Boston, MA – (July 31, 2016) - On July 22nd, six undergraduate brothers from Northeastern University’s Xi-Beta chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity traveled to Orlando to attend the 2016 Leadership Conference.
Brothers Rollin Atkinson (‘13), Parker Brown (‘14), Joe Connelly (‘13), Desmond Gray (‘13), Troy Sutton (‘14), and Daniel Tomanelli (‘14) were amongst the nearly 1,800 brothers in attendance, making the event the largest Leadership Conference in Kappa Sigma history. Undergraduates and alumni alike represented Kappa Sigma’s 320 national chapters.
The two-day event provided a variety of programs focusing on personal and chapter-wide development within each of Kappa Sigma’s four pillars of fellowship, leadership, scholarship, and service. All programs and resources are provided with the hope of assisting undergraduates and alumni network and find ways to better both their chapters and Kappa Sigma as a whole.
A variety of Kappa Sigma commissioners, officers, and Supreme Executive Committee members contributed addresses over the weekend as part of the ongoings. Xi-Beta’s own Michael Hall (‘03), the current AGC Deputy Commissioner for the Military Heroes Campaign, focused his speech on our service efforts, highlighting exemplary community service events around the nation. Justin Hansen (‘01), a former Xi-Beta Grand Master and the current Worthy Grand Master of Ceremonies, talked to the conference about Champions’ Quest and Ritual, proclaiming that Kappa Sigma is more ritually proficient than ever before. Worthy Grand Master Derek L. Marchman (Lambda-Xi, Georgia College and State University, ’85) closed out the conference with a keynote address reminding brothers that the focus should be not on what has already been achieved, but instead on what is still to come.
The conference also provided the chance for all chapters to join together in celebrating yet another historic year for Kappa Sigma. Boasting more than 10,000 new pledges, a world record, to go along with $3.6 million and approximately 900,000 hours of philanthropy in the 2015-2016 academic year, the Kappa Sigma Fraternity once again why it is the worldwide fraternity gold standard.
Xi-Beta reaffirmed its position as one of Kappa Sigma’s most exemplary chapters over the weekend, receiving a multitude of national honors. Brothers Alex Bonacum (‘11), Joe Connelly, and Courtland Chapman (‘13) were recognized for outstanding work in their executive committee positions for the chapter in the 2015-2016 Academic year; Brother Bonacum was Xi-Beta’s Grand Master, while Brothers Connelly and Chapman served as Grand Master of Ceremonies and Grand Scribe respectively. Furthermore, Brother Troy Sutton was one of five brothers nationwide elected to the Kappa Sigma Undergraduate Advisory Committee, which acts as a voice for undergraduate brothers to relay their thoughts to the Supreme Executive Committee.
Xi-Beta was one of 12 chapters to receive the prestigious Founder’s Circle Award. According to Kappa Sigma Executive Director Mitchell Wilson (Beta-Nu, University of Kentucky, ‘78), the award is given to those who have reached the pinnacle of excellence in Kappa Sigma, those who have gone the extra mile to assert themselves as the best of the best. The chapter also took home honors for excellence in A Greater Cause, 100% Ritual Proficiency, as well as an award for an Outstanding Community Service Event with the Military Heroes 5k.
Four Xi-Beta alumni were also recognized for their continued dedication to Kappa Sigma. Gary Marinelli (‘04), the current Communications Commissioner; Tom Kelly (‘03), the current Alumni Advancement Commissioner, and Michael Hall all received Distinguished Service Commendations for their efforts. Operations Deputy Commissioner and Northern New England District Grand Master Dan Murdiza (‘07) was given a Distinguished Service Award as well, and also took the stage on behalf of the Northern New England Region to accept the award for Kappa Sigma District of the Year.
The 2016 Leadership Conference was a fitting way to celebrate the hard work done by Xi-Beta and the Kappa Sigma Fraternity as a whole in the 2015-2016 academic year and prepare for another year of excellence.
For more information or photos of the event, please contact Rollin Atkinson.