Summer Picnic

Saturday, July 17 at Noon – Fairfax VA

Please join us for the annual summer picnic at Michele LeTourneur’s house, just outside of Washington D.C. We’ll be grilling from noon on, so bring your favorite summer side dish. All brothers and their families are welcome. Just be sure to RSVP with Michele at

Following lunch the Alumni Association will be holding its annual meeting. If there’s anything you’d like to discuss, please let Brian know, so he can add it to the agenda.

Address info:
9109 Coronado Terrace
Fairfax, VA 22031

See you there!

63rd National Convention

Metagenes Brothers at Convention

From March 25th through the 28th, Alumni and Actives from all over the country gathered in Virginia’s Capital, Richmond, for the 63rd National Convention of our fraternity.  All told, over 170 brothers were in attendance including 31 actives and alumni from Metagenes.  In addition to the daily business sessions at the Omni Hotel, participants participated in several breakout sessions on various professional and fraternal topics.  On Friday they toured the recently renovated grounds of the State Capital, designed by Thomas Jefferson, along with other sites around the city. Read more

New Gamma Iota Brothers

This past weekend, the chapter welcomed its newest members to Alpha Rho Chi. Congratulations!

Metagenes Chapter 4/25/2010

Metagenes Chapter in chronological order.

Our newest brothers are in the front row.
Blair Miller, 1st Year Architecture
Sarah Haase, 2nd Year Architecture
Erin Sanchez, 2nd Year Architecture
(Bear is in the very front, but he is not a member of the fraternity.)

Early Letters

Metagenes Chapter turned 41 years old this week, so here is a collection of correspondence from the founding days of the chapter – including letters from the sponsor chapters, Demetrios (Ohio State) and Vitruvius (Penn State).

Convention in Richmond

2010 Convention LogoAlpha Rho Chi is coming to Richmond on March 25-28, 2010. With the National Convention returning to the Old Dominion for the first time in over 30 years, we expect to see all Metagenes brothers at the banquet on March 27.

Friday March 26, 6:00-?
Sine Irish Pub
1327 E. Cary St. Richmond

Here’s where to get the details.

Information and Registration at
Facebook Event Page

Pledgebook Covers

The tradition of pledge book covers is as old as the Metagenes Chapter. Each class of prospective members has produced a cover or container design to protect their copies of The Archi Pledge. Although the designs have ranged in materials from chipboard to aluminum to plexiglass to cloth or in size from over a 12-in square to more recent compact designs, each has represented a generation of brothers of the fraternity.

Here’s a gallery of pledge book designs. If you don’t see yours, send us a photo!

Thanks to Kent McCullough for many of these scans.

1972 Bugle Composite

Metagenes leaves its special stamp in Tech’s yearbook. Click photo to enlarge.
Alpha Rho Chi in 1972 Bugle of Virginia Tech

Charles Burchard in 1972 Bugle of Virginia Tech

Charles Burchard, future WGA

Found in the 1972 Bugle from Va. Tech’s University Archives collection of yearbooks.

1970 Bugle Composite

Meet the Archis. Click photo to enlarge.
Alpha Rho Chi from Page 260 of The Bugle of Virginia Tech

Found in the 1970 Bugle from Va. Tech’s University Archives collection of yearbooks.

Chapter Eternal – Tom Jenkins

Brother Thomas L. Jenkins died Wednesday Oct 14 after battling cancer and complications from a stroke. The fraternity mourns his passing and extends its condolences to his family.

Tom Jenkins was born on December 17, 1954 to Catharine Baker Jenkins and Joseph Frederick Jenkins of Williamsburg, Virginia, Tom is survived by his only brother John Jenkins, and one son, Neil Jenkins (age 19).

Tom joined the Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drum Corp at age 12 as a drummer and has remained active in this organization. Tom graduated from Virginia Tech with an Architecture degree. He is a member of the Alpha Rho Chi professional architecture fraternity. He is a registered Architect and a member of the A.I.A. He has worked at the Administrative Office of the US District Courts serving as an Architect, Designer and Project Manager during his career.

MetageNews Archives

Following the theme of all things MetaHistorical, we’ve posted a collection of old newsletters.

Check out the link in the right column of the page, or follow this link if you can’t wait.