“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
Paul Bierman was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and raised in Palmer, Alaska. He attended Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and helped lead the college’s Trash2Treasure program, raising over $45,000 for the United Way through sales of donated items. Money from that program helped support the College Access Center of Delaware County, where Bierman coordinated the center’s tutoring program and helped lead other first-generation college students through the college application process. Although he would never consider himself an athlete, Bierman was a saberist on the college’s club fencing team.
After graduating with a degree in Sociology & Anthropology, Paul joined Fulbright Thailand and served as an English teacher in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
“During my time in Thailand, I learned a lot about resiliency and how to set my own direction,” Bierman said. “I learned how important it is to focus on personal improvement to
Bierman joined Delta Chi’s staff in January 2018 as an Events & Strategic Projects Coordinator. He was promoted to Director of Meetings and Events in June 2019. Bierman’s time serving Delta Chi has turned him from a skeptic of Greek life to someone who appreciates the friendship, care, and personal growth that fraternal bonds foster.
What do you like about working at Delta Chi?
I like that everyone on staff is constantly working to improve their skills and better serve Delta Chi’s members. My skills and experiences have deepened greatly while being on staff.
What are the values that drive you?
In the end, I think my position is about hospitality, and I try to show that through all of the projects I work on. Events are often milestones and they’re opportunities for us to grow and meet new people. When I’ve done my job well and thought through every detail, attendees will have positive and enriching experiences. They leave the event with good memories that will stay with them.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I love cooking and eating. I live next to an area of Indianapolis called the International Marketplace, which has restaurants and grocery stores offering food from all over the world. I like to take advantage of that access as much as possible.
I’ve slowly been turning my patio into a garden. I’m currently growing tomatoes, herbs, and some decorative plants, including a rose bush and a hibiscus. I also have bird feeders up, so we get visits from all kinds of local birds, including cardinals. We also have squirrels and chipmunks that like to chase after each other.
I’m also getting into preserving. This summer I bought a 25-pound box of peaches and so far, I’ve turned it into jalapeno peach jam and ready-made peach pie filling. I’m looking forward to some other projects.
What is your favorite Delta Chi moment?
My favorite Delta Chi moment is from the closing banquet of the 2018 Convention. I remember coming down the escalator, walking into the ballroom and just seeing that everything was underway. In that moment, I knew that everyone’s hard work had paid off, and that we had had a good Convention.