HRAC Newsletter  -January 19, 2015 Edition

Upcoming Events

  • 1/22/15  Anniversary Party -7:30 pm @ CNU, David Student Union -Madison Room
  • 2/7/15  General Body Meeting and Elections -11:00 am @ Pretlow Library, Norfolk
  • 2/7/15  Bros & BBQ -after meeting @ Mojo Bones, Norfolk


Quote of the Week

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal:  it is the courage to continue that counts."
-Winston Churchill

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Good Reads

Seeds of Greatness
By Denis Waitley

The Six Fundamentals of Success
By Stuart Levine



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Anniversary Party is a Hit

On the evening of Saturday, January 10, brothers and guests gathered at Jody South's house to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the chapter's founding.  The party began at 7 pm and continued through the night.  The event was a potluck, and each brother contributed a dish for the festivities.  Items ranged from Chic fil a nuggets to lumpia, to cupcakes and apple pie.  

Brothers enjoyed games such as Jenga and air hockey and shared stories and laughs throughout the evening.

Meeting & Elections February 7

Join us at the first general body meeting of 2015!  This will be a very important meeting as we will hold elections for our 2015 officers as well as vote on future changes in the organization -including the cost of membership dues.  We encourage that as many of you that are able will attend this meeting.  The meeting will be held on Saturday, February 7 at 11:00 am at the Pretlow Library in Norfolk (off of Ocean View Blvd).  Please remember that you must pay membership dues in order to vote.

The positions open for elections will 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.  Nominations may be sent to Chris Stoney up until Sunday, February 1.

After the meeting, we will retreat to locally-owned BBQ restaurant, Mojo Bones, which is just a short distance from the library.  We hope to see you there!


Join or Renew your Membership

It's that time again.  Membership renewal for 2015 is here.  Will you join us this year as we work to grow the chapter to make it bigger and better?  We can't do it without you.  Dues for 2015 will be $25 (same as last year) and are good through December 31.

What do I get for joining?  In addition to being an official chapter member, 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 offer free or discounted entry to some of our future events.  Also, since AKPsi Convention is in Norfolk this year,  what better time is there to show your pride as a member of the Hampton Roads Alumni Chapter?!  

Dues may be paid in person or online by clicking here.  To vote in the February 7, elections, your dues must be paid prior to the meeting.


Iota Pi Rush Week

Now that school is back is session, so is the Iota Pi chapter at CNU.  The chapter begins rush activities for potential new members this week and invites you to come out to support them -particularly for Alumni Night on Thursday, January 22.  Below are a few dates to remember:

Monday, January 19     Info Night
Tuesday, January 20     Game Night
Wednesday, January 21
     Game Night
Thursday, January 22    Alumni Night   7:30 pm at DSU
Friday, January 23     Traditions Night

The chapter is also looking for Alumni Bigs to help new members to connect with AKPsi graduates.  It is very easy to be an alumni brother; just communicate by phone, email, or in person to answer a few questions for your little.  Interested?  Email Alissa Patnode at

New HRAC T-Shirts for Sale

The brotherhood is ordering new HRAC t-shirts.  Did you get one of our 2013 t-shirts?  The chapter has decided to develop a new shirt that incorporates the HRAC logo design as well as invest in a different color shirt.  Now it is here!  We will be accepting pre-orders online and in person at the general body meeting on February 7.  Short sleeved shirts are $15 each and long-sleeved shirts are $20 each.


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3 Ways to Lose a Job Before you Get It
by Chester Elton

When it comes to landing a new job or a big promotion, follow up can be almost as important as the interview itself.
Well-written, thoughtful follow up letters and emails show a lot about your character and can put you over the top. The key is not just to write the note, but also to write a GREAT note. Here are three things that can help you avoid an embarrassing situation. Take your time; I’ve seen enough things go wrong when people rush.
Here are a few landmines to avoid:
1.  Being Late.
 I strongly recommend sending a handwritten note the day of the interview—so the hiring manager gets it within a day or two. It is called “Snail Mail” for a reason, get it in the mail as soon as you can. Being on time says a lot about you: that you are respectful, thoughtful, and you really want the job, which means you’ll work hard. I then recommend following up with a brief email a few days after that. If you wait a week or two to send your notes it sends other messages: You are a procrastinator and may not be great about hitting deadlines.
2.  Being Careless.
Don’t get chummy or jokey, “S’up, C-Dog?!” Make sure your handwriting is legible and that spelling and grammar are correct. And check everything twice. If Santa has time to check his list twice for a billion kids, you certainly have time to re-read your notes! My writing partner Adrian Gostick tells a story from early in his career. He was a senior in college and applied for his first editing job. He explained in his follow-up letter how he loved “words.” Weeks passed but no reply. Perplexed, he pulled out a copy of that letter and realized he had told the manager he loved “worlds.” Trust me, today he proofs everything twice, or more!
3.  Being Too Self-Absorbed.
Good follow-ups are never generic, i.e., “Thanks for your time!” But more importantly, they are more about them and less about you. For instance your note might focus on a key issue the hiring manager spoke about, i.e., “Thanks for our terrific conversation today about the industry trends. I can see your marketing efforts are already making a huge impact on Acme’s image, and I’m eager to brainstorm with you about how marketing can also drive growth and market share. That’s been a key focus during my career!” The specificity about their business shows you pick up on clues, and the action-oriented approach says you want to help solve problems that are important to them.
You can send different but equally engaging and timely notes to everyone you met during the interview process. And then you’ll take a deep breath and relax. If you have avoided these three landmines your odds are pretty good. Mess up on a few and not so much!

Chester Elton is the author of "What Motivates Me" and New York Times best-seller, "All In."  As a motivation expert, Elton has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Fast Company magazine and the New York Times. He has also been a guest on CNN, NBC's Today Show, ABC News MSNBC and on National Public Radio. He has a regular segment on WCBS Radio in NYC and is a LinkedIn "Influencer."   
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