The North-American Interfraternity Conference is pleased to announce that the following undergraduate students have been chosen to serve as mentors for the 2014 Jon Williamson Futures Quest. Each of these students was chosen from a pool of over 130 applicants, all of whom are graduates of either Futures Quest or the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute.
Futures Quest is an emerging leaders institute sponsored by the NIC, and is a unique experience that provides new fraternity members with an experience that is broader than their own chapter. At Futures Quest, participants will learn new skills related to ethical decision making and problem solving, conflict management, values integration, and effectively taking risks. All of this is then correlated to the pivotal role that fraternal values play in both leadership and being a fraternity man. At Futures Quest, participants are challenged to answer the question of what does it mean to lead a fraternity and then provide the skills necessary to make that vision a reality.
Mentors were chosen based upon their own leadership experiences as well as their ability to inspire and create lasting change in their own chapters and communities. Each mentor will play a significant role in the program by not only facilitating portions of the curriculum, but also by serving as a guide and role model to the men in attendance as they begin their journey as fraternity men who will lead their organizations forward. Please join us in congratulating the following men and women who have been chosen to mentor at Futures Quest:
Christopher Aldarelli, Pi Kappa Phi; Quinnipiac University
Gavin Bonar, Sigma Phi Epsilon; Northern Kentucky University
Caleb Buxton, Delta Tau Delta; Kennesaw State University
Kyle Dupper, FarmHouse; Virginia Tech
Sean Gleason, Triangle Fraternity; University of Cincinnati
Thomas Hammett, Sigma Phi Epsilon; Washington State University
Jaecy Hebrlee, Alpha Sigma Alpha; Pittsburg State University
Erik Holtz, Beta Theta Pi; University of Connecticut
Eric Johnson, Pi Kappa Alpha; Kennesaw State University
Keilah Johnson, Delta Gamma Fraternity; Saint Louis University
Jonathan Kittle, Sigma Tau Gamma; Auburn University
Emma Maher Horvath, Phi Mu; American University
Rebecca Pettenski, Delta Gamma; University of Rochester
Chelsea Phillips, Alpha Gamma Delta; Ball State University
Maria Torraco, Kappa Alpha Theta; University of Connecticut
Duncan Waugaman, Kappa Alpha Order; Marshall University
There are two sessions of Futures Quest scheduled for the winter of 2013-2014. Session dates are December 20-22, 2013 and January 4-6, 2014. Priority registration will be available until November 30, 2013. For more information about the program and to encourage men you know by sending them a Futures Quest card, please visit www.nicindy.org/programs/futures-quest.
The NIC is going the distance for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®. We are proud to continue our sponsorship of the Give thanks. Walk.™ event in Indianapolis. St. Jude's important work has been recognized for more than a decade during the NIC's Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute while discussing service and philanthropy. If you live the in greater Indianapolis-area, we hope to see you at the walk on November 23rd. Please consider making a gift to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® through the NIC's fundraising page, some UIFI graduates might appreciate our team name Walking for the "Tots."
The official press release from St. Jude follows below.
Area residents go the distance for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®
Join thousands of walkers in 75-city St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. ™ event on Nov. 23
INDIANAPOLIS, In. (Nov. 5, 2013) – On Saturday, Nov. 23, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® is hosting the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk.™ in 75 communities nationwide, including Indianapolis, to support children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases with pioneering research and exceptional care.
The local St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. will take place at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and feature family friendly activities, museum exhibits, live music and more from 7 a.m. to Noon. Registration for the walk is free but participants set personal fundraising goals and ask friends and family to donate. These efforts support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude.
Unlike any other hospital, St. Jude relies on funding from everyday people to help support its lifesaving mission of finding cures to save children battling cancer and other deadly diseases. Because of donations, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
Patient families like Kailyn Castro’s, who is surviving Stage 4 B Hodgkin Lymphoma with the help of St. Jude, understand firsthand the significance of events like this one.
Kailyn is an intern at the St. Jude local office in Indianapolis and a student at a local Indiana college. She tells, “At seventeen, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 B Hodgkin Lymphoma, altering my focus from graduation and college to battling a deadly disease. Fortunately, I was able to become a patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and after months of chemotherapy, nights full of uncertainty and weeks of radiation, my life was returned to me. If it were not for the extraordinary work of St. Jude, which is funded majorly by individuals and events like the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk., my situation may have been much different. I am proud to be a St. Jude survivor and feel that it is my duty to give back so that one day St. Jude will be able to find a cure that eradicates childhood cancer.”
National Partner Teams of the walk include New York & Company, AutoTrader.com and Brooks Brothers; National Volunteer Teams include Delta Delta Delta, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Iota Phi Theta; local sponsors are The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Washington National, North-American Interfraternity Conference and Deem Mechanical; and local volunteers from Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Delta Delta Delta and more will be out supporting the event.
The St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. serves as the official kick-off event for the St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign, which unites retail and corporate partners, as well as celebrities, during the holidays.
Be sure to also “like” the Indiana St. Jude Facebook page at www.facebook.com/stjudeindiana or call our local Indianapolis office 317.587.0925 to receive the latest updates.
ABOUT ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL®
Since opening more than 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting stjude.org or following us on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.
Fraternity membership is an opportunity to grow and develop as a man, leader and citizen. Being a member of a fraternity allows a man to take on important projects, create change in a chapter, set the example, and inspire a shared vision among his brothers.
New fraternity men don't always have a clear vision of how they can take advantage of these opportunities. And that's where Futures Quest® comes in. This program provides up-and-coming leaders with an opportunity to identify personal strengths and challenges, develop leadership and communication skills, explore personal values and strength of conviction, and making a commitment to fraternal ideals. It's the perfect way to jump-start your involvement with your fraternity and find ways to create a successful fraternity journey moving forward.
Futures Quest is a three-day program that provides leadership training to men who have joined a fraternity in the past two years.
Each participant is guided through the Quest by a mentor, an experienced fraternity leader who will share his knowledge and offer guidance in a variety of ways. The relationship developed between participant and mentor is strong and lasting. You will meet and interact with an amazing group of men. You arrive as strangers, and leave as interfraternal brothers. The bonds of friendship and the interfraternal spirit are forged quickly and remain with you.
And Futures Quest participants report significant growth and development from the program:
- 94 percent of participants report that Futures Quest will cause them to get the most out of their fraternity membership.
- 100 percent of participants agree that Futures Quest has better prepared them to be a leader in their fraternity.
- 91 percent of participants report that they have a better understanding of themselves after Futures Quest.
- 89 percent of participants say that after Futures Quest, "I am a changed man."
"This was an unbelievable program and an experience I never could have imagined. I say that as a fraternity man and just a man," one participant wrote after Futures Quest. "I gained invaluable fraternal experience as well as life experience. I am truly thankful I had a chance to be part of this program and I thank everyone involved from the bottom of my heart. This was a life-changing experience and I will forever be a better fraternity member and member of society because of it."
Futures Quest is held at Camp Tecumseh in Brookston, Indiana, during the 2013-14 winter break. Sessions are scheduled for December 20-22, 2013, and January 4-6, 2014. Click here for more information and to apply to attend. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to get the most out of your fraternity membership.