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+ Fall 2018

The following Chapter Reports were originally posted in The Temple Magazine of Phi Kappa Theta // Fall 2018.

How do I submit a Chapter Report? Wondering why your chapter does not have a report listed? Contact temple@phikaps.org with your report content and/or questions. Reports can include but are not limited to chapter events, a chance encounter with a brother in a distant country, a reunion or simple news of service. Find more stories at www.phikaps.org/news

Alaska-Anchorage, University of AK AΚ | Anchorage, AK The Chapter associated twenty six new members this past September and has secured a spot in the new Greek Leadership Village. This means that they now have an official house at ASU. The Chapter beat Delta Tau Delta in the IFC basketball championships and they held their first philanthropic event where they raised over $1,000 for Children’s Miracle Network. The Chapter also had the second highest GPA in the IFC.

Bridgewater State University MA Z | Bridgewater, MA The Chapter has a lot planned for the upcoming semester including recruitment. Bids were given out at the end of September, bringing in four new members, and the Chapter conducted an Associate Member ritual. There is a corn hole tournament scheduled for the whole campus in which the winners will get a prize and all proceeds will go to CMN and more specifically, Boston’s Children Hospital.

Case Western Reserve OH AΒ | Cleveland, OH In the spring of 2018, the Chapter brought back its second semester of Fry Kap, a philanthropic event featuring fried food and music. All of the proceeds were donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and is set to return in fall 2018. There were eight newly-initiated brothers in the spring. The brothers also went on a retreat and bonded at Hocking Hills, where they solidified their bonds as brothers and contemplated the future.

Cincinnati, University of OH Ο | Cincinnati, OH The Chapter is working towards building their big philanthropic event on campus in partnership with a sorority for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). They are gearing up for Homecoming with Rallycats, the UC spirit organization, and planning for an alumni event. They are expecting half to full chapter participation in the UC Dance Marathon for CMN this December.

Colorado State University CO ΧΣ | Fort Collins, CO The Chapter recently associated eleven new members. They tubed the local Fort Collins river and held a fish race tournament. Members look forward to attending the upcoming Ram Awakening retreat that is paired with Ram Catholic, the Catholic Campus Ministry organization of Saint John XXIII Newman Center. Future events include Horsetooth lake social, the annual Mac ‘N Stache philanthropy and a new parents/alumni tailgate.

Detriot-Mercy, University of MI Ω | Detroit, MI Officers have been working with the new faculty at the University to develop a stronger and more cohesive relationship between Greek Life and campus. Later this semester, the Chapter is planning a concert fundraiser to help support local artists and fund some much-needed home improvements. As the school year progresses, they aim to educate a large class of young gentlemen and help develop them into influential leaders not only in their chapter but their community.

Duquesne University PA AΞ | Pittsburgh, PA The Chapter continued to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network through its Lenten fish fry in the student union, as well as its Monte Carlo Night event. Three brothers attended the IMPACT18 conference in Orlando, Florida, this past August and have brought many ideas back to the chapter. In addition to its six newly initiated members, the chapter looks to continue to expand and further impact the lives of its brothers and community.

Eastern Illinois University IL AΩ | Charleston, IL The Chapter has had a great time volunteering with the Salvation Army After School Program where they help kids in grades K-12 with their homework or play games with them. The Chapter is also looking forward to their philanthropy coming up later in the semester. They will be hosting a pumpkin carving/pumpkin smash event for both Fraternities and Sororities on their campus. They are looking forward to a great year and giving back to both their community and campus.

Georgia Institute of Technology GA ΓΤ | Atlanta, GA This past year has been an exciting one for the Chapter. This fall, they managed to recruit one of the largest associate member classes the chapter has seen with fourteen new members. Their esteemed alumnus Jacky Cheng, ‘17, has been elected the Atlanta area President of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association. The future is looking bright for the next generation of Gamma Tau Phi Kaps.

Hofstra University NY AΩ | Hempstead, NY The Chapter took six new members in the fall and thirteen new members last spring. They’ll host a Halloween Haunted House, a Toy Drive for CMN and participate in various philanthropy events. They are also looking forward to strengthening the bond of Brotherhood at their Brotherhood Retreat. The Chapter has reached an agreement with the Hofstra Newman Club to co-host various community service opportunities and a Holy Hour at Hofstra in December.

Illinois, University of IL ΒΔ | Champaign, IL Last semester, the brothers coordinated a beach themed grill out for philanthropy, along with a successful service event with Crisis Nursery where brothers helped children shop for Christmas gifts for their parents. This semester, the brothers held their inaugural Mud Volleyball Philanthropy in September. The brothers will also be teaming up with Champaign Centennial high school for service events throughout the year.

Iowa, The University of (C) IA Δ | Iowa City, IA The Chapter is in full swing this fall, preparing for their fall recharter ceremony. Being one of the first chapters of Phi Kappa Theta, Iowa Delta is extremely excited to bring its heritage back to the University of Iowa Campus. Iowa Delta would like to thank all national staff, brothers, alumni and fellow chapters for supporting them throughout this process. The initiation was held on Friday, September 28th and the banquet was held the next day.

Iowa State University IA Ξ | Ames, IA The Chapter kicked off the fall with twenty new associate members. The brothers look forward to their continued growth. They have already started a successful intramural season by placing first in their curling league. In addition to this, last semester their former president, Davis Arbogast, ’18, won president of the year in the IFC community against thirty-two very qualified candidates. This is an outstanding achievement and they plan to continue to lead the greek community on campus.

Kansas State University KS Ι | Manhattan, KS The Chapter is working on rebuilding, focusing on the Phi Kap pillars of leadership, academics and spirituality. They are looking to grow a strong foundation for their chapter through their new members. They plan to build a chapter that is a leader academically on campus and is looked to as a group of strong, well rounded men.

Lehigh University PA A | Bethlehem, PA The Chapter is undergoing fall recruitment and they look to increase their presence and involvement throughout the Lehigh community. We are very excited and preparing for Movember. After finishing last semester with one of the highest average house G.P.A.’s in their chapter’s history they are striving to make this success sustainable and would like to thank Brother Jake Cooper for his contributions as Academic Chair.

Louisiana-Lafayette, University of LA Ο | Lafayette, LA The Chapter initiated eight new associate members in the spring and focused time at Service, Outreach, Furniture, Acadiana: an outreach organization that helps the homeless and finds furniture for those in need. They sponsored a Crawfish Boil with Dragos to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network and are currently planning their second annual Greek Trick-or-Treat event on campus, inviting local families to bring their kids trick-or-treating at the on campus Fraternity/Sorority row.

Massachusetts-Dartmouth, University of MA ΚΘ | Dartmouth, MA The Chapter has accomplished a lot this past year including giving hugs around campus for self-harm awareness day, volunteering time and donating around $350 for polar plunge New Bedford, assisting in fundraising along side a sorority to raise money for a family whose house burned down, partnering with Arniethon to create a dance marathon for CMN, adding twelve new members from both semesters and seeing Brother Eliel Mares, ‘20, create a Snapchat lens of the Fraternity crest.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology MA Η | Cambridge, MA The Chapter had a successful fall recruitment. They received fifteen associate members; their largest class in three years. They’re excited to work with their new associate members to convert them all into dedicated brothers throughout the fall semester. They’re continuing their strong academic track record within MIT and have seniors already getting full-time offers from top firms for next year. It’s looking to be a great semester for their chapter!

Missouri University of Science and Technology MO Μ | Rolla, MO The Chapter held an event to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The fundraiser involved selling pizza and wings to fellow Greek life members. All proceeds (roughly $500) were donated to the hospital. Their alumni adviser, Joe Neumann, ‘07, put on a financial seminar in order to help brothers manage their money after graduation.

Nebraska, University of NE Π | Lincoln, NE The Chapter filled their house to its sixty eight man capacity for the first time since the house was completed in 2013. The annual Quo Vadis retreat was held in September, where twenty six men were associated. They partnered with Kappa Delta Sorority to put on a record-breaking philanthropy, raising nearly $8,500 for Teammates Mentoring Program and CEDARS. They’ll trek to Indianapolis with the Lambda Chapter for the FOCUS SEEK Conference in January.

Northern Illinois University IL Ψ | DeKalb, IL Brothers have had a tremendous fall so far! They have volunteered their time to participate in value based recruitment events in conjunction with Northern Illinois University’s IFC. The week consisted of basketball, volleyball, cookouts and Q&A’s with the brothers. The Chapter participated in Hazing Prevention Week. Brother Evan Johnson organized the first annual campus wide three point shootout competition. All proceeds from participants and viewers will be donated to an anti hazing charity!

Pennsylvania State University PA ΒΓ | State College, PA From 2017-2018 the Chapter welcomed a strong, involved class of new brothers. The Chapter has benefited CMN through GreeksCare and GreekSweep. They were involved in the IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, their THON family (the Arevalo’s) and IMPACT18. Their President and Treasurer attended and brought back invaluable ideas and skills to help the Chapter flourish and grow in the right direction.

Pittsburgh, University of PA Μ | Pittsburgh, PA The Chapter planned and hosted its first Painting for a Purpose event with CMN. At the event, sororities on campus came to partner up with children from the CMN to paint murals of their favorite movies, places and/or things to do. This year, with better resources and better marketing, they hope to improve the amount of money they are able to raise, and paint even more murals with sorority teams. They added nine new brothers during spring 2018 recruitment and ten from fall 2017 recruitment.

Purdue University IN Ζ | West Lafayette, IN The Chapter continues to grow in numbers and stresses academics and student leadership so as to make a well rounded brother and leader. They are in the top five for Purdue’s IFC all men’s average grades and ranked number one the semester prior. They hope this upcoming year is fulfilling and hope the Chapter and the National Fraternity as a whole can carry on the mission and vision of Phi Kappa Theta.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute NY Σ | Troy, NY During Summer 2018, Brother Vignesh Babu, ‘19, led a group of eight brothers in the Troy Pig Out, a local barbecue competition where professional and amateur groups compete. This year the chapter took home the People’s Choice Award for a second year in a row. Since then, the Chapter has volunteered at various events for the city of Troy and continues to serve the community.

Saint Francis University PA Τ | Loretto, PA The Chapter has been continuing to finalize the reconstruction of chapter operations. Many needed changes have taken place allowing the Chapter to run smoother. Their big focus this year is to better their philanthropic efforts through new events during Movember and a large project at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for CMN in the spring.

Seton Hall University NJ ΦΒ | South Orange, NJ The Chapter is already planning their Pirate Queen, which is their big semester event. It is a pageant where the contestants are judged based on who is the most well-rounded student. Recruitment is also right around the corner for the fall and they have many fine young men interested in joining the brotherhood which sparks huge excitement for the Chapter. The Chapter is growing at a good rate and is looking forward to a great school year.

South Dakota, University of SD ΑΞ | Vermillion, SD The Chapter added a new philanthropic event for the fall, the Phi Kappa Theta Car Show for Kids. This charity car show allows the chapter to engage with the University and Vermillion communities while fundraising for CMN. Many sponsors have emerged from the local community businesses and the first event was held September 22nd. The chapter looks forward to its upcoming elections and building off a great start to our academic year.

Syracuse University NY Τ | Syracuse, NY Last semester the Chapter took a new member class of nine, increasing their membership from eight to seventeen. This semester, they intend to continue growing their membership numbers and increase their presence on campus. They are currently communicating with other organizations across campus to participate in numerous philanthropic and community service projects. In addition, they are also promoting Movember and developing philanthropy projects of their own.

Texas at Austin, University of TX ΑΠ | Austin, TX The Chapter met with the brothers of the Texas Tau Mu chapter in UT RGV to run through and better organize their active initiation ritual. Two brothers from PKTAAA (the PKT Alamo Alumni Association) were there to oversee the ritual and give advice to the chapters. It was a great bonding experience for all chapters involved, and it was a chance to take a step back and see what they can improve on as a chapter regarding ritual.

Texas Rio Grande Valley, University of TX ΤΜ | Brownsville, TX The Chapter had brothers participate as hot dogger’s for Oscar Meyer Weiner. Some interned for LyondellBasell and researched a new snail species. They also oversaw the creation of an alumni association there in South Texas. For right now, they are almost done with the recruitment and selection of associate members. For the future, they have a social, highway clean up, hazing prevention event and a new group of associate members.

Trine University IN ΑΓ | Angola, IN Last spring the Chapter hosted several philanthropic events including Steuben County Special Olympics and a benefit dinner to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network. They had a slow year of recruitment but are ready to bounce back this year and really focus on recruitment. For the fall, they have a new recruitment schedule that they are really excited about. They also plan on continuing to do small philanthropy projects around town and on campus throughout the semester.

Washington, University of WA ΒΔ | Seattle, WA The Chapter has had a great summer. Most of the brothers traveled around the world, either for business, academics or just to relax. For this upcoming year the Chapter looks to strengthen the brotherhood and welcome incoming members. They hope to volunteer at the Seattle Allstate Hot Chocolate 5K run this March.

Washington State University WA AΔ | Pullman, WA This past summer, President Hogan Leffel, ‘20, Vice President Justin Binkley, ‘20, and Associate Member Educator Chase Barbre, ‘21, represented the chapter at IMPACT18 in Orlando, FL. Meeting fellow brothers from all around the nation gave them a better insight on how well they are represented nationally. The Chapter received the 2018 Founders’ Cup, which was a goal of theirs from the start of 2017.

Wisconsin–Madison, University of WI Λ | Madison, WI This past spring semester, the Chapter initiated six new brothers. They held a year end Quo Vadis meeting where brothers were able to self-reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses as well as their Chapter’s strengths and weaknesses. They look forward to working on the goals that came from that event. This fall, they’ve held several recruitment events, and are hopeful in their current new member prospects.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute MA Λ | Worcester, MA The Chapter participated in the annual Relay for Life to raise money for cancer research and had three brothers complete full marathons. They hosted two “Bro Brunches” with other fraternities as a way to bolster interfraternal relationships and look forward to hosting two more this fall. In May, the Chapter welcomed a new member into the fraternity – Diesel, a guide dog puppy in training that the brothers will be raising for the Guide Dog Foundation for the remainder of the year.


+ Spring 2018

The following Chapter Reports were originally posted in The Temple Magazine of Phi Kappa Theta // Spring 2018.

How do I submit a Chapter Report? Wondering why your chapter does not have a report listed? Contact temple@phikaps.org with your report content and/or questions. Reports can include but are not limited to chapter events, a chance encounter with a brother in a distant country, a reunion or simple news of service. Find more stories at www.phikaps.org/news

Alaska-Anchorage, University of AK AΚ | Anchorage, AK The Chapter, in conjunction with the University of Alaska-Anchorage’s medical clinic and parking services collected over 800 pounds of food that went to stocking the University’s emergency food cache and the rest was donated to the local homeless food kitchen. The University of Alaska-Anchorage keeps a food cache, that students can draw from so that they do not go hungry. When the Chapter heard there was no one to run the program, they stepped up.

Arizona State University AZ AZ | Tempe, AZ The Chapter participated in quite a few events this year. Several brothers volunteered at ‘Feed My Starving Children’ this past February. The Chapter also participated in Movember, with Dorco Razors sponsoring the Chapter and their Movember Foundation! The Chapter also worked with the ladies of Chi Omega to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Bridgewater State University MA Z | Bridgewater, MA The Chapter held an event for ‘Cards 4 Kids’, a nonprofit organization that sends cards to courageous youth battling cancer. The cards people made were delivered to Boston Children’s Hospital. The Chapter raised funds by asking people to dine at ’99 Restaurants’; 15% of their check went to CMN Hospitals. VP of Intellectual Development, Ryan O’Connell, facilitated a Chapter Expectations workshop to begin a series of Professional Development workshops.

Case Western Reserve OH AΒ | Cleveland, OH Brothers attended the Phi Kappa Theta Boysie Bollinger Leadership Academy in Pittsburgh this past February. They partnered with Cleveland Central Promise to host a service event at St. Phillips. At their 2018 Winter Retreat, brothers hiked in Mt. Gilead State Park. This retreat showed them the fullest potential of their chapter. In the fall, brothers sorted donated clothes to be distributed to the homeless and people in need thanks to the Diocese of Cleveland Catholic Charities.

Cincinnati, University of OH Ο | Cincinnati, OH The Chapter raised money for Children’s Miracle Network with a bake sale and their “Caused An Effect” event, where 50% of proceeds went to the CMN.

Colorado State University CO ΧΣ | Fort Collins, CO The Chapter participated in the 6th Annual Beloved Dinner 2018 at Saint John XXIII Catholic Church. They also met up with some of their National brothers at the FOCUS Student Leadership Summit in Chicago earlier this year.

Detriot-Mercy, University of MI Ω | Detroit, MI The Chapter has exemplified a passion for change and progress in many of the Chapter’s areas during the 2017-2018 school year. The Associate Member program was revamped and welcomed a large fall class which brought the Chapter to a thirty year record high of 40 active members strong. Included in the progress was the necessary rebuilding of relationships with other Greek chapters, balancing of the financials and continued renovation of the house.

Duquesne University PA AΞ | Pittsburgh, PA The Chapter raised funds by asking people to dine at ’Red Ring’; 20% of their check went to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In April, the Chapter will initiate The Most Reverend David Zubik, the twelfth Bishop of Pittsburgh. The Chapter values investing and cultivating relationships with members of their academic, civic and spiritual community. The relationship with Bishop Zubik has blossomed into a beautiful relationship that is cherished by everyone involved.

Eastern Illinois University IL AΩ | Charleston, IL The Chapter had a fantastic time volunteering at First Fruits Homestead. For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Chapter served at the Standing Stone Donation Center. They had a great time and would love to help out again when possible. Turning days off into days on.

Georgia Institute of Technology GA ΓΤ | Atlanta, GA In August, the Chapter formally associated 7 new members, followed by dinner at Rosa Mexicano in Atlantic Station. The newest Phi Kaps also had a blast meeting the newest sorority pledge classes with a sweet serenade of “Everybody Talks” by Neon Trees. The Chapter congratulates these men and can’t wait to see them grow and develop into brothers over the semester.

Hofstra University NY AΩ | Hempstead, NY The Chapter took 3 new members in the Fall and 13 Associate Members in the Spring (the biggest new member class on their campus). They held a Wheel Chair basketball tournament, a Toy Drive for CMN and had a Floor Hockey tournament on March 11th. They are also looking forward to strengthening the bond of Brotherhood at their Brotherhood Retreat. Their alumni have also come together to offer a scholarship for a brother picked by them at the end of the school year.

Illinois, University of IL ΒΔ | Champaign, IL From Colony to Chapter. Illinois Beta Delta has officially gone through their re-chartering process. They held their installation ceremony on Founders’ Day, April 29th, 2017, and received their charter. They held their inaugural PhiKakes and Eggs and proceeds went towards CMN Hospitals. In August, brothers from the Chapter attended the Biennial Convention in Washington D.C. They hope that the knowledge they gained from this event is used for the betterment of their chapter.

Iowa, The University of (C) IA Δ | Iowa City, IA The Chapter is on track to petition to charter this spring/summer.

Iowa State University IA Ξ | Ames, IA The Phi Kap A vs B intramural basketball teams squared off in the match up of the century. Father Aaron, Father Jon and the entire St. Thomas Aquinas parish invited 10 of the brothers to their ‘Together Our Mission is Service’ event. Collectively over $15K was raised to help finance mission trips across the country and to help with the mending of torn communities through service and prayer.

Kansas State University KS Ι | Manhattan, KS The Kansas Iota Chapter is working on rebuilding their chapter, focusing on our pillars of leadership, academics, spiritual and brotherhood. They are looking to the future to grow a strong foundation for their chapter through their new members. They plan to build a chapter that is a leader academically on campus and is looked to as a group of strong, well rounded men.

Lehigh University PA A | Bethlehem, PA The Lehigh chapter has had an exciting year and is looking forward to a great rest of the year. After raising money for Movember through their yearly t-shirt sales, the Chapter is getting ready to go on their Dominican Republic trip over Spring Break. Here, the participating members will volunteer at a local orphanage in Santo Domingo.

Louisiana-Lafayette, University of LA Ο | Lafayette, LA Early on in the school year, the Chapter met with alumni to discuss plans for the year and future, including formal recruitment training from a National representative. The Chapter sent 3 brothers to the Boysie Bollinger Leadership Academy in Atlanta this past January. It was a very powerful experience for the brothers. They helped set up and tear down the ‘Free to Breathe 5K’ this past October and were recognized as a 5 Star Chapter by the University.

Massachusetts-Dartmouth, University of MA ΚΘ | Dartmouth, MA The Chapter helped #GoodGoesRound pack MATTERboxes to give to the community as part of the Ellen Degeneres and Cheerio’s #OneMillionActsOfGood campaign. They also held a successful bowling/poker night and participated in ‘Be the Solution to Pollution’, where they picked up trash at Cedar Dell Apartments. Additionally, they participated in an Autism Speaks Walk.

Missouri University of Science and Technology MO Μ | Rolla, MO The Chapter has helped the local Catholic Church with their fish frys every Friday during Lent. Over 70% of the Chapter participated in a campus blood drive. They donated over $260 of canned foods to the local food pantry and attended the campus career fair, the day before they held a resume review in the house. Older guys with co-ops and internships looked over the younger members’ resumes and gave them tips. The Valentine’s Day semiformal was a blast and we had great participation.

Nebraska, University of NE Π | Lincoln, NE The Chapter participated in the philanthropy, ’KD and Phi Kap Funnel Cakes’, where they served funnel cakes and lemonade. The past couple of months have kept them busy, from initiation and the Boysie Bollinger Leadership Academy, to FOCUS Legacy and many more events, this semester has been a great one so far.

Nicholls State University LA ΝΩ | Thibodaux, LA The chapter is under a rebuilding process. They are bettering their communication with the Executive Office and their local alumni. They are also strengthening the bond with their fellow Louisiana Chapter from Lafayette. They recently held a very successful ‘5K for Breast Cancer’ event and held their ‘Phi Kappa Splash’, where they were able to spend time with over a dozen alumni as well as active brothers. They also held a Bake Sale where they raised over $100 for their chapter.

Northern Illinois University IL Ψ | DeKalb, IL The Chapter held their philanthropy ‘Kick For The Kids’ in October. In December they helped out at the annual Newman Center dinner and held their annual Holiday Toy Drive. The Chapter was named “Best Fraternity” for 2018 by the school newspaper, The Northern Star. They boast most diverse house on Greek row and that every single person cares about one another.

Pennsylvania State University PA ΒΓ | State College, PA The Chapter participated in several events this year, including Bye Bye Birdie Greek Sing 2017 and Phihop. Phihop supported CMN Hospitals and The Salvation Army. Additionally, as a part of THON they toured the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. THON is a student-run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. For the Chapter, it was powerful to see the impact THON has for the kids and their families.

Purdue University IN Ζ | West Lafayette, IN It’s the 100th anniversary of the Purdue Chapter. They’re involved in philanthropy events such as a dance marathon and raising money for a local children’s hospital. Through charitable donations from alumnus, Tony Vendramini (‘89), the chapter purchased a new go-kart to compete against other Greek life and student organizations in Purdue’s Grand Prix race. Alumni have set up an advisory committee, aiding collegiate brothers with finances and professional advice.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute NY Σ | Troy, NY The Chapter hosted the Troy Boys and Girls Club for a Haunted House and Halloween Party. They also sold apple cider, doughnuts and hot chocolate to raise money for CMN. One big highlight of the year was participating in an 80-minute video tour and conference call Q&A with Brother Gabe Vande Hei’s father, Mark. Mark was an astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS). Mark took an incredible photo of Gabe’s fraternity pin in outer space, backed by the Earth.

Saint Francis University PA Τ | Loretto, PA The Chapter is currently undergoing a major overhaul. They have a new E-Board and are working on revamping their entire constitution and operating procedures to better the entire member experience. At the same time, they are continuing to work on ways to reconnect with their alumni through their new online database. Alumni should be anticipating a call from one of their current brothers soon.

San Diego, University of CA ΦΔ | San Diego, CA Last semester the Chapter maintained the 2nd highest fraternity GPA on campus. The chapter has prioritized goals of increasing membership (largest AM class in the past seven semesters and of all fraternities), restoring social presence and creating new philanthropies to further engage with their local Greek and SD communities. This year they participated in ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ in an effort to end the silence of domestic violence. They also celebrated Mom’s Weekend with food and canvas.

Seton Hall University NJ ΦΒ | South Orange, NJ The Chapter participated in the annual ‘Pirate Queen’, an event that raised money for the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research. Collegiate brothers and alumni also gathered for the annual Alumni Luncheon. Vice President and Director of Athletics & Recreation, Pat Lyons, joined them and talked about SHU athletics.

South Dakota, University of SD ΑΞ | Vermillion, SD The Chapter has their annual Fish Fry coming up where they gather funds for CMN. They also have their annual Dakotathon coming up where members of the Chapter participate in a 24 hour day of fun activities and dance party with CMN kids. They have started a house fund to get a bigger living space for their future brothers and have been staying in contact with alumni from all over the country to help them grow.

Syracuse University NY Τ | Syracuse, NY The Chapter participated in AGD’s Dive Into Color philanthropy event, had a blast participating in Alpha Xi Delta’s Kicks for a Cause Philanthropy and the Chapter participated in Movember, reminding them the importance of men’s health.

Texas at Austin, University of TX ΑΠ | Austin, TX The Chapter recently completed the Ladder of Risk workshop where they engaged with their peers from other chapters and councils. This workshop challenged the Chapter to review their risk management plans, policies and practices.

Texas Rio Grande Valley, University of TX ΤΜ | Brownsville, TX The Chapter held the first annual Pie Kap event where attendees could throw a pie at their favorite (or least favorite) Phi Kap. They placed in the Trail of Lights competition, where they had the opportunity to show off their letters. They also participated in Movember and the Greek Beach Clean Up on South Padre Island. They attended a seminar led by Sarah Panzau Evans. She spoke to the Chapter about the dangers, trials and consequences of drinking and driving.

Trine University IN ΑΓ | Angola, IN The Chapter has been completing numerous volunteer activities as well as raising almost $2,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network. They are hosting their annual benefit dinner on April 14th and the Steuben County Special Olympics Spring Track Invitational on April 22nd.

Washington State University WA AΔ | Pullman, WA Chapter brothers and associate members hiked Kamiak Butte to take part in Altitude, their annual brotherhood event. They had the opportunity to create stronger bonds and continue to build on this amazing group of men. They also sent their Executive Board down to the Boysie Bollinger Leadership Academy in Tempe, AZ. In October they headed to CenturyLink Field, where the Seahawks play, and met with Brother Paul Allen.

Wisconsin–Madison, University of WI Λ | Madison, WI The Chapter held their first leadership turnover retreat. Event planning and fraternal bonding prepared their leadership for a great semester. They held five recruitment events and associated seven new members. They sent three brothers to the Boysie Bollinger Leadership Academy, helping them realize their strengths to help themselves and the Chapter. They also held their annual Phi Kap “Phish Phry” where they raised 600 dollars to be donated to Children’s Miracle Network.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute MA Λ | Worcester, MA The Chapter participated in an incredible Homecoming week of events, delivered an outstanding float, won the Goat’s Head Trophy and welcomed several alumni for their 10 Year Re-Colonization Event. They also attended the WPI Memorial Event celebrating the life of their past advisor, Brother and friend, William Grogan (WPI, ‘46). They volunteered at Community Harvest Project, picking over 800 lbs of peppers and a bunch of tomatoes. They also held their 2018 Annual Alumni Day.


+ Spring 2017

The following Chapter Reports were originally posted in The Temple Magazine of Phi Kappa Theta // Spring 2017.

How do I submit a Chapter Report? Wondering why your chapter does not have a report listed? Contact temple@phikaps.org with your report content and/or questions. Reports can include but are not limited to chapter events, a chance encounter with a brother in a distant country, a reunion or simple news of service. Find more stories at www.phikaps.org/news

Alaska-Anchorage, University of AK AΚ | Anchorage, AK We had an unsuccessful spring recruitment but we’re looking forward to fall recruitment where we plan to bring in 10 new members. We have two big events coming up. The first is to raise money for the CMN with the Anchorage Aces, where 1/3 of ticket sales will go to our local CMN Chapter. The other is to raise economic awareness of varying issues/solutions that we may see under our new Trump administration via a panel of local professors.

Arizona State University AZ AZ | Tempe, AZ The Arizona Alpha Zeta Chapter has made huge strides in many areas this semester in academics, social development and recruitment. Currently ranked 4th in IFC for GPA, we have made playoffs in two intramural sports and accepted the largest pledge class our chapter has ever accepted with 25 accepted bids.

Bridgewater State University MA Z | Bridgewater, MA Our Board attended a retreat to discuss goals, plan events and reflect on purpose. We welcomed 8 Associate Members. Every other Saturday, brothers volunteer at a non-profit to alleviate child poverty. We held a spiritual event at Borderlands State Park, where we discussed the future of our organization. We reflected on ourselves, held a professional development activity and a dodgeball brotherhood event. Finally, we participated in Relay for Life and raised over $1,000.

Case Western Reserve OH AΒ | Cleveland, OH This past fall, Ohio Alpha Beta celebrated it’s 75th year on CWRU’s campus. And the chapter’s recently formed Local Board of Coaches has worked hard with the current Executive Council to make some much needed chapter improvements.

Cincinnati, University of OH Ο | Cincinnati, OH We focused on recruitment, alumni relations and campus involvement this year. Last fall, we partnered with Gamma Phi Beta Sorority for Homecoming 2017, as well as planned a philanthropy event in conjunction with the Rotary Club in April. We are recruiting heavily for next fall’s initiation, as we have had a successful Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 AM class. We began an alumni newsletter to unify and inform our alumni of the doings of our chapter. Go Bearcats!

Colorado State University CO ΧΣ | Fort Collins, CO Colorado Chi Sigma chapter is doing extremely well. We’ve really come together as a fraternity this semester, which has been demonstrated in both recruitment and the events we’ve held.

Detriot-Mercy, University of MI Ω | Detroit, MI Our chapter just recently had a Brotherhood weekend, wherein we held Quo Vadis and composite photos. In March we participated in a campus cleanup to pick up trash.

Duquesne University PA AΞ | Pittsburgh, PA This semester we brought in the largest pledge class that our chapter has ever seen (16 associate members). This pledge class is a testament to our chapter’s resiliency through the fall semester when we were only able to bring in one new brother. In the past few recruitment cycles we have developed a new recruitment strategy that’s paying off. We hope to continue this success in spring recruitment and teach more gentleman what it means to be brothers of Phi Kappa Theta.

Eastern Illinois University IL AΩ | Charleston, IL The brothers of Illinois Alpha Omega this semester have been working hard on maintaining our first-in-grades status for the third year in a row, and boasting the most members in The Order of Omega. Both among all fraternities. This spring the Chapter set record performance for Greek Week by placing 2nd in Greek Sing, 3rd in Tugs and 3rd overall!

George Mason University VA ΓΜ | Fairfax, VA Our chapter size is dwindling, but there are a few students interested in building it back up.

Georgia, University of GA ΔΡ | Athens, GA Did not submit own report.

Georgia Southern University GA ΛΧ | Statesboro, GA We are really focusing on having the best brotherhood we can have this semester. We are holding multiple brotherhood events and personal advancement sessions for our brothers. We are also reaching out to do philanthropy with the local police departments.

Georgia Institute of Technology GA ΓΤ | Atlanta, GA We’ve grown closer as a brotherhood than we’ve been in semesters, taken great strides in focusing and improving our pillar development and honed our desire for servant leadership.

Hofstra University NY AΩ | Hempstead, NY We’re focused on growing our chapter’s campus presence by hosting a variety of events for the community. We’ve planned a spirituality panel, where facility members of different faiths will answer questions about religion and spirituality. We’re hosting mass for members of Greek Life and a lip-sync battle to raise money for CMN. We took in our Epsilon Class consisting of 10 new members. We’ll be hosting our 1st annual Family & Alumni Luncheon to showcase our chapter’s work and progress.

Illinois, University of IL ΒΔ | Champaign, IL Our Colony is doing well going through preparations to provide a smooth transition of leadership at the end of March. We have made some operational improvements and have been benefiting from them since. Set to Charter the weekend of April 29, 2017.

Iowa, The University of (C) IA Δ | Iowa City, IA Iowa Delta is stronger than we have ever been. We are on track to complete the chartering process and aim to set a chartering date for Fall of 2017.

Iowa State University IA Ξ | Ames, IA The Iowa Xi chapter has reached a membership of 50, and we are continuing our success by placing well in Homecoming and Greek Week. Our academics have improved and we have been modernizing our Constitution.

Kansas State University KS Ι | Manhattan, KS The Kansas Iota Chapter is currently in a rebuilding year. We are focusing on recruiting quality men rather than quantity. We are grateful for all the support we have received from our alumni.

Lehigh University PA A | Bethlehem, PA This semester, the Pennsylvania Alpha Chapter at Lehigh University has come a great way. After a troubled past 2 years, the chapter has made great progress in implementing a culture change in which brothers look out for each other and the chapter and there is transparency between the leadership and the general members of the chapter.

Lewis University IL ΚΦ | Romeoville, IL The chapter has taken time to focus on improving the internal operations and adherence to University guidelines. Our brotherhood has strengthened in the meantime.

Louisiana-Lafayette, University of LA Ο | Lafayette, LA We’re growing! After some cuts and probations in recent years, we’ve increased our chapter size in three semesters. We pride ourselves in making positive impacts on our university and community. Per capita, we have the most community service hours on campus. Every brother has bought in to rebuilding our chapter to make it the strongest brotherhood around. We’re excited for what the future holds. We anticipate around 25 members going into the spring of 2018.

Massachusetts-Dartmouth, University of MA ΚΘ | Dartmouth, MA We recruited our largest class (8) in recent years. We have put a lot of time and effort into philanthropy, with scheduled events such as Polar Plunge, Habitat for Humanity and Relay for Life.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology MA Η | Cambridge, MA We made immense progress towards house renovations, inclusion and general operations. We are on a trend toward a very strong and cohesive brotherhood.

Missouri, University of MO ΚΥ | Columbia, MO The Alumni Receivership Board is working with the chapter to improve the chapter’s performance. In more positive news, the chapter GPA ranked fourth out of thirty-five fraternities in Fall 2016.

Missouri University of Science and Technology MO Μ | Rolla, MO We’re adapting to and enjoying our new chapter house. With 25 new members we are thriving and becoming one of the top houses on campus. We’ve competed in events such as Greek Week (fall) and St. Patrick’s day activities (spring). We’re lucky to have such great alumni advise us and help us become the best we can be. Several members attended the Regional Leadership Conference and brought awesome ideas back with them that we look to implement in the near future.

Nebraska, University of NE Π | Lincoln, NE This year, brothers have taken it upon themselves to attend to their faith and relationship with God. This has brought considerable peace and increased brotherhood throughout the house.

Nicholls State University LA ΝΩ | Thibodaux, LA We are improving our numbers and growing closer with our in state brothers from Louisiana Omicron in Lafayette. This is our 50th year on campus so we plan to strengthen our communication with alumni, setting up a formal get together to celebrate. Many current and past Brothers are from Baton Rouge, so last semester we helped out people who were affected by the Baton Rouge flood. We collected goods around campus for the cause, donating $300 through the University.

Alumni Note: Jeremy Perque (Nicholls State University, ‘03), has recently been elected partner in the financial, estate and retirement planning firm of Altus Wealth Management. He is a former Foundation Board member of Phi Kappa Theta. He has managed client relationships and provided financial services in the south Louisiana area since 2006. He joins partners Mickey Guidry, Ronnie Brown, Jesse Daigle, Wally McMakin, John Reeder and John Stewart. He is involved In the Sunrise Rotary Club of Baton Rouge and the Nicholls Alumni Federation.

Northern Illinois University IL Ψ | DeKalb, IL Our chapter has made great strides this semester. We made it our goal to put more emphasis on philanthropy and community service. We implemented a new Community Service Plan to increase member involvement on campus and the community. That momentum really showed at NIU’s Dance Marathon, where we were the top fundraising fraternity, raising over $3,000. We also had the most attendance at the event of all organizations, so it was a very proud moment for our chapter.

The Ohio State University OH ΓΘ | Columbus, OH We have been working with local alumni and other resources to grow our philanthropy efforts and have fostered a reinvigorated sense of brotherhood and leadership amongst the active chapter.

Ohio University OH Ψ | Athens, OH Ohio Psi is pleased to have gained another community service partner, Passionworks. This is an organization for disabled individuals to go and express themselves through artwork. We sit with them and assist in any way they need. Furthermore, we are pleased to say that we have been to every other fraternity’s philanthropy events to help out the local community.

Pennsylvania State University PA ΒΓ | State College, PA Did not submit own report.

Pittsburgh, University of PA Μ | Pittsburgh, PA Pennsylvania Mu is coming off of our best round of recruitment in years and we’re hoping to ride that momentum to next year. With a host of new young brothers, our main goals for next year are to help them develop into future leaders inside and outside the fraternity.

Purdue University IN Ζ | West Lafayette, IN During the fall semester, the chapter reconnected with its Catholic heritage by working closely with Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute NY Σ | Troy, NY We have continued our standard of excellence and self-improvement in the Greek community through social and philanthropy events.

San Diego, University of CA ΦΔ | San Diego, CA In April our 9 AM’s received their "Big Brother”. It has been encouraging to watch our AM’s develop into PKT gentlemen. We’ve been active on campus promoting sexual assault awareness and bystander intervention and recently completed a chapter-wide pledge through the "It’s On Us” organization. We’re passionate about combatting sexual assault withing the USD community and fostering positive change on campus.

San Diego State University CA ΦΙ | San Diego, CA Here at California Phi Iota, we’ve seen a shift over these past two years. There is so much competition for leadership positions within the house and even the university. We believe brotherhood is very important because we truly are a family. We are excited for where this house is heading into the future here at SDSU.

Saint Francis University PA Τ | Loretto, PA Every day we continue to grow closer as one Fraternity, achieving organizational goals and individual goals for the betterment of each brother. Recently implemented was a new study program, which has raised our overall GPA tremendously. We continue to work on connecting with our past alumni and bettering our relationships with them. Through new fundraising ideas, we are working on coming out of the burden of debt. This semester has been one of our best in terms of our chapter growth.

Seton Hall University NJ ΦΒ | South Orange, NJ We’re implementing a standards committee to oversee disciplinary actions among brothers. We’ve held philanthropy events including bake sales for American Cancer Society, raffles for Jim Valvano Foundation and volunteer hours at the Hillside Food Bank. We recruited sixteen AM’s, applying Academic Resource and Career Development workshops into the AM process. We’re growing in numbers, intelligence and professionalism striving to exemplify what it means to be PKT.

South Dakota, University of SD ΑΞ | Vermillion, SD The chapter is being reorganized and built while also growing on campus and making better connections with alumni and other Greek organizations.

Syracuse University NY Τ | Syracuse, NY This semester our chapter has made great strides to improve ourselves. Our Executive Board has been highly motivated to improve our chapter in both its internal operations and external relationships within our campus’ Greek Life, as well as with other student organizations. We have continued to grow our relationships with local community service entities such as Meals on Wheels and Adopt-A-Street.

Temple University PA Ι | Philadelphia, PA We obtained a decent Associate Member class. We raised money for HootaThon. We have planned and executed a few block clean ups. We are also collaborating with sororities from different councils for service/philanthropy events.

Texas at Austin, University of TX ΑΠ | Austin, TX Our chapter’s brotherhood continues to be strong, and we are improving internal organization to help future growth.

Texas Rio Grande Valley, University of TX ΤΜ | Brownsville, TX The Texas Tau Mu chapter always strives to achieve everlasting success in all aspects of college life, from countless community service hours to being named the number one Greeks on campus. Most of our brothers have improved their GPA in some shape or form, since the ultimate goal is graduation. The Texas Tau Mu chapter of Phi Kappa Theta adheres to inspiring confidence through life experiences.

Trine University IN ΑΓ | Angola, IN The Indiana Alpha Gamma Chapter is currently closing in on our $6000 fundraising goal for CMN. We’re planning our annual Special Olympics for Steuben County and Benefit Dinner / Silent Auction. Our chapter is now looking at the fourth consecutive semester with over 800 service hours. Lastly, we are a week away from initiating 10 new members for the Spring Class of 2017.

Washington State University WA AΔ | Pullman, WA Our chapter has been actively improving all aspects of operations. Giving back through Community Service and involvement in other chapters’ philanthropic events has been a main focus. We’re also striving to take over the top place in fraternity GPA at our university, which we narrowly missed last semester. Our men enjoy pushing themselves to be the best they can be and shining a positive light on not only our chapter, but the Greek community as a whole.

Washington, University of WA ΒΔ | Seattle, WA Did not submit own report.

Wisconsin–Madison, University of WI Λ | Madison, WI This semester Wisconsin Lambda has started out the year very well with a fun and fruitful round of recruitment and an exciting "Phish Phry” philanthropy event.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute MA Λ | Worcester, MA Our chapter has found success in putting more emphasis on philanthropy, adding more opportunities for brothers to get involved.