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Help Us Continue to Guide Our Undergraduates in the Right Direction
By Chris Finke, President, The Alpha Tau of Kappa Sigma House Corporation

It only takes a quick glance through today’s headlines to understand that the Greek system is under attack. Fraternities who previously boasted of some of the best experiences young men could have during their college days are now trying to figure out how it all went so wrong. How did they go from 120 “outstanding young men” to doors that will remain closed for one or two years … or indefinitely? And, even more importantly, where do they go from here?

Our fraternities at Georgia Tech have one very important dynamic working in their favor. In most cases, our undergraduate brothers are students first, then brothers, officers, volunteers, employees and the list goes on. They have come to Tech to get one of the finest technical educations they can get. As a result, they have a lot at stake and seem to hold all aspects of their Tech experience in high regard.

The current Alpha Tau active chapter continues to work toward leadership positions in academics (ranked 10th among 32 IFC chapters) and philanthropy. The chapter recently hosted the Dixie Conclave, giving Kappa Sigs from other universities an opportunity to see the campus, our house and the leadership development that is at work among our actives. I was impressed with their performance during this event and am confident that they will continue to be a model chapter for other schools.

I want to take just a few minutes to encourage our alumni to be part of their development process. As alumni, we understand that we cannot ask a lifetime of experience from young men who are just learning what leadership means. We have to show them. That is how we learned. For some of these young men, our guidance is all they have at this point as they prepare to enter society as educated, responsible and philanthropic individuals after graduation. Please consider how you can play a part in their lives. It doesn’t have to be a significant time commitment from you. Volunteer to be a mentor. Be on the lookout for internship and job placement opportunities with your company. Become part of our alumni board. Or just stop by the house now and then to see how things are going. It will be well worth your time.

Lastly, please continue to support our alumni relations program. Remember, our 2014-15 annual fund giving year, which began on September 1, 2014, supports our communications program, our website, our database and events which keep our brotherhood connected. We set a goal to reach 96 donors this year. As of April 6, we have 78 donors. Will you help us close the gap? CLICK HERE to make your gift today.