Student at University of Kansas School of Medicine
Kansas City, MO
“I first met John Hatfield when I joined Beta Sigma Psi National Lutheran Fraternity at the Kansas State University chapter during my freshman year of undergraduate studies. John was the Leadership Director at the time. During my first year of associate membership of the fraternity before becoming a senior member, I routinely sought advice from John. As Leadership Director, John provided my fellow naïve fraternity members and I with much needed development in terms of leadership, balancing school and extracurricular activities, and emotional wellbeing.
A large part of the instruction we received was during special meetings our membership would have with John. He employed several tactics to help us become comfortable discussing our fraternity’s problems in a constructive and positive way. He taught us how to recruit new members by showing them exactly what Beta Sigma Psi stands for. He helped motivate our members to get involved on campus. He even helped us grieve- as a leader and a friend- when one of our members passed away.
As I progressed through my undergraduate years, I also progressed in my position in the fraternity. My junior year, I was elected president of the fraternity. Throughout my term as president, I met with John regularly to seek advice and council in motivating people. During one particularly difficult semester as president, I frequently harped on some advice John gave me: to quit trying to push my fellow members from behind to motivate them, and try leading from the front. “After all,” he said, “you can’t push a chain and expect it to go anywhere. You have to pull it.”
Since John joined Beta Sigma Psi as the Leadership Director, the Kansas State chapter alone has grown from 8 members to over 50, improved grades from the bottom handful of fraternities to the top third of all fraternities, expanded our social and philanthropic activities on and off campus, established a new scholarship through the K-State Foundation, won 3 Beta Sigma Psi National Fraternity awards, and helped re-establish a new fraternity chapter at the University of Kansas. His accomplishments at other chapters of our National Fraternity are just as impressive, and there is no way Beta Sigma Psi could be what it is today without John’s guidance.”