Iota Pi chapter to return at App State

10 November

COLONY (Appalachian State) — Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) is bringing its Iota Pi chapter back to Appalachian State University, according to greeks.appstate.edu.

ATO strives to recruit the highest caliber men, and in turn become one of the most pre-eminent, respected organizations on every college campus,” said Jordan Fischette, leadership consultant for ATO.

ATO took a hiatus from Appalachian in 2008 after failing to recruit enough men, Fischette said.

“We have been working closely with the university and with the office of Greek life ever since we left,” Fischette said. “When we received an invitation to return to App State we couldn’t have been happier.”

Jamar Banks, director of Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, believes that the return of ATO will have a positive impact on fraternity and sorority life at Appalachian.

“I think any time you have a new group that comes back with a new energy and enthusiasm – that is contagious and could impact the community in a very positive manner just from being excited about being in a fraternity and sorority environment,” Banks said.

Appalachian students who join ATO now have the opportunity to be founding fathers and make the fraternity their own.

“I think starting a fraternity is going to be life-changing,” said Jay Brennan, an ATO founding father and sophomore business and economics major. “You’re not just following in the footsteps – you’re making the trail.”

Brennan didn’t get a bid from other fraternities at Appalachian, but he said that he’s so much happier to have this opportunity.

“There’s something about these guys,” Brennan said. “They’re different. There’s something more than your average fraternity.”

Brennan says he is looking forward to gaining the leadership skills that ATO teaches.

ATO offers a number of leadership programs like Altitude, LeaderShape, Presidents Retreat and Emerging Leaders conferences, according to ato.org.

The fraternity has already recruited Appalachian leaders from the Student Government Association, Eagle Scouts and Appalachian Ambassadors.

ATO will begin colonization on Nov. 11.

Keep up with the Appalachian State ATO colony by following them on Twitter and Facebook.

Full article via The Appalachian Online

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