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

Movember 2018

raising funds and awareness for all the dads, brothers, sons and friends in your life.

Together we can make a difference for men's health – in prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Join the Phi Kappa Theta Network

All Alumni and Collegiate Brothers are encouraged to join the Phi Kappa Theta Network Page, which is a great way to connect with the other teams and individuals and keep up to date with their Mo-gress.

Once you have completed your registration you will be taken to your own Mo Space page. This is where you will find all the information you will need to have a FUN and successful Movember, such as helpful fundraising tips, Movember downloads, posters and much more!

About the "Stache Bracket"

"Stache Bracket" submissions ask all brothers who desire to participate in the bracket (that have grown only mustaches) to send photos of themselves to the Executive Office.

Voting begins December 6th.

Images are due by Thursday, December 6th at 11:59pm.

On Friday, December 7th, Phi Kappa Theta will create a Facebook photo album of all eligible participants to determine which 16 participants will move on to the bracket. This selection is done by each photo receiving ‘likes’ from December 7st - 11th.

On Wednesday, December 12th, the 16 highest ‘liked’ photos will be seeded into the bracket based on the votes they've received through Facebook photo 'likes'.

From there, elimination will occur twice a week.

Need Help?

If you would like help getting registered or have any Mo related questions contact Movember on (310) 450-3399 or info.us@movember.com and a friendly Movember team member will help you out.

College Hill Custom Threads

With every custom apparel or product sale, College Hill Custom Threads is raising money and awareness for The Movember Foundation.

10% of any custom apparel or promotional product order placed within the unique Teal Link will be donated to The Movember Foundation.

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 jchua30@gatech.edu.

11.09 Houston Area Alumni Event

Brother Manny González (Texas A&I University, '82) and his wife, Lucy, have graciously opened up their home for what is sure to be a great evening of food, wine, and brotherhood, November 9th, 2018 at 6:30PM CT.

The best part is that registration fees have been reduced to $1.00 per person!

The evening will include updates about Phi Kappa Theta throughout the country and will focus primarily on the growth and activity in Texas.

A highlight of the event is sure to be the wine tasting led by sommelier Lucy González. Lucy is the CEO of Vega San Juan (VSJ). VSJ is the name of the vineyard / wine business in Spain. Lucy and Brother Manny González, are partners in VRS Winery. The wines to be shared that evening have been generously donated by the González family.

Live Entertainment: Pete Scafidi is a singer and song writer and performs as a solo acoustic act with songs that include an upbeat, eclectic mix of covers from Rock/Pop, R&B, Latin, and Country genres, plus some originals.

Raffle Prizes: Attendees names will be written on a card and pulled from a bowl.

  • 1 - 2014 Ermita Talanda Magnum (red)

  • 1 - 2012 Ermita Talanda (red)

  • 1 - 2012 Peñalegre (red)

  • 1 - 2014 Ermita Talanda Rueda (white wine)

Muela - Premium Handcrafted Knife - Criollo Model: Muela Knives are custom Spanish hunting knives that have been made by the Muela family for generations, and utilize tough Moly-Vanadium stainless steel. Each Muela Hunting Knife is handsome as well as functional with handle materials that include Red Stag antler, exotic stabilized hardwoods and Pakawood.

Spanish Abanico: The Valencian company Aire Distinto is the brand of fans designed by Lola Blay. Her designs are made with various materials and are hand painted. Her imagination brings us to a cheerful and avant-garde collection with lots of color and patterns of flowers, fruits, animals and images of Las Meninas ("Ladies in Waiting").

We look forward to all area brothers bringing their spouses/significant others.

About VRS Winery (VRSWinery.com)

Since the first days of stepping onto some amazing Spanish vineyards and getting introduced to their wonderful wines, Gina & Ramiro Rodriguez and Lucinda & Manny González decided to spread the delight of these wines to wine lovers in the U.S.

Contact: Robert Riggs, CAE, Executive Director