Three new chapters were recently initiated into the Society. The Pontifical Catholic
University of Puerto Rico in Ponce, Puerto Rico; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University in Prescott, Arizona; and Washington State University, Tri-Cities in
Richland, Washington, were established as the 336th, 337th, and 338th chapters of
Phi Kappa Phi.
While running a chapter can certainly be challenging at times, chapters deal with
those challenges in different and practical ways. Chapter development staff at Society
headquarters is tasked with helping chapters not only achieve optimal health but also to
maintain it. We use reports submitted from chapters to inform our programming and
outreach. Two issues commonly revealed in the annual reports include how chapters
should involve student vice presidents and how to raise chapter visibility.
HOW SHOULD A CHAP TER INVOLVE STUDEN T VICE PRESIDENTS?
The student vice presidents at the University of Michigan engage students through
their website and social media presence, as well as through email.
“We also hold an annual information
session for all invited candidates
approximately one month before the
deadline to join. In addition, our SVPs
hold walk-in info sessions around
campus prior to the deadline. Our new
student organization co-sponsored a
fundraiser event featuring presentations
by faculty and student performance
groups. They also held an ice cream
social for all new members two days
following our initiation.”
— University of Michigan, Chapter 039
The College of Charleston includes
student vice presidents in the initiation
ceremony. “At our fall initiation, we
had one of our student vice presidents
read the entire section on Phi Kappa
Phi history and heraldry. She did a
great job and the student initiates
expressed pleasure in having a student
member do this.”
— College of Charleston, Chapter 184
HOW DOES A CHAPTER ESTABLISH MORE
VISIBILIT Y ON CAMPUS?
“In order to promote visibility on
Photo by Jose A. Torres -- At the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico are, from left, Liza M. Riestra Carrión, Mónica M. Arroyo Cabán,
José Frontera Agenjo, Rosa Buxeda, José N. Caraballo Ríos, Daniel Sandweiss, Jorge I. Vélez Arocho, Olga N. Hernández de Patiño, Hernán A.
Vera Rodríguez, Leandro A. Colón Alicea, Luis V. Badillo Lozano, Haydeé Morales Rodríguez, María de los A. Muñiz García.
Photo by Christopher Marchetti -- At Embry-Riddle are, top row from left, Shigeo Hayashibara, Akos Delneky, Anne Boettcher, George Randels, Curtis
James, Jonathan Gallimore. In the front row, from left, are Ray Newton, Katie Greene, Melanie Wilson, Tyrone Groh, Sarah Thomas, and Frank Ayers.