Balancing APO and Real Life - Irene Wolf, Region VI Director
Part of the Fraternity's Essentials of APO Volunteering series, this workshop focuses on how to successfully combine work, family, relationships, APO and leisure time into a satisfying life. We will develop skill sets that enhances the ability to evaluate priorities, focus on the big picture and create lifelong volunteers for the Fraternity.
Becoming an APO Volunteer - Jacob Hagman; Chapter Advisor, Delta Gamma Chapter
Part of the Fraternity's Essentials of APO Volunteering series. Do you see volunteering for APO in your future? Try out this introduction to alumni volunteer training. The Fraternity relies on alumni volunteers across the country, at all levels, in many capacities. How can you seek out potential options and build your skills to become an effective representative of the Fraternity? Investigate how to match your talents and interests with APO opportunities. Focus is on recent and soon-to- be alums, however all are welcome!
Building Productive Relationships with Chapters - Brandyn Fairchild; Theta Theta '08
Regardless of your volunteer role, working with a chapter can be like walking a tight rope. From semester to semester the leadership of the chapter can change drastically, as well as their needs for you as an advisor, section representative, or in other chapter-facing roles. By building positive and productive relationships with the chapter you can transcend the bumpy roads of transitions and maintain a solid working relationship with your chapter.
Communicating with Today's College Student - Tess Newlove
Conference Planning and Advising - Kelly Fuller; Omega Epsilon '02
As active brothers many of us were somehow been involved with planning a conference. Now as volunteers and advisors we have the opportunity to use these expertise to help guide the next generation of brothers through the process of conference planning. In this workshop we will discuss the nuts and bolts of how to advise students through the process, as well how to make sure we are not crossing the line by taking control of the process.
Conflict Resolution for Alumni Volunteers - Lisa Coop, Section 31 Chair
Part of the Volunteer University Advising series. How do you as an alumni volunteer help chapters mitigate conflict? Conflict management focuses on how to recognize conflict between people and groups, how to guide and encourage others to a positive resolution, and discusses how to stay neutral and serve as mediator.
Extension Sponsor Training - Melissa DeLuka; Membership and Extension Director, Alpha Phi Omega
To reach the Fraternity's goal to have 500 active chapters we need to charter a lot more chapters, and in turn we need lots of qualified, trained volunteers who are able to help shape groups of college students into cohesive chapters. This workshop will help you become one of those highly qualified volunteers, able to navigate all of the chartering requirements, forms and paperwork, and how to work with students help them work through the entire process.
Finance for Advisors - Mike DeLuka, Region VI Director of Volunteer Development
Part of the Volunteer University Advising series. Chapter finances can be a tricky minefield for the un-initiated. In this introduction to chapter finances we will discuss some of best practices for budgeting processes as well as some of the more common pitfalls chapters can run into.
How to Assess the Health of Chapter Programming - Maggie Katz, Past National President, Alpha Phi Omega
What can we do to help a chapter understand the current state and health of the programs that it offers? Are they meeting the needs of the chapter and its members? Or are they the same programs that the chapter has offered for years which have not kept up with today's needs and don't scale the chapter's current size? This session will offer methods for evaluating the programs and some tips for communicating this to chapter leadership in order to make needed improvements.
Keeping the Volunteer's Spark Glowing - Brian Martin, Mu Xi '98
Who? What? When? Where? and most importantly Why? The APO Spark is the driving force that keeps us involved in APO. What happens when it burns low? During this short workshop we’ll go over some rekindling activities, some introspection techniques and some reminiscing fun all in attempt to add these skills to your tool bag. Whether the needed change is within, encouraging someone to move to another role within the fraternity, or motivating someone who is just not pulling their weight these skills can apply to all alumni volunteers.
National Legislation - Jeremy Bingman; Region VI Director
National legislation is crucial to the operations of our Fraternity as a whole. In this workshop we will discuss the nuts and bolts of legislation and how we as alumni volunteers can participate in the legislative process. You can expect to discover when, how and by whom legislation can be submitted; how legislation is sorted into reference committees; how alumni participate in the reference committee process as well as how we are included on the legislative floor.
Risk Management - Maggie Katz, Past National President, Alpha Phi Omega
Part of the Fraternity's Essentials of APO Volunteering series, this course will cover some of the unique challenges and risks associated with becoming a volunteer. A focus on how to help a chapter through a crisis or risk management issues. Course will cover proper protocols, RM, resources, and documentation.
Roles of the chapter advisor and how they change - Scott Merritts; Region VI Volunteer and Advisor Committee Chair, Lambda Phi Chapter, and Marty Davis-Merritts; Chapter Advisor Lambda Phi Chapter
Working as a chapter advisor is likely one of the most rewarding volunteer roles in APO. As a young volunteer it is a way to stay connected to the fraternity we knew and loved as active brothers, but as the years tick by that role and perspective changes. In this workshop you can expect to hear about the rewards of advising, how the challenges of the job evolve year after year, and how to bring it full circle through mentorship of newer and younger chapter advisors.
Overcoming Challenges of Student Involvement on Urban Commuter Campuses - David Strauss, Dean of Students, Wayne State University
Many students choose an institution of higher education in an urban setting as they enjoy the variety of educational opportunities that the surrounding community can provide. This variety, however, can provide some unique challenges when trying to engage students in campus programs and organizations for reasons such as the plethora of options for every interest as well as a higher concentration of students who are not on campus all of the time. Student organizations which cannot adjust and adapt can struggle to find their place in the community as well as to attract student members. Dr. Strauss will be talking about the ways in which we can support our chapters to understand and overcome the unique challenges that we encounter on these campuses as well as to take advantage of this distinct setting and ways in which chapters can adapt to meet the needs of commuter students.
Student Organization Contribution to Student Academic Success - Dorothy Stewart; Associate Dean of Students at the University of Detroit Mercy
In addition to the service that we provide to our communities and the leadership which we develop in our members, the Fraternity is a part of the community on the campuses on which we are chartered and plays a role in the success of this greater community. Ms. Stewart will share with us the role in which the Fraternity can play in supporting the success standards of the educational institutions with which we partner in order to help further the success of their academic goals and contributing to a better overall academic experience for the campus's students.
Suicide Prevention & First Steps to Take - Taylor Newlove-Chimes; Region V Internal Volunteer Development Chair
Transitioning from Active to Advisor - Zach Brodt; Region V Historian/Archivist
Part of the Volunteer University Advising series. Chapter advisors play an important part in the success of a chapter and serve a very different role than that of being an active. This session is for new advisors or those new graduates who are considering becoming a chapter advisor. We will discuss the various roles an advisor plays and highlight various scenarios that you may encounter as a new advisor.
Upcoming Changes - Restructure & Realignment - Melody Martin; Chair of Transition Task Force, Irene Wolf; Region V Director, and Jeremy Bingman; Region VI Director
The 2014 National Convention approved the most significant change to the Board of Directors and Fraternity leadership structure since 1967. This workshop will outline some of those changes and how the Fraternity will transition to this new structure. The session will also cover a proposal by the Board of Directors to the 2016 National Convention to change the geographic structure of the Fraternity.
"You did WHAT?!?!" How to handle chapter "oops" moments - Ginny Milne; Region V Membership Chair
Think "Worst Case Scenario". The chapter you advise just discovered a cache of un-cashed checks from a year ago... how do you guide the chapter through this issue? You just witnessed the chapter performing some borderline hazing behavior during their activation ceremony... how do you handle this? This workshop will call on the attendees to share their chapters' worst case scenarios and will guide participants through a variety of ways to handle these "oops" moments.
Youth Service - the Fraternity's Direction and Partnership Relationships - Patrick Higgins; Vice-Chair of the Scouting and Youth Service sub-committee of the National Service Committee
The Fraternity has been reviewing its focus on how it engages in service to youth and, in this session, Brother Higgins from the national Scouting and Youth Service sub-committee will share some information about the Fraternity's direction on youth service as well as our relationships with our youth service partners and what we can do to work with chapters to engage them as part of these relationships.
Basic Skills Certification Training
The Fraternity's Basic Skills training, covering both presentation and small-group facilitation skills, will be be offered for those interested in improving their skills in front of a group or for those interested in becoming an APO LEADS, Membership Academy/University, Volunteer University, or other presenter. Participants must have previously completed the on-line pre-training session for basic skills. Space for this session is limited and requires an additional registration.
If you have questions, please contact the Region VI Leadership Development Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
APO LEADS Achieve Content Training
The Fraternity's APO LEADS program requires continuous training of new presenters to meet the growing needs of the Fraternity. This session is for those looking to become certified to present the Achieve course. Participants must have previously completed the on-line pre-training session for Achieve content. Space for this session is limited and requires an additional registration.