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Men of Honor 2018 and Helping Our Phi Kap Family

Posted By Mike Palladino, Friday, February 2, 2018


Today is February 1st, which means we’re about 8 percent through 2018. Do you feel different? Have you kept your resolution? This time of year, it is not only fashionable to want to improve ourselves, but it is necessary. The world has an obligation to be better and so do we.

Perhaps it’s fitting that the Fraternity’s first official action of 2018 was Men of Honor. The opportunity to come together in our grandest exchange of ideas, best practices, and cultivation of leadership was the best thing we could have done after a stressful year that included uprooting to Indiana from our longtime home in Chester Springs, PA, and seeing one of our nearest and dearest, Deb Kurynny, off as she begins the next chapter of her life.

Men of Honor 2018 was one for the books, as those of you who attended know. We had more—a lot more—undergraduates register than ever before (almost 120!), and our team of dedicated facilitators and staff ensured everyone who showed up took valuable insights on organizational leadership back to their chapters. We expect nothing less than good vibes and upward momentum for those chapters whose Men of Honor participants immersed themselves completely in the program.

At the same time, the reboot of the Ambassador program primed a class of outstanding undergraduates for a future of outstanding service to the Fraternity. Beyond a similar level of leadership development as Men of Honor participants, the first rebooted class of Phi Kappa Sigma ambassadors have set themselves up for future involvement in the Fraternity long after graduation. I couldn’t be prouder of their dedication.

Throughout the latter half of 2017, Headquarters staff and the Executive Committee raced to transition everything to our new home with our new staff members focusing on new programs, some of which are reboots of older programs and some are entirely new. We could not have done it without our good friend and closest ally, Deb Kurynny.

Deb’s transition into semi-retirement took an unexpected and heartbreaking turn late last month when her husband, Vic (Drexel ’98) was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Vic is a dedicated father, a Brother, and among the most compassionate men. Eager and proud to see the Fraternity succeed, Vic gave his time as a handyman and landscaper at the old Headquarters in Chester Springs.

Vic is currently receiving treatment at a VA hospital far away from his family and friends, and the travel expenses have proved a burden to the Kurynny family. I ask that those able make a donation to Vic’s GoFundMe page so that we, his Brothers, can help offset the monetary cost of this horrible disease. You can donate by clicking here. Your generosity during this difficult time is invaluable to the Kurynnys.

As always, keep up the good work, gentlemen. I’ll see you in New Orleans.



Mike Palladino
Alpha Nu, Georgia Tech, ‘04
Grand Alpha 

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