Alpha Phi Omega
Now nearing completion of his studies in accounting and finance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Willowbrook resident Eric Baumbach has served the public in several positions in Burr Ridge and Willowbrook. Eric Baumbach has also contributed data analysis and tutoring for his brothers at the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) service fraternity.
Incorporating many ideals of the Boy Scout movement, APO follows a twin mission of creating a service ethic and working toward peace. It also provides its members with resources for developing leadership skills they can take into the society at large.
One fraternal activity is APO LEADS. This program is built around its acronym of Launch, Explore, Achieve, Discover, and Serve, activities which describe components of good leadership. APO members and non-members alike may attend the event with the goal of becoming better leaders on campus or in business.
Enhancement of individual chapters is the goal of APO’s Membership Academy and Membership University. Both events deal with challenges of recruitment, planning, and improving situations with non-productive members.
Finally, the National Volunteer Conference offers assistance to APO alumni looking for increased involvement with the fraternity as a whole. Held in July 2017 in Dallas, the gathering will focus on sectional chair training, preparing for LEADS workshops, advising students, and networking.
Alpha Phi Omega
A student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Eric Baumbach of Willowbrook, Illinois, is pursuing a degree in accountancy and finance. Throughout high school and college he has worked in a variety of roles in the greater Willowbrook area, including a lifeguard position at the Five Seasons Sports Club in Burr Ridge. Also involved in community service, Eric Baumbach serves as data analysis chair for the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, which holds several Membership Academies throughout the year.
Alpha Phi Omega’s Membership Academy is a weekend course that helps chapters that have fewer than 75 members and are facing challenges with recruiting and retaining members. The Membership Academy helps participants assess and revise their membership programs through a five-step model that teaches participants how to increase and maintain interest in their fraternity.
Participants in the Academy enjoy the opportunity to collaborate not only with fellow chapter members, but also with fraternity members from across the country. Together, fraternity members participate in breakout sessions that promote critical thinking and build motivation.
The next Alpha Phi Omega Membership Academy will take place from June 2 through 4 in Philadelphia.
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Eric Baumbach of Willowbrook, Illinois was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars in 2015. The society is an interdisciplinary organization for first and second year college students. Eric Baumbach achieved this honor based on his grade point average and class standing at the University of Illinois.
Every year, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars hosts Scholarcon, a three-day conference for college students that aims to help students define and develop their career path. The 2016 conference will take place June 9-12 in Orlando, Florida.
Scholarcon features over 45 career focused break-out sessions covering topics including resume writing, interview skills, and the basics of networking. A career fair is an integral part of the conference. Here, students can meet potential employers and begin their job search. Industry-specific panels on topics such as technology and higher education will also be offered.
Several notable speakers from a wide range of professions will be featured at the conference. Medal of Honor recipient Florent Groberg will speak, as well as anti-bullying activist Lizzie Velasquez; another highlighted speaker will be teen scientist and cancer researcher Jack Andraka.