Get To Know Penn State’s Business Fraternities
Every Penn State student is on a quest to make this vast campus seem a little bit smaller. One of the best ways to do this is to rush a business fraternity! We have five accomplished business fraternities on campus: Alpha Kappa Psi, Delta Sigma Pi, Phi Beta Lambda, Phi Chi Theta, and Phi Gamma Nu. Each of these fraternities has a unique sense of brotherhood, which helps them build lifelong friendships. If you are looking to grow professionally and find your niche at this great school, come join us for Spring Rush!
The Business Fraternity Council (BFC) Mixer will be held from 5:45 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 23 in the Business Building Atrium. Meet some of the brothers in each fraternity and get to know our values! Dress is business professional.
Alpha Kappa Psi
President: Ivan Chen
What sets AKPsi apart from the rest of the business fraternities?
AKPsi has established a rewarding but challenging pledging process that prepares our members for the future in Wall Street, Consulting, graduate school and other unique career paths. Moreover, we currently have four corporate sponsors (including PwC) who we hold private professional, philanthropic, and social events with. The most differentiating factor is the people who make up AKPsi. We are a group of motivated individuals that enjoys spending time with each other throughout the academic year as well as during breaks. While rush is a brief timeframe, I encourage those rushing to ask yourself the question, “Would I enjoy spending time and interacting with these people?”
What type of person does AKPsi seek to recruit?
There’s an African proverb, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” We look for motivated individuals who are team-oriented and wish to make a positive impact on their communities. While the majority of our members are in Smeal, we also have engineering, liberal arts, and math majors.
How has AKPsi helped you find your way through college?
I pledged the fall of my sophomore year. I was looking for an organization that would help me develop my professional skills, but what I experienced was much more than that. I solidified my Actuarial career path through talking with older members, while having the privilege to foster over 100 personal relationships – some of which are my closest friends.
Describe AKPsi in five words or less.
Challenging, supportive, driven, and compassionate
Delta Sigma Pi
President: Frank Ciongoli
What sets DSP apart from the rest of the business fraternities?
We foster a family atmosphere that pushes people to reach new heights and supports the aspirations of all of its members. We are in contact with Global Entrepreneur week to become the first business fraternity partnered with the organization that brings CEO’s and Innovative leaders to campus. Delta Sigma Pi has an incredibly active alumni network and offers trips outside state college once a semester to work on professional skills. The last two trips were Cincinnati and Boston. It’s the brothers that make all of it possible.
What type of person does DSP seek to recruit?
Delta Sigma Pi looks to recruit people passionate about career success in business and eager to find their fit at Penn State. We look for motivated, welcoming, and enthusiastic individuals that want to go the extra mile to better themselves and the fraternity alike.
How has Delta Sigma Pi helped find your way through college?
I came into college wanting to major in engineering, and realized half way through my first semester it wasn’t the right fit. I fumbled to find my place in not only my major, but in my extracurricular activities. I finally felt at home when I joined Delta Sigma Pi. The older brothers mentored me in major selection, assisted me with career advice, and provided corporate connections to assure I ended up in my ideal company. It’s my goal to return the favor and set new brothers up with a foundation for success and an organization that will bring them lifelong friendships.
Describe DSP in five words or less.
Doing college the right way
Phi Beta Lambda
President: RJ Bocado
What sets PBL apart from the rest of the business fraternities?
One of the unique aspects of PBL is the competitive nature of the organization. PBL has an internal competition every year between all of the other chapters in the state due to its affiliation with FBLA, Future Business Leaders of America. Members can compete against other chapters in business oriented exams and events ranging from sports marketing to accounting to resume writing. Every year we take a trip to Harrisburg, PA for the state competition and in the past we have had many brothers qualify for the national conference that is held in California where they compete against chapters across the nation.
What type of person does PBL seek to recruit?
Our fraternity seeks to recruit people with explosive personalities and ambitious goals. We like to live by our slogan, “Big Business, Bigger Family” and this is further proven by the social and professional connections you can make within our organization. If you are someone that is seeking to find a family that will push you to be the absolute best that you can be, then you’ve come to the right place!
How has PBL helped you find your way through college?
Coming into Penn State, one thing that was always on my mind was whether or not I would achieve academic success and secure a job right after I completed school. Also, I was worried about not being able to find an immediate social circle or group of friends. However, joining Phi Beta Lambda immediately eliminated those concerns. This organization has helped get me through tough academic times by offering me the support system I needed to help pass all my classes. Having people that I could study with and seek advice from, as well as many upperclassmen I could turn to when I needed help, proved to be very beneficial for me. I can honestly say that I would not have been accepted into the MAcc program had I not joined this organization. I think it’s also safe to say that I shouldn’t have any problems finding a full-time job upon the completion of my studies. In addition, Phi Beta Lambda has helped make such a large school feel a lot smaller. This organization has helped me find friends that I know I’ll have years after graduation. These are the people that I can study with, relax with, grow with, succeed with, and trust. This organization truly does exemplify the “Big Business, Bigger Family” mindset.
Describe PBL in five words or less.
Work Hard, Play Hard.
Phi Chi Theta
President: Katie Crane
What sets PCT apart from the rest of the business fraternities?
Phi Chi Theta strongly values brotherhood within our fraternity. All the members in our fraternity care about seeing each other succeed, so whether it’s alumni helping us find jobs or brothers supporting each other in activities on campus, everyone in PCT just wants the best for one another
What type of person does PCT seek to recruit?
We are a close-knit group and are looking for people that want to be part of our family. We want individuals that value professionalism, are involved in philanthropy, and are looking to make life long friends. We want recruits that will be dedicated to Phi Chi Theta.
How has PCT helped you find your way through college?
Any member of Phi Chi Theta would tell you that our fraternity has given them friends they will have for a lifetime. The individuals in our fraternity hold similar values and high standards for themselves and others. Brothers of Phi Chi Theta hold each other accountable and help each other whenever one may need. Having this kind of support system is important during your time in college.
Describe PCT in five words or less.
Phi Chi Theta is energetic, loyal, reliable, friendly, and dedicated.
Phi Gamma Nu
President: Yoshi Tummala
What sets PGN apart from the rest of the business fraternities?
The people are what sets PGN apart from the rest of the business fraternities. Whether we are doing something for our professional development, philanthropic obligation, or social growth, spending time with our brothers is what each and every one of us looks forward to.
What type of person does PGN seek to recruit?
There is no “set type” of person PGN seeks to recruit. All of our members have their unique attributes, and that’s what makes us so versatile. Instead of attempting to seek out the perfect person, we try to seek out the person who fills a gap and brings PGN one step closer to being a better organization. However, one thing all PGN members have in common is our drive to succeed, and we actively look for that in our rushes as well.
How has PGN helped find your way through college?
I rushed PGN the fall of my freshman year and it was hands down the best decision of my college career. Through PGN, I’ve developed my leadership skills and found my niche. These skills gave me the courage to study abroad, and the confidence to succeed in my internships. Now that I am a senior, I also want to do my part in helping an underclassman define and achieve their goals.
Describe PGN in five words or less.
Always stronger together!
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