We know it's a big job to run a Student Chapter, and you guys are doing great work at the ground level making it happen!
Here are some resources to help you have a successful year:
Chapter of the Year application - REQUIRED submission by April 1st! The application serves as official Chapter history and as entry into the Chapter of the Year award running. Learn more about the Award.
Selection & Induction are a huge undertaking. Click the link for full resources.
Transitioning to new officers - Continuity binders with notes, social media accounts and passwords, event reports, how to's, etc. are essential. In lieu of a physical binder, you could also have a centralized online location for documents (but be sure to share the location with your Adviser and Coordinator too!)
Marketing Your Chapter
We have marketing materials at the ready. Contact the Central Office to request materials that would be useful. This year, we heard your resounding call for more promotional materials, and we are working to get you some new items in the spring semester.
Logo Use - Use only the trademarked key logo when printing on materials.
*NEW Info Sheet Handout - print as many as you need (part of mini communication packet)
*NEW Marketing Flyer - print as many you need (referenced in mini communication packet)
- AΣN Marketing Flyer
Items in the works include: Daily Examen postcards, flyers with general Society information, and stickers. We're always open to new ideas! Let us know what would be a useful marketing tool on your campus.
Your brainstorming at the Regional Leadership Summits was amazing. We know the good ideas are flowing! There is no minimum number of events required of Chapters, but we suggest at least two events per semester (meetings, service, marketing, lecture) to keep members engaged.
Photos!!! Appoint a photographer at each and every event. Be sure to send your photos to the Central Office. You could be showcased on the website, social media, and in our newsletters.
Haig Fund Grants are here for you. Make your big plans a reality with a little help from the Haig Fund. Apply for up to a $500 grant for a Chapter program.
Read through the Chapter Program Ideas page for inspiration from past years.
Remember to collaborate.
Consider contacting one of these friendly Jesuit organizations:
Jesuit Volunteer Corps - Volunteers working locally would be a great resource for Chapter members. Invite them to a social event, dinner, or to come and speak to the group. Maybe you could even get an invite to a dinner at their JVC house in town!
Jesuit Volunteer Corps NW - For folks in the Northwest, there is a separate organization of Jesuit Volunteers.
Cristo Rey Schools - These high schools, often Jesuit-affiliated, would be a great service resource. Contact your local Cristo Rey to find out about mentoring, visiting with students, college visits, etc.
Nativity Miguel Schools - Similar to the Cristo Rey system, these middle schools, also often Jesuit-affiliated, would be great partners for a service event.
Ignatian Solidarity Network - An Ignatian family organization focused on social justice. Find out how your Chapter can advocate with them for change.
Or contact an on-campus ally:
Office of Mission & Ministry (called differently across campuses)
Center for Community Service
Other student organizations
Contact your local Alumni Club.
Many Clubs are partnering with Chapters to bring AΣN alumni and student members together for networking events, panels, etc. This is a great way to show members that Alpha Sigma Nu is active after graduation as well.
This society-wide campaign is a perfect way to raise awareness about Alpha Sigma Nu and to promote the mission of AΣN as well as Jesuit education. Often AΣN Week is scheduled to coincide with an induction date (since many are in the spring). Dates are up to each individual Chapter but the week should be scheduled for spring. Consider working with other AΣN Chapter leaders to coordinate across Chapters. The initiative was born of student requests for a unifying event to showcase the Society as an international organization and not just a campus club.
Find out more under AΣN Week.
Stay in Love booklet - From Ignatian Solidarity, a printed resource for graduating seniors with opportunities to stay connected to their Jesuit roots. We can send these to you for senior events, such as the Senior Send-off or Bling Breakfast (where medallions are given out to those graduating).
I [heart] Jesuits t-shirts - $15 per t-shirt through the online store. Contact the Central Office if you're interested in a larger order. There may be a lower price.