Ad Astra: Michael Quinn

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Brother Michael Quinn.  In addition to being a very successful architect in Ann Arbor, he was a very important part of rebuilding the house when we re-established the chapter.  He was very well-liked and respected among the Fiji brothers.  For more information on services and arrangements, please follow this link.


Charity Concert Success!

The Chapter hosted a charity concert on Saturday (Jan 27, 2018) to benefit the Valerie Fund.  The event was a definite success and raised approximately $2000 for the cause.

The Valerie Fund

The Valerie Fund‘s mission is to provide individualized care to children at medical centers close to home, because they believe the most effective way to heal the children in their care is to treat them emotionally, socially and developmentally, as well as medically.


Class Captains are Organizing

Don’t be surprised if you get a call from one of your classmates (Class Captain) about gathering for Pig Dinner this year. 10 Brothers in classes from 1953 to 2012 are actively trying to call you to make plans for you to connect. They can’t reach you if you are on the “Lost Brothers” list. Please let us know if you have contact info for anyone on the list.

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Pig Dinner 2018 Details

Pig Dinner is quickly approaching!

While this is geared for the classes of the 60s, 90s, and 2000s to celebrate the anniversaries of the classes of ’68, ’93, and ’08, the party is not limited to those years, so come help your Brothers celebrate and reconnect. Sign up below now to save your place and let other brothers know that you’re going.

Please see the event information below and click on the links to go to the sign-up page.

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Undergrad and BCA Officers go to Fiji Academy

Fiji Academy was held January 5th – 7th this year in St. Louis.  John Perry attended for the first time with three of the new 2018 Cabinet members (Will Godley – President, Fred Edler – Treasurer, and Joe Kalas – Recording Secretary).

The meeting was productive and informative for all, including a pig dinner and mock initiation ceremony.  The Courageous Leadership program – the cornerstone of the National’s program – was presented and emphasized to all in attendance.  John Perry made numerous contacts with many FIJI brotherhood around the country and key contacts at FIJI National.

 

More About Fiji Academy

The Fiji Leadership Academy, conducted each year in early January, is designed to get new chapter officers off to a strong start by giving them the knowledge and skills they need to lead their chapter.  Participants are exposed to the basic elements of chapter operations as well as higher level leadership development.

The Archons (board of directors) attend, taking advantage of this opportunity to hear first-hand of the chapters’ successes and challenges. Frequently, brothers of national prominence will attend and address the attendees. The Academy also includes tracks for graduate volunteers who serve as Purple Legionnaire (chapter advisor) and Section Chief (regional volunteer officer).


Summer 2015 Repairs In-Progress

Summer is a busy time at the Michigan Fiji house. It’s the time of year when we are able to bring in contractors to do major repairs to maintain the physical structure. This year, we invested over $40,000 in a new boiler for the heating system, roof repairs, painting, kitchen upgrades, and some bathroom repairs. Since it is an older house, we must budget for such repairs every year. In addition to these structural upgrades, we must also account for various types of fraternity “wear and tear” that can only be determined once the brothers move out for the summer and we are able to assess the situation.

Fortunately, the necessary repairs this year were slightly less than we had originally budgeted for and the brothers left the house in reasonably good condition. As a result, the Housing Corporation decided to spend an additional $15,000 upgrading the living room with a new dry-walled ceiling (vs. drop down panels), new recessed lighting, and a completely new and refinished hardwood floor.

The decision to invest in the living room was made for a number of reasons. First, it’s the first thing guests see when they enter the house besides the entryways. Second, it is where many of the fraternity gatherings are held, which includes social events, alumni reunions, parents’ weekends, new member recruiting events, and brotherhood events. During the times where there isn’t an organized event, brothers use the space for general lounging and TV watching. Since this common area is a place where many college memories are made, we wanted to make it a little nicer than it has been in the past.

Attached are some picture of the work in progress.

New Ceilings

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New Hardwood Floor

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New Grease Trap (Not very sexy, but it increases functionality)

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New Below-Counter Cooler (Again, not very sexy unless you are the chef)

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38 FIJIs living in 707 Oxford

707 Oxford will have 38 brothers living in the house this coming school year.

Here’s the pledge class breakdown:

  • 13 Psis (Fall ’13)
  • 5 Omegas (Winter ’14)
  • 17 Alpha Alphas (Fall ’14)
  • 3 Alpha Betas (Winter ’15)

Pig Dinner 2015 Details

Pig Dinner is quickly approaching!

While this is geared for the classes of the 60s, 80s, and 2000s to celebrate the anniversaries of the classes of ’65, ’90, and ’05, the party is not limited to those years, so come help your Brothers celebrate and reconnect. Sign up below now to save your place and let other brothers know that you’re going.

Check out the 2015 Attendees.

Attendees 2015
Alpha Phi Brother Class
Bob Brungraber 1951
George Allen 1952
George Qua 1952
Bill Hickman 1952
Paul Geiger 1955
Bill Robinson 1956
Ian Hunter 1962
Len Lofstrom 1964
Tom Eames 1965
Mike Carter 1965
Dick Esposito 1965
Bob Spaly 1965
Kelley Rea 1966
Dave Vaughn 1966
Dick Bereza 1966
Chris Parker 1968
Don Sanderson 1968
Mario Angelo 1971
Ken Nemerovski 1972
Paul Heininger 1974
Don DeMallie 1978
Ed Knighton 1980
Stephen Hudolin 1981
Andy Hans 1981
Timothy Kay 1982
Ken Harris 1982
Chris Williams 1982
Glen Walborn 1982
Gordy Erley 1982
Bob Anderson 1982
Bob Allis 1983
Chris Genther 1983
Bob Pierce 1983
John Melick 1984
Brent Jacobs 2003
Eric Heininger 2006
Reid Scott 2006
Phil Watkins 2007
Dan Leader 2008
Dan Bruce 2010
Tom Zidar 2016
Connor Mundy 2016
Tyler Samuels 2016
Andrew Petkus 2016
Andrew Padula 2016
Garrett Anderson 2016
Danny Schrage 2016
Conner Holm 2016
Rob Farb 2017
Charles Hall 2017
Joe Muska 2017
Jim Schena 2017
Sam Fisher 2017
Dan Reilly 2017
Andy Simor 2017
Conner Genther 2017
Bill Buschle 2017
Mike Willian 2017
Chris O’Reily 2017
Other schools School
Ben Brungraber Cornell 1974
Joe Bruce Cornell 1977
Guests
John Thomson (Ian Hunter) UM (Delt)

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Fijis win Freeze the Puck on Cancer Fundraiser

Fijis win the first annual Freeze the Puck on Cancer contest at Yost Ice Arena by beating Phi Psi 4-1. The Phi Gams raised around $10,000 for charity as part of this philanthropy event, which was sponsored by many local businesses in Ann Arbor. In addition to the business community involvement, funds were also raised by selling tickets to students in and outside of the Greek Life community.