Summer 2018 Edition of the Rattle is Online

The latest edition of the Rattle is available online at the National website. Read about what is going on with other chapters around the country and see what is doing with our National fraternity.

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INSIDE THIS EDITION:

  • Theta Chi's Rock Chalk Judge
  • House Mother's
  • The Resolute Man
  • Alumni and Undergraduate news and more

Summer 2017 Edition of the Rattle is Online

The latest edition of the Rattle is available online at the National website. Read about what is going on with other chapters around the country and see what is doing with our National fraternity.

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INSIDE THIS EDITION:

  • Theta Chi's New England Patriots Defensive Coordinator
  • Expansion
  • Distinguished Achievement Awards 
  • Alumni and Undergraduate news and more

Omega Alumni Attend Foundation Chapter Reception in San Francisco - Nov 2015

A few Omega Alumni joined other Theta Chi's in the Bay Area for an reception in San Francisco held by The Foundation Chapter of Theta Chi. Mitch Hulderman '12, Daniel Cartwright '11 and Robert Zedelis '62 joined other Theta Chi's at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District hotel to learn about the new initiatives Theta Chi is undertaking across the country.

The reception that was attended by about 100 brothers from the San Francisco Bay Area.  Dick Elder, National President, and others presented information indicating that the fraternity was doing well and thriving with the addition of new colonies and reactivated closed chapters.

Spring 2015 Edition of the Rattle is Online

The latest edition of the Rattle is available online at the National website. Read about what is going on with other chapters around the country and see what is doing with our National fraternity.

Inside this edition:

  • Theta Chi's Band of Brothers
  • Theta Chi's Newest Homes 
  • Expansion Updates
  • Alumni and Undergraduate news and more

Omega's in The Spring 2015 Rattle

Cover Story

Omega/Penn State had the basement tile floors professionally removed and installed French doors. In the kitchen area, loose and damaged tiles were replaced, and in the entry- way between the kitchen and dining room the tiles were totally replaced with ceramic tiles. 

 Updated the porch

Installed French doors

Chapter Eternal

  • Thomas B. Kinney, 1970
  • James T. Nelligan, 1961 

Fall 2014 Edition of The Rattle is Online

The latest edition of the Rattle is available online at the National website. Read about what is going on with other chapters around the country and see what is doing with our National fraternity.

Inside this edition:

  • The New IHQ
  • 158th Anniversary Convention News
  • A Word from the Foundation Chapter
  • Outstanding Seniors and more

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Omega's in The Fall 2014 Rattle

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Undergraduate
Theta Chi Fraternity Salutes 2013/2014 Outstanding Seniors
Kyle B. Sussman - Omega/Penn State - Economics Vice President, Treasurer, IM Chair and Risk Manager. As Treasurer he built the surplus from $4,000 to $10,000. Created a planning committee to help the chairs connect, created a fire emergency plan, an anti-suicide protocol and an emergency action plan.

Alumni
Keith Evans '65 serves as co-adviser to Zeta Pi Chapter at Old Dominion University. On May 7, 2014, he received the Golden Guard of Theta Chi at the Theta Chi Hampton Roads Virginia area monthly luncheon in Virginia Beach.

 Zeta Pi Co-Adviser Keith Evans poses with brothers from the chapter. From left: Bill Hewitt, Zeta Pi '15; John Zydron, Omicron '71; Brett Castelet, Zeta Pi '14; Cody Agolini, Zeta Pi '14; Sean Zewe, Zeta Pi '14; Carlton Bennett, Zeta Pi '72; Keith Evans, Omega '65; John Teeuwen, Zeta Pi '92; and AJ Aminrazauri, Zeta Pi '14. 

Zeta Pi Co-Adviser Keith Evans poses with brothers from the chapter. From left: Bill Hewitt, Zeta Pi '15; John Zydron, Omicron '71; Brett Castelet, Zeta Pi '14; Cody Agolini, Zeta Pi '14; Sean Zewe, Zeta Pi '14; Carlton Bennett, Zeta Pi '72; Keith Evans, Omega '65; John Teeuwen, Zeta Pi '92; and AJ Aminrazauri, Zeta Pi '14. 

Chapter Eternal

Charles F. Douds '53
William R. Kress III '60

Omega Receives Chapter Achievement Award at National Convention

2013-2014 Chapter Achievement Award

Omega chapter received at the National Convention in Minneapolis, MN, the Chapter Achievement Awards for..

  • Scholarship Programming
  • New Member and Member Education Programming
  • Community Service and Philanthrophy Programming
  • Chapter Finances
  • The Ritual
  • Chapter Operations
  • Internal Cooperation
  • Campus Involvement

Congratulations to the chapter for all their hard work over the past year.

Winter 2014 Edition of The Rattle is Now Available Online

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The latest edition of the Rattle is available online at the National website. Read about what is going on with other chapters around the country and see what is doing with our National fraternity.

Inside this edition:

  • Grand Chapter honors Dave Devol
  • Tau Alumni set standard at Florida
  • Orcas in Captivity
  • plus items about Omega Chapter Actives (page 37) and Alumni (page 21)

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Omega in The Rattle

Undergraduate
Omega Chapter also won first place in the Penn State Homecoming celebration, the largest and most competitive homecoming celebration in the country. Paired with the Tapestry Dance Troupe, the group built a float, competed in numerous spirit points' competitions, created and performed a skit, ran in a 5K and helped with the overall planing of the celebration. Also, John Boston (2014) was honored as a member of the Penn State Homecoming Court. 

Alumni
Brothers young and old gathered to celebrate Omega Chapter's 95th Anniversary at a Black Tie Gala held at the Nittany Lion Inn on October 19, 2013. Former Alumni Association President Ed Brown (1987) served as the Master of Ceremonies. A keynote address was delivered by Penn State University Trustee Anthony Lubrano. The undergraduate chapter introduced and recognized AJ Bobby and his parents and siblings. The Bobby family is Omega's "adopted" THON family, and the chapter is helping AJ in his fight against leukemia. Silver Legions, Golden Guards and several other awards were presented, including Omega's introduction and inaugural presentation of the Richard Maltz Century Award presented to Chapter President Ian Maxwell. The award recognizes the undergraduate brother who has done the most to further Theta Chi at Penn State and it was created to honor Richard Maltz (1990) for the work that he has done at President of the alumni board. Special thanks to Leo Sugg (1988) for all of his work in planning to make this a great event. The alumni are currently conducting a capital campaign to help renovate the chapter house at 523 S. Allen Street. Check out for more information. 

Chapter Eternal
John H. Hermanies '44
Richard E. Fronko '54
Francis K. Richwine '41

National Acquires New International Headquarters Building

We are excited to announce that by January 2014, Theta Chi Fraternity International Headquarters will officially have a new building to welcome brothers and guests!

Since December 21, 1993, Theta Chi has been proud to call 3330 Founders Road in Indianapolis, Indiana its home. Over the course of the last 20 years, the property has served as administrative offices, a training facility, and as the Theta Chi Archives.

The last several years have been a time of unprecedented growth within Theta Chi, bringing record-breaking initiation numbers. As the Fraternity has grown, so too has the demand for services by our members and chapters. This has resulted in an increase in the number of staff members and required facility space. Anyone who has visited the headquarters recently will note that we currently have staff members utilizing space that was never meant to be work areas!

Though discussions over the need for a new building started as far back as 2010, during the Fall of 2012, an intensive study and search process for a new headquarters building officially commenced. During this process, a wide variety of options were considered ranging from constructing a new building to purchasing an existing structure. After much thoughtful discussion and consideration by the leadership of the International Fraternity, a decision was made to purchase a building located at 865 W. Carmel Drive, in Carmel, Indiana, a northern suburb of Indianapolis.

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The new building on Carmel drive is over 30,000 square feet, more than three times the size of the current building. As Theta Chi will not need use of the entire building at this time, commercial tenants have been identified to lease the unoccupied space. The income generated from these tenants will be used to service the mortgage on the new building, which will allow the fraternity to continue to provide the same level of services to Chapters and members without the need to divert funding from important fraternity programs. Furthermore, the design and layout of the building will enable the space occupied by the headquarters to expand or contract depending upon our future needs.

In addition to providing a much needed expansion for the conduct of the day-to-day business of the Fraternity, the new building will have features that none of our previous headquarters were able to offer due to their space limitations. The new building will contain a Model Chapter Room that will be available for the conduct of Ritual activities, meetings, and educational training. The new headquarters will also feature an expanded Theta Chi Museum and Archives for the display of our priceless historical treasures. These improvements and others will further position Theta Chi to compete at the highest levels among our peers in the interfraternal world.

The fraternity has developed plans governing the transfer of named rooms and bricks from the property on Founders Road to the future Carmel Drive location. Those individuals who have purchased headquarters naming opportunities will be contacted separately in the weeks ahead and advised of how such recognitions will be transferred.

The building on Founders Road is currently on the market for sale. Any brothers or friends who know of potential buyers are invited and encouraged to contact Associate Executive Director Jim Powell (317-824-1881 / jpowell@thetachi.org) or myself.

I would like to personally and publicly thank all those within the fraternity leadership who helped to make the acquisition of this new facility a reality. The members of the Grand Chapter under the leadership of National President Dick Elder dedicated countless hours of study and due diligence to ensure that the decision to acquire this new facility was made with the best long-term interest of Theta Chi in mind. I also wish to thank our Brothers serving on the Norwich Housing Corporation and Foundation Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity, who provided substantial support to this effort.

A very special thank you goes to Norwich Housing Corporation President Mike Kistler, who led the efforts to identify and acquire this property at the governing board level. Brother Kistler’s expertise in the commercial real estate industry proved to be invaluable to both the International Headquarters Staff and Grand Chapter. Without Mike’s involvement, this building acquisition would not have occurred.

The headquarters will continue to occupy the facility on Founders Road until necessary construction work and upgrades are completed on the new building. As such, all correspondence to the Fraternity should continue to be directed to our current address (3330 Founders Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1333) until further notice. We are anticipating a move to the new building in late December or January. The fraternity will announce any changes of address and/or contact information via our website at www.thetachi.org.

Plans are in the works for a dedication and grand opening of the new International Headquarters building in late spring 2014. Details on this event will be published before the end of the calendar year and all chapters and brothers will be invited to attend.

I hope each of you join in the excitement of this historic move which will allow the headquarters to better serve its chapters and members. I look forward to welcoming you very soon to the International Fraternity’s newest home!

Fraternally,

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Michael Mayer
 
Executive Director
 
(317) 824-1881
 
mmayer@thetachi.org

 

National Names Tyler Doppelheuer a Senior of the Year

 Tyler Doppelheuer '12

Tyler Doppelheuer '12

The Senior recognition program provides a way to acknowledge those seniors who, in the eyes of their fellow brothers, have made an outstanding contribution to the chapter over the past year. Each chapter was asked to nominate one individual for this honor.

TYLER D. DOPPELHEUER
OMEGA/PENN STATE - INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

  • Facilities and Services Chair, University Park Undergraduate Assoc.
  • Founding Member, Students Engaging Students
  • Executive Director, FreshSTART Day of Service
  • Presidential Community Service Award recipient
  • IFC Judicial Board