A few short weeks ago, Brothers from BMAAC, Capital, DVAC, and NYMAAC all gathered in historical Philadelphia, PA for a weekend full of tripod events: NEATO. The event grew out of an annual alumni weekend trip to Atlantic City, and has grown to include 4 alumni Chapters planning and hosting the trip in each of our great cities. 2016 proved to be no different, and it was a fantastic (dare we say “neat”) weekend!

The weekend kicked off  with our social event at Good Dog Bar in downtown Philly on Friday night. Brothers began trickling in around 6:30pm, and continued to arrive throughout the evening. It was great to meet up with everyone, and connect after most Brothers hadn’t seen each other for at least a couple of months.


Alumni and undergraduate Brothers at our duffel bag service event!

Saturday morning started bright and early, where Gamma Xi Chapter was kind enough to host us on campus for our service event, decorating and stuffing duffel bags. After an earlier fundraising event, NEATO raised over $500 and received supplies to create and deliver 21 duffel bags! Most foster children receive garbage bag to hold their belongings when they enter foster care, and it was great to know that all 21 duffel bags stayed local to Philadelphia area children in need – one of DVAC’s own were able to take the bags and utilize in the Delaware County foster care system!

Once the bags were complete, everyone trekked back to start the afternoon by kicking off at the famous Reading Terminal Market for lunch. Many cheesesteaks and other delicious foods were consumed, and several groups set out on some self-guided scholarship sight seeing for the afternoon – seeing Benjamin Franklin’s grave, Independence Hall, and the Liberty Bell!


NEATO at the Robot Revolution exhibit at the Franklin Institute.

Saturday evening brought even more events, starting with another scholarship event – this time at the Franklin Institute for their Robot Revolution event. We got to learn about – and even build! – robots and all the great innovations we have seen with them so far. Afterwards, the group gathered for the traditional Saturday evening social event of dinner. This year we headed out to Con Murphy’s Irish Pub, and even more Brothers coming in for the festivities!

Finally, all good things have to come to an end. Sunday morning saw the final social event of the weekend, with brunch at Devil’s Alley downtown. The morning was complete with a fantastic turnout (resulting in a “sweetheart table” being added next to the larger table set for the group). We ended out with a group hug, to save time on goodbyes of course, and headed home.


NEATO’s sarcastic, sassy, and slightly strange brunch photo. We wouldn’t have it any other way!

DVAC was so excited to host this weekend, and happy to see just how many Brothers (new and familiar faces alike!) came out to attend NEATO 2016. We can’t wait to start planning the next iteration of NEATO, and make even more great memories! In the meantime, don’t forget to check out our upcoming events on the Google calendar or Facebook page!

2016 National Convention Recap

It’s been a few weeks since the 2016 National Convention wrapped up, but with the school year just starting up for our collegiate Chapters and the alumni Chapters in full swing for fall events, the energy from PSPNC16 lives on!

This year, Phi Sigma Pi celebrated our first 100 fantastic years as a fraternity. The theme was predominant throughout Convention, with the most obvious tie-in being that the convention itself happened in Kansas City, Missouri – the same state we started our journey over 100 years ago. We had a packed 2 days (half Wednesday, all Thursday, and half Friday) of Grand Chapter Business, followed by an additional 2 days of Convention: full of activities and events for all Members.

Grand Chapter business sessions found us represented by DVAC President Beth Walsh and Philadelphia area Brother Chris Costantino as the DVAC Delegate and Alternate Delegate, respectively. However, the draw of our 100th birthday as a fraternity also saw DVAC VP John Finnegan, past DVAC EBoard representative and current member David DeFina, and DVAC member Matt Martello in attendance as well. For a full run down of how the votes on amendments came through, check out the Convention highlights at the national Phi Sigma Pi website:


Part of Phi Sigma Pi’s 100 year history

Grand Chapter this year also brought our bi-annual Council elections, where positions ran uncontested from the previous term and remain the same for the 2016-2018 term (President, SVP, Secretary, VPF, and VPPD). Newly elected positions include VPMD (Matt Peachey), VPCD (Brian Christiansen), and VPAD (Kate McConnell). We’re wishing everyone a great term these next two years!

Following business is always the “fun” part, packed with events for collegiate and alumni members alike. The main events, however, were the day trip to University of Central Missouri, and the Awards Banquet – both on Saturday. The trip to UCM was full of great memories, a lovely greeting from our Alpha Chapter members, and the first time the newly passed Funeral Rite Ritual was conducted, while graveside where our Founders lay. The evening events saw a plethora of awards given out, and plenty of celebration for the Philly Metro region as well (long live the regions!). PMRC, held earlier this year at West Chester University (Alpha Epsilon Chapter), won the 5-Star Regional Conference award, and PMRC’s own Luigi Nunez of St Joseph’s University (Zeta Iota Chapter) won the coveted Todd Tripod Scholarship.


DVAC is part of the 5-Star winning Philadelphia Metro Region Conference!

It was a busy week for everyone, and a lot as accomplished! There’s also a lot to look forward to. As Phi Sigma Pi looks to the next 100 years, we start with a continued partnership with Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership, we have over 130 undergraduate Chapters, over 10 alumni Chapters and Associations, and the organization continues to grow and become more outstanding every day. We can’t wait to see what the next year will bring us before we are at the 2017 National Convention!

Top Five PSP-Related Halloween Costumes

Posted by: Kristin Henson, Chapter President

Halloween is only ten days away! Do you have your costume picked out yet? If not, don’t worry. I’ve got five awesome last-minute DIY ideas for you. These are the best, because they allow you to show your fraternal spirit at the same time!

5. The Fraternal Colors

Fraternal Colors Outfit

This costume is amazing – it’s super simple, it’s easy to move around in, and you’ll be the classiest person at any party you go to. Want to go one step further and make this even better? Glue a couple past issues of “The Purple and Gold” to yourself. Now you have reading material if you get bored!

4. The Seal


Have you got a hodgepodge of previous Halloween costumes lying around? This costume is perfect for you! You can also easily find these items at any costume shop. Just grab a shield from a warrior costume, a cane from a shepherd costume, a lamp from a genie costume, a bike chain, and a book. Presto, you’re our fraternal seal! While dressed up, feel free to use this opportunity to explain to non-brother friends (if you have any) what each element represents. BAM, you just turned this Halloween party into a scholarship event!

3. The Alternative Break Project

Alternative Break Project

Grab some old clothes, go roll around in the dirt, and grab a shovel. Voila, you’re ABP! There’s no better way to show your support for our national philanthropy than volunteering at the actual Alternative Break Project, but coming in a close second is dressing up like the event. This year’s location hasn’t been publicized just yet, but it’s being announced on National’s Facebook page by the end of the month. Go the extra mile, and pick up a baseball hat for the sports team of the chosen city.

2. Group Costume – Hendricks, Phillips, and McClure


This is another super easy costume idea. All it requires is a dark suit and some hair gel (so you can comb your hair to one side). You can even take this one step further by putting on some white face paint so you look just like the photos! Make sure to determine between you and your friends who’s going to be which founder, so the one who gets Phillips can pick up a fake mustache to wear. Looking through the Scholar’s Province for a costume idea works just as well if you’re a couple instead of a group– you can go as Dr. Todd and Sweetheart!

1. Jonah Goodman

Jonah costume

Possibly the most recognizable Phi Sigma Pi costume is dressing up as our National President, Jonah Goodman. Again, this is best accomplished by wearing a suit, but would also work if you were wearing a tank top, bathrobe, or grass skirt (if you’d like to narrow your costume down to “National Convention Jonah”). Make sure to talk about “the wiki” and “making a Wawa run” the entire night to stay in character.

Got any other great Phi Sigma Pi related costume ideas? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Addictions After Attending National Convention

By Kristin Henson, ΔA ’08

Now that National Convention is over, everything else seems a bit more humdrum. I’ve also started to notice that, even though Convention lasted only a few days, I really got used to a few things. In fact, now it seems like I’m going through withdrawal. I think I have…. an addiction to brotherhood. *Gasp!* Check out my list and let me know if any of this sounds familiar. If you’re nodding your head at each of these, you might also be a CONVENTION-AHOLIC.

1. I still find myself checking everyone’s tweets to see if they’re tagged #pspnc13.

2. I absolutely loved meeting Bros from other chapters and being able to show them around my city. Come on back to Philly anytime, folks!

Epsilon Xi realizing they just won the Torchia3. Definitely miss watching brothers at Banquet realize the award speech is about them and their chapter.

4. Well, I obviously find myself craving some Team Wawa runs…

5. BROTHERHOOOOD CHECK!! I wish I could shout this every day.

6. Following National Secretary Chris McCoy on Twitter (@baconandbowties) to see his Vines of Grand Chapter was fantastic. More, please!

7. Is there a way to bottle up the wit/humor/snark/awesome of @NYMAAC and @NAA1tweets‘s constant Twitter commentary? That definitely made my days better.

8. If everyone selling t-shirts at the Chapter Fest and Bazaar could just set up shop in my tiny closet, that’d be great, because I will never have enough PSP swag.

9. Speaking of swag, can we talk about how addictive the ribbons for everyone’s badges were?! So. Fun.

10. Getting M&M’s delivered straight to you starts to make a Bro feel pampered. I’ve been trying to train my cat to do it, but he’s not at all cooperative. He’s not a very good Peanut.

So now that I’ve accepted my fratern-addiction, what’s a Brother to do? I guess I’ll just have to join VP of Philanthropy Development Kyle Williams in his annual epic countdown til next Convention. Only 357 days left til #pspnc14!

Here we go! DVAC’s Alumni Weekend starts tonight!

alumni weekend t-shirt Today’s the day! Our annual Alumni Weekend kicks off tonight, starting at 6:30pm with Opening Tap at Independence Mall. After we watch Mayor Nutter use the Hammer Of Glory to tap the inaugural keg of Brotherly Suds 4 (brewed especially for Philly Beer Weekend), we’ll head down to Pat’s and Geno’s to chow on some cheesesteaks, then continue on to Devil’s Den for their amazing beer bash. Last year’s event had a slew of great beers, so I’m really looking forward to all the fantastic brews that will be unveiled tonight.

The rest of the weekend’s schedule is up on our Facebook event. I’ll also be live-tweeting our events the whole weekend, so feel free to check out our Twitter if you’re not able to come out but you’d still like to follow along.

T-shirts just came in last night so all who registered early will be able to pick theirs up tonight. If you didn’t fill out a registration fee but would still like a shirt (as you can see above, they do look pretty snazzy), I’ll have a few extra available for purchase for $15.

Check out some photos from our Dave & Buster’s event this past weekend!

Dave & Buster'sWe went out to Dave & Buster’s this past weekend for a great time playing trivia and arcade games. (Not surprisingly, we were pretty awesome at the trivia game.) We also had a really helpful event-brainstorming session over dinner with Member Services Coordinator Nick Christy.  Thanks to everyone for coming out!

Summer is a busy time for DVAC, so we also talked about all the upcoming events and deadlines. Here’s a tentative schedule of the upcoming months: (Or you can always check the calendar tab to see what’s going on)

Today – 5/14 – NAA Nominations are due by 5pm.
Tomorrow – 5/15 – Registration is due for Alumni Convention.
This Saturday – 5/18 – DVAC’s Day at the Races. Come on out to Delaware Park to watch the Preakness, and we’ll also open nominations for our Grand Chapter Delegate and discuss/introduce some important changes to our Chapter’s Bylaws.
5/20 – Registration Packets are due for Philly Beer Week Alumni Weekend.

5/31 – Philly Beer Week Alumni Weekend kicks off.

6/14 – Registration is due for National Convention.

6/14-6/16 – Alumni Convention in Nashville, TN.

8/1-8/4 – National Convention in Philly.
8/10 – Phillies play the Washington Nationals. Possible ICR event.

Philly Beer Week registration is open!

Registration is now open for DVAC’s Annual Alumni Weekend! Check out our fantastic schedule of events:


Friday, May 31 – South Philly

  • Arrive in Philly, check in with your host Brothers. (Registered Brothers will be contacted the week of May 27th in order to make arrangements with their hosts.)
  • 6:30pm: Opening Tap – Independence Mall, 6th and Market
  • 7:30pm: Dinner – Pat’s or Geno’s, 9th and Passyunk. Cheesesteaks!
  • 9:00pm: Beer Bash – Devil’s Den, 11th and Ellsworth

Saturday, June 1 – Old City

  • 9:00am: Service event – TBD
  • 1:00pm: Lunch – Eulogy and Bierstube, 2nd and Chestnut. Feel free to enter the “Battle of the Bulge-Germany vs Belgium” eating challenge for a prize!
  • 2:30pm: Social event – Philadelphia Bar and Restaurant, 2nd and Market. Interactive carnival games with 3 Pennsylvania brewers.
  • 6:30pm: Dinner on South Street – your choice of various eateries: Lorenzo’s Pizza, Jim’s Cheesesteaks, Maoz Vegetarian, Hot Diggity Hot Dogs, Percy Street BBQ
  • 8:00pm: South Street bar crawl – starting at The Twisted Tail, 2nd and South. Live music starting at 9pm!

Sunday, June 2 – Museum District

  • 11:30am: Brunch –Sabrina’s Café, 18th and Callowhill
  • 1:00pm: Scholarship event – Free Library of Philadelphia, 19th and the Parkway. Learn about the history of how beer has been made, sold, and advertised in Philadelphia.
  • Check out with host Brothers.

Feel free to send an email, tweet, or Facebook message to PSPDVAC, and I’ll send you a registration packet. Forms and fees ($20 per person, includes subway tokens for the weekend and a t-shirt) are due by Monday, May 20th. I can’t wait to see everyone out!

Upcoming service event: Let’s clean up our city!

Are you ready to help clean up Mother Earth? Earth Day is coming up in April, and Philadelphia is celebrating by having a city-wide Philly Spring Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 13. After a poll on our Facebook group, the neighborhood we’ll be headed to is Society Hill in Center City. The details of the event are below.

Philly Spring Cleanup DayPhilly Spring Cleanup Day

Date: Saturday, April 13
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Starr Garden, 600 Lombard Street
Description: At Starr Garden (6th and Lombard), we plan to collect trash and leaves, paint the fence, touch up paint on benches, and maintain and prep the garden. We’ll be outside in the dirt and picking up trash, so please dress appropriately.
Closest public transit: The Market-Frankford Line stops at 5th and Market (7 blocks away), and PATCO stops at 9th and Locust (6 blocks away).

Afterwards, we’ll be heading to lunch on South Street, just a block away.

If you’ll be attending, please RSVP to the Facebook event or shoot me an email so I have a proper headcount. I look forward to seeing everyone there!

Top Seven Reasons it’s Awesome to be an Alum

Let’s face it, now that you’ve graduated and you’re out in the real world, things are a bit different. And isn’t it awesome?! Graduating and becoming an alum in general definitely has its perks, and even more so when you’re a Brother of Phi Sigma Pi. Here are my own top seven reasons I absolutely love being an alumna. (Why top seven? Well, why not?)

1. Alumni Convention
You get to take a several-day vacation in a cool new city with a whole bunch of your friends that you might not have seen in a while. Yup, definitely awesome.

2. Being an Alumni Advisor
Being an Alumni Advisor is a great way to help out with an undergrad Chapter. You feel like you’re really making a difference, and there’s definitely a great sense of pride when you see them do well or induct a new initiate class.

The Lampadion

3. The Lampadion
As a registered NAA member, you get two issues of The Lampadion/Purple & Gold every year. It’s the best magazine because it talks about people you actually know and get to meet in real life! Plus, it’s always nice to get snail mail nowadays, especially if it’s not junk mail or bills.

4. No Business Meetings
Do you remember those Chapter Business Meetings where you’d have elections? And they’d take forever? We would even have a couple of Brothers in our Chapter that would bring a Snuggie to meeting (alright, maybe I was one of them!) because everyone knew they’d be there for a while, so they’d better get cozy. Not so with Alumni-hood!

5. Happy Hours
Really, what’s not to love about Happy Hours?

6. Staying in Touch
Being an alumna gives me a chance to keep in touch with my favorite people from my college years – my Brothers! I can see them at National events, and read about any exciting life events like marriages, babies, and promotions in the Alumni Newsletter Emails.

7. Broadening Your Social Circle
Not only have I kept in touch with a lot of people from college due to staying active in Phi Sigma Pi as an alumna, but I’ve also met countless new people. I think this reason is actually my favorite, because I can honestly say that the people I’ve met through Alumni-hood have helped create some of my life’s most enriching experiences, and definitely changed me for the better.

Any reasons I missed? Feel free to comment and let me know all your favorite perks!

We have a visitor, come out to Happy Hour!

Matt Fox from Capital Chapter let me know that he’ll be in the Philadelphia area for the weekend of March 8-10, so let’s go out to a Happy Hour! We’ll be heading out to Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Old City on Friday, March 8. They’re a really great bar with a fantastic array of beers and a full menu. They have a Happy Hour special of $3 Stella, Leffe, & Hoegaarden until 7pm, so come out early!

Eulogy Belgian Tavern

If you’ll be attending, please email Kristin or RSVP to the Facebook event here:

I can’t wait to see everyone out!