Dear New Member,
Congratulations, you are about to embark on a lifelong journey of membership into the oldest and one of the most venerated College fraternities in America. This journey will be filled with numerous lifelong friendships, experiences and opportunities.
Established at the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University) on December 24, 1824, our members have distinguished themselves in virtually every walk of life. Chi Phi was founded on friendship and for almost two centuries has steadfastly stood for truth, honor and personal integrity.
As a member of Chi Phi we profess and subscribe to a higher form of friendship that we refer to as Brotherhood. Chi Phis are gentlemen who respect and defend the rights of others. We profess a devotion to high moral conduct and responsible citizenship. We are today’s campus leaders and tomorrow’s world leaders.
As members of the Fraternity we have a sacred obligation to one another. Membership requires that we demonstrate a spirit of sincerity and respect toward each member. We can be diverse yet be of one heart. We can agree to disagree, but at the end of the day we can still embrace in the spirit of Brotherhood. As in most relationships, the benefit you derive from Chi Phi will be directly proportional to the effort you expend as a member.
Each of us is an ambassador for Chi Phi. We must all strive to be worthy stewards of the legacy that has been provided to us by the many good Brothers who have made Chi Phi a great Fraternity. As a New Member, you represent our future… please treat it with the attention and respect that it deserves.
Welcome to the Brotherhood of Chi Phi.
Dr. Jim Soderquist, Alpha 1967
Each year, the National Fraternity Staff develop and publish this New Member Resource Guide. For the first time, we have released it as a stand-alone website. You can scroll through each of the sections and view the interactive content. We know some Chapters prefer to use print versions of the New Member Resource Guide; a PDF version is available to download and print.
THIS IS AN OPEN CEREMONY. Parents and guests are encouraged to attend.
Alpha: "Friends, we are assembled here to receive the pledge of membership from those who will join the ranks of our Brotherhood.
"This is a solemn occasion as well as a joyful one because it is only through the means of new men each year that we maintain the strength and position of our Fraternity.
"The addition of the men here assures us, as well as those who have preceded us, that the principles and the teachings of Chi Phi will be preserved and cherished. Our careful method of selecting new men vouches for their character and standing. They have met the first requirements for membership, and we are now prepared to accept from them a pledge and to give them the symbol of the pledge to our Fraternity.
"It is fitting and proper at this time to recall the principles upon which our Fraternity was founded and for which it now stands. These principles are old, but their worth is more clearly proved today than at the time our founders first conceived the idea of a secret Brotherhood based on friendship.
"Since the beginning of time, man's inner urge for friendship and companionship of congenial persons has been one of the strongest of human emotions. It has manifested itself in every phase of man's life since the recording of history. His innate belief in truth, liberty, and honest dealings has caused him to seek the comfort of association with others of like belief. At first the church and later schools and literary societies were the havens for those believers, but strife among the churches and lack of organization within the schools and literary societies brought about the need for some other rallying point. Gradually organizations, which we now call fraternities, took form to satisfy that yearning for friendship and association of men of like minds.
"So, my friends, the Chi Phi Fraternity was founded on friendship and stands for liberty, truth, honesty, and personal purity. During the middle of the 19th century, by a strange and wonderful coincidence, there were three Brotherhoods in the United States bearing the name Chi Phi. Each was oblivious of the existence of the others, yet each stood for ideals of friendship of man with man. They are known to us as the Princeton Order of Chi Phi, founded at Princeton College in 1824; the Southern Order, founded in 1858 at the University of North Carolina; and the Hobart Order, founded in 1860 at Hobart College. In 1867, the Hobart and Princeton Orders combined and formed the Northern Order of Chi Phi; then in 1874, the Northern Order combined with the Southern Order to form the Chi Phi Fraternity.
"With that brief statement of our history and principles, and in the presence of the members of the Fraternity, I shall now call each new man by name to come forward and make a formal pledge."
New Member: "I, _____________________, do hereby pledge myself to the principles of the Chi Phi Fraternity, as imparted to me at this meeting, and formally accept the offer of membership to be conferred upon me when I shall have met the further requirements of membership of the __________________ Chapter and of the Chi Phi Fraternity. This pledge I take voluntarily and of my own free will."
Alpha [Continues]: “It is pleasing to have the assurance of continued strength within our Fraternity as indicated by the pledges of membership taken by these new men. I shall now ask the Beta to accept these vows and deliver the token of these men’s pledge to the Chi Phi Fraternity.”
Beta: “On behalf of the ____________ Chapter of the Chi Phi Fraternity, I officially accept, with satisfaction and pride, your pledge of membership and hand you a symbol, known to us as a Chakett, to be worn by you on the lapel of your suit coat whenever it is appropriate for you to wear your coat. The pin will serve to identify you as a New Member of the ____________ Chapter and of the Chi Phi Fraternity.
“Now that our vows have been taken by you and accepted by the Chapter, I shall extinguish all candles so that our meeting here will be known only to those of us who have attended it.”
Alpha: “Brothers and New Members, the purposes of our meeting have been accomplished and we shall now adjourn.”
Should Aim To:
A college Fraternity will have a tremendous effect upon the lives of its members. No one can escape its impact. The objective of Chi Phi Fraternity is to have a strong, positive effect upon all members throughout their entire lives.
Every member’s responsibility is to contribute continually to that goal. Without the constant participation and input of every Brother, the overall effort will be weakened.
CHI PHI FRATERNITY DOES NOT TOLERATE HAZING OF ANY KIND, AT ANY TIME, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
As taken from the Chi Phi Constitution, every New Member and Brother of Chi Phi Fraternity has the following obligations:
The Chi Phi Fraternity also believes that there is no such thing as an innocent bystander. It is everyone’s responsibility to combat hazing whenever it is present or has the potential of being so. Brothers, New Members and Alumni all have the responsibility to report and confront hazing if they become aware of it, initiate it or are a victim of it.
EXAMPLES OF HAZING may include, but are not limited to:
GreekLifeEdu is an online prevention program designed to meet the needs of college students who are members of Greek letter organizations. This Population-Level Prevention program is designed to challenge students' beliefs about alcohol, hazing, and sexual assault while enabling students to make healthy and safe decisions.
The purpose of GreekLifeEdu is to help you make healthy and safe decisions as a member of a Greek letter organization.
We are focused on preventing harm and making it less likely that you — or other members of your organization — will have problems because of your own or someone else's actions. Most students find the course interesting and helpful.
A New Membership, just as any other member, has the responsibility for staying current with financial obligations to our Fraternity. Being part of any Fraternity is just like being a citizen of a country; a member of a church, synagogue, or temple; or a participant in any other club on your campus.
The Chapter sets certain fees. These payments go to the Chapter’s budget to facilitate the operation of programs by your Chapter. They pay for social events, mixers, intramurals, IFC dues, and many other costs incurred by your Chapter. Chapters with houses also assess fees for rent and sometimes for a meal plan.
The National Fraternity provides numerous goods and services to its over 58,000 members around the world. The fees assessed by the national Fraternity fund legislative events and leadership institutes; provide for the publication of the Fraternity’s magazine, The Chakett; and support the operation of the Chi Phi National Office in Atlanta. The national office works to provide services and resources to Chi Phi’s approximately 60 Chapters and Colonies, over 56,000 living alumni around the world, and numerous Chi Phi Clubs and Alumni Associations.
The pledging fee, assessed by the national Fraternity, is due immediately upon joining. The Chapter is responsible for reporting all New Membership to the national office within five days of the Pledging Ceremony.
The initiation fee, assessed by the national Fraternity, is due two weeks prior to initiation. The Chapter is also responsible for reporting the initiation of all New Members and for paying their initiation fee. This fee is also assessed only once.
The insurance fee is due annually, but is not assessed for New Members during their first academic term. If they pledge in the fall, one half of the assessment will be charged during the spring term. (Note: The liability insurance only applies if the Chapter is in compliance with the Chi Phi Personal Safety Policy.)
Undergraduate dues are assessed to each Chapter twice annually, but are not assessed to New Members in their first academic term.
Pledging Fee [Hover for additional details]
Dues and fees amounts are determined by the annual Congress of the Fraternity and may vary from one year to the next. They are approved only by the voting delegates of each Chapter and Colony. New Members are not assessed this fee. They begin paying the semester after initiation.
Initiation Fee [Hover for additional details]
Dues and fees amounts are determined by the annual Congress of the Fraternity and may vary from one year to the next. They are approved only by the voting delegates of each Chapter and Colony. New Members are not assessed this fee. They begin paying the semester after initiation.
National Dues [Hover for additional details]
Dues and fees amounts are determined by the annual Congress of the Fraternity and may vary from one year to the next. They are approved only by the voting delegates of each Chapter and Colony. New Members are not assessed this fee. They begin paying the semester after initiation.
Annual Insurance Assessment [Hover for additional details]
Insurance Assessments are determined in the July preceding the academic year by Chi Phi’s insurance provider. These amounts vary and are dependent upon our members’ adherence to the Personal Safety Policy. New Members are not assessed this entire fee. They only pay half of it in the spring Semester if initiated in the fall.
Once Per Year
Established by your Chapter
Determined by your Chapter
The primary objective of any New Member Programs within Chi Phi should be the expression, acknowledgement, and agreement to the expectations of membership in Chi Phi Fraternity.
Your education program may also look to:
Because the Fraternity encourages its Chapters to get to know potential members for a relatively long period of time before they are pledged, New Member periods should be relatively short. To meet the criteria outlined in the Accreditation Program, every Chapter and Colony’s New Member period must be completed within 6 weeks or less.
Being a New Member is an awesome experience. During that time, you will get to know Chi Phi and Chi Phi will get to know you. Expect to spend a reasonable amount of time with the Brotherhood and expect to learn about how Chi Phi works. Your New Member period will make clear the expectations and standards of membership. Be prepared to commit to meet them. Expect to treat and be treated with the respect due all human beings, and expect to get out of Chi Phi what you put into it.
A FRATERNITY is not as transparent as it seems. It is more than a house—be it humble and old, new and magnificent, or brightly decorated in placard and crepe paper for homecoming. It is more than a group of fellows wearing the same kind of badges on their shirts or rings on their fingers. It is more than a Greek letter on a windshield. It is more than a ritual with music and robes in a house or lodge. It is more than a big dance or an interfraternity game.
The Greek letter Fraternity, in its highest expression, is a group of men of common purposes, living, playing, and studying together, with an underlying feeling of deep friendship. It is a group of select men, all of whom contribute to the group and benefit from this association with Brothers of the same character. It is a group of men united through what the ritual imparts. It is an association that makes a man of the boy who entered college, sends him out into the world poised and self-confident, and ultimately surrounds him with a group of friends who will be close to him through life.
A Fraternity is a sense of home; a sense that young men lose when moving away to attend college or some who never had to begin with. A Fraternity surrounds its members with a family of individuals whose goal is the improvement of its members.
To build better men through lifelong friendships, leadership opportunities, and character development.
To grow the organization through a complete dedication to developing the full potential of all our members and building a strong, vibrant alumni network.
I believe in the Chi Phi Fraternity. From its triple origin, Chi Phi sets forth and maintains values that others in society have dared to compromise. Truth, Honor, and Personal Integrity are the foundations upon which Chi Phi is built. A man's word is his bond. Chivalrous behavior crosses the ages to touch the heart of Chi Phi.
I believe in the friendship of Chi Phi. Whether on the road or in the Chapter house, the hand of Brotherhood is always extended. The strength obtained from the union of congenial minds is the backbone of the Fraternity. Our founders sought for nothing less.
Finally, I believe in the future of the Chi Phi Fraternity because I believe in myself. When I put forth my best effort and combine that with the strength of my Brothers, we can achieve the victory of continual existence.
As long as the Almighty permits, I will strive to better myself through the teachings of my Fraternity. Being a more aware citizen, a more able person, and a stronger Chi Phi shall be my reward.
The true gentleman is a man whose conduct proceeds from goodwill and an acute sense of propriety and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled when necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but with sincerity and sympathy always; who makes his deeds follow his words; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue is safe.
ALMIGHTY FATHER, who dost vouchsafe to direct those who acknowledge Thee in all their ways, look, we beseech Thee, with favor upon our Fraternity. Make it a blessing and a benefit to all its members. Deliver us from those evils to which we may be at any time exposed. Grant us the light of Thy Truth and the illumination of Thy Spirit that we may always do that which is acceptable in Thy sight. Unite us in the bonds of love. Keep us in charity with all mankind. Incline our hearts to walk humbly before Thee and help us so to acquit ourselves in this life that we may dwell with Thee in life everlasting. Amen.
CHI PHI WAS FOUNDED on the basis of Truth, Honor, and Personal Integrity. These are timeless values, which guide the fundamental purposes of the Fraternity.
As with all dynamic organizations, there is a need to maintain relevancy in the lives of our members and society in general. To that end, Chi Phi has renewed its commitment to the founding values expressed in our ritual: Truth, Honor, & Personal Integrity.
At the same time, Chi Phi has begun to explore a modern set of evolving core values, which can be used to guide our daily activities and functions. These core values offer contemporary definitions of the values that drive Chi Phi.
We will engage in mutually enriching relationships.
We will respect each other, the Fraternity, society, and ourselves.
We will interact in an open and truthful way.
We will fulfill our moral expectations as individuals and as a group.
We will accomplish more than what is expected of us.
We will build better men, better leaders, and better citizens.
Any member or prospective member of any Chapter or Colony of the Chi Phi Fraternity hereby agrees to abide by the following terms and conditions:
Basic Academic Requirements:
The Chapter or Colony shall maintain a grade point average above the all-men’s average on campus, or the requirements as set forth by their Interfraternity Council, whichever is greater.
The Chapter or Colony shall adhere to all university academic regulations regarding the recruitment, pledging, and initiation of Candidates for Membership.
No active member or member awaiting initiation shall be eligible to attend or participate in any social function sponsored by a Chapter, Colony, or alumni organization, if he has failed to maintain a grade point average of at least 2.25 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent, for the immediate preceding college semester or quarter.
Chapter Faculty Advisor
The Chapter or Colony shall identify and utilize a faculty advisor to serve as a resource concerning academic and university related matters.
The Chapter or Colony shall have a scholarship program, developed by the Scholastic Chairman and the Scholastic Committee, which includes regular study hours, tutoring assistance, and grade monitoring.
The Scholastic Chairman and the Scholastic Committee shall become acquainted with the services of the university or college to which members in need of academic assistance may be referred.
The Chapter or Colony shall appoint or elect a Scholastic Chairman.
This member must be a good example in the classroom for other members, and he must believe in the importance and purpose advancing scholastic achievement within the Chapter or Colony.
The Scholastic Chairman shall become acquainted with the services of the university or college to which members in need of academic assistance may be referred.
The Scholastic Chairman shall develop a Chapter incentive program to reward and acknowledge high scholastic performance.
The Chapter or Colony shall appoint or elect a Scholastic Committee of no fewer than three members to work with the Scholastic Chairman.
The Scholastic Committee shall be composed of a group of responsible Chapter members and, whenever possible, should be assisted by a campus or faculty advisor.
The Scholastic Committee shall assist the Scholastic Chairman in maintaining a healthy Chapter attitude towards scholastic achievement.
The Scholastic Committee shall become acquainted with the services of the university or college to which members in need of academic assistance may be referred.
The Scholastic Committee shall work with the Scholastic Chairman in continually evaluating the Chapter or Colony’s scholarship program, modifying and improving it as necessary.
Chi Phi Fraternity and its individual Chapters, like any other business, may be legally liable for the actions and consequences of its members. Fraternities throughout the country have been and are being sued for hazing incidents, alcohol-related accidents, injuries, fires, deaths, and for numerous other reasons. When a Chapter holds an activity such as a retreat or social event or any other activity, which could be viewed by others as a chapter function, its members are acting as its agents, which means it acts in an official capacity, even if they don’t call an event “an official event.”
Because of this legal onus, the Fraternity must carry liability insurance for each member. You, the undergraduate, pay $130 each academic year to cover the costs associated with insuring your Chapter’s activities. It is expected that your Chapter operate under the provisions of this insurance policy. If your Chapter does not operate in accordance to the Chi Phi Personal Safety Policy, you and your Chapter may not be covered in the event of an incident.
The Chi Phi Personal Safety Policy essentially has all the “rules” associated with the upkeep of your facility (Chapter house), your social events, and your New Member activities. Although it places restrictions on the way you and your Chapter can operate, those restrictions should not keep your Chapter from having a successful social calendar. In fact, if followed correctly, they will facilitate your Chapter’s continued growth and improvement. They will create safer events and a healthier environment for all Members (and non-members).
The Personal Safety Policy is the ultimate authority on what may or may not be covered under the Fraternity’s risk management policies. However, The Basics of the Chi Phi Personal Safety Policy have been developed so that they may be more easily interpreted and understood.
Because these parameters are so vital to your Chapter’s (and the Fraternity’s) continued existence, they must not be ignored. Every Member should acquaint himself with these provisions.
WHEREAS, the Chi Phi Fraternity is the oldest college social Fraternity in America, with a rich heritage of promoting friendship; and
WHEREAS, hazing, alcohol/ drug abuse, sexual harassment, property mismanagement, and potentially illegal practices have no place in an organization with the ideals of Chi Phi; and
WHEREAS, the Chi Phi Fraternity has Chapters located on campuses across the United States which are regulated and controlled by institutions of higher education on those campuses; and
WHEREAS, Chi Phi Fraternity acknowledges the ability of host educational institutions to enforce their regulations, and similarly recognizes the ability of state or local law enforcement agencies to affect the day-to-day activities of a Fraternity Chapter and its members; and
WHEREAS, Chi Phi Fraternity has the power under its constitution and by-laws to grant initial membership or permit continued membership, to recognize the holding of offices within the Fraternity, and to charter and otherwise recognize Chapters, individual members, and alumni associations and organizations;
NOW, THEREFORE, in the exercise of the grant of power under its constitution and By-laws, the Chi Phi Fraternity hereby adopts this policy of personal safety.
All Brothers and candidates for Membership shall conduct themselves in compliance with all laws and school regulations regarding personal relations. Any behavior that does not recognize the dignity and respect due all human beings, male and female, and the respect due all interactions practiced between human beings is prohibited.
Chapter premises/property shall be maintained and operated in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. Periodic inspections shall be performed as required by local authorities, with copies of reports forwarded to the national office and appropriate alumni entity. All violations noted by inspection shall be promptly corrected, working through the landlord or owning entity.
Each Chapter is expected to develop and maintain a fire evacuation plan with periodic practice evacuations.
The Epsilon of each Chapter shall maintain the reasonable health and safety of the property and members and, as necessary, appoint a Health/Safety Committee.
Education of initiates and Candidates for Membership on the above policies is to be conducted for the entire Chapter at the beginning of the 1987-88 school year and each academic year thereafter.
Each New Member is to be educated in these areas. (Your school administration usually has programs in these areas. If not, contact the national office.) The Chapter shall maintain ongoing education for the Brothers/Candidates for Membership of this Personal Safety Policy.
In accordance with constitutional procedures under the executive and judicial powers of the Fraternity, a violation of this policy shall result in sanctions. The range of sanctions include:
This is not the Chi Phi Personal Safety Policy but a summary of some of the main points of that policy. This document was created to help Chi Phi’s members understand and adhere to the actual provisions of the Fraternity’s insurance coverage. The Chi Phi Personal Safety policy should be consulted in the case where there is a lack of clarity about what is or could be prohibited under our risk management policies.
Chi Phi is a venerable, prestigious organization that is grounded in values and maintains a history of excellence. As such, hazing, alcohol/drug abuse, sexual harassment, property mismanagement, and potentially illegal practices have no place in an organization with the ideals of Chi Phi.
Adoption and Endorsement
These provisions were unanimously adopted by the Congress of Chi Phi Fraternity (the voting delegates of Chi Phi’s undergraduate and alumni groups).
Another area within risk management and event planning that our groups struggle with are event guest lists. Guest list are extremely important from a liability standpoint. They can be used as evidence in a court of law if created and implemented properly. It is possible that a well-used guest list can save Chi Phi millions of dollars. A Chapter must use a guest list for any event that has alcohol present. Guest Lists must follow strict guidelines. Guest List must be pre-determined, you cannot add people at the event. Guest Lists must be types and printed prior to the event. You cannot add names to the guest list in pen or pencil. The list should have the following information: first name, last name, birthday, time-in, time-out and a signature of the individual. Every Chapter must archive their guest list as well to ensure that they can be collected if needed in the future.
Any person or group who creates or maintains a Chi Phi Fraternity web site on behalf of a Chapter, Alumni Association, Alumni Club, Colony/Interest Group or an Individual, or any Person or Group using name of the Chi Phi Fraternity internet facilities (such as e-mail accounts or mailing lists, billboards, chat rooms, discussion groups, etc.) hereby agrees to the following terms and conditions:
The Chi Phi Fraternity reserves the right (although it shall be under no obligation to do so) to remove links or access to sites that do not comply with these policies as well as to deny the use of the Chi Phi’s server or mail space to any sites or individuals or to impose discipline upon members who do not comply with these policies. No expectation of privacy should be assumed in conjunction with such use. These terms are subject to modification without notice.
The name "Chi Phi"; the Greek letters "ΧΦ"; all stylized versions of the foregoing; and the Badge, Crest, and Chakett of the Chi Phi Fraternity are copyrighted and trademarked symbols and insignia, which are owned by the Chi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and are subject to the control of the Grand Council of the Chi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Permission to use the symbols and insignia of the Chi Phi Fraternity in any web site must be obtained from the Executive Director of the Chi Phi Fraternity. All requests for permission to use the symbols and insignia of the Chi Phi Fraternity shall be submitted to the Executive Director of the Chi Phi Fraternity in writing before they are published on the Internet or E-mail service.
Official versions of the Chi Phi Fraternity insignia are protected by trademark registration. The design or representation of the Badge, Chakett New Member pin and/or symbol, Crest (including Flag), Grand Seal, Greek and/or Roman letters Chi and Phi, words "Chi Phi" and the words "The Chi Phi Chakett" shall not be manufactured, created, used or offered for sale by any person, company, or firm except as specifically authorized in writing by the Executive Director of the Chi Phi Fraternity. The Executive Director shall ensure that all trademarks remain in force and are effective.
Only the Executive Director may authorize and license commercial reproduction of the Chi Phi Fraternity's insignia, including the Badge, Chakett New Member pin and/or symbol, Crest (including Flag), Grand Seal, Greek and/or Roman letters Chi and Phi, words "Chi Phi" and the words "The Chi Phi Chakett." Unauthorized or unlicensed production of merchandise bearing any insignia of the Chi Phi Fraternity is prohibited by this policy and law.
Any member, active Chapter, Colony, or registered Alumni Organization wishing to acquire merchandise bearing any insignia of the Fraternity shall obtain those items only from vendors which are authorized and licensed to produce and/or market official Chi Phi Fraternity merchandise. From time to time, when authorized and licensed vendors cannot produce merchandise as needed, active Chapters, Colonies and registered Alumni Organizations may utilize local commercial firms to produce merchandise so long as the need, text, and design are pre-approved by the Executive Director.
The Executive Director will not approve any text or design which casts the Chi Phi Fraternity in a negative light or is otherwise contrary to the ideals and values of the Chi Phi Fraternity, specifically including but not limited to any materials deemed to be in conflict with Chi Phi's Personal Safety Policy.
The Chi Phi Fraternity is the model of all value-based organizations that have come after us. We expect our Chapters to be accountable to our founding principles and demonstrate mission and action congruence in all that they do. Many Greek systems, colleges and universities, as well as, international/national Greek organizations have instituted accreditation processes over the past several years to assist their Chapters in living up to their founding principles and affirm their relevance to their respective communities. This incentive-based accreditation program effectively reinforces mission and action congruence and also achieves the following objectives; provide the ability to benchmark the Fraternity’s overall performance and forecast trends, streamline our resources in assessing our Chapters/Colonies, and provide our groups with objective, documentable standards for achievement and recognition.
Designed specifically with the Fraternity’s primary strategic plan objectives in mind, the program examines our Chapters’ operations in ten areas using the Chi Phi Standards of Chapter Excellence as its foundation. Over the past two years the Grand Council’s Accreditation Committee has met in person and via teleconference, conferred with professionals in other organizations, as well as, officials at Emory, Bucknell and Lehigh Universities and piloted an accreditation program in survey form with a sample of 43 of our active Chapters and Colonies. In addition, this program was based on previous groundwork established by former staff, alumni and undergraduate volunteers in effort to create a developmental resource to aid our active Chapters, Colonies and Alumni organizations.
The categories included are:
Our value as a national Fraternity can only be achieved and preserved by the principles upheld by our individual Chapters and Brothers. To maintain distinction, Chi Phi has long sought to develop a reliable, objective and fair method of holding ourselves accountable to the Standards of Excellence befitting the prestige of our Order. We believe this program is that mechanism.
The Chi Phi Chapter Accreditation Program is a developmental assessment and awards program that acknowledges those Chapters/Colonies that meet and exceed our standards. In this program, Chapter Alphas will be responsible for the submission of a semi-annual self assessment via an on-line application process, which will include relevant supporting documentation. It is also expected that each Chapter and Colony will establish their own standing accreditation committee to support the process.
Recognizing the value of achievement and the need for institutional adoption throughout all levels of the Fraternity, included in the program are proposed incentives for those Chapters that achieve accreditation for two consecutive semesters, as well as, incentives for Chapters that achieve two consecutive semester of a higher standard or “Accreditation with Distinction.” To give the program significance, there are increasingly effective selections of developmental mandates for Chapters that fail to achieve accredited status for two or more consecutive semesters. Those developmental mandates will begin after two consecutive semester of failing to achieve accredited status and progressively increase with each additional semester spent below expectations.
CONTINUITY – RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION
PROACTIVE RISK MANAGEMENT
ASSET STEWARDSHIP – FINANCIAL AND PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
TOTAL MEMBER EDUCATION
HERITAGE AND TRADITIONS
ORGANIZATIONAL NETWORKING AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Successful Accreditation Practices
The Accreditation Program is scored through a process using both automated results and personal grading. The automated result is called a raw score, it is simply the score that is automatically calculated according to the answers your Chapter submitted in the self-assessment excel document. This is not your final score. In-fact, your final score is very likely to be lower than your raw score. The reason for this is that the automated score does not take into account your supporting documentation. This leads to the second step in the process, the personal grading. Chi Phi utilizes a group of independent graders for this step. They review all of the supporting documents that are submitted alongside your self-assessment excel document against a standard rubric. For each document that is deemed “inadequate” the Chapter’s “raw score” is reduced by one point. If a Chapter has submitted documents that are all deemed “adequate” then the adjusted or final score for the Chapter would be equal to the raw score.
The threshold score that must be reached for your Chapter to be Accredited is a 75. So in order to have a final adjusted score of a 75 it is highly encouraged to set a goal of a raw score that is substantially higher than a 75. It is also important to note that there are 33 separate supporting documents that must be submitted. With this being the case, if your Chapter does not submitted any supporting documents your raw score will be automatically reduced by 33 points. Even if you submitted a raw score of 103 (the highest possible score), your adjusted score would be a 67 and your Chapter would not be Accredited.
Every Chi Phi Chapter is held to a specific set of standards through the Accreditation Program. A Chapter that does not hold its individual members to the minimum standards in the Accreditation Program will ultimately have a difficult time becoming accredited. It is best practice for each Chapter to set and assess their own internal standards to ensure that the membership is living up to the agreement they made when they became a Brother of Chi Phi.
There are minimum standards all around our members through Chi Phi, their campus IFC and university policy. Being a member of Chi Phi is not solely about surviving; it is about striving and improving. Below are a set of possible Chapter standards. Your Chapter may use them as a template to create their own.
Academic: 2.75 GPA or All Men’s Average, whichever is highest
Service/Philanthropy: 50 approved service hours each semester or $200 raised for a philanthropy
Recruitment: Add 10 names to names list each term; attend 80% of all recruitment events
New Member Education: All members are to treat New Members with respect at all times, those that do not will be sent to a Brotherhood board
Ritual: Every ritual will be attended in its entirety by every Brother
Financial: Every Member will be financially current as of the First of September and the First of February, at which all dues must be paid or a payment plan signed with first payment
Risk Management: Every member will serve at least once a term as a event monitor, and will do so in compliance of the Chi Phi Personal Safety Policy
Social: All members will follow the Chi Phi Personal Safety Policy at all social events, those in violation will be sent to a Brotherhood board
House Duties: Every Brother will complete their weekly assigned house duty
Do you want to take your Chapter somewhere? Do you want it to be far better after your four years of college than it is now? Would you like to have a lifetime involvement with an organization both on your campus and in the world which has awesome ties to your campus, maintains great alumni connections, and helps its members both enjoy their college years and prepare for life following college? Now, is that desire unique to you or to your Chi Phi Chapter or Colony? Probably not. The truth is: Most undergraduate Brothers share that same passion.
What, then, is the difference between Chapters which remain stagnant year after year and Chapters which receive award after award, year after year? The single greatest factor, in determining the future improvement and growth of your Chapter, is its ability to evaluate itself (we all have areas in which we can improve), to adopt a shared vision, to create the goal of achieving that vision, and to work together to attain that goal.
The Accreditation Program (minimum acceptable standards for every Chapter and Colony and the goal-setting mechanism used by our greatest groups) is the single most under-utilized resource that Chi Phi Chapters have. This document is literally a checklist that individuals can use to evaluate their Chapters’ strengths and weaknesses. Gaps in that evaluation can later be used to develop goals for the Chapter.
Stephen Covey, author of numerous professional development books and articles (including The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People), makes the following suggestion about goals: “keep them SMART. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Bound.” Chi Phi likes to change the “R” to Ritual-based to better fit our purposes and values.
A goal must be specific. One cannot simply say, “Our Chapter’s goal is to have a successful rush period.” That goal statement is overly vague and will be impossible to measure. It’s too subjective. A better way to state that goal might be “Alpha Gamma Chapter’s goal is to recruit twenty men during the fall recruitment period.” Not only is that statement specific in purpose, but it is a pass/fail test –either Alpha Gamma Chapter will achieve its goal, or they will not.
Using quantitative values (numbers) add objectivity to your goal. Take for example, the goal “Alpha Gamma Chapter is going to support State University’s Division I basketball team this season.” That goal is certainly specific, but is it measurable? How much support can the team expect? Perhaps a better way to phrase that goal would be “Alpha Gamma Chapter will bring fifteen Brothers to every home basketball game during the 2012-13 season.”
It is important to remember that “achieving” a goal gives those working toward it a very strong sense of accomplishment. It develops their pride, their self-confidence, and their dedication to their team. This factor is especially important when creating long-term goals and objectives. Rather than setting a single monumental goal, it is always easier (and healthier for the team) for larger long-term goals to be broken into smaller short-term goals. Each of those short-term goals (also SMART) would be a step along the road to achieving the larger, long-term goal.
Setting goals that are not in line with the values and expectations of your Chapter or individual members deflates morale when a Chapter, group, or team fails to meet them. Always consider the values of Chi Phi, your Chapter and yourself when creating a SMART goal.
Have you ever had an assignment that didn’t have a due-date? Probably not. Likely, most college students who didn’t have deadlines would never get around to getting their assignments and projects done. The same is true with goals. If your goal doesn’t have a deadline, how will you know when to look back and determine if you’ve achieved it or not? Possibly more important, however, is how will you keep yourself from simply saying, “Oh, I’ll get to it next week”? Don’t just say that you want to have three social events with the ladies of Delta Zeta (or whatever group the Chapter desires to associate with); say that you want to have three social events with the ladies of Delta Zeta this year.
Posting and Promoting Goals
How is your group going to stay focused on its goals? How will you as a leader keep your group focused on elevating its status and achieving whatever objective has been agreed upon? The best way to keep your group focused is simply to remind them of the task at hand. Why not set your goals and print them at the bottom of every set of Chapter minutes, put them in every alumni newsletter, and post them on the Chapter’s website? The two most effective places to remind your Chapter about its goals are: (1) on the wall of wherever you hold your Chapter meetings, and (2) in a display case by the front door. How impressed might a random alumnus or your university president be if he saw, posted in your foyer, the Chapter’s set of goals over the next academic year?
Developing Goals as a Group
Have you ever had someone tell you that you were going to do something – regardless of whether you wanted to or not? Has a supervisor ever put expectations on your performance without any concern for your input? If so, then you realize that someone “handing down” a goal to you probably didn’t motivate you very well. The same is certainly true for a Chapter. If your Chapter’s Alpha were to tell the Chapter in his next meeting that the Chapter was going to become involved in more campus activities over the next year than any other group, few would be motivated to contribute to that goal. Why? Because it wasn’t theirs.
For a group to move forward with its goals, it must be developed by everyone who is going to participate in achieving them. The Alpha might be more successful if he used three or four Chapter meetings to have his Brothers evaluate their goals collectively and to determine what areas they wanted to improve (ideally, if he used a broad measuring stick such as the “Basic Chapter Expectations”, most members would see the same gaps in the Chapter’s operations”). Ultimately, however, if the Chapter adopted individual SMART goals as a group, it would move itself forward with focus and direction. It would also do wonders for the Chapter’s Brotherhood, as teamwork builds friendship.
Each spring Chi Phi posts awards application packets to its website for Chapters and Colonies to access. Applications are reviewed and awards are presented at Congress. The award recipients for the 2012-13 school year are listed below each description.
THE THOMAS A. GEHRING CHAPTER EXCELLENCE AWARDS
The Congress of 1980 authorized the awarding of the Thomas A. Gehring Chapter Excellence Awards as a tribute to the late Dr. Thomas A. Gehring, Iota Delta 1960, a former Grand Council Officer. Each year these awards are presented to Chi Phi’s most outstanding and most improved Chapters based on the Fraternity’s Standards for Chapter Excellence. Long term planning, goal setting, and unwavering standards are at the core of any Gehring Chapter.
E. BATES BLOCK CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT AWARDS
This award is presented annually to the Chapter that has demonstrated the best participation, visibility, and involvement in the leadership of extracurricular activities, student functions, and interrelated programs that promote good will and strengthen their respective college or university.
PHILANTHROPIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Awarded annually, this award recognizes the Chapter who has made great strides in philanthropic service.
OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIC SERVICE AWARD
Awarded annually, this award recognizes the Chapter who has made great strides in community service.
OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS AWARD
Awarded annually, this award recognizes the Chapter who has made great strides in community service to the Boys and Girls Club of America.
OUTSTANDING RISK MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AWARD
The Award for Outstanding Risk Management Practices was established by the 140th Congress of the Fraternity to recognize those Chi Phi Chapters which demonstrate excellence in overall risk management programming and practices.
OUTSTANDING ALUMNI NEWSLETTER AWARD
This award is given annually to no more than three Chapters based upon the following criteria: (1) at least two newsletters published annually; (2) content timely and appropriate; (3) positive alumni response to the newsletter; and (4) quality organization, accuracy, and arrangement.
OUTSTANDING WEBSITE AWARD
This award is given annually to the Chapter with the best website.
HIGHEST GPA AWARD
This award is given annually to the Chapter with this highest GPA.
ACCREDITED WITH DISTINCTION FOR BOTH SEMESTERS
This award is given to Chapters who achieve Accredited with Distinction status both semesters during the preceding academic year.
SPARKS MEMORIAL MEDAL
Sparks Memorial Medals were first awarded in 1925, in honor of Edwin Erie Sparks, Alpha-Chi 1884. This award is given to the man in each Chapter who has attained the highest scholastic standing for that year.
CARL J. GLADFELTER LEADERSHIP AWARD
Named for Carl J. Gladfelter, Alpha-Tau 1933, a former Grand Alpha, this award recognizes graduating Chi Phi Brothers who have exemplified themselves in leadership and service to their Chapter and to the Fraternity.
WILLIAM D. PARR CHAPTER ZETA AWARD
This award is granted annually in honor of Brother William D. Parr. It is presented to the Chapter Zeta who most successfully documents his Chapter’s history for the academic year for use in future Chronicles of Chi Phi editions.
BEN WAYNE GREIG JR. OUTSTANDING SCHOLASTIC CHAIRMAN AWARD
This award is granted annually in honor of Ben Wayne Greig, Jr. It is presented to the Scholarship Chairman who most successfully contributes to academic endeavors to his Chapter in an academic year.
CHI PHI AWARD FOR ATHLETIC EXCELLENCE
This award was created by the 137th Chi Phi Congress and is presented to Chi Phi members who have exemplified themselves in athletics.
AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING RECRUITMENT
Awarded annually and authorized by the 143rd Chi Phi Congress, these awards recognize Chapters who excel in recruitment.
THE WILLIAM M. BYRD ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR AWARD
This award, named for Brother William M. Byrd, Nu 1953, a former Grand Zeta and Trustee, is presented each year to the Chi Phi Alumnus who has best distinguished himself in activities and service on behalf of the Fraternity.
CHAPTER ADVISOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
Awarded annually, this award recognizes the top Chapter Advisors of all Chapters within the Fraternity. Nominations come from the Chapters themselves.
CAMPUS ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Campus Administrator of the Year recognizes those university administrators who go above and beyond their required service to aid and develop Chi Phi Chapters.
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR AWARD
This new award recognizes the Chapter Alumni Association that has done an outstanding job in supporting an undergraduate Chapter, providing benefits of membership to that Chapter’s Alumni, and promoting the mission of Chi Phi Fraternity.
CHI PHI CLUB OF THE YEAR AWARD
Also in its inaugural year, this award recognizes the Chi Phi Club that has done an outstanding job of promoting inter-Chapter Brotherhood, developing regional networks, providing benefits of membership to Chi Phi alumni, and promoting the mission of Chi Phi Fraternity.
CHI PHI FRATERNITY - DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
This annual award recognizes Chi Phi Brothers who have demonstrated an extraordinary level of service to the Fraternity in terms of numbers of years and throughout the previous year.
CHI PHI FRATERNITY – CRONKITE CONGRESSIONAL AWARD
The Walter Leland Cronkite Jr. Chi Phi Congressional Award is the most prestigious individual honor the Chi Phi Fraternity can bestow on an alumnus. It is given for humanitarian, social or political achievement which benefits our country, educational system or society. The Cronkite Award is reserved for alumni who have made a profound impact on humanity while exemplifying the highest ideals of the Fraternity.
Previous Cronkite Award Recipients
ARTS: THOMAS A. SCOTT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1966:
Academy Award Winner, Sound Mixing for "The Right Stuff" and "Amadeus."
BUSINESS: LAWRENCE A. APPLEY, Ohio Wesleyan University 1927:
Following successful business management positions with companies such as Mobil Oil, Vick Chemical, and Montgomery Ward & Co, Lawrence Appley served as president of the 85,000 member American Management Association from 1948 to 1968 and as its chairman of the board from 1968 to 1974. He has served on the boards of more than 35 organizations and educational institutions including Nabisco, Standard Oil of Ohio, Sheraton, Kohler, Oneida, Montgomery Ward, Vick Chemical, the Brunswick School, Ohio Wesleyan University, American University, Colgate University, and Cazenovia College. During World War II, he was executive director of the War Manpower Commission and earned America's highest civilian honor, the Medal of Merit, from President Truman in 1946.
BUSINESS: JOHN L. COLLYER, Cornell University 1917:
Chairman of B. F. Goodrich
BUSINESS: MICHAEL EAGAN, Cornell University 1962:
Chairman and CEO of Alamo Rent-A-Car
BUSINESS: ARTHUR M. GOLDBERG, Rutgers University 1963:
President and CEO of International Controls Corporation
BUSINESS: THOMAS J. HARGRAVE, University of Nebraska 1912:
President of Eastman Kodak.
BUSINESS: CLIFFORD F. HOOD, University of Illinois 1915:
President of United States Steel Corporation
BUSINESS: DENMAN McNEAR Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1948:
President and CEO of Southern Pacific Railroad
BUSINESS: GERALD L. PHILLIPPE, University of Nebraska 1932:
President of General Electric Company
BUSINESS: BENJAMIN RUSSELL, University of Virginia 1899:
Founder of Russell Athletics
BUSINESS: JAMES ROBINSON III, Georgia Institute of Technology 1957:
James D. Robinson III, before his retirement, headed American Express, one of the country's oldest and most innovative companies. After graduation, he served in the Navy, studied at Harvard for his MBA, and then worked with Morgan Guaranty Trust in various departments until 1967 when he was made an officer. The following year, he became a general partner in White, Weld, & Co., but joined American Express as executive vice president in 1970. In 1977, at the age of 41, he progressed to chairman and chief executive officer.
BUSINESS: GEORGE M. WALLACE, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1940:
Founder of Denver Technological Center
COMPUTER SOFTWARE: WILLIAM T. BAKER, Indiana University 1977:
Just five years out of college, William T. Baker was one of the pioneers of computer software development with his "Easy Writer" program that was adopted for IBM's line of personal computers. He credits his work in membership recruitment with aiding him in sales and his experience as treasurer with teaching him how to work with others.
EDUCATION: DOUGLAS C. NORTH, University of California 1942:
1993 Nobel Prize in Economics Recipient.
ENGINEERING: JESSE RENO, Lehigh University 1892:
Inventor of the escalator.
ENGINEERING: GEORGE FERRIS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1881:
Inventor of the Ferris Wheel.
ENGINEERING: CHARLES FINLEY, Pennsylvania State University 1951:
Manager and Engineer of the NASA Space Station.
ENTERTAINMENT: DAN BAKKEDAHL, Florida State University 1993:
Correspondent for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show
ENTERTAINMENT: GABRIEL CADE, University of North Carolina, Wilmington 2000:
Participant in CBS’s hit series “Survivor”
ENTERTAINMENT: CHRIS HARDWICK, University of California, Los Angeles 1992:
Host of MTV's Singled Out.
ENTERTAINMENT: ADAM LARSON, Boston University 2001:
Member of MTV’s Road Rules 10: The Quest
ENTERTAINMENT: MARK L. ORDESKY, University of Southern California 1985:
An Oscar winner and now president of the Fine Line division of New Line Cinema, Brother Ordesky has quickly become a well-known and successful component of the entertainment industry. As president of the Fine Line Division, he has played an important role in numerous contemporary films including the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
GOVERNMENT: DANIEL G. AMSTUTZ, Ohio State University 1954:
Brother Amstutz was named by the George W. Bush Presidential Administration as the Senior Ministry Advisor for Agriculture in Iraq. Prior to this post, Brother Amstutz was the Executive Director of the International Wheat Council and the United States Ambassador-at-large for Agriculture and Trade Development.
GOVERNMENT: HENRY A. BALDWIN, Beta 1891:
Delegate to the United States House of Representatives, (Territory of) Hawaii
GOVERNMENT: JESSE GROOVER BOWLES, JR., University of Georgia 1946:
As a local chairman of the Democratic Party, while a young man in his 20s, Jesse Bowles personally accompanied African-American citizens to the courthouse for voter registration, disregarding derogatory remarks as he passed. Mr. Bowles has been a member of the Georgia Bar Association since its founding in 1964 and has served on its Board of Governors. In 1972, he was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, which honors only one percent of each state's practicing attorneys with membership. In 1977, Brother Bowles was appointed an Associate Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, and in 1981, he returned to his law partnership, relinquishing his place in line of succession as Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court.
GOVERNMENT: DOLPH BRISCOE, JR, University of Texas 1945:
Governor, State of Texas
GOVERNMENT: JOSEPH M. BROWN, Oglethorpe University 1872:
Governor, State of Georgia.
GOVERNMENT: HARRIE B. CHASE, Chi 1912:
Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Vermont; Chief Justice, US Court of Appeals, for the Second Circuit
GOVERNMENT: JACKSON B. CHASE, University of Nebraska 1913:
United States Representative, State of Nebraska
GOVERNMENT: WILLIAM E. CHILTON, III, Omicron 1950:
Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates
GOVERNMENT: PHILIP F. ETHERIDGE, University of Georgia 1961:
Judge, Superior Court of Atlanta, Georgia.
GOVERNMENT: PHILIP M. FRAZIER, University of Illinois 1973:
Federal Judge, U.S. Southern District of Illinois
GOVERNMENT: RICHARD C. FREEMAN, University of Georgia 1946:
U.S. District Judge, Northern District of Georgia
GOVERNMENT: JOHN A. GIANNETTI, Phi Lambda Theta 1986:
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates and State Senator
GOVERNMENT: NATHANIEL E. HARRIS, University of Georgia 1870:
Governor, State of Georgia.
GOVERNMENT: HIRAM W. JOHNSON, University of California 1888:
United States Senator and Governor, State of California.
GOVERNMENT: LYLE F. LANE, University of Washington 1950:
United States Ambassador to Uruguay and Paraguay
GOVERNMENT: THOMAS MARSHALL, Emory University 1940:
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia
GOVERNMENT: WILLIAM E. MINSHALL, University of Virginia 1936:
United States Representative, State of Ohio
GOVERNMENT: SPENCE PRYOR, University of Georgia 1995:
A third generation Chi Phi, Brother Pryor was involved with President George W. Bush’s legal team during the 2000 Presidential Elections.
GOVERNMENT: CHARLES S. ROBB, Cornell 1961, University of Wisconsin 1961:
Brother Robb received more votes than any candidate for state office in Virginia history in becoming the Commonwealth's 64th Governor in 1982. He was student commander of all ROTC units while finishing his education in the Wisconsin ROTC unit. He followed that with Marine Corps Basic School, where he was number one in his class. A law degree followed and In 1988, he was elected to the United States Senate and reelected in 1994.
GOVERNMENT: CARL SANDERS, University of Georgia 1948:
Governor, State of Georgia.
GOVERNMENT: WILLIAM B. SAXBE, Ohio State University 1938:
United States Senator, State of Ohio.
GOVERNMENT: JOHN M. SLATON, University of Georgia 1886:
Governor, State of Georgia.
GOVERNMENT: THOMAS F. STROOCK, Yale University 1948:
United States Ambassador to Guatemala
GOVERNMENT: VERNON W. THOMSON, University of Wisconsin 1927:
United States Representative, State of Wisconsin
JOURNALISM: MICHAEL H. CRAMER, University of Michigan 1985:
Award-winning editorial cartoonist, Pulitzer-Lemer Newspapers.
JOURNALISM: WALTER CRONKITE, University of Texas 1937:
Known as "the most trusted man in America," Walter Cronkite topped the nightly news ratings as anchorman for CBS News from 1968 until his retirement in 1981. He learned sound journalistic practices both in college and while working for United Press International, entering the brand new field of television in 1950. "Cementing bonds of life-long friendship that can be a source of happiness through life" is his testimonial to his Chi Phi Fraternity experience.
LAW: SYLVESTER SMITH, Lafayette College 1916:
President of the American Bar Association
MEDICINE: DR. JOHN R. ABEL, University of Southern California 1929:
President of the American Dental Association
MEDICINE: DR. JAMES Z. APPEL, Franklin and Marshall 1928:
Elected President of the American Medical Association in 1965, Brother Appel also received Franklin and Marshall College’s Alumni citation in 1964 for completely developing the college’s health service from a one-man affair to a fully-staffed operation.
MEDICINE: DR. ROBERT P. FERGUSON, Cornell University 1968:
Chief of Medicine for Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City.
MEDICINE: DR. WILLIAM JARVIS, University of California – Davis, 1970:
Director of Office of Extramural Research for the National Center for Infectious Diseases.
MEDICINE: DR. JONATHAN RICHMOND, Franklin &; Marshall 1962, Connecticut 1962:
Director of the Office of Health and Safety for the Centers for Disease Control.
MEDICINE: DR. MANUEL TZAGOURNIS, Ohio State University 1956:
Director of Health Services and retired Dean of Medical School at the Ohio State University.
MILITARY: DAVID A. COFFMAN, Florida Institute of Technology 1982:
Pilot for U.S. Air Force's Thunderbirds
MINISTER, EDUCATOR, AND DIPLOMAT: REV. JAMES T. LANEY, Yale 1950:
Educated at Yale University (BA-Economics, MDiv, PhD), Brother Laney taught at Vanderbilt University, Yale University, and Harvard University. Dean of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and later President of Emory University, Brother Laney is credited with much of the responsibility for Emory University’s development into a world-renowned University. Named the United States Ambassador to South Korea in 1993, Brother Laney played a key role in the diffusion of the 1994 nuclear crisis with North Korea. A Methodist Minister, Brother Laney has also received honorary degrees from over twenty universities throughout the United States, Great Britain, Japan, and Korea.
MINISTRY: REV. ROBERT R. PARKS, University of Florida 1940:
Working within the urban scene, first in Jacksonville and then as rector of New York's wealthy downtown Trinity Church from 1971 to 1986, Brother Parks founded a ministry to aid the aged and to serve the poor. Under his leadership, the church has given thousands of people housing, education, and spiritual aid.
SPORTS: GREG BARTON, University of Michigan 1983:
Kayaking Olympian winning a gold medal in the 1988 Summer Olympic games.
SPORTS: EARLE BRUCE, Ohio State University 1953:
After becoming the Buckeye's head coach in 1980, Earl Bruce maintained his alma mater's positions among the top teams in the country. Unable to play in college after a knee injury, he lived in the Chi Phi house and learned the benefits of Fraternity living. He graduated to become an assistant at Ohio State and then won 129 of 179 games while coaching in Ohio high schools for thirteen years. He assumed the position of head football coach at Ohio State in 1980 and later served as head football coach at Colorado State in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
SPORTS: DR. MICHAEL DANIEL, Emory University 1984:
One of only 30 individuals ever to reach the summit of Mt. Fairweather.
SPORTS: LAWRENCE “CRASH” DAVIS, Duke 1940:
Professional baseball player that was basis for Kevin Costner’s character in Bull Durham.
SPORTS: PAUL DePACE, University of Rhode Island 1966:
A major force behind the establishment of the Paralympics.
SPORTS: JOHN “MAD COW” HEMBEL, Florida State University, 1989
Speed Skiing World Record Holder.
SPORTS: RANKIN M. SMITH, SR., Emory University 1946:
Owner of the Atlanta Falcons.
SPORTS: FRANK URYASZ, University of Nebraska 1983:
President of the National Center for Drug Free Sport.
CHI PHI FRATERNITY is a collection of chartered active Chapters, Alumni Associations, House Corporations, and Chi Phi Clubs.
Active Chapters are bodies of undergraduate members (initiated members enrolled as students and in good standing). Alumni associations are bodies of initiated members who have graduated with their undergraduate degree or have left school. Chapter house corporations are subsidiary corporations which have as their sole purpose the provision of affordable and safe housing that meets the needs of our undergraduate Chapters. Chi Phi Clubs are a collection of Chi Phi Alumni within a geographic area that are not necessarily associated with a specific Chapter. Chi Phi Clubs are established in major metropolitan areas where multiple Chapters exist or a great number of Chi Phi Alumni are concentrated.
THE CONGRESS is the supreme governing body of Chi Phi. It is composed of two voting delegates from each active Chapter, one voting delegate from each alumni association, and one voting delegate from each alumni club. Congress meets annually, elects its own officers, and is practically supreme in its actions.
THE JUDICIAL POWER of the Fraternity is vested in the three courts as follows:
The Court of the Chapter has original jurisdiction over its members and alumni and must report its proceedings in full to the Grand Council within 15 days of any hearing.
The Court of the Grand Council has jurisdiction over all members, Chapters, Colonies, and both types of Alumni organizations. It can also hear appeals from determinations of the Court of the Chapter with power to affirm or modify.
The Court of the Congress serves as an appellate court from the Court of Chapter and Council. It can assume original jurisdiction over members, Chapters, and Alumni organizations. It has exclusive jurisdiction over disputes between Chapters. This Court is composed of the delegates to the Congress. The judgment of this Court is final.
THE GRAND COUNCIL is the administrative body of the Fraternity as the Congress is legislative and the Courts are judicial. The Grand Alpha is elected every two years by the Congress. He then appoints all other members of the Grand Council. Grand Council members serve without compensation. The Grand Council has general care of the assets of the Fraternity and is responsible for the overall welfare of the Fraternity. It supervises the activities of the National Fraternity Staff. It meets at least three times each year.
The voting members of the Grand Council, in addition to the Grand Alpha, are the Grand Beta, Grand Gamma, Grand Delta, Grand Epsilon, Grand Zeta, Grand Eta, Grand Theta, Grand Iota, and Grand Alpha-Elect, if there be one. The Grand Alpha may also appoint the following non-voting members of the Grand Council: Scholastic Counselor, Heritage and Traditions Counselor, and at-large members. The Editor of The Chi Phi Chakett, Executive Director, and National Staff Members are also non-voting members of the Grand Council.
THE GRAND ALPHA is the national president and chief officer of the Fraternity. He appoints the other members of the Grand Council and presides over Grand Council meetings.
THE GRAND BETA is the chaplain of the Fraternity, although he need not be a clergy member. He offers the Prayer of the Fraternity and conducts those other services required by the Constitution and usages of the Fraternity.
THE GRAND GAMMA is the secretary of the Fraternity and the Grand Council. He oversees the minutes of the Congress and Grand Council and supervises use of the seals of the Fraternity.
THE GRAND DELTA is the treasurer of the Fraternity. He supervises collections and expenditures of the Fraternity and ensures appropriate bookkeeping records.
THE GRAND EPSILON is custodian of the records of the Fraternity. He oversees storage of records by the national office.
THE GRAND ZETA is the historian of the Fraternity. He reports to each Congress facts of interest, oversees the Goliard Program, and advises the Grand Council.
THE GRAND ETA is the second officer in rank of the Grand Council. He must be an attorney. He is the legal representative of the Fraternity and appears on behalf of the Grand Council and Fraternity before the courts of the Fraternity. He assumes the duties of the Grand Alpha in the absence, inability, or death of the Grand Alpha.
THE GRAND THETA and GRAND IOTA are either undergraduate or graduate student members of the Grand Council. These members serve for two years only: the first year as Grand Iota and the second year as Grand Theta. The Grand Alpha appoints a new Grand Iota each year. They are full voting members of the Grand Council and are expected to represent the undergraduates of the Fraternity.
THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR serves at the pleasure of the Grand Council. He is the administrative head of the Fraternity and is a permanent, full-time employee of the Fraternity. He actively supervises the national office and its staff. He is the agent of the Grand Council and Grand Alpha. In the lieu of the employment of an Executive Director, an Executive Secretary may be hired to manage the national office and perform other duties assigned by the Grand Alpha or Grand Council.
THE EDITOR OF THE CHI PHI CHAKETT is appointed by the Grand Council and usually has a background in public relations and/or journalism. It is his duty to edit and publish The Chi Phi Chakett, the official publication of the Fraternity mailed to each living alumnus, in accordance with such regulations as the Grand Council may establish. He also advises the Grand Council on public relations matters.
THE COUNSELOR OF HERITAGE AND CUSTOMS assists the Grand Council and Chapter officers in maintaining the ritual, traditions, and customs of the Fraternity. He plans and supervises the demonstration of Fraternity ritual at the Congress and other occasions as requested by the Grand Alpha or Grand Council. He may recommend to the Grand Council appropriate changes to the ritual.
THE SCHOLASTIC COUNSELOR plans, supervises, and encourages the scholastic programs within the Chapters and Colonies. He also makes recommendations to the Grand Council and Congress for the enhancement of scholarship. At each Congress, he reports the latest academic record of the Fraternity.
THE ARCHIVES COORDINATOR is charged with maintaining the archives of the Fraternity. He also seeks donations of historically important items to the archives.
Dr. James Soderquist, Alpha 1967
Ronald Frank, Nu Delta 1983, Iota Zeta 1989, Delta Zeta 2000
Frank Uryasz, Alpha Theta Chi 1983
Eric Pittman, Alpha Zeta 1993
Senour Reed, Eta 1979
Steven Hopkins, Nu 1999
George MacDonald, Kappa Delta 1971, Iota Zeta 1989, Eta Theta 2011
Clark Kjorlaug, Omega 2012
Matthew Chiaverini, Psi 2014
Heritage and Traditions Counselor
Glenn Johnson, Mu Theta 2004
Member at Large
Michael Orta, Phi Lambda Theta 2006
Member at Large
Patrick Moriarty, Tau Zeta 2013
Member at Large
Casey Woolf, Phi Delta 2011
Member at Large
Tom Deans, Phi Lambda Theta 1955
Member at Large
Alan A. Ables, Psi 1974
Executive Director Editor of the Chakett
Michael J. Azarian, Psi Delta 1997
Alumni Education Committee Chairman
Ronald Frank, Nu Delta 1983, Iota Zeta 1989, Delta Zeta 2000
Expansion Committee Chairman
Michael Orta, Phi Lambda Theta 2006
Finance Committee Chairman
Eric Pittman, Alpha Zeta 1993
Heritage & Traditions Committee Chairman
Glenn Johnson, Mu Theta 2004
Scholarship Committee Chairman
Raymond Carnley, Delta Pi 2000
Accreditation Committee Chairmen
Tom Deans, Phi Lambda Theta 1955
Unwritten Law Committee Chairman
Carter Dunn, Rho Delta 2011
The Chi Phi National Office is located in Suwanee, Georgia, and is home to all administrative affairs of the Fraternity. All communications, reports, fees, and questions directed to the Fraternity or to any one of the Grand Officers should be sent to the national office.
William M. Byrd Chi Phi National Headquarters Building
1160 Satellite Blvd. NW
Suwanee, GA 30024
Voice and Fax:
Toll Free: 800.849.1824
Director of Member Services
Deanne Walters, Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity
Lucas Da Pieve, Phi Delta 2013
Through the leadership of then-Grand Alpha Alfred H. Hutchinson, Xi 1909, the 1930 Chi Phi Congress created the Chi Phi Educational Trust for the purpose of assisting deserving students and promoting scholarship and leadership. Since then, it has become a vital part of the success of Chi Phi. Over the years, the Trust has benefited from the financial support of Chi Phi undergraduates and alumni, parents and friends via a number of gift options. Since the Trust is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, all gifts are tax deductible. In today's complex society, the Trust is focused upon "making a difference" through sponsorship of Fraternity-managed educational programs to equip Brothers with skills for personal and professional development. The Trust awards over $350,000 in educational and administrative grants for the benefit of the members of the Chi Phi Fraternity.
The Chi Phi Educational Trust is proud to offer over $100,000 in scholarships and grants to deserving Chi Phis across the country. Based on the applicant’s academic success, campus and community involvement, Chapter leadership and Fraternity involvement; this merit-based scholarship provides varying assistance, from $200 to $2500.
Chairman: Christopher J. Shuler, Alpha Zeta 1984
Vice Chairman: John W. McElderry, Eta 1994
Secretary: Hans U. Stucki, Iota 1970
Treasurer: John E. Hutzler, Kappa Delta 1990
Trustee: Mike Dever, Eta 1978
Trustee: Mark Ordesky, Eta Delta 1985
Trustee: Perry Pirsch, Alpha Theta Chi 1994
Trustee: Dan Turner, Alpha Zeta 1991
Trustee: David Skelton, Omega 1980
Legal Counsel: George M. MacDonald, Kappa Delta 1971, Iota Zeta 1989, Eta Theta 2011
The Board of Governors of the Chi Phi Educational Trust
Chairman: Christopher J. Shuler, Alpha Zeta 1984
Vice-Chairman: Hans Stucki, Iota 1970
Governor: Thomas Holtey, Beta 1962
Governor: Randolph Loss, Theta Delta 1977
Governor: Fran Nolan, Kappa Delta 1990
Governor: Sahil Patel, Gamma 2000
Governor: Cory Thomas, Mu Delta 1986
There are no "Ten Easy Steps" to ensure the success of a Fraternity Chapter. However, when you take a step back and look at the overall operation of a Chi Phi Chapter, it can become much less complicated if you separate the greater process into a number of sections (management, finances, recruitment, etc.).
On a more basic level, however, the following components of Chapter management are good cornerstones to build upon:
The Constitution and ByLaws of Chi Phi Fraternity specify seven elected Chapter Officers. Some Chapters, dependent upon number of Brothers or tradition, choose to elect other officers. While it is at the discretion of the Chapter, the Fraternity encourages its groups to elect officers annually as opposed to semi-annually. Upon election, officers qualify by taking the following obligation before the Chapter:
I do solemnly promise upon my honor as a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity that I will faithfully perform, in accordance with this Constitution and By-Laws of the Fraternity and the By-Laws of this Chapter duly authorized, all the duties of the office therein to which I have been elected; that I will not allow myself to be swayed by passion or prejudice in the execution of my office; that my example as an officer of this Chapter shall be such as order and decorum require; and that I will endeavor to the best of my ability to obey the laws and promote the welfare of the Chi Phi Fraternity and to persuade all other members of the Chapter also so to do.
Although some Chapters chose to assign different responsibilities to some officers, the following list comprises the most basic tenants of each officer’s responsibilities. Refer to the Accreditation Program to ensure all roles are covered.
The ALPHA shall be the head of the Chapter and shall have the following duties:
The BETA shall be the chaplain of the Chapter and the second officer in rank and should oversee all committees. He shall have the following duties:
The GAMMA shall be the secretary of the Chapter. It is his duty to make official reports, take the minutes at Chapter meetings, ensure successful Chapter communication, and keep and preserve all records. Furthermore, he shall:
The DELTA shall be the treasurer of the Chapter. He is responsible for the collection of all monies due the Chapter and the payment of all bills incurred by the Chapter. Moreover, he shall:
The EPSILON shall be the custodian of the lodge room and of the personal property of the Chapter. He is the sergeant-at-arms of the Chapter and is also often the House Manager. His most important duties are to:
The ZETA shall be the historian of the Chapter and shall see that the Chapter publishes and circulates an alumni newsletter at least once each year. Also, he shall:
The ETA shall be the Risk Manager of the Chapter and shall be responsible for all programs, education, and inspections concerning risk management. He shall:
The DELEGATES TO CONGRESS shall be the voice of the Chapter in the affairs of the Fraternity. Two men shall be elected by each Chapter to be its voice and vote (one man for each Colony, Club and Alumni Association). These delegates will:
The RECRUITMENT CHAIRMAN or CHAIRMEN shall be the chief organizer of Chapter recruitment events and shall be responsible for the coordination of all recruitment efforts. Additionally, he will:
The NEW MEMBER EDUCATOR(S) shall be responsible for all New Membership Programs and for the adequate expression of all expectations of membership to all New Members of the Chapter. This individual(s) should expect to:
The ALUMNI RELATIONS CHAIRMAN (or CHAIRMEN) shall be responsible for all communications with Chapter and/or local Chi Phi Alumni. This individual(s) should likewise:
The ACADEMIC CHAIRMAN (or CHAIRMEN) shall be responsible for all matters that pertain to the academics and grades of the Chapter. This individual(s) should likewise:
For these reasons, committees are an important facet of Chapter organization in which every Brother and New Member is expected to partake.
Most Chapters have several permanent and ad-hoc committees such as a social committee, a Brotherhood committee, a scholarship committee, a philanthropy committee and a service committee, and an Alumni relations committee.
Chapter Officers must be able to delegate. It is simply a necessity. There is too much to be done, and nowhere near enough time for a single person to do it all themselves.
One of the reasons that Fraternity men and Sorority women go on to become such successful businessmen, politicians, and leaders in their respective fields is because they learn to delegate early. This prevents burnout, and ensures that your group goals aren’t just achieved, but exceeded.
Good delegation will require the following:
Official Colors – Scarlet and blue are the official colors of the Fraternity.
Official Flower – Chi Phi does not have an official flower, but many Colonies and Chapters present yellow roses, symbolizing friendship.
The Mission of Chi Phi – The Fraternity strives to build better men through lifelong friendships, leadership opportunities, and character development.
The Values of Chi Phi- Chi Phi Fraternity was founded on the basis of Truth, Honor, and Personal Integrity. These are timeless values which guide the fundamental purposes of the Fraternity.
Shared Rhetoric – members of Chi Phi Fraternity are instructed to study and understand three key pieces of rhetoric:
The Chi Phi Fraternity, as it exists today, is the outgrowth of three older organizations, each of which bore the name of Chi Phi. These organizations were the Chi Phi Society, founded at the College of New Jersey (Princeton); the Chi Phi Fraternity, established at the University of North Carolina; and the Secret Order of Chi Phi, founded at Hobart College.
We are bound by ties of love, eternally, fraternally,
While Chi Phi Brothers watch above, fraternally, eternally.
Words and Music By Brs. Wyman Connor and Frank Patterson, Rho Chapter
You’ve all had dreams of an ideal girl,
A girl heav’n sent to your side.
But the one who is all of these dreams come true,
Is the girl who belongs to Chi Phi.
Her manner so graceful, her beauty so rare,
The pride of each Brother, she’s fair, oh so fair!
The beauties from kingdom’s all o’er the world,
Could never compare with her – my Chi Phi girl!
Tune: Auld Lang Syne
The Greek-letter Fraternity is a phenomenon unique to higher education in North America. Students in other countries have their societies or clubs, but only in America does the concept of Greek-letter fraternities exist.
As explained by the late Charles Wesley Flint, while serving as chancellor of Syracuse University, "The great urge of Americans to belong to something is well understood. There is a law, which brings men together in groups; it acts like the law of gravity, and regardless of what is done to divert it, it holds true. While the law is of course universal, the gregariousness of Homo Americanus is special. Thus we have the college Fraternity."
Consequently, the college Fraternity is indigenous to the soil of the American continent and is in no sense an import from abroad.
The birth of the Greek-letter fraternities system occurred the same year as the birth of the United States. Phi Beta Kappa was founded December 5, 1776, at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, the second oldest college in America. Phi Beta Kappa had been preceded by a society of somewhat uncertain nature called The Flat Hat, which originated in 1750 and is believed to have existed for at least twenty years.
Phi Beta Kappa was organized in the Apollo Room of Raleigh Tavern by five undergraduate students: John Heath, Thomas Smith, Richard Booker, Armistead Smith, and John Jones. The aims of the founders were scholastic, inspirational, and fraternal.
For the first several years, Phi Beta Kappa was much like present-day fraternities with its ritual, oath of fidelity, a grip, a badge, a background of high idealism, a strong tie of friendship and comradeship, and an urge for sharing its values through extension to other campuses. The Oath of Fidelity, to which every member was sworn, was as follows:
I, _________, do swear on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God, or otherwise as calling the Supreme Being to attest this my oath, declaring that I will, with all my possible efforts, endeavor to prove true, just and deeply attached to this our growing Fraternity, in keeping, holding and preserving all secrets that pertain to our duty, and for the promotion and advancement of its internal welfare.
In December 1779, the parent Chapter authorized the establishment of branches at Yale and Harvard. The Chapter at Yale was established on November 13, 1780, and Harvard installed its Chapter almost a year later, September 5, 1781. William and Mary was forced to close because of confusion related to the Revolutionary War and the Chapter there became extinct in 1781. It remained for the New England colleges to nurture the organization, and a new Chapter was authorized at Dartmouth in 1787. Thirty years passed before Union College in Schenectady, New York, formed a Chapter in 1817.
After half a century the Fraternity had only five Chapters, and it soon became, and has since remained, an honor Fraternity.
Youth was not to be denied its clubs with social intent and Greek idealism. On December 24, 1824, the Chi Phi Society, which is known in the history of the Chi Phi Fraternity as the Princeton Order of Chi Phi, was founded at the College of New Jersey, now Princeton University. Unfortunately, the Chi Phi Society ceased to be active in 1825.
The move to Union College in 1817 was a significant step for Phi Beta Kappa and the fraternal movement. At that time, it was still a secret society with both scholastic and social aspects. Its popularity among students at Union inspired the organization of three other fraternities which, although principally regional, still flourish. These three are the oldest existing Greek-letter fraternities with a continuous existence and are now known as the Union Triad: Kappa Alpha Society, Sigma Phi, and Delta Phi.
Kappa Alpha Society was founded in 1825 and was the first Fraternity to be founded at Union. The new Fraternity resembled Phi Beta Kappa in many respects: It was secret, it had a Greek name, and it had a similar badge. The new organization was very small, but it made a large impact on the campus. The new Fraternity met a great deal of opposition from the faculty, but it had many admirers among the students. These admirers paid the Kappa Alpha Society a great compliment by founding two similar organizations: Sigma Phi, March 4,1827; and Delta Phi, November 18,1827. The Union Triad became a pattern for other Greek-letter fraternities.
Sigma Phi was the first of the Union group to expand beyond its home campus when it established a Chapter at Hamilton College in 1831. Two years later, Kappa Alpha Society chartered a group at Williams, and Sigma Phi followed one year later, in 1834. The original Chapter of Delta Upsilon was organized at Williams in 1834 as an "anti-secret" group.
Sigma Phi's move to Hamilton College influenced the founding of Alpha Delta Phi there in 1832. The founder of Alpha Delta Phi established a Chapter at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, one year after the first Chapter was founded at Hamilton. Miami University was then a leading college west of the Allegheny Mountains and Alpha Delta Phi was the first Fraternity to be established in the West.
A fourth Fraternity, Psi Upsilon, was founded at Union in 1833 by a group of college students interested in college politics.
Alpha Delta Phi, founded at Miami University in 1833, was the only Fraternity at that school for six years. It was followed by Beta Theta Pi in 1839. Beta Theta Pi and Alpha Delta Phi remained rivals until 1847, the year of the "Snowball Rebellion," when students rolled huge snowballs against the college's doors thereby blocking entrance to classes and effectively shutting the college down. When the enraged administration had expelled the offenders, very few Fraternity men were left in school. Neither Beta Theta Pi nor Alpha Delta Phi was operating at Miami the following year.
The fraternities were missed at Miami and students organized Phi Delta Theta in 1848 to fill the void. Phi Delta Theta split in 1852 with the withdrawing members forming a Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon, which had been founded at Yale in 1844. Members of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Chapter at Miami split in 1855, and members who left the parent group organized another Fraternity which at first they called Sigma Phi. However, when it was discovered that a Fraternity already existed by that name, they changed to Sigma Chi.
Beta Theta Pi, Phi Delta Theta, and Sigma Chi are now known as the Miami Triad. Unlike the Union Triad, they expanded rapidly and today are strong coast-to-coast fraternities.
A fifth Fraternity was founded at Union College when Chi Psi organized there in 1841. Zeta Psi, the first of the New York fraternities, was founded at New York University in 1847. Delta Psi was founded at Columbia College (now Columbia University) the same year. Union College started its sixth Fraternity in 1847 when Theta Delta Chi was organized there. One year later, in 1848, Phi Gamma Delta was founded at Jefferson College, in Washington, Pennsylvania.
The pattern of expansions and foundings continued: Phi Kappa Sigma, University of Pennsylvania, 1849; Phi Kappa Psi, Jefferson College, 1852; the Princeton Order of Chi Phi revived, 1854.
Although fraternities seemed to flourish in the South, none were founded at southern schools before 1849, when the "W.W.W.," or Rainbow, was founded at the University of Mississippi. This Fraternity confined itself to the South, where thirteen Chapters were eventually established. The Fraternity had a rather unstable existence until 1886 when it merged with Delta Tau Delta, which had been founded at Bethany College, Virginia (now West Virginia), in 1859. Delta Tau Delta renamed its journal, which had been previously known as The Crescent to The Rainbow in honor of the defunct organization.
The first Fraternity of southern origin to be permanent was Sigma Alpha Epsilon, which was founded at the University of Alabama in 1856. The Fraternity grew rapidly but confined its existence to the south for thirty years. Theta Chi was founded at Norwich University in Vermont the same year as Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Theta Chi did not expand beyond its first Chapter until 1902.
The second order of Chi Phi was established at the University of North Carolina on August 21, 1858. The Secret Order of Chi Phi was established at Hobart College in Geneva, New York, on November 14, 1860.
The Civil War brought an end to Fraternity expansion. Collegiate activity everywhere was weakened and in the South was practically suspended. Fraternity bonds did account for several prisoners being exchanged or being given better treatment. Only one group, Theta Xi, was established during this period. Founded at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1864, it also was the first Fraternity specific to a single profession.
Shortly after the Civil War, two new fraternities were founded at the University of Virginia: Pi Kappa Alpha in 1868 and Kappa Sigma in 1869.
Three other major fraternities were established in Lexington, Virginia, during the same period. The first of these was Kappa Alpha Order in 1865, which celebrates its founding date on Robert E. Lee's birthday. Alpha Tau Omega was founded at Richmond, Virginia, and placed its first Chapter at Virginia Military Institute in 1867.
In 1868, the Legion of Honor was founded at the Virginia Military Institute. Its successor, Sigma Nu, was also founded at VMI in 1869.
Phi Sigma Kappa was born at Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1873. Delta Chi, originally legal in nature, but reformed as a social Fraternity, was founded at Cornell in 1890. In 1895, Yale became the birthplace of Pi Lambda Phi while Trinity saw the birth of Alpha Chi Rho. Sigma Pi was established at Vincennes in 1897, while Zeta Beta Tau, the first Jewish Fraternity, was founded in 1898. Tau Kappa Epsilon's founding at Illinois Wesleyan opened the year of 1899 while Delta Sigma Phi was born on Christmas at the College of the City of New York.
With the coming of the 20th century, the Fraternity idea grew as enrollments climbed. The following fraternities celebrate their founding since 1900: Sigma Phi Epsilon started at Richmond College, Richmond, Virginia, in 1901; Acacia, Alpha Gamma Rho, Pi Kappa Phi, and Phi Epsilon Pi formed in 1904; FarmHouse and Kappa Delta Rho embarked in 1905; Phi Kappa Tau followed in 1906; Triangle formed in 1907; Lambda Chi Alpha, Sigma Alpha Mu, and Phi Sigma Delta came in 1909; Tau Delta Phi, Tau Epsilon Phi, and Phi Sigma Epsilon started in 1910; Alpha Epsilon Pi followed in 1913; and Alpha Kappa Lambda and Sigma Tau Gamma began in 1920. Phi Kappa Theta is a consolidation (1959) of Phi Kappa (1889) and Theta Kappa Phi (1919). Alpha Kappa Pi, now amalgamated with Alpha Sigma Phi, was founded in 1921. It was not until the 1980s that more national fraternities appeared.
Although the 20 years between 1972 and 1992 were good to fraternities, the decade since has seen a rapid decline. The number of individuals joining men’s college fraternities has decreased while college enrollment has continued to grow. Society grew tired of putting up with the animal house image and began to reject repeated accounts of hazing, alcohol abuse, and poor scholarship.
Today, fraternities are working to create a brighter future across the country both for themselves and for society through a renewed commitment to their founding values. With hundreds of leadership development initiatives, millions of hours of community service, and a renewed commitment to scholarship and personal growth, the fraternities of the 21st century are becoming impressive testimonials to their founders.
The North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), established in 1909, is a confederation of 73 men's college fraternities with over 5,500 Chapters on more than 800 campuses throughout the United States and Canada. The NIC represents 350,000 collegiate members and four and one-half million alumni.
The promotion of scholarship, leadership, service, and friendship among Fraternity members is the NIC's primary purpose. The NIC's volunteer leadership and professional staff, based in Indianapolis, serve fraternities in university, government, and media relations.
The annual meeting of the Conference is usually held in April in Washington, D.C., this location is to allow member organizations and ability to lobby the United States Government as a group on topics that impact fraternal organizations. Typically, the NIC will ask for interns to assist in the running of the event.Chi Phi is a founding member of the North American Interfraternity Conference.
Delta Tau Delta
Pi Lambda Phi
The National Panhellenic Conference was founded in 1902, seven years before the establishment of the NIC. It is an umbrella organization for 26 international women's fraternities and sororities. Below you will find some basic information about each of those 26 member-organizations, including their founding date, colors, and flowers.
ALPHA CHI OMEGA *
ALPHA DELTA PI
ALPHA EPSILON PHI
ALPHA GAMMA DELTA *
ALPHA OMICRON PI *
ALPHA PHI *
ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA
ALPHA SIGMA TAU
ALPHA XI DELTA *
CHI OMEGA *
DELTA DELTA DELTA *
DELTA GAMMA *
DELTA PHI EPSILON
GAMMA PHI BETA
KAPPA ALPHA THETA *
KAPPA KAPPAGAMMA *
PHI MU *
PHI SIGMA SIGMA *
PI BETA PHI *
SIGMA DELTA TAU *
SIGMA SIGMA SIGMA
THETA PHI ALPHA *
ZETA TAU ALPHA *
Established in 1998, the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) is an umbrella council for 21 Latino Greek Letter Organizations. The purpose of NALFO is to promote and foster positive interfraternal relations, communication, and development of all Latino Fraternal organizations through mutual respect, leadership, honesty, professionalism, and education.
Alpha Pi Sigma Sorority, Inc.
Alpha Psi Lambda-National, Inc.
Gamma Alpha Omega
Gamma Phi Omega
Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc.
Lambda Alpha Upsilon
Lambda Theta Alpha Latin
Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc.
Lambda Theta Phi Latin
Lambda Pi Upsilon Sorority,
Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi
Lambda Sigma Upsilon
La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc.
Sigma Lambda Gamma
Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc.
Sigma Lambda Beta
Corazones Unidos Siempre
Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
ALPHA PHI ALPHA
ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA
KAPPA ALPHA PSI
OMEGA PSI PHI
DELTA SIGMA THETA
PHI BETA SIGMA
ZETA PHI BETA
SIGMA GAMMA RHO
IOTA PHI THETA
The Fraternity world saw another tremendous milestone in 1906 at Cornell University when Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. became the first intercollegiate Greek-letter Fraternity established for African-Americans. Two years later in 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., America’s first such organization established by African-American women, was founded at Howard University in Washington, DC.
On May 10, 1930, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC, the National Pan-Hellenic Council was formed as a permanent organization. The stated purpose and mission of the NPHC in 1930 was “Unanimity of thought and action as far as possible in the conduct of Greek letter collegiate fraternities and sororities, and to consider problems of mutual interest to its member organizations.” Early in 1937, the organization was incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois and became known as “The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated.”
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. were established in 1911 and 1913 and 1914 saw the birth of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., respectively. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was established in 1920, followed by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. in 1922. Iota Phi Theta, Fraternity, Inc., the last of the “Divine Nine” traditionally African-American Fraternities and Sororities was born in 1963.
Each of the nine NPHC organizations evolved during a period when African-Americans were being denied essential rights and privileges afforded others. Racial isolation on predominantly white campuses and social barriers of class on all campuses created a need for African-Americans to align themselves with other individuals sharing common goals and ideals. With the realization of such a need, the African-American Greek-lettered organization movement took on the personae of a haven and outlet, which could foster Brotherhood and sisterhood in the pursuit to bring about social change through the development of social programs that would create positive change for African-American citizens and for the country.
Membership in a Fraternity, more than many other campus organizations, entails the knowledge of various vocabulary terms and phrases that are unique to the Greek community.
Alumni/Alumnus/Alumna/Alumnae – This term is frequently misused when referring to a single male graduate. The word alumni is actually the plural form of the word alumnus. Alumnus should be used when describing a single male graduate. Female graduates are correctly referred to as alumnae, which is the plural form of alumna.
Active – To have an Active status would suggest that Chi Phi Fraternity has or could have an Inactive Status. The appropriate ways to refer to initiated undergraduate Chapter members are “undergraduate Brothers,” “initiates,” or simply “Brothers.”
Alumni Status or Inactive Status – Neither an undergraduate Chapter nor an individual Chapter member can declare someone/himself an alumnus. Further, an “inactive status” does not exist in Chi Phi Fraternity. Some members mistakenly believe that these are available options in order to avoid financial or membership obligations. Chi Phi’s oath of membership is not a temporary oath. A Chi Phi becomes an alumnus only when he graduates or leaves school.
Capitalizations – The terms “Brother,” “Chapter,” “Colony,” “Fraternity,” and “New Member” should always be capitalized.
Chapter Designations – The appropriate way to denote a Member’s Chapter designation is by following his name with a comma, spelling out his Chapter of initiation in full, and following it with his four digit graduation year. For individuals who have also affiliated with another Chapter, their designation should then be followed with a comma, the Chapter name, and his year of affiliation (i.e. Al Smith, Alpha Xi 2007 or Kevin Smith, Beta Tau 2007, Alpha Xi 2008)
House/Chapter – As a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity, you do not belong to a house. You belong to a Chapter or a Colony and to a Fraternity. The proper term used when describing your status is as a member of the “______ Chapter/ Colony of the Chi Phi Fraternity,” not as a member of the “______ house.”
National(s) – There is no “s” in the word national. There is only one National Chi Phi Fraternity. Similarly, there is only one Chi Phi National Office.
Candidate Educator/ New Member Educator / Pledge Educator – Since it is no longer the 1970s, Chi Phi (like every other national Fraternity) has moved beyond the archaic practice of calling men who orient Candidates for Membership to the Chapter “Pledge Educators”, instead, we refer to these men as Candidate Educators.
New Member / Pledge – The word “Pledge” has long since been replaced with the term “New Member” when used to refer to a man who has pledged himself to the values of Chi Phi Fraternity but has not yet been fully initiated into our order.
Bid - an invitation to join the Chi Phi Fraternity, another Fraternity, or a sorority
Colony – newly-formed Fraternity on campus, operating under the guidelines of the “Basic Colony Operations”; a Colony has not received a Charter
Charter – the document granting the rights, privileges, and insignia of the Fraternity
Chapter – fully operational organization with an active Charter
Founding Members/Fathers – the initial group of undergraduate men who form the Colony; typically, the names of these men are inscribed on the Charter and presented during a formal ceremony
Formal Pledging Ceremony – this is one of two public Rituals of the Chi Phi Fraternity. This ceremony is performed when a man (or group of men) accepts a bid. The undergraduate leadership presents the Candidates for Membership with a pledge pin, called a Chakett
Lodge Room – the room (either in the Fraternity dwelling, residence hall, or campus building) where the undergraduate meet for weekly meetings and perform all ceremonies/rituals of the Fraternity.
Personal Property – the materials owned by the Colony/Chapter which are required to perform the ceremonies and rites of passage.
Ritual – Chi Phi Fraternity has several secret ceremonies that guide the organization. Each ceremony is to be practiced at least once a year.
The 149th Chi Phi Congress Austin, TX – Summer 2014
Congress is the supreme authority of the Chi Phi Fraternity. Each year, approximately 200 Chi Phis and their guests come together for a weekend of Chi Phi business, educational programming, and fun. The Grand Council, Board of Governors, Trustees, National Staff, and Chapter Delegates from around the country form the democratic body that directs and oversees our organization. Every Chapter is represented by two voting delegates, every Colony, Alumni Association and Alumni Club by one.
Registration for this event is available at www.chiphi.org/congress. Registration will be due around May, 2014.
College of Excellence (COE) Summer 2014
Chi Phi’s summer leadership institute College of Excellence (COE) returned in the summer of 2012. The program is similar to the NIC program UIFI. All participants will be engaged in discussing and navigating topical issues that are current in our Fraternity. It is also a time to work alongside your Chi Phi Brothers to reach the goal of individual and national excellence. More information can be found at www.chiphi.org/coe.
Alphas Academy January 2014
For years Chi Phi has set the goal of instituting a leadership intensive program for its Chapters Alphas. In January of 2012 the program was finally be held in Atlanta, Georgia. The curriculum of the Alphas Academy included leadership vs. management skill building, communicating as a leader, conflict management and assessment of individual leadership styles to name a few.
Regional Leadership Alliance
A multi-location program that includes guest facilitators and a constantly evolving curriculum, the Regional Leadership Alliance programs are open to all Chapters and Colonies. This is the best opportunity for your Chapter to evaluate completely its current situation, set goals, and work together to achieve true Chapter growth.
A two-day program, these “regional workshops” are open to undergraduate and Alumni leaders of all ages and levels of experience. One need not be a Chapter Officer or even an initiated member to attend. The program’s nature provides participants the ability to receive help in exactly the areas that their Chapter, Colony, or Alumni Association needs the most attention. Sessions are facilitated by experienced Chi Phi Alumni, staff members, and some of the best interfraternal facilitators around.
The Regional Leadership Alliance is not just for undergraduate members. This past year many local Alumni attended RLA and were educated in the best practices concerning advising an undergraduate Chapter. The program was facilitated by Grand Council Members and exceptional Chi Phi Alumni.
Dates and Locations for the 2014 RLAs can be found on chiphi.org/rla.
Officer Teleconferences and Webinars
At the beginning of every Fall and Spring semester the Chi Phi National Office facilitates teleconferences for the Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Eta, New Member Educator, and Academic Chairman. These teleconferences cover vital information for the officers to properly carryout their duties, as well as best practices and tips for a successful semester. The teleconferences make a great refresher for a newly elected officer or an officer returning to school from a long break.
The National Fraternity Staff also provides one webinar at the beginning of the Fall and one webinar at the beginning of the Spring semester on recruitment. The webinars include Preparing for Recruitment which covers various tips about how to prepare a Chapter or Colony for a dynamic recruitment model. The webinar also includes Increasing Recruitment Skills which covers specific actions that will increase the quantity and quality of potential New Members.
All dates and times for teleconferences and webinars are posting on chiphi.org. Participants should register as early as possible.
UIFI is a principle-centered approach to creating change within Greek communities. It helps participants identify the timeless principles through which they can define themselves individually and organizationally. UIFI then helps participants recognize how they can act out these principles by honing important life skills in areas such as leadership, group dynamics, service, and organizational change.
The Chi Phi Educational Trust provides a limited number of scholarships for undergraduate members to attend. For more information about UIFI or scholarships, contact the Chi Phi National Office at 404.231.1824.
The top New Members of fraternities from across North America apply to attend Futures Quest. Futures Quest takes place in the outdoors of Central Indiana. The wooded and beautiful retreat site offers modern facilities for learning, recreation, and lodging. The purpose of Futures Quest is to provide leadership training to men who have recently joined their Fraternity. Participants will be asked to plan their future leadership responsibilities by determining the most successful route to his desired summit. Chi Phi offers a limited number scholarships for Brothers initiated in the 2013 calendar year to attend Futures Quest.
There are endless possibilities when it comes to Total Membership Education and there is an abundance of resources available to every Chapter: National Office Staff, Alumni, University Faculty/Staff, Local Businesses, Other Chi Phi Chapters, the Greek Life Office, the University Career Center, etc.
Every one of our host institutions has a different recruitment model. Some of our Chapters cannot recruit members until the second semester of their freshman year; some have to wait to join until their sophomore year, while other can join as soon as they start classes. There are campuses where bids can be extended at any time to a potential member, while other has to be on a specific date, at a specific time. Although many of these models look challenging, they all allow for the most fundamental aspect of recruitment; meeting people. There is not a campus anywhere in this country that has a rule against meeting people and making friends.
The Six Cylinders of Recruitment are ways in which you can add names to your Names List.
365 Recruitment refers to a model of recruiting members every day of the year. Rush focuses on the “always joiners”, those that know they want a Fraternity experience, but mostly leaves out the “sometime joiners” and the “never joiners” who end up being some of the best members. Chi Phi expects all of its Chapters to use a 365 recruitment model. Your Chapter should always be cognoscente of recruitment and use regular Chapter operations as venue for recruitment. Even on campuses with deferred recruitment it is important to build your names list and meet new potential members. This can be accomplished by picking one of the six cylinders of recruitment and implement it into the Chapter calendar throughout the school year.
Big events are not the best way to recruit high quality men, but if you choose to hold events here are some questions you should ask:
After these questions are answered write them down and print them out. Hand every Brother a copy of the event description and ensure that they understand their role in the event.
*Tip: Think of things your members already do as daily activities. Use these as opportunities to invite potential members and get to know them better.
As a member of our Fraternity, you are held to a higher standard than many other students. The reason for this is that Chi Phi Fraternity shares its values and standards for all to see and hear, and we must therefore hold our members accountable to those standards. One of those standards is academic achievement—after all, you are ultimately in college to graduate and to begin a career, not simply to be a part of an organization. With this understanding, many Chapters and Colonies have academic standards for members to be initiated or to remain in good standing. All of the information on the following pages can be further developed with presentations, assessments, and practice through a visit to any college or university academic enhancement or tutoring center.
Visual Learners: learn through seeing.
These learners need to see the teacher's body language and facial expression to understand fully the content of a lesson. They tend to prefer sitting at the front of the classroom to avoid visual obstructions (e.g., people's heads). They may think in pictures and learn best from visual displays, which include diagrams, illustrated text books, overhead transparencies, Power Point, videos, flipcharts, and hand-outs. During a lecture or classroom discussion, visual learners often prefer to take detailed notes to absorb the information.
Auditory Learners: learn through listening.
They learn best through attending verbal lectures, participating in discussions, talking ideas through, and listening to what others have to say. Auditory learners interpret the underlying meanings of speech through listening to tone of voice, pitch, speed, and other nuances. Written information may have little meaning until it is heard. These learners often benefit from reading text aloud and using a tape recorder.
Tactile/Kinesthetic Learners: learn through moving, doing and touching...
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The RBCs of Fraternity
Ritual, Brotherhood, and Club are what might be called the RBCs of Fraternity Life. They have no mystic or Ritualistic significance, but, to say the least, they are the very cornerstone of our existence as Chi Phis. They are guideposts—understand them, and they will teach you. Think about them for a moment.
Taken separately, these three terms have meaning to almost anyone. Ask a man what a Ritual is, and a mental picture of something will form in his mind. Ask a dozen people, and you may get a dozen images—but each will have meaning for the person you ask. Now take the three of them together—Ritual, Brotherhood, Club—and you come up with something entirely different. Find this individual of yours again and ask him: What is something that is a Ritual, a Brotherhood, and a Club? His mental image, this time, would not form so fast.
Think for just a second. Take those three terms and analyze them separately in terms of their everyday usage.
Taken together, again, what have you now? A Ritual, in this case, is constructed upon ideals; a Brotherhood is composed of people living together in harmony; and a Club, which is itself a social purpose, is the Friendship that is Chi Phi.
First, you have an organization that is “constructed upon ideals” and that is “composed of people living together in harmony.” Can members of our Fraternity live together in harmony if we have no common ideals—no common purpose besides partying together?
Consider the definition of Brotherhood, true Brotherhood, as men dedicated to a common ideal. Initiation means ideals, but it is more than a ceremony that simply reveals our Ritual. In other words, because of the idealistic purpose of the organization, its Members—our Brothers—live together in harmony. Members living together in harmony are in itself a social purpose, perhaps the highest social purpose any organization can have.
Now, let’s look at the RBCs themselves: the Ritual makes possible the Brotherhood, which in turn makes possible the Club, or social purpose. So you can see: Our RBCs are more than a mere listing of three elements. They are listed in a definite order, and this arrangement has distinct and important meaning—the ideals must come before the Brotherhood, and the Brotherhood must come before the purely social aspect.
Arrange the three backwards, and you have something vaguely resembling a country Club. If this is what you want, then Chi Phi and its higher meaning are not for you. If the social purpose is put first, then what need have you for our ideals, values, or Brotherhood.
Try to put the Brotherhood first, and again it will not work. Upon what would the Brotherhood be based? Nothing.
The Ritual has to come first.
Look at the three from still another angle: Consider the English alphabet. If you were to remove just a few letters from the English language, you would soon find communication virtually impossible and that you no longer really had the English language at all. So it is with Chi Phi. Remove one element, and you change the true meaning of our Fraternity.
Remove the Ritual, and you would have only a Club without purpose and without true Brotherhood, there would be nothing to hold it together. Remove the Brotherhood, and all else would become unworkable. It would be impossible for us to strive for the attainment of our ideals without working and living together in harmony. Remove the Club, and you would have a narrow organization capable of movement in only one direction—without the social aspect, there would be little real expression left for the ideals and the Brotherhood.
Now the picture of our purpose is more complete; these elements are ranked in definite order of importance. None is so unimportant that it can be excluded without disastrous results.
Yet, something is still missing. Thus far, only the “organization” has been addressed. What about the individuals in it? What might these RBCs tell you about each individual member?
One phase might be “well-rounded.” Another could be “mature.” He would apply himself seriously to situations at times and could apply levity at others. For instance, Chapter meetings are for the conducting of business, not opportunities to be frivolous. On the other hand, parties are just the opposite. Brothers need to have the mature judgment to discern the proper time for the Ritual and the proper time for the Club.
By Mark Webb, Delta Chi Fraternity
What does that oath mean to you? Rules and by-laws are only as good the Chapter's devotion to them. Ultimately, it doesn't matter what the rules are if the character of the Chapter is lacking. Consider the following:
“We had a minimum GPA, but when a Brother flunked out, we gave it a wink and a nod and let him remain active, or become an "early alumnus,” anyway. We had enrollment requirements, but when a Brother took a year (or two) off, we gave it a wink. There were bozo pledges that we didn't weed out. Sure enough, they became bozo Brothers who were a cancer on the Chapter, but hey, we could overlook that. We had rules regarding dues, but we gave them a wink. We had rules regarding Chapter participation, but we gave those a wink, too.
“The university, national Fraternity, and the Chapter had rules regarding hazing, but the ‘big’ houses on campus did it, so we gave it a wink. We had rules about the upkeep of the house, but we gave that a wink as well. We had rules against underage drinking, but winked when a pledge was passed out over the balcony rail. We performed ritual, without respect, making jokes the entire time we were up there 'leading by example.' Yeah, it was funny, but it also showed our true devotion to our Chapter and our Fraternity. We swore a blood oath to honor and we winked yet again.
“The last time that I visited the house was, I guess, the summer of 1993 or 1994. It wasn't the old good house, the old southern mansion with the big columns. The Chapter was now renting out a ratty old apartment house, and a new Fraternity had moved into the old house. I guess we just couldn't make the rent. We, myself and a few other alums, were greeted by three Brothers who were swigging a bottle of Jack Daniels on the front porch. The house was a sty. Crap was strewn all over—empty cans and bottles, old newspapers. The bathrooms were a science project and smelled like vomit.
“The last thing I remember was some drunken kid asking me to donate a keg. I left that night and never had the urge to go back.
“Well, the chickens came home to roost. I got a letter back in June saying that the Chapter had folded, again, for the third time in 30 years. It took longer than I had expected; really, this was a 17-year run. They had lost their wallow of a house, apparently, and the pledge/initiation numbers, listed in our alumni magazine, had been dwindling for years. I was surprised that I even received a letter, because Lord knows, no Chapter Brother had ever taken the time to write.
“I work in a high-rise that overlooks my old house. I really loved that house and the time I spent there. I loved the guys that were in the Chapter with me. I loved those days. I loved the notion that a Fraternity was about something noble, and enduring. The ideas that my Fraternity espoused were worth devoting the best years of my life to; it is my deep regret that we did not honor with our actions what we honored with our lips.
“Character is something that comes with maturity, and I guess we didn't have much of that either.”