Theta Chi Fraternity
Alpha Zeta Chapter at the University of Rochester
Giving and Volunteer Opportunities
On December 21, 2009, Richard Feldman removed the Alpha Zeta chapter’s censured status at the University of Rochester, granting full accreditation without conditions. This paved the way for the undergraduate members to move back into the house in September 2010 and for the formal rededication ceremony on October 16, 2010, during Meliora Weekend.
The undergraduate brothers are once again living in the house, participating fully in University activities, including the unique Expectations for Excellence initiative aimed at making the chapter a large part of the campus community. The chapter is thriving. At the start of the 2010-2011 academic year, the chapter had 24 undergraduates with aggressive plans to recruit 10 additional members during the fall semester.
Before members could return, the Theta Chi house was in need of $160,000 in repairs and improvements to repair the structure and meet required health and safety standards; these funds were loaned by the University to the chapter. Added to this was an outstanding loan from the University for an updated sprinkler and fire safety system with a balance of nearly $265,000. Finally, the operating account for the chapter is currently in the red by $136,000.
To address these financial burdens and to propel the chapter back to its historical position as one of the dominant fraternities on the Rochester campus, the Alumni board of the Alpha Zeta Chapter recently announced their $1 million “Extend a Helping Hand” campaign. Funds raised through this effort have already supported the renovating and re-occupancy of the house and will retire the debt owed to the University. Further, and more crucial, is the establishment of an endowment for future house maintenance and improvements.
This effort is being coordinated by the Alpha Zeta Chapter Alumni Board, is being chaired by Len Lanzi ’84, and has the full support of the University of Rochester. Funds given to Theta chi through this effort will also be considered gifts to the University of Rochester and thus are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.
To date, more than $260,000 has been secured for this effort. In addition to your financial support, your time as a volunteer contacting fellow brothers from your era at the University is crucial to the chapter’s success. If you are interested in being a volunteer, we will have Len Lanzi contact you personally. Thank you for you consideration of a gift in support of Theta Chi at the University of Rochester.