The Magazine of Phi Gamma Nu - Page 8

A LETTER FROM THE president PGN has been an important part of my life since pledging during my Sophomore year at the University of Illinois. PGN gave me the opportunity to build new friendships, grow professionally, and contribute philanthropically; all of which truly impacted my life and career, while also making my college experience so distinctive and fun. My participation on the National Council has been a great opportunity to stay involved and continue to grow our organization to share and expand the PGN experience for future members and alumni. Current Members & Alumni, It’s an extremely exciting time for Phi Gamma Nu, of which I’m both honored and thrilled to be a part. The theme for this year’s magazine is “Reaching New Heights”, which is consistent with the theme of this year’s National Convention held in Chicago in April. I hope you enjoy reading about all of the exciting things our members and alumni have to share! For the past two years, I served on the National Council as the National Treasurer. While there has been plenty of work to do, it’s been extremely fulfilling to be a part of the change in the organization. We’ve been able to accomplish a lot over the past two years, but more importantly I’m excited for what’s ahead. Fraternally, Matt Hisey National President I know there are many current members and alumni who share this passion and have great experiences and skill sets that could have a huge impact on our organization at a National level. So reach out and get involved! You can find more details at www. phigammanu.com. Also, please look out for emails in the future with ways you can help, such as through our growing portfolio of Director opportunities or running for a position of the National Council. We’d love to have you on board. This past fall, we welcomed two new chapters to the PGN family at the University of Iowa and the University of Pittsburgh. This spring, we intend to welcome another chapter from Blackburn College. Additionally, our expansion team (led by our VP of Expansion Eric Parker) has been exceptionally successful in both developing and executing an effective recruitment strategy. Eric’s team is continuously working to onboard additional chapters that we hope to initiate within the next 12-18 months. I would like to personally thank Eric and all of our Directors of Expansion for all of their efforts during the past year. We’ve also continued to look for new ways to ensure the continued professional development and philanthropic efforts of our members. To help us achieve this mission, we created the Phi Gamma Nu Scholars Foundation, which was recently granted 501(c)3 tax-exempt status by the IRS. This new entity will allow for new tax deductible donations to provide increased opportunities to benefit our members’ professional growth and philanthropic interests. A special thanks to Janet Lee (Director of Tax) for all of her time and effort to make this happen. During the next two years, we have many more great things which we will continue to focus on. This includes continued expansion efforts, creating new National Director roles, growing our national brand and online presence, developing our alumni network and alumni events, implementing the vision of the new Foundation, and continuing to improve our internal communications and processes. The National Council and chapters at the 2015 National Convention in Chicago.