Welcome to the inaugural post of the Phi Kappa Sigma Consultant Blog! For those of you who do not know who I am, my name is Ryan Cerone and I am the Senior Educational Consultant for Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity.
I thought I would use this first post in our consultant blog to go over what it is your consultants do from our personal perspective, not some regurgitation of rules and job duties. First off, we don't want you to think of us as some secret police or gestapo. We are brothers, just like you, who care deeply about Phi Kappa Sigma, enough to dedicate years of our lives to transferring the knowledge and experiences we have acquired through our collective 35+ years in the organization (and that are not counting Mrs. Deb's 26 years!). As consultants, our number one concern is to make sure you are getting the most of the Phi Kap experience, and to show you that you can do that without doing things that will make you the next fraternity chapter to end up on CNN. We are all available to you all 24/7, 365 days a year and I will be 100% honest with you all, the chapters that take advantage of us as a resource are the chapters that time and time again have successful recruitments, stay out of trouble, and win awards. It is an unfortunate truth that the chapters who don't use their consultant to the full potential are the chapters that struggle. The same goes for the chapters that “yes” their consultant to death on their calls and visits. We know whether or not we're being listened to, and I want to take a moment to say that you all have the potential to win the big awards and be the model chapter that I know you all can be.
One of the best feelings you can get as a consultant is when a chapter works with you to improve. Without giving out any of names, because they know who they are, I will cite a few examples of what can happen when you work with your consultant. There are a few chapters that decided this past year to work with myself and our other consultant at the time, Ben Fournier, and each of those chapters. who year after year at Grand Chapter have to sit at that awards banquet and watch other people take home awards, are going to have several of their own to take home in Chicago. Things like that are what give us the motivation to keep working to improve our fraternity, even with the recent media coverage involving fraternities nationwide.
The Greek landscape is changing brothers, and we all have to decide what side of that change we will be on. Do we want to be dragged into a new age kicking and screaming, or do want to be an organization leading the charge? Each of you have the ability to be the change your campus needs, the question is simply what are you all going to do about it? Will you be you dragged, kicking and screaming, or will you be the men of honor we all took the oath to be?