November 9th, 2015
Phi Kappa Psi fraternity was founded on one overarching ideal: “The Great Joy of Serving Others”. This means that in addition to improving the lives of our own brothers by fostering life-long friendships and providing them the tools for academic excellence, we consider it vitally important that Phi Psi is making a positive impact at OSU and in the Corvallis community.
In November of 2015, Delta Gamma sorority crowned Phi Psi as the winner of their annual philanthropy competition, Anchor Splash. Phi Psi raised more money than any other house, which was a big reason for our victory. Anchor Splash also requires participating fraternities to perform a group synchronized swimming routine and have a member of the house represent them in the final event “Mr. Anchor Splash” Pageant. We also won first place in the in-pool routine, and only narrowly missed the victory in the pageant as well. The philanthropy as a whole raised $31,000 for Service for Sight, an organization that provides assistance to children and adults who have visual impairments.
Anchor Splash is the second biggest philanthropy competition in Oregon State Greek Life, based on money raised and Greek-wide participation. We are proud to say that we have won multiple times in Kappa Delta sorority’s Mock Rock competition as well, which is the biggest philanthropy competition OSU has to offer. The proceeds of Mock Rock are donated to the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) as well as Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA). Last year, Kappa Delta raised over $46,000. Each of the 30 Greek houses had to perform a dance and lip-synch routine to an original mash-up of popular songs, modern hits as well as the classics. In 2015 all of the routines went with the theme of “British Invasion”. Phi Psi won best routine for our third year in a row, and we look forward to keeping the streak going when Mock Rock rolls around every year! Here is a link to our first-place dance routine:
As Phi Psis, we pride ourselves finishing near first place in every OSU sorority’s philanthropy on a regular basis. We never like to pass up an opportunity to help those who are less fortunate, and sorority philanthropies are an easy way to do just that! As a result of our consistent philanthropic presence, especially in the past few years, we have enjoyed a meteoric rise to becoming one of the select prominent fraternities on our campus. Several years ago, a much smaller brotherhood of Phi Psis would have been the dark horse to win any philanthropy competition; now we have become the favorites, and the OSU community has taken notice.
In 2014, we decided that it was time to parlay our increased notoriety on campus into creating Phi Psi’s first-ever annual philanthropy competition. Appropriately dubbed “Fraternal Feud”, our game-show themed philanthropy features many individual cometitions taking place throughout three days. This maximizes competitiveness, enjoyment, and participation for the women in the contending sororities, of which we had nine in 2015. Fraternal Feud raises money to benefit OSU’s Human Services Resource Center (HSRC). an organization on campus that provides aid to students and families who deal with food insecurity. We raised a respectable $3,000 in our first year, but we were elated when we shattered expectations by raising $13,000 just one year later.
We could not be more excited about our 3rd annual Fraternal Feud, which is right around the corner. Visit the Memorial Union Quad during the days of March 2nd-4th of 2016 and you will find Phi Psis set up in a booth collecting donations for the HSRC. Come say hi to us and please donate to this great cause!
In addition to our money-raising efforts in the community, Phi Psi is committed to serving the community through volunteer efforts. Ten hours per academic quarter is expected and required of every member in our fraternity. Phi Psi’s Service Chairman, helps notify the chapter of upcoming opportunities to volunteer. Some of our more notable service opportunities that our members take advantage of are Day of Service, Brostock, and the Boys and Girls Club. Phi Psi nationally designates a “Day of Service” every spring and our entire fraternity participates. The past few years we have used the day to clean up our local parks. “Brostock” is our favorite brotherhood event of the year. It originally was an opportunity for the whole house to get together to bond as a brotherhood in a carefree environment, but in recent years we have incorporated group community service as a mandatory part of the event. In 2004, Phi Psi nationally partnered with our national philanthropic partner The Boys and Girls Club of America. Since then, our Oregon Beta chapter has been actively volunteering at the BGC in Corvallis, chaperoning younger children. The Halloween Carnival at the BGC is a personal favorite service event of many guys in our house
For more information on Phi Psi’s philanthropic presence in the Corvallis community, feel free to reach out to us!
External Philanthropy Chairman: TBD
Internal Philanthropy Chairman, John Bohard: firstname.lastname@example.org
Service Chairman, Ian Walker