Venerably Speaking: Spring 2015
I would like to first express how excited I am for the opportunity to serve Acacia as the 2016 Venerable Dean. This position is something that really means a lot to me and I plan to bring a lot of excitement and enthusiasm to the house this next year! With that, I would like to take a minute to toot our own horn and reflect on all the great things we have done this last semester.
We finished off 2015 with an overall house GPA of 3.25. We continue to hold scholarship to the utmost importance and our brothers take a lot of pride in their school work. Our intramural football team made it to the playoffs and many brothers did well in their own individual sports. This year’s homecoming, a Century of Coming Home, went smoothly as we were paired with Pi Beta Phi and Delta Chi. We placed well in WRL, Spirit Sign, the parade and ended up ranked fourth overall! Acacia Claus was a huge success, adding a new location and pairing with Gamma Phi Beta to raise $5,400 worth of toys in just two days! Lastly, we are proud to announce that we have 14 newly initiated brothers with us moving into 2016!
I was privileged with being able to attend the Acacia Leadership Academy this summer with brothers Noah Trapp and Ryan Haefke. We learned a ton about how we can improve our house and continue to make Acacia one of the most elite fraternities in the country. Conclave will be hosted in Louisville, Kentucky this summer and I can’t wait to represent the Kansas State chapter and meet my brothers from across the country.
We have bright future ahead of us in 2016 and, as always, please feel free to contact me or any of our new Executive Council at any time! We really enjoy hearing from our Alumni and want to wish you the best, wherever you’re at in your Acacia Journey. Thank you for all of the support.
Written by Br. A.J. Wertzberger '15
Reflecting on the past semester and looking ahead to the upcoming year, Acacia accelerates with more potential and connections thanks to the leadership ability of strong communication.
The boldness of our leaders to be engaged in classes, clubs, campus and the community results from our members learning and applying key skills in taking action to courageously build teams and execute the vision of common good.
In reading a classic booked called "Fierce Conversations," I'm reminded of how to take a solid look at engaging and taking initiative to make a positive difference. To define the key term, a fierce conversation is one in which we come out from behind ourselves into the conversation and make it real. These types of interactions provoke learning to tackle tough challenges and enrich relationships.
The seven principles of fierce conversations include:
1. Master the courage to interrogate reality;
2. Come out from behind yourself into the conversation and make it real;
3. Be here, prepared to be nowhere else;
4. Tackle your toughest challenge today;
5.Obey your instincts;
6.Take responsibility for your emotional wake;
7. Let silence do the heavy lifting.
These concepts relate well to the major projects like the cross cultural outreach and diversity investments. We seek members who are ready to thrive in the changing demographics of our world and navigate the landscape of the future. It will take these principles to allow long-term success like our members who are making their communities better than ever. Join us in stepping up to have fierce conversations with your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and others in your circles of trust.
By Br. Lucas Shivers '01