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Largest Initiation Class Ever at Alpha Eta

Posted By Mike Palladino, Monday, December 4, 2017

Gentlemen,

Check it out. This is Alpha Eta at South Carolina…well, not all of them. This is Alpha Eta’s newly-initiated Fall 2017 new member class, all 35 of them! This is their largest initiation of new members ever. Congratulations to the men of Alpha Eta on this incredible accomplishment!

When stories like this reach my desk, I am most proud to serve as your Grand Alpha. Knowing a group this big was able to come together, go through The Pillars, and take part in our Ritual as a collective makes the work we do here on the Fraternity’s Executive Committee and Headquarters worth it.

This is not just a victory for Alpha Eta; it is a victory for the entire Fraternity. Accomplishments like this say a lot about a chapter and how it is being run, and ultimately it sets the tone for years to come. Times like this are why we do what we do. I have no doubt every one of these Phi Kaps will continue to grow into the leaders, scholars, brothers, and gentlemen we expect them to be.

I would be remiss if I did not also congratulate Alpha Eta’s Iota, Zach Thayer, the Alpha Eta Executive Board, and all active members of Alpha Eta for making this achievement possible. Without you and your efforts, there is no Phi Kappa Sigma at the University of South Carolina. These men owe much of their success to you. We look forward to hearing more from Alpha Eta in the weeks, months, and years to come. Congratulations again.

Alpha Eta has come a long way, largely due to their own hard work and dedication to the Fraternity’s values and goals. They also receive help from Headquarters in the form of leadership institutes and regular oversight by their educational consultant.

In order to provide our chapters with the help and resources they need to be successful, we rely on your generous contributions to the Phi Kappa Sigma Foundation. As we dive into the holiday season, I ask that your support continues, so we can advance our 2020 Strategic Plan without sacrificing the quality of the resources we provide to our undergraduate members.

Indeed, your tax-deductible holiday gift to us will fund $80,000+ in need- and merit-based scholarships as well as our Men of Honor Leadership Institute.

There are several ways to support Phi Kappa Sigma today:

  • Donate online at http://www.alwaysaphikap.org/donations/. Gifts are tax-deductible and are acknowledged in writing.
  • Set up a recurring donation (same link).
  • Matching gifts--Many companies have a matching gift program that can multiply your support. Please ask your company’s HR representative for the necessary forms to send with your gift.
  •  Do all your gift buying this season on Amazon Smile, which will automatically contribute to the Phi Kappa Sigma Foundation with every purchase. Instructions can be found here.

Again, we thank you on behalf of the thousands of alumni and undergraduate members whose lives are impacted by your generosity.

 

Fraternally,

 

Mike Palladino
Alpha Nu ‘04
Grand Alpha

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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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Happy Holidays

Posted By Mike Palladino, Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Brothers,

 

As the year draws to a close, I wanted to reflect on all that we have accomplished together as an organization over the course of 2016.  I had initially thought about sharing some of those highlights with you in this month’s Grand Alpha update, but then I had a better idea: how about you hear from the entire Executive Committee instead?


I am excited to announce our inaugural holiday thank you, where you will hear from each of our Grand Officers about some of this year’s biggest accomplishments.  I am looking forward to that message from the Executive Committee becoming an annual holiday tradition, as we celebrate Fraternity accomplishments each year that are only made possible through our members’ efforts.

 

 

If you check out our YouTube channel where that video is posted, you might also notice a second video, which is a professionally-produced introduction to Phi Kappa Sigma.  That’s a small teaser of some bigger news that we are going to be sharing in the Grand Alpha update in January, so subscribe to the channel and stay tuned!

 

 

As we wrap up 2016 and look to kick off 2017, I am excited to see everyone at our 17th annual Men of Honor program on January 5th in Asheville, NC!  And speaking of Men of Honor, would you consider making a year-end gift to the Phi Kappa Sigma Foundation? Your generous contribution to the Foundation helps fund educational programs like Men of Honor, the Carroll K. Simons Leadership Institute, scholarships for undergraduates, and more.

 

Thank you again for all that you have done to help make 2016 a success for Phi Kappa Sigma.  Best wishes to you and yours for a safe and happy holiday and New Year!

Fraternally,

Mike Palladino (Alpha Nu ’04)
Grand Alpha

  

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