Top 12 Things You Find While Interning for Phi Kappa Tau

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When Greek organizations with strong national ties talk about their group’s community at large, as well as the personal opportunities for growth afforded by that community, it can sound like a lot of hot air. Of course every group has history, but what sort of community is actually out there? And is it really worth the effort of getting involved?

 

The Kenyon Phi Taus happen to have a pretty great national organization. One of our main hopes when we decided to found the chapter was to have a national organization that we could rely on for support. We also wanted an organization that would strengthen our chapter and which our chapter could help strengthen in the years to come. Phi Kappa Tau is one of the best groups out there for student leadership education and alumni engagement, and we’ve enjoyed a great fit over the past year and a half.

 

Peter Granville, rising senior and our chapter president, is spending the summer about as deep into the Phi Tau community as an undergrad can go. Since mid-May, he has been working for the Phi Kappa Tau Executive Offices as the Conference Intern, helping to plan Conclave, our biennial “homecoming” held in lieu of the National Convention. Although we are only expected to send one member, Matthew “Ya Boy” Christopher, Hanning “the Meritorious” Wong, and recent grad Conor “Chapter Eternal” Dugan are all planning to join Peter at Conclave.

 

So what has Peter found, over the past two-and-a-half weeks of his internship? Certainly a lot, but here’s his Top 12 (so far).

#1:  the Beauty of Oxford, OH – hover over images for captions

 

#2: the Beauty of Miami University (particularly when there are no Miami students)

Perfect summer day.

Perfect summer day.

#3: the Most Beautiful Creed in the World

This sits in the conference room. It really brings a sense of focus to the space.

This hangs in the Executive Offices conference room. It really brings a sense of focus to the space.

#4: this Phi Tau flag WHICH WAS LEGITIMITELY IN SPACE

Leroy Chiao, UC Berkeley '79, brought it with him while he was the commander of the International Space Station.

Leroy Chiao, Nu (UC Berkeley) ’79, brought this flag with him while he was the commander of the International Space Station. Life goal: to be 1% as cool as Leroy.

#5: the Heritage Room – hover over images for captions

Letters in the Heritage Room record the official acceptance of the name Phrenocon by the Non-Fraternity Association at Miami in 1909, and the adoption of the name Phi Kappa Tau by the six chapters of Phrenocon in 1916.

Letters in the Heritage Room record the official acceptance of the name Phrenocon by the Non-Fraternity Association at Miami in 1909, and the adoption of the name Phi Kappa Tau by the six chapters of Phrenocon in 1916.

#6: Phi Tau Circle

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Donated to Miami University in 2006 to mark our centennial year.

#7: Heaps of Alpha Houses

Miami is the birthplace of five major fraternities and sororities, including…

Much interfraternal love to our friends in Beta Theta Pi, founded here in 1839! Phi Kappa Tau was founded at Miami 67 years later.

#8: that Cincinnati food is… different. 

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I’ve been told it’s an acquired taste.

#9: That there really is no shortage of Phi Tau holidays

Hope you had a lovely 130th, Founder Borradaile!

Hope you had a lovely 130th, Founder Borradaile!

In fact, there is no shortage of cake around the Executive Offices.

#10: the Jackpot of Stress Balls

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Quote from Gibson: “Steal them all.”

#11: Awesome Fellow Interns

Darryl and Max: A+ guys.

Darryl and Max: A+ guys.

#12: and a pretty awesome community. 

What Photoshop? No Photoshop going on here.

What Photoshop? No Photoshop going on here.

What has Peter learned from this? That the deeper you explore your national history, community, and opportunities, the more there is to be found.

 

Look out for more blog posts to come this summer!


One Comment

Gibson Oakley says:

June 2, 2015 at 9:57 pm

Looks like you’re having a killer summer! These are such fun photos! (Also, I stand by my recommendation to steal all the stress balls.)

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