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Undergrads Launch New Website

Dear Alumni,

As of now we have developed a new Theta Chi, Eta Omega website [for the undergraduate chapter]! It will soon become the active chapter’s direct means of communication while providing new updates and important Theta Chi events that brothers are holding.  In addition, there are also two sections on the website for alumni and active brothers to sign up and be recognized as Eta Omega. I strongly encourage all alumni to sign up and register. Check out our new website and do so at www.chicostatethetachi.com

Sincerely,
Keith May-Davis (Alumni Relations)

P.S. The old chapter website (csuchico.edu/tc) is currently still up also, but we’re working with the university to redirect it to the new site.

OX Giants Game #28 – Come see the World Champions!

Hey Guys,

It’s once again time for  the OX Giants Game!!!! This our 28th straight year and  we’re  18-9! This time, for the first time EVER we will be watching the WORLD  CHAMPION SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS! Can you believe it?

Game: Giants  versus Oakland A’s
Date: Friday, May 20
Seat Location: LF Bleachers section 137.
Party Time: 5:00 PM
Game  Time: 7:15
Where: Probably  Parking Lot D (view map)
What: Beer and peanuts provided.  BBQ available for use. (bring our ownmeat)
Cost: $45/ticket.

I only purchased 25 tickets so if you  want a guaranteed ticket, get your $$ in now. First come first  served.

Pay via PayPal ($45) – use e-mail address joethejet@iwon.com
Pay by Check ($45) – email me for my mailing address; or my phone number is: (925)  846-2903

Of course many in  the crowd will be charter members of Eta Omega, and there  are always guys there from every era.  Call some guys who you haven’t seen for awhile and make it a pledge class  reunion. Guaranteed to be a  good time and you never know who you’re going to see. Even if you’re not a baseball fan, you’ll  have fun. Hope life is  treating you all well. If you see someone who’s not on the list, but you think would be interested,  please forward.

Stay in  touch,
Joe

Eta Omega Golf Tournament 2011

Dear Theta Chi Supporters and Potential Attendies,

Theta Chi Fraternity at California State University, Chico is hosting its 3rd Annual Theta Chi Fundraising Golf Tournament. Our second annual tournament was a huge success grossing about $10,000, which aided our fraternity in house maintanence and special events.

The tournament will include a round of 18 holes of golf, multiple contests on the course, a silent auction and catered tri-trip dinner following the tournament. The event will take place at the beautiful Tuscan Ridge Country Club in Paradise, California on May 14th, 2011 (click to sign up).

Our fraternity strives to achieve success academically, socially, and as well as in the community in which we live. We have participated in many philanthropic events such as Up ‘til Dawn, on-campus blood drives, and by winning the “Greek Week” title two years in a row. We are the largest fraternity on campus and make every effort to be leaders in the community.

We would greatly appreciate your participation in this event. The last tournament was not only a huge success financially, but it was extremely enjoyable as well. It will be a great opportunity to enjoy an all day outing with “brothers” and family and also support a cause that can affect everyone. This in turn will also be a great opportunity for our fraternity to show its supporters that we are a positive influence in the community.

We are also looking for sponsors and donors to help fund our tournament by donating either money or prizes for the raffle. For $50, your company’s name and logo will be put on a professionally made sign, which will be on display at a tee box for everyone to see. For $200, your sign can be displayed on every cart plus a sign on a tee box. For local businesses, we are also offering advertising space on our fraternity house, which is on the corner of 5th and Ivy in downtown Chico. We would appreciate any type of contribution possible. Thank you for taking the time to consider participating or sponsoring our tournament and we hope to see you out there.

Event Details & Registration: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/740993331

Sincerely,
Bryce Fennell
Head Tournament Director
bfennal@mail.csuchico.edu
Cell: 949-291-1932

Brian Robinson
Assistant Tournament Director
brobinson16@mail.csuchico.edu
Cell: 925-337-1989

Theta Chi Alumni Harvest Wine-Tasting Event in San Francisco

Dear Brother:

On behalf of the Beta Alpha Alumni Ass’n, just wanted to give you a heads-up re: the following event in NorCal:

UCLA Theta Chi Harvest Wine-Tasting Event:

The Beta Alpha Alumni Association is planning its first alumni event in the Northern California-area! On Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 3-6:00 p.m., the Alumni Ass’n will be hosting a Harvest Wine-Tasting at Fine Wines International, located at Pier 19, The Embarcadero, San Francisco. Spouses and significant others are encouraged to attend.

Please use this link to find the pdf version of the invitation: http://www.bruinthetachi.com/?events. Please note that rsvp’ing to the UCLA Theta Chi Facebook page is not sufficient to rsvp for this event. You will need to actually rsvp per the instructions in this link.

Fine Wines International is owned and operated by Justin Grover ’92. His website is www.vinrare.com. Hope to see you all there!

Fraternally,

Scott P. Sutherland
Treasurer, Beta Alpha Alumni Ass’n
www.bruinthetachi.com
www.bruinthetachi.com/facebook

Chico State, Greek System, and Eta Omega Quick Facts

Below is an excerpt from some “research” the alumni and undergrads did in 2009, regarding the fraternity house, and Greek Life at Chico State. The research was not scientific, and many of the numbers here are just estimates…but it’s still an interesting snapshot of the overall student population, the Greek population, and some key stats about Theta Chi / Eta Omega:

CSU Chico:

  • How many students are enrolled in the University/College?
    • Male: 7,000
    • Female: 8,000
  • How many students of the one’s enrolled our commuters?
    • Male: 500
    • Female: 500
  • How many students can be accommodated in University dormitories?
    • Male: 950
    • Female: 950
  • How many students are occupying dormitories this year?
    • Male: 800
    • Female: 850
  • How many people can be accommodated in private apartments or boarding houses within two miles of campus? 12,000
  • How many students are occupying these apartments or boarding houses this school year? 11,000

Greek System:

  • Number of national sororities on campus: 5
    • have houses: 5
    • average membership: 100
    • average capacity of houses: 13
    • average occupancy: 13
    • List: Alpha Phi, Alpha Delta Pi, Sigma Kappa, Gamma Phi Beta, Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Number of national fraternities on campus: 11
    • have houses: 10
    • average membership: 30
    • average capacity of houses: 11
    • average occupancy: 10
    • List: Theta Chi, Sigma Chi, Delta Chi, Phi Kappa Tau, Alpha Gamma Rho, Phi Delta Theta, Beta Theta Pi, Gamma Zeta Alpha, Sigma Nu, Sigma Pi, Lambda Pi

Theta Chi / Eta Omega Undergraduates:

  • Undergraduate chapter membership as of April 10 of each year:
    • 2009: 53+
      • Senior/Graduate Students 4
      • Senior 4
      • Junior 22
      • Sophomore 23
      • Freshman: 0
    • 2008: 50
    • 2007: 70
    • 2006: 40
    • 2005: 30
  • Pledges/new members in 2009: 23
  • Pledges/new members anticipated in 2010? 30
  • Percentage 2008’s pledges/new members initiated: 91%
  • Most recent chapter GPA: 2.6 (par with CSU Chico Men’s average)

Theta Chi / Eta Omega Alumni:

  • Year chapter chartered: 1982
  • Number of alumni: 700+
  • Number of alumni with good addresses: 350+
  • Date of incorporation: April 17, 1983
  • Number of years the current house has been used by the chapter: 25

Eta Omega Chapter House:

  • Year Built: 1895
  • Number of buildings: 2
  • Number of Rooms: 15
  • Number of Beds: 18
  • Number of parking spaces: 13′
  • Total square footage of land: 13,609 square feet
  • Approximate dimensions of land: 247’ x 55’
  • How many people does the occupancy permit allow to live in the building? 19 (17 in main house; 2 in back cottage)
  • Proximity to the University: 4 blocks (.4 mi)
  • Based on total available bed spaces, how many bed spaces have been filled over the past 5 years (total – as of the end of the first semester each year)?
    • 2009: 17
    • 2008: 17
    • 2007: 16
    • 2006: 17
    • 2005: 15
  • Read more about the chapter house…

Theta Chi Goes Digital With The Spring Edition of the Rattle

From Theta Chi International Headquarters, regarding the Spring 2010 edition of the Rattle

“Dear brother:

In late 1991, the Grand Chapter of our Fraternity transferred ownership of The Rattle to Theta Chi Funds for Leadership and Education, Inc. During that time, print copies of The Rattle were mailed to all undergraduate members of the Fraternity, as well as all alumni for three years after graduation from college, and any donors benefitting either the Grand Chapter or the Fraternity’s public foundation.

In 2008, the Foundation Chapter decided to transfer ownership of The Rattle back to the Grand Chapter. In order to make the best use of our Fraternity’s limited resources, the Grand Chapter has decided to switch publication of our magazine to an online format.

Inside this issue:

  • A special message from National President Doug Allen
  • Brother Jim Haworth joins the Sears Holdings Corp. as executive vice president
  • Theta Chi celebrates three installations this semester, and recognizes eight new colonies and interest groups
  • An Eta Kappa alumnus is honored for heroism in Afghanistan
  • Alumni and chapter news updates from around the Fraternity
  • Alumni features, International Headquarters updates, and much more!

The Rattle is provided electronically to all undergraduate and alumnus members of Theta Chi chapters, colonies and interest groups.

Print editions are provided to all active contributors to the Grand Chapter and/or the Foundation Chapter, volunteers of the Fraternity, and undergraduate chapters.

To view the Spring 2010 edition, click here.”

27th Annual SF Giants Game Re-Cap (We’re 18-9!)

by Joe Silva

It was a smaller group than usual for the 27th Annual Eta Omega Alumni Giants Game, but it was a beautiful day and a great 6-1 win for the Giants over the Rockies (yes, they actually scored runs that day). We got together in Lot D before the game and put down a variety of brews, ate some delicious sandwiches cooked up by brother Vince (Salame) Licata, ate chips and peanuts, and BS’ed for awhile. Got into the game in the second inning (a record time) and sat in the Upper box seats, row 1. Nice view of the park and the bay from up there.

After watching the Giants crush the Rocks, many of us returned to the lot to quaff another beer, or a water for those driving, and wait for the traffic to die down. An awesome day all around that saw us push our OX record at the Giants game to 18-9!

Make Money for Eta Omega by Shopping Online

Register for the Eta Omega Fundraising Mall and start making your online purchases through this portal. A percentage of each sale goes to Eta Omega. It’s an easy way to contribute to the fraternity’s fundraising efforts. This online mall has thousands of stores to buy from, like Overstock.com, Restaurant.com, and AceHardware.com.

http://etaomega.frmall.org/

Brother Poul Willerup (F’89) works for the ‘Fundraising Network Mall’  – the startup company that makes this possible.

New Study Shows Benefits of Joining a Fraternity vs. Not Being Affiliated

The Case for Fraternity Rights

Between 2007 and 2009, 5,697 male college students participated in an independent research study concerning their growth, learning, and development. Those sampled represent fraternity members, as well as unaffiliated men. The result, and the differences, are startling.

Independent research complied by the University Learning Outcomes Assessment (UniLOA) has recently presented valuable data concerning the impact of fraternity membership on student growth and performance. These findings reveal telling results surrounding several previously questioned areas of the student experience.

Common threads gleaned from this extensive research have helped NIC better address many of the ongoing points of contention between its members and those who cast dispersions and create misinformation surrounding the importance and impact of fraternity life to both students and communities at large.

Learn more at: http://nicindy.org/fraternityrights/about/

Successful Alumni / Father's Weekend and Golf Tournament in Chico

by John Wenger

Brothers,

I am happy to report that Alumni Weekend / Fathers Weekend went off without a hitch. Everyone that came up last weekend seemed to leave town with a smile on their face. Overall Alumni Weekend brought roughly 300 Greek Alumni into town (not sure how many Theta Chi) and everyone seemed to have a blast.

Friday night the bars were packed, lines were long and drinks were flowing. Our fraternity house (surprisingly) stayed relatively quite during the night time with the occasional alumnus stopping by to take a look at the re-model.

Saturday the Active Chapter threw a Golf Tournament that included roughly 80 players in the field. Most of the field consisted of actives and their fathers, however, there were a handful of alumni participating as well. The tournament was a blast, the food was awesome, and the prizes for the raffle seemed to never stop! I encourage all alumni to try and participate in the tournament next year; you won’t be dissapointed. After the tournament the actives threw a party on 7th and Chesnut that included 5 to 6 beer pong tables, an open bar and Peter Smith running around trying to “Boat Race” everybody in the joint!

I’m sure a lot of alumni like myself, left Sunday feeling a little sub-par, but I’m sure everyone that attended will be back for more next year!

by Danny Kelchner

This past weekend, on May 1, we put on a Golf Tournament whose participants consisted of undergraduate brothers, their fathers and some alumni who were up in Chico for alumni weekend. Everyone enjoyed a day off golf at Tuscan Ridge golf course located off skyway. They were nice enough deal with us while everyone was drinking and having a great day of golf with their Dads or old friends. After everyone was done with their 18 holes we all met up for dinner and a Raffle of roughly 30 donated items (including a bicycle, a swiss army watch, gift cards, and more). Through everyone’s participation we raised $4,500 – a portion of which goes to Chico Green School. The event was not only a success but a blast for everyone who participated. We are already looking forward to doing the same thing next year and i hope you all will make the trip up and participate.