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Fire Destroys Rowan Phi Psi Chapter House

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.