171st Annual Convention in Review
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Posted by: Teri Forsythe
successful Convention has come to a close. Hosted by Alpha Zeta Delta at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, more than 300 Brothers joined to
celebrate the Alpha’s centennial and take part in Chi Psi’s annual family
Fraternity leaders completing their terms of service, a number of new Brothers
were elected to those positions. Current #1s Will Overton, Σ ’13, and Brian Murphy, ΥΔ ’13, were elected to serve as
Undergraduate Representative on the Executive Council.
terms on the Executive Council are Steve Rickmeier, EΔ ’69, and
Bill Wrightsman, HΔ ’84. Br. Rickmeier lives in Lake Forest, Illinois and works
as a managing member at Bowie Resources LLC. Steve also currently serves The
Chi Psi Educational Trust as Annual Fund Chairman. B. Wrightsman lives in Las
Vegas, Nevada where he works as an Assistant Professor in the Masters of
Science/Occupational Thereapy program at Touro University.
terms of service in Ann Arbor were Undergraduate Representatives Nick Huber, PΔ ’12, and Hans
Minea ΘΔ ‘12, John Logan, EΔ ’89. and Council Chairman Lathrop B. Nelson,
OΔ ’97. Br. Logan has served on the
Executive Council since 2006 and volunteers much of his time as a Program for
Excellence facilitator. John has also served on the Alpha Rho Alumni
Association and was instrumental in the Alpha’s refounding in 2004. Br. Nelson
has served on the Executive Council since 2006, serving as Chairman since 2011.
Lathrop has also served as Chairman of the Governance Committee as well as
Treasurer and President of the Alpha Omicron Delta Alumni Corporation. Chi Psi
would like to thank John and Lathrop for their dedicated service.
In addition to
these changes in leadership, Convention’s educational programming was very
successful. Through specific tracks for #1s, #4s, Recruitment Chairmen, 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.
evening, Convention goers joined Zeta Delta Brothers of all ages in the
Colonnades Club for a Centennial Celebration overlooking the Memorial Stadium
football field. The celebration included an incredible historical display, a
Zeta Delta group photo in front of the Red Grange statue and presentation of a
number of Zeta Delta Alumni Recognition awards.
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 Tau
Delta, The University of the South. Alpha Chi Delta, Clemson University received
the Founders Trophy, and for the second time in three years, the gentlemen of Alpha
Sigma, University of North Carolina, were honored with the Thayer Trophy.
Service Award was presented to Steven L. Crow, E ‘79, Citation 145 and Harold
G. Arnwine, TΔ ’86, NΔ ‘02, Citation 146.
entirety, the 171st 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 Winston-Salem, North Carolina. If it is anything like this year’s it
is sure to be a great experience for everyone involved.