This year, members of Epsilon Alpha Chapter wowed local businesses and community partners with their poise and professionalism — the chapter won first place at Florida Gulf Coast University's second annual Reverse Career Fair. The event, held in February, is designed for student organizations to showcase their organization and the value the members receive by being involved in it to employers and community partners. Student organizations are judged on their professional presentation to the employers and community partners who rate them on a set of criteria.
Specifically, each organization was judged on how the mission and functions of the organizations were clearly stated, contributing to the university and the community at large, how the organization helps members gain transferable work and life skills, intentional connection of club events and projects to state mission, proper etiquette, appropriate attire and actively engaging in communication with employers, community agencies and fellow students.
"We highlighted the fact that Tri Delta develops and grows a more womanly character throughout her college years," says Jennifer Joyce, Epsilon Alpha's collegiate alumnae relations chairman, "We focused on the education aspect of Tri Delta and highlighted Reflections, our partnership with Job Bound, The Trident and its focus on issues facing women, our high academic requirements and The Center for Living, Learning & Leading."
The chapter also focused on the leadership aspect, speaking about the various officer positions and how those roles cater to an individual's interests or majors. The chapter highlighted Convention, Regional Leadership Conference, Undergraduate Inter-Fraternity Institute, chapter retreats and Evergreen. On the philanthropy aspect, the women spoke about Tri Delta's fundraising efforts for St. Jude, the chapter's yearly participation in Relay for Life and volunteering for the Southwest Florida Children's Hospital at its annual Diamond Dinner.
While the chapter won a $500 prize which will be donated to St. Jude, the sisters also gained worthwhile networking and presentation practice."Even before we found out that we won we were very happy overall with the event," says Jennifer. "We met many local businesses that were interested in meeting with our seniors to help them with internships and resumes, and one business was very interested in helping us with our conversation skills for recruitment in the fall. All four of the presenters were seniors, and we found this very beneficial as we are entering the 'real world' during the upcoming years."