Chi Psi Fraternity Welcomes Two New Alphas
Brothers of Alphas Epsilon Tau (Purdue) and Pi Tau (South Dakota School of Mines and Technology) were officially initiated in October.
October 16, 2023 | Nashville, TN – Over two separate weekends this October, Chi Psi Fraternity welcomed its newest Alphas. On Saturday, October 7, the men of Alpha Epsilon Tau at Purdue University were initiated into the Fraternity. On Saturday, October 14, the men of Alpha Pi Tau at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSMT) were initiated.
The two ceremonies officially mark the installation of Chi Psi’s 33rd and 34th active Alphas. Both groups, which were candidate Alphas until being unanimously approved for full Alpha status at last summer’s 182nd Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, now enjoy full membership in Chi Psi.
“It’s been an incredible year for our founding group at Purdue,” says Alpha Epsilon Tau #1 (President) Jordan Ranji, ET ’24. “I’m very proud and honored to have been able to get initiated at Alpha Epsilon (Michigan). Now that we’re an Alpha of Chi Psi, our Brothers are excited to keep growing the Fraternity on campus and initiate our recruitment class later this semester.”
“Over the past two years, the Brothers of Alpha Pi Tau have worked hard to refine friendships and create bonds that will last a lifetime,” says Alpha Pi Tau #1 Isaac Reiner, ΠT, ’25. “Much of our success can be attributed to the dedication and perseverance we have shown in creating this Alpha here at SDSMT. Joining Chi Psi is about joining a collective of diligent, inspiring, and dedicated men and contributing to refining a strong Brotherhood. I am so proud that we can finally call ourselves gentlemen of Chi Psi.”
Chi Psi #23 (Executive Director) Harold Arnwine, TΔ ’86, NΔ ’02, IΔ ’23, expressed excitement about the two groups of men welcomed into the Bonds of Chi Psi.
“Undertaking extension efforts is always a time-intensive and selective process,” says Arnwine. “The efforts of our Central Office team and the men of each Candidate Alpha resulted in Chi Psi adding two fantastic groups to our Fraternity. The men in both Alphas show high character and devotion to Chi Psi, as well as an honest affection for their institutions and surrounding communities. We are proud to call them Chi Psis.”
Alphas Epsilon Tau and Pi Tau had both been engaged in informal recruitment, considerable philanthropy, and attendance at national Chi Psi events since becoming Candidate Alphas in 2022. The opportunity to extend Chi Psi’s presence to two more excellent institutions was a foremost reason for making the groups Candidate Alphas, but the men in each took care of the rest themselves.
“We were truly impressed with the care, diligence, and hard work the men of Alphas Epsilon Tau and Pi Tau took on their individual paths to gaining Alpha status,” says Arnwine. “Their final presentations to the Executive Council at Convention convinced our leadership that everything we had seen leading up to the vote really was above and beyond what we expect from our men and our Alphas. We are thrilled to have them on board.”
Purdue and SDSMT are the 51st and 52nd schools to host an Alpha of Chi Psi. They also both represent the first Chi Psi Alphas to be placed in Indiana and South Dakota, respectively.
Chi Psi Fraternity has a strong presence at 34 of America’s most respected educational institutions. Founded in 1841 at Union College in Schenectady, New York, Chi Psi is a Fraternity of gentlemen devoted to the individual and collective needs of its members, respect for others, and being a responsible partner with the university and community. It is a selective association of diverse individuals dedicated to the cultivation of a unique environment which instills a lifelong commitment to Brotherhood. The Chi Psi Central Office is located in Nashville, Tennessee.