MAY 2015 NEWSLETTER / by Bryan Leach

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Saturday, May 30, 2015- Class of 2015 Commencement

Wednesday, July 29 to Saturday, August 1- 2015 Convention, Norfolk, Virginia

SPRING 2015 INITIATION

 On April 25, 2015 the Omega Alpha chapter welcomed 24 new brothers into our fraternity. Each new brother fits our core values of brotherhood, integrity, knowledge, unity, and service.  We are delighted to have them, as well as hope that they take advantage of all that Alpha Kappa Psi has to offer. Welcome Mu Pledge Class!

2015 CONVENTION

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This July, Alpha Kappa Psi will be hosting its biennial convention at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, Virginia. The event runs from Wednesday, July 29 to Saturday, August 1, 2015. The Convention is held every two years and consists of two main parts - the Chapter Congress Meeting and the College of Leadership.

 Additional events include the Celebration of Brotherhood, Brothers Night Out and the Grand Banquet.

 The College of Leadership provides students and alumni with advanced chapter management and personal development skills. These dynamic sessions—focusing on advance team and chapter leadership, effective recruitment strategies, fundraising, and risk management— equip students with the tools needed to lead successful chapters. Additional personal and professional development sessions will encourage personal growth. These programs are designed to be interactive discussions to give attendees the opportunities to learn and share ideas from business professionals, AKPsi leaders and chapters from across the Fraternity.

 The Chapter Congress brings all student and alumni chapters together for deliberation over key changes to the fraternity’s bylaws, as well as electing new brothers to various leadership positions. Our chapter representatives are very excited for the opportunity to attend this year’s convention!

CONGRATS CLASS OF 2015!

Lindsay Conrad, Patrick Cydylo, Marissa DeSimone, Tayler Hamilton, Kelly Harris, Nina Hawxhurst, John Inanc, Corey Kaufman, Christina Lazarus, Rachel Mahoney, Logan Marks, Maria Medved, George Mickum, Samantha Negri, Alaina Prevot, Cleo Reiss, Bradley Richman, Nina Russo, Robbie Schiff, Jon Schwinn, Devon Sprunk, Emily Surprise, Jessica Ugarte, Gary Ulrich, Rachel Waggoner

BROTHER SPOTLIGHT

This month’s Brother Spotlight is on soon-to-be graduate Cleo Reiss. Cleo is a Marketing major with minors in Spanish and Advertising. She joined AKPsi in the fall semester of her sophomore year as a member of the Eta Pledge Class.

After graduation, Cleo is headed to Spain in the fall to be a cultural assistant teaching English to Spanish children in Madrid. Having studied abroad in Salamanca, Cleo always knew she wanted to go back. Now, she was able to make that happen through CIEE, a 10 month long program that includes a month of Spanish classes and a homestay. Although this job isn’t business related, it’s helping me fulfill my goals of travelling around Europe and becoming a fluent Spanish speaker” she says.

Eventually, Cleo wants to turn her everyday passions into a career. She sees herself working in corporate marketing, sales, or advertising in either New York or Los Angeles in the near future. “Ultimately I would like to own a fitness center, have my own line of fitness attire, and have a weight loss & healthy food line.” Now, she is a spin instructor at the Carpenter Sports Building, and finds the opportunity to improve the physical capabilities of others to be one of the most rewarding facets of her life.

 Cleo may be sad to leave UD, but she is excited for her future as an active alumni of the university and AKPsi. Above all else, however, Cleo considers her biggest success within AKPsi has to be the relationships that she has built with brothers along the way. She says her brothers have shaped her college career and without them, she isn’t sure where she would be today. “We go through college hoping to find where we fit in and where we belong. AKPsi was exactly where I belonged. It was my niche. My brothers will be my friends forever.”

 Best of luck in Spain, Cleo, we’ll miss you!

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Bryan Ross, former president of the Omega Alpha chapter, graduated from UD in 2012 with a major in Finance and a minor in Economics. After graduation, Bryan worked for 2 years for Deloitte Consulting. From there, he attended Vanderbilt University’s Masters in Finance program and just recently graduated. Starting in June, Bryan will be working for Goldman Sachs as an Equity Research Analyst.

Bryan has come a long way since his AKPsi days, but still finds himself going back to the strong foundation he built in the brotherhood. “AKPsi played a part in getting my position with Deloitte Consulting and Goldman Sachs by allowing me to build on my networking skills, both in-person and other means of communication” he says.

A good tip for active brothers--Pay attention to the rush process. Whether you are the potential new member or a brother on the other side, Bryan believes it is a great learning experience. “Campus firm recruitment is very similar to rush,” he says, “that allowed me to leverage my experiences from both sides of rush to make a great first impression with the firms.” Besides the social events, rush remains one of Bryan’s favorite parts of AKPsi.

 Though excited about his new position, Bryan has even bigger plans for the future. “In five years, I see myself as a senior associate or portfolio manager within a global investment management firm.” Best of luck in all your future endeavors, Bryan!