2nd & 3rd Floors and Exterior Remodel Complete

7 years ago, in 2007, we started this house remodel project with the back cottage (photos), then in 2009 we did the main house’s 1st floor interior (“Phase 1” photos). And in the Summer of 2014 we completed the 2nd and 3rd floors and exterior remodel (“Phase 2”). This 110+ year old house now looks better than it has since we have occupied it.

We used loan funds to complete the Phase 1 remodel, and after we paid off one of the two loans we took out for that project we began the process of refinancing our primary mortgage to fun Phase 2. In June, 2014 the work began (led by General Contractor, John Bakke of Chico Home Improvement, and our Alumni Project Manager, Tom Hyatt). It was completed by end of August in time for undergrads to move in for the Fall semester.

The floor plan on the 2nd and 3rd floors (attic) has completely changed. For example, rather than than some bedrooms having their own bathrooms, everyone on the 2nd floor shares one main bathroom (4 sinks, 3 showers) and one half bath. Also there is a good sized ‘living room’ on the 2nd floor now, looking out toward 5th street.

630 W 5th St - August, 2014
630 W 5th St – August, 2014 (as construction was finishing; letters added later)

Chapter Exceeds All IFC, All Mens, All Undergraduate GPA’s

Congratulations to our undergraduates who were honored with some scholastic recognition from the University recently:

I am pleased to inform you that Theta Chi earned a 2.737 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) for spring 2012. In so doing, your chapter has exceeded the Following GPAS during the spring 2012 semester:

GPA Statistics for Spring 2012

  1. All IFC Chapter GPA: 2.659
  2. All Men’s Undergraduate GPA: 2.59
  3. All Undergraduate GPA: 2.70

The full letter, from the Student Activities department of the University is below.

30th Anniversary House Tours and Happy Hour – Saturday, April 28

For brothers coming up to Chico this weekend for alumni weekend (and Riley’s alumni weekend), we’re putting on a little event to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the installation of Eta Omega at CSU, Chico.

The Alumni Corporation will be hosting all brothers and family at the House at 7:00pm this Saturday (April 28) – that’s 630 West 5th street, Chico, CA. There will be pizza and soda, followed by a house tour highlighting the recent improvements and future plans for the house.

Afterward we will head across the street to take over Riley’s where starting at 8:30pm a tab will be opened for alumni and actives 21+, where drinks and tip will be covered for as many rounds as the budget allows.

A couple of things to note about this weekend:

  • There is to be NO alcohol consumed at the house. This is grounds for Eta Omega to be kicked off campus, and there is a zero tolerance policy by us or by campus PD if there is booze in the house.
  • It is also Father’s Weekend for the undergrads, so not every older person at the house will be a brother. Act responsibly.

Other than that, let’s have fun and I hope to see you all up there shortly!


Andrew Chalmers

30th Anniversary* Alumni Weekend is April 27-29!

As recently “discussed” in the Eta Omega Facebook group:

Steve Rainwater:
Alumni Weekend – 30 year Anniversary of Eta Omega!! April 27th-29th!

Joe Silva:
Um, that’s not really the 30 year. That wouldn’t be until November

Bill Logsdon:
Actually – that would be the 31st anniversary of the first pledge class being initiated!

So, is it’s actually Eta Omega’s 30th? Maybe not exactly…but Rileys is celebrating that weekend, so let’s say it is. The Eta Omega Alumni Corporation may also be sponsoring a little event, so book your room now and stay tuned for details.

OX Giants Game #29 – Friday, June 1

[From Brother Joe Silva]

Hey Guys,

It’s once again time for the OX Giants Game!!!! This our 29th straight year and we’re 19-9! We had a great time last year and even ran into an active at the game.

  • Game: Giants versus Cubs
  • Date: Friday, June 1
  • Seat Location: LF Bleachers section 137. (Same as last year but closer to the field)
  • Party Time: 5:00 PM
  • Game Time: 7:15
  • Where: Probably Parking Lot D (map)
  • What: Beer and peanuts provided. BBQ available for use. (bring our own meat)
  • 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 a while 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,

Eta Omega in the News, November 2011

The Orion published a couple stories this month featuring Theta Chi, Eta Omega brothers…

Demonstrators take on violence in nighttime silence
“Between 200 and 300 people walked in silence Thursday night to spread awareness for those that don’t have a voice – women who have been raped or assaulted.” Read the article…

GREEK SPEAK >> Theta Chi (by Alan Barbour)
Greek Speak features a different voice from a member of Chico State’s Greek community each week. Read the article…

Eta Omega Takes 2nd in Greek Week, 1st in Talent Show

From the undergrad president, Sammy Runco:

“We had Greek Week a few weeks back and unfortunately we fell short with a close 2nd behind Sigma Kappa, but older brothers were saying it was the best Greek Week they have seen because we had such great attendance. Our talent show was hilarious and the girls went crazy the entire time – we won this event.”

Prepping for Fall recruitment. New porch paint job.

The guys in Chico are busy getting ready for Fall Rush…I mean, uh “recruitment.” They just sent us this photo of the front of the house…which they just spruced up with a brand new porch paint job (in Military Red, of course).

If you’re thinking the house doesn’t exactly look like it’s been remodeled, that’s because the exterior still hasn’t. We’re still raising funds for the 2nd phase of the remodel, which will include the 2nd floor, attic, and exterior. The 1st floor and cottage have already been completed.

630 w 5th St., Chico

3rd Annual Theta Chi Golf Tournament Scheduled

Dear Theta Chi Alumni,

Theta Chi Fraternity at California State University, Chico is hosting its 3rd Annual Theta Chi Charity Golf Tournament. Our first two tournaments were a huge success raising a significant amount of money that went in part to help support local charities. In our first year we were able to make a generous donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Chico, and in our second year we were able to make a donation to Chico Green School. This year in order to build a stronger Chapter we will be utilizing our golf tournament earnings to send members of our fraternity to a National Leadership Conference.

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

We are looking for sponsors and donors to help fund our tournament by donating either money or prizes for the check-in bags, raffle, and silent auction. 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. We would appreciate any type of contribution you may be able to provide.

Our fraternity strives to achieve success academically, socially, and within our local community. Over the years we have participated in many philanthropic events such as Up ‘til Dawn to help fund cancer research, on-campus blood drives, and by winning the “Greek Week” title two years in a row recently. We are the largest fraternity on campus, and make every effort to be leaders in the community. We hope that you will consider helping this years tournament be the best one yet.

Thank you for taking the time to consider sponsoring (or donating to) our tournament.


Brian Robinson
Tournament Director