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New Hampshire Chapter
Undergraduates Set High Aims for the Future of New Hampshire Beta
All-Around Improvement Expected from Brothers
Throughout the fall semester, New Hampshire Beta has 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 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 this 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 fewer 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 two new members (who intend on running for executive board positions as sophomores) attended the Province Alpha Leadership School. Lastly, our eminent deputy archon, risk manager, eminent warden, and I attended the Greek Leadership Conference on February 4 with other executives from Greek organizations at UNH. Each conference included seminars on how to create better chapters and improve our membership experience.
Growing Alumni Involvement
In October, we hosted alumni for a Homecoming breakfast. This has been a growing event and we highly encourage alumni to attend this September. We are also in the midst of planning a golf outing at Pease Golf Course in late April. We plan on setting up a few tee times andhaving a barbecue on the front lawn. This is a great way for our members to reconnect with alumni and share experiences. We always encourage alumni to reach out anytime. Your experience in ΣΑΕ and the real world is valuable information that can go a long way, and we would love to hear your stories and advice.
Looking Forward to the Future of New Hampshire Beta
New Hampshire was in dire need of a rebuilding process. Over this past year, I have watched our chapter change for the better, and I aim to continuously improve that. During my reign as Eminent Archon, I hope to improve upon what our previous leaders have done, as well as work on a project of my own. I aim to improve New Hampshire Beta’s image within ΣΑΕ and on campus through the UNH Greek life ranking system, GPEP. The opportunities available to gain points go hand-in-hand in improving our image, benefiting the chapter and changing the culture of New Hampshire Beta.
Brendan Morrison ’19