An update from the Balfour Leadership Development Conference
This year’s Balfour Leadership Development Workshop took place on the campus of Bowling Green State University in western Ohio. Six brothers of the Psi Psi chapter made the long drive from Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and southeastern Pennsylvania to represent the chapter as well as gain valuable skills and development in leadership and teamwork. Representing the chapter was Brett Polinsky (Pro Consul, 2017), Alexander Magers (2017), Matthew Cassidy (2017), Zachary Lanzer (2017), Bernardo Rodriguez (Ritual Chair, 2018), and Senith Thiruchelvam (2018). Through the generous contributions of many Psi Psi alumni these six gentlemen were able to attend Balfour free of cost. It is those contributions that also allow Balfour to be hosted on a beautiful up and coming campus like Bowling Green State University. The brothers are extremely appreciative of the donations of alumni that make events like this possible. Throughout the few days the brothers participated in a variety of workshops and events, some tailored by position, others for the Psi Psi chapter as a whole. Working with advisor Jose Tovar (Sam Houston State University, 1986), and advisor Ben Tashjin (Rochester Polytechnic Institute), the chapter worked to develop a Strategic Initiative Development Plan to implement for the upcoming school year. Throughout the few days the chapter discussed a variety of topics pertaining to chapter operations, chapter finances, recruitment, and the current evolving Greek Life community on campus in Syracuse that they currently operate within. Current strategic initiatives that the chapter plans to focus on in the coming year includes leadership development, ritual reinforcement, financial responsibility, and on campus and community involvement. In coordination with the international fraternity’s imperatives and the chapters current performance and operations, these four areas were determined to be areas of focus for the coming year. These imperatives will help to accomplish the chapter’s mission statement that was developed at Balfour. “To foster and develop worthy young men into future leaders and gentlemen of their respective communities, contributing to the improvement and influence of the present and future of the Syracuse University campus and community.” The brothers believe that this mission statement is reflected in the goals and imperatives that we outlined. While at Balfour the brothers were able to network and connect with over 1500 Sigma Chi from around the world, as well as almost 500 faculty, alumni, and facilitators. While at Balfour the chapter was recognized as a Blue Level Thomas Cowan Bell Chapter. In addition the chapter collected the “Province Balfour Award” for alumni and former Consul Will Gerhard (2015), which recognizes him for his service and dedication to the chapter and fraternity. The chapter was also honored with a “Legion of Honor” award that is given to chapters that operate commendable scholarship programs to help every brother achieve academic success. The workshop was deemed a success and great time by the brothers in attendance. We look forward to increasing chapter attendance at next year’s workshop. In addition, the chapter was rewarded for all of their hard work over the past few years with a Peterson Award. This award is the highest honor the fraternity can bestow upon a chapter, and is awarded for outstanding achievement in all major areas of chapter operations and programing. It is a symbol of dedication, idealism, and achievement.
Class of 2017