Thursday, April 7, 2011
Posted by: Teri Forsythe
The spring issue of The Purple and Gold will be mailed out soon, but before it comes to your mailbox here is a preview of what you will see. In addition to the major articles highlighted below, the issue also includes a feature on our pilot Mid-Year Leadership Retreat as well as this year's Rowe Regional Retreats.
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Return on Life
Be different, be interesting, and have some fun. Four leaders in financial services say this is how they achieved great success in their careers, and how they think future leaders will find success as well. Every day the news headlines give us reasons to be fearful of today and tomorrow. But is this time really different? Some things are different, they say, and the financial services industry is also still a people business. Success requires building relationships and trust, values which mature during the Chi Psi experience.
In this article, Steve Starnes profiles a few of Chi Psi's most prominent financial figures: Verne Istock, E'62, former Chairman of Bank One; Steve Puccinelli, ΔΔ'80, head of Private Equity, North America and Europe, for Investcorp; Rod Lindsay, KΔ '49, former president of JP Morgan; and Dick Jenrette, Σ'51, co-founder of Donaldson, Lufkin, and Lenrette (DLJ).
Each share how Chi Psi prepared them for the challenges they have faced in their professional lives while offering their advice and insight on the future of financial services. In all four men, it is clear that one thing they all share is the embodiment of the high expectations we have of all Chi Psis, which is to act responsibly, a leadership value Chi Psi continues to foster.
Alpha Sigma Continues the Rhodes Legacy
Paul Shorkey, Sigma '11, recently became the fourteenth Alpha Sigma Brother to win the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. Shorkey will join one of his Brothers, Henry Spelman ‘10 who is currently studying Classics at Oxford as one of last year's Rhodes Scholars. With 14 Alpha Sigma Brothers winning the esteemed award, three in the last five years, one can't help but see that this legacy of success is far from coincidental.
"I think it speaks volumes for the kind of Brother that Alpha Sigma values, and for how supportive the Brotherhood is of both academic and social excellence,” Shorkey says. He also notes that many of his Brothers were very supportive him throughout the rigorous application and interview process.
In addition to Brother Shorkey, we recently had the opportunity to talk with many of Sigma's past and present Rhodes Scholars to find out why they think Alpha Sigma Brothers have seen such success with the Rhodes Scholarship.
Breaking the Cycle Through Teach For America
In 2007, Travis Starkey, Σ '07, moved to Clarksdale, MS to teach 2nd grade. His students, along with thousands more in the Mississippi Delta and other low-income communities in both urban and rural America, collectively represent an instructive case study in what is possible for students of all races and economic status. In short, all students can achieve and deserve every opportunity to attain an excellent education, and Teach For America represents an excellent opportunity for those who also believe this to be true to contribute their time and energies as educators to bring about a more equitable outcome.
Upsilon Delta Celebrates 25th Anniversary
On February 22, 1986 at the Region Conference II banquet held at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC, then #7 Bob Plunkett, IΔ '33, extended the charter of Alpha Upsilon Delta of Chi Psi Fraternity to Bruce Thompson, ΥΔ '88. Br. Thompson and the thirteen other Upsilon Delta founding fathers were initiated earlier that day just a stone's throw down Cameron Avenue at the Sigma Lodge with Bill Hattendorf, AΔ '69, Σ '82, Η '83, formally presiding and Donald Beeson, Σ '82, ΥΔ '86, assisting.
Twenty-five years later, 46 Upsilon Delta alumni, representing 14 Wake Forest University graduating classes and about 20% of all AYΔ alumni, gathered in Winston-Salem, NC and joined the undergraduate Brothers for a weekend-long celebration of the silver anniversary of the Alpha's founding.
Psi Delta Colony Develops the CHIPS Project for Psi Delta Parents
Parents today enjoy and embrace being part of their sons' college experience - seemingly more than in years past. Parents are typically the financial, and oft times, the emotional support for their sons' college experience, and therefore, they expect current and contemporary communication with frequent notification of campus and Chi Psi events. Parents encourage and mentor their sons to grow and develop into campus and fraternity leaders. The #1 concern for all parents is safety, so having open and available communication between the undergraduates, the alumni and the Central Office has become an important goal.
With this in mind, the Psi Delta Colony has developed the Chi Psi Parent Support Project (CHIPS) in order to best utilize these parents in a way that will offer support and encouragement for the colonists' efforts as well as the efforts of dedicated alumni.
Giving Back to the Chi Psi Experience
In an effort to enjoy and give back to the Chi Psi experience, many alumni have found a variety of ways to further their lifetime membership through volunteerism and involvement. In addition to the Alpha Alumni Corporation that has given alumni a volunteer outlet for decades, today's alumni volunteer as advisors, coaches and mentors to Alphas through Alumni Advisory Boards. Many also facilitate educational programming in order to reconnect with Chi Psi and support the efforts of Alphas and the Fraternity.