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Terminology Tuesday: New Provincial Service Initiatives & CMP Requirements

July 2, 2013

Welcome back to Terminology Tuesday!

Today, we are going to take a look at the new provincial community service initiatives! As of July 1st, some of the service initiatives have changed, so we will give a little bit of background information on each! The list can also be found here!

North Central Province American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

This organization includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters working tirelessly to eliminate those diseases. They fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to save and improve lives.

Their mission: Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

South Central Province- Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude annually sends over 100,000 care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed individually to U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions, to their children left behind and to Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors and their Care Givers. Their mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face and express to our Armed Forces the appreciation and support of the American people. Each package contains donated products valued at $75-100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. For safety and security, assembling of packages occurs at the Army National Guard armory in Van Nuys, California. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 915,000 packages to American Military members.

Southern Province- Relay for Life

At Relay For Life events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. The funds raised truly make a difference in the fight against cancer – just ask one of the nearly 14 million cancer survivors who will celebrate another birthday this year!

Relay teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path at a local high school, park, or fairground. Relay events are up to 24 hours in length and, because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.

Western Province- National MS Society

The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. They exist to make sure it doesn’t.

There are chapters in all 50 states. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

Northeastern Province- American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As one of the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates.

Chapter Management Program requirements

Along with the new provincial service initiatives, we would also like to add in a reminder about the Chapter Management Program and the requirements needed to achieve each level.

Accredited chapter– 

  • Must complete and report 6 qualified community/university service activities annually

Chapter of Recognition–

  • Must complete and report 6 qualified community/university service activities annually
  • Must participate in a National Community Service Initiative or the Grand Chapter Congress service project(s)

Chapter of Excellence–

  • Must complete and report 6 qualified community/university service activities annually
  • Must participate in a National Service Initiative
  • Must participate in events sponsored by Provincial Service Committees at LEAD events or conduct events supporting the provincial service project
  • Must complete one provincial event in the fall (between July 1 and January 15) and one event in the spring (between January 16 and June 15)

New Grad. New Job. New City.

July 2, 2013

One of the benefits of our partnership with GEICO is an exchange of resources and career advice. This blog is written by Shannon Smedstad, GEICO Careers Blogger, and the guide below will help any new graduate working for GEICO or any company begin their career on the right foot. 

Would you relocate across the country for a new job? Many college students are willing to move for the right position after graduation. The speed at which graduating, moving and starting a new job can be quite overwhelming! So, here is a checklist to assist you in organizing your big move.

FINDING NEW DIGS

  • First, decide if you want (and can afford) to live on your own or if you want to find a roommate. The more roommates you have, typically the more affordable the rent. Roommate websites and local, online newspapers are good places to start.
  • Ask your company’s HR department for apartment guides, talk to other new hires that have recently moved, drive around potential neighborhoods, research locations online, and tour apartments before signing any lease.
  • Some apartment complexes might waive security deposits for employees of certain local employers. Check with your new employer and/or leasing office to see if such discounts are available.

MOVING ALL OF YOUR STUFF

  • Chances are you’ll want to start saving money now to pay for future moving expenses. Potential costs include flights, a moving van, gas, movers, hand trucks and/or boxes.
  • Recruit friends and family to help load (and unload) a moving van.
  • Some apartment complexes may require you to schedule your move date and a block of time to use the loading dock. Check with the leasing office about moving procedures.
  • Remember to save your moving-related receipts and track your mileage, as these expenses may be tax deductible.

GETTING AROUND YOUR NEW CITY

  • Consider moving a few weeks prior to your actual start date to get acclimated.
  • Get yourself a map and GPS! Both will help as you navigate around your new city, and hopefully keep you from getting (too) lost.
  • Learn the best route to work – ask other employees, research routes online, and practice driving to the office during rush hour to time your commute.
  • Locate the necessities: the closest grocery store, post office, bank/ATM, gas station, coffee shop, convenience store, dentist and/or doctor.

Relocating is a great way to meet new people and expand your horizons. Many companies offer relocation assistance to new graduates who may be relocating for work. You’ll want to talk to HR about their policies and relocation programs, and see how they may be able to help you.

Realize that it is going to take a few months to find your niche, and those months might not be the greatest, which is why you need to really like your job. Once you find your spot in the new city, you’ll love it and be happy you moved.

Ready to apply to a GEICO leadership program? Visit geico.jobs/oncampus. Deltasigs can also connect directly with Debra Mienke-Pence, GEICO’s dedicated DSP recruiter, on either Facebook or LinkedIn.

Did you make the honor roll?

June 18, 2013

Welcome back to Terminology Tuesday! Each Tuesday we will blog about some commonly misunderstood terms within the Fraternity. It’s our hope that you will take the time to read and then share this information with others.

The Honor Roll of Donors is a list of all Delta Sigma Pi Leadership Foundation donors during a fiscal year (which runs July 1-June 30).

The annual and cumulative donation levels for donor recognition can be found online. Annual donors to the Leadership Foundation receive a subscription to The DELTASIG magazine. Members reaching cumulative giving levels are also displayed on the donor recognition wall at the Central Office.

Each year supporters of the Leadership Foundation can impact the work of the Foundation and the academic and professional development of Delta Sigma Pi members in college. Through our grants for educational programs, annual donors can deepen a collegiate member’s chapter experience. In addition, all annual gifts help the Foundation provide much needed financial assistance to collegiate and alumni brothers in the form of scholarships and graduate fellowships.

Make a gift of $100 or more before June 30 to ensure your name is included in the honor roll of donors listed in the November issue of The DELTASIG. For questions, please contact foundation@dspnet.org.

Awareness Tips: Scholarship Ideas

June 17, 2013

Each week we will blog about a relevant Deltasig resource that corresponds with Fraternity events, deadlines or Deltasig monthly blog themes. It’s our hope that you read these resources and find them helpful. This week, we are blogging about the Scholarship Ideas handout! While the deadline for Leadership Foundation scholarship applications was Saturday, today we’re referring to a different type of scholarship. Instead of a referring to a grant, we’re talking about the activities one can do and the recognition one can give to enhance and encourage learning. Small steps like scheduling a weekly study/ library hour for the chapter membership and pledges or giving small awards or announcing recognition for “A” grades on projects or exams can boost your chapter’s grade point average. Read the Scholarship Ideas handout and follow the tips in order to help your chapter earn a record high grade point average. A+

Fun Fact Friday!

June 14, 2013

Welcome back to Fun Fact Friday! Today, we are trolling for Congress Delegates!!!!

Just one more Seattle icon…this giant (that is a real VW “Beetle” in his hand) Troll lives under the Aurora Avenue bridge in the eclectic Fremont neighborhood of the city-straight north of the Space Needle and on your way to the Ballard Salmon ladders!   Once you’ve seen the Needle, the Troll, the Gum Wall, the salmon ladders…and experienced the Golden Knights Ceremony on Wednesday night, you can say you did your visit right!   Don’t let your chapter be Delegateless in Seattle. Register now!Image

How to Go to College for Free

June 13, 2013

In the November 2012 issue of The DELTASIG, Delta Sigma Pi published an article written by Mark Mikelat, Arizona State, titled How to Go to College for Free. The article includes information about loans, scholarships and a plan for action! Take the time to read the article this summer and learn how to go to college for free this fall!  20130613165340_00001

Resource Monday: Scholarship Page

June 10, 2013

Each week we will blog about a relevant Deltasig resource that corresponds with Fraternity events, deadlines or Deltasig monthly blog themes. It’s our hope that you read these resources and find them helpful. This week, we are blogging about the Scholarship Page because the deadline to submit scholarship applications is June 15!

According to our values, Delta Sigma Pi funds educational programs through the Delta Sigma Pi Leadership Foundation, which provides financial assistance for scholarships, leadership development and training, and personal and professional improvement. As a professional fraternity organized to foster the study of business in universities and to encourage scholarship amongst other values, it makes sense that one our top priorities is to provide the means, in the form of financial assistance, for students to learn. However, in order for us to achieve one of our goals, providing scholarships, you must first apply. By viewing the Scholarship Page, you can see what scholarships are available, if you are eligible for them and the application requirements. If you haven’t already, follow the steps below and apply for scholarships on the Scholarship Page!

1. Browse available scholarships
2. Create login credentials (if you haven’t already)
3. Login
4. Apply and be sure to send all applications and accompanying documents prior to the submission deadline of June 15, 11:59 p.m. ET/8:59 p.m. PT

*Please read all scholarship requirements carefully. All information, with the exception of transcripts (see instructions), must be submitted through the Online Application System.  Applications submitted with incomplete information will not be considered. Note: You may either apply for General Undergraduate Scholarships or Graduate Study Fellowships–not both.