Sigma Alpha Epsilon - University of New Hampshire

Spring 2017 Newsletter

New Hampshire Beta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity at The University of New Hampshire

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T hroughout the fall semester, New Hampshire Beta made great strides in the right direction. While still being on social probation, we took this as an opportunity to focus on what is truly important about being in a fraternity and improve upon what is necessary to strengthen the brotherhood. During a chapter retreat early in the semester, we met with our regional director and were given a plan to work on throughout the fall. This plan acted as a catalyst to continue our chapter's progress. Brothers Focus on Academics, Philanthropy Academically, last fall we placed above the all-men's GPA. Our scholarship chairman has taken a great deal of pride in getting brothers from where they are to where they want to be. In regard to philanthropy, we had a Spikeball tournament on the front lawn for Operation Warm, the Durham Fire Department's philanthropy of choice. The organization raises money for children's jackets and coats and sews their name on the inside. Chapter Sets High Standards for Potential New Members Last fall, we welcomed 19 new gentlemen and they have already proven themselves to be great members of the university and New Hampshire Beta. This spring, we also welcomed seven new members into our brotherhood. Probation has been an eye-opening restriction that encourages us to think carefully about who we recruit into ΣΑΕ. Any potential new members now have to meet very specific requirements and be fully committed to leaving the chapter better than they found it. Community Service Hours Significantly Improve Our chapter has greatly improved serving our community. As time progresses, we are adopting the mindset of not settling, and instead, continuing to grow. Our chapter was involved in many community service events last fall, including beach, highway, alumni yard, and community cleanups. A trend we seem to be noticing is that we must redirect our attention away from a few large events and focus on doing as many events as we can, no matter how big or small. Prioritizing Heart Health at UNH I am working closely with the firefighter's union to get automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the last six Greek chapter houses without them. A T-shirt and Chipotle fundraiser is in the works, and I am coordinating with other chapter presidents on campus to raise money for these AEDs. Heart issues are the second-leading cause of death in college students (behind trauma), and an external defibrillator is a great resource. UNH would be the first campus in the world to accomplish this, and we are working diligently to achieve our goal. Chapter Officers Attend Multiple Leadership Conferences Our executive board members have attended numerous leadership conferences to benefit the well-being of the fraternity. I attended the Eminent Archon Institute in Chicago in January and the UNH Chapter President's Retreat in February. On November 19, several officers and the lion's roar New Hampshire beta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon SPRING 2017 Undergraduates Set High Aims for the Future of New Hampshire Beta All-Around Improvement Expected from Brothers Brothers of New Hampshire Beta Chapter. (Continued on page 3)

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