November 6, 2013One of the biggest impacts the “A”s’ Academy can have on each of the participants is the connections“A”s make with Delta Chi leaders across the country. For John Rausch, Florida ’13, having those contacts to call on during his term was a great asset and helped improve his chapter.
John Raush, Florida ’13
“The Academy equipped me with a number of skills I used in running my chapter over the course of my term. It also helped me connect with a number of “A”s’ from other chapters, who were great resources. I made friends from other chapters that I still speak with regularly and have visited several times since the Academy.”
As an incoming “A,” there are a lot of challenges to overcome. A big concern for John was how to handle the financial management of the chapter, specifically collecting dues. “The Academy gave me a number of suggestions that significantly improved our chapter’s collection rate and allowed our chapter to significantly reduce our accounts receivable over the course of my term. It was a good feeling knowing that other chapters had some of the same struggles that our chapter has encountered. It was important to understand that any difficulties we had could be resolved. ”After leaving the “A”s’ Academy, John sent personal thank-you notes to donors whose contributions provided for the “A”s’ Academy. “Alumni do not have an obligation to donate money to enhance my fraternity experience, and even my future, and yet they have and will continue to do so. Students are not simply entitled to alumni money, so giving thanks was the least I could do.”John has served his chapter as the service chairman, “E,” and “A,” while pursuing bachelor degrees in industrial and systems engineering and statistics. He will graduate from the University of Florida in December 2013.