This weekend Chi Phi celebrates its 150th anniversary as a Hobart fraternity. The current brotherhood, which makes up Chi Phi’s Upsilon Chapter, will commemorate its founding in 1860 by hosting a variety of events throughout the three-day celebration. The brothers expect several alumni to come back to campus and take part in the festivities, as well as members of its Grand Council, part of its national governing body.
On Friday, Oct. 15, Chi Phi will welcome those returning to campus at their house, 573 South Main St., for a party to kick off the weekend. Old friends will be given the opportunity to reconnect as well as meet the current brothers at an opening reception prior to the evening’s festivities. A party to celebrate the founding of the Upsilon Chapter is slated to begin at 10 p.m., with DJ John Varrone ’12 providing music for brothers and the campus alike to dance to.
Saturday, Oct. 16, visitors will be offered tours of the house and campus beginning at 9 a.m. Later that afternoon, there will also be mini-college sessions for alums to relive the classroom experience. Join Chi Phi advisor Associate Professor of Economics Jo Beth Mertens for a class on the Economics of Baseball. Learn about the role of fraternities and college in the lives of men with Hobart Dean Chip Capraro, or discuss the future of fraternities on the HWS campus with Vice President of Student Affairs Robb Flowers. Mini-college sessions will be held at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in Stern Hall.
However, the highlight of the weekend will be a semi-formal dinner dance on Saturday night in the Vandervort Room. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvers will be served before dinner. The dinner will feature keynote speaker Scott Conroe, a freelance writer well known for his writings and lectures on Greek life. Of course, the evening would not be complete without music and dancing, which will follow the banquet.
Chi Phi will wrap up the festivities on Sunday with a brunch at 9 a.m. and a 10 a.m. chapter meeting for members new and old.
The Upsilon Chapter is one of the three founding branches of Chi Phi, being officially founded in 1824. The chapter is the youngest of the three, originally called the Secret Order of Chi Phi.
Hobart’s chapter of Chi Phi has only been on campus for part of its overall history. It was present at the College for 20 years, from 1860 to 1880, but left due to the small size of the school at the time. The Upsilon Chapter returned to Hobart in 1987 and resided on Cloverleaf Drive until 1995, when it was able to move to its current house.
For more information on event times and locations, visit the event website.
In the photo above, Chi Phi brothers help to publicize the “Three Cups of Tea” community book event.