Dear Brothers and Friends,
With the 2014-15 academic year coming to an end, it is time to reflect on the activities and accomplishments within the Kansas State Chapter of The Delta Chi Fraternity during this period. It is essential to give thought to the past to see how far we’ve come and to remind ourselves that we are moving forward. As “A” of our beloved chapter, it gives me great pleasure to share this information with you.
The year began in Scottsdale, AZ at the 59 th International Convention of The Delta Chi Fraternity. With six undergraduates in attendance, our presence was strong. Our members returned to Manhattan with new perspectives on Delta Chi along with skills and knowledge to better themselves and the chapter. They also returned alongside our “BB (Alumni Advisor), Aaron Otto who was reelected as the “DD” (International Treasurer), and an Award of Excellence in the Red Division for outstanding programs and performance that is exemplary of the high ideals and standards of the fraternity. This award is only given to eight chapters, and we are proud to have been recognized as one of the elite chapters of Delta Chi internationally.
Recruitment was a large focus for us during this year. With the addition of the fall and spring associate member classes, at 23 and 5 members, our chapter experienced significant growth. Just one-year prior our membership consisted of 50 men, and we now stand at 76 men strong. With nine members graduating, we will look to have another large fall associate member class and continue growing throughout the next year.
Finishing with a 3.08 cumulative GPA, we ranked ninth out of 25 fraternities on campus in the fall. This was our third consecutive semester ranking in the top ten. With the help of faculty advisor, Russ Murdock, and scholarship chairman, Cameron Jurgens, several new academic initiatives have been implemented including study hours for associate members and increased requirements for members on academic probation. While it will be a few weeks until grades are published for the spring, we are confident that we will remain in the top ten and achieve our goal of a 3.25 chapter GPA.
PHILANTHROPY AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
With the success of four philanthropy events we raised nearly $2,500 to go to The V Foundation for Cancer Research. In the fall, the associate member class organized the first ever Delta Cocoa, which sold hot chocolate to students. In December, our annual Adopt-A-Child drive brought holiday gifts to over 150 families in need. Our third annual Bracket Challenge was in March, followed by our second annual Fish Fry with Theta Xi in April, where students and members of the Manhattan community gathered during lent and enjoyed a fish and chips dinner. The spring associate member class organized our final event called Dunk a Delta Chi. A dunk tank was brought onto campus and students paid for the chance to dunk a Delta Chi into frigid water. The year was filled with enjoyable and successful events that allowed us to give back to the community and make a difference.
ALUMNI AND FAMILY RELATIONS
This year we have made tremendous strides in reconnecting with alumni from all three generations of Kansas State Delta Chi. After partnering with Pennington and Company, we sent out our spring newsletter to over 700 alumni and parents and received nothing but positive feedback. Following the newsletter, we launched our first capital campaign and have received over$2,000 to go towards newsletter expenses and scholarships. We are beyond grateful for the generosity of our brothers and their willingness to give back to the chapter. The next newsletter will be distributed in June and we hope to continue to have the support of alumni and look forward to the future. In the fall, we hosted our dads for a day of tailgating and K-State football at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. In the spring, we hosted our annual Mom’s Day Auction, where all proceeds went directly to the chapter for scholarship and other chapter activities. Over $4,000 was raised and will help Delta Chi continue to offer scholarships to our members.
It seemed like there was something going on every weekend this past year. In the fall, we participated in Homecoming Week with our partners Alpha Gamma Rho and Kappa Alpha Theta. Brothers put in hours of work to make a float that was featured in the parade. Several brothers also participated in Pant the Chant and WRL. The rest of the year was filled with two chapter retreats, several brotherhood and recruitment events, social events with other Greek organizations, and finished off with hosting the Regional Leadership Conference. Over 200 Delta Chi’s from around the Midwest came to Manhattan, in April, for the RLC and left with valuable skills to benefit their chapters. The event was a success thanks to RLC Chairman, Austin Green’s dedication and hard work.
As you can see, the 2014-15 academic year was a busy one for Delta Chi, but filled with milestones and accomplishments. From winning an Award of
Excellence, to experiencing substantial growth in size and alumni relations, it certainly appears that we are headed in the right direction. This upcoming November we will celebrate our two-year anniversary of receiving our charter and officially becoming a chapter. This year’s accomplishments would not have been achievable without the support and dedication of several people. I’d like to thank Aaron Otto for his continued dedication to making our chapter thebest it can be, to Brothers Clint Bradbury, Bryan Wagner, and John Kattenburg for serving as officers on our Alumni Board of Trustees, and to the families of our members for their continued support. Our chapter would be at a loss if we didn’t have these men and women on our side. A final thank you to all of the current undergraduate members for their hard work and dedication to exemplifying the values Delta Chi stands for and for their continuous service to the fraternity.
I look forward to what the next year has in store for Delta Chi at Kansas State and am honored to continue to serve the fraternity to the best of my ability.
In the Bond and sincerely,
“A” – President