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Thanks to PKT, Brother is Prepared for Whatever the Future Holds

Wednesday, July 6, 2016   (0 Comments)
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grad16ASean Grealy (Hofstra, '16) went to college not knowing a soul. He left college as a trailblazer, leading a group of highly successful Fraternity men and winning multiple awards.

Sean chose Hofstra University outside NYC in search of his ticket to medical school. He quickly became involved with the Newman Club, a Catholic organization on campus. By his junior year, Sean’s leadership skills elevated him to president of the Club.

He eventually changed his major to exercise science and became a resident assistant.

As involved as Sean was, he knew something was missing. He explored Greek Life, but felt the organizations on campus lacked real substance and were disconnected with their missions. That’s when he looked elsewhere and stumbled upon Phi Kappa Theta.

Sean loved PKT’s Catholic affiliation and focus on spirituality and service. "The rest of my college career was defined by organizing a group of men into what I hope will become the premier example of what Greek life can be on a college campus”.

So far so good. Sean served as the expansion group’s first president, and the men went from colony to chapter in one year. Also in that year, NY Alpha Omega achieved highest GPA among all fraternities and sororities at Hofstra.

Sean’s impact was recognized by peers, earning Hofstra’s Senior Man of the Year, was elected to Homecoming Court and graduated magna cum laude. He also earned the "Living Your Values” award for living up to Phi Kappa Theta’s ideals.

Sara Diem, Hofstra’s Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Engagement, had this to say:

"Working with the New York Alpha Omega Chapter of Phi Kappa Theta has been such an unbelievable pleasure; in particular working with leaders like Sean Grealy. He is consistently gracious and humble in his leadership, which reached well beyond fraternity and sorority life at Hofstra. He truly embodies servant leadership; proof of this is his decision to spend his first summer out of college volunteering and giving back.  He is a person whom I have been thankful to work with, and whose commitment and love for his values reminds me why I chose this career.”

Now that he’s a recent grad, Sean believes Phi Kappa Theta set him up for success. "PKT allows men to explore life in its entirety, leaving no area of human development ignored. Men are meant to know themselves and the world in social, intellectual, fraternal, spiritual, and leadership senses.”

As for starting a chapter, Sean believes the founders must recognize the immense work and stress ahead of them. "It’s entirely worth it when the chapter officially charters.”

His advice? "Know your limits and have those you trust to help you through the process. You should cultivate future leadership and hopefully have someone ready to assume the leadership after you so that the initial mission of your chapter can be carried forward without too much of the message being lost.”

grad16BSean just finished a month of service in the mountains of Kentucky with the Christian Appalachian Project. He is currently discerning priesthood, and hopes to serve as a Local Coach for NY Alpha Omega Chapter and attend upcoming Phi Kap conferences.

"If a man chooses to join Phi Kap and actively pursues everything that it has to offer, he has no choice but to be prepared to face the world more confidently and competently, and he will have a huge community of peers to help him along the way.

Worth noting:
  • NY Alpha Omega Chapter earned highest GPA among all Hofstra fraternities and sororities for the Spring 2016 semester
  • NY Alpha Omega Chapter earned gold status in Letters With Pride, a program used by Hofstra to track chapter accomplishments
  • Damian Gallagher, current chapter president of NY Alpha Omega, was recently elected president of Hofstra’s Student Governing Association
  • Anthony Giambrone won the award for Most Helpful Resident Assistant
  • Brendan Rorke won an award for leading the Business Club of the Year

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