This spring was my third year of capturing the annual convention for Alpha Rho Chi, the professional fraternity for architecture and the allied arts. Even though I was a national officer, photographing the event is always something I love to do, and can hopefully continue in the future, now that my term as Director of Finance is over. The Convention moves around the country from year to year, trying to vary how far members have to travel, so that the burden isn’t always on one coast or the other, and this year was in Houston, Texas. I’ve been to Houston multiple times and really enjoy the city, though this event doesn’t allow me much time to venture farther than the hotel. It started on Thursday night with a welcome reception at The Grove in downtown Houston, then moved into two days of business where delegates from each chapter and alumni association oversaw the operations of the fraternity and voted on official items, and a final awards banquet on Saturday night.
I’ve been involved in the fraternity (yes, it’s coed) for 17 years, both as a student and a professional, taking on a variety of roles from alumni association treasurer to Regional Director to Director of Finance to unofficial photographer and I’ve grown and learned more about leadership and about myself, developing new skills and confidence, than in nearly any other part of my life. It’s enabled me to meet people from all over the country and maintain a coast to coast network - to the extent that I have other friends reach out to me when looking to visit or move somewhere because they don’t know anyone else who has that national reach! Three weeks ago I attended a wedding of some fraternity friends in Connecticut and in two weeks I head to Mississippi for a football game with another group of fraternity friends. In addition to the friends I’ve made, I love seeing the students grow in leadership and professional skills and seeing that spark when we acknowledge that we see something special and unique in them.
So here’s a cross-section of the weekend, from informal to business to all classed up! Special thanks to Asher, one of our Mississippi State students, for taking over the camera during the banquet for some shots with me in them.