Press Release

Brother Keith Harshbarger Announces Departure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Phi Kappa Theta Announces the Transition of Keith Harshbarger

Keith and Meredith

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA | April 15, 2019 – Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity announces the departure of its Director of Brand Management, Keith Harshbarger.

Keith Harshbarger (National at Large ‘06) has recently accepted an opportunity with Conner Prairie, one of Indiana’s premier outdoor destinations for families, as a member of their creative team. Conner Prairie is Indiana’s first Smithsonian affiliate, and one of the most visited outdoor museums in the country. Brother Harshbarger will be serving as their Social Media and Communications Specialist. Keith is a graduate of Indiana University & Purdue University of Indianapolis with a B.S. in Communications.

Over his twelve years with the Phi Kappa Theta, Brother Harshbarger has led the production of the TEMPLE Magazine, the Fraternity’s online presence including the website and all Fraternity social media content. Brother Harshbarger has also spearheaded the Fraternity and special event communication while managing the Fraternity’s brand. Keith lives in Indianapolis with his wife Meredith, and daughter Paisley. His last day with Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity was Friday, April 12.

We are incredibly grateful for the years of dedication and service Keith has given our fellow brothers over the years. Our well wishes go out to him and his family during this exciting transition.

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Phi Kappa Theta is a national fraternity that fosters five areas of development within its membership: leadership, fraternal, intellectual, social, and spiritual. Currently, the Fraternity has 37 active chapters. The mission of Phi Kappa Theta is to actively develop men to be effective leaders who passionately serve society, Fraternity and God.

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Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity Re-Charters Iowa Delta Chapter

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA | October 3, 2018 – Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity has granted a Charter to the Iowa Delta Chapter at the University of Iowa. The Installation Ceremony took place on Saturday, September 29th in Iowa City with University Administration, Board of Trustees Members, and Chapter Brothers.

The Chapter’s rechartering comes after four years of ongoing colonization efforts at The University of Iowa. Earlier this year, the then-colony submitted its Petition to Charter to Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity’s Executive Vice President. Soon after, a call to vote was sent to the governing body of the Fraternity: its Chapters and Board of Trustees. A three-quarters majority needed to be met in order to charter. The motion passed unanimously last month with all votes submitted being in-favor of Iowa Delta’s Installation. Iowa Delta Associate Members were initiated on September 28th, the eve of their Installation.

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The Installation Banquet hosted several speakers, who shared well-wishes and congratulations to the Fraternity’s newest Brothers. Among these were members of the University Administration, Iowa Delta Alumni, and Phi Kappa Theta National President Adrian Gonzalez. Gonzalez (University of Texas Austin, ‘78) ‘presented the new Charter to Chapter President Colton Miller (‘20) alongside National President-Elect Doug Dilling (Kansas State University, ‘84).

The Iowa Delta Chapter of Phi Kappa Theta is currently twenty-one members strong, with numbers expected to grow when Fall Recruitment concludes at the University. The Brothers spent the morning of their Installation Day serving their community at the local Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City. The Fraternity has high hopes and expects to see continued growth and success from its newest chapter.

Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity Closes Chapter at University of Alaska Anchorage

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA July 30, 2018 – Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity is disappointed to announce the closure of the Alaska Alpha Kappa Chapter at The University of Alaska Anchorage, effective immediately.

The unanimous decision to suspend the Alaska Alpha Kappa chapter came from the Fraternity Board in April and resulted in the revocation of the charter, finalized this summer. The Executive Offices and University staff witnessed the group descending into dwindling membership over the last two academic years. There was a continued lack of presence and recruitment on the host campus. The chapter neglected to communicate ongoing conflicts and hardships to the Executive Office and did not take advantage of resources made known to them from University officials. The Alaska Alpha Kappa chapter was chartered in 2015 and was the first chapter in Alaska, as well as the first chartered chapter of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity outside of the contiguous United States. The chapter’s charter will remain suspended and in the care of the Board of Trustees.

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Phi Kappa Theta is a national fraternity that fosters five areas of development within its membership: leadership, fraternal, intellectual, social, and spiritual. Currently, the Fraternity has 37 active chapters. The mission of Phi Kappa Theta is to actively develop men to be effective leaders who passionately serve society, Fraternity and God.