Virginia Tech Chapter is Closed for Hazing

INDIANAPOLIS — The Alpha Kappa Psi Board of Directors voted to suspend the charter of the Beta Xi Chapter at Virginia Tech. The board’s decision was based upon an investigation which revealed physical and psychological hazing of new members.

This is the second investigation in the past several months which has led to the closure of a chapter. Earlier this year, the Nu Xi Chapter at the University of California-San Diego was also closed by the Board of Directors following an investigation of hazing and alcohol-related activities. Both chapters will be closed for a minimum of three years.

“The board is becoming more resolute in eradicating hazing activities and the alcohol-related activities that push the boundaries of good judgment,” said Mariel Reynolds, chair of the AKPsi Judiciary Committee. “With the closing of these chapters, and particularly when alcohol is involved in new member activities, the board is confirming its zero-tolerance position. I’m hopeful that chapter officers will begin having meaningful discussions with their members regarding how their actions reflect the values of Alpha Kappa Psi.”

In September, the fraternity implemented a pilot program for risk management education with 43 chapters. This program includes educational material that can be delivered to local chapters and is intended to raise awareness of the hazing and alcohol-related problems they may face and provide chapters with strategies to address these issues.

In addition, the fraternity offers ‘bystander’ training and risk management education through the Pledge Education Program, online webinars and eLearning modules, and at national and regional events such as Officer Training, the College of Leadership and the Principled Business Leaders Institute (PBLI).

Fifty Eighth Meeting of the Chapter Congress to be held in Norfolk, VA

Notice is hereby given that the Fifty Eighth (58) Meeting of the Chapter Congress of Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity will be called to order on Thursday, July 30. The Chapter Congress will be held at Sheraton Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, Virginia.

At this meeting of the Chapter Congress, amendments to the Constitution and Statutory Code will be considered and voted upon by the delegates present. In order for an amendment to be considered, it must be submitted to a standing or appointed committee no later than March 1, 2015. The committees will deliberate on all items submitted and make a report to the Chapter Congress on Thursday, July 30.

In addition, there will be an election for the Fraternity President and Executive Vice President at the Chapter Congress Meeting. An individual may be nominated for Fraternity office at a Regional Meeting or at the Chapter Congress Meeting. Candidates nominated by a Regional Meeting must submit a biography including an outline of fraternal and professional accomplishments and experience to the Chief Executive Officer by March 15, 2015. A member may be a candidate for only one (1) elected office at each Biennial Convention.

Dennis Hour, Chapman ’04, to be on this season of The Amazing Race

It’s with great pleasure that we share with you an alumnus of Alpha Kappa Psi, Dennis Hour, Chapman ‘04, and his girlfriend Isabelle Du will be on the 25th season of the Emmy award winning show THE AMAZING RACE! Tune in to watch them race around the world for one million dollars as the premiere airs on Friday, September 26th on CBS.
Dennis is currently a financial planner for Los Angeles-based e-commerce company OneStop.  They represent brands such as Juicy Couture, Frye Boots, rag & bone, Coffee Bean, 7 for All Mankind, JBrand, and Paul Frank to just name a few.  Prior to OneStop, he worked for top national public accounting firm McGladrey for 7 years right after he had graduated.

When asked about his experiences as an AKPsi, he stated, “What made me rush for AKPsi was knowing I could make lifelong friendships with individuals that had similar goals as mine; which was gaining experience on how to network for real life situations. It was a time where I could practice professionalism.  And it wasn’t all business; it was also building strong friendships where we would rely on each other”

His Amazing Race partner Isabelle, is an international model and Vietnamese soap opera actress with some of her past work with Tresemme, Wet Seal, Mossimo, Coffee Bean, Elle Magazine, FHM Magazine and Cosmopolitan.

These two met while attending Chapman University in Orange, CA and were friends for 8 years before they finally got together.  They’ve been together for 2.5 years now and CBS has dubbed them as #TheDatingCouple.

The hashtag couldn’t be more perfect as the two also co-blog a fashion blog called MY BOYFRIEND’S CLOTHES where you will find side-by-side juxtaposed photos of them wearing his clothing but in his and her style.

You can get to know them a little bit by watching their CBS interviewreading their official bios, and checking out their official website which has more detailed stories.

And following them on social media:

Instagram: @dennishour@isa_belle_du
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/dennishour    www.facebook.com/officialisabelledu

We wish them well and safe journey’s throughout the season.

Congratulations to the 2013-14 Chapter Performance Award Recipients

The Chapter Performance Awards* are based on chapter accomplishments of the previous academic year. Alpha Kappa Psi would like to recognize the following chapters for their accomplishments during the 2013-14 year. These awards will be presented at the 2015 Principled Business Leadership Institute.

*Chapters that are under investigation or on probation for risk management related reasons are ineligible to receive fraternity awards.

Chapters of the Year

Presented to chapters that achieved 100,000 points on the Annual Chapter Report

  • Zeta Pi, Fort Hays State
  • Iota Upsilon, Slippery Rock
  • Beta Xi, Virginia Tech
  • Omega Zeta, Binghamton
  • Psi Rho, Connecticut
  • Epsilon Omega, Portland State
  • Beta Chi, Louisiana State
  • Alpha Phi, Florida
  • Alpha Rho, Alabama
  • Zeta Phi, Austin Peay State

 

Award of Achievement: 1st Place Regional Standing

Presented to chapters with highest number of points within their region, for those without 100,000 point chapters

  • Eastcentral: Gamma Chi , Miami (Ohio)
  • Midwest: Gamma Iota, Loyola – Chicago
  • Northcentral: Delta Pi, Creighton
  • Southwest: Rho Chi, Chapman
  • Westcentral: Beta Nu, Wyoming

 

Certificate of Improvement: Significant Point Improvement

Presented to chapters with a 20,000 point increase on the Annual Chapter Report compared to the previous year

  • Alpha Lambda, Washington – St. Louis
  • Alpha Mu, Wisconsin – Madison
  • Alpha Pi, Southern Methodist
  • Alpha Rho, Alabama
  • Alpha Upsilon, California – Los Angeles
  • Alpha Xi, Iowa
  • Beta Nu, Wyoming
  • Beta Pi, Miami
  • Beta Xi, Virginia Tech
  • Beta, Denver
  • Delta Omega, Iowa State
  • Delta Omicron, California State – Long Beach
  • Delta Phi, Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • Epsilon, Illinois
  • Eta Omicron, East Carolina
  • Eta Tau, Louisiana Tech
  • Gamma Eta, Toledo
  • Gamma Lambda, California State – Fresno
  • Gamma Mu, Michigan State
  • Gamma , Northwestern
  • Iota Pi, Christopher Newport
  • Iota Tau, San Diego
  • Iota Upsilon, Slippery Rock
  • Kappa Tau, Lamar
  • Lambda Nu, American
  • Lambda Omicron, North Carolina State
  • Mu Omicron, Indiana State
  • Nu Chi, Central Florida
  • Nu Pi, Trinity
  • Nu Tau, Roanoke
  • Omega Chi, Calgary
  • Omega Gamma, British Columbia
  • Omega Lambda, Georgetown
  • Omega Nu, Vanderbilt
  • Omega Tau, Alabama – Birmingham
  • Omega Upsilon, Clemson
  • Omicron Psi, Kentucky
  • Omicron Upsilon, Cornell
  • Pi Chi, Tulane
  • Pi Sigma, George Mason
  • Pi Upsilon, California State – San Marcos
  • Psi Delta, Shenandoah
  • Psi Rho, Connecticut
  • Psi Theta, Southern Oregon
  • Psi Xi, Grand Valley State
  • Psi, Kansas
  • Rho Chi, Chapman
  • Sigma Psi, Loyola – New Orleans
  • Tau Chi, DePaul
  • Tau Upsilon, Truman State
  • Tau, Oklahoma State
  • Theta Mu, Stetson
  • Theta Phi, Southern Indiana
  • Upsilon Chi, Ball State
  • Upsilon Psi, California – Davis
  • Upsilon, Missouri
  • Xi Psi, Illinois State
  • Zeta Omicron, Southeast Missouri State
  • Zeta Pi, Fort Hays State
  • Zeta Upsilon, Tennessee Technological


Membership Growth

Presented to chapters for increasing initiates by a minimum of 25% compared to the previous year

  • Alpha Omega, Kansas State
  • Alpha Pi, Southern Methodist
  • Alpha Rho, Alabama
  • Beta Chi, Louisiana State
  • Beta Mu, George Washington
  • Beta Nu, Wyoming
  • Beta Psi , Florida State
  • Beta Sigma, St. John’s
  • Beta, Denver
  • Delta Kappa, Lipscomb
  • Delta Phi, Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • Delta Zeta, Richmond
  • Eta Omega, North Carolina – Charlotte
  • Eta Psi, Drexel
  • Gamma Kappa, Oregon
  • Iota Phi, Winthrop
  • Iota Pi, Christopher Newport
  • Iota Tau, San Diego
  • Lambda Nu, American
  • Lambda Upsilon , Butler
  • Mu Omicron, Indiana State
  • Nu, Boston
  • Omega Chi, Calgary
  • Omega Psi, Carnegie Mellon
  • Omega Rho, Nova Southeastern
  • Omega Zeta, Binghamton
  • Omicron Psi, Kentucky
  • Omicron Tau, Rutgers
  • Psi Chi, Jacksonville State
  • Psi Eta, Temple
  • Psi Lambda, Bentley
  • Psi Mu, Rochester
  • Psi Phi, Nevada – Reno
  • Psi Pi, Stony Brook
  • Psi Rho, Connecticut
  • Psi Sigma, North Carolina – Greensboro
  • Psi Xi, Grand Valley State
  • Psi Zeta , Coastal Carolina
  • Rho Chi, Chapman
  • Rho Phi, California – Riverside
  • Rho, Washington
  • Sigma Omega, Florida Atlantic
  • Tau Chi, DePaul
  • Tau Upsilon, Truman State
  • Theta Mu, Stetson
  • Upsilon Chi, Ball State
  • Xi Psi, Illinois State
  • Zeta Lambda, Tennessee
  • Zeta Phi, Austin Peay State

 

Membership Strength

Presented to chapters for increasing their year-end membership size by a minimum of 35% compared to the previous year

  • Alpha Lambda, Washington – St. Louis
  • Alpha Pi, Southern Methodist
  • Alpha Rho, Alabama
  • Alpha Tau, North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • Alpha Upsilon, California – Los Angeles
  • Alpha, New York
  • Beta Lambda, Washington State
  • Beta Nu, Wyoming
  • Delta Kappa, Lipscomb
  • Epsilon Omega, Portland State
  • Eta Omega, North Carolina – Charlotte
  • Eta Omicron, East Carolina
  • Eta Phi, Eastern Washington
  • Eta Tau, Louisiana Tech
  • Gamma Epsilon, Pennsylvania State
  • Gamma Mu, Michigan State
  • Iota Phi, Winthrop
  • Kappa, Oregon
  • Lambda Upsilon, Butler
  • Mu Pi, Elon
  • Mu Psi, Hofstra
  • Mu Rho, Texas – Dallas
  • Nu Psi, James Madison
  • Omega Alpha, Delaware
  • Omega Epsilon, Pepperdine
  • Omega Rho, Nova Southeastern
  • Omega Theta, Maryland
  • Omega Upsilon, Clemson
  • Omicron Chi, Case Western Reserve
  • Phi Omega, Gonzaga
  • Psi Phi, Nevada – Reno
  • Psi Sigma, North Carolina – Greensboro
  • Psi Tau, Howard
  • Psi Xi, Grand Valley State
  • Sigma Omega, Florida Atlantic
  • Xi Omega, South Florida
  • Zeta Psi, Middle Tennessee State
  • Zeta Rho, Marshall
  • Zeta Upsilon, Tennessee Tech

Marshall University Names AKPsi Member for Prestigious Award

According to Leadership & Service Award application, the student receiving this award is a new member to a student organization who has contributed outstanding ideas and service to that organization and has had a positive influence on the group. This individual will have a demonstrated dedication to organizing events/activities and has actively worked to improve Marshall University and or the greater Huntington community.

Crystal Stewart, a nominator, wrote the following:

“Sidney Thompson has held the position as Vice President of Membership in Alpha Kappa Psi for the Spring semester. Sidney pledged the fraternity in the Spring of 2013, but studied abroad during the Fall. She, however, came back ready to work and has done an outstanding job in her first full semester as a member. She even took on the responsibility of an officer position. Her dedication and commitment to the chapter has paid off in reaching the AKPsi national minimum standard for members for our chapter. In my three years as the advisor for this chapter, this is the first time this standard has been met. Sidney successfully managed recruitment events and educating the incoming members and their pledging process. Sidney demonstrates potential as a future business leader and is well deserving of the Outstanding New Member Award. Congratulations, Sidney!”

On behalf of Alpha Kappa Psi, congratulations, Sidney! Thank you for advancing our values and guiding principles.