Every Alpha Chi chapter is unique. There are chapters that meet every month and chapters that meet once or twice a year. Student interest, ideas, and energy are generally what will drive the level of activity you see on each campus. The most common kinds of local activities are academic programs (for example, academic showcases and chapter-sponsored lectures and forums) and service projects, many of which also have an academic component (for example, tutoring, sponsoring high school quiz bowls, and literacy efforts with local schools). Of course, your chapter is encouraged to be as creative as it wants to be! Use these pages of examples to establish chapter traditions that make students excited to be Alpha Chi members. If you have a great idea that you don’t see here, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org to get it added.
At the 2013 convention in Nashville, delegates offered their ideas for chapter events. You can find some of these ideas by clicking on the tabs to the left (Scholarly Activities, Service Projects, Fundraisers, and Social Events). The 2014 convention in St. Louis also included several chapter-strengthening sessions. You can find some of them below. Don’t forget to send your own ideas and photographs of your activities to the national office!
Honor Students Gone Wild! Chapter Event Planning
For two years, Bill Potter from Hawaii Pacific University has lead a chapter-strengthening session for members to share and brainstorm all kinds of interesting campus events. They really got the creative juices flowing, so click on the blue heading above to see a compilation of those results.
The purpose of this powerpoint is to help chapters prepare for a grad school info session on their campus. These slides are based on experiences by sponsors and members at the Texas Iota chapter at Texas State University, including statistical information gathered from annual chapter reports.
Huntington University has also done a similar workshop on how their chapter hosts a graduate school forum on campus each year. Click here to download their presentation.
Collaborating Across Campus
One way to boost your chapter’s on-campus profile is by working together with other organizations on campus to create even bigger and better events. In the link above, you’ll find helpful tips from the Oklahoma Gamma chapter at East Central University. You may also want to check out the prezi created by students from the Pennsylvania Nu chapter at Saint Vincent College.
North Carolina Phi at Chowan University brings us “The 259-Day Plan: The Art of Fundraising at a Small University.” Though it is based on the experience of a small school, it certainly contains useful tips for all chapters, big and small.
Optimizing Chapter Life
Dr. Kathi Vosevich, sponsor of the Georgia Theta chapter at Shorter University, represented Alpha Chi at the Leadership Excellence and Advisor Development (LEAD) conference in Atlanta, GA in August 2013. In this powerpoint she shares what she’s learned about cultivating relationships and motivating students for success.
Create a chapter Facebook page and use Twitter to help advertise your events on campus and in the community.