Pi Lambda Phi WI Chi Upsilon Chapter

Not Four Years, But A Lifetime

Long Time No See!

Hello wonderful people who decide to view this blog.  It has been quite some time since this blog has been updated, but have no fear, Alex is here!  My name is Alex H. and I am the current Communications Chair.  I will be trying my best to keep this blog updated as possible so you all can stay in the loop.  So stay tuned for some updates on our organization.

Pi Lambda Phi Graduates 2013

As the spring semester ends, the WI Chi Upsilon will welcome 4 new alumni.  Mike Zanotelli (Founding President/Rex), David Bicanic (Founding VP/Archon), Andrew Noffke (Founding Secretary/Scribe), and TJ Diercks (Founding Father) will be graduating from Carroll.  While plans for the four graduates are unknown they have all been fantastic Pi Lambda Phi brothers and will be missed.  Though they may be leaving Carroll, they still remains our brothers, not for four years, but a lifetime.

Rise Above Bullying

As the school year came to a close, the men of Pi Lambda Phi held an event known as “Rise Above Bullying”.  This event was a way for Carroll’s students to address how they’ve been bullied or how others have been bullied.  Students were encouraged to make a donation to support the Elimination of Prejudice organization to get a lantern that they could write words that have offended them or sentiments to those whom have endured bullying.

Spring Recruitment Brings 7 New Members

With the Spring semester in full swing the chapter has found six new members to begin the path to brotherhood.

Pictured (Left to Right)

Back Row: Andy Martinez, Egan Harvey
Middle Row: Austin Harris, Max Gehrmann
Front Row: Sam Kramer, Sam Simpson
Not Pictured: Danny Drzewiecki

WI Chi Upsilon Initiates 5 Members to the Brotherhood

On Saturday, January 19, 2013 the chapter initiated 5 new brothers to the chapter.  This addition brings the active brotherhood total to 15 brothers.  Upon their initiation they will start recruitment of new members to join the brotherhood as well.

Weekly Dodgeball Leads In Knockout Bullying Charity Dodgeball Tournament

Starting last Tuesday, the chapter began its weekly campus-wide dodgeball games for fun.  Every Tuesday from 8 to 9PM in Ganfield Gymnasium the chapter is hosting dodgeball that is open to the campus.  These weekly dodgeball events will be leading up to a fundraiser for The Elimination of Prejudice called Knockout Bullying.  Knockout Bullying is a dodgeball tournament open to the entire Carroll community.

Knockout Bullying is an intro event to The Elimination of Prejudice’s topic of the 2012-2013 academic year of bullying.  But how is dodgeball a good way to introduce bullying?  Isn’t dodgeball a game of bullying?

Dodgeball is a sport of violence, exclusion and degradation — Similar to a bully’s tools. 1 out of 4 people have dealt with bullying in their life and 42% of people have been bullied online.So what?  How is Dodgeball going to be a way to say that Bullying is bad if the basics behind it all revolve on bully techniques.  Lets look at the elements of the game, foam balls and people.  When you go out to play a game of Dodgeball you have your team of friends, family, etc.  who are there to support you win or lose, and your goal is to gather up the foam balls to throw at the other team, not out of malice intent, but rather to win.  Your goal is to not get hit, but on the off chance that you do get hit, you are still surrounded by your friends to help you get back in the game.

Figuratively, the other team are the bullies that 25% of people face in their lives, and you are dodging the hurtful things they do to you, your friends, your family, your neighbors, etc.  Even the best dodgeball player gets hit sometimes and they are just as susceptible to bullying as the next person.  Just because a bully has hurt you mentally or physically does not mean you have to give up and admit that they are right, but rather you still have that team behind you that want to pick you up and get you back in the game.

While it may seem like dodgeball is a bully’s best tool, the truth is that bully is just another person that you can overcome and that you can you can get past on your way to glory.  If may not always be easy to do and it may take more than one game to do it, but you can do it!

If you would like to come out to join us, gather a team of 6 players.  Sign ups will begin on November 26, 2012 in the Campus Center during dinner (4-7PM).

The World Would Be A Better Place If…

On Thursday, September 27th, the brothers of the WI Chi Upsilon chapter took part in an event regarding how to make the world a better place.  Brother Casey Liveris planned the event where people from the Carroll community would write on a white board a response to “The World would be a better place if..” and then pose with their response.

Over 100 Carroll students, staff, and alumni took a few seconds to write a response.  The full album can be seen on the chapter’s Facebook page or by following this link: Pi Lambda Phi: WI Chi Upsilon Better World.

Homecoming 2012: Lights, Camera, Homecoming

Homecoming week has officially begun with window painting outside the MDR.  Pi Lambda Phi members Mike Zanotelli, Andrew Noffke, and Casey Liveris painted the window to inspire Carroll to a victory against Lake Forest College on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

All alumni of the WI Chi Upsilon chapter are invited to come back to cheer Carroll to victory and to reconnect with the chapter.  The football game is at 3:00 PM CST with a parade and tailgating prior to the game.

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UPDATE:  The results for homecoming came in and the WI Chi Upsilon chapter placed  first in window painting.

WI Chi Upsilon Chapter Returns From Convention Heavily Distinguished

Over the last weekend brothers of Pi Lambda Phi from across the United States to Richmond, Virginia to meet and to learn how to better run their chapters.  After a weekend of learning, awards were given to recognize the Chapters that excelled in the Values of Pi Lambda Phi.

The WI Chi Upsilon Chapter took home the Jules Lennard Elimination of Prejudice Award for our strong support of the Elimination of Prejudice organization and their mission.

Among this award, the WI Chi Upsilon chapter was recognized for the following:

-Outstanding New Member Program
-Outstanding Finances
-Outstanding Chapter Operations
-Outstanding Campus Engagement
-Outstanding Ritual
-Outstanding Scholarship
-Outstanding Risk Management
-Outstanding Philanthropy
-Outstanding Fraternalism
-Outstanding Community Service
-Highest GPA on Campus

This year has been a wonderful year for the Chapter, and we all cannot wait to see what we can do this upcoming year.  The chapter was not the only one recognized at the convention from Carroll University.  Greek Life Director at Carroll, Christine Gravelle, was awarded the Greek Life Director of the Year Award.

Pi Lambda Phi International Executive Council President Jeff Buhler said, “WI Chi Upsilon – Congratulations! You are very deserving of this recognition. I am excited for year 2 and your future. It’s a Great time to be a Pilam! It’s a Great time to Eliminate Prejudice! Fraternally – JB”

It truly is a great time to be a Pi Lam and it is a great time to be a Carroll University student!

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Pi Lambda Phi National Convention: August 2-6, 2012

On August 2, 2012 Pi Lambda Phi will be holding a convention in Richmond, Virginia for all brothers and alumni of Pi Lambda Phi.

Pi Lambda Phi’s Annual Leadership Convention is an amazing opportunity for undergraduate brothers from across North America to come together for four days of leadership development, operational training and brotherhood. At Convention, delegates from each Pi Lambda Phi chapters and colonies participate in informational sessions, activities and small group discussions that will help them become better leaders within their chapters and gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a Pi Lam. Convention is also a great time for delegates to build bonds with and learn from the experiences of the brothers from different chapters as well as the alumni volunteers in attendance

Convention culminates with the annual Presidential Awards Banquet on Saturday, August 4 at 6:00pm. We will be highlighting all of the outstanding achievements of our undergraduates and alumni over the past year.

Two esteemed Pilam Brothers, David Temple ’69, VA Omega Alpha, and Sam Sadler ’62 VA Psi, will receive Big Pi awards which is one of the greatest Pi Lambda Phi honors to receive.

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