Jim K. Heilmeier Enters Chapter Eternal


February 12th, 2018: Oxford, OH – Last Friday, February 8th, Jim K. Heilmeier, Kent State ’49, entered the chapter eternal. Jim served as a member of the National Council, a Trustee on the Foundation Board, a Phi Tau Hall of Fame 2006 inductee, and a Palm Award recipient.

Jim was born in 1929 in Akron and attended Central High School and Kent State University. During the Korean Conflict he was stationed at Fort Breckenridge, KY, where he rose to Sergeant of the Mess. After discharging, he returned home to Akron to work in the family business, Tasty Pure Food Co., a family company since his father started it in 1923.  

He married his high school sweetheart, Virginia, in 1952 and the couple had four sons. After Virginia passed away suddenly in 1993, Jim remarried Janet in 1997.

Jim is survived by his wife, Janet, and his sons Kevin, Akron ’74, Daniel, Bill, Akron ’78, and former National President, Greg, Bethany ’86, as well as eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at 10am on Wednesday, February 13th at the following location:
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
2121 6th Street
Cuyahoga Falls OH

Greg and the family can be reached at gmheilmeier@tastypure.com or the business address: 1557 Industrial Parkway, Akron, OH, 44310.

Executive Offices is Now Hiring for a Success Manager


As brothers, we share a common fraternal bond. Throughout our lifetimes we will meet hundreds, if not thousands, of men who share this bond. We learn about it as an undergraduate member and strive to fulfill this commitment through those years as best we can. Then we graduate college with a goal to stay engaged with the Fraternity that has given us so much. We are excited to share an opportunity to continue your commitment to Phi Kappa Tau while developing as a young professional.

The Phi Kappa Tau Executive Offices is seeking to expand its staff in the role of the Success Manager.

Success Managers are the primary chapter contact at the Executive Offices for our chapters and advisors. This position has three focus areas: Account Management, Project Coordination and Leadership Coaching.

Within those three focus areas, Success Managers work together with chapter officers and advisors to move the organization forward. They provide an essential service to the fraternal constituency.

Some required expectations for the available position are:

  • Strong Interpersonal Communication

  • Strong Organizational Ability

  • Ability to Travel

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Relocation to Oxford, Ohio

In addition to developing a continued bond with Phi Kappa Tau benefits also include:

  • Full-time salary

  • Full Health and Dental Insurance

  • Retirement Package (401k)

  • Paid Leave Allowance

Start your career and develop professionally in an environment shaped by something you are passionate about and believe in. You will have the opportunity to network with alumni across the country for future career opportunities.

Please reach out to Brandon Lewis, Associate Director of Chapter Services, at blewis@phikappatau.org with any interest or referrals.

Laurel to Celebrate its 100th Anniversary


By November of 1919, men had returned from the war and were making their way back to campuses, Congress passed the National Prohibition Act as well as the 19th Amendment – and “The Laurel” made its debut as the official publication of Phi Kappa Tau. For only $1.50 you got a yearly subscription and issues every two months that covered actives and announcements of the 8 chapters and 800 members.

This November will commemorate the 100th anniversary of The Laurel. Keep your eye out for a special centennial edition coming later this year - in the meantime, you can read about Freshman-Sophomore day at Miami’s Alpha chapter, where a young recruit “again came thorough by winning the frog race,” (pg. 15), the cow that climbed the steps “through some feat of gymnastics unknown to cows” of Ohio University’s Lindley Hall and “stayed all night on the veranda mooing” (pg. 17), and how Muhlenberg’s Eta chapter recruited Van Zandt, “one of the most popular men on the campus” (pg. 32) in the first ever edition of The Laurel: http://bit.ly/2MZG4LW

#GoFar #Laurel100

Bob Ragsdale Nominated as National Councilor

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Bob Ragsdale, Georgia ’66, has been nominated to the Phi Kappa Tau National Council. Bob has a long history of volunteering with Phi Kappa Tau – as an undergrad he was Chapter President, Brother of the Year, Rush Chairman, and VP for Alumni Relations. Since then, Bob has served as a Domain Director and Secretary Treasurer of the Graduate Council. He has worked with Executive Office staff members and other alumni volunteers to put together a comprehensive alumni engagement program that was adopted unanimously by the Council and Foundation. Bob is also currently Chairman of the BOG for the Beta Xi chapter at the University of Georgia.  

Professionally, Bob served as Director of Development for Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College where a primary function of his job was alumni relations and fundraising. He also worked for the University of George Cooperative Extension Service for thirteen years and as the Director of Field Services for the Georgia Farm Bureau, the role he retired from eight years ago. 

Bob currently lives on a 300-acre family farm in Georgia with his wife of 48 years, Eleanor. 

VDI Pilot Program Slated for Leaders, Bluegrass, and Heartland Regions

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Last year, Phi Kappa Tau announced a pilot program to locally deliver Volunteer Development Institute, or VDI, at Leaders Regional Conference in Ohio. We are proud to say this program was a huge success and this year we will be expanding the pilot program to two additional regions - Bluegrass and Heartland!

We’re counting on you to attend and provide feedback so we can continue to expand our National Programs. If you are a current volunteer or you are thinking about volunteering with an undergraduate chapter, you should attend! It doesn’t matter if you have volunteered for 1 year or 10 - VDI is an educational program designed to help improve communication with undergraduates, increase your understanding the National Organization and its policies, and develop a strategic plan for your chapter.

Here are the details:  

Leaders: Saturday, February 9th, 2019
Flying Horse Farms, Mt. Gilead, OH, 43338
Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-leaders-regional-conference-phi-kappa-tau-tickets-51422937390#tickets

Bluegrass: Saturday, February 16th, 2019
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40508
Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-bluegrass-regional-conference-phi-kappa-tau-tickets-51420685655

Heartland: Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, 62901
Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-heartland-regional-conference-phi-kappa-tau-tickets-51423593352

For all three sessions there is a $10 registration fee. Lunch will be provided.  

The objective of the program is to understand your strengths and how to best utilize them to support your chapter’s BOG, review advising best-practices and prepare for common problems, gain a better understanding of how to work with the current generation of Phi Taus, and finally learn how to prevent issues before they present themselves.

We hope you take the opportunity to attend this valuable program. VDI has proved to be very successful in the past and has helped many alumni develop their skills as advisors.  

See you at Regional Conferences!

Scholarship & Award Applications Open

Attention Brothers!

Phi Kappa Tau Foundation scholarship applications are officially open! Last year the Foundation awarded nearly 70 scholarships to students pursuing bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. These scholarships are distributed based on academic merit, commitment to Phi Kappa Tau ideals, and community service.

The deadline for all 2019-2020 academic year scholarships is March 1st, 2019 – A MONTH EARLIER THAN PREVIOUS YEARS

All applications require:

  • One letter of recommendation

  • An up-to-date resume (including any volunteer experience or community service)

  • Two references

  • An essay describing how, by admitting you to membership, Phi Kappa Tau has helped develop you into a MAN OF DISTINCTION

Eighteen endowed scholarships were awarded because of the generosity of Phi Kappa Tau Foundation donors in 2018. There is no application fee for these funds, and they may be applied for annually.

 Get further details and apply for a Phi Kappa Tau scholarship here.

Additionally, applications are now open for all awards and recognition. Last year Phi Tau recognized over thirty alumni and undergraduates for their outstanding work as community leaders, philanthropists, and scholars. Awards can be applied for individually or you can nominate a Brother or friend of Phi Tau for an award.

All award applications are due April 1st, 2019.

 Award nominations are an excellent way to show your appreciation for a Brother or friend of Phi Tau’s dedication to the organization.

 Read and apply for the full list of Phi Kappa Tau awards here. 

The Organization looks forward to celebrating our successes this year at Conclave!

Changes to the Regional Conference Curriculum

It’s almost Regional Conference time again! One of our most popular National Programs, Regional Conferences are a one-day leadership and officer development program hosted across each of our nine geographic regions. This year’s schedule is as following:

January 26th – Pacific Northwest (Alpha Kappa, Alpha Pi, Beta Gamma)

February 2nd – Capital (Alpha Theta Colony, Beta Omicron, Gamma Tau, Epsilon Beta, Epsilon Lambda, Epsilon Mu, Epsilon Chi, Epsilon Omega, Zeta Epsilon, Chi Colony)

February 2nd – Red River (Psi, Beta Alpha, Beta Kappa, Gamma Xi, Gamma Psi, Zeta Theta, Beta Theta Colony

February 9th – Leaders (Beta, Gamma, Epsilon, Phi, Alpha Alpha, Alpha Delta, Alpha Phi, Alpha Omega, Beta Mu, Beta Phi, Delta Lambda, Epsilon Rho, Zeta Beta, Zeta Kappa

February 9th – West Coast (Nu, Beta Psi, Beta Omega, Gamma Iota, Gamma Omicron, Delta Tau, Epsilon Theta, Epsilon Sigma, Epsilon Tau, Zeta Gamma, Zeta Omicron, Pi Colony)

February 16th – Southeast (Alpha Eta, Alpha Lambda, Alpha Chi, Beta Epsilon, Beta Iota, Beta Xi, Delta Gamma, Zeta Alpha, Zeta Eta, Zeta Xi, Alpha Rho Colony, Columbus State Colony

February 16th – Bluegrass (Delta, Theta, Kappa, Beta Beta, Beta Lambda, Gamma Beta, Delta Pi, Delta Rho Colony, Zeta Lambda

February 23rd – New England (Xi, Alpha Tau, Alpha Upsilon, Delta Chi, Epsilon Epsilon, Epsilon Kappa

February 23rd – Heartland (Zeta, Iota, Lambda, Mu, Beta Chi, Gamma Alpha, Gamma Mu, Delta Epsilon, Delta Omega, Zeta Zeta, Zeta Nu, Upsilon, Delta Beta, Omega Colony

The newly redesigned program will focus on three tracks: Prevention & Wellness, Recruitment, and Leadership Development. Phi Kappa Tau is very excited to unveil these changes to the curriculum that we believe better reflect the needs of chapter leadership.
The Prevention & Wellness Track will focus on preparing prevention plans for issues leadership may encounter within their chapter. During this track you will spend time developing an understanding of what prevention is, why it matters, and how to create meaningful change within your chapter. It is critical you attend the Prevention & Wellness training because beginning with Spring 2019 semester, all chapters will be required to submit a Prevention Plan for the Executive Offices to have on file.
Recruitment is the most frequently requested area chapters ask for help. The Recruitment Track will focus on how to plan recruitment activities, how to identify good matches for your chapter, and how to improve retainment. This track also gives officers the opportunity to share their best practices on a variety of recruitment and retention tactics and skills.
Finally, the Leadership Development Track will explore the fundamental qualities that make for a good Phi Kappa Tau leader: honesty, integrity, commitment, passion, and accountability. The Leadership Development track gives officers the opportunity to improve these qualities within themselves and learn how to better identify these qualities in others.
Regional Conferences are a fantastic opportunity to grow as a chapter officer and network with other Phi Tau leadership. We are very excited for the launch of this new curriculum and we look forward to hosting you at a Regional Conference. All registration links, deadlines, and details can be found here.

Happy New Year!

Phi Kappa Tau has had a great year!

In case you missed them, here are 2018’s TOP 10 achievements (Go Far):

  • 1,880 brothers benefiting from educational programming

  • 3.0 GPA (Way above national average!)

  • 92% graduation rate (Also exceeding the national average!)

  • 50,771 service hours by our undergraduate members

  • 67 academic scholarships awarded

  • 13% increase in scholarship and grants awarded

  • Over 1,300 total donors

  • 18% increase in total gifts from 2017 for a total of $905,041

  • 33% knowledge gain by undergraduates participating in EverFi’s online education modules covering alcohol, hazing, and sexual assault

  • $81,928 donated to SeriousFun

Thank you for helping us achieve such great things in 2018. Here’s to 2019!

JOB POSTING: Senior Director of Development

The Executive Offices are hiring!

Founded in 1906, the mission of Phi Kappa Tau is to champion a lifelong commitment to brotherhood, learning, ethical leadership and exemplary character. The purpose of the Foundation, founded in 1945, is to ensure the philanthropic support necessary to sustain high levels of educational programming by fostering a lifelongrelationship and commitment to the Fraternity’s ideals.

This position serves as the senior director of development for the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation and manages a portfolio of prospective donors, while working collaboratively with the CEO. This position reports directly to and is evaluated by the CEO and participates in the annual evaluation and review process. Salary is dependent on experience, qualifications and credentials. Full benefits package provided.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 100 prospective donors

  • Solicit gifts of $25,000 and higher from alumni and friends

  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward top level prospective donors

  • Participate in all aspects of the gift cycle:

    • Initiate contacts with potential leadership and major gift donors

    • Develop appropriate cultivation strategies, including working with volunteers

    • Move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure

  • Make solicitations when appropriate

  • Maintain stewardship contacts with donors

  • Work collaboratively with the CEO to manage individual portfolios

  • Focus on securing support for a set of organizational priorities that include unrestricted support, academic scholarship, educational program support, and general Fraternity support

  • Supervision of up to three foundation professionals

Experience, Skills and Competencies

  • Proven track record of achieving fundraising goals

  • 3-5 years of successful experience in major or planned gift fundraising

  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of leadership and major gift donors to develop relationships

  • Thorough understanding of all components of a diversified funding base

  • Strong verbal communication skills and an ability to write clearly and persuasively

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Sound computer skills including word processing and database management

  • Ability to work independently

  • Ability to work flexible hours, including travel up to 60% of the time.

  • An understanding of the non-profit, volunteer and fundraising sector

  • General knowledge of fraternity operations

  • Track record of successful staff management

  • Membership in a Greek organization, preferably Phi Kappa Tau, is strongly desired

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent prior experience

To apply, please submit a cover letter, with salary requirements, and resume to thudson@phikappatau.org.