HRAC Newsletter  -September 15, 2014 Edition

Upcoming Events

  • 9/19/14  Iota Pi Bid Cookout -5:00 pm @ 5 Flemming Cir., Newport News (near the CNU campus)
  • 9/21/14  Iota Pi Pledge Induction -noon @ CNU:  David Student Union -Washington Room
  • 9/27/14  Adopt-a-Spot -9:00 am @ 41st St. Norfolk
  • 10/3/14  Founders Day Bowling -6:30 pm @ SpareTimes Hampton
  • 10/26/14  Iota Pi Mid-Court -TBD @ CNU

Quote of the Week

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do....Explore.  Dream.  Discover."
-Mark Twain

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Good Reads

The Resume & Cover Letter Phrase Book
By Nancy Schuman

Man's Search for Meaning
By Viktor E. Frankl



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General Body Meeting and Brunch a Success

On Saturday, September 13, the alumni chapter held it's quarterly general body meeting at Christopher Newport University.  Twelve AKPsi brothers were in attendance -including a few officers from the Iota Pi chapter.

During the meeting, various topics were discussed such as our upcoming fundraising and social events, various opportunities for the chapter to give back to the community, and changes coming within the new region that will allow the alumni chapters to become more involved.  Iota Pi's VP of Alumni Relations shared information on upcoming events that alumni are invited to attend and requested more alumni bigs for the potentially large pledge group this year.  Watch your inbox for the minutes from the meeting.

After the meeting, the brothers ventured across the street to popular CNU spot, Schooners for brunch.  A few additional Iota Pi members joined for brunch.  It was a great bonding event for both the HRAC and student brothers!


Join Us for a Founder's Day Celebration

Mark your calendars for Friday, October 3.  We will be gathering at SpareTimes in Hampton to celebrate the founding of Alpha Kappa Psi!  Brotherhood bowling will begin at 6:30 and we expect to have two lanes for the event.  Not a bowler?  That's ok...come join us for drinks, snacks, video games, and socializing!  SpareTimes also offers an arcade area and a full bar.  Drink specials are available during the early hours of the event.  

Come out to commemorate 110 years of Alpha Kappa Psi!  HRAC members and student brothers are invited to attend.


Photo from 2013 Founders Day Event -taken by Nikita King


HRAC Supports Iota Pi During Rush Week

Thursday's Iota Pi Alumni Night left standing room only!  HRAC had nine brothers in attendance as well as a few recent local Iota Pi graduates that are considering joining the alumni chapter.

Alumni Night is a part of the CNU chapter's rush week where potential new members have an opportunity to speak with older members of the organization and learn how being a brother in AKPsi has benefited them.  This year, the event was set up similar to a large speed dating activity.  Rushees were positioned at one of five large tables with current and alumni brothers.  After a few moments, the rushees were asked to rotate to the next table -allowing them an opportunity to speak with many people throughout the evening.

After the event, the Hampton Roads Alumni Chapter surprised current Iota Pi members with reserved tables and pizza at Brickhouse Tavern in Port Warwick.  Both Alumni Night and the Brickhouse gathering were very successful.  We look forward to continue strengthening our bond with the Iota Pi chapter this year.

**Note:  Iota Pi had 40 potential new members at rush week this year which means they will need a large number of alumni bigs.  Please sign up with VP of Alumni Relations, Alissa Patnode:

 We Still Need Videos! 

As of today, we have not received many videos for our convention compilation.  We ask that you please try to remember to take out your phone or camera and record a moment of yourself (and friends) enjoying all that Hampton Roads has to offer.  While we do plan to shoot some video at events, in order to collect enough variety for the compilation we will definitely need additional footage.  Please remember to start sending your clips to brother Kim Green,  All footage must be submitted by November 15.

We request that the videos are during the day or in a well lit area.  The videos don't have to be long.  They can be anywhere from 10 seconds to a minute and a half.  Please do not wait until the deadline though.  Send your videos as you take them...and take many of them!  Next time you're in downtown Norfolk, at Mermaid Winery, at a Tides game, by the oceanfront, or wherever it may be, start recording!

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Four Best Ways to Follow Up After an Interview
by Debbie Melnikoff

Following up after an interview is a must if you want to stand out. Not only do employers expect it, following up with a thoughtfully written email enables you to market yourself after the interview. Here are 4 proven tips to help you craft a winning post interview follow-up email.
1. Timing is everything. Waiting a week after your interview to send your follow up email won’t earn you any points. Ideally you want to send a thank you to everyone you interviewed with the evening after your interview so that it will be the first thing they see in their inbox the next morning.
2. Send a performance-based thank you. Take a few minutes immediately following your interview to assess how it went. Where do you fit in the best? Where can you contribute the most? In your follow up email provide a performance - based example related to a problem you identified in the interview that you can solve.
3. Go into recovery mode if necessary. Could you have answered a question differently? Did you fail to elaborate enough in one of your answers? Use the thank you email to address the issue head on with appropriate examples of your experience.
4. Tell why you want the job. Yes, employers have egos and they also want to know if you are interested in the opportunity. Use the thank you note to explain what excites you about the job and or company. This is the time to strut your stuff, reinforce your interest in the job and convince the company why you want the job. And this is yet another opportunity to communicate your career brand.
Following up after an interview gives you one more chance to market yourself and stay on the employer’s radar. Remember the saying about what it takes to make a sale. ‘It takes five to seven touches to make a deal’. Use your follow up email to close the deal and get an offer.

Debbie Melnikoff is an MBTI Certified career coach with a Master of Science in Career Counseling.  Debbie's focus is on helping others discover passion in their life's work.  Taken from LinkedIn Pulse.
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