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Recruitment Workshop with AquantUs

Tiffany Hoffine from AquantUs reviews resumes

Last Thursday, Upsilon Chapter was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to host Tiffany Hoffine, managing Partner at AquantUs, LLC., for a recruitment workshop. Tiffany graciously took the time to share her insights and experience. She gave us invaluable advice to help prepare us for the first step into the business world after college. Thank you Ms. Hoffine for taking the time out of your day to help us develop professionally!

Welcome New Upsilon Members!

Fall 2014 Pledge Class

The Upsilon Chapter of Phi Chi Theta would like to formally welcome the four new members that were initiated this morning, the 8th of December 2014! The new initiates pictured above are, from left to right:

  • Nicole Lovett
  • Raj Patel
  • Caroline Bullard
  • Mariam Desouky

These bright new members have successfully completed the requirements of membership and demonstrated a promising potential for success in the chapter. It is with great pleasure that we initiated them into our family!

2014 National Meeting Report

National Meeting Group Photo

Upsilon Members,

Last month I had the pleasure of attending the Phi Chi Theta National Meeting in Orlando. I wanted to take the time to inform you of the proceedings and their implications for us as a chapter. Every two years, the National Meeting serves as an opportunity for representatives from all chapters to convene and decide on proposed changes to the national bylaws, as well as participate in personal and professional development activities.

At the 2014 National Meeting, the most discussed bylaw amendment referred to the alcohol and drug abuse policy. Because the topics of this section are already covered in the risk management policy, it was proposed that the section be struck from the bylaws. This effectively places the policy in the hands of the national executive council to make any future changes they feel necessary. The motion was passed and Article III Section 3 was struck from the national bylaws. Because the risk management policy still prohibits the purchase, possession, and consumption of drugs and alcohol in relation to fraternity activities, there is no change to the fraternity's stance on these issues. The change simply protects the National Fraternity from future changes to the bylaws that could drastically affect insurance premiums and dues for chapters across the board.

Other changes included an increase in the national chapter dues by $5 per member to fund the hiring of part-time staff for the National Office, as well as an increase to the National Insurance Assessment Fee by $5 per member to help offset the increasingly large insurance premium placed on the fraternity. Both of these motions were passed and will go into effect for the coming fiscal year. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information regarding these or any other National Bylaw Amendments.

The National Meeting also provided an excellent forum for ideas. I had the opportunity to meet with delegates from chapters around the country and exchange suggestions regarding recruitment and chapter activities. We discussed many different ways to create value in the organization and get members more involved. We also attended presentations on student leadership and risk management, as well as presentations on some of the unique programs some chapters are engaging in.

My participation in the National Meeting has inspired me to reevaluate our chapter's level of involvement. I encourage each of you to take some time to think about what valuable contributions you can make this year to keep our chapter active and involved. I look forward to a productive and engaging year for us, and I hope that you will join me in taking our chapter to the next level.

Fraternally,

Grant Robison
Chapter President

2014 PCT National Meeting

National Meeting at Doubletree Orlando
Grant Robison will represent our chapter as a delegate at the annual Phi Chi Theta National Meeting this August. The meeting will take place at the Universal Doubletree in Orlando, FL, August 6-10. The National Meeting serves to enlarge the perspective of the purpose and operation of Phi Chi Theta as a national organization. Delegates will have the opportunity to meet Phi Chi Theta members from around the nation and exchange ideas. Delegates are assigned to National Committees to carry out actions and proposed bylaws on a national level. Additionally, delegates of the National Meeting will elect new national officers to serve for the 2014-2016 biennium. Check back here after the meeting for a brief report of National Fraternity news.
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