Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity members from the University of Texas at Tyler are returning to campus with a road map for success in 2017. Over the weekend of January 13-15, the UT Tyler Pi Kapps joined more than 300 students, staff and volunteers from around the nation to take part in Pi Kapp College for Chapter Officers in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Fraternity’s officer training institute prepares newly elected and re-elected officers and key committee chairmen for their roles as leaders of their chapter. Each year more than 1,900 undergraduates receive training at five regional locations — also including Pittsburgh, PA; Charlotte, NC; Kansas City, MO; and Los Angeles, CA.
Each chapter sends ten delegates, who follow unique educational tracks. Offered tracks include Archon, Vice Archon, Treasurer, Secretary, Warden, Historian, Chaplain, philanthropy chairman, risk management chairman and standards board chairman.
UT Tyler students Danny Diep, Kunal Patel, Matthew Thrasher, Sean Reinertson, Aristeo Hernandez, Bradley Hudson, Shamyl Bashir, Andrew Miller, and Ryan Strotheide attended the conference. These newly elected officers were challenged to think about how they will demonstrate the courage to make positive choices, act on their values, and develop a commitment to excellence.
Student leaders also received training on effective recruitment techniques, living the ritual, making ethical decisions, and putting service before self. Students also attended various leadership breakouts: Leading When You’re Younger, Leading Engaging Meetings & Tips for Effective Facilitation, Leading Engaging Meetings & Tips For Effective Facilitation, Leadership Challenge Roundtables, Leveraging Your Leadership Experience in the Job Search, Ultimate Respect & Accountability, Motivating Your Members, Using The Ability Experience in Chapter Operations, and Advanced Ritual Debrief.
Chapters that found success in all areas of chapter operations in 2016 were recognized at Pi Kapp College. Theta Pi Chapter at UT Tyler received ‘Champion Master Chapter’ status for achieving a composite score of Three Stars on the Seven Objectives of Chapter Excellence report indicating top performance in each area of chapter operations. The delegation was also recognized with the ‘Most Improved in Scholarship’ and ‘Most Improved GPA’ award.
Diep was also recognized as a recipient of the David D. Morgan ‘Extra Mile’ Scholarship.
Theta Pi Chapter alumni also served in support roles, volunteering as facilitators. At the conference in Charlotte, alumnus Shane Conway served on the headquarters staff and and alumnus Martin McKown facilitated the chaplain track in Pittsburgh.