Principled Business Leadership Institute
Several brothers from the Omega Alpha Chapter participated in the Principled Business Leadership Institute Conference in early February in Alexandria, Virginia. This weekend-‐long event provided brothers the opportunity to network with other Alpha Kappa Psi chapters, as well as participate in a structured program focused on professional skill building. New Vice President of Membership, Marie Stellato, reflects on the experience saying, “Attending PBLI was such a valuable learning experience. Not only was I able to gain new understanding about how to improve as a leader from the speakers, I also had the opportunity to engage with other chapters and learn about their traditions and how they run their events. PBLI was also such a wonderful chance to bond with a group of brothers on a deeper level as we discussed different ways we could improve our own chapter.”
Xi Pledge Class!
Welcome the Xi Pledge Class! On March 7th, the Omega Alpha Chapter welcomed thirty new pledges! The Xi Pledge Class rose to the challenge of four rounds of rush and continue to soar through the pledge education program under the direction of newly elected Vice President of Education, Tina Barricelli. The Xi Pledge Class showcased the fruits of their study at the Midcourt ceremony on Saturday, April 9th. The Omega Alpha Chapter looks forward to initiating an outstanding and diverse group of new brothers later this spring!
Congratulations to our New Chair Positions!
- Public Relations Chair: Karen Burke
- Digital Media Director: Brandon Leung
- Internal Social Chair: William Millus
- External Social Chair: Caroline Wetzelberger
- Inter-Chapter Events Chair: Maggie Loughran
- UDance Chair: Amanda Flores
- Audit/Investment Chair: Zach Lebowitz
- Pledge Parents: Christina Capobionco, Cricket Francisco, and Josh Kleinman
- Recruitment Chair: Anthony Manno
- Risk Management Chair: Allison Donohue
- Information Technology Chair: Sean Bates
- Community Service Chairs: Dalton Layfield and Hailey Krinsky
- Scholarship Chair: Meghan Hart
- Marshall: Tom Vincent
- Professional Development Chair: Jack Coyle
- Fundraising Chair: Isabel Gomez
- Alumni Relations Chair: Val Choy
- Newsletter Chair: Hannah Crismon
This was Alpha Kappa Psi’s first year having a B+ Hero. Our hero, Nathaniel Griffith is a 20-month old boy from Wilmington, Delaware. He was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) that is currently in treatment. He is the youngest B+ Hero that has been paired with any organization, so it gives Alpha Kappa Psi a unique opportunity to grow with him.
At UDance this year, Nathaniel was in treatment, so he sadly could not attend, but we had the opportunity to meet his parents and his brother Sam. They are such an amazing family and are excited to get to know all the brothers of Alpha Kappa Psi better. His mother, Krista, was thrilled to see all the hard work we put into Dance and even asked to take Nathaniel’s Dance banner home to hang in his room. The brothers of the Omega Alpha Chapter are honored to have the opportunity to have an impact on the Griffith family through the B+ Foundation’s Hero Pairing.
Brother spotlight - katelyn murray
Katelyn Murray, affectionately known as “Kmurr”, is a junior majoring in Accounting and with a minor in Restaurant Management; as well as a part of the UD Honor’s Program. Katelyn rushed Alpha Kappa Psi during the spring of her freshman year in 2014 and is a member of the Kappa Pledge Class. In the summer of 2015, Katelyn began experiencing reoccurring symptoms while studying abroad in Peru. When she returned home to the US, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. However, Katelyn’s strong spirit and inspiringly positive attitude equipped her to win the battle against cancer. After twelve chemotherapy treatments, Katelyn is cancer free!
Katelyn says that her greatest accomplishment is being able to take any card that she is dealt and look at it in a positive light. She spoke to hundreds of people at the University of Delaware’s UDance event this March about her experience fighting cancer with the B+ logo painted on her cheek. The logo perfectly encapsulates Katelyn’s inner confidence and inspiring positive strength. She says, “I have been faced with many challenges that could cause someone to break down but I have remained strong. Yes, there are times where I need comforting, but there has never bee a time where I have given up on something because it was too hard.”
Katelyn is such an integral member of the Omega Alpha Chapter. Her biggest piece of advice to younger brothers is to always apply yourself to achieve your goals and to not fear trying new things. Katelyn says that the brothers of AKPsi have been her backbone. Her strong character and contagiously positive spirit are invaluable assets to our brotherhood.
Cancer is only one of many things that this powerful young woman will conquer. After gradation, Katelyn hopes to excel in a career that will allow her to soar with her strengths. While she is unsure of exactly what she wants to do long-‐term, the most important thing to her is that she finds something that she truly enjoys. This summer, Katelyn will be interning with KPMG in London, while exploring the different facets of the accounting field.
Alumni spotlight - alaina prevot
Alaina Prevot graduated from the University of Delaware in May 2015 with an Honor’s-‐degree in Finance and Marketing and a minor in International Business. She is a member of the Eta Pledge Class from the Fall of 2013. Since her graduation, Alaina has been working with Deloitte Consulting in Washington D.C as an analyst within their Federal Technology practice. She supports technological projects across different federal agencies,
specifically the TSA.
Alaina attributes her success in the workforce to the professional development and networking skills she acquired during her time as a brother. As an honors freshman, she struggled to find friends in her particular major with which to study. Alpha Kappa Psi provided her with a large, supportive network of peers with similar academic interests and career goals. Alaina reflects on her time as a brother saying, “One of the most important lessons I learned from Alpha Kappa Psi is that everything is what you make of it.”
Alaina looks forward to what the future holds. She does not know exactly where she would like to be long term, but she hopes to finish her MBA with a foreign program within the next five years. Her interests are broad and she sees herself in several different settings. One of her personal goals is to work with women in developing countries to help build financial and technological literacy. Alaina’s biggest piece of advice to younger brothers is to maximize your opportunities within the fraternity saying, “Go to events, work together in classes, and hang out on the weekends. You’re surrounded by so many smart, driven, and diverse people. and you should definitely take advantage of that!”