As we approach the end of the Fall 2016 semester, it’s time to recap all that has been accomplished for Kentucky Eta both on and off campus!
Recruitment: The Kentucky Eta chapter of Phi Delta Theta successfully recruited 39 new members – our largest new member class to date. Of the 39 young men who signed a bid to begin their journey to becoming a Phi Delt, 35 are expected to initiate in January. The Fall 2016 class went above and beyond during their Phikeia process, re-assuring to the organization the leadership, brotherhood, and academic excellence they will bring to the chapter as we move forward!
50th Anniversary: On September 23rd & 24th, Kentucky Eta celebrated 50 years of brotherhood on the Hill! The weekend kicked off with the 18th Annual Jimbo DeVries Scholarship Golf Scramble. Following the Golf Scramble, was our 50th anniversary celebration, where Alumni from across Kentucky, and the country were in attendance to celebrate with their brothers. Also, the members of the 1966 Founding Father class were recognized for 50 years of service to their fraternity. The ceremony was followed by brunch, alumni tailgate on South Lawn, and Hilltopper Football! After the game, the active chapter and their dates, attended a 50th anniversary date party.
Parents Weekend: During parents weekend, the chapter hosted a pre-game lunch for their parents at the chapter house. This was a great opportunity for many brothers to introduce their family to their brothers, and show them around the house.
Iron Phi Program: During the Fall 2016 semester, 3 brothers officially became an “Iron Phi.” To become an Iron Phi, a member of Phi Delta Theta must raise $1,000 for ALS, and complete an athletic endeavor. These brothers include Robbie Harless, Bailey Dahlquist, and Joe Morel (chapter advisor). In addition, there are 3 brothers who have reached the $1,000 mark, but have not yet completed their events. These brothers include Kyle Smith, Josh Wellum, and Joe Dan Beavers (alumni). Since beginning our Iron Phi journey as a chapter, we have had 8 brothers earn Iron Phi status and have collectively raised $19,690.50 for ALS research.
Iron Horse Classic: The philanthropic efforts of the chapter this semester included hosting our first ever “Iron Horse Classic Softball Tournament.” This tournament was extremely successful and enjoyable for both the chapter, and all that participated. Across the three divisions, there were 18 total teams that competed. The games were played at Lampkin Park and the Hot Rods Stadium in Bowling Green, KY. As a result of this event, the chapter raised over $6,000 to donate to the ALS Association!
Campus Involvement: This semester has been one of the most remarkable semesters we have had since re-chartering in 2015. Our brothers represented the chapter through their involvement within campus organizations such as HOLAS, The Red Wave, Rick’s Rowdies, DLI, Up Til’ Dawn, and Dance Big Red… just to name a few! We also took great pleasure in participating in the following Greek Philanthropy Events:
- Alpha Omicron Pi’s “Olympics”
- Alpha Delta Pi’s “Run for Ronald” 5k
- Alpha Xi Delta’s “Football FrenXi”
- Omega Phi Alpha’s “Beauty and the Greek”
- Alpha Gamma Delta’s “Mr. Greek God” pageant
- Phi Mu’s “Chart Toppers” & “Phifa Cup”
- Kappa Delta’s “Shenanigans”
- Chi Omega’s “Twisted Karaoke”
- Sigma Phi Epsilon’s “South Lawn Slugfest”
- Farmhouse’s “Cuttin’ Off Cancer”
- Alpha Gamma Rho & Alpha Delta Pi’s Dunk Tank
Brotherhood: During the course of the semester, the bond that Phi Delts share grew even stronger. Students are faced with many obstacles to overcome during their undergraduate career in college. But with the support of our brothers, these obstacles are very easily turned into successes. From the pickup games of 2k, to the spontaneous Tuesday night bonfires, the core of what drives every member of Phi Delta Theta to become the greatest version of himself is the tight knit bond that we share.
We thoroughly enjoy being able to share the hill with all the outstanding fraternities, sororities, and other campus organizations at Western, and cannot wait to see what’s in store for Spring 2017!