Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity members from Northwestern State University are returning to campus with a road map for success in 2016. Over the weekend of January 15-17, the NSU 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 1,400 undergraduates receive training at five regional locations — also including Pittsburgh, PA; Charlotte, NC; Kansas City, MO; and Los Angeles.
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.
NSU students Tyler Robinson, Thomas Marlbrough, TJ O’Rourke, Noah Baudoin, David Johnson, Will Welch, Michael Dailey, Joseph Magnan, Dalton Randolph, and Zack Cockerham 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.
Pi Kappa Phi alumnus and renowned speaker TJ Sullivan (Indiana) delivered his keynote address, Motivating the Middle, which encourages student leaders to stop focusing on their bottom third members, those who check out or cause problems, and start focusing on the “middle third members” who hate drama, care for their organization, and prefer to play a supporting role. He challenged the newly-elected officers to direct their efforts toward the middle — and understand what makes them different, what gets them engaged, and what they can contribute.
National Chancellor James Smith, Alpha Eta (Samford) and National Secretary Timothy Hebson, Alpha Eta (Samford), also delivered keynotes.
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: Using the What Are We Saying About Who We Are?, Leading Engaging Meetings & Tips for Effective Facilitation, Leadership Challenges Meetings & Tips For Effective Facilitation, Leadership Challenge Roundtables, Leveraging Your Leadership Experience in the Job Search, 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 2015 were recognized at Pi Kapp College. Beta Omicron Chapter at Northwestern State University received ‘Master Chapter’ status in the areas of Branding and Communication, as well as Campus Involvement. The delegation was also recognized with the ‘Retention Excellence’ award, the ‘Outstanding Branding and Communications Award,’ as well as the ‘Excellence in Advising’ award for the alumni chapter’s dedication to meaningful mentoring opportunities with students.
Cockerham, Robinson, Johnson, and Dailey were also recognized as recipients of the David D. Morgan ‘Extra Mile’ Scholarship.
Beta Omicron chapter alumni also served in support roles at the conference, volunteering as facilitators. In Birmingham, Wes Breeden was a facilitator for the Archon track and Lane Luckie facilitated the Historian track.