As spring semester comes to a close, social clubs prepare for the following year by electing the next round of officers. Each social club undergoes a series of nominations, and the nominees give a speech to the club addressing his or her plans for the following year. As of April, clubs turned in their new list of officers and began making plans for next semester.
Alpha Gamma Omega
David Young, Mass Communications Creative Media
With a history of occupying leadership positions, Young decided to run for Alpha president because the club is in a good position to grow. Young was formerly in Scouts and was a patrol leader. He said he has a passion for climbing to the top of leadership roles.
“My ultimate goal is to see Alpha grow at a very ambitious rate—I’m talking about growing up to around 80 members,” Young said. “It is better to have high goals than no goals at all.”
Last year, Young held three Alpha officer positions: historian, PR and marketing and homecoming director. Young said he likes spending time with the men of Alpha because of their mutual drive to be the best Christ followers they can.
Young said he treasures the memories he has made with his club-mates and specifically enjoys the spontaneity of the club.
“One of the first things that made me go, ‘I am so glad that I rushed Alpha,’ was the time a few Alpha guys and I adventured to Krispy Kreme,” Young said. “It was a late night and we made lots of memories.”
On campus, Young is a reporter, National producer and floor manager for Eagle Angle and works on the basketball broadcasts. He spends time doing Taekwondo, working on photography and videography.
Chi Lambda Phi
Ezra Emerson, Marketing and Management
As president of Chi, Emerson plans to maintain the club’s past traditions and encourage his club-mates to continue to be ‘God-fearing’ leaders on campus.
Last year, Emerson served as Chi’s rush director. Emerson said going through rush, both as a rushee and rush director, were some of his favorite memories.
“The rush events were always a party and I loved the feeling of joining a brotherhood that I could call my own,” Emerson said. “Seeing guys go through the same thing as rush director was just as awesome as going through it as a rushee.”
Next year will be Chi’s 20th Anniversary as a club and Emerson said he plans to figure out a way to unite and celebrate Chi with alumni and current members.
According to Emerson, club is an incredible opportunity to grow as a Christian, leader and friend.
Emerson is a member of Delta Mu Delta (the business honor society) and the American Marketing Association. In addition, Emerson is directing Earn Your Wings alongside Iota Kappa Phi president, Rachel Parrett.
Delta Gamma Sigma
Zach Stephens, Marketing Management
According to Stephens, the decision to run for president was a decision to continue to strengthen the brotherhood of Delta. Some of Stephens’ goals for next year include keeping Delta the most unified club on campus, winning all-sports and having a fifth-place Spring Sing show.
Last year, Stephens served as Delta’s athletic director, which helped him create stronger friendships within the club. Another of Stephens’ goals is to implement more ideas to help Delta’s brotherhood become the strongest possible.
“I want a more value-driven culture within Delta and [for us] to use our motto—strength through unity, dependability and pride—throughout the year instead of just during rush week,” Stephens said.
This year’s spring sing show gave Stephens one of his favorite memories due to the support Delta showed for each other.
“During our banner getting taken down, we all rallied behind our director and it was a really good moment of brotherhood and unity,” Stephens said.
Besides his involvement in Delta, Stephens also serves as an intern at Crossings Community Church with their student ministry.
Kappa Sigma Tau
Brandon Kiefer, Social Studies Education
After rushing as a sophomore, Kiefer became Kappa’s new member officer, and the following year, he served as secretary. His ambition for leadership led him to his decision to run for president.
“I enjoy leadership in the form of service,” Kiefer said. “I think it is important to take on those positions when necessary, and I think I will do a good job serving.”
Some of Kiefer’s most formative memories come from moments during Spring Sing. He said the long and frequent practices allowed members to have the chance to grow closer to each other. Kiefer said Kappa is unique, due to the various differences people bring to the table.
“Kappa means a lot to me and it is something I really love,” Kiefer said. “I think I love Kappa so much because when people get together, there is never a dull moment and there is always something you can enjoy and people you can enjoy with different personalities.”
Kiefer said he hopes to help Kappa get more involved, organized and give the best experience of Kappa to the members.
On campus, Kiefer is also involved with Phi Alpha Theta, the history honors society, and is in the Honors program. He also plays saxophone in the jazz and symphonic bands on campus.
Tyler Talley, Mass Communications Creative Media
Talley never wanted to be in a social club until he went to a Psi rush event. He said he saw the potential in the club and enjoyed Psi’s ‘not caring’ stereotype.
“I want to keep Psi’s general attitude, and if I could change something, it would be to participate a little more,” Talley said.
After rush season this year, Talley said he realized what he accomplished through club. Specifically, Talley attributes his accomplishment to Psi’s good rush class.
“Rush season was hard, but I feel like it was rewarding,” Talley said. “After club night, I felt an overwhelming sense of ‘I made it,’ and that was worth it to me.”
According to Talley, Psi is a place to make friends, make jokes and place with a random Spring Sing show.
“We try not to take away from homework or school or stuff, but just add to what we can do at college,” Talley said.
Talley spends most of his time working in the communications department. This year, he serves as the public relations and social media director for Eagle Media. In addition, he works for Oklahoma Christian’s live basketball broadcasts as a sports anchor.