02/16 Database Update: Chapter Moderators Please Read!
The Bad News: due to significant ongoing glitches with the Pi Delta Phi database, the PDP National Office must suspend new student inductions and the resulting ordering of memberships and supplies until further notice. The President and Executive Director will immediately begin to search for a new database provider that we hope can quickly code and create a new and better database. The search and launch of a new database may take a few weeks or months. The National Office will make special arrangements with any school that was planning to have a new chapter installed on their campus this semester. We deeply regret this unfortunate setback and appreciate your patience.
The Good News: university seniors that you were planning to induct this semester may still be inducted into the Society as Regular members once the new database is launched, whether that launch date occurs later this semester, during the summer, or at the start of the 2021 fall semester. We ask that you have each graduating candidate fill out and return to you a new member form, and provide you with summer/fall contact information so that you can inform your graduates of a future induction date and collect their membership checks. We recommend, as we did last year, that you consider organizing a brief Zoom or Google Meet induction that allows graduates who no longer live near your university to attend.
Finally, we were successful in downloading to Excel Spreadsheets our chapter and moderator contact list, as well as the entire list (more than 30,000 names) of student database entries. Provided that your chapter entered student information into the database, your chapter list has been backed up.
We apologize again for the inconvenience. We will keep you informed about a new database both via the Pi Delta Phi listserv and our national website, www.pideltaphi.org. If you haven't yet joined the listserv, we strongly encourage you to do so. Please forward any questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org