On March 20th, Joe Wagner was riding his motorcycle through the intersection of Archer Road and Newell Drive where he was tragically struck by a turning car. The resulting accident left Joe with multiple broken bones and lacerations, brain hemorrhages, and a loss of consciousness. Thankfully, a nearby off duty doctor was able to aid Joe until the paramedics arrived to rush Joe to Shands Hospital. He quickly underwent surgery, and the doctors, nurses, and staff members of Shands have been tirelessly aiding Joe. He is currently unresponsive and is in a very critical condition. He will undergo his second surgery on the morning of the 21st. Joe continues to fight despite the arduous task in front of him.
More info from the Florida newspaper: http://www.alligator.org/news/local/article_44b50fd6-0f73-11e7-9f7f-337af4effc37.html
A GoFundMe page has been established: https://www.gofundme.com/the-joe-wagner-fund
As brothers across North America take a much needed break from classes and exams this spring, many of our members travel together for Spring Break, weekend road trips, service trips domestic or abroad, and – of course – summer vacation (which is not too far away). It is important to keep health, safety, and responsible decision making prevalent in our thoughts all the time, but ESPECIALLY when we are in new environments. Here are some quick tips for whatever the occasion.
Provided by: Jerod Breit, Director of Member Safety.
Remember Our Values
Delta Chi exists to promote friendship, develop character, advance justice, and to assist in the education of a sound education. Just because school isn’t in session or you aren’t on campus DOES NOT mean that you can forget Delta Chi’s values and the obligation we took to uphold these expectations.
Responsible Consumption of Alcohol &
Responsible Application of Sunscreen
- For every action, there is an inevitable reaction. As a Delta Chi, we respect the dignity and worth of all individuals — including ourselves! Whether it’s the SPF or where you find yourself, make smart choices. Your future depends on your actions today.
- R.E.S.P.E.C.T (see the point above)
- No matter who you meet, show the world that Delta Chis respect: women, men, ourselves, those who look different than us, and each other. Change the culture, be the example, hold one another accountable. Show compassion and understanding to all persons of the world.
- See something? Say something. Don’t wait until it is too late.
- Hydrate and eat right.
Can You Find Your Friends?
- Even if you split up, keep tabs on your brothers. Using an app like “Find My Friends” can help make sure everyone remains safe and sound.
- Some places don’t get good reception or it costs a fortune to use your phone…TALK TO EACH OTHER.
- If there is no Uber, Lyft, or sober driver available – KNOW THE TAXI PHONE NUMBER. Call or visit 1-800-TAXICAB.
- Set up alerts for travel and security. Wherever you are heading, you can use the GET INFORMED CHECKLIST to help.
Ignorance of the Law is No Defense &
Poor Planning Can Ruin Everything
- Never been to where you are headed? Better take a few minutes to make sure you know the laws, especially if you are traveling out of the country.
- Packing your brothers in a car isn’t the only thing you should prepare for. Take TIME to plan – check out these simple ROAD TRIP TIPS to make sure you get to where you are going.
- Enjoy your brotherhood.
- Be Safe.
- Learn, meet, see, and experience something new.
Per Delta Chi Law – “The term of office for the position of Regent shall be two years. The Regents for Regions 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 shall be elected in odd numbered years and the Regents for Regions 2, 4, 6 and 8 shall be elected in even-numbered years. The term of office shall commence on June 15 of the year in which the election is held.”
The following gentlemen have been elected to serve on the Board of Regents for their respective Regions:
- Region I – Shaun Hollenbeck, Washinton ’11 (incumbent)
- Region III – Grant Herrin, LSU ’07
- Region V – Nikolaus Kern, Southern Illinois ’06
- Region VII – John “Jack” Rodican, New Haven ’01
- Region IX – Carl “Gene” Dorris, Oklahoma State ’66
The Delta Chi Fraternity and Delta Chi Educational Foundation held its fifth annual international chapter meeting conference call this past January. In attendance was “AA” Aaron Otto, Foundation Chairman Jim Marascio, and Executive Director Keith Shriver, giving their respective reports and fielding questions from the participants. A full recording of the phone call can be found at http://deltachi.org/international-phone-call.
A special thanks to James Baggatta (Charlotte ’18) for providing this overview of the call, including the remarks of Aaron, Jim, and Keith.
The Fraternity is embarking on several new initiatives that will make impacts on many different fronts. It is important to recognize the accomplishments that we achieved during the 2016 calendar year, as they are the building blocks for the great initiatives that we will be taking on in 2017.
Delta Chi stands at 118 active chapters, 5 colonies and 25 alumni chapters. We were able to charter the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Beaufort, and the Little Rock chapters respectively. Our undergraduate numbers are well into the 6,000s which shows we have risen our collegiate membership by over 1,000 in the last 10 years. Delta Chi continues to expand our promise of an exceptional lifelong fraternity experience across North America.
Convention was held last summer in Louisville, Kentucky and we held close to 500 brothers in attendance. Near the record! During the 60th International Convention, Miles Washburn ( U Mass ‘87) took the status of Retiring “AA” as Aaron Otto (Kansas State ’98) was elected as the 53rd “AA” of the Delta Chi Fraternity. Tom Carroll (Hayward ’98) elected to “CC” and Ronald Martin (New Haven ’87) was elected to the “DD” office. These men are helping lead the way for the great growth that is to come for Delta Chi.
It was announced at Convention that Delta Chi has raised over $1 million dollars in support of Jimmy V. This is a great milestone with the V Foundation for Cancer Research as we celebrated 10 years of successful partnering. Convention was also the site of the unveiling of MYDCHI (http://mydchi.org). This site is a new and innovative web portal that will allows undergrads and alumni update their current information, have access to chapter/regional/international resources, and also view donation and engagement history with Delta Chi.
The Board of Regents adopted and presented a five year strategic plan that will guide Delta Chi’s direction on several fronts. These strategic initiatives cover the core areas of Alumni Engagement, Education, Growth and Civic Responsibility. Great additions have been to our International Headquarters Staff to help in the effort to continuously improve Delta Chi on all fronts and carry out this strategic vision. Keith Shriver (Florida ’79) was hired as Executive Director, we welcomed Marquez Brown (Iowa ’01) back to staff as Associate Executive Director, the role of Director of Member Safety has been filled by Jerod Breit (Central Missouri ’04), and we are pleased to have Heather Lockwood join the team as Delta Chi’s Director of Fraternity Growth.
As 2017 progresses, it is pertinent to see where the Delta Chi Educational Foundation is at and – more importantly – the direction it is taking for the new year. The Foundation likes to take it’s inspiration from our preamble “Great advantages are to be derived from a brotherhood of college and university.” And “that close association promotes friendship, develops character, advances justice and assists in the acquisition of a sound education”. Keeping those words in mind, the Delta Chi Educational Foundation is expanding it’s initiatives to better assist undergrads in developing themselves professionally and academically. Some great examples of the Foundation providing personal development opportunities include: supporting the A’s Academy, assisting in the funding of the new Emerging Leaders Academy, sponsor keynote presentations at Convention, providing need-and-merit-based scholarships to our brothers, and assistance in the funding of educational portions of chapter houses.
In 2016, over $1.2 million dollars was raised by over a 1,000 donors. The average donation was under $100 dollars and every brother is assured that no amount of giving goes unappreciated as every dollar adds up and helps us help ourselves in improving the quality of the Delta Chi experience to our undergraduate and graduate members.
With so many great things happening our Fraternity I would like to offer a call to action for all Brothers whether they be undergraduate or alumni status. Our beloved Delta Chi can utilize each and every one of your unique skill sets to grow and improve our brotherhood. There are many different routes one can take in terms of getting involved and giving back to Delta Chi. Donating to the Educational Foundation is a sure way to make sure every penny donated goes right back to our brotherhood. Deciding to attend RLCs, Convention, and local chapter programs gives our undergraduates a chance to see how impactful being a Delta Chi continues to be after the tassel is turned.
The state of Delta Chi is strong, and through the efforts of those hired, elected, and initiated, we will continue to improve and expand the life-long Delta Chi experience throughout North America. Our best days are ahead of us. Here’s to making 2017 the best year Delta Chi has had yet.
Are you an undergraduate who is interested in giving back to the future leaders of your Fraternity? Apply to be an intern for the 2017 Emerging Leaders Academy. Interns will be responsible for helping the staff and facilitation team with the logistics and behind the scenes work that helps to make the program possible. This year, interns will also be assisting in the facilitation of the program, allowing you an opportunity to share with our rising stars your experience, knowledge, and advice for being an outstanding leader. Interns will be asked to participate in a training call prior to arriving at the Academy and may be responsible for assisting in some preparation tasks before arriving onsite.
The chapters and colonies listed below have been found to have violated portions of Delta Chi’s Risk Management Policies. Chapters and colonies who fall into this category are assigned corrective actions as outlined in the By-Laws, Article V, Section 3 of Delta Chi Law. If you have any questions about any of the chapters or colonies listed below, please contact Delta Chi IHQ’s Director of Member Safety.
|Adelphi||Level I||Violation of Alcohol and Hazing Policy||12/31/17|
|American||Level III||Violation of Alcohol Policy||5/31/17|
|Arizona State||Level III||Violation of Alcohol Policy||5/31/17|
|Central Missourl||Level I||Violation of Hazing Policy||12/31/17|
|Corpus Christi||Level IV||Violation of Hazing Policy||12/31/17|
|Fredonia||Level II||Violation of Alcohol Policy||5/31/17|
|Illinois State||Level II||Violation of Alcohol Policy||12/31/17|
|Indiana||Level II||Violation of Hazing Policy||5/31/17|
|Lehigh||Level I||Violation of Alcohol Policy||5/31/18|
|Long Beach||Level I||Violation of Alcohol Policy||12/31/17|
|Marquette||Level III||Violation of Alcohol Policy||5/31/17|
|Michigan||Level II||Violation of Alcohol and Hazing Policy||5/31/18|
|Missouri||Level I||Violation of Alcohol Policy||5/31/18|
|Northern Illinois||Level I||Violation of Alcohol and Safety Policy||5/31/17|
|Purdue||Level IV||Violation of Alcohol Policy||5/31/17|
|Southern Illinois||Level II||Violation of Alcohol and Hazing Policy||12/31/17|
|Washington||Level II||Violation of Alcohol and Hazing Policy||5/31/18|