APRIL 2016 / by Bryan Leach

CHAPTER NEWS

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.”      

 Left to Right: Marie Stellato, Victoria Fusco, Allie Gan, Josh Kleinman, Alex Chiodo, Matt Sobel, Nicole Costantino, Mimi Hrivnak, Val Choy, Jill Palmieri

Left to Right: Marie Stellato, Victoria Fusco, Allie Gan, Josh Kleinman, Alex Chiodo, Matt Sobel, Nicole Costantino, Mimi Hrivnak, Val Choy, Jill Palmieri

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

Udance 2016

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!”