Alpha Kappa Psi recognized nationally as a ‘Chapter of the Year’

Published by adviser, Author: Alexandra Caccese - Rocket Contributor, Date: September 18, 2014
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Slippery Rock’s chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, Iota Upsilon was one of 10 chapters nationwide to receive the “Chapter of the Year” award.

Alpha Kappa Psi is a co-ed professional business fraternity with 80 active members, making it the largest organization on campus. This is the first year Alpha Kappa Psi has received this award, and they did so by getting over 100,000 points on the Annual Chapter Report. Points are gathered by a variety of means, including recruitment, membership, officer training, professional events and community service.

This year Alpha Kappa Psi had 60 pledges and 68 brothers are still active. Future plans for the fraternity consist of planning many big events on and off-campus such as inviting guest speakers, various trips, and being a part of the SRU’s Homecoming floats event. The brothers’ busy agenda is what gets them recognition, and their activities vary from professional, social, and community service events.

“Alpha Kappa Psi is very much a self-directed organization. The students do it all,” said advisor of the Iota Upsilon chapter and School of Business associate professor, Dr. Bruce Orvis.

The brotherhood of Alpha Kappa Psi is where they succeed the most in having a great support system. Alpha Kappa Psi maintains a network of associates, not only within their fraternity, but also with their alumni, community, and other campus organizations.

Drew Sanfilippo, 21, senior accounting and finance major shares his experience as a fourth year brother of Alpha Kappa Psi. He first heard of Alpha Kappa Psi from his student aide in a FYRST seminar class and got wind of it even more living in the Business LLC dorms. Since his initiation into the fraternity second semester of his freshman year, he said he has furthered his networking opportunities, resume skills, and overall professionalism.

“Alpha Kappa Psi is one big family,” Sanfilippo said. “We always go out of our way to support one another.”

Student President and senior business and marketing major, Amy Swartz said that this group of self-directed minds is continuing to go above and beyond in all aspects of their fraternity by trying new things, creating new ideas, and strengthening new, past, and current relationships.

To Swartz, receiving the “Chapter of the Year” award means Alpha Kappa Psi has been set apart from other chapters and that each brothers’ effort has been recognized from the university which in return reflects on the organization as a whole.

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