HRAC Newsletter - March 2017 Edition

Upcoming Events

  • 3/11/17 General Body Meeting & Elections - Spectrum Conference Room - noon
  • 3/26/17 Iota Pi Alumni Orientation - Location TBD @ 7:00 pm
  • 3/31/17 Iota Pi Court of Honor - Luter Hall rm 121 CNU @ 4:00 pm


Quote of the Month

"Luck is where opportunity meets preparation."

Employment Opportunities

Public Relations Specialist
City of Norfolk
Norfolk VA
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Marketing & Events Specialist
York County
Yorktown, VA 
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Human Resources Administrator
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA
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Communications Specialist
Ferguson Enterprises
Newport News, VA 
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Assistant City Auditor
City of Norfolk
Norfolk, VA
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Good Reads

Eat that Frog!
By Brian Tracy

The Compound Effect
By Darren Hardy



Have an article to share?  Know of a good book we should check out?  What do you want to see in upcoming editions of the HRAC Newsletter?
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Elections this Saturday! 

Please mark your calendars for this Saturday (March 11) at noon and plan to join us at the first general body meeting of 2017!  During the meeting, we will discuss upcoming activities and changes to the chapter.  At this time, we will also elect our 2017 officers.

Officer positions include:  President, Executive Vice President, VP of Administration, VP of Finance, VP of Marketing, and VP of Inter-Chapter Relations.  Please think carefully about the roles and if you or someone you know would make a good candidate for any of the positions and feel free to send any nominations to our chapter president,

Please remember that you must pay membership dues prior to the meeting in order to vote.

After the meeting, join us for lunch at the Tech Center.


Bowling Party Brings a Crowd

On Saturday, February 18, the Hampton Roads Alumni Chapter celebrated its 5 years with an anniversary bowling party at AMF Indian River.

The event brought out a crowd of about 16 brothers and guests -an excellent turnout for our first event of the year.  Brothers were able to gather for food, drinks, socializing, and of course, a chance to get competitive and show off their bowling skills.  

We hope that this gathering is foreshadowing of a successful year.  For those unable to make it to this past event, we hope that you will plan to participate in the future.


Renew your Membership for 2017

If you haven't joined or renewed your membership for 2017, now is the time.  Be sure to pay your dues before our meeting this Saturday to participate in elections.

Your dues will allow you to attend special member-only events, give you voting privileges, provide you an opportunity to be an officer or committee member, and with our new chamber membership, get discounted rates at various local venues.   

Join today.  Your membership will be good through December 31, 2017.  Dues may be paid in person (cash, check or credit) or online by clicking on the link below.

Chamber of Commerce Activities

Please remember that brothers of the Hampton Roads Alumni Chapter of AKPsi are also paid members of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce.  We encourage everyone to take part in many of the Chamber professional activities that are held regularly throughout Hampton Roads.  These events are often free to members and offer great networking opportunities.

A few upcoming events include a membership reception at TopGolf on March 21, a social in Suffolk on March 23, a Coffee and Connections morning networking opportunity on March 28, and a Business to Business Expo on April 18.  Also stay on the lookout for opportunities with Thrive 757 -a young professionals group that operates under the Chamber of Commerce.

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What Successful People Do on Sunday to be Productive All Week
by Stephanie Booth

It’s hard not to resent Mondays. The day marks the end of the fun and freedom of the weekend—and that’s especially true during the summer, when ordinary Saturdays and Sundays have a carefree vacation vibe.
Even if you love your job, the angst of having to go back to the grind on Monday can leave you disorganized and spinning your wheels all day, explains Richard Citrin, Ph.D., MBA, an organizational and consulting psychologist and author of "The Resilience Advantage." Then you have to spend the rest of the week playing catch up.
But while Monday is going to happen whether you like it or not, that lack of productivity doesn’t have to. The key is to adopt a few smart habits on Sunday so you set yourself up for a brighter, more efficient workweek without really cutting into your weekend R&R time. These tips will help you do just that.

Steal an Hour to Get Organized
Whipping out the calendar app on your phone or tablet while you’re poolside or enjoying a sports marathon on TV is probably not how you planned to spend Sunday. But trust us, it’ll pay off.
“Taking no more than an hour out from your Sunday to anticipate the week ahead and get organized will help you free up head space and reduce worry,” says Christine M. Allen, Ph.D., a psychologist, executive and coach. Check your calendar, email a note to a coworker or yourself and make a to-do list prioritizing tasks you expect to come in first thing in the a.m.
And if you really want a happier Sunday to set you up for Monday, try knocking out annoying chores earlier in the day rather than waiting until the last minute. You know the ones: doing that load of laundry, prepping for next week's meals or laying out your work clothes so you aren't tearing through your closet desperately looking for something decent to wear. Tackle them ahead of time, and you can coast through the rest of the weekend.
Fill Your Plate With Healthy Food
 Do your feasting on Friday and Saturday, as an indulgent Sunday brunch or dinner can make Monday stress worse. Consuming rich, heavy food and alcohol on Sunday will sink you into a food coma that can leave you lethargic on Monday morning, explains Debra Nessel, RDN, CDE, a registered dietitian with Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California.
Aim for three balanced, delicious meals on Sunday, each containing lean protein and complex carbs to give you steady energy and lots of high-fiber fruits and vegetables to aid digestion and leave you feeling full. Remember to skip the cocktails or brew and fill your glass with plenty of water. Alcohol is dehydrating, and that brings on the mental fog and sluggishness that intensifies stress.

Add Meaning to the Day
No judgment if your preferred way of spending Sunday afternoon is sacked out on the couch binge-watching "Game of Thrones." But making your Mondays brighter might come down to designating Sunday as the day you do something active that’s personally fulfilling—such as going on a nature hike or walking shelter dogs.
We all have things we have to get done over the weekend, but there’s something to be said for making time for activities that are consistent with your values and connect you to the people you love, says Allen. Scheduling a yoga session with friends or volunteering in your community, for example, lends meaning to the day and resets your mental and spiritual batteries, so you’ll go into Monday feeling accomplished and inspired.

Concentrate on the Positive 
A rough commute, crabby coworkers, stale coffee—the start of the workweek can bring on an endless round of small miseries. It can be easy to get in the habit of dreading Monday, anticipating what the morning will bring. Instead, focus on the positive things that can happen when you get back in the office. Maybe you'll have the opportunity to blow away new clients with fresh ideas or at least get caught up on weekend gossip.
If the problem is that, in general, you're not loving your work these days, spend some time on Sunday thinking about what could help you enjoy your work more. Try recalling those days when you looked forward to your job and all the hard work it took to move up in your career. For many people, those early days were a high time in their career. Says Citrin: “Ask yourself, what’s changed since you had that feeling? What can you do differently now to help you recapture it?”
Your Monday hate might cue you to stretch your boundaries and take on different assignments—or it may mean it's time to put out feelers for something new, says Citrin. Until then, focus on the good things, such as the salary, the occasional chance to travel or the officemates who never fail to crack you up.

Have Some Old-School Fun
 Pull out the Monopoly board, invite friends over for poker or suggest a game of H-O-R-S-E with your kids. Games, hobbies and creative activities “stimulate creative thinking, encourage single-tasking, clear your mind and improve your confidence,” explains Maura Thomas, founder of and author of "Personal Productivity Secrets." Playing computer games, sports and other activities that promote fun are also linked to improved creativity, according to a study published in Research in Organizational Behavior.
If you want to start Monday morning feeling fresh and inspired, these are qualities you want primed. “There’s no specific amount of time you should play,” says Thomas. The point is to not work on weekends and simply use this time to engage different parts of your brain but approach it like fun, she adds.
Set Yourself Up for Quality Sleep
 A good night’s rest on Sunday is the best way to dodge the madness of Monday; it helps you handle stress, puts you in a more optimistic, can-do mood and leaves you feeling alert and energized, ready to tackle the start of the week rather than retreat under the covers.
To prep for the shuteye you need on Sunday, try eating healthy, not-heavy meals and finishing your last meal two-and-a-half hours before you plan on turning in so the digestive process is underway, says Michael Breus, Ph.D., a sleep specialist and author of "The Power of When."
Other tips include getting in a decent amount of physical activity on Sunday. "There is data to show that daily exercise does help with improving sleep quality," says Breus, who recommends getting at least 20 minutes of heartbeat-raising movement. And make alcohol off-limits before bedtime, as it can lead to fitful sleep, affirms one 2015 study.

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