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Focusing on Fellowship: New Chapter President Sets Sights on Achieving Kappa Sig’s PillarsWhy did you join Kappa Sigma?
Before I came to Tech, I never imagined myself joining a fraternity. My friends would tell me that I would fit in there, but I never really saw what they saw. I came to Tech with about seven other people from my high school. An acquaintance of mine reached out to me and asked if I would like to rush around with him. It was the Friday before classes started and I could not find a reason to say no, so I went with him. We spent a little time at a couple houses and then he led me down toward 6th Street. As we were walking up, he told me that he had gone to a summer rush event with these guys and that they were cool, but we probably won't pledge here. That was the first opinion I had heard on the brothers of Kappa Sigma. We ended up spending the rest of our night there (2.5 hours), both walking away with the same opinion: that we might need to reconsider our first thought. Over the next few nights, we kept coming back and talking to more and more brothers. Every conversation I had was more than the typical "What's your year, hometown, major" sort of talk. I had deep conversations with the brothers that allowed me to open up and trust them more even though I had only known them for a matter of hours. When I received my bid, I had to sit on it for a day, but I knew deep down that I wanted to go Kappa Sig.

Then pledgeship showed me what all this place has to offer. Whether it's philanthropy, social connections, or networking both on and off campus, I learned all about it here, not to mention the incredible history this place has. I would not be where or who I am today without this place, which leads to my next answer.

Why did you choose to run for chapter president?
I ran for multiple reasons, but the main reason is to give back. Like I rambled on about above, this place has given me everything that I have. I would not have my co-op if it were not for a brother. I would not have the relationships I have, both inside and outside the chapter, if it were not for my brothers. That is why I want to give back to this place. I know that we have been on the rise ever since we received this incredible new house from our alumni and we are only moving up. I want to do everything I can to help make sure that we continue on our current track to excellence.

What are your top 3 goals/objectives during your term?
My top goal for this semester is brotherhood development. Our chapter has done a fantastic job over the past year reaching out to other organizations for philanthropy events, social events, etc. but we have slightly overlooked one of the pillars of Kappa Sigma: Fellowship. I believe that if we are to continue on our path, we have to focus on ourselves a little bit more. This could come in the form of more brotherhood events that range from hiking and whitewater rafting to all going to a brother's house or even just playing some sports on the weekends together. We need to remember why we joined this brotherhood in the first place.

My second goal is a Public Relations overhaul. Last semester, in my term as Grand Scribe, we started a Public Relations committee. They were in charge on our multiple social media accounts and getting the good stuff we are doing out there for the public to see. We did a decent job last semester, but there is still a lot of room to grow. The main aspect of this goal is to take pictures at all of our events. We do a lot of great things every week, but we forget to take pictures. With the scrutiny that Tech fraternities are under right now, people need to see what good fraternities can offer.

My next goal is to focus more on awards. Whether it be a Georgia Tech award or a Kappa Sigma Headquarters award, we have the potential to win it. We just have to put a little more attention to it. Many of our brothers are involved in leadership positions across campus, from being representatives in SGA to being Peer Leaders in residence halls. That leadership alongside with the amazing philanthropy opportunities that we offer our brothers every week could push us towards the top with Dean Dull. I know that if we recognize that what we are doing can win us some hardware for our trophy case, people can get behind it.

What are you most looking forward to in leading the chapter?
I am mostly looking forward to working even more closely with the brothers than I have in the past. I have already experienced brothers coming to me with their most personal issues with the chapter. That shows me something that I can potentially improve in the chapter, but more importantly, it allows me to help one of my brothers. I can't wait to see what this year has in store for this place.

In your opinion, how does Kappa Sig stand apart from other fraternities on campus?
This is something that I have actually talked to rushees about when they come by our house. This is a feeling I got as a pledge that I felt my other friends pledging other fraternities did not get. A brother can walk into this house, go into any room, and have a meaningful conversation with the person in that room. That is incredible to me. I never imagined that I would have the support to be able to do that anywhere. Our brothers are always looking out for each other even in the toughest of times.

What opportunities do alumni have to connect with the chapter this year? Why do you welcome alumni involvement?
Alumni involvement is a big focus for us this year. With this chapter being around for a little more than 120 years, we have an incredible alumni base. They all deserve to know what great things their chapter is doing and to participate in every way that they are able to. I know that I am excited to hear all about this place years ago and learn about how far we have come over time.

We are going to have multiple opportunities for alumni to get involved this semester. We of course have the usual opportunities like tailgates for baseball games in the spring and football games in the coming fall. We are also planning on holding basketball tournaments and a Softball Classic for alumni. Please be sure to look out for emails on these events. They will likely be coming from our current Alumni Relations Chair, Wilson Harmond. These events are still in the works, however if you have any questions or if you would like to help plan them, feel free to reach out to me or Wilson.

Why are you proud to be a member of Alpha Tau?
This chapter has done more for me that I could have ever asked it to and it is still helping me through it all, I am proud of my brothers and the accomplishments we have made over my time. From raising thousands of dollars for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in our annual philanthropy event Kappa Sigma Games: Kick the Stigma to the smaller things like serving food to the homeless every week at Atlanta Mission. We are doing great things here and we are going to continue moving up.

Please provide some personal background on yourself (hometown, major, hobbies, future goals/plans etc.)
I was born and raised Georgia. I was born in Atlanta and lived in Suwanee for the majority of my childhood.

My major when I first arrived here at Georgia Tech was Chemical Engineering; however, after taking the intro class, I realized that may not be what I want to do for the rest of my life. I switched that first summer in between my first and second years to Mechanical Engineering and have not looked back.
I am currently in between rotations for my co-op with Mingledorff's, a HVAC distributor that works with Carrier in the Southeast. I worked in the commercial sales support department. I greatly enjoyed my first rotation there and am excited to go back this summer.

Aside from that, I enjoy playing racquetball (or any kind of racket sport really). I also relieve my stress by attending the gym and playing some video games here and there.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Please feel free to reach out to me at my email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you have any questions, concerns, comments, or potential visits or events that you may be planning that we can get the chapter involved in.