HRAC Newsletter  -April 21, 2014 Edition

Upcoming Events

  • 4/2614  VCU Installation Ceremony -Contact Chris Stoney for details.
  • 5/3/14  General Body Meeting 10:30 am Pretlow Library 2nd floor, 111 W. Ocean View Ave. in Norfolk
  • 5/4/14  Adopt-a-Spot 9:00 am @ 41st St. in Norfolk  (Rain date:  May 10)
  • 5/17/14  3rd Annual Cookout 3:00 pm @ Sandy Bottom Park
  • 5/31/14  Adopt-a-Spot 9:00 am @ 41st St. in Norfolk  (Rain date:  June 7)
  • 6/17/14  Social Seconds -Wind Down w/ Wine Tasting 4:00 pm @ Mermaid Winery in Norfolk (Ghent area)

Quote of the Week

"If you have no critics, you'll likely have no success."
-Malcolm X

Employment Opportunities

Project Coordinator
Virginia Natural Gas
Virginia Beach, VA
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Procurement Analyst II
Huntington Ingalls Industries
Newport News, VA
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HRIS Specialist
Dollar Tree
Chesapeake, VA 
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Human Resources Generalist II
City of Hampton
Hampton, VA
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Management Development Program
Virginia Beach, VA 
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Good Reads

The Secret
By Rhonda Byrne

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
By Steven R. Covey



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2015 Convention Board Visits Norfolk

Monday evening, seven members of the Hampton Roads Alumni Chapter met with Jason Pierce, Jessica Seitz, and Wendy Wendroff who were in the Norfolk area visiting to plan for the 2015 Convention which will be held in the area.  Jenny Lynch, the Norfolk National Sales Manager was also in attendance at this meeting.

The group enjoyed food and beverages at the Norfolk Tap Room while socializing with the members from the organization's headquarters in Indiana.  Input was requested on the locations and selections for entertainment during the convention and the HRAC brothers were asked to put together video testimonials for the Norfolk area as a way to invite AKPsi brothers from outside locations and share what the city has to offer.

Special thanks to Sonya Veale, Jody South, Vicki Aldridge, Kim Green, Zach Grohler, Brook Jones, and Dan Byrd for coming out to make our national visitors feel welcome!


Social Seconds in Portsmouth

On Saturday April 12, brothers gathered at the Bier Garden in Olde Town Portsmouth, to socialize and celebrate springtime.  In honor of spring, many wore their pastel colors.  The activities began with dinner and beverages at the Bier Garden.  Other brothers joined as the celebration moved to nearby Brutti's and later to Baron's Pub.  The group was pleasantly greeted by the owner and chef at Brutti's who kept the restaurant open for the ten brothers who stopped in.  At Baron's, brothers were entertained with live music throughout the evening.

Overall, the event had an excellent turnout and HRAC hopes for even more as we gear up for our annual picnic next month!

3rd Annual Cookout

Mark your calendars and get ready for the 3rd Annual AKPsi Cookout!  This year, the event will be held on Saturday, May 17 at Sandy Bottom Nature Park in Hampton -starting at 3:00 pm.  This is always our biggest brotherhood event of the year, so you don't want to miss out!
As usual, the chapter will cover the burgers and hotdogs, and we ask that each member bring a dish other item to the event.  You may sign up your dish here.


 AKPsi Request 

Our brother and Director of Alumni Development, Jeff Hughes, has requested that each AKPsi member update his/her profile on the main website, on an annual basis.  If you have not done so, please go to the website and update your contact information.  If you do not have a profile on the site, you may register online to create one.  By doing so, the headquarters can update records for accuracy.
We also encourage you to include your professional information as this can be of great assistance for networking purposes which is why many of us joined this amazing organization.
Updating your profile takes as little as 3-5 minutes.  Please take a moment to check your information to make sure we keep you in the loop -not just with the Hampton Roads Alumni Chapter, but with Alpha Kappa Psi as a whole.

Save Money with AKPsi

Did you know that as a member of AKPsi, you can receive discounts on things such as clothing and car rentals?"  That's right!  Alpha Kappa Psi has partnerships with Brooks Brothers, Men's Warehouse, and Enterprise Rent-a-Car!  To find out more about these discounts or to print a coupon, go to and log in.  Then paste the following link into your browser: must be logged in to see the discounts (and while you're there, don't forget to update your profile.)  Happy shopping!
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5 Not so Obvious Things to Help you Reach your Potential

By Nicola Morris
Reach your highest potential! Your altitude is the highest potential that you want to reach although is easier said than done it can be done. It can be a daunting task and these tips will help you.
It is assumed (with caution) that you know some of the basics for reaching your altitude and being successful – proper nutrition, have breakfast, get a good night’s sleep, remove distractions, have a plan and exercise regularly. These are all important but it takes more than these common tips to truly reach your potential.

1. Envision Your Future Self
Picturing yourself in the future can be challenging – look in the mirror and really ask yourself what is my altitude, what is my highest potential and do I want to achieve that? Some people are able to do this quite comfortably and others find asking trusted friend or engaging a coach to be helpful.
If your altitude or highest potential relates to your career and it is to become a Vice President – envision yourself in this position. What will your office look like, how will you treat your team and peers, what will you wear to work, what will create a great day, what will create a bad day? Really spend some time envisioning yourself in your new role.

2. Become Comfortable with Failure
This is a tough one. The concept of failing is hard to accept and even harder to become comfortable with. Many people are raised to succeed, to ‘win’ and be competitive. There are high expectations to meet, failing is often not an option. One of my best lessons learned in recent years is that one cannot truly succeed and enjoy success until you have taken a risk, tried and failed.
The feeling of defeat can be overwhelming and filled with regret – we tend to ask ourselves “why did I do that, why did I say that, I should have done, I wish I did…, etc.” It is these questions that encourage us to reflect on our decision making process and to learn.
Failure is a very powerful change agent – failing allows us to move forward and improve. We do not want to fail because we do not want to disappoint our colleagues or loved ones and we do not want be vulnerable.
J.K. Rowling (author of the Harry Potter series) presents the benefits of failure during her 2008TED talk on "The Fringe Benefits of Failure". There are many benefits of failure and sharing these and the relevant learning is important for success.
The amazing thing is that when you fail and you are comfortable with it, others are rarely disappointed – they admire your vulnerability, how well you bounced back and how resilient you are. Not only will you appear stronger, you will be stronger. Being vulnerable is a great strength that will make you stronger and push you closer to your altitude.

3. Have Self-Awareness
To reach your altitude you need to have a great sense of self-awareness – ask yourself these questions (and answer them)
·         What impact do I have on others?
·         How do others perceive me? Is this the same as I perceive myself?
·         What are my strengths? What would others say my strengths are?
·         What are my weaknesses? What would others say my weaknesses are?
There is often a disconnect between how we see ourselves and how others see us – these are often called blind spots.
Speak with a friend or engage a coach to work with you to improve your self-awareness and work to work on your blind spots. Once you have a great sense of self-awareness including your strengths and weaknesses you will be well on your way to reaching your altitude.

4. Ask for Help
Once you answer the questions about self-awareness it is time to ask for help. Being comfortable with asking for help is another strength – it is not a sign of weakness to ask for help. It is a sign of being smart, being able to understand yourself and knowing who you have in your network who may be able to help you.
No one has ever reached their true potential and become successful all on their own, with no help.
Most people have a wide network of contacts – some you know well and others not so well (think about your LinkedIn network!). Become comfortable asking for help from others, take a chance and call them or e-mail them. Most people are willing to help and if they are not that is OK, thank them and move on.
Reach out and ask for support or advice if you need help going around, over or through any challenges – having support to improve is a critical to reaching your altitude.

5. Be Humble and Show Gratitude
Humility and showing gratitude are two of the most important character traits that are an absolute must for reaching your potential. Very few great leaders or successful people have reached their potential without being humble or thanking people along the way.
One can be confident and humble. Finding the right balance of these is challenging but important – it can be part of self-awareness building.
Humility shows through as one becomes more comfortable with failure, being vulnerable and asking for help. And of course when one asks for help or anyone provides support directly or indirectly this is a great opportunity to say Thank You! Be gracious and let them know their support is appreciated and how the help has contributed to you reaching your potential!
 Nicola is a business consultant and certified coach with a focus on working with business owners, leaders and managers to improve their business results or to expand into new markets. She is an accomplished, results driven business and people leader with 17 years of experience in operations and people leadership. She also has over 15 years of experience in adult education that she brings to her coaching and consulting engagements.
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