Second Annual Silent Auction

Wow! It is hard to believe that spring quarter is almost over! You may ask, what have the OB brothers been up to lately? And the answer is- A LOT! During the first weekend of spring break, we held our second annual silent auction at the beautiful Bellewood Acres in Lynden, WA. This event is our chapter's largest fundraiser, and had taken our fundraising committee months of planning in order to accomplish. Dozens of silent auction baskets were donating from local businesses like Boundary Bay and Creativitea. Other basket items were donated from OB family members, alumni, and by brothers. In addition to bidding on baskets, guests were able to bid on mystery bottles of wine and purchase tickets for the grand finale raffle prizes. Delicious appetizers were served throughout the evening and a St. Patrick's Day themed photo booth was set up with fun props for guests to enjoy. Omega Beta split all proceeds made in half with local Bellingham organization, Lydia Place. Lydia Place's mission is to support sustained independence by providing housing, supportive services, advocacy, education, and by raising awareness of the faces and causes of homelessness. Many brothers volunteered in February at the Lydia Place Hearts for Housing Gala and Auction, while some brothers have volunteered and interned long-term for the organization as well. It goes without saying that Lydia Place holds a special place in OB's heart.
At the end of the night, our chapter made over $1,650 and were able to give half of that to Lydia Place. With that money, Lydia Place was able to afford paint, new floors, and beds at their new campus. 

Handwritten "Thank you" letter from the Lydia Place team. 

Handwritten "Thank you" letter from the Lydia Place team. 

This successful event could not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our fundraising committee and their committee head, Meghan. Thank you, Meghan, for taking on this event and for all of the long hours that you put into making it possible. A big shoutout also goes to brother Shale for supporting her along the way. 

Shale and Meghan. 

Shale and Meghan. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don't forget to catch us next spring at the Third Annual Omega Beta Silent Auction!  

Brothers Melody, Alyssa, and Natalie. 

Brothers Melody, Alyssa, and Natalie. 

You are Cordially Invited to The Yellow Rose Banquet

Brother Hagemark and Brother Bawcutt 

Brother Hagemark and Brother Bawcutt 

The Yellow Rose Banquet is an annual Alpha Kappa Psi event that has been held for the past three years now at WWU. It allows us the chance to celebrate our chapter and to recognize all that we have accomplished and achieved throughout the year. Chapters all around the nation hold their own Yellow Rose Banquets in honor of Alpha Kappa Psi's founding members, who started the tradition many years ago. 
This is a time to celebrate our brothers and alumni and to say farewell to the current school year. With our chapter advisor, Erik Roeser, in attendance, we joined in celebrating receiving the prestigious award of Chapter of the Year. This award is only earned by those chapters who reach 100,000 points on the ACR- what a huge accomplishment!

Omega Beta Chapter of the Year award 

Omega Beta Chapter of the Year award 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Member superlatives were announced and Brother Ty Presto was recognized as Brother of the Year. Brother Presto pledge last spring quarter, held the position of Master of Rituals, and is now Omega Beta's current president. 

Brother Khademi presenting Brother Presto with Brother of the Year

Brother Khademi presenting Brother Presto with Brother of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other superlatives were awarded as well including Most Likely to Succeed, Most Likely to Become President, and many more. Brothers and guests enjoyed music and dancing, a yummy dessert table and a fun photo booth. 

Thank you, Brother Stuth, for planning this beautiful evening!

Thank you, Brother Stuth, for planning this beautiful evening!

Code-Ed with AKPsi Alumni

It is always a pleasure when Omega Beta alumni come back to Bellingham to share in events and gatherings with our chapter. We value our alumni as resources, connections, and lifelong brothers. Within them, hold the realities of life after college and the experiences of working with a college degree. Through post-graduate life and working with start up companies, Omega Beta alum, Misha Litchev, saw a greater need for technology education within the undergraduate study. This inspired him to design and lead a free workshop with Western students that focused on innovative technologies and conversations about issues in the tech industry. Alongside other Omega Beta alum, Audrey Andoy, and WWU alum, Charisma Yaranon, students who attended received a short coding demonstration showing some of the latest technologies being used in the industry. 

Audrey taught students how to build a simple web app with the programming language of Javascript by using Express and Node. She demonstrated cloning and pushing to Github, as well as posting to Heroku.

Audrey working with OB Brother alyssa jacobson 

Audrey working with OB Brother alyssa jacobson 

The name of the workshop, Code-Ed, focused on the inclusion of women and minorities in the technology industry while also focusing on the importance of the industry's hiring and mentorship practices. 

Charisma had the pleasure of teaching about UX Designers. She also shared with us her personal experiences about what life in the profession is like. We are happy to know that she is currently enjoying it. 

Misha pointing out some key features 

Misha pointing out some key features 

All in attendance were encouraged to bring their personal computers to participate in a small group breakout session. During this time, attendees were able to work on their own projects while also building their technical skills and portfolios. 

The roundtable discussion that followed allowed student to speak freely. Issues about the industry were discussed and students opened up about how they could benefit from learning more technical skills through events like this one. 

Misha facilitating the roundtable discussion 

Misha facilitating the roundtable discussion 

The purpose behind this workshop was to educate and enable students to start to develop a practical career roadmap to enter and thrive in the tech industry. 

A huge thank you goes out to Misha, Audrey, and Charisma for organizing this event and bringing it to our campus!

Winter 2017 Rush and Induction

Happy 2017! It's a new year and a new quarter here at Western. As classes began and brothers settled back into Bellingham after a long winter break, Omega Beta jumped right into Winter Rush.

Rush events were held during the first full week of classes. Brothers and prospective pledges were given the chance to ask questions, mingle, and share in fun events! The first evening consisted of an AKPsi information night, followed by an interview etiquette workshop. The workshop highlighted the importance of coming to interviews prepared and with questions, being well educated about the company, proper dress attire and appropriate body language- all extremely useful information!

The second evening was a fun night where participants were split into teams of three and given the task of decorating a toy car with craft supplies. This creative activity challenged team members' creativity and collaboration to design a product that they could sell to the judges in the end. Selling skills were tested as the winner was chosen based on the most persuasive argument.

Behold the the winner! This car was all terrain, could go under water, and fly! 

Behold the the winner! This car was all terrain, could go under water, and fly! 

To end the rush events was our famous Professional Development fashion show. The three dress categories featured were: "What Not to Wear", "Business Casual", and "Professional Dress." The audience enjoyed snacks and refreshments as OB brothers strutted their stuff. "What Not to Wear" was a huge hit with the crowd. 

Maks representing Hillary as he demonstrates "What Not to Wear." 

Maks representing Hillary as he demonstrates "What Not to Wear." 

Induction was held last Thursday evening where we welcomed the thirteen associate members of the Sigma Pledge Class. These pledges have a very busy four-weeks ahead of them as they journey through the pledge process to become members of Alpha Kappa Psi. We look forward to meeting each of you and supporting you along the way! 

Omega Beta's winter 2017 Sigma Pledges.  

Omega Beta's winter 2017 Sigma Pledges.  

Farewell Fall Quarter 2016!

The stress is over- finals have ended and brothers are finally enjoying winter break! That means traveling, sleeping in, baking, shopping, visiting family, working extra hours and enjoying the start of ski season. The weeks leading up to winter break were busy ones for the Omega Beta chapter. As the fall pledge process ended, we had the honor and privilege of celebrating our twenty-one amazing new members. Court of Honor was held on November 19th, where these hard working and dedicated individuals demonstrated their readiness to become members of Alpha Kappa Psi. It was a long day and we thank the traveling brothers from Beta Lambda (WSU) and alumni who chose to come spend it with us. We are excited to watch all of our new brothers grow into developed leaders and close friends.

The initiation of our Fall 2016 Rho Pledge Class. Congratulations and welcome to Chapter!

The initiation of our Fall 2016 Rho Pledge Class. Congratulations and welcome to Chapter!

After the Thanksgiving break, newly initiated brothers took part in their first chapter where they helped us celebrate and say farewell to our graduating seniors during Senior Ceremony. We commemorated four outstanding seniors with photos from their time in AKPsi along with shared memories and stories that had most of us brothers in stitches and a few in tears. It is always bitter sweet saying goodbye to our graduating seniors. We are extremely thankful for the times we have shared with these brothers and cannot wait to see the great things that they will do in their future career endeavors. We look forward to seeing them again as alumni. 

Our graduating seniors- the wonderful Cody Stephens, Brynna Mosely, Kristin Hanson, and John Perkins. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to chapter!  

Our graduating seniors- the wonderful Cody StephensBrynna MoselyKristin Hanson, and John Perkins. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to chapter!

 

Sharing memories and stories about our graduating seniors.   

Sharing memories and stories about our graduating seniors. 

 

Gollo is going to miss John but who isn't going to?! 

Gollo is going to miss John but who isn't going to?! 

To celebrate the last chapter of the quarter, following Senior Ceremony, brothers exchanged holiday gifts with one another during our annual Secret Santa Gift Exchange. Brothers dressed up in Christmas sweaters and holiday cheer for the occasion and brought in an enormous amount of gift bags and presents. Once again, brothers were all able to share a good laugh with each other as both hilarious and very thoughtful gifts were unwrapped and shared. What a fun and cheerful way to end the quarter!

We hope everyone enjoys a very well-deserved, relaxing winter break! See you all in 2017!  

Quick Tips for Career Fairs!

With the WWU Fall Career Fair right around the corner, it's time to brush up on some professional tips to help your chances of standing out to potential employers!

Research

If you want to stand out among the candidates, make sure to do your homework on the companies you’re applying to. Visit their website, read up on the news, and get a general feel for what the company is all about. Usually, the principles that guide the mission statement of a firm align with the qualities of their ideal candidate. Understanding a company’s place in its industry is impressive to recruiters, and acts as a great conversation catalyst to maintain an interesting dialogue!

Attire

Most career fairs, including those hosted by Western, often carry a vibe of enthusiastic professionalism. You’re making a first impression that could potentially lead to interviews, so dress for success! For guys, a suit and tie is probably the best option. If you don’t have a suit, a dress shirt and slacks is also suitable. For ladies, dress pants, skirts (at or below the knee), and fitted blouses are okay. Closed toed shoes are also recommended for professional dress. Keep in mind that your form of attire at event like the career fair doesn’t have too drastic of an effect on the outcome. However, dressing in your business best shows your desire to put your best foot forward and that you’re invested enough to prepare for the event.

Examples of professional dress

Examples of professional dress

Approaching an employer

One stressful aspect of a career fair can be interacting with company recruiters. A useful tactic to have under your belt is to prepare a short spiel about who you are. Try to condense your background, education, and qualifications into a 1-2 minute pitch, and try to work parts of it into your conversation with recruiters. Another significant part of your conversation with an employer is whether you are noticeably enthusiastic about the company. The best thing you can do is to carry a tone of confidence and show genuine interest in the position you are applying for. It’s not a good idea to overly puff up your image, or come off too zealous. Often, the characteristic that sticks with many recruiters is authenticity, enthusiasm, and confidence.

 

What to bring

Bring several copies of your resume with you, neatly transported in a folder or binder of some kind. You don’t want to hand any potential employer a wrinkled resume! A binder can also serve to carry around information the employers hand out.

Overall, career fairs can be quite fruitful events, not to mention a fun way to network with employers and future students! Research your top interests, come prepared, and have fun with it!

 

Fall Rush and Induction- Welcome back to school!

Fall quarter is in full swing and we could not be happier being back at school with our AKPsi brothers! The quarter started off quickly with Fall Rush. During the first week of classes, as we navigated through new schedules and reacquainted ourselves with Western, brothers stopped by Red Square in between classes to spread the word about Alpha Kappa Psi. With signs and posters and enthusiastic brothers, we promoted our Rush events and reached out to a wide audience of students.

The first of our Rush events was an info night presentation where prospective pledges gathered valuable information about the pledge process and were able to network with many brothers. We saw many returning faces, and quite a few new ones, the following evening at the oh-so-delicious Ice Cream Social! Brothers and prospective pledges alike, took part in the event. Questions about AKPsi were answered and memories were shared in between spoonfuls of chocolate ice cream and whipped cream top offs. Brothers and prospective pledges were able to work together and go head to head during the final Rush event: Jeopardy! Divided into three teams, various questions on topics from WWU facts to Disney trivia were answered. It was a fun and competitive night for all and a great opportunity to get to know each other. 

Once again, the Omega Beta Chapter held a fun-filled week of rush events that all paid last Thursday evening with the induction of the Rho Pledge Class. Twenty-two new pledges started their journey to becoming brothers and we could not be more excited for them. 

Cheers to another Rush week successfully completed and cheers to our new pledges!

Welcome Fall 2016 Rho Pledges! 

Welcome Fall 2016 Rho Pledges! 

AKPsi Yellow Rose Banquet

School's out! The academic year at WWU has come to a close, and members of AKPsi are graduating or transitioning into their summer plans. In celebration of the year's achievements, we held our first annual Yellow Rose Banquet! Brothers, alumni, and executives were in attendance, presenting a great opportunity for Omega Beta's past and present to connect. 

In our most active year to date, there were a lot of congratulations to go around. Amanda Poch received a Distinguished Service Award for her role in establishing Omega Beta as a legitimate chapter in the region! Harper Ellison received a Distinguished Service Award for her work on various fundraising events, especially the phenomenally successful Omega Beta Silent Auction in March.

Ali Olson and Nicole Williams earned Outstanding Chapter Leader awards for their work in brotherhood and social development. Teri Schomer also earned an OCL for her work in professional development. Harper also received the Brother of the Year award recognizing her outstanding individual contributions to the chapter! 

Turning our attention to the summer, Omega Beta members look to continue their professional development, and maybe soak up a little sun in the process. With Brothers dispersing far and wide for a variety of jobs and internships, we do so with the core principles of AKPsi in mind; we try to contribute to brotherhood, unity, service, integrity, and knowledge wherever we go! 

AKPsi got Pie'd!

The Omega Beta Chapter hosted its fourth annual Get Pie'd fundraiser on Wednesday May 11th in Western Washington University's Red Square. Fearless brothers received dozens of pies to the face throughout the day. Alpha Kappa Psi partnered with Amazon Student for this event where students could donate one dollar for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card hidden in randomly selected pies. Students who stopped by could also acquire Amazon Student gear, including water bottles, t-shirts, sunglasses and more! The partnership with Amazon Student helped attract interest, making this fundraiser an overall exciting and interactive event. At the end of the day, Get Pie'd generated just under $200 in profit for the Omega Beta Chapter! This money will go towards travel funds for brothers to attend regional conferences and will also go into our chapter's scholarship fund. A huge thank you goes out to all who donated or stopped by to purchase a pie. It was a very messy yet sweet day for all. We look forward to seeing everyone next year at Get Pie'd with AKPsi! 

Lance takes a pie to the face.

Lance takes a pie to the face.

A lucky student found an Amazon gift card in her pie!

A lucky student found an Amazon gift card in her pie!

Brothers advertising Get Pie'd in Red Square. 

Brothers advertising Get Pie'd in Red Square. 

 

 

Wrapping Up Rush Week Spring 2016

It’s spring quarter 2016, and Omega Beta has completed it's most impressive and successful rush week yet! All week long, brothers volunteered to tend to the AKPsi table in red square, informing passersby about the activities and core ideals of the fraternity. Our rush committee established creative new info-nights to foster both interest and provide information for potential candidates.

The first info night saw our rush committee put on an ice cream social event, where interested students could socialize with brothers and learn more about the fraternity. Speakers also provided formal information about the core values and ideals of Alpha Kappa Psi.

The following night, Omega Beta hosted a LinkedIn workshop, delving into the finer details of the valuable networking site. In doing so, brothers communicated the unique professional tone of Alpha Kappa Psi, while also providing opportunity for potential recruits to have their questions regarding brotherhood/pledging answered.

The highlight of our rush week efforts came on the third info night, where brothers held a “Pro-D” fashion show. The purpose of the event was to showcase the do’s and don’ts of professional dress, a code brothers adhere to at fraternity events. In addition, the event gave potential candidates a final chance to learn more about the pledge process before applications were due. Here’s a few pictures from the night:

 

Brinna, Jake, Cody and Shale demonstrating professional dress.

Brinna, Jake, Cody and Shale demonstrating professional dress.

Kristen, Sam, Minh, and Brendan in business casual dress.

Kristen, Sam, Minh, and Brendan in business casual dress.

Ali, Carly, Brad and Brynna in examples of unprofessional dress, dubbed "The Neaux."

Ali, Carly, Brad and Brynna in examples of unprofessional dress, dubbed "The Neaux."

The efforts of Rush Week certainly paid off, as the Omega Beta had the highest amount of applicants it’d seen in recent quarters! Out of 29 applications, our fraternity inducted a selection total of 20 pledges. We are very proud to welcome the new group of associate members into Omega Beta, as they begin their pledge process!

The newly inducted Pledge Class Psi!

The newly inducted Pledge Class Psi!

Owning Your Resume

Your resume is a written compilation of your education, experience, credentials and accomplishments that will either get you that interview or a quick glance and a toss. Your resume is a written display of yourself in both content and appearance. You may be highly qualified for the position, but if your resume lacks professionalism you will not be taken seriously. Every detail from size of font to structure of sections reflects upon yourself. If you use a nonprofessional email address or have inconsistent spacing, an employer will notice your lack of attention to detail. Your resume is a first impression of yourself.

Alpha Kappa Psi teaches the importance of proper resume writing and why the details of your resume matter so much. Know every aspect of what is on your resume and be able to explain it in an interview. If you cannot explain why you received that award and why it is significant - get rid of it or find out more. Owning your resume is taking charge of how you present yourself. Be confident. Take the time. Know your audience and yourself. Your resume is YOU