HRAC Newsletter  -May 5, 2014 Edition

Upcoming Events

  • 6/17/14  Social Seconds -Wind Down w/ Wine Tasting 4:00 pm @ Mermaid Winery in Norfolk (Ghent area)
  • 7/11/14  Social Seconds -Karaoke 8:30 pm @ Greene Turtle in Hampton

Quote of the Week

"Never be bullied into silence.  Never allow yourself to be made a victim.  Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself."
-Harvey Fierstein

Employment Opportunities

Audit Project Manager
NEX Navy Exchange
Norfolk, VA
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Tax Auditor
Department of Taxation
Hampton, VA
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Human Resource Manager
Suffolk, VA 
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Marketing &Sales Coordinator
City of Hampton
Hampton, VA
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Social Media Manager
ECPI University
Virginia Beach, VA 
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Good Reads

The 48 Laws of Power
By Robert Greene

Thrive:  The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being Wisdom & Wonder
By Arianna Huffington



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3rd Annual HRAC Cookout a Success

On Saturday, May 17, brothers gathered at Sandy Bottom Nature Park to enjoy the chapter's 3rd Annual Cookout.  The event, like the previous cookouts, included a pot luck where the chapter paid for the hamburgers, hotdogs, and condiments and each brother in attendance brought a side dish or dessert.

This year the chapter had over 20 brothers and guests in attendance and activities included cornhole, music, socializing, walking trails, and a surprise group game of Family Feud.

Overall, the event was a success.  We'd like to thank all who participated and helped to make this cookout great!



Adopt-a-Spot is Official!

The Hampton Roads Alumni Chapter of AKPsi has been recognized for the clean up efforts in the Norfolk community and recently received the official Adopt-a-Spot sign for such hard work.  In order to receive an official sign, the organization must successfully complete at least one clean-up session each quarter for one year.  The snow and cold weather postponed many sessions during the winter, but our brothers accomplished the goal!

The chapter's Adopt-a-Spot location is one mile in length on 41st Street from Killam Avenue to Powhatan Avenue in Norfolk. Participating in the Adopt-a-Spot program provides an opportunity for brothers to get out in the community and illustrate a desire to keep the environment clean and safe.

HRAC plans to continue with the clean-up.  Watch for details.


Wine Tasting Coming in June

Are you ready for some wine tasting?  Last June, members of HRAC traveled to Saude Creek Vineyards in New Kent County for a wine tasting adventure.  This year, we will stay right here in the Hampton Roads area and visit Mermaid Winery -the urban winery in the Ghent neighborhood of Norfolk.

The event will be held on Saturday, June 14 at 4:00 pm.  Gathering is free and tasting options begin at $8 per flight.  You must RSVP to attend this event!  We hope to see you there!


HRAC Website Changes

It was previously determined during an officer meeting that an adjustment would be made to the HRAC website which would only allow brothers who have paid annual dues to list a profile on the site.  This change went into effect on Tuesday, May 13.

While we encourage everyone to join us for our social events and activities, please keep in mind that there are benefits to being a paid member of the organization -including voting rights, exclusive member-only events, opportunities to serve as an officer, chair, or committee member, and of course, having your profile on our much more!

If you would like to join or renew your official membership, please contact Treasurer, Shelly Rossi or visit our website: and click on Join/Renew at the top of the page.  Current membership is only $25.



 Congrats Iota Pi Grads 

On Saturday, May 10, Christopher Newport University celebrated it's 88th Commencement Exercises.  Eighteen Iota Pi members crossed the stage at the graduation ceremony.  

The exercises took place at 10:00 am on the Great Lawn at the Christopher Newport University campus.  The commencement speaker was the Honorable Frank Wolf, Congressman for the 10th District of Virginia.

Congratulations new alumni brothers!  We wish you the best in your endeavors and hope that you will choose to join the Hampton Roads Alumni Chapter should you elect to remain in the area.


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Three Steps to Effectiveness

By Sudharsan (Sudhan) Rangarajan
Deciding What to do, the Why behind it and Retrospection are probably the three most effective yet simple habits you could inculcate. Here is how...

For a long time I have tinkered with variety of ToDo lists and Time Management techniques. Until it dawned on me that many items that were on the list were never getting done; and I was none too worse for it! Observing more successful people and a bit of trial and error led me to these 3 steps I am sharing with you.

1: Decide WHAT you want to do: Prioritize and delegate - Eisenhower Matrix

"There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all" - Peter Drucker

Distractions and demands on executive time are increasing daily. Instead of asking ourselves 'What I should be doing', we should be asking ourselves 'What is it that only I can do effectively? What can I delegate? What can I avoid doing at all?'

If you have a ToDo list at hand, I suggest you try validating it using the Eisenhower Matrix.

Only a fraction of your work would be both important and urgent. Focus on those. We have been conditioned to pick-up telephone calls. Ignoring the ring seems awkward. Try switching it off during your one-on-one discussions. You can return the calls between meetings.

Tip: start scheduling 25 minute meetings instead of 30 minutes

2: Be clear on the WHY0: Begin with an end in mind - result oriented thinking

You would have already thought about the WHY when deciding on WHAT to do. We are talking something a bit different here. All successful people are result oriented. Whether it is a meeting, a book or a new acquaintance, ensure that you are clear about the intended outcome.

When your boss asks you something like, "How many of our customers are in urban areas?", she is not asking you to launch a new survey to find out. Understand why she is asking that question, and your job might be a lot easier.

When you get into a meeting with someone, spend some precious moments to understand whether you are trying to convince them of some idea? Asking for feedback? Helping them with something? Such meetings are far-less likely to be time-wasters.

3: Retrospect - CHECK your progress - each night before you retire ...

What is very important today, might not be tomorrow. Or your initial assessment might have been plain wrong. And there is only one way to find out.

Having decided not to do everything on your ToDo list and deciding what you want to get out the few that you have decided to do, you will need to check your progress.

A good five to ten minutes every night should be enough. Check on how the day transpired. Was everything just the way you wanted it? Would you have done anything differently?

Take a look the next-day's agenda. Are you prepared for it? Have priorities changed? Re-think your WHAT and WHY for the brand-new-day that is tomorrow.

Sudharsan Rangarajan is a Vice President at the Bank of America.  He has had a varied career spanning pure technology to management, in variety of sectors from automotive, general technology consultancy and financial services.  
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