University of Maryland PIKE Alumni Association Established
Posted on Aug 30, 2016
COLLEGE PARK, MD- A few years ago, Delta Psi Chapter at the University of Maryland lost its chapter recognition. Since that time, efforts have been underway to establish the chapter again. Initiatives from Pi Kappa Alpha Memorial Headquarters spurred a renewed vitality in Delta Psi Chapter’s return. This, in turn, encouraged commitment from a core group of alumni. Last summer, a series of conference calls lead to the creation of an alumni advisory board, a vision for a new colony at the University of Maryland, and the creation of the Delta Psi Alumni Association.
Over the last seven months, Delta Psi Alumni Association created bylaws, established a board of directors, recruited founding fathers, appointed decade captains, and extensively networked with other alumni. At their first annual meeting, the group invited colony members to meet alumni and take part in a golf outing. The Colony now has 71 high-quality members.
The alumni association seeks to unify the decade groups of Delta Psi, and compliment the emerging chapter with endowment focus, communication, event sharing, and educational assistance. As Delta Psi Alumni Association evolves, their most extensive task is to bridge the database gaps in hopes to better communicate with alumni.
The association’s first event was an annual meeting in Maryland on May 12, 2016. The Delta Psi Alumni Association is now working on a website to enhance their network and communication. The group will be creating a LinkedIn group and a Facebook presence as well. Currently, Delta Psi Alumni Association is working on their first combined event: Homecoming. Decade captains, the Colony liaison and the board of directors are looking at October 1st to host a “Meet-and-Greet” tailgate event before the Maryland vs. Purdue game. Planners hope for 150 or more Pikes in attendance.
Bruce Wallick (Maryland, Delta Psi ’68), president of Delta Psi Alumni Association is one of many volunteers dedicated to the return of the Maryland chapter.
“Please network with your closest PIKE peers to spread the word of the newly formed Delta Psi Alumni Association. If you have not received the first two Delta Psi PIKE Posts, our newsletter, send your current contact information to us at firstname.lastname@example.org,” says Wallick. Additionally, he encourages all Delta Psi Alumni to become members and enjoy the post-graduate PIKE relationships together. Wallick adds, “In turn, we can be effective supporters of Delta Psi at the University of Maryland.”
To learn more about forming an alumni association or for resources to help your existing association, visit https://www.pikes.org/resources/alumni-association-resource.