You read that right – Delta Zeta has made the cover of the Spring Issue of Chi Phi’s national magazine, The Chi Phi Chakett in the form of the Chapter’s current Beta, Miles C. White. One of the magazine’s lead stories is about the recent Alpha’s Academy, a program designed specifically to prepare Chi Phi men to serve as Alphas for their Chapter. Brother White has always wanted to go to a National Chi Phi Congress and learn all that he could about the Fraternity, how it works at other schools, and to basically find out if Chi Phi’s were “awesome” nationwide. He found his opportunity in the Alpha’s Academy, which turned out to be one of the greatest experiences of his life!
For Brother White, the Alpha’s Academy did exactly what it sets out to do – it better prepares an inexperienced exec board member to be the ideal Chi Phi president. “It shows us our leadership styles and highlights our weaknesses,” he explained. “There were also many discussions that were freely based, so we had the opportunity to figure out what our Chapter was doing wrong and some possible solutions. I spent lots of time networking with other Alphas to try and get advice on issues within our Chapter and how we might best address them. The results have been stupendous.”
Brother White relates an experience he has while having lunch with some other Alphas, specifically from University of California-Davis and Oregan State. “I asked them how they tackled Rush Week and Recruitment,” he said. “They looked at me kind of funny and said, ‘Rush Week isn’t important.’ They went on to explain the idea of True 365 Recruitment. They helped me realize that Rush events could be anytime, and that we could be having events whenever we wanted. I brought this back to our Chapter, gave it to my Rush Chair, and we made it happen.” Since returning, Brother White’s enthusiasm has spread, and the Chapter has had a Recruitment workshop, along with a non-Rush Week recruitment event to specifically encourage potential new members to hang out with Chi Phi.
“Alpha’s Academy gave me all the tools necessary to run a Chapter,” Brother White added. “As Beta, it has been instrumental in my development.”
For more details about the Alpha’s Academy, and to see Brother White represent the Delta Zeta Chapter on the cover of The Chakett, be sure to check out the Spring Issue, which should be arriving in your mailbox any day now (or, if you can’t wait for the magazine, check out the article online at https://www.chiphi.org/chakettonline/programs/alphas-academy/2014/04/alphas-academy-builds-better-men/).