ORLANDO, FL. - Over 100 brothers gathered in central Florida for Delta Epsilon Psi's 9th annual National Convention. The convention was hosted by DEPsi's Lambda Chapter, located at University of Central Florida in the city of Orlando. The National Convention is an opportunity for the brothers of DEPsi across the nation to enjoy a weekend together and to create memories that will last a lifetime. The convention is a forum wherein numerous workshops and break-up sessions are organized by National Council and DEPsi Alumni to help educate and mentor newer brothers about maximizing the college experience and preparing for the professional world. The overall purpose of the National Convention is for the brothers of DEPsi to gain an all-encompassing idea of what the fraternity really stands for.
National Convention was kicked off on Friday August 3rd., 2012 with the 4th annual national basketball tournament. Brothers formed teams based on region to battle it out in a friendly tournament. The day also featured the opening ceremonies for the convention hosted by National Council and followed by the opportunity for brothers across the nation to enjoy the city.
Saturday, August 4th featured breakout sessions led by various alumni and the officers of DEPsi's very own National Council. Breakout sessions are designed for younger brothers to gain insight about college life and learn how to maximize their experience as brothers of the fraternity. One of the key breakout sessions featured, National Director of Communications, Tejas Gadhia. Mr. Gadhia discussed the importance of national unity and the significance of social media and marketing. Additionally, he highlighted the various aspects of communications that allow the brothers of Delta Epsilon Psi to strengthen their brotherhood and benefit them for their future professional lives.
Along with break out sessions, workshops were hosted. These workshops stressed the importance of getting involved and giving back to the community through the many channels the fraternity offers. The workshops also feature notable alumni, who share their college experience and shed insight on techniques to help find jobs and career opportunities after graduating college. Last year's notable keynote speaker was a DEPsi founding father, and former executive at Proctor and Gamble Kash Shaikh. This year’s keynote speaker was another Founding Father: Rahul Brahmbhatt.
Brahmbhatt, along with his 17 other founding members, founded Delta Epsilon Psi on October 1st, 1998, at the University of Texas at Austin. After successfully establishing our fraternity and beginning our national revolution, Brahmbhatt graduated from UT and started his career as a chemical engineer.
More notably, in 2010, he founded Magic Bus USA, which is the US fundraising arm of Magic Bus. Magic Bus is an organization that started in 1999 in Mumbai using sport as a tool to develop communities in the areas of education, health, gender equality, and sustainable livelihoods.
Saturday evening featured a banquet dinner in which the brothers celebrated their achievements from the past year. Some of the notable achievements for this year included over 150 new brothers across the nation and over 17,000 documented service hours. The key highlight of the night was National Council’s check presentation to JDRF, in which the brothers donated a record $41,500.
The banquet also served as a time for DEPsi to recognize outstanding brothers and chapters/colonies that have excelled beyond the expectations set forth before them. These honorees truly demonstrate and uphold our pillars of brotherhood, discipline, and commitment.
The 2011-2012 awards presented were as follows:
• Chapter of the Year: Xi Chapter - Drexel University - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
• Colony of the Year: Alpha Delta Colony – The College of New Jersey – Ewing, New Jersey.
• Brother of the Year – Rahul Hemrajani – Xi Chapter – Drexel University
• Rookie of the Year – Viraj Patel – Alpha Delta Colony – The College of New Jersey
• Blue Chip Scholarship ($1,000) – Ravi Shah
The convention ended Sunday August 5th with the closing ceremonies. As the brothers started to pack their bags and bid their farewells, they reminisced over the weekend's festivities. In just two days the brothers gained invaluable skills and information pertinent to their personal and career endeavors. They also met the national leaders and a founding father of the fraternity. They celebrated the fraternity's milestones and most importantly bonded with their brothers in the City of Orlando. The brothers walked away with a sense of fulfillment knowing that the fraternity they represented meant more than wearing the letters with pride. It was about the people with whom they work to uphold the selfless nature to assist the community while maintaining a strong unity and bond of brotherhood.