On the morning of February 27, brothers of the Kappa Lambda chapter at Grand Valley State University left Grand Rapids on a 160-mile trek to Traverse City, Mich. After walking for 8 days and raising more than $30,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, they reached the finish line on March 6.
"Seeing the walkers sacrifice themselves and their bodies for individuals who aren't able to walk is an amazing thing" said Chapter President Nahi Attar, Grand Valley State '11.
Twenty men began the walk, but because of various injuries—none of them serious—only 14 brothers completed the entire 160-mile journey.
The brothers found rest and a respite from the elements by staying at churches along the way. The walk was physically and mentally draining, however, each brother knew the significance of their efforts in supporting MS awareness.
"Anything we can do to help people with MS or the MS Society, we'll be right there for them." said Attar.
"I think the event has taught me a lot of humility and self sacrifice, which are some things I will hold the rest of my life." said Philanthropy Chairman Zach Amrein, Grand Valley State '12.
The Zeta Beta chapter at the University of Southern California has taken a great idea and turned it into one of the chapter's most valuable member benefits: networking.
"We decided to send out a call to alumni asking if they'd be interested to come to a Career Day where you talk about your industry and how you got there," said Chapter Advisor Jerry Papazian, Southern California '74.
Zeta Beta has been hosting an annual ATO Career Day for three years now. The response from undergraduates and alumni has been overwhelmingly positive. It answers one of the most basic questions of any undergraduate: what do I want to do after I graduate?
"We have people that are in the entertainment industry, people that are entrepreneurs… engineers… consultants," said Alumni Relations Officer Derek Nielsen, Southern California '12. "Being able to kind of pick their brains about their various experiences, and how that would apply to me moving forward, was definitely very useful."
"This is one of those experiences that reminds you, 'You know what? It's special to reconnect with these guys,'" said Blaine Rominger, Southern California '80.
"You can do these [events]," said KNBC-TV Weathercaster Carl Bell, Southern California '81. "They're so easy, and they're fun. It's reconnecting."