On Tuesday April 8th, the brothers of Kappa Phi Epsilon elected the new executive board for the 2014-2015 school year. Congratulations to the following brothers and good luck in the ...
Meet Nicky Harrington, a second-year, health science major.
Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Nicky grew up in a Catholic home and attended a Christian elementary and middle school. Growing up in the Christian faith, he believed in Jesus Christ but still had reservations and had not committed his life to Him.
“I was very lukewarm about my faith, and although I believed in God, I did not have an actual relationship with him. It was not until I went on a retreat with my youth group sophomore year of high school that I was truly filled with the Holy Spirit and began to really build a relationship with God,” Nicky stated.
Nicky came to the University of Florida in the fall of 2013. His first semester at UF, he pledged Kappa Phi Epsilon with the Tau pledge class. Since joining Kappa Phi, he has been a key brother of our fraternity. He has served the brotherhood as External Associate Chaplain, Jr. Rush Director, Sr. Rush Director, and he currently serves as Prayer Chairman. He plans on becoming an occupational therapist with a specialty in working with people with special needs. His passion for those with special needs was sparked after he attended “Camp I Am Special,” where he worked closely with children and teenagers with special needs. It was after working this camp when his entire perspective on the value of life was changed. “I am so thankful that God put [this] camp in my life, because so many of the people and memories that I love most have happened because of camp,” said Harrington.
Nicky has chosen Matthew 6:33 as his life verse, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Nicky is a key brother to our fraternity, and we are truly grateful for his servant’s heart, leadership and boldness in his faith.
On March 26th, brothers Estevan Torres (Upsilon) and Wilkin David (Tau), were elected President and Treasurer, respectively, to the Hispanic Student Association of the University of Florida. HSA serves as the largest Hispanic organization, and one of the largest student organizations, on campus. Elections consisted of two rounds of nominations for potential candidates, and active members of HSA voted for the candidates they deemed best fit for each office position.
The Hispanic Student Association is an “umbrella organization,”under which are thirteen sub-organizations dedicated to allowing Hispanic students to express themselves, connect to their community, and even pursue professional dreams. HSA hosts and organizes many events for students to partake in through its student-run Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, which takes place from mid September through mid October.
As President of the Hispanic Student Association, Estevan Torres wants to create an inclusive environment within HSA that welcomes all students to this campus. “As president, I want to continue uniting the Hispanic/Latino community, because as one voice we have the power to make and be the change we want to see,” said Torres.
Torres credits much of his success in the Hispanic Student Association to his involvement within Kappa Phi Epsilon. “Being apart of Kappa Phi has helped me stay grounded in the Word and in fellowship with like-minded men who are pursuing God’s heart and purpose for their life with everything they have. I recognize that anything I have, or any position, or influence I hold isn’t for my will or glory, but for His will and glory.”
As Treasurer of HSA, David is responsible for managing the organization’s budget, which is second largest organization budget at the University of Florida.
“My duties include allocating the appropriate funds to thirteen organizations under HSA and allocating the appropriate funds to the largest student-run Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in the nation,” said David. “Kappa Phi has helped me in the pursuit of this title by introducing me to a brotherhood that has committed itself to having an impact and reflecting Christ’s grace throughout campus.”
We are extremely proud of these men for continuing to make a difference for Christ on campus. We pray for God’s guidance and blessing on their future endeavors.
Kappa Phi Epsilon alumnus Dave Chauncey (Epsilon) was elected President of Florida Blue Key, the University of Florida’s most prestigious honorary.
Chartered with the mission of developing civic mindedness, civility, and life-long learning and service, Florida Blue Key is the University of Florida’s leadership honorary founded in 1923. It is nationally recognized as the breeding ground of Florida’s future leaders, including eleven Florida governors (such as Lawton Chiles, Buddy MacKay, and Spessard Holland), numerous United States Senators (such as Bob Graham, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson and George Smathers), and countless civic and business leaders throughout the country.
Florida Blue Key also hosts all UF Homecoming activities including Gator Growl, known as the “World’s Largest Student Run Pep Rally”.
“It is a tremendous honor to represent Kappa Phi Epsilon as Florida Blue Key President,” said Chauncey. “FBK is an organization near and dear to my heart, but I would not be where I am today without Kappa Phi and God’s grace.” Chauncey arrived at the University of Florida in 2006 and knew very little about the University of Florida Greek system, but he learned very quickly. Chauncey found Kappa Phi Epsilon and pledged with the Epsilon pledge class his freshman fall.
Chauncey was elected Internal Vice President for his sophomore year and President of Kappa Phi Epsilon for his senior year. “My presidency was a good time in many ways for Kappa Phi. We grew a lot, with our largest pledge class at the time of twenty-five and nearly eighty overall members in the spring, but we had many difficult situations that God helped lead us through,” explained Chauncey.
Chauncey graduated in 2010 and served as a Teach For America corps member for two years at Jean Ribault Middle School in Jacksonville, FL. “That was a defining time in my life as I really had to lean on God, because teaching 7th and 8th grade is anything but easy,” said Chauncey. There were many difficulties, but God again remained faithful. During his time at Ribault, the school improved from an F to a C, and 94% of his students passed the writing portion of the FCAT. Chauncey returned to the University of Florida College of Law in 2012 and is currently a third year law student. He serves as Chapter Adviser for Kappa Phi Epsilon and serves on the Heritage Alumni Board.
“It really is amazing to see God bless Kappa Phi so much with Dylan Fisher being Student Senate President and me being able to serve as Florida Blue Key President.” Chauncey is the first brother of Kappa Phi Epsilon to become Florida Blue Key President and the 159th President of the prestigious honorary.
Spring rush of 2015 began just like any other rush at Kappa Phi Epsilon – with preparation and prayer. We joined together as a brotherhood and planned for yet again another semester of new faces and potential new brothers. Rush week is debatably the biggest event on the Greek calendar, and this semester, we knew our mission: to reach out to every visitor and show the love of God.
Senior Rush Director Nicky Harrington and Junior Rush Director Chandler Griffin spearheaded the week-long event, while Chaplain Michael Moricz introduced the theme to the brotherhood a week before Rush and challenged us to not only remain strong in our individual walk, but to strengthen and build up others. Our theme was “Ironmen,” taken from the Ironman race, which consists of successive lengthy swimming, running and cycling events. This race takes endurance, training and determination. Each of these attributes are applicable to our spiritual walk with Jesus Christ. We claimed Hebrews 12:1-2 as our theme verses for Rush.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne,” (NLV).
Each night of rush, we received compelling challenges from different speakers on running our spiritual race. As Christians, we must prepare our lives for the journey ahead, keep our eyes on the finish line and continue in our zeal and passion for the things of God.
We are proud to announce our new, twelve-member Chi pledge class. These men will be challenged spiritually and grow deeper in their relationship with Christ throughout the semester. We are excited to see their growth and edification during the journey ahead.
Meet Tyler Ferguson.
Suave, talented and accomplished, the ladies love this guitar-playing, song-writing electrical engineering major from Seminole, Florida. Tyler pledged Kappa Phi with the Sigma pledge class in the spring of 2013. Since joining, he has been a key brother of the fraternity. He has served the brotherhood as Worship Chairman, which includes leading and planning worship each night during our Rush weeks, weekly Chapter meetings, and Retreat weekends.
Tyler not only serves our brotherhood, but he is also heavily involved in the community, occasionally leading worship at Greenhouse Church, a local church in Gainesville. He is a member of the University of Florida’s Audio Engineering Society, the University Choir, and he has also been a member of UniteNOW (a campus Christian worship team completely student-led). He was runner-up for Alpha Omicron Pi’s Mr. UF Pageant in 2014, where he won “Best Talent,” wooing the audience with his musical performance.
After graduating from the University of Florida, Tyler wants to find a steady job in his career choice, marry Mrs. Right and find a church where he can continue leading worship. Tyler has chosen 1 Corinthians 10:13 as his life verse because he knows that no matter where life takes him, God will never give him more than he can handle.
This past fall, Kappa Phi Epsilon was blessed with a Phi pledge class of twenty-two led by Pledge Trainers Jacob Leuze (Tau) and Adam Lipford (Sigma). The Phi pledge class completed pledgeship with flying colors and by many measures were lauded by the officers as one of the strongest pledge classes that they have seen in their time in Kappa Phi.
In other news, the Housing Board is very excited to announce that Kappa Phi Epsilon has entered into a long-term contract with Collier Properties, which will secure our 39-bedroom house on University Avenue for five more years. The house has been a huge blessing to the brotherhood by allowing the brothers to fellowship and break bread together on a daily basis, as well as giving us the opportunity to host many social and spiritual events.
Additionally, this semester was full of enjoyable events, both new and old. Our annual homecoming events with θΑ (Theta Alpha), ΣΦΛ (Sigma Phi Lambda), and ΒΥΧ (Beta Upsilon Chi) were each a huge success once again. Our semi-annual fraternity retreat was a time of fellowship, relaxation, and spiritual rejuvenation. This semester we enjoyed an informal social with Chi Omega at the Gainesville Rock Gym, a western-themed social with Theta Alpha, and a trivia night social with Sigma Phi Lambda. We hosted a grab-a-date to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios (for which we were able to rent a bus for transportation). Early in December, our semi-formal was held at the Heaven Event Center in Orlando with Theta Alpha and Sigma Phi Lambda.
Our annual Christmas with Kappa Phi open social was held on the first reading day of the semester with Christmas carols, led by Brother Patrick Rathbun (Upsilon), refreshments, and a gingerbread house building contest! We had particularly unique brotherhood events this semester, which included attending a local roller derby match and a stomach-turning Krispy Kreme 5K. Family Day and Alumni Day were both very enjoyable for all involved. The brothers were able to meet many alumni (including four of the six founding Alpha pledge class), as well as share our mission and goals for the brotherhood to the supportive parents of the brothers.
Kappa Phi Epsilon’s Spring Rush will begin January 19th at the Kappa Phi Epsilon House at Collier Hall. Please contact Internal Vice President Ethan Windham, if you are interested in obtaining more information about rush!
This past school year, two Kappa Phi Epsilon brothers served on the UF RecSports Board of Directors. We are proud of their accomplishments and service to the university.
Grayson Pylant (Nu) served as the chairman of the Assessments committee.
Eric Hedberg (Omicron) served on the budget committee. This was an excellent experience to prepare Eric for his upcoming term as Kappa Phi Epsilon Treasurer.
This Spring 2014 semester, we are proud to present our 7 man, Upsilon Pledge Class!
These gentlemen are embarking on a journey that is sure to challenge and edify each of them. They have arrived as boys and are being shaped into men of God that will affect this campus and the world.