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Darold Larson receives NIC Gold Medal

Brother Larson addresses the NIC House of Delegates after receiving his award
Brother Larson addresses the NIC House of Delegates after receiving his award

Acacia is excited to announce that AFF Executive Director and past Acacia Executive Director Darold W. Larson, Washington State '81, has been awarded the prestigious North-American Interfraternity Conference Gold Medal for his years of service to Acacia and the fraternity movement. Brother Larson received his award at the NIC Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri on April 19 with several Acacia brothers and dozens of interfraternity leaders present. George F. Patterson, Jr., Cincinnati '42, is the only other Acacian to receive the Gold Medal.

From the North-American Interfraternity Conference:

The NIC Gold Medal was first presented in 1940. The medal is presented in recognition of lifetime service to the fraternity movement. Past recipients of the Gold Medal are models of selfless service, visionary leadership, and courage of conviction. When considering nominations, the awards committee take into account tenure of service, interfraternal leadership, and a dedication to advancing the fraternal movement.

Visit the North-American Interfraternity Conference website for a full historical list of award winners.

Darold's nomination was submitted by several Acacia leaders including International President Jeremy Davis, Executive Director Patrick McGovern, and three past International Presidents.

Brother Larson (far right) with Acacia International Presidents (L-R): Gerald C. Cook, Robert E. Roberson, Jeremy N. Davis, Donald W. Solanas
Brother Larson (far right) with Acacia International Presidents (L-R): Gerald C. Cook, Robert E. Roberson, Jeremy N. Davis, Donald W. Solanas

Brother Larson's dedication to Acacia is unsurpassed and his achievements many. Past International President Gerald C. Cook, Shippensburg '66, sums it up best in his nomination: "Volunteer leaders come and go, but long-tenured staff are the glue, vision, and institutional memory that help organizations, especially fraternities, survive and succeed. I am sure that Acacia's present and future would not be as strong and optimistic as it is without Darold's many and diverse leadership contributions."

Darold has served Acacia as Executive Director and AFF Executive Director and is a past president of the Fraternity Executives Association. He began his tenure on the Acacia Headquarters staff as a Leadership Consultant in 1984. Since then, he has been recognized with the Order of Pythagoras (1985), the Award of Merit (1990), and the George F. Patterson, Jr. Outstanding Alumnus Award (2002). Darold is also the creator of the Acacia Leadership Academy which dates back to 1991, and as such the International Council has named the event in his honor, the Darold W. Larson Acacia Leadership Academy.

Summer internship program info

Acacia's summer internship program provides an opportunity for undergraduate brothers to obtain practical work experience in not-for-profit organization management, higher education, and event planning during a 12-week span from June 1 to August 5, 2015. Interns will be exposed to the major operational areas of the Fraternity and take part in the day-to-day activities of the Headquarters staff. Additionally, interns will assist in a wide variety of special projects ranging from development of new programs through event preparation, specifically assisting with the Acacia Leadership Academy in Bloomington, Indiana, during the final week of July. The Fraternity will accept 1-2 interns for the 2015 summer with applications open until positions are filled. Responsibilities and essential functions:

  • Organizing and filing paper and electronic records
  • Assisting in updating and developing programs
  • Assisting in updating manuals and documents
  • Researching, writing, and compiling content on topics such as prominent alumni, undergraduate and chapter successes, and trends in Greek life
  • Assisting in preparation for the Acacia Leadership Academy in Bloomington, Indiana
  • Interns will report directly to the Executive Director

Qualifications:

  • Be a full-time Acacia undergraduate in good standing
  • Be available to generally work business hours M-F for the duration of your internship at the Acacia Fraternity International Headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Have a passion for and belief in the fraternal movement and the development of our undergraduate members
  • Possess strong organizational skills, timely, and takes pride in personal appearance
  • Possess strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong work ethic and accomplishes tasks with limited supervision
  • Able to relocate to Indianapolis for approximately 10 weeks during the summer
  • Proficiency in the following software: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Apps
  • Any of the following skills are a bonus: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, HTML, CSS
  • Mac proficiency preferred, though not required
  • Past Conclave or Acacia Leadership Academy attendance is a plus
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds above shoulder height preferred
  • The candidate must return to the institution for at least one additional academic year following the internship.

Benefits: Interns will receive a weekly stipend (amount TBD) and free lodging at the Fraternity’s furnished staff apartment in Indianapolis, as well as free registration and lodging at the Acacia Leadership Academy. Academic course credit may also be available.

How to apply: Please submit cover letter, resume with references and personal statement on why you would be a good fit for the internship. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Acacia Fraternity International Headquarters Attn: Patrick McGovern, Executive Director 8777 Purdue Road, Suite #225 Indianapolis, IN 46268

pmcgovern@acacia.org

Acacia HQ staff
Acacia HQ staff

2014 Strategic Plan - Playing in Rhythm

International Acacia leaders spent several months collaborating over the spring and summer to create the next Strategic Plan for the fraternity. With input from alumni and undergraduates alike, the 2014 Strategic Plan, Playing in Rhythm, was adopted by the 58th Biennial Conclave delegation and outlines the fraternity's vision, objectives, and goals over the next six years. Download the 2014 Strategic Plan (PDF)

2014 Strategic Plan - Playing in Rhythm

Michael S. Weber, Iowa State ’06, promoted to Director of Operations

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Michael S. Weber, Iowa State '06Acacia is excited to announce the promotion of Michael S. Weber, Iowa State ’06, to Director of Operations. In his first 10 months of service as Director of Expansion & Recruitment, Brother Weber demonstrated excellent work in areas beyond that of his job title. Said Executive Director Patrick McGovern, "Michael continues to bring a very valuable skill set to the Headquarters staff, and it is time to recognize his vital contributions to Acacia operations in areas beyond expansion. As a past Venerable Dean and Undergraduate Counselor, Michael sees clearly how all parts of international fraternity operations fit together and knows how to best utilize our resources to complete projects and achieve our goals."

During his undergraduate tenure, Brother Weber served as Venerable Dean, Undergraduate Counselor on Acacia's International Council, Chapter Secretary, Chaplain and Junior Steward. Michael also led the Government of the Student Body as Speaker and Vice Speaker of the Senate. Acacia has recognized Brother Weber’s achievements with the 2011 Roy C. Clark Award, the Order of Pythagoras Award, and the George F. Patterson, Jr. Scholarship.

"Michael's work in the areas of accounting and bookkeeping have been specifically crucial. He is an ideal team player who is willing to dedicate long hours of work on difficult tasks, and his work is of top quality. Simply put, he gets it," added McGovern.

Brother Weber is originally from Ames, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University in May 2011 with a B.S. in Family, Finance, Housing and Policy.

Says Brother Weber, "I’m excited to continue to serve the fraternity and develop our day-to-day operational practices, and to grow the fraternity."

Send Michael a note of congratulations at mweber@acacia.org.