OCTOBER 2015 / by Bryan Leach

SAVE THE DATES

Monday, October 5, 2015 - AKPsi Fundraiser at Panera, Newark, 4pm-8pm

Monday, October 19, 2015 - Midcourt

Sunday, November 8, 2015 - Alumni Homecoming Brunch

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - Initiation 

CHAPTER NEWS

CONVENTION 2015

This summer, brothers from around the world convened in Norfolk, Virginia for Alpha Kappa Psi’s bi-annual National Convention. The Omega Alpha chapter had three brothers represent our chapter, as Talia Jarmus, Allie Gan, and Elyssa Sommer devoted hours over their weekend showcasing our progress, achievements, and long-term goals. During their stay, they attended leadership classes that provided them with new skills to bring back and apply to the chapter.

Convention also offered several opportunities for our brothers to network with brothers – both active and graduated – from other chapters and discuss different strategies for handling professional development, community service, fundraising, and brotherhood engagement

One of the highlights of the weekend was the Celebration of Brotherhood Ceremony that incorporated all attendees and offered brothers the opportunity to speak about their experiences within the fraternity. As Allie Gan stated, “the Celebration of Brotherhood moved me because it was great to see how much of an impact the fraternity has had on so many different people from all walks of life.”

 Finally, our Omega Alpha representatives met our Fraternity President, Alexander Sultan, as well as other members of the Management Team. Talia, Allie, and Elyssa all agreed that convention was a wonderful experience that not only helped our chapter, but brought them closer to the brotherhood on a national scale.

ALUMNI BASEBALL GAME

The Omega Alpha Chapter hosted an alumni event on Sunday, September 13th at the New York Yankees Game in The Bronx, New York. Active brothers were able to spend some quality time with some alumni, as they enjoyed the Blue Jays vs. Yankees game. With the American League East Division still up in the air, the game had significant meaning for both teams.

Look out for our next Alumni Event during Homecoming Weekend, as the chapter is hosting Sunday Brunchon November 8 for our active and graduated brothers! 

BACK IN BUSINESS

Led by our Vice President of Membership, Jake Wainwright, the Omega Alpha Chapter began Fall Rush on September 15th and 16th with two rounds of Meet the Brothers. On September 22nd, the potential new members were put through a newly reworked professional round. This semester, Professional Night included a current events room, a resume room, and a professional skills room. Each PNM got a chance to interact with brothers in each of the rooms in addition to their 30 second pitches to the executive board.

Another alteration to rush included a more interactive social round preceding professional interviews. Instead of speed dating, a barbecue was held at Kells Park on Friday, September 25th. 

Between all of the burger flipping and Frisbee-tossing, brothers were able to mingle with PNMs in a much more laid back setting. The barbecue was ultimately a lot of fun and very helpful in selecting a new pledge class for the fraternity.

OUR "NU" PLEDGE CLASS

Bids were given to 24 new pledges of the Nu Pledge Class on Monday, September 28th at Klondike Kate's. Vice President of Education Jochelle Dasent – along with pledge parents Laura Gettier, Tina Baricelli, and Tom Esposito – will kick off the pledge process with the Nu's first class on Wednesday, September 30th and a volleyball tournament on Sunday, October 4th. The Omega Alpha chapter is extremely excited to get to know our new pledges over the next 6 weeks!

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Emily Aiello, Sean Bates, Matthew Bellino, Jake Bertelson, Addison Bolton, Karen Burke, Christina Capobianco, Jack Coyle, Alexandra Cwalina, Amanda Flores, Gina Gesualdi, Andres Granado, Meghan Hart, Josh Kleinman, Dalton Layfield, Anthony Manno, Sarah Ripley Forsyth, Meghan Ruoff, Matthew Sonkin, Kaitlin Woo, Spencer Ylagan, Aaron Zapata, Rachel Zucker

BROTHER SPOTLIGHT

This month we are throwing the spotlight on Vice President of Finance Melissa Cannon. Melissa – from Somers, NY – is a senior Fashion Merchandising major with a minor in Business Administration. “I joined AKPSI in order to be a part of a brotherhood,” says Melissa, who joined in the Fall of her sophomore year as a member of the Iota Pledge Class. Melissa says she considered transferring schools before she joined AKPsi, but now she “never wants to leave.”

Melissa credits her role on the executive board as her biggest success within AKPsi. “As a Fashion Major, I never thought that I would be the VP of Finance, but I love planning our fundraising events and seeing the impact we can make on our philanthropies,” she says. Along with her new role came a lot of responsibility that has ultimately led Melissa to learn a lot about herself and what it means to be a leader. “Being able to have an impact in this chapter is such an honor and I am so proud to see the direction our chapter is going in.”

Over the summer, Melissa interned at Ross Stores in the men's underwear department. During her time with the off-price retailer Melissa was able to work closely with the buyer and assistant buyer she was placed within the department. In addition to attending vendor appointments, Melissa says she was allowed to make a small buy for the department, “which was so exciting because I was able to see if our customer liked the product and they did!”

After graduation, Melissa will return Ross Stores to work in their New York City buying office as an Assistant Buyer, which is a role she sees herself growing from. “I am so excited because this has been a company I have been wanting to work for a long time,” she says. Melissa hopes to be a buyer within the next 5 years, eventually hoping to own her own fashion brand. “I really want to be my own boss and run a successful company.”

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

For our September newsletter, we are featuring former Executive Vice President Paige Liscka of the Delta pledge class.  Paige graduated in 2014 as a business management and marketing double major with a minor in dance.

Since her time with the Omega Alpha chapter, Paige has joined the Quakertown, PA Target team as their new Human Resources Executive Team Leader. “AKPsi certainly helped me with my networking skills, but more importantly it taught me so much about who I am as a person and a leader,” Paige says. 

 

“I took many of the leadership skills I learned during my time as EVP with me to Target, and I see them used every day!”

Though running a team of 140 people is no easy task, Paige says she often relates her role to her AKPsi days. Paige considers AKPsi to still be a huge part of her life. “I have made so many lifelong friends,” she says, “and I have really enjoyed watching AKPsi grow into such an amazing and reputable organization at UD.”

In 5 years, Paige sees herself still working in Human Resources. “With Target, one of my long term goals is to be promoted into the HR business partner role which would allow me to oversee approximately 20 stores' HR executives,” says Paige. It is her dream to move up within human resources either at Target or another well-known company. As for what's up next, Paige says she is just working on adjusting to her new life in Conshohocken. “I'm really trying to get involved with the local community and I would love to start dancing again.”