PSE Invades Oktoberfest for Annual New Member Retreat

Every year, the "German-town" of Helen, GA hosts Oktoberfest-and for the past two years Gamma has joined the festivities for a celebration of food, music and most importantly PSE's newest members. 

Gamma loaded up 50 members and took a mini road trip to Helen. Designed to look like a traditional German city, complete with ginger-bread trim and mountain charm, Helen is the perfect setting for an Oktoberfest retreat. Gamma ate bratwursts and pretzels while dancing the night away to classic polka music--not entirely different from a night out in Athens. New and old members were able to mix and mingle German style, forming friendships to last a lifetime. 

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“It was such a great experience getting to know all of the new members. Everyone is so down to earth and personable; I’m so excited to integrate them within our chapter.”
— VP of New Member Development, Addy Delean.

Interviews, Braves and Newell Rubbermaid (oh my)

This week in Gamma saw second round interviews for new member recruits, the first social event of the year and a visit from UGA alums and Newell Rubbermaid representatives at chapter. 

New Member Recruitment

PSE-Gamma members and exec members have been interviewing interested recruits for the past two weeks, with the second round taking place this past week. With nearly a hundred applicants, Gamma is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Fall 2015 pledge class, which will be announced this coming Monday, October 5th. 

Braves Date Night

PSE ventured out of Athens for a night of Braves baseball this past Tuesday. The rain held off, Atlanta traffic was moderate and Gamma chopped their tomahawks-but alas the Braves experienced another loss this season. Despite the Nationals' triumph over the beloved Braves, Gamma had a fun night off from interviewing. Braves Date Night set the bar high for the upcoming social events PSE has planned.

“Newell Rubbermaid helps people flourish every day, where they live, learn, work and play.”

“Newell Rubbermaid helps people flourish every day, where they live, learn, work and play.”

Gamma dressed up in their best business casual this week and welcomed representatives Kristen and Lindsay from Newell Rubbermaid. Newell Rubbermaid is a global company comprising of a variety of well known brands such as Papermate, Sharpie, Graco and more. Kristen and Lindsay touched on their day-to-day work life, company culture and expectations within their internal marketing positions at Newell.

Pictured: Newell Rubbermaid reps Kristen and Lindsay with Gamma's VP of Service and previous Newell Rubbermaid intern Christiana Smith.

Pictured: Newell Rubbermaid reps Kristen and Lindsay with Gamma's VP of Service and previous Newell Rubbermaid intern Christiana Smith.

PSE's very own Simy Carvalho, Shannon Morrow and Christiana Smith held internships this past summer with Newell Rubbermaid. For more information on internships and jobs at Newell Rubbermaid, visit  http://careers.newellrubbermaid.com/

 

What to Look Forward to:

  • New Members officially joining Pi Sigma Epsilon
  • Sign up for Ad Agency Project! Email Simy Carvalho with your top company choices, resume, and what position you would like and why
  • Oktoberfest! Bring $15 to Maya Abel by October 7th to join PSE's favorite social event of the year on October 10th

Land of the PSE, Home of the Braves

Braves Date Night turned out to be a success for everyone...except the Braves. Gamma members got the chance to trade in their suits and skirts for jerseys and cheer on Atlanta's favorite baseball team for the first social event of the fall semester.

Georgia has been experiencing non-stop rain the past few days, but the skies were clear as PSE rolled out of Athens and headed toward Turner Field. Tomahawks and foam fingers in hand, Gamma came prepared to chop for the Braves. Unfortunately the Nationals came prepared as well, and the Braves suffered a loss. 

Despite the imminent fear of rain and an even bigger fear of the Nats, Gamma made it a night to remember-setting standards high for the social events to come. 

Selfie game strong for the Braves

Selfie game strong for the Braves

New Member Recruitment Initiates Exciting New Beginnings

Pi Sigma Epsilon Gamma went into full recruitment mode last week, complete with: two new member informational sessions with two different companies (Eli Lilly and TEKsystems), a daily recruitment table set up outside of Sanford equipped with candy and excited PSE members, and to finish off the week- a New Member Social at Fuzzy's Taco Shop. PSE received an impressive number of applicants from a variety of years and majors and is thrilled to begin the interview process, bringing the chapter one step closer to announcing Gamma's newest pledge class. 

Incase you missed anything, here's what's important:

New Member Info Sessions

Gamma president Megan Maloney gave a breakdown of why you should join PSE:

  • Marketing, sales and advertising experience
  • Volunteer/service opportunities
  • Professional development
  • Company networking/connections
  • Social events
  • Friendships that will last a lifetime 

Speakers: Eli Lilly and Company, TEKsystems

 

"We make medicines that help people live longer, healthier, more active lives."

"We make medicines that help people live longer, healthier, more active lives."

A fortune 500 global pharmaceutical company. 

For more information on internships and careers, visit https://careers.lilly.com/

"Our deep insights into the IT labor market enable us to help clients achieve their business goals—while optimizing their IT workforce strategies."

"Our deep insights into the IT labor market enable us to help clients achieve their business goals—while optimizing their IT workforce strategies."

An IT staffing, talent management and services company.

For more information on internships and careers, visit http://www.teksystems.com/it-careers

Recruitment Table

Current PSE members gathered each day last week from 10-2 outside of Sanford to inform students of the wonderful opportunities within this fraternity. Enticed with candy and smiles, potential members were drawn to the table and all that PSE has to offer.

Fuzzy's Social

Current and potential members joined together for an evening of quality conversation and mounds full of queso. Everyone left with hearts (and stomachs) full of excitement for what's to come! 

 

 

 

What to Look Forward to:

  • PSE Dues: bring a check/cash to Chapter September 23rd
    • Membership renewal if you joined in a fall semester: $160
    • If you graduate this December: $80
  • First round interviews begin next week:
    • Tips: dress to impress, bring a resume, be yourself!
  • Braves Date Night: September 29th

Welcome, Spring '15 Initiates!

As we approach recruitment season for Fall 2015, we'd like to take a moment to recognize our amazing members, both old and new, who received recognition at our initiation and awards ceremony on April 27th! Congratulations to the following winners, and to all of our new members: welcome to the Gamma family!

  • Servant Leadership Award - Alex Woodruff
  • Servant Award - Daniel Gannon
  • Servant Award - Megan Maloney
  • Servant Award - Bryant Noel
  • Servant Award - Courtney McCune
  • Altria Sales and Distribution Award - Nicholas Jernigan
  • Altria Sales and Distribution Award - Simy Carvalho
  • Altria Sales and Distribution Award - Christiana Smith
  • Altria Sales and Distribution Award - Lindsay Quandt
  • National Sales Competition Recognition - Ashton Carter
  • Marketing Project of the Year - Amanda Autry
  • Achievement Scholar - Lauren McCurdy
  • Achievement Scholar - Nicole Weaver
  • Man of the Year Award - Alex Woodruff
  • Woman of the Year Award - Amanda Autry
  • New Member Man of the Year - Asif Delawalla
  • New Member Woman of the Year - Nathalie Martinez

We also want to extend a congratulations to all of our Gold Members who rank in the top 20% of our chapter in terms of involvement!

To those of you considering joining Pi Sigma Epsilon at UGA, as you can see, there are countless opportunities to succeed and grow within our organization! We appreciate all of you who dedicate many hours to making our chapter the absolute best it can be. Without you all, we couldn't be successful. So, thank you!

April: Member of the Month, Kayla Pruitt!

Congrats to our Member of the Month, Kayla Pruitt! Kayla is a senior Communication Studies major. We selected her as the Member of the Month because of her dedication to PSE and high interaction with us via social media. Fun fact about Kayla? She's a dog lover! In her free time she loves to spend time with her 4 dogs. Thanks for your passion for PSE, Kayla!

Plans after graduation: "I plan to focus on Human Resources or Administration."

What Kayla has gained from PSE: "The skills for better networking in the business world and amazing friends!"

Her favorite thing about PSE: "Getting a variety of projects that expand my skills and experiences and being able to work with lots of people."

Houston, We Have a Convention

This past April, almost 30 members of PSE Gamma flew out to Houston, Texas for Pi Sigma Epsilon's National Convention to represent our chapter! We had almost a week of networking, keynote speakers, a career fair, the Pro-Am Sell-a-Thon Sales Competition, Marketing Case Study Competition, and fun nights around Houston to get to interact with other chapters as well as business professionals.

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Gamma swept the competition, and we came home with countless awards at the award banquet on the last night. Here are the awards we received:

  • Top Marketing Project
  • 2nd place Professional Development Program
  • 2nd place in the Case Study Competition
  • 3rd place in the BOSS Games Competition
  • Most Improved Chapter
  • Whan Challenger Award presented to Alex Woodruff
  • and to top it all off, Gamma is officially the 2nd place TOP GOLD CHAPTER IN THE NATION!!!

In addition, we had 3 semi-finalists make the top 26 in the Pro-Am Sell-a-Thon Sales Competition: Sarah Stites, Christiana Smith, and Shannon Morrow. Needless to say, our announcers got pretty familiar announcing Gamma over that microphone! We're so proud and honored to receive these awards, and we can only imagine what the future holds for Gamma!

This year's Regional Convention will be held in Charleston, South Carolina, and next year's National Convention will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Stay tuned for updates as the spring rolls around for more opportunities!

A Crawling Success

Our 7th year of the Classic City Crawl is now one for the books! We sold 1,100 shirts and raised $6801.60 for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta thanks to the help of our fantastic 27 establishments, crucial committee members at PSE, and the people who came out on March 31st to participate!

Participants were entered to win prizes throughout the night, including $25 gift cards to Allgood and The Hedges, a $25 Starbucks gift bag, three $25 gift cards from Brixx as well as a year’s worth of free pizza, and a neon sign valued at $75 from Jerzees! This could not have been possible without our VP of Sales/Marketing, Simy Carvalho, and Establishment Chairs Amanda Autry and Bryant Noel. Check out some of our favorite photos below and thanks to everyone who submitted using the #CrawlOn tag!

Pictured right: our Instagram Contest winner! #CrawlOn

Pictured right: our Instagram Contest winner! #CrawlOn

Gamma Takes on Regionals

                There’s no place like Baton Rouge for the holidays! The Pi Sigma Epsilon chapter at the University of Georgia traveled to Louisiana for the South Regional Conference, along with chapters from KSU, North Alabama, and University of Louisiana-Monroe, with LSU as the hosting chapter. Gamma members participated in the Pro-Am Sell-a-thon, Enterprise Speakers’ Competition, and Marketing Competition. LSU also hosted a PSE career fair and several workshops for professional development. Students also had the chance to listen to educators and professionals share their experiences about how Pi Sigma Epsilon transformed their lives as well as how they excelled in the professional world. This amazing weekend adventure would not have been possible without the support of Headquarters, who even offered a presentation and lesson about the organization as a whole.
                For the members of Gamma, attending the conference itself was an accomplishment – the University sent 22 members to compete. Sophomore Addy Delean, now our VP of New Member Development, was new to PSE at the time: “I have not been as challenged or inspired as much as I was for the Regionals competition. I participated in my first ever sales competition, and I ended up as a finalist. Having the opportunity to participate in such a great event has helped me realize where my professional potential can go. Not only did I expand my horizons professionally, I created lifelong bonds with the other people that went. I can genuinely say that I carry the people that went to the Regionals competition deep in my heart.”
                Addy wasn’t the only person to do well from our chapter –  we had four candidates in the top seven of the Pro-Am Sell-A-Thon, with Simy Carvalho taking home first place. Alex Woodruff and Lindsay Quandt placed first and second respectively for the Enterprise Speakers’ Competition. As for the marketing competition, the winning team had three Gamma members: Amy Young, Christian Starling, and Lindsay Quandt. Teams were briefed on a college internship and then challenged to develop and present a coherent digital marketing strategy. The weekend offered limitless opportunities to expand and refine professional skills of all aspects. Lastly, the chapter rounded out the weekend with a stop in New Orleans before heading back to Athens. Overall, Regionals was an incredible experience for all the members involved, and Gamma can’t wait for Nationals in the Spring! 

Information Session

We are opening the gates for a new class of members! During the month of January, keep an eye out for the Pi Sigma Epsilon table in the Tate Center Plaza. We will be networking and giving away free goodies, so find our tables around campus from January 15-21st! If you are curious about PSE and what our Marketing and Sales fraternity can do for your professional career, attend one of our informational sessions! Our next meeting will be on January 21st from 7-8:30 in Sanford 213. Come with an empty stomach because we will have FREE CHICK-FIL-A! Bring a friend and spread the word! We are excited to see YOU there!

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