Joshua Simpson

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Joshua Caleb Lief Simpson
Name Joshua Caleb Lief Simpson
Chapter Epsilon Eta
Eastern Kentucky University
Date Inducted November 2011
Roll Number EH 61
Alumni Chapter/Assoc
Honorary Member
Major Accounting - Public Accounting & Computer Information Systems - Network Management
Birthdate May 20, 1983
Awards 2012: EH Tripod Award - Leadership; 2013: EH Chapter Big Brother, EH Best Conduct Award, Chapter Service Key; 2014: EH Most Phi Sigma Pi Spirit, EH Chapter Big Brother, EH Best Conduct Award, Chapter Service Key

Joshua Simpson (born 20 May 1983) is a Collegiate Member and two-time Chapter Service Key recipient of the Epsilon Eta Chapter (EH 61) at Eastern Kentucky University.

Early Fraternity Life and Career

Joshua began his post-secondary career at Spencerian College in Lexington, Kentucky where he attained a Diploma of Computer Repair. He entered Eastern Kentucky University as a transfer in the fall 2003. After a series of personal traumas, Josh decided to leave the University. Over the next few years, he worked on recovery and refocusing his energy; and re-enrolled at Eastern with a conditional admittance in the fall of 2010. That semester he achieved a 4.0 GPA and continues to maintain strong academic success. In fall 2011, after receiving an email inviting him to learn more about Phi Sigma Pi, he decided to check it out and became more interested in being a part of the organization as the recruitment progressed. That semester he received a bid to become part of the Mu Initiate Class. Quickly, Joshua developed strong friendships with his fellow Initiates and with the Brothers of Phi Sigma Pi. After successfully completing the Initiation Program, he was inducted into the Chapter with the Mu Initiate Class on November 16, 2011.

Collegiate Years at EH Chapter

Joshua has been very active within the Chapter, attending as many of the Chapter’s events as possible. Even before being fully inducted into the Chapter, the Brothers saw a potential for leadership and elected him to serve as the Chapter’s second in command for the 2012 calendar year, in the role of Chapter Vice President. Joshua was also elected as the Technology Chair for the Spring 2012 semester, a position that he would hold until the end of the Fall 2012 semester. Motivated to excel in his new positions, Josh worked very hard to keep the Chapter informed of events and opportunities. He also worked to re-establish the Executive Council and encouraged inter-committee collaboration. Josh also began a summer-long undertaking to rewrite the Chapter Bylaws with the input and collaboration of previous Chapter leaders, and Alumni.

At the close of the Spring 2012 semester, Joshua was elected as an Initiate Co-Adviser with the assistance of Daryl Traylor for the upcoming Fall 2012 semester. At this time, he was also elected as the new Inter-Chapter Relations Chair for the 2012 - 2013 academic year. The Fall 2012 semester brought with it some difficulty, as Josh began a full-time cooperative education placement, as part of his degree requirements. Between working full-time for his co-op and being enrolled as a full-time student with four night classes, Joshua showed great dedication to the Epsilon Eta Chapter. Despite meeting qualifications for National Inactivity, he chose to remain active and to carry out and exceed the expectations of his numerous positions. He conducted and led weekly meetings with the Xi Initiate Class, as well as attending Chapter Business meetings, Executive Board meetings, and meeting his attendance requirements – a feat that many were unable to accomplish. The Xi Class inducted 5 Members to Active Brotherhood, only losing one Initiate during the program for unrelated circumstances.

In preparation for the start of the 2013 Spring semester, the Chapter held its elections for the 2013 Executive Board. At this time, Joshua was elected to the position of Chapter President for the 2013 calendar year. In this role, he has worked to provide a consistent approach to Chapter dealings, and has worked very hard to ensure the Epsilon Eta Chapter has the materials and support it needs. It has also been a learning experience that Josh has embraced, as he tries to continuously encourage the Brothers to discover the potential within them to succeed. During the Spring 2013 semester, Joshua also served as the Risk Management Chair, and continued in his position as the Inter-Chapter Relations Chair and Leadership Chair for the 2013 Bluegrass Regional Planning Committee. On April 27, 2013, at the Chapter’s Annual Founder’s Day Awards Banquet, Joshua was awarded a Chapter Service Key, becoming the sixth Epsilon Eta Brother to receive the honor.

As the Fall 2013 semester approaches, Joshua is working to organize himself for his second semester as Chapter President. He is also preparing himself to embrace his newest roles as Leadership (Service) Chair and Alumni Relations Chair.

Executive Board Positions Held

  • Vice President (December 2011 – December 2012)
  • Initiate Adviser (April 2012 – December 2012) Note: Daryl Tralor CO-ADVISER
  • President (December 2012 – December 2013)
  • Parliamentarian (December 2013 - Present)

Committee Chair Positions Held

  • Technology Chair (December 2011 – December 2012; April 2013 - Present)
  • Inter-Chapter Relations Chair (April 2012 – Present)
  • Risk Management Chair (December 2012 – April 2013)
  • Leadership Chair (April 2013 – December 2013)
  • Alumni Relations Chair (April 2013 – December 2013)
  • Chapter Operations Chair (December 2013 - Present)
  • Chapter Relations Chair (April 2014 - Present)

Alumni Years to Present

Joshua will be graduating from Eastern Kentucky University with dual Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in Accounting with a concentration in Public Accounting and Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Network Management on May 9, 2015. At that time, he hopes to be able to remain very much involved with the Epsilon Eta Chapter, as well as the National Alumni Association. Josh also has hopes of one day establishing a new Alumni Chapter, as he envisions it to be called either the Central Kentucky Alumni Chapter (CKAC) or simply Bluegrass Alumni Chapter (BAC). Although Josh is accustom to things not always going “according to plan”, it is evident that he has a strong desire to remain active within the Fraternity after graduation.

Inter-Chapter Involvement

Joshua has had the opportunity to attend three Bluegrass Regional Conferences since his induction.

2012 Bluegrass Regional Conference

Host Chapter: Beta Phi at Western Kentucky University Location: Bowling Green, Kentucky Dates: March 30, 2012 – April 1, 2012 Theme: Wild West Keynote Speaker: Jonah Goodman Other EH Brothers: Sharon Ramsey, Daryl Traylor, and Sam Johnson II Comments & Reaction: To say that the experiences gained during the conference were enlightening would be a gross understatement. To have the opportunity to meet and get to know Brothers from other Chapters was an unforgettable opportunity.

2013 Bluegrass Regional Conference

Host Chapter: Gamma Beta at Morehead State University Location: Morehead, Kentucky Dates: April 5, 2013 – April 7, 2013 Theme: ZOMBIES! Keynote Speaker: Christopher McCoy Other EH Brothers: Kesha Lane, Carole Kreider, Sharon Ramsey, Brittany Boyd, Hanna Mullins, Travis Simpson, and Stanton Tackett Comments & Reaction: Joshua had a more hands on experience with the 2013 BGRC, as he served as the Leadership Chair on the Regional Conference Planning committee. During this role, Josh worked to create an event that would benefit our National Philanthropy, Teach for America, as well as fit into the theme of the conference. With the help of fellow attendees Sharon Ramsey, Brittany Boyd, and Travis Simpson who dressed as zombies and roamed the hall and foyer, the “Save the Brains” School Supply Drive was born! In addition to the events of the conference itself, the weekend proved to be a great bonding experience for the Brothers of the Epsilon Eta Chapter.

2014 Bluegrass Regional Conference

Host Chapter: Epsilon Xi at East Tennessee State University Location: Johnson City, Tennessee Dates: March 28, 2014 - March 30, 2014 Theme: Putting on the Ritz Keynote Speaker: David Serafini Other EH Brothers: Comments & Reaction: Joshua was able to take on roles that were better suited in planning for the 2014 BGRC. Josh again served as the Leadership Chair on the Regional Conference Planning Committee, but this year the Leadership Chair was responsible for the Leadership in Action modules; the service event was planned by the Service Chair. He was also able to design and organize the registration packet and manage the registration process as the Registration Coordinator for the conference. The two positions provided Josh with a pleasant experience during this planning process.

2015 Bluegrass Regional Conference

Host Chapter: [[Epsilon Chapter|Epsilon] at Vanderbilt University Location: Nashville, Tennessee Dates: Theme: Keynote Speaker: Other EH Brothers: Comments & Reaction:

Regional Committee Participation

2015 Bluegrass Regional Planning Committee (Present - ?)

2014 Bluegrass Regional Planning Committee (August 2013 – April 2014)

  • Leadership Chair (September 2013 – April 2014)
  • Registration Coordinator (September 2013 – April 2014)

2013 Bluegrass Regional Planning Committee (August 2012 – April 2013)

  • Leadership Chair (September 2012 – April 2013)

National Involvement

Joshua has had the opportunity to attend two National Conventions.

2013 National Convention

Convened at: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Dates: July 31, 2013 – August 4, 2013 Tagline: The City of Brotherly Love Grand Chapter Status: Delegate Keynote Address: Leisure Activities & Tours: Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, National Constitution Museum Comments & Reaction: He was given the opportunity to serve as a Member of the Awards, Scholarship, & Emblem Committee; which included speaking at the Awards Banquet.

2014 National Convention

Convened at: Westin Peachtree Hotel Location: Atlanta, Georgia Dates: July 29, 2014 - August 3, 2014 Tagline: Grand Chapter Status: Delegate Keynote Address: Leisure Activities & Tours: Comments & Reaction:

National Committee Participation

Leadership in Action

Joshua has become very interested in Leadership in Action and became a certified local facilitator at the 2012 Bluegrass Regional Conference. He is actually well on his way to attaining his Leadership in Action certification. To date, he has earned 41 of the required 75 points for certification. He hopes to become certified by the 2014 National Convention.

Modules Attended

  • Juggling Multiple Priorities: Stoking the Bonfire (Avoiding Burnout) - Regional Module
  • Challenging Negative Attitudes: Coping With Change - Regional Module
  • Managing Committees and Teams: Efficient Team Management - National Module
  • Professional Etiquette: Making Connections and Building Rapport - National Module
  • Professional Etiquette: Answering the Tough Questions - Regional Module

Bigs and Littles

At the time of his induction, Joshua's Big Brother was Tiffany Cromer, who is now an Alumna. He was a part of the Roque-Delgado Family. He had two twiddles: Sharon Ramsey and Hanna Mullins.

When Tiffany had to withdraw from the University for the birth of her precious daughter, Charlie Mae, Joshua was adopted into the Carver Family by Brittany Frey, who is an Alumna. With his adoption, Josh gained three additional twiddles: Kori Lawley, Daryl Traylor, and Breanna Jones, all of whom are Alumnae.

Joshua has 2 Little Brothers:

Joshua has 1 Grand-Little:

Academic Degrees

Further Resources

Other Interesting Facts

  • Joshua enjoys singing. He has performed in a variety of choirs in high school and college, with honors [All-Festival and All-State].
  • Joshua's favorite colors are green and blue.
  • Joshua's favorite restaurant is Olive Garden.
  • Joshua was published in a poetry contest during high school.