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Time to Give Thanks

Posted By Mike Palladino, Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Brothers,

I trust everyone had a fun and safe Halloween. November has begun, and it is clear to see the holiday season is upon us. Whether you live for Christmas music, pumpkin spice, and cold weather or you cannot stand it, I hope you can appreciate this time of year as our best opportunity to look back on 2017 and remember the things we did right, learn from our mistakes, and look forward to what we will do next year.

I am enthusiastically looking ahead to 2018, especially Men of Honor in January and Grand Chapter in August. With registrations coming in for Men of Honor and early bird registration opening on 15 November for the 99th Grand Chapter in New Orleans, it is hard not to get excited.

As the Phi Kappa Sigma Board, Foundation, and staff work hard to make sure we meet our goals for growth, alumni outreach, and member development outlined in our 2020 Strategic Plan, I can’t help but be grateful for all the hard work they have done to ensure our undergraduate experience is the best it can be. Things are looking up.

Fall is a time for all of us to give thanks. When the weather gets cold and we settle into our routines at work and school, we find ourselves with time to reflect on how lucky we are to have the support of our members, whose generous contributions fund scholarships and quality development programs for our undergraduate members. It is because of these programs that our chapters are increasingly well-managed, and our members are better equipped for life after college.

To alumni members, I say thanks. Thank you for the kindness and support we feel in everything you do, from the donations you make to your engagement on social media. We appreciate it all and look forward to expanding our alumni outreach so that you always feel at home when you hear the name Phi Kappa Sigma. We appreciate your continued support.

2017 is winding down. Those looking to make their final end-of-year tax-deductible gifts to Phi Kappa Sigma online can do so here. We rely on and are grateful for your support.

To undergraduate members, I hope you take advantage of these programs. Men of Honor registration closes on 30 November, and we want to see as many of you there as possible. You and your chapter/colony are better with you having gone. Just listen to what your brothers had to say about the program in our new Men of Honor promotional video. This is your best opportunity to meet Phi Kap undergraduates and alumni from across North America further your development as brothers and leaders on your life-long journey to becoming men of honor.

On behalf of Phi Kappa Sigma, have a great Thanksgiving and an awesome November.

Fraternally,

Mike Palladino
Alpha Nu ‘04
Grand Alpha

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Happy Founders' Day

Posted By Mike Palladino, Thursday, October 19, 2017

Brothers,

On behalf of the Phi Kappa Sigma Board and staff, happy Founders’ Day to our brothers around the world. On this day in 1850, seven men led by Dr. Mitchell determined that they would start a fraternal organization based on, among other things, the promotion of good fellowship, the cultivation of social virtues, the protection of just rights, and the advancement of best interests for its members.

Today, we celebrate 167 years of Phi Kaps studying our Ritual and letting our core values guide them on their journeys to becoming men of honor. We reflect on the charitable works of those who came before us, the change they inspired in their communities and the world, and the future of our organization, which is as bright now as it ever was.

We are fortunate to have had such an illustrious history that embraces what it means to be a brother, a scholar, a leader, and a gentleman. Our alumni have continued to prove that, through tangible service efforts and innovation, real values-based change can take place in our schools, businesses, and communities. Since the earliest days of our Fraternity, Phi Kaps have gone on to shape the world we live in through politics, science, and pop culture. Our goal is always to keep it that way—to inspire positive change in a world that needs it.

Systemic shifts in college culture in recent years have put organizations like ours at risk. Rampant drug and alcohol abuse, sexual assault, and hazing allegations plague major universities and threaten the very existence of Greek communities everywhere. Our ability to operate as a Fraternity is left vulnerable by these shifts, which can make it hard or even impossible to use the fraternal experience to develop our members into men of honor.

We are combating this at the international level every way we can. At the recent NIC conference, Phi Kappa Sigma expressed its support for a proposal that would require fraternities like ours to create a Good Samaritan Policy, which would encourage immediate action to be taken for individuals needing medical attention without the fear of disciplinary action. We are also in support of a measure that would provide baseline health and safety programming to chapters of NIC member fraternities. We support these measures in the hopes that they will create safer environments for our undergraduate members and enhance, not inhibit, the college fraternal experience, and we look forward to providing updates on these initiatives at next year’s 99th Grand Chapter in New Orleans.

We are hard at work creating and developing programs meant to improve all our chapters; however, we all know change happens on the individual level. What I ask on this Founders’ Day is that we not celebrate it like an anniversary; rather, put it into context, and treat it as an opportunity to realign with the Fraternity’s ideals. Take this chance to consider what our core values, those of trust, honor, respect, knowledge, wisdom, responsibility, and integrity, mean to you, and work every day to apply them to your life. It also means we need to hold our brothers accountable to those same standards.

Time and time again we read about or experience tragedies that put lives—not to mention the organization—at risk. We are determined to prevent this. Listen to your gut. If a situation seems risky, or if someone in your chapter or colony is not behaving the way you think a man of honor should behave, step in. Say something. Your decision to intervene in a risky situation could save another person’s reputation, safety, or life. Be proud and mindful when you watch out for each other. You are, in fact, your brother’s keeper.

Situational awareness and the ability to prevent risky situations within your chapters and campuses are what leadership institutes like Men of Honor are for. Every year, undergraduates from every chapter come together to exchange skills and best practices that make Phi Kappa Sigma an outstanding fraternal organization. We pride ourselves not only on setting high standards for all our members, undergraduate and alumni, but on providing programming opportunities whereby those standards can be realistically met. Our biggest strength isn’t that we police our chapters but that we give you the tools needed to police them yourself. With the registration link open for Men of Honor 2018, now is the best time for you to go on a journey that will assist your development according to our values and ensure the longevity of our chapters. Take advantage of it.

Happy Founders’ Day again, Brothers. We will see you at Men of Honor 2018.

Fraternally,

Mike Palladino (Alpha Nu '04)
Grand Alpha

 

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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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A Response Regarding Charlottesville

Posted By Mike Palladino, Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Brothers, 

Like many of you, I watched this past weekend's events in Charlottesville with a heavy heart.  

Phi Kappa Sigma extends our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of Heather Heyer, Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M. M. Bates, who lost their lives in the senseless violence that occurred.  We also want to assure the residents of Charlottesville, local law enforcement, the students of the University of Virginia, and all those troubled by these events that we stand with you in solidarity against hate. 

Our Fraternity values diversity – particularly since we believe that our differences ultimately make us stronger – as seen from the earliest days of our organization when our members took a stand against being a whites-only organization in 1860.  Diversity, inclusiveness, and the idea that "brotherhood is more than skin deep" are not just buzzwords we use during recruitment; they are essential components of our Fraternity's fabric.

We continue to condemn any thoughts or actions that encourage such prejudice-based behavior, as they go against everything Phi Kappa Sigma stands for, and expect our members to do the same.

Fraternally,


Mike Palladino (Alpha Nu ’04)

Grand Alpha


  

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Big News

Posted By Mike Palladino, Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Brothers,

 

For this month’s update, I wanted to announce a very exciting piece of news: this summer, we are relocating our headquarters from Chester Springs, Pennsylvania to the Park Place Centre office complex in Carmel, Indiana, about 30 minutes north of downtown Indianapolis!

 

Our new headquarters
716 Adams Street, Suites A & E
Park Place Centre, Carmel IN, 46032

 

The Philadelphia area has been considered our home since our founding in 1850, and acquiring our first headquarters space in 1915. Chester Springs has been our current headquarters location since 1994. Therefore, this was not a decision made lightly.  However, our top priority is to ensure that our chapters, 1,500+ undergraduates, and 30,000+ alumni are supported as best as possible.  This relocation ultimately provides a more functional facility that will help our Fraternity continue to grow and develop its chapters, in a more metropolitan market, that will enable us to attract, retain, and develop the most talented staff possible.

 

The potential to relocate headquarters has been a long time in the making -- meeting minutes in the archives show that the leadership of the Fraternity discussed relocation as early as 1978.  In February 2016, the Fraternity leadership approved evaluating various properties in candidate markets besides Philadelphia including Richmond, Chicago, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Nashville, and Dallas that would better meet our Fraternity’s ongoing professional needs, both present (and most importantly) for our future.

 
 “Today’s news in welcoming another national fraternity headquarters to Carmel is a testament to our city, where we place a high emphasis on higher education. Not only do our local schools excel tremendously in preparing future members of fraternal organizations like Phi Kappa Sigma, we have also attracted a highly educated local workforce, in which nearly 90 percent of our adults have achieved a Bachelor’s or graduate degree," said Mayor Jim Brainard. “We welcome Phi Kappa Sigma and we look forward to growing with them in the future.”

 

There are a number of reasons why moving our headquarters to the greater Indianapolis market provides more value than any other area in the country.  To share just a few of them:

  • In addition to being the heart of the fraternal world, Carmel is a metropolitan location with a very high quality of life at an affordable cost of living.  This will enable us to hire and retain for the long term the quality talent we require to run our day-to-day operations and move our organization forward.  

  • We will be closer to the headquarters of our fraternal trade association (the North-American Interfraternity Conference or “NIC”, located right around the corner from our new headquarters) as well as the headquarters of more than 30 NIC-affiliated fraternal groups and 10 sorority headquarters.  This will provide us significant staff development opportunities, allowing us to dramatically improve the support of our existing chapters and the success of starting new chapters.  It also will allow us to explore sharing staffing resources with other fraternal organizations, allowing us to augment our staff capacity at a reduced cost.

  • Our staff will be closer to a large concentration of future expansion efforts and dormant chapters, as well as our two flagship training events (the Men of Honor Leadership Institute held outside of Asheville, NC and the Carroll K. Simons Institute held outside of Cincinnati, OH).  This will make both expansion and training events easier to plan and execute.

  • We will be able to accommodate volunteer training programs and increased staff interaction to provide both support and innovation.

  • It centralizes our operations and the services that we provide to our chapters throughout the contiguous United States and Canada, in a state that offers significant financial tax incentives for non-profit organizations such as ours.  This lends itself to reduced annual tax costs, as well as reduced annual costs for typical staff travel.

  • Candidate properties within the Indianapolis area are significantly more affordable than similar candidate properties in the Philadelphia market.  As a result, we are able to be in a more metropolitan area at a reasonable cost, without requiring significant future budget accommodations for higher mortgage or leasing costs.

  • Despite moving 650 miles West, the surrounding area around Indianapolis contains approximately the same number of chapters and undergraduate members as the area surrounding our Chester Springs headquarters.

As defined by the Constitution & Acts, the Executive Board consists of the seven elected Executive Committee members, the six appointed Grand Deltas, and the collective vote of the eight living Past Grand Alphas, representing decades of fraternal history, experience, and involvement at the national level.  Based on the above benefits, the entire 21-member Executive Board voted unanimously to approve the relocation to Carmel. The unanimous vote across multiple generations of Phi Kap leadership sends a very positive and very strong message that this is the right move for our beloved Fraternity.

 As we get the new location ready for move-in over the coming weeks, I look forward to sharing pictures, videos, and information about a “ribbon-cutting” event, so stay tuned for future Grand Alpha updates!

In the meantime, I’m sure this news generates many questions, so please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for further detail.

 

Fraternally,


Mike Palladino (Alpha Nu ’04)

Grand Alpha


  

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Grand Pi Takeover

Posted By Ron Stranix, Monday, May 22, 2017
Updated: Monday, May 22, 2017

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Brothers,

This is usually the time of the month where you receive a Fraternity update from Grand Alpha Mike Palladino, but with so many great things to share on the educational side, I am taking over this month’s communication!  There are two big items to share, so please sound off in the comments or contact the International Headquarters should you have any questions.

First, as mentioned by Mike in previous updates, the 3rd Carroll K. Simons Institute is happening this summer, August 10th-13, at the Woodland Lakes Retreat Center in Amelia, OH.  The Carroll K. Simons Institute (CSI) is focused on improving the execution of typical Chapter operations, as well as providing team development training that could prove impactful to our members well after college.  If you are a current Chapter officer, looking to become one, or just want an opportunity to network with Brothers from across North America, I highly suggest you consider attending this summer’s CSI.  In addition, if your Chapter sends at least one person, the Chapter will receive a 5% insurance discount for the 2017-2018 academic year!

For a preview of what to expect at this year’s CSI, check out the video below and make sure to click here to register today!  Registration officially closes on July 17, 2017!



We are very excited for the 3rd Carroll K. Simons Institute happening this summer, but we are also excited to announce the location for the 99th Grand Chapter, occurring August 2-5, 2018.  As Grand Pi, I was fortunate to lead a committee to select the next Grand Chapter site.  After speaking with numerous undergraduates and alumni, and touring a few hotel properties, we are ecstatic to announce that the 99th Grand Chapter will be held at the J.W. Marriott in New Orleans, LA!  New Orleans is the epitome of fun and history all in one city, and we couldn’t be happier to host our members here for this event.

As we begin to plan our convention, we are looking for undergraduate members and recent alumni to serve on our Grand Chapter Planning Committee.  This committee gives you the inside track to all things GC, and allows you the opportunity to help make this the best Grand Chapter to date.  If you are interested in serving on this committee, please send me an email directly at rstranix@pks.org.

Thank you all and we look forward to seeing you at CSI and next year’s 99th Grand Chapter!

Fraternally,
Ron Stranix
Grand Pi

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Grand Pi Takeover

Posted By Ron Stranix, Monday, May 22, 2017
Updated: Monday, May 22, 2017

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Brothers,

This is usually the time of the month where you receive a Fraternity update from Grand Alpha Mike Palladino, but with so many great things to share on the educational side, I am taking over this month’s communication!  There are two big items to share, so please sound off in the comments or contact the International Headquarters should you have any questions.

First, as mentioned by Mike in previous updates, the 3rd Carroll K. Simons Institute is happening this summer, August 10th-13, at the Woodland Lakes Retreat Center in Amelia, OH.  The Carroll K. Simons Institute (CSI) is focused on improving the execution of typical Chapter operations, as well as providing team development training that could prove impactful to our members well after college.  If you are a current Chapter officer, looking to become one, or just want an opportunity to network with Brothers from across North America, I highly suggest you consider attending this summer’s CSI.  In addition, if your Chapter sends at least one person, the Chapter will receive a 5% insurance discount for the 2017-2018 academic year!

For a preview of what to expect at this year’s CSI, check out the video below and make sure to click here to register today!  Registration officially closes on July 17, 2017!



We are very excited for the 3rd Carroll K. Simons Institute happening this summer, but we are also excited to announce the location for the 99th Grand Chapter, occurring August 2-5, 2018.  As Grand Pi, I was fortunate to lead a committee to select the next Grand Chapter site.  After speaking with numerous undergraduates and alumni, and touring a few hotel properties, we are ecstatic to announce that the 99th Grand Chapter will be held at the J.W. Marriott in New Orleans, LA!  New Orleans is the epitome of fun and history all in one city, and we couldn’t be happier to host our members here for this event.

As we begin to plan our convention, we are looking for undergraduate members and recent alumni to serve on our Grand Chapter Planning Committee.  This committee gives you the inside track to all things GC, and allows you the opportunity to help make this the best Grand Chapter to date.  If you are interested in serving on this committee, please send me an email directly at rstranix@pks.org.

Thank you all and we look forward to seeing you at CSI and next year’s 99th Grand Chapter!

Fraternally,
Ron Stranix
Grand Pi

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Big Month

Posted By Mike Palladino, Friday, April 28, 2017
Updated: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Brothers,

 

Thanks to everyone who participated in our annual March Madness bracket challenge!  This year’s bracket challenge was our biggest yet, with nearly 200 Phi Kaps from almost every Chapter participating. Congratulations to our winners, and also to our brothers at Alpha Eta Chapter (South Carolina) on a great run to the Final Four!  The winner of this year’s Phi Kap bracket challenge was Rob Higdon (F&M ‘94), winning a complimentary $300 full registration to our 2018 Grand Chapter convention which he donated to the Zeta Chapter at Franklin and Marshall!

 

As I mentioned in last month’s update, don’t forget that we have the 3rd Carroll K. Simons Leadership Institute coming up on August 10th-13th.  As in previous years, it will be held just outside of Cincinnati at the Woodland Lakes Retreat Center in Amelia, OH.   The Carroll K. Simons Leadership Institute program is focused on improving the execution of typical Chapter operations, and as you can see in our 2020 Strategic Plan, our goal is to grow this year’s program to 45 attendees.  I would strongly encourage you to attend if you are a Chapter officer or an involved member that would like to improve how your Chapter is operating.  If you are interested in attending, or being a facilitator, please go here today!

 

I am also excited to share some updates about our Fraternity’s growth:

  • In March, we re-Colonized the Delta Eta Chapter at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. The Colony is actively recruiting, and we hope to see them receive their charter sometime in the 2017-2018 academic year.  Do you know someone that might be a good addition to the Delta Eta Colony?  If so, please let us know!
  • On April 22, we reachartered both Beta Psi and Delta Gamma Chapters.

  • In April, the Executive Committee granted a charter to our Beta Psi Colony at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington!  They were re-colonized in September 2015 and have done an excellent job of meeting the requirements for chartering, led by Alphas Connor Skaggs (Washington State ’17) and Harold Sacket (Washington State ‘19).  Currently, the group has 51 tremendous men, and has recently moved into a house on campus!  Tell them congratulations and welcome the Beta Psi Chapter back to Phi Kappa Sigma!

  • Also in April, the Executive Committee granted a charter to our Delta Gamma Colony at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey!  They were re-colonized in March 2016, and have also done a tremendous job of meeting the requirements for chartering, led by Alpha Kevin Ewers (Rowan ‘18) and Beta Kevin Medich (Rowan ‘18).  Currently, the group has 62 outstanding men and is continuing to grow.  Tell them congratulations and welcome the Delta Gamma Chapter back to Phi Kappa Sigma!

Finally, we are continuing to interview brothers to join our Headquarters staff for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year!  If you are interested in working for the Fraternity after graduation, please take a moment to review the positions and apply.

 

Fraternally,


Mike Palladino (Alpha Nu ’04)

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Business as usual?

Posted By Mike Palladino, Monday, February 20, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Brothers,

Lots of things to share with you this time around!

You might have recently seen a news article shared on Facebook about our Delta Pi Chapter at Indiana University, but if not, I wanted to highlight it here.  Led by Chapter Alpha Jacob Olson (Delta Pi ‘19), the Chapter initiated a highly decorated military veteran, Army Colonel Greg Hammond (Indiana ’79), this past week.  Brother Hammond initially inquired with the national organization about becoming a member, and I am thrilled that he found a welcoming home at Delta Pi for him to become a part of our brotherhood.  I am also incredibly proud of Delta Pi’s commitment to our principles of lifelong growth and ‘brotherhood is more than skin deep.’  

I am a strong proponent of alumni initiations in general, as our Fraternity benefits immensely with every involved alumnus; the process is straightforward and meant to be simple, so check with your Grand Delta, if there is a member of your community that you would like to discuss becoming initiated Phi Kap.  

I am excited to announce that the 3rd Carroll K. Simons Leadership Institute (held every other summer in non-Grand Chapter years) will be held from August 10 - 13, just outside of Cincinnati at the Woodland Lakes Retreat Center in Amelia, OH.   While the Men of Honor Leadership Institute focuses on self-awareness and communication skills, the Carroll K. Simons Leadership Institute program is focused on improving the execution of typical Chapter operations.  As you can see in our 2020 Strategic Plan, our goal is to grow this year’s program to 45 attendees, so I would strongly encourage you to attend if you are a Chapter officer or an involved member that would like to improve how your Chapter is operating.  (Also note that it is not a prerequisite to have attended the Men of Honor Leadership Institute before attending the Carroll K. Simons Leadership Institute.)  

If you are interested in attending, or being a facilitator, please go here today!

On behalf of the entire Fraternity, my sincere thanks goes out to the Alpha Epsilon Educational Society, led by president Chuck Beck (Alpha Epsilon ’09) whose generous funding has made the Carroll K. Simons Leadership Institute program possible for the past six years.  

In addition to planning leadership events, this is the time of year that lots of other things are happening “behind the scenes” by our dedicated team of Headquarters staff to keep the Fraternity running.  A few examples of those efforts that I wanted to highlight:

  • Writing and development of this year’s edition of the Maltese Cross annual magazine, which should hit your mailbox sometime in April or early May.
  • Annual review and adjustment of the fee schedule for new members, initiation, undergraduates, and insurance for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year.  Fee changes are governed by guidelines such as the CPI (Consumer Price Index) and data from FEA (Fraternity Executives Association), so you will hear more specifics about any applicable changes from the Headquarters Staff in the coming weeks after the research and review wraps up.
  • Recruiting and interviewing brothers to join our Headquarters staff for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year!  If you are interested in working for the Fraternity after graduation, please take a moment to review the positions and apply.

Finally, I have to congratulate all the New England Patriots fans in Phi Kappa Sigma on yet another Super Bowl victory.  As a resident of Atlanta since 1998, it pained me to watch the Falcons’ total collapse, but there is at least a small silver lining: the Foundation of Phi Kappa Sigma received a significant donation as a result of a bet made between Phi Kap alumni from New England and Atlanta.  Thanks to everyone who participated in the wager!

New England  Atlanta 
 Dave Smith (New Hampshire ‘06)  Bruce Curtiss (Georgia Tech ‘77)
 Brendon Egan (UMass-Lowell ‘10)  Wilson Wong (Georgia Tech ‘72)
 Matthew West (Marist ‘04)  Mike Palladino (Georgia Tech ‘03)
 John "JR" Roy (New Hampshire ‘95)  Tushar Thrivikraman (Georgia Tech ‘02)
 Wayne Delia (Potsdam ‘79)  Gunjan Talati (Georgia Tech ‘03)
 Johnny "Big Dog" Miyares (New Hampshire ‘92)  
 Bill Redfern (New Hampshire ‘95)  
 Jake Brokofsky (Southern Maine ‘09)  
 Tom French (New Hampshire ‘92)  
  Yui-Ting Lin (New Hampshire ‘93)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fraternally,


Mike Palladino (Alpha Nu ’04)

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Happy New Year!

Posted By Mike Palladino, Friday, January 27, 2017
Updated: Friday, January 27, 2017

Brothers,

 

Welcome to 2017!  I hope you had a fantastic holiday season and New Year.

 

We just wrapped up our 17th annual Men of Honor Leadership Institute from January 5th to January 8th at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly near Asheville, NC, where our members spent four days learning and developing skills related to values-based leadership with other Phi Kaps from Chapters across the United States and Canada.  Men of Honor weekend always recharges me to tackle a new year, and 2017 was no different!

 

My sincere thanks to the Phi Kappa Sigma Foundation, whose generous funding makes the program possible each year, as well as our two Lead Facilitators for this year, past Grand Alpha Doug Opicka (Alpha Epsilon ’97) and past Grand Pi Curt Klinkner (Alpha Theta ’94).  I also cannot say enough about the Headquarters staff, led by Executive Director Tim Schug (Alpha Epsilon ‘07), as well as current Grand Pi Ron Stranix (Delta Rho ’12), all of whom were instrumental to the institute’s continued success this year.

 

Additionally, I am very grateful to our stellar team of facilitators, who came from near and far to volunteer their time and work tirelessly over the four days, in order to ensure each of our 90+ participants had an amazing experience.  This year’s small group facilitator team, pictured below, was:

  • Adam Stevenson (Delta Upsilon, Virginia Commonwealth University)
  • Alexander Mitchell (Alpha Epsilon, Illinois Institute of Technology)
  • Cameron Cook (Epsilon Alpha, Tarleton State University)
  • Christopher Zurowski (Alpha Epsilon, Illinois Institute of Technology)
  • Frank Burton (Gamma Xi, George Mason University)
  • Jacob Bates (Beta Eta, University of North Texas)
  • Jacob Kania (Beta Delta, Michigan State University)
  • Jeremy Becker (Alpha Epsilon, Illinois Institute of Technology)
  • Jonathon Peek (Beta Lambda, Northern Illinois University)
  • Kasey Cross (Delta Pi, Indiana University)
  • Kevin Shannon (Gamma Xi, George Mason University)
  • Kevin Zufelt (Delta Rho, Ursinus College)
  • Khiem Tran (Delta Upsilon, Virginia Commonwealth University)
  • Matthew Belter (Beta Rho, University of California- Riverside)
  • Matthew Martin (Omicron, University of Oklahoma)
  • Matthew Schlehuber (Beta Mu, University of South Alabama)
  • Nicholas Oliver (Delta Omega, University of Hartford)
  • Robert Petrowski (Alpha Theta, University of Wisconsin)
  • Ryan Gilson (Beta Delta, Michigan State University)
  • Zachary Jones (Delta Pi, Indiana University)

If you have not been to Men of Honor yet, I strongly encourage you to go in January 2018, as you are missing out on one of the best things we do as an organization!

 

In other news… in my December update, I linked to a professionally produced one-minute introduction to Phi Kappa Sigma on our YouTube channel as a teaser of more news to come in January.  To follow-up on that, I am incredibly proud to share the news that our Fraternity was selected to be the subject of a short-form educational documentary as part of the “Behind The Scenes” public television recurring segment hosted by the legendary James Earl Jones.  Phi Kappa Sigma was selected out of a number of NIC fraternities, largely on the basis of our unique historical commitment to diversity.   We just received the finished product of our organization’s profile video, which I am incredibly happy with.  You can watch the entire seven-minute profile here:

 

 

The one-minute commercial you saw in December will air nationally in primetime, likely on the Fox Business Network in March, then air 400 times over the course of March in a hundred regional markets, reaching an estimated 84 million viewers on networks such as CNBC, CNN Headline News, The Learning Channel, Family TV, Discovery Channel, and more.  Once we have further details about air dates, I will be sure to pass those along so you can tune in. 

 

The “Behind The Scenes” documentary will be distributed to Public Television member stations in all 50 states, airing for one year an unlimited number of times at the stations’ discretion, reaching approximately 60 million households over the course of 2017.   

 

In the meantime, I encourage you to use both videos in your recruitment efforts when talking to parents and prospective new members, sharing it far and wide.   Watching Phi Kappa SIgma’s profile, I could not be more proud of our organization, and I hope you feel the same.


Fraternally,


Mike Palladino (Alpha Nu ’04)

Grand Alpha


  

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