The 2013 National Undergraduate Council (NUC) assembled in Los Angeles, CA to network with brothers from across the country and discourse about fraternity business. This conference also served as an opportunity for the nearly 200 undergrads to meet the new members of the National Executive Council (NEC).
“The new team is made up of brothers from all walks of life,” Jacob-Aidan Martinez said National President for Omega Delta Phi. “We have some veterans who came back and young alumni who want to do more for the brotherhood. Overall, this is one of the youngest boards we’ve had since the NEC was created. I’m very excited and happy with my selections.”
NUC 2013 brought in new heights with an Olympic Gold Medalist as the keynote speaker. Henry Cejudo shared his story starting from his early days in the poorest neighborhoods of South Central LA and Phoenix, Arizona to becoming the youngest American wrestler to win a gold medal and shortly thereafter, becoming an author and motivator of young minds like him.
Cejudo plans to compete in the UFC not just to become the best but to use it as a platform to share his message.
“I see myself as a messenger, someone who is out there inspiring the youth, especially our future,” Cejudo said. “I’m not here to talk about my Olympic glory… My title wasn’t just wasn’t just to be an Olympic champion. My title was to leave this earth to inspire as much humans as I can.”
Before Cejudo closed his speech, he left the brothers of Omega Delta Phi with his three keys to achieving goals: dream, sacrifice, and victory. He mentioned that dreams “don’t cost a thing” and showing sacrifice will make the difference.
“Understand the true meaning of sacrifice,” Cejudo said. “The bigger the dream, the greater the sacrifice. So if you dream big, sacrifice all, you will enjoy victory.”
The NUC Conference, organized by Martinez and Beta Beta Chapter at Cal. St. University Dominguez Hills, kicked off on Friday with an opening ceremony mixer which included chapter roll calls and a rundown of the weekend.
On Saturday, the NUC met and discussed issues and suggestions for the undergraduates. In addition, the NEC and Board of Directors also met. Austin Gindhart, a founder at Texas A&M San Antonio colony spoke on his NUC experience.
“It was my first one,” Gindhart said. “There was a lot more discussion than I thought it would be but it was worth it.”
Sunday’s meetings wrapped up with workshops provided by NEC leadership as well as a presentation on NEC’s plans for the 2013- 2014 term.
The NEC also announced registration for Nationals 2013 will be open as early as February. Nationals 2013 will take place July 18th – 21st in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.