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Fireside Chats 2018

Monday, February 5, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Adrian"We value your opinions, and we value your input”

–Adrian Gonzalez
Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity President
University of Texas at Austin, ’78

A series of online webinars have been scheduled to connect local chapters simultaneously with Fraternity leadership and professional staff.

Six online webinars, one for each of our six provinces, all with one purpose.
  • MIDWEST - February 12th / 8:00PM CST
  • SOUTHERN - February 19th / 8:00PM CST
  • MIDEAST - March 5th / 8:00PM EST
  • GREAT LAKES - March 19th / 8:00PM CST
  • NORTHEAST - April 2nd / 8:00PM EST
  • WESTERN - April 23rd / 7:00PM PST (9:00 CST)

Fireside Chat Topic & Question Suggestions

Please submit any topics or questions you or your chapter would like to discuss during our online webinars HERE.


fireside1With the use of video conferencing tool GoToMeeting, Brother Gonzalez hopes the technology facilitates a new type of dialogue and inclusion for the Fraternity.

On a recent call Fraternity President Adrian Gonzalez described his vision for this series, "I want the chapters to know that they do have a voice, and as members of our Fraternity… you all have the opportunity to voice opinions…”.

Each webinar will allow chapters to partake in Q/A sessions and provide their feedback in a constructive manner directly to President Gonzalez and members of the professional staff.

Chapters will also have the flexibility of joining other call dates/times if their province’s scheduled webinar conflicts with chapter commitments.

Brother Gonzalez added, "We’d like to ask what's working and what's not working on a local level and understand the relationship of our chapters, the staff and volunteer leaders…” when describing potential topics for the online webinars.

Each U.G.A.C. representative will serve as a collegiate moderator for their assigned province.

Joining the calls with President Gonzalez include fellow Fraternity Board member and U.G.A.C. Board liaison Joe Przybyla (Lewis Univ., ’01). Executive Vice President, Robert Riggs, CAE (RPI, ’02) and professional staff members Isaiah Adona (WSU ’12), and Ben DeLost (Eastern Illinois Univ., ’10) will also participate.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions below for more details.

For additional questions regarding your chapter’s participation, please e-mail Isaiah Adona, Director of Member Engagement, at



Are associate members allowed to attend?

Yes. We encourage all chapters to include associate members in discussions.

My chapter cannot join on the day/time that our region is scheduled, what do we do?

Your chapter may participate in a different region’s scheduled webinar. Please contact Isaiah at if your chapter anticipates joining a different region’s webinar.

Do all of my chapter members need to log in separately or do we all use one device?

Each chapter will use one device to participate in the webinar.

We do not have a web camera for our computer, can we still join a webinar?
Yes. You may join via audio only, but we highly encourage you to use a device with a front-facing camera (either laptop or a mobile device) to provide a more engaging experience for all members join the webinar.

We do not have an external microphone, how can our chapter participate in discussions? And how will we take turns asking questions or voicing concerns?
Most internal microphones on laptops will work. You may also utilize a mobile device (GoToMeeting has a free mobile app). Upon logging in, each chapter will be muted and the region’s U.G.A.C. collegiate member will field comments by chapter. We recommend selecting a designated chapter member (e.g. chapter president) prior to the call to speak close to the microphone and relay questions or comments members have.

Can we share the webinar with a TV or visual projector in chapter?
Yes. In fact, we encourage you to ensure all members have a more engaging experience interacting with your Fraternity Brothers. Check with your University if A/V resources are available for rent as a registered student organization. It may be best for your chapter to utilize a campus conference space with built-in A/V equipment.

Is there a way we can test our audio/video connection before the date?
Yes. Please contact Isaiah Adona, Director of Member Engagement at to schedule a test with your chapter’s equipment.

How do we join the webinar?
Joining is easy and just takes a few seconds:

Simply click the link in the invitation that was provided via e-mail to your Chapter President or VP of Fraternal. You’ll proceed to the session immediately. Just remember to register first for the webinar. The registration link is in the invitation email.

System Requirements:
On a PC:

  • Internet Explorer 9, Mozilla Firefox 34, Google Chrome 39 (JavaScript enabled) or the latest version of each web browser
  • Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 or later
  • Dual-core 2.4GHz CPU or faster with 2GB or more of RAM
On a Mac:
  • Safari 6, Firefox 34, Google Chrome 39 (JavaScript enabled) or the latest version of each web browser
  • Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or newer
  • Intel processor (2GB of RAM or better)
Mobile Device:
For attendees with the GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar or GoToTraining app for iPad, iPhone, Android or Windows mobile devices:
  • Free GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar or GoToTraining app from the App Store, Google Play or Windows Store
  • WiFi connection recommended for VoIP audio
Participants wishing to connect to audio using VoIP will need a microphone and speakers.

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