Chapter Event

SEEK 2019

Phi Kap College Students Develop Spirituality

by Kathy Jonas
Indiana University, ‘78

“It was formative for me because I learned how to pray and have a relationship with God.”

– Aaron Siehr, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thousands of college students, including Phi Kappa Theta brothers, will head to Indianapolis during Christmas break to follow the teachings of Matthew 7:7: Ask and it will be given to you: seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

SEEK is an every-other-year conference organized by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) to provide outreach to college students looking for answers to life’s big questions.

“It was formative for me because I learned how to pray and have a relationship with God,” says Chapter President, Aaron Siehr (University of Wisconsin-Madison), who attended SEEK 2017 in San Antonio, Texas.

“Everybody gets something different from it,” according to TJ Kessler (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Vice President of Spiritual Development. “It makes you more confident to grow in your faith on campus.” Kessler attended his first SEEK conference in Nashville, Tennessee, as a freshman and went back to San Antonio, Texas, two years ago. He plans to travel to Indianapolis in January.

“My personal opinion is that every good relationship has a spiritual component.” Kessler adds that this philosophy coincides with the Phi Kappa Theta pillar of Spiritual Development. The conference, attended by approximately 17,000 two years ago, provides an opportunity for Phi Kaps in attendance to explore and develop the spirituality aspect of the fraternity’s mission. Kessler says that in 2017 about half of the brothers in the house attended the conference.

This year’s gathering in Indianapolis features well-known speakers and entertainers. It builds in free time for socialization and opportunities for attendees to explore the city’s attractions. Indianapolis, for example, is home to 11 professional sports teams, is the “Racing Capital of the World” and is home to the Executive Office of Phi Kappa Theta. Indianapolis successfully hosted the 2011 Super Bowl at Lucas Oil Stadium and is well equipped with hotels rooms, museums and restaurants – all in walking distance.

“Today’s culture tells us we need power, we need to feel good and we need to be happy,” says Siehr. “Those are not always bad things, but they are not an end in themselves. Faith allows us to get outside of ourselves and believe in something bigger. It is not easy. But it is a way to better understand ourselves rather than just blending in and following.”

Main Image: Colorado State University, University of Nebraska and Bridgewater State University Brothers at SLS 2018 in Chicago, IL.

FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) will have three main events for Greek students throughout the conference as listed below. The lunch events will feature a short talk followed by time for fellowship. The FOCUS Greek Bid Day is an opportunity to welcome all Greek students in attendance to the FOCUS Greek community and allow them to meet brothers and sisters from their respective chapters all over the country.

Friday, January 4

FOCUS Greek Lunch #1
“FOCUS Greek Lunch with Fr. Victor”
Hall IJK
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Friday, January 4

FOCUS Greek Bid Day
9:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Sunday, January 6

FOCUS Greek Lunch #2
“FOCUS Greek Lunch with Mallory Smyth”
Hall IJK
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Fireside Chats Are Back!

Fireside Chats are back November 11th and 12th with National President Adrian Gonzalez!

In November, Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity is hosting our Fall Fireside Chat, and this year we want to hear from YOU!

To make these discussions more meaningful and personal for you and your chapter, we're opening up a suggestion box! Topics, ideas and discussion points submitted in this form will be gathered and grouped together accordingly to provide a town-hall feel to get your thoughts heard, and ask more great questions.

This year, we're hosting two back-to-back Fireside Chats to suit your Chapter Schedule:

  • Sunday November 11th at 9:00pm EST/8:00pm CT

  • Monday November 12th at 9:00pm EST/8:00pm CT

Note that both sessions will cover the same topics, the only difference is the time/date!

Georgia Tech Homecoming 2018

Georgia Tech Homecoming is coming up!

Here is a list of the scheduled events:

Friday, October 12 - 7-10 PM

  • Cocktail Party at the Phi Kappa Theta House

  • 800 Fowler St NW Atlanta, GA 30313

Saturday, October 13, 9 AM - 12:20 PM

  • Homecoming Tailgate at the Phi Kappa Theta House

  • BYOB

Sunday, October 14

  • Actives & Alumni Flag Football game - 9:00 AM

  • Meet at the House 15 minutes beforehand or meet at the burger bowl

  • Brunch 11:30 AM - 1 PM at the Phi Kappa Theta House

  • Alumni Chapter Meeting at 2 PM

The chapter is excited to have an opportunity to meet more Phi Kaps. This will be a great opportunity for everyone to meet the collegiate brothers and network with brothers of Phi Kappa Theta. They hope to see you there!

If you have any questions feel free to email

Case Western Reserve University Homecoming 2018


Join us at the Phi Kappa Theta house this Homecoming weekend

“Case Western Reserve University Homecoming 2018 is just a few weeks away, and we’re hoping you’ll make time to visit us at the Phi Kappa Theta house. We’ll be hosting a cookout for you, your family, and friends on Saturday, October 13th, from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Come by any time to grab some food, meet the active brothers and new members, see house improvements, and catch up with your fellow alumni. We’ll also have t-shirts available with a donation so you can show off your chapter pride.”