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  • 2014 Executive Board

    Tyler BlumPresident: Tyler Blum
    Major: Finance and Economics
    Hometown: Peoria, Illinois
    Favorite Childhood TV Show: Dexter's Lab

    "I have learned many valuable professional skills through PCT that I would like to pass on to future members as the President."

    Elyse Kelly
    Vice President External:
    Elyse Kelly
    Major: Supply Chain Management
    Hometown: Wheaton, Illinois
    Favorite Childhood TV Show: Boy Meets World



    "When I was a pledge, the older members of Phi Chi Theta were a motivation for me. They were all unbelievably accomplished, and quickly became my mentors helping me grow as a professional. However, they did not only become role models but close friends. As VPE, I want to continue to foster members sharing knowledge and experiences, helping each other grow professionally."
    Madeline Stanton
    Vice President Internal: Madeline Stanton
    Major: Accounting
    Hometown: Park Ridge, Illinois
    Favorite Childhood TV Show: Boy Meets World

    "I have had a great first two semesters in Phi Chi Theta and am looking forward to an even greater third semester. PCT was my family my freshman year and as Vice President Internal I plan to make our family bond even stronger."
    Blake Stumpf
    Vice President of Membership: Blake Stumpf
    Major: Supply Chain Management
    Hometown: Columbia, IL
    Favorite Childhood TV Show: Rocket Power

    "Phi Chi Theta has led me to some of my greatest collegiate experiences as well as my closest friends. I look forward to leading our future pledge classes, giving them the opportunities they need to succeed, and lastly, continuing the chapter's prosperous growth."
    Lauren Hummel
    Vice President of Marketing
    : Lauren Hummel
    Major: Advertising Hometown: Naperville, IL
    Favorite Childhood TV Show: Boy Meets World

    "I am very proud to be the first Vice President of Marketing for this chapter. In my past three semesters, I have experienced the greatness of PCT and how impactful it can be on your life. Joining was the best decision I have made and I hope my efforts will expose others to the opportunity as well."
    Tim Zwartz
    Vice President of Finance: Tim Zwartz
    Major: Accountancy
    Hometown: Tinley Park
    Favorite Childhood TV Show: Spongebob

    "I have seen the opportunities that this organization gives its members and I am going to strive to improve the organization any way I can as Vice President of Finance."
    Matt Hamielec
    Vice President of Communications
    : Matthew Hamielec
    Major: Accountancy and History
    Hometown: Park Ridge, IL
    Favorite Childhood TV Show: Thundercats

    "Professionalism within the business setting is conductive on past decisions. As the VP of Communications, I look forward to recording our chapter's history in the most cohesive, coherent, and cogent of ways."
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  • Welcome // Phi Chi Theta Illinois College of Business Fraternity

    A Message from the President of PCT:
    Tyler Blum

    As you familiarize yourself with our chapter, I believe you will come to realize that PCT is a special business organization. Whether it is by performing strongly in the classroom or landing premier internships and jobs, our members are leading the College of Business. By joining PCT, you will gain access to a far-reaching network of business professionals who will help you succeed in the working world. In addition, you will become friends with some of the brightest, hard-working, and exciting individuals on campus. Joining PCT has been the best decision of my college career, and I urge all of you to consider this invaluable opportunity.

    Please email me if you have any additional questions about our chapter. I would love to hear from you.


    Sincerely,
    Tyler Blum
    rush.phichitheta@gmail.com
  • Meet Our Chapter

    Quick facts about the Zeta Gamma chapter 

    Spring 2013 Initiation

    • 1 of 5 Gold Status organizations in the College of Business
    • 90 active members
    • 34% Honor Recipients
    • Average GPA of 3.63
    • Members of varying ages and at least 10 different majors
    • 2 time champions of Business Olympics
    • Winner of the 2012 Mr. Business Competition
     
  • Sponsors

    Becker "Becker Professional Education, a part of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), is a global leader in professional education serving the accounting, finance and project management professions. Nearly half a million professionals have advanced their careers through its CPA Exam Review, PMP® Exam Review and Continuing Professional Education courses. Throughout its more than 50 year history, Becker has earned a strong track record of student success through world-class teaching, curriculum and learning tools that enable its students to develop the knowledge and performance skills necessary to stay ahead in an ever-changing business world."   caterpillar "Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company is a leading provider through Caterpillar Financial Services, Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services and Progress Rail Services."   Deloitte "In the United States, Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries have 45,000 professionals with a single focus: serving our clients and helping them solve their toughest problems. We work in four key business areas — audit, financial advisory, tax and consulting — but our real strength comes from combining the talents of those groups to address clients’ needs. Fortune and BusinessWeek consistently rank our organization among the best places to work, which is good news for our talent and our clients alike. When the best people tackle the most compelling challenges, everyone wins."   Ernst & Young "Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 135,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve their potential. Our commitment to entrepreneurs, in both emerging and developed economies around the world, helps drive growth, empower innovation, and ensure that we’re working with more of tomorrow’s global leaders, today."  

    Grant Thorton

    "Founded in Chicago in 1924, Grant Thornton LLP (Grant Thornton) is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms. The firm operates 54 offices across the United States with more than 500 partners and 6,000 employees. Grant Thornton serves a broad range of clients, including publicly and privately held companies, governmental agencies, financial institutions, and civic and religious organizations. Core industry focuses include consumer and industrial products; financial services; not-for-profit; private equity and technology. The firm focuses on serving dynamic organizations that pursue growth holistically — whether through revenue improvement, leadership, mission fulfillment or innovation."   KPMG "KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory services firm, operates from 87 offices with more than 23,000 employees and partners throughout the U.S. KPMG provides audit, tax and advisory services and industry insight to help organizations negotiate risks and perform in the dynamic and challenging environments in which they do business. Our purpose is to turn knowledge into value for the benefit of our clients, our people, and the capital markets."   McGladrey "McGladrey LLP is the fifth largest U.S. provider of assurance, tax and consulting services, with nearly 6,500 professionals and associates in more than 70 offices nationwide. We will deliver global capabilities with the “local” touch that brings world class assurance, tax and consulting expertise to our clients through enduring relationships built on genuine understanding and trust. At McGladrey, it’s all about understanding our clients. Once we understand, we bring fresh insights and tailored expertise to help them succeed."  

    PWC

    "Imagine the power of 160,000 people with a common purpose — building relationships that create value for you and your business. This is PwC. Every day, our people work with you to build the value you are looking for. We bring a global perspective along with in-depth knowledge of local, state and US issues. We have a long history of delivering value-added professional services to our clients. Our reputation lies in building lasting relationships with our clients and a focus on delivering value in all we do."

  • About PCT // About PCT

     

    History of Phi Chi Theta

    Phi Chi Theta was formed in Chicago, Illinois on June 16, 1924 by the union of two women’s business fraternities, Phi Theta Kappa and Phi Kappa Epsilon. Originally, only students majoring in business administration could rush PCT. However, in 1962, the requirements were changed to include those studying business and/or economics. Thus, Phi Chi Theta became the first professional fraternity for women studying economics.

    Today, the Phi Chi Theta National Chapter is comprised of 37 Collegiate and Alumni Chapters. Phi Chi Theta has over 1,600 members across the country. Phi Chi Theta is a member of the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Professional Fraternity Association (PFA), and the College Fraternity Editors Association (CFEA).

     

    Phi Chi Theta’s Mission Statement:

    • Provide an opportunity to develop and practice professional leadership skills and abilities necessary to succeed in the business community;

    • Provide a local and national network to share resources, ideas, and concepts;

    • Instill in its members values, codes, and creeds which will enable participation in a rapidly changing world; and

    • Enable members to develop the business astuteness necessary to achieve high esteem and success in their chosen field.
  • Rush Process

    Rushing for Phi Chi Theta is a one-week process where prospective members get to learn more about our business fraternity, and also where we can get to know you! Rush consists of three parts:



    First Stage: This is where rush candidates will go through a series of short interviews, each with 2-3 active members of the fraternity. It is usually done in a speed-dating style, and the short interviews last no longer than 3 minutes each. We will ask basic questions which gauge candidates’ interest in PCT and tells us more about the candidate. Following the interview, they are free to ask any questions they may have about the rush process or about the PCT experience.Dress is business casual.

    Second Stage:This stage is a social event by invite only, where rush candidates and active members get to know each other in a casual setting. Conversation topics are broader and less structured than the First Stage, and can range anywhere from upcoming Phi Chi Theta events to unrelated topics such as sports or studying abroad. Small refreshments are typically served and dress is casual.

    Third Stage: The final stage of our rush process involves a formal interview with 4-5 active members of PCT. This interview will be more in-depth and require more time than the First Stage interviews. Dress is business professional. After all Third Stage interviews are conducted, candidates will hear back from us on whether or not they are invited as a Phi Chi Theta pledge.

    In order to be qualified for joining PCT, prospective members must:



    • Be in the standing of at least a first-semester freshman

    • Have a major in a Business-related field (includes Economics and Advertising), or a minor in business

    • Have at least a 2.7 GPA
     






















    Feel free to use our Contact page if you have any questions or concerns about the Rush process.
  • FAQ's

    Interested in rushing? Want to know your next step?
    Get in contact with our Vice President of Membership, Blake Stumpf, or our Vice President of Marketing, Lauren Hummel, by emailing rush.phichitheta@gmail.com with any questions you may have.

    What is Phi Chi Theta?
    Phi Chi Theta (PCT) is a co-ed professional business fraternity that provides its members with the opportunity to practice leadership skills, gain networking knowledge, learn from numerous respected corporate sponsors, and build friendships that will last you far beyond your time at the University of Illinois.

    What is pledging like?

    Throughout your pledge process, you will have the opportunity to develop yourself professionally, gain close friends within your pledge class, and expand your network. Our pledge process is structured to improve your professional skills by means of resume critiques, mock interviews, professional workshops, and other activities. You may even be able to foster your leadership skills by taking on a position within your pledge class. Outside of the professional aspect, we also ensure our pledges get familiarized with our chapter’s active members and Phi Chi Theta’s core beliefs. Pledges have the opportunity to attend pledge-only events, as well as chapter-wide events, which allows them to network with everyone in the fraternity. Pledging is not only a way for us to get to know you, but also for pledges to see what is in store for them if they join PCT. Contact us if you have any questions on pledging!

    What is the difference between a business fraternity and a social fraternity?

    Besides focusing on developing strong personal relationships, Phi Chi Theta also has events that provide professional development, networking, and philanthropic opportunities. While the actives in PCT will certainly become your “brothers”, they will also become your classroom peers, your professional partners, and your mentors.

    Can I rush PCT if I am in a social fraternity/sorority?

    Most definitely! You may be involved in a social fraternity/sorority in addition to PCT! In fact, most of our members are heavily involved in other organizations in addition to PCT, including other business organizations, social organizations, and service groups. You may not, however, be in two professional business fraternities.

    What are the rush requirements?

    We accept business majors, business minors and business related majors such as Economics, Actuarial Science and Advertising to rush Phi Chi Theta. You can rush as early as fall semester freshman year! If rushing after completing a semester on campus you must a minimum GPA of 2.7.

    Why should I join PCT?

    Joining our business professional organization will certainly give you an advantage when it comes to job hunting. With our extensive alumni network, various professional development activities, and specialized workshops, majority of Phi Chi Theta’s members enter the workforce immediately after graduation. Furthermore, being in the presence of other motivated and overachieving individuals pushes PCT members in doing their best, both professionally and academically. Finally, the people you meet in PCT will not only be your fraternity brothers/sisters, but they will end up being your best friends. As many PCT actives will tell you, friendships in Phi Chi Theta don’t only last four years; they last for life.

    What makes PCT different?

    Phi Chi Theta is made unique by the members. In addition to success within Phi Chi Theta, everyone in PCT is very successful as leaders outside of the organization. We’re proud to say that a PCT active planned and ran 2013 Homecoming for the entire university, we’re proud to have the presidents of six other clubs on campus in our chapter, and we’re proud to have members who helped raise several thousand dollars for the Make-a-Wish foundation at Trivia Night, our annual charity event. In addition to professional and academic success, what makes PCT different is the loyalty of members and the brotherhood bonds. When you join PCT you immediately have a family at U of I and the friends you make here last far beyond your time at the university.

    Can I rush for PCT again if I am not accepted the first time?

    Absolutely! We understand that with the rush process being new to some people, you may not be able to network and interview at your best the first time around. Rushing Phi Chi Theta a second time reveals to us that you are passionate about the organization and have a persistent attitude, both of which are desirable qualities in a potential pledge.

     
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