5-9-9-5 May 5th, 1895

122 Years since the beginning of the Alpha Theta Chi Fraternity.  Later evolving to the Alpha Theta Chi Chapter of Chi Phi.  5-9-9-5! Many thanks to the brothers that have put in the work to continue the tradition of building better men and thanks to the alumni  for their consistent support to help keep the chapter thriving at Nebraska. 


Today is the date the Alpha Theta Chi Chapter of Chi Phi began on Nebraska's Campus.  122 years! 

Welcome Brs. Obermeier and Wade - New Initiates

New Initiates: Brother Marc Wade and Brother Tanner Obermeier

New Initiates: Brother Marc Wade and Brother Tanner Obermeier

Today we initiated two new brothers into the Alpha Theta Chi Chapter of Chi Phi Fraternity. We welcome Tanner Obermeier and Marc Wade to our brotherhood. 

We are excited to have them join and are excited for their future with our fraternity.

Marc is is majoring in Math and can play the Piano.  He is still considering career options, but enjoys lifting and reading. Favorite book for Marc right now is "A Wise Man's Fear" by Patrick Rothfuss and in regards to his fitness, he can do 20 pull-ups, yup.  

Tanner is a History Major planning to either go to Law school or become a college professor. Fun fact about Tanner is he is the President of the UNL Dodgeball Club.  

Reach out to each and congratulate them for joining Chi Phi!


Alpha Theta Chi 4.21.17 - Post Initiation

Alpha Theta Chi 4.21.17 - Post Initiation

Br. Wade, Br. Kun (tongue), Br. Obermeier in front of the rest of the chapter

Br. Wade, Br. Kun (tongue), Br. Obermeier in front of the rest of the chapter

Alumni Installation of Spud Odell- Thank you, Br. Uryasz


Monday evening we had the honor to be hosted at the Nebraska Club by Brother Frank Uryasz to celebrate our newest alumnus Derek 'Spud' Odell.  We were able to share the room with active brothers, alumni and our house mom. 

Since Derek joined Chi Phi, he has been an important member for our chapter.  Last year he was our treasurer and excelled. He assisted us greatly in getting out of the red, financially.  He is currently on the New Member Education Committee, lending his wisdom as the the 2nd oldest member of our chapter, thanks Br. Rosploch for being the oldest. 

Even though he was only with us for two years, we are two years further along than we would have been otherwise and grateful for his friendship, leadership, and brotherhood. 

Congrats, Spud! We can't wait to see what your future holds and hope to see you come around once in awhile! 

Special thanks to Brother Uryasz for hosting our chapter for this evening.  The meal was fantastic and we greatly appreciate your generosity and leadership! 


Alumni, you may have never heard of the Alumni Installation Ceremony.  Depending on the individual chapter's preference,  the ceremony can be open, similar to pinning.  For those not in attendance, the text of the ceremony is below.  Thanks to Chi Phi of Nebraska President, Mark Winn, for performing the ceremony to Derek "Spud" Odell. 

Alumni Installation Ceremony

(first spoken by the association president.) When we pledged, we took a few short steps out of the darkness. When we initiated we came into the circle of light. Now we stand at another portal. The time has come for us to become the light.

(now, the vice-president speaks.) Our new member ceremony tells us that it is meet and right at certain times to recall our history and heritage. The moment when you become an alumnus is one of those times. We spend a short time as a new member, a little longer as a brother, but our longest held form is that of an alumnus.

As you enter into this period of your life as a Chi Phi it is appropriate that we look back on our history as well as renew the bonds which hold us so tightly together.

This is a time for reflection and rededication to the very essence of what it means to be a Chi Phi. Let us then listen to a brief account of our history.

Since the beginning of time, man's inner urge for friendship and companionship of congenial persons has been one of the strongest human emotions. It has manifested itself in every phase of man's life since the recording of history. His innate belief in truth, liberty, and honest dealings has caused him to seek the comfort of association with others of like belief. At first the church, and later schools and literary societies were the havens for those believers, but strife among the churches and lack of organization within the schools and literary societies brought about the need for some other rallying point. Gradually organizations took form which we now call fraternities to satisfy, that yearning for friendship and association of men of like minds. So, my friends, the Chi Phi Fraternity was founded on friendship and stands for truth, honor, and personal integrity. During, the middle of the 19th century by a strange and wonderful coincidence, there were three brotherhoods in the United States bearing the name Chi Phi. Each was oblivious to the existence of the others, yet each stood for ideals of friendship of man with man. They are known to us as the Princeton Order of Chi Phi, founded at the College of New Jersey, (Princeton) in 1824, the Southern Order, founded in 185S at the University of North Carolina, and the Hobart Order, founded in 1860 at Hobart College. In 1867 the Hobart and Princeton Orders combined and formed the Northern Order of Chi Phi, then in 1874, the Northern Order combined with the Southern Order to form the Chi Phi Fraternity,.

Now that we have refreshed the memory of our earliest known beginnings let us now renew, and rededicate ourselves to the ideals that were set forth with such genius so long ago.

Derek "Spud" Odell and Chi Phi of Nebraska President, Mark Winn

Derek "Spud" Odell and Chi Phi of Nebraska President, Mark Winn

Vow of the Alumni

(the Vow is administered by the association secretary and repeated by the inductees.)

I, (state your name) - in the presence of these alumni - of the (state chapter name) - of the Chi Phi Fraternity - do hereby solemnly and sincerely - promise and vow - to rededicate and renew - my efforts to maintain and support - Chi Phi Fraternity.

I do solemnly and sincerely - promise and vow - to do all in my power - to assist and enhance - the alumni organization in my area - as well as the local chapter - whatever and wherever they may be. That I will recognize - my duty as an alumnus - of a national fraternity - to assist my alumni and undergraduate - brothers wherever they may be found.

I do furthermore solemnly and sincerely promise and vow - that I will continue to strive - to ever serve as an example - to other alumni and our undergraduate brothers - of the ideals of Chi Phi. And that I will continue to endeavor - so to regulate my speech and conduct - that they shall not impair - the dignity and sacredness of the Fraternity.

Finally, I do solemnly and sincerely promise and vow - that I take this oath of rededication and renewal – of support and assistance - without any equivocation - mental reservation - or secret evasion of mind whatever. This I swear upon my sacred honor.

(the association president speaks again.)

You are now charged with upholding three sacred oaths, those promises you made first as a new member, then as a brother, and now as an alumnus. Your life as a Chi Phi has now reached a new level and you must strive to live up to those new obligations with which you are now charged. Remember, we must strive to be examples to our undergraduate brothers of all the things that we implore them to be.

Truthful, dedicated, and living to the high ideals of our Founders, we must now become the light that guides our chapters toward even greater success than we have ever imagined.

New alumni should then he handed a new alumni packet and gifts from Chi Phi of Nebraska. 

This is to be repeated by the alumni, at least once a year, usually at senior installations. It can also be read at special alumni meetings.

(Everyone will repeat the line “This is a time to remember.”)

This is a time to remember.

We are Chi Phi. Born in 1824 on a Christmas Eve. Survivors of campus persecution. Rising out of the ashes of the Civil War to aid in the re-unification of our great nation. Living through a world-wide depression. Wellsprings of men and leadership through two World Wars. Remaining stalwart and unshakable during the turmoil of Korea, and Vietnam. Prospering during a national return to fraternity values during the 1980's. Reassessing, moving on and looking anew at our history and future during the 1990's. Stepping forward into the 21st century with all the courage of a bold vision. We are the sons of the Scarlet and Blue. We are the first among all. This is our history. This is our future. This is a time to celebrate Chi Phi and all that our great name implies. This is a time to look ahead.

This is a time to remember.

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During dinner, we sang Gather Brothers.  If it has been awhile since you have last sang this song, then refresh yourself on the lyrics below.  It is understandable if you find yourself humming it through out your workday later.  

Gather Brothers of Chi Phi

(1)   Gather Brothers of Chi Phi, Warm our hearts are beating;

Grand our purpose is, and high, Sacred is our greeting.


(2)   Round each heart bright alter fires, Forms forgotten never;

Cheer us on in our desires, Ever and forever.  


(3)   Ev’ry bond to mem’ry dear, Brings to us a pleasure;

Whether others frown or cheer, Chi Phi is our treasure.


(4)   Forward then with breast to breast, Leaving no life blighted;

March we to our common rest, Hands and hearts united.



We are bound by ties of love, eternally, fraternally,

While Chi Phi Brothers watch above, fraternally, eternally.






2017 Spring Break Recap

Here is a brief recap on what some brothers did over their Spring Break!

Brother Juan Sanchez went back to Boston and went ot cheer on the Celtics at TD Garden

Brothers Sam Haury, Adam Santee, Dylan Marshall and Scott Rosploch went to Colorado to sightee, attend a Denver Nuggets game (with the Cavs losing) and enjoyed the beautiful landscape of Colorado. 

Brothers Logan Ferriera and David Campbell went to the Dominican Republic and enjoyed being out of the United States for a few days.  

Brother Forbeck decided to go home in Wisconsin to work at Paradise Island and make waffle cones (he doesn't have a life). 

Finally, our President, Brother Derek Kane, went back home to Albuquerque and did some fishing with family. 

We are back and ready for a great end of the Spring Semester!

Brother of the Week - Brandon Idleman

This is Brandon Idleman, our brother of the week!  He is a freshman from Omaha, Nebraska.  He is currently studying Marketing and is a graduate from Burke High School.  Brandon enjoys eating pizza, a bit too much, and he enjoys playing NHL2K and NBA2K (even though he sucks at both of them).  When asked if he misses his family of Oompa Loompas he says, “Yes, a lot.  The chocolate factory was home to me and I miss it every day!”  Since leaving the chocolate factory he doesn’t need to have a clean shaven face and Brandon only trims it up every few weeks for “all the ladies at UNL”.  Good luck on accomplishing that goal Idleman!


P.S. He’s only 5’2”

2017 Gamma - Nathan Forbeck

We introduce to you our new secretary, Nathan Forbeck. Nathan is a Sophomore from Freedom, Wisconsin. He is currently a Business Management major and is hoping to have an english bulldog before he graduates or have it as a graduation present.  When asked on how he hopes to impact Chi Phi, he said “I want to change the stigma that Fraternities face not only on campus, but for family and friends back home. I also want to broaden the horizons of Chi Phi by being more involved in the community and in the greek system at Nebraska.”

Good Luck Nathan, we will be cheering you on throughout the entire year!

2017 Beta- Scott Rosploch

Today we introduce our Beta on the first day of Spring Semester! 

Scott Rosploch is a Junior Classical Languages major and is from Port Washington, Wisconsin. When asked on what he hopes to do as Beta, he said "I hope to help the chapter by being a role model and have people outside the chapter look up to everyone in the chapter. I want to establish a notion of good moral character and work ethic into everyone and have that rub off onto others."

Congrats Scott, we wish you the best this upcoming year!

In Memory Of Lyncoln Forbeck

Brother Nathan Forbeck and his sister Lyncoln Forbeck who passed away December 15th, 2016. 

Brother Nathan Forbeck and his sister Lyncoln Forbeck who passed away December 15th, 2016. 

Our scheduled posts over break took a delay when unfortunate news came to our Chi Phi brother Nathan Forbeck.  With heavy hearts we share that on December 15th, 2016, Lyncoln Forbeck was tragically killed in a car accident while driving home for winter break. 

Lyncoln was a freshman at Nothern Michigan University. She leaves behind her parents, Stacey and Dave Forbeck, and older brother, Nathan Forbeck  Nathan is a Sophmore at the University of Lincoln, and a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity. 

While kind words and donations cannot help bring Lyncoln back, they can ease the burden on her family, and help make this world a better place. Donations are currently being accepted to help cover the financial burden of Lyncoln’s final expenses. 

Click the image to go to GoFundMe and support the Forbeck Family.  Thank you. 

Click the image to go to GoFundMe and support the Forbeck Family.  Thank you. 

Any money not needed by the family will be used to create a memorial scholarship to honor Lyncoln Forbeck at Freedom High School. It was her dream to become a nurse, and hopefully this scholarship can help other high school students achieve the same dream.

Please help by spreading the word. God Bless, and thank you all!

Obituary Link: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/postcrescent/obituary.aspx?pid=183117448

Help spread the word!

#FoundersDay #MerryChristmas

Many reasons to be thankful over the holiday season. Chi Phi men and families appreciate one more, Chi Phi, which was founded on this day in 1824.

Merry Christmas to all and Happy Founders Day.  We hope you make one more hot chocolate for the one you are missing and enjoy it for them.  

Thoughts and Prayers to all our brothers dealing with tough times this holiday season.





2017 Alpha - Derek Kane



As we are in the holiday season and approaching a new year.  Day by Day we will introduce to  you our new executive council for the upcoming year.  

Today is Derek Kane, a junior from Aluquerque, NM.  He is a Fisheries and Wildlife Major and has been on the Dean's List all 5 semesters so far and is looking to make it 6 at the end of the Spring Semester.  

As President of Chi Phi he hopes to "change the culture of the brotherhood, pushing towards the goal of continual existence".  

Congrats, Derek! We hope to see Chi Phi Grow under you! #RAHRAH!


- Br. Forbeck

#AmazonSmile and #ChiPhi

Did you know you can do your holiday shopping online while also supporting the Alpha Theta Chi Chapter of Chi Phi at the University of Nebraska? 

Just click this Amazon link, shop and Amazon will donate .5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Alpha Theta Chi Educational Trust:  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-3991368

This link does work all year long as well, so please bookmark this link, and share it with friends and family as every dollar earned for the chapter is needed and greatly appreciated.

Happy shopping!


$1600 Raised for the Boys and Girls Club of Lincoln

A big thanks to all of the ticket purchasers for the 2016 Chi Phi for Kids Raffle.  Zach Homolka, the Philanthropy Chair, helped organize a big event to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Lincoln/Lancaster County.  We expect after expenses to be able to donate around $1,600 to the Boys and Girls Club. 

Major thanks to the ticket purchasers and the businesses that donated prizes to the effort. 

Here are the winners: 

Mike Riley Signed Football: Jane Boerger

Tom Osborne Framed, Signed Print: Kyle McLellen

Lottery Winners: Ramsey Larson; Van Schroeder; Jeremy Lohrman; Vicki Rumbaugh; Christy Hagemann; Mo Pando; Josh Bode; Bob Ellis; Eric Thorson; Colin Brown; David Belieu; Tim Odell

Misty's Gift Card: John Lore

Topper's Pizza Certificates: Roger Moore; Leroy Loster

Qdoba Entrees: Derek Kane; Deb Kipp

Here are pictures of the two Grand Prizes: