On the weekend of October 21, 2016, volunteers from various chapters and different cities came to Ithaca, home of Kappa Chapter at Cornell University, to plan the future of Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, Inc. From inside of the conference room to the beautiful gorges of Ithaca, our volunteers gained fresh perspectives and discovered their true sense of purpose as leaders of the organization. During the retreat, guest speakers from various backgrounds and organizations were invited to share their experiences and knowledges with the volunteers.
Hannah Seoh, Chair of the National APIA Panhellenic Association (NAPA) and Bilal Badruddin, National President of Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity and Assistant to the Vice President & Dean of Residential Life and Student Support at Colgate University, provided their perspectives and guidance to the volunteers as members from different organizations. Both guests have years of experience in association management, campus advising, and interfraternal relations.
A member of the Association and Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) provided an overview of AFA engagement, interfraternal relations, and other works on campuses across the nation. A student panel consisting of members from the NAPA sub-council of the Multicultural Greek Letter Council (MGLC) shared their insights on chapter/national relationships and individual chapter operations. Alumni members of the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., also shared their personal insights and chapter history.
Pi Delta Psi Retreat was an opportunity to gather dedicated volunteers to address, reflect, and identify strategic goals for the fraternity. I was inspired by the commitment and energy from everyone during the weekend. We have an amazing group of volunteers stepping up to lead the fraternity and had insightful guest speakers.
I am so honored to have been the host of this year’s retreat and am pleased to announce the incoming National Board 2016-2017 for our organization.
National Executive Council (Two year terms)
National President: John Loata Jr. ’03, MBA (Rutgers University)
Executive Vice President (EVP): Raphael ‘Raffy’ Rivera ’09 (University of South Florida)
Vice President of Communications (VPC): Alan Wang ’13 (George Mason University)
Vice President of Education (VPED): Jon Lin ’12 (Penn State University)
Vice President of Expansion (VPEX): Travis Shepard ’12 (University of Florida)
Vice President of External Affairs (VPEA): Gabe Lainez ’12 (George Mason University)
Vice President of Finance (VPF): Jason Reyes ’12 (University of South Florida)
Vice President of Operations (VPO): Jeff Gao ’10 (University of South Florida)
Director of Information Technology: Kyle Nguyen ’12 (George Mason University)
Director of Public Relations: Edgar Tran ’13 (George Mason University)
Historian: Eric Wu ’13 (University of Connecticut)
Director of New Member Education: Austin Funes ’13 (University of Connecticut)
Director of New Member Education: Dan Acampado ’12 (Rutgers University)
External Affairs Team
Director of Academic Initiatives & Standards: TBD
Director of Advocacy: Ben Nguyen ’12 (University of Colorado at Boulder)
Director of Philanthropy: Prem Warde ’11 (University of Central Florida)
Director of Chapter Services, DMV: TBD
Director of Chapter Services, Midwest: Meng Yang ’12 (University of Minnesota)
Director of Chapter Services, New York: Eddie Hsiao ’02 (Stony Brook University)
Director of Chapter Services, Northeast: Charles Laboy ’12 (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Director of Chapter Services, Southeast: John Nguyen ’12 (University of Florida)
Directors of Chapter Services, Upstate New York: Nick Butkowski ’09 (University of Rochester) & Tim Yip ’04 (SUNY Buffalo)
Director of Chapter Services, West: Minh Nguyen ’13 (University of Colorado at Boulder)
Convention: Kevin Lee ’11 (New York University)
Please see our website for updated information of our volunteers here
Fraternally Yours and Alpha Psi,
Vigor Lam ‘11, M.Ed.
Board of Directors, 2015-2018
Many of our brothers are ambitious and adventurous when pursuing their careers. Most of them pursue opening their own businesses. In previous posts on our FB page and our main website, we featured Touch of Modern: a company modernizing men’s fashion through high quality products at unbeatable prices. This company is also owned by two of our brothers of Pi Delta Psi, Jerry Hum and Dennis Liu.
It is amazing to see how far the company has come. Recently, the company was featured on Cheddar, a news network focused on covering the most innovative products, technologies, and services.
Watch the link below to see the interview with Brother Jerry Hum!
Thank you to Brother Krist Chhuom of the Mu Chapter at Ohio State University for capturing this photo. Also, thank you to our guests who attended Convention XIV. We appreciate the support as it means a lot to us!
To the bearers of the mighty torch,
You not only contributed to your chapter; you contributed to our entire brotherhood. Over the weekend, each of you carried the torch of our discussion to improve and further the growth of this organization. Now, it is time to guide the torch as one entity. With joined hearts, let us build the future of Pi Delta Psi!
Hey brothers! It’s an exciting year for us to be hosting Convention XIV. Below is the schedule for what will be happening this upcoming weekend.
Convention XIV Schedule
3:00pm – 9:00pm
9:00pm – 11:00pm
10:30am – 11:30am
Workshop Sessions 1
• Leadership Workshop (Breakout Session 1)
• Neo Workshop (Breakout Session 2)
• New Member Education (Breakout Session 3)
• Life After College (Breakout Session 4)
11:45am – 12:45pm
Workshop Sessions 2
• Asian Voices (Breakout Session 1)
• Protecting Your Chapter (Breakout Session 2)
• New Member Education Workshop (Breakout Session 3)
• Financial Management – Losing Loans (Breakout Session 4)
12:00pm – 2:00PM
2:15pm – 3:15pm
Workshop Sessions 3
• Strolling Workshop (Breakout Session 1)
• How to be a Gentleman (Breakout Session 2)
• Initiation Then Demonstration: Probate Protocol (Breakout Session 3)
• Entrepreneurism with a Flame (Breakout Session 4)
3:30pm – 3:45pm
3:45pm – 4:30pm
Founding Father Q&A
7:00pm – 11:59 pm
10:00am – 12:00pm
Breaking Fast and Barriers
As mentioned in an earlier post, we are excited for another year of Alpha Psi. This will be an opportunity you wouldn’t want to miss. You’ll gain insight into what it truly means to be a brother of Pi Delta Psi and develop ways to give back to your community and brotherhood. The link to register for convention is here. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and AY