Thomas Gaudet is a junior International Relations and Political Science major at YCP and Joseph Salerno is a junior Criminal Justice major. Both of them are brothers from the Alpha Theta chapter of Kappa Delta Phi. Not only are they fraternity brothers, but they are also big and little.
Both men are highly involved fraternity men, engaged within many different aspects of campus life. Thomas is the Student Senate Vice President, Vice President of Recruitment for the Interfraternity Council, and Vice President of the Student Alumni Association. Joseph serves as the Student Senate Treasurer, works as a campus safety officer, and is the fundraising chair for the Student Alumni Association.
This past Spring, Thomas was given the Student Senate Service Award, which Joseph has also been awarded. Joseph has received the Outstanding Freshman Award, Student Senate Service Award, and the Outstanding Fraternity New Member Award. He is also a member of Order of Omega and has been on the Dean’s List.
Thomas has stated that Greek Life affected him in a positive way because of the friendships he has made and the close bond he created with his fraternity brothers. Thomas says, “I’ve never had any brothers so by joining a Fraternity it really gave me that sense of brotherhood that I was lacking.” Joseph explains that Greek Life was a way for him to open up new doors through networking and volunteering. He says he is “…grateful for the opportunities being in a fraternity has offered me.”
This semester, Student Senate attended the National Conference of Student Leadership, a conference designed to help students grow as leaders and prepare for life after college.
Both Thomas and Joseph attended this conference. Joseph said, “NCSL was a great experience! The amount of information dealing with recruitment, leadership, and networking was tremendous. I plan to bring the information that I learned regarding recruitment and leadership back to my fraternity. These are very important aspects to running a successful organization and I feel that there is always room to improve upon these areas.”
Thomas said, “After attending the NCSL Conference for my second time I really learned a lot about myself not only as a leader but as an individual as well. This conference prepared me for not only my future but also helped me develop a plan to successfully engage in the organizations I am apart of and enjoy…”
Last semester members of Kappa Delta Phi and other students had the opportunity to study abroad in Costa Rica for the lab portion of a Chemistry & Society class. Thomas stated that it was a great experience and that he enjoyed being able to travel with some of his brothers.
One thing that is unique for both brothers is the fact that they are both very involved with the same organizations. Thomas noted that he had known Joseph since their Freshman year, they both joined Student Senate as Freshman Senators and became good friends. Thomas said, “fast forward three years and now we’re big and little in Kappa Delta Phi and both on the Executive Board of Student Senate. Working with Joe has been a blast these past three years and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for us.”
Joseph states that their communication has improved because they work on projects together and he can lean on him for advice since he is his fraternity brother. Joseph says, “He was the previous treasurer so he is always there to offer help when needed. I enjoy being in more then one organization with my big, I can look up to him and know he will help whenever it is needed.”
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