NOVEMBER 2015 / by Bryan Leach

SAVE THE DATES

Friday, November 6, 2015 - Blue Hens on Main Event

Saturday, November 7, 2015 - Homecoming Football Game vs. Albany

Sunday, November 8, 2015 - Alumni Homecoming Brunch

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - Initiation  

Chapter News

Fall Events

The Omega Alpha Chapter has had an extremely eventful month! From hayrides and bonfires at Milburn Orchards, to bouncing around at Launch Trampoline Park, both brothers and pledges have had plenty of opportunities to get to celebrate the season. Brother Marie Stellato, who attended each of the events, recalled “when I was pledging, these events were some of the most fun times that I have had here at UD. It allows the pledges to meet and hangout with brothers in a more social environment to ensure that they will integrate well into the chapter upon Initiation.”

Everyone's families grew a little bit bigger when Big/Little reveal was held on Monday, October 26th. After weeks of coffee dates, interviews, and pledge events, the Nu Pledge Class was relieved to find out who their families were, as they are some of the most influential people that they will come across at UD. Congratulations and welcome to your “Nu Families” everyone! 

The Race to Fundraise

VP of Finance Melissa Cannon and Fundraising Chair Allie Gan have been hard at work this month fundraising for the Boys and Girls Club of Newark. On October 5th, AKPsi hosted a fundraiser at Panera Bread, which raised over $250 for our philanthropy. On October 21st, brothers participated in Pie a Psi, which cost $2 per pie to hurl at a brother of your choosing.

On the same day, the Omega Alpha Chapter also co-hosted the First Annual Spelling Bee with Sigma Nu. Brother Mimi Hrivnak took to the stage and proved that we stand for knowledge at every juncture. Though she did not take home the trophy, everyone had a great time for a great cause! At the end of the day, the two events grossed over $900 for our philanthropy, raising our semester’s total to $1,250 all for the Boys and Girls Club.

MOBILITY CHALLENGE

Several brothers took part in this year's Mobility Challenge on October 21st. Founded by GoBabyGo, the challenge was created to raise awareness for those with mobility issues. Participants spent the day doing 1 of 4 challenges, which included avoiding the stairs, wearing restrictive straps on their arms, using walking sticks, or avoiding speech to pay respect to those without the ability to do so. Brothers called the event “Eye-opening, rewarding, tough, humbling, and fun”. The chapter was proud to support the cause and celebrate the event’s success with a BBQ hosted by the organization at the end of the day. Great job brothers!

Alumni Homecoming Brunch

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On behalf of the Alumni Relations Committee, we are looking forward to seeing our alumni back on campus for our annual Homecoming Brunch on Sunday, November 8th! Please contact Pat Vroman or Matt Sobel for additional information. See you there!

 

BROTHER SPOTLIGHT

November's Brother Spotlight is centered on Hotel Restaurant Institutional Management and Entrepreneurial Studies Major, Dylan Nunn. Having rushed Alpha Kappa Psi in the spring of his sophomore year, Dylan is a member of the Kappa Pledge Class with an anticipated graduation date of May 2016.

This past summer, Dylan moved to New York City to work for the Patina Restaurant Group, which is owned by Delaware North, a global food service and hospitality company.

Dylan worked at Patina's restaurant called The Sea Grill, located in the concourse of Rockefeller Center, as a Manager in Training. At The Sea Grill, Dylan's responsibilities ranged from floor supervision to inventory operations.

“I had the chance to interact with some of the most important people of New York, as they would eat at the restaurant frequently,” Dylan says. “I highly encourage brothers of AKPsi to move away from their hometown and participate in an internship in a completely different city. It was one of the best experiences of my life.”

Though Dylan has fallen in love with New York City, he still has plenty to look forward to during his final year at UD. Dylan says he would never have had the networking skills and lasting friendships he does today if it weren't for the Omega Alpha chapter.

In the future, Dylan hopes to eventually take his HRIM skills out of the country. He has set his sights on Cuba, in hopes of owning and operating his own bar and restaurant venture. Best of luck with all of your future endeavors, Dylan!

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

This month, we are featuring Omega Alpha Founding Brother James Devlin. During his senior year, James served as the Vice President of Accounting. He graduated in May 2011 as with a degree in Accounting and Finance.

Since his time at UD, James has been working at Ernst & Young LLP in New York City. “I am a Manager in the Audit practice of the Financial Services Office, with clients in the Banking and Asset Management industries,” James says. In addition to his role at Ernst & Young, James is studying for the GMAT. He intends on applying to business school to earn his MBA, beginning next fall.

“AKPsi had a direct impact in getting my position with EY, through allowing me to leverage the network of connections I had made during my time spent on campus with AKPsi,” he says.

 “You don’t realize it at first, but the different events, sponsors, and speakers that AKPsi brings in all have a purpose to make you a better professional - providing various leadership, problem solving, teamwork and communication skills.” James says the most valuable part of being a member of Alpha Kappa Psi is the connections brothers make along the way. “Having a network of brothers who have a similar goal to you is invaluable in helping to get you where you ultimately want to be.

Besides the professional aspect of AKPsi, James' favorite part about being a brother was finding a new group of friends who all shared similar interests to him. “I’ve made so many lifelong friends along the way and even met my girlfriend from being in AKPsi together,” James says. He also notes that it is great seeing the vast amount of progress Omega Alpha has made since it was founded; “that’s a product of how well the group works together as well as everyone striving for a common goal, both personally and professionally.”

As for the future, James sees himself in a controller role and eventually a CFO at a hedge fund or alternative investment firm. If he had it his way, however, James says “I’d be lying if I didn’t say my dream job is to be the General Manager of the New York Yankees.” Thanks for catching up with us, James, and best of luck in the years to come!