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    Greek Life Blog — blog post

    Summer Destinations Every Sister Will Love!

    Summer Destinations Every Sister Will Love!

    We know you are counting down the days until you get to be reunited with your sister back on campus, but why wait until fall to see your girls? It's time to fire up the sister group text and start planning your next vacation because we've compiled a list of some of our girls trip picks for summer 2021. 

    Boulder, Colorado - For all our outdoorsy sisters, Boulder is the perfect destination for your summer reunion. It is located just a few hours drive from the Denver International Airport, making it an ideal destination for sisters all spread throughout the country since it is centrally located. The hiking crew will be able to access more than 150 trails open to the public that are FREE! It makes for a perfect destination to unplug and spend some quality time with your sisters before the fall semester starts back up.

    • Places to stay: 
      • Embassy Suites Boulder - this hotel has a touch of local flair since it is decorated with local artist’s pieces. 
      • Hotel Boulderado - It has existed for around 100 years and is located in the heart of boulder. 
      • Boulder Adventure Lodge:  Located on seven acres of mountain terrain it is right in the middle of most of the city's outdoor activities. 
      • Basecamp Boulder - a great location for the group who wants to be close to the outdoors but also close to town. 
    • Things to do: 
      • Get a Facial at Alchemy Face Bar -  Throw in a little bit of self care into your wilderness getaway. The perfect place for a quick little pampering with your sisters after a day of hiking! 
      • Checkout the shopping at Pearl Street Mall
      • Take a tea tour at Celestial Seasoning - The tea brand comes from Boulder! So if you are looking for another break from the outdoors, check out Celestial’s headquarters. 
      • Eldorado Canyon State Park: This natural treasure is the paradise for any outdoor lover and has something for everyone in the group!
      • Fiske Planetarium - The perfect place to stargaze with your sisters and take in a different variety of their exhibits. 

    Charleston, South Carolina - No destination screams “girls trip” more than Charleston with it's vibrant historic homes just waiting for you to post on Instagram! This quaint destination can provide you the Instagram aesthetic you are looking for but also let you dive into culture. 

    • Places to stay: 
      • The Beach Club - A stunning waterfront resort located in Mt. Pleasant  just across the bridge from downtown Charleston. 
      • The Vendue - This stunning hotel blends old world elegance with southern charm. Located in the French Quarter, it surely won’t disappoint with the marble hallways and breathtaking chandeliers. 
      • Zero George Street - a boutique hotel that gives you a glimpse of the genteel history and contemporary charm the city has to offer. 
    • Things to do: 
      • Take in the culture at Gibbes Museum of Art 
      • Take a stroll through the Unitarian Church Cemetery
      • Set off on a sailboat ride with Schooner Pride, you can opt for a dolphin or sunset sail, neither will disappoint. 
      • Checkout the national historic landmark, Middleton Place! With the oldest landscaped garden in America, museums, educational tours, restaurant, and a working stable yard there is something for everyone. 

    Tulum, Mexico - Tulum is perfect for a small or large group making it a great option for a sister reunion. Tulum makes for the perfect location because it will cater to the sisters who prefer to do yoga, eating healthy, and laying by the beach, but can also cater to the sisters who like to indulge in all the foodie experiences and spend their evenings dancing. 

    • Places to stay: 
      • Be Tulum - this is for the group wanting to treat themselves. A luxurious hotel nestled in the most happening strip or town. 
      • Papaya Playa Project - The beach hotel is known for its dancing and would be ideal for the most social of sisters!
      • The Tulum Treehouse - Steps away from the beach this location offers the perfect place for a group. 
    • Things to do: 
      • Yaan Wellness Spa - the best place for you all to recharge before heading back stateside
      • Don’t forget to checkout the Mayan Ruins while in Tulum

    Brooklyn, New York - This is for all my hipster sisters who want to experience New York but don’t want to pay the Manhattan price tag. Consider meeting the girls a short walk over the bridge in the vibrant borough of Brooklyn. There will be something for everyone in the group; farmers markets, flea markets, and all the pizza your heart could desire. This location we are sure will give you countless opportunities to try out your street style and snap insta worthy photos at every corner. 

    • Places to stay: 
      • Box House Hotel - gives you the authentic Brooklyn experience
      • Hotel RL Brooklyn - a modern minimalist boutique hotel created with relaxation in mind.
      • 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge - Located on the waterfront of the Brooklyn Bridge Park, offering you views of the New York City Skyline 
    • Things to do: 
      • Snap a few insta worthy photos on the Brooklyn Bridge and then checkout all the iconic sites the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade has to offer. 
      • Take in the beautiful Brooklyn Botanic Garden
      • Checkout Williamsburg if you want something a little more trendy or head over to Park Slope for a more chill neighborhood.
      • Tom’s Coney Island is a must while in Brooklyn

    Sedona, Arizona - This destination gives you adventure and pamper all in one place. This is perfect for the group who has a mix of interests. You can hop on a trail in the morning and get a massage by dinner. Of course Red Rocks is at the top of the list for any girls trip because it gives everyone a little bit of what they love! 

    • Places to stay: 
      • Sedona Real Inn & Suites - all about relaxation, adventure and all that is in between. 
    • Things to do: 
      • Consider signing up for the  Pink Jeep Tours, I mean honestly what could be more fun than taking in Famous Red Rock from the seat of the Pink Jeep? 
      • Shop at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village 
      • Hike;  Broken Arrow, Cathedral Rock, Devil’s Bridge, or Centennial trail. 

    San Juan, Puerto Rico: Do you and the girls want to spend your nights salsa dancing until your feet hurt? Then Puerto Rico is calling your name! This destination offers a walkable downtown, rich foodie experience, and amazing culture. What more could you want from reunion with your sisters? 

    • Places to stay:
      • Ocean Park - right in the middle between the airport and all that San Juan has to offer. This makes for the best centrally located place to stay.
    • Things to do: 
      •  Snorkeling day cruise out to the islands of Cayo Icaco or Culebra. 
      • Explore Old San Juan 
      • Make sure to hike at El Yunque a tropical rainforest just 40 minutes east of San Juan. 

    Savannah, Georgia - The perfect destination if you are looking for a low key girls trip! Savannah has 22 iconic parks and squares throughout town and along river street. You will also be able to find numerous group activities for you and the girls. Savannah has charming architecture, simplicity of getting around, and an amazing southern food scene, making it ideal for a girls trip especially if you all only have a quick weekend to getaway.

    • Places to stay: 
      • The Kimpton Brice - fun design a bit more modern 
      • Olde Harbour Inn - along river walk, a little more historical  
      • Andaz Savannah - centrally located 
    • Things to do: 
      • The Grey - once an old bus terminal now turned into an elegant restaurant.
      • Collins Quarter - the best brunch spot with your sisters
      • Trolley Tours
      • Ghost Tours - (one of the most haunted cities in America).

    Oaxaca, Mexico -  This is for the girls who want to get away from the typical Mexico destination and aren’t scared to get off the beaten path. This destination isn’t as popular as Tulum or Cancun but is one of the safest places in Mexico to visit.

    • Places to stay:
      • Quinta real Oaxaca - A historic property built in the 16th century as a convent then later turned into a hotel in the 70’s. It is centrally located to all the city has to offer. 
      • Hotel Con Corazon - a more budget friendly option with a hotel that focuses on social impact. 
      • Hotel Escondido - the best place if you are wanting to be near the beach
    • Things to do: 
      • Explore the local markets; these markets are overflowing with a variety of goods from woven bags, leather sandals, hats, and everything in between. 
      • Take a fully guided tour of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán; this is arguably one of the most famous sites in Oaxaca City. Formerly a monastery and breathtaking example of Baroque architecture. 
      • Gallery hopping: simply take in the expansive options of galleries around the main square. 
      • Discover the ancient Mitla Ruins 
      • Hiking through natural landscape and pools at Hierve el Agua. 

    No matter which destination you choose, reuniting with your sister is what is most important. Here’s to adventuring this summer with your favorite sister! Let us know which location you and your sisters are checking off your travel bucket list. 





    Phi Gamma Delta Founders Day

    Phi Gamma Delta Founders Day

    Six friends at Jefferson College gathered to establish a secret society, initially called “The Delta Association” and now known as Phi Gamma Delta or FIJI. The 5 core values that the immortal 6 established still ring true today 173 years later.  With the five core values guiding every endeavor, the Brothers of FIJI are known for being high achievers so let’s take a look at some notable names to join the ranks of brothers; 

    John. W. (Johnny) Carson 

    Best known for as being the host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson! He was not only a television host but also a comedian, writer and producer. All thing which led to his 6 Emmy’s and being inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1987. He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992. An award that is bestowed to those who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interest in of the United States, world peace, cultural, or other significant public endeavors”.  After joining the Navy Carson took advantage of the education opportunities by attending the University of Nebraska, where he became a member of Phi Gamma Delta. 

    Jim Gaffigan: 

    An American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer from Indiana. The Hoosier state native has been deemed one of the “clean” comics usually focusing on fatherhood, laziness, observations, and food in his routines. He started college at Purdue University where he joined FIJI, after just one year he transferred to Georgetown University – McDonough School of Business where obtained a degree in finance. 


    Robert Woodward

    The American investigative journalist. He started his career with The Washington Post and currently holds the title at the Post of Associate Editor. At the early start of his career, he reported on the Watergate Scandal. He continued to write for The Post after reporting on Watergate. Since he has also written 19 books on American Politics, 13 of those books hit the best sellers list. 


    Seth Meyers

    The form SNL cast member and writer is known as an American Comedian, writer, producer and television host. Most recently known for being the host of Late Night with Seth Meyers, the late-night talk show on NBC. The Northwestern graduate was has gone on to deliver the commencement address at the universities 2016 graduation. His time at Northwestern is also what led him to join FIIJI. 

     

    Charles E. Rushmore

    An American attorney and businessman, whom the Mount Rushmore is name after. How the monument came to be named after Charles is subject to interpretation, however the United States Board of Geographic Name officially recognized in June 1930. Just 5 years after he made a sizable donation towards the sculpture. FIJI wasn’t the only fraternal organization he was a part of, he was also a Freemason. 


    Philip Knight  

    As of 2020 Knight was ranked the 26th richest person in the world. The co-founder and chairman emeritus of Nike, Inc. and was previously chairman and CEO of the company. He graduated from the University of Oregon and Stanford Graduate School of Business. While at Oregon he ran track under Bill Bowerman, whom he co-founded Nike with.  He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame for his Special Contribution to Sports in Oregon. He has also been inducted into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as a contributor. He was recognized by the hall, by being the driving force behind Nike’s major financial support of U.S Basketball and its Players. 


    Jack Nicklaus

    “The Golden Bear”, is a retired American Professional Golfer. He is widely considered one of the greatest golfers of all time. Winning 117 professional tournaments in his career. He took up golf at age 10 scoring a 51 at Scioto Country Club in the first 9 holes he had ever played. He was coached by Jack Grout, a pro who also a coach to other great golfers. While he attended Ohio State University, where he joined FIJI he won the U.S Amateur twice and an NCAA Championship. He started his professional career in 1961 on the PGA Tour. He set a record for lowest final round score in the PGA Championship with just a 64. In 1965 and 1966 he became the winner of The Masters and became the tournament’s first back to back winner and the youngest two time and three time winner. When he won the 1971 PGA Championship, he became the first golfer to win all four majors twice. Since hanging up the clubs on his professional career Nicklaus, is now the head of the world’s largest golf course design companies. 

     

    Roger Penske  

    The American businessman & entrepreneur involved in professional auto racing and a retire auto racing driver. Penske is probably most famous for his ownership of Team Penske, DJR Team Penske, the Penske Corporation, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and IndyCar. He was name Sports Illustrated “sports car club of America driver of the year of 1961”. After retiring from his own driving career, he has gone on to create one of the most successful teams in NASCAR and the IndyCar series. He is considering the most successful owner in the Indianapolis 500 with 18 victories. In 2019 he became the owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, purchasing the 2.5 mile course from the Hulman Family. 


    Bobby Rahal

    The form Racecar Driver and Racing team owner, he has won 1 personal Indy 500 as a driver and as a team owner has won 2 additional Indy 500’s. He attended college at Denison University, where he joined the ranks of FIJI’s brothers. After retiring as a driver, Rahal held many managerial positions with the Jaguar Formula 1 team and was also an interim president of the CART series. 

     

    Jack Swigert 

    The University of Colorado graduate with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and then later earning his master’s in aerospace engineering went on to being a NASA Astronaut, test pilot, mechanical engineer and aerospace engineer. He was one of three astronauts abroad the Apollo 13 Moon Mission launched April 11th, 1970. He is the first to announce the famous words “Houston, we’ve had a problem here”. After his time at NASA he became an executive director of the Committee on Science and Astronautics.  In 1970 after his Apollo 13 mission, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Nixon. 

    Brian Griese

    This former NFL quarterback started his college football career by walking on to the team at the University Michigan. After turning down two scholarships at Purdue and Kentucky. He joined FIJI while obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in an individualized concertation at Michigan.  He started his NLF career during the 1998 NFL Draft. He was began his career with the Denver Broncos, as the third string quarterback. After leaving the NFL 2009 he shifted gears and took on the world of Broadcasting with ESPN covering college football until 2020.  He took his seat in the Monday Night Football booth in 2020. 

    E.B White  

    The American writer most known for his titles Stuart Little or Charlotte’s Web joined FIJI while he attended Cornell University. While at Cornell he worked as an editor of The Cornell Daily Sun. FIJI wasn’t the only organization White joined while at Cornell, he also was a member of Alep Samach and Quill and Dagger societies. After graduating he worked for the United Press and The American Legion News Services. He got his first article published in The New Yorker in 1925, then joined the staff in 1927. In 1953 he won a Newbery Medal for Charlotte’s Web. 


    FIJI has grown from the “immortal six” to over 170,000 lifetime initiates, 8,5000 undergraduate members, and 142 chapters and colonies across the U.S and Canada. With the mission stating that it “exists to promote lifelong friendship, to reaffirm high ethical standards & values, and to foster personal development in the pursuit of excellence” it is no surprise that so many are eager to join the brotherhood that will be part of their lives even after their last day on campus. 

    Life's Better in Sewn on Letters

    Life's Better in Sewn on Letters

    Regardless of your familiarity with Greek organizations, sewn on letters are a well-known staple to the culture of fraternities and sororities. They come in all shapes and sizes, from hoodies to tees, bags to blankets. It's a permanent fixture to Greek life and at Campus Classics, combined with our experience in the market and our inside-out knowledge of embroidery, we strive to make our sewn on letters the best in the business.

    For both fraternities and sororities, sewn on letters have more meaning beyond representing their group; these letters become an heirloom, passed off from one generation to the next. They’re a tangible legacy and the value placed on sewn on letters encompasses the quality of the products themselves but also the Greek organization as a whole. 

    On today’s campus, sewn on letters have become more than just a piece of apparel. Sewn on letters are an effective method of PR for a Greek organization. The people who wear their letters represent the character and culture of the organization. So not only does the quality of your Greek organization’s sewn on letters reflect the quality of your chapter, but pledges work hard to earn the right to wear their letters and it’s important to get your new initiates the best quality to reward them!

    So, what makes Campus Classics’ sewn on letters different from the rest? Well, we’re glad you asked! 

    At Campus Classics, we’ve been in the Greek game since 1989 and have been doing sewn on letters since day 1. We understand that sewn on letters give each Greek member a sense of pride in their organization and we take great care to make ours the best. We have a top notch embroidery team who’ve personally been creating products for over 20 years and know exactly what you expect when you order from Campus Classics. 

    We have a wide collection of sewn on letter items so you’re sure to find what you want in our collections. From our best selling black sewn on hoodies to fun items like our stars & stripes sewn on tee, there’s a lot to love. 

    What about you? What do you love about your sewn on letters? Any items you’re excited to see us offer in the future? Drop us a line in the comments or on our contact form to let us know!

     

    Source: https://thefraternityadvisor.com/7-things-to-remember-about-your-greek-letters/

    Life after Greek Life

    Life after Greek Life

    Guest Blogger: Cory Martin

    2013-2017 - TKE Headquarters, Regional Director 
    2017-Present - Executive Director, Indiana State Police Alliance 
    2019-Present - Director of Association Management/Lobbyist, The Corydon Group

     

     

    When I arrived on campus, I was seeking an opportunity to meet new people and get involved. I did not want to just commute to campus and commute back home. Although I lived off-campus, I still wanted to have a traditional college experience. A few weeks into the semester, IUPUI had events fair and all student organizations participated. I met dozens of groups and started attending their events. The one that made the biggest impact was TKE. I only knew of fraternities from what I had seen in movies. I didn't have any expectations or knowledge of the group. I just met them and fell in love with the group and what the organization stood for. 

    I immediately jumped in and got involved. I took advantage of the many leadership opportunities and began seeking further development through their programs and conferences. By graduation, I had taken advantage of multiple conferences, dozens of leadership positions, and a pathway into an alumni base that is one of the most robust in the country. TKE fundamentally shaped the direction of my career. I was able to test entrepreneurship skills and apply them in real-world scenarios using the fraternity as my platform. I would not be in Association Management today without the experiences I learned from TKE.

    To see what Cory is up to since his time at IUPUI and time spent at TKE HQ follow him on instagram @corymart

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    Theta Chi's Founders Day

    Theta Chi's Founders Day

    Since 1856, more than 1850,00 members have joined the brotherhood that was founded on friendship at Norwich University. Since being founded by Norton Freeman and Arthur Chase over 165 years ago, Theta Chis is one of the oldest men’s college fraternities in the United States. A fraternity with rich early history surviving not only the war between the states, but also a massive fire that destroyed the Norwich Campus. So let’s take a look at some of the most notable Theta Chi Resolute Men. 


    Steven Spielberg – First applying to film school at University of Southern California, but being rejected due to mediocre grades, Spielberg pursued other college options. After being accepted into Cal State University in Long Beach, Spielberg became a member of the Zeta Epsilon chapter. It was in 1968 that he got his first break with Universal to direct and write a short film. He impressed Sidney Sheinberg, who offered him a 7-year contract for directing. He was named Life Magazines most influential person of his generation. He was one of Time's 100 Most Important People of the Century. He has won 3 Academy Awards, he’s received 7 nominations for best Director and won twice. He was also the recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1995. The list of accolades for Spielberg could go on, making him one of the most noteworthy Theta Chis.

    Matt Gallagher – An American Author, former U.S Army captain & veteran of the Iraq War. He attended Wake Forest University where he joined the Army ROTC the week before September 11th. While at Wake Forest he became a member of Theta Chi and served as the sports editor of the Old Gold & Black.  He finished school with a Bachelor of Art Degree. He became a 2nd Lieutenant Armor Branch. During his deployment he began writing a military blog Kaboom: A Soldier’s War Journal. After his time in the service, he became a novelist writing his debut novel Youngblood

    Lee Iacocca – The Former Chairman of Chrysler and President of Ford Iacocca, a well-known American Automobile executive. He’s most well-known for developing the Ford Mustang or Ford Pinot cars during his time spent at Ford. He majored in Industrial engineering while at Lehigh University where he became an alumnus of Theta Chi. He was an advocate for “Nourish the Children”. Nourish the Children is an organization using business principles to address the problem of childhood hunger in sustainable form. He also had a hand in fundraising to allow Lehigh University to adapt vacant buildings that today house the College of Education and the Biology & Chemical Engineering Departments.  

    Nick Mileti – Retired lawyer, American author, sports entrepreneur and former sport franchise owner. He is the founder of the Cleveland Cavaliers and owner of Cleveland Indians. He spent his university years at Bowling Green State University where he became a Theta Chi. The BGSU Alumni Center has now been named in his honor. 

    Fran Striker – Most well-known for creating “The Lone Ranger” and “The Green Hornet”! He was not only a comic writer but also a writer for many radio shows. He attended school at the University of Buffalo, where he proudly became a member of Theta Chi. Before graduating he dropped out of university and spent time with the New York City amateur theatrical company, before his writing career took off.

    Sean McManus – The Duke Graduate is a well known television executive. He started his career in television with ABC after graduation. He may be most known for spearheading the charge at CBS Corporation efforts in re-acquiring the broadcast rights for the NFL. He currently services as the President of CBS News & CBS Sports. He oversees CBS Sports coverage of the NFL, including on air talent, production, and advertising and promotion. 

    Anton “Tony” Hulman  - The man who purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) and brought racing back to the track after a 4 year hiatus following World War II. He became a Theta Chi during his time spent at Indiana State University. An Indiana native, Hulman is to this day still known for his philanthropy and commitment to higher education. He had the honor of being inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1991. He is also well known for preferring to do his IMS deal with the “handshake deals” method instead of a contract. He always said that he wasn’t doing the deal for the money but to create the best racing experience possible. 

    With such tenacity at the core of Theta Chi’s DNA, it isn’t hard to see why there are 143 chapters and colonies across North America. With the principles of friendship, leadership, and standing up for what is right we understand why so many strive to wear Theta Chi red and white! From all of us here at Campus Classics, Happy Founders day Theta Chi. Here is to another 165+ years of tradition and legacy!