Convention XI: NY State of MINΔ Recap
July 28th – July 31st 2016
The Path Less Traveled
This July, our brotherhood came together from every corner of the country to gather in New York City for a memorable weekend. INΔ National Convention is geared towards empowering and educating our brothers, assessing the state of our organization, and charting a course for the future. This year our convention committee looked to enhance the experience through greater alumni involvement.
As we head towards a quarter century, our alumni to active ratio is reaching 4 to 1. Through experimentation and fresh perspective, we worked to find innovative ways to get alumni involved and engaged. Our key goal this convention was to bring brothers of different generations together, rekindle passion, and strengthen our professional network.
The question we asked ourselves: How can we stay involved and give back as alumni?
Bright and early in the Upper West Side, brothers made their way to City College for a day of meetings assessing membership, intake, and community impact. Schools were assessed in these areas both individually and collectively.
Each school received an opportunity to privately discuss with National Board the current state of their chapter and concerns that they had. These individual meetings also gave chapter leaders a platform to ask questions and gave National Board a platform to provide guidance in helping chapters identify their individual strengths and weaknesses so they could design short and long term plans accordingly.
Schools also worked together collectively, as breakout discussions provided a platform for schools to share different successful strategies, ask for fresh input on issues that they were dealing with, and exchange fresh ideas and perspectives. The theme of our weekend was purpose. Convention provided an atmosphere for brothers to reflect on their purpose as individuals and as fraternity men, reflection we hoped would help them rekindle their passion for their letters with a clearer vision.
This convention, we addressed enhancing alumni involvement through our First Annual Career Fair. The event began with a career seminar which showcased a handful of successful alumni from various industries including healthcare, finance, engineering, and entrepreneurship. Through a moderated career panel, our alumni discussed their experience within their respective fields and important lessons they had learned over the course of their careers. This panel was subsequently followed by breakout sessions which included other successful alumni and consisted of discussions focused on specific career fields. Following the career discussions, the event became more social via a happy hour. Brothers were given an opportunity to eat, drink, mingle, and network with alumni. Alumni attendance at the happy hour was remarkable and helped create quite a unique atmosphere. Attendees were also provided with a “Shakti” duffle bag containing great material and handy everyday items.
Throughout the event, brothers had an opportunity to build on their professional networks, build personal bonds with brothers of different generations, and see the impact INΔ has in promoting career success.
A special thanks to our career panel:
Rahul Bhowmick, Pharm.D. – Career Panel Moderator
Raad Ahmed, J.D. – Founder and CEO at Law Trades
Nitin Malik – Vice President, Global Talent Management at BlackRock
Bhavesh Patel – Senior Systems Engineer at Telephonics Corporation
Himanshu Gulati – Head of U.S. Distressed Credit at Man GLG
Dr. Beje Thomas, M.D. – Transplant Nephrologist and Assistant Professor at University of Maryland Medical School, INΔ National Vice President
After a social event at Hudson Terrace on Friday Night, brothers got together for our Annual Tiger Classic Basketball Tournament! With an alumni-active super team, Xi Chapter won the “Body Award” given to the Tiger Classic Champion.
That night, brothers made their way to Beautique for our Awards Gala in the heart of the fashion district on 5th Avenue. The venue was sleek, sophisticated, and underground. The ultra-premium top shelf open bar was active throughout the night and led up to a great Awards Gala. Hosted by Alpha Chapter Alumni, we were also treated to a comedic roast of each school. Following the awards gala, brothers made their way to an after-party at the Highline Ballroom.
Special congratulations to our award winners:
Chapter of the Year
Mu Chapter, Rutgers University
Colony of the Year
Pennsylvania State University Colony
Brother of the Year
Vasu Patel, Iota Chapter
President of the Year
Jaydip Desai, Mu Chapter
Sixth Men of the Year
Sarthak Nayak, NYC Colony & Ravneet Nagpal, Xi Chapter
Rookie of the Year
Manish Kakadiya, NJIT Colony
Mind Award (Highest GPA)
Theta Chapter, George Washington University
Body Award (Tiger Classic Winners)
Xi Chapter, New York Institute of Technology
Soul Award (Philanthropy and Community Service)
Kappa Chapter, Temple University
Event of the Year
First Annual South Asian Heritage Week, City College of New York Colony
With little sleep and many memories of a rewarding weekend, brothers joined together for a communal brunch before heading their separate ways.
Until we meet again. Brotherhood Eternal. Shakti.
Masud Karim [FA 08] | Ralph Puthota [FA 08] | Arpan Kaul [SP 10]
CONVENTION COMMITTEE XI 2016