What We Do
Alpha Phi Omega uses the concepts of fraternalism as a means of providing assistance to others while developing close bonds of friendship among its members. APO is an inclusive group, open to all nationalities, backgrounds, and genders, and we welcome you to become part of our amazing organization so that together, we can pursue a common goal – leading through service to others. Membership in APO looks different at each university, and here at Iowa State, we do things the Cyclone way!
Members of APO can become leaders by serving as one of our 13 Executive Board Chairs, which are elected every fall semester. Whether you want to help plan events, manage the chapter's finances, or are just looking to expand your role as an APO member, we promise there is a position for you! APO also facilitates educational programs to help guide our members through the process of becoming leaders and improving current leadership skills.
Additionally, we utilize the many leadership opportunities that ISU has to offer, such as workshops, guest speakers, team-building activities, and so much more.
College can be difficult, which is why it is important for everybody on campus to have a safe space they can go to relax and unwind. When we aren't out doing service, our favorite thing to do is spend time with our fellow brothers. APO hosts several fellowship events each month, ranging from murder mystery parties, potluck-style dinners, game and trivia nights, big campus events like bowling or swimming, or even just going out for ice cream after a meeting. We want everybody to feel included in our group!
Merit Badge University is our largest service event, bringing in hundreds of Scouts, parents, and troop leaders from across the country. APO members help plan the entire event, from catering to registration, we do it all! You don't need a background in scouting to have fun, and APO members are even able to serve as merit badge counselors.
The Fraternity sponsors two annual service events in which chapters nationwide participate, National Service Week and Spring Youth Service Day. National Service week takes place the first week of November each year. A theme is decided for NSW at each biennial National Convention, and each chapter is given the task to create a service project that corresponds with the given theme. Spring Youth Service Day is a weekend-long service event focused on service for and with the young of the world. This event corresponds with Youth Service America's Global Youth Service Day, the largest service event in the world.
In addition to all of this, our chapter also plans other service events, such as food drives, hygiene kit making, writing cards to nursing homes and military members, walking shelter dogs, and so much more!
Whether you're studying Aerospace Engineering, Marketing, Biology, or Political Science, we're the place for you. We have a diverse community of brothers who strive to create a better world through service to our campus, community, and nation. Our brothers go on to do some pretty amazing stuff, whether it's running a company, performing scientific research, or becoming an APO advisor.