AKPsi's Centennial Weekend

Alpha Kappa Psi Celebrates 100 Years

The Kappa Chapter at the University of Oregon celebrated a historic milestone on May 3, 2015. The tenth chapter of the professional business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi was established a century ago on May 3, 1915, and has excelled at the University of Oregon for 100 consecutive years. Only three chapters have achieved this milestone, an honor that even the founding chapter couldn’t achieve.

The Kappa chapter hosted a three-day event which brought together 145 alumni and members to celebrate brotherhood, support the fraternity endowment fund, and reminisce about the Oregon Duck college experience. The leaders of the centennial committee were former chapter president Samantha Twardoch, Collin Samples, and Justin McCormick. They enlisted 19 project heads to host the weekend activities. Notable events included a welcome barbecue, tours of local businesses, and a catered dinner at the Downtown Athletic Club.

The decorated Kappa Alumni spanned from recent graduates of 2014 to honored graduates of 1967 (’68).  At the formal dinner, Dan Stubblefield, the fraternity chairman of the board said “The Kappa Chapter set the bar high and hosted a well-executed event that others should strive for.” Among other membership awards, Chuck Kalnbach was recognized for 11 years of service as the chapter’s faculty advisor.

The weekend-long event concluded at Autzen Stadium with a breakfast social and the closing of the time capsule, where members and alumni were encouraged to share their favorite AKPsi memory.

About the Fraternity:
The Kappa Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi prides itself in its ability to connect students, both personally and professionally. The 80-member chapter boasts a diverse membership grounded in the principles of brotherhood, leadership, and education. The culture produces lifelong friendships, provides endless opportunities, and supports a multitude of endeavors that the members take on.

The 2014-2015 academic year boasted diverse attractions for the fraternity:

  • Portland site tours (Nike and Wieden+Kennedy)
  • San Francisco site tours (Google, Facebook, Twitter)
  • Seattle site tours (Boeing, Costco, Nordstrom)
  • Principled Business Leadership Institute and Case Competition, Reno, NV

– Collin Samples ’15 and Samantha Twardoch ’15

About Collin Samples:
Collin Samples is graduating magna cum laude this spring with a B.S. in business administration. As a transfer student from Arizona State University, he rushed AKPsi in Fall ’12 and became heavily involved in chapter outreach by developing a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley. During senior year, he helped plan the Centennial Celebration and won a case competition at AKPsi’s Principled Business Leadership Institute conference in Reno, Nevada. Outside the business school, he was a junior golf coach and studied abroad in Vienna, Austria.

Samples is passionate about traveling, exploring, and solving problems. He strives to leave the world better than he found it. Although his next steps are unclear, he is optimistic about the adventure ahead.

About Samantha Twardoch:
Samantha Twardoch graduated this winter with a B.S. in accounting cum laude with departmental honors. She rushed AKPsi fall term of her sophomore year and was elected the following term to the executive board as the VP of finance. She served as president for her senior year, helping to plan the centennial celebration, coordinating weekly meetings, and winning a case competition atAKPsi’s Principled Business Leadership Institute in Reno, Nevada. Aside from AKPsi, Samantha was a member of the Business Honors Program, studied abroad in Copenhagen, and worked on campus as an accounting tutor, Lunquist College Duck Guide, and as a fitness attendant at the Student Recreation Center.

This summer Samantha is headed to Seattle to intern in KPMG’s audit practice and will pursue a master’s degree in accounting at the University of Washington this fall, earning her enough credits to test for the CPA exams. She hopes to one day work abroad and eventually work in the nonprofit sector.

Written by UO Business

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