By focusing on four main areas of concentration, our members get a broad array of experiences, making them well-rounded, educated individuals that greatly impact to their school, the companies they work for, and the communities in which they live. Each pillar is equally important and contributes to our chapter’s overall goal of “Shaping People, Shaping Business”.
As a professional business fraternity, it is very important that our members are equipped with all of the tools necessary for achieving success in the business world. We start with the basics – resume writing, interviewing skills, professional dress and demeanor, business correspondence, and networking strategies. These skills are passed down from year to year, as the senior members serve as mentors and coaches for the younger members. Because of the constant mentorship that occurs
Our chapter has excellent relationships with companies and professionals in the Minneapolis community and uses those partnerships to create a comprehensive professional development program each semester. We host professional speakers, development workshops, and networking events right at our chapter house in Dinkytown. We also participate in site visits at major corporations, such as General Mills and Best Buy, to become familiar with different corporate environments and companies we are interested in working for.
Because of our organization’s commitment to the professional development and advancement of our members, we consistently have representation at all of the major companies in the most competitive internships and full-time positions.Community Service
Community service has been a part of our foundation as a chapter for decades. As one of the four pillars and therefore a top priority, we strive to aid the community with at least one impactful service opportunity each month. From our yearly excursion to the Como Zoo for "ZooBoo", to adopting a family every holiday season, our members are not only stewards at the U of M, but also stewards of the greater Minneapolis community.
This year our Community Service Committee is proud to announce a new community service program called "SPARK". SPARK is an initiative aimed at providing random acts of kindness, and we'll be holding an additional community service event every other month to raise money for worthy causes in need of some help. In order to raise money, we will host exciting and interactive events targeting students, alumni, and companies in the Minneapolis area. The money we raise from these events will be used to provide a random act of kindness in any way we choose, potentially in support of a
charity, helping out a local food shelter, or providing supplies to those in need. The opportunities are endless, and we are excited to start impacting others. Below are a few ways we get involved in causes we belive in to change our community for the better.
Family Fun Night April 2010
We worked with United Way and the Homework and Hoop’s Program to assist in the planning and facilitation of Family Fun Night. The Homework 'n Hoops is a program of Project for Pride in Living, whose mission is to work with families and individuals with lower incomes to achieve greater success in school and in life.
Zoo Boo – Annually in October
This is a yearly event that AKPsi is involved with that takes place every October at the Como Zoo. Dressed in various fun costumes, we are able to help greet and interact with children and families choosing to trick or treat at the zoo.
Carlson Goes to Work- October 2009
This event allowed business students the opportunity to apply their business skills to help non-profits around the local area. AKPsi worked specifically with a local Spanish business that helps entrepreneurs get a start to their business. AKPsi members were able to brainstorm different marketing tactics and create inventory lists to help make their operations more efficient and less costly.
Academic success is something that we believe in very strongly, and have therefore designed support systems to ensure our members are getting the most out of their education here at the University of Minnesota.
First of all, our chapter house is designed to be conducive to studying individually or in groups. With multiple areas throughout the house designated for schoolwork, there is not a time during the year when you will not find students scattered throughout
the house, working together to learn and to master the subject material at hand. There are also additional resources available to our members to make academic success possible, such as wireless internet throughout the house, a textbook exchange, professor recommendations, and a computer lab with free printing.
Also, the general environment we promote at AKPsi is one of collaboration and willingness to help. It is not uncommon to see older members tutoring younger members in their introductory level classes or friends editing each other’s papers to provide multiple perspectives on the same topic.
At AKPsi, we like to have fun. We incorporate various social events into our yearly calendar such as Homecoming festivities, a winter team-building retreat, and a spring formal to have fun in between all of the studying and professional development that is so central to our organization. Aside from planned activities, impromptu social gatherings occur every single day at our chapter house! Below is a list of events that had already taken place within the first week of school: