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Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity

University of Minnesota Chapter

Category Archives: Front Page News

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Alpha Delts stand against sexual violence

Posted on by Nik VanDenMeerendonk

Members of Alpha Delta Phi at the University of Minnesota lit up social media with a pledge to help end sexual violence. Today’s media is inundated with stories of victims who have endured sexual assault, and the Alpha Delts have responded with a public commitment to help lead efforts toward increased vigilance and sensitivity to crimes of a sexual nature, from harassment to assault. The active members took part in a Greek-wide photo project through the Minnesota Alpha Beta chapter of the Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity which brought the university’s sororities and fraternities together and encouraged smiles and documented promises to stand up against domestic/gender/sexual violence.   The safety of all those who find a home at the University of Minnesota in one way or another, be it student or faculty, has and will always be a top priority for our organization and we encourage others to become active in helping to spread awareness of the issue and do what they can to prevent these incidents through education and proactive choices.   The U of M offers resources through The Aurora Center on both Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. The website reminds people that “The Aurora Center provides a safe and confidential space for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and family members or friends affiliated with the University of Minnesota, TC or Augsburg College who are victims/survivors/concerned people of sexual assault, relationship violence, or stalking.” Here, students can learn the steps of the Sexual Assault Response Protocol and how to report incidents of violence and harassment. A 24-hour helpline is also available for round-the-clock assistance as well.   Please take some time to visit their site to learn more about this resource so that you can help spread information to those who may need it. The Aurora Center: Advocacy & Education http://www1.umn.edu/aurora/   For more photos from the Minnesota Betas [read more…]

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Br. John Komarek ’07 gets down to business

Posted on by Nik VanDenMeerendonk

Big shout out to Br. John Komarek ’07 who has found success this summer after opening his brand new business, Curly: Creative Communications. After graduation from the College of Liberal Arts, John found work in the communications field in a variety of arenas, from the political to the public sector to the non-profit. His extensive experience had given him a ready arsenal of insight into the internal and external communication needs of businesses. John created Alpha Delta Phi’s Professional Networking Nights, in which brothers were invited to attend a presentation by a fellow alum — topics related to professional experiences. These events were highly praised by attendees and Komarek’s efforts proved worthwhile. This year, he founded Curly: Creative Communications with the help of his associate Mina Saremi. John and Mina have been busy meeting and greeting local business owners in the community and establishing a solid client base. While Mina takes care of the sales, John spearheads the creative duties and brings fresh options to people’s advertising, marketing and public relations needs. For people looking to get in front of a camera with a simple message to viewers, John had the idea to provide a simple, in-office setup and let people simply stand in front of a high-definition camera with professional lighting and, well, TALK. And thus, Curly’s “Talking Head” program was born. Simple, yet needed. A fine example of Br. Komarek’s problem solving abilities as a communications professional. We wish John the best of luck in his new endeavor and his brothers at Alpha Delta Phi are proud of him and his newfound success as a new business owner. (pictured above, Br. Jake Jacobson, left, poses with Br. John Komarek at Curly’s official ribbon cutting.) Nik VanDenMeerendonk ’05 Secretary Alpha Delta Phi MN Alumni Board

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The Greek mythology of today

Posted on by Nik VanDenMeerendonk

Being Greek is more than yogurt, The Odyssey and John Stamos. Depending on who you talk to, opinions on college Greek life will vary to dramatic degrees — from those in unabated, enthusiastic favor of it to those who can’t help but feel disdain and abhorrence. In a 2012 USA Today article penned by Nicole Glass, Greek life is analyzed for its social, moral and academic benefits. There is no hiding the fact that some organizations become part of less than honorable situations and these occurrences are certainly not to be taken lightly. But the dark side of Greek life has always been favored by the media for obvious reasons and it has done few favors to the honorable aspects of fraternities and sororities. The school year has just begun, and students and parents alike will find themselves considering what it is to be a part of Greek life. This is an article worth reading, should you find yourself curious and undereducated about this misunderstood community. EXAMINING THE BENEFITS OF GREEK LIFE By Nicole Glass May 8, 2012 USA Today Since 1825, all but three U.S. presidents have been members of a fraternity. 85% of Fortune 500 executives were part of Greek life. The first female astronaut was Greek. So was the first female senator. And college graduation rates are 20% higher among Greeks than non-Greeks. Which begs an obvious question: Does being in a fraternity or sorority increase your chance for success? Nine million college students are members of a Greek organization and whether they join to make friends, to build their resumes, to go to parties or to learn leadership skills, they each have an incentive to change some aspect of their life. A common deterrent for joining are the sometimes-negative stereotypes associated with Greek life. Fraternities and sororities are often associated with [read more…]

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“It’s all in the hips. It’s all in the hips. It’s all in the hips.” — Chubbs from Happy Gilmore

Posted on by Nik VanDenMeerendonk

As the weather gets colder and we leave behind the days of ice bucket challenges and Top 40 summer hits, it doesn’t mean the Alpha Delts didn’t have a little fun during the dog days. The 8th Annual Xaipe Classic Golf Outing on Saturday, August 16 at Goodrich Golf Course in Maplewood, MN was another successful outing. Actives and alumni alike got together to enjoy a day on the links in friendly competition. Tooling around in golf carts, lining up their shots with terrible-to-precise accuracy and most certainly teasing each other for time spent in sand traps and water hazards, the boys in green made the most of their annual golf game. Thanks again to all those who participated in the event and we hope to see you again next year! Nik VanDenMeerendonk ’05 Secretary Alpha Delta Phi MN Alumni Board

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It don’t mean a thing if we ain’t got that swing

Posted on by Nik VanDenMeerendonk

Once again, the 8th Annual Xaipe Classic Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, August 16 at Goodrich Golf Course in Maplewood, MN. Many brothers do not see each other during the summer months, and the golf classic is a good way to reconnect before the annual Homecoming celebration. We encourage all alumni to participate (regardless of your skill level) and join us for a day of relaxation, excitement and of course, golf! After the outing, there will be an awards ceremony for the winning team followed by a grill-out at the Alpha Delta Phi chapter house on the University of Minnesota campus. Nik VanDenMeerendonk, MN ’05 Secretary Alpha Delta Phi MN Alumni Board

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Professional Networking Nights are coming back!

Posted on by Nik VanDenMeerendonk

We are happy to announce the return of the Alpha Delta Phi Professional Networking Night! These events, started a few years ago, were designed to bring our brothers together in a setting to learn about each others’ professional experiences and share their own. The lecture format saw alumni stepping up to give presentations on their careers while fielding questions from those in attendance. These events have been very beneficial to younger members as they make their way through the beginning stages of their own careers and seek professional advice from trusted mentors. The events are slated to start in late summer of this year. #adpmnpnn Nik VanDenMeerendonk, MN ’05 Secretary Alpha Delta Phi MN Alumni Board

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Alpha Delts Helping Those in Need

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Last weekend, The Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity was to hold its winter national board meeting in Cambridge. MA. We reserved a block of rooms at The Kendall Hotel. On New Year’s Eve, owing to the impending snow storm, we decided to postpone the meeting. Notwithstanding the group cancellation policy, the hotel’s General Manager, Brenda Anderson, graciously agreed to provide the Fraternity with a credit for a future stay, for which we are very grateful. The aftermath of the storm was predicted to be brutal; the temperature in the Boston area would plummet to sub-zero ranges. We contacted The Kendall Hotel with a novel idea: instead of applying the credit to a future stay by Alpha Delta Phi, could we make the rooms available to clientele of Rosie’s Place or other homeless shelters which would no doubt be stretched beyond their resources this weekend? Anderson said that in her 10 years of working at the hotel she had never had such a request. Despite some understandable initial reluctance, we were able to work with the hotel so the two organizations could do something positive for those less fortunate. That bitterly cold weekend The Kendall housed several individuals in need of shelter and will donate the balance of Alpha Delta Phi’s credit to Rosie’s Place in the form of blankets, bedding and other essentials. On behalf of Alpha Delta Phi, I wish to thank The Kendall Hotel for stepping up and commend them for being such outstanding corporate citizens.

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Food, prepare yourself…

Posted on by Nik VanDenMeerendonk

What do Jennifer Aniston, Christie Brinkley, Brad Pitt and the MN Alpha Delta Phi kitchen all have in common? And don’t say “immaculate hair growth.” No. Seriously, don’t. Instead, can you say FACELIFT? That’s right. After years upon years of dutiful service to our house, the old kitchen has earned its right to once again be young and beautiful. It’s like a fairy tale where an old crone wants nothing more than to be a spry, vivacious lass in the prime of her life. And then one day, POOF! She’s a knockout. And she’s the most popular gal at the ball. But her true beauty lies on the inside because of her long wonderful history and the memories she has and whatnot. Okay, I may have gotten a little off track there — look, the point is, the kitchen is sporting a new, updated look after extensive renovation over the summer. With many thanks to the efforts of the alumni organization and their generous donations, we have been able to provide an upgrade that our house so deeply deserves. New cabinets, countertops, sinks, stove, oven, etc. The works. And why not? This kitchen has served generations of our members and provided countless memories along the way. We can barely express how thrilled we are to offer active members a chance to create meals with the new amenities. Many were able to see the improvements at Homecoming and many more will see them at our upcoming Founder’s Day event. We hope that this new kitchen will help to create memories that will endure the test of time — like Joan Rivers’ face. Nik VanDenMeerendonk, MN ’05 Secretary Alpha Delta Phi MN Alumni Board

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Some things deserve a second look

Posted on by Nik VanDenMeerendonk

I know. It’s been awhile since our last update. Sorry about that. But we’re here now. Gazing into each others’ eyes and pondering…what we’re going to eat for dinner or something. Anyway… As we await the completion of the chapter house’s brand new kitchen (yes, our kitchen is being completely renovated and upgraded), I’d like to take a moment and thank our brothers who have contributed content to our chapter’s award-winning website. It’s not always on everyone’s minds to sit and write a piece centered around a fraternity theme, especially in their free time. But in the past year or two, we have had some remarkable stories written by some of our alumni that help to keep others informed of the chapter’s activities as well as what is happening in the personal and professional lives of our alumni. Some have written introspective pieces that reflect on what is to be a part of this organization – the trials and rewards – and some have offered sage advice to the classes that come after us. Brothers write pieces touting the achievements of their fellow members and memorializing those we have lost. From time to time, a humorous anecdote makes its way into the jabber jungle and exists only to make us laugh. As a literary organization, it’s a goal of ours to maintain and cultivate the ability to express ourselves via the written word. We do value eloquence and a firm grasp of proper grammatical concepts, but it’s understood that what’s more important lies beyond the technique; it’s the message being put forth. The words shared by our brothers deserve recognition as much as the events they describe. While they may not reach a wide number of eyes, I hope that those that do find them see what we’re trying to [read more…]

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2013 Active/Alumni Golf Classic

Posted on by Nik VanDenMeerendonk

Summer is here and it’s time to bust out the clubs! The Alpha Delta Phi MN Chapter Active/Alumni Golf Classic is approaching quickly and there is still time to RSVP for this event! See some of your old brothers and meet some new ones. This is a fantastic way to spend a Saturday with your fraternity brothers. Our annual golfing event brings people out of the woodwork and onto the course for a day of relaxation, reconnection and of course…GOLF! Whether you’re a veteran of the green or a first-timer, you’re bound to enjoy this event. We look forward to it every year and we look forward to seeing you! When: Saturday, July 13, 2013 Where: Brookview Golf Course 200 Brookview Pkwy Golden Valley, MN 55426 Time: First tee time is 11:45am Cost: $35 walking, $50 riding RSVP: Before Sunday, June 30, 2013 to Sam Beutel beut0032@umn.edu Dinner will be provided at the Chapter House following the golf outing.

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