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Stay Connected with Chi Psi

 

 

The COVID-19 crisis has become a complicated hurdle for all Chi Psis. With a necessary move toward digital learning initiatives by colleges and universities , and some form of stay-at-home mandates in effect from most state governments, we understand if you're feeling lonely, bored, or unproductive.

 

Even in this difficult time, the Central Office is available to help you grow the Bonds of Brotherhood and ensure a smooth transition back to "normal" life - whenever the time comes. Following the guidance on this page can help you connect with your fellow Chi Psis, find ways to grow your Alpha, and keep you entertained during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Good leadership, especially at a time like this, can guarantee a better future for your Alpha and the Fraternity as a whole. In fact, even as we practice social distancing, we believe Brotherhood has never been so important.  Below, you will find a list of priorities and resources that may help you get through this critical time.

 

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To get important updates on the COVID-19 policies of each of our host institutions, as well as general tips on staying healthy, please visit our school-specific Coronavirus landing page. If you have other ideas for ways Brothers can stay connected and engaged, please email them to jdorn@chipsi.org.

 

 

 

  

 

 

Connect

 

  • Keeping in touch with your Brothers is essential during a time like this. Continue to use your group messages on GroupMe, Slack, etc. to talk with each other. It may be easier to set weekly times to hang out, or keep a regular meeting of Executive Council members on the books. FaceTime, Skype, and Google Hangouts are other good programs for staying connected.
  • It is important to keep your New Members (and Potential New Members!) engaged and make them feel supported, but not overwhelmed. Treat your New Members as you would any active Brother, and think of creative ways to encourage them to participate in the virtual activities you plan. Try connecting them with alumni or legacies who can help instill the values of Chi Psi.
  • We understand that many of you will still need to host elections. Luckily, there are resources out there to make virtual elections very possible! Feel free to reach out to your Alpha Visitor if you have questions on how to run a virtual election.

  • For officer transition, try creating a transition document for each position that outlines its responsibilities and expectations. Google Drive is a good cloud-sharing service for this. Set up calls between incoming and outgoing position holders to discuss important information.

  • It's never too early to prepare for next semester, but make sure you prioritize! Focus on the important things to keep the Alpha running, and save the fun stuff for later. Example: if you need Brothers to sign leases for the fall, that should be done before you even think about setting up social events. If you are an alumnus planning ahead for a Chi Psi event in your region, make sure to keep Kyle Phillips in the loop!

 

 

   

 

 

Grow

 

  • Plan for recruitment. This process will look different this summer, and maybe even in the fall. It's important to plan for these changes. Make good use of ChaterBuilder, social media, and other virtual resources to keep recruitment going. You can always reach out to the CO's Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Jeremy Dorn, for help with design, outreach, and more.
  • To learn how to use ALL of ChapterBuilder’s features to recruit your next class of men to your Alphas, sign up for a demo HERE. You can create an account or login to the platform HERE. If you have any questions about the process or program, contact Director of Education and Growth Daniel WalkerΞΔ '17.
  • Look for creative ways to continue your philanthropy campaigns during this pandemic. You can always plan ahead for next semester's philanthropy, too. Look to your fellow Brothers for inspiration on how to manage philanthropy virtually.
  • Expand your Alpha's reach! If your Alpha isn't running a regularly-updated Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram page, now is the time to fix that. The CO also has free alumni newsletter templates if your Alpha is not sending one consistently, or if you just need to refresh it. Contact jdorn@chipsi.org for help on social media and newsletters (Alumni Corporations, Clubs, and Groups, this goes for you, too!).
  • Finish your Fraternity to-do list. Here are a few things you might have more time for now that we're all stuck at home:

  • Kognito and GreekLifeEDU - have those of you who still have to finish these required programs done so? Now is a great time to knock them out!
  • Outdoor Leadership Program - planning to apply for this year's trip? Applications will open soon, but you can get yourself caught up to speed here.
  • Connect to other Chi Psis - the Chi Psi Fraternity LinkedIn group, which has well over 4,000 Brothers in it, is a fantastic resource for networking within the Brotherhood. Now is also a good time to re-connect with alumni who might be able to support your Alpha.
  • Prepare for #DayOfGiving on Founders' Day! On May 20th, we celebrate the founding of our Fraternity. Though Brotherhood events might look a little different this year, our annual Day of Giving will go ahead as planned! We are hoping to break last year's fundraising record, and we've added a new wrinkle: the Alpha that raises the most money will win an award! For questions, contact Steve Habat.
  • You can work on applying for (and winning!) Greek, college or University, and Chi Psi awards.
  • For your convenience, the Central Office is providing a full schedule of virtual events and programs for the duration of this pandemic. See below. You can also set up your own events (try inviting a prominent alumnus of your Alpha to give a Zoom seminar - Zoom is free for meetings that last 40 minutes or less!).

 

Virtual Chi Psi Events

  

(and other events of interest to Chi Psis)

 

 

Type  Title Host Date Time Link Note
 Webinar Mental Health in Times of Isolation Stacy Bare, Γ '00  Tue., Apr. 7 1 pm ET WATCH Hosted by The Nice Center 
 Webinar A Brutally Honest Conversation - Recruitment 2020  The NIC & Phired Up Wed., Apr. 8 3 pm ET WATCH

Virtual Event

 Pursuing Excellence in Isolation:

A Virtual Emmons AMR: Part I

Daniel Walker, ΞΔ '17 - Director of Education and Growth

Thur.,

Apr. 9

1:30 pm ET WATCH  Part I of IV

Virtual Event

Pursuing Excellence in Isolation:

A Virtual Emmons AMR: Part II

Daniel Walker, ΞΔ '17 - Director of Education and Growth

Fri.,

Apr. 17

5:30 pm ET  WATCH Part II of IV
 XΨ Virtual EventPursuing Excellence in Isolation: A Virtual Emmons AMR: Part III  Daniel Walker, ΞΔ '17 - Director of Education and Growth

Fri.,

Apr. 24

5:30 pm ETWATCHPart III of IV 
 XΨ Virtual EventPursuing Excellence in Isolation: A Virtual Emmons AMR: Part IV Daniel Walker, ΞΔ '17 - Director of Education and Growth 

Fri.,

May 1

3:30 pm ET WATCHPart IV of IV
WebinarQ&A about impact of COVID-19 on fraternity recruitmentThe NIC, Phired Up, and moreWed., Apr. 151 pm ETWATCH
 WebinarCurrent climate of the fraternal industryThe NIC, NPC, and Pennington & Co.Wed. Apr. 151 pm ETWATCH Must enter email and info to access
 WebinarChapter Operations and RecruitmentThe NIC

Fri.,

Apr. 24

4 pm ETWATCH

Virtual Event 

A Fireside Chat 

#7 Bill Hattendorf, AΔ '59, Σ '82,

H '83, ZΔ '19 

Thur., Apr. 23 6 pm ETWATCH

Virtual Event

Remote Recruitment and Outreach  A.J. Hannan, N '18, HΔ '20 - Extension Coordinator and Alpha Visitor Thur., Apr. 237:30 pm ETWATCH

Virtual Event

 Recruitment and ChapterBuilder 

A.J. Hannan, N '18, HΔ '20 - Extension Coordinator and Alpha Visitor

Thur., Apr. 237:30 pm ETWATCH
 Virtual P4EHow to Host an Alumni EventKyle Phillips, ΠΔ '16 - Alumni Engagement Coordinator

 Tue.,

Apr. 28

4:30

pm ET

WATCH 

Virtual Event 

Summer Recruitment A.J. Hannan, N '18, HΔ '20 - Extension Coordinator and Alpha Visitor Thur., May 7

8:30

pm ET

WATCH 

Virtual

P4E

3D Motion GraphicsJake Fellman, I '20

Thur., 

May 14

12:00

pm ET

 WATCH

Virtual Event 

Mental Health, the Outdoors, and the Chi Psi Outdoor Leadership ProgramStacy Bare, Γ '00  Fri., May 1512:00 pm ET WATCH 
 

Virtual Event 

 Recruitment: Building a Names ListA.J. Hannan, N '18, HΔ '20 - Extension Coordinator and Alpha Visitor 

Fri.,

May 22

 11:00 am ETWATCH 

Virtual Event 

A Virtual Commencement Address from #7 Bill Hattendorf to the Class of 2020 #7 Bill Hattendorf, AΔ '59, Σ '82,

H '83, ZΔ '19

Fri.,

May 22 

11:00 am ETWATCH 
 

Virtual Event

A Virtual Toast to Philip Spencer

on Founders' Day 

Many of your Chi Psi Brothers! 

Fri.,

May 22

11:00 am ETWATCH 

Virtual Event 

Asking the Tough Questions Michael Tennant, Φ '04 TBDTBDCheck Back

Virtual Event

Chi Psi Game Night! Chi Psi Central OfficeTBDTBDCheck Back 

 


Check back regularly for more virtual events!

 

 

  


 

Stay Entertained

 

  • Have fun together. While nothing beats getting together with your Brothers in person, there are a million ways to connect and have a good time from home. You can play video games online, play poker games, start a "Netflix Party," do online workouts with each other, virtually tour a museum or national park, and more. If you need to pair off, use a random number generator to determine virtual groups.
  • Listen to a new podcast! Read a new book! Find some new music! Here's a working, growing list of works by or about Chi Psis you can check out.
  • This is an excellent time to try a new hobby or learn something you've been putting off. Try learning a new instrument or language, or finalize that portfolio you want to use when you apply for jobs and internships. Try improving your cooking game, and see what fun recipes you can come up with at home.
  • Try starting a virtual book club with your Brothers. Check out the list of works by Chi Psis. Or you can start a swap, where you mail books, games, puzzles, and more to each other. While you're at it, maybe a virtual study group will help push you through the rest of your classes.
  • Support your Brothers! Many businesses are hurting right now, so if you need to order groceries or other items, look for a Brother (the LinkedIn group is a good place to start!) who might own a small business or Etsy shop.

 

 

  

 

 

Cope

 

  • Be sure to take care of yourself. Support your Brothers and encourage them to utilize resources like Talkspace if they need someone to talk to in private about their mental health. Each Chi Psi undergraduate gets three FREE months of Talkspace, which is a confidential, fully licensed, and digital therapy service. Even if you've used the Chi Psi free code in previous school years, you're still eligible. To get your code, email support@talkspace.com.
  • Digitally audit the most popular course in the history of Yale University, The Science of Well-Being - absolutely free! You and some of your Brothers could jump in and do it at the same time.
  • Get outdoors. Take care of your physical health, too. Whether it be a daily walk around the neighborhood, a backyard workout, or a simple stretch, getting a little exercise and fresh air is more important than ever. You can try apps like Calm or Headspace for meditation inspiration, if that's your type of self-healing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What the Central Office is doing

 

 

Though Jeffrey Hall is closed until further notice due to a city-wide ordinance, all Central Office staff are working normal hours from home. We are trying to keep all members informed, and continue to share press releases and update our social media channels regularly. In addition, we have started a Chi Psi blog to temporarily take the place of the Spring 2020 edition of The Purple and Gold.

 

Below, some of your questions will be answered. If you have a question that does not appear on the list, please email jdorn@chipsi.org.

 

 

Q: How are you communicating with alumni?

 

Besides this website and our social media channels, we do send out occasional emails to our alumni. If you haven't been receiving communications from the Central Office, make sure your information is updated (must be logged in) in our system so we won't miss you!

 

Q: How are you communicating with undergraduates?

 

We are in regular communication with undergraduate leaders of each Alpha via email, in addition to social media. Our Alpha Visitors have been meeting virtually with every Alpha's #1, and multiple CO staff members are staying connected with the Alpha Executive Councils.

 

Q: I would like to attend a virtual Chi Psi event or program! How do I do it?

 

Scroll up to the middle of this page and see our calendar of virtual events! Many are on teleconferencing apps like Zoom, but some will be streaming live on Chi Psi social media, too! You can register for the teleconferencing events, or just follow along on our social channels. Please note that many events will give deference to current actives.

 

Q: Can I get help setting up my own virtual event, meeting, or seminar?

 

Of course! To get in touch with the correct CO staff member, email jdorn@chipsi.org with your request. It will be shared internally from there, and the appropriate contact will reach out as soon as possible.

 

Q: Is there a place I can read about the things Brothers are doing during the pandemic?

 

Yes! While we do have to push publication of the P&G back to the fall, you can read our blog, follow us on social media, or check out our press releases on the home page.

 

Q: What if I need help coping with the pandemic?

 

See the section above called "COPE." Though the special Talkspace offer is only available to Chi Psi undergraduates, it is a worthwhile program for anyone to use! We highly encourage Chi Psis of any era to look into digital therapy if they are seeking help. You can always reach out to the Central Office staff, too.

 

Q: But how do I get in touch with the CO when you're closed?

 

Don't worry, we're still working! To contact a specific CO employee, just email (first initial)(last name)@chipsi.org. For example, to contact Marketing and Communications Coordinator Jeremy Dorn, you would email jdorn@chipsi.org. You can also call the Central Office at (615) 736-2520 and leave a voicemail that will be forwarded to the correct staff member.

 

Q: I have a cool story to share about myself or another Chi Psi Brother! How do I submit?

 

Great question! You can send Brotherhood program ideas, blog pitches, story leads, photos, and anything else that you think we might find interesting to jdorn@chipsi.org.

 

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