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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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Welcome and Happy Founders' Day!

Posted By Mike Palladino, Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Brothers,

 

Happy Founders’ Day from sunny Atlanta, Georgia!


I am humbled and honored to have been elected Grand Alpha this past July at our 98th Grand Chapter in Chicago, Illinois.  Having served on the Executive Committee for the last ten years (Grand Theta from 2006-2008, Grand Pi from 2008-2010, and Grand Beta from 2010-2016), I can tell you that we have come a very long way together, but I know that our best days are still ahead of us.  I am incredibly excited to serve you and the Fraternity for the next two years as we continue to move forward together.

 

Shortly after being initiated at Georgia Tech (Alpha Nu) in 1999, I began receiving the monthly “Grand Alpha Update” that our Grand Alpha at the time, Dr. Ghery Pettit (Alpha Lambda ‘46), would send to all Phi Kaps.  I always appreciated those updates and thought it was important to hear directly from the leadership of our organization about what was going on, what direction we were headed in, and why.

 

I still feel that same way today.  So, the first thing I want to share with you is simple: This message is only the beginning of our conversation.  Our leadership team has some pretty ambitious goals for the next two years, and the only way we will get there is together.  To that end, I don’t want us to talk to you; I want us to talk with you. 

 

We will be transparent, by communicating with you frequently, and in a meaningful way.  You will hear from our Executive Committee every month (if not more often, when we have news to share!) through the rest of our elected term which ends in July 2018.  Those updates won’t just come from me, either – sometimes it will be other Grand Officers, when they have something important they want to share with you.

 

In this month’s update, I wanted to touch on a few different topics:

First, we continue to see great results in the area of chapter expansion thanks to the hard work of our colony members, HQ staff, and local volunteers.  Currently, we have active colonies at:

  • Oklahoma State University with 17 men
  • Texas Tech University with 32 men
  • Rowan University (Delta Gamma) with 56 men
  • Vanderbilt University (Alpha Iota) 30 men
  • Washington State University (Beta Psi) with 68 men

We will also be returning to McDaniel College (Delta Eta) and the University of Virginia (Eta) in the Spring 2017 semester.  Do you know someone who could make a great Phi Kap at one of those campuses?  Visit   http://AlwaysAPhiKap.org/referral and let us know about it!  Every new member recruited gets us closer to our Strategic Plan goal of increasing total active undergraduate membership to 2,200 brothers by 2020.  (We’re at 1,296 today, up from 1,110 in 2011 when we set our goal, so we’re definitely on our way.)

 

Now that I’ve mentioned our undergraduate growth goal, you might be asking yourself, “what else is in our 2020 Strategic Plan?”  Please visit http://pks.org/2020 to see our Strategic Plan and the current status of each objective; make sure to check back regularly as we will keep it updated monthly through 2020.  While you’re there, you can also watch a presentation from a recent “Town Hall” where we shared the Strategic Plan with Chapter Alphas and Chapter Advisors, explaining the purpose and rationale of each objective.  I’m excited to share and promote our Strategic Plan publicly, in an effort to be informative, communicative, and accountable to our membership over the coming years.

 

Along the same lines, I am excited to announce that in the coming weeks we will hold our first annual “State of the Fraternity” address.   Much like the annual State of the Union address that the President gives the country, we are going to invite every initiated member, undergraduate and alumnus alike, to a presentation where you can hear directly from our Executive Committee regarding the course we have charted for the next two years, the goals we have set, and how we are planning to get there.   The date is still TBD (likely early November) so stay tuned.

 

Finally, I wanted to say thank you to all of the chapter officers, Chapter Advisors, and housing corporation members who have put effort in to be prepared for our recent risk management policy change to allow alcohol in our chapter houses as of August 1st, 2016.  Whether you attended the recent risk management training webinars (which our HQ Staff has done a tremendous job in developing and coordinating), completed the GreekLifeEdu training, or reviewed the new policy with our HQ Staff, I am appreciative of everyone’s efforts.  Obviously this is a big adjustment from the substance-free policy of the last 16 years, but I believe that with open and frequent dialogue with our HQ staff, we are well-positioned to make a smooth transition.  That being said, I am looking to each and every member to stay safe, make good decisions, and take care of our fellow brothers.

 

I’m looking forward to being in close communication with our membership, both alumni and undergraduate, over the next two years.  Connect with me on LinkedIn, tag me on Facebook, or drop me a line via email, and let’s do great things together.

 

Fraternally,

Mike's Signature

Mike Palladino (Alpha Nu ’04)

Grand Alpha

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