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Start of the Year

Posted By Mike Palladino, Monday, October 2, 2017
Updated: Monday, October 2, 2017

Brothers,

Before I begin my monthly post, I want to offer my sincerest condolences to those affected by the shooting in Las Vegas. On behalf of Phi Kappa Sigma, I express our sympathies to the families and friends of those affected by this tragedy. If anyone is aware of a Phi Kap directly affected, I encourage you to let the Fraternity's staff know by emailing staff@pks.org or calling our office at 610-469-3282.

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As you know, school is back in session (and for some it is already time for midterm exams), which means many of our undergraduate chapters are and will be busy recruiting the next class of Phi Kaps. Join me in welcoming all our new members as they begin their journey toward initiation and lifelong development into brothers, scholars, leaders, and gentlemen.

On behalf of staff and everyone on the Executive Board, I want to congratulate all our chapters, especially those that are seeing huge improvements in the quality and quantity of their recruiting. Most of you understand recruiting is not just a numbers game, that the quality of man we welcome into our ranks should be considered just as strongly, and you have risen to that task. I have no doubts that with strong recruitment will come a strong focus on academic achievement, personal development, service, and outreach to Phi Kap alumni everywhere. Keep up the awesome work!

I’m overjoyed by the momentum with which our undergraduates are entering the fall term. Some chapters have doubled their rosters; others are already hosting successful philanthropy events. My advice to our undergraduate members is to bring that same energy into your recruitment, your studies, and the management of your chapters, and you will continue to grow and be successful.

On a larger scale, Phi Kappa Sigma is expanding, as well. Many of our individual chapters continue to grow, and we are committed to securing charters for our colonies at Texas Tech, McDaniel, Oklahoma State, and Vanderbilt by the end of this year. Additionally, we hope to open colonies at Auburn, Texas Christian University, Virginia and Virginia Tech as soon as possible.

As a side note, our ambitious expansion goals can only be met with the right staff. If you are a recent graduate interested in becoming a Phi Kappa Sigma expansion consultant, visit pks.org/jobs, and submit an application today.

Carroll K. Simons Institute

Over the summer, Phi Kappa Sigma hosted the third Carroll K. Simons Institute (CSI). Over fifty undergraduates, alumni, and staff came together just outside Cincinnati to share best practices for things such as event planning, financial management, and alumni engagement. I want to thank the chapters who sent a representative to CSI, the alumni who volunteered to be presenters and facilitators, and staff for organizing the entire thing. 

I especially want to thank the Alpha Epsilon Chapter’s Educational Society for funding CSI biennially since 2013, so our members have this opportunity to come together to learn and network. The results of programs like CSI and Men of Honor become apparent when I see the effort that goes into chapters’ recruiting efforts, academic program development, and public relations.

Organizational Change & Executive Director Search

And lastly, I want to let all of you know that the Fraternity's Executive Committee is opening a search for a new Executive Director, as the current Executive Director, Timothy Schug, will take on a new role overseeing all administrative and technical operational aspects of Fraternal activities.

In his new role, Tim will be responsible for the development, implementation, and improvement of Phi Kappa Sigma’s holistic leadership, educational, and risk management programs, serving both undergraduate and alumni alike, in the spirt of Phi Kappa Sigma’s commitment to lifelong learning and growth of all members.  His role will also serve as the Fraternity’s de-facto chief technology officer, responsible for the development, implementation, and improvement of all technical infrastructure to support undergraduates and alumni members worldwide.

Tim has served selflessly as Executive Director since 2015, having previously served as Director of Chapter Operations as well as Director of Chapter Services, since first joining the Headquarters staff in 2012.  In his various staff roles, Tim has been an instrumental part of nearly all the Fraternity’s key initiatives over the past five years.

During his tenure as Executive Director, Tim has driven the organization to new levels of success, particularly around the development of educational and risk management programming, the improvement of operational efficiency, and the dramatic overhaul of utilized technology and infrastructure.  Under Tim’s leadership, the Fraternity has seen the continued growth and development of the Men of Honor Leadership Institute, as well as the development and successful implementation of the brand-new Carrol K. Simons Leadership Institute, both of which are key components of the undergraduate Phi Kappa Sigma experience.

Most recently, Tim lead the acquisition of a new long-term headquarters building in the Indianapolis area in June 2017, as well as the successful relocation from Philadelphia, where Phi Kappa Sigma HQ has been historically located since the Fraternity’s inception.

As you all know, Brother Schug has been a critical part of our Headquarters staff for years, helping us to see new successes, and weathering challenging times.  Amidst an ever-changing fraternal landscape, Tim has been the constant, positive, driving force in our organization.  We are excited for him to focus on this role, where he can continue to impact our members’ experience through new and unique programs for education, training, and leadership development.  There is no doubt that he will be effective given his educational background and wealth of fraternal experience.  As an organization, we are incredibly fortunate to have a unique resource like Brother Schug on our staff.

Candidates interested in applying for the Executive Director position should send a resume and cover letter (including salary requirements) via email to me no later than October 15th, 2017 November 15, 2017. Please click here for the position description.

Fraternally,


Mike Palladino (Alpha Nu ’04)

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Patrick K. Schlomas says...
Posted Tuesday, October 3, 2017
I'm disappointed to learn that Tim will no longer assume the role of Executive Director, but confident that the organization will successfully work through this transitional period. +LT
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