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Spring 2016 Chapter Reports

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The following Chapter Reports were originally posted in The Temple Magazine of Phi Kappa Theta // Spring 2016

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Alaska-Anchorage, University of (C) AK AΚ | Anchorage, AK Alaska Alpha Kappa has successfully cultivated an environment that discovers, develops and promotes servant leaders, thereby achieving true sustainability.

Arizona State (C) AZ AZ | Tempe, AZ With 25 new brothers, Arizona Alpha Zeta is on the rise and making a positive impact on Arizona State’s campus. #BandOfBrothersWhoServe

Bridgewater State MA Z | Bridgewater, MA This spring, we recruited 14 new members of the total 30 men that joined Greek Life this semester (the most we have ever recruited). Brothers started working shifts at Gillette Stadium to pay dues and fundraise. We’ll collaborate on a 5K with Delta Phi Epsilon for our philanthropies. With our ball coming up, Greek Week planning en route and all brothers making strides socially in PKT and the greek community, we’re reaching our potential and "Give, expecting nothing Thereof”.

Case Western OH AΒ | Cleveland, OH We’re excited to have grown tremendously. The current brothers have truly begun to embody the five pillars in our daily lives and interactions with the community. Particularly, we’ve hosted the first Alumni event in recent years and started a $75,000 for 75 years alumni donation drive to restore the house we’re all personally connected to. We’ve also ran the first philanthropy in active brother memory, raising several hundred dollars and spreading awareness for the Children’s Miracle Network.

Cincinnati, University ofOH Ο | Cincinnati, OH We are most proud of our involvement in Cincinnati Dance Marathon, as our Regional Leadership Conference had properly given us the exposure to BuckeyeThon - which has inspired us to give back in any way we can. Furthermore, we value our connections with other chapters, and are especially proud of our chapter visit with Texas Rio Grande. Brotherhood knows no physical bounds, and we hope to continue to reach out and develop with our fellow man.

Colorado State CO ΧΣ | Fort Collins, CO We’re in good standing as of Spring 2016. Operations are going smoothly and the leadership team has settled into their roles well. Our brotherhood continues to grow stronger as we host our scheduled events for the semester. In big news, we are in the initial planning stages of a housing project.

Detriot-Mercy, University of MI Ω | Detroit, MI Accomplishments stem from a change in attitude taking a year+ to accomplish. We’re recommitted to bettering each other through stressing academics, and bettering our community through service and social advocacy programs. We have the highest GPA  of any Greek organization, and are known for our alcohol awareness and anti-sexual assault programs. We have preserved what is most important, our Brotherhood bond to each other - rivaled by none, strived for by all.

Duquesne University PA AΞ | Pittsburgh, PA This year our chapter was extremely excited to present letters to our chaplain, Bishop Zubik. We also won Duquesne’s annual Carnival, an event in which fraternities and sororities are paired up and put on an original performance involving acting, singing and dancing. We are currently organizing our chapter’s annual Monte Carlo Night, our largest philanthropic event of the year, where we raise thousands of dollars for Children’s Miracle Network.

Eastern Illinois IL AΩ | Charleston, IL We have been working with the Salvation Army on a weekly basis to help children in our community. Along with this, we have won best grades for another semester.

George Mason VA ΓΜ | Fairfax, VA Virginia Gamma Mu is proud of participating in Greek week’s Shack-a-Thon fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity coming up this March. We’re also working on coordinating a blood drive later in April/May. In the summer, we plan on volunteering to give tours/ help out at the monastery we use for ceremonies. And, of course, it was great to meet with the other brothers from the other PKT chapters at RLC!

University of Georgia GA ΔΡ | Athens, GA Each semester brothers lead volunteering efforts for the Friends of the Oconee County Library near Athens, GA. The chapter moves thousands of books from the Library to a nearby warehouse, allowing the charitable organization to host a huge semi-annual book sale, which funds guest speakers and reading programs for kids. With out help, the Friends of the Oconee County Library succeeds in fulfilling its mission of offering programs to enrich the cultural life of its community.

Georgia Southern GA ΛΧ | Statesboro, GA GA ΛΧ is proud of their recent role with Team Irelynn, a local non profit that is committed to finding a cure for a rare blood disease called Diamond Blackfan Anemia (DBA). This semester, we had brothers volunteer and participate in their annual 5K race. Additionally, we helped organize "Irelynn’s 100 Pints of Life Blood Drive” which will take place later in the semester. In the fall, we will also be holding our PHInest Rose Pageant where all proceeds will go to Team Irelynn.

Georgia Tech GA ΓΤ | Atlanta, GA Pleased with our increased interaction with our fellow GA chapters. In February we hosted one of the Southern Province’s RLC’s in ATL with the UGA and GA Southern chapters. This April we’ll be co-hosting two more events with fellow chapters: a joint formal to New Orleans with the UGA chapter and  Founder’s Day Alumni Dinner in ATL with Southern and UGA. We’ve transcended collegiate bounds to grow in the Phi, the Kappa and the Theta. Hope to see you all in Arizona!

Hofstra (C) NY AΩ | Hempstead, NY We’ve grown in numbers, activity and purpose. By immersing ourselves in Greek Life at Hofstra, we’ve been able to encourage service and commitment to society. Highest GPA on campus (3.51) and we petitioned to charter!

Illinois, University of (C) IL ΒΔ | Champaign, IL In the last year, we’ve made tremendous strides in our five pillars. We’ve created an enormous positive impact on our campus, and we look forward to continuing this success for years to come.

Iowa State IA Ξ | Ames, IA Iowa Xi Chapter has begun to expand to larger member numbers while still maintaining a strong brotherhood connection.

Kansas State KS Ι | Manhattan, KS We’ve really emphasized the brotherhood aspect of our house this year. We’re also working on renovations to make our house a truly great place to be.

Lehigh PA A | Bethlehem, PA PA Alpha is happy to say our biggest achievement this year was to grow our relationship with the LGBT community. We now have members in the Greek Allies group on campus and we have co-sponsored multiple events with other LGBT groups on campus. We still have more work to do, but we believe we have come very far from where we were last year.

Lewis IL ΚΦ | Romeoville, IL We switched to the 5-VP system, planted trees to help sustain our beautiful campus, we volunteered at a local animal shelter with a couple of alumni and next we are going to help clean the bioswale (vegetated ditch or depression that carries storm water) on our campus on Earth Day!

chapterreport16AUniversity of Louisiana-La Fayette LA Ο | Lafayette, LA 60 hours community service, member placed 2nd place in Phi Mu’s Big Man on Campus, Third in Greek Week, an alumnus awarded Chapter Advisor of the Year at Louisiana, and we improved to a 3-star chapter. All with only 5 members. Hosted ‘give-back’ night at Sub-Zero Ice Cream, raising money for Children’s Miracle Network. Image: Raising money for CMN - Last semester the University of Louisiana/Lafayette chapter hosted a ‘give-back’ night at Sub-Zero Ice Cream, where they raised money for Children’s Miracle Network.

Massachusetts-Dartmouth, University of MA ΚΘ | Dartmouth, MA Chapter morale and engagement is up 100%. This has led to increased hard work, perseverance, good grades and raising $14,000 plus dollars for charity.

MIT MA Η | Cambridge, MA Brotherhood bonding through movie nights and IM sports teams. Strengthening community relations through community service.

Missouri, University of MO ΚΥ | Columbia, MO We’ve made many strides this past year. We’ve raised over $15,000 for kids affected by a parent’s cancer and been a top house in grades while emphasizing servant leadership.

Missouri S&T MO Μ | Rolla, MO For this first year in our new house, we have improved as a brotherhood from when we were in segregated apartments. We’ve also maintained grades and involvement on campus.

Nebraska, University of NE Π | Lincoln, NE Throughout success and setback we have continued to grow in virtue. We have become better Brothers and men of God.

Nicholls State LA ΝΩ | Thibodaux, LA LA Nu Omega has made great progress this year. We have improved our financial situation, emphasized alumni involvement and doubled in size!

Northern Illinois IL Ψ | DeKalb, IL At Christmas purchased 200 toys for children with cancer, participated in Dance Marathon (CMN) / Anchor Splash (visual impairment awareness) / Relay for Life. In December we initiated 27 new members. Many brothers have a 3.5 GPA or above. Over spring break, brothers helped with disaster relief in Pensacola, FL. Members are expected to serve 5 hours of service. We continue to work diligently in the community and towards being the best gentlemen we can be.

The Ohio State OH ΓΘ | Columbus, OH The Ohio Gamma Theta chapter has successfully applied for and received  funding through our educational grant with the Executive Office. We have begun to convert the existing weight room in our chapter house to a study room for brothers’ use. The room will be fitted with two whiteboards, conference table, a projector and bookcases. Upon completion, the project will be our second common area room renovation in one year’s time.

Ohio OH Ψ | Athens, OH Proud of our annual philanthropy we are involved with, the Polar Plunge. 9th year being a part of the Plunge raising over $16,000 for Special Olympics Ohio. We restructured the way we carry out and conduct our community service hours to help improve our relationships with the local Athens community and surrounding area. Chapter added an additional interview during our AM program to help keep AM’s invested into their associate membership process.

Penn State PA ΒΓ | State College, PA We’ve experienced tremendous growth within the last year, and are expecting to reach the 100 brother mark by the fall. Philanthropies including the IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, or THON, and those going to the National Foundation have tremendously improved. Overall commitment and morale has been soaring to help 2016 become one of the most successful for the chapter in decades.

Pittsburgh, University of PA Μ | Pittsburgh, PA Becoming more involved in the Greek community; includes attending, competing in and winning philanthropy events on campus. In one semester we have more than doubled our charitable donations to Children’s Miracle Network - currently planning a large philanthropy event for the fall. This upcoming academic year we aim to recruit better and harder in order to bring in large AM classes, as well as continue to improve our chapter GPA as we rise in rank among our peers.

Purdue IN Ζ | West Lafayette, IN In the past semester, we improved on all fronts: academics, new member education, philanthropy and community service. In the greek community, we have the 7th overall in GPA, 9th in philanthropy dollars per member and 14th in community service hours per member out of IFC’s 40 fraternities and 1st in new member GPA out of Purdue’s 94 fraternities, sororities and co-ops. We look forward to continuing our improvements and serve as an example on campus.

RPI NY Σ | Troy, NY The brothers strived to improve functionality, campus relations and our AME program, while maintaining the amazing brotherhood building atmosphere our chapter has kept for over 50 years

San Diego, University of CA ΦΔ | San Diego, CA We continually strive to increase our presence on campus and in our community. We’ve raised over $7K for organizations like Movember and CHOC. We’ve partnered with the University to develop PKT alumni networking events.

SDSU CA ΦΙ | San Diego, CA We’ve placed a member on the student body exec for 3 years running. Our GPA has risen to an all-time-high of 3.04. We achieved our goal of having at least one planned brotherhood event per week. Raised the most money for the annual SDSU Stretch 4 Vets. Received praise from the university for our risk management pre-planning.

Saint Francis PA Τ | Loretto, PA Our Chapter is most proud of two things. First, is how close we are as Brothers.  Without a doubt, every single one of my chapter brothers would do anything to help another no matter the circumstances. Second, is how we are viewed on campus by fellow students and the school administration. We are viewed as true gentlemen and respectful men who strive to serve others.

Seton Hall NJ ΦΒ | South Orange, NJ This past semester we took our biggest pledge class since 1993. We have more than doubled the amount of active brothers in our chapter. I am proud of all the hard work that each brother put into the recruitment process and the time they took out of their busy schedules to make this fraternity great again.

South Dakota, University of SD ΑΞ | Vermillion, SD We held a Phi Kap Sweetheart event that raised $250 for People First to increase special needs awareness. Raised $300 for Movember by using the slogan "We mustache you to help us raise awareness for men’s health”.  Hosted a Fish Fry for CMN, raising $1,630. We earned the 3rd highest GPA of Greek houses. Brother Jackson Yates was commissioned into the Army as a member of the Ordnance Corps.

Syracuse NY Τ | Syracuse, NY Our chapter is most proud of our outreach to the community this past year. Along with our usual community service, we were able to serve several other agencies including Meals on Wheels and Adopt-A-Street. Serving our community is a big part of what it means to be a part of Greek Life and Phi Kappa Theta, and any opportunity to help the city of Syracuse is something we would not think twice about.

Temple PA Ι | Philadelphia, PA This past November we raised over $1,000 for the Movember foundation. We raised $200 in a single day for the Tutu project which raises money and awareness for breast cancer. For the third consecutive year running with the Center for Hopes chapter of Back on my Feet (BOMF). BOMF promotes the self-sufficiency of classified homeless people by engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem.

Texas/Austin, University of TX ΑΠ | Austin, TX This semester we’ve improved as a unit and we’re developing our core pillars by establishing a system for years to come. We’re establishing our name at the University of Texas. We have also began building a better relationship with the Executive Office and we’re beginning to reap the benefits of its help.

Texas Rio Grande Valley, University of TX ΤΜ | Brownsville, TX We are most proud of taking part in the Martin Luther King Day of Service here in the Rio Grande Valley. We had the opportunity to help assemble weekend food packs for thousands of kids in our area who usually only eat at school because their parents can’t afford to feed them. We worked efficiently enough to fill every bag available and then go on to fill backpacks with school supplies for those same children.

Trine IN ΑΓ | Angola, IN Since August, our chapter of 36 brothers have taken the role of servant leadership upon ourselves. We have committed ourselves to serving others and we have completed over 2100 philanthropic hours. Serving others has brought the best out in each and everyone of us. This was a goal that we set at QV and it is one of our greatest accomplishments as fraternity men. 

Washington, University of WA ΒΔ | Seattle, WA We’re in the process of revamping our systems in terms of recruitment and internal work. The brotherhood is growing and moving forward.

Washington State University WA AΔ | Pullman, WA This year, we got more involved with the National Fraternity. For example, we sent 12 brothers to the Regional Leadership Conference in San Diego. We’re striving to live by our Chapter motto Just the Best in all that we do with our Community, University, Fraternity and Brotherhood. Go Cougs!”

Wisconsin, University of WI Λ | Madison, WI 44 Brothers, Highest IFC GPA, highest new member GPA and a haul of individual awards! It’s a great day to be a Phi Kap in Wisconsin!

Worcester Polytechnic University MA Λ | Worcester, MA Did not submit own report.

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