A Note From Quincy Gottwig

qg Quincy Gottwig in the CFO Library

July 2015


am beyond excited to begin my work as one of the two new traveling Charge consultants for Theta Delta Chi. I recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in International Studies, Geography, and German. While this new position has little to do with my areas of study, the overwhelmingly positive experience I had as an undergraduate at my Charge drew me towards continuing my service to the Old Lady. Working towards the improvement of my Charge was undoubtedly one of the more challenging, yet fulfilling, experiences of my undergraduate career. I hope to imbue this same sort of dedication to our beloved fraternity at each and every Charge that I have the privilege of visiting. In only a few weeks time, I will be hitting the road. I look forward to meeting new brothers from all corners of the country and all the great times that are sure to follow. Come introduce yourselves at this year's convention in Chicago so that I recognize some familiar faces throughout my travels. Hope to see you there.


Quincy Gottwig Sigma Deuteron'15

A Note From Derek M. Clune

Derek Clune at the CFODerek Clune Doing Research in the CFO Library

July 2015


reetings Brothers,

I am one of the two new traveling Charge Consultants. I graduated from Binghamton University and double majored in PPL (Politics, Philosophy, and Law) and History. I was president of the Theta Triton Charge and was the Undergraduate Secretary of the Grand Lodge. I have always identified with Theta Delta Chi’s collective values; as a result they have had a strong impact on my life. The devotion across the organization to our standard of excellence is why we are so successful. I have personally become a better man as a direct result of my participation in our beloved fraternity. My Charge constantly challenged me to develop socially and scholastically. Gaining so much from the organization has driven me to give back and to continue our success. Therefore, I am elated to continue my service to the Old Lady through the Charge Consultant position. I am extremely excited to get on the road and to see all of our Charges. Also I cannot wait to establish new friendships with brothers across the country. I look forward to working with all of our brothers to guarantee our goals are met. I will be around at the Chicago Convention, please come up and introduce yourself. See you in Chicago or on the road!


Derek M. Clune

As The Summer Ends


he summer is coming to a close, Convention has come and gone, and for the traveling Consultants of Theta Delta Chi, the fall means it’s time to hit the road. As an organization, we have seen some recent changes in staff and the look of our office. As we transition into these changes we are confident and excited to continue supporting our Charges and directing our manpower towards new and growing goals. Former Executive Director Dr. William McClung, Iota Deuteron ’66 has retired after over a decade of service to the Fraternity. Taking over as Executive Director is Dr. Richard Wood, Gamma Triton ’73 who has years of experience serving the Fraternity through positions held on both the Grand Lodge and the Educational Foundation. Kevin Hahn, Delta Deuteron ’12 has closed out his year as a traveling consultant. He will be returning home to California but his dedication and knowledge of the Fraternity will still be a resource as he has been elected to serve as one of the Executive Members of the Grand Lodge for the coming two years. The traveling staff of the organization will consist of John Lowry, Theta Triton ’13 and Mike Houlihan Sigma Triton ’09. For John, this will be his second year as a traveling Charge Consultant. For Mike, this will be his fifth year on staff. In the past, Mike has worked out of the Central Fraternity Office as Director of Charge Operations but this year he will take on the additional role of a traveling Charge Consultant.

From John Lowry:

John at the 167th ConventionJohn at the 167th Convention


have been very happy with the support we have given to our Charges this past year, and look forward to the new structure of our office and the potential it has. With a Grand Lodge that is dedicated to a strategic yet aggressive vision for the future our staff especially consultants have their work cut out for them. This year’s Convention had four Grand Lodge positions up for grabs, the board was able to maintain consistency yet bring in some new strong voices. Over the past year the Grand Lodge and CFO have collectively created a lot of tangible resources for expansion and have discussed what this procedure is going to look like on the ground. With the stability of our Charges and operations at a high point it seems important that we take advantage of expansion opportunities. Discussions in the office have looked at taking our big picture goals and making them achievable on the timelines given by host institutions. As a staff we are proactively looking at expansion, while we are aware of many recolonizations we are always looking for new opportunities. If anyone has friends, brothers, or family at an institution where Theta Delta Chi is currently not represented that would be a strong host institution feel free to reach out to any of our staff. While the staff is changing it is comprised of dedicated brothers who have a strong foundation in Theta Delta Chi, the transition period and learning curve for the unique position of Charge Consultant has been eliminated. To not bore everyone reading this, assuming they haven’t stopped reading already I will move on to some of the more exciting things. The 167th Convention in New York City was a spectacular one, being from New York City I was able to connect with Theta Delts across in the country in my favorite place. For those who have been to a Convention before they continue to be an annual gathering time to reflect on one’s participation in our beloved organization, and for those who can say the 167th Convention is their first I’m sure will never forget it. The 168th Convention will be in Chicago, it will also be my fifth consecutive Convention which I am proud to claim. I am truly looking forward to the vision and future of Theta Delta Chi; I can say that we are the point where change and growth are an achievable priority. I look forward to updating everyone about life on the road, as well as new developments in Theta Delta Chi.

John Lowry
Theta Triton ’13 (Binghamton University)
Charge Consultant (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

From Mike Houlihan:

Rae, Becca and MikeRae, Becca and Mike


oming to a city near you! I am very excited to begin my journey as a traveling Charge Consultant for Theta Delta Chi. During the past four years I worked out of the Central Fraternity Office in Boston, MA. I would only get to travel for events such as the Preamble Institute and Convention. I was always jealous of the traveling consultants upon hearing about their adventures on the road and the great experiences they had at our Charge houses throughout the United States and Canada. I had always wanted to travel for the fraternity but did not think it could work out because I was entering my late twenties and pursuing a law degree. However, a homecoming visit to Penn State with some of my Charge brothers revealed to me that traveling for the fraternity could become a reality. In the Fall of 2013, Eric Kelley ΣΤ’04, Phil Parker ΣΤ’08 and I (as well as our girlfriends) rented an RV and drove it from Boston to State College, PA for a fun-filled weekend with Sigma Triton alumni and undergraduates. This experience motivated me to purchase my own RV and remain on staff for an additional year as a traveling consultant. Having the RV allows for my girlfriend, Becca, and our dog, Rae, to join me on the road. We hope to see you at some point during our travels!

Mike Houlihan
Sigma Triton ’09 (Penn State)
Charge Consultant, Director of Charge Operations (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Grand Lodge Staff Update!

Derek Clune and Quincy GottwigDerek Clune and Quincy Gottwig

June 2015


ongratulations to Quincy Gottwig, Sigma Deuteron ’15 (University of Madison, Wisconsin) and Derek Clune, Theta Triton ’14 (Binghamton University)! Both will be joining staff in July as Theta Delta Chi’s two new traveling Charge consultants. Quincy and Derek will spend the summer working in the CFO and traveling for training events before they hit the road in August. Be on the lookout for both these gentlemen at the 168th Convention in Chicago. Be sure to say hello and meet the staff who will be working with all the Charges throughout the year. More info on this year’s Convention is available on www.tdxconvention.org. Don’t forget to check back in July for a welcoming post from the duo.

Current Charge Consultant John Lowry will be staying on staff but moving into the position of Director of Operations & Expansion. Mike Houlihan will be leaving staff after five years of service in the CFO. You can read about Mike’s final year on staff in the most recent issue of the Shield, he shares his experience on the road in his RV as well as with Theta Delta Chi at large. For those who haven’t received their copy of the Shield or have moved recently please update your information on www.tdx.org/update.

West Coast Report

Kevin Hahn, Delta Deuteron '12


Xi Deuteron Charge HouseXi Deuteron Charge House

The beginning of the new year found me on the West Coast up in Seattle at Xi Deuteron at the University of Washington (UW), fortunately with an umbrella during the Pacific Northwest's wet winter. Often referred to as the “White House of the West Coast,” the Charge House sits just a block from UW's campus. With a group of more than 65 solid Brothers, Xi Deuteron holds it down for Theta Delta Chi in the PNW. Although they landed themselves in a bit of hot water with the university over some conduct issues early in the year, I'm happy to report that they are now off probation with a better understanding of risk management and proper behavior. The Charge has begun a capital campaign to raise money for much needed renovations to the old Charge House to update it to 21st century standards; construction will start in August. A perennial contender for the President's Cup, Xi Deuteron impressed me with their rigorous adherence to our Ritual during Charge meetings. As a result, I was dismayed at being unable to witness the Initiation of their fall pledge class because my departing flight was scheduled to leave just before it took place.

Psi Deuteron PoolPsi Deuteron Pool

Sunny southern California – home to both myself and, of course, Psi Deuteron – was my second stop; what a relief it was to be there in January instead of the frigid East Coast. With the help of Lambda Triton alumnus, Hasan Piker '13, our Charge at UCLA is well underway with a critical reorganization. After a decline in membership in the recent past, Psi Deuteron is experiencing a revitalization. While the Charge House was full of boarders in both the fall and spring of this most recent academic year, fall of 2014 should see the House full of newly initiated Brothers who are doing their best to quickly learn what it takes to run an exceptional Charge of Theta Delta Chi. The number of quality pledges recruited and Initiated next fall term will be a determining factor for the success of this Charge.

My last destination was Arizona for both the Preamble Institute in Scottsdale and a visit to the boys at Epsilon Triton in Tempe. Preamble is always an inspiring and memorable experience for me because it creates a strong synergy and sense of brotherhood among a group of young up-and-coming leaders from each Charge who are, at first, unacquainted strangers but become close friends and allies over only just a short weekend as they further develop their leadership skills and values based on our Ritual through PI's curriculum. This year's PI was no different, as a dedicated team of facilitators helped delegates from each Charge grow close as Brothers and cultivate their knowledge and appreciation of our Fraternity.

Epsilon Triton Brothers volunteer at Balancing Paws Dog Training in Phoenix, AZEpsilon Triton Brothers volunteer at Balancing Paws Dog Training in Phoenix, AZ

I continued the week with a stay at Arizona State University (ASU) to help set up Epsilon Triton for rush. Spring pledge classes are always smaller compared to those of the fall at ASU, but even though the Brothers hit the ground running, their efforts were rewarded with only one new member. It's sink or swim for these Brothers, who, despite difficult odds, are still very dedicated to the Old Lady. While few in number, they still make time for philanthropy and service and brought me along with them to a local shelter to help exercise the dogs there. They are currently biding their time until the upcoming semester, using the entire summer to prepare for a successful fall rush.



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