173rd Annual Convention in Review
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Posted by: Teri Sloan
Chi Psi has wrapped another successful Convention. More than 250 Brothers and guests met in Nashville, TN for Chi Psi’s annual family reunion.
The Fraternity celebrated years of dedicated service from #7 “Dr. Dan” Ahlberg, N ’67, and Council Vice Chairman Andy Dewing, OΔ ’84, as the two completed their terms of service. Br. Ahlberg was elected as #7 in 2004 and dedicated much of his time as #7 to engaging undergraduates and alumni across the country. In addition to his service as #7, Dr. Dan has served as Treasurer and President of the Northwestern Chi Psi Educational Foundation, Inc. as well as President of Alpha Nu’s Corporation. Br. Ahlberg is the father of two active Chi Psis, Ryan and Brady, and their entire family has been extremely involved in the Fraternity for decades.
Epsilon Brother Verne G. Istock ’62 has been elected to serve as Chi Psi’s 26th #7. Verne became a Trustee of The Chi Psi Educational Trust in 2011, a position he will leave to serve as #7, and is an active Epsilon alumnus. The fall issue of The Purple and Gold will feature a full introduction to Br. Istock. It is set to arrive in mailboxes in late October.
Br. Dewing initially joined the Executive Council in 1998, serving for six years before completing that term. He rejoined the Council in 2007 and has served as Vice Chairman for the past several years. Andy has served on the Alpha Omicron Delta Alumni Corporation since 1987 and is currently President. He also helped in the founding of Alpha Omega Delta at George Mason University and served on their Corporation from 2003-2007.
Also completing terms of service to the Council were Undergraduate Representatives Will Overton, Σ ’13, and Brian Murphy, YΔ ‘13.
Joining the Council are Kurt Wells, MΔ ’95, and Undergraduate Representatives Michael Goings, P ’16, Taylor Ott, ΞΔ ’15, Omaid Razzaq, I ’16, Jordan Richardson, Γ ’16. Additionally Anthony LoBrace, П ’16, will serve as a non-voting Council volunteer, representing the Northeast region.
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.
Concluding the first full day of educational programming at the Spencer Institute was the annual Awards Dinner for The Chi Psi Educational Trust, Inc. There, a number of the 2014 scholarships and fellowships were awarded to many of Chi Psi’s most exceptional undergraduates, and Alphas Alpha Delta and Psi Delta were given the two Program for Excellence grants for their outstanding use of Program for Excellence concepts. The Trust also honored The University of the South Vice-Chancellor and President Dr. John M. McCardell Jr. with the Ferdinand Van Siclen Parr Award.
On Friday evening, Convention goers joined Tau Delta Brothers in Nashville’s Centennial Park for a Tennessee Picnic in the Park complete with barbecue and a bluegrass band.
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, Rutgers University. Alpha Phi, Hamilton College, received the Founders Trophy, the gentlemen of Alpha Upsilon Delta, Wake Forest University, were honored with the Thayer Trophy.
Alpha Theta Delta Brother Cody Saben ’14 was honored with the Birge Award. The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Andrew J. Dewing, OΔ ’84, Citation 149 and H. Eddy Neblett, Γ ’76, Citation 151.
In its entirety, the 173rd 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 at University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. If it is anything like this year’s it is sure to be a great experience for everyone involved.