Brothers from all over gather to share and display their passion for the percussive arts in a series of performances as both soloists and ensembles.
UniPhi has brought brothers of all ages together, including our very own founding fathers. Alumni and actives alike are welcome to fellowship with the fraternity.
Chapters come together not just to enjoy the company of one another, but also to work on widening our ever-growing circle and strengthening the structure of our organization as a presence in the percussive world.
UniPhi 2023 is quickly approaching. As has been posted before, this year’s convention is taking place in Troy, Alabama. The Alpha Zeta and Phi Lambda chapters of Troy University and University of South Alabama will be hosting the National fraternity from May 25-28. A big shout out to our brothers there for taking on this huge task. As we head into our 15th Annual National Convention, we would like to give those that will be attending a reminder of how this works. We will go over the basic rules and then the steps to take to attend UniPhi 2023.
The first rule of UniPhi 2023 is to enjoy your time in Troy. Our Convention Packet, which will be posted in a future update, highlights the local restaurants which can be visited while in town, as well as the schedule and other relevant documents. As far as constitutional requirements, each chapter is required to send 2 members to convention, with one of those attendees being an active member. This attendance can be virtual or in-person, though in-person is the recommended option.
The first step to UniPhi 2023 will be to sign up. You can do so by clicking here and filling out the form. We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge travel costs and the concerns of the ongoing pandemic. For those that this affects, we will be offering a virtual convention alongside the in-person convention. Please choose this option in the sign up, as we would love to see as many participants as possible. The fee to attend National Convention this year will be announced soon for in-person attendees. Virtual attendance is free, but will have the option to order a Convention
t-shirt. The purpose of this fee is to cover the cost of Convention and a UniPhi t-shirt.
The second step to attending this year's convention is to arrange your lodging. We are grateful to the Troy University housing department for allowing us to stay on campus this year. The fee for lodging will be included in the Convention fee. On-campus housing is not required. Those that wish to may book their own lodging, but this cost will not be covered by the National Fraternity.
The third step to convention will be the easiest part: arrive in Troy! We will be kicking off our first event of UniPhi 2023, the opening drum circle, at 2:30 pm CST on May 25 at Long Hall on the Troy University campus. We understand that travel costs can be high for some chapters. Thankfully, the National Fraternity will cover the cost of 1 car-1 way for each chapter in order to subsidize this cost as much as possible. Should this still not meet the needs of your chapter, please reach out to NEC.
In this section, we will go over what to pack for the trip. Of course, any Phi Boota roota apparel is highly recommended, including your letter shirt. Another set of attire to think about is pin attire. This is akin to business casual. On Sunday we will take pictures and would love to have everyone looking their best. We will be in the South, so expect warmer weather and prepare appropriately. Another good item to bring would be small hand drums you are comfortable with bringing along. These will be useful for the opening drum circle and ritual. We also encourage you to bring any concerns or ideas you or your chapter has for the fraternity. This can include concerns for the National Fraternity, potential schools of expansion, or any other subjects you wish to see discussed.
We recognize that some brothers have not had the experience of Convention before or may have forgotten how things go. We would like to give a little info on what to expect during this weekend. UniPhi consists of general assembly meetings, committee meetings, a Brother concert, and inter-chapter socializing, among other things. This year’s agenda will include panel discussions and a clinic. For the committees, we will have Phinance, Ritual, Governing Documents, and Education & Expansion. The purpose of these committees are as follows:
Phinance: determine the National budget for the next fiscal year; discuss fundraising opportunities at the National and Chapter level; discuss national merchandising
Ritual: plan, and carry out, the National Ritual; prepare the Ritual site
Governing Documents: Review the current Governing Docs; Suggest changes to the Governing Docs; Determine if new types of Governing Docs are necessary
Education & Expansion: Discuss improvements to Education and Expansion process; Review National Education Process; Outline list of schools with colonization potential
If any chapter has merchandise they wish to sell at National Convention, please reach out to NEC so that we may spread the word that this will be available.
If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact the NEC at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to help you.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (All times are CST)
Thursday, May 25
11:00 - 2:00 PM: Registration
2:30 PM: Brotherhood drum circle
3:00 PM: Opening Session
4:00 - 5:00 PM: Committee meetings
5:00 - 6:00 PM: Campus tour
6:00 PM: Dinner and game night
Friday, May 26
9:00 - 10: 00 AM: General Assembly
10:00 - 10:30 AM: Panel presentation
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Committee Meetings
12:00 - 2:30 PM: Lunch
3:00 - 4:00 PM: Clinic with Robert Clayson
4:15 - 6:00 PM Committee Meetings
6:00 - 8:00 PM: Dinner
8:00 PM: National Crossing
Saturday, May 27
9:00 - 10:00 AM: General Assembly
10:00 - 11:00 AM: Panel Presentation
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Committee Meetings
1:00 - 4:00 PM: Lunch
4:00 - 6:00 PM: Committee Meetings
6:30 PM: Brotherhood Concert
8:30 PM: Brotherhood Dinner
Sunday, May 28
9:00 - 11:00 AM: Final Committee Meetings
11:00 AM - End of Convention: Lunch (provided), Final General Assembly, Elections, Closing Remarks