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Revision as of 14:41, 20 May 2010

Alpha Phi Omega
Chapter Xi Zeta
Motto Be a leader,
be a friend,
be of service.
Recognition February 23, 1962
Type Professional fraternity
President Tony Folenta
Advisor Larry Hill
Members 20 undergraduates, 2 graduates
Symbols Golden Eagle (bird),
Sturdy Oak (tree),
Forget-me-not (flower),
Diamond (jewel)
Mascot Opus
Email apo@rit.edu
Website http://apoxz.org/

Alpha Phi Omega is an international service fraternity. The RIT chapter ushers Men's hockey games and was responsible for organizing the purchase of SPIRIT and the Victory Bell.

History

In January 1962, student Myron Rapkin expressed interest in forming a fraternity for the primary purpose of community service. After discussing the idea with his friend and former scout Roger Kramer, they decided they would attempt to start a chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, the community service fraternity affiliated with the scouting movement. The number of interested men grew quickly, and organized the petitioning group the RIT Service Organization on February 23, 1962.

The leaders of the group received constant support and advice from the Mu Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Omega located at the University of Rochester throughout the petitioning process. A. Stephen Walls, the Director of Student Activities, became the club's advisor.

Over the course of the next year, the RIT Service Organization completed the petitioning requirements and was installed as the Xi Zeta chapter of Alpha Phi Omega on January 19, 1963 by the members of the Rochester chapter.

SPIRIT

Main Article: SPIRIT


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Victory Bell

Main Article: Victory Bell


Blair Memorial Bridge

The Blair Memorial Bridge was a bridge over Red Creek to allow students to enter the old athletic fields of the Henrietta campus, which were located South of Grace Watson Hall. It was named after Jack Blair, the first president of the chapter when it was built by the brothers of Alpha Phi Omega in the mid-1960s. However, the design of the bridge was not structurally stable, and required numerous repairs in its short life. In 1968, the bridge collapsed for the first time under the weight of traffic, and the brothers were responsible for cleaning up the debris of the failed bridge.

In spite of this, the brothers of Alpha Phi Omega vowed to rebuild the bridge, and succeeded in doing so in the spring of 1974. The newer bridge was better designed and lasted six years until flooding caused by extremely heavy rain in the spring of 1981 washed it away.

Given the multiple failures of the bridge and the movement of the athletic fields to other parts of the campus, the bridge was never rebuilt afterward.

Broomball

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Ugly Man on Campus

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Rental of Cotton Candy and Popcorn machines

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Leadership

The RIT chapter of Alpha Phi Omega has three types of positions: officers, elected positions and appointed positions. Officers are elected by the chapter for one-year terms and together constitute the Executive Board. Elected positions are also elected by the chapter (for variable-length terms) and while not on the executive board enjoy a degree of autonomy from the officers. Appointed positions are appointed by a particular officer (specified in the organization's bylaws) and serve either until the student leaves RIT, resigns or the relevant officer appoints a successor.

The current members of the executive board (December 2009 - December 2010) are:

President Tony Folenta
Vice President of Service Joel Kincaid
Vice President of Membership Clark Cianfarini
Treasurer Michelle Clemens
Secretary of Records Allyson Miller



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