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Volume XXVI Number 2 November/December 2009 The collegiate newsletter of

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Liability Insurance and YOU The Fraternity’s insurance coverage has changed for the better. In the past, only volunteers were covered by the Fraternity’s policy. Now, chapters, colonies and alumni associations will benefit from our coverage in the event of a crisis. Read on to find out more about how this new insurance impacts you and the members of your chapter. Q: What type of insurance do we have? A: The Fraternity purchases liability insurance, which is insurance that protects the organization against claims from legal liability, provides legal defense, and pays sums necessary to settle claims against the Fraternity. Q. Why do we need insurance coverage? A. Suppose that someone is injured during a chapter event and this claim becomes a lawsuit. You are named as a defendant. Our insurance will cover you, as well as the Fraternity, as long as you are an active, paid member of the organization in good standing, you did not violate any laws or the Risk Management Policies, or intentionally cause harm to the other person, and you were acting in good faith. An individual is protected when acting in the scope of their duties on behalf of the Fraternity while in compliance with its policies.

This coverage helps to protect our organization and its volunteers. Additionally, more and more colleges and universities are requiring our chapters to be equipped with this coverage in order for our chapters to be recognized on campus. Q. Who is covered under the insurance policy? A. The insurance coverage will pay claims for the following organizations and/or people while performing the duties of their elected or appointed positions within the organization only if all applicable policies and laws (Fraternity, University, state, etc.) have been followed: • A collegiate chapter, when it obeys the laws of the institution, city, county, state, and country entities and the policies of the Fraternity. • Collegiate chapter officers, executive board, committee chairman and members while performing the duties of their positions within the organization. • All volunteer advisors while performing the duties of their positions within the organization. • Local house corporations/property management teams while performing their duties. (See “Insurance,” page 4)

Operational Updates Chapters: Colonies:

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Massachusetts Alpha (Univ. of MA-Amherst) Iota Eta (Central State University) Ohio Beta (Ohio Northern University) Eta Gamma (Southern Arkansas University) Delta Zeta (Oklahoma City University) Eta Iota (University of Louisiana-Monroe) Theta Rho (University of Memphis) Virginia Epsilon (Virginia State University) Iota Beta (North Carolina A&T State University) North Carolina Delta (Univ. of N.Carolina-Charlotte)

Nevada Beta (University of Nevada - Las Vegas) Theta Phi (Eastern New Mexico University) Virginia Zeta (George Mason University) Pennsylvania Beta (Kutztown University) District of Columbia Alpha (Univ. of DC) Sigma Omega (University of Texas-Arlington) Alabama Delta (Stillman College)

Alumni Associations:


Collegiate members in Good Standing 5,391 Collegiate members on Suspension 534 Collegiate members (total) 5,925 Percentage of total collegiate suspensions 9.01% Total amount of outstanding per capita tax owed to Sinfonia $59,320.00

Publication Information The Red & Black is published as an informational newsletter for the Fraternity’s chapters, colonies, faculty advisors, governors, committeemen, and national officers. The Red & Black is printed bimonthly, September to April. Photographs and articles from your chapter are highly encouraged for upcoming issues of The Red & Black. Please send the articles and photographs to The deadline for the January/February issue is December 1, 2009. Editor/Layout: Jeremy M. Evans, Delta Nu

Lyrecrest Staff: Executive Director

Ryan T. Ripperton, Alpha Rho ’95 Ext. 107

Assistant Executive Director

Jeremy M. Evans, Delta Nu ’98 Ext. 102

Director of Daniel E. Krueger, Xi Pi ’96 Alumni Engagement Ext. 104 Retreat Coordinator William C. Lambert, Iota Alpha ’05 & Programs Associate Ext. 103 Administrative Assistant

Kimberly J. Daily

Ext. 100


Tonya R. McGuire

Ext. 105

Executive Assistant

Debra L. Celuch

Ext. 107

Jon W. Rader

Ext. 106

Shipping Clerk

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From the National Collegiate Representative My Brothers, I hope you have all had a prosperous fall season. I know the end of the semester is quickly approaching, which generally turns into a flurry of activities. Mills Music Missions, Ritual rehearsals, holiday events, and that's right—finals! It can be an intense and easily stressful time of year. To newer brothers, it can be a great time to step up and help out. To brothers in leadership roles, it can be a great time to practice the art of delegation. Try not to take on more responsibilities than you can handle! The practice of both offering and asking for help from your brothers becomes imperative during these times. Don’t allow yourself to become overburdened with duties to the Fraternity, especially when so often it comes at the cost of school work. Included in your work is memorizing the adopted changes to our Ritual. It is very important that all of the new revisions are followed. You should have received your new copies of the Ritual this fall. I would encourage wardens to adopt a strict policy for signing out these books. For those of you not completely familiar with the Ritual, I suggest you take the time to get to know it. It is the source of our common brotherhood, and when everything seems to be in chaos, reading through it can be a great reminder as to why we are all here. I myself have had a busy fall. I have spent much time with several chapters around Michigan, but have also had the privilege of traveling to colonies in Massachusetts and North Carolina as part of my new role as a member of the Commission on Standards. As I get busier, I fully intend to make more use of the NCR blog. The blog, located at, is a medium for me to share all of my experiences I encounter through my service to Sinfonia, as well as to

bounce ideas around and hear your opinions about fraternal happenings. What are you doing July 22-25, 2010? If your answer was enjoying sunny and luxurious Evansville, Indiana, then you are absolutely right! Chapters have everything to gain by sending members to soak up information for four days of Leadership Institute. The idea of each chapter sending at least one person is truly attainable. It is an experience guaranteed to elevate you to “The Next Level.” Play you cards right, and you could even be a presenter there! Find out more at, and be sure to mark the dates on your calendar NOW! I sincerely cherish meeting new brothers and finding out their stories. Hearing the journeys of other brothers always inspires me, due to the nature of all of our different paths converging into one. A personal goal of mine over the next three years is to document many of my interactions with brothers from around the country. Hearing so many different stories always leaves me in awe, and I feel that those experiences are something that should indeed be shared. In that spirit, I always love to hear from brothers of all walks of life, so feel free to contact me by adding me on Facebook. Finally, be diligent in the coming months, and always keep Sinfonia close to your heart. I wish you all the best of luck through the remainder of your semesters, and I hope that you may all enjoy a safe and prosperous holiday season!

Fraternally Yours, In Phi, Mu, and Alpha,

Benjamin ‘Twitchy’ Strack, Delta Iota (Western Michigan) '05 National Collegiate Representative

Dispute Resolution: Program Details Introduction In recent years, the Fraternity has become increasingly aware of the dangers posed to the organization by civil litigation. Recently, fraternities have become the target of highprofile lawsuits which necessitate incredibly expensive legal defenses and in some cases have led to devastating financial judgments against other organizations. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia has undergone an effort in the past several years, spurred on by its Anti-Hazing Resolution passed unanimously by the National Assembly at the 2006 National Convention, to educate its members on the importance of responsible choices with regard to risk management - probationary member education, event planning, etc. Even with these efforts, however, the Fraternity has been concerned about the possibility of a catastrophic financial loss due to a claim from a member related to hazing or other risk management concerns.

Why Was the Fraternity So Concerned? 1. Public Trial: Most everything relating to a civil trial would be public; public depositions, public release of documentation, and publicity brought about by the news media. These things may potentially cast Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia in a negative light in the public opinion. 2. Large Judgments: In many of the cases against fraternities in the past few years, a fair judgment may have been justified against either the organization or the individuals involved; that said, in this day and age, judgments often come about in the form of high-value punitive damages which would be financially crippling to the organization and/or the individuals involved in the suit. 3. Jeopardy to the Organization Itself: Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia could potentially be so severely damaged by such a claim that it would be unable to continue to function, denying a hundred thousand alumni, thousands of collegiate members and, perhaps most importantly, generations of future Sinfonians of the opportunity to associate in the name of the Fraternity.

The New Approach The Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Claims and Dispute Resolution Plan and Rules call for Mandatory Binding Arbitration. If an incident which led to a claim occurred under the Fraternity's new mandatory binding arbitration system, many of the negative effects listed above would not come into play.

1. Private Arbitration Hearing: Claimants would still receive a fair hearing in front of an impartial arbitrator or arbitration board; that said, the hearing and any submission of documentation would be private and not accessible to the public, potentially saving the Fraternity and its members from a wave of negative publicity. 2. Fair Judgments: Again, after a fair hearing by an impartial arbitration board, a judgment may still be rendered to the claimant against the Fraternity and/or its members. That said, judgments tend to be much lower and much less emotionally driven through the arbitration process. The same rights and remedies allowed under each State's laws are kept intact. 3. Protection of Our Organization: Through mandatory dispute resolution, the Fraternity seeks to preserve the same quality experience alumni members have had, collegiate members are having and prospective members will have for future generations by addressing the very real concern of costly litigation in today’s world.

What Does This Mean To Our Members? It's our hope that neither the Fraternity nor its members will ever need this binding arbitration process. In the meantime, we're working to educate members about this new process in a number of ways. * Probationary members: Probationary is a class of membership in the Fraternity, and as such probationary members will be subject to this process. They'll sign on PM Registration Cards, and in so doing acknowledge understanding and acceptance of the mandatory binding arbitration process. There is no opt-out option; all probationary members accept the plan through notice and accepting membership in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia regardless of their signature on the probationary membership card. * Collegiate members: Collegians are used to signing a policy acknowledgment form in the fall chapter report–that acknowledgment now includes understanding and acceptance of the Dispute Resolution Plan and Rules. There is no opt-out option; all members accept the plan through notice and continuing their membership in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia regardless of their signature on the policy acknowledgment form.

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Q. What is considered a chapter event? A. To understand what may be considered a fraternity event, consider the following questions. If the answer to any question is “yes,” then regardless of the location (annex, brother’s/sister’s house, apartment), your University, the Fraternity, and a court of law may consider it a Fraternity event. Therefore, the policies of the organization need to be followed. • Was the event pre-planned or pre-meditated? • Was the event discussed during a chapter meeting or executive committee meeting? • Was it advertised among the brothers/sisters through any means (word of mouth, flyer, email)? • Were chapter funds used in any way? • Did chapter officers help plan the event in any way? • Did the event occur as a result of a Fraternity function (e.g. big brother night, bid night, post-initiation party)? • Was the property where the gathering occurred owned, rented or leased by a member of the organization? • Would a third party construe the function as Fraternity related?

(From “Insurance,” page 1) • Alumni clubs and associations, their officers and volunteers while performing their duties. Our insurance does not cover anyone who is acting in a criminal way, or a way that could cause harm to someone else. This is not a personal liability policy; it only protects volunteers working within the scope of their duties. Q. Who is not covered by this policy? A. • Any individual member, alumnus, trustee or advisor who is performing tasks outside of their responsibility (e.g., spontaneous social function planned by an individual member, chapter advisor consuming alcohol with collegians, hazing of members, etc.). • Any member whose illegal or intentional actions result in death or injury to an individual or property damage. • Members’ parents or family members and guests of chapter members. • College/University administration

Q. What is a Certificate of Insurance? A. A Certificate of Insurance is a form that verifies that you have insurance, states the coverage limits, and identifies who is covered under the policy. Sometimes your university will want to see a Certificate of Insurance as proof that you have adequate insurance. Contact the National Headquarters, and we will send a copy to your university. Often, when someone asks for a Certificate of Insurance, they want the Fraternity to name them as an additional insured, which means that they want our insurance policy to cover them. Q. How do we name an Additional Insured? A. Only the National Headquarters can approve naming an additional insured to our policy. We consider these requests carefully. If a third party asks you for a Certificate of Insurance naming them as an additional insured, start off by making a request to the National Headquarters by calling (800) 473-2649, ext. 107. We will review the request and then contact us for our approval. The process can take 10 to 14 days. If you are planning an event at a hotel or other venue please also submit a copy of your contract with the facility.

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Chapter-Level Liability Insurance By The Numbers The statistics involved in our chapter-level liability insurance can be a bit overwhelming. Check out this collection of stats related to our new insurance.

A Big Bill


The total amount of the Fraternity’s liability insurance premium.

A Very Nice, Round Number

Sounds Complicated


A three-year average ratio of theoretical-to-actual dues units received, used in calculating the insurance fee.


The total number claims against the Fraternity’s insurance. Let’s keep it this way!

Everyone Chips In


The amount each member pays in insurance fees each semester.

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News ewsCampus From

Upsilon University of Nebraska • Lincoln, Nebraska The Upsilon Chapter is very active in advancing music in America. In the past, we have hosted two American Music Recitals. A third AMR is coming up on October 29th. Recently, an alumnus has asked our chapter to serenade his girlfriend before he proposes to her. Speaking of serenading, we never forget to sing to our waitress when we have been graciously served a hearty meal at our local Old Chicago (The main dining location of Upsilon). Since being initiated as a chapter, we have grown and developed in many ways. We have already doubled in size

since our initiation, and we plan to add more with the addition of our second initiation class on Nov 19th. We have also hosted our very first province workshop last semester, which was an amazing experience for us all. The Upsilon chapter is a very social group, but, because we are new, many fraternities and sororities still don't know that we exist. To change this, we have been getting to know a few local sororities. Just last night, we had a fall festival with TriDelta where a pumpkin pie eating contest did ensue. To work off that pie, we've started an intramural broom-ball team with our local SAI chapter.

Rho Sigma Westchester University • West Chester, Pennsylvania Sinfonia asks each man to do a brother's part; our own probationary member process is a manifestation of this grand idea. Each and every brother is included in the valuable education of the fraternity and participates in our probationary process; from the preparation of the activities to the continual evolution of our probationary process. The Rho Sigma chapter of West Chester University has called to brotherhood thirteen brothers in the past school year, and we recently inducted our Fall 2009 probationary class of seven, Gamma Iota. Two of our brothers have answered the call in helping ourselves identify the direction of our chapter. Brothers Matthew Hinchcliff, ’06 and Matthew South, ’07 led an inspiring presentation that highlighted the major areas for improvement for this coming year. These goals included: improved alumni, province, and chapter relations, improved overall chapter operations, and special projects that fit with-

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in the goals of the National Fraternity. Most importantly, this helped us define our vision for Rho Sigma’s future. It is now up to us to follow in this pathway. In the realm of music, the West Chester area supports a rich tradition of American Music. West Chester is the birthplace of famous American composer and Sinfonian, Samuel Barber. The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of his birth and our chapter proudly supports the performance of his music and the celebration of his life. Our Musicale Director, Brother Jarrett Ott, ’08, is planning a few Mills Music Missions for this year, one including a visit and brief performance to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This event is one we all look forward too as it represents the most important aspect of Sinfonia’s contribution to the community, the advancement of music in America. ~Jarrett Ott

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Province 1 New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut On Saturday, October 10, 2009, forty-six members of Province One gathered in the city where Sinfonia began, Boston, MA. There were representatives from Lambda Pi, Zeta Omega, Omicron Alpha, Rho Kappa, Zeta Alpha, Massachusetts Alpha Colony, and the New York City Alumni Association. At this annual event, termed our “Fall Kickoff,” brothers, PMs, and colony members participated in various activities ranging from a tour of Boston, discussion of writings

by Ossian Mills, and a presentation of ritual changes. The brothers had the opportunity to share in discussions about the activities of each chapter and build fraternal relationships. This Fall Kickoff was by far the best attended in any recent year. ~David Goss, Lambda Mu (Montclair State) ’98, Province Governor

Pennsylvania Beta Colony Kutztown University • Petersburg, Virginia Greetings from the Pennsylvania Beta colony located in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Kutztown University is a state university of 10,000 students located in a small town surrounded by rolling farmland between Allentown and Reading in southeastern Pennsylvania. Within our first week of being a colony in February 2009, we raised $150 for VH1 Save the Music through a candy sale and several of us attended the Province 27 workshop at Temple University. We held our first colony recital on April 2, 2009, with attendance from many other fraternities and sororities on campus. We had visits from many chapters within the province throughout the spring 2009 semester. We typically would go downtown and eat at a local restaurant, then have a round-table discussion back on campus. Kutztown University has a growing music department, with about 150 majors or minors, so we have many great people to recruit from. Due to the interest in Sinfonia at Kutztown, many of the women in the department have collaborated to begin the colony process for a Sigma Alpha Iota chapter! At the end of the spring 2009 semester, the colony had 15 members from several major concentrations, divided equally

between instrumentalists and vocalists. The colony was started with the idea of four brothers, two faculty Sinfonians, Willis Rapp, Rho Sigma (West Chester) ’71, and R. Todd Rober, Sigma Omega (University of Texas-Arlington) ’86, and two collegiate alumni, Keegan Lerch, Rho Upsilon (Temple) ’04, and Paul Gospodinsky, Xi Mu (University of Delaware), ’06. For the fall semester, our American Music Recital is scheduled for October 8, 2009 at 7:30 pm in the Georgian Room on campus. Other events for next semester are a Mills Music Mission, fundraisers, a colony retreat, additional recruitment, and continued collaborate with our mentor chapter, Iota Kappa (Lebanon Valley College). We hope to complete Phase I of the colony process by the end of 2009, and with the momentum that we have in the Pennsylvania Beta colony so far, we are confident we will achieve this goal! ~Paul Gospodinsky, President

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News ewsCampus From

Eta Gamma Southern Arkansas University • Camden, Arkansas On November 21, 2008, the brothers of the Eta Gamma colony had the pleasure of traveling to Texarkana, TX, to meet with our mentor chapter Sigma Chi and perform an Ossian Everett Mills Music Mission. None of us in the colony knew what to expect as this was our first MMM but it was an experience we will always remember. While visiting three nursing homes in Texarkana, we brought much joy to the elderly residents though several Fraternity songs and even a few spontaneous outbursts of Barbara Ann. We received interesting feedback from the residents such as shouts of “Louder!” and “We want somethin’ peppy!” In each home we saw the residents faces’ light up with merriment and energy as we sang our songs. Carrying on this time honored tradition of Father Mills provoked a sense of togetherness and purpose

for us, thus making us stronger as a colony. The presence of our mentor chapter also contributed to this joyful and educational experience. Through them we learned how to present an MMM and even caught a glimpse of the true meaning of brotherhood from our interactions. Matthew Mahaffey, one of the members of the colony, had this to say about the experience: “For me, the Music Mills Mission is an outward expression of one of the most fundamental ideals of Phi Mu Alpha. It shows that music is truly a universal language that can be shared and enjoyed by all…The Music Mills Mission is the time and event when we get to go out and participate in the ideals that are set down in the object of the fraternity.” ~Jerry Crawley, Vice-President

Alabama Delta Stillman College • Tuscaloosa, Alabama On February 18-19, 2009, the Alabama Delta Colony performed a two part Mills Music Mission at Forest Manor Rehabilitation Center located in Northport, AL. Forest Manor houses over 100 elderly and disabled residents. The facilities consist of two buildings, the Rehabilitation Center and the Forest Manor Nursing Home. We thought it would be right to perform for both buildings. The songs we performed brought great joy to them that day. Even the employees enjoyed the entertainment. We first performed for the residents that were allowed to leave their rooms. Everyone participated and even requested a few songs that they wanted to hear. Our first selection was the Star Spangled Banner which was arranged by our Secretary, Jeremy Thompson. As we did our final selection they stood and clapped their hands and joined in on a familiar tune “My Girl.”

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We walked the hall of the Rehabilitation Center entering the rooms of the residents that were bed ridden and sang sweet songs to lift their spirits as we gave out carnations as a generous gesture. Many of them had stories that were very inspiring to hear and made our colony look at life in a different perspective. “The Mills Music Mission enlightened me in so many different ways,” stated Colony member Cassius Wages. “I have to admit that at first I didn’t want to do it, but once we arrived our presence alone put a smile on those people’s faces. It made me feel good that I could make someone’s day by just visiting. Then once we performed for them everything kept getting better and better. They really enjoyed us, and I most definitely enjoyed performing for them. I cant wait to go back and sing for them again.” ~Ralph Dunham, Vice-President

From the National President Dear Brothers, It’s a pleasure to send these fraternal greetings via the Red & Black. I hope that Sinfonia is strong at your school, and exerting a positive influence in your lives. Every collegiate member today is part of a generation of Sinfonians who will play an historic role in concluding over 50 years of revisions to our Ritual. Therefore, I’d like to take this opportunity to explain – especially to those of you who haven’t been members for much of the last three years – why there has been a revision, and what you can do to help make it successful. The Ritual has undergone many changes throughout its history. In the Fraternity’s first three decades the ceremony reached a high point of artistic and philosophical development with The Revised Ritual of 1926. Subsequent revisions in 1938 and 1947 brought some changes, while maintaining the integrity of the previous work. Revisions in 1960, 1970, and 1982 deviated significantly from the work of these earlier revisions, which the Fraternity attempted to restore with revisions in 1985 and 1988. As additional historical research was conducted it became apparent that further revision was necessary to restore the work of the early authors more accurately. In July 2000 Mark Lichtenberg, Ryan Ripperton, and I began working to restore portions of spoken text that were altered or removed (in many cases, in revisions after 1947) and clarify staging direction that had been commonly acknowledged as incorrect, inadequate or unclear. The 2009 revision is the product of that work. Rather than restoring the text and staging of any earlier version of the Ritual indiscriminately, we have merged our understanding of the earlier authors’ intentions with that which is customary or necessary in modern practice. During the 2006–2009 triennium Brothers Lichtenberg, Ripperton and I traveled throughout the country for brothers to review and provide input on the proposed revisions. Significant changes were made to the original proposal based on feedback we collected over three years. This is the first time in Sinfonia’s history that members have been so widely

engaged in Ritual revision, and I am proud to have seen Brothers participate in this process intelligently, with open but discerning minds. From those discussions we acknowledge that there are varying opinions on some of the changes. However, we are confident that the revision, which was adopted unanimously by the National Assembly, truly represents the majority wishes of Sinfonians nationwide. It is vital to the integrity of our Fraternity that the Ritual is presented uniformly in every chapter, so even if you don’t agree with every particular of the revision, please work to exemplify the Ritual as written. Along with the revision, the 2009 National Assembly passed a resolution on the disposal of old Ritual scripts. By now your chapter should have acted on this resolution, and you are expected to report on this to your Province Governor. You should have also received new Ritual scripts from the National Headquarters. Please see that these are organized into a check-out system by your Chapter Warden (guidelines can be found in the Guide to Chapter Warden’s Duties) during this fall semester. We truly appreciate your sincere cooperation and hope that the revision meets its purpose of making it much easier to exemplify the Ritual from reading the script. Thanks for your help, and best wishes to each of you personally, in your school work, and in your work together as a chapter.

“Every collegiate member today is part of a generation of Sinfonians who will play an historic role in concluding over 50 years of revisions to our Ritual.”

Sincerely and fraternally yours, in ΦΜΑ,

John Mongiovi National President

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Job Opening At Lyrecrest! Searching for Next Year’s Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate Have you ever considered spending a year working for the Fraternity? Looking for an unique job after college? Would you enjoy leading and facilitating groups of brothers from across the nation? Do you want a flexible and fun work experience that would apply to almost any future endeavor? This may be the opportunity you are looking for!

Job Title: Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate

Responsibilities include: The Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate shall be responsible for all chapter and province retreats and other weekend Fraternity gatherings at Lyrecrest. He will maintain the Fraternity’s colony program, and perform membership records duties. He will serve as the first-level primary contact at the National Headquarters for collegiate members.

This position is ideal for a graduating brother with an outgoing personality who is looking to gain valuable work experience and is interested in working at the National Headquarters. The experience gained through this position will be marketable in virtually every field of future professional endeavor. Past Retreat Coordinator Sean Leno (2002-2004) describes his experience this way: My time as Retreat Coordinator at Lyrecrest provided me with a valuable new skill set and a truly one of a kind work experience. The opportunities given to me for both personal and professional growth were unparalleled in quality and value. Anyone having the opportunity to apply for this position would be foolish not to. You, just as I did, will experience the Fraternity on a level never before imagined, gaining the “insider’s” view of a large, successful organization as well as meeting and interacting with the Brothers that keep this organization moving.

Eligibility: Must be a Sinfonian in good standing possessing a Bachelor’s degree in any field. Experience with Microsoft Office a must. Must have a vehicle and be able to lift at least 50 pounds.

Benefits include: $24,000 salary, free housing and utilities, health/dental insurance, trip to Leadership Institute 2011, great professional work experience and the opportunity to meet and interact with brothers from all over the country.

Hours: Full-time-plus, with adjusted work week schedule centering around weekend retreats and events at Lyrecrest.

Application deadline: March 1, 2010

Term of employment: One to Two Years (to be determined)

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Past Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate Matthew Downing (2006-2007) had this to say about his time at Lyrecrest: Rarely in life do you get the chance to know you’ve positively affected the lives of others. As the Retreat Coordinator and Programs Associate, I was challenged and privileged to meet and work with over 500 Sinfonians. Though my time of service to the National Fraternity was relatively short, I know I accomplished some of my lifetime career goals. I was extremely lucky to work for an organization I feel passionate about helping to elevate others and work towards benefiting society through music. The memories and experiences I have gained from my work at Phi Mu Alpha are truly irreplaceable. Curious to find out more about the position? Interested in giving back to the Fraternity? You can find out more about the position and about the application deadline by visiting, or you can call (800) 473-2649, ext. 102 and talk to Jeremy Evans, assistant executive director.

Leadership Institute 2009 Video Submission Contest just yourself, with a group of brothers, or anything in between. All brothers–collegiate and alumni–are eligible. We'll even consider submissions from multiple brothers, though we reserve the right to limit the prize payout. Additionally, because the number and quality of the submissions we'll receive is unknowable, we reserve the right to end the contest at any time. We’ll review all of the submission and select our favorites then it’s up to the brotherhood! On January 1, 2010, we’ll post the videos at a special website. Each brother will get one vote for their favorite video and their favorite presenter. They’ll select one brother to present at Leadership Institute 2010! What are you waiting for! Submit your video explaining your idea for a session at Leadership Institute 2010 to

Do you have what it takes to be our next Leadership Institute presenter? Do you have a message that you believe will resonate with brothers from around the country? Do you have a unique personal narrative that you’d love to share? If so, we want to make you a star! We’re inviting brothers from all walks of life and of all ages to participate in our first ever video submission contest! We’re looking for a Sinfonian to give a 60-90 minute presentation, on the topic of your choice, at Leadership Institute 2010 in Evansville, Indiana. Could it be you? Our winner will receive free registration at LI2010, free travel and lodging, and perhaps most importantly, a Speaker’s Fee of $500! That makes for a wage of about $333 an hour. Pretty good money! Here are the details: Between now and December 15, we want you to record a video - between 60 and 90 seconds - and send it to us at the NHQ - email your submission to You can record with your chapter, with

Get more information about the Leadership Institute Video Submission Contest at

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