This year's Relay For Life was a success for Lambda Chi Alpha. The event took place in the Alumni Sports & Recreation Center on April 5, 2019 and was hosted by Colleges against Cancer. Our brothers were able to raise upwards of $1,200 in the annual event. Our team's success would not be possible without the dedication from our Relay Captain, Jack Palmeri, and all of the brothers who donated and actively participated in the event. Hopefully next year we can raise even more for the fight against cancer!
This year's Relay For Life was a huge success for Lambda Chi Alpha. The brothers were able to raise upwards of $4,900 in the annual event. We achieved our goal by holding events such as Lambda Chai, Fat Sandwiches, and from generous donations from our brothers. Our team's success wouldn't be possible without the dedication from Thomas Gall, our High Theta, and all of the brothers who helped fund raise and participated in the event. Hopefully next year we can raise even more for the fight against cancer!
This year's Relay For Life was a huge success for Lambda Chi Alpha. The brothers were able to raise upwards of $6100 in the annual event. At the event brothers sold Chai Tea, nicknamed Lambda Chai, as well as participated in other teams' activities. While at the event, brothers came in 2nd in the indoor soccer tournament which occurred in the middle of the relay. Our team's success wouldn't be possible without the dedication from Sukhjinder Singh, our High Theta, and all of the brothers who helped fund raise and participated in the event. Hopefully next year we can aim for an even higher goal!
Introduction of new High Rho
Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Joseph Skulski and I am the new High Rho. I was elected at the end of last semester and will serve a one year term during 2017. I am a fourth-year architecture student and a member of the class of 2018. In the past I have served on the High Zeta, as the High Theta, as well as been a member of our Chapter’s Executive Committee. If you ever need to reach me feel free to contact me at Jwskulls@gmail.com.
I am excited to be the connection between the actives and the alumni of Epsilon-Eta.
Welcome to our New Associate Members
Epsilon-Eta is thrilled to welcome seven new Associate Members into our Chapter this semester! This brings out house to 78 total active members.
Please join us in welcoming the following members:
Dan Peladau, Beck Zhu, Zach Kettering , Graham Zola, Danuel Carr, Nick Kesler (Not Pictured Chris Evans)
Statement of Current Operations
As you may already know, the Active Chapter is currently facing judicial action by the Institute. This judicial action is a result of an incident that occurred last summer. The most recent decision from RPI referred our case down to a “Review Board.” The new Dean of Students is working to select, and train the members of this board prior to hearing any cases. At this time, we do not have a timeline on when we will receive a decision. As such, the Chapter is not currently under any sanctions and is fully operational. Despite this pending judicial action, we continue to have a positive presence on campus, and in the Troy community. We are currently fully operational, but will continue to proceed cautiously. If you have any questions, please contact Donald Pendagast, Board of Directors President (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Brandon Cressi, High Alpha (email@example.com).
On April 22nd we will be hosting an Alumni Actives hockey game and barbecue. The game will take place from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Following the game we invite all alumni up to the house for a barbecue. We would like to invite all alumni to the event even if you do not play in the hockey game to join us for the barbecue.
We are also looking for an alumni speaker to come and talk to the house about the day and the life after graduating RPI, as well as how Lambda Chi has had an influence on your life outside of school. There is not date yet set for this event, but if you are interested in coming to talk to the house please let me know.
New Lambda Chi EHZ website
A new and improved revamped website can be found at lambdachiehz.com The website is completely up and running and will be a new way to stay up to date with the actives at the Chapter. The website is updated regularly with stories and events of our day to day operations. Please take a look through the website and check it regularly to stay up to date!
Philanthropy Events and Community Partners
This semester we have held several philanthropy events, all that have been very successful. See these events below.
Lambda Chi Alpha Relay For Life Campaign
Each year our chapter participates in the RPI Relay for Life. Our goal this semester was to raise $6,000 and be in the top five within donating organizations. We are well on our way to this goal and will continue to raise money up to the event and after.
Relay for life will be held on March 31st – April 1st. If any alumni are interest in participating in the event, registration for our team can be done online or the day of. If you are interested in making a donation to the American Cancer Society through our relay fund, click here.
Honor a Loved One:
We are also compiling a list of all the loved ones affected by cancer. We will honor all those loved ones at relay for life with a compiled banner of all the names. To submit names to be added to our list please fill out this google form.
Sponsor a Luminaria:
Another way to honor these people is through dedicating luminaria. Luminaria are paper bags that can be decorated with names, symbols, or other drawings in dedication to a specific person.
A more thorough description of the luminaries can be found on the relay for life website at this address.
Click here for Luminaria Information.
On February 25th we held and event called Fat Sandwiches. This is the second time that we have held this event and plan to continue to hold it in the future. For Fat Sandwiches, we created sandwich combinations that are extremely unusual but delicious, and pack them to the brim with those ingredients. We had a an assembly line of sandwich creators fill the kitchen and chapter room. We were able to sell over 120 sandwiches making over $1400 in 3 hours.
A copy of the menu and event flyer is included.
Yuda Bands Sale
From March 20 – March 31 we are selling Yuda Bands on campus in order to sponsor students in Guatemala. The mission statement of the Yuda band project is to end poverty through education.
We have partnered with one young man Edson Chinyangana, all of the proceeds will help send Edson to school.
Edson Chinyanganya is a boy raised in Africa by a single mother along with 2 other siblings. His mother is currently unemployed and his family earns very little money. The entire family lives in one room and his mother cannot continue to pay for Edson's education. Edson aspires to be a doctor when he grows up and loves to play cricket and soccer in the little spare time that he has.
In the first week we have raised over $700 selling nearly 100 bracelets for the cause.
These are examples of the bands that we are selling. More information about the bands and the Yuda band effort can be found on their website:
Strike Out Strokes
On February 11 we held the Fifth Annual Strike Out Strokes, an event co-sponsored bowling fundraiser with Alpha Phi. The event took place at Uncle Sam’s Lanes in downtown Troy, bringing teams from Greek and non-Greek organization, and included many general students interested in participating.
Team Bowl Lodge won the event with the highest combined score, and brother Matt Clopeck won with the highest individual game score. We were able to raise nearly $500, all to be donated to the American Stroke Association.
We have been extremely active in the Troy community this semester. We are currently partnered with three local organizations The Troy Unity House, Hope Seven Community Center, and Mount Ida Food Pantry. Our involvement with these organizations involves weekly volunteer who are tutors, pantry helpers, and help perform other tasks.
We are proud of all the brothers this semester who have volunteered their time to help others in the Troy Community.
Swim Team at NY State Championship
We have many brothers in the house that are on the RPI swim team. They had a very successful season, and had a great showing at the state tournament. Four of our brothers attended the state meet and are pictured below.
This was the recap of the tournament from RPI athletics:
“The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men's and women's swimming & diving teams combined for more than 2200 points and both teams finished in second in their respective Upstate New York State Collegiate Swimming Association (UNYSCSA) Championships at Ithaca College. The men had 1137 points and trailed only Stevens Institute of Technology (1497), while the women earned 1063.5 and lost to only the host Bombers (1488.5).”
We congratulate all brothers who participated in swimming throughout their successful season
Ski Team member goes to Nationals
Another sport that we are heavily involved in is with the RPI Ski Team. We have four brothers who participate on the team. One of the brothers, Slade Glavish, qualify for the club nationals held in Portland, OR. A statement from Slade about his time at nationals:
“I had a lot of fun at nationals. Skiing against high caliber skiers from Europe is always a great experience, and I learned a lot during my short time at nationals. I didn't do as well as I would've liked in the slalom because I made a mistake that forced me to hike. In the Giant Slalom though, I did pretty well. I placed 28th out of 107 athletes, and I had the 19th fastest second run. This was a huge accomplishment for me, but next year I'm aiming to crack the top 15 at nationals.”
We congratulate all brothers for their hard work and dedication to their sport throughout their season.
Curling Team Goes to Nationals
We have two brothers who play for the RPI Curling Team. The weekend of January 29th brothers Zachary Wietsma and Joseph Skulski traveled to Bridgeport, CT and played in a Bonspiel Curling Tournament, hosted by Yale University. Their team went 5-0 on the weekend placing first for the event.
The Curling Team earned the highest number of merit points during the regular season placing first overall in the country. This earned them a spot to compete at the USA College Curling Nationals. Joseph Skulski earned a spot on the nationals team playing the position of Vice Skip. Nationals was held in Utica, NY at the Utica Curling Club. The team went 2-2 on the weekend and finished 7th overall at the event.
High Alpha Leadership Summit
This year’s High Alpha Summit was held in Indianapolis, IN at the Lambda Chi Alpha Headquarters and attended by our High Alpha Brandon Cressi . The summit is an opportunity to have our High Alpha attend in order to strengthen our Chapter. It also allows him to meet other Lambda Chi’s from around the country to benchmark against.. A description of the event from Lambda Chi IHQ:
“Over three days, participants will learn the fundamentals of serving as chief executive officer for their respective chapter or colony, with emphasis on leadership, ethics, operations management, external relations and harm reduction.
The summit seeks to equip participants with the necessary tools and best practices to improve communication, manage others effectively and to develop efficiency as the chapter leader. While discussing common issues among chapters and colonies, participants will gain valuable information on values based leadership and develop their core competencies of communication, problem solving, goal setting and interpersonal skills.”
Brandon learned many valuable lessons on the running of a Lambda Chi Alpha Chapter that we will be able to implement int he future. We have the utmost confidence in Brandon to help lead our Chapter throughout his term.
Brothers Take on Union Pub Staff Positions
On campus this semester we have a large number of brothers who are working at the RPI Union Clubhouse Pub. These brothers have enjoyed their time working at the Pub and have made it a destination for brothers over 21 to hang out and enjoy.
The Brothers of Epsilon Eta are selling Yuda Bands to support sending Edson Chinyangana to school. Each band costs 7 dollars and all proceeds will go directly towards his education.
Edson Chinyanganya is a boy raised in Africa by a single mother alsong with 2 other siblings. His mother is currently unemployed and his family earns very little money. The entire family lives in one room and his mother cannot continue to pay for Edson's education. Edson aspires to be a doctor when he grows up and loves to play cricket and soccer in the little spare time that he has as well as go to church.
If you would like to support Edson but cannot make it to purchase a bracelet on campus, you can donate using the link below.
On February 25th brothers held our second annual Fat Sandwiches event at the house where we made Fat Sandwiches to sell to the local community. We we're able to raise a total of $1322 in just under 3 hours of selling sandwiches! The Fat Brandon was the highest selling sandwich, selling a total of 47 sandwiches, and a total of 154 sandwiches were sold all together! Thanks to Evan Schulze for planning the event and all of the other brothers who helped to cook food, make sandwiches, deliver them, and supported the event.
All of the money raised was donated to Relay for Life putting our chapter at a total of $3489 and pushing us into first place on campus ahead of The Relay Committee ($1894) and Alpha Gamma Delta ($1220). If you would like to make a donation to our chapter and support the fight against cancer, click the link below.
Fat Sandwiches is back on February 25th! Make sure to check out the flyer for all relevant information pertaining to the event. Last year, our Spring Class of 2016 hosted this event as their class philanthropic event and it was a huge success. They were able to raise over $1000 for Relay for Life in a matter of hours. If you want to help make it a success this year make sure to order your Sandwich this Saturday! If you would like to donate to Relay for Life in general, you can use the link below. (All proceeds go towards our Relay for Life total and towards the American Cancer Society).
Welcome to our new Associate Members who went through the ceremony on February 12th, 2017. Pictured from left to right are Daniel Deladeau '20, Beck Zhu '20, Zachary Kettering ' 20, Graham Zola '20, Danuel Carr '19, and Nicholas Kesler '20. Congratulations to our new Associate Members and good luck on the journey ahead!
Every year Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hosts a Relay for Life walk in the Armory. Lambda Chi Alpha has been a part of this relay for many years and hosts various events throughout the semester to raise money for the American Cancer Society. This year the brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha have planned on bringing back many of those past events. Our weekly event to help raise money is called "Lambda Cocoa" where free hot chocolate is given out to students in return for donations to our relay for life total. In addition to this, the brothers plan to bring back the very successful "Fat Sandwiches" philanthropy event from the Spring 2016 semester. This event raised over $1000 for cancer research in a short 2 hours. Two separate dates are being planned for this event with an increased supply of food and more volunteers to help raise money. In addition to these events, brothers will be canning outside stores, raising money on their own, and a host of other things in order to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Help us reach our Goal of $6000 this year by donating below!
It is with great sadness that we inform you that William Worthen '94, EH 879, passed away unexpectedly on January 28. As an undergraduate architecture student here at Rensselaer, Bill served as the chapter's High Alpha, spent a year on the Lambda Chi Alpha International Student Advisory Committee, and, as a graduating senior, worked with the Kearns Group of Troy as the project architect of our current chapter house. We owe him many thanks for his dedication and service to this chapter. He will be greatly missed, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.