172nd Annual Convention in Review
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Posted by: Teri Forsythe
successful Convention has come to a close. Hosted by Alpha Upsilon Delta at the
Wake Forest University, more than 300 Brothers and guests joined to take part
in Chi Psi’s annual family reunion and explore the beautiful city of
Fraternity leaders completing their terms of service, a number of new Brothers
were elected to those positions. Current Eta Delta Lodge Manager Francis Howitt
’16 was elected to serve as Undergraduate Representative on the Executive
Council. Beginning a three-year term on the Executive Council is James Haltom, Σ
’03. Br. Haltom lives in Brentwood, TN and works as a business and litigation
attorney for Burr & Forman, LLP and serves as a Captain in the Tennessee
Army National Guard.
terms of service to the Council were Undergraduate Representative Matt Strauss,
’12, Kevin Almond, Σ ’83. Br.
Almond joined the Council in 2010, bringing a strong professional background in
development and strategic planning to both the Council and the Trust.
Upsilon Delta Brother John Chinuntdet ’88 has completed his term on
the Trust after becoming a Trustee in 2010. Br. Chinuntdet lives in Charlotte,
NC where he works for Moore & Van Allen Law, co-heading the firm’s
Investment Team. Joining the Trust is Art Washburn, YΔ ’88, who works as a
Principal at Alpha Omega Wealth Management in Richmond, VA.
In addition to
these changes in leadership, Convention’s educational programming was very
successful. Through specific tracks for #1s, #4s, Recruitment Chairmen, select
Lodge Managers and alumni along with the joint session for all attendees,
Spencer Institute programming provided participants with a variety of tools and
resources for all areas of operation.
first full day of educational programming at the Spencer Institute was the
annual Awards Dinner for The Chi Psi Educational Trust, Inc. There, the 2013 scholarships
and fellowships were awarded to many of Chi Psi’s most exceptional
undergraduates, and Alphas Rho and Iota were given the two inaugural Program
for Excellence grants for their outstanding use of Program for Excellence
concepts. The Trust also honored Wake Forest Associate Dean of Campus Life with
the Ferdinand Van Siclen Parr Award and Jim Watkins Phillips, Jr., Σ ’79, with
the Albert Sprague Bard Award.
evening, Convention goers joined Upsilon Delta Brothers on Wake Forest’s quad
for a Low Country Boil.
As per usual,
the Convention festivities culminated with the traditional banquet on Saturday
evening, where several awards were presented. The Goodbody Award went to Alpha Rho
Delta, Miami University. Alpha Xi, Stevens Institute of Technology, received
the Founders Trophy, the gentlemen of Alpha Theta Delta, University of Washington,
were honored with the Thayer Trophy. Alpha Xi received another exciting
accolade as its current #1 Brandon Vandegrift was honored with the Birge Award.
The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Verne G. Istock, E ‘62,
Citation 147 and Joseph B. Hughes, B ’84, ΨΔ ’96, Citation 148.
entirety, the 172nd Annual Convention of Chi Psi was a great time
for developing greater leadership skills and strengthening the ties of Brotherhood.
It was a time to look forward to Chi Psi’s exciting future and celebrate the
rich tradition of our illustrious past. Don’t miss next year’s event in Nashville,
TN. If it is anything like this year’s it is sure to be a great experience for
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Thursday evening Trust Dinner