Chris Clark ’13
As the end of the fall semester approaches, I would like to highlight some of the accomplishments of both the house and the individual brothers throughout the year. Needless to say, it has been a very successful year for Phi Society.
In January Phi Society had another successful rush, bringing in eighteen new brothers who were initiated in September (see photo below). Evan Connell, the outgoing Vice President did a great job organizing the house in the effort. The new pledge class comes from as far as Dubai and as near as Charlottesville. This year brought two legacies, John Burton (’15), brother of Jim Burton (’12) and Cabell Wilburn (’14), brother of Kel Wilburn (’11). They are a great bunch of guys who I expect will make great contributions to the house.
A great aspect of the house is the level of involvement brothers in Phi Society have with organizations outside of the house. Currently we have brothers involved in Honor Committee, University Guide Service, Inter Fraternity Council, One in Four, the Virginia Gentlemen, the Cavalier Daily and Charlottesville Rescue Squad to name a few. Several brothers hold leadership positions within their clubs. Andrew Krouch (’13) is the president of ‘Hoo Crew, the student run athletics fan club that works to increase attendance at sporting events and enhance the game atmosphere. Andrew Hayden (’15) recently founded the Virginia Venture Fund, a group that educates students about venture capital and opportunities after graduation.
Phi Society is always very competitive in athletics, as evidenced by our involvement in club sports. Ian Feeney (’14) and Cal Marinaro are both members of the men’s rowing team. Baird Snyder (’13) and Sebastian Lulli (’13) both play on the men’s club lacrosse team. Tim Mannel (’12), Ricky Wesnofske (’14) and Jordan Kuchel (’14) play club baseball. Matthew Wilkinson (’14) is the president of the men’s club volleyball team. In addition, we won the fraternity league volleyball championship for the second consecutive year. That championship helped propel the Phis to another strong finish in the IM Highpoint Standings.
Every year brothers land jobs and internships at prestigious firms and this year is no exception. Evan Connell (’12) is with Bain & Company, Andrew Slotnick (’12) is with Citigroup, Steven Koch (’12) is with UBS, Taylor Perry (’12) is with Houlihan Lokey, Jim Burton (’12) is with Deloitte, and Conor Jones is with FTI Consulting. Of the current 4th years, Baird Snyder (’13) will be with FTI Consulting, Evghenii Storoja (’13) will be with PNC, Taylor Leonard (’13) will be with Jones Lang LaSalle, Sebastian Lulli (’13) will be with Marriott, and I will be with UBS. Additionally Adam Cohen (’12) will be studying Biomedical Engineering at Duke and Charlie Modlin (’12) will be studying Biochemistry at Emory.
This past April Phi Society hosted an alumni reunion weekend for the classes of 1980-83. The weekend consisted of a cookout at the house, a golf tournament at Birdwood, and a cocktail party at Farmington Country Club. It was great to see Phis of the 80’s reconnect with one another as well as with the current brothers. Three of the alumni have sons in the house (Jim Goodyear ’82, son Robert Goodyear ’12; Bill Krouch ’81, son Andrew Krouch ’13; and Michael Shroyer ’83, son Aaron Shroyer ’14). The event was organized with the help of our Alumni Chair, Aaron Shroyer. We hope to host more events like this with different eras of Phi’s every year.
Phi Society hosted its 5th annual Phi Fish Fry Philanthropy on April 13th. The event had over 300 attendees and raised over $1500 for the Boys & Girls Club of Charlottesville. Our Philanthropy Chair Andy Esposito (’13) was responsible for organizing the event.
The Spring Semester concluded with our annual Cudlip weekend. As always, there was a great alumni turnout. The outgoing fourth years were recognized for their accolades at Thursday’s Founder’s Day Banquet. Outgoing president Conor Jones won the Record and the Virginia Beta Trustees Award for Excellence. The Maupin Pence Award was given to Adam Cohen, and the Joseph Tunner award was given to Tim Mannel. Henry Kittredge was awarded the Jeffrey Rockwell Cudlip Award as well. Between a party at the house, the Phi Open and the Foxfield Races, the weekend was a great success. Alumni Chair Aaron Shroyer was also responsible for organizing the weekend.
I am very proud of the accomplishments of Phi Society this year, and am confident the fraternity will remain one of the preeminent houses on Grounds in the years to come. From my three years in the house, I can say with certainty that every member of Phi Society has made and benefitted from friendships that will last a lifetime. If you have any questions or comments, I can be reached at (973) 270-3606 or firstname.lastname@example.org.