interim Executive Director, Blake Yeaman (Cal '78) on Tuesday, February 16. In the meantime, he may be reached by email at MAG@phikappapsi.com


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 Announces the Suspension of Its George Washington University Chapter http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/dcalphasuspension INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 25, 2016 - The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity announces the suspension of the DC Alpha Chapter (George Washington University) based upon a collaborative discussion and agreement with George Washington University. 

Phi Kappa Psi's Executive Council has suspended the chapter's charter effective Monday, January 25, 2016, for a period at least through the spring 2020 semester.
 
All Phi Kappa Psi activities have been suspended on campus. This suspension is due to a variety of substantial risk management concerns and violations stemming back to 2013. Over the past two years, the Chapter has been sanctioned multiple times and investigated for several allegations and incidents that are incongruent with our expectations, including violating social probation, failing to attend mandatory meetings with University administration, and failing to host required programming related to sexual harassment and risk management education.

Additionally, during an administrative search of the Chapter's townhouse in October 2015, university police confiscated 77 items of contraband ranging from alcohol to prohibited/illegal drugs, substances, or chemicals. The chapter vacated the property it was leasing from the University. 

In response, Phi Kappa Psi's Staff worked in conjunction with GWU administrators to investigate the Chapter's conduct and violations. As a result of this investigation, the Fraternity's Executive Council and GWU's administration concluded that, in keeping with our shared commitment to the core mission of both institutions to the health, safety, and wellness of students, a period of closure of the DC Alpha Chapter is the most appropriate course of action.
 
The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity regrets the negative impact its members had on the George Washington University community. The Fraternity values its long history at George Washington University, and is proud to have initiated 711 men during that time.  
 
After collaborative and in-depth discussions, the Fraternity and GWU have agreed to an initial period of suspension from campus until the spring 2020 semester. Phi Kappa Psi eagerly anticipates once again having a model chapter on campus. Members that are currently part of the DC Alpha Chapter have been advanced to "alumnus" status and will remain in said status, and will not participate in the possible re-colonization of the chapter.
 
Decisions to suspend a chapter are among the most difficult a Fraternity's leadership and staff must make; decisions which are not taken lightly. Nevertheless, when circumstances dictate and the best interests of the Fraternity and its members are at risk, suspension will be considered in partnership with the campus administration and the chapter's alumni leadership. Phi Kappa Psi's leadership and Staff are foremost committed to educating, leading and inspiring our undergraduate and alumni members to make positive and constructive decisions.
 

Media Contact
Garret Walton
Marketing Communications Manager
317-632-1852
gdw@phikappapsi.com



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 101 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.
 
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Hiring Update - Debra Hartley, Graphic Designer http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/hiringhartley INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 13, 2016 - The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is happy to announce the hiring of Debra Hartley as a full-time Graphic Designer.
 
DebraHartley.jpgHartley comes to the Fraternity with years of knowledge in design, publishing, and printing. Upon graduating with her degree in Graphic Design from the International Business College (Indianapolis, IN) in 1995, she worked for Howard W. Sams Publishing, creating comprehensive book covers for several years (including a number of projects focusing on the career of Brett Favre). She later moved to the Greenspun Media Group in Las Vegas, Nevada where she worked on the layout and design of the Las Vegas Weekly. Soon after, she took on a role with a printing company and coordinated a number of design projects. Later, her career brought her back to Indianapolis where she applied her skills at Old National Insurance, COS Xerox, and as a freelance designer. We are fortunate to be bringing her wealth of knowledge and experience to the team.
 
"I'm excited to be joining Phi Kappa Psi and helping advance the goal of a great organization," said Hartley. "This will surely present a new and unique opportunity to create innovative designs."
 
Her responsibilities in the role will include day-to-day graphic design needs, developing various digital campaigns, involvement in the creation of publications (i.e. The Shield and The Manual of Phi Kappa Psi), oversight of brand strategy, development of Strategic Growth materials, and video development. Her diverse skillset will allow her to make an impact in many areas of the organization.
 
"Debra not only brings valuable experience to our team, but also possesses a level of enthusiasm you rarely see. Her contributions will be valuable helping us achieve our long-term goals," said Senior Director of Communications, Kyle Hickman.
 
Debra's first day in the office will be Wednesday, January 20, 2016. You can email her at DCH@phikappapsi.com.



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 101 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni. 
   

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Phi Kappa Psi Announces the Hire of Two New Educational Leadership Consultants http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/hiringnewconsultants INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 30, 2015 - The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is proud to announce the hiring of two additional Educational Leadership Consultants to the professional team: Benjamin Sigler (BGSU '10) and Nicholas Dorsey (Akron '15).
 
Sigler and Dorsey bring a variety of valuable undergraduate experiences to help counsel and guide chapters looking to improve.
 
Ben Sigler.jpgSigler is an ideal consultant due to his previous campus involvement, including membership in the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, establishing the Disney Alumni Association on campus, and his experience as Vice President of his chapter.
 
"I chose to become a consultant because I am very passionate about Phi Kappa Psi and this is a great way to stay involved and give back to an organization that has given me so much," said Sigler.
 
Nick Dorsey.jpgDorsey steps into the role with a wealth of knowledge originating from his time as the President of the recently rechartered Akron chapter. He also served on the University of Akron Economics Club as their President and Secretary. His experience as a colony President will provide significant benefit for many of our younger chapters.
 
"I chose to become an ELC to work directly with student leaders and help promote their success," said Dorsey.
 
Sigler and Dorsey will be spending the winter months training for the position alongside Director of Chapter Services, Michael Morin. Like the other five ELCs, they will be assigned a number of chapters and begin traveling the country in February.
 
"It is an exciting time for the Chapter Services team, as we have brought in seven men with a range of experiences and strengths who can reach a larger number of our chapters more frequently," said Morin. "I feel very confident that we have the best team possible to ensure all chapters receive the type of service they expect and deserve."
 
Look out for these new staff members at a chapter near you this spring.
 
Applications to become a 2016-2017 consultant (ELC and Strategic Growth) are now available on our website. Applications are due February 29, 2016.



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 101 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni. 
   

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Phi Kappa Psi Announces the Suspension of Its Indiana University Chapter http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/inbetaclosure Indianapolis, Dec. 22, 2015 - The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity announces the suspension of the Indiana Beta Chapter (Indiana) based upon a collaborative discussion and agreement with Indiana University and the alumni leadership of Indiana Beta.  

The Indiana Beta Supervisory Committee has voluntarily surrendered the chapter's charter to the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity National Headquarters effective Saturday, December 19, 2015.

All Phi Kappa Psi activities have been suspended on campus. This suspension is due to members taking part in conduct which violated the Fraternity's standards and expectations with regard to risk management, and which contradict The Creed and values of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. The chapter house is currently vacant and will not be occupied by chapter members in the spring 2016 semester.

The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity regrets the negative impact its members had on the Indiana University community. The Fraternity values its 146-year history at Indiana University, and is proud to have initiated 3,195 men at Indiana University. 

The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is committed to working with Indiana University officials and Indiana Beta alumni to return to campus in the fall 2017 semester.  Phi Kappa Psi eagerly anticipates once again having a model chapter on campus.  Any member of the current chapter will be forbidden from colony activities and from living in the chapter house, even after the new colony is established. Members that are currently part of the Indiana Beta Chapter have been advanced to "alumnus" status and will remain in said status during the remainder of their time at Indiana University. (NOTE: Members in alumnus status may not participate in chapter events, even after it has been re-chartered.)

Decisions to suspend a chapter are among the most difficult a Fraternity's leadership and staff must make; decisions which are not taken lightly.  Nevertheless, when circumstances dictate and the best interests of the Fraternity are at risk, suspension will be considered in partnership with the campus and the chapter's alumni leadership. Phi Kappa Psi's leadership and staff are foremost committed to educating, leading and inspiring our undergraduate and alumni members to make positive and constructive decisions.   


Media Contact
Ron Ransom
317-632-1852
rkr@phikappapsi.com



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 101 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.
 
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Staffing Update - Departure of Patrick Griffith http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/staffinggriffith Indianapolis, Dec. 15, 2015 - After serving on the Fraternity staff since 2014, Patrick Griffith (Wabash '07) will be transitioning away from his role as Director of Certification & Reporting to a new position with the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation as the Director of Advancement Services.
 
Patrick Griffith_Web.jpgGriffith was hired as an Associate Director of Chapter Services in August 2014. His primary responsibility was to be a resource to chapters in Districts 2 and 4. A year later, he moved into the role of Director of Certification & Reporting, which is part of the fraternity's business operations team.
 
"Throughout my time on the Fraternity staff, I have enjoyed developing connections and friendships with undergraduate and alumni brothers who are actively leading the charge toward a better Phi Psi," Griffith said.
 
Griffith's primary responsibilities as the Director of Advancement Services will be to oversee and direct gift processing, reporting, prospect management and prospect research. He will also be responsible for oversight of all database management, as well as data accuracy, integrity, and security.
 
"I'm personally pleased Patrick will be joining the Foundation's advancement team. He brings both a working knowledge of the Fraternity and a strong analytical and strategic background. He is well suited for this role," said Ben Nicol, CEO of the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation.
 
The fraternity is excited for Griffith to take on this new opportunity; his impact on the staff will be missed.
 
"Patrick has added a depth of insight to our chapter processes. His contributions to our new certification program were invaluable," said Blake Yeaman, Phi Kappa Psi Interim Executive Director.
 
Griffith will officially assume his his new role in mid-January. He can be reached at PDG@pkpfoundation.org
 
Details about the Director of Certification & Reporting position will be available in the coming weeks. 
 

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 Now Hiring 2016-2017 Consultants http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/consultanthiring Indianapolis, Dec. 15, 2015 - The applications for both the Phi Kappa Psi Educational Leadership Consultant and the Phi Kappa Psi Strategic Growth Consultant positions are now available. These applications can be found here through February 29, 2016.

To access the full job description, click here.


Qualities of Ideal Applicants

Ideal applicants will have the following qualities:

     • Dedication to the values of Phi Kappa Psi
     • Enthusiasm to counsel and guide brothers from other chapters
     • Willingness to travel to many different cities and meet with different chapters
     • Ability to communicate effectively with the many different personalities which exist in Phi Kappa Psi
     • Willingness to learn new skills and develop professionally

Successful consultants will be critical to either developing new, exemplary chapters or guiding struggling chapters to success.


About the Role:

All consultants will be based in Indianapolis and travel to assigned chapters/colonies throughout the year. Educational Leadership Consultants will travel to an assigned group of chapters/colonies, providing assistance in a number of areas and reinforcing best practices. Strategic Growth Consultants are charged with starting brand new colonies and are expected to spend a majority of their time within the proximity of each expansion project. Consultants are expected to act as the fraternity's de facto client manager for assigned chapters/colonies and to serve as a resource for these chapters/colonies wherever possible.

Ideal applicants are model brothers of Phi Kappa Psi who consistently demonstrate the values of the fraternity. They are dedicated to the mission of Phi Kappa Psi, working to either build new, exemplary chapters or counsel and guide chapters looking to improve.


Minimum Requirements:

  1. Member of Phi Kappa Psi in good standing
  2. Clear understanding of Phi Kappa Psi's Mission, Vision and Ritual
  3. Degree from an accredited four-year college or university
  4. Leadership experience within the fraternity, other student organizations, or professional experiences outside of college
  5. Professional conduct and appearance

Consultants will be able to travel the country and become an ambassador of the fraternity. They will build networks with colonies, alumni, campus administrators and other professionals.


Three former consultants shared their experience serving Phi Kappa Psi:

Adam Miller (Capital '10) Senior Recruiter, Robert Half Technology

Adam Miller.jpg"I think I would be a very different person without this experience. Working as a consultant forms a unique independence and ability to adapt that only people that share this experience can truly understand. From traveling alone all over the country to facilitating meetings with high-ranking professionals and frequently speaking in front of large groups, nearly every skill nurtured in this position is transferable to any career. It's also worth noting that every position I've held since my days on the road for Phi Psi has come from a Fraternity connection of some sort."

Jonathan Miller (Ohio '08) Legislative Correspondent, United States Senate
Jon Miller.jpg"My favorite experience is hard to pinpoint but the cumulative experience of working with brothers across the country to improve individually was the most rewarding part of the job. I had plenty of mentors along my path and I always hoped that I was able to do that for some of the brothers I worked with."



Jacob D. Baugher (Cal '10) 2nd Lt, United States Marine Corps

jacob.jpg"Most men whom I've met that worked as leadership consultants all had different reasons in deciding to do so. While your motivation may vary, I would say it's very important to have a deep passion for the Fraternity and an intense drive to help your Brothers around the country. Growing up, I was told that if you love what you do you'll never work a day in your life. I never felt as if I worked for Phi Psi."


To apply for either position, click here.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Director of Chapter Services, Michael Morin


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 to Expand at Texas A&M University (Fall 2016) http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/growthtamu Indianapolis, November 23, 2015 - Amidst stiff competition, Phi Kappa Psi was selected to join the Greek community at Texas A&M University (TAMU) for the Fall of 2016

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The University has a special tradition of alumni affinity matched by very few colleges out there. With a relatively young Greek community and a large staff of trained professionals, the Fraternity believes TAMU will provide a place to succeed, creating a successful Phi Kappa Psi chapter.
 
"I am really excited at this opportunity and look forward to establishing sustained success at TAMU. Part of my job is planning the long-term growth for my beloved Fraternity and this will undoubtedly be a major part of this plan," said Director of Strategic Growth, James Perez.
 
The plan is to officially expand to the campus this upcoming Fall. The Executive Council, the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation, the Canonsburg Corporation, and local alumni are already planning out a housing feasibility study for the colony. In the meantime, we will begin to search for advisors who can serve on the chapter advisory committee. If you have any interest in being a part of the colonization efforts and you are in relatively close proximity, please contact Director of Strategic Growth, James Perez. An alumni advisor does not have to be a member of the Fraternity. If you know of anyone in the area (regardless of membership status) who would be a great mentor to our men, please contact us.
 
Founded in 1876, TAMU is located in College Station, TX and is devoted to the mission of providing high quality undergraduate and graduate programs. It was ranked #2 among public universities in 'Best Value Schools' in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report. It's also a high-ranking research institution, ranking #3 among all universities based on "research, service, social mobility, and contributions to society" (Washington Monthly, 2015). TAMU is also accomplished in its graduation rates (especially for minority students) and is #1 in the country in Best Colleges for Veterans. Their mascot is the Aggies and their athletic programs are a part of the NCAA Division 1 Southeastern Conference (SEC). Total enrollment is 64,600 students and there are almost 400,000 living Aggie alumni.
 
By the Numbers at TAMU:
Total number of fraternities: 30
Total number of sororities: 27
Staff: 7 combined full-time/part-time
All-FSL GPA (Fall 2014): 3.18
All-Fraternity GPA (Fall 2014): 2.99
All-Men's GPA (Fall 2014): 2.90
Total % Greek Members (of University): 8.07%
 
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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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Hiring Update – New Director of Chapter Advisory Teams http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/hiringkifle Indianapolis, November 19, 2015 - The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is pleased to announce the hiring of Brother Matt Kifle (Ohio '12) as the new Director of Chapter Advisory Teams. The fraternity is moving into a new era of alumni involvement and engagement and Kifle's talents will help move the fraternity in this direction.

After extensive research into other successful fraternities and sororities, one particular fact was clear: developing expansive teams of chapter advisors to work with our undergraduate chapters is critical. To remain relevant, Phi Kappa Psi needs to find advisors from all walks of life who can challenge our men to think differently and be better organizations. Kifle's primary responsibility will be to enhance the function, size, and potential of all chapter advisory teams. This will include a heavy focus on recruiting great Phi Psis to advise our undergraduates, along with identifying non-members who could also serve in a similar capacity.

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Kifle was initiated into the Ohio Nu chapter at Ohio University and has served the fraternity in multiple capacities. His current volunteer roles include: the Appointed Officer of Communications, the Chapter Advisor for OH Nu, the Risk Management Advisor for OH Alpha (Ohio Weslayan), an Elevate facilitator, an Alumni Ambassador for the American Leadership Academy, a No Bad Days Scholarship board member, and a former member of the OH Nu House Corporation. We are elated to see him move into the role of Director of Chapter Advisory Teams to further develop the alumni engagement of our organization.

Kifle comes to the fraternity from the YMCA of Central Ohio, where he served as the Membership Director at the Delaware Community Center YMCA, overseeing the on-boarding and recruitment of potential new members and the retention of current members. He was also instrumental in the development of customer service staff at the facility and the recruitment of volunteers for the Annual Campaign.

We asked Kifle a few questions about his new role:

Phi Psi: What attracted you to this position?
Kifle: Serving as an advisor to two chapters currently has shown me the growing need for positive influence, resources, and guidance for our undergraduate membership base. The opportunity to go out and recruit alumni of our Fraternity and re-engage them is a vital part of our future.

Phi Psi: What is your philosophy on creating a successful chapter advisory team?
Kifle: There needs to be a dynamic of different generations, professions, and skillsets of the advisors willing to work with our undergraduate chapters. Getting our younger alumni involved is also an opportunity to keep our members engaged and active post-graduation.

Phi Psi: What do you hope to accomplish in this role?
Kifle: My first priority is to work with chapters who are underserved with advisors (one or less). I hope to support them and provide resources to expand their chapter advisory teams. At the same time, I want to learn as much as I can from advisory teams who are exemplifying best practices and share those successes with others. Finally, I want to be more communicative and hands-on with our current advisors.

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Matt's first day in the office will be Monday, December 14 and he will likely spend a majority of his spring semester on the road involved in the alumni bus tour. At that time, you can reach him via email at MEK@phikappapsi.com. Join us in welcoming Matt to the team!


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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Official Statement Regarding the Rolling Stone Litigation http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/uvaofficialstatement November 11, 2015 - On Monday, our local University of Virginia chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity filed a legal complaint against Rolling Stone. As a National Fraternity policy, we don't comment on litigation taken by local chapters. We fully support our members' right to protect their reputation within the community and pursue remedies. For more information, refer to the release and complaint from the local chapter.  
  
The mission of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is to engage men of integrity, further develop their intellect and enhance community involvement. We currently have a broad and proactive nationwide program to educate our membership on how to protect young men and women on college campuses. This program aligns with the commitment of colleges and universities to create safe campus environments.
 


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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Hiring Update - New Director of Health & Wellness http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/hiringkleekamp November 4, 2015 - As part of a continued focus on the development of our undergraduates Phi Psis, the Fraternity is proud to announce that we have hired Andrea Kleekamp as the new Director of Health & Wellness. Her position is a critical addition to our growing membership development staff. 

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This is a new position that is responsible for the design, implementation, and management of a program to deliver health and wellness education to equip students with the tools and resources to make healthy choices and to eliminate instances of chapter misconduct. Part of Andrea's new role will be to create useful digital resources for our members, coordinate and train 50-100 volunteer presenters each year, and develop curriculum for a series of educational programs. Programs like ELEVATE will now be part of her strategic plan.
  
Andrea received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Leadership Studies from Kansas State University. She received her Master of Science in Higher Education Administration degree from the University of Kansas. Before taking the position at Phi Kappa Psi, she was the Assistant Director of the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity. She has also worked in Greek Affairs at Kansas State University as both the Associate Director and Acting Director. Previous to that, she served as the Coordinator of Risk Management Education with the Department of Greek Life at Texas A&M University. Clearly, she brings a wealth of knowledge in health and wellness to the HQ team.

We asked Andrea a couple of questions to give her an opportunity to introduce herself to the Fraternity. 
 
Phi Psi: What attracts you to the health and wellness industry/field?
Andrea: This area allows for critical and needed conversations. I have always appreciated the opportunity to have conversations with students about healthy (and unhealthy) choices. Helping students through these 'teachable moments' for navigating their overall college experience is where I have found some of my best professional success.
 
Phi Psi: What do you think you can bring to the team?
Andrea:  I bring knowledge, experience, and commitment to risk management and prevention education. My career in higher education has focused in this realm, and I have a great passion for cultivating programs, conversations and resources to allow members to critically think about their choices. I'm also someone who approaches problems and issues with creative programs and solutions.
 
Phi Psi: What are you most excited to accomplish?
Andrea:  I'm most excited to work to expand bolster the programs, resources, and education that the Fraternity offers. There are so many dimensions of health and wellness that we can be talking about as an organization, and I'm excited to strategically and intentionally partner with members, alumni, and campuses to help our members and chapters become leaders in these conversations on their campuses.

Phi Psi: What are some things you do in your free time?
Andrea: I am a lifelong Kansas City Royals fan (so the last few years have been especially exciting; particularly the last month). I love reading, watching TV (Grey's Anatomy and The Office are my two all-time favorites) and exploring Kansas City and the surrounding areas with my husband.

Andrea will officially start her new role for the Fraternity remotely from the Kansas City area on November 30. At that time, you'll be able to contact her via email at ARK@phikappapsi.com. Join us in welcoming her to the team! 
 

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 to Expand at Towson University (Fall 2017) http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/growthtowson October 29, 2015 - After presenting to the Interfraternity Council earlier this month, Phi Kappa Psi has been invited to join the fraternity and sorority community at Towson University in the fall of 2017.
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Towson University is one of the largest public universities in the state of Maryland. It is located in suburban Towson, MD, just eight miles north of Baltimore. It has an enrollment of almost 22,000 students (84% of which are undergraduates). The University features more than 100 degree programs and its athletic programs compete on the Division 1 level in the Colonial Athletic Association, the nation's top mid-major conference.
 
The fraternity and sorority community at Towson has experienced significant success over the past couple of years. The Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Matt Lenno, noted that since he started at the institution, he has seen eight chapters win their respective 'chapter of the year' award from their inter/national organization and four 'most improved chapters of the year' awards. The community has also experienced unparalleled growth since 2011: four years ago, there were only 1250 students in the community and by the spring of 2016, the projection is upwards of 2900. Clearly, the community is growing in a positive way and we are excited to be a part of its promising future.
 
By the Numbers at Towson   
Number of fraternities: 20
Number of sororities: 16
Full-time staff: 1 director and 2 coordinators
Part-time staff: 1 graduate assistant
All-FSL GPA (Spring 2015): 3.12
All-Fraternity GPA (Spring 2015): 2.92
All-Men's GPA (Spring 2015): 2.89
Total Service Hours (2014-15): 20,500
Total $ Donated (2014-15): $215,600
 
The Fraternity has a vested interest in bringing strong chapters to the Baltimore area and we have multiple alumni volunteers already lined up to help with this specific project. However, we are definitely in need of additional advisors to join the Chapter Advisory Committee. If you have any interest in being a part of the colonization efforts and you are in relatively close proximity, please contact our Director of Strategic Growth, James Perez



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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Executive Director Search Update - Final Candidates http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phipsiedsearch
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October 26, 2015 - Over the past several weeks, the Executive Director search committee has worked closely with Kensington International to identify final candidates for the position of Executive Director. The committee is very pleased with the expertise that Kensington has brought to the search process. Additionally, the committee is very appreciative of the many qualified brothers who applied for the position, with the quality of the applicant pool adding to the challenge of identifying final candidates. 
 
To date, the committee has conducted several interviews of final candidates for the position of Executive Director. The committee is in the final stages of completing its interview process and making recommendations to the Executive Council for candidate consideration. Pursuant to the Fraternity's Bylaws, the Executive Council is charged with making a final hiring decision for an Executive Director. 
 
The committee is confident that the process for identifying the Fraternity's next Executive Director is proceeding as planned, and that it has maintained the search and interview process within the time frames outlined with Kensington at the outset. The committee's work has been intensive, but at all stages, the committee has sought to be thorough, objective and fair in its evaluation of all applicants. 
 
As we have previously reported, the committee is very committed to the seriousness and integrity of its tasks. It is of the utmost importance that the committee provides the Executive Council with outstanding candidates to consider for the hiring of the next Executive Director. The committee's work will soon be complete, with the Executive Council then undertaking its final hiring responsibilities. All expectations are that the hiring process will soon be completed, and on behalf of the Executive Council I look forward to announcing that hiring decision and producing a final report of the Search Committee. 
 
As always, your commitment to the Fraternity is greatly appreciated.

In the Bond, 
 
James D. Boyle (Washington '88)
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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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Hiring Update – Adding a Fifth ELC to the Team http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/hiringboyd ConnerBoyd1-Updated-Web.jpgOctober 9, 2015 - Phi Kappa Psi welcomes another consultant to the 'Red and Green Highway.' Conner Boyd (Oregon State '12) joins our team of traveling chapter services professionals.
 
Conner graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Economics, Options in: Law and Public Policy; Management. He also received a triple Minor in Political Science, Entrepreneurship, and Religious Philosophy.
 
During his time in the chapter, Conner held numerous positions including Scholarship Chairman, Alumni Relations Chairman, Special Events Chairman, and Corresponding Secretary. He also served on the Student Government on campus.
 
Get to know Conner below:
 
Phi Psi: Tell us about your favorite memory from your time in the chapter.
Conner: My favorite memory would be my farewell chapter at the end of the year. I thought I would be worried about leaving the chapter that I loved so much behind. But that night, hearing all of the undergraduates tell stories about the graduating brothers and the impacts that they had on their lives made me realize that my chapter was in safe hands. These younger guys were ready and able to continue to grow and protect the brotherhood that has meant so much to me.
 
Phi Psi: Why did you want to be a consultant for the Fraternity?
Conner: I believe that every brother should stay connected and give back to the fraternity. We have taken a sacred oath to join this brotherhood for eternity, and I intend to remain as involved as I can. The fraternity has given me so much over my time as an undergrad that I wanted to be able to give back however I could.
 
Phi Psi: What do you think will be the biggest challenge on the road?
Conner: I believe the biggest challenge on the road will be the lack of time. We only have a few days at each chapter to try and make a meaningful impact. I want to make sure every chapter is doing as well as possible, and the only way that we can get that done will be through hard work and efficiency. But a great deal of our success will rely on the undergraduate brothers preparation and attitudes.
 
Phi Psi: What particular skills are you bringing to the position?
Conner: The particular skill that I will be bringing to the position is innovation. I believe that there is always a better way to do everything. I hope to work with the chapters to better understand who they are as a unique entity. We need to encourage their strengths and develop a plan for success that builds on what they currently have and what they hope to be. Phi Kappa Psi is not a cookie-cutter organization. The breadth of membership will really test our ability to come up with unique and meaningful solutions and goals for each chapter.  
 
We are excited to have Conner on the team here at Phi Psi Headquarters. If you would like to reach out and send him your congratulations, his email is CEB@phikappapsi.com. Although it sounds completely cliche, he's coming to a campus near you!
 
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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Hiring Update - New Marketing Communications Manager http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/hiringwalton Garret Release Photo Web.jpgOctober 8, 2015 - The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity continues our record of attracting high quality professionals with our latest hire. We are thrilled to announce that Garret Walton (IUPUI '08) has joined Headquarters staff as our new Marketing Communications Manager. 

The Marketing Communications Manager is a new addition to our communications team. Garret will primarily coordinate and develop much of the Fraternity's print and other media communications. This includes email and phone communications, promotional marketing materials, and much of the content for The Shield
 
Garret is a 2012 graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (with a concentration in Public Relations) and a minor in Biology. Garret joins the Fraternity Headquarters team after working with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and Department of Revenue. During his tenure with those organizations, Garret managed multiple communications projects and designed/developed materials for their blog, various guides, and presentations. He also was part of a team who gathered and organized crucial information leading to a successful congressional field hearing by the U.S. Congress. 
 
We decided to ask Garret a few questions about joining the Phi Kappa Psi staff. 

Phi Psi: What attracted you to this position? What excites you most about joining staff?
Garret: I've been much more discerning in which jobs I choose to apply to lately. When the opportunity showed up in my inbox that the Fraternity Headquarters was looking for help with marketing communications, it was something that I knew I wanted to do. I was excited to apply and even more excited when I got the position.

Phi Psi: If you don't mind, tell us an interesting fact about you.
Garret: I absolutely love the food service industry. Maybe it's an addiction to being abused by the general public, but I find myself coming back to work in restaurants time and again. I especially enjoy training new employees and teaching them the small things that make a difference between decent customer service and excellent customer service.

Phi Psi: What are some of your hobbies? What kinds of things do you like to do in your free time?
Garret:  I don't often have free time, but I usually nerd out when I get a chance. Between designing levels in Super Mario Maker and playing Magic: The Gathering, I enjoy people watching and eating at a great pub. If you're ever in Indy, there are plenty of options.

Garret's will officially step into the role on Monday, October 19th. At that time, you'll be able to contact him via email at GDW@phikappapsi.com. Join us in welcoming him to the team.

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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Staffing Update - Departure of Stephanie Miller http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/millerdeparture stephanie photo web.jpgSeptember 29, 2015 - After 10 wonderful years of hard work and dedicated service for Phi Kappa Psi, current Director of Marketing & Grants, Stephanie Miller, will be departing the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation staff for an exciting opportunity with the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville. 

A graduate of Purdue University, Stephanie has worked with the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation for the past decade in various capacities. From oversight of events and logistics for the Foundation and Fraternity, maintenance of Laurel Hall, and developing marketing and solicitation materials, her dedication has been invaluable and will be missed. We took this opportunity to ask her a couple of questions about her time here with Phi Kappa Psi, and what the future holds for her.

PKP: What has been your greatest accomplishment?
Stephanie: Pulling off the golf outings and multiple donor events during GACs since 2008 while still raising money for the Foundation. In 2014, the Foundation's 100th, I planned an 85th birthday party for Jerry Nelson, a Founders Cup golf outing, a Roast and Toast for our outgoing Chairman Wayne Wilson, a Founders League/Bridge Builder donor reception and a Letterman & Moore donor reception for undergraduates all while coordinating 100 years of the Foundation, which included 100 donuts, 100 cupcakes and 100 cake pops alongside completing the 100 years of the Foundation Video. It was a busy, crazy and magnificent time!

PKP: What will you miss the most?
Stephanie: I'll miss Laurel Hall and the rest of the staff. The building is inspiring/unique and having the opportunity to ensure it shines and stands tall among other Fraternal headquarters has been a privilege. I've also enjoyed working alongside some of the most passionate and dedicated individuals that I have ever met. Their friendship and professionalism will definitely be missed.

PKPWhat do you look forward to most with your next opportunity with the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville?
Stephanie: I am excited to put the work expertise I have learned to good use for an organization so closely aligned with Phi Kappa Psi. I hope to truly strengthen the ties Phi Kappa Psi has with their official philanthropy, the Boys & Girls Club.

PKP:  Tell us a little bit about your time on staff and the roles you have had the opportunity to serve the Fraternity and Foundation. 
Stephanie: In 2005, I started as a temp Administrative Assistant with the Foundation. Over the last 10 years, Ben Nicol has allowed me to grow professionally and entrusted me with the scholarship and fellowship program (the largest granting organization in the Greek community), chapter housing campaigns, communications, solicitations, branding, messaging, events and overall appearance of the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation. His trust in a non-member with a passion for this organization has been unwavering and deeply appreciated.  I owe him immensely and will miss his championing and backing more than he knows!

Join us in thanking Stephanie for all of her hard work and dedication through the years. We wish her nothing but the best in her new role.

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 Fall 2015 Executive Council Meeting Alumni Reception http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phipsiecmeeting
The night before the meeting, the Fraternity will be hosting an Alumni Reception hosted at the Top of the Tower! The details for this reception are:

Alumni Reception
Friday, October 16, 2015
6:00pm to 8:30pm 
Top of the Tower 
50th Floor 
Three Logan Square 
1717 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Guests are Welcome

Executive Council Meeting
Saturday, October 17, 2015
8:00am to 5:00pm 
Members in Good Standing welcome 
Coat and Tie required
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102

Online registration for this event, is now closed. You can still visit the registration page for details on the event and the Executive Council Meeting here. Please note, you will need to be logged in to the Phi Psi Experience. If you have any questions, please reach out to RKR@phikappapsi.com
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Phi Kappa Psi Invited to James Madison University (Fall 2018) http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phikappapsiinvitedtojamesmadisonuniversity(fall2018)
September 21, 2015 - The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is happy to announce that we have been formally invited to join the fraternity and sorority community at James Madison University (JMU) in the Fall of 2018. 

JMU is a top-ranked public school found in Harrisonburg, Virginia. It has an enrollment of almost 21,000 students (92% of which are undergraduate), they feature 122 degree programs, and its athletic programs are affiliated with Division I.
 
According to Adam Lindberg (the Associate Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life at JMU), "We believe that Phi Psi's focus on engaging with men of integrity, intellect, and those with a passion for community involvement will make an overwhelmingly positive contribution to our fraternity and sorority population." We are honored by the opportunity to add value to what is an already thriving Greek community.
 
By the Numbers at JMU
Total number of fraternities: 17
Total number of sororities: 13
Full-time staff: 1 associate director and 2 coordinators
Part-time staff: 2 graduate assistants
All-FSL GPA (Spring 2015): 2.994
All-Fraternity GPA (Spring 2015): 2.93
 
Just like any new strategic growth effort, we will now begin the process of recruiting alumni to be involved in the chapter advisory committee. If you have any interest in being a part of the colonization efforts and you are in relatively close proximity, please contact our Director of Strategic Growth, James Perez. We will be looking to recruit 5-10 advisors in the Northern Virginia area.
 
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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Staffing Update - Departure of Mark Lipka http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/staffingupdate-marklipkadeparture Mark Lipka Press Release.jpgSeptember 18, 2015 - After eight years of service on staff for Phi Kappa Psi, current Senior Director of Business Operations, Mark Lipka, will be departing to pursue additional professional opportunities.  
As an initiate of Lycoming '04, Mark first served as an Educational Leadership Consultant from 2006-2007. He came back to staff to serve as the Director of Chapter Services in 2008 and transitioned to the Director of Standards role in 2013. This past June, he stepped into the Senior Director  of Business Operations role. Mark's last day on staff is October 2nd.
 
We are extremely appreciative of the work that Mark has done for the Fraternity over the past eight years. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.
 
As a result, the search for a new Senior Director of Business Operations will begin immediately. We will be posting the job description soon.
 
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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Hiring Update - New Director of Leadership and Programming http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/hiringupdate-newdirectorofleadershipandprogramming September 17, 2015 - In a continuous effort to hire the best talent possible and expand the member development area of our staff, the Fraternity is happy to announce that we have hired a new Director of Leadership and Programming: Jason Allen, Oneonta '06. 

Previously, Jason served the Cornell University fraternity and sorority community for 2.5 years as the Assistant Dean of Students. He operated as the Multicultural Greek Letter Council Advisor and Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives. While at Cornell, Jason was instrumental in fostering dialogue about diversity and inclusion amongst the community and was a fierce proponent for the MGLC community. He also co-founded Cornell's MOVEMENT Professional Development Institute, which provides personal and professional development opportunities to fellow staff.

His primary responsibility will be the development and advancement of our leadership programs, including the Presidents Leadership Academy, Woodrow Wilson Leadership School, Fraternity Education program, and other potential leadership opportunities.

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We had a chance to ask Jason about his new role on the staff; he gladly gave us insight into why he decided to join the team. 
 
Phi Psi: What attracted you to the position? What are you most excited for being on staff?
Jason: The Fraternity is in a unique position of exciting change and has the ability to truly enhance the experience of our brothers. We have an opportunity to be at the forefront of the fraternal movement and I am excited to be a part of it.  

Phi Psi: What do you want to accomplish in this role?
Jason: I am hoping to provide a stellar experience for our members, both fraternally and personally. Through dynamic and non-traditional programming, I believe we can have an extremely positive impact on the personal and professional development of our brothers.    

Phi Psi: If you don't mind, give our members a little glimpse into your life. How do you spend your free time?
Jason: I work on my Doctoral Degree through the University of Pittsburgh. Outside of work and school, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, and I am always looking for that next adventure.   

Jason's first week in the office in his new role on the Headquarters team is the week of September 28. At that time, you'll be able to contact him at jpa@phikappapsi.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @JPA1852. Congratulate him on his new position, and wish him a Happy Birthday (his birthday is today)!

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 Psi Introduces New Educational Leadership Consultants http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phipsiintroducesnewelcs September 10, 2015 - The Fraternity is proud to formally introduce the four educational leadership consultants who will be traveling to our chapters this fall. We have profiled them individually on social media over the past few weeks, but here is your one-stop shop to learn a little bit about each of them. Jared, Jordan, Nathan, and Zachary will be hitting the road next week to start assisting our chapters. If you have any questions about which ELC will be visiting your chapter, please contact the Director of Chapter Services, Michael Morin.

Without further ado, here is the 2015-2016 Educational Leadership Consultant team.

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Hometown: Wilburton, Oklahoma
Chapter/University: Oklahoma Alpha - University of Oklahoma
Education: B.A. in Journalism, Broadcasting and Electronic Media
Positions Held: Historian and Recruitment Chair
Favorite Memory as a Phi Psi: For me to pinpoint one memory as my favorite is difficult to do because I have so many, but my favorite ones were when my chapter brothers told me I made a positive difference in  their lives. In turn, all of them have made a profound difference in my life and for that I am eternally grateful. 
Why Work as a Consultant? I want to be a positive leader and role model for young men that are going through college. They are at a point in their lives in which anything can mold them for better or for worse. Helping them make the right decisions and to keep them motivated after making mistakes is something I feel many people in our society need to become successful. It is important for me to let others know that it is not our problems that define us, but how we react to our problems that bring forth who we really are.  
Contact: jmb@phikappapsi.com
 
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Hometown: San Diego, California
Chapter/University: Louisiana Gamma - Loyola University, New Orleans
Education: B.A. in Communications and Public Relations
Positions Held: Messenger, Philanthropy Chair
Favorite Memory as a Phi Psi: Going to school in New Orleans was of course an experience in itself. My favorite Phi Psi memories are directly tied with the city itself and participating in our events that related to New Orleans culture.
Why Work as a Consultant? I recognize the benefits of working for the Fraternity, especially as a first job out of college.  I also am excited for the opportunity to travel the country, network with undergraduate and alumni brothers, and most importantly, serve the Fraternity that I love.
Contact: jmn@phikappapsi.com
 
Nathan Whisman Web.jpgNathan Whisman
Hometown: Atlanta, Indiana
Chapter/University: Indiana Gamma - Wabash College
Education: B.A. in History
Positions Held: House Manager and Fraternity Education Chair
Favorite Memory as a Phi Psi: Attending the Grand Arch Council in San Antonio, Texas in 2012 because I was able to meet many different Phi Psis from across the country and make a lot of new friends. GAC was when I realized the magnitude of the National fraternity and what an honor it was for me to be a part of it. 
Why Work as a Consultant? I chose to become a consultant to serve the Fraternity and to meet Phi Psis from around the country.
Contact: naw@phikappapsi.com
 
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Hometown: Lima, Ohio
Chapter/University: Ohio Eta - University of Toledo
Education: B.A. in Organizational Management and Communications
Positions Held: Vice President, Governing and Scholarship Chair
Favorite Memory as a Phi Psi: Performing for three years with my chapter brothers in Songfest, which is the University of Toledo's second oldest tradition. It was originated by our local chapter over 75 years ago.
Why Work as a Consultant? As an undergraduate, I had the privilege to be a part of a long-term change process within our chapter that transformed the organization from the struggling fraternity of about 20 men that it was to one of the premier personal development and philanthropic organizations on campus. I applied to be a consultant because I wanted to give back to the organization that helped develop me into the man I am today and I believe that my experiences will help chapters at any level across the nation meet their goals and expectations.
Contact: zmh@phikappapsi.com


Keep in mind, as we attempt to expand the ELC team, we are still seeking out additional qualified candidates for the Educational Leadership Consultant position. If you're interested in the position (or know someone who might be interested), please head to the Careers portion of the website to learn more. 

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 Announces Launch of New Mobile Application http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/mobileapp September 4, 2015 - After months of research and development, Phi Kappa Psi is finally ready to announce the launch of our new mobile application. This technology will provide all chapters with a way to improve internal communications. What makes it truly unique is that it has a special feature that allows you to add your alumni to the app and make it extraordinarily simple to drive engagement between the entire brotherhood. This provides enormous benefits for planning chapter events and communicating with all members who would want critical details. With so many options out there for communication between Google, Facebook groups/events, the internet, and various communication platforms built by outside companies, this chapter-branded solution gives you important Phi Psi contacts at your fingertips with social and website links throughout the app. It is available on a first come first serve basis; hurry and get your spot in the chapter roll-out schedule.  


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The solution developed by Private Group Networks (First Touch Greek Life) is not a solution aimed at eliminating privacy by giving Headquarters visibility into what is going on at the chapter, but rather it provides the chapter a means to better communicate directly to individuals or groups internally. The application was piloted at the American Leadership Academy in early 2015, Woodrow Wilson Leadership School this past summer, and it has already been deployed to 10 pilot chapters. 

The product provides several key features, built intentionally to allow maximized chat functions and event management capabilities for both undergraduate and alumni events. Once created, these events are readily available on your phone and are easily copied to your personal calendar if desired. Important profile data of the members and alumni are available (while still maintaining privacy) along with profile data on the chapter and its officers. There are also links to key contacts at the Phi Kappa Psi Headquarters. Other useful links available on the application include chapter social media/websites, the Phi Kappa Psi website, lost brothers, and the ability to donate to the Fraternity through the Foundation site.

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If you have an Android device, HERE is a step-by-step tutorial on how to utilize the app. Keep in mind that it will prompt you to sign-in to review the tutorial. 

If you have an Apple device, HERE is a step-by-step tutorial on how to utilize the app.

If you have interest in getting the application setup for download to all members and alumni of your chapter, contact Jay T. Reed, Appointed Director of IT of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.  His email address for this innovative program is MobileApp@phikappapsi.com.  

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

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Phi Kappa Psi Announces Executive Director Search Committee http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phipsiannouncesexecutivesearchcommittee For Immediate Release
 
Dateline: June 3, 2015
 
Contact: Jim Boyle, Chairman of the Executive Director Search Committee
jboyle@nevadafirm.com ● 317.632.1852 (Phi Kappa Psi Headquarters)
 
The Search for Phi Kappa Psi's Next Dynamic 
Executive Director
 
The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is pleased to announce that the Executive Council has approved and empaneled a Search Committee to spearhead the Fraternity's hiring of its next dynamic full time Executive Director.  The Search Committee is charged with identifying the best applicants, and recommending final candidates to the Executive Council.
 
James D. Boyle, Washington Alpha '88 (University of Washington), the Fraternity's current Vice President, serves as Chairman of the Search Committee.  Joining Jim on the committee are:  John J. Ziegelmeyer, Kansas Alpha '70 (University of Kansas), who will serve as the Committee's Secretary; Past SWGP David L. Woodrum, West Virginia Alpha '61 (West Virginia University); Foundation Trustee Denny J. Schwartz, Indiana Delta '60 (Purdue University); National Treasurer Shannon E. Price, Alabama Alpha '88 (University of Alabama); District III Archon Brian T. Kochheiser, Ohio Zeta '12 (Bowling Green State University); John P. Hennebry, California Delta '85 (University of Southern California); Anthony R. Milano, Rhode Island Beta '02 (University of Rhode Island); Barrett J. Anderson, Iowa Alpha '05 (University of Iowa); and Austin S. Manna, Ohio Delta '13 (The Ohio State University).
 
The Search Committee has retained the services of Kensington International, a leading executive search firm based in Oak Brook, Illinois, to assist the committee with its important work.  With Kensington's professional guidance, the Search Committee will be issuing application criteria, a position description, and candidate guidelines in the immediate future.
 
Phi Kappa Psi is excited to move forward with a dynamic enhancement of its Headquarters operations, based on the creation of high standards and values, and focused on core investments to build best practices in organizational management, recruitment, health/safety, risk management, leadership, and member development and services.  The hiring of an outstanding candidate to serve as the next full time Executive Director is a cornerstone of the Fraternity's build-out.
 
Blake Yeaman, California Gamma '78 (UC - Berkeley), will continue to serve as the Fraternity's Interim Executive Director while the Committee completes its critical efforts.
 
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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Be Part of Phi Psi's Future! http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/positionsavailable Phi Kappa Psi Headquarters is Seeking Great Talent for New Opportunities

The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity currently seeks passionate applicants to join our expanding team at the National Headquarters! The link below details the open positions, job descriptions, list of qualifications, and application instructions for those individuals with a desire to be a part of our growing family. We will accept resumes and cover letters until the positions are filled.  

We are committed to ensuring that the needs of our members are met by outstanding staff personnel and are searching for the highest quality candidates.  Check back frequently for new postings and opportunities!

Click Here to see what positions are available!

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 Announces Interim Executive Director http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phipsiannouncesinterimexecutivedirector Phi Kappa Psi Announces Addition of New Interim Executive Director


The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is pleased to announce that Blake Yeaman, California Gamma (UC - Berkeley) '78, has been appointed to serve as the Fraternity's Interim Executive Director.


As Phi Kappa Psi moves forward with a significant enhancement of its Headquarters operations, based on the creation of high standards and values, and focused on core investments in building best practices in organizational management, recruitment, health/safety, risk management, leadership and member development, we are excited to have Blake's extensive business experience joined to our existing Staff expertise.  Following graduation from UC - Berkeley in 1981, Blake spent a career with Sun Microsystems, Hornblower, and most recently with his own consulting firm, Yeaman LLC, building leading strategies in customer development, marketing, e-learning, brand development, and technology/intellectual property application.  In addition, Blake has invested a great deal of personal time as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America and the National Park Service.  He has also served as House Corporation President for seven years and Chapter Advisor for the past six years to the California Gamma Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi, was awarded Chapter Advisor of the Year at the 2014 national convention, and during the current biennium he has served as the Assistant Director of Chapter Advisors.  Blake's wealth of experience, business insights, and community service are certain to be of extensive benefit to Phi Kappa Psi, and we are grateful that he is willing to lend his talents to the Fraternity.  Blake will assume his official responsibilities on March 30, 2015.


Concurrently, National President A. Scott Noble announced that James D. Boyle, Washington Alpha (University of Washington) '88, the Fraternity's current Vice President, will chair a Search Committee for the important role of identifying Phi Kappa Psi's next full-time Executive Director.  Further information regarding the Search Committee will be forthcoming.


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 103 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.

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Headquarters Staff Change http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/headquartersstaffchange

A nationwide search for a new Phi Kappa Psi Executive Director will begin as soon as possible.  "Shawn is leaving the organization in a good place and we are confident that with the leadership currently in place, and a dedicated staff, our members will continue to be managed by professional and caring employees."

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UPDATE: VA Alpha Statement Regarding Rolling Stone Article http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/updateuvapressrelease FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2014 

Official Statement from the Virginia Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity at the University of Virginia

Over the past two weeks the Virginia Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi has been working tirelessly and openly with the Charlottesville Police Department as they investigate the allegations detailed in the November 19, 2014 Rolling Stone article. We continue to be shocked by the allegations and saddened by this story. We have no knowledge of these alleged acts being committed at our house or by our members. Anyone who commits any form of sexual assault, wherever or whenever, should be identified and brought to justice. 

In tandem with the Charlottesville Police Department's investigation, the Chapter's undergraduate members have made efforts to contribute with internal fact-finding. Our initial doubts as to the accuracy of the article have only been strengthened as alumni and undergraduate members have delved deeper. Given the ongoing nature of the criminal investigation, which we fully support, we do not feel it would be appropriate at this time to provide more than the following: 

First, the 2012 roster of employees at the Aquatic and Fitness Center does not list a Phi Kappa Psi as a lifeguard. As far as we have determined, no member of our fraternity worked there in any capacity during this time period. 

Second, the Chapter did not have a date function or a social event during the weekend of September 28th, 2012. 

Third, our Chapter's pledging and initiation periods, as required by the University and Inter-Fraternity Council, take place solely in the spring semester and not in the fall semester. We document the initiation of new members at the end of each spring. Moreover, no ritualized sexual assault is part of our pledging or initiation process. This notion is vile, and we vehemently refute this claim. 

It is our hope that this information will encourage people who may know anything relevant to this case to contact the Charlottesville Police Department as soon as possible. In the meantime, we will continue to assist investigators in whatever way we can.

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UVA Press Release http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/uvapressrelease FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 19, 2014

Contact: 
Shawn Collinsworth
Executive Director
317.632.1852

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity was recently made aware of a story in Rolling Stone magazine that contains sexual assault allegations against the University of Virginia chapter.

We take this matter - and these allegations - very seriously.

First and foremost, we do not condone violence under any circumstances; gender-based and sexual violence is particularly heinous. It is antithetical to the morals and founding principles of our Fraternity, and we condemn it unequivocally.  We remain actively and aggressively committed to ending these inexcusable forms of violence not only in the Greek community, but across all campus communities at large.

As distressing as these allegations are to us, we recognize that the personal stress and anxiety experienced by any survivor of an assault dwarfs our own.

No exceptions.  No excuses.

While this article addresses a serious challenge to all college communities, it is important to note that to our knowledge there have been no criminal investigations or charges of sexual assault brought against any member of the chapter. Furthermore, no detailed information regarding this story or investigation had been shared with us beyond the scope of the article once released. The University of Virginia chapter leadership and National Fraternity have been, and will continue to be cooperative, open, and honest in any forthcoming investigation that may be conducted by law enforcement agencies. Additionally, Phi Kappa Psi will fully cooperate with the administration of the University of Virginia in identifying and immediately eradicating any alleged or proven misconduct. Finally, Phi Kappa Psi has also launched its own independent investigation intended to determine the facts surrounding these allegations.

We are committed - above all else - to accountability with regard to these serious matters.

In line with our zero tolerance commitment, the national organization and the Virginia chapter have organized and engaged in myriad of educational meetings with various UVA officials, Aaron Bowe, a nationally-known speaker on sexual assault prevention, and the student-led organization "One in Four," to have serious and substantive discussions about sexual assault prevention and bystander education strategies.  Our members have also taken the "It's on Us" pledge, a nationally renowned initiative to promote awareness and prevention of sexual assault.

In the interim, we encourage any and all that have any information regarding these allegations, to contact the University of Virginia Police Department at (434) 924-7166 or Charlottesville Police Department at (434) 970-3280.

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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. Founded on February 19, 1852 at Jefferson College by William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore.

 

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Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and Foundation Unveil New Scholarship http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phikappapsifraternityandfoundationunveilnewscholarship September 2, 2014


Indianapolis, IN—The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and Foundation are excited to announce the creation of a new scholarship available to all undergraduate men who attend institutions where Phi Psi is (re)colonizing.

 

Over the past several months, an alumnus has been working with the Fraternity and Foundation to establish a scholarship program aimed at strengthening Phi Psi's expansion efforts.

 

"We're excited to announce this partnership as part of our collaborative effort to promote Phi Psi's commitment to academic excellence while heightening our recruitment practices," Ben Nicol, Foundation CEO, said. "These scholarships position Phi Psi as a desired higher education partner."

 

TonyHorton-846x1024.jpgThe Tony Horton Scholarship is devoted to identifying and rewarding men of high character and perseverance who are dedicated to the betterment of others and promote positivity in their communities.  A total of ten $2,500 Tony Horton Scholarships will be awarded on each campus where the Fraternity is expanding. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and should have an affinity for community service and leadership. Applicants will be encouraged to explore the option of joining Phi Kappa Psi, but receiving the award will not be determined by this choice.

 

"Thanks to the Tony Horton Scholarship, we are able to have an impact on the education of more students," James Perez, Director of Expansion, said. "We are thrilled that we are able to give back to the institutions that invite us to colonize on their campuses through this scholarship."

 

Tony Horton Rhode Island '77 is the creator of the best-selling fitness program, P90X®, and was chosen as the scholarship's namesake because he truly exemplifies the kind of men Phi Psi is looking for in the award winners. Brother Horton has dedicated his life to promoting positivity in his communities and gives others the tools to become the best versions of themselves. Furthermore, each person who interacts with Tony always makes note of his character and dedication to Phi Kappa Psi.

 

Application Process

Applicants will complete an online application made up of short answer and essay questions, and following the application deadline, a selection committee will review the applications and select semi-finalists to be interviewed for the scholarship. The selection committee is made up of a Phi Psi alumnus, the expansion staff, and campus officials recommended by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. After the interviews, the selection committee will again review the applicants and select the ten undergraduates that best deserve the scholarships.


For more information on the Tony Horton Scholarship, please contact James Perez, Director of Expansion, by phone (317.632.1852) or email.

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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. Founded on February 19, 1852 at Jefferson College by William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore, more than 124,000 men have been initiated into the organization in its history.

 

Phi Kappa Psi Foundation

The Phi Kappa Psi Foundation was formed to "aid, encourage, promote and contribute to the education and scholastic attainments" of Phi Psis and other students across the nation. The Foundation, organized in 1914 and celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public educational foundation whose primary mission is to assist college students in meeting their educational objectives through scholarships, grants, fellowships and assistantships, while promoting learning, high ethical standards and constructive citizenship.

 

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New Associate Director of Chapter Services http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/newassociatedirectorofchapterservices Patrick Release Picture.jpg

August 29, 2014--Phi Kappa Psi is excited to announce the hiring of a new Headquarters team member.


Patrick D. Griffith Wabash '07 has joined Headquarters staff as the Associate Director of Chapter Services for Districts II & IV.

 

Over the past several years, Patrick has been working in a variety of roles. From teaching elementary music and directing middle school band to traveling as a Regional Chapter Coordinator at Kappa Delta Pi, Patrick has discovered that building relationships is extremely important to him in both his personal and professional life.

 

"I am definitely excited about the relationships I will be forming and cultivating with Brothers and key people in their lives," Patrick said. "A very close second in regard to excitement is traveling through Districts II and IV, spending time on campuses and the places that Brothers call home."

 

As an Associate Director of Chapter Services, Patrick will serve as a de facto client manager for the chapters and colonies in his districts, helping them to improve and develop both as individuals and as a unified group.

 

"My goal is to build relationships with the Brothers in Districts II and IV and be an available point of contact," Patrick said. "I would really like to see my districts well represented through our various channels of community (e.g., The Shield's chapter updates, conferences, events, etc.) and be able to share the successes of those chapters when their institution comes up in conversation."

 

Patrick will assume the Associate Director role that Christopher G. Hodge Minnesota '06 is leaving to pursue his career in higher education.

 

"Patrick's past experience and expertise made him stand out in our interview process," Chad Stegemiller, Assistant Executive Director, said. "We are confident that Patrick will continue the great work that Chris has already started with Districts II & IV."

 

Christopher G. Hodge's Minnesota '06 last day will be today. Please join us in wishing him the best of luck as he pursues his career in higher education. 


Patrick will be reaching out to the chapters and colonies in his districts over the next couple of weeks. Should you need anything in the meantime, you can email or call him at 317.632.1852.


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Now Hiring: Associate Director of Chapter Services http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/nowhiringassociatedirectorofchapterservices In preparation for the upcoming school year, we are searching for a new Headquarters staff member. The Associate Director of Chapter Services is essentially a client manager of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity undergraduate chapters. The Associate Director (one of three total) is responsible for overseeing all of the chapters in two of the six regional districts of the Fraternity. The Associate Director also maintains consistent and regular contact with all of his chapters, building relationships with undergraduate and alumni officers, and engaging the chapter in leadership development, the improvement of operations and overall member assistance.

 

If you are interested in this position, please read through the complete job description below and email your résumé and cover letter to Assistant Executive Director, Chad Stegemiller.  Chad is also your contact person for any questions you might have.


Know someone that might be a good fit for this position? Please feel free to share this posting with them.

 

Specific Responsibilities

The Associate Director is the primary contact at the National Headquarters for all chapters in his assigned district:

  1. Establish contact with officer(s) of each chapter in the summer, or beginning of each school year, for familiarity and understanding of support role.
  2. Will make a (minimum) one-day visit to each chapter at some point during the academic year.
  3. Will utilize new media technologies (webinars, chats, etc.) to communicate regularly with chapters. The expectation is that each chapter is contacted once in a two-week span during the school year. Establish himself as the first point of contact for ALL inquiries and support needs of the chapter.
  4. Be knowledgeable of all areas of chapter and National Headquarters operation in order to serve as a liaison to advanced support.
  5. Establish strong working relationships with the Greek Life professionals on all assigned campuses.

 

The Associate Director must be a positive agent of change for our chapters and is expected to:
  1. Work with each chapter at (or before) the beginning of each school year to develop goals and track that progress throughout the course of each year.
  2. Using the Fraternity's Chapter Excellence Program as a foundation, provide step-by-step guidance to each chapter on improving all 11 areas of operation.
  3. Work, along with the Director of Standards, to educate and provide an improvement plan in the event of risk management issues as well as identify trends amongst the Greek world and address those with the chapters. 
  4. Track and monitor all correspondence to allow progress with each outreach.
  5. Be a voice of information and support for each chapter at all Headquarters and Executive Council meetings, serving as the staff authority on each chapter and how best the Fraternity can support their future.

The Associate Director is a resource of diverse expertise as it relates to our chapters and will be expected to perform other duties as may be assigned by the Assistant Executive Director or Executive Director

 

Internal Expectations

Reports to the Assistant Executive Director and works closely with the Director of Standards on all disciplinary and overarching issues involving chapters. As a member of the Headquarters team, the Associate Director will support and assist other staff members in all areas pertaining to his assigned groups. This especially includes the alumni development team, pertaining to volunteers and housing.

 

External Expectations

Outside of the regular contact with chapters and volunteers, there should be extensive relationship building with Greek Life professionals, both in higher education and interfraternally. Networking with other chapter services professionals at various Greek headquarters is highly recommended. The Associate Director should also attempt to be engaged in the networking and educational opportunities presented by the Fraternity Executives Association (FEA), Association of Fraternity-Sorority Advisors (AFA) and the Association of Fraternal and Leadership Values (AFLV).

 

Travel is a required part of this job and all candidates must be willing to travel extensively around the country to visit chapters and improve the wellbeing of the Fraternity. Estimated travel is 40% of one's time.

 

Qualifications

The Associate Director of Chapter Services must have earned at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. A masters degree is preferred, but not required. The Associate Director must be a member (in good standing) of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. All candidates must demonstrate a strong understanding of chapter management and Phi Kappa Psi values. Previous involvement as a chapter officer is preferred. The Associate Director should also be knowledgeable in current Greek trends, strengths and threats. 

 

Interested? Please email your résumé and cover letter to Chad Stegemiller.

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Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/nowhiringassociatedirectorofchapterservices
The Expansion Team Grows http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/theexpansionteamgrows Phi Kappa Psi is thrilled to announce the hiring of two new Expansion Consultants!


While many of you will meet our new Expansion Consultants at the 2014 Grand Arch Council, we sat down with the new hires to get to know them a little better.

 


Adam Dunworth Ball State '12

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What positions did you hold as an undergraduate?

During my time at Ball State, I was the President and Vice President of my chapter. I also was a Greek Peer Facilitator and Greek Games Chair for Greek Week.

 

What is the most valuable lesson you learned from those leadership positions?

The most valuable lesson that I have learned from my leadership positions has been accountability and responsibility. I always held myself to a higher standard and made myself accountable for not only my actions, but the actions of the chapter. If something went wrong, I was responsible for it and had to come up with the solution to the problem.

 

If you could pick anyone to have dinner with, who would it be and why?

Anyone that would pick up the bill.

 

If you were a super hero, what would your super power be and why?

Teleportation. Saves on gas money.

 

What are your long-term goals following your time with Phi Psi?

I would love to continue working with undergraduates, whether it be with Phi Psi or other college campuses.  I like working with students and love to see them succeed. 

 

What most excites you about your new position at HQ?

The most exciting thing for me is being able to help restart some of the most historical chapters within our organization.  It will be very rewarding to get them back to their former glory.


James Perez, Director of Expansion, on Adam:

Adam has been a part of the Ball State chapter since its time as a colony. His experience with the colony and the chartering process will be extremely helpful in working with our groups.

 

 

Kameron Willsey IUPUI '10

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What positions did you hold in Phi Psi and on your campus?

While at IUPUI, I served as the President, Vice President, Social Chair (2 semesters), and Finance Chair for my chapter. Outside of Phi Psi, I was also the Executive Vice President of IFC and a member of the Order of Omega.

 

What is the most valuable lesson you learned from those leadership positions?

The most valuable lesson I have learned from my leadership positions is the importance of having a vision and leading by example. A leadership role requires someone who can enthusiastically promote a vision so that it can become a reality.

 

If you could pick anyone to have dinner with, who would it be and why?

I think it would be great to have dinner with Warren Buffett. He has many past successes, but I would be curious as to his beliefs for the future of the financial industry.

 

If you were a super hero, what would your super power be and why?

If I were a super hero, my super power would be precognition so I could know what is going to happen before it happens.

 

What are your long-term goals following your time at Phi Psi?

My long-term goals following my time with Phi Psi are to obtain an MBA from a top tier business school and work within a respected financial consulting firm or a hedge fund.

 

What most excites you about your new position at HQ?

I am most excited to travel the country, expanding my entrepreneurial skills in the establishment of strong colonies and sustainable chapters.


James Perez, Director of Expansion, on Kameron:

Kameron brings a fantastic new perspective on expansion and recruitment. Coming from such a strong chapter, Kam offers a unique skill set that will help our colonies and chapters as they aim toward personal growth on campus.

 

 

Please join us in welcoming Adam and Kameron to staff! They will be headed to Gettysburg College and UCLA this fall and California State University, Northridge next spring.

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Wed, 04 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/theexpansionteamgrows
2014 Phi Psi Golf Excursion http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/2014phipsigolfexcursion DUE TO LOW INTEREST LEVELS, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Phi Kappa Psi is excited to invite its golfing alumni and undergraduates, and their spouses, family and friends, to enjoy an exciting and fun weekend playing golf on the famed Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama!  

This three-day excursion over the weekend of May 16-18 includes five rounds at beautiful and challenging courses, tee and game prizes, and ground transportation from the Renaissance Marriott Hotel in historic downtown Montgomery for the package price of $575 per person. The golf includes: Friday at Cambrian Ridge, Saturday at the Links and Lakes Courses at Grand National, and Sunday at the Senator and Judge Courses at Capitol Hill.

The event is open to the first twenty-four registered players.

Hotel reservations can be made at: 
The Marriott Renaissance in Montgomery ($149/night)
334.481.5000

Embassy Suites Montgomery ($129/night) 
334.269.5055

Hampton Inn & Suites Montgomery-Downtown ($107/night)
334.265.1010

We recommend players arriving by air travel directly to Montgomery. In determining your travel plans, the first round of golf on Friday will tee off at 2PM CDT.

Preferred registration closes on April 15th at noon EDT, so don't wait! 

We look forward to your joining us for a fun-filled weekend of great golf, friendship and fellowship!

Should you have any questions about the event, please contact your event hosts, Jim Boyle or Shannon Price.
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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/2014phipsigolfexcursion
Now Hiring: Expansion and Recruitment Consultants http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/nowhiringexpansionandrecruitmentconsultants The Phi Kappa Psi Expansion and Recruitment Consultant is one of the most vital positions we offer and provides a very important service to our organization. If you enjoyed your undergraduate experience and have a love for Phi Kappa Psi, consider helping us start new chapters all across the country.


This will be one of the most exciting and challenging jobs you may ever have. The training program will help you become an expert in recruitment and colonization, while also covering colony operations and new member orientation.


You will travel all over the country, in accordance with the expansion schedule, assisting in starting colonies and providing existing chapters with recruitment help. This is an ideal time to make professional and alumni contacts in various cities. We hope your time working and networking will help you develop your own personal and professional long term goals.


In addition to your salary, you will be provided with housing, a company vehicle, laptop computer, phone and an allowance for meals.. During the colonization, housing will be provided and you will receive a per diem for meals and reimbursement for fuel, travel, and colonization related expenses.


Overall the Expansion and Recruitment Consultant training will help prepare you for many professions after Phi Psi. It provides you with the opportunity to develop and exercise skills that few new graduates are able to cultivate. You will become an ambassador for the Fraternity, working with colonies, alumni, National Fraternity officers and volunteers and campus administrators. You will gain insight into your abilities of diplomacy, critical thinking, planning, entrepreneurial skills and marketing skills.


Finally, you will join the ranks of dozens of other loyal, committed brothers who have taken time in their lives to help make Phi Kappa Psi a stronger organization and will be better prepared to assist your own chapter as an alumnus advisor later, should you choose.


Click here to apply!


Responsibilities/Expectations

  • Will report to and be directly supervised by the Director of Expansion
  • Assists in colonizing new groups at the scheduled campuses.
  • Utilizes the Colony Petition to help start a successful and viable group on the campus.
  • Acts as the primary liaison of the Fraternities expansion efforts on the campus during the colonization.
  • Provides weekly reports to the Director of Expansion during the colonization process.
  • Creates a detailed report, at the end of colonization, going over the entire process, highlighting successes and failures.
  • Meets with Alumni Advisory team, Fraternity and Sorority Life Professional, and other campus professionals on a scheduled basis to maintain strong relations.
  • Assists the Director of Expansion in developing and working with existing colonies.
  • Assists the Director of Expansion in develop and executing the Recruitment College Program
  • Works with Associate Directors of Chapter Services and Director of Expansion to identify chapters in need of recruitment training and coordinate those visits.
  • Works with National office staff to assist in situational needs for projects.
  • Assists during Woodrow Wilson Leadership School (WWLS), Grand Arch Council (GAC), Presidents Leadership Academy (PLA), and Fraternity Educators Leadership Academy (FELA).
  • Assists colonies in their transition into a chapter of the Fraternity.
  • Assists chapters in improving networking and event planning skills
  • Develops a recruitment plan for chapter incorporating new recruitment techniques
  • Helps with various marketing ideas the will help promote the chapter's recognition
  • Facilitates chapter's understanding of each individual members role within recruitment
  • Collaborates with chapters to set goals and standards for the kind of men the chapter will recruit.


Job Requirements 

  • Be an initiated member of Phi Kappa Psi in good standing
  • Possess an undergraduate degree
  • Possess excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills
  • Fluently read, write and understand English
  • Have the ability to multi-task
  • Be able to speak in front of small and large groups
  • Possess an outgoing, positive, and innovative personality
  • Have confidence in guiding/advising/supporting peers
  • Have the ability to relate to collegians, college/university administrators and alumni
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities
  • Show strong entrepreneurial skills.
  • Be highly motivated and able to motivate others
  • Have the ability to research, collect data, and synthesize the information
  • Possess strong time management skills
  • Be comfortable with consecutive days of travel
  • Take initiative and work on projects
  • Hold a valid United States driver's license
  • Be able to operate a vehicle
  • Be able to lift 50 pounds.
  • Have the ability to problem solve in sometimes stressful situations


Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary
  • Housing
  • Company Vehicle
  • Company Cell Phone
  • Health Insurance
  • Auto Insurance
  • Travel Stipend
  • Food Stipend

 

Click here to apply!

 

If you have questions about the job please contact James Perez, Director of Expansion.

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Mon, 17 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/nowhiringexpansionandrecruitmentconsultants
Help Us Welcome Our Newest Staff Member! http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/helpuswelcomeourneweststaffmember! The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is excited to announce a new addition to the Headquarters staff. Tony E. Vukusich Indiana State '06 will be transitioning from his role as the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation's Director of Programs & Stewardship into his new role as the Fraternity's Director of Alumni Services and Kevin J. Marks Valparaiso '92 is moving into his new position as Director of Housing.

 

"We are thrilled to have Tony joining the Headquarters team," Shawn Collinsworth, Executive Director, said. "With an additional staff person devoted to alumni services, our relationships and resources for our alumni associations and chapter advisory teams will continue to improve and expand."

 

With the continual growth of the Fraternity's alumni participation over the last several years, the Director of Alumni Services role was split into two specialized roles that will enable Tony and Kevin to best serve their individual groups. The Director of Alumni Services will work specifically with alumni associations, volunteers and mentoring programs; while the Director of Housing will concentrate his work on housing corporations and liaise with the Canonsburg Corporation.

 

Ben Nicol, Phi Kappa Psi Foundation CEO added, "Tony has been a very positive resource throughout the last few years for our membership and has worked tirelessly to improve the Foundation's stewardship and program directed efforts. His transition comes at a fitting time as Phi Psi works to build upon an already strong alumni involvement strategy. Tony's track record orchestrating complex scholarship and steward programs, as well as his strong leadership and personal qualities, and his strengths in communications and planning, will be well suited for his new role."

 

Prior to Tony's work with the Foundation, he spent two years as the University of Memphis Greek Life Advisor and volunteered as the chapter advisor for Indiana Eta (Indiana State) and Ohio Xi (Capital).

 

"I am thankful for this new opportunity and excited to continue supporting Phi Psi through my work at the Fraternity," Tony Vukusich said. "I truly believe in our brotherhood and am proud to take this next step in my career by developing relationships that will benefit our members and alumni associations."

 

Tony's first day as the Director of Alumni Services will be February 17, 2014. Please join us in welcoming Brother Vukusich to the Fraternity staff!

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Thu, 06 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/helpuswelcomeourneweststaffmember!
Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity Suspends the Charter of its Chapter at West Virginia University http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/wvupressrelease December 17, 2013

Contact: 
Shawn Collinsworth
Executive Director
317.632.1852

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Following an investigation into the hazing allegations against the West Virginia Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi at West Virginia University, the chapter's charter has been suspended. Effective immediately, the chapter is no longer recognized by the national organization and will cease any organized activity on West Virginia University campus. All undergraduate members were moved to the status of being recognized as alumni members of Phi Kappa Psi.

The decision to cease chapter operations was not something taken lightly by the ruling body of the Fraternity. Members of the Headquarters Staff conducted an investigation of multiple allegations, in cooperation with the university and local alumni. These findings were then presented to the Executive Council.

"Phi Kappa Psi has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to hazing and holds the safety and well-being of our members as our top priority," said Executive Director Shawn Collinsworth. "West Virginia Alpha has jeopardized that by participating in activities that aim to humiliate or harm new members, and it will not be tolerated."

Installed on the Morgantown, West Virginia campus in 1890, 2,325 men have been initiated into the West Virginia Alpha chapter. While this decision deprives Phi Kappa Psi of one its largest and most historic chapters, the Fraternity looks forward to returning to the campus in the future in order to work with the university in bringing a positive Phi Kappa Psi presence back to Morgantown.

"We have great alumni and a tremendous history at West Virginia University," Collinsworth said. "This is not our brightest moment on campus, but we are confident that we will return soon and provide a student experience that will align with our expectations of Phi Kappa Psi membership."

The Fraternity is committed to working with each of our chapters to make sure a positive student experience is provided for all members, but recognizes when tough decisions must be made to maintain the integrity of the organization.

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The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is a 501(c)(7) association that engages men of integrity, further develops their intellect and enhances community involvement. With a legacy built on acceptance and trust, each brother realizes his highest potential through a lifelong experience of service and excellence. Founded on February 19, 1852 at Jefferson College by William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore, more than 117,000 men have been initiated into the organization in its history.
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Tue, 17 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/wvupressrelease
Apply now to lobby on behalf of the fraternity/sorority community in Washington, D.C.! http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/applynowtolobbyonbehalfofthefraternity/sororitycommunityinwashingtondc! The Fraternal Government Relations Coalition (FGRC), comprised of the 
National Panhellenic Conference, North-American Interfraternity Conference
and the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee, is looking for 
outstanding campus and chapter leaders to serve as advocates for the 
fraternity and sorority community in Washington, D.C. This is a great 
opportunity for any students who are interested in combining their fraternity 
or sorority experience with their passion for politics. Each year, FGRC sends 
student leaders to our nation's capital to advocate for legislation that is 
important to the success of fraternity and sorority organizations across the 
country. This year, Phi Kappa Psi will be sponsoring two brothers' trips to Washington, D.C. for this cause.

The Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (CHIA) is a bill that would help 
make fraternity and sorority housing safer and more affordable for students. 
Alumni and students have been working together for several years to gather 
support for this bill by lobbying on behalf of the fraternity and sorority 
community. Student participation is a crucial part in gaining support from 
members of Congress who are eager to hear about students' 
current experiences on campus and in fraternity and sorority housing.

This unique opportunity allows participants to experience Washington, D.C. 
in a new way through direct interaction in the legislative process. Many past 
participants have also found this to be a great opportunity for networking, 
gaining a greater perspective on the political process and for some it has 
been the launch of a career in public service!

The Congressional visits will take place in Washington, D.C on April 27-May 
1, 2014. If selected, students will be expected to participate in prep work 
leading up to training sessions and visits that will include securing letters of 
support from their university's president, vice president or chancellor, as well
as passing a student government resolution in support of CHIA. It is also 
important that students are aware that they will miss at least 3-4 days of 
school that week and should be prepared to plan accordingly with their 
professors during that time. 

To apply, please submit an application here by December 
13th.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Amy 
Davenport at adavenport@pattonboggs.com or by phone at 202-457-6528. 

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Sun, 10 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/applynowtolobbyonbehalfofthefraternity/sororitycommunityinwashingtondc!
New Director of Expansion and Associate Director of Chapter Services http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/newdirectorofexpansionandassociatedirectorofchapterservices As we approach the start of another school year, Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is thrilled to announce the hiring of a new Director of Expansion and Associate Director of Chapter Services.

james.jpgJames Perez Oneonta '07, Director of Expansion - Brother Perez came on staff in June of this year as an Associate Director of Chapter Services. When the hiring process for the Director of Expansion position begun, he expressed an interest in the position and based on his passion and experience, was hired. Prior to working at Headquarters, James served in several officer positions as an undergraduate in the New York Kappa Chapter, including vice president. After graduating, he spent a year in the Peace Corps and then took a job with Eastern Energy Systems consulting on renewable energy projects.

"Brother Perez's experience, personality and interpersonal skills made him a perfect fit for this position," Executive Director Shawn Collinsworth Indiana State '91 said. "We are excited to see the great work that will be done with Expansion under his leadership."

Michael Morin.jpgMichael Morin, Loyola '11, Associate Director of Chapter Services - Brother Morin will be taking over the Associate Director of Chapter Services position that James has left vacant and will be proudly working with chapters in District III and VI. His exceptional leadership skills as SGA President and Vice President at Loyola and experience as Guest Relations Manager at Sainte Marie Brasserie, a fine dining restaurant in New Orleans, make him well-equipped in building relationships with the chapters in his assigned districts.

"We are extremely lucky to have Brother Morin on our staff here at Headquarters," Collinsworth said. "We cannot wait to see how his leadership skills and fresh perspective impact his districts and the Fraternity as a whole."

Please join us in welcoming these two in their new roles at Phi Kappa Psi Headquarters.

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Thu, 01 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/newdirectorofexpansionandassociatedirectorofchapterservices
Phi Kappa Psi Announces New Staffing Changes http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phikappapsiannouncesnewstaffingchanges With another school year almost complete, it is time to look to the future. The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity Headquarters Staff, in conjunction with the Executive Council, has taken a detailed look at the current makeup of the staff and how the Fraternity can improve member services beginning in the next fiscal year (starting in June). The Fraternity is excited to announce six (6) new staffing positions:


TBD Alumni Services Position - The Executive Council is still in discussions to double our alumni services staff to help provide more manpower for increased housing needs, alumni recruitment, volunteer training and retention. Look for this position to be posted in the middle of the summer. 


Director of Expansion - We are actively seeking candidates for this position. After two stints and several years of service, Ron Ransom Butler'00 is leaving staff to pursue new opportunities. While sad to see Brother Ransom go, his departure opens up the opportunity for the Fraternity to bring in a new head of our recruitment and expansion efforts. 

Any person interested in applying for this position should email Shawn Collinsworth, Executive Director, with a cover letter and resume.

This position oversees the Fraternity's expansion efforts. Travels to expansion chapters, recruits new members, organizes alumni involvement, works with the university/college, and continues to develop the colony until the chartering date. 

We are no longer accepting applications for this position. Please check back for details on our new hire.


Associate Director of Chapter Services (3 total)* - This position is a de facto client manager of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity undergraduate chapters. The Associate Director is responsible for overseeing all of the chapters in two (2) of the six (6) regional districts of the Fraternity. The Associate Director is to maintain consistent and regular contact with all of his chapters, building relationships with undergraduate and alumni officers, and engaging the chapter in leadership development, the improvement of operations and overall member assistance.

We are no longer accepting applications for these positions, and an announcement of our new hires has been made!

All three Associate Directors will report to the Assistant Executive Director, along with the Director of Standards (previously known as Director of Chapter Services), who will now handle all risk management issues and overall chapter management strategy.


Director of Digital Marketing - This position is responsible for the public promotion, marketing, communication and interaction of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity in all areas of digital media. This includes, but is not limited to, social media, websites, blogs, mobile and email. The Director will also serve as the main contact with outside vendors on any stand-alone printed marketing pieces.

We are excited to have hired somebody for this position, learn more here

^The hiring of this position will phase out the role of the Director of Communications, focusing our communication efforts on the growing impact of our website and online communication. Our magazine, The Shield, will be produced separately from this position, hence the change in title.


*The hiring of three Associate Directors of Chapter Services will dramatically change the consultant program, which started in 1959. Phi Kappa Psi will still employ two recruitment/expansion consultants who will travel the road for the Fraternity, but focus on recruitment efforts at struggling chapters and work with all of our colonies.


However, this staffing change will replace the standard position of the Educational Leadership/Chapter Consultant (also previously known as a Field Secretary). This was done with considerable thought. All of our chapters, under the new model, will have a dedicated staff member who will continue to visit once a year (visits will be shorter), which will improve the familiarity on both ends of the relationship. This switch has a number of long-term benefits:

- With growing staff time being taken up with the risk management policies and investigations of an evolving Greek community, we are freeing the Director of Standards from direct chapter oversight, while creating multiple positions in Laurel Hall that can serve ALL the needs of our 100+ chapters nationwide

- This will create more than the 3-day visit worth of interaction. Each Associate Director must have some sort of communication with each chapter every two weeks. This will create more dialogue, support and consistency

- The Fraternity will be able to retain more understanding of each chapter on a long-term basis

-With the positions being more permanent in nature and compensated at a director level, we anticipate longer retention of employees, providing better long-term support of all chapters

The advent of modern technology has also allowed for this change. The ability of our employees to interact with our chapters via Skype, webinars, iChat, texts, Google+ hangouts, etc. has changed the way we can do business with our chapters. While there will still be face-to-face visits, having more staff in the office reaching out to multiple chapters in a day will increase the amount of support we provide.


If anybody has any questions about the changes being made at the staff level in Indianapolis, you are welcome to contact the Fraternity at 317-632-1852.

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Fri, 14 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phikappapsiannouncesnewstaffingchanges
Welcome Our New Team Members http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/welcomeournewteammembers Phi Kappa Psi is excited to announce the hiring of several new positions to our Headquarters Staff team

June 5, 2013 - We are officially on summer break, but that doesn't mean there won't be a lot of work. In addition to the Woodrow Wilson Leadership School, welcoming and bringing our new staff members in to Laurel Hall is an exciting part of our summer. The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is pleased to announce the hiring of the following new team members:

Matthew Goldsmith.jpgMatthew Goldsmith Ashland '09, Associate Director of Chapter Services - Brother Goldsmith spent the last year as one of our traveling chapter consultants. The change to a new format of chapter support and education came at a perfect time for him. A proven effective communicator, he will transition into this role by taking from his experiences on the road and step right in to help not only his assigned chapters, but also his fellow new associate directors. As an undergraduate, Brother Goldsmith had a wide range of experience, including terms as alumni relations chairman and corresponding secretary. 

"We are so excited that Matthew is staying with us as we transition into a new era of chapter management," Executive Director Shawn Collinsworth Indiana State '91 said. "Our undergraduates and alumni were incredibly positive about their interactions with him on the road and I am confident he will be an even better leader for us as he balances his time with our chapters and in Laurel Hall."




Chris Hodge.jpgChris Hodge Minnesota '06, Associate Director of Chapter Services - Brother Hodge is a familiar face to many Phi Psis around the country. As both chapter president and IFC president in college, he attended the WWLS and other Fraternity leadership experiences. After graduating, he spent a season in Cabo as a program coordinator for the American Leadership Academy. Most recently, he served as a graduate assistant at the University of Northern Illinois in the student involvement office. There, he oversaw the various activities of the campus' Greek community. He received his Masters in Adult and Higher Education this past spring.

"Chris was a perfect fit for this new position because of his higher education credentials and desire," Collinsworth said. "We are lucky to be able to bring him on board and tap into his higher ed experiences and utilize his passion to work with college students."



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James Perez Oneonta '07, Associate Director of Chapter Services - Brother Perez served in multiple officer positions during his time as an undergraduate in the New York Kappa Chapter, including as vice president. After graduating, he spent a year in the Peace Corps, working in Mali (West Africa, pictured) with a local community to find funding for water and sanitation needs. He used that experience to land a job, most recently, with Eastern Energy Systems selling renewable energy systems. In this capacity, he was responsible for both sales and customer service.

"Brother Perez's experience from the business community makes him a tremendous addition to our team," said Collinsworth. "These new associate director positions have been designed to provide our chapters and members with a greater sense of a relationship with our staff, and James' experience in customer service will translate perfectly."



Jordan Gill.jpgJordan Gill, Director of Digital Marketing - Jordan joins the staff after recently graduating from Butler University. A member of Alpha Phi, she possesses incredible knowledge of the Greek community and the communication needs throughout. Her extensive work experience included time with the Indianapolis Zoo, Conrad Hotel and Butler University, where she created videos and various content for the school's website and mascots. Her most recent work at the zoo included a successful social media campaign that increased attendance in various population segments.

"Jordan possesses a skill set we haven't had here at Headquarters and we couldn't be more excited," Collinsworth said. "Her background in various areas of design, coupled with a real knowledge base of social media strategy is going to position the Fraternity to take huge strides forward in our online presence."

Jordan's hiring also will signal the end of the Director of Communications position at HQ, which has been held by Will Haskett Butler '00 for the past three years. While the Fraternity is sad to see Brother Haskett leaving in a full-time capacity, he will still be contributing on a part-time basis by being a lead editor and content creator for our quarterly magazine The Shield

"The growth of our magazine both in design and content over the past three years has been something all of our members have been incredibly proud of," Collinsworth added. "We are so excited that Will is able to chase down his other professional dreams, but even more excited to keep him involved with The Shield and other projects."

All of the announced positions above will be starting in the middle of June. All four join Brothers Jacob Baugher Cal '10 and Stuart Zorn Wittenberg '10, who begin this month as our new recruitment and expansion consultants.

...Our job shuffling is not totally complete. Continue to check here for updates on new positions.
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Wed, 05 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/welcomeournewteammembers
It's Back - The 2013 Bracket Challenge http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/itsbackthe2013bracketchallenge What's more fun than a little friendly competition between brothers around the country? 

For the fourth straight year, Phi Kappa Psi is caught up in March Madness and welcomes your participation in our Bracket Challenge. It is very simple to play. To get yourself signed up, you can visit our group page by CLICKING HERE. (Or here if on a mobile device)

The instructions will ask you to sign in to (or create) an ESPN member account. You will fill out your bracket and submit it in the 'Phi Kappa Psi National' group. This is a private group, so you will need the password (1852) in order to enter. 

Spread the word, invite your pledge brothers, chapter brothers and other Phi Psi friends. All entries must be submitted by the beginning of the "second round" on Thursday. To the winner: A fabulous Phi Kappa Psi Prize Pack! Good luck to all participants and to our fans of the 23 teams on college campuses where Phi Kappa Psi currently has an active chapter or colony!
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Mon, 18 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/itsbackthe2013bracketchallenge
PLA - Leadership Training Continues http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/pla-leadershiptrainingcontinues The 2013 Terrence G. Harper Presidents Leadership Academy will be held February 8-10, 2013 (Friday through Sunday morning) at the Sheraton in downtown Indianapolis. Now in its 18th year, the Terrence G. Harper Presidents Leadership Academy is an intense weekend conference that consists of leadership development and training on a personal and chapter level. Throughout the weekend, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about their individual leadership style, best practices related to a variety of topics that are encountered daily, as well as techniques to help improve the interactions and productivity of those that rely on your leadership. This is truly a unique opportunity as it not only helps to better equip you in your leadership roles, it also allows you to interact with the leadership of chapters nationwide! It truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity! 

Registration for this event is now closed. Look for a recap of the weekend here on the website soon after completion!

Funded in collaboration by our Foundation and the Fraternity, each chapter and colony is able to send one delegate to the conference. The registration fee, while minimal, helps to ensure the future of the program for generations of Phi Psis to come. All other costs of the program (hotel, meals, program materials, etc.) are covered at no additional cost to the member through the grant and the Fraternity's investment in this weekend. 

The first PLA was put together under the watch of then-Executive Director Terry Harper Oklahoma State '85 in 1996. Brother Harper left us too early, joining Chapter Eternal in June of 2009. His accomplishments as the chief executive of Phi Kappa Psi from 1990-1999 were numerous, but his connection to this program is his legacy. In honor of that legacy and the continuation of one of our proudest programs, the Executive Council of Phi Kappa Psi voted to change the name of the program in honor of Terry starting in 2012.
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Wed, 21 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/pla-leadershiptrainingcontinues
New Director of Leadership http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/newdirectorofleadership Phi Kappa Psi Announces the hiring of Nicholas A. Estrada as the New Director of Leadership Development 

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November 12, 2012 - Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity Executive Director Shawn M. Collinsworth today announced the hiring of Nicholas A. Estrada IUPUI '08 as the Fraternity's new Director of Leadership Development. Brother Estrada's employment will commence on January 2,. 2013. 

Nick Estrada.jpg"Brother Estrada is an ideal candidate to take on the challenges of this position," Collinsworth said. "His unique understanding of all aspects of the Fraternity and his knowledge of our leadership programs and undergraduate needs provides a perfect fit for Phi Kappa Psi." 

Brother Estrada was a founding member of the Indiana Theta Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi at IUPUI, helping to grow the initial group of young men into one of the strongest chapters of Phi Psi nationwide. A year after his chapter was installed, Estrada was elected by his peers as the Archon for District III, taking a seat on the Fraternity's Executive Council as one of 10 voting members. 

"This position requires a great understanding of what our over 5,000 undergraduate members are looking for to enrich their lives and collegiate experience," Collinsworth added. "With Nick's countless conversations with students around the country, I am confident he is going to grow our leadership programs to new heights." 

Estrada will begin his role with Phi Kappa Psi upon completing his masters degree in higher education and student affairs at the University of South Carolina. Once back in his home state of Indiana, Nick will immediately take over several key programs for Phi Kappa Psi, including the Terrence G. Harper Presidents Leadership Academy, held annually in Indianapolis, and the Woodrow Wilson Leadership School, held in the summer of 2013 on the campus of Butler University. Beginning on January 2nd, he will be available at NAE@phikappapsi.com. 

"I am tremendously honored to be able to return to serving Phi Kappa Psi, this time as a member of our wonderful staff," Estrada said. "To have a chance to guide and shape the programs that provided me so much as an undergraduate is a chance of a lifetime." 

Estrada replaces Eric M. Jezewski Ashland '01, who is leaving the Phi Kappa Psi National Staff this November to pursue a career in youth ministry. He departs Laurel Hall after six years of dedicated service. Those appreciative of Eric's service are invited to contact the National Headquarters at 317-632-1852 to wish him well. 

The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is a 501(c)(7) association that engages men of integrity, further develops their intellect and enhances community involvement. With a legacy built on acceptance and trust, each brother realizes his highest potential through a lifelong experience of service and excellence. Founded on February 19, 1852 at Jefferson College by William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore, more than 119,000 men have been initiated into the organization in its history.
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Mon, 12 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/newdirectorofleadership
Phi Kappa Psi Partners with Groopt for Chapter Websites http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phikappapsipartnerswithgrooptforchapterwebsites Fraternity partners with quickly growing company to assure local chapters have the best online product

July 25, 2012 - The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is excited to announce a partnership with Groopt, a leading website and technology provider for the Greek community. Formerly known as WebGreek, the company was renamed and branded this past May with the creation of their new, productivity network for groups and organizations. The idea was "to give the rest of the groups, communities and people in our world a private, productive space for them to be themselves," according to the Groopt website. Founded by two fraternity brothers from Cal, the company has been geared towards providing Greek organizations and chapters with an efficient means of collaboration and communication in a 100-percent private space. When a chapter joins the free service, their members can download the free Groopt iPhone and Android app to manage their chapter from the palm of their hand.

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"We're thrilled about the mobile apps, but the first versions are only a smidgen of what will be available in upcoming releases. Speaking of upcoming releases, the entire platform is getting a major face lift in four weeks, so stay tuned," said Groopt's Chief, Patrick Allen.

For Phi Kappa Psi, the road to a partnership began long before the name change. While the Fraternity is cautious when it comes to promoting the websites of undergraduate chapters, it recognizes the need for a unique online home.

"We can't control the content of all of our chapter websites, which makes us cautious," Will Haskett Butler '00, Director of Communications for Phi Kappa Psi, said. "However, our approach to recognizing those sites does not mean we don't want our chapters to have the cleanest, freshest and easiest to manage websites out there."

Seeking a way to increase the visibility of the Fraternity's expansion groups, Phi Kappa Psi chose to invest in chapter websites for the first time. By entering into an exclusive partnership with Groopt, the Fraternity will now have a partner to help build and maintain colony websites. The Fraternity's expansion staff will manage the website and pay for the first year of hosting and all set-up fees. From there, it will be turned over to the colony (or new chapter) to manage as their own, independent site moving forward.

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"We have a tremendous number of online resources at phikappapsi.com, but when it comes to parents, prospective members and administrators, you need a online presence that is unique to the group," explained Ron Ransom Butler '00, Director of Expansion. "Groopt offers us a great chance to brand new, fresh websites for our expansion groups and provide them with an online foundation of success for the future."

But, Phi Kappa Psi's colonies are not the only groups that get to take advantage of this partnership. ANY Phi Psi chapter can receive a special discount on website setup fees thanks to the exclusive agreement. Various website templates are already available and websites can be branded in either the Fraternity's national colors or those unique to your school. Those interested should contact the Director of Communications or Groopt Happiness Expert, Brandon Ancier. In addition, chapters are welcome to visit Groopt's website to learn more about their free group productivity platform that can assist with chapter management.

"We are thrilled to have a great, flexible national website provider in BigFish Creative, but partnering with Groopt will now allow our chapters to be more efficient on the web, while also maintaining the highest of brand standards," Haskett said.
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Thu, 26 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phikappapsipartnerswithgrooptforchapterwebsites
Leaving a Positive GAC Footprint http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/leavingapositivegacfootprint It may be too harsh to say we need to put our money where our mouth is, but let's think about what the Grand Arch Council represents. For the 76th time, brothers from all over the country will gather for brotherhood, a little networking, great conversation and, by design, the governing of our organization. While the first GAC in 1855 did not leave us with much historical record, the gathering in 1856 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania saw brothers work 15 hours a day to strengthen the governing documents of our Fraternity.

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From that hard work came the first edict from a GAC, commanding all chapters of the time to adopt the "Grand Book of Constitutions" created by the delegates in attendance. While this is a very black and white situation, the edict itself featured a moving paragraph introduction on the power of fraternities. Stealing from that, our early brothers referenced their spiritual connection in closing by saying that the edict warranted consideration because to "'Love thy neighbor as thyself' are all deserving of the highest respect, as the only broad platform of Conscience, Virtue, Honor, Philanthropy, Wisdom and Fraternity."

It is a rough cut of a larger piece (we encourage you to read it all on pages 70-71 of Volume I of the Centennial History) that shows that our founding members, even with unthinkable amounts of actual business (compared to today) at our national convention, were so consciously aware of the value we must provide as members. For as much as the Fraternity provides to us, what we must provide to our fellow man is paramount to being Phi Psis.

In 2012, we are taking that responsibility to heart with the Grand Arch Council in San Antonio. As our partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America continues to grow nationwide, what better way to capitalize on one of our largest gatherings than by using that manpower to help a local entity? We are happy to partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio. For those brothers travelling to Texas (for the first time!) to join us, look for the following ways to interact with our philanthropic partner:

BGCA San Antonio.jpgService Project - We will be working with members of the local club on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 11th. Scheduled time is 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., allowing brothers who aren't playing golf in the morning, or arriving that day, to volunteer and also be back to the Hyatt in time for our blowout President's Reception, featuring Clint Black. 
The summer months feature the largest surge of kids heading to the club for activities and positive influence. We expect our talents of listening, interacting and playing will come in handy. There also are many capital improvements that will be addressed throughout the next few months. Projects will likely remain by the time we reach the city and can be addressed based on our manpower that day. If you are interested in signing up for that volunteer slot, please let us know.

Fundraising - Every little bit helps. That has been a theme shared this week when it comes to our involvement with a number of great organizations. In speaking with members of the BGCA staff in San Antonio, this point was reinforced. $500, $1,000, $2,000, $5,000. Anything we can give will make a lasting impression. GAC has become a great money-maker for the hotels, restaurants, shops and local economy of our host cities, thanks to the increasing number of brothers. Why not local charity?!
We will be selling custom-made, Phi Psi Service rubber wristbands during the first three days of the GAC. This is something to take back to your chapters or show off as a commitment you have both to Fraternity and service. In addition, the purchase of the wristband will get you a discount sheet good for all sorts of great deals at some of San Antonio's best stops. While service shouldn't have a physical reward, our asking for a nominal donation should allow us to raise quite a bit for our friends at the Boys & Girls Club.

Information - Distinguished members of the Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio will be on site at the Hyatt a few times during the week, including a (hopefully big!) check presentation on Saturday morning. This is a great opportunity for all of us to learn more and more about what these great people do for our country's youth, while also improving our understanding of how we can continue to help.

We look forward to a record turnout in San Antonio and know that this partnership will ground us in our founding principles while also enjoying a tremendous week of brotherhood. See you in Texas!
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Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/leavingapositivegacfootprint
Phi Kappa Psi Bracket Challenge http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phikappapsibracketchallenge Pick against your brothers around the country and win a Phi Kappa Psi prize pack

Bracket Challenge transparent.gifFor the third straight year, Phi Kappa Psi is caught up in March Madness and welcomes your participation in our Bracket Challenge. It is very simple to play.

To get yourself signed up, first visit the ESPN Tournament Challenge page by clicking here. You will need to establish your account and can fill out your bracket. BUT, you will need to make sure you are entered in the Phi Kappa Psi-National group. You can do so by clicking on the My Groups tab atop the tournament challenge page. It will ask for you to search.

The official group name is Phi Kappa Psi - National. The password is simply the year of our founding (1852). You can access the group page HERE

Spread the word, invite your pledge brothers, chapter brothers and other Phi Psi friends. All entries must be submitted by the beginning of the "second round" on Thursday. To the winner: A fabulous Phi Kappa Psi Prize Pack!

Good luck to all participants and to our fans of the 24 teams on college campuses where Phi Kappa Psi currently has an active chapter or colony!
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Thu, 01 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phikappapsibracketchallenge
Executive Council Revokes the Charter of Arizona Alpha http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/executivecouncilrevokesthecharterofarizonaalpha Phi Kappa Psi loses one its largest chapters after repeated violations force the suspension of Phi Psi at the University of Arizona

January 24, 2012 - In a meeting of the Fraternity's Executive Council on Friday, January 20, 2012 in New Brunswick, N.J., the charter of the Arizona Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi at the University of Arizona was revoked. Effective immediately, the chapter is no longer recognized by the national organization and will cease any organized activity on the University of Arizona campus. All undergraduate members were moved to the status of being recognized as alumni members of Phi Kappa Psi. 

The decision to cease chapter operations was not something taken lightly by the ruling body of the Fraternity. Members of the Headquarters Staff conducted a lengthy investigation of multiple allegations, in cooperation with the university. These findings were presented to the Executive Council, with a representative of the undergraduate chapter present for discussion of the charges against Arizona Alpha. 

At the center of the case against the chapter were repeated instances of hazing over a period of time. The chapter's efforts to hide the truth and mislead those investigating the allegations also contributed to the final action. All of these factors were in addition to multiple chapter violations of the Fraternity's risk management policy and those rules and regulations of the University of Arizona. 

"Phi Kappa Psi takes a no-tolerance approach when it comes to the hazing of our members," said Executive Director Shawn Collinsworth. "Any chapter participating in any activities that aim to humiliate or harm new members are acting in a way that contradicts our mission and values." 

Installed on the Tucson, Arizona campus in 1947, 762 men have been initiated into the Arizona Alpha chapter, including "Mr. Phi Psi" Ralph "Dud" D. Daniel, the Fraternity's second executive director. While this decision deprives Phi Kappa Psi of one its largest and most historic chapters, the Fraternity looks forward to returning to the campus in the near future and working with the university to bring a positive Phi Kappa Psi presence back to Tucson. 

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Dignitaries gathered in Tucson in 2007 with "Mr. Phi Psi" Dud Daniel (second from left) when a bench on the University of Arizona campus was dedicated in his honor. Brother Daniel was a founding father of Arizona Alpha and a large part of the history of the chapter within Phi Kappa Psi. He passed away in January of 2011.

"We have great alumni and a tremendous history at the University of Arizona," Collinsworth said. "This is not our brightest moment on campus, but we are confident that we will return soon and provide a student experience that will align with our expectations of Phi Kappa Psi membership." 

Arizona Alpha becomes the second high-profile Phi Kappa Psi chapter to be closed in the last year. In June of 2011, the Executive Council voted to close the California Epsilon Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi at UCLA. Repeated risk management violations and a culture contrary to the ideals and expectations of the National Fraternity led to that decision. 

The Fraternity is committed to working with each group to make sure a positive student experience is provided for all members, but recognizes when tough decisions must be made to maintain the integrity of the organization.
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Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/executivecouncilrevokesthecharterofarizonaalpha
2011 National Scholarship Winners http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/2011nationalscholarshipwinners Click here to see the dozens of brothers awarded money to advance their studies!

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Thank Your Mentor http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/thankyourmentor Phi Kappa Psi encourages all members to participate in National Mentoring Month and "Thank Your Mentor Day"*

Mentoring Thanks.jpgFor those not aware, mentoring has become a top priority of Phi Kappa Psi today. With more and more young men entering their fraternal experience coming from a background that does not include a strong male influence, the ability of the Fraternity's population to provide support is essential. We urge our alumni to considering getting involved with the mentoring of a young student. We urge our chapters to work hard to implement a mentoring program.

In the case of those who are actively pursuing current mentoring programs and relationships, this is a month to celebrate that work. As a highlight of National Mentoring Month 2012, Thank Your Mentor Day™ will be celebrated on Thursday, January 26th. On that day, many Americans will reach out to thank or honor those individuals who encouraged and guided them, and had a lasting, positive impact on their lives. 

The day promotes four ways to go about thanking your mentor, and they are listed below with some Phi Psi specific ways of executing them:
  1. Contact your mentor directly to express your appreciation - You can download a 'Thank You" card from the Campaign Marketing Materials page
  2. Pass on what you received by becoming a mentor to a young person in your community - Information about Phi Kappa Psi mentoring programs is available on the Phi Kappa Psi website and through Phi Psi Connect in the Chapter Officer Resources container
  3. Make a financial contribution to a local mentoring program - You can contact the National HQ to learn if there are any Phi Kappa Psi mentoring programs in your area.
  4. Write a tribute to your mentor - These tributes may be posted on the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity Facebook group and the "Who Mentored You?" website
Mentoring reinforces the conviction that Phi Kappa Psi's brotherhood and ideals continue to impact men throughout their lives. As the first paragraph of The Phi Kappa Psi Creed reads: "I believe that Phi Kappa Psi is a brotherhood of honorable men, courteous and cultured, who pledge throughout their lives to be generous, compassionate and loyal comrades..." Please take this occasion to recognize the mentors who have made a difference in your life.

*Thank Your Mentor Day is an initiative of the Harvard School of Public Health

To talk more about mentoring on a Phi Kappa Psi level, visit the Phi Psi Forum, with its own message board on mentoring
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Wed, 04 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/thankyourmentor
The 2012 Grand Arch Council http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/the2012grandarchcouncil For the 76th time, Phi Psi members from around the country gathered for governing, recognition and a great time. And for the first time, in Texas!
 
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Everything is bigger in Texas! The 76th Grand Arch Council included a record rainfall (sadly canceling the Founders Cup), but it cleared in time for an incredible President's Reception featuring Clint Black and Emerald City. The biennial governing convention of the Fraternity, the future of Phi Kappa Psi is properly shaped.

Be sure to relive the highlights of the 76th GAC by viewing all of our photos from San Antonio on our Flickr page.

Congratulations to the newly elected officers of Phi Kappa Psi for the 2012-14 biennium. Jim Miller Ohio State '85 is President (SWGP), Scott Noble Texas '81 is Vice President (SWVGP), Jim Boyle Washington '88 is Treasurer (SWP) and Shannon Price Alabama '88 is Secretary (SWAG).

When it was all said and done, a total of 638 people attended the GAC festivities. That makes this summer's gathering the fourth-largest event in Phi Kappa Psi history!

BGCA GAC.jpgOur growing relationship with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America was on full display as well in Texas. Brothers went bowling with kids from the local club and had a wonderful opportunity to learn about the positive work the organization is doing to help some needy youth in the area. 

A fundraiser was held with the sale of specially organized PKP/BGCA wristbands and nearly $2,500 was raised to give back to the clubs in San Antonio. It costs only $50 to fund the activities for one child annually, so hopefully this donation will go a long way to providing opportunities for young kids. We still have plenty of wristbands available and they will be sold on the PKP Shop later this fall. The GAC may be about brotherhood and business, but leaving a positive footprint was certainly on the minds of hundreds of brothers in San Antonio.

A highlight of the week is the opportunity to award our members for their hard work throughout the year. Congratulations to this year's winners:

Grand Chapter - New Jersey Epsilon (Rowan)
Medal of Honor - Haldon "Hal" C. Dick Bowling Green '55 
Eddie Knight Award for Merit - Robert "Bob" F. Marchesani, Jr.Butler '94 (IUP '79)
Undergraduate of the Year - Jesse R. Fosheim Valparaiso '10
Ralph D. "Dud" Daniel Interfraternal Award - Bob Miller Phi Delta Theta
Ladies Silver Bowl - Lindy Good (House mother to Iowa Beta)
Advisor to Fraternities Award - Carol Preston (Wittenberg)
National Leadership Awards

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Chapter Awards
Ralph D. "Dud" Daniel Award for Chapter Management - New Jersey Delta (TCNJ)
Most Improved Chapter - Pennsylvania Eta (F&M)
Outstanding Chapter Advisor - Gordon Carter (advisor to Alabama Beta at Auburn)
Hyatt "Pat" Eby Award for Community Service - Illinois Zeta (DePaul)
Founders Award - Washington Alpha (Washington)
Dr. Gordon S. Letterman Men's Health Award - Massachusetts Beta (Brandeis)
Ralph R. Haney Award for Financial Management - Kansas Alpha (Kansas)
Membership Excellence Award - Pennsylvania Eta (F&M)
Outstanding Chapter Newsletter - New York Alpha (Cornell)
Outstanding Intramural Program - Nebraska Beta (Creighton)
Outstanding Recruitment Materials - New York Theta (RIT)
Phi Psi Big Brother Award - Wisconsin Gamma (Beloit)
Senior Involvement Award - Nebraska Beta (Creighton)
Alumni Relations Award - Illinois Zeta (DePaul)
Griffing-Tate Award for Fraternal Education - Pennsylvania Eta (F&M)
Risk Management Award - Washington Alpha (Washington)
Thomas Cochran Campbell Award for Ritual Exemplification - New York Theta (RIT)
Alumni Corporation Award for Continued Excellence - Ohio Delta House Corporation
Alumni Corporation Achievement Award - Pennsylvania Eta House Corporation
Outstanding Alumni Association - Houston AA
Edgar Fahs Smith Award for contribution to The Shield - Rob Parada RIT '92
Amici Award - Indiana Theta (IUPUI)
Model Mentor Award - Alex LaRoche Lafayette '95
Model Mentee Award - Phil Shaffer Lafayette '10

We also have used the audience of the GAC to be the platform to debut some new marketing videos for the Fraternity. We encourage our chapters to take them and use them for recruitment, public relations and promotion. In addition to the Join Us video shared here, we have videos dealing with undergraduate experience, service and scholarship
 

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Preventing Hazing http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/preventinghazing Phi Kappa Psi is united with the rest of the Greek community in eliminating hazing in all areas of our Fraternity

September 19, 2011 - Phi Kappa Psi was founded by two men who were driven to help those less fortunate and also provide a brotherhood that consisted of stronger character than the fraternities the already existed on their campus in 1852. A desire to be loyal, considerate and of high moral character. Nowhere in those founding principles was there a hint of intimidation, degradation, humiliation or physical harm. When did that change?

The early days of secret, fraternal organizations were (for the most part) completely devoid of the acts of hazing that contribute to the negative stereotypes of Greek life today. In fact, for Phi Kappa Psi, there was no such thing as a pledge, or pledgeship for a period of years. Asking a person to join the fraternity was the final act of the process. You accepted and were a part of the organization. The rules of institutions and the evolution of the recruitment process changed this and, over time, the period in which a new member was pledging himself to be a member of the fraternity eroded into a proving ground, rather than a welcoming.

The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity has a no-tolerance policy against hazing in any form. It is against the Fraternity's behavioral policies, not to mention the law. The value of being a member is heightened by a sense of unity, and can only be diminished through acts that serve to break down the individual and drive a wedge between the various classes of a chapter.

This is an opinion that is shared by our peers at Greek organizations throughout the country. Thanks to the increasing efforts to educate our members and peers about the various dangers of hazing, we are seeing an increasingly positive undergraduate experience and removing a burdensome stereotype from who we really are.

hpo_week.jpgThe fight to remove hazing, thankfully, has a stronger voice today than it did 20 or 30 years ago. From September 19-23, Greek organizations around the country are united in Hazing Prevention Week, sponsored by hazingprevention.org (HPO). Our chapters are encouraged to work with their campus to sponsor anti-hazing related workshops or lectures, now or at any time throughout the year. For 2011, HPO is asking students around the country to answer this question: How do you empower people around you to prevent hazing?

This week comes off the heels of the #40Answers campaign on Twitter. Partnering with Sigma Nu, HPO provided a common excuse for hazing for 40 straight days, eliciting thousands of responses and conversations about how we, as Greeks, can break the trend and traditions of hazing in our chapters.

Participate in the conversation and help us remove hazing from all of our chapters and the Greek community. Visit the Hazing Prevention website above, take advantage of the great resources and join the conversation online @PreventHazing or search the hash tag #NHPW11 on Twitter. 

What are we committed to doing at Phi Kappa Psi? In addition to our consistent punishment of chapters that violate our anti-hazing policies, we recognize that education is the front line of the war against hazing. Members of the National Staff and volunteers from around the country are hard at work in creating the next new member education program for the Fraternity. With a 2012 release in the works, it will change the way our chapters welcome new members to the Fraternity and provide them with their first fraternal experiences. 

Join us in the fight against hazing!
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Shop With Confidence http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/shopwithconfidence With so many vendors and members challenging the trademarks and copyrights of Phi Kappa Psi, understanding how and where to shop is important

August 3 - When Phi Kappa Psi rolled out its new branding standards in late 2008, much of the focus from members and the public centered on our new logo and a focus to move away from the formality of our crest and simple letters. Main logo for web SMALL.gifBut, what many don't realize about the change is that it wasn't a departure from old to new graphics, but rather an addition to a portfolio of what we use to represent the Fraternity in the public eye.

Everything from the Greek letters to the interlock symbol to the new logo are protected as officially trademarked images of Phi Kappa Psi. There is a battle fought on a daily basis to protect the ideals of our organization, and Greek Life in general. Deep down, the letters and logos of Phi Kappa Psi represent 159 years of a tradition of service and excellence. By protecting those images, we uphold the values of our Founders and work diligently to maintain those values in a world that looks to stereotype what we stand for. On a business level, it starts with protecting our brand.

So, what does that mean for our members? Initiated brothers of Phi Kappa Psi have full access to our logos for use in fraternal purposes. It is their right, as members, to use those in a way that promotes the Fraternity. It does not, however, give the member the right to alter or use our trademarks in a way that tarnishes Phi Kappa Psi or portrays the Fraternity in an unfair or inaccurate light. 

To help make this process easier for our members, Phi Kappa Psi (along with dozens of other Greek organizations) has trusted the services of a licensing company to help us be sure that our trademarked images are protected and valued by hundreds of vendors around the country. This not only assures Phi Psi of some revenue stream for the use of our images, but also protects those images from being used in an inappropriate way.

The next time you want to shop for some Phi Kappa Psi merchandise, utilizing our licensed vendors is the only legal way to purchase official, quality merchandise bearing our insignia (Greek letters, name, nickname(s), crest/coat of arms and other trademarks). Additionally, here are a few shopping tips to make sure your experience goes smoothly:
  • Ask for a written invoice or statement from the vendor that summarizes exactly what you have ordered. This way if you do not receive exactly what you ordered you have the necessary backup.
  • Always ask for a specific date in writing on when you will receive the order. Sometimes vendors can give you a ship date, but not an exact date you will receive the order.
  • Always print your order confirmation when purchasing items on the internet. Greek Licensed Product.gif
  • Always be willing to call the vendor to be sure you will receive what you requested in time for bid day or recruitment. Don't feel as though you are being a bother.
  • Only purchase from those vendors displaying the "Official Licensed Product" seal. Unlicensed vendors are not held to quality standards and are not authorized to print products with our trademarks. If you don't see the OLP seal - say NO DEAL! 

Together, we can protect the brand of Phi Kappa Psi while also supporting the organization at the same time.

Please note: For certain items, such as ritual gear, badges and flags, the Phi Kappa Psi Headquarters is your shopping destination. You can shop online HERE.

To discuss this article or anything related to the Phi Psi brand and merchandise, visit the Phi Psi Forum
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New Director of Expansion http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/newdirectorofexpansion

Fraternity welcomes back Ron Ransom to oversee the expansion and recruitment efforts

April 26, 2011 - Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity Executive Director Shawn M. Collinsworth today announced the hiring of Ronald K. Ransom II Butler '00 as the Fraternity's Director of Expansion. Brother Ransom will officially take over the position on June 21, 2011, in conjunction with the start of the Fraternity's Woodrow Wilson Leadership School in Columbus, Ohio.Ron for News.jpg

This is not Ron's first stint in this position. He previously served as the Fraternity's Director of Expansion from 2006 through spring of 2009, before leaving staff to pursue his master's degree from Ohio University. During his time on staff, Ron oversaw the expansion of Phi Kappa Psi to 13 campuses around the country. He also brought the highly successful Recruitment Boot Camp program to Phi Kappa Psi in 2007. Having just completed the fourth installment, the program has been critical in the Fraternity's education of its members in recruitment skills.

"It is very exciting to welcome Brother Ransom back to our National Staff and we are lucky to have him return," Collinsworth said. "Ron is extremely talented at what he does, and his ability to work well with undergraduates and spread the values of Phi Kappa Psi makes him one of the best in his profession."

Prior to his first stint as Director of Expansion, Ron also served the Fraternity as an Educational Leadership Consultant from 2004-2006. His love of Phi Kappa Psi and the ability to work with students made it hard to pass up the opportunity again.

"I am extremely excited to return to the Headquarters Staff at Phi Kappa Psi and lead our expansion and recruitment programs again," Ransom said. "The Fraternity has given me so much in my life, and to be an integral part of her growth again was an opportunity I could not pass up after finishing my graduate studies."

Ron will return to lead a team that now oversees a record-high 102 chapters, and also five colonies. He replaces Corey Peart Valparaiso '05, who is leaving staff on May 12 to pursue new opportunities in Memphis, Tennessee. After the transition, Ron can be reached at RKR@phikappapsi.com.

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2011 Member Dues Increase http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/2011memberduesincrease Executive Council of Phi Kappa Psi votes to increase certain fees for a more sustainable future

At the February 12, 2011 meeting of the Executive Council of Phi Kappa Psi, the board members present unanimously voted to raise certain fees of the Fraternity, effective starting with the 2011-2012 academic year. In our increased sensitivity to the financial constraints of our members and chapters, we are providing advanced notice of these changes in the hopes of:
  1. Responding to any questions or concerns about the changes
  2. Allowing our chapters ample time to budget themselves for the upcoming school year
Here are the changes...

The Chapter Services Fee has been increased from $35 per man, per semester ($70 annually) to $100 per man, annually. (This fee will still be billed in two installments, due each semester) This is an annual increase of $30 per member of each chapter.

The Semi-Annual Conference Fee has been increased from $275 per chapter, per semester, to $375 per semester, and will now be known as the Conference Fee, billed at $750 per chapter, due in two installments.

The increase was more than overdue for both of these fees. The Chapter Services Fee had been the same since 2003. In place to provide the staffing and much of the Fraternity's day-to-day services, the ability to expand business is directly tied to this revenue item. 

The Semi-Annual Conference Fee had not been changed since 1988. With inflation considered, the current revenue from this fee is providing roughly just half of what it provided 23 years ago! 

The Executive Council also discussed future protocol that will allow for the fees to adjust annually in accordance with the federal CPI Inflation figure.

What does this dues increase mean? For a 50-man chapter, the total dues increase would be $1,700 compared to this year. For the National Fraternity, the 40 percent increase in total revenue of Chapter Service Fees will allow for the expansion of staff, added leadership activities and attention to our members. It will take implementation of the fees and budgeting adjustments, but the Executive Council recognizes that the growth of the professional staff is imperative when keeping up with our peers.

The increased revenue in conference fees will help to provide better programming. The cost of the Grand Arch Council has risen rapidly in the past decade, and the increase will allow that event to become more cost neutral, while also increasing the underwriting support of programs like the Presidents Leadership Academy, Recruitment Boot Camp, New Volunteer Orientation and other proposed programs.

It should also be noted that the increase in both of these fees keeps Phi Kappa Psi still as one of the cheaper memberships in the Greek community, where the average per man dues fee of similar fraternities is $108 (Phi Kappa Psi will now be at $100), and chapter assessments average $1,157 (Phi Kappa Psi will now be at $750).

We encourage discussion and welcome questions about these increases. Please visit the Phi Psi Forum where a thread is dedicated to this topic, along with even more details on the changes.
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Phi Kappa Psi Bracket Challenge http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phikappapsibracketchallenge1 Pick against your brothers around the country and win a Phi Kappa Psi prize pack

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To get yourself signed up, first visit the ESPN Tournament Challenge page by clicking here. You will need to establish your account and can fill out your bracket. BUT, you will need to make sure you are entered in the Phi Kappa Psi - National group. You can do so by clicking on the My Groups tab atop the tournament challenge page. It will ask for you to search.

The official group name is Phi Kappa Psi - National. The password is simply the year of our founding (1852).

Spread the word, invite your pledge brothers, chapter brothers and other Phi Psi friends. All entries must be submitted by the beginning of the "second round" on Thursday. To the winner: A fabulous Phi Kappa Psi Prize Pack!

Good luck to all participants and to our fans of the 25 teams on college campuses where Phi Kappa Psi currently has an active chapter or colony!

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Phi Kappa Psi Returns to Wisconsin http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phikappapsireturnstowisconsin Over Seven Decades Since Fraternity Had a Chapter at the Madison campus

UPDATE: The hard work has paid off in February and the University of Wisconsin Colony will be officially installed on Monday, March 7th. If you are a member of Phi Kappa Psi and would like to join in, please contact Recruitment/Expansion Consultant Adam Miller.

It has been 72 years since Phi Kappa Psi has had a presence on the largest college campus in the state of Wisconsin. Now, thanks to the hard work of the Phi Kappa Psi National Staff, and with the cooperation of the Greek Life staff and Interfraternity Council, the Fraternity is excited to announce the beginning of recruitment efforts on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. 
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Phi Psi's recruitment team moved into their temporary residence on Sunday, February 6, to begin a one-month effort to recruit a new colony. Comprised of two recruitment consultants under the guidance of Director of Expansion, Corey J. Peart, the Phi Psi team will make every effort to show undergraduates, alumni and university officials that the National Fraternity is fully invested in the sustained success of a Phi Kappa Psi chapter on campus. Individual interviews and small events will be used to recruit high-quality men of character. 

"We're looking for men with strong academics, that show leadership qualities and an affinity for community service, to add to this already impressive Greek system," Peart said. 

To recruit and reward the best on campus, the Fraternity is offering two $500 scholarships this semester to two UW men demonstrating an active participation in community service. 

Phi Kappa Psi became inactive on the campus in 1939 after financial difficulties forced the chapter to surrender its charter. While less than a dozen men from the chapter are alive today, Phi Kappa Psi has a great tradition in the state of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Gamma Chapter at Beloit College has over 120 years of activity, and more than 1,500 members, many of whom are active in assisting with this expansion process. The Wisconsin Alumni Association is also a vibrant group of Phi Kappa Psi men, ready to help with a new group of students. 

Expansion and recruitment is the immediate priority, but Phi Kappa Psi is invested and dedicated to the long-term survival of Phi Kappa Psi at Wisconsin-Madison and bringing the tradition of service and excellence of the Fraternity to the student population.
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The Phi Psi Retreat http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/thephipsiretreat Would you enjoy spending some time with other Phi Kappa Psi brothers and guests?

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico has played host to the American Leadership Academy for years, and now Phi Kappa Psi is proud to bring the same tropical benefits of that program to our alumni around the country! Come join fellow alumni and guests at the Phi Psi Retreat and experience paradise at the beautiful Marbella Suites, situated on the gorgeous coast of the Sea of Cortez, minutes from both San Jose and downtown Cabo San Lucas. 

The Phi Psi Retreat is scheduled for February 27, 2011 through March 5, 2011. The Phi Psi Retreat is an opportunity for our alumni to escape the cold winter and gather in beautiful Cabo and spend some time together in a relaxed social setting. There are no business or educational sessions to attend, shirts and ties are definitely not required, and you are free to be on your own schedule. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the warm weather and an excellent opportunity to network with fellow brothers. This is simply an opportunity to enjoy a vacation and get exclusive deals for Phi Psi members. 

You are welcome to come anytime between February 27, 2011 through March 5, 2011. Come stay for a few days or the entire week. Spouses or guests are welcome and encouraged to attend this event to mingle, socialize and relax. Take advantage of local opportunities including golf, deep sea fishing, shopping, spa treatments; make reservations thru the hotel when booking. 

Rooms are available at rates from US $69 to $157. Contact the staff directly at Marbella Suites (866-654-6160) to reserve at these special rates for the Phi Psi Retreat. Come join other alumni in Cabo San Lucas!

Hosted by Jim Denny W&J '68, Coordinator of Alumni Associations

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Phi Psi Hosts January Conferences http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phipsihostsjanuaryconferences Phi Kappa Psi is proud of its tradition of hosting several programs designed to empower our members with what it takes to be better men

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For more than a decade, brothers have come together in Indianapolis for the Phi Kappa Psi Presidents Leadership Academy. As that program has grown and produced tremendous leaders within our organization, parallel programs have been added to the weekend to support the other needs of the organization. From January 28-30, 2011, Phi Kappa Psi is proud to offer the following educational programs at the Hilton in downtown Indianapolis:

Presidents Leadership Academy (PLA)
We have seen attendance at this conference steadily increase year after year, and look to have over 100 undergraduates attend PLA this year. Designed for the ultimate leaders of our chapters nationwide, PLA is an intensive weekend of lessons and interaction designed to get our chapter presidents thinking outside the box and lead their chapters to greater accomplishments. The cost of the conference is $75 for undergraduate attendees and second-year colonies, and $0 for first-year colony members. To register for this conference, you can click here.

Recruitment Boot Camp (RBC)
Now in its fourth installment, RBC offers chapter and colony members an all-encompassing curriculum that addresses recruitment, with a holistic approach to changing the entire chapter in a positive manner. Members will learn specific recruiting techniques and tools to build a positive recruitment culture, as well as how to make changes to their chapter or colony to better align it with the values of Phi Kappa Psi. All members will leave with an action plan, which will detail how to implement everything they learned throughout the weekend at their home chapter or colony. Cost varies depending on invitation. Members can register here, or contact Corey Peart, Director of Expansion for more information.

New Volunteer Orientation (NVO)
Also in its fourth year, NVO is designed to give a full tutorial of expectations and skills for alumni entering into a volunteer position for the first time. This year's program is designed, for the first time, specifically for volunteers serving on an alumni/house corporation. Participants will hear from experts on topics ranging from fire safety to working with a younger generation. Some of the curriculum overlaps with the PLA, allowing alumni to interact with undergraduates and become more effective in their position. Space at this conference is by invitation only. To request a spot, please contact Kevin Marks, Director of Alumni Services.
(Note: This conference formerly included chapter advisors, but specific conferences for advisors have been held the past two years, and we hope to offer more in the near future, so please keep an eye out for those opportunities.)

All of these programs are made possible, in some part, by the generosity of our donors and the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation. 

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Special Guest to Speak at GAC http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/specialguesttospeakatgac Grand Arch Council (GAC), the Fraternity's biennial governing convention. The 2010 GAC will take place from July 28 - August 1 at the Hilton in Walt Disney World Resort. Walker will speak on the morning of Saturday, July 31st.

To read the complete press release of this announcement, click here (Phi Psi Connect access required)

"The appearance by Stacey further strengthens our relationship with Boys & Girls Clubs as our national philanthropy," said Shawn Collinsworth, Executive Director of Phi Kappa Psi. "For him to share his story to hundreds of our members should inspire more local partnerships with BGCA clubs." 
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A member of the Boys & Girls Club of Cedar Rapids in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Walker had lost his mother at the age of 4, but the wisdom and strength of his grandmother carried him through, shaping him into a stellar young man. 

The local club provided a means for Walker to excel. He started out as a member, but quickly transitioned into a mentor, role model and staff member. Through Passport to Manhood, a program that teaches young boys how to become responsible young men, he helped others escape their dim surroundings in hopes of pursuing brighter goals. 

A successful athlete and student in high school, Walker became a strong member of the community, culminating in President George W. Bush presenting him with the President's Volunteer Service Award, recognizing his civic contributions to the nation. Walker recently graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in political science, with a background in economics. 

The National Youth of the Year program, Boys & Girls Clubs of America's premier character and leadership initiative, recognizes outstanding contributions to a Club member's family, school, community and BGCA, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. Since the program's inception in 1947, each National Youth of the Year has met with the President of the United States to formally accept the award and begin a one-year term as the teen spokesperson for all Boys & Girls Club members. The young people who earn recognition as Youth of the Year are living proof that Boys & Girls Clubs work. 

Phi Kappa Psi is proud to be partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs as our national philanthropy. With over 150 chapters, colonies and alumni associations, numerous partnerships with local BGCA clubs exist nationwide.

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Phi Psi to Welcome Four New Chapters http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phipsitowelcomefournewchapters
April 10-11
CA Gamma (University of California-Berkeley) 
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April 16-17
OH Xi (Capital University) 
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April 23-24
NJ Beta (Monmouth University) 
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April 30-May 1
CA Xi (California State University-Long Beach)
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If you have any questions about the chartering celebrations taking place on these four campuses, contact Nick Reed, Director of Expansion. In addition, gifts are a traditional way of recognizing our new groups. For a listing of items you can purchase for our new groups, click here
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Phi Kappa Psi Adds Three Colonies This Spring! http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phikappapsiaddsthreecoloniesthisspring! Phi Kappa Psi's expansion team has added three new colonies this spring. In the spirit of Phi Psi, each of them is unique and committed to excellence. Phi Kappa Psi is extremely proud to bring these new groups into the brotherhood, and wishes them the best of luck as they strive to become chartered chapters of our noble Fraternity.

On January 17th, 2010 Phi Kappa Psi colonized a group of 25 men at Muskingum University in New Concord, OH. The group started as an interest group in the fall of 2009, and through work with headquarters, they flourished and received the positive vote from Greek Council to become a colony in the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. Muskingum University has provided quality academic programs since 1837 and their Fraternity system has produced several prominent figures such as John Glen and Jack Hanna. Phi Psi is proud to join this great tradition.

On February 20th, 2010 Phi Kappa Psi colonized at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, attempting to re-start the New Jersey Gamma chapter. Similar to Muskingum, the group formed as an interest group in the previous semester and under the guidance of local alumni and Phi Psi Headquarters they began holding meetings and completing the necessary requirements to began as a colony on the campus. National Historian Mike McCoy attended their colonization and the young men have expressed their deepest gratitude to his participation. A special thanks also goes out to Erik Abramson, NJ Gamma '92 who has worked with the group since the beginning.

On March 1st, 2010, after a month of recruiting, Phi Kappa Psi has successfully started a colony at UNC-Charlotte. The expansion team's recruitment consultants, Jarrod Williams and Michael Voll, completed another strong Phi Psi expansion, a testament to Phi Psis commitment to starting strong, new colonies. The new colony is made up of young men of all backgrounds, and intends to quickly become the strongest group on campus, raising the standards of all organizations at UNC-C. The local Alumni Association has been extremely supportive of this group, inviting the new colony to their events and aiding as advisors and mentors.

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Phi Psi Adds Colony At Capital University http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phipsiaddscolonyatcapitaluniversity On Sunday September 20, 2009, Phi Kappa Psi welcomed a new colony at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio to our brotherhood. Twelve young men, desiring to become part of a stronger, national fraternity, contacted Director of Expansion, Nicholas Reed, in June and after several months of discussion, the Executive Council decided to add the group to Phi Kappa Psi.

The colony is leaving behind over fifty years of existence as a local fraternity on the Capital University Campus. "We are excited to be setting the bar for fraternities at Capital University; we're moving in a new direction to force positive change on our campus" said colony President, Adam Miller. The group has the distinction of being the first national fraternity on campus; however, Alpha Sigma Phi is currently building a group on campus as well.

Capital University was founded in 1830 in Bexley, Ohio, which exists within Columbus, Ohio. The University is one of the largest Lutheran affiliated schools in North America. "Phi Psi is proud to bring its tradition of excellence to a school with such an impressive history" added Director of Expansion, Nicholas Reed.

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Phi Kappa Psi is Coming to Virginia Commonwealth University http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phikappapsiiscomingtovirginiacommonwealthuniversity

Phi Psi Expands to Virginia Commonwealth University!

The Expansion Team of Phi Kappa Psi is currently on site in Richmond, VA bringing "The Great Joy of Serving Others" to Virginia Commonwealth University. Check out the join us! section of the website to find out more about the group and scholarships available to VCU Students or email whyphipsi@phikappapsi.com for more information.

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New site launched! http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/newsitelaunched! New Phi Psi Website Debuts
Phi Kappa Psi's new website aims to give visitors a glimpse into the life and times of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and its members. As we move forward, the information housed at www.PhiKappaPsi.com will help non-members understand our Fraternity and will be a valuable resource to chapters and Alumni Associations looking to introduce Phi Psi to prospective members, parents and families.
Phi Kappa Psi has launched into Web 2.0 with a new members-only site, Phi Psi Connect, built upon a social network. Now, Phi Psis from around the world can communicate with one another and share the Brotherhood we've been building since 1852. Members can access Phi Psi Connect via the "Members Login" tab at the top right of the screen.
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Rhode Island Colony Officially Approved for Re-Charter http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/urirechartering INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 8, 2016 - At the Executive Council meeting preceding the 2016 Grand Arch Council, the Rhode Island Colony was unanimously approved to receive their charter. The re-chartering ceremony will occur on Saturday, October 1 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI.

RI_Beta_Web.jpgThe chapter has been dormant since August of 2009. After re-establishing the colony in 2014, the colony members, alumni advisors, campus officials and Fraternity staff have been working tirelessly to bring the chapter back to prominence on the University of Rhode Island campus.

"This announcement means it is just the beginning of a whole new set of exciting challenges," said Colony President, Austin Shission. "These challenges will push us to grow as an even stronger brotherhood."

The alumni have been looking forward to a return to campus. Despite many ups and downs, the alumni are well organized and are dedicated to building a new house on the campus in the coming years. With the housing environment on (and around campus) evolving, the alumni recognize the housing offered by Phi Kappa Psi has to evolve and remain competitive.

"Phi Kappa Psi and Rhode Island Beta are not here to find answers for world peace. We are simply here to help young men become better leaders in our communities and in our country, and be successful in whatever endeavor they may choose," said Chapter Advisor, Bruce Tavares (URI '74). "If they stay on the right path of philanthropy, service, academics and brotherhood, this chapter will be around a long time."

Our growth as an organization relies on several key components: identifying great campuses to expand, finding great young men to join the colony and teaching them the proper operations to allow a seamless transition to self-governance. Like any other colony, the men at Rhode Island had to accomplish much before the Executive Council considered reinstatement.

"If you're a colony member, I would suggest looking at the petition on day one. Doing this will give you a better understanding of what you need to accomplish and provide guidelines for how to get there," said Shission. "When it gets closer to the time to fill out the chartering petition, divide up the section for everyone to work on."

The men of the Rhode Island Colony wrapped up the 2015-16 school year by receiving the award for Fraternity of the Year and winning their campus' Greek Week competition. The future looks bright for this group of men and we look forward to everything they will accomplish.

Chartering Weekend Agenda
Friday, September 30
6:00pm                       Cocktail Hour with EC, Alumni & Campus Pros (Two Ten Oyster Bar and Grill, 210 Salt Pond Road South Kingstown, RI

Saturday, October 1
10:00am                     Initiation at Christ the King Church (180 Old North Rd., Kingston, RI 02881)
5:00-6:00pm              Cocktail Hour (Crowne Plaza, 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick, RI 02886)
6:00-7:00pm              Dinner
7:00-8:00pm              Program
8:00-11:00pm            Socializing & Dancing

Navigate to the Rhode Island Colony website to register for the event. The attire is black tie optional.

All brothers are encouraged to attend (regardless of chapter affiliation). If you have questions about the re-chartering ceremony, please contact Colony President, Austin Shission.


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 101 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni. 
   

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Phi Kappa Psi Mourns the Loss of Flynn E. Brantley http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phikappapsimournsthelossofflynnbrantley Indianapolis, Aug. 17, 2016 - It is with great sadness Phi Kappa Psi announces the passing of Flynn E. Brantley (South Carolina '72). Brother Brantley entered Chapter Eternal on August 17, 2016.

James Boyle, President of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, has declared a thirty-day period of mourning in memory and thanksgiving for the life of Brantley. Brothers should shroud their badges and chapter shields in mourning as outlined in Rituals and Ceremonies of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, effective August 17, 2016 through September 14, 2016.

Brantley made an incredible impact in Phi Kappa Psi, most recently as President of the Order of the S.C. He also served as the National Chaplain, a Chapter Advisor, Alumni Association Officer, Director of Protocol and a reservoir of knowledge for his brothers. He also penned many articles in the Shield, speaking to the importance of both the values of Phi Kappa Psi and Grand Arch Councils.  He will be missed by many.

"Flynn approached his participation in the Fraternity with a great deal of integrity and seriousness," said David McDonald (Beloit '82). "We will miss his witty banter and the example he set for devotion to Phi Kappa Psi."

Arrangements for Brantley's services are still being made, and will be announced when appropriate.


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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College Football Pick ‘Em is Back http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/pickem2016 Indianapolis, IN, Aug. 30, 2016 - With the college football season approaching, it's time again for the College Football Pick 'Em challenge. Each week we showcase matchups between college football teams where we have active chapters or colonies. Find out how your school's football team stacks up against other teams across the country. 

How it Works?
At the beginning of each week, we will post a graphic on social media with the week's college football games. The range of matchups includes all three divisions of college football. The post will send you directly to an online form allowing you to predict the winners of each game. You'll also be able to pick the final score of the featured match-up, which serves as the tiebreaker with other members participating in the challenge.

What if You Win?
We will select undergraduate and alumnus winners of the week based on the total number of games selected correctly. Each Monday, we'll give a shoutout on social media to the previous week's victors. At the end of the college football season, we will reward the undergraduate and alumnus with the most individual victories with a prize package from the Fraternity.

Do you have what it takes to be our College Football Pick 'Em winner?


The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, founded in 1852 at Jefferson College, engages men of integrity, further develops their intellect and enhances community involvement. With a legacy built on acceptance and trust, each brother realizes his highest potential through a lifelong experience of service and excellence. Today there are 100 undergraduate chapters, 51 alumni associations and more than 124,000 lifetime initiates.

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Phi Kappa Psi to Expand at University of Utah http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phikappapsiutah Indianapolis, Sept. 7, 2016 - Phi Kappa Psi was recently invited to start a colony at the University of Utah in the fall of 2019.

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"We had a number of very impressive presentations from each of our interest groups," said Skyler Walker, IFC President. "After careful deliberation with the IFC Expansion Committee, we are excited to invite Phi Kappa Psi to colonize."

Founded in 1850, the University of Utah is located in Salt Lake City, UT. It offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees and over 400 clubs and student organizations, including the fraternity and sorority life community. The community consists of nine fraternities, two multicultural organizations and six sororities.

"This is an excellent university with an outstanding Greek community," said Director of Expansion, Benny Rohloff (Iowa State '11). "Over the last couple of years they have been very intentional about adding new groups and we are ecstatic to be one of the two organizations selected."

As part of the established advisory team model, the expansion team will be looking to recruit at least five advisory team members to work with the men. These individuals are not required to be members of Phi Kappa Psi; in fact, non-members are encouraged to inquire into the opportunity. The involvement of these advisors will be critical to creating a chapter culture where student development matters. Anyone interested in becoming an advisor should contact Director of Advisory Teams, Matt Kifle.

The Fraternity looks forward to establishing a successful colony at Utah. This is the first colony Phi Kappa Psi has ever established in the state of Utah. To recommend a current Utah student for the new colony or to learn more about the expansion, please contact Director of Expansion, Benny Rohloff.


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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Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phikappapsiutah
Executive Council Meeting Announcement http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/ecmeetingfall2016  Fall Executive Council Meeting & Alumni Reception

Date: Friday, October 7, 2016

Time: EC Meeting 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Alumni Reception 5:30-7:30 pm

Location: Laurel Hall (5395 Emerson Way, Indianapolis, IN 46226)

Cost to attend: None

To RSVP: Fill out the RSVP form by Friday, September 30 at 5:00 pm ET

Description: All brothers are encouraged to join us for the fall Executive Council meeting. If you plan to attend, please wear coat and tie and arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. Immediately following the conclusion of the meeting, we will host local Phi Kappa Psi alumni for an alumni event at the Fraternity Headquarters in the saloon. Light food and beverages will be available. A guest is welcome to attend the reception.

Questions? Contact Kathy Skrief, 317-632-1852, kes@phikappapsi.com


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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Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/ecmeetingfall2016
Celebrate Constitution Day with Phi Kappa Psi http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/constitutionday2016 Indianapolis, Sept. 15, 2016 - Saturday, September 17th marks the 14th Annual Celebration of Phi Kappa Psi's Constitution Day. It was on this date in 1857 where 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 we celebrate this Phi Psi day. This date also commemorates the United States' Constitution Day.

At the 1886 Indianapolis Grand Arch Council, Phi Kappa decided to vacate the Grand Chapter form of government that served the Fraternity since our founding in 1852. The new Constitution, whose framework we are still governed by 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 all Phi Psis join us in celebrating this occasion. To celebrate and honor Phi Kappa Psi Constitution Day, please consider participating in the following:

  1. Wear your badge on Monday, September 19
  2. Fly your Phi Psi flag
  3. Post pictures to social media (#PhiPsiBadge) showing your badge or flag
  4. Tweet your suggestions @phikappapsi for ways to evolve the Phi Kappa Psi Constitution

Thank you for celebrating the 2016 Constitution Day with us!

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2017-2018 Consultants – Refer a Consultant Today http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/2017-18_consultants Indianapolis, Sept. 16, 2016 - While school has just begun for many of our undergraduate brothers, the time has come for Phi Kappa Psi to begin seeking out candidates for the 2017-18 Consultants. Working as a Consultant for Phi Kappa Psi is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we need your help to make this dream a reality for a select few brothers. We are looking for referrals of quality candidates for the Chapter Services and Expansion Consultant positions.

Chapter Services Consultants (CSCs)
Chapter Services Consultants primarily work with active chapters to assess, evaluate, and offer suggestions regarding the operations of a chapter. These men are assigned anywhere between 10-20 chapters in a specific region of the country and will travel to each chapter twice in one year. There are currently eight CSCs, all of whom contribute in limited capacities to our ongoing expansion efforts. Additionally, CSCs are responsible for working with established colonies toward their goal of chartering.

Expansion Consultants
The Expansion Consultants are responsible for starting a new or returning colony of Phi Kappa Psi and the recruitment of Founding Fathers into the colony. They spend several weeks at a time on a campus recruiting men of all backgrounds to start a new colony. With the assistance of the CSCs, there are currently four Expansion Consultants devoted to the development of our current colony start-ups. Next year's expansion projects include Arizona State University, Indiana University and Towson University.

If you know of any Phi Psi brothers who would be perfect for either Consultant role, please fill out this form no later than Friday, January 13, 2017.

Applications for the position will be available starting Monday, November 7, 2016 and the deadline for submissions is Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 11:59pm ET.

If you have any questions about the Consultant hiring process, please contact Director of Chapter Services, Michael Morin.


The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, founded in 1852 at Jefferson College, engages men of integrity, further develops their intellect and enhances community involvement. With a legacy built on acceptance and trust, each brother realizes his highest potential through a lifelong experience of service and excellence. Today there are 106 undergraduate chapters, 51 alumni associations and more than 124,000 lifetime initiates.

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Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/2017-18_consultants
Phi Psi Online Member Services are Evolving http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phipsiportal Indianapolis, Sept. 21, 2016 - Phi Kappa Psi Headquarters Staff has been working on many initiatives to vastly improve our New Member Education, Membership Development and customer service to all Brothers. In light of these efforts, the Phi Kappa Psi Experience can no longer provide the services needed to support these programs. As our services evolve, so must our online platform.

We are proud to announce the Phi Psi Portal. This portal is currently in a soft roll-out phase and houses resources and necessary documents for undergraduate chapters and those alumni who support them. As the Phi Psi Portal improves, it will come to serve all members as a one-stop shop, with customized news, a calendar and links relevant to you. You will quickly find whatever information you need

The login information for the Phi Psi Portal is the same as your login for the experience. The portal can be accessed at phipsiportal.phikappapsi.com. If you have forgotten your password, a recovery system will help you gain access.

The Phi Psi Portal will also provide accreditation information for each chapter, easy access to update your personal information, a brother-finder for those with whom you've lost contact, networking opportunities and so much more.

As part of the roll-out, New Member Education resources have been moved to the Officer Portal. A new Fraternity Educator Guide is also available for New Member Educators.

Again, the Phi Psi Portal is in a soft roll-out. Additional information will be available as new services are available.


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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Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phipsiportal
2016 Movember – We Moustache You to ELEVATE the Conversation about Men’s Health http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/2016movember Indianapolis, Oct. 11, 2016 - After a successful 2015 Movember campaign, Phi Kappa Psi is happy to announce it will once again be participating in #PhiPsiMovember.

Movember Logo.pngPhi Kappa Psi believes in the power of conversation and education on important men's health issues. During November, we are committing to making sure our members feel empowered and supported to seek help to be the healthiest version of themselves.

We are a proud supporter of the Movember Foundation, which is a global charity committed to men's health, raising over $700 million dollars since 2003. Throughout the month of November, we encourage members to grow and groom your moustache to raise awareness and funds for men's health.

In 2015, we were able to rally around 200 Phi Psis to grow a moustache and start meaningful conversations on their campus or their communities—allowing us to raise just over $9,000 in a single month. With your support in 2016, we are confident we can raise an unprecedented amount of awareness and surpass our fundraising goal of $15,000.

With the right amount of effort, devotion and commitment, Phi Kappa Psi can lead in helping our members and men around the world address issues with their health, including testicular cancer, prostate cancer, and mental health. With more than 80,000 living members, we have a special opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the fight. Day 30 PicStitch.jpg

Head to www.Movember.com to create your profile, start a team page and join the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity network. This is your chance to start your Movember journey and begin telling people your story.

As always, you can learn more on our 2016 Movember Webpage.


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 101 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.

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Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/2016movember
Phi Kappa Psi Response to 20/20's 'Rape on Campus' Report http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/2020response Indianapolis, October 14, 2016 - Tonight, 20/20, an ABC newsmagazine program, will air an hour-long story regarding the debunked Rolling Stone Article from November 19, 2014. Below is a message from Phi Kappa Psi National President James Boyle regarding this story and the Fraternity's role in it.

Brothers,

Tonight, ABC's 20/20 newsmagazine program will air a one-hour story regarding the unfortunate, defamatory and debunked article published by Rolling Stone which focused intense media attention on the Virginia Alpha Chapter and on Phi Kappa Psi.  The Fraternity has been aware of ABC's intent to air the story for several weeks, and it has worked with counsel and professionals to address the pending story in a prudent and thoughtful manner.

While Phi Kappa Psi offered a press release to 20/20 regarding the program's story, the Fraternity has opted to allow the thorough investigations and reports completed by the Charlottesville Police Department and the Columbia School of Journalism to speak to the merit of Rolling Stone's journalistic practices.  The Fraternity will have no further immediate comments regarding the 20/20 program or the Rolling Stone article, but will be monitoring the story.

Fraternally,

James D. Boyle
Washington Alpha '88
National President

The story will air tonight at 10:00 Eastern on your local ABC station. You can click the above links in the message to the reports regarding the Rolling Stone article and its eventual retraction.


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 101 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.

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Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/2020response
Introducing the Phi Psi Family http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phipsifamily Indianapolis, Nov. 3, 2016 - If you're looking for more meaningful ways to enhance the potential of fraternity men, and you possess the skills to challenge students to grow, Phi Kappa Psi has an opportunity for you.

FB Profile Image.pngWe recognize our Fraternity flourishes when we have a talented group of volunteers working with our students. We are proud to introduce the launch of the Phi Psi Family.

We are a few months into a multi-year effort to revitalize and enhance our membership development by focusing on health & wellness, leadership, scholarship and community service/philanthropy. 

Here's what we are looking for:

• Members or non-members who are enthusiastic about student growth
• Individuals with the skills and interest needed to facilitate leadership programs such as our Regional Officer Trainings and Woodrow Wilson Leadership School
• Talented writers who can contribute to our Fraternity publications, including The Shield
• Trained professionals who possess the ability to write leadership curriculum and/or provide advisor support to chapters and colonies

The level of participation you give to the Phi Psi Family is completely up to you. It all depends on your availability and your willingness to take part in Phi Kappa Psi initiatives.

If you are interested, please complete the online form. You should expect a response to your application within 3-5 business days. Once you're in the family, you'll receive a number of exclusive member benefits.

If you have any questions about the Phi Psi Family, contact Associate Director of Member Development, Adam Dunworth via email at abd@phikappapsi.com.


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 101 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.

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Thu, 03 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phipsifamily
Apply to be a Phi Kappa Psi Consultant! http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/consultant_open_2017 Dile Twitter Consultant App.png

Indianapolis, Nov. 7, 2016 - The time has come for Phi Kappa Psi to begin seeking consultants for the 2017-18 academic year. Working as a Consultant for Phi Kappa Psi is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We are looking for quality candidates for the Chapter Services and Expansion Consultant positions.


Applications for both positions are now available. The deadline to apply is Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 11:59pm ET.


Chapter Services Consultants (CSCs)
Chapter Services Consultants primarily work with active chapters to assess, evaluate, and offer suggestions regarding their operations. These men are assigned anywhere between 10-20 chapters in a specific region of the country and will travel to each chapter twice in one year. There are currently eight CSCs, all of whom contribute in limited capacities to our ongoing expansion efforts. Additionally, CSCs are responsible for working with established colonies toward their goal of chartering.


Expansion Consultants
The Expansion Consultants are responsible for starting a new or returning colony of Phi Kappa Psi and the recruitment of Founding Fathers into the colony. They spend several weeks at a time on a campus recruiting men of all backgrounds to start a new colony. With the assistance of the CSCs, there are currently four Expansion Consultants devoted to the development of our current colony start-ups. Next year's expansion projects include Arizona State University, Indiana University, James Madison University and Towson University.


If you have any additional questions, please contact Michael Morin, Director of Chapter Services, at mcm@phikappapsi.com, or 317-632-1852.

For more information on the position, and to apply, please visit our website.


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 101 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.

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Mon, 07 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/consultant_open_2017
Staff Updates at Phi Kappa Psi Headquarters http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/staff_jan2017 Indianapolis, Jan. 27, 2017 - Heading into 2017, Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is experiencing a few changes in personnel.

Jason Allen.jpgAfter serving the Fraternity as the Director of Member Development since September 2015, Jason Allen (Oneonta '06) is moving into a new role with PhiredUp as the Curriculum & Learning Director. His last day in the office is Friday, January 27, 2017.

"Working alongside brilliant professionals like Elise Bradshaw, Adam Dunworth and Andrea Kleekamp, we took on great challenges and jumped tremendous hurdles to ultimately make our brothers better men," said Allen. "Some of the biggest accomplishments by our team include rolling out our ELEVATE program, integrating Gallup's StrengthsQuest into all aspects of our programming and revolutionizing our New Member Education program."

Elise_Web.jpgAdditionally, Associate Director of Leadership & Programming, Elise Bradshaw, will be pursuing other opportunities. Over the past year, Bradshaw was responsible for executing strategies including StrengthsQuest, service initiatives and chapter leadership retreats. Her last day in the office will be Wednesday, February 1, 2017.  

"Both Jason and Elise have contributed so much to the implementation of the programming strategy over the past 12-18 months," said Guidi. "I would like to extend a huge thank you to both of them. We would not be where we are today if it wasn't for their hard work."

Filling the role will be Kyle Hickman (Lycoming '07) Senior Director of Communications. With a professional background in leadership programs, curriculum development and program facilitation, Hickman will help the fraternity continue its long-term member development strategy. The Communications Team will report to Executive Director, Mark Guidi (Virginia Tech '84.)


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 105 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.

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Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/staff_jan2017
Foundation Welcomes Thawley as Chief Advancement Officer http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/foundationwelcomesthawleyaschiefadvancementofficer FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, January 23, 2017 After a national search, Ben Nicol is pleased to welcome Drew M. Thawley to the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation leadership team as the Chief Advancement Officer.

"I am confident that Drew's experience and leadership in fundraising, alumni engagement, campaign management and marketing in nonprofit organizations will help advance the Foundation to the next level," said CEO Ben Nicol. "We were very deliberate in our selection and Drew's energy and enthusiasm, strong track record of development success, and comfort in a team oriented and performance based organization are precisely what the Foundation needs to lead and manage our advancement operations.

Drew comes to the Foundation with more than 18 years of strategic leadership, development, alumni engagement, communications and consulting experience primarily in the nonprofit space. He currently is the President of a boutique consulting firm that provides development counsel to nonprofit boards and executives and previously was Vice President at Pursuant Ketchum, a full service nonprofit consulting firm. Clients have included several exclusive private schools, trade associations and public radio affiliates, as well as a national health research foundation, a large regional hospital, a Big 10 university athletics program, and an international humanitarian relief organization. "Drew's breadth of experience as a hands-on executive and embedded consultant in a number of organizations with robust fundraising and donor engagement divisions will be of significant benefit to Phi Psi. Drew is the perfect individual to build upon our past successes as we look to even greater success in the future," said Chris Hedberg, Development Committee Chairman.

Drew will be responsible for providing vision and leadership for all fundraising initiatives, including prospect research, alumni/donor engagement, planned giving, annual giving, stewardship and capital and major campaigns. He will lead the team responsible for increasing the organization's revenue, cultivating and soliciting gift prospects and fostering a culture of philanthropy across the organization as the Foundation supports the Fraternity, its membership, the headquarters and associated house corporations and chapters.

Through his career, Drew has significantly increased fundraising activity, redefined alumni engagement in practice and theory, integrated marketing into the advancement model, overseen the development and execution of organizational strategic plans and successfully launched several campaigns.

"Drew understands and appreciates the importance of the Greek experience", explained Chairman Fred Hegele of Drew's previous experience as both the President and CEO of the Alpha Sigma Phi Foundation from 2009 to 2014 and his role as President and CEO of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity from 2004 to 2008. "Having exited the Greek world a time or two to explore other nonprofit markets and learn valuable skills and perspective, I continue to hold the mission of fraternities in very high regard and find there to be no equal in other nonprofit work," commented Drew.

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The Phi Kappa Psi Foundation (d/b/a Phi Psi Foundation; Endowment Fund of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity) was formed to aid, encourage, promote and contribute to the education and scholastic attainments of Phi Psis and other students across the nation. The Foundation, organized in 1914, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public educational foundation whose primary mission is to assist college students in meeting their educational objectives through scholarships, grants, fellowships and assistantships, while promoting learning, high ethical standards and constructive citizenship.

Media Contact:
Brittany Morrow, Director of Annual Giving & Communications
BNM@PKPFoundation.org
5395 Emerson Way, Indianapolis, IN 46226
(317) 275-3400

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Phi Kappa Psi Announces the Suspension of Its University of Nebraska–Lincoln Chapter http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/nebraska_alpha_suspended Indianapolis, IN - The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity announces the suspension of the Nebraska Alpha Chapter (Nebraska) based upon a collaborative discussion and agreement with The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the alumni leadership of Nebraska Alpha.  

The Nebraska Alpha Housing Corporation has voluntarily surrendered the chapter's charter to the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity National Headquarters.

All Phi Kappa Psi activities have been suspended on campus. This suspension is due to members taking part in conduct which violated the Fraternity's standards and expectations with regard to risk management, and which contradict The Creed and values of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. The chapter house will not be occupied by chapter members following the spring 2017 semester. Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity regrets the negative impact its members had on The University of Nebraska-Lincoln community.

The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is committed to working with University of Nebraska-Lincoln officials and Nebraska Alpha alumni to return to campus in the spring 2018 semester.  Phi Kappa Psi eagerly anticipates once again having a model chapter on campus. 

Decisions to suspend a chapter are among the most difficult a Fraternity's leadership and staff must make; decisions which are not taken lightly.  Nevertheless, when circumstances dictate and the best interests of the Fraternity are at risk, suspension will be considered in partnership with the campus and the chapter's alumni leadership. Phi Kappa Psi's leadership and staff are foremost committed to educating, leading and inspiring our undergraduate and alumni members to make positive and constructive decisions.   


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 more than 100 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.

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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/nebraska_alpha_suspended
March 2017 Executive Officer Reports now Available http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/march2017_officer_reports_available Indianapolis, March 22, 2017 - The Executive Council Meeting reports are now available as a Downloadable ZIP File. These reports are from the March 2017 Executive Council Meeting in St. Louis, MO.

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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/march2017_officer_reports_available
Phi Kappa Psi President’s Conference Call – Executive Council Meeting Follow-up http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/pccmarch2017 Indianapolis, March 10, 2017 - Many members of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity recently received an email regarding a decision made at the recent Executive Council Meeting. As a follow-up, members are invited to a President's Conference Call, Thursday, March 16 at 7:00 pm EST. This call will provide an update on the state of the Phi Kappa Psi, recent performance and to address questions related to other topics, such as the recent memo regarding the Foundation.

President's Conference Call 
Date: Thursday, March 16
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Phone Number: (872) 240-3212
Access Code: 996-541-509
Add this to your calendar.

Once you call the phone number, you will be asked to enter the access code. After you've entered the code, you will enter the conference call. To mute your line, press *6. To remove the mute on your line while asking a question, simply press *6 again.

For those unable to attend the call, it will be recorded and made available on the Phi Kappa Psi website.

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Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/pccmarch2017
March Madness Bracket Challenge http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/marchmadness2017 INDIANAPOLIS, Mar. 14, 2017 - It's back! The Phi Kappa Psi March Madness Bracket Challenge is back again this year. Compete against brothers and Phi Psi Friends from all over the country for a chance to be our March Madness Champion.

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First, head to ESPN.com to sign-in (or create) an ESPN member account. Once you've done that, follow these steps:

  1. Click HERE to access the Tournament Challenge page.
  2. Click on the red button that says 'Create Your Bracket Now' to initiate the process and name your bracket.
  3. This is a private group, so you will need the password (1852) in order to enter. Follow the remaining steps to setup your bracket.

Spread the word: invite your brothers and Phi Psi Friends to be a part of the competition. All entries must be submitted by the tip-off of the first game on Thursday, March 16th at 12:00pm EDT.

Good luck to all participants and to our fans of the teams on college campuses where Phi Kappa Psi currently has an active chapter or colony.

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President's Conference Call Recording Now Available http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/pccmarch2017_available Indianapolis, March 20, 2017 - The recording for the March President's Conference Call is now available for download. Due to technical issues, the first ten minutes of the call is cut-off; however, all questions answered during the call were captured. The documents referenced in the call and on the screen are also available below as PDF files in a zip folder.

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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/pccmarch2017_available
Phi Kappa Psi Announces the Suspension of Its Creighton Chapter http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/ne_beta_suspended Indianapolis, March 21, 2017 - The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity announces the suspension of the Nebraska Beta Chapter (Creighton) based upon a collaborative discussion and agreement with Creighton and the alumni leadership of Nebraska Beta.  


All Phi Kappa Psi activities have been suspended on campus. This suspension is due to individual members engaging in conduct which violated the fraternity's standards and expectations with regard to risk management, and which contradict the values and The Creed of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. Phi Kappa Psi regrets the negative impact its members had on the Creighton community, and it is humbled by the actions by some of its members which have necessitated the suspension of the chapter.

The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is committed to working with Creighton officials and Nebraska Beta alumni to return to campus in 2025.  Phi Kappa Psi eagerly anticipates once again having a model chapter on campus. 


The mission of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is to engage men of honesty and integrity, further develop their intellect and academic success and enhance community involvement. With a legacy built on acceptance and trust, each brother realizes his highest potential through a lifelong experience of service and excellence. Unfortunately, when self-governance fails at a chapter level, it is paramount for the fraternity's Executive Council, the chapter alumni, and the host institution to intervene in order to protect the well-being of all individuals and ensure a long-term, successful presence on campus.

Decisions to suspend a chapter are among the most difficult a fraternity's leadership and staff must make.  Such decisions are not taken lightly.  Nevertheless, when circumstances dictate and the best interests of the fraternity are at risk, suspension will be considered in partnership with the campus and the chapter's alumni leadership. Phi Kappa Psi's leadership and staff are foremost committed to educating, leading and inspiring our undergraduate and alumni members to make positive and constructive decisions, which permit our members to have valuable, lasting and meaningful impacts on their communities and campus environments.   

Phi Kappa Psi is also an advocate of the National Hazing Hotline, which may be anonymously reached through the web at http://fraternallaw.com/contact/anti-hazing-hotline/ or by telephone at 1-888-NOT-HAZE (668-4293).  The fraternity encourages any and all individuals having any information regarding any hazing incident to contact the National Hazing Hotline and report these activities so Phi Kappa Psi can work to eradicate hazing from our communities.


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 more than 100 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.

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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/ne_beta_suspended
Phi Kappa Psi Hires 2017-2018 Consultants http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/17-18_consultants Phi Kappa Psi is happy to announce the consultant teams for the 2017-2018 academic year. These men are responsible for maintaining relationships with our undergraduate chapters and volunteers throughout the year as well as working with our new and established colonies to reach the point of chartering.

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Returning for an additional year as Chapter Services Consultants are Benjamin Sigler (Bowling Green '10), Kevin Gong(Cal Poly '13) and Alex Vickery-Holland (Oregon State '12.)

Two Expansion consultants, Stephen Gowdy (LSU '12) and Marc Munoz (Cal Poly '12) will also return to the team to lead our efforts in 2017-2018 to expand to campuses across the country.

"I am extremely pleased that five of our current consultants have made the decision to return to their teams this upcoming year. Their knowledge and experience will have benefits that are felt throughout the entire membership," said Michael Morin (Loyola '11) Director of Chapter Services. "Through their day to day interactions with undergraduates and stakeholders to the countless hours driving, working on reports, or staffing our programs, these men are a true testament to what it means to embody The Creed of Phi Kappa Psi."

Along with the returning consultants, five new consultants have been hired:

Chapter Services Consultants
Brandon Ball (IUPUI '14)
Samuel Fisher (Valparaiso '15)
Jose Rosas (UC Riverside '14)

Expansion Consultants
Beau Dismukes (Oklahoma '14)

Phi Kappa Psi would also like to recognize the hard work and dedication of the consultants that are leaving staff this June: Zachary Herge (Toledo '10), Nicholas Dorsey (Akron '15), Zachary Kunstman (UL Lafayette '15), Phil Mikos (IUPUI '12), Coltin Solari (SDSU '13), Dile Wilson (IUPUI '12) and Kevin Paternostro (Oregon State '12).

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Phi Kappa Psi Transitions to New Attorney General http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/atty_gnrl Indianapolis April 21, 2017 - Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity announces a transition to a new Attorney General. Brother Lee C. Reid (Loyola '93) assumed the office from outgoing Attorney General Barrett J. Anderson (Iowa '05) effective April 12, 2017, as Br. Anderson undertakes new professional opportunities. 

This is not the first time Br. Reid has volunteered in this position. He previously served as Attorney General from 2008 - 2010. He also served as District IV Archon from 1995-1997, and most recently was on the board for the Canonsburg Corporation. 

Br. Reid is currently a partner in the New Orleans law firm of Adams and Reese, L.L.P. Outgoing Attorney General Anderson is moving to California to start work with a new law firm, but will continue as Deputy Attorney General for special projects. Phi Kappa Psi is grateful for Br. Anderson's service to the fraternity and wishes him nothing but success in his future endeavors.

 "I am incredibly grateful for the service that Br. Anderson has provided to the Executive Council and to the fraternity over the past many months," said SWGP Jim Boyle. "His legal brilliance, commitment to the highest levels of ethics and reasoning, and remarkable dedication to the best interests of the fraternity cannot be understated.  We are all fortunate to have benefited from Barrett's service, and for that, I offer my sincerest thanks.  At the same time, I am highly excited to welcome Br. Reid to the role of Attorney General.  Many of us have worked extensively with Lee over the years, and so we are very pleased to bring his expertise and commitment to Phi Kappa Psi back to the Executive Council."

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Fire Destroys Rowan Phi Psi Chapter House http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/rowanfire Indianapolis May 16, 2017 - The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity regrets to report that early in the morning of May 16, the brothers of New Jersey Epsilon (Rowan) woke to a fire in their chapter house. Although no brothers suffered serious injury, the house was a total loss.

The brothers living in the house lost nearly all personal possessions in the fire.  The chapter's property, including fraternal regalia, ritual related items, composites and even the chapter's Grand Chapter Award were also destroyed in the blaze. 

The chapter house was not owned by a brother or any entity related to Phi Kappa Psi.  Local alumni have ensured the displaced brothers are in safe and secure temporary housing, and are working together and to assist the young men with addressing personal needs.

Additionally, the Phi Kappa Psi Headquarters Staff is working with local alumni to ensure the chapter successfully moves forward from this disaster.  The Fraternity is also working with its insurance carrier to address coverage issues, and is undertaking efforts to assist the chapter replace the destroyed regalia, ritual items, composites and awards.  Rob Nagel (rsn@phikappapsi.com), the Fraternity's Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Housing, is serving as the Fraternity's point-person for this matter.  JP Ranu (jp.s.ranu@gmail.com), District I Archon, is serving as the Executive Council's point of contact.

If you would like to help the brothers get back on their feet, a GoFundMe page has been established.


The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, founded in 1852 at Jefferson College, engages men of integrity, further develops their intellect and enhances community involvement. With a legacy built on acceptance and trust, each brother realizes his highest potential through a lifelong experience of service and excellence. Today there are 106 undergraduate chapters, 51 alumni associations and more than 124,000 lifetime initiates.

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Hazing Statement from SWGP Jim Boyle http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/hazing Brothers,

Over the last few weeks, I have heard from many members as well as read many comments on social media regarding the pain and outrage resultant from the incident involving the untimely death of Beta Theta Pi's new member Timothy Piazza at Penn State University.  Like so many, as I read the horrific details about the events surrounding this incident, I found myself struggling to comprehend the senselessness of the tragedy.  While the incident does not involve Phi Kappa Psi, such severe incidents certainly impact all fraternities and communities.

In response to the incident and to ensure the tragedy is not examined by Phi Kappa Psi in vain, I want to offer some thoughts in light of the current scrutiny which has arisen from this sad event and the spotlight that the incident has focused on the scourge of hazing.

For over 165 years, our Fraternity has served to advance the ideals of mutual assistance, intellectual growth, trust, responsible conduct and integrity in the lives of our members and supporters. The Fraternity's strong, heralded and consistent position against hazing and alcohol abuse are cornerstones of our membership expectations and our educational outreach to every chapter and member. The Fraternity has remained steadfast in upholding those standards when they have been challenged, and the Executive Council has remained willing to suspend chapters and remove members for violating Fraternity policies whenever it has been necessary.

For many years, Phi Kappa Psi has allowed the Edict of the Executive Council and risk management policies that explicitly bar hazing to reflect its positions on the issue.  In fact, the Edict unequivocally and bluntly states that "No chapter, colony, student or alumnus shall conduct nor condone hazing activities."  Likewise, the Fraternity has plain policies under its insurance program that prohibit hazing, and the Fraternity has put forward many articles and position statements directed toward eliminating hazing and purging it from our ranks.

Still, in spite of clear policies and educational programs that are in place, it is no secret that substance abuse and misuse, and hazing, in all of their silent, camouflaged and indecent forms, is a bane of the existence of fraternities.  The reality is that substance abuse and misuse, and hazing are not isolated to any one campus or to any one fraternity. Research shows many high school graduates come to college already having experience with both - meaning these problems are pervasive in much of our culture.  But that is not an excuse to perpetuate the problem or passively accept its existence.

However, despite the many policy positions staked by the Fraternity, and despite the constant efforts of our dedicated Staff to develop and implement workout plans for chapters who are struggling, Phi Kappa Psi is not immune from the consequences of hazing.  To this end, it is not impossible that we do more!  We owe it to each other, to our valued new members, to our chapters, and to our Fraternity, to be better.  Put simply, the positive Phi Kappa Psi experience that we all strive to have and support is dependent on individual members holding one another and their chapters accountable to the Fraternity's expectations and standards on these issues, as well as all others!

It is my sincere belief that young Mr. Piazza's unfortunate death can be a catalyst for positive change.  I am committed to that end, and I am confident that each of you is as well.  Having the incident at the forefront provides a moment for reflection, and a moment for self-evaluation of one's personal commitment to uplifting chapters and each other out of the negative shadows that hazing creates.  Constructively, the Fraternity — acting through each of you as undergraduate leaders and alumni mentors / stewards — is capable of eradicating the existence of substance abuse and misuse, and hazing, from our communities.

It is my ask and challenge of each of you to do just that, in making sincere and honest evaluations of your own chapter's activities vis-a-vis individual members — and particularly new members.  The real strength in tackling this issue lies at the chapter level, where the strengths of brotherhood are built and the Assistance is available to help your chapter build a positive and constructive culture, through resources available through the Portal, through Phi Kappa Psi's partnership with hazingprevention.org (HPO), and through anonymous communication channels that facilitate discussions of these issues. This summer's WWLS will provide a perfect time to discuss and address these issues, as well. 

Such collective efforts amongst all of us demonstrate the best that Phi Kappa Psi has to offer in leadership, positive structuring, and embodying and living the ideals and standards of our Ritual and Creed that each of us has promised to uphold and empower.  Similarly, the North-American Interfraternity Conference is engaging in an interfraternal dialogue on this topic and has recently published its own reflections on this issue to start the discussion.

Let us join together to ensure that Phi Kappa Psi's future is bright and energetic!  Together we can commit to ensuring that no member of our Fraternity suffers from misdirected conduct.  Let's allow the circumstances of Mr. Piazza's story be a catalyst to prevent such a senseless act from ever occurring again.  Doing so is an honorable action to take as a member of Phi Kappa Psi!

In the bond,

James D. Boyle
Washington Alpha '88
SWGP

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Phi Kappa Psi Wins Laurel Wreath Award http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phipsiwinslaurelwreath Splash Banner_ELEVATE.png

Indianapolis, June 14, 2017 - The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity announces receipt of the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) 2017 Laurel Wreath Award

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Phi Kappa Psi's ELEVATE health & wellness program was selected as a recipient of the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) 2017 Laurel Wreath Award

The award is presented to organizations who have executed an impactful program, community outreach, or directed influence within the fraternal world. This is the first time Phi Kappa Psi has received the award.

Launched in 2016, ELEVATE is a comprehensive set of health and wellness programs designed to provide knowledge, skills and understanding to address concerns facing today's college man safely and appropriately.  ELEVATE includes programs in a variety of formats such as: 

  1. Awareness campaigns focused on specific health topics
  2. Customized campus resource guides for connection and enhanced use of health and wellness opportunities on each campus
  3. Educational modules for facilitating chapter conversations about men's health
  4. GreekLifeEdu for further education on critical issues like alcohol abuse and sexual assault
  5. Programming that educates chapter members on the basics of the fraternity's risk management policy and creates conversation about planning safe social events
  6. Participation in Movember to raise awareness and funds for critical men's health topics
  7. Social Strengths, a program created by Prevention Culture, focused on sexual violence and healthy relationships, delivered to each chapter by fraternity staff
  8. Wellness Wednesdays, a weekly health and wellness tip distributed by social media

Approaching these issues from a health and wellness perspective provides lifelong knowledge and skills to members. The ability to address issues early and often enhances the member experience by providing resources and education to have conversations and actions toward positive, lasting change.

Through ELEVATE, we have increased both the quantity and quality of content we provide to members around health and wellness topics. By integrating elements of ELEVATE throughout our operations, we are currently providing in-person touch points on aspects of ELEVATE to 100% of our undergraduate members each year.  We also have plans to expand the program with focused mental health initiatives, health and wellness training for advisors, and potential collaboration and partnerships with national organizations.

On behalf of everyone who has played a role in the development, launch, and continued growth of ELEVATE, Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is extremely proud to accept the NIC's Laurel Wreath Award. 

You can learn more about the ELEVATE program on our website.


The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, founded in 1852 at Jefferson College, engages men of integrity, further develops their intellect and enhances community involvement. With a legacy built on acceptance and trust, each brother realizes his highest potential through a lifelong experience of service and excellence. Today there are 106 undergraduate chapters and colonies, 51 alumni associations and more than 124,000 lifetime initiates.

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Staffing Update - Departures and Position Updates http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/staff_june2017 Indianapolis, June 19, 2017 - The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity announces a variety of staffing updates heading into the 2017 Woodrow Wilson Leadership School.
 
Departures
First, two members of staff are moving on to exciting new opportunities in their professional development.
  1. Nicholas Chiesa (W&J '12) will be leaving staff to begin working with Tesla as a Customer Service Specialist. Nick began as an Expansion Consultant for the 2015-2016 academic year, before serving as an Associate Director of Standards for the last year. His time on staff has seen successful colonization efforts and a steady presence for chapters in need of guidance and support. Chiesa's last day was Friday, June 9.
  2. Kylie Justus will also be moving on from Phi Kappa Psi to pursue other opportunities. Kylie has been on staff since June 2016 serving as the Digital Marketing Manager for the Fraternity. Her time on staff has been spent bringing a professional touch to the Fraternity's social media presence and marketing efforts, as well as serving as an in-house photographer and videographer. Kylie's last day on staff was Friday, June 16, 2017.
While it is sad to see these dedicated staff members go, the Fraternity wishes them nothing but the best in their new roles and thanks them for all of their hard work!
 
Position Updates
Next, the Fraternity is pleased to announce some changes in the staffing structure, taking effect immediately.
  1. Amanda Baldwin will now be serving as the Fraternity's Chief Financial Officer, having previously served as the Senior Director of Business Operations. Her duties include leadership of all financial management activities, IT, HR as well as general business operations.  This is a new role which consolidates all back-office functions under one senior leader.
  2. Ronald Ransom (Butler '00), formerly the Senior Director of Chapter Operations, will now be serving the Fraternity in the role of Chief Operating Officer. In this role he will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Headquarters office as well as help lead the next level of inward focused change around metrics, insurance, and other special projects. This is also a new role for the organization which will provide a point of leverage for the Executive Director as well as accelerate the pace of change at Headquarters.
  3. James D'Imperio (Purdue '07) will be replacing Ron as the Senior Director of Chapter Operations, overseeing the Chapter Services, Expansion, and Standards teams. James has served as the Director of Standards since 2015.
  4. Brian Kochheiser (BGSU '12) will replace James as the Fraternity's Director of Standards, having served as an Associate Director of Standards since 2015. Zachary Herge (Toledo '10) is the Fraternity's newest Associate Director of Standards.
The Fraternity is excited to see the development of these roles and the continued professionalism in our staff.
 
The Fraternity is Hiring
The Fraternity is looking for passionate, talented individuals to continue filling out its ranks in a variety of areas. If you are interested in a position with Headquarters, check out our open employment opportunities HERE

The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, founded in 1852 at Jefferson College, engages men of integrity, further develops their intellect and enhances community involvement. With a legacy built on acceptance and trust, each brother realizes his highest potential through a lifelong experience of service and excellence. Today there are 106 undergraduate chapters and colonies, 51 alumni associations and more than 124,000 lifetime initiates.
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Approved Chartering for Gettysburg College Colony & West Virginia University Colony http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/gettysburgcollegecolonywestvirginiauniversitycolonyapprovedchartering Indianapolis, June 24, 2017 - On June 23rd, the Phi Kappa Psi Executive Council voted to approve the chartering petition for two existing colonies: Gettysburg College and West Virginia University.

The Gettysburg College Colony was re-established as a colony in fall 2014 after a brief hiatus and has been working toward the submission of a chartering petition since then. Among many standards that the colony was required to reach, the men achieved an average of over 34 hours of community service per man, the highest fraternity cumulative GPA for numerous semesters in a row, first place in Greek Air Band and a number of other accolades.

The West Virginia University Colony was re-established in fall 2016. Before the chapter's suspension in 2013, the chapter had an uninterrupted history of 123 years. The West Virginia University Colony has achieved first place among IFC fraternities in grades for the past two semesters and also achieved an average of over $180 raised per man to benefit various philanthropies.

Phi Kappa Psi is proud to re-establish both the Pennsylvania Epsilon and West Virginia Alpha chapters of our beloved Fraternity this coming fall. The chartering dates for both of these groups will be released in the near future.

 

The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, founded in 1852 at Jefferson College, engages men of integrity, further develops their intellect and enhances community involvement. With a legacy built on acceptance and trust, each brother realizes his highest potential through a lifelong experience of service and excellence. Today there are 106 undergraduate chapters and colonies, 51 alumni associations and more than 124,000 lifetime initiates. 

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Update on Fraternity and Endowment Fund Discussions http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/updateonfraternityandendowmentfunddiscussions Indianapolis, June 25, 2017 - The leadership of the Fraternity and the Endowment Fund have discussed a proposed framework in continuation of the dialogue begun in New York.  Both organizations have agreed to allow third party facilitators to help find common ground and resolve open concerns, and move forward for the benefit of the Brotherhood.

The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, founded in 1852 at Jefferson College, engages men of integrity, further develops their intellect and enhances community involvement. With a legacy built on acceptance and trust, each brother realizes his highest potential through a lifelong experience of service and excellence. Today there are 106 undergraduate chapters and colonies, 51 alumni associations and more than 124,000 lifetime initiates. 

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Staff Update - Michael Morin Departs http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/staffupdate-michaelmorindeparts Indianapolis, July 11, 2017 - Director of Chapter Services Michael Morin (Loyola '11) will depart from the Phi Kappa Psi Headquarters staff after almost four years of serving the Fraternity.

Morin began his time on staff working as an Associate Director of Chapter Services in August 2013 and transitioned into the Director of Chapter Services role in June of 2015. He is departing staff to work with New Orleans-based company ChapterSpot as a Client Relations Specialist.

Morin stated: "My time with Phi Kappa Psi has been exactly what I believe the Fraternity experience should be - educational, challenging, fun, and most of all, uplifting. It is with the utmost confidence that I say the fraternal experience is one that creates better men, particularly the experience we offer at Phi Kappa Psi."

Mark Guidi, Phi Kappa Psi's Executive Director, stated: "Michael has made a substantial contribution to Phi Psi during his time with the organization. We thank him for all his efforts and wish him the greatest success as he continues to pursue his career."

Morin's last day with Headquarters will be Friday, July 14, 2017.


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 105 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.
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Phi Kappa Psi Elects New Archons http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/archonspotlight Indianapolis, July 30, 2017 - On June 24, 2017, the six District Councils of Phi Kappa Psi elected new Archons to the Executive Council. Since 1886, the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity has been controlled by undergraduates. This unique system of governance is achieved by our governing body, the Executive Council, which is made up of 10 members, six of which are elected undergraduates. Archons represent the six Districts of Phi Kappa Psi, which divide the nation into roughly equal parts based on the number of chapters represented. Archons are elected every odd numbered year and serve two-year terms.  The following are Phi Kappa Psi's six new archons for the next biennium.

DISTRICT I - Austin Shission (University of Rhode Island '16) 
Major: Microbiology

A native of West Wyoming, PA, Austin's hobbies are all Greek-related. He was drawn to becoming a Phi Psi because the Fraternity seemed to break the Greek stereotypes. As a proud and active Brother, Austin ran for Archon because he sought to give back to the Fraternity that has given so much to him.


DISTRICT II  - Hunter Music (Ashland '14)
Major: Information Systems and Entrepreneurship

Hunter grew up in the mid-west city of Crestline, OH. In high school he was active all four years as a member of clubs, as well as several sports such as football, basketball, tennis and cross-country. After graduating at the top of his class as Valedictorian, Hunter began his collegiate journey at Ashland University where he studies Information Systems and Entrepreneurship.  He is currently employed by the J.M. Smucker Company where he has interned for three years. As the Archon of District II, he looks forward to fostering the success and ideals of our noble Fraternity.


DISTRICT III - Garrett Himstedt (Ball State '16)
Major: Political Science and Public Communication

As a freshman at Ball State, Garrett knew little about Greek life nor did he have the interest to find out. However, when the opportunity arose to meet some of the Phi Psis, he was drawn in by how different they all were from one another and yet they still displayed a camaraderie. The young men became a group of his closest friends who accepted him for who he was which was significant. As he became more involved with the Indiana Iota chapter and began to take on leadership positions, he grew to be very passionate not only with the business of his own chapter, but for the Fraternity as a whole. The opportunity to represent District III and the Fraternity as an Archon felt like a great way to make a positive impact on something that has become very important.


DISTRICT IV - Drake Broussard (Louisiana-Lafayette '16)
Major: Organizational Communications

Drake grew up approximately 21 miles southeast of Lafayette, LA in the small town of New Iberia, LA.Although he kept to himself most of the time as the quiet kid in school, Drake maintained a small circle of friends. After leaving high school he felt the desire to push himself and break out of his shell. With that notion, he decided to participate in recruitment. Little did he know that it would be the brothers of Phi Psi who would push him out of that quiet shell, far beyond what he ever imagined.


DISTRICT V - Robin Bajpai (Kansas '17)
Major: Finance

Robin hails from Overland Park, KS and is a rising sophomore.  His hobbies are reading, swimming and playing with his dog Ralph. Robin decided to become a Phi Psi because after exploring many chapters, he felt the brothers were good guys simply by being themselves and having fun. He wanted to be a part of that comradery. Robin's time at Phi Psi has made him a better person, leader and student, while also introducing him to brothers who have become his best friends. He wants men to be able to have the same great experience for a long time to come which is what motivated him to run for Archon of District V. While Robin has not solidified his future career goals, he is very much interested in investment banking and the venture capital space.


DISTRICT VI - Luis Gonzalez Medina (UC-Irvine '16)
Major: Criminology, Law, & Society

Luis dedicates himself to Phi Psi and is currently Vice President of his chapter. Ensuring a healthy work-life balance, he enjoys researching exoneration cases, performing events as a DJ in local venues, and working out at the Anteater Recreation Center on campus.  Wanting to continue his work as a dedicated Phi Psi, Luis ran for Archon because he saw it as his duty as a brother of California Kappa to represent District VI at the National level and give back to the Fraternity that has shaped his life. His future plans include attending law school or pursuing an MBA. 


Please join us in welcoming each of our newly elected Archons. We are certain these dedicated Brothers will make a significant and long-lasting impact not only in their districts, but in the brotherhood as a whole.

The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, founded in 1852 at Jefferson College, engages men of integrity, further develops their intellect and enhances community involvement. With a legacy built on acceptance and trust, each brother realizes his highest potential through a lifelong experience of service and excellence. Today there are 105 undergraduate chapters and colonies, 51 alumni associations and more than 124,000 lifetime initiates. 
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Staff Update - Matthew Goldsmith Departs http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/staffupdate-matthewgoldsmithdeparts Indianapolis, July 31, 2017 - Phi Kappa Psi's Operations Training Manager Matthew Goldsmith (Ashland  '09) departs Headquarters staff after over five years of service to the Fraternity.

Goldsmith began his time on staff in June 2012 as an Educational Chapter Consultant, followed by two years as Associate Director of Chapter Services working with Districts I and V. He transitioned into the role of Director of Program Management in 2015 before he began his current role in 2016 developing officer and chapter resources. Goldsmith is departing staff in order to begin his studies at the IU McKinney School of Law at IUPUI in August.

He states, "My time on staff has been a formative period in my growth as a Phi Psi and as a person. I am proud of my time at Headquarters and honored to have worked with so many passionate members and friends. I look forward to seeing the Fraternity's continued growth and success."

The Fraternity's Executive Director, Mark Guidi stated "Matt has made wonderful contributions to the organization over the five years he's been on staff. We thank him for his contributions and wish him all the best as he moves onto the next step of his journey."

Goldsmith's last day on staff will be Thursday, August 3, 2017. 


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 105 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.
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Phi Kappa Psi adds new communications staff members http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phikappapsiaddsnewcommunicationsstaffmembers

Phi Kappa Psi adds new communications staff members 

Indianapolis (Aug. 8, 2017) - The leadership of Phi Kappa Psi is pleased to announce the appointments of Beth Headrick as director of communications and Ben Ely as marketing and communications manager.


A Fort Wayne, Ind. native, Headrick graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Science degree in communications management at Syracuse University. Headrick has over 20 years of versatile public relations experiences ranging from higher education, corporate, nonprofit and healthcare. Most recently, she served as a brand editor for Eli Lilly and Company's cardiovascular health brand team in Indianapolis.


"I am thrilled to be part of a dynamic organization that shapes the futures of young men across the country," Headrick said. "Communication plays a vital role in encouraging the members' development in all stages of their lives, and it is both an honor and a privilege to join such a prestigious organization."


Headrick's first day will be Aug. 14.


Ely, who holds a Master's degree in emerging media and communications from the University of Texas at Dallas, most recently served as a sports information director at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) where he was the primary media contact for women's basketball, volleyball, softball, tennis, swimming and diving.  The San Angelo, Texas native also has a diverse background in radio, television, graphic design and social media.


"I'm eager to begin this new journey with Phi Kappa Psi," Ely said.  "The opportunity to be part of a blossoming organization that has been making a substantial impact in the lives of young men throughout the nation for over a century is both invigorating and exciting.  I'm thankful for the chance, and am looking forward to getting to work." 

Ely's first day will be Aug. 22.


"The addition of Beth and Ben to the fraternity's existing communications team is a big step for the organization as we will now have a team of communications experts." said Mark Guidi, Executive Director for Phi Kappa Psi. "This will allow us to further enhance the experience for our members as well as continue growing the Phi Kappa Psi brand."


Headquartered in Indianapolis, Phi Kappa Psi was founded in 1852 when William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore were students at Jefferson College in the foothills of Western Pennsylvania. The two were nursing and watching over their stricken friends during an epidemic of typhoid fever at the college. Through the long night vigils, the two established a group that was founded upon the great joy they received from selflessly helping others. Today, Phi Kappa Psi is a national fraternity of more than 80,000 living brothers who promote integrity by further developing their intellect and serving as strong community stewards. With a legacy built on acceptance and trust, each brother realizes his highest potential.
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Phi Kappa Psi Participates in Suicide Prevention Week http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phikappapsiparticipatesinsuicidepreventionweek ELEVATE.png

Indianapolis (August 24, 2017) - Phi Kappa Psi is partnering with Take 5 to Save Lives to fight suicide on college campuses across the nation. This is part of the Fraternity's ELEVATE the Conversation program. Chapters and colonies are encouraged to use the Chapter Toolkit to help break the silence surrounding mental health. Suicide Prevention Week is September 10 - 16, with World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. The theme for this year is Take a minute, change a life.

More than 800,000 people die by suicide each year—one person every 40 seconds. Twenty-five times that many make an attempt. Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity recognizes that even our members are vulnerable to suicidal thoughts, and that's why we are proud to be an active participant in National Suicide Prevention Week. Communities have an important role to play in supporting those who are vulnerable. Chapters are supportive groups for members who can help brothers overcome the stigma and seek the help they may need.

"Phi Kappa Psi is dedicated to supporting our members in their endeavor to become men of excellence," said Phi Kappa Psi National President, Jim Boyle. "By participating in National Suicide Prevention Week, our members become capable of helping those in need. It also shows our unwavering support to our brothers suffering from suicidal thoughts."

The Creed of Phi Kappa Psi calls on members to give aid and sympathy for those who need it. While no one has every answer to mental health and suicidal tendencies, the fraternity hopes to foster compassion and empathy for those needing aid. Hosting vigils is one of many ways to provide support, even for someone afraid of addressing their issues publicly.

Join us as we take on suicide. You can participate by sharing information on social media, or reach out to a local chapter.

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Headquartered in Indianapolis, Phi Kappa Psi was founded in 1852 when William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore were students at Jefferson College in the foothills of Western Pennsylvania. The two were nursing and watching over their stricken friends during an epidemic of typhoid fever at the college. Through the long night vigils, the two established a group that was founded upon the great joy they received from selflessly helping others. Today, Phi Kappa Psi is a national fraternity of more than 80,000 living brothers who promote integrity by further developing their intellect and serving as strong community stewards. With a legacy built on acceptance and trust, each brother realizes his highest potential.]]>
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Emergency Line Available for Those Affected by Harvey http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/emergencylineavailableforthoseaffectedbyharvey Our thoughts and prayers are with anyone affected by Hurricane Harvey. Any brother or chapter who is in need of assistance can contact Phi Kappa Psi on its emergency line at (317) 983-1852. You can also send us a direct message on any social media platform.

If you need immediate assistance, call 9-1-1.

Please reach out if you need assistance. If you can render assistance, we would like to hear from you as well.

Any brother wishing to donate money should do so through a reputable charity to ensure donations do in fact help those in need.

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Texas brothers reported safe from Hurricane Harvey http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/tx_brothers_safe Indianapolis - (Aug. 28, 2017) The leadership of Phi Kappa Psi is pleased to announce that all undergraduate brothers in the State of Texas have been reported safe from Hurricane Harvey. Chapters reporting include: Texas Alpha, Texas Epsilon, Texas Zeta, and Texas A&M Colony, and Texas Gamma.

"Although this is welcomed news concerning our undergraduate brothers, we still recognize that many more brothers could be affected by the storm's path. Therefore, we would like to encourage anyone in need of assistance to please reach out," said Mark Guidi, executive director for Phi Kappa Psi.

Those needing assistance can contact the Phi Kappa Psi Headquarters emergency line at (317) 983-1852. Messages sent via Facebook and Twitter will also be checked. Brothers who are in a capacity to help are encouraged to notify the National Headquarters. Additionally, any brother wishing to make a contribution to the relief efforts should do so through a reputable charity.

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been impacted by this devastating storm, and we hope that in the coming days, conditions will improve.


Headquartered in Indianapolis, Phi Kappa Psi was founded in 1852 when William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore were students at Jefferson College in the foothills of Western Pennsylvania. The two were nursing and watching over their stricken friends during an epidemic of typhoid fever at the college. Through the long night vigils, the two established a group that was founded upon the great joy they received from selflessly helping others. Today, Phi Kappa Psi is a national fraternity of more than 80,000 living brothers who promote integrity by further developing their intellect and serving as strong community stewards. With a legacy built on acceptance and trust, each brother realizes his highest potential.

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Mon, 28 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/tx_brothers_safe
Volunteers Needed for Regional Officer Training http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/volunteersneededforregionalofficertraining Indianapolis (August 31, 2017) - Gearing up for the 2018 Regional Officer Training program (ROT), Phi Kappa Psi is in need of volunteer facilitators to aid in the execution of the program in 11 cities across the United States in January and February.  Heading into its second year, ROT is a series of single-day, regional leadership training initiatives.  Students and advisors from local chapters meet at a central location to learn the basics of their position, useful strategies to maximize their impact, discuss goal-setting as a chapter, and network with other brothers from their region.

During its inaugural year, over 550 undergraduates and alumni were able to interact in the fraternity's largest in-person program.  Aiming to expand its reach, more than 1,000 participants are expected this year, with nine undergraduates and a chapter advisor likely to attend from 100-plus chapters.  Host sites for ROT include:

Binghamton, New York
Birmingham, Alabama
Chicago, Illinois
Columbus, Ohio
Des Moines, Iowa
Farmville, Virginia
Houston, Texas
Indianapolis, Indiana
Los Angeles, California
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Portland, Oregon

If you or someone you know is near one of these cities, has a passion for assisting fraternity men, possess excellent communication skills, and has Saturday availability in January and February, please apply to be a facilitator.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants can expect to hear from a staff member within two weeks of their application submission. 

Questions regarding the volunteer positions can be answered by Senior Director of Member Development Kyle Hickman at kah@phikappapsi.com

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Phi Kappa Psi Announces Professional Development Conference http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phikappapsiannouncesprofessionaldevelopmentconference Indianapolis (August 31, 2017) - Phi Kappa Psi is pleased to announce the inaugural Professional Development Conference (PDC), a unique opportunity to ensure our members receive the most relevant programming to enhance personal and professional talents.  Hosted at the Westin O'Hare Hotel in Chicago, Illinois from October 19-22, undergraduate brothers from across the country can attend this premiere conference predicated on enhancing professional skills.

The conference, available to upperclassmen, will enhance members' professional skills through intense workshops, one-on-one coaching and excellent networking opportunities.  Participants can expect to be industry-ready to tackle post-collegiate pursuits through the following:

  1. Building interview skills and action plans for career planning
  2. Constructing and strengthening personal resumes
  3. Working on stress management and a healthy work-life balance
  4. Networking with Phi Psi Alumni
  5. Learning to make positive, timely decisions
  6. Managing Conflicts and difficult conversations in an effective manner
Interested parties should apply to join the program by September 15.  A limited cost of $50 will cover hotel, travel and food expenses.  Questions can be directed to Senior Director of Member Development Kyle Hickman at kah@phikappapsi.com.
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2017 National Hazing Prevention Week http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/2017nationalhazingpreventionweek
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Indianapolis (September 5, 2017)
- A continuing commitment to bringing about national change, Phi Kappa Psi is partnering with HazingPrevention.org for National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW), from September 18-22.  NHPW is an opportunity for organizations, communities, schools, campuses and individuals to raise awareness, educate and promote the prevention of hazing.  NationalHazing.org formed to turn the conversation away from punishing those who haze and instead aim to prevent hazing from taking place. 

We encourage all of our brothers to join the cause and take the pledge against hazing.  The process is simple and is a demonstration of your pledge to the Phi Kappa Psi Creed; to be honor bound to strengthen your character and deepen your integrity.  Furthermore, you can help the cause by participating in or planning an NHPW activity or event on your campus.  Some examples include:

  1. Schedule a table event on campus to help educate your community
  2. Bring up and have a discussion at chapter meetings about the dangers of hazing
  3. Reserve or allot space on campus to watch a film or documentary about hazing
  4. Schedule and/or invite a speaker to your campus to educate the community
  5. Take photos and upload them to social media to show your support


As NHPW approaches, members of the Phi Psi Family are invited to join in the movement against hazing.  We support and appreciate the love and comradery that comes with being members of a fraternity, and we want you to utilize that love in the push for change.

New this year, we invite all of our family to take part in the #HugABro effort, an original social media movement to combat hazing with love.  Phi Psis can take part by utilizing Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram to post photos and videos of themselves hugging, not hazing, their brothers.

We also invite you to follow along with the #40Actions campaign, a series of bad excuses from individuals who didn't take action against hazing.  These are shared each day of the 40 days prior to NHPW.  These excuses can start the discussion to end hazing.

To learn more about NHPW, visit HazingPrevention.org.
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Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/2017nationalhazingpreventionweek
College Football Pick 'Em Returns http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/collegefootballpickemreturns Indianapolis (Sept. 6, 2017) -- With college football season in full swing, it's time for the College Football Pick 'Em challenge. Each week, Phi Kappa Psi will showcase matchups between college football teams on campuses with active chapters or colonies. 

Beginning each week, a graphic will be posted to social media with the week's college football games. The range of matchups includes all three divisions of college football. The post will direct players to an online form to predict the winners of each game. Players will also be able to pick the final score of the featured match-up, with serves as the tie-breaker with other members participating in the challenge. 

Undergraduate and alumnus winners will be announced on social media at the end of each week, based on the total number of games selected correctly. As college football season concludes, the undergraduate and alumnus with the most individual victories will win a prize package. 


Headquartered in Indianapolis, Phi Kappa Psi was founded in 1852 when William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore were students at JeffersonCollege in the foothills of Western Pennsylvania, The two were nursing and watching over their stricken friends during an epidemic of typhoid fever at the college. Through the long night vigils, the two established a group that founded upon the great joy they received from selflessly helping others. Today, Phi Kappa Psi is a national fraternity of more than 80,000 living brothers who promote integrity by further developing their intellect and serving as strong community stewards. With a legacy built on acceptance and trust, each brother realizes his highest potential. 

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Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/collegefootballpickemreturns
Executive Council Fall 2017 Meeting Announcement http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/ec_fall2017 Date:

Saturday, October 7, 2017
Time:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location:  
The Westin Buckhead Atlanta
East and West Paces - 4th Floor
3391 Peachtree Rd, NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

Description: All brothers are encouraged to join us for the fall Executive Council meeting. If you plan to attend, please wear coat and tie, and arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

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Indianapolis, Oct. 1, 2017
- For the third-consecutive year, Phi Kappa Psi is once again partnering with the Movember Foundation for #PhiPsiMovember.

Phi Kappa Psi believes in the power of conversation and education on important men's health issues through the ELEVATE initiative.  During the month of November, we're whole-heartedly committed to ensuring our members are both empowered and supported in seeking assistance to become the healthiest versions of themselves.

Movember Foundation is a global charity and the only such organization that is tackling men's health issues on a global scale year-round.  Since its inception in 2003, the charity has raised over $700 million dollars worldwide, with over $16 million coming in the United States last year alone.  We are a proud supporter of the work they do.  Throughout the month of November, we encourage our members to get involved in this cause.

First, participants can grow and groom their moustaches from the start of the month to help raise awareness and funds for men's health.  The moustache can be used to help facilitate and start the conversation about critical issues affecting men.  Participants can also do a Move for Movember challenge by setting activity goals and challenges as either an individual or with a group of brothers to promote physical health.  Lastly, chapters and colonies can host their own fundraising events using their creativity to contribute to the philanthropic cause.  Whichever involvement participants choose, Movember is a fun and unique way to ELEVATE knowledge around men's health and open up important dialogue about issues that affect our brotherhood. 

To this point, the Movember Foundation has funded more than 1,200 programs dedicated to men's health across 21 countries.  In its inaugural year of participation, Phi Kappa Psi was able to raise over $9,000 towards the cause, surpassing that last year by topping its $15,000 goal.  This year, we're dedicated to raising an unprecedented amount of awareness and have set our goal at $20,000.  With the right amount of commitment, Phi Kappa Psi can help our members and men around the world address issues with their health, including testicular cancer, prostate cancer, and mental health.

Head to the Movember website to create your profile, start a team page and join the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity Network.  This is your chance to start your Movember journey and begin telling your story.  For more information on how to get involved with Phi Kappa Psi's Movember campaign, visit the following site.
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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phipsimovembersetfor2017
Fall 2017 Executive Council Meeting Minutes Available http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/fall2017_ec_minutes The meeting minutes from the Phi Kappa Psi Fall 2017 Executive Council Meeting are now available.

To access the documents, follow these steps:

  1. Head to phipsiportal.phikappapsi.com
  2. Log-in using your username/password
  3. You'll see a box on the left side titled Resource Documents
  4. Click the Executive Council link
  5. Find the document labelled 2017 October - EC Meeting Minutes (Atlanta)
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Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/fall2017_ec_minutes
Phi Kappa Psi Statement Regarding Texas State University Death http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/tsu_statement Phi Kappa Psi Statement Regarding Texas State University Death

Indianapolis, Nov. 14, 2017 - "We are heartbroken by the death of Texas State University student and Phi Kappa Psi new member Matthew Ellis," said Phi Kappa Psi Executive Director Mark Guidi. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the entire TSU student body during this difficult time."

The chapter had been suspended by Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, Inc. last week for unrelated matters, and will remain suspended while the investigation continues. Phi Kappa Psi will continue to work closely with the TSU administration and law enforcement during their review of this matter, and have advised all members to cooperate fully.

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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 more than 100 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.

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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/tsu_statement
#PhiPsiMovember Total Announced http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/#phipsimovembertotalannounced
Tasked with a steep goal of $20,000 in 2017, Phi Kappa Psi saw a record number 26 teams register for the event, with 302 members participating.  Six teams produced more than $1,000 in funds raised each, with California Gamma leading the way with $8,585.41.  Pennsylvania Theta finished second with $4,605.65.

Two undergraduate members each surpassed more than $1,000 by themselves, as Keane Flynn (Cal '15) and Esteban Vizcaino (Lafayette '17) finished with $1,555.00 and $1,040.17, respectively.  Ten other members finished with at least $500 each, with the top-20 contributors raising at least $255.

Team totals are as follow:

California Gamma - $8,585.41
Pennsylvania Theta - $4,605.65
Phi Kappa Psi HQ - $1,370.00
Indiana University Colony - $1,163.67
Texas A&M Colony - $1,108.50
Texas Alpha - $1,102.00
Oregon Beta - $865.00
Arizona State Colony - $555.00
Louisiana Beta - $416.00
California Nu - $225.00
West Virginia Alpha - $205.00
New York Eta - $35.00
Pennsylvania Upsilon - $25.00
Tennessee Epsilon - $25.00
Indiana Iota - $10.00
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Regional Officer Training Locations and Chapter Assignments http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/regionalofficertraininglocationsandchapterassignments
The assignments for each location are as follows:

Birmingham, Alabama (Samford University)
- January 13, 2018
Mississippi Alpha (Ole Miss)
Tennessee Epsilon (Tennessee)
Tennessee Delta (Vanderbilt)
Alabama Alpha (Alabama)
Alabama Gamma (Alabama-Huntsville)
Auburn Colony (Auburn)
Florida Alpha (Florida State)
Georgia Alpha (Georgia)
Georgia Beta (Georgia Tech)

Des Moines, Iowa (Drake University)
- January 13, 2018
Kansas Alpha (Kansas)
Minnesota Beta (Minnesota)
Minnesota Delta (Minnesota-Duluth)
Minnesota Gamma (Minnesota State Mankato)
Iowa Alpha (Iowa)
Iowa Beta (Iowa State)
Missouri Colony (Missouri)

Chicago, Illinois (Loyola University-Chicago) - January 13, 2018
Michigan Beta (Michigan State)
Wisconsin Gamma (Beloit)
Illinois Alpha (Northwestern)
Illinois Delta (Illinois)
Illinois Zeta (DePaul)
Illinois Theta (UIC)
Illinois Iota (NIU)

Long Beach, California (Renaissance Hotel-Long Beach)
- January 20, 2018
California Eta (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo)
Arizona State Colony (Arizona State)
California Epsilon (UCLA)
California Lambda (SDSU)
CSUN Colony (Cal State, Northridge)
California Mu (Occidental)
California Nu (UC-Riverside)
California Xi (CSULB)
California Kappa (UC-Riverside)

Houston, Texas (University of Houston) - January 20, 2018
Oklahoma Alpha (Oklahoma)
Texas Beta (Texas Tech)
Texas Alpha (UT-Austin)
Texas Epsilon (SFASU)
Texas Zeta (HBU)
Louisiana Alpha (LSU)
Louisiana Beta (UL-Lafayette)
Texas A&M Colony (Texas A&M)

Farmville, Virginia (Longwood University)
- January 20, 2018
Virginia Eta (VCU)
Virginia Alpha (UVA)
Virginia Tech Colony (Virginia Tech)
James Madison Colony (James Madison)
North Carolina Beta (ECU)
Maryland Gamma (Maryland)

Columbus, Ohio (Capital University) - January 27, 2018
Michigan Alpha (Michigan)
Ohio Eta (Toledo)
Ohio Theta (Ashland)
Ohio Zeta (Bowling Green)
Ohio Iota (Akron)
Kent State Colony (Kent State)
Ohio Epsilon (Case Western)
Pennsylvania Xi (Edinboro)
Pennsylvania Beta (Allegheny)
Denison Colony (Denison)
Ohio Beta (Wittenberg)
Ohio Delta (Ohio State)
Ohio Mu (Dayton)
Ohio Nu (Ohio)
Ohio Xi (Capital)
Ohio Omicron (Muskingum)
Pennsylvania Alpha (W&J)
West Virginia Alpha (WVU)

Portland, Oregon (Lewis & Clark University)
- January 27, 2018
Washington Alpha (Washington)
Oregon Alpha (Oregon)
Oregon Beta (Oregon State)
California Gamma (Cal-Berkeley)
California Iota (UC-Davis)
California Beta (Stanford)

Indianapolis, Indiana (Phi Kappa Psi Headquarters) - January 27, 2018
Illinois Eta (SIUE)
Indiana Alpha (DePauw)
IU Colony (Indiana)
Indiana Gamma (Wabash)
Indiana Delta (Purdue)
Indiana Epsilon (Valparaiso)
Indiana Eta (Indiana State)
Indiana Iota (Ball State)

Binghamton, New York (SUNY-Binghamton) - February 3, 2018
New York Alpha (Cornell)
New York Beta (Syracuse)
New York Eta (Buffalo)
New York Theta (RIT)
New York Iota (Binghamton)
New York Kappa (Oneonta)
Pennsylvania Phi (Lycoming)
Pennsylvania Lambda (Penn State)
Pennsylvania Nu (IUP)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (University of Pennsylvania) - February 3, 2018
Massachusetts Beta (Brandeis)
Rhode Island Beta (URI)
Maryland Alpha (Johns Hopkins)
Towson Colony (Towson)
New Jersey Beta (Monmouth)
New Jersey Gamma (Rutgers)
New Jersey Delta (TCNJ)
New Jersey Epsilon (Rowan)
Pennsylvania Epsilon (Gettysburg)
Pennsylvania Rho (YCP)
Pennsylvania Upsilon (Drexel)
Pennsylvania Eta (Franklin & Marshall)
Pennsylvania Theta (Lafayette)
Pennsylvania Sigma (Univ. of Sciences)
Pennsylvania Iota (UPenn)



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Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0700 http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/regionalofficertraininglocationsandchapterassignments
Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity Announces Updated New-Member Education and Alcohol Requirements http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/newmemberrequirements It is no secret that fraternities and their subsequent negative conduct have made headlines recently.  This last year-and-a-half has been particularly tough for all Greek-letter organizations. Since February 2017, four young men from four different fraternities on four different college campuses have died based, at least in part, on their associations with their respective fraternity. This past semester, Matthew Ellis, a sophomore transfer at Texas State University – San Marcos who was a member of our Texas Gamma Chapter, became the latest victim of these terrible tragedies.

Not one of these men expected to die the last day they awoke. Not one of their brothers anticipated that the things they were about to do would result in a death. When the activities started, none of the members of those fraternities thought that by the end of the evening, they could face felony charges for their conduct – charges that could have a profound impact on the rest of their lives.

Our host institutions are struggling to cope with and address these tragic situations. As a result, a number of communities are suspending social and new member activities, or pausing all Greek life in an effort to work through challenges. All of this has started a national dialogue on the value of Greek membership in general, and fraternities in particular. This means all fraternities, Phi Kappa Psi included, must demonstrate their value, clarify their purpose, enforce accountability to standards and expectations, and consistently re-earn their privilege to exist as a partner in good standing with the host institution.

During the fall semester, Phi Kappa Psi closed or suspended chapters at four campuses in response to risk management violations because some of our members failed to live up to the standards and expectations of Phi Kappa Psi. These closures exceed the entirety of the chapters that we suspended or closed last academic year.

It’s easy for those of us who have had positive fraternity experiences to become frustrated because we know how valuable the experience can be. It is because we know how great we can be that Phi Kappa Psi remains committed and serious about continual improvement. Many of the changes that we have implemented in the last few years have put us in a position to not only help our men do better and improve our organization, but to lead the necessary change in the industry. Some of the efforts that have positioned us to do this include:

  1. Implementing a three to five-person Chapter Advisory Team model for all our chapters;
  2. Increasing our staff to more actively support our chapters;
  3. Increasing our in-person programming to our undergraduates;
  4. Enhancing our chapter accreditation program model;
  5. Enhancing our processes, procedures and staff to support a strong standards model.
  6. Developing and implementing multi-faceted resources and training modules to increase the awareness, skill sets and effectiveness of our alumni and undergraduate leaders.

While this has clearly moved the organization in a positive direction, from the results of this past semester, it is obvious we must do more, and quickly. In light of all these dramatic shifts and tragedies, the Executive Council (EC) met in emergency session December 16-17, 2017 to discuss Phi Psi’s response and next steps to the serious issues confronting fraternities.

During the Executive Council’s meeting, many of the topics discussed have been a part of our organizational dialogue for years, including among others:

  1. Pledging as a foundational aspect of membership
  2. Good Samaritan/Amnesty policy regarding misconduct reports
  3. Alcohol/substance-free housing
  4. The REACH Act (http://bit.ly/2BGcepY), a Congressional effort to address some of the issues confronting fraternities
  5. Chapter Advisory Team structures and models

While many of these topics will require more analysis and discussion, the EC did move to implement a number of actions immediately. Specifically, for Spring term 2018:

  1. Any new members taken during the Fall semesters must be initiated within one week of returning to campus
  2. Any new member classes taken in the spring term must be initiated within seven (7) weeks of the formal pledge ceremony and must follow our standard new member education program.
  3. Reasserting that no alcohol can be involved in any new member event, including a moratorium on any alcohol events within 48 hours before and after any new member event
  4. Tighter controls on alcohol consumption associated with facilities and Fraternity events, in general including:
    1. Alcohol is only permitted in the private living quarters of members of the legal drinking age (21+)
    2. Alcohol can only be consumed in common spaces during an official social event
    3. Alcohol above 15% ABV can only be present if served by a licensed third-party vendor; otherwise, it is prohibited.
  5. Formal endorsement of the REACH Act

Attached are specifics on how each of these changes will be implemented over the course of the spring term.

While we work through these items with our chapters, know that more is coming. With all the transformative efforts Phi Psi has undertaken over the last couple years, we are in a good place to not only respond to the changing environment, but to lead the change. The only way Phi Psi can continue to excel is by setting new standards and working with our host institutions to address and successfully solve the critical issues that confront our community. If we don’t, we will have the terms of the changes dictated to us and we will see ourselves surpassed by other organizations who are adapting to this new environment.

Over the coming weeks, staff will be researching other areas of change, which will be discussed at the next Executive Council meeting in February.

To the majority of our brothers who are doing it right and providing an experience that adheres to our values – Thank You! I challenge each of you to call out the behavior of others around you who are not and truly live up to our high-standards by being thy brother’s keeper.

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Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity Appoints New Associate Director of Member Development http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/phikappapsifraternityappointsnewassociatedirectorofmemberdevelopment Indianapolis, Dec. 11, 2017 - Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity has hired James E. McLendon (SIUE '10) as Associate Director of Member Development.

McLendon earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications and a Masters of Public Administration and Policy Analysis from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.  He is a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, the Phi Psi Family, and has worked as a volunteer advisor.

"Our team is overjoyed to have James join our organization," Kyle Hickman (Lycoming '07), Senior Director of Member Development, said.  "His experience with Phi Kappa Psi, leadership programming and chapter coaching will be invaluable in this role."

Most recently, McLendon served as a Program Coordinator for Saint Louis University, where he focused on multicultural advising and leadership, and was the main advisor for 18 cultural and identity-based student organizations and the university's Multicultural Greek Council.  In his new role, beginning January 2, McLendon will be responsible for overseeing the Fraternity's hazing prevention efforts, Professional Development Conference, and academic initiatives. 

"I am grateful to be working for the organization that has shaped so much of who I am and provided many positive experiences," McLendon said.  "The Member Development team is doing the kind of work that I would have loved having access to as a student.  Now, as a professional, I have the opportunity to give back by providing these resources to our men."

Beginning in January, McLendon can be reached via e-mail at jem@phikappapsi.com.


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 more than 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 Fraternity Call Invitation http://www.phikappapsi.com/news/pressreleases/call_invite It is no secret that fraternities and their conduct have made too many headlines recently.  This last year-and-a-half has been particularly tough, not only for Phi Kappa Psi, but for all Greek-letter organizations.  Since February 2017, four young men from four different fraternities on four different college campuses have died based in large part on their associations with their respective fraternity. This past semester, Matthew Ellis, a sophomore transfer at Texas State University – San Marcos, who was a member of our Texas Gamma Chapter, became the latest victim of these terrible tragedies.

On December 16-17, 2017 the Executive Council (EC) of Phi Kappa Psi met in an emergency session to discuss the current state of the industry, the implications for Phi Kappa Psi, and to begin taking steps to secure a positive experience for future generations of our members.

On Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. Eastern / 6 p.m. Central / 4 p.m. Pacific, I will be hosting a fireside conference call to share the outcomes of the emergency EC session. Topics to be discussed include:

  1. Current state of the industry
  2. New member initiation timing and a revised events schedule
  3. Updated alcohol policies
  4. Additional topics under consideration
  5. Q&A

Many of the changes that the EC has embraced will position us to not only help our men do better and improve our organization, but to also lead the necessary change within the industry. We are very much at an inflection point for our Fraternity and for Greek-letter organizations at large.

Registration for the call is required. Upon completion of your registration, you will be sent additional details.

Please join us for this important call, and share the information with others you work with in your efforts to create meaningful experiences for our undergraduate members.  Additionally, the call will be recorded for future reference.

I look forward to your involvement. Thank you in advance for your passion to make Phi Kappa Psi better!

Amici,

James D. Boyle (Washington ’88)
National President – Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity

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