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Finishing 2018 Strong

Posted By Dave Smith, Thursday, December 6, 2018
Updated: Thursday, December 6, 2018

Brothers,

I hope that your Thanksgiving was a good one and that the holiday season this year treats you well. To say that our Fraternity has a great deal to accomplish as we enter the new year would be an understatement. From the recent appointments of our regional grand deltas, beginning the search for a new executive director, and preparing for Men of Honor, there is a great deal of information to unpack, and an even greater deal to be excited for.

As you may have heard, Grand Theta Ruybe announced the appointment of our three new regional grand deltas: Trevor Wiles (Gamma Gamma, Carthage ’14) for the Midwest, Orion Pelausa (Delta Upsilon, VCU ’11) for the South, and Chuck Beck (Alpha Epsilon, IIT ’09) for the Northeast.  As for the Western region, Grand Theta Ruybe will be acting as the interim delta until someone suitable can be selected. I want to congratulate our new deltas and look forward to working with them. The new regions have been mapped out at the end of this post.

To support our new deltas, we are opening a search for 20 assistant grand deltas, each of whom will oversee the servicing of 2-3 chapters within their designated regions. If you are interested in volunteering for any of these positions, make sure you fill out a volunteer application at AlwaysAPhiKap.org/page/Volunteer.

Come this January, we will host the 18th annual Men of Honor Leadership Institute. As of November, our total Men of Honor attendance (including staff, board members, participants, ambassadors, and facilitators) is 167. I cannot express how excited I am to see everyone in Asheville. To everyone who is attending, I am very excited to be able to share this life-changing experience with all of you. If you are attending, please add yourself to the Facebook group and keep an eye out for important emails from staff. In order to secure your registration and a shuttle ride to/from the airport, you must have paid your registration fee and sent staff your travel itinerary no later than December 15.

As you probably know, our executive director, Libby Anderson, has announced her resignation and will be leaving staff on December 19. Once again, I want to commend Libby for her work and dedication to Phi Kappa Sigma, and encourage that we all support her as she begins this new chapter in her career and life. With that being said, we are currently searching for a new executive director and plan to start the application and interview process early into the New Year. Until then, an interim executive director will be selected and put into place come either this January or early February. As always, we shall keep all of you informed as more details become available.  

Thank you for all you do, and here’s to a Happy New Year.  

Dave Smith
Gamma Tau, New Hampshire ‘06
Grand Alpha, Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity

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May 2018

Posted By Mike Palladino, Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Brothers,

Spring is underway. By the end of this month, most of you will be done with classes and enjoying your summer. Maybe you’ll go to work; maybe you’ll take summer classes; maybe you’ll spend three months alternating between laying by the pool and standing at the grill. Whatever you decide to do, enjoy it! You passed your finals. You deserve it.

If you’re graduating, I want to congratulate you on behalf of the Fraternity. When you walk across that stage, whichever stage that is, and collect your diploma (or a bill for that library book you lost freshman year), you will be ready to join the workforce and use all that information you’ve accumulated over the last four years. The book learning you did in your classes, the professional development you got from all your jobs and internships and networking events, and the personal growth you experienced during your time at Phi Kap will all prove priceless out here in the real world.

And for all you young alumni wondering about next steps, I want to remind you Phi Kappa Sigma is having its first-ever Alumni Enrichment Program on Saturday, May 12, at my alma mater, Georgia Tech. If you have ever had questions related to life after graduation, from finances to family planning to preparing for retirement to balancing your personal life with your career and your family, you need to attend this program. Register before it’s too late. This program is for Phi Kaps of all ages, though there is added value for you younger alumni whose experience in the real world is limited.

I am also proud to congratulate the men of the Delta Eta Colony at McDaniel College on their imminent chartering. These men have worked tirelessly with headquarters staff and volunteers to prepare to receive the Delta Eta Charter. The Fraternity could not be prouder of this dedicated group of soon-to-be Phi Kaps. Anyone who would like to attend the chartering ceremony should RSVP as soon as possible. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

Please continue to encourage your undergraduate brothers to apply for Foundation scholarship awards. The application deadline has been extended to May 15, so take advantage of the opportunity. The scholarship pool has been raised to $88,000 with 80% of that being awarded on a “needs” basis.

Maltese Cross is out! Have you received your copy? If not, there’s a chance we’re missing an up-to-date address attached to your account on AlwaysAPhiKap.org. Update your account, or contact our office at staff@pks.org or by calling (317) 853-1234. This year’s issue focuses on the artistic achievements of Phi Kaps throughout history.

Be sure to register for the 99th Grand Chapter at www.GrandChapter.com. For more information on what to expect in New Orleans this summer, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter, where we will be posting tourist tips, recommendations on what to do in the Big Easy, and other important Grand Chapter information.

Fraternally,

 

Mike Palladino
Alpha Nu, Georgia Tech 2004
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 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

  

2020 Strategic Plan

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A Time to Give Thanks

Posted By Mike Palladino, Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Brothers,

I always try to take a moment during Thanksgiving to reflect on what I’m thankful for, whether it is family, career, fraternity, or friends.  I wanted to use this month’s Grand Alpha update to give thanks to all of the volunteers who contributed to Phi Kappa Sigma’s success in 2016; we are primarily a volunteer-driven organization, with brothers contributing in a multitude of ways.  Every day, an incredible number of Phi Kaps give their time, energy, and support to the Fraternity by serving as Chapter Advisors, volunteering with Housing Corporations, being involved with Alumni Chapters, donating to the Foundation, serving as members of international committees, and more.  I am sincerely thankful for everything that our volunteers do to support Phi Kappa Sigma and our members, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without you.

Along those lines, the positive impact of our volunteer support is clearly visible at our annual Men of Honor Leadership Institute.  The Men of Honor program is Phi Kappa Sigma's flagship leadership development program, hosted each January since 2001, and made possible by generous funding from the Phi Kappa Sigma Foundation and strong participation from volunteer facilitators.  The purpose of the program is to help Phi Kaps refine their leadership skills and affect positive change in their Chapters through facilitated interpersonal and communication training.  Every year, over a hundred (or more) Phi Kaps from all over the country attend to learn from headquarters staff, volunteers, and each other via facilitated leadership training.  Our 17th Men of Honor will be taking place at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly retreat facility outside of Asheville, NC from January 5th-8th, and I would love to see you there.  I truly believe that the Men of Honor Leadership Institute is one of the best things we do as a Fraternity, and if you have never been, you’re missing out on a powerful experience.  To support this belief in the value of the Men of Honor program, I have asked the headquarters staff to extend the registration without a late fee until November 30th.  Register today at:
http://www.alwaysaphikap.org/event/MOH2017

Finally, as I mentioned in last month’s update, don’t forget that we are working to return 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 or any of our others?  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.

Best wishes to you and yours for a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Fraternally,

Mike Palladino (Alpha Nu ’04)
Grand Alpha

 

2020 Strategic Plan

 

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