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170th Annual Convention in Review

Tuesday, August 9, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Teri Forsythe
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Alpha Chi, 2011 recipients of the Thayer Trophy



This year's 170th Annual Convention in Ann Arbor, Mich. proved to be a great success! Alpha Epsilon served as the Convention host, bringing Epsilon traditions to the masses to provide the Convention with a truly unique experience. Click here to see photos from the 170th Annual Convention.

With several Fraternity leaders completing their terms of service, a number of new Brothers were elected to those positions. Current Sigma Delta #1 Matt Straus, '12, was elected to serve as Undergraduate Representative on the Executive Council.

Beginning his three-year term on the Executive Council is James Van Dyke, E '01. Br. Van Dyke lives in Grosse Pointe, MI where he works as Vice President of Development for The Roxbury Group, a Detroit-based real estate development and consulting firm. He most recently served as this year's Convention Committee Chairman.

Completing terms of service in Ann Arbor were Undergraduate Representative Victor Kmita, ΔΔ '11, and Council Chairman Dr. E. Todd Falls, TΔ '89. Br. Falls has served on the Executive Council since 2005, serving as Vice-Chairmen for 2 years and Chairman since 2009. Chi Psi thanks Todd for his many years of service.

One of the Convention's most exciting items of business was the granting of Alpha status to the gentlemen of Psi Delta at the University of Colorado. After several years of hard work, this group of exceptional undergraduates will be re-installed on August 27, 2011. If you would like to attend the installation ceremony or banquet, please visit to register.

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.

As per usual, the Convention festivities culminated with the traditional banquet on Saturday evening, where several awards were presented. For the second consecutive year, The Goodbody Award went to Alpha Epsilon Delta, Northwestern University. Alpha Sigma Delta, Duke University received the Founders Trophy, and the gentlemen of Alpha Chi, Amherst College, were honored with the Thayer Trophy.

The Albert S. Bard Award, Citation 23, was posthumously given to Mark K. Bingham, ΔΔ '93, recognizing his selfless heroism during the attacks on September 11, 2001. The award was accepted by Mark's mother and Spencer Institute keynote speaker Alice Hoagland. Michael Britt, X '11, received this year's Stanley J. Birge Award.

The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Joseph James Devaney, P '80, MD '99, Citation 142; Jon Brian Gandelot, E '66, Citation 143; and Vincent Le Blon, P '77, Citation 144.

In its entirety, the 170th 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 Champaign, Ill. If it is anything like this year's it is sure to be a great experience for everyone involved.

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