Celebrate With Us at Founders' Day 2017!

Celebrate With Us at Founders' Day 2017!

November 2nd, 2017, will mark the 134th anniversary of the founding of Phi Delta Chi, a professional Pharmacy Fraternity that was established at The University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. This date will also mark the 33rd anniversary of the reactivation of the Alpha Chapter, a project carried out by other local chapters, namely the Alpha Eta Chapter at Wayne State University, in 1984. The Alpha Chapter of Phi Delta Chi has grown to over 100 active members ever since. 

To honor this momentous occasion, the Alpha Chapter hosts an annual, weekend-long celebration for any and all members of the fraternity nationwide. This year’s Founders’ Day weekend will be kicked off the evening of November 3rd with a get-together at a local bar. The following day, the University of Michigan football team will take on Minnesota. We will be cheering on Harbaugh and the Wolverines at Bar Louie located in downtown Ann Arbor. We will get together for dinner and drinks to finish off the night. Sunday will consist of a brunch where will will officially re-charter our alumni chapter, followed by a historical tour of the University of Michigan campus hosted by our very own Worthy Prelate, Jessica Sharkey. Following the history walk, all members in attendance gather for the carnation ceremony at the grave of Albert Benjamin Prescott, a prestigious figure in the field of pharmacy and the presiding dean of the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy when Phi Delta Chi was founded.  At Dean Prescott’s headstone, Brothers and pledges are invited to share how Phi Delta Chi has influenced their time in pharmacy school, their careers, and their lives.

The weekend will end eventually, but the fraternal bonds we form will last a lifetime. After all, once we are Brothers, we are Brothers for life.

I’d love to come celebrate with the Alpha Chapter!

But I have some frequently asked questions

When and where is the 2017 Founders’ Day Celebration?

The Alpha Chapter will be celebrating Founders’ Day between November 3rd and November 5th, 2017, on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

How do I register, exactly?

Check out the sidebar for a link to the registration form. Once you fill out and submit that form, you can pay the registration fee. The registration fee covers the football party at Bar Louie, food and snacks included. Bar Louie also offers a full bar with drinks that are available for purchase. You can pay one of two ways: Venmo $25/person to @PDCAlpha or by check. Mail a check payable to Phi Delta Chi to:

Gina Cherniawski

513 Elm Street Apt 3 

Ann Arbor, Michgan, 48104

For those of you who attended LDS, just ask any friendly Alpha Brother for our Worthy Keeper of Finance or Worthy Vice Counselor about registering for Founders’ Day!

I see that there is free time in the itinerary, what is there to eat and do?

Well if you don’t manage to win one of our fantastic events from Date Auction (see above!), there is no shortage of things to do in Ann Arbor! Ann Arbor is one of the best places to eat in Michigan, boasting hundreds of delicious restaurants and bars catering to all tastes—all (well, most!) within walking distance of the College of Pharmacy. Here are a few pharmacy fan favorites: Zingerman’s Deli, Jolly Pumpkin, Frita Batido’s, Tomukun, Palm Palace, Blue Tractor, Sadako, Zingerman’s Roadhouse, Yotsuba, The Original Cottage Inn, Blue Nile, Sava’s, Mezes…

…and for adult beverages and more check out Hopcat, Charley’s, Ashley’s, Conor O'Neill's Heidelberg (for das boot!), Last Word, M.A.S.H., and The Raven’s Club.

Coffee or tea more your thing? Some favorites include The Lab, Mighty Good, Crazy Wisdom, TeaHaus, The Espresso Bar, Comet Coffee, and Common Cup Coffee.

Beyond food, take a visit to the Arb (it’s beautiful this time of year), Argo Park, concerts at the Blind Pig or the Ark, the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, any of our museums (all free to the public!): University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), the Kelsey Archaeology MuseumUniversity of Michigan Natural History Museum; not to mention the hundreds of symposia, cultural showcases, theatre and orchestra performances, and sports events that the University of Michigan is known for.

Not to mention exploring our beautiful campus (the Law Quad is known for its architecture)! Hanging out on the Diag, listening to music, and people-watching never gets boring! Be sure to ask any Alpha Brother for some of their favorite spots!

Take a look here for more about visiting Ann Arbor.

Where should I stay?

A number of Alpha Brothers have generously offered up their couches and guest rooms to visiting out-of-state Brothers. Space is limited and is first-come-first-served. If you would like to take advantage of this option please indicate as much on your registration form or send us an email at pdcalpha.wvc@umich.edu. If you have signed up for this option and we have run out of space (we’ll try to avoid this, we promise!), we will inform you by October 7th, 2017 so you can make alternative arrangements. A number of hotel/motel options exist in and around Ann Arbor. 

I’m flying into Detroit. What is the best way to get to Ann Arbor?

Alpha Brothers will be available to pick you up from the airport and drive you to your accommodations. If you wish to take advantage of this service, we only ask that you send us your flight details as soon as possible (pdcalpha.wvc@umich.edu) so we can plan trips accordingly.

What about Megabus, Greyhound, or other bus transport? What should I do?

The Megabus stop is located a few minutes south of Ann Arbor at the South State Commuter Lot. An Alpha Brother can be there to greet you and take you to your accommodations, just let us know ahead of time (pdcalpha.wvc@umich.edu).

If you are taking Greyhound, the station is located right near downtown Ann Arbor, within walking distance of campus and most major attractions. Let us know when you are arriving so we can greet you (pdcalpha.wvc@umich.edu).

I’m driving in to the city, where should I park?

This is going to depend highly on where you are staying. Ann Arbor is a notoriously difficult city to find parking in, especially during the weekend of Founders’ Day. Street parking is free on weekends and while there is an abundance of it near campus, availability is unpredictable. There are numerous structures available in town that are free on Sunday. We will try to update you on optimal parking locations as we learn more about other planned events during the weekend.

If you are staying with an Alpha Brother, they may have an available parking space. If not, they should be able to direct you to nearby street or structure parking.

Ann Arbor police are notoriously strict about parking violations, just watch the signs and you’ll be fine!

Cool so I’m here! Now how do I get around?

Ann Arbor has a robust bus system that can take you all over campus (the so-called “blue busses,” always free to use), and around Ann Arbor/the surrounding areas (white bus, fare required).

There is also (new this year) a rent-a-bike service with stations all over Ann Arbor—just get a bike at any station and return it at any other.

Ann Arbor also has Uber, Lyft, a regular taxi service, and numerous ZipCar locations all available for use!

What is the dress code for the events?

For the Sunday breakfast and the Carnation Ceremony, we ask that you dress professionally. We also recommend comfortable shoes, as the History Walk and Carnation Ceremony will involve approximately two hours of walking and standing.

I have dietary restrictions, allergies, or requests, are you able to make accommodations?

Absolutely, be sure to indicate this on your registration form along with anything you feel we need to know.

Are you able to accommodate individuals with disabilities?

Of course! All of the University of Michigan buildings we will be utilizing are ADA compliant and Prescott’s gravesite is handicap accessible. We will have ample assistance available as needed. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that the homes and apartments of the Alpha Brothers providing housing will be accessible. If you would like to take advantage of this service please indicate any restrictions in the registration form and we will attempt to match you with appropriate housing.

What can I expect from the weather?

You can’t. Like most Midwestern states Michigan weather can turn on a dime. Historically, weather around this time is between 55-65F. Prepare for rain—it comes out of nowhere. Be sure to check the forecast before leaving for Ann Arbor!

How can I get one of these t-shirts I’ve been hearing so much about?

This year, we opted to provide the Founders’ Day t-shirt as an optional add-on. If you would like a t-shirt (coming soon!) please visit our Store page (coming soon!) to make an order!

What is the last day to register?

As there is a lot we need to do once we get the final head-count, we request that you register before October 7th. That being said, we can accept registrations after that date! If you are requesting housing with an Alpha Brother, it is recommended to register as soon as possible as it will be while space is limited. For any questions about registration please contact pdcalpha.wvc@umich.edu.

Who should I contact with additional questions?

Please email pdcalpha.wvc@umich.edu with any questions, comments, or concerns related to Founders’ Day.

We look forward to celebrating with you!