Co-ed business fraternity promotes professionalism
Published: Sunday, January 23, 2011
Updated: Monday, January 24, 2011 00:01
Hearing the word fraternity normally brings about thoughts of parties, booze and big, messy houses, but Alpha Kappa Psi members said they look to prove that not all fraternities are the partying type.
Alpha Kappa Psi is a co-ed business fraternity with a chapter at UNC open to all majors.
"We are the most eccentric group on campus," said Kristi Meyer, a senior marketing major. "It's amazing to me that we all get along and manage to come together as one and create these cool events."
Alpha Kappa Psi currently has about 20 members, but more may join with the upcoming rush week.
Today is the beginning of AKP's rush week, which includes games and a get-to-know-you night for the members and prospective members. On Tuesday and Thursday, there will be professional speakers. Wednesday is a day of community service in which AKP will volunteer with Greeley's Habitat for Humanity. Friday night, there will be a social at Old Chicago's.
"This is my first semester in a frat; I pledged last semester," said Nathan Jensen, a senior music composition major. "The pledge process itself really helps you with speaking and resumes."
Alpha Kappa Psi focuses on improving skills graduating college students need to succeed in the working world, such as resume writing and public-speaking skills
"Everybody's going into the business world," said Tony Molieri, a senior management and marketing major. "We all need to work."
There is one competing professional business fraternity on campus, Delta Sigma Pi. The difference between the two is that DSP is exclusively just for business and economics majors.
The members of AKP said they don't see DSP as competition, though, and that new members should check out both fraternities to choose the one they fit in with best.
Organizers said they hope being part of this fraternity will give students a leg up in the professional world. They said involvement teaches how to interview with and stand out to potential employers.
Many successful members of AKP include editor-in-chief Malcolm "Steve" Forbes of Forbes Magazine and two past presidents: Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon.
"It's a great way to network and make connections that you wouldn't have otherwise," Molieri said.