A letter from Aaron Otto, “AA” International President, Kansas State ’98
Having visited more than 100 chapters and colonies, I am constantly asked, “How is Delta Chi doing overall?” I am grateful that we have the opportunity to see many of the positive ways that Delta Chis are living out our values and making significant contributions. As your “AA”, here are some of the facts I am very proud of from the past year:
1. Growth – We shared our brotherhood with more than 5,700 undergraduates this fall and 6,300 undergraduates this spring at 118 chapters and colonies throughout North America. We saw an average chapter size of 50 members, an increase from where we were 10 years ago.
2. New Chapters – We welcomed the Texas A&M Kingsville Chapter, which chartered in 2018. We look forward to four to five new charterings in 2019.
3. V Foundation – In the last two years, Delta Chi has raised over $425,000 for cancer research, a $325,000 increase from the first two years the V Foundation became our philanthropy focus.
4. New Fraternity Staff – We welcomed Nicki Rowlett as the Director of Education and Leadership Programs, Ben Ely as Director of Communications and Publications, CJ Hoffman as Director of Fraternity Services, and Kenny White, JC McGeary and Manny Macias as Leadership and Expansion Consultants.
5. International Convention – The largest convention in our fraternity’s history was held with over 625 attendees.
6. New Volunteer Training Program – Training was provided to over 70 alumni advisors at Convention for the first time, including information about trends in higher education as well individual experiences in the field.
7. New Colonies – We rejoined the Chico State community in spring 2018 and established a new colony at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In fall 2018, Delta Chi re-established its roots at Virginia Tech and joined new communities at Texas A&M University – San Antonio and The University of Alaska in Anchorage. Our new colonies boast an average GPA of 3.23.
8. New Founders – Three Delta Chis achieved New Founder status for their contributions to the Fraternity and Educational Foundation, the most ever in a single year: Patrick Alderdice, Ball State, ‘92, Rod Arnold, Texas A&M, ‘88, and David Cloutier, Embry-Riddle, 92.
9. New Board of Regents Members – Josh Klein joined the Board as a representative for chapters in Region II, Mark Sexton joined representing chapters in Region IV, and Mitch Fender now represents the chapters in Region VIII. Thank you to Chuck Wade, Matt Gorney, and Ron Stowers, who ended their Board service with more than 10 years of service.
10. Alumni Chapters – Started new Alumni Chapters in Atlanta, Colorado Front Range, San Diego, West Virginia, and Baton Rouge.
11. Risk Management Assessment – The proactive risk management sessions online and innovative way of conducting sanctions has helped over two-thirds of those chapters with past violations of the Fraternity’s Risk Management Policy from suffering a recurrence, including an overall decrease of 44% in violations and 77% decrease in hazing allegations.
12. Strategic Plan – Staff has made strides on the Fraternity’s five-year strategic plan, which will guide our overall direction on diverse fronts. For more information on the plan, please see the Delta Chi website.
13. New House at Georgia Tech – Dedication of our new and rebuilt chapter house was held in Atlanta.
14. Barrister Capital Corporation – The corporation provided management of a new Delta Chi chapter house at the University of Missouri and purchased the former Delta Chi chapter house at Illinois State.
15. The DCEF ECHI program – The Educational Foundation was able to support the opening of the new Georgia Tech house and ECHI programs continue to support recent construction and improvements at Embry-Riddle, Louisiana Tech, and Cornell.
16. Two President’s Cup Chapters – For overall excellence in all areas of chapter programming, these chapters earned the highest award available in Delta Chi: Tri-State and Kansas State.
17. Chapter Anniversaries – Hofstra (10th), Kettering-A (10th), Whitewater (10th), UMass (10th), Tarleton (30th), Truman State (40th), Jacksonville (50th), Long Beach (50th), Valdosta (50th), Washington State (75th), and Northwestern (125th since the chapter first appeared on campus).
18. Chapter Scholarship Accounts – The DCEF awarded 10% more recipients with scholarships and grants in 2018 than in all of 2017. Over $64,000 has been awarded to students.
This list could go on and on. When we reflect on what we accomplished in 2018, we should truly celebrate these successes. However, 2018 is now history and our focus shifts to making 2019 more successful. Before going to bed tonight, ask yourself, “What have I done for Delta Chi today?” If the answer is nothing, stay up a bit longer and do something that moves the Fraternity in a positive direction.
Finally, if you’re looking for a gift for your favorite Delta Chi, the Fraternity has started a new series with its International Convention coin. This Convention commemorative coin series features the Convention logo on one side and an image of a Founding Father on the other. This will continue at each of the next 10 Conventions. If you want to collect the entire series, contact Headquarters to pick up one of the few remaining coins featuring Owen Lincoln Potter, our first International President.