Zeta Pi Chapter Receives Surprise Visitor

Beginning in 1964, Jim Anderson and soon-to-be fraternity brothers paved the way for future students at Fort Hays State University by founding Alpha Kappa Psi’s 139th chapter, Zeta Pi. Chapter members received a special treat last spring when Anderson returned to his old stomping grounds.

Anderson said he visited his alma mater to have an opportunity to talk to students who are still abiding by the principles and values he put in place 55 years ago.

His visit began with a tour of campus and a walk down memory lane with current Zeta Pi chapter members. Anderson even gave a speech, detailing his career and the importance of a work-life balance, which he understands as a father of four.

“It was an incredible experience to connect with one of the founding members of Zeta Pi and to see and hear their successes after leaving the university,” said brother Kattie Jenik.

Jenik said the chapter hopes more alumni will visit and tell their stories to the student members who are still learning and writing the first chapter in their lives.

Since graduating in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in business, Anderson began a long and impressive career in insurance, including a decade as the chief executive officer of Fremont Life Insurance Company from 1986 – 1996. He also spent time as the senior vice president of Americo Life, Inc., managing marketing and sales operations. Anderson is retired now, residing in Paso Robles, California.

MBA Student Leaves Studies to Follow His Heart

Dabin Park’s life is guided by one principle: to meet the highest ideals. Now, that compass has led him to the South Korean military.

Park, a Western Washington University alumnus and Omega Beta chapter member, recently suspended his MBA studies to move home to South Korea and join the military. He hopes the military experience will prepare his mind and body for a career in journalism, which he said might be the most dangerous field of them all.
After a stint in the military, Park wants to pursue freelance work, allowing himself the freedom to travel and report on various issues around the world, such as world hunger and human rights violations as well as their causes.

“The professors were excellent, and I had good relationships with the deans and the staff, and yet something didn’t feel right about pursuing an MBA,” Park said. “At the same time, personal challenges during the time made me realize that I feel strongly about truth and honesty. With the current atmosphere around free press and journalism, I wanted to transition myself to be a part of a field where the values I hold close is one of the main motives for the field’s existence.”

“As MLK stated, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ I want to go where justice is being violated and share the facts to the world as a journalist,” Park continued.

Journalism is quite a career shift for the 24-year-old. Park graduated in 2017 with a degree in business administration, something he had always gravitated toward because of his belief in a business’s positive impact on economic development. He entered Willamette University’s early MBA program to focus on finance and marketing, working to become a successful capital manager.

On this new path, Park will spend time as a mandatory service enrollee before committing himself as a professional soldier to one of the seven special forces brigades in the South Korean military. He hopes to improve his Korean language and enhance his cultural knowledge through this experience as well.

“(It) seems like I threw away comfort and practicality for idealism, knowing ahead of time that I will probably come up short,” he said. “What keeps me confident on this track is knowing that this is the path of highest ideals for me, and even when we know we’ll come up short, we should strive for it anyways, right?”

Because Park does not have formal journalism education, he plans to use this time to
experiment with photo and video journalism and build relationships.

Park joined Alpha Kappa Psi in 2016 for a sense of community and professionalism. He was also a 2016
Academy Fellow.

“The experience of spending time with brothers from all over the world was incredible. There were brothers from
every part of the US and a brother from the U.K. as well as India. Learning and bonding in beautiful and humid
Indiana for a week with those brothers (at the Academy) is still a sweet memory I look back on,” he said.

Open Letter from a Graduate

To those who have helped me succeed,

Graduation is a great time for reflection on the past four (or even five) years of a college student’s life. During my time in college, I’ve encountered so many helpful people and programs that made this experience easier and more enlightening. Whether you’re reading this as a fellow upcoming grad or a fresh-faced freshman (I worked on that pun for a while), let this open letter be a guide for expressing gratitude to all the ways you’ve received assistance and support along the way.

Your professors are more than just teachers. Sure, they may have guided you through writing classes or helped you to pass chemistry exams, but they’re also resources for life. My professors helped to instill in me the importance of hard work and pushing through difficult lessons. They worked patiently to make sure I understood more than just the lesson plan. How can you show them gratitude for all they’ve done? One great way is to put effort and time into course evaluations. These evaluations are often extremely important for professors, especially those new to the job. Make sure to highlight specific ways the professor helped you or stood out.

Another important group that deserves to be thanked is your family. Perhaps they provided financial support for you, in the form of tuition or room and board. But even if you paid for your own education out of pocket or through scholarships, it’s a safe bet that they were still rooting for you the whole way. Focusing on your studies is, of course, an excellent way to demonstrate your gratitude, but making sure to simply tell them the many ways they encouraged you will go a long way.

College is also a time for establishing and growing the connections you’ll have for a lifetime. Your high school friends are always going to be important, but the folks you met in the dorms, libraries, class, and off-campus living will often be people you know well into adulthood. A study performed by Purdue University found that friends made during college are often long-term, even when a distance is between them. Because people tend to move after college for jobs or relationships, I suggest you take time to let them know how important they are before graduation is over. Throw a party, cook them dinner, or just make plans to hang out more often. Trust me – the best times of my college career were spent with hanging out with buddies, even if weren’t doing much at all.

We often think of colleges as being populated by students and professors. However, there are plenty of working-class folks that help to brighten your college experience. There are custodial staff, maintenance workers, dorm employees, and food court workers that would heartily appreciate your thanks. These are people who may earn the minimum wage or not receive benefits, and who still work hard to keep the spaces around you comfortable.  A card to workers in your dorm or building employees could be a great way to not only say thanks but to establish a new friendship.

Finally, you owe yourself a great deal of gratitude. Whether you’re planning on continuing your studies at a graduate level or heading off into the brave unknown of the working world, you made it through a four-year degree! All those late-night cram sessions, hours spent in the computer lab, or sprints across campus to get to class on time have finally paid off. It can feel bewildering or overwhelming, but if you’re ever struggling to make it through college, it’s always helpful to sit down and make a list of all the things you have to be grateful for in college. Congratulations, wherever you are in your college career. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to try to not cry as I walk across the stage at graduation. Dang, too late!

All the best,

Alpha Kappa Psi

Celebrating the Life of Frank J. Brye, Former Executive Director

Former Executive Director Frank Brye with Former CEO Gary Epperson. Brye was recognized with a certificate honoring his 50 years of membership in Alpha Kappa Psi. He served as executive director from 1971 – 1991.

Sadly, we add Frank J. Brye, Gamma Tau ’60 – Life, former Executive Director of Alpha Kappa Psi, to the audit eternal. For more than 50 years, Frank contributed service and leadership to the Fraternity.