SIXTY REASONS FOR JOINING THE NEBRASKA COLONY OF TRIANGLE
There are many reasons to consider for joining the new Nebraska Colony of Triangle Fraternity. A colony is a start-up organization of a fraternity before it achieves full-fledged chapter status with the National Fraternity after meeting certain requirements and size. Some of these reasons reflect the existing nature of our fraternity and others are our aspirations of how the colony/chapter can be developed.
1. Triangle is a national fraternity founded in 1907 with local groups of students on 42 campuses, about 1500 student members and more than 18,000 living alumni members, many of whom are in a position to help you in your academic and professional career.
2. The purpose of Triangle is to develop balanced men in the fields of Engineering, Architecture and Science by providing an environment which fosters personal growth and professional success in a context of brotherhood.
3. The first group to join the colony will be thought of as “founding fathers”. Much of the character and traditions of the chapter will be determined by you. Although there will be guidance from Triangle alumni, there is wide latitude in determining how things will be operated. You can take pride in leaving a positive mark on your alma mater while you were here at UNL. There is great satisfaction in meeting this challenge and being there at its inception.
4. It is easy to get help for your homework. Everyone is in a technical major and is willing to help. There will be a database of who took what courses before. Quite often a person that took the class the year before can explain technical concepts better than the professor.
5. The organization is designed for engineering students. There are fewer temptations to take away from study time during the week.
6. Social events will be held several times a semester usually on weekends at little or no extra cost.
7. There will be a wide variety of opportunities to participate in intramural sports.
8. Group study sessions will be offered for those that need help in particular courses.
9. Time management techniques are taught and encouraged to get the most out of time available.
10. Often there will be someone taking the same class at the same time as you. You can study for tests together. You can share notes if you have to be absent from class.
11. Sometimes the professor of your class will be a Triangle alumnus.
12. Sometimes you can borrow a text book or other material from an upperclassman rather than buying it.
13. At first the colony will not be occupying a fraternity house but since we own such a facility in the heart of Greek Row, we intend to make it our chapter home when the membership is ready (optimistically August 2017). Reasons 13 thru 27 are mostly evident when living in the Triangle house and explain our plans. The address is 519 No. 16th St., closer to the center of campus than most dorms and two blocks from the engineering complex.
14. It is a modern building built in 1955, of robust concrete and steel construction, newer than some other fraternity houses and some dorms.
15. Quiet hours will be enforced so as to give a good study environment on week nights.
16. There are many files of old exams in engineering and other subjects that can help you study.
17. There will be an in-house library of previous text books, technical books and other reference materials. This library will have computers that have specialized software and plotter that engineers typically work with such as AutoCAD, Microstation, Solidworks, etc. that an individual student can not afford to buy. We may purchase a 3D printer in the future.
18. There are 33 two-man rooms that have air-conditioners and more spacious than many of the other fraternities. If the occupancy is 33 or less, everyone will have a single private room. Sharing a room would result in a $1000/man/yr discount.
19. Parking is available just outside the back door to a limited number of members. Other members can get a parking permit for the university lots.
20. Internet access WiFi is in all rooms.
21. Improvements to your room, decorations, painting, lofts, sofas, etc. are usually yours to keep in place from year to year unlike in the dorm.
22. You do not always need to lock your room when you leave.
23. The house bill for residents (dues, room and board) has not been determined yet but it should be less than last year’s average fraternity house bill of $7600/year. This compares to the projected 2017-2018 dormitory cost of $11,000/year, about a 32% savings. The house bill potentially could go down to $5600/yr with increased occupancy in the house. Think what this savings could mean. Buy a car. Less student debt. Go on Spring Break.
24. We plan to have the house open all year round. You do not have to move out for the summer as in the dorms. If you want to live in the house over the summer, rent will be $65/week.
25. There will be an opportunity for personal growth by being an officer and manage a budget of around $200,000 per year.
26. There also will be opportunities to further reduce house bills for taking on responsibilities of house maintenance and management, recruiting, or food preparation.
27. In the past there have been very few pledges that moved out of the Triangle house because of their belief that a dorm would be a better environment. There have been many of our members that have moved into Triangle after living in the dorms. Another aspect of this is that you will see your friends (brothers) back next year. More dorm residents tend to move off-campus after their first year.
28. The expenses (dues) for colony members and not living in the house are: pledge fee $90, initiation fee $250, insurance $150/yr (applicable after 1st year), Triangle National active dues $325/yr, Triangle convention fee $40/yr.(applicable after 1st year), dues to UNL IFC $60/yr, local dues undetermined but probably about $500/yr. Our Alumni have committed to subsidize the dues at $250/man/year. Additional subsidies of the one time initiation fee are given for a member’s GPA above 3.0. The net yearly dues and fees for the colony’s first year is about $900. This is less than half what some fraternities charge. For a typical student this is about 4% of the total university expenses. When our members live in the house these dues are included in the house bill.
29. Some scholarships and no interest loans are available thru the Triangle national organization. Last year $65000 of scholarships were awarded to brothers.
30. A GPA of 2.5 is required for initiation.
31. At Triangle we all strive to live by a Code of Ethics, which reflects our commonly held values, and the precepts of the Fraternity which go back 100 years to its founding.
32. The staff of Triangle National has developed the Total Development Program which will be the major basis of our new member education. This will result in successful chapter operations and a more enjoyable and holistic experience for individual members.
33. In today’s job market an important part of getting hired is networking with other professionals in your field. Triangle obviously is a better source for this networking among engineers than any other college organization or living unit. Sometimes the interviewer in a job interview could be a Triangle alumnus
34. Members often get job leads from internet postings from Triangles that know of job openings.
35. Membership in Triangle is a very helpful item to include on your resume. It implies well-rounded people skills, leadership potential and much more.
36. Quite often members run into co-workers that are Triangles.
37. Triangles have an intellectual common ground, a technical point of reference that enhances understanding and interaction among the members. Yet they also interact with non-technical type of personalities in the university community. Also because we specialize in just a few majors we can not also specialize in just one personality type. We are not all jocks, Romeos, computer gamers.
38. Triangles are encouraged to participate in all forms of outside involvement in the University and Lincoln communities.
39. Like other Greek organizations we will participate in homecoming festivities and attend Husker sporting events together many times as a group.
40. Topical speakers from the community give talks to the group occasionally.
41. Where Triangle has excelled is being involved in student activities within the College of Engineering including ASME, IEEE, E-Week, etc. Sometimes the leadership of these activities has been dominated by Triangle members.
42. Members in Triangle are taught social etiquette, which can be of great benefit in the professional world, such as having lunch with your boss or an interviewer.
43. The brotherhood of Triangle means being empathetic to one another and to a large extent making a brother’s concerns and aspirations our own. Consoling someone in troubled times and sharing in the triumph of someone’s success.
44. Brotherhood in Triangle does not mean that there are never any disagreements. However, usually overriding such friction is the resilience to eventually forgive and tolerate these differences in a brother.
45. A brother in Triangle is a brother for life; and not just the Nebraska Chapter but for all chapters past, present and future.
46. You can count on a favor from any member of Triangle, within reason.
47. You can stay the night while traveling at any of the chapter houses of Triangle nationwide.
48. There is no discrimination based on race, religion, national origin or sexual preference.
49. Alumni are welcome back to the house at any time. This is something that is non-existent in the dorms.
50. The Nebraska alumni locally meet a few times a year for their own social events so to stay in touch with each other after their college years.
51. In various cities there are Triangle Alumni Associations for socializing with other members of different chapters.
52. National Meetings and Conventions are held each summer for members to get together to share ideas to improve the national and local organizations and have a good time.
53. Triangle, like most fraternities at UNL, has a summer rush program. Summer rush parties are a lot of fun as well as a time to meet new people.
54. There is quite a bit of autonomy for Triangle to govern itself rather than be more controlled by University administration, as in the dorms. You will have a voice in house rules, activities, improvements, etc. Within this autonomy is a sense for Triangle to foster responsible social behavior.
55. Alumni have a local board of directors to advise the members and provide a continuity of chapter management.
56. Triangle has a rich history and many noteworthy alumni. These include Fred Kappel, past Chairman of AT&T / Jim Garrison, past Governor of Wyoming / Jay Hammond, past Governor of Alaska/ John Hodge, 4-star general that governed South Korea 1945-1948/ Michael Morhaime, CEO of Blizzard Entertainment (Warcraft) / Steve Miller, past CEO of Shell Oil / Tom Hendricks, co-founder of Tenaska Corp., UNL basketball practice facility is named for him / Ed McCracken, past CEO of Silicon Graphics / Ellison Onizuka, astronaut aboard “Challenger” 1986. There are thousands of other alumni that are not household names, but have had very successful careers in engineering and other fields.
57. Of all national fraternities represented at UNL, Triangle is the only one that has never in its history had an incident involving hazing or alcohol that resulted in a major insurance claim. This is a metric that demonstrates our commitment to a responsible college environment. Obviously hazing is impossible with the founding fathers of the colony. As an added benefit, this results in the lowest liability insurance rates among fraternities.
58. Another metric of interest is that Triangle is among the top 3 national fraternities in terms of voluntary alumni contributions to the national organization, dollars per alumnus. This speaks volumes of how our brothers appreciate the help they received and their overall experience in Triangle.
59. Triangle National gives out the Cap Henning Altruism Award to members that have shown extraordinary selfless altruism in service to mankind. It is named for an alumnus who was the Vice President of a major insurance company, but for decades also led the Pacific Gardens Mission, one of Chicago’s largest homeless shelters. Even though we follow technical pursuits, service to mankind is laudable and we encourage our members to emulate Brother Henning in whatever way they can.
60. Triangle has philanthropy events each year. Our main national philanthropy is Habitat for Humanity, certainly apropos for engineers and architects.