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    Greek Life Blog

    Life after Greek Life

    Life after Greek Life

    Guest Blogger: Cory Martin

    2013-2017 - TKE Headquarters, Regional Director 
    2017-Present - Executive Director, Indiana State Police Alliance 
    2019-Present - Director of Association Management/Lobbyist, The Corydon Group

     

     

    When I arrived on campus, I was seeking an opportunity to meet new people and get involved. I did not want to just commute to campus and commute back home. Although I lived off-campus, I still wanted to have a traditional college experience. A few weeks into the semester, IUPUI had events fair and all student organizations participated. I met dozens of groups and started attending their events. The one that made the biggest impact was TKE. I only knew of fraternities from what I had seen in movies. I didn't have any expectations or knowledge of the group. I just met them and fell in love with the group and what the organization stood for. 

    I immediately jumped in and got involved. I took advantage of the many leadership opportunities and began seeking further development through their programs and conferences. By graduation, I had taken advantage of multiple conferences, dozens of leadership positions, and a pathway into an alumni base that is one of the most robust in the country. TKE fundamentally shaped the direction of my career. I was able to test entrepreneurship skills and apply them in real-world scenarios using the fraternity as my platform. I would not be in Association Management today without the experiences I learned from TKE.

    To see what Cory is up to since his time at IUPUI and time spent at TKE HQ follow him on instagram @corymart

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    Theta Chi's Founders Day

    Theta Chi's Founders Day

    Since 1856, more than 1850,00 members have joined the brotherhood that was founded on friendship at Norwich University. Since being founded by Norton Freeman and Arthur Chase over 165 years ago, Theta Chis is one of the oldest men’s college fraternities in the United States. A fraternity with rich early history surviving not only the war between the states, but also a massive fire that destroyed the Norwich Campus. So let’s take a look at some of the most notable Theta Chi Resolute Men. 


    Steven Spielberg – First applying to film school at University of Southern California, but being rejected due to mediocre grades, Spielberg pursued other college options. After being accepted into Cal State University in Long Beach, Spielberg became a member of the Zeta Epsilon chapter. It was in 1968 that he got his first break with Universal to direct and write a short film. He impressed Sidney Sheinberg, who offered him a 7-year contract for directing. He was named Life Magazines most influential person of his generation. He was one of Time's 100 Most Important People of the Century. He has won 3 Academy Awards, he’s received 7 nominations for best Director and won twice. He was also the recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1995. The list of accolades for Spielberg could go on, making him one of the most noteworthy Theta Chis.

    Matt Gallagher – An American Author, former U.S Army captain & veteran of the Iraq War. He attended Wake Forest University where he joined the Army ROTC the week before September 11th. While at Wake Forest he became a member of Theta Chi and served as the sports editor of the Old Gold & Black.  He finished school with a Bachelor of Art Degree. He became a 2nd Lieutenant Armor Branch. During his deployment he began writing a military blog Kaboom: A Soldier’s War Journal. After his time in the service, he became a novelist writing his debut novel Youngblood

    Lee Iacocca – The Former Chairman of Chrysler and President of Ford Iacocca, a well-known American Automobile executive. He’s most well-known for developing the Ford Mustang or Ford Pinot cars during his time spent at Ford. He majored in Industrial engineering while at Lehigh University where he became an alumnus of Theta Chi. He was an advocate for “Nourish the Children”. Nourish the Children is an organization using business principles to address the problem of childhood hunger in sustainable form. He also had a hand in fundraising to allow Lehigh University to adapt vacant buildings that today house the College of Education and the Biology & Chemical Engineering Departments.  

    Nick Mileti – Retired lawyer, American author, sports entrepreneur and former sport franchise owner. He is the founder of the Cleveland Cavaliers and owner of Cleveland Indians. He spent his university years at Bowling Green State University where he became a Theta Chi. The BGSU Alumni Center has now been named in his honor. 

    Fran Striker – Most well-known for creating “The Lone Ranger” and “The Green Hornet”! He was not only a comic writer but also a writer for many radio shows. He attended school at the University of Buffalo, where he proudly became a member of Theta Chi. Before graduating he dropped out of university and spent time with the New York City amateur theatrical company, before his writing career took off.

    Sean McManus – The Duke Graduate is a well known television executive. He started his career in television with ABC after graduation. He may be most known for spearheading the charge at CBS Corporation efforts in re-acquiring the broadcast rights for the NFL. He currently services as the President of CBS News & CBS Sports. He oversees CBS Sports coverage of the NFL, including on air talent, production, and advertising and promotion. 

    Anton “Tony” Hulman  - The man who purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) and brought racing back to the track after a 4 year hiatus following World War II. He became a Theta Chi during his time spent at Indiana State University. An Indiana native, Hulman is to this day still known for his philanthropy and commitment to higher education. He had the honor of being inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1991. He is also well known for preferring to do his IMS deal with the “handshake deals” method instead of a contract. He always said that he wasn’t doing the deal for the money but to create the best racing experience possible. 

    With such tenacity at the core of Theta Chi’s DNA, it isn’t hard to see why there are 143 chapters and colonies across North America. With the principles of friendship, leadership, and standing up for what is right we understand why so many strive to wear Theta Chi red and white! From all of us here at Campus Classics, Happy Founders day Theta Chi. Here is to another 165+ years of tradition and legacy! 

    What it's like to be a Sigma Chi Sweetheart

    What it's like to be a Sigma Chi Sweetheart

    I was elected as sweetheart of the Zeta Theta-B chapter of Sigma Chi in June of 2019. Before I was sweetheart, I had already been dating my boyfriend, who was a brother, for a couple years at that point. My chapter likes to typically pick a girl that has been dating a brother for some time, almost like a lavalier too. A lot of people have asked me what I “did” to be elected, and although some chapters hold competitions for sweetheart, my chapter just picks someone that has a genuine love for the fraternity and the brothers. Even before I was sweetheart, the brothers were some of my closest friends, many of which our friendship began before they were brothers. I admired their hard work ethic and helped them in many of their volunteering and philanthropy events, not because I wanted to be sweetheart, but because I genuinely appreciated them.

     

    I truly believe that getting close with this chapter changed my life for the better, even before being elected as sweetheart. The saying “surround yourself with people who can make you grow” definitely applies to myself. Seeing their amazing attitude and determination inspired me to similarly push myself to be the best. They have always had my back and I know with confidence they always will. Being that I am now a senior and have seen many new people join the fraternity and many graduate, the same happens with all the brothers. Through their years as active brothers I have had the opportunity to watch them grow in all aspects of their life. They walk out the doors with such confidence and pride in both themselves and their community. My favorite thing has been forming this close relationship with all the brothers and watching them turn into some of the best men I have had the chance to meet. I will continue to be astonished by everything they have accomplished and am so proud to call myself their sweetheart.

     

    This fraternity means the world to me. Those men have pushed me to be the person I am today, and I am so grateful to have grown beside them. They never fail to put a smile on my face, and they make me so proud to represent them. Their character is like no other and it truly reflects in the house and the way they hold themselves. The brothers are some of the most intelligent and compassionate men I have met, and their drive inspires myself and many others to similarly better themselves every day. I feel so lucky to have had an opportunity like this and am so grateful for all the relationships I have created.

     

    There are no requirements that come with the sweetheart title. Everything that I have done for them or with them has been simply because I want to repay the favor for all they have done for me, no different than any other friendship. One of my favorite events to help out with is the haunted house they do every year. They turn their fraternity house into a complete haunted house for families in their neighborhood and friends to enjoy as a philanthropy event. The brothers become characters in the haunted house and myself and a couple other girlfriends have lots of fun putting on all the special effects makeup. I also have had the chance to be a character in the haunted house along with a couple girlfriends as creepy dolls. Every aspect of the event is fun from making treats to sell at a bake sale, to setting up the house and putting the makeup on, to being a character in the house, and even deconstructing the house. This is by far the event I will miss the most.

    It has truly been an experience of a lifetime to be a sweetheart for such an outstanding chapter. I feel so lucky to have been surrounded by remarkable gentlemen and make some great friendships. There are countless things I have gotten to do and be a part of during my time all of which are completely unforgettable. Now being a past sweetheart, I look back and still feel an overwhelming amount of pride for the brothers watching them continuously tackle every goal they set for themselves. My advice to any sweethearts out there is to take time and smell the (white) roses, your time goes by way too quickly!

    Guest Author: Alexa Bartold
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    This One's for the Girls

    This One's for the Girls

    Women's History Month is a time for us to reflect and celebrate the contributions to history made by women. It is a time for us to come together and celebrate the women in our lives. Here at Campus Classics we love the meaning of sisterhood that comes with joining a sorority. We take the responsibility of sisterhood and supporting one another to heart. We wanted to talk with some of the women who support Campus Classics to find out why they chose to become part of a legacy of sisterhood.  So let's look at what it means to these ladies to join the ranks of sisterhood!                  

    1. Why did you choose to join a Sorority & what made you pick your specific sorority?

    Laurel Glatch: I chose to join a sorority so I could make lifelong friends and open up leadership opportunities for myself. I specifically chose to go Aphi because when I walked through the doors every night of recruitment those girls made me feel at home, they made me feel welcomed and loved and supported. You could feel it when you walked in the house they were a real genuine sisterhood. 

    Mary Nell Rush: I decided to join my sorority, Kappa Delta, because I wanted to become a part of something bigger than myself and find my home away from home as well as get more involved on campus and in my community. From the first day I met the sisters of Kappa Delta at Georgia Southwestern I knew I wanted to become a member. They made me feel so welcome and each sister treated me as if they had known me my whole life.

    Anne Mccain: I chose to join a sorority at Purdue University because my parents and older brother were a part of Greek life during their time on campus. They gained lifelong friends from their organizations and I desired the same for myself. I picked Kappa Kappa Gamma because it was the only house that instantly felt like home when going through recruitment. I loved every girl I spoke with during the process and they were real and honest with their conversations. At the end of the day, our values lined up and I just knew I wanted to be a part of the organization.

    Kimberly Cooley:  I chose to join a sorority to find a smaller group of friends/sisters. Attending a large college like Indiana University, I felt finding a smaller group to belong to was important. It definitely felt like the sorority picked me and I picked it! With the length and complexity of Rush at IU, I truly believe you find the home where you belong!

     

    2. What is your favorite aspect of Sisterhood?

    Laurel Glatch: My favorite aspect of this sisterhood is accountability. These girls make me a better person every single day, they support my goals, and are there for me always through every high and every low. I know I can go to any one of these girls with anything and they will be there ready to love me with open arms.

    MNR: My favorite aspect of the sisterhood in Kappa Delta is how each sister is always so friendly and how I know I will always have someone to count on and be by my side through whatever I am going through.

    AM: My favorite aspect of sisterhood is being able to share traditions and rituals with the other women in the chapter. I also love getting to learn about the different backgrounds and cultures my sisters grew up with. We are all unique in our own ways, but come together and share the love of Kappa

    KC:  My favorite aspect of Sisterhood is the lifelong friendships I made so many years ago. I still keep in touch with several of my sisters. The bond we have truly is lifelong and I treasure their friendships and the memories we shared. 

    3. What has been your biggest take away you've gained so far in your Sorority?

    LG: My biggest take away so far from being an Aphi is confidence. I wake up everyday and know I've got an entire group of girls who love me and believe in me. They make me feel beautiful, empowered, smart and accomplished.

    MNR: The biggest take away I have gotten from Kappa Delta is the leadership abilities and confidence it has given me. Holding a variety of different leadership positions throughout my time in Kappa Delta has allowed me to get out of my comfort zone by planning several different events and has also given me so much confidence in myself.

    AM: The biggest takeaway I have gained from my sorority is being genuinely nice goes a long way. If you are there for others when they are feeling down or just ask them how their day is going, they will likely do the same for you in return. They will be there to lift you up when you need it. It’s a basic saying but so true - treat others how you want to be treated.

    KC:  Since I graduated almost 28 years ago from college, I still believe my biggest take away was the times shared and memories made with my sisters. I am blessed to have had a "home" to go to during college, knowing it was filled with activity, laughter and love.

     

    4. Since joining your sorority what opportunities have been made available to you?

    LG: Leadership opportunities and responsibility. Since joining Aphi I have had multiple opportunities to take on leadership roles which is helping me prepare for my future outside of college! I have also learned a whole new sense of responsibility and time management from looking up to older activists and watching them balance greek life along with school and work!

    MNR: Some opportunities that have been opened up to me since joining a sorority would be all of the new connections I have made with so many different people. I have also had the chance of giving back to my community by volunteering on campus, working with the Girl Scouts, and raising money for many causes that are important to myself as well as so many other people.

    AM:  I’ve had many opportunities open up to me since being in Kappa. The biggest one was probably serving as the Philanthropy Chairman. I had the chance to coordinate two philanthropy events during my term and raise money for our local and National philanthropies; Reading is Fundamental and United Way. I had the freedom to establish a new event and use a new fundraising platform called CrowdChange. Using this new platform allowed us to double our usual donations from previous events and we’ve continued to use it! Holding a leadership position taught me many useful things that I will use in the future. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to impact the lives of others

    KC: After graduating, I worked with my chapter as the house Treasurer/Advisor. I learned a lot from working with the finances/accounting, which has helped me in owning my own business.

     "The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble." -  Serena William

     

    To connect with these chapters and learn more about what they are doing to impact their communities connect with them below: 
    Instagram: @Purduekkg, @Kappakappagamma@kappadelta_gsw, @alphaphitamuc, @tamuc_cpc

    Phi Delta Theta Founders Day

    Phi Delta Theta Founders Day

    Founded on these 3 pillars: Friendship, sound learning, and rectitude. It was these 3 pillars that the “immortal 6” in 1848 at Miami University Campus in Oxford, Ohio  during a Midwest winter that these 6 friends breathed life into what we now know as Phi Delta Theta. Phi Delta Theta hasn’t lost sight of the 3 pillars and continues to celebrate each individual’s true self and is still pushing brothers to their truest potential. Even though Phi Delt’s official birthday is December 26th. Founders day is celebrated on March 15th, Robert Morrison’s birthday. Morrison’s commitment to Phi Delta Theta can be seen in the Chapters he opened. He was also the first to sign “The Bond Of Phi Delta Theta”. With such an emphasis on celebrating what is unique about each brother it is no surprise to see some significant names come across the alumni sheets! 

    Drew Houston – This MIT graduate is the founder/CEO of Dropbox. Before launching his own startup Houston worked on numerous other startups; Bit9, Accolade, and Hubspot. Dropbox has 25 million users nationwide with its numbers growing daily. Houston has always had a flair for knowing how the world works and started writing code in a Boston train station.

    Benjamin Harrison – Among noteworthy Phi Delta Thetas is our 23rd President.  He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. This is where he joined Phi Delta Theta which has been said to be how he did most of networking for his career and life.  

    Photo Credit: Benjamin Harrison

    Jeff Weiner – The CEO of LinkedIn, he joined LinkedIn in 2008 and swiftly expanded its global platform to 26 offices around the world. Before he stepped into his role at LinkedIn, he spent time at Grey Lock Partners, Yahoo, and Warner Bros. He also currently sits on the board of directors of Intuit Inc, Donorschoose.org, and Malaria No More. He obtained a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

    Photo Credit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffweiner08

    Lou Gehrig – During his time at Columbia University, Gehrig studied engineering, played fullback on the football team, and joined Phi Delt. In 1923 he joined the New York Yankees. His Hall of Fame career saw him score 1000 runs and knock in that many in 13 consecutive seasons. In 1931 he set the American League Record by having 184 RBI’s, he took home the Triple Crown by leading the league in home runs (43), average (.363), and RBI’s (165). After hanging up his glove Gehrig became the first player in Yankee history to have their Jersey retired. 

    Photo Credit: https://sports.yahoo.com/major-league-baseball-hold-first-154907412.html

    Neil Armstrong – A Purdue Alumni who studied aeronautical engineering.  Most notably known for being the First Man on the moon. In his time spent at Purdue he resided in the Phi Delt house and co-directed and wrote musicals. After his time at Purdue, he dove right into becoming an experimental research test pilot. He joined NASA Astronaut Corps as part of the “the new nine” in September 1962. A decision that would change not only his life, but how we all looked at space travel! 

    Photo Credit: https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2012/08/neil-armstrong-1930-2012/100359/

    Dave Morin – This entrepreneur didn’t leave behind the idea of community that Phi Delta Theta cultivates after graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder. With the mission of bringing people closer through quality mobile software, he co-Founded Path.  Before Path he spent time at Apple & Facebook. He sits on the board of directors of Eventbrite. His passion for philanthropy still shines through as he is on the board of directors of 2 non-profits, United States Ski & Snowboard Association and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 

    With so many different notable alumni who have blazed paths in so many different fields, it's no surprise to see more than 240, 000 members, with nearly 170 active chapters across the United States & Canada. With an emphasis on becoming the greatest version of yourself, it is easy to see why so many strive to have the honor to wear the Phi Delt azure and argent! Here is to 173 more years of striving to celebrate each other’s unique differences. From all of us at Campus Classics, happy Founder’s Day Phi Delta Theta!

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