Behind every successful organization, there is a thoughtful leader that keeps on being the exemplary member. In Ohio Nu’s case, that thoughtful leader is senior Hunter Kiper. Since joining, it is without a doubt that he has provided the chapter with a new mold of what a leader can be. Hunter’s ability to read a situation, look at all the possible outcomes and responses, and come up with the best action plan is unmatched. A former Balanced Man Scholarship Chairman and Chapter President, Hunter has had many opportunities to lead and influence other brothers. As he puts it, “The experience really taught me what it’s like to lead something on your own.” He took his experiences from these positions to become the Epsilon coordinator under the Member Development committee to better spread out his teachings.
Ohio Nu and Hunter have shared many adventures together, both good and bad, but Hunter always came out better prepared for the next adventure. Looking back at all that he has went through with the chapter, Hunter had this to say, “My SigEp experience has taught me how to balance out all the things I have going on. I know that without SigEp there is no way I would have had the motivation to power through school and graduate a year early. Not to mention I feel more prepared for the competitive atmosphere that is law school. Ohio Nu has helped me become more of the man I have always wanted to be. I never thought I’d be in a fraternity, let alone be a leader and president of one.” Out of his adventures, the nearest to his heart will be the Carlson Leadership Academy in Chicago; “While it is a lot of work learning how to run a chapter, I think I’ve done most of my development at those seminars and the road trips create a lifelong bonds that can’t be diminished or replaced. I hope that we have the opportunity to send more and more brothers to these leadership conferences because it really does help at the chapter but also helps out the Balanced Man as well.”
Leaving is not easy, but Hunter has found the positivity in it. “Luckily, I’ll still be on campus for another three years, so I don’t have to quite say goodbye just yet, but I am going to miss being so heavily involved in the chapter. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know exactly what was going on with the leaders and executive boards of this chapter, and I don’t know if I’m ready to let that go just yet. I’m also going to miss seeing brothers almost every day as I won’t be living right on campus like I usually do, but I look forward to walking by my brothers in the hallways and seeing them wear the letters they are so proud of.”
One last teaching Hunter leaves for the current brothers and future brothers is as follows, “If I leave SigEp and have only taught the brothers one thing it is that anyone can be a leader no matter how old or young or how involved or not you are. We can’t all be president, we can’t all be finance chair, we can’t all be social media chair, but we all can influence each other and try to make this chapter the best one that can be. When you surround yourself by people that wanna be the best versions of themselves, that group tends to outshine everyone else and that’s what SigEp is about.”
After his graduation, Hunter starts law school in Fall of 2021. He will start his first internship at a law firm over the summer; “I am unsure of what law I want to practice, but this job will help with that. I hope to learn as much as can from the different lawyers and find my place there.”
Before he leaves, Hunter’s Little, Niko, left a message for him, “Hunter has been a wonderful big brother to me, he has taught me so much with so little time about what it means to display one of the most important aspects about being a SigEp, brotherly love! He is a wonderful gentleman to be around, and I want to wish him big success in the future.”
A huge, huge thanks goes from Ohio Nu to Hunter. His excellent work, communication skills, and leadership have pushed the chapter, and most importantly the brothers, to new heights. He is a valuable person to have and be around, so congratulations to him. May this not be a farewell, but a see you later.