During the 2014 National Convention in Atlanta, GA. Former National President, Jonah Goodman came together with current National President, Matthew “Fresh” Nicoletta, to give the State of the Fraternity Address (Yes, SOFA<–not the one you sit on).
If you were not able to attend, we want to tell you what was discussed! Right here, right now!
Outgoing/New National Council
We said “thank you” to the outgoing National Council…
…and welcomed the 2014-2016 National Council Officers with open arms (many of them may look familiar).
The new Officers include:
Back Left to Right: Senior Vice President Erik “Duff” Walschburger (Alpha Lambda Chapter ‘05), Vice President of Alumni Development Ryan Alexander (Epsilon Xi Chapter ‘10), Vice President of Membership Development Christopher McCoy (Gamma Beta Chapter ‘07) and Vice President of Philanthropy Development Patrick Herron (Alpha Epsilon ‘96, Gamma Xi Chapter Founder).
Front From Left to Right: National Secretary Natalie Mikkelson (Gamma Epsilon Chapter ‘06), Vice President of Finance Sarah Cantwell (Beta Sigma Chapter ‘03), National President Matthew Nicoletta (Beta Kappa Chapter ‘03) and Vice President of Chapter Development Brian Bunton (Beta Kappa Chapter ‘00)
Note: If you have any “fresh” Fraternity ideas for the new National President tweet using the #pspfreshideas.
The Centennial Celebration
The 2016 National Convention will take the Fraternity home (or as close as we can to host the celebration) to Kansas City, Missouri. Although this time will be a reflection on the 100 years of history it will also be a time to look forward to the future of Phi Sigma Pi.
Hours of Hope
To celebrate the Centennial, Phi Sigma Pi launched Hours of Hope. By the 2016 National Convention the Fraternity wants to collectively perform 100,000 hours of service to the community. Today we sit at 60,144 hours (Over halfway there. Yes, it is okay to break out in song at this time.).
Log your hours now:
Team Eta was introduced. Last academic year, the Fraternity welcomed three new Chapters into the Fraternity: Eta Alpha Chapter (University of Northern Iowa), Eta Beta Chapter (University of Alabama, Birmingham) and Eta Gamma Chapter (DePaul University).
Phi Sigma Pi is looking to come to several institutions this upcoming school year. The list includes:
- Azusa Pacific University
- Emory University
- Rollins College
- Colorado State University
- Bryant University
- Oakland University
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of a school that is in desperate need of a Chapter!
At the Grand Chapter Meeting, the Grand Chapter decided that Phi Sigma Pi will become a gender inclusive Fraternity. This means no longer using the words co-ed or co-educational in conjunction with Phi Sigma Pi. How does your Chapter plan on incorporating this resolution?
At the 2014 Grand Chapter Meeting a motion was passed to explore new philanthropic initiatives. Since Phi Sigma Pi’s history is rooted in the field of education it is encouraged to continue our Founders initiatives during this exploration year. Phi Sigma Pi Members and Chapters can consider supporting:
- organizations that support under-served schools
- Brothers who serve as educators
- local school systems
Bottom line: If you want to continue to support Teach For America, you should! If Teach For America is out of reach for your Chapter or in contact with you, help another organization, Brother or local school system.
The brand new Phi Sigma Pi website was shown to those in attendance. And you can see it now!
New Recruitment Campaign
The brand new recruitment campaign was also launched. Remember the Your Voice. Your Vision. Recruitment Competition we held back in February/March? Brother Minh-Thuy Nguyen from the Zeta Pi Chapter at Missouri University of Science & Technology won the competition. We took that idea and created this year’s brand new recruitment campaign.
Go to phisigmapi.org/recruitment to order FREE posters, postcards and stickers!
That is where the Fraternity stands (or sits)!
Now let’s get out there and make this academic year the best yet! Who’s with us?