Phi Kappa Psi gathered for a week of wonderful education and the election of new undergraduate leaders
The 2011 Woodrow Wilson Leadership School and District Council meetings were a tremendous success. Held from June 21-25 in Columbus, Ohio, the Ohio State University campus proved to be a tremendous setting for the over 200 undergraduate and alumni brothers that attended.
The curriculum for the week featured dynamic speakers, highlighted by two eloquent keynote speeches by David McDonald Beloit '82, who challenged the undergraduates in attendance to be leaders on campus, not necessarily through what is socially normal, but what is excellent. His speeches set the tone for a week filled with breakouts and small-group meetings where the concepts of teamwork, integrity and gentlemanly conduct all were hot-button issues that challenged each brother to be a stronger representative of their chapter, school and Fraternity.
"This conference has given us all a tremendous number of ideas from both speakers and brothers," said Adam Goodman Rowan '08. "These talks have acted as our catalysts to make all of us want to improve our chapters."
The politics of the week also saw the election of six new Archons to the Executive Council of Phi Kappa Psi. There were some wonderful candidates and some heated discussion, as our undergraduates took their responsibility seriously in influencing the direction of the Fraternity moving forward.
Pictured left to right by Districts (1-6) - Adam Goodman (Rowan '08), Carl Sceusa (GW '08), Jeff Miskovich (Purdue '09), Matt Evans (Kentucky '09), Michael Kirschbaum (Creighton '11) and Tim Suwandhaputra (UC Riverside '09)
The final banquet was an opportunity to recognize all chapters for their achievements in the classroom, the community and the Fraternity. The Chapter Excellence Program (Accreditation) was unveiled at that banquet, with 47 chapters (70% of those that submitted) reaching an Accredited status. Eleven chapters were accredited with honors, while five were accredited with distinction. From those five chapters, the best of the best was awarded with the Grand Chapter award. And, for the second time in three years, the men of Ohio Mu (University of Dayton) took home the honors as the best chapter in Phi Kappa Psi!
Complete Awards Listing
Accredited (Passing 8 or 9 out of 11 areas of Chapter Excellence)
Auburn, Stanford, Southern Cal, UC-Davis, Occidental, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, SIU-Edwardsville, Purdue, Valparaiso, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Loyola, Maryland, Nebraska, RIT, Ohio State, Case Western, Ashland, Capital, Bowling Green, F&M, Bucknell, Penn, Penn State, USP, Texas, Virginia, Washington
Accredited with Hono rs (Passing 10 out of 11 areas of Chapter Excellence)
Cal, GW, Illinois, DePaul, Minnesota, Oneonta, Ohio, Allegheny, Lafayette, West Virginia
Accredited with Distinction (Passing 11 out of 11 areas of Chapter Excellence
Northern Illinois, Brandeis, Creighton, Rowan, Dayton
District Scholarship Awards (Highest GPA in District)
District 1 - Brown University
District 2 - Bucknell University
District 3 - Northwestern University
District 4 - University of Virginia
District 5 - Creighton University
District 6 - Stanford University
Thomas Myers (Recognizing Scholastic Achievement)
Summa Cum Laude (3.3 GPA or higher)
Stanford, Occidental, Northwestern, Brandeis, Johns Hopkins, Case Western, Bucknell, Lafayette, Brown, Virginia, W&L
Magna Cum Laude (3.1 to 3.3 GPA)
Cal, Creighton, Syracuse, Drexel, Beloit
Cum Laude (3.0 to 3.1 GPA)
Southern Cal, UC-Irvine, GW, Georgia, Iowa, Iowa State, DePauw, Indiana, Valparaiso, IUPUI, Butler, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Monmouth, TCNJ, Binghamton, Oneonta, Ohio State, Miami (OH), Ohio, Ashland, Capital, Bowling Green, Oklahoma, Oregon, Allegheny, F&M, Penn, Penn State, Lycoming, Texas, Washington
The next full national gathering of Phi Kappa Psi will be the 2012 Grand Arch Council, which will be held in San Antonio, Texas beginning on July 11, 2012. Be sure to check the website frequently this fall for updates, hotel information and registration.