Fall 2015 update by Blair Brown, Alumni Chairman
As the Thanksgiving holiday draws near, I cannot think of a more fantastic opportunity to take a moment and be thankful for the growth and success of Georgia Alpha. I am ecstatic to be a part of an organization that has come so far in such a short amount of time. In the previous newsletter I mentioned that we have seen 300% growth since we were re-established. While we have had exceptional success in these past few years, we are also aware of our long-term success at The University of Georgia. We are constantly striving to understand what sets us apart from other fraternities. While some may attribute our success to something as simple as the letters on our house, it seems to many that the foundation of our long-term success lies with the caliber of people we have been able to recruit year after year. I am proud to call myself one of them.
With this in mind, I am proud to be a part of the group of men who initiated 28 new members into Georgia Alpha this fall, to bring our active membership to a total of 122 men. Each of these new members was handpicked in one of our most competitive recruitment processes yet. I am confident that this group of brothers will take leadership positions in Phi Delta Theta and on campus as we approach our 150th year at The University of Georgia. Initiation this semester was nothing short of a success, as we were able to emphasize the values of moral rectitude, sound learning and leadership. The chapter is already seeing the benefits of a successful recruitment process, as the new members are eager to not only lead their fellow brothers, but also Georgia students in a larger capacity.
Jonathon Sharpton, a new brother and management major, is already involved in student government with the hopes of maintaining involvement. Jonathon said, “[he] joined Phi Delta Theta because of its commitment to academics, the friendship and efforts of brothers to hang out with [him], the good reputation it has on campus, and the [existing] involvement in on-campus organizations”. Other new brothers are involved in the HEROs philanthropy, while others are already involved in financial societies within the business school where they have the opportunity to pitch and defend stocks. None of these achievements would be possible without the efforts of the people that make it all possible.
As we approach the end of the fall semester, we aim to continue our mission of excellence into the spring. We have many initiatives that we are striving to reach by the end of the school year. It goes without saying that these are exciting times in our chapter. With a strong foundation for growth, we have already made efforts to invite men out in anticipation for spring recruitment. As always, never hesitate to provide recommendations for new members. As Georgia Alpha continues to reach new heights, I look forward to serving as your Alumni Relations Chairman.
Alumni Relations Chairman – Georgia Alpha
UGA Student Government Association
Finance Major at Terry College of Business