HRAC Newsletter  -November 2015 Edition

Upcoming Events

  • 11/15/15  Iota Pi Court of Honor -7:00 pm @ CNU
  • 11/18/15  Omega Court of Honor -TBD @ W&M
  • 11/18/15  Fireside Chat Professional Event -TBD @ CNU David Student Union
  • 11/21/15  Blue Sapphire Semi-Formal -7:00 pm @ CNU Freeman Center
  • 12/12/15  General Body Meeting -Time and Location TBD

Quote of the Month

"If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do."

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Good Reads

How to Develop your Personal Mission Statement
By Stephen R. Covey

The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader
By John C. Maxwell



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Epsilon Lamda at ODU Remains in Question

The Hampton Roads Alumni Chapter (HRAC) has strived to support the local undergraduate chapters through our own programming and by supporting their events when possible.  We have aimed to provide a solid foundation for existing and future chapters to strengthen Alpha Kappa Psi’s overall presence in Hampton Roads.  This includes the potential re-chartering of the Epsilon Lambda chapter at Old Dominion University.

Many have been waiting to hear about when the chapter could resurface on the ODU campus.  As of now, Epsilon Lambda is not on the fraternity’s chapter expansion list meaning there are no concrete plans to re-charter.  This may be disheartening, but there could be a silver lining.

If the movement to re-charter starts locally (specifically with HRAC), it could be possible to approach the Central Atlantic Regional Management Team as well as the Heritage Center to consider.  The HRAC Executive Board is researching what is needed to pursue this action and will have more updates at the next General Body Meeting in December.

Professional Fireside Chat 

The Professional Committee of the Iota Pi chapter is planning a "Fireside Chat" on campus on Wednesday, November 18th in the DSU Monroe.

The event will begin with a panel of alumni discussing their experiences of moving into their careers and what a "Day in the Life" is like for them -including any issues they face and things they wish they had known about as a college student. Some sample questions may include:

What do you do now?
What can you tell us about your company?
How has AKPsi helped you in your career?
What tips do you have for starting your career journey?
What are the best networking tips you can share?
After the panel, the group will break to talk individually enjoy the following holiday treats and hot chocolate.

General Body Meeting Scheduled for December  

Please mark your calendars!  Our next general body meeting is scheduled for Saturday, December 12.  To coincide with our plan to alternate locations, this meeting will be held on the Southside.  Please watch for more information on the time and place.

Remember that all active members must attend two meetings per year in order to maintain their status.  Come hear important announcements and learn about upcoming events and changes for the HRAC and share your thoughts!

Blue Sapphire Semi-Formal

You are invited to Iota Pi's Blue Sapphire Semi-Formal at CNU!  The event will be held on Saturday, November 21 from 7-10 pm in the Freeman Center Upper Level (rooms 201 and 202). The theme is rave/blacklight:  RAVE-K-PSI.  Ticket prices have decreased from previous years and are only $15 per person!

Hors d'oeuvres will be provided and the event will have an awesome DJ, a photographer and a photo booth.  Please reserve your ticket by emailing



Get 10x Better Career Results from Social Media
By Bruce Kasanoff

All around the world, people are publishing great content on social media. Not everyone, mind you, but plenty of people. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these (successful) professionals have a problem: not enough people are reading their content.

By content, I mean: article, updates, tweets, videos, books, ebooks, PDFs, infographics, charts and even mildly amusing images. I mean all the stuff you use to grow your network, strengthen your career, sell your products, and do your job.

You can solve this "lack of reach" problem by starting a Compounding Group (CG) of 10 people organized around these five principles:

One for all, all for one: Without fail, we help each other. This is not a "leads group" to bring leads to your doorstep; it is a multiplier effort that brings all our social media contributions to a wider audience.

Common audiences: Every CG must be focused on a specific audience. A butcher and an IBM saleswoman can't be in the same CG, because they lack a common audience. But a butcher and a baker in Chicago can be in the same CG.

Share what's shared, plus an endorsement: When any CG member shares their content with you, share it with your network. But don't just pass it along. Add a sentence or two of endorsement, or add your own personal message. In other words, make it as appealing as possible to your network.

No halfhearted members: To be part of a CG, you need to be all in. Share everything, do so with enthusiasm, and continually look for ways to help your fellow CG members. If someone fails to do this, say goodbye to them.

Just people, no companies: Even if you are the president of a company, you join a CG as an individual. You can't delegate participation to your staff, but you can give this your full attention and also encourage your staff and colleagues to further amplify your efforts on behalf of other CG members.

Now, let's do the math...
To keep things simple, let's assume you have a network of 100 professionals, which means 100 people see your content.

You form a group of 10 CG members, who all agree to share everyone's content. Each member also has a 100-strong network. So now 1,000 people see your content (100 x 10) instead of 100. 

I suggest 10 members instead of 20 or more because the larger your group grows, the harder it will be to actually know the other members. Your endorsements will ring hollow. So keep it on the small side, at least until things are humming along nicely. Set up a short but focused monthly meeting - you can use Google Hangouts - to share tips and success stories.

At first, you might be afraid of overwhelming your network with shared content. Fear not. People get busy, and most generate far less social media content than they should. If anything, you'll benefit from having more quality content to share, rather than be harmed by annoying your network.

Please, please, please... don't ignore my "common audiences" principle. The key to your success is finding other people who want to reach the people you already know, and vice versa.

Bruce Kasanoff is a ghostwriter for entrepreneurs. He is the author of How to Self-Promote without Being a Jerk, a quick read about doing well by doing good.
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