It’s that time of year again; spring has turned to summer, radio stations are playing Semisonic’s ‘Closing Time’ on repeat, and millions of students have graduated. We have high hopes for the Class of 2011 as they make their way into the world, but I can’t help but wonder…what will we do without them? The members of the Class of 2011 were our role models and leaders on campus. They knew the community, remembered the organization’s history and maintained a connection to alumni that other members could not. They served as our bridge between the new and old. They stepped in to take over when the Class of 2010 departed, but now they too leave a void.
Most men who will join the fraternity this year are 18 years old right now. On average, they will live to be 75.6 years old.
This means they will be with Delta Tau Delta for approximately 57.6 years, or 2,995 weeks.
They will be alumni for 53 years, or 2,756 weeks.
They will chapter members for approximately 3.5 years, or 182 weeks.
And for the next 6 to 8 weeks, they will be your new members.
Your job as a new member educator is not to achieve the pinnacle of fraternity within 8 weeks. It is to help new members lay the foundation for a life of excellence. Consider what this means for your education program:
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