Upcoming service event: Let’s clean up our city!

Are you ready to help clean up Mother Earth? Earth Day is coming up in April, and Philadelphia is celebrating by having a city-wide Philly Spring Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 13. After a poll on our Facebook group, the neighborhood we’ll be headed to is Society Hill in Center City. The details of the event are below.

Philly Spring Cleanup DayPhilly Spring Cleanup Day

Date: Saturday, April 13
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Starr Garden, 600 Lombard Street
Description: At Starr Garden (6th and Lombard), we plan to collect trash and leaves, paint the fence, touch up paint on benches, and maintain and prep the garden. We’ll be outside in the dirt and picking up trash, so please dress appropriately.
Closest public transit: The Market-Frankford Line stops at 5th and Market (7 blocks away), and PATCO stops at 9th and Locust (6 blocks away).

Afterwards, we’ll be heading to lunch on South Street, just a block away.

If you’ll be attending, please RSVP to the Facebook event or shoot me an email so I have a proper headcount. I look forward to seeing everyone there!

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Top Seven Reasons it’s Awesome to be an Alum

Let’s face it, now that you’ve graduated and you’re out in the real world, things are a bit different. And isn’t it awesome?! Graduating and becoming an alum in general definitely has its perks, and even more so when you’re a Brother of Phi Sigma Pi. Here are my own top seven reasons I absolutely love being an alumna. (Why top seven? Well, why not?)

1. Alumni Convention
You get to take a several-day vacation in a cool new city with a whole bunch of your friends that you might not have seen in a while. Yup, definitely awesome.

2. Being an Alumni Advisor
Being an Alumni Advisor is a great way to help out with an undergrad Chapter. You feel like you’re really making a difference, and there’s definitely a great sense of pride when you see them do well or induct a new initiate class.

The Lampadion

3. The Lampadion
As a registered NAA member, you get two issues of The Lampadion/Purple & Gold every year. It’s the best magazine because it talks about people you actually know and get to meet in real life! Plus, it’s always nice to get snail mail nowadays, especially if it’s not junk mail or bills.

4. No Business Meetings
Do you remember those Chapter Business Meetings where you’d have elections? And they’d take forever? We would even have a couple of Brothers in our Chapter that would bring a Snuggie to meeting (alright, maybe I was one of them!) because everyone knew they’d be there for a while, so they’d better get cozy. Not so with Alumni-hood!

5. Happy Hours
Really, what’s not to love about Happy Hours?

6. Staying in Touch
Being an alumna gives me a chance to keep in touch with my favorite people from my college years – my Brothers! I can see them at National events, and read about any exciting life events like marriages, babies, and promotions in the Alumni Newsletter Emails.

7. Broadening Your Social Circle
Not only have I kept in touch with a lot of people from college due to staying active in Phi Sigma Pi as an alumna, but I’ve also met countless new people. I think this reason is actually my favorite, because I can honestly say that the people I’ve met through Alumni-hood have helped create some of my life’s most enriching experiences, and definitely changed me for the better.

Any reasons I missed? Feel free to comment and let me know all your favorite perks!

We have a visitor, come out to Happy Hour!

Matt Fox from Capital Chapter let me know that he’ll be in the Philadelphia area for the weekend of March 8-10, so let’s go out to a Happy Hour! We’ll be heading out to Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Old City on Friday, March 8. They’re a really great bar with a fantastic array of beers and a full menu. They have a Happy Hour special of $3 Stella, Leffe, & Hoegaarden until 7pm, so come out early!

Eulogy Belgian Tavern

If you’ll be attending, please email Kristin or RSVP to the Facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/128457850666563/

I can’t wait to see everyone out!

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Dates for 2013 Alumni Convention

It’s already been announced that this year’s Alumni Convention will be in the Music City, but we now have dates set as well: join us this June 14-16 as Phi Sigma Pi heads to Nashville, TN for the 9th Annual Alumni Convention.

2013 Alumni Convention logo

If you’ve never been to an Alumni Convention before, I really can’t recommend it enough. It’s one of the best ways to have fun and get involved with the fraternity as an alumni–you get to explore a new city, meet lots of great people, and reconnect with Brothers you haven’t seen in a while!

Click here to join the Facebook event, or check out National’s official page for the whole itinerary. And be sure you register by May 1 to get a spot!

(Protip: NAA members get $10 off their registration fee!)

Regional Conference Schedule

I am pleased to invite you to the Philly Metro Regional Conference of 2013!

Our Chapters have been working hard to make this a great conference, and we’re happy to announce that our theme will be Super Heroes.  Everything regarding our conference will incorporate some “heroism” themes throughout the event.

Host: Epsilon Tau and Villanova
Date: February 9, 2013
Theme: Super Heroes

8-9am Registration and Breakfast
9:15-9:45am Meet and Greet
10-11am Roundtables Part 1
11-12pm Service event
12-2pm Lunch
2-3pm Scholarship event
3:15-4:45pm LIA Module
4:45-5:45pm Guest Speaker Panel
5:45-6:45pm DVAC Panel
6:45-7:45pm Roundtables Part 2
8-10pm Social Event and Dinner

Did you notice that there’s going to be a DVAC panel? That’s right, we’ll be answering questions about life as Alumni, including everything from interview tips, to networking, to how to stay involved with PSP. I look forward to seeing everyone there!