Eastern Region Holds Fifth Annual Gauntlet

On March 24th, 2012, the Eastern Region held their 5th Annual Gauntlet Games, an inter-chapter event, at Slippery Rock University. The competition pits chapters against each other in 3 rounds of games: Marketing, Athletic, and Jeopardy. The marketing piece consists of teams creating a product and selling it to “potential investors” through the 5 P’s of marketing. In the next round, teams compete in sports games and activities. This year, they competed in the hula hoop race, Oreo race, egg toss, toilet paper mummy, cherry on a string, and pie eating contest. In the final round, the teams tested their knowledge of AKPsi information and current events in a head to head Jeopardy style game. The winner becomes the regional Gauntlet Champion receiving the coveted Gauntlet Paddle and the honor to host next year’s games.

This year the games had over 30 brothers from 7 chapters in attendance! Thank you to the host, Slippery Rock University, and Gannon, Lock Haven, West Virginia, Pitt-Johnstown, Pittsburgh, and Carnegie brothers for participating! Congrats to the newest Gauntlet Champion team: Pittsburgh and Carnegie!



Internships Are a Problem of the Past! Alpha Kappa Psi Announces Their Newest Partner, YouTern!

Alpha Kappa Psi is thrilled to announce our partnership with YouTern – where college students and recent graduates connect to high-impact, mentor-based internships. Through quality experiential education, and by steering clear of “fetch coffee and make copies” internships, YouTern enables young professionals to gain the confidence and skills necessary to bridge the gap between the classroom and the real world.

Through YouTern, today’s students become far more employable in today’s challenging job market!

Expert career advice though YouTern’s blog, The Savvy Intern, and searching for internship opportunities are free for all students. As a member benefit, AKPsi alumni will receive a 15% discount on all YouTern products and services. It is worth your time, whether a student or alumni, to check out YouTern today.


Two Historic Items Added to Heritage Center Display

The Douglas M. Halka Library at the Heritage Center features two display cases devoted to historic items from the fraternity’s past. Recently, two new items have been put on display, both from the 1920s:

A miniature badge set with sapphires was available for purchase beginning in the 1920s, although it is a mystery as to why this one was set with pearls. While jewelry ads published in the Diary at that time stated that the miniature badge was “recommended for use as a sister pin,” these badges could have easily been used as sweetheart pins as well.

The only thing known about this unusual charm is that it belonged to Walter E. Noss, Pittsburgh ‘24. His initials are engraved on the back, along with the Greek letter for ‘delta.’ Of note, the design of the coat of arms is the version that was in use before the current version was introduced in 1930.

Both items are on loan from the collection of Jeffrey E. Frank, Eastern Michigan ‘86-Life.


Congratulations to This Year’s All-AKPsi Academic Team Co-Captains

The Alpha Kappa Psi Foundation is pleased to announce the eight team captains for this year’s All-AKPsi Academic Team. From the 505 juniors and seniors named to the team last month, these eight co-captains have been selected to represent the team and will each receive $250 educational grants from the foundation:

  • Cori Boyce, Miami (Ohio) ’09
  • Jessica Ferrucci, Binghamton ’09
  • Truitt Jeter, South Carolina ’10
  • Hannah Miles, Missouri ’09
  • Kari Notton, Illinois ’09
  • Benjamin Rascoe, Miami (Ohio) ’08
  • Allison Schelble, Washington (St. Louis) ‘10
  • Joe Viviano, Kansas ‘10

Each year the All-AKPsi Academic Team honors individuals who balance academics with leadership in their chapters and communities. To apply, students need to be juniors or seniors and have GPAs of 3.50 or higher. This year’s application deadline was in November and team members were announced in December.

The 2011-12 roster of 505 members (scroll down to see the December 16 announcement) is an all-time record, breaking the previous record of 275 which was set last year.

The foundation extends its gratitude to this year’s selection committee of past regional directors who had the monumental task of narrowing the list of 505 individuals down to eight team captains: Jessica Hill, Arizona State ’96-Life; Derek Hunter, Murray State ’01-Life; LaTonya Jackson, Alabama State ’03; Pam Miksell, Iowa ’96-Life; Yakov Shenkman, Pennsylvania ’03; Brendan Sherry, Virginia Tech ’97-Life; Melissa Stowe, Iowa State ’98-Life; and Vonda Willis, Texas State ’89-Life.


 Treasured 1927 Fraternity Relic Restored

After being lost for more than 40 years, the Holy Bible originally used by the Gamma Chapter (Northwestern University) was recently restored by Alpha Kappa Psi and is on display at the Heritage Center in Indianapolis.

The bible was presented to the Gamma Chapter in 1927 by Fraternity President Everett Lord in appreciation of the chapter hosting the Convention that year in Chicago. The bible was used continuously by the chapter for rituals until the chapter closed in the late 1960s when the university discontinued its undergraduate school of business.

Stored away for decades, the bible was hidden in a trunk of items once belonging to the chapter. The widow of a former chapter president found the trunk in her garage and had it delivered to the Heritage Center for safekeeping.