Phi Chats

Phi Kappa Psi and Phi Sigma Kappa are excited to present Phi Chats, a webinar series geared towards supporting our members in unprecedented times. Check back often as new sessions are added to the schedule. Missed one? Watch the recording below.

Have questions or a topic you’d like to see covered? Email memberdevelopment@phikappapsi.com.

Thursday, September 24 | 4:00 p.m. ET

If someone were to ask you to describe your chapter culture, how would you describe it? Chapter culture is one of those things that we learn and understand passively, and it can be hard to actually describe it to someone outside of the chapter. Join Drew as we explore the general ins and outs of chapter culture and strategies you can use to better understand your chapter’s culture, and what you can do with this understanding.

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Meet the speaker:

Drew Kerwood currently serves as the Associate Director of Prevention and Wellness with Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity where he develops prevention and wellness focused programming and resources, and serves as a chapter coach for a cohort of undergraduate chapters. Before joining the Phi Sig staff, Drew worked in health and safety programming with Phi Kappa Psi, chapter operations with Delta Chi, and a sexuality educator with Planned Parenthood Keystone.

Drew completed a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education from West Chester University, where he joined Delta Chi, and Masters’ programs in Higher Education from Arizona State University and Human Sexuality Studies from Widener University. Drew currently lives in Indianapolis with his black cat Nancy.

Wednesday, September 30 | 4:00 p.m. ET 

When you think of alumni engagement, what comes to mind? Is it just alumni for your chapter or alumni in your area? If an alumnus is involved and positively helping the chapter succeed… what does that look like? This session is for members and alumni for a frank discussion and planning session around involving fraternity members after they graduate. Participants should expect a discussion around developing an alumni engagement plan, developing meaningful involvement in a chapter, and determine ideas for making the alumni experience a priority.

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James Crawford serves the Division of Student Affairs as the Student Affairs Staff Development Lead. James is responsible for division-wide staff development initiatives ranging from employee onboarding, curriculum development, and programming centered around professional growth. Each is designed to foster community among staff while promoting their professional development so they can best support students.

Prior to joining UGA Student Affairs, James worked in the Office of Greek Life at Vanderbilt University where he was responsible for the advisement of fraternities and sororities, programming, assessment, and training. James is a certified Gallup Strengths Coach and serves as a traveling facilitator for Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women and for Delta Gamma Fraternity.

James received his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and his Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina. James is a member of Delta Chi Fraternity and, as an undergraduate founding father of his chapter, held several positions and roles including president (“A”) and vice-president (“B”). James was also involved as a resident assistant in UNCW Housing, Seahawk Link, and many other involvement opportunities. 

Thursday, October 8 | 7:00 p.m. ET

Whether you’re actively searching or getting ready to, this program will cover how to build a resume, as well as some “must-know” tips. Clare will share a variety of resume examples to create an interactive experience for participants. Along with resume guidance, this program will also touch on cover letters and preparing for job interviews.

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Clare DenhollemClare Denhollem, M.Ed. is a proud member of Zeta Tau Alpha women’s fraternity and friend of Phi Sig. She currently serves as the Fraternity & Sorority Life Coordinator at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. She received her B.A. from the University of New Orleans in New Orleans, LA, and her M.Ed. from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. She enjoys watching Netflix, trying new restaurants, and hanging out with her cat.

Wednesday, October 14 | 7:00 p.m. ET

“Tough Conversations in Fraternity Life” is an honest presentation, and ultimately a discussion, about the value of having difficult conversations with our brothers as it relates to mental health, suicide, and substance use. It is our goal to increase your awareness of yourself and others as well as improve your sense of brotherhood overall.

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Chris Schrimscher is a mental health counselor in Michigan and currently serves as the Chapter Advisor for the Epsilon Lambda chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa at Eastern Michigan University.

Tuesday, October 20 | 6:00 p.m. ET
For many of us, the 24 hours in our day seem longer than they were before the pandemic began. This session will provide tips on how to prioritize yourself, your work and your involvement in the era of social distancing.

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Nicki Rowlett HeadshotNicki is a dynamic and innovative communicator with a proven record in developing cross-functional teams, managing projects, and solving complex problems. She currently serves as the Senior Director of Leadership Programs for Triangle Fraternity, where she is responsible for curating and delivering educational content in a variety of settings. Nicki is a graduate of Central Michigan University and Ball State University, and a proud member of Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority.

Tuesday, October 28 | 3:00 p.m. ET
As a fraternity leader, you will experience a term full of ups and downs. Your performance can impact your executive board, your chapter and the fraternity. How can you push through those low moments to have the best experience and outcomes? We will discuss and reflect on the reasons why we are involved with the fraternity and other organizations and how we can use that knowledge and experiences to motivate ourselves and those we work with. We will also focus on belonging and community building within our organizations. These skills of self-awareness, understanding others, and team morale will stay with you even after your fraternity leadership experience into your everyday and professional life.

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Nic Laconico, a Macon, GA native, currently serves as the Student & Career Services Coordinator for the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia (UGA). Nic previously worked for New Student Orientation at UGA as the Graduate Assistant. He has recently earned his Master of Education in College Student Affairs Administration from the Mary Frances Early College of Education at UGA. Nic graduated from Georgia Tech in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Information Technology Management and a minor in Leadership Studies.

During his undergraduate career, he was involved with different organizations and programs – orientation, tour guides, alternative service breaks, student government, among others. One of his favorite involvements was being a member of Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity, where he served as chapter president, vice president, and recruitment chair. He found his passion for helping students grow and develop through those experiences, especially as an orientation leader, and decided to pursue higher education and student affairs. His academic areas of interest are student transition, retention, and persistence.

Thursday, November 5 | 3:00 p.m. ET

In our current environment, networking is done nearly completely in a digital format. Emails, LinkedIn connections, virtual meetings – it can all be overwhelming, but networking is vital in any industry. You may have heard the saying, “It’s not what you know but who you know.” While that may not be entirely true, “who you know” can help you get your foot in the door and put you above other applicants. In this presentation, we will discuss different forms of virtual networking, how to prepare and follow-up afterward.

Meet the speaker:

Nic Laconico, a Macon, GA native, currently serves as the Student & Career Services Coordinator for the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia (UGA). Nic previously worked for New Student Orientation at UGA as the Graduate Assistant. He has recently earned his Master of Education in College Student Affairs Administration from the Mary Frances Early College of Education at UGA. Nic graduated from Georgia Tech in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Information Technology Management and a minor in Leadership Studies.

During his undergraduate career, he was involved with different organizations and programs – orientation, tour guides, alternative service breaks, student government, among others. One of his favorite involvements was being a member of Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity, where he served as chapter president, vice president, and recruitment chair. He found his passion for helping students grow and develop through those experiences, especially as an orientation leader, and decided to pursue higher education and student affairs. His academic areas of interest are student transition, retention, and persistence.






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