[Indianapolis, August 28, 2023] - Phi Mu Delta, a North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) member, proudly participated in the NIC Annual Meeting of Members. The Indianapolis, Indiana conference brought together fraternity executives from national and international men's organizations in the United States and Canada, including culturally and religiously diverse groups.
As a trade association committed to promoting positive fraternity experiences, the NIC aims to provide young men with opportunities to form meaningful and enriching fraternal bonds while prioritizing their health and safety. Through its advocacy, standards, and education initiatives, the NIC strives to create an positive fraternity experience on college campuses.
This year's Annual Meeting of Members featured a glimpse into groundbreaking industry research, a captivating keynote presentation by renowned author Richard Reeves highlighting boys' challenges in America, and informative updates regarding the NIC's lobbying efforts.
Speaking about Phi Mu Delta's participation in the conference, the Executive Director stated, "Attending the NIC Annual Meeting of Members was an invaluable experience for Phi Mu Delta. It allowed us to connect with other fraternity leaders, exchange ideas, and gain insights into the latest research and trends within the industry. We are proud to be part of an organization that prioritizes the well-being and success of its members."
In line with its vision to redefine fraternity, Phi Mu Delta remains committed to promoting a sense of brotherhood, leadership development, and academic excellence among its members. By actively participating in events like the NIC Annual Meeting of Members, Phi Mu Delta continues to strengthen its dedication to creating a positive and impactful fraternity experience for its members and the broader college community.
Phi Mu Delta Members Chris Melillo and Nick Scarmozzino Volunteer at Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree
Phi Mu Delta is proud to celebrate two of their outstanding members, Chris Melillo and Nick Scarmozzino, recently volunteered at the Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree in West Virginia. As dedicated members of Phi Mu Delta, both Melillo and Scarmozzino represented their respective chapters at the event, showcasing their commitment to community engagement and fellowship.
The Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree is a highly anticipated gathering that takes place every four years and brings together thousands of Boy Scouts from across the country. Hosted by the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America, this event provides an opportunity for Scouts to engage in various activities and forge lasting connections with fellow Scouts. This year over 15,000 Scouts attended the event.
“I not noticed on LinkedIn when we were preparing for the Jamboree that we were both Phi Mu Delta brothers, so we had an instant connection thanks to LinkedIn that we both had this in common, so we connected to each other before the Jamboree which led to us bringing our letters. Also, wanted I found out that Chris and I are both Eagle Scouts!” Shared Chris Melillo, a member of the Mu Psi provisional chapter. “ Working for the Jamboree social media team was a very unique experience. During the event we aimed to tell every story the Jamboree had. We had an awesome time getting to know Scouts and volunteers, and creatively telling their stories. I am glad to have exercised these communications skills, and look to bring them into my professional career.”
Similarly, Nick Scarmozzino, from the Mu Alpha chapter at Susquehanna University, shared his thoughts on the Jamboree: "As part of the National Jamboree communications team within web design, I learned the importance of detailed preparation because being organized made communication for this large event successful. Having this extraordinary opportunity to learn about web development, social media and marketing, I look forward to bringing back these new skills to my Susquehanna Chapter while creating new opportunities for our chapter and our alumni!"
Phi Mu Delta is a fraternity with a unique vision: to redefine fraternity by fostering a culture of lifelong civic engagement and fellowship. Through their involvement in events such as the Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree, members like Chris Melillo and Nick Scarmozzino exemplify the values and principles that Phi Mu Delta stands for.
"We are incredibly proud of Chris and Nick for their contributions to the Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree," said Rich Winter, Phi Mu Delta’s National Vice President. "Their dedication to serving their communities and engaging in meaningful fellowship is commendable. They truly embody the mission of Phi Mu Delta and inspire others around them."
Phi Mu Delta remains committed to supporting its members in their personal and professional growth, encouraging them to actively participate in events that promote civic engagement and make a positive impact on society.
Phi Mu Delta Celebrates Historic Appointment of Cainan Townsend as Executive Director of Prestigious Robert Russa Moton Museum
Farmville, Virginia - Phi Mu Delta is thrilled to celebrate Cainan Townsend, of the Sigma Alpha Chapter at Longwood University, has been appointed as the third Executive Director of the Robert Russa Moton Museum. This prestigious position signifies an incredible milestone in Townsend's career, highlighting his exceptional dedication and leadership within the historic and educational sectors.
A native of Prince Edward County, Cainan Townsend is a graduate of Prince Edward County Public Schools. He first became involved with the Robert Russa Moton Museum as a volunteer, demonstrating an unwavering passion for preserving the rich history of this institution. Townsend's commitment and determination quickly propelled him from volunteer to intern, and subsequently to part-time staff. His profound knowledge and innovative approach eventually led to his appointment as the Director of Education.
Speaking about his journey with the Robert Russa Moton Museum, Townsend reflects, "Working my way up through various roles within the museum has been an incredibly rewarding experience. I have had the privilege of delving deep into the history of this iconic landmark and witnessing firsthand the impact it has on our community."
Over the years, Cainan Townsend has proven himself indispensable to the museum's operations. In 2023, he transitioned into the position of Managing Director, displaying exceptional administrative skills and the ability to navigate the complex dynamics of the organization. This experience has undoubtedly prepared him for his new role as Executive Director, where he will continue to spearhead the museum's growth and expansion.
The Robert Russa Moton Museum stands as a significant National Historic Landmark, preserving the birthplace of America's student-led civil rights revolution. Townsend's own family history is intertwined with this revolution, as he is the great-grandson of John Townsend, a plaintiff in the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education case. Furthermore, his great aunts, Mildred and Arlene, actively participated in the 1951 student walkout and subsequently served as Brown plaintiffs.
Commenting on the appointment, Phi Mu Delta's Executive Director, Sam Waltemeyer remarked, “We take great pride in Cainan and his remarkable achievements. His contributions to preserving vital civil rights history testify to his dedication and unwavering commitment to making a difference in the world.”
Phi Mu Delta extends its heartfelt congratulations to Cainan Townsend on this remarkable achievement. The fraternity, along with the entire community, eagerly anticipates the positive impact he will continue to make in his new role as Executive Director of the Robert Russa Moton Museum.
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania - The Mu Xi Alumni Association of Phi Mu Delta, from the Pennsylvania College of Technology, hosted a highly anticipated gathering on July 15, 2023, at Appalachian Brewing Co in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The event brought together alumni and friends for an evening of camaraderie, entertainment, and the vibrant atmosphere of the brewery.
The alumni association, with a strong commitment to fostering brotherhood and bonding among its members, aims to promote a sense of unity and friendship among fellow graduates. The gathering at Appalachian Brewing Co was a testament to the association's dedication in providing enjoyable and memorable experiences for its members.
"We had a great time hanging out with friends, enjoying their delicious appetizers, and playing their yard games," expressed one of the attendees.
To make the event even more exciting, surprise giveaways and raffles were conducted throughout the evening. Attendees were thrilled to walk away as lucky winners with brewery swag, adding an extra layer of excitement to the gathering.
The Mu Xi Alumni Association fully embodies the values and beliefs of Phi Mu Delta, as stated in their creed: "I believe in Brotherhood... brotherhood that reaches beyond the limits of Phi Mu Delta and welcomes every man as my Brother. I believe in the intrinsic worth of the man at my side, and in his ability to make good and justify my faith in him."
Phi Mu Delta values the bond between brothers and recognizes the potential in every individual. The Mu Xi Alumni Association, as an extension of this creed, continues to carry forward these ideals, fostering a strong sense of unity and support among its members.
The success of the gathering at Appalachian Brewing Co not only showcased the accomplishments of the Mu Xi Alumni Association but also underlined the enduring brotherhood that exists among its members. With their commitment to strengthening friendships and celebrating shared experiences, the association looks forward to organizing more engaging events in the future.
Phi Mu Delta Celebrates Andrew Pyszka as Gilder Lehrman Institute's 2023 New Hampshire History Teacher of the Year
Phi Mu Delta, a leading fraternity focused on promoting high personal standards and service, is proud to announce that alum Andrew Pyszka has been awarded the prestigious title of Gilder Lehrman Institute's 2023 National History Teacher of the Year for the state of New Hampshire.
Andrew Pyszka, who currently teaches at Goffstown High School, is an accomplished alumni of Phi Mu Delta's Nu Omicron Chapter at Keene State College. His dedication to teaching American history and inspiring students with his unique approach were key factors in securing this esteemed recognition.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, aims to improve history education for students in grades K-12 and provide valuable resources for the public. The institute evaluates nominees based on their commitment to teaching American history, demonstration of creativity and imagination in the classroom, and effective use of primary sources like documents, artifacts, historic sites, and oral histories to engage students.
In being honored with the National History Teacher of the Year award, Andrew Pyszka's outstanding achievements and dedication to his craft have been formally acknowledged. This distinction serves as a testament to his ability to inspire and educate students about the importance of American history, fostering a lifelong love for the subject.
Phi Mu Delta, known for its commitment to promoting high personal standards, moral values, and brotherhood, is thrilled to celebrate Andrew Pyszka's accomplishments. This recognition goes hand in hand with the fraternity's core values of encouraging its members to live the ideals of democracy, brotherhood, and service.
"We are extremely proud of Andrew Pyszka's remarkable achievement as the Gilder Lehrman Institute's New Hampshire History Teacher of the Year," expressed Jim Murphy, Phi Mu Delta’s past president. "His dedication, passion, and innovative teaching methods exemplify the values we strive to instill in our members. Andrew's recognition serves as an inspiration not only to our fraternity but also to the future educators within our brotherhood."
Phi Mu Delta extends its warmest congratulations to Andrew Pyszka on this momentous accomplishment and is grateful for the positive impact he has made in the field of American history education. Andrew represents the fraternity's commitment to excellence and service, and his recognition brings pride and honor to both Phi Mu Delta and Goffstown High School.
About Phi Mu Delta:
Phi Mu Delta is a leading fraternity that provides a positive fraternity experience for college men by encouraging high personal standards, both morally and mentally. The fraternity is committed to helping its members live the ideals of democracy, brotherhood, and service.
About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History:
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History was founded in 1994 with the goal of improving history education for students in grades K-12. The institute provides extensive resources for teachers and scholars, hosts seminars and events, and offers various educational programs to promote a better understanding and appreciation of American history.
In recognition of their exemplary leadership and commitment to their communities, eight members of Phi Mu Delta were honored during the 2022-2023 academic year by the prestigious Order of Omega Honor Society. Among the recognized individuals are Benjamin Adam and Mitchell Wood from the Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania chapter, Brady Harmon, Michael Gallagher, and Ryan Chen from the Ohio Northern University chapter, Aaron Frier from the Robert Morris University chapter, and Michael Kaszycki and Zachary Pedowitz from the University of Vermont chapter.
Order of Omega, established in 1959 at the University of Miami (OH), is widely regarded as the premier honor organization for Fraternity and Sorority leaders. With its presence expanding internationally, it currently boasts more than 580 chapters across campuses in the United States and Canada. Over the past six decades, Order of Omega has proudly initiated over 280,000 exceptional Fraternity and Sorority leaders. Additionally, their commitment to supporting the educational pursuits of undergraduate members has resulted in a scholarship program that has surpassed the remarkable milestone of $1.5 million since its inception in 1985.
Joe Thompson, the National President for Phi Mu Delta, expressed his delight at the recognition bestowed upon their members by Order of Omega. He stated, "We are immensely proud of our fraternity members who have been honored by Order of Omega. Their dedication to embodying our organization's ideals of brotherhood, leadership, and service is truly commendable. They have consistently demonstrated their commitment to upholding high personal standards, both morally and mentally, and their impact within the fraternity community is undeniable."
Receiving recognition from the Order of Omega is a testament to the exceptional leadership skills and contributions that these Phi Mu Delta members have made on their respective campuses. By exemplifying the values of brotherhood, leadership, and service in their everyday lives, they have set a remarkable precedent for their peers and continue to inspire others to strive for excellence.
The Order of Omega recognition serves as a reminder of Phi Mu Delta's ongoing commitment to providing a positive fraternity experience for today's college men. Through their steadfast support and encouragement, the organization aims to empower its members to reach their full potential, both academically and personally. As these impressive individuals continue on their journey, Phi Mu Delta stands behind them, ready to offer guidance and opportunities for growth.
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