Last month, the men of Alpha Psi Delta (Colorado) had a special visitor: Andrew Holliday, MΔ ’14, flew in from New York City to Boulder to meet the actives at Psi Delta and talk about his app, Ostrich.
Holliday is the co-founder of Ostrich, which describes its mission as one “to improve global financial wellbeing.” The Ostrich team has been targeting college students specifically because it’s such a crucial time to understand financial literacy and to start building a nest egg.
According to Psi Delta’s #4, Ryne Mohrman, ’25, he was approached by Holliday on a LinkedIn message about making a presentation to the Alpha. With several Business and Finance majors in the Alpha, Mohrman was quick to get the drop-in set up.
“We do this weekly alumni drop-in every Wednesday where an alumnus will come to the Lodge, hang out in the library, and talk a bit about who he is and what he does,” says Mohrman. “Brothers get to ask questions and get to know the alumnus a little better. Andrew’s visit was unique in that he was flying in from New York.”
Holliday did a financial trivia for the Brothers of Psi Delta and gave out prizes to those who answer questions correctly. He also taught them how to use a few investment apps and encouraged those who joined to split the joining bonus with the Fraternity.
“We actually invited three Sigma Nu execs from our campus to the presentation,” says Mohrman. “They loved it so much that a few weeks ago, Andrew flew back out to Boulder to talk to Sigma Nu and SAE, too.”
According to Mohrman, Holliday spent some time after his presentation at the Lodge answering questions about his time in investment banking and getting to know the actives who were planning to follow similar career paths.
“I would definitely recommend a program like this to all Chi Psi Alphas,” says Mohrman. “If they have a lot of Business or Finance majors like us, or if they are just an Alpha that maybe struggles with finances, it would be beneficial to have someone like Andrew give a presentation.”
He also mentioned that it was a great networking opportunity for the men at Alpha Psi Delta.
“Connections play a huge part in these alumni drop-ins,” he says. “Andrew reached out to me on LinkedIn because I had my position as Treasurer for our Alpha on there. Now, he has helped out our Alpha and we developed relationships with him that may help us in the future land internships, improve our resumes, or even just network within his network.”
Holliday’s presentation, though unique, was not the only one that took place at the Lodge in Boulder. Alumni in the area are invited to join the men of Psi Delta for about an hour each week and talk about their careers and experiences as Chi Psis. Then, the actives’ relations with alumni are strengthened, too.
“The cool thing is that those who show up at the Lodge for the drop-ins often also come to initiations or to alumni events, so we all get to re-connect with them,” says Mohrman. “We also invite each of them to dinner before their presentation and they often stay after to take one-on-one questions. All told, they probably spend a few hours with us each week!”
One thing Mohrman really wants other Alphas to take away from the Psi Delta program is that there is a vast, powerful network of Chi Psi alumni to utilize.
“We’re part of an organization that has been around for hundreds of years,” he says. “There are people out there who want to help. They were in your position in one of these Lodges at one point, not knowing what they were going to do with their lives. They figured it out and I guarantee they want to share that knowledge with current actives.”