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: http://phisigmapi.org/nationalconvention


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!