The Sacred Purpose Blog

Three weeks ago this Saturday, the game changed.

Every year, thousands of collegians on campuses all across North America participate in leadership events, community building exercises, self-help seminars, personal development, team building trainings, and countless other activities which will ultimately define who they become once they leave their college/university. This has been the standard for decades for members of Greek letter organizations. Get your education but also live and learn outside the classroom. While the intent has always been there, fraternities have not always been the best at being able to quantify and articulate exactly what the fraternal experience is. This all changed July 23, 2016, when we launched The Resolute Man.

The feeling in the room was electrifying. As I began to field questions during the launch and in the days that followed I could see the wheels start to turn in the minds of our collegians and for some, I could see when it clicked.

CamRMSP“This is what we have been waiting for!” one brother quipped. “Resolute Man will make is so much easier for me to explain to non-members or even their parents the benefits of fraternity membership,” said another brother.

The Resolute Man for all intents and purposes is a road map to getting the most out of your collegiate experience. It highlights educational and experiential opportunities for collegians to fully engage in, not only through their academic pursuits on campus, but it also serves as pathway to instill leadership and social competency into their own personal and eventually professional lives.

It is true, the Resolute Man is a four-year journey for our collegiate members. What is truly special about Resolute Man is it purposely absorbs and adopts the tenets of Sacred Purpose; something which, when done correctly, can have a great impact on the lives of our entire membership and not just a single member.

Sacred Purpose’s mission is to foster a sense of responsibility in the protection of our brothers and our communities. The pillars of Sacred Purpose can all be traced back to the idea of creating true friendships rooted in learning and caring for one another. This can been seen in the updated leadership structure within local chapters, new advisor roles dedicated to health and safety, and the over 800 events created and implemented over the past two years. Creating opportunities for our collegians to have critical conversations with their chapter and their communities is one of the most rewarding aspects of our collective Sacred Purpose.

The Resolute Man makes it a priority for any collegian going through this journey to not only attend Sacred Purpose events put on by his chapter, it also requires them to help plan and implement an event themselves. A Resolute Man is a leader in his chapter and on his campus and through Sacred Purpose a Resolute Man is dedicated to the safety of his brothers and his community.

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History was made in Theta Chi Fraternity with the Resolute Man and Sacred Purpose is an essential part of this historic move. I cannot wait to watch our collegians and eventually our alumni (myself included) achieve this historic distinction.

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With recent national and world events in mind I sat down and thought about what I would do if I was thrust into a situation where my safety and those around me became dangerous. After a recent attack in what was, up until six months ago my home, I never really thought it could happen to me.dallas

 

Never in my city. Never in my neighborhood. Never on my street.

 

My naivety got the best of me when an armed gunman took the lives of Dallas and DART police officers last week in downtown Dallas, Texas. I’ve spent countless hours at a park suspended over a highway in downtown. I’ve spent days and nights in museums blocks away, plenty of money on basketball games in the same area, and my fair share of brunches on patios downtown. This was my home and the home to many friends and family. My best friend lived in a high-rise 2 blocks north up until 3 weeks ago. He was in his office a few blocks away working late, as usual, when gunshots rang out. When word hit my twitter feed I was stunned. In a panic, I sent him a text, “just stay inside”.

Then an even larger cloud of uncertainty came over me. The protesters; I know them. They were my neighbors, my colleagues, and my friends. How do I make sure they are safe? How do they know what to do? This isn’t something they teach you in school. What would I do? What do you do?

While officials say the likelihood of being caught up in an attack is “very, very small”, the public is urged to follow these steps if you should hear gunshots or an explosion in your office, school, residence hall, or in public.

Run to a place of safety but only if you can.

  • First consider your route. Is it safe? Will it put you in the line of fire?
  • Act quickly and quietly
  • Leave your belongings behind
  • Insist on others coming with you

Hide if you can’t run somewhere safely.

  • When looking for a hiding place, avoid dead-ends and bottlenecks
  • Asses weather your hiding place will be substantially protected from gunfire
  • If you’ve locked yourself in a room, barricade yourself in and move away from the door
  • Stay quiet; do not shout for help
  • Turn your phone onto silent and switch off vibrate

Tell the police of the attack.

  • If you are able to evacuate get as far away as possible
  • If it is safe to do so, try and stop others from entering
  • Dial 911 and tell the operator of the location of you and the attacker(s)
  • Include descriptions of your surroundings as well as if there are casualties.
  • When approached by officers, keep your hands in plain sight at all times.

Dallas PoliceWhile this is by no means a catch-all post of what to do in the event of an attack, these steps are proven to have saved lives. You will not know what to do until it happens to you but being as proactive as possible is always a best practice. Sacred Purpose is about keeping our brothers safe and with these steps you can keep yourself, your brothers, and your community safe during a frightening situation.

 

*Information provided from the National Police Chiefs’ Council in the UK

This is the Part II of a three-part series on Music, Mental Health, and Masculinity. Be sure to check back to read parts I and III.

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When I was about 14 I had a conversation with my uncle, who makes a living playing music. He asked what I listened to these days, and I told him Metal and Hardcore. Quickly, my uncle asked about a few bands, to which I replied “No I don’t like those emo bands.”

Uncle: What’s wrong with Emo bands?

Me: They just complain and are annoying.

Uncle: Isn’t Emo short for emotional?

Me: Yeah I think so…?

Uncle: Isn’t Metal and hardcore emotional?

Me: Well yeah, but it’s different…

Uncle: I don’t know; it sounds like you listen to Emo music.

I was struck by this and halfheartedly admitted to myself that he had a valid point. Of course, I shrugged it off in the moment to defend my view; citing the musicianship and lyrical content of Emo music as supporting factors in my disregard for the genre.

Where did the disregard for an entire scene of music come from? It came from my view of masculinity through the lens of a teenager.

After my going to my first concert in 7th grade (Slipknot, Lamb of God, Shadows Fall, and Trivium), my friends and I became obsessed with heavier music. The energy and passion we witnessed at the show was unlike anything we had experienced. Enormous mosh pits, screaming along to songs, head banging, fans jumping fences to get into the pit, shoes being lit on fire and thrown; it was an adrenaline fueled sea of chaos and we loved it. Perhaps if it was any other concert, we would have been set down a different path, but that day our choice had been made. We wanted more.

Naturally, we turned to YouTube to watch other Metal concerts to discover new bands. I couldn’t say when, but it got to a point where what we were listening to “wasn’t heavy enough.” We were building a tolerance for Metal and needed something stronger.

Soon we were discovering bands like The Black Dahlia Murder, Animosity, Despised Icon, Carnifex, Through The Eyes of the Dead, The Red Chord, and the list goes on. It almost became some unwritten law that if the band did any clean vocals (singing) they sucked, and Emo bands being at the forefront of this “suckage.”

We could literally pull up a band’s page and write them off simply from the 3 genre descriptions that were listed. I had come to understand and buy into the idea that listening to Emo music somehow made you weaker, or a lesser fan. I would see shirts at concerts that said “Defend Metal, Kill Emo Kids”. Metal, right?

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The irony was most Metal bands preached the same kind of acceptance and understanding their Emo contemporaries did, just in a different way. It was all a means to the same end. An outlet to seek refuge from life’s turmoil, and your own insecurities. I didn’t realize it, but I was using heavy music to escape from my issues while feeling safe behind a veil of masculinity.

I love Death Metal. I still listen to it every day. I’m actually listening to Whitechapel right now. My point however is that it was easier to wear the patch of Metal with confidence, because I felt protected by what I considered to be its inherit “toughness”. I knew Emo music was the butt of many jokes, simply because they were outwardly emotional and vulnerable about very real subjects, but unfortunately, I fed into that.

Believe it or not, Metal, is equally open and emotional on similar subjects, but people have this hesitation and fear of the genre, and for whatever reason, I loved being a part of that. I felt stronger, more protected and more of a man because of the music I listened to. It was a vicious cycle, fueling both my affinity for Metal and disdain for Emo music.

During my fall into the Death Metal abyss, I caught wind of bands like Stick to Your Guns, The Ghost Inside, Have Heart, and Guns Up. These groups embodied more of Hardcore style of punk mixed with some Metal motifs and an attitude reminiscent of the PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) punk bands from the 1980’s. Not only did they preach an understanding of mental and emotional issues, but they addressed a wide range of topics like drug and alcohol abuse, racism, sexism, masculinity, and family struggles.

These bands had a defining role in my life. They helped me shatter my ignorance towards music, myself, and my identity. They question the stereotype of what it meant to be a man and opened my eyes to the fact that what you wear, what you look like, who you know, and what music you listen to has nothing to do with your ability to be a good person. I found a strength in this. I found acceptance. It wasn’t just an acceptance of the music I had previously written off, but it was an acceptance of myself, my problems, and who I was. It was an acceptance of it being okay to cry, scream, and hate the world. With them, it was okay not to ALWAYS be okay and they worked to offer solutions through their music, to light a path towards getting through these problems.

stygSacred Purpose does the same thing for me. Living my life through our shared sacred purpose lets me know my brothers are there, just like music, to help me through. Shattering the idea of what it means to be a man and what it means to hold myself and others accountable is something I didn’t think music could do. Re-framing masculinity and mental health, as a ton of our chapters are doing is a good thing, and is a conversation worth having. I am proud to be a member of an organization that values health and safety just as much as it values brotherhood.

“A poor man’s poor sport we’ve fallen short of reasoning/Sex does not determine capability /But we let our hostility be our guide to decide /What’s right for a girl and for a guy/Because every sex is just as able to keep this foundation stable /Enough is enough speak up its tough but don’t think that your unable/Let acceptance be our key to unlock our integrity /From there we’ll be able to see that there’s more than just she and he”— “A Poor Man’s Poor Sport” by Stick to Your Guns

Kris Taibl, Director of Communications

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Two weeks ago, Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (M&RL) unleashed their very powerful, political, raw, and unrepentant sophomore album titled “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made.” If hip-hop music isn’t your jam, just humor me for a moment. Allow yourself to see past the music and let the words transcend. Even though I’m not going to unpack the entire album for you, (follow me on Twitter if you want that realness) I do want to pull out some themes, which I believe are central to our Sacred Purpose.

Fact: Drug and alcohol use is pervasive on college campuses. However, research has shown heavy episodic drinking isn’t as prominent in Greek life as the media would like for you to believe.* Obviously, it is still an issue worth understanding and combating, but where do M&RL fit into this conversation? They are ultimately the reason you clicked on the post, right? Macklemore’s experience with alcohol and drug abuse is evident in multiple songs on this new album, but a few resonated with me, as I hope they will for you.

In their song “Kevin,” Macklemore begins the first verse by introducing the agony he feels when it comes to living with addiction and seeing the results. There are lyrics like, “I said peace at 5:30/the next time I saw him was in the hands of the pallbearer/ What if I never dropped him off there? / Blaming myself, in hysterics screaming, it’s not fair” and “He said he was gonna quit tomorrow/We’re all gonna quit tomorrow”. Both transport the listener into a world of drug addiction, then sucker-punch them to dig into their own experiences. It pushes the listener to reflect about the people in their own lives who have said those exact words and started down that path. If the listener is lucky, there is still a tomorrow.

In their song “St. Ides,” lyrics like “I can barely remember last night/Another morning swearing it’s the last time” glide into your thoughts and paint pictures of those nights you’ve had yourself. And when Macklemore recalls his first drink in the line “Used to steal my daddy’s Cabernet/Never thought it would turn into a rattlesnake”, it takes some of us to a place all too familiar. For Macklemore however, it was the beginning of an addiction he will battle for the rest of this life.

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Sometimes we let our weekend persona get the best of us, but what we may not realize is how our actions affect our brothers who have addiction issues. When we go out and party Thursday night, but have that Friday class everyone said we would regret, we pry ourselves out of bed. But the brother who cannot stop himself, gets out of bed and pours another drink. When we have an exam in that 8:30 a.m. class everyone said we would regret, but there are guys drinking and playing FIFA in the brotherhood lounge, we hit the books then the bed. But the brother who cannot stop himself pours another drink. Or worse, another brother pours it for him.

 

But how do you distinguish the signs of addiction in a brother? Most addicts are adept at hiding the parts of themselves even they don’t want to recognize. Some signs of drug and alcohol addiction to look out for include:
• Aggressiveness
• Agitation
• Self-destructive behavior
• Lack of restraint
• Anxiety
• General discontent
• Frequently missing class or work
• Lack of energy and motivation
• Drastic changes in relationships with others
• Deceptive behavior
• Mood swings

If we can better educate ourselves to notice the signs of an addict, we may be able to save a brother’s life. Unfortunately for Macklemore, he was unable to reach his friend because he himself is living with an addiction. If Macklemore’s example doesn’t work for you, that’s fine. I encourage you to look for help, strength, and inspiration wherever you can, but it’s a damn good place to start.

Our Sacred Purpose is a reflection of our motto “the Assisting Hand”. Many will lend their hand to pull a brother out of an addiction. The question to ask is if you’ll have the strength to reach out yours for the help you need.

Follow this Link to find resources on how to get help or help others.

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On February 27th, the men of Beta Lambda Chapter at The University of Akron in Ohio held a Charity Dinner in honor of alumnus brother Anthony Capozzi, who was recently re-diagnosed with brain cancer. Brother Capozzi has remained actively involved with the chapter for many years, serves as a volunteer on multiple university boards but really loves stopping by the house to mentor and spend time with the chapter. When the Chapter learned he was diagnosed with brain cancer for a second time, they immediately wanted to take action and come up with something that would honor him.

After discussing the best possible avenues to honor Brother Capozzi during chapter meeting, the group decided a Sacred Purpose Event, would be the best route to take. The brothers hired Dr. Symeon Miseoes, from Akron General to speak at the Dine and Donate event and to share valuable information with attendees about brain cancer and ways to support those around you who are living with the disease. Finally, active brother, C.J. Evans, who also overcame brain cancer during his high school years reached out to his family for further support. They graciously agreed to donate all of the food for the event.

The chapter advertised the event through IFC, spoke to multiple organizations on campus about their event and ended up receiving a phenomenal amount of support from the campus and community. They even had to adjust their original plan of providing 150 seats to 350 seats for attendees. Luckily, a few generous alumni in the area were able to financially assist the active chapter, which made them able to accommodate their overwhelming number of guests.

The chapter ended up raising $2,111 dollars from the event and are anticipating further donations to get their grand donations total to $2,500. This will make the event the largest fundraiser Beta Lambda has hosted in over a decade. Keep up the great work brothers!

Bob Eberling, Field Executive

Presented annually, the David L. Westol Sacred Purpose Award goes to the chapter that most exemplifies the spirit of our Sacred Purpose movement.  Launched in the fall of 2013, the Sacred Purpose movement is the modern expression of our motto— the Assisting Hand.  The Sacred Purpose offers programmatic support at the chapter and international levels that concentrates specifically on health and safety related topics.  The movement called for the creation of new leadership positions that help us better care for and understand one another.

The award is named in honor of David L. Westol, Beta Zeta / Michigan State 1973, whose volunteer and professional career have been devoted to the health, safety, and protection of fraternity and sorority members.   After graduating from Michigan State in 1973, Dave worked for his alma mater as Assistant Director of Student Activities and Advisor to Fraternities. He was admitted to the Michigan Bar in November 1979 and became an assistant prosecutor for the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney in Kalamazoo County, MI.

From 1975-1980, Westol served as a Regional Counselor for Theta Chi before being elected to the Grand Chapter as National Vice President in 1980. He remained in that role until completing his maximum second term in 1988. In December of that year, he was named the Fraternity’s Executive Director and held that position for 18 years. Today, he is the founder, owner and CEO of Limberlost Consulting.

Westol’s interfraternal career is equally impressive. He was elected to the board of directors of the Fraternal Information and Programming Group (FIPG) in 1993 and has served continuously on the board since that time. He has also served FIPG in the roles of Director of Policy Interpretation and Administrator since 1996. In July 1998, he was elected to the Fraternity Executives Association (FEA) board of directors and served as president from 2002-2003. He has also served on the board of directors for HazingPrevention.org and on the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV).

Dave has become a ubiquitous figure at fraternity and sorority leadership development events. He has performed his signature anti-hazing presentation “Hazing on Trial” over 1,800 times since 1981 and has spoken on more than 350 campuses and at over 200 Greek leadership events. Dave has served as a faculty member for AFLV, the Northeast Greek Leadership Association, the Southeast Interfraternity Conference and the Fraternal Risk Management Trust, (FRMT) Inc. From its first session in the early 1990s through 2010, he was a faculty member for “Risk Management on the Road,” an annual traveling consultants’ workshop for women’s national fraternities and sororities.

In 2012, Dave was named a recipient of the North American Interfraternity Conference’s Gold Medal, the most prestigious honor in the interfraternal world. Brother Westol is one of only four Theta Chi members to have received the Gold Medal.

The Dave Westol Sacred Purpose Award consists of an engraved crystal trophy bearing the chapter’s designation and the university or college name.  The award handsomely displays the Sacred Purpose logo as its primary visual element.

The award also prominently features one of Brother Westol’s favorite quotes.  Authored by Edwin Markham, the quote eloquently captures the spirit of the Sacred Purpose movement:

“There is a destiny that makes us brothers

None goes his way alone.

All that we send into the lives of others

Comes back into our very own”

Edwin Markham  1852-1940

All active chapters and colonies are eligible to apply for the award.  And, final approval of the award recipient is confirmed by the National Sacred Purpose Committee.

The winning chapter hosted multiple health and safety related expert guest speakers for their members.  These speakers covered subjects such as fire safety, stress management, sexual health, diversity, and sexual assault bystander intervention.

The chapter created programs that provided meaning and purpose to the campus as a whole, especially in health and safety. They hosted four PostSecret U events focusing on mental illness counseling and prevention, as well as providing alcohol-free parties and activities in partnership with the counseling center to educate on impairment under the influence.

In addition to these impressive programs, the chapter created a video related to the “It’s On Us” campaign to bring awareness to sexual assault.

Fundraising was also high on this chapter’s list of accomplishments as they were able to raise over $12,000 in their first annual G.I. Theta Chi event series which benefited the USO. They also raised over $20,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network, and close to $1,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in an Out of the Darkness Campus Walk.

It is my pleasure to announce that the winner of this year’s David L. Westol Sacred Purpose Award is Iota Sigma/Towson University! Congratulations, Brothers!

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Pictured above is Brother Kevin Reynolds from Iota Sigma/Towson accepting the David L. Westol Sacred Purpose Award at the Theta Session of this summer’s Initiative Academy.

Editor’s note: A huge “thank you!” to Bill Russo, Director of Volunteer Development, for his time and assistance with this blog post!

One of the most important duties and roles of the Vice President of Health and Safety is actually one of the most simple, recruiting a Health and Safety Advisor. This article is geared towards the chapters that may not currently have an Advisor, or may simply be looking to replace the individual in that position that no longer has the time to serve. A lot of the time, we just tend to overlook and overthink how simple it really is to find a great Health and Safety Advisor.  Let’s take a look at a step by step model on recruiting your very own Health and Safety Advisor.

First, we must understand why we need an advisor, and what their duties and roles are to the chapter. Health and Safety Advisors are going to spend much of their time collaborating with the undergraduate Vice President of Health and Safety in developing an annual strategic plan. These Advisors should also look to inspire and motivate the undergraduate members to live a healthier and safer life style. The Health and Safety Advisor will also act as a resource should a chapter crisis arise. Finally, it is important to understand that while we have a Vice President of Health and Safety in our chapters, he is not the “chapter counselor”. College students today are facing an all-time high level of stress and anxiety. The last thing that we want our undergraduate members shouldering are the bulk of everyone else’s problems, too. This is where your Health and Safety Advisor can be the most helpful by collaborating with the Vice President of Health and Safety in guiding brothers towards the best possible resources.

So where should we look?

Chances are your Health and Safety Advisor is right under your nose! By reaching out to your local Alumni there is a great chance that these Brothers have your answer waiting for you. A question to ask is: “Brothers, do we know anyone who has a background in health and safety?’ A background in health and safety is vague and open to much interpretation depending on what you think health and safety really means…and that’s okay! Depending on the challenges of your Chapter, there might be a greater need for fire health and safety over nutrition and physical education. By all means, bring on the most qualified and relevant Advisor to your mission as a Vice President of Health and Safety. They can have experience as a First Responder (EMT, Police Officer, Fireman, etc.), Psychologist, Nutritionist, Physical Education Instructor, Doctor, Nurse, Guidance Counselor, Social Worker, etc. The key to finding the right Health and Safety Advisor for your chapter is keeping an open mind. There is no stipulation as to who your advisor has to be. They can be man or woman, Theta Chi or not, a University employee or Government official. It’s completely up to your chapter!

Once we’ve narrowed down our choices to one or two, it’s time to reach out to them to join you on your Sacred Purpose journey. When contacting your potential advisor, it’s crucial to keep a few things in mind:

  1. Introduce yourself and why you are contacting them.
  2. Identify the best means of contact (electronic mail, hand delivered letters, or a simple telephone call)
  3. Ask them how their day is! Be personal and professional.
  4. Explain your job as a Vice President of Health and Safety and if they aren’t already aware of what Theta Chi is, now would be a great time to give them a run-down of what Theta Chi Fraternity is really about!
  5. Explain that you have done some research and would like them to advise you in your role as Vice President of Health and Safety.
  6. Explain that there is generally a time commitment that comes with the role of advising (whether it be attending a Chapter Meeting or two, or exchanging emails periodically, etc.). Keep in mind that these individuals are respected professionals and have prior commitments, much like you have classes and the like.
  7. If they are skeptical of the advisory role, ask them if they have the time to come and meet your Chapter Brothers. Invite them to a Chapter meeting or have your Executive Board meet them for dinner.
  8. Finally, if all goes according to plan and you find that this individual is ready to accept the responsibility, have a formal vote in your Chapter Meeting to confirm them as your Health and Safety Advisor. Then, formally ask them to join you in providing top-notch health and safety advice to your Chapter, University and community!

Now what?

Now that you have successfully recruited a Health and Safety Advisor your next step will be to integrate them into the Chapter Advisory Board (CAB).  If your chapter does not currently have a Chapter Advisory Board please contact Director of Volunteer Development Bill Russo at bill@thetachi.org for information and assistance in forming one.   The Health and Safety Advisor may find it to be beneficial to have other professionals and advisors to communicate with regarding the chapter’s needs.  Even if your chapter does not currently have a CAB, you will want to introduce the Health and Safety advisor to prominent Alumni advisors and house corporation officers.

With a Health and Safety Advisor voted and confirmed, you’re ready to move forward.  Continue to keep the dialogue open in discussing your strategic plan and finding new ways to relate to your communities. Most of all, thank them. We should be so honored to have so many willing and dedicated advisors. They spend countless hours out of their already so busy lives and it’s our job to thank them…relentlessly. Without our advisors, we quite simply would not be able to accomplish such great feats.

As always, if you need further resources or have further questions; you can consult your Vice President of Health and Safety Handbook , Health and Safety Advisor Handbook, or contact Director of Education, Brandon Younkin.

 

National President, Dick Elder addressed the assembled brothers this past summer at our Convention. He cast an inspiring vision for Theta Chi’s Sacred Purpose movement.

Brother Elder recognized that many of our chapters have already received encouraging media attention for their positive impact. In the spirit of spreading Sacred Purpose beyond the walls of Theta Chi, he challenged each chapter and colony to work directly with their campus newspapers and other campus media outlets.

The goal is that every chapter and colony will be showcased in their campus newspaper before January 2015. The article will fully highlight our national Sacred Purpose movement and emphasize the positive impact of our local chapters.

The media exposure will draw needed attention to the health and safety challenges facing today’s students and Greek organizations. It will also position our chapters and colonies as centers of influence and positive change.  As a result, Theta Chi will increasingly be a relevant and powerful voice at our host institutions.

With the Vice President of Health and Safety taking the lead, we are asking all chapters and colonies to immediately connect with the campus newspaper editor and other campus media leaders.

How to get started (total time needed about 15 minutes)
Your logical next step is to engage your local campus newspaper. To make that easy for you, we have created a pitch letter and press release. The pitch letter is a brief email letter that introduces you and your story idea to the newspaper editor/reporter. It is written to quickly capture their attention and motivate them to learn more. The press release offers additional information about the Sacred Purpose movement.

The next steps

1) Identify the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of the campus newspaper editor and other media leaders

2) Add your name and contact information at the bottom of the pitch letter

3) Copy and paste the contents of the pitch letter into the body of an email(s)

4) Address the email(s) to the newspaper editor and other media leaders

5) Copy and paste the email subject line into the subject line of the email(s)

6) Attach the Theta Chi Sacred Purpose press release to the email(s)

7) Send the email(s)

8) If you do not hear from the editor within two days, place a follow up phone call and request a 15 minute meeting

9) Make yourself available for an interview with the newspaper or other media outlets

10) Email the finalized newspaper article(s) to the International Headquarters so we can highlight your success stories and progress

Thanks for spreading the word about Theta Chi Sacred Purpose. We look forward to hearing about your continued success!!

 

Throughout this first six months, I have received hundreds of emails and phone calls from undergraduates, alumni, parents and university administrators. Those messages have been filled with positive reports, stories and testimonials. I have heard about the good work and impact of our Vice Presidents of Health and Safety. Although the Sacred Purpose movement is still in its infancy, I want to assure you that it is alive and well. I am so proud of what our chapters have accomplished!

Off to a great start
Since January, 119 of our 149 chapters and colonies have reported their positive impact:

Total number of guest speakers                            218

Total number of campus-wide programs            119
Alcohol/drugs 36
Mental health 35
Non-consensual sexual activity 25
Exercise/nutrition 12
Fire/life safety 11

Total number of Health and Safety Advisors       63

Congratulations, brothers!

 

People’s stories have a way of touching our heart. At one time or another we have all experienced it. We have been moved by a story that inspires, teaches, and molds us. In this short video, the Vice President of Health and Safety from our Beta Iota chapter at Arizona does just that. He touches our heart.

He courageously reveals his life with depression. But, as you will hear, his story has a redemptive quality to it. He shares about receiving a wonderful gift from his Fraternity and his chapter brothers who helped improve his depression and elevate his life. They were there when he needed them the most.

His story reminds us that there are brothers who are in need. They may be suffering in silence, and at first glance, it may be difficult to easily recognize them. But, they are there.

In the spirit of our Sacred Purpose movement, this real story calls us higher. This story calls us to look up, look out, look beyond, and look again. What do we see? Do we see a brother in need? What are we being called to do?

That brother wants us to see him. He needs us to hear his story. And, he hopes that we will step forward and play a role in his life.

 

 

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