California Delta won many prominent awards at the annual Greek Awards on April 3rd, 2013. The first notable award was the the Dean Joan Schaefer Award for Scholarship Programming. This award goes to the Greek chapter who holds the organization to a higher standard of scholastic excellence, ultimately contributing to a lasting commitment to academic excellence. It was said that:
“The men of Phi Delta Theta place a high emphasis on scholarship within their chapter that extends from the pledge process through graduation. Mandatory study hours, time management seminars, and 24-hour quiet hours are only a few of the many policies that they have enforced to help improve their chapter’s academics. In the spring of 2012, Phi Delta Theta’s earned one of the highest average GPAs among fraternities on the row, a 3.29.”
In addition, we would like to congratulate our past President, Daniel Moline, on winning the Chapter President’s Leadership and Vision Award. This award is given to one fraternity and one sorority President each year and since there are 24 fraternities at USC, it is a great honor. It was said that:
“When Daniel Moline served as Phi Delta Theta’s 2012 president, he significantly helped
the chapter revamp its organizational structure and cultivate a culture where all the
brothers could progress fully and improve the chapter. He successfully ran the fraternity
like a business, employing marketing principles and organizational management. In doing
so, he helped develop young leaders and saw them grow as men throughout the year of
2012. Graduating at the end of this semester, Daniel states that he would never trade the
experiences he had and the lessons he learned for anything.”
California Delta also took home the Robert L. Mannes Award for Community Service. This award goes to the chapters who have excelled in bringing their members into the university and community in diverse and innovative ways, emphasizing the roots of commitment and service. It was said that:
“The brothers of Phi Delta Theta have also taken great pride in their hands-on philanthropic efforts in the year 2012. For their annual philanthropy Phi Delt FIFA, the brothers of Phi Delt raised over $5000 to donate to the ALS association in addition to participating in their annual Walk to Defeat ALS at the Exposition Park. Phi Delta Theta brothers also participated in community service outside of their fraternity such as the Trojan Dance Marathon, Belmont Prom, Troy Camp as well as a summer Guatemala trip with Volunteers Around the World.”
California Delta also took home Runner up for Excellence in Alumni Relations as well as Runner up for Excellence in Risk Management.
California Delta held their 4th annual Mother & Son Luncheon on April 20th, 2013. This luncheon has been a long standing tradition in the chapter since the rebuilding of the house. In total there were 41 mothers in attendance which makes up about 40% of all mothers of chapter members. In addition, it is most notable that this consisted of nearly 85% of all mothers living in the Southern California area and some mothers flew in from Northern California and even Connecticut just to attend the event. There was a total of over 100 brothers, mothers, and family members that attended the event. It was awesome to see all of our mothers and to get to meet each others mothers during the course of the day. A big thanks to our moms for spending the day with us. Here are some great pictures from the day.
Thanks to the consistent fundraising efforts of our fantastic parents club and generous alumni we have officially reached our financial goal to begin the building of our sand volleyball court in the back yard. Starting shortly after finals phases one and two will begin. This will entail a leveling off of the location in the backyard and the building of the framework and retaining walls for the court itself.
Phase 3 of the volleyball court, filling it with sand and putting all the finishing touches on, will take place the week before we all get back from summer vacation. We are still seeking donations towards Phase 3 and would be grateful if you could help us out by reading about ways to give to Phase 3 of the campaign below.
We want to take this opportunity to once again thank anyone and everyone who has devoted their time and finances to this project and we cannot wait to open the court up with an alumni tournament in August.
How to Donate to the Last Phase (Phase 3) of the Volleyball Court Initiative:
- Via Credit Card -by using our safe and secure PayPal system below
- Write a Check - Made out to Phi Delta Theta California Delta with the Memo reading “Volleyball Court Initiative.” The location of our house is:
Phi Delta Theta Chapter House
c/o Kevin Fohrer, Secretary
1005 West 28th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
**Please send an email to Kevin Fohrer if you send a check so we can confirm it was received and get information for your plaque. **
- Other Concerns or Questions - Contact Kevin Fohrer. Email him by clicking here or check out the Volleyball Court Initiative page here.
Phi Delta Theta California Delta has started a Volleyball Court Initiative for the Fall 2012 semester in order to return California Delta to its original state. They seek to raise the funds necessary in order to rebuild the volleyball court which was at the house originally before it burned down. The brothers see a long term benefit in brotherhood, recruitment, and philanthropy. The brothers wish to transmit the California Delta to those after great than it has been given to them and they are seeking the active help of current members, alumni, parents and other Phis in order to make this project a success. Progress has already started on the project but they need your help to continue. Please consider donating and receiving a commemorative plaque around the court or even consider getting the court named after you. It would mean a great deal to the Men of California Delta who have been excelling on campus at the University of Southern California. To read more about the project or consider donating visit here.
Every year the men of Phi Delta Theta California Delta get together to put on a philanthropy called Phi Delta FIFA. In this philanthropy sororities battle on the soccer field to claim first place! Throughout the week T-shirts are sold, change jars are distributed around campus, Cal Delt holds a philanthropic dinner, and the week culminates in the soccer tournament. All of the proceeds of the tournament go to the ALS Association. The brothers are then going to participate in the Walk to Defeat ALS later in October. This year some sponsors of Phi Delt FIFA the event included: Chipotle, 5 Hour Energy, and Red Bull. Thanks to these companies for their time, efforts, and donations, it is greatly appreciated. This year California Delta is taking a semester long approach to raising money for ALS and will have more fundraising events but right now has close to $5,000 to donate to the ALS Association. If you want to see all the pictures from Phi Delt FIFA like our facebook page and check out the whole album.
Phi Delta Theta California Delta has been consistently one of the most involved and scholarly chapters at the University of Southern California. With every member of the chapter involved in an average of 2 extra-curricular activities, many with leadership roles, and brothers helping other brothers to succeed in their classes it was no surprise when the Spring 2012 grade report came in. California Delta received an average GPA of a 3.29 which ranks California Delta as #1 in scholarship within the Interfraternity Council for a house with over 100 members. California Delta not only beat the All Men’s Average of a 3.09 and the All Undergraduate Average of a 3.14 but they also beat the All Greek Average of a 3.28.
Recently three Cal Delts came back from a two week excursion in Guatemala. However, this was no ordinary adventure. The adventure began with Tavish Nanda, a Phi Delt, when he had an idea to bring a new subset of Volunteers Around the World organization to the University of Southern California. After successfully establishing the USC student organization he quickly started planning a medical operation to Guatemala. Volunteers Around the World is a non-government medical organizations whose purpose is to help local villagers who do not have easy access to medical equipment by setting up mobile clinics. This venture in Guatemala established seven mobile clinics whose purpose was to teach seminars on hygiene, first aid, and nutrition, as well as administer medications. Each participant had to raise $1,500.00 for medication before going on the trip. When Tavish inquired within California Delta as to who was willing to go with him, David Liberman and Shawn Clarke jumped at the opportunity to help. Upon return David Liberman said that the experience was “life changing” and that “there is nothing better than having your brothers by your side as you are truly changing someone’s life in a foreign country.” The brothers of California Delta want to congratulate Tavish, David, and Shawn on their great accomplishment and their true selflessness in taking the time out of their summer to accomplish this great philanthropic feat.
California Delta is proud to announce that Jordan McKeen has just obtained Iron Phi status. This makes him the first member of California Delta to obtain this status since refounding. He serves as a leader as California Delta sets its sights on new goals for the upcoming year, one which includes obtaining more Iron Phis in the house.
Jordan ran the Inaugural Hollywood Half-Marathon on April 7th, 2011. The event started at Universal Studios in Hollywood and there were a total of 6,115 racers at the event. He raised a total of $1,050 dollars upon completion of the event! Jordan started preparing for the race when he was talking to another brother, Kevin Fohrer, about running a half-marathon in January. Kevin ended up hurting his knee on their first run together, so he was mostly on my own for the rest of the race preparation. However, his motivation never faltered. He ran anywhere from one time a week to five times a week. This was something he wishes he could go back and redo as Jordan felt that a more rigorous and scheduled training regimen would have helped him a bit more.
Jordan used to run in high school though so he was used to doing some running on little training. Jordan says that he “felt a little under prepared going into the event, super exhausted during it, and absolutely elated after reaching the finish line.” When asked why he wanted to become an Iron Phi he answered that he has “always been a strong proponent of volunteer work and community service activities, so when [he] learned about the Iron Phi organization, [he] really wanted to be able to say that [he] contributed to an organization like that. [He] wanted to get in a little better shape, so the race motivation also came easy.” When asked how it felt to be the chapter’s first Iron Phi since refounding he stated that “it was also pretty motivating to be able to say that I was our chapter’s first Iron Phi, though I hope that I can inspire other brothers so we can all take the initiative and also participate in similar events in the future.” All the brothers at California Delta commend Jordan on his great feat. We are proud to call him our brother.
Jordan is currently a Junior at the University of Southern California and is getting a degree in International Relations. He just finished his term as the philanthropy chair of the house for the Spring 2012 semester.
California Delta has found much success in the 2011–2012 year. At General Convention California Delta was bestowed with the following awards:
- Best Large Chapter House
- Campus Involvement Citation
- Hayward S Biggers Ritual Award
- Campus Involvement Citation
During On Campus Greek Awards Ceremonies Cal Delt received:
- Best Chapter Room by the Interfraternity Parent’s Council
- Risk Management Award by the University of Southern California’s Department of Public Safety
In addition multiple brothers have obtained high positions in IFC, Order of Omega, and Undergraduate Student Government for the coming academic year. Cal Delt would like to extend their congratulations to the following people:
- Ali Sheikhpour, James Shechet, and Wiley Strahan who are now executive members of our Interfraternity Council
- Brenton Caldwell who is now an executive member of Order of Omega
- Matt Arkfeld and Wiley Strahan who are now executive members of Undergraduate Student Government
On February 22, 2012 our Social Chair, Matt Arkfeld, was elected by the University of Southern California student body to serve as one of three Greek Senators that are a part of the University of Southern California’s Student Government. As a Greek Senator, Arkfeld will serve as a liaison to advocating progress and improvements within the greek community on behalf of the student government. During his campaign he ran on a platform of green initiatives, increased safety measures, importance of information and communication, and a united philanthropic effort by all members of the Greek system. Arkfeld emphasizes environment friendly lifestyles in all houses as well as surveillance and risk management for the safety of all chapters on the USC Greek Row. He asserts that keeping all fellow Greeks informed will help bridge the gap between administration and the Greek community. Also of great importance to Arkfeld is the maintenance of relations among all Greek divisions, including the Interfraternity, Panhellenic, and Multicultural Councils. Arkfeld was backed by our network of Cal Delt brothers as we gathered support and confidence across campus for our fellow Phi. He is grateful to have this opportunity and credits much of his success to the help and support of his brothers in Phi Delta Theta.
Update: Matt Arkfeld has been recently elected to be Speaker Pro Tempore, the third highest position in USC’s Undergraduate Student Government.