After three Queen Mary University of London students joined AKPsi during their exchange with the University of Miami, they returned to London eager to establish a new colony. From the start, the members have been on a quick but dedicated track to becoming a full-fledged chapter.
On March 25, their hard work paid off when Heritage Center staff, London Alumni and Sigma Upsilon Phi Chapter members joined together to install the Chi Eta Chapter and welcome 34 members into the fraternity. The chapter put on various events throughout their colonization period that incorporated the campus, community and future brothers. With four professional events, five social events, two fundraisers and a service event, their passion for Alpha Kappa Psi’s core values speaks for itself. During one of the chapter’s professional workshops, Gwyn Day, an undergraduate finance & law recruitment coach, gave a career workshop covering every aspect of the recruitment process. This session was highly interactive and inviting, giving members the chance to present themselves to the group during multiple exercises and allow everyone to overcome the fear of public speaking.
From a petition letter of support, colony advisor Andrew Gallant, Manchester ’09, shared his thoughts on the group’s readiness to become a chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi. “This colony is run by a committed, focused and principled leadership team and benefits from the unconditional support of the local London Alumni Chapter, as well as the local Sigma Upsilon Phi student chapter in Manchester, UK.” Along with the many alumni and student members offering their guidance, the group’s faculty advisor, Dr. Androniki Triantafylli, is ready to give her time to help them continue to grow. “I will support and give advice on activities as well as other fraternity affairs,” said Triantafylli. “As an active advisor, I will share my accumulated knowledge with my members and do my best to ensure the success of these members.”
In addition to the excitement of installing, former Sigma Upsilon Phi chapter president Moiz Ali, Manchester ’16 was presented with a Bronze Distinguished Service Award.