APRIL 2015 NEWSLETTER / by Bryan Leach

Save the Dates

Saturday, April 25, 2015- Court of Honor and Initiation 

Monday, May 4, 2015- Post-Grad Life and Money Management Seminar 

Mu kids on the block

On March 9, 2015 the Omega Alpha chapter offered 24 bids to potential new members that fit our core values of brotherhood, integrity, knowledge, unity, and service.  Throughout the six weeks following Bid Night, our Vice President of Education, Jochelle Dasent, and our three Pledge Parents, Tina Barricelli, Tom Esposito, and Laura Gettier, will instill the ideals of our fraternity into the Mu Pledge Class. 

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Elizabeth Albera, Caroline Casey, Christopher Consolo, Raymond Corona, Hannah Crismon,        Allison Donohue, Emily Francisco, Navika Gangrande, Isabel Gomez, Nicholas Goossen,              Palina Ivanova, Jieling Jiang, Zachary Lebowitz, Maggie Loughran, Joylynn Mbua, Erin Mickles,            Sani Nabatkhorian, Ellie Rosen, Claudia Seemans, Marie Stellato, Justin Swaim, Annie Tulley,         Erica Watson, Daniel Weaver

Big-little night

On Monday, April 13, our newest pledge class received the much-anticipated news of who their Big’s were. After weeks of coffee dates, pledge events, and countless interviews, the Mu Pledge Class was relieved to see that they were matched with some of the most influential people that they will ever meet. Congratulations and welcome to your new families!

drexel inter-chapter event

On Saturday, April 11, brothers from the Omega Alpha Chapter attended their first Inter-Chapter Event at Drexel University, hosted by the Eta Psi Chapter. The event sought to connect brothers within our Section through various workshops pertaining to leadership, active engagement as alumni, achievement outside of the classroom, and business entrepreneurship. The guest speaker of the day was Daniel R. Ryan, MA, M.Ed., who has worked for over 45 years as an instructor in a number of educational institutions.

Brothers from several different chapters enjoyed the event and the Omega Alpha Chapter will be back again next year to continue building brotherhood. 

greek week 2015

This spring, brothers will have the opportunity to participate in our first Greek Week! While being paired with Sigma Kappa and Sigma Nu, AKPsi will participate in Greek Games Day on Sunday, April 26, Greek God and Goddess on April 27, Dodgeball and Jousting on April 29, and other events on campus all throughout the week. The week culminates with a choreographed routine with dancing, music, and other entertainment at Airband.

Although the chapter will not be doing Airband, we will be in attendance cheering on our pairings for the week, as well as the rest of the Greek Community.

first annual golf outing

On Saturday, April 18, the Omega Alpha Chapter held its 1st Annual Golf Outing at Delcastle Golf Club! With over 30 golfers, 8 teams, and 80 brothers, alumni, pledges, and family members at the event, beautiful weather and great company set the success of the event. 

With an overall score of -7, Team FiliNino took home the trophy. Led by brothers Morgan Ludwicki and Pat Cydylo, the team was rounded out with Wes Madocks and Nino Rosal.

Following the event, brothers enjoyed the day with a BBQ alongside the clubhouse patio. When asked about the event, the coordinator and Vice President of Alumni Relations, Pat Vroman, said “what more could I have asked for? It was the perfect day with more perfect people.”

Thanks to donations, sponsors, and fundraising, the committee raffled off over $800 in prizes at the BBQ. While doing so, the chapter raised $450 at the event for our philanthropy, Lazarus Rising. “It could not have been done without all of you, so thank you and see you all next year,” said Vroman.

BROTHER SPOTLIGHT

For this month’s newsletter, we decided to throw the spotlight on sophomore Matt Sobel of the Kappa Pledge Class. Matt is a double major in Finance and Economics as well as Alpha Kappa Psi’s new Alumni Relations chair.

“I joined AKPsi during the spring semester of my freshman year. I can gladly say rushing AKPsi has benefited me in ways I never could have imagined,” he says. Matt feels that the strong network he has built in just his two semesters with the chapter is his biggest success within the fraternity thus far. He credits AKPsi’s alumni network with helping him acquire his new position as an intern on JP Morgan’s spring semester fixed income settlements team. “Ultimately, I contribute one of my greatest professional successes to AKPsi and our alumni.”

In addition to his chair position and internship, Matt partnered with fellow classmate Matt Rojas to create Lazarus Rising, a nonprofit organization that “aims to provide job placement skills to the homeless and near-homeless populations.” Through Lazarus Rising, Matt and a team of volunteers travel to homeless shelters to conduct mock interviews and offer resume advice. 

“We empower our participants through personalized resume reviews, mock interviews, and job search portal navigation at absolutely no cost to either our participants or our community partners,” Matt says of the program. “This program model is centered on utilizing skilled volunteerism provided by the students of the University and allocating that mission-driven labor to the places that we feel need it the most.” Matt thanks AKPsi for voting the nonprofit as the official new philanthropy of the Omega Alpha Chapter.

Matt has a very clear vision of where he wants to take his career after his May 2017 graduation date. “I want to be the chairman of a technology or pharmaceutical startup,” he says, hoping he will one day be able to team up with his UD peers to “be on the forefront of the newest technology craze.”

As for right now, Matt will be focusing on his studies and taking Lazarus Rising to the next level. For more information about how you can get involved with Lazarus Rising, Matt can be reached at mattsobel@lazarusrising.org.

alumni spotlight

Alumni Charlene Tan, a founding member of the Omega Alpha chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, graduated in 2010 with a major in Marketing and a double minor in Management Information Systems and Chinese. She is currently working at JP Morgan Chase, having recently moved into a new role within the company as a Program Management Associate.

Having graduated 5 years ago, Charlene attributes her experience with AKPsi for many of the skills she utilizes in her work environment everyday. “AKPsi provided me with an opportunity to emerge as a leader and learn valuable skills such as problem solving, teamwork, and communication,” said Charlene. 

As much as she enjoyed the professional aspect of the fraternity, Charlene says one of her favorite parts of being a brother of Alpha Kappa Psi was bonding with her brothers at chapter events “and celebrating the successes of the chapter's achievements.”

When asked what her dream job would be, Charlene sees herself making a positive impact on her community in some capacity. And as for where she sees herself headed in the business field? “I'm open to the many possibilities that [will] come my way during my career.”

 Best of luck, Charlene!