National Convention XIII: TIGERCON 2018

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July 26th-July 29th

This summer, our brotherhood gathered together in Charlotte, North Carolina for our annual National Convention. For the first time in our fraternity’s history, we co-hosted our National Convention with a sorority --  the lovely ladies of Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc. -- and together our organizations had a memorable weekend full of laughter, bonding, and personal and professional empowerment.

TIGERCON was designed to serve as an opportunity to help equip the members of both ΔΦΩ and INΔ’s undergraduate charters with the knowledge and resources to make a greater impact on their campuses and in their respective communities.

The objective of TIGERCON was not only better train and equip our undergraduate leadership with the fundamentals of running a charter, but also to foster connections between our organizations to lead to collaboration both on our campuses and within the broader South Asian community.

Thursday:

As our brothers filtered in throughout the day, we were joined by sisters of ΔΦΩ for dinner and ice breakers to kick off the weekend!

Friday:

Friday morning began with Brothers and Sisters meeting for joint programming sessions. Seminars were held focusing on budgeting and event planning and sexual assault awareness. Afterwards, joint positional round tables were held, allowing members of each organization to share best practices, discuss ways to approach similar challenges, and gain new and unique perspectives.

After leadership meetings, Brothers sought to earn the Body Award at Tiger Classic VII, our annual national basketball tournament. After rounds of grueling competition and heartbreaking upsets, a victor emerged --  Congratulations to the Kappa Chapter/ECU Colony hybrid team for winning first place and taking home the Body Award.

In the evening we held our joint service event where our brothers worked alongside the sisters of ΔΦΩ  to create get well soon cards for pediatric patients at the Levine Children’s Hospital.

After our service event, we gathered for dinner and a stroll-off where members of both organizations had an opportunity to showcase their moves.

Saturday:

After a night out in Charlotte, our organizations split into separate programming sessions to discuss pertinent topics relevant to each organization. Programming on Saturday morning centered on pertinent discussion and strategy development  on a variety of important aspects of fraternal life and chapter operations such as brand identity, academics, budgeting, alumni relations, and recruitment.

Afterwards our organizations reconvened for a joint alumni networking event, highlighted by an alumni-led panel discussion and career booths for undergraduate members to build meaningful connections and gain valuable advice.

In the evening, Brothers and Sisters convened for our annual National Awards Gala.

SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR AWARD WINNERS:

Chapter of the Year
Epsilon Chapter, Stony Brook University

Colony of the Year
George Mason University

Brother of the Year
Faysal Shaikh

President of the Year
Elmer Rajah

Sixth Man of the Year
Telvin Mannat

Rookie of the Year
Tapan Patel

Mind Award (Highest GPA)
Xi Chapter, New York Institute of Technology

Body Award (Tiger Classic Winners)
Kappa Chapter, Temple University and Eastern Carolina University

Soul Award (Philanthropy and Community Service)
Mu Chapter, Rutgers University

Event of the Year
Iota Chapter, St. John's University- Sinatra Showdown