Southwest Region Conference
WICKED: The Early Years
The Western Interchapter Conference on Knowledge, Education and Development (W.I.C.K.E.D.) was started in 2000 by Karen Cohick from Gamma Phi with the help of Cullun Culp from Gamma Sigma and Nicole (Winters) Boegeman from Beta. Brothers from the three chapters, Beta, Gamma Sigma and Gamma Phi, came together and decided to create a regional event. At the 1999 National Convention in Columbus, Ohio, the idea of WICKED was born.
The first WICKED was held in St. Louis, Missouri in February of 2000. Thirty brothers from four chapters came and participated. One of the focal points of the conference was to work together to help facilitate the reactivation of Alpha Chapter. The WICKED attendees, with the help of their chapters, raised money to buy copies of The Scholar's Province to send to Alpha alumni in the hopes that they would help in the reactivation of the chapter at Central Missouri State.
The second WICKED was held in Kansas City, Missouri in 2001. Besides Brothers from the Beta, Gamma Sigma, and Gamma Phi chapters, John Woods, Mike Noll, Britt Marder, Jen Spiers, and Drew Volturo also attended.
In 2005, WICKED won the award for outstanding regional event and every year since 2007, the conference has had a member of the National Council participate.
Every WICKED conference is always a little different than the year before. WICKED has three events that highlight Scholarship, Leadership, and Fellowship and most WICKED events have round-table discussions in which ideas can be thrown back and forth between Brothers.
The location for the WICKED conference is always changing because the Southwest Region is so spread out. The delegates often try to pick a place that is somewhat convenient for everyone.
The delegates meet online (usally via a messenger service like AIM) to plan the event. In planning the 2010 WICKED event, the delegates used polls and sent out messages through a group website called Wiggio and had their weekly meetings on a chat website called Chatzy.
At every WICKED three separate events are held to highlight each leg of the tripod.
- 2010 - Scholarship: Denver Art Museum Leadership: Haiti Earthquake Relief Fellowship: Scavenger Hunt in 16th Street Mall
- 2009 - Scholarship: Prairie dog farm. Leadership: Volunteering at a nursing home by having a Valentine's Day party and decorating Valentines for the elderly. Fellowship: Games in the hotel ballroom.
- 2008 - Scholarship: Trip to the Palace of the Governors, a museum that highlights the history of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Leadership: Volunteering at a nursing home by talking with the elderly. Fellowship: Dance party.
- 2007 - Scholarship: (unknown) Leadership: (unknown) Fellowship: Guest Speaker Joshua Marder
- 2006 - Scholarship: (unknown) Leadership: (unknown) Fellowship: (unknown)
- 2005 - Scholarship: (unknown) Leadership: (unknown) Fellowship: Western style dance.
- 2004 - Scholarship: (unknown) Leadership: (unknown) Fellowship: (unknown)
- 2003 - Scholarship: (unknown) Leadership: (unknown) Fellowship: (unknown)
- 2002 - Scholarship: (unknown) Leadership: Gathered baby clothing and items to give to a local organization. Fellowship: Dinner at Casa Bonita.
- 2001 - Scholarship: Guest Speakers Mike Noll and Britt Marder. Leadership: (unknown) Fellowship: Catered dinner at the hotel.
- 2000 - Scholarship: (unknown) Leadership: (unknown) Fellowship:(unknown)
- 2016 - Boulder, Colorado (Hosted by Delta Sigma)
- 2015 - Phoenix, Arizona (Hosted by Epsilon Omega)
- 2014 - Loveland, Colorado (Hosted by Delta Rho)
- 2013 - Albuquerque, New Mexico (Hosted by Epsilon Upsilon)
- 2012 - Phoenix, Arizona (Hosted by Epsilon Omega)
- 2011 - San Diego, California (Hosted by Delta Omega)
- 2010 - Denver, Colorado (Co-Hosted by Delta Rho & Delta Sigma)
- 2009 - Lubbock, Texas
- 2008 - Santa Fe, New Mexico
- 2007 - Austin, Texas
- 2006 - El Paso, Texas
- 2005 - Amarillo, Texas
- 2004 - Amarillo, Texas
- 2003 - Amarillo, Texas
- 2002 - Tulsa, Oklahoma
- 2001 - Kansas City, Missouri
- 2000 - St. Louis, Missouri
- 2014 - Loveland, Colorado
- 2013 - Albuqerque, New Mexico
- 2012 - Pheonix, Arizona
- Gamma Phi: Erin Garifalos
- Delta Iota: Amanda Villasenor
- Delta Kappa: Marjolyn Varano
- Delta Rho: Cameron Dehncke
- Delta Sigma: Megan Elliott
- Delta Upsilon: Jilliane Johnson and Elizabeth Chapman
- Delta Phi: Lance Shyr and Chelsea Hill
- Delta Psi: Tony Brand
- Delta Omega: Juan de Joya and Kevin Kin
- Epsilon Mu: Nicole Alabi
- Epsilon Pi: Nelson Busch
- Epsilon Upsilon: Ashley Anderson and Hayley Roe
- Epsilon Omega: Lisa Starkman
- Gamma Phi: Erin Garifalos and Lacy Kelly
- Delta Iota: Frances Mena
- Delta Kappa: Danny Williams
- Delta Rho: Beth Seidman and Stephenie Anderson
- Delta Sigma: Tim Parrington
- Delta Upsilon: Jennifer Rivas
- Delta Phi: David Stegall
- Delta Psi: Heather DeMartini
- Delta Omega: Denny Yu
- Epsilon Mu: Jennifer Martin
- Epsilon Pi: Nikki Warren