2012 National Convention Recap
August 2-5, 2012
Doubletree by Hilton (at Universal)
Grand Chapter Business
All amendments were tabled until the 2013 National Convention. View proposed amendments.
2012-2014 National Council Election Results
||Vice President of Membership Development
Brother Jonah Goodman
||Brother Natalie Swierzbin
|Delta Alpha Chapter ’01
||Gamma Epsilon Chapter ’06
|Senior Vice President
||Vice President of Chapter Development
|Brother Erik Walschburger
||Brother David Serafini
|Alpha Lambda Chapter ‘01
||Beta Phi Chapter ’10
||Vice President of Alumni Development
|Brother Christopher McCoy
||Brother Sarah Cantwell
|Gamma Beta Chapter ’07
||Beta Sigma Chapter ’03
|Vice President of Finance
||Vice President of Philanthropy Development
|Brother Matthew Nicoletta
||Brother Kyle Williams
|Beta Kappa Chapter ’03
||Gamma Delta Chapter ’06
State of the Fraternity Address
Acknowledging 5 Star Regional Conferences
Vice President of Chapter Development Kyle Williams and Vice President of Chapter Development-elect David Serafini recognized the following regions for their 5 Star Region Conferences:
- Capital Region, hosted by the Gamma Pi Chapter
- Dominion Region, hosted by the Alpha Omicron Chapter
- East Region, hosted by the Alpha Theta Chapter
- Mid South Region, hosted by the Beta Zeta Chapter
- Northeast Region, hosted by the Beta Pi Chapter
Vice President of Philanthropy Development Katie Peachey shared that the 2013 Alternative Break location will be announced in October.
The following Brothers were recognized for their participation in the 2012 Alternative Break Project:
- Robert Airey III (Υ 958, LIA, ABP)
- David Berardi (ΓX, LIA, ABP)
- Debby Harnishfeger (BZ 381, LIA, ABP)
- Jessica Iarocci (ΕΝ 45, LIA, ABP)
- Aimee Landry (ΓΘ, ABP)
- Ellie Laughinghouse (T 1726, ABP)
- Meghan Mangrum (ΕΔ 277, ABP)
- Macy Terrebonne (ΓΘ, ABP)
- Chris Triplett (ΓΣ 340, ABP)
Interested in applying to become a Teach For America Corps Member? Learn more about the admissions process in this handout or at www.teachforamerica.org.
New Recruitment Materials Revealed
Vice President of Chapter Development Kyle Williams announced that new recruitment campaign materials are available to all Chapters for their rush. The materials include t-shirts, posters, and stickers. View this year's recruitment campaign and submit your order today! You can also download this recruitment resources flyer and share with your Chapter.
Phi Sigma Pi Foundation Membership Meeting Overview
The Phi Sigma Pi Foundation elected the following members to the Board of Directors for the three-year term:
- Michael Landisman, Gamma Upsilon Chapter
- Dr. Mark Pabst, Tau Chapter
- Katie Peachey, Beta Psi Chapter
- Jeremy Reed, Kappa Chapter
They join our continuing Board members - Joshua Lazar (Gamma Chi Chapter), Becky Leach-Seymour (Beta Iota Chapter), and Stella Maher (Delta Chi Chapter) - in serving as the leaders of the Foundation's efforts.
The Foundation thanks the following outgoing Board members for their years of service and dedication:
- Colleen Donathan, Beta Omicron Chapter '00
- Brittany Bodart-Eraña, Tau Chapter '04
- Shane Miller, Alpha Mu Chapter '07
Leadership in Action Modules Debuted
Two new national modules debuted at National Convention:
- Officer Transition (Succession Planning) - Keys to Effective Planning
- Challenging Negative Attitudes - Attitude is Everything
You can sign up for Leadership in Action on the website at phisigmapi.org/liasignup. Want to bring LiA to your chapter or Regional Conference? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ideas labs are facilitated workshops. Core ideas were shared followed during these idea labs and then Brothers had an opportunity to engage with other Chapters to generate ideas.
- Make the Most of Your Wiki
Alumni and Faculty Adviser Training
This session shared how to make the most of being an Adviser, including learning more about Risk Management and reviewing the Ritual.
50th Annual Awards Banquet
The Keynote Speech was given by Brother David Serafini, Beta Phi's Chapter Adviser and newly elected Vice President of Chapter Development. Video
LiA Certified Brothers Recognized
The following Brothers were recognized for achieving 75 points in the Leadership in Action program thereby becoming LiA Certified. Among other things, these Brothers have earned the right to include the letters "LIA" after their names (seen below, "ABP" indicates Alternative Break Project Corps Members). Video
- Robert Airey III (Υ 958, LIA, ABP)
- David Berardi (ΓX , LIA, ABP)
- Antoine Prince (EΘ 59, LIA)
- Clifton Smith (BH, LIA)
- Cody Thomas (ΕΝ, LIA)
- Christine Vazquez (EΔ 179, LIA)
- Amanda Weigle (ΕΑ LIA, ABP)
The Gamma Chi Chapter was recognized for donating over 1,000 pencils to the Pencils for Potential drive! In total, 5,568 pencils were sent to our 2012 Alternative Break Project location schools. Video
Purple & Gold Awards
- Outstanding Chapter Adviser Award: Charlin Jones, Epsilon Mu Chapter Video
- Outstanding Risk Management Award: Beta Sigma Chapter Video
- Outstanding Initiate Program Award: Delta Alpha Chapter Video
- Outstanding Fundraiser Award: Gamma Chi Chapter Video
- Outstanding PR and Community Relations Award: Epsilon Rho Chapter Video
- Most Spirited Chapter Award: Alpha Chapter Video
- Most Traveled Chapter Award: Alpha Lambda Chapter Video
- Outstanding Website Award: Zeta Iota Chapter Video
- Outstanding Regional Conference Award: Mid-South Region, hosted by Beta Zeta Chapter Video
- Brother John Finnegan Award for Most Conventions Attended: Odelle Heimiller, Alpha Delta Chapter, DVAC Video
2011-2012 Chapter Charters
- Zeta Mu Chapter - University of California, Irvine
- Zeta Nu Chapter - Washington State University
- Zeta Xi Chapter - Coastal Carolina University
- Zeta Omicron Chapter - Northwestern University
- Zeta Pi Chapter - Missouri University of Science & Technology
- Zeta Rho Chapter - University of Wisconsin, Madison
- Zeta Sigma Chapter - University of Washington
- Greater Monongahela Alumni Chapter (GMAC)
- Southern Appalachian Alumni Chapter (SAAC)
- Steven A. DiGuiseppe Administrative Award: Beta Lambda Chapter and Gamma Tau Chapter Video
- Jeffrey L. Johnson National Fellowship Award: Beta Upsilon Chapter Video
- Outstanding Alumni Chapter Award: New York Metro Area Alumni Chapter (NYMAAC) Video
- Charles W. Chance Alumni Award: Epsilon Theta Chapter Video
- Clarence O. Williams Most Improved New Chapter Award: Epsilon Chi Chapter Video
- Sanders P. McComsey Most Improved Old Chapter Award: Eta Chapter Video
- C.H. McClure Single Service Award: Alpha Omicron Chapter and Gamma Theta Chapter Video
- Claude A. Phillips Fellowship Award: Beta Epsilon Chapter
- Dr. Eldo L. Hendricks Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Programming: Beta Sigma Chapter and Gamma Beta Chapter Video
Top in Region Awards
- Bluegrass Region: Beta Phi Chapter
- Buckeye Region: Beta Iota Chapter
- Capital Region: Zeta Delta Chapter
- Central Pennsylvania Region: Beta Eta Chapter
- Dominion Region: Alpha Omicron Chapter
- East Region: Alpha Theta Chapter
- Great Lakes Region: Beta Sigma Chapter
- Great Plains Region: Alpha Chapter
- Lonestar Region: Delta Phi Chapter
- Mid Atlantic Region: Gamma Iota Chapter
- Mid South Region: Beta Zeta Chapter
- Northeast Region: Beta Nu Chapter
- Pacific Coast Region: Zeta Alpha Chapter
- Philadelphia Metropolitan Region: Alpha Lambda Chapter
- South Region: Gamma Theta Chapter
- Southeast Region: Gamma Epsilon Chapter
- Upper Mid West Region: Epsilon Lambda Chapter
- West Region: Epsilon Upsilon Chapter
- Western Pennsylvania Region: Eta Chapter
- Rolla F. Wood Graduate Scholarship: Patrick Herron, Alpha Epsilon Chapter, NYMAAC Video
- Richard Cecil Todd and Clauda Pennock Todd Tripod Scholarships: Molly Kelly-Goss, Gamma Tau Chapter and Kristie Tingle, Gamma Omicron Chapter Video
Distinguished Service Key: Patrick Herron, Alpha Epsilon Chapter, NYMAAC Video
Torchia Outstanding Chapter Award: Beta Nu Chapter at Cornell University Video
New Award Announced: During the banquet, the National Council announced the creation of the Josh and Britt Marder Excellence in National Philanthropy Award. This award will recognize our Chapters’ outstanding efforts to our national philanthropy, Teach For America. Thank you to Brothers Josh Marder (Alpha Rho Chapter ‘97) and Britt Marder (Alpha Rho Chapter ‘97) for their continued commitment and financial support of the Fraternity’s national philanthropy. This award will be awarded starting at next year’s Annual Awards Banquet & Presentation.
Congratulations to all Chapters for a very successful year!
- After Brother David Serafini's keynote speech and a call to action from The Foundation's National President Colleen Donathan, Brothers pledged donations to the Subrosa "Brother-in-Need" Fund. That night, $8,000 was raised for the fund! Video
- Gamma Chi Chapter: We host "Boos and Bros" every year. Contact us if you are interested in attending.
- Andrew Berman, NYMAAC: If you're moving to New York, join NYMAAC - "We are an outstanding alumni chapter and have Patrick Herron. We also do awesome things."
- Matt Peachey, MTAC: Join the Middle Tennessee Alumni Chapter!
- Jonah Goodman, Capital:
- Hang out with the Capital Alumni Chapter if you're in the area.
- Also consider joining the Southern Appalachian Alumni Chapter, Delaware Valley Alumni Chapter, Greater Monongahela Alumni Chapter, Central Florida Alumni Chapter, Atlanta Area Alumni Association, Boston Area Alumni Association. There are alumni groups in New Orleans, Columbus, Chicago, and Charlotte starting up as well.
- If you want to get in touch with National Council, feel free to friend us on Facebook or contact us using the information on the Phi Sigma Pi home page.
- National Council: Goal - get to as many regional conferences as possible. National Council will prioritize those regions that haven't had National Council attendance in the past, first. Feel free to also turn to National Council if you are looking for a Keynote Speaker for your conference.
Where does National Council live?
o Natalie Swierzbin - Tampa, FL
o Matt Nicoletta - Baltimore, MD
o David Serafini - Bowling Green, KY
o Chris McCoy - Cincinnati, OH
o Erik "Duff" Walschburger - Philadelphia, PA
o Kyle Williams - Atlanta, GA
o Sarah Cantwell - Chicago, IL
o Jonah Goodman - Washington, DC
- Phi Sigma Pi Alumni in Atlantic City - November 9th through 11th, 2012, Sponsored by DVAC, NYMAAC, and Capital. Check the Facebook event for details.
- Visit phisigmapi.org/recruitment for information about our recruitment mailers, bulk mailings, posters and other recruitment services that we offer.
- Tell people about 2013 National Convention!
If you made an announcement at the National Convention closing session and it does not appear below, contact the National Office.
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