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July 26-29, 2017

 

Celebrate 176 years of Chi Psi at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

 

 

Winter Park is a suburban city in Orange County, Florida and is part of the Greater Orlando Area. Winter Park is home to Rollins College and the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of Natural Art that holds the world's most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933. Park Avenue shopping district is filled with great restaurants, boutique shops, and art galleries in one of Florida's most unique communities.

 

Rollins College was founded in 1885 by New England Congregationalists who sought to bring their style of liberal arts education to the Florida frontier. The first president of Rollins College was Dr. Edwin Hooker, a Chi Psi and 1855 graduate of Middlebury College. Rollins is a four-year, coeducational institution and the first recognized in Florida. Alpha Mu Delta was founded at Rollins College in 1977, making 2017 their 40 year anniversary.

 

Special Events Include:

  • The 6th Annual Mark K. Bingham 5k
  • Reception hosted by Alpha Mu Delta alumni at the Rollins Pool
  • Our formal Annual Convention Banquet

Head to our Visit Orlando page for more information on activities and special discounts in the area.

 

Book your Stay at The Alfond Inn


 

 

 

All profits of The Alfond Inn at Rollins College are contributing to the endowment supporting the Alfond Scholars at Rollins College.

 

 To book your rooms today, visit thealfondinn.com or call reservations at 407-998-8090. 

 

The date to lock-in our Chi Psi room block has passed. Please call their reservations line for availability in our section.

 

 

Airport Transportation

Transportation from and to the Orlando airport (MCO) can be booked through this link. Enter the discount code WHT2K to receive 10% off all SuperShuttle and ExecuCar services.

 

Tuxedo Rentals

Attendees can go to any Men's Wearhouse to get measured and place an order for a tuxedo. Orders will be delivered on site at convention two days prior to the banquet. $40 discounted order ($79.99) will include classic one button black tuxedo, classic white wing collar shirt, black cummerbund & bowtie, black & silver studs/cufflinks, black formal shoes & socks. It is advised to pay in full at the store.

 

Reference Group # 7461541 when placing your order!

 

Rentals must be placed by July 14. Payment must be complete by July 23.

 

 

 

Register for the 176th Annual Convention

 

 

View the tentative schedule

  

 

Please be aware of the following regarding registration:

 

  1. Lower pricing for young alumni and non-delegate undergraduates. Our Regular pricing is lower for all alumni and non-delegate undergrads whose class year in the CO’s database is 2012 or later, and this will also apply to one guest for such a Brother.

  2. Cancellations, refunds and changes to registrations.  We will not provide refunds after July 15 for any cancellation or changes in registration choices.  This policy will be waived when any cancellation is the result of a family emergency or a medical emergency of which the Executive Director is made aware in a timely manner.

 

 

Undergraduate Information

 

The Central Office staff is excited for you to join us in Winter Park for the 176th Annual Convention. As your Alpha’s representative, you will have the opportunity to network with fellow Fraternity leaders and influence the development of our beloved Chi Psi. We ask that you and your Alpha’s other delegates re­view the following information prior to your arrival. For further information, please contact the Central Office at 615.736.2520.
 
Contact Information while in Winter Park:
For general Convention information, please visit the website above or call/text any of the staff members below. For transportation questions ON THE DAY OF TRAVEL, contact Emily DeWitt at (706)436-9671.
 
Please program these numbers into your mobile phone before leaving for convention:

Central Office Contact Information

 

Name Phone Number Email
Emily DeWitt 706-436-9671 edewitt@chipsi.org
Francis Howitt 551-655-8963 fhowitt@chipsi.org
Steve Habat 803-622-2489 shabat@chipsi.org
Dan Hooks 662-392-8272 dhooks@chipsi.org
Rich Merlino 864-363-7686 rmerlino@chipsi.org
Kyle Phillips 704-677-4133 kphillips@chipsi.org
Holly Stewart 203-858-5763 hstewart@chipsi.org
Nick Strelke 940-368-8877 nstrelke@chipsi.org
Sam Bessey 615-405-7623 sbessey@chipsi.org
Donald Beeson 919-740-1972 dbeeson@chipsi.org
Gabbie Rimmaudo 908-209-6528 grimmaudo@chipsi.org


Travel: Flying to Convention
 
Meeting Location at Orlando International Airport (MCO):
Orlando Int’l Airport has two sides (A & B). You will meet either Rich Merlino or Dan Hooks on Side A, Level 1 (Ground Transportation & Baggage Claim), in the Baggage Claim Area. Meet Dan or Rich 10 minutes prior to the shuttle departure times below. They will be waiting in that area with a Chi Psi sign. The shuttle will depart at the times listed below:
 
Shuttle Departure Times (MCO -> Rollins College)

  • 11:00 AM
  • 1:00PM
  • 3:00 PM
  • 5:30 PM
     

If you have questions about your travel arrangements or have not yet received confirmation, please contact Emily DeWitt at edewitt@chipsi.org immediately.
 
Be sure to:

  • Check in for your flight 24 hours before it departs
  • Bring with you to the airport a valid photo ID (state issued driver’s license or passport)
  • Allow plenty of travel time to the airport and plan ahead for traffic
  • Arrive at the airport with plenty of time to check bags, clear security, and board your flight

Upon arrival at Winter Park, you will check-in for lodging at Elizabeth Hall. You will receive your registration packet and schedule upon check-in. A Central Office staff member will be at Elizabeth Hall to assist you throughout this process.
 
Travel: Driving to Convention
If you are driving to Convention, please plan to arrive at Elizabeth Hall no later than 5:00 pm. We will provide you with a parking pass that is valid for any parking lot at Rollins.

Map of Rollins College
 
P4E Rotations Sign-Up
Fill out the interest form for P4E rotations here. 
You will not be registered for wine tasting if you are under the age of 21.

Attire
Please dress in a way which creates a positive impression among those whom you encounter along the way. The Central Office expects you to wear at least business casual clothing (shorts are ok) for your trip to Winter Park.
 
Winter Park in late July will be hot and humid, so please pack accordingly. Please dress in business casual (slacks, button down or golf shirt, and closed toed dress shoes) for the Spencer Institute sessions on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Please dress casually for the Friday night local reception—we encourage you to wear a Chi Psi shirt or shirt from your university.
 
The Convention Sessions on Saturday are the formal business meetings for our organization, so jackets, ties, and closed-toed shoes are required on the Convention floor.

Please dress yourself so as to represent the responsibilities entrusted to you by your Alpha. Sandals, flip-flops, and open-toed shoes are not allowed on the convention floor.
 
The Saturday night banquet is a black-tie event. If you do not have a tuxedo, please visit your local Men’s Warehouse or other tuxedo store for rental or purchase as the deadline to rent through Chi Psi has passed.
 

Convention Attire Summary

  • Casual: Shorts, polo shirt, button downs, appropriate t-shirts
  • Business Casual: slacks or khakis, dress shirt, open-collar or polo shirt, optional tie or sport coat, and loafers or dress shoes
  • Business Professional: Suit, coat, and tie
  • Black tie: Tuxedo
  • Spencer Institute Sessions: Business casual
  • Friday night local reception: Casual
  • Saturday Convention Sessions: Professional
  • Saturday Banquet: Black tie

Packing
Please be sure to bring the following items to convention:

  • Twin XL sheets and pillowcase for your bed in the Rollins dorm (we will provide a new, unused pillow)
  • Towel and washcloth
  • Toiletries
  • Water Bottle
  • Casual Attire
  • Business Casual Attire
  • Coat and Tie
  • Formal Attire
  • Athletic attire and running shoes (if you intend to participate in the 5k on Friday)
  • Pen and Paper
  • Fall 2017 Alpha Calendar
  • 2017-2018 Budget
  • Current Alpha Roster
  • Any items you want to review with the Central Office Staff
  • Commonly forgotten items: Socks, belts, ties, Badge or Pledge Button


The Chi Psi Educational Trust, and Chi Psi Fraternity all request that you conduct yourselves properly while attending Convention. As a representative of your Alpha and Chi Psi, you inherit the responsibility to be a gentleman, and to bring only the best of criticism upon the group. Illegal or otherwise, inappropriate actions will not be tolerated. Please enjoy your time in Winter Park and ensure the future occurrence of this Annual Convention.
 
Thank you in advance for contributing to a successful Convention. If you have any questions, please contact the Central Office at 615.736.2520. The Central Office Staff is looking forward to seeing all of you in Winter Park shortly.
 

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