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.
The 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)
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.