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Brother Phis, I am delighted to inform you Idaho Alpha Chapter is on the up. We have record enrollment, record scholarship and are enjoying a place among the top houses on campus. Last Semester, we were 3rd in terms of grades with our House GPA pegged at 3.14, rushed a pledge class of 25 and raised over twothousand dollars for the Wounded Warrior Project at our First Annual ΦΔΘ Military Days philanthropy. With so much progress in the past months, we are not losing sight of our longterm goals which include: 3.25+ House GPA, a Fall pledge class of 25 kids and raising $5,000+ for Lou Gehrig’s disease research at Turtle Derby on 21-April2012. Among our most imperative aspects to improve upon is the area of Alumni Relations. To ensure we reach this objective, we are hosting a Founders Day dinner to be held at the Chapter House at 5:00 PM on March 15. We encourage you to attend if possible. We would love to provide the opportunity for you to reconnect with your Brother Phis. Please RSVP by March 1st by contacting Mark Gamel at 208 -401-5445. We also proudly announce the adoption of our official webpage at uidaho.phideltatheta.org. Here, you can view our mission, photographs, bios, upcoming events as well as make donations all from the same webpage. We at Idaho Alpha are making the necessary changes in order to become the premiere leadership development organization at the University of Idaho. Should you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to contact myself or Chapter Advisor Dick Reilly (Idaho ’81) at any time (contact info on last page). Yours in the Bond,

O FFICER P OSITIONS President: Ian White-001743 Vice President: Jay Nair-1749 Secretary: Eric Doman-1752 Warden: Garrett Hanson-1739 Social Chair: Carson Stauffer1753 House Manager: Patrick Doudy -1751 Phikeia Educator: Chad Harrison - 1736 Risk Manager: Riley Pohll 1732 Hasher: Billy Stevens -1762 Rush Chair: Derek Dodel 1735

Ian White – 001743

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This years homecoming theme was “Viva los Vandals”. We unfortunately did homecoming by our selves but in the end it proved to be worth it. We spent many days preparing our house decorations and building our float. We constructed a mini Las Vegas in our front

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yard with a Luxor and Bellagio red carpet included. Our float consisted of two larger than life black and gold vandal themed dice, speakers playing Vegas show tunes, and of course chip and dales dancers to top it all off. In the past two years we have placed in the

top three for homecoming and this year we finally earned what had been coming to us. We look forward to next year’s homecoming events and plan on winning it again.

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Last year the Greek community and IFC decided to change from formal to informal rush. This new change allows rushing and the signing of bid cards year round instead of only during Rush Week. Everyone on campus had a great rush including us with 25 new pledges who are currently going through the Phikeia program. They are working hard to complete the Phikeia requirements. The Phikeia recently had their pledge dance which was themed Wild Wild West and was a success. Their house improvement project was remodeling our movie room which is now located on the third floor. They painted the walls a dark color too give it more of a movie theater appeal and put up curtains along the windows. They will also be installing a surround sound system for our recently donated 82” TV. We are soon approaching I-week and all that it has to offer which everyone is excited for members and Phikeia alike although it might be a little more nerves and fear on the Phikeia side. They are looking forward to one day becoming a Phi and joining us in Chapter.

A VERAGE GPA OF 3.14 AND RISING
With sound learning being one of the three main pillars of our fraternity grades are very important to us. In Spring of 2011 we had an average house GPA of 3.14 the highest it has been and we plan on it going higher to 3.25+. The all men’s average was greek and non was 2.94 which we easily beat. We did very well in grades however we still placed third as Theta Chi and Beta Theta Pi slipped past us with a 3.15 GPA and a 3.24 GPA respectively. It is our goal as a chapter to be first in grades on campus no matter what it takes we are all very dedicate to our academic work and will be the best house in grades very soon. We are going to make this happen by taking only the best of the best from the incoming freshman class. We are revising our study table plan and are working together as a house to achieve the highest grades possible while still managing to let loose and have some fun.

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IS OUR GOAL AS A CHAPTER TO BE FIRST IN GRADES ON CAMPUS WITH AN AVERAGE GPA OF 3.25+”

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Phi Delt 2020 is the newly announced plan which is redefining the Fraternity’s mission and vision statements, and conducting a selfassessment, all while looking at its external environmental opportunities. Through this process, “Phi Delt 2020” was created to establish Phi Delta Theta as the premiere leadership organization in North America through six strategic initiatives: Growth, Education, Support, Communication, Capacity, and Funding. These initiatives, goals, and their operational objectives will be the Fraternity’s “North Star” over the next 10 years to ensure that Phi Delta Theta meets the vision of “Phi Delt 2020.” As for Growth by 2020 is it our goal to achieve 200 Chapters and Colonies by 2020 by installing 7 chapters a year we will achieve this goal. By 2020 nationals would like to have a standardized Education program to make sure that everyone is well educated in the history of the Fraternity. They also want to create a base plan for the Phikeia Education system which our

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Over the last summer our house had some very nice renovations to it. Our formal room was completely redecorated with new leather couches, end tables, and lamps. The walls and ceiling were also repainted, and crown molding was added along with new curtains being put up that look very nice. Across from the formal in the informal our couches have been refurbished, and look brand new along with the end tables that go with them. Along with the excellent formal and informal remodeling our showers on first and second floor have also been completely remodeled and look amazing. They have been redone with stone tiling and we are very proud of the work that has been done. Hopefully over the next summer we will have the rest of the bathrooms remodeled. We make it a priority to keep our house as clean as possible by staying on top of our chores and doing allhouse cleans when the house gets out of control. We are very proud of the recent improvements to the chapter house and want to see the house around for a very long time so one day we can come back and contribute to it as alumni.

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During the spring semester we will have two great opportunities for you to come by and visit the house. Our first event will be the Founders Day Dinner on March 23rd this will be a Formal dinner at 5 pm. We hope to make this an annual tradition throughout the years. If you are unable to make the Founders Day Dinner and would still like to come by and visit we will be hosting Turtle Derby on April 21st during Mom’s Weekend this year which would be another great time to stop by. These will be a great opportunities for you to meet the actives of the chapter. We would like to show off our chapter to all of our alumni and showcase what it has become over the years After the Founders Day Dinner we will be performing the appropriate Legionnaire Ceremonies for Silver, Gold, and Palladian alumni. If you plan on attending our Founder Day Dinner Please RSVP by March 1st by contacting Mark Gamel at 208-401-5445.

“F OUNDERS D AY D INNER ON M ARCH 23, 54 TH ANNUAL
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Chapter current has one of the best plans in the nation. The third category is Support from both alumni and member engagement. By 2020 it is nationals goal to have 1000 Chapter Advisor Board Members. That would translate into roughly 5 per Chapter, we currently have 6 in our chapter. The fourth category is Communication which is promoting our values to members, potential members, and stakeholders of Phi Delta Theta. The best way we are working to achieve this is to become increasingly more external on campus. Last week we wore letters to our Vandal Basketball game vs Utah State and supported our team. The fifth initiative is Capacity through this we are trying to acquire the best people to represent us at the General Headquarters. The last Strategic Initiative is Funding. Through funding nationals hopes to generate $20 million by 2020 and continue to raise $2 million per year after that as a constant revenue source. With your support in 8 years, by 2020 all of these goals will be attained.

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President: Ian White-360-520-3013 whit7306@vandals.uidaho.edu Alumni Relations: Mark Gamel-208401-5445 game9400@vandals.uidaho.edu Chapter Advisor: Dick Reilly-208-8637685 rreilly@freepointcommodities.com Pi North Province President: Moe Stephens 253 241 4322 mstephens@pugetsound.edu

Phi Delta Theta 804 Elm Street PO Box 3046 Moscow, Idaho 83843

uidaho.phideltatheta.org

If you know of anyone who is going to be heading off to college soon and would make a good addition to our Chapter give us a call. We are always looking for new pledges.

ONE MAN IS NO MAN

O UR S TAR P HIKEIA , D RADIN K REFT
Hello my name is Dradin Kreft and I am a Phikeia at the Idaho Alpha chapter of Phi Delta Theta. I am from Edmonds, Washington which is a town close to the Puget Sound about 15 miles north of Seattle. When it came to deciding where I wanted to go to college, I had a few criteria for the University to meet my needs. There needed to be an established Greek system, because rushing into a fraternity was something that I really wanted to be a part of. Also the University needed to have my major, and other options for me to possibly switch throughout my years there. I toured 10 schools in California, 8 on the east coast, and most of the schools around Washington. After visiting the University of Idaho and spending one night with Phi Delta Theta, I was pretty set and knew that this was the place for me to spend my next four years growing into manhood. Phi Delta Theta members really attempted to stay in contact with me after Vandal Friday and also were extremely inviting during rush week which is what kept me coming back. After one semester at Phi Delta Theta and the University of Idaho, I know this is the best choice I could have made and that my future is bright and will be supported by life long brothers. As for that bright future, I’m looking to complete a degree in Nutrition, and then apply for and hopefully get into University of Washington Pharmaceutical school. After graduate school I plan to settle down in the Seattle area, or even California somewhere and practice Pharmacy. Proud to be a Phikeia.

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