Alumni Newsletter 2012

  1. Message from the Alumni Predient
  2. Message from the Chapter President
  3. The State of the House
  4. Fundraising: “Your Money or Your Time”
  5. Upcoming Regional and National Events
  6. Upcoming Eta Omega Events
  7. Bro News
  8. Your Alumni Board: Present and Future
  9. Keep in Touch

Message from the Alumni President

Tom Hyat at an important speaking engagement (aka: karaoke)


It’s been another great year for Theta Chi, Eta Omega. The Chapter has continued to thrive in Chico and we are still the Top Fraternity on the Chico State Campus. For the last two years, the Chapter fulfilled their commitment to “fill” the house with 18 paying tenants. As a little incentive and reward, we installed a little “upgrade” in the house. You’ll have to go visit to see what it was.

The Alumni Board of Directors has also continued to gain ground and build upon the prior years’ successes. We do have board positions that need to be filled by motivated brothers (See Below). Our financial foundation is solid and we are in the process of evaluating the feasibility of the Phase 2 house remodel. In fact, our newest appraisal values the property and houses at $950,000; even in today’s economy. Fortunately, Chico remains semi-isolated from the housing debacle and has not been hit as hard as other areas in California. It just goes to show you, Chico is a great town with a sturdy economy.

The Alumni Board of Directors is always looking for volunteers and there are many ways you can help without leaving your home. We also need donations and you can do this simply by joining the 1981 Club Monthly Donation Plan (more info below). Get involved and remember, Theta Chi for Life!

[Tom wrote this before he announced he was stepping down from hist position as Alumni Board president. See below for details.]


Brother Tom Hyatt, F’93
Alumni President

Message from the Chapter President


This year has been a great year for the Eta Omega Chapter here at Chico State. Theta Chi continues to have a strong presence on campus with 70 active members. This semester we took in a pledge class of 12 freshman. We have built great relationships on campus with the Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE) and the Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center (CADEC) to help promote good relationships with our University. We have held multiple events with CADEC including a Halloween weekend water handout to help keep students safe and hydrated. Also, our chapter has held Friday cleanups as a part of Community Service to clean up the streets around us.

The past two years we have won the “Greek Cup” which goes to the Chico Fraternity that performs the best in all sports. I’m happy to say that we are currently in first place with a returning Championship basketball and softball team to still play this semester. Finally, this year Theta Chi National has awarded our Chapter with the Phil S. Randall Success in Recruitment Award which is presented to chapters that initiate 25 or more new members during the previous academic year.

Our Chapter is as strong as ever and motivated to continue to carry on the traditions of Eta Omega and continue to be an example of excellence among the community and university. A few choice recent events:

  • Halloween grab a date “Monster Mash” – The Chapter used our fraternity house as a Venue with tight security to manage risk and used hosted an awesome social with Alpha Delta Pi.
  • Theta Chi had another successful “My tie” theme where every brother put a tie in a box and brought it to the sorority house where every girl grabbed a tie and found their date for a memorable social.
  • Last semester the active Chapter sold “We Love College” shirts with an OX incorporated into the word College. They sold these T-Shirts and Theta Chi “livestrong” style bracelets to all sororities and was a huge hit.


Sam Runco
Chapter President

The State of the House

The House, Spring 2012

Our House at 630 w 5th St is in much better shape now than it was just a few years ago (see 1st floor remodel photos from 2009), but it’s still only half remodeled. Our major goal continues to be to raise funds to pay for the 2nd phase remodel – which could potentially happen in 2013 or 2014 if undergrads keep fill the house with renters each year and if collections rates of rent/dues remain high. The next remodel phase will include a total overhaul of the interior of the 2nd floor and attic – including the addition of a 2nd floor living room and commercial quality bathrooms. An exterior renovation would be nice, too, and if we can raise enough funds we will include that in Phase 2 as well – but our top priority is improving the interior living conditions, energy efficiency, and safety of the House.

This year the House is full of rent-paying brothers, which keeps cash flow positive, and allows us to stay focused on this remodel plan. Another lease year is starting soon, though (June, 2011), which means we have to get another 18 guys to sign leases ASAP, and stay in the black into 2012/2013. The undergraduate brothers have a number of options when it comes to living near campus, and that’s one big reason we’re working to make the Fraternity House nicer – to make it a more appealing option. In addition to making it a more desirable place to live, renovations will make the House a place that Alumni want to visit, a place that all Brothers want to hang out in, and maybe even someday a place that doesn’t make parents cringe.

Early estimates of the total cost of the 2nd phase remodel are between $200k and $400k. The more we can put down on a loan the better, but we’ll definitely need at least 20%. The 1856 Club monthly donation plan alone has gotten us $12,000 closer to a down payment on that loan, and if you sign up we’ll get there even faster.

Jeremy Reither, F’95
Alumni Treasurer

Fundraising: “Your money or your time”

This is what Eta Omega needs from you. Plain and simple.

We need your help.

We have completed the first phase of the house renovation and are gearing up for the second phase. This will complete the house renovation and make 630 West 5th Street the only house on campus specifically designed for the needs of a fraternity. The first ever on the Chico State campus. This will further ensure that Theta Chi is a permanent fixture on campus for generations to come.

This future is not certain.

If you cannot give time to the chapter then you have the option to donate money . Help secure your legacy at Chico. Here are your options:

  1. Join the “1981 CLUB” by pledging a recurring donation of $19.81 per month (in honor of the founding of the chapter in 1981):
  2. Make a Tax-Deductible Check Payable through CSU Chico
    Write on the memo line: THETA CHI
    Mail your donation to:
    University Development
    CSU, Chico
    Chico, CA 95929-0240
    Please let us know ( if you send a payment to the university, as we don’t automatically get notified.

Theta Chi for life.

Ed Stone F’89
Alumni Fundraising Chairman

Upcoming Regional and National Events

Upcoming Eta Omega Events

29th Annual SF Giants Game: On May 20 last year, about 25 alumni gathered at AT&T park to tailgate and watch the SF Giants beat the A’s 2-1 with a run in the 10th inning. This was the 28th annual OX Giants game organized by Joe Silva. For details about the 29th annual 2012 game, including how to buy tickets from Joe, click here.

Riley’s Alumni Weekend (April 28, 2012): It’s is right around the corner. As most of you know we are celebrating our 30th Anniversary of the Eta Omega chapter this year. The Alumni Board will be hosting everyone at the House at 7pm for food , drinks and house tours. After that (8pm sharp) the group will walk over to a local watering hole (show up to find out which one) for a few rounds of drinks on us (the Alumni Corp). We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Hiddenbrooke Golf Course

1st Annual Golf Invitational (September 28, 2012 – Hiddenbrooke Golf Club, Vallejo, CA): The stage is set and this beautiful venue has been booked for US. Save the date and commit to locking this epic and long overdue Alumni event into your calendars. Alumni brothers, it’s time to connect with new, reconnect with old, and kick off an annual event that will undoubtedly create fresh stories and friendships in pure Eta Omega fashion. I assure you, this is one you won’t want to miss! RSVP on Facebook.

Bro News

The "Hula Tribe" Tough Mudder team

Big year for Paul Weinrauch (S’95) who got remarried on 11-1-11 to Danielle Weinrauch, and now has two stepdaughters 15 and 20. He also started a new job with Byram Healthcare in December.

Seven brothers from the 1990’s and 2000’s (Matt Zipse, Jeremy Reither, Bill Hu, Chris Perry, Josh Wolcott, and Kevin Brooks) did the Tough Mudder endurance event in Squaw Valley in September. 13 miles climbing the peaks and ripping it up with 6,000 other athletes. Most of them were on the “Hula Tribe” team with 23 total members. Watch their video on YouTube.

Jose & Allison Nunez

Bother Jose Nunez got married to Allison Renee Nunez on July 2, 2011.

Brother Matt Zipse (Spring 06′) received a promotion in his company and is moving to Denver in February.

Mike Dunbar (S’93) and family had a baby girl Giants fan, Madison B. Dunbar, born August 15th 2011. That makes 3 kids so far for the Dunbars, 2 girls and a boy.

Chris Boden

Brother Chris Boden and his wife Sarah welcomed their first child into the world this year. Congrats on the new baby girl Chris.

Scott & Eva Sederholm

A tribute to Scott Sederholm: Brother Scott Sederholm (Fall ’95) left us unexpectedly at the young age of 34. He had a beautiful heart and an infectious personality that he shared easily with family, friends and coworkers; his smile lit up the room. Scott enjoyed spending time with loved ones, had a deep appreciation for music, and liked the challenge of a good crossword puzzle. Scott was born in Santa Rosa and attended Strawberry Elementary, Slater Jr. High and Montgomery High School (Class of ’95). He joined Eta Omega as a freshman and was a very active brother throughout his time in Chico, holding multiple elected positions and playing on several sports teams. Those of us who spent time with him in Chico and the years after graduation know he was one of the most likable men you ever met. Most recently he worked for the Sonoma County Juvenile Hall as a Correctional Counselor – he always had a special way of connecting with young people. Scott will be dearly missed by those of us who knew him best; his beloved wife of only six months, Eva; their pets, Chuy and Buddy; mother, Linda; father, Dave; brother, Joe (wife Jenny; children Stella and Colby).

Your Alumni Board: Present and Future

Current Alumni Board of Directors

  • President – Tom Hyatt (Fall ‘93)
  • Vice President – Peter Smith (Fall ‘04)
  • Treasurer – Jeremy Reither (Fall ‘95)
  • Fundraising – Ed Stone (Fall ‘89)
  • Secretary / PR – John Wenger (Spring ‘06)
  • Chapter Relations – Andrew Chalmers (Spring ‘07)

Tom Hyatt and Ed Stone Stepping Down

The Alumni Board and entire Eta Omega Chapter would like to thank Tom Hyatt for his commitment to the preservation of our great chapter. For the past 8 years Tom has built a strong Alumni organization through hard work and leadership as our Alumni President. Tom has been an intricate part of our on-going remodel of the chapter house, including having personally installed a new bathroom himself a few years ago. Tom will continue to be a big part of Eta Omega, but has chosen to step down to focus on his kids, wife, and growing business. We all would like to wish Tom all the best. Thanks for all your hard work Tom!

Our current positive financial state would also not be possible without the hard work and dedication by brother Ed Stone. Ed took over fundraising responsibilities a couple years ago and helped bring in much needed funding for the chapter and the remodel, through the implementation of the 1981 Club monthly donation program. Ed will also be stepping down to focus on other personal priorities, so we wish Ed all the best and thank him for all his help in creating a financially viable Alumni Corp.

We Need Volunteers

The Alumni Board of is looking for motivated volunteers! Taking a position on the Alumni Board is great opportunity to reconnect with brothers, Theta Chi International, and the school, to help run a million-dollar-per-year non-profit organization, and to give back to the chapter than changed your life.

The obligations include one conference per quarter, a 2-year commitment, and whatever responsibilities you are willing to take on. If you’re interested and dedicated we’ll find a role for you. Send us an email if you want to nominate yourself or someone else:

Keep in touch

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.”

Upcoming Events for Theta Chi, Eta Omega

The latest email newsletter went out today, with a list of upcoming events for Spring and Summer 2010. View the newsletter online.

If you’re an Eta Omega active or alumnus, and you didn’t get today’s newsletter it means you’re not in the alumni board’s contact database. Contact us to ensure you get on the mailing list for future newsletters.

Photos from the Spring '10 Theta Chi MYLC in Chico

As we mentioned before, Eta Omega was chosen to host the Spring 2010 Theta Chi Mid Year Leadership Challenge in Chico. Brothers came from all over the country. Our guys entertained the group, and helped organize the activities. Here are a few photos from the weekend:


FYI: the latest Eta Omega photos are always displayed over on the right side of this website (in the ‘Photos on Flickr’ box).

Eta Omega Hosts the 2010 Mid-Year Leadership Conference

by Dustin Pesch


On the weekend of February 5th and 6th the Eta Omega Chapter hosted the Theta Chi Mid-Year Leadership Conference. After many weeks of preparation and collaboration with the national chapter, we managed to host what Grand Chapter member Joe D’Amore said “was one of the best MYLCs he has attended.” Nine chapters from the Northern California region traveled to Chico to attend the conference. During their stay Eta Omega did a great job of extending a helping hand in the accommodation of our brothers from across the state and the facilitation of the conference.

The conference itself was held on Saturday February 6th from 9 am to 6 pm. During this time various exercises were conducted to access the strengths and weaknesses that each chapter had. At the end of the conference each chapter was required to meet privately with faculty from the National Chapter. During the brief session we were able to identify our own strengths and weaknesses. As of today Eta Omega excels in recruitment, social public relations, relations with campus, and inter-fraternal competition. However there are a few things the chapter can improve on in order to achieve our full potential. The National Chapter would like to see changes made to the pledge program, something they are working on with most chapters. They also expect Eta Omega to update its scholarship program. The chapter exec and officers are now working to implement these changes to the way we do these things. Once these changes have been made the chapter will be closer to an Altar Award.

Another serious issue brought up at the meeting was the condition and preservation of the fraternity house. As many of you know the first floor was remodeled after we received a $400,000 dollar loan. If we expect to finish the rest of the house the chapter must respectfully maintain the condition of the house and excel in operations. As a chapter we have the man power and drive to meet these challenges and continue to strive for excellence. With active collaboration between the alumni and undergraduate chapter, Eta Omega has potential to one of the finest chapters Theta Chi has to offer.


Dustin Pesch

Undergraduate President

Theta Chi; Eta Omega Chapter

Need Alumni Volunteers for Mid-Year Alumni Conference in Stockton

The Mid-Year Alumni Conference is being held in Stockton on February 21. It’s a half-day event that involves round-table style discussion with other alumni (of all ages) from all Nor Cal chapters.

We need one or two volunteers to go! As soon as we get a volunteer we’ll update this page and let you know. Right now we’re still looking.

If you can spare a few hours of your Saturday, please…

Register to Attend

We’ll even reimburse your $20 registration fee. Just contact us to let us know you registered.

Chico Updates from the Alum VP

Eta Omega Chapter President, Adam Shea and Andrew Chalmers attend the 15th Annual B. Nelson Deranian Presidents Conference (DPC) for chapter, colony, and interest group leaders will in Indianapolis. Their flights apparently sucked but they had a good time anyway (even though they couldn’t find any Alpha Phi’s to party with).

When it was all said and done, they both learned many new best practices that help create and maintain successful chapters across the nation. Andrew later said, “I was fortunate enough to see Jereme Grinsdale at the goodbye dinner … he is excited to see what we have in store and he touched on what the chapter also needs to be on track for to be considered for the loan… GRADES.  Last semester we were above our required average for the school and our pledge class had the highest GPA among the other fraternities.” Keep those grades in check gentleman!

The Chico State campus has had some recent news as well:

So do kids still go to the flumes, or tube down the river, or sneak into Dime Bag Willie’s house…?

Willie Shoffner
Alumni Board / Vice President

January 2009 Alumni Newsletter

You should have received a copy of this e-mail newsletter on 1/30/2009. If not it means we don’t have your current e-mail address – so send it to us and get on the mailing list for future newsletters.

Eta Omega Alumni Update – Jan 2009

We’re Going Big 

Here it is – your annual e-newsletter, with updates from all the key players in the Eta Omega Alumni Board, the Active Exec, and “members at large.” Catch up on 2008, then tune in and chip in for a huge 2009. Continue reading “January 2009 Alumni Newsletter”

Flights Needed for National Leadership Conference

1 Down…1 to Go. Chapter founder, Mark Geenen, booked current chapter President Adam Shea a flight to Indianapolis for the 152nd Anniversary National Leadership Conference.

We’re still looking to the rest of the alumni to help chapter Vice President, CJ Scott, get on the same flight. The two undergrads – Adam and CJ – have volunteered to attend the conference this year. In the past alumni have done what they could to share the cost of the trip.

If you can offer United miles or can book the flight directly, please contact us.