Over the weekend of January 11-13, 2013, Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity members from Northwestern State University joined others from around the nation to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Fraternity’s Mid Year Leadership Conferences. More than 1,400 students, staff and volunteers attended the conferences, which were held in Baltimore, Md.; Charlotte, N.C.; Dallas, Texas; and St. Louis, Mo. Student leaders from the Beta Omicron chapter, along with alumni volunteers, attended the Dallas event.
Started in 1983, Mid Year Leadership Conference — then known as A/VA Conference — was held over two consecutive weekends in April and was intended exclusively for archons and vice archons. More than 20 chapters participated in the event, which was held at the National Headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. The inaugural A/VA Conference received such positive response from participants that the fraternity promised to continue and expand it.
Today, Mid Year Leadership Conference is Pi Kappa Phi’s officer training institute and is held annually in January. Each chapter sends a minimum of eight delegates, each who follow one of 10 unique educational tracks. In addition the seven officer position, offered tracks include Push America chairmen, risk management chairmen and standards board chairmen.
The theme for Mid Year 2013 was “Legacy” and focused on the legacy our founders left for the “undying stream of men” who would follow in their footsteps. “Legacy” was intertwined throughout the weekend during the General Sessions, Breakout Sessions and, of course, at the College Night Banquet. NSU students Jake Bryan, Sean Austin, Zack Cockerham, David Hogan, Austin Craft, Tyler Stahl, and Garrison Carville all attended.
An all-star line-up of speakers presented at Mid Year Leadership Conference in Dallas. Kim Novak, CEO of Novak Talks, spoke about how to leave a “legacy of respect” in our chapters, rather than a legacy of hazing and abuse. To represent Push America, individuals from Best Buddies, Inc., talked about the importance of including Push America and “Volunteer Relationships” in chapter operations and Sam Davidson, Alpha Eta (Samford), presented his new “YOLO: You Only Lead Once” program.
Beta Omicron Alumni Chapter President Lane Luckie returned for his third year as Master of Ceremonies and as a facilitator for the Risk Management track. Alumnus and Push America staff member Nick Breaux served as a faculty member for the Push America Academy.
The Beta Omicron Executive Council put their ideas on paper by forming action plans during a Chapter Strategic Planning Retreat on January 19th. The Beta Omicron Council of Advisors and several alumni facilitated the workshop and helped their student counterparts create goals for the upcoming semester.
[Portions of this article from www.pikapp.org]