INDIANAPOLIS (December 12, 2018) – At the University of Florida, AKPsi’s Alpha Phi chapter engages the campus and local alumni through its open-invite event, Alpha Phi Talks.
Alpha Phi Talks
Sharing passions and interests within Alpha Kappa Psi is how members build a strong brotherhood. The Alpha Phi chapter at the University of Florida gives brothers this opportunity through its semiannual event, Alpha Phi Talks.
Alpha Phi Talks is an internal speaker series that brings brothers, collegiate and alumni, together with the campus community. This open-invitation event resembles a TedTalk environment where AKPsi members can discuss their passions and experiences with others, and it includes reflective activities to keep the audience engaged. Lauren Hausman, Alpha Phi chapter president, said topics have included traveling abroad, connecting with religion, working with nonprofits, and dealing with failure.
“It’s in a very open and safe setting,” Hausman said.
Alumni members are encouraged to attend as well. They can facilitate conversation, submit video testimonials, or present in front of brothers and university peers. Hausman said the chapter’s goal is to host an event that appeals to a widespread audience.
“I think it has (made an impact) because it’s an open event so we really encourage our brothers to bring their friends, especially if they’re a speaking brother, so they can hear things because it’s really topics that are applicable to everybody,” she said.
Alpha Phi Talks is another way for the chapter to help all brothers develop their presentation skills, too, outside the chapter’s e-board presentations. This emphasizes an individual’s passion and helps chapter members get to know one another on a deeper level. Hausman encourages others to replicate the event to showcase brothers.
“I really think it helps chapters come closer and learn more about each other and empower each other,” she said.
The event allows chapters to strengthen relationships within the chapter, their alumni network, and the community.