See You Online

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. Originally set to be in Ithaca, NY, celebrating 150 years of the Beta Charge at Cornell, we have moved to an online format, hoping to celebrate in New York 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 2020 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 on this exciting new adventure.

The Schedule

Zoom links to be sent via e-mail

All TImes Eastern

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

08:00 PM
Opening Reception Social All
  • Use naming convention
  • Free for all social call
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Thursday, July 30, 2020

6:00pm
TJ Sullivan: Confronting the idiot in your Charge Minerva Session One Undergraduate Delegates & All
  • TJ Sullivan
    TJ Sullivan

 

  • Every charge has at least one. The brother making poor choices and behaving in a way that is hurting themselves, you, or the organization.  He’s still a brother, and you’d do anything for him, but sometimes you wish he would just transfer to another school, far, far away.  

At a certain point, a line is crossed, and you decide that it’s time to have a conversation and confront the negative behavior.  But, it’s an intimidating thing to do.  How will he react?  What if he doesn’t change the behavior? What if the situation gets worse?

In this humorous, realistic program, T.J. Sullivan will help you answer the question: “Where do we draw the line?”  We will discuss why it’s so hard to confront, and T.J. will provide you with practical strategies that will increase your chances of success when you get the guts to confront.  

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 31, 2020

6:00pm
James Robilota (Men: Work in Progress) Minerva Session 2 Undergraduate Delegates & All
  • James Robilota
    James Robilota
  • Men, in your past when you were challenged what was your response? Did you get defensive? Did you make excuses? Did you try to shift blame? Did you listen? Did you seek to understand? It’s time to be reflective and not just reactive. Men we have a choice to make: are we going to be cool or are we going to be great? In this program we will laugh at ourselves while analyzing deep topics such as fear, coping mechanisms, and love. Specifically, we will discuss brotherhood, because I think we can do it even better than we are right now. We are not where we need to be yet, men. Do you have courage to join me in putting in the work?
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm
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07:00pm
Adam McCready, Chi Deuteron ‘02 (The Pressures of Manhood) Minerva Session 3 Graduate Delegates & All
  • Adam McCready
    Adam McCready

While fraternities like Theta Delta Chi often espouse missions to develop better men (e.g., improving the intellectual, moral, and social being), fraternity membership is often associated with alcohol use, hazing and other concerning behaviors and beliefs. The masculine cultures perpetuated by fraternity chapters/Charges may explain these troubling outcomes. Using research findings from a national study of nearly 3,000 undergraduate men from 76 chapters of a social fraternity, this virtual seminar will identify connections among the masculine cultures of fraternity chapters/Charges, and the alcohol consumption behaviors and hazing attitudes of members. In addition, the presenter will propose strategies related to masculinity that attendees can use to address hazing and alcohol use within their Charges

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8:00pm
Bobbi Larsen (Managing Crisis in your Charge) Minerva Session 4 Graduate Delegates & All
  • Bobbi Larsen
    Bobbi Larsen
  • Fraternities are not immune to the tragedies and crises that have struck the college population with alarming frequency over the past decade. As leaders and volunteers, we must be prepared to meet the needs of any crisis we face. This presentation will address the prevention of risk management crises, but also outline the basics steps to follow in case of an emergency, and who can support the Charge in a crisis situation.
  • 8:00pm – 9:00pm ET
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9:00pm
Social Event: Night Cap

Saturday, August 1, 2020

12:00pm
Woody Woodcock (Brothers Are Different Than Buddies) Minerva Session 5 Undergraduate Delegates & All
  • Woody Woodcock
    Woody Woodcock
  • Theta Delta Chi, let's recruit men for our brotherhood, not our buddy-hood. After all, brothers are different than buddies. Too many fraternity chapters have forgotten this simple truth. We choose members based on if "he's a good guy" or not. We seem to value potential members who are "chill" even though we want driven gentlemen who will actively help us achieve our organization's purpose (that's like the opposite of "chill"!).

The key to shifting from buddy recruitment to brotherhood recruitment requires starting with a deep understanding of our product. What is a fraternity? What is a fraternity man? What is brotherhood? Those three questions seem incredibly simple on the surface, but too many chapters misunderstand them (or never bother considering them) and that causes more problems than you might be aware. This session is an opportunity to talk, as gentlemen, about these three vital questions and their impact on recruitment and our overall organizations.

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1:00pm
General Business Session Two General Business Session 2 Delegates & All

Elections

1:00pm – 3:00pm ET

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3:00pm
PGL reception Banquet All

3:30pm – 4:30pm

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3:30pm
Awards & Scholarships Banquet All

 

3:30pm – 4:30pm

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4:30pm
Social Zoom

Sunday, August 2, 2020

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

1:00pm – 3:00pm

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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. Be a witness to Theta Delt history, the first Virtual Convention.

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