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Advice from Deltasig’s Most Outstanding Collegiate Chapter

December 1, 2010

By Matthew Venneman, Truman State, Chapter President

Iota Nu at Truman State was named National Most Outstanding Collegiate Chapter for 2009-2010 and we would like to share why we think we are outstanding. The number one thing that has given us such a strong chapter is our ability to fundraise. Without a strong fundraising plan, it is difficult to engage in certain activities such as bringing in professional speakers, doing community service and hosting social events. Undoubtedly our greatest fundraiser is the contract we hold with Coca Cola and the Athletics Department of Truman State University. We are completely in charge of the concessions business for all sporting events held at Truman. This not only accounts for a vast majority of our fundraising, but it gives brothers an introduction to running a business and provides weekly opportunities to work together. We do other fundraisers as well, including a gift card selling program called “Scrip.” Essentially, anyone can order a gift card at face value and the chapter earns anywhere from 2-13% of the value of the cards, without the buyer losing any money. The chapter places an order once a month and it brings in a small income with minimal effort.

There is an abundance of unique fundraising activities to get involved in; each chapter just needs to find the best fit. We have roughly 65 active brothers in our chapter and chapters of different sizes should consider what fundraisers are appropriate for their size.

You may be asking yourself, “What does this chapter do with all of its funding?” The main categories in our budget are professional speakers, community service and social events. It is difficult to attract people to travel to Kirksville because it isn’t exactly a major metropolitan area and we have to provide incentives for professional speakers to make the trip, such as paying for gas, food and lodging. We also use social events to entice alumni to travel back to their alma mater and share their experiences with younger brothers. We have a large (and Risk Management approved) celebration the night after initiation. Every five years we try to make the event even larger to bring as many alumni back to celebrate and to thank them for giving us such a strong foundation as a chapter. After all, it is because of them that we have the incredible programs and presence on campus that we do now.

Another aspect of our chapter is our professional activities. One of our largest contributions to Truman State is the Career Expo, which we co-sponsor with the Career Center. We have an entire committee that is in charge of making sure that this runs smoothly. For the event, there are various speakers and booths set up in the Student Union before Career Expo who share tips on how to impress potential employers. The Career Expo itself brings over 80 businesses to campus to recruit companies like Target, Monsanto, Edward Jones, Brown Smith Wallace LLC, and Cerner. Deltasigs work all parts of this Expo, from helping set up the booths to organizing parking to registering interviews. Participating employers see what we do for them and are eager to speak to us about employment when the time comes.  

Our chapter also puts emphasis on scholastic achievement. We host a “DSP Study Hall” where brothers show up to do homework in the computer lab together. Additionally, we have a “Test Pail” that goes around each week at our meetings. Brothers with good test scores enter their name for the chance to win baked goods. We strive very hard to maintain a high GPA because we know that it is a reflection of ourselves and Deltasigs across the nation.

While we work hard, we try to play hard as well. We integrate several brotherhood activities into our semesters. During Sunday Sports, brothers go to the Rec Center on Sunday morning and play a sport together. Another activity, “Brothers in the SUB” or B.I.T.S, occurs before every regular meeting brothers meet in the Student Union and have dinner together. These opportunities to spend time with each other make our fraternal bond much stronger and help us cooperate more effectively.

Overall, I would say the most important part of having a strong chapter is to recruit hard and vote carefully. These people you vote for are going to be your brothers, and also the future of the chapter. Even though voting might take up to 8 hours in one night, it is so important that you take your time and set a scenario for a strong, and hopefully most outstanding, future. If you have any questions about things we do, I am always happy to talk with and help a Brother. My email is mwv4785@truman.edu.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Abe Villarreal permalink
    December 1, 2010 9:50 pm

    This is awesome insight, thanks brother!

  2. Christa Mooi permalink
    December 8, 2010 10:23 am

    Congrats, Iota Nu, on being named Most Outstanding Chapter once again! I’m glad to know that the high standards of excellence that were in place when I was an undergrad are still intact, and that DSP is thriving at Truman! Well done!

    Christa (Boelman) Mooi
    IN 499

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