Alpha Gamma Xi's Blog
My first semester as Service VP
WOW fall semester is just about done!!! THANK YOU everyone for this semester, it's been a wild ride. There have definitely been challenges and things I never did that I thought would get done, but there's also been some really great things to come out of this semester- so here's a little semester in review as a chapter and some personal notes and some exciting plans for next semester!
This past semester:
- We had 1,498.25 total service hours (and counting) as a chapter!!!!!!!
- I told the chapter weekly about some fun facts about myself including the time I accidentally stabbed my friend with an ice skate, the time I dressed up as an old Polish lady for a Polish holiday, and how I broke my arm twice in a row :)
- Regionals happened and it was FANTASTIC (S/O to Indianapolis for being really rainy)
- We partnered with some cool organizations like Shoes 4 the Shoeless, Catholic Social Services/Coats for Kids, and Dakota Center for service!
- We supported Kentucky's chapter for our Family Weekend Service at the Dayton Heart Walk!
- The Boy Scout Merit Badge University event I have talked about before WILL happen- in February or March!
- There will be more diverse service and not just repetitive, weekly opportunities
-> This will include PUPPIES, sports with people who have down syndrome, and on campus service!
- I will make more use of my committee
- You will continue to hear about some more random, fun facts about myself during chapter :)
^ This is my promise to you guys next semester and it is in writing so if I am not doing these call me out :)))))))))))
LOVE YOU ALL & GOOD LUCK WITH FINALS!!!!!!!!!
Nora Sabo :)
Alpha Gamma Xi Chapter Blog - Posted by Nora Sabo on November 22, 2019 at 2:06pm
The One With the Welcome Back
How you doin’, bros! We were on a break but WE"RE BACK! Happy first day of classes! I'm so excited to see all of your beautiful faces again and serve as your historian this year on EC! This is going to be a great year filled with so much leadership, friendship, and service and we're kicking it off with an awesome FRIENDS THEMED RECRUITMENT WEEK! Before we dive right in, though, I want to recap all of the awesome things that the AGX bros have done this past summer! From great internship opportunities, traveling all over, visiting other bros, and doing some fulfilling service, there was never a dull moment. I encourage you guys to post about what you're looking forward to this semester or something exciting you did these past 3 months! I'll start off by sharing a few! I spent the summer as a camp counselor in Maine and it was one of the most rewarding yet exhausting experiences I've ever had!
Nolan and his family took a trip to Orlando, FL.
Sean was a member of the Capitol Hill press corps as a legislative research intern for CQ Roll Call.
Erin worked at a leadership conference in Houston for high schoolers interested in medicine and health care.
Caroline visited North Carolina and climbed Roan Mountain with her family.
Liz, Jimmy, and Abby went to the Dayton Arts Festival.
Nora and Shelbie met up for some brother bonding in Cleveland.
Ethan spent some time golfing in Columbus.
Maureen helped her future sister in law get ready for the big day.
Maggie interned in the global privacy department of IT at Sherwin Williams.
(Check out the Photos tab to see the accompanying pics!)
Can’t wait to see you all at the first chapter! Here’s to a great semester!
Alpha Gamma Xi Chapter Blog - Posted by Katelyn Heath on August 21, 2019 at 2:22pm
Fall 2019 Chairs
Here is the list of chair positions for the fall semester.
All chairs have not yet been filled! If you are interested in one of the open positions or would like more information, please contact the corresponding officer.
Congratulations to our new chairs!
Diversity and Inclusion Chair: Michaela Kenney
Scouting Chair: Maureen Dusing
Attendance Chair: Peyton Liebhardt
Blood Drive Chair: open
1850 Chair: open
Ride Chair: open
Crayons to Classrooms Chair: open
Be The Match Chair: open
Leadership Pledgemaster: Samantha Berkley
Friendship Pledgemaster: Sarah Collins
Service Pledgemaster: Erin Leyden
Recruitment Chairs: Gabby Glomb, Brooke Osborne
Retention Chair: Claire Wolfe
Big/Little Chairs: Hannah Wavrek, Daniel Polanski, Sydney Priebe
Intramural Chair: Darius Lewis
Off-campus Events Chair: Abigail Miller
On-campus Events Chair: Rachel Oberholzer
Formal Chair: Chrissy Kaninberg
Semi-formal Chair: open
Graphic Design Chair: Nate Borries
Publications Chair: Anna Hutchinson
Social Media Chair: Paige Wavrek
contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
HOPE Helper Chairs: Maureen Dusing, Cassie Hyers
If you did not receive the chair position you applied for, I encourage you to stay involved in its committee to share your ideas, voice your opinions, or even look into other open chair positions!
Alpha Gamma Xi Chapter Blog - Posted by Emily Bolen on May 28, 2019 at 12:29pm
First semester I was having a really hard time transitioning into college and making friends. It was hard for me to study and stay focused in class and I even considered transferring. Instead of leaving I decided I needed to get involved with something on campus I really loved. So what better than service, right?
The first couple weeks into second semester I was looking for something to get involved in. That's when I saw the APO table in KU with all the information about joining. In that moment I knew APO was exactly what I needed. And now I'm a brother!
Joining APO really turned around my year and was the highlight of my first-year at UD.
I could not be more thankful for everyone I have met in APO. I have never met a more accepting group of people in my life and I really appreciate how the brothers make me feel part of the APO family, even though I haven't known everyone for very long.
I'm looking forward to the next 3 years of helping others through service with my brothers.
Alpha Gamma Xi Chapter Blog - Posted by Brooke Osborne on May 8, 2019 at 12:38pm
A Year in Review
What a year it's been!
Here’s just a few of the highlights from this year:
- AGX brothers completed a total of 5,171 service hours!
- Some of our brothers’ favorite service events from this year included Shoes 4 the Shoeless, El Puente tutoring, PAWsitive Warriors, Game Nights at Carlyle House and Trunk or Treat at local elementary schools.
- For this year’s HOPE event, we hosted a corn hole tournament. We raised $1,364 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- We will be sending brothers to Standing Rock for our summer break out trip.
- Participating in Nationals and hosting a regional conference in West Chester, OH.
- Town halls continued along with many other new and exciting events that helped brothers become well-rounded leaders.
- Some favorite Fellowship activities from the year include movie nights, trips to Bill’s, roller skating for semi-formal, and watching brothers crush it in intramural sports.
- Our formal “Brothers Take Manhattan” in March was a great celebration for AGX.
Other Notable Happenings
- 50 new brothers joined the chapter this academic year.
- We surpassed our fundraising goal and brought in $3,335 for our chapter. This was especially thanks to great participation in Brother Auction.
- Marty Bagatti, Jess Bullock, Christ Tyrell, Jimmy Nagai, and Nate Borries were nominated for DSKs and Marty, Jimmy, and Nate received one. Congrats bros!
- We were awarded the section H4 “best service program” award and UDs “visionary leadership” award.
Thanks to everyone for contributing to making this year in AGX awesome. Have a wonderful summer and we'll see you back in the fall.
Alpha Gamma Xi Chapter Blog - Posted by Abby Kallmeyer on May 3, 2019 at 2:54pm
APO: last semester, this semester and next
I pledged APO last semester. I heard about it from some friends and I decided to join because I wanted to be part of an organization that had like-minded people with impactful, important events, but also knew how to have fun. I didn't know what to think at first. I walked into rooms and encountered people that I knew accepted me for who I was, but I still wasn't sure how to act. As the semester went on, I increasingly got more comfortable and when initiation came around I was excited to finally be a brother, to a part of something so meaningful.
This semester with APO has been a little bit of a rough one for me. I have been overwhelmed by all of the work that my classes and other responsibilities require, so I kind of put APO on the back-burner. I fulfilled all of my requirements, but I did it in the easiest way possible, not putting in as much effort as I would be proud to admit. I didn't think about how much I regret this until the last chapter. Hearing all of the senior's talks about how much APO has meant to them and countless words of advice about living in the moment made me realize that I want to be more involved. It is a blessing to be part of something where everyone is welcoming and wants to be your friend. It is a blessing in and of itself for an organization to even come off that way on a first impression, but when in reality it really IS that way, when it truly is the most accepting and loving environment to be a part of, that is something completely amazing in and of itself.
Next semester I plan to be more involved. I want to get to know more brothers and for my voice to be heard. Every Sunday night around 6:30 p.m. I complain about going to chapter and say that I have so many better things I could be doing. But then, every Sunday night around 7:01, I am reminded that I wouldn't rather be anywhere else. In this way, I plan to truly appreciate APO for all it has to offer and to do everything I can to grow in friendship, leadership, and service.
Alpha Gamma Xi Chapter Blog - Posted by Lindsey Paniszczyn on May 2, 2019 at 2:20pm
Why summer can't come... APO
Many people keep praying until school is done, but for me that's the last thing I want. Today definitely showed me a lot of why.
I can't be away from APO for three months. Just thinking about it brings a tear to my eye. The seniors that are leaving including my big, Marty, Jaclyn, and Jess make me wish college was forever.
At refugee tutoring today, I worked with a junior in high school who moved to the US two years ago from Rwanda. She was not only a talented, but kind and motivated. She has high expectations for herself and is asking for help for all the right things. She wanted to get a job this summer and apply for colleges- her dream is to go to Wright State with her best friend who will be going there this fall! As I left today, I thought to myself I can't leave. I need to stay and help her and watch her in her incredible journey. It pains me to think of a summer without all the people we help at APO. I constantly talk about my puppies from Pawsitive that I can't live without, Ruth from Carlyle House, and all the bright kids at refugee tutoring. I constantly force myself to go to service. Most days I will admit I don't want to go, but I always end up coming back learning something about myself and wanting to improve this world.
So I guess you could say I caught a spark today. From Marty who wasn't even attending service driving Nora and I to helping tutor, it was perfect.
So, I don't want summer to come because that means time away from my brothers of APO. Whenever I miss my biological brothers, my APO brothers are there to remind me I am always home. Whenever I need a laugh, Marty or Jaclyn tell me a stupid joke. Whenever I need to rant MC will be there with me. Whenever I need inspiration to keep going, APO is there.
Sorry, I got those feels. Thank you to all my brothers. For those of you who will be g wording soon please please please don't forget about us. Thanks for anyone who read this rambling mess that is my brain right now. :)
Alpha Gamma Xi Chapter Blog - Posted by Maureen Dusing on April 23, 2019 at 7:38pm
Cryin in the club
As some of you may know, I took the spring '18 semester off from school. I lived at home while going through a seemingly endless trial-and-error period with different medications and therapists to treat the recent diagnosis of depression and anxiety. It took like 12 years for me to admit I needed help. It sucked being home. But it sucked even more coming back.
I guess I assumed that taking the time for myself would fix everything and going back to school would be easy. Ha. I couldn't have been more wrong. It was so hard to jump right back into things, and it was even harder to jump back into APO. I had just pledged the fall semester before I left, so I didn't know a lot of actives, and a lot of the friends I made as a pledge had dropped. So yeah that sucked. To the point where I wanted to drop too.
It wasn't just one thing that someone did or said to convince me stay. It was everything. I can't even think of specific examples when brothers changed my outlook on AGX, but you guys did. I can't thank you enough for that. I have grown so much as a brother and as a person because of this organization— so much so that I actually started talking, and writing, about my mental health. I'm here now to tell you that you don't have to fix your shit on your own. I'm here for you. We're all here for you.
Sooo I want to share a prose thing I wrote for a class about that stupid bitch inside my head. She got me cryin in the club rn.
"Do you want to talk to someone?"
I never want to talk to anyone.
Truth. Tenderness. Trust. Those were things she took.
Fourth grade. she pulled my hair. Fifth grade. She kicked the back of my chair. Sixth grade. She taught me not to care.
Loyalty. Laughter. Love. Those were things she took.
Seventh grade. She broke my wings. Eighth grade. I forgot how to sing. Ninth grade. She got me into bad things.
Selflessness. Sleep. Sobriety. Those were things she took.
Fourteenth grade. She took everything. I went back to school, but only to pack. I finally took something back. I took everything back. Home for the semester.
"Do you want to talk to someone?"
I never want to talk to anyone.
I hated the idea. I didn't want her to come out. I didn't want to tell my roommates. No one knew who she was. I always pretended I never met her.
Everyone applauds my bravery. Everyone says I'm strong. They have no idea.
I slammed that door behind me. Her door. But it will never close. She leaves it open. Just a crack. She will sneak in when she can. But I am stronger now. She has no idea.
"Do you want to talk to someone?"
It's the hardest thing I've ever done.
Alpha Gamma Xi Chapter Blog - Posted by Emily Bolen on April 20, 2019 at 5:39pm
Thank you, APO
As I sit here procrastinating studying for my Organic Chemistry exam I have tomorrow, I couldn’t help but feeling a spark of inspiration to write about how awesome APO truly is.
For I while, I didn’t really feel like I knew my place at UD. I know that for many people, including myself, going to college can be a rough adjustment. Like anything, my freshman year had its ups and downs. I was really missing something and I didn’t know what it was until I joined APO my sophomore year.
As a pledge last semester, I didn’t really have too many expectations. I knew I wanted to do service, and APO did that for me but it also did so much more. Like many, many, many pledges, I remember Jimmy Nagai preaching to me about how awesome APO is, and I was skeptical of his testament at first, but I can know confirm with certainty that it is true. Every time I introduced myself again (because he always forgot my name), he greeted me with just as much enthusiasm and kindness. Though Jimmy now remembers my name, the enthusiasm and kindness is still there. Like so many amazing brothers I have met through APO, you can always rely on Jimmy for a hug and a chat (like so many hugs really).
One of the many reasons I love APO are the hugs. APO brothers will seriously hug you ALL THE TIME. It took some getting used to, but hugs are super freaking awesome and healing, and now, I love it. So many brothers have been nothing but supportive, and they do it generously out of their own hearts asking for nothing in return.
Another reason I love APO is the service. I have met so many amazing and inspiring people through doing service with APO and I am so glad I did. For the the last few thursdays, I have been volunteering at refugee tutoring and I love it. I love the amazing stories and the amazing people who I have met through this service opportunity, both refugees and brothers. There are so many service opportunities like this with APO that just leave you with a smile on your face. The service has really been fulfilling and I find that when I’m feeling down, going and giving back can really make me feel better.
Not only does APO serve the world around it, but it also serves its brothers and pledges in so many ways. APO gives individuals the opportunity to give back to the world and to give back to each other. APO brothers serve each other with their love and support and time. A room full of APO brothers is the safest place on campus because APO brothers genuinely care about each other and will protect each other and even people they don’t know just as a family does.
Speaking of family, my big Liz Gibbons has been nothing but incredible and supportive. Even though she is so busy and hardworking, she still makes the time to be there for me and her other littles, Michaela and Roberholzer, who, by the way, are also super incredible. I really hope I can be as awesome as a big as she is to my first little, Rachel Brademeyer (and hopefully other future littles). She’s being initiated this Saturday and I’m so excited!!!
In conclusion, I am so thankful for everything that APO has had to offer me. Being around so many good people has truly made me a better person. APO radiates positivity to everything it touches and I am truly grateful to be a part of such an amazing group.
Alpha Gamma Xi Chapter Blog - Posted by Sarah Froehlich on April 12, 2019 at 1:30am
In addition to the amazing service and leadership opportunities I have experienced in APO, nothing strikes me quite as much as the people I have met through this brotherhood. Every time I am at an event or chapter, I am taken aback by the people that surround me. The good, kind-hearted, hilarious, unique, strong, and caring brothers I know. My brothers are amazing in every way, and I find such comfort in knowing that we have all found each other.
The past two weeks have not been easy. But I can't imagine what it would have been like without my brothers. Due to throat surgery, I have been unable to talk- which most of you know I tend to do a lot of. I was so worried about not being able to fulfill my duties on EC, connect with brothers, and drift apart from being out of town. I could not have been more wrong.
Everywhere I look, I have ben surrounded by brothers supporting and helping out. While I was in the hospital Nate checked up countless time and logged attendance for me, Maureen took chapter notes, Gail helped me set up a plan for service hours.... the list goes on and on. At the opening premiere of Les Mis: The Understudies (ft. Sean, Liz, and Katelyn), Marty held me and laughed as my automated voice app talked for me, singing along to the music. At chapter Maggie read notes for me, Chris continued to make me laugh, and MC² led the peanut gallery behind me reading my whiteboard. Even getting an *offensive* shoutout from Maureen and Marty (only because I could not shout out) during positive share time managed to put a smile on my face.
Despite this being one of the most difficult times I have gone through, I know that I have my brothers by my side- and that has made all the difference. I don't know where I would be without you all, and am so grateful for it.
Alpha Gamma Xi Chapter Blog - Posted by MC Donovan on April 8, 2019 at 5:17pm
Refugee Tutoring and how it impacted me
It's Nora Sabo and I'm here to write about how one of our weekly service events, Refugee Tutoring, has had an incredible impact on me. Refugee Tutoring has quickly become one of my favorite service events and I try to center my Tuesday's and Thursday's around it so I can make it as often as possible. Every week I am awed by these kids, but a one Thursday in particular I was absolutely blown away by how strong they are and how far they've come. For anyone who hasn't been or doesn't know what Refugee Tutoring is, it's a service event every Tuesday/Thursday at the Dayton Library where we go and help Refugee students with their homework. A lot of them have a hard time understanding their teachers and learning because English isn't their first language and it's always been astounding to me that these students continue to be positive and happy despite the struggles they've gone through. This really resonated with me a few weeks ago when I was working with one girl who was doing scholarship essays for college. She had already been accepted into Sinclair community college which we were all incredibly proud of her. Now she was writing scholarship essay's, which I'm sure we all remember were a pain to write. But this girl had so many incredible things to say. She told me how she used to have to do things like walk two hours to wash her clothes, and sometimes it would be too crowded and she wouldn't even get to wash them. Or how she had to stay home from school to take care of her siblings. The struggles she's gone through and how she got to America was such a beautiful story it reminded me how lucky I am to be here and how amazing it is that I get to be surrounded by so many wonderful people and brothers. I hope everyone gets to go to a service event where it impacts them as much as this did to me. I hope you all enjoyed reading and I hope you all find moments like these that remind us why we serve in the first place!
Alpha Gamma Xi Chapter Blog - Posted by Nora Sabo on April 4, 2019 at 11:12pm
Let Me Tell Y'All About My First Conference and Why This Weekend Is Going to Be Amazing
I was 3 months into
my freshman year here when I decided to go to the region 5 conference. I was
essentially told I was going by an older brother who helped me early on in APO.
That conference in Louisville was one of the most fun weekends I have had in college.
It was my first look into what APO truly was (for the most part). A whole lotta
fellowship and a bunch of leadership.
3 of my pledge
masters were there, shoutout Sean, Chris, and Jess, as well as many brothers
who I have yet to meet at the time. It was so cool staying up all night in one
of our hotel rooms just talking about everything: APO, life, movies, some
politics. The fellowship that took place that weekend was something that
changed my APO experience. Not only did I get close with many brothers, I
remember being introduced to one of our advisors - Tommy.
It was my first
semester and the only people I saw talking to our advisors were EC. The
advisors to me were like legends. The reason I remember talking to Tommy is
because I love collecting shoes and by coincidence so does Tommy. I think we
had at least a 45 minute conversation about shoes (Tommy has some slick
chucks). I was all like 'dang that’s pretty cool that he collects shoes because
so do I.'
We were up extremely
late that night but I remember getting up the next day and going to my first
APO workshop, spark. That workshop combined with everything that had happened
during the weekend is what made me feel like APO is a home. It really SPARKED my
love for APO (sorry guys had to do it).
The reason I am this
excited for this weekend is because joint sectionals. I wasn’t able to make it
to nationals last semester and I am really missing the APO conference vibe.
Been almost a year since I have been to a conference. I know for a fact that I
am already going to spark again. I know for a fact that there is going to be
some amazing fellowship. I know for a fact that these conferences are some of
the best time I have ever had in APO and this weekend is going to be nothing
short of amazing.
Much love to all of
my brothers in AGX because my life would be so much different without you guys,
Alpha Gamma Xi Chapter Blog - Posted by Nolan Hollingsworth on March 21, 2019 at 8:49pm
I’m just gonna take a sec to brag on my family
I’m just gonna take a sec to brag on my family.
As a brand spanking new freshman, I remember being SO excited to get a big. Luckily, I was paired with Maia McLin. Maia is hilarious, easy going, and easily one of my favorite people on this Earth. Even though she has graduated, we keep in touch and I look forward to our lifelong friendship.
The fun didn’t stop with Maia. Michaela was my first little, and I admittedly had no idea how to act. I wanted to be a resource and a friend to her, just as Maia had been for me. I didn’t really expect us to become close, but Michaela is now one of my best friends and future roommates.
Rachel Oberholzer or “Roberholzer” as I have nicknamed her, is another little who turned out to be a great friend. I convinced Roberholzer to join APO after she abandoned me at Club Swimming and since then, being her brother and big has been a true pleasure. I am glad she found a home in AGX.
Finally, Sarah was added as a new addition to the fam last semester. Even though I know her personally the least, she never fails to make me smile. I cannot wait to continue to grow our relationship!
Basically, I am extremely thankful for my family and I suggest getting to know yours better if you haven’t already done so. You never know when you will find lifelong friends like I did.
Alpha Gamma Xi Chapter Blog - Posted by Elizabeth Gibbons on March 7, 2019 at 9:06pm
The Best Stress Relief
I’ve been struggling lately to find some sort of balance in
my life with APO. As someone who feels
really invested in AGX, this semester has been proving it much harder to do. The spark has died plenty of times for me this
semester alone, but it has also been ignited again and again, which is only
thanks to my amazing brothers. This weekend
I felt overwhelmed and honestly lacked all motivation, but when I went to Big
Little retreat, I began to feel less stressed.
Sam and Sarah hosted such a great event, and I loved meeting all the
pledges and feeling their excitement of joining! They’re absolutely the best reminders of why
you pledged in the first place, and because of people like this, I feel more
like me. When I’m around my brothers (or
soon to be brothers), I don’t have to be that person who has too much on their
plate to function. I can relax, and even
if my stress is visibly showing, bros are always the first people to ever offer
help. Surrounding myself with brothers
and their positivity has literally been healing, and I know I’m not the only
one who feels this way. Soo yeah, even when
the struggle is real, at least I’ve got my bros to be thankful for!
Alpha Gamma Xi Chapter Blog - Posted by Abigail Miller on March 3, 2019 at 4:56pm
past weekend we hosted our first ever Alumni Welcome Back Chapter and it was a
success! Leading up to the chapter I was stressed and nervous, but in the end
it was all worth it. We had about 12 alumni come from various academic backgrounds
and this was super helpful to brothers looking to go into a similar field of
work. In addition to networking with current bros, alumni had the chance to
experience how we run chapter this year, as well as munch on snacks supplied by
brothers. I had a great time and I hope other brothers did as well! I am
looking forward to doing more events with alumni in the future and excited to
see what the next Alumni Relations Chair will do with the position!
Alpha Gamma Xi Chapter Blog - Posted by Erika Schmitt on February 28, 2019 at 3:35pm
Marching into Midterms
It's hard for me to believe that we're already a week away from Spring Break. Time flies when you're having fun, I suppose, and what a fun semester we've had so far! Here are some highlights:
- Recruiting an awesome pledge class
- Leadership Fellowship Retreat
- SO much service (especially with dogs!!)
- Hosting alumni and a chapter consultant
- Getting a new charter (thanks Cort!)
I know the next half of the semester will be just as great for AGX. Thanks to everyone for just being yourselves and being great brothers!
Alpha Gamma Xi Chapter Blog - Posted by Emma Kapp on February 28, 2019 at 12:56pm
Catching a Spark
It happened again.
Last night I caught another spark. For those who may not be familiar with it, a spark is that a-ha moment where you realize why you're in Alpha Phi Omega. For many brothers, this moment comes doing service, for others when they hang with brothers. Sparks can happen during the pledge process, or the day before graduation. But most importantly, sparks can come and go. And for me, I was lucky enough to catch one last night.
Last night AGX welcomed 20 pledges (rumored to have 5 more at least at the make-up ritual). The ceremony went well and almost all actives were able to make it. What a great start of the night! But then it got better at chapter, which followed the ceremony.
Planning the chapter, I had no idea how brothers would take it. I planned to use Kahoot!, a survey/quiz program to talk about ideas that brothers in our chapter have been talking about for years and years. The stem of the conversation was rooted in leadership positions in our chapter. Brothers were able to choose from Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree or Strongly Disagree. These were options given after being presented a statement. Some of these statements included "AGX could benefit from electing more officers in the fall" as well as "15 brothers on EC is too many." The conversation that arose was spectacular. I have never seen AGX be so willing to take time out of chapter to talk about a real and substantial change. I was so proud of my brothers (which may sound nerdy, but it was so cool). But then it kept getting better.
I planned some fellowship-like practices throughout chapter. From high-fiving other brothers to sitting with someone new, the interaction from our brothers and pledges brought me pure joy. Everyone was so willing to interact with new people. Every time we did a fellowshippy thing, the room lit up with brotherhood. Something very special to see.
Also, we had no brothers leave chapter early. We had 95+ brothers engaged in a longer chapter where we discussed some pretty cool topics. We met new people all the while we enjoyed our time together.
Although we can always use improvement, I was such a proud, humbled and gracious president last night. As I fist-bumped our brothers and pledges as they walked out, a few caught the fact that I was getting emotional. They asked why. I said, "because I think new brothers are realizing that APO can be more than just Sunday night meetings to them. We are undoubtedly the friendliest group on campus and our willingness to be there together is translating into chapter meetings. I'm happy the organization that means so much to me and my collegiate career is finally touching other brothers in chapter."
So to my active and associate brothers, to the pledges and to the advisors, to the UC brothers that visited, I wanted to say thank you. You all are awesome and I am so happy APO is starting to touch the lives of so many of you. As always, let me know if there is anything I can do for you (APO related or not).
See you at retreat this Friday at 5pm!
Alpha Gamma Xi Chapter Blog - Posted by Nate Borries on February 11, 2019 at 11:15am
SPRING 2019 CHAIRS
Listed below are the selected applicants for Spring 2019 Semester Chair positions. All chairs have not yet been filled.
If you are interested, please email the corresponding officer showing your interest and for any information you would like regarding that position.
If you did not receive the chair position you applied for, do not get discouraged. I strongly recommend looking into other chair positions, or contacting me for ways to get more involved in our chapter without a position.
Congratulations to our new chairs! Please join me in wishing them the best of luck in their positions for the Spring 2019 Semester.
Alpha Gamma Xi Chapter Blog - Posted by Nate Borries on December 14, 2018 at 7:32pm
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wanted to take some time to reflect on our time together this year so far and express my gratitude and thankfulness to each and everyone of you.
I don't think it's a secret that this year has been different. We changed a lot of things around. Our format of weekly chapters changed, the times and locations changed, our structure of committees changed and so much more. However, I wanted to make it clear that I am so thankful for all of you being patient with the new ways of AGX. It might have taken awhile to get used to the new year in AGX, but I am so grateful that we stuck it out together.
I have talked about this with some brothers already, but this weekend had a certain feeling to it...some may call it a SPARK. it was made up of pure excitement, genuine brotherhood and positive energy. Initiation was so amazing and I wanted to thank each and every one of you that were in attendance. If you ever talked to me about what it is like being in my position, I might have said, "Crazy. Hard. Awesome. Hard. Tiring. Humbling. Hard." You might also know that I get way too super excited over the smallest things in Chapter that go well. You all have me grinning when I see Business Peoples blow up with family pictures or when I hear that brothers in our chapter are getting more involved. Heck I couldn't shut up the other day because we had a couple of brothers make their own events on APOonline, but this feeling on Saturday allowed me to take a step back and see how far we have come.
Whether it was the goofy pictures brothers were taking together with the big letters, the family breakfasts that occurred before, or Ladder 11 after, Initiation was ~fantastic~. I have never been so proud of a group of people and the strides we have took to make not only AGX better but everyone around us better. Our brotherhood we often talk about has recently become visible touching many brother's lives. I am so grateful to have you all in our chapter, so thank you.
So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, It has been incredible getting to know all of you better this semester and I am so thankful that I did. It isn't everyday that I write a sappy email to the entirety of chapter, but it is because of you all that I do it.
Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and spending time with those that you love. With that said, for those going back home, I wish you safe travels. Be present with your friends and/or family. Reflect on those things that you are thankful for and have a great break. Get away from school, from stresses (and yes even from APO a little). You all deserve it.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all for making our chapter better, but more importantly for being a part of my life.
Oh, also @TaylorSwift I am thankful for your existence.
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Alpha Gamma Xi Chapter Blog - Posted by Nate Borries on November 19, 2018 at 9:41am
Coming Back from Abroad: A Note to Our Returning Brothers
About 6 months ago, I was in your shoes.
I studied abroad in China during the Fall semester of 2017. I had experienced a whole new world filled with self-discovery and relationships with people 7,000 miles away. Even then, I was finding myself checking into Alpha Gamma Xi constantly. I put something up for brother auction, had Tommy read a senior send-off letter I wrote, and even ran for Leadership VP. But even though I was staying involved in APO halfway around the world, coming back wasn’t easy.
I had a hard time transitioning back into our chapter. I had these expectations that everything would be the same, my role in chapter would not have changed, and the brothers I was closest too would be the ones I would continue to hang out with the most.
I was wrong.
This idea was hard for me to grasp. I had changed in ways I hadn’t realized, so coming back was a real challenge. Because I had a brand new world view, something that still affects my everyday decision making and outlook on life, chapter wasn’t the same for me.
And the important thing about it all was that it was nobody’s fault.
I had a totally different experience that semester than my brothers did. So why would it be the same for me?
I automatically felt disconnected from chapter. There were brand new brothers I didn’t know. It was the first time I experienced the new leadership in our chapter. And ultimately the spark I was riding from my first year in AGX was long gone.
So after a nice discussion with an advisor and a brother saying just what I needed at that time, I decided to work towards my spark again. I tried to connect with new brothers, especially those who pledged the semester I was gone. I got to know the new pledges, and I attended EC meetings to see how I could get more involved. I was putting a lot into my active membership status, and I ended up getting a lot out of it.
I met so many new friends in APO. I got to hangout with the awesome new pledges. I got two littles. I found a new role within chapter for myself. I got to know the advisors better. And I finally found my APO spark again. My struggle to come back to AGX was the hardest, yet best thing that happened to me in APO.
So moral of the story?
Coming back to anything from a life-changing experience is difficult. Although AGX is always excited for its brothers to return, you have to be honest with yourself to know when you're ready to make that big transition back to our chapter. I do not say this to try and scare you, but to prepare you.
The transition I am talking about involves finding your place in chapter, because it might have changed. Returning to chapter doesn't have to be just paying dues and becoming an active brother again. It can include using your experience to grow as a brother when you return. But just know, if you hit bumps along the way, AGX is always here for you.
We cannot wait to have you all back to learn about your experiences and have you back as an active brother in our chapter.
Alpha Gamma Xi Chapter Blog - Posted by Nate Borries on June 5, 2018 at 1:11pm