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Consultant Visits

September 4, 2012

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One of the national services to collegiate chapters is a consultation visit from Central Office Staff. The Educational and Leadership Consultants, and various other staff members, periodically visit collegiate chapters on their respective campus or through electronic means. The visits are specifically formatted to benefit the individual chapter, but typically include business meetings, training and discussions about all areas of chapter operations including recruiting, financial management, professional programming, service events, diversity, rick management and conduct, academic encouragement, faculty and campus relations, alumni relations, motivation, teamwork and more. Chapter operating documents and reference materials are also reviewed, discussed and updated, including reports in the Chapter Management Program, chapter bylaws, chapter policies, pledge education program, budgets and financial records, membership records, and inventory of chapter assets. Consultation visits also include additional promotion and discussion about membership benefits, the Leadership Foundation and leadership opportunities. Campus visits include public relations meetings with business Deans and Student Activities staff. The counseling and advising throughout a consultation visit will leave the chapter members with improved knowledge about national and chapter operations and provide new ideas for activities and suggested resolutions to common challenges faced by student organizations. The result leads to a well-rounded chapter with improved effectiveness in business operations and more dedicated, confident and informed chapter members.

Meet the current Educational and Leadership Consultants!

Cory Stopka, St. Cloud State, grew up in Minnesota and graduated in May of ’10 with a double major in management and marketing. Cory served as his chapter’s president (twice), chancellor, VP-Professional Activities, VP-Alumni Relations, Webmaster and Social Chair. He also served as his chapter’s delegate for the ’07 Grand Chapter Congress in Orlando and was named Regional Collegian of the Year (COY) twice in ’08 and ’10. As an alumnus, he served on the Executive Committee for the Twin Cities Alumni Chapter. While in college, Cory worked as a Quality Assurance Supervisor at a finance company. Prior to that, he was a manager at McDonalds. Cory loves being active and giving back to the community. He coached a little league baseball team and was the promotions coordinator for an annual event that raises money for the Minnesota Twins Community Fund. He also served as an advisor to the front office and Game Day Operations Intern for the St. Cloud River Bats. Cory enjoys traveling, camping, playing softball and golfing.

KyleKyle Rinderle, Xavier, graduated in May 2011 with a double major in Economics and Finance. Kyle served as his chapter’s VP-Pledge Education and Chancellor. Throughout college Kyle played baritone in the Xavier pep band, traveling to several NCAA basketball tournament games. He also co-ran an on-campus movie rental business that earned an award from the Xavier Entrepreneurship Department. Kyle is very skilled in woodworking, which he learned through his father’s custom cabinet business. He also worked as a Customer Service Representative for Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati. Kyle enjoys long-distance running, watching movies and reading.

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