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
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.
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!