Major Keys To Success: Business Fraternity Rush Begins Thursday
By Keenan Brown
Everyone knows Penn State has one of the largest Greek Life communities in the country, however, what some people don’t know is that Penn State is also home to an extremely successful system of co-ed Business Fraternities. More good news is that they start their recruiting season very soon. This Thursday, January 28, is the BFC (Business Fraternity Council) Mixer where students interested in rushing a business fraternity can meet members from each organization and decide which one is the right fit for them. The Mixer will be held in the Business Building Atrium from 5:45 to 8 p.m.
Penn State has five prestigious business fraternities: Phi Gamma Nu, Alpha Kappa Psi, Delta Sigma Pi, Phi Chi Theta, and Phi Beta Lambda. They each have their own unique sense of brotherhood that helps their members improve themselves professionally, all while building lifelong friendships.
All of the fraternities accept men and women of any major that are interested in business, and those already involved in Greek Life or any other orgs are encouraged to join as well. A short guide to each fraternity is featured below with their respective links and websites attached. Feel free to reach out to any of them for more questions.
Greek Letters: ΦΓΝ
Nickname: Phi Gamma Nu, PGN
President: Sianna Tecco
What distinguishes Phi Gamma Nu from the other Business Fraternities?
Phi Gamma Nu stands upon three pillars: Professional Development, Philanthropy, and Social. Our active participation in all three areas helps us grow as a fraternity, as Penn State students, and as future leaders. Leadership is an important quality that PGN encourages in all of our members; we look for them to show true leadership within our organization as well as outside of it. Our chapter is comprised of multiple THON captains as well as officers of varied organizations at Penn State and in the community at large.
What careers do PGN alumni pursue after graduation?
PGN is a respected name brand in the professional world, well known for producing quality people who are sought after by the Big 4 in accounting, the Big 3 in consulting, and the ‘bulge bracket’ banks – to name just a few of the industries where we excel. From Fortune 100 companies to exciting start-ups, PGN has alumni everywhere.
What type of person does PGN look to recruit?
PGN is a fun, close-knit group that actively recruits both business and non-business majors interested in kick-starting their professional careers and support our many activities. PGN members are people you can hangout with at 10 p.m. and win a case competition with at 10 a.m. Phi Gamma Nu looks for driven, enthusiastic individuals with the perfect balance of personality and professionalism to join our family.
PGN in Four Words: Work Hard, Play Hard
RUSH Contact Info: [email protected]
Greek Letters: ΦΒΛ
Nickname: Phi Beta Lambda
President: Dave Severino
What distinguishes Phi Beta Lambda from the other Business Fraternities?
We feel that the balance of our brothers’ professionalism in combination with their down-to-earth and personable attitudes allow them to succeed both in networking and in the workplace. Also, unlike any other business fraternity, we have a connection with Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and attend their annual state and national leadership conferences where we compete and consistently place at the top of each event.
What careers do PBL alumni pursue after graduation?
Given that Phi Beta Lambda accepts all majors at Penn State, our alumni go on to to work in various industries and firms across the globe from typical Smeal career paths to law school, medical school and beyond. We are extremely proud that 100% of our graduates leave Penn State with not only a degree, but a full-time job as well.
What type of person does PBL look to recruit?
While we strive to uphold an exceptional level of professionalism, we recognize that this is a learned trait and teaching it is our responsibility. We primarily look for aspiring new members that we connect with on a personal level and who are motivated to improve themselves with professional and social awareness.
Four Words to Describe PBL: Big Business. Bigger Family.
Website: General: http://psupbl.wix.com/homepage ; Rush: http://pblrush.weebly.com/
RUSH Contact Info:
-Bobby Taylor 570-898-4303 [email protected]
-Mike Thieme 484-553-8412 [email protected]
Greek Letters: ΦΧΘ
Nickname: Phi Chi Theta, PCT
President: Taylor Olson [email protected]
What distinguishes Phi Chi Theta from the other Business Fraternities?
The best part about PCT is the pledging process. Pledges are treated with the same amount of respect as brothers and are given the opportunity to attend all the PCT events. This aspect really makes PCT feel like a family.
What careers do PCT alumni pursue after graduation?
PCT alumni go on to become hard working professionals with strong sense of community and who care about giving back. Check out the interactive alumni map on our website to see what our alumni are doing all around the world.
What type of person does PCT look to recruit?
PCT recruits enthusiastic, career-oriented students who want to make the most of their college experience and give back to the communities they live in.
Three words to describe PCT: Family, Professionalism, Philanthropy
RUSH Contact Info:
-Alex Tobar (215)-870-0628 [email protected]
-Jake Heneghan (610)-506-8601 [email protected]
-Callie Hubicki (267)-374-0351 [email protected]
Greek Letters: ΔΣΠ
Nickname: Delta Sigma Pi, DSP
President: Brennan Azevedo
What distinguishes Delta Sigma Pi from the other Business Fraternities?
Many brothers would say that the people in DSP are what makes it such a special organization. We also believe that we offer a unique and very even balance of professional development opportunities as well as a social atmosphere.
What careers do DSP alumni pursue after graduation?
DSP alumni go on to be extremely successful in whatever they chose to do in the business world. Our alumni have a 100 percent job placement rate, and many of them work at Fortune 500 companies.
What type of person does DSP look to recruit?
For DSP, a standout candidate is a well-rounded individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities. We look for rushes that have potential to be active brothers, and will ultimately go on to be leaders in the business world.
DSP in three words: Friends Become Family
RUSH Contact Info: Senior Vice President – Erin Sharkey, [email protected]
Greek Letters: AKΨ
President: Luke Metaxas
What distinguishes Alpha Kappa Psi from the other Business Fraternities?
The diversity of the fraternity is one of the main aspects that sets AKPsi apart from the other business fraternities. We have engineers, business majors, psychology majors, English majors, app development majors, and many more. With such a diverse group of people, we are brought together by our personal drive and brotherhood support to excel in our passions.
What careers do AKPsi alumni pursue after graduation?
AKPsi alumni go on to do everything everywhere. We have brothers who are thriving in institutions from medical schools to law schools. At the same time, we have a numerous people employed by Big 4 accounting firms for accounting to consulting in bulge bracket financial services firms for investment banking to operations. Our alumni are experienced in almost every industry imaginable and come back to support our incredible network.
What type of person does AKPsi look to recruit?
There is honestly no “cookie cutter” brother that we seek for. We recruit passionate and motivated people who are looking to develop professionally, but can also contribute their individual skillsets back to a brotherhood that becomes their family.
Describe AKPsi in three words: Passionate, Driven, Multifarious
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