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Pledging

APO Rush occurs twice a year at the beginning of each semester. Rush is an opportunity to get to know the members of APO and decide if you'd like to join. After Rush, interested students are invited to participate in the Induction ceremony, which formally starts the Pledging Period. The Pledging Period lasts for the rest of the semester, and pledges are given an opportunity to attend various service projects, socials, and retreats with the brotherhood. Upon successful completion of all pledging requirements, pledges are initiated as brothers of Alpha Phi Omega.

If you're looking for an organization that does meaningful service, an opportunity to improve your leadership skills, and friends to last a lifetime, then Alpha Phi Omega is for you. We have a diverse membership, but we are connected through our love of service and our desire to strengthen the bonds of our fraternity. We welcome you to join us in our pursuit of Leadership, Friendship, and Service.

Complete 18 hours of APO-endorsed community service
Interview 90% of your pledge class and 50% of active brothers
Wear your pledge pin at all times as a symbol of pride in your affiliation with APO
Make a pledge paddle
Pay pledge dues
Attend all pledge meetings
Pass all quizzes and the final (we give you the answers ahead of time, so don't worry!)
Participate in a mid-semester discussion
Attend two brotherhood meetings
Join a pledge committee (social or service)
Attend six social events
Attend the pledge retreat
Attend the pledge project
Attend Induction

All that's left is induction! It's mandatory too! Thursday, 9/22, 8pm, location TBA.

If you want more information about Rush or Alpha Phi Omega in general, please contact the Rush Chairs:

George Hernandez: gkh5@duke.edu
Ben Soltoff: bds23@duke.edu
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About

We are the Lambda Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega at Duke University. Founded in 1955, our chapter takes pride in its service to humanity, as well as the bonds within its diverse membership. We are women, men, engineers, pre-meds, humanities majors, athletes, artists, dancers, environmentalists, activists. Our members are involved in organizations all over campus, from student government, to ultimate frisbee, to even other Greek organizations. Yet in spite of our differences, we are a family that serves together. We invite you to learn more about our fraternity and join us in following the principles of Leadership, Friendship, and Service.

Leadership is a matter of development, and Alpha Phi Omega is part of that development. Officers are elected every semester, providing multiple opportunities to gain leadership experience. However, through service, one is never at a loss for exercising leadership. We are constantly learning, growing, and developing our inner leaders as we serve our community.

Our chapter serves together…and has fun together! We enjoy spending time with each other through socials and weekly dinners, as well as semi-formals, sectional conferences, retreats, and senior banquet.

Participation in our chapter's service program makes our fraternal experience unique. Throughout the week, projects include tutoring children and adults, playing with kids at the Boys and Girls Club, sorting medical supplies at Duke Hospital with REMEDY, working at a Durham community garden with SEEDS, building homes with Habitat for Humanity, assisting women and children in transitional housing at Genesis Home, and much more.

ALPHA PHI OMEGA is a national coeducational service fraternity founded on the cardinal principles of Leadership, Friendship and Service. It provides its members the opportunity to develop leadership skills as they provide service to their campus, to youth and the community, to the nation, and to members of the Fraternity.

The basis of the Fraternity's brotherhood comes from a foundation of shared beliefs, experiences, and an understanding of our fraternal history and goals.

The official purpose of the Fraternity is:
"...to assemble college students in a National Service Fraternity in the fellowship of principles derived from the Scout Oath and Scout Law of the Boy Scouts of America; to develop Leadership, to promote Friendship, and to provide Service to humanity; and to further the freedom that is our national, educational, and intellectual heritage."

Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity has more than 21,000 male and female student members on over 375 college campuses nationwide. Its mission is to prepare campus and community leaders through service. Its purpose is to develop leadership, to promote friendship, and to provide service to humanity. Founded at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania in 1925, it is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization headquartered in Independence, Missouri. More than 375,000 members have joined Alpha Phi Omega since its founding, making it the largest Greek letter fraternity in the nation.

For more information about Alpha Phi Omega, please visit the national fraternity's website at www.apo.org.

LAMBDA NU CHAPTER of Alpha Phi Omega was founded at Duke University in 1955 by Thomas R. Neese. Encouraged by area Boy Scout representative Bill Roth, Neese recruited Robert M. Graper and Joseph Griffin, fellow brothers of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. Together, they organized the first pledge class with assistance from Rho Chapter of UNC-Chapel Hill. Sixteen men comprised this initial group, which first met in February of 1955. Potential service projects were discussed at this meeting, and the future brothers chose a project blazing a nature trail at the Durham Children's Museum (now the Museum of Life and Science). This first project, which preceded the chartering of Lambda Nu, became a regular project of the Chapter.

The Chapter grew in prestige during the 1960s, despite a membership that hovered around twenty men during most of this period, but it needed to establish itself among larger service organizations at Duke. APO appeared successful, expanding its service program to include a diverse range of projects.

In 1974, Lambda Nu began accepting women, a full two years before the National fraternity went co-ed. The Chapter was able to do this by submitting membership lists to the National office that included only first initials and last names. Soon afterwards, however, the Chapter began to drift apart, with its last active member deactivating around 1978.

In the Spring of 1979, Duke sophomore Bob McMahan learned about APO from friends who were Brothers at the Iota Lambda Chapter at North Carolina State University. McMahan spent the fall 1979 semester researching the history of Lambda Nu and recruiting interested people. By April of 1980, Lambda Nu was reborn, initiating nineteen pledges.

As Duke grew during the 1980s, so did Lambda Nu. Alpha Phi Omega celebrated the opening of the Bryan Center in 1982 by helping the Duke University Union raise money to buy the baby grand piano that now sits in the BC's Schaefer Mall. By the end of the 1980s, the Chapter was annually performing thousands of hours of service for the Durham community, working for groups like the Eno River State Park, Lenox Baker Children's Hospital, Genesis Home, Duke Rescue Mission, and many local hospitals, schools, and shelters. In addition, the chapter's fundraising efforts grew to a donation approaching ten thousand dollars each year to a local charity.

THIS BRIEF HISTORY is part of the Chapter Record, a 100-page comprehensive history of Lambda Nu's Forty Years of Service to Duke and Durham.

Contact
Executive Board Fall 2011
President: Lexi Wallace - lexi.wallace@duke.edu
Membership VP: Anthony Lin - anthony.lin@duke.edu
Service VP: Fontasha Powell - fontasha@gmail.com
Service I Chair: Kay Lee - kawon.lee@duke.edu
Service II Chair: Debbie Chi - debbie.chi@duke.edu
Social Chair: Cameron Blake - camey.blake@duke.edu
Social Chair: Meg Akim - mka6@duke.edu
Sergeant-at-Arms: Jason Lou - jason.lou@duke.edu
Pledgemaster: Melissa Benn - mcb45@duke.edu
Treasurer: Polly Kang - polly.kang@duke.edu
Scouting Chair: Ashton Madision - ashton.madison@duke.edu
Webmaster: Dennis Ochei - odo@duke.edu
Correspondence Secretary: Felicia Arriaga - felicia.arriaga@duke.edu
Faculty Advisors: Dean Sue Wasiolek and Dr. Alec Motten