The Chi Eta Chapter at Western Kentucky University partnered with Kappa Delta, FarmHouse, and Omega Psi Phi to become the 2010 Homecoming Week Champions. The pairing ranked first in three out of the four Homecoming Week competitions: Events Day, Banner, and Spirit. Since its colonization in 2008, this marks the third straight year that Phi Gamma Delta has won WKU’s Homecoming Week.
Giving back to the community and strengthening fraternal bonds were the themes of Chi Eta’s fall break trip to Louisiana. 39 brothers departed Wednesday for Louisiana State University, where they stayed with the Beta Rho Colony. With a wide network of graduate brothers in the Baton Rouge area, Beta Rho re-colonized in February and already has over 70 brothers. They proved to be gracious hosts for Chi Eta, opening up their house for almost four days.
On Thursday and Friday brothers split into two groups. Half the brothers went to help the St. Vincent DePaul Society, an organization which helps underprivileged people in the Baton Rouge area. Those volunteering with St. Vincent DePaul got the opportunity to help prepare sack lunches for a free meal program, organize a warehouse, and help out at a thrift store for the needy. The other half went to East Baton Rouge where they worked on two Habitat for Humanity homes. The Thursday group spent their day constructing window and door frames. Meanwhile, the Friday group worked on the roof of a house, cutting and nailing plywood.
On Saturday morning the brothers paid a visit to the great city of New Orleans. They enjoyed beignets at Café Du Monde for breakfast. That was followed by sightseeing along the Riverwalk and through the French Quarter. Lunch was at Parkway for Po’Boys, after which everyone went to a park to throw some football. Finally, the brothers went back to Baton Rouge for a cookout hosted by the Beta Rho Colony, along with a viewing of the LSU-Florida game.
The brothers returned to campus at various times Sunday with a deeper appreciation for Phi Gamma Delta and the satisfaction of helping the less fortunate.
The Chi Eta Chapter was proud to pledge in its first pledge class as a new chapter this past weekend. The Epsilon class is only the 5th group of men to pledge themselves into the ranks of Phi Gamma Delta at Western Kentucky University. The group equates to 23 men, 16 of which are enrolled in the Honors College. Consisting of 20 freshman and 3 sophomores the guys are ready to hit the ground running this fall.
The Chi Eta Chapter was awarded it’s first awards as a chapter, during the 162nd Ekklesia in Phoenix, Az. Ekklesia is the biennium conference for Phi Gamma Delta. The chapter was recognized with an honorable mention for the Jordan Bowl, outstanding scholarship. The then colony posted a 3.25 average, ranking first among fraternities on WKU’s campus. The chapter has maintained the highest GPA among fraternities for the past four semesters. All this would not have been possible if were not for Ray Blankenship who also received a Crowder Cup honorable mention, for outstanding academic advisor.
Mitch White, Chaz Vittitow, Jordan Minton, Justin Cave, Tyler Jury and Wade Haga were recently named Kentucky Colonels. Kentucky Colonels are appointed by the sitting Governor and a Secretary of State. While every Colonel is appointed with this distinct honor for different reasons, the organization recognizes strength of character, leadership and dedication to the welfare of others. Fiji’s Across America has raised over $40,000 for Alzheimer’s research and biked over 3,200 miles across the county to bring awareness to the nation.