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Theta Delta Chi’s Annual Convention is a time-honored tradition. Not only is it an enjoyable social event where Board Members, CFO Staff, Undergraduates, and Alumni renew their Social Joys, it is the primary venue of conducting the business of the Fraternity. Last year Theta Delta Chi hosted its first virtual Convention. This year we had planned to be in Ithaca, NY, to celebrate the delayed 150 year anniversary of the Beta Charge at Cornell. After evaluating the current health situation we will continue with an online format again this year. We hope to be in person to celebrate the 175th Convention next year!

If you are interested in attending this year’s virtual Convention please complete the registration form. Non-Delegate and Delegate Alumni registrations are “pay what you can” donations, and Non-Delegate Undergraduates are welcome to join us at no cost.  

By signing up you are opting in to receive information about the 2021 Convention. Links to the Zoom Video Communication meetings and the electronic delegate book will both be shared approximately one week prior to Convention.

Thank you for joining for our second virtual Convention.

The Schedule

Zoom links to be sent via e-mail

All TImes Eastern

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

07:00 PM
Getting Your Alumni On Track Alumni Minerva Session Alumni

Learn about how to utilize MyTDX.org to it's full potential. 

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

08:00 PM
Opening Reception Social All
  • Use naming convention
  • Free for all social call
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Thursday, July 29, 2021

6:00pm
Archie Messersmith-Bunting: It's Okay Not to be Okay Minerva Session One Undergraduate Delegates & All
  • Archie Messersmith-Bunting
    Archie Messersmith-Bunting
  • Depression is real. It’s not a hurt that you can simply make “go away,” and you can’t just “walk it off.” If you’ve ever suffered from it, or had a friend or family member who has, you know it can ravage a soul and leave a shell of a person. This program allows students to assess their own mental health and identify ways they can improve their daily self-care plan. Attendees learn to identify signs their friend, family member or classmate may be struggling. Participants discover action steps to encourage help-seeking behaviors while avoiding the less-than-helpful things often said to those struggling with depression.
  • Archie Messersmith-Bunting reaches individuals personally as he openly and honestly shares his own struggle with addiction and clinical depression. He weaves research of top therapists and addiction specialists into his storytelling, allowing audiences to understand the potential for loss and pain.Last year, Archie transitioned to full-time speaker and consultant providing leadership, mental health and alcohol & drug prevention education at corporations like Solenis and The Job Sauce, and college campuses including Clemson University, Iowa State University and the University of Southern California.Archie attended Samford University for his Bachelor’s degree and received his Master’s of Science in College & Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University.
  6:00pm – 7:00pm ET
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7:00pm
First Business Session Business Session One Delegates & All

Reports

7:00pm – 8:30pm

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8:30pm
Social Event: Game Night!

Friday, July 30, 2021

6:00pm
Christina Parle (Why Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Matters to Fraternity) Minerva Session 2 Undergraduate Delegates & All
  • Christina Parle
    Christina Parle
  • The current climate in our country is calling for change; marginalized humans are calling for us to be different. We cannot do that without understanding the foundational pieces that impact our ability to create equitable and inclusive environments with the hope our spaces will become diverse. We must start equipping ourselves with the tools to effectively communicate and interact with others on the topics of equity, inclusion, and justice. Join the presenter in discussing the concepts of identity, power and privilege, and bias.
  • Christina Parle is a speaker, consultant, and instructional designer in the area of equity, inclusion, and diversity (EID). Christina believes she has a social responsibility to educate others and create space for dialogue related to foundational EID concepts. Much of her work is rooted in unlearning, conflict resolution, and effective communication skills. Christina's particular interest is on language and its impacts on humans. Christina predominately designs and facilitates EID content and curriculum for students, volunteers, and/or staff with nonprofits and corporations.Christina Parle is a speaker, consultant, and instructional designer in the area of equity, inclusion, and diversity (EID). Christina believes she has a social responsibility to educate others and create space for dialogue related to foundational EID concepts. Much of her work is rooted in unlearning, conflict resolution, and effective communication skills. Christina's particular interest is on language and its impacts on humans. Christina predominately designs and facilitates EID content and curriculum for students, volunteers, and/or staff with nonprofits and corporations.
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm
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07:00pm
Nolan Slifko, Upsilon Triton ‘12 (Protecting Your Image – Social Media, Legal Risks and Staying Safe) Minerva Session 3 Undergraduate Delegates & All
  • Nolan Slifko
    Nolan Slifko
  • Is your Risk Management Chair a buzz-kill? This session will help you understand why. Participants will learn to identify what risk is, the different kinds of risk, the components of the risk cycle, legal impacts in today’s world and why this is relevant to us. At the end of the session, participants will know how to protect their image while ensuring the outside perceives us the way we want to be seen.
  • Nolan Slifko, Upsilon Triton ’12, is an Attorney with four years of experience working as both General Counsel and Prosecuting Attorney in Georgia. Nolan specializes in prosecuting DUI and Domestic Violence cases as well as Appellate Practice. He is Co-Author of the Georgia DUI Manual, a legal resource for prosecutors in Georgia. Nolan was born and raised in Indiana and attended Indiana University where he graduated with degrees in Psychology and Human Biology. While at Indiana, he was a founding member of the Upsilon Triton Colony and became the founding President upon chartering. Nolan attended Valparaiso University School of Law and moved to Georgia after graduation.
  • 7:00PM-8:00PM ET
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8:00pm
Charitos Society Meeting Charitos Event Charitos Members

The 174th annual convention of Theta Delta Chi will convene from July 28 to August 1. Like last year, our convention will be virtual which will allow Brothers from longer distances to attend through Zoom; allowing you to reunite with more Brothers than could be achieved at an
in-person Convention. The Charitos Society will have its annual meeting on that Friday night, July 30th at 8pm EDT. After engaging all questions or concerns and resolving any pending business items, we will have Brother Redford Parker, Beta ’02, lead us in a tasting of premier grade mezcal from his company, El Buho (elbuhomezcal.com), a 100% Agave, handmade mezcal from Oaxaca, Mexico. A “Distinct Blend of Tradition & Contemporary”, it promises to be educational, and 100% fun and pleasurable. Upon enrolling in this event using the website below, a package of 6-15oz bottles will be shipped to you directly from El Buho in New York. This event is free to all Charitos members. As a prelude, Brother Parker will explain the history, mezcal manufacturing methods, and the differences of the items included. The tasting will entail a small sample from a bottle with discussion of the nuances of El Buho Mezcal. Mezcal is quite alcoholic, 94 Proof (47% ABV), so please be mindful of your health and activity before and after the tasting.

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8:00pm
Social Event: Night Cap!

Saturday, July 31, 2021

12:00pm
Kevin Flike, Alpha ‘06 & Nolan Flike, Alpha ‘14 (Wounded by War, But Never Broken) Minerva Session 4 Undergraduate Delegates & All
  • Kevin Flike, Alpha ‘06
    Kevin Flike, Alpha ‘06
  • Nolan Flike, Alpha '14
    Nolan Flike, Alpha '14
  • In 2011, on his second Special Forces combat deployment to Afghanistan, Kevin Flike sustained life-threatening injuries when he was shot in the abdomen. He survived, but was left facing an arduous path to recovery, having had a portion of his colon removed while also suffering from a fractured hip and damaged femoral nerve. The years which followed were grueling, as Kevin endured six surgeries that left him with over 40 inches of scars and the one-time athlete relearned to walk. This journey back from injury was rife with hardship, setback, and personal struggles, while in the wake of his injuries Kevin lost teammates, battled opiate addiction, and faced down the demons that challenge so many of our nation’s combat veterans. Still, through hard work, steadfast faith, and the stalwart support of his wife Kimberlee, he recovered and went on to earn dual Master’s Degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPA), and the MIT Sloan School of Management (MBA). Today, he enjoys a successful business career in the civilian sector. His story is an example not just of the immense sacrifices made by our nation’s servicemembers, but it is also an absolute rejection of victimhood by a Special Forces Green Beret who doesn’t know the meaning of the word “quit.”
  • Kevin Flike, Alpha ’06 - Raised in Stillwater, NY, Kevin attended Union College, before volunteering for the U.S. Army and qualifying for Special Forces (Green Beret) training. Assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group in Fort Lewis, Washington, he deployed to the Philippines, Thailand, and twice to Afghanistan, where he suffered his career-ending injury. When he medically retired from the Army, he had achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and had earned multiple awards and honors, including the Bronze Star Medal (two awards), Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal w/ Valor, and the Meritorious Service Medal. After graduate school, he has since worked for Goldman Sachs, Threat Stack (a Boston-based cyber-security firm) and is now the Senior Director of Strategic Projects and Communications for AdaptHealth. Kevin continues to give back to the Special Forces community, by serving on the Board of Directors for the Green Beret Foundation.
  • Nolan Flike, Alpha ’14, was born and raised in Stillwater, NY, 45 minutes north of Albany, and currently lives in Boston, MA. Upon graduating from Union College, where he received a B.A. in History, Nolan began his career in sales working for a logistics company, then transitioning to software sales. Nolan‘s brother Kevin, a decorated Green Beret and motivational speaker, introduced him to his current role at Mission Six Zero team, knowing it would be a perfect fit with his number one core value: family. Mission Six Zero provides leadership development and training based on the principles from CEO Jason Van Camp’s book Deliberate Discomfort. Since joining the M60 team Nolan has found his work and career to be significantly more fulfilling.
  • 12:00PM-2:00PM ET
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2:00pm
General Business Session Two General Business Session 2 Delegates & All
Elections 2:00pm – 4:00pm ET
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4:00pm
PGL Reception Banquet All

4:00pm – 4:30pm

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4:30pm
Awards & Scholarships Banquet All
4:30pm – 5:30pm
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5:30pm
Social Zoom

Sunday, August 1, 2021

01:00pm
Educational Foundation Meeting Foundation Annual Meeting EF Full Board & All

1:00pm – 3:00pm

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3:00pm
How to Change a Light Bulb: How an Alumni Advisor Can Influence Culture Alumni Minerva Session Alumni

The alumni advisor can be one of the most important positions in the life of a Charge. Effective alumni advisors can help a Charge move toward a respected values-added position on their campus, assist with the smooth transition of Charge officers and be a viable liaison with the host institution. Join us as we host a panel discussion with several very successful alumni advisors along with Executive Director Brian Bertges. These men will discuss alumni advising from their perspectives along with lesson they learned along the way.

 

Panelists:

Dr. Mark Webster, Alpha ’88

Taylor Early, Rho Triton ‘92

Brian Bertges, Sigma Triton ’00

 

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Conventions are Historic

The Annual Convention is an amazing event in the life of a Theta Delt, and some members never miss them. This is your chance to experience one at little cost but great benefit. Let’s make the 174th Convention the most attended Conention in Theta Delt history!