United by friendship:
Since being charted at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012, the brothers of Phi Kappa Psi, part of the Interfraternity Council, have made a distinct impression as both committed scholars and leaders. They have been recognized both at VCU and nationally, winning Fraternity of the Year and Chapter Management awards, respectively. The brothers have formed a tight knit, inclusive and empowering brotherhood of 40 members. “These are the people that push me the most to be successful and to have the greatest college experience possible,” Ambrose Collier, president of Phi Kappa Psi, said.
Sustained by honor:
Phi Kappa Psi focuses on the completeness of their brothers’ college careers by making sure they become ready for the job market after graduation. Not only are the brothers competitive academically, having a cumulative GPA of 3.06, but they also have prestigious networking opportunities available to them through Psi Kappa Psi. Each year, selected high-achieving brothers are sent to workshops where they network with alumni of Phi Kappa Psi from around the country. Collier was able to attend such a workshop last year in Omaha, Neb., where he connected with other brothers to share plans for philanthropic projects and bring new ideas back from his experience to apply to the VCU chapter.
The chapter at VCU has been the recipient of many awards since its inception. “We received both the Fraternity of the Year award and Greek Week award in 2013. We have placed first in Greek Week for the past two years. We also had a brother deemed Fraternity Man of the Year in 2013” Collier said. Along with those honors, the chapter gained recognition on the national level by earning the 2014 GAC Chapter Management Award which is awarded for overall excellence in administration duties.
And led by truth:
Phi Kappa Psi’s maxim of “the great joy of serving others” has established their commitment to philanthropy in Richmond and helped the organization to build a legacy of responsibility and service during its initial three years at VCU. Nationally, there is a minimum of 500 hours of community service called the Phi Psi 500 that every chapter must complete during the academic school year. Phi Kappa Psi at VCU goes above and beyond to meet this requirement by enforcing a 20-hour community involvement minimum that all brothers must complete.
Through the Richmond Adopt-A-Spot program, the chapter recently adopted the 1000 to 1600 blocks on Grace Street to cleanup several times a semester. Brothers are heavily involved with volunteering at RamPantry in the University Student Commons and at the soup kitchen that is held in Grace and Holy Trinity Church every Friday. Phi Kappa Psi also volunteers at the BARK overflow animal shelter for dogs in Ashland. One of Phi Kappa Psi’s main philanthropic events is the Root Beer Kegger hosted on the Commons Plaza to raise awareness about alcohol safety and drug abuse, co-sponsored by the VCU Police Department — the recently held third-annual event on Nov. 17 featured free root beer floats given to students as they completed tasks such as playing pong and walking a straight line while wearing impairment simulation goggles.
We live and we flourish.
For more information about Phi Kappa Psi, visit them on their website http://vcuphipsi.com/