About Alpha Phi Omega at Parkland College
Alpha Phi Omega is a national co-ed service fraternity that was founded on the principles and ideals of the Scouting movement. Since 1925, APO has set the standard for campus-based volunteerism. All of our actions are guided by our three cardinal principles of Leadership, Friendship, and Service.
The Alpha Zeta Omega chapter here at Parkland College has been an active student organization since 2008 and became an established chapter of the fraternity on February 5, 2011. We currently have 7 active student members, 8 advisors and more than 75 alumni and honorary members.
We're more than a fraternity. Our members volunteer more than 500 hours every semester in service to the Parkland campus, the greater Champaign-Urbana community, and the nation as participating citizens. Other groups do service, and there are other greek-lettered organizations, but no one and no organization does these things the way Alpha Phi Omega does.
We're more than a service club. APO uses the ideas of fraternity as a means of providing service to others while building close bonds of friendship among ourselves. We have several opportunities for our members to grow as leaders and friends while helping others through our Cardinal Principles:
Everyone has leadership potential. In addition to having elected student officers, committee heads and project coordinators, we strive to become better leaders through our many leadership development events, such as:
- APO LEADS national leadership program
- Chapter-sponsored leadership workshops
- On-campus leadership presentations
- Online leadership development webinars
- Sectional, Regional and National conferences
- Speakers and Presentations at chapter meetings.
Although we are a service fraternity, we strive to be friends with each other outside of projects and chapter meetings. We express this through a variety of regularly scheduled fellowship events held by our chapter, some of which are:
- After-meeting fellowships
- Chapter Dinners
- End of semester celebrations
- Game and movie nights at member houses
- Group trips to movies, bowling, etc.
- Visits to other chapters and conferences
- Welcome Back gatherings
Our group has service projects in four major fields: to the Parkland campus, to the Champaign-Urbana community, to the nation, and to the fraternity. We run the annual "Pennies for Pumpkins" competition in the fall, have an annual Service Week in November, and a Youth Service Day in the spring. In addition to project ideas that come from our members, we have both regularly scheduled and one-time events with several agencies on campus and in the community, including:
Chapter Meetings and Office HoursChapter meetings are open to the public, and are held every week on Thursdays at 6:00 pm in U-140. Our elected officers also have office hours at our chapter office in U-111 on these days and times:
- President: Tuesdays, noon to 2pm
- VP of Service: Mondays and Wednesdays, 1pm to 2pm
- VP of Membership: Mondays 2pm to 3pm & Thursdays 4pm to 5pm
- Pledge Trainer: Same as VP Membership
- Fellowship Chair: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10am to 11am
- Secretary: Mondays and Wednesdays, 11am to noon
- Treasurer: Same as Treasurer
Contact Alpha Zeta Omega chapterIf you can't stop by a meeting or find us in the office, you can get in contact with us in a few different ways:
- Email: ParklandAPO@gmail.com
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/ParklandAPO
- Facebook: http://facebook.com/APO.azo
- Campus Advisors: Dr. Brian Nudelman (C220) & Sue Schreiber (D120)
Administrative DocumentsIn Alpha Phi Omega, we believe it is important to have all information about our fraternity and our chapter available to all potential members. Our governing documents, pledge information and policy guides are below: