2009 In Review


A time of recognition and renewal has honored the Brothers of Nebraska Beta at Creighton University this year. The Spring semester was marked by our brother’s presence, Jerry Nelson of California Epsilon, and keynote address to the actives and alumni of Nebraska Beta at our annual Alumni Weekend gala dinner. The semester culminated in the University Greek Awards in which Phi Psi dominated without contestation. The Chapter was conferred Fraternity of the Year in addition to six first place Chapter Awards—Campus Involvement, Campus and University Relations, Recruitment, Member Education, Alumni Relations, and Risk Management—three second place Chapter Awards—Scholarship, Chapter and Leadership Development, and Financial Management—and the IFC New Member of the Year and Greek Man of the Year awards.

The spirit of renewal is recognizable in the recent Chapter House renovations as well. The summer was spent by tearing down un-used outbuildings, replacing laundry appliances, the purchase of a new gas grill and a significant basement reorganization. The House also instated a recycling program at the turn of the semester, which has produced 175+ pounds of recycled materials since its institution.

Fall proved to perpetuate adherence to and transcendence of the standard of excellence brandished in the Spring after winning Greek Week at Fall’s outset. Philanthropy returned to its roots in “love” of “humankind” as manifested in this semester’s events. The Phi Psi 500 took on new meaning as the chapter brothers accrued 500 hours of service within one week focused on three Habitat for Humanity brotherhood builds and other causes within the greater community. Our participation in the city-wide Polar Plunge attained previously unparalleled acknowledgment. A chapter representative was invited to sit on the executive committee to plan the annual jump into frozen Lake Zorinsky to benefit Special Olympics Nebraska. Finally, the transformation of the Chapter House into a Haunted House for all five of the area Boys and Girls Clubs was a splendid success marked by the 120 frightened children in attendance.

The brothers of Phi Kappa Psi at Nebraska Beta are proud of the honors received this calendar year, look to the coming semester with anticipation, and continually strive to surpass the standard of excellence erected on the shoulders of our forebears.


-"The Shield," Phi Kappa Psi 2009.

Updated 04/16/2009
Copyright J. Huston © 2009