Pi Kappa Phi students, alumni participate in emerging leaders institute

Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity believes that leadership isn’t positional — it can come from anywhere in the organization. In that spirit, one of the emerging leaders of the Beta Omicron chapter at Northwestern State University is now prepared to utilize that potential to lead on campus. Jacob Guidry is among the 84 leaders selected from Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity’s nearly 12,000 undergraduate members to participate in Pi Kapp College for Emerging Leaders, an intensive, six-day leadership development experience that empowers participants to create the ideal chapter.

Guidry attended the first session of the program May 21-26 at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Two other sessions are held in June and July. The program is designed to challenge and inspire participants to become better leaders and better men.

Student participants were assigned to small groups consisting of seven Pi Kappa Phi members from around the country, led by two faculty. The facilitation team, made up of alumni and friends of the Fraternity, provided a wealth of knowledge to attendees, including decades of higher education and leadership development experience to challenge and support the men.

Beta Omicron chapter alumnus Wes Breeden, a regional vice president with AMBA, served as lead faculty for this session. Alumnus Lane Luckie, a news anchor for an ABC television affiliate, will serve on the faculty during the June session. Beta Omicron Chapter members Thomas Marlbrough and Dedrick Lewis, both past participants, were selected to serve as interns for the program.

The week included small group discussion, large group education sessions, a challenge course, unique subordinate rituals, and an insider look at Pi Kappa Phi’s history on the nearby College of Charleston campus. The Fraternity was founded there in 1904, making the physical setting an important element of the program. Participants also spent time with clients of the ARC of South Carolina, experiencing how their values connect to the Ability Experience, the fraternity’s philanthropy, which serves people with disabilities.

As the week progressed, Guidry and his fellow participants were challenged daily to learn and reflect on their own morals and strengths as well as the core values of the fraternity.

“Pi Kapp College for Emerging Leaders was easily one of the most inspirational weeks of my life,” he said.

Guidry said a week of inner-reflection and team-building helped better identify his greatest skills and opportunities as a leader.

“I was able to gain a better understanding of what it truly means to be a Pi Kapp and how we must demonstrate that by living our ritual every single day,” he said.

The sophomore from Jennings, Louisiana was elected chapter risk management chairman in January. As a committed student leader and athlete in high school, he continued that involvement in his first year at NSU, earning a 3.5 GPA, receiving the David D. Morgan ‘Extra Mile’ Scholarship, being elected president of his associate class, and serving on the host committee for the local Special Olympics.

Attending Pi Kapp College for Emerging Leaders is an honor in itself. Students are selected through a rigorous application process, involving interviews and essays. Graduates leave with an increased commitment to acting consistently with their core personal values and values of Pi Kappa Phi, enhanced abilities to develop and enrich relationships as well as a strengthened commitment to respecting the dignity of all people, and embraced belief in aspiring toward the “ideal chapter”, and developing the capability to move a plan into action.

Pi Kapp College for Emerging Leaders has proven to be one of the fraternity’s most impactful ― and most enduring ― leadership experiences. Since its redesign in 2010, nearly three-quarters of all Pi Kapp College graduates have gone on to hold leadership positions in their chapters or campus communities.

Guidry was able to attend the program through the generosity of the Beta Omicron Alumni Chapter, which sponsored his airfare.

To learn more about Pi Kapp College for Emerging Leaders or to apply, click this link:http://www.pikapp.org/content.aspx?id=773

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