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Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity

University of Minnesota Chapter

Monthly Archives: February 2012

Industry Professionals Connect, Share Ideas

Industry Professionals Connect, Share Ideas

Posted on by JohnKomarek

Professional’s Night Featuring Steve Thompson You may have noticed a number of emails in your inbox regarding an event called “Professional’s Night.” This on-going networking event is open to all brothers of the Alpha Delta Phi in or around the Twin Cities area. After a successful inaugural event, Professional’s Night has started featuring some of our noteworthy brothers in the ADPhi Professional Network. At a crowded table inside the Bulldog North East, Steve Thompson Minn. ’95 of Microsoft Corporation lent the fraternity his time and his expertise. Thompson explained his transition from a Political Science major from the College of Liberal Arts to a taking a leadership role in a highly technical field. “I did a lot of consulting for many different clients to start my career,” Thompson said. “It took a lot of hard work and networking, but soon found myself at Microsoft.” Thompson, as a former alumni and active president, is no stranger to leadership. “I took what I learned from the fraternity and my college courses and applied it to every client I worked with to ensure that the job was done correctly,” Thompson said. “People noticed.” Members of all ages and generations shared their professional perspectives. From former U.S. Congressman Bill Luther Minn. ’67 to recent alumni Dan Johnson Minn. ’11 and Dan Hassing Pennisular ’10, brothers spent the evening connecting and sharing ideas. “I enjoyed speaking with generations of alumni about his professional work,” Johnson said. “As a member new to the alumni network, I felt welcomed and engaged in great networking and conversation with industry professionals.” Johnson could be seen discussing everything from how to begin your own consulting business to politics with Thompson. Former U.S. Congressman Luther made his way around the table to meet with members of the ADPhi Professional Network and [read more…]



Safety first at ADPhi

Safety first at ADPhi

Posted on by Nik VanDenMeerendonk

My time as an Alpha Delt taught me many life lessons that I use to this day. Most specifically, risk management. I think that the Minnesota Chapter is unique because of our heavy emphasis on risk management. When having guests over for a party, it was ingrained in us right from the start that not only are we responsible for ourselves, but also for the safety and well-being of our guests in attendance. Duties would be assigned in advance designating which brother would man the door, ensure that the grounds were being patrolled, guests were behaving, etc. If any problems did arise, brothers banded together to make sure they were resolved as effectively, safely and responsibly as possible. Even though we may be having a lighthearted get-together with friends, there was always the over arching sense of responsibility. I can honestly say that in my tenure as an active member, there was never once a serious incident that jeopardized the safety of any brothers or guests attending a function at our house. I commend the previous and current Risk Management Chairs for their dedication and care to ensure that Alpha Delta Phi remains a safe and welcoming environment for students to come and enjoy their college years. John “Jingles” Jacobson Class of 2009 Licensed Mortician St. Paul, Minnesota



ADPhi Professional’s Night

ADPhi Professional’s Night

Posted on by JohnKomarek

Inaugural Professional’s Night is a Success! Multiple chapters connect, network and build the ADPhi Professional Network Inside Ginger Hop in Northeast Minneapolis, alumni from Minnesota, Illinois and Peninsular chapters convened for the inaugural “Professional’s Night.” This on-going networking event is open to all brothers of the Alpha Delta Phi in or around the Twin Cities area. For some, it’s a chance to catch up and find out about his fellow brothers’ professional careers. “It’s amazing how quickly you can lose touch with brothers from your own chapter,” Dave Schnizlein, Minn. ’07 said. “It was great to hear about what others were working on and making connections that could help me advance my career or take it in a new direction.” For others, it’s a chance to make new connections with members from other chapters and to expand a professional network. “Wherever you are in the world, you know that there are brothers out there, but beyond Founder’s Day, there aren’t many opportunities to connect with them,” Bill James, Ill. ’80 said. “At Professional’s Night, I was able to meet many up-and-coming brothers with marketable skills and talent.” And for one, it provided an opportunity to connect with brothers after returning to begin his professional career in his home state. “As an Alpha Delt who went to college out-of-state, I didn’t necessarily get to meet many of the Minnesota brothers,” Dan Hassing, Pennisular ’10 said. “After meeting the group in Minneapolis, I’m excited to be a part of the ADPhi Professional Network.” Check your email inbox for upcoming Professional’s Night events and about the addition of “Featured Alumni” who will attend and address the group. For more information about Professional’s Night or to request to become a Featured Alumni for an upcoming event, please contact John Komarek at john.komarek07@gmail.com.



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