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An Invitation to Homecoming 2015!

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015


Please join me and many others this year to celebrate NDSU Homecoming on October 9th and 10th. The schedule has been posted below.

I have also attached the fall newsletter with the most recent updates for the PhiNow centennial campaign efforts. With construction beginning in only seven short months, Homecoming is a great opportunity to come see the “house that brotherhood built” that we all know and love before the historic renovation.

Please consider joining me and over 200 other brothers in supporting Theta Chi. We are Theta Chi for Life!

I look forward to seeing you all at Homecoming 2015!


Cory Loveless



Friday, October 9

Beginning at 4:30-6:30pm Friday, view the parade from the roof of 102 Broadway.

Afterward Meet at Chub’s for an evening of reconnecting!

Saturday, October 10

• Tailgate at the Fargodome from 8am to 1pm at our usual spot to enjoy food, fun and fellowship.
• Watch the Bison take on the Northern Iowa Panthers beginning at 12:30pm Saturday at the Club House, Country Grove at Woodhaven, 45th Street and 40th Avenue S, Fargo, ND.

Initiation Class Challenge – Update 2

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Brothers have stepped up to the plate this summer by contributing over $50,000 to our PhiNow Campaign. Congratulations to Larry Fuglesten for contributing the largest gift during our 8-week alumni challenge. The Class of 1970 had the highest campaign participation percentage at 69%; 9 of 13 brothers initiated that year are on the donor roster. They’ll be treated like kings at Homecoming!

Click here for the most recent donor roster -> Theta Chi Donor Roster 8-24-15

Here’s some more news:

Building News

  • New water and sewer lines were installed this summer
  • Chapter House reconstruction slated for Spring 2016
  • Undergrads to be housed at ______ during construction
  • Campaign and Alumni Council Treasurer Jason Gates has completed our first loan application to secure short term financing as campaign pledges are received over the next five years.

Campaign Update

  • Campaign has grown $56,000 since Memorial Day; 220 donors (19% of all brothers participating) are participating. See the attached donor roster for brothers participating.
  • During this summer’s 8-week alumni challenge, the Class of 1970 had the highest campaign participation percentage at 69%, and Larry Fuglesten contributed the largest gift. Our winners will be treated with a chapter house naming opportunity.
  • Additional naming opportunities are available at the $25,000 gift level and above.
  • To make a gift, use the attached coupon and remit to Theta Chi Alumni, PO Box 5767, Fargo, ND 58102

1960s Reunion

  • Mike Morrissey is hosting brothers at (     ) the weekend of September 11-12. For more information contact Mike at:

Homecoming Plans

  • Watch the parade at a rooftop location near Main Ave. and Broadway on Thursday! We will meet afterward at Chub’s pub for an evening of reconnecting!Where: 102 Broadway Ave, Fargo, ND 58102

    When: Friday, Oct. 9 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    -Come tailgate with brothers at our usual spot and enjoy food and fellowship!

    Where: Fargodome Tailgaiting lot, west

    When: Saturday, Oct. 10 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    -After tailgating, enjoy watching the game from a comfortable spot  with brothers at our 1st Annual Watch Party!

    Where:  Coventry Dr. Clubhouse

    When: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Undergraduate News

  • Kevin Krueger was nominated for 2014 New Fraternity Member of the Year and Zach Thelen was nominated for 2014 Fraternity Member of the Year at NDSU’s Greek Awards Program
  • Theta Chi is the largest fraternity at NDSU at over 80 members. Fall rush begins 9/7 through the 11th


You Can Make A Difference!

“If you’ve already contributed to the PhiNow Campaign to renovate the ‘House That Brotherhood Built,’ thank you for your support,” said Rick Buresh, Campaign Chair. “You’re early support has put us on the launchpad for an exciting future. If you haven’t contributed to date, having a modern living facility that is competitive with university and off campus housing is paramount to our long term viability at NDSU. Consider a gift now as payback for a great fraternity experience at college, or as an investment in the lives of future young men.”

Make A Gift 3 Different Ways!

1. Make a 5-year pledge

2. Make a one-time gift of cash

3. Make a non-cash gift such as appreciated securities, commodities or livestock


“The bottom-line is that giving should be easy,” said Jason, Phi Chapter Treasurer. “It’s impor­tant that everyone benefits – the chapter and alumni – if a campaign gift is made.”


Working with the Fargo-Moorhead Area Foun­dation, Phi Chapter can extend a tax deduct­ible benefit to donors as well as matching gift opportunities. However, a gift made directly to the chapter can be used immediately to offset expenses and limit banking costs down the line. IRS regulations limit the availability of tax de­ductible funds on an annual basis. Please con­sult your financial advisor to discuss the giving option most appropriate for you. For questions and instructions, please contact: Jennifer Noble, Campaign Coordi­nator at 217-840-9684 or


____ I/we want to make a gift of _______ to renovate “The House That Brotherhood Built.” My /our payment schedule for the next 5 years is:

2015 $_________ 2016 $_________ 2017 $_________ 2018 $_________ 2019 $_________ Other: $_________  (pledge reminders will be mailed to you for your convenience)

Signed: ______________________________________________________________________________

Address: ______________________________________________________________________________

Phone: _______________________________ Email: _____________________________

Initiation Year: ______________

Make your check payable to: Theta Chi Alumni. For a tax deductible contribution, address check to Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation (FMAF). In the memo line, please write: Theta Chi Fund. Remit information to PO Box 5767, Fargo, ND 58105. Please contact Jennifer Noble at 217-840-9684 or for questions and information concerning non cash gifting opportunities.



Initiation Class Challenge – Update

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

A big thank you goes out to all volunteers and donors for their work this weekend to raise the total amount raised in the Phi Chapter Centennial Campaign to $1,095,791 with 205 total contributors!

The initiation years of 1966 and ’67 both increased to 55% participation.  Also jumping up to 20% participation goal is 1991!
Is someone from your class going to push the PhiNow campaign into the $1.1 million pledged range?  How is your class stacking up to the 20% participation goal for each initiation class? Below you can find both an updated donor roster and an updated participation ranking.

Help Theta Chi remain the best fraternity experience at NDSU by offering an “assisting hand” through a pledge or by reaching out to your classmates!
Class Participation by Initiation Year: Class Participation by Year 6.16.15
Initiation Year in the lead: 1970 (62%)
Current Donor Roster: Theta Chi Donor Roster 6-16-15

Initiation Year Challenge Underway!

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Phi needs you now!

The responsibility rests on us all to upkeep the House that Brotherhood Built! As many of you are aware, we have launched a full-fledged $1.9 million campaign to renovate our chapter house. There is great news: We already have over a million dollars!  All thanks to the hard work of campaign volunteers and to the donors who valued their experience in the fraternity and wanted to share it with future brothers.


However, our donor roster only encompasses a small percentage of all living alumni.  Recently, you received a letter from brother Rick Buresh challenging you to reach out to your classmates and engage yourselves in the campaign. We want every decade in the fraternity represented in this monumental time in our history! To encourage you, we’ve decided to compile statistics on class participation in the campaign by initiation year. On this page and the Phi Now! page, you can find updated numbers as we continue on our journey to $1.9 million.

Thanks always for your support! Please reach out if you have any questions about the campaign to a member listed below!



Cory Loveless, Class of ’12, Initiation Year ’08
General Campaign Chair

Rick Buresh, Class of ’71, Initiation Year ’68
Campaign Committee Chair

Class Participation by Initiation Year: Class Participation by Year
Initiation Year in the lead: 1970
Current Donor Roster: Theta Chi Donor Roster 6-3-15

Phi Brothers Preparing for 2017 Centennial… Help Now!

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Job #1 is renovating “The House that Brotherhood Built.” We’re contemplating more than paint and carpet! Almost nine decades of housing 18-22 year old men has taken a heavy toll on 1307 University Drive. A $1.9 million renovation campaign is underway to support the 4-story overhaul. We’re over 50% there. Make a meaningful gift or 5-year pledge before July 24th to help lead brothers from your initiation year to victory! The winning class and decade in terms of campaign participation will receive a hero’s welcome at Homecoming 2015. Stay tuned for updates. To make a gift, go to today. AΓΡ, ƩAE and FarmHouse have already invested millions in their chapter houses to encourage brothers to live-in and build membership.  At least two other Greeks are considering major projects. As the largest fraternity on campus with our centennial just two years away, the time for Phi is NOW!

Save These Dates:

  • 960s Fall Reunion at NDSU,  September 10-12, 2015 – Special events coordinated by Mike Morrissey will bring together Phi brothers. Mike’s contact information is: or (701) 281-1748.
  • Pig Banquet, April 1-2, 2016 - Your last chance to see the chapter house before construction.
  • Pig banquet  2017, March 23-25 – Centennial Celebration!
  • Theta Chi Donor Roster 5-20-15


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Kyle Sebesta honored with Colley Award

Monday, September 16th, 2013


Theta Chi Fraternity has named North Dakota State University senior Kyle E. Sebesta as the 2013 recipient of its highest undergraduate honor, the Reginald E. F. Colley Award.  The award annually recognizes distinguished undergraduate service to alma mater, fraternity and chapter.

Garret Mueller of Iota Beta Chapter at Missouri State University was named first runner-up and Sterett Seckman of Chi Chapter of Auburn University was second runner-up.  The winner and two runners-up each receive academic scholarships furnished by The Foundation Chapter of Theta Chi.

Sebesta, a Civil Engineering major, served his alma mater, community, and fraternity greatly during his time at NDSU as a leader and mentor. clientuploads/News 2/2013 Colley Award/SebestaHeadshot.jpg

He participated in NDSU’s Summer Leadership Institute as a freshman and later returned as a student leader and facilitated leadership seminars in 2010 and 2012.  He was also involved with the Move-In Crew and as an NDSU Conference, Orientation, and Recruitment Leaders that helped students adjust to college life. He also participated in NDSU Transfer Student Orientation. He worked on campaigns for Student Body President and Vice President in 2012 and 2013.  In 2012 he served on the Homecoming Planning Committee and ultimately was selected to the 2012 Homecoming Court.  In 2013, he was Senior Speak Student for the College of Engineering and Architecture and published advice for incoming freshman in a university newsletter.  In 2010/2011 and 2012/2013 he was nominated as a Student Leader of the Year.

Within the NDSU Greek Community, Sebesta participated in a number of events and projects hosted by the fraternities and sororities at NDSU.  Sebesta was selected as the 2012 Greek Man of the Year, a 2011 Greek Man of the Year nominee, a 2012 Chapter President of the Year nominee, and was the winner of March 27, 2013’s “Wear Your Letters Wednesday”.

Scholastically, Sebesta maintained a 3.898 Grade Point Average, well above NDSU’s All Men’s Average of 2.810 and the All Fraternity Average of 3.031.  He made the Dean’s List in the College of Engineering and Architecture every semester in college and was also admitted to Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society which is composed of the top 10% of the Senior Class.  He was also a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and Order of Omega.  He participated and served in the American Society of College Engineers, Institute of Transportation Engineers, where he organized a spring break trip for fellow students to tour four major airports to learn about airport engineering from top professionals in the field.

Service to others was a critical component of Sebesta’s time at NDSU.  He became a member of the Blue Key Honor Society and served as Alumni Secretary as well as the Producer of Bison Brevities 2013, raising nearly $2500 for charity.  He is also the Planning Committee Chair for the Blue Key Honor Society 2014 National Leadership Conference where he has invited over 70 participating colleges and universities and is scheduling nearly a dozen guest and keynote speakers.

clientuploads/News 2/2013 Colley Award/KyleLions.jpgHe also found the time to work with two NDSU Faculty Members to found and charter the NDSU-Fargo Lions Club.  As a Founder and Charter President, Sebesta increased membership from 8 to 50 in ten months.  The Lions Club was nominated in 2010/2011 for NDSU Student Organization of the Year.

He participated in a number of activities in the NDSU/Fargo community including: Special Olympics, Fargo Marathon Kids’ Run, Pray for Grey Foundation Benefit, Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, Miracle Network Phone-A-Thon, MLK Jr. Day Service Plunge, TNT Gymnastics Open Gym, Hoops for Hannah Spaghetti Feed, Dorothy Day Food Pantry, Fill the Dome Food Drive, Dance Marathon, Relay for Life, and several blood drives.  He was also involved in a number of NDSU homecomings and commencements.

Brother Sebesta’s leadership potential was recognized within Phi Chapter as he was elected Recruitment Chairman, Vice President, and ultimately, Chapter President.  As a senior, he was elected to serve as Chaplain to aid the chapter in remaining true to Theta Chi’s values and principles.

He lead countless committees and chapter retreats and assisted with updates to the chapter’s alumni database.  He started an annual award for Phi Chapter Alumnus of the Year at Phi’s annual Pig Banquet event.

Sebesta participated in a number of regional and national Theta Chi leadership events including attendance at the Mid-Year Leadership Conference in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 as well as the 2011 Deranian Presidents Conference and the 154th National Convention in Orlando, FL in 2010

Phi Chapter President Daniel Kvasnicka noted, “What amazes me is his work ethic with everything he does for the Fraternity.  He pushes himself and his brothers to constantly be thinking of how the chapter can be better.” Kvasnicka added, “Leading the way with recruitment (recruiting over 20 men while Recruitment Chairman), Kyle is continually searching for men who have shown potential to be great brothers.  Although I was someone who vowed never to join a fraternity, I am so grateful he recruited me to join as a junior.”

Phi Chapter voted Sebesta as the 2010/2011 Chapter Member of the Year, the 2010/2011 Scholar of the Year, the 2011/2012 Chapter Member of the Year, 2012/2013 Scholar of the Year and won the “Slugger Award” for Highest GPA with the most credits on three separate occasions.

Past member Theta Chi Fraternity’s national board of directors, the Grand Chapter, and Phi alumnus, Dr. Jim Hardwick, acknowledges the significance of the Colley Award recognition. “To be recognized as a leader among leaders attests to the commitment that Kyle has made to the mission and success of Theta Chi Fraternity and North Dakota State University.”  Hardwick continued, “The first time that you meet Kyle Sebesta, you are impressed with his genuineness as a person and his passion as a community and campus leader.  He is a mission-centered student leader who challenges members to live the values of the organization.”

Hardwick also noted, “Past Colley Award winners are recognized as successful leaders who continue their selfless service after college in their professions, communities and congregations. Kyle Sebesta exemplifies the standard of lifelong excellence in the leadership identified in past award winners.”  He continued, “The fact that Kyle is the second undergraduate from Theta Chi Fraternity at NDSU to receive the Colley Award in the past three years is a testimony to the outstanding leadership culture in the fraternity chapter.”

As the 2013 recipient, Sebesta joins three other recipients from Phi Chapter member: 1934’s Roman E. Meyers, 1941’s Maj. Gen. Larry F. Tanberg and Cory Loveless, who received the Colley Award in 2011.

Cory Loveless noted, “I have had the pleasure of knowing Kyle throughout his time as an undergraduate, and I have seen him develop into the student leader he is today. His commitment to his academic pursuits, his dedication to his fraternity, and his character that upholds our shared values in Theta Chi makes me immensely proud to be his brother.”  Loveless continued, “As a past Colley Award Recipient, it means a lot to see another Phi chapter brother win this award. While the award recognizes a single undergraduate, it carries more weight with me that my chapter continues to develop more young leaders to perpetuate our great fraternity. Kyle represents the best of Theta Chi in my eyes, and I am very proud of him.”

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2011 Colley Award Recipient Cory Loveless (r) visits with Kyle Sebesta in 2012

to congratulate him for his nomination to NDSU’s Homecoming Court

Phi Chapter alumnus member Ben Buresh commented, “Kyle exemplifies leadership by working with his brothers to get things done while maintaining harmony in the chapter. His pragmatic style has been critical to Phi chapter’s success, both as president and as a member. I have no doubt that the skills Kyle has developed will serve the chapter in his final year as an undergraduate and himself as he enters the work force.”

The Colley Award applications were reviewed by a committee composed of top Theta Chi alumni from around the country, primarily consisting of past Colley Award recipients. The committee reviewed hundreds of pages’ worth of applications submitted by applicants from around the country.  The committee was chaired by Theta Chi National Vice President William W. Palmer.

“With so many applications this year, it was a challenging process.  But the results speak for themselves: The “Best of the Best,” and in a few instances, barely a razor-width of difference in the vote count among the top candidates,” Palmer said. “Our country and our beloved Fraternity are indeed lucky to have such young men as our future leaders and decision-makers.”

Arrangements will be made to present the award to Sebesta in person.  Information about the award presentation will be made available on Theta Chi’s website,, later this semester.

First presented in 1929, the Colley Award is named for Reginald E.F. Colley, a World War I veteran and past member of Theta Chi’s board of directors, the Grand Chapter. It is interesting to note that brothers Colley and Sebesta share the same alma mater. As a member of Phi Chapter, Brother Colley developed a celebrated reputation as a campus, community and civic leader. He graduated in 1915 and eventually headed overseas to fight for the U.S. Army on the Western Front. Brother Colley died at the age of 39, but his legacy of leadership continues to inspire future generations of talented Theta Chis. Today, the Colley Award is treasured as the Fraternity’s most prestigious undergraduate honor.

Alumni Survey Results

Friday, July 12th, 2013

In June, we sent out a survey (to the alumni list serve) to get your feedback on alumni programming at Phi chapter. So far, we’ve gotten some great feedback with over 40 responses. We’ll leave the survey open to keep that anonymous communication channel available, or you can always contact the alumni council at with any feedback. In the meantime, we’d like to share with you what we’re hearing.

First, we wanted to know a little about who was providing feedback. As of July 12, we have about 40 responses, and participants are skewed heavily to the 2000’s era. We need to keep in mind that this feedback isn’t necessarily representative of our entire alumni base, but we still received some very good feedback.

Of the participants, 30% haven’t been back to Pig Banquet or Homecoming in the last 5 years. The reasons cited were mostly time constraints and distance. There’s not much we can do about the distance, but we’re open to exploring the idea of changing Pig Banquet dates from year to year to make it easier for people to make it. This year’s banquet is already set for March 29th, but we’d love to hear from you about dates that work best.

We asked about preferences for a Pig Banquet venue, and the feedback was pretty mixed. There wasn’t a strong preference for which formal venue to book, but there was a bit of a debate between formal venues versus informal venues. Hotel banquet halls are great venues for this event, but they can be cost prohibitive for some of our younger alumni and undergrads. We’re exploring ideas to mitigate that, and we’d love to get more feedback on the venue question. For now, we’ll continue to host an informal meal at the chapter house for lunch and a formal meal for dinner.

For Pig Banquet entertainment, you’re telling us that you want to hear updates from the active chapter, stories from alumni, talks from campus officials, and you want us to keep it short. We’re trying to get the NDSU archivist to speak briefly, and we’ll see if we can get updates from the active chapter and bring back the rocking chair symposium for a second year.

The question that probably had the most concensus was the question about attending additional alumni gatherings outside of Homecoming and Pig Banquet. There is certainly demand for additional gatherings, but the challenge is going to be finding people in different geographic areas who are willing to sponsor these events. The alumni council is at your disposal to help coordinate the logistics, so if you’re interested in putting something together, please let us know. You can reach the council at or just contact a member directly.

Participants were happy with what we do for homecoming. This year we will be changing things up anyway, because NDSU is moving the parade to Friday night downtown. We will still have an open house from 9 am to 11 am where you can socialize, show your family around the house, and get information about the state of the Capital Campaign. Then you can head up to tailgating where we’ll have a clearly marked spot for Theta Chis to enjoy some good food and beverages.

The feedback on the Arrow was that it has been much better over the past few years, but we need to be more punctual with its arrival (or you don’t get it at all). We’ll do our best to get the Arrow out in record time this year. If you’re not getting the Arrow, that means we don’t have your correct address – please visit to provide your current contact information. Several participants volunteered to write articles, and we’ll be putting them to work over the next few semesters.

Overall, the feedback we’ve received through the survey has been positive, but we know there are always things we can do to improve. So thanks to those who have provided feedback, and if you disagree with anything in this letter, please make your voice heard by contacting the council or by filling out the survey.

The URL for the survey is

Spring 2013 update

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Dear friends of phi chapter,

Hope you are having a good summer! We waited a long time for it to arrive, so get out and enjoy it!

First, thanks for visiting the website. I hope you’ll come back often to check for updates. Feel free to subscibe to the RSS feed (

Phi chapter had a fun and productive semester, and I’d like to highlight a few things.

The semester started out with a strong spring recruitment. We initiated 12 men, bringing our total to 30 new guys for the school year, and our total membership to 85. With the enthusiasm of our new members, the future looks bright. We even have the honor of calling the New Greek Man of the Year, Alex Fausti, our brother.

2013 Greek AwardsSpeaking of awards, phi chapter had a fruitful semester. Joining Alex were Greek Man of the Year, Kyle Sebesta and Mr. NDSU, John Narum. Alex Hoffman made some noise in the Mr. NDSU competition as well.


As you all know, NDSU won its second National Championship in as many years. Fargo had a strong presence in Frisco this year, and it was great to see so many Phi brothers at the game.


This year, term was held in Valley City, ND. As usual, good times were had by all.


Over the last several months, we’ve had the opporunity to work with alumni to identify the needs of the chapter house for our chapter’s next hundred years. It has been exciting to be part of that process, and it’s exciting to imagine the possibilies!

That’s all for now, but check back for updates.

Pig Banquet 2013

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Greetings to all,

Now that we’re all breathing a sigh of relief that the world didn’t end in 2012…welcome to 2013! This year is going to be a fun and exciting year for Theta Chi, and here’s why:

NDSU National Championship

I don’t really need to elaborate on this one. What a great football season and Championship game in Frisco, TX. It was fun to see so many of you there!

Pig Banquet

As you may know, this is my favorite time of the year! I hope to see all of you at this year’s banquet on March 23rd. We’ve got a great banquet lined up this year and lots to discuss at the annual meeting!
As always, the festivities will start at the house with the pig carving, alumni meeting, and then the banquet at the Radisson in downtown Fargo. Please RSVP as soon as possible at

Gather at Chub’s Pub Friday evening
Social at the house at 11:00am
Pig served at noon
Alumni meeting at 1:30
Social at the Radisson at 5
Meal served at 6

Gun Raffle

Thanks to Jack Haines, we have a custom made gun with Theta Chi engraving, commemorating the Centennial of Phi Chapter. It is quite an exquisite piece so please take a look and get a ticket for a chance to take it home with you! Tickets will be available before and during Pig Banquet, or you can purchase online at You don’t need to be present to win.

Upcoming Centennial

We’ve got a very special year coming up in 2017. This will be the centennial of Phi Chapter so the alumni council and the active chapter have many things going on, even now, that are in preparation for this momentous occasion. I would encourage you get involved in any of the efforts working toward the goal of making history. We are all going to benefit from the efforts put toward this occasion.

Have an enjoyable and safe remainder of 2013,


Dennis Agnew 1487

Phi Chapter Earns a 3.01 G.P.A.

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

The brothers of Phi chapter are pleased to announce a collective grade point average of 3.01 for the fall semester of 2011.

The Maxim of Theta Chi Fraternity is “Alma Mater first, and Theta Chi for Alma Mater“. Phi chapter has a number of different resources that are available for active members to perform well in the classroom. A chapter library houses an impressive number of  class notes, old editions of textbooks, and worked examples for brothers to utilize. The current scholarship chairman, brother Dan Kvasnicka, works with the active undergraduates to establish study hours for the brothers who receive under a 2.5 grade point average. There is also an established academic policy that ensures accountability among brothers.

Our chapter is proud of this achievement, and hope to continue our academic success.