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#23 Sam Bessey Visits with Psi Delta Colony at CU-Boulder

Wednesday, February 2, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Teri Forsythe
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#23 Sam Bessey Visits with Psi Delta Colony at CU-Boulder

As Psi Delta Colony at the University of Colorado-Boulder prepares to petition for Alpha status, #23 Sam Bessey had the opportunity to recently visit with the men and hear about their plans for the future of Chi Psi in Boulder.

"It was terrific having Sam out here last week. Having the #23 out here for three days was just what the Colony needed from an internal standpoint,” said Colony President Brooks Kanski ’12.

With 60% of the colony’s leadership being freshmen, Kanski explained the colony’s need for further development and experience in order for the men to reach their fullest potential. Visiting with Brother Bessey and gaining new perspective has helped the colony get one step closer to that realization.

Justin Edrington ’13 got the opportunity to sit and talk with Brother Bessey during his visit. "Sam's visit was very instrumental for me. I'm very new to a leadership position and Sam was able to help me and give me some wise advice. Sam is a very inspirational man. His visit was very helpful,” Edrington said.

During his visit, Bessey was able to meet several potential recruits and participate in the formal pledging ceremony for two new men. He offered his thoughts on the ceremony and all it means for the growing colony.

"I really looked to Sam to help me unlock some of the doors that will need to be opened for our success. An outside figure of his influence can have a lot of leverage on a malleable group such as ourselves,” Kanski explained, "He said, did, and demonstrated the right things to begin opening those keyholes. Our gentlemen greatly appreciated his visit, and I look forward to his continued mentorship of our men and our colony over the oncoming years.”

Bessey was equally impressed with the men at Psi Delta, calling them "an exceptional group of undergraduates who ‘get it’ and have really come to know what Chi Psi is.”

In addition to Brother Bessey’s visit, the colony has also been visited by #7 Dan Ahlberg, N`67, and Executive Council Undergraduate Representative Nick Huber, PΔ`11. After meeting individually with several officers and sitting in on meetings with the colony and its executive board, Bessey can positively say that the men of Psi Delta Colony are worth every resource and volunteer hour that Chi Psi can put towards them.

Attesting to the colony's ability to build a strong brotherhood amidst such a large organizational undertaking, Brother Huber attributes Psi Delta's values-based recruiting practices for their success.

"The men who have been recruited and given bids truly get what being in a fraternity is about. When I asked the men why they elected to be a part of Chi Psi, they all talked about being in a legitimate 'brotherhood' versus one of the 'social clubs' that pepper CU's campus under the title of 'fraternity," said Huber.

He explained, "They spoke of wanting to associate with men with similar values to their own--values of a gentleman--and of wanting to leave a legacy at Boulder. It is this kind of attitude that makes Alphas successful and is an attitude that I hope remains a part of Psi Delta's culture well beyond the recolonization period."

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