Welcome to EHZ of Lambda Chi Alpha

Lambda Chi Alpha is an international men's fraternity founded in Boston , Massachusetts in 1909. Epsilon-Eta Zeta Chapter was founded in 1937 and is one of the strongest Lambda Chi Alpha chapters in the North East. Receiving numerous awards from both the campus community, including the presidents award in 2007, 2010, and 2011, as well as awards from our international headquarters, including the Grand High Alpha Award in 1998 and 2004 and the Gold Standard Grand High Alpha Challenge in 2008.

Epsilon-Eta also stands out as being one of the few Inner Circle chapters in the nation. An honor which is recieved by having exemplary recruitment skill and a superior associate member education program.

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News

Class of 2014

May 30th, 2014

Congratulations to the thirteen graduating brothers of Epsilon-Eta Zeta at Rensselaer! Thank you to all of them for their hard work and contributions to our brotherhood. We wish them good luck with the next chapter of their lives. The following brothers received their degree on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Commencement:

Andrew Buresh – Architecture (B. Arch)

Phillip Casale – Business Management (B.S.)

Matthew Chambers – Architecture (B. Arch)

Evan Day – Chemical Engineering (B.S.)

Kenneth Lush – Architecture (B. Arch)

Kevin O’Brien – Mechanical Engineer (B.S.)

Arjun Patel – Mechanical Engineer (B.S.)

Oliver Schultz – Aeronautical Engineering (B.S.)

James Sakorafos – Chemical Engineering (B.S.)

Ryan Sinclair – Business Management (B.S.)

Thomas Thayer – Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)

Chris Thomas – Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)

Chris Volk – Aeronautical Engineering (B.S.)

We would also like to recognize two brothers who are staying at RPI in order to take advantage of the masters programs at Rensselaer. Though they are continuing their education, both had decided to walk with their class at the 2014 Commencement.

Karl Chung – Biomedical Engineering (B.S. and M.S.)

William McGeever – Architecture (B. Arch) and Management (M.S.)

We wish good luck to all our recent graduates and we hope what they’ve learned here at Lambda Chi will prove useful now that they’re out in the real world!

Graduates

Epsilon-Eta’s most recent alumni.

Epsilon-Eta Welcomes Seven New Brothers

May 6th, 2014

On Sunday, April 4th the brothers of Epsilon-Eta Zeta of Lambda Chi Alpha initiated seven new brothers into the bond! We are honored to welcome them all as brothers, and are very excited for them to help us grow as a fraternity. Take a moment to meet our newest brothers of Epsilon-Eta:

Matthew Clopeck, EH 1335 – Class of 2017 – Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering – Bolton, MA
Nick Daniels, EH 1336 – Class of 2017 – Civil Engineering  – Plattsburgh, NY
Kevin Hoelscher, EH 1337 – Class of 2017 – Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering  – Staten Island, NY
Ameya Shashank, EH 1338 – Class of 2017 – Mechanical Engineering  – Avon, CT
Malay Shashank, EH 1339 – Class of 2017 – Mechanical Engineering  – Avon, CT
Joseph Skulski, EH 1340 – Class of 2018 – Architecture  – Wallingford, CT
Zachary Wietsma, EH 1341 – Class of 2017 – Civil Engineering – Wilbraham, MA

Top Row: Zachary Wietsma, Matthew Clopeck, Ameya Shashank
Bottom Row: Malay Shashank, Joseph Skulski, Kevin Hoelscher
Not Pictured: Nick Daniels

Epsilon-Eta Racks Up the Awards

May 3rd, 2014

Alex Garcia (EH 1320), Dan Critz (EH 1309), Dean Matthew Hunt, Roger Grice (ThU 426), Julius Alexander (EH 1319), and Chris Hoskins (EH 1297) pose with the President’s Cup

Within the last week, the Epsilon-Eta Zeta at RPI has received many honors, both individually as well as the chapter as a whole.

This past weekend, two individuals within the chapter were inducted into the White Key Society, which is an honor that is given to students in the freshman and sophomore classes. Founded in 1939, the White Key Society looks for individuals that have shown leadership and service skills within the Rensselaer community. Raymond Jacobson (Comp. Sci. and Comp. Sys. ’16) and Ryan Moriarty (Aeronautical Engineering ’16) were both tapped this prior weekend. Moriarty is the current High Alpha and involved with the Engineering Ambassadors program and was a Student Orientation Leader this past summer. Jacobson is the current High Theta, and is also a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Societies

This past week the chapter also saw members of the fraternity join Jacobson in each of these honor societies. Simon McCarthy (Biomedical Engineering ’16) current High Kappa was honored this weekend with his induction into the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society here at Rensselaer. Requirements of membership include a minimum of junior academic standing, along with being in the top eighth of the junior engineering class or the top fifth of the senior engineering class.

Brother Joe Mootz (Electrical Engineering ’16) was inducted into Tau Beta Pi along with McCarthy, as well as Eta Kappa Nu, the Electrical Engineering Honors Society. Potential members are required to have a minimum of junior academic standing, as well as be in the top fourth of the current electrical engineering junior class, or the top third of the senior electrical engineering class.

Brother Abraham Can (Civil Engineering ’15) current High Beta of the chapter was also inducted into the Civil Engineering Honors Society; Chi Epsilon. Members are chosen from the top fourth of the civil engineering years, starting with the sophomores. Following his induction, Can was also elected president of the society.

Finally, the last of the individual honors goes to brother Thomas Thayer (Mechanical Engineering ’14). As the chapter’s Publicist, past Interfraternity Council V.P. for Public Relations, Student Orientation Coordinator, and Student Ambassador being just a few of his accomplishments, Thomas was honored by being inducted into the Phalanx Honors Society. Members of the organization must be in the current junior or senior class, as well as exemplary leadership, service, and devotion to the principles on which Rensselaer was founded.

Through the work of every individual within the chapter, Epsilon Eta was also honored with multiple recognitions this past week. On April 26th, the annual Relay for Life event was held in the Alumni Sports and Recreation Center at RPI. Raising close to $80,000 this year, all of the proceeds go towards cancer research as well as assisting individuals who have cancer, and cannot get the proper care. The Lambda Chi Alpha team was the top fundraiser for the event, raising close to $8,000 and was the first team in many years to top the team from Alpha Phi. The final total also topped the chapter’s highest ever by almost $3,000.

Along with this, the chapter stole the show at the 2014 RPI Greek Awards. These awards are based off of information and accomplishments from the 2013 calendar year:

  • Award for Ritual Excellence
  • Award for Chapter Standards and Accountability
  • Award for Personal Development

As well as Honorable Mention in the following categories:

  • Housing in Excellence
  • Cultural Development
  • Community Engagement
  • Membership Recruitment

Finally, the chapter earned Five-Star recognition, which is a program that honors houses for excellence in various categories, such as Communiversity, Greek Relations, and Membership Recruitment and Development. Each house is awarded points in each area of the Five-Star application, totaling 1000 points in the end. The chapter was awarded 968 points out of the total thousand. Ultimately, this impressive score, the summation of all of the honors, and on chapter excellence and improvements as a whole, lead to the chapter being honored with The 2014 Presidents Cup for Chapter of the Year.­­ This is the first time since 2011 that the chapter has been honored with this distinction.

Congratulations to the brothers of Epsilon Eta, and thank you to all that have contributed to its excellence, both currently as well as the many years to come.

- Chris Hoskins (EH 1297)

EHZ’s Academic Advisor, Johnson Samuel, Wins Prestigious Award

March 28th, 2014

Johnson Samuel, Epsilon-Eta’s Academic Advisor

Epsilon-Eta’s faculty advisor, Johnson Samuel, won the highly regarded Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Johnson will use the $400,000 grant to investigate how different bone structures react to surgical procedures involving cutting and drilling, which could lead to reduced recovery times for patients undergoing total joint replacement surgeries and other similar bone procedures.

This study also aims to educate the next wave of manufacturing professionals in the upstate New York region. Johnson plans to accomplish this by creating Lego activities for middle and high school students, developing a manufacturing curriculum for high school girls, and promoting micro-manufacturing topics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. More information on the CAREER award and how Johnson plans to use the grant can be found at this link:  (http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1351275).

Johnson has been a cherished member at Epsilon-Eta since he joined us in 2011. He began his journey with Lambda Chi Alpha at the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign (Chi Zeta) while working toward his graduate degrees (MS Industrial Engineering 2003, PhD Mechanical Engineering 2009). Johnson first became involved with Chi Zeta in the fall of 2007 when he sat in on a spiritual discussion group that met regularly at the chapter house. As he kept attending these groups he started to form a strong bond with the brothers which lead to him becoming an honorary initiate in Fall 2008.

When Johnson came to Epsilon-Eta, he brought those discussions with him. These discussions, called “Brotherhood and Bible”, are lead by Johnson and have now become an important weekly activity for our brothers, one that allows us to think deeply about our lives, participate in meaningful spiritual discussions, and bond with our brothers.

Johnson also provides our chapter with valuable academic and life guidance and will be a speaker in an upcoming Lambda Chi Alpha sponsored event called TALKS. The brothers of Epsilon-Eta are grateful to Johnson for all that he does for our chapter and are thrilled for him receiving the CAREER Award. We know that he’ll put it to great use and accomplish amazing things!

Epsilon-Eta Hosts Northeast Conclave

March 25th, 2014
Broomball

The brothers playing an intense game of broomball.

The Northeast Conclave is a yearly regional Zeta gathering with the purpose to advance the mission and vision of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity by developing and facilitating educational programs aimed at fostering leadership and personal development skills in order to prepare our members for success; as well as promoting brotherhood and collaboration among chapters within the same region. A Regional Conclave allows leaders at various colleges and universities in a region to come together and share best practices to support the growth of our brotherhood and being a Host Chapter allows your chapter to showcase your chapter’s commitment to growth and leadership. (Lambda Chi Alpha Website)

Best of Troy

The menu for Friday night consisted of some of the best food Troy has to offer.

Conclave sign-in began on Friday night, and went very smoothly. Everyone in attendance received a Northeast Conclave shirt, a packet of information for the weekend’s events, and a custom-designed Conclave mug. After opening remarks, everyone eagerly lined up for a Best of Troy dinner featuring such RPI staples as Muddy Flats quesadillas, Ruck wings, and other classics. Once dinner was finished, Inner Circle rituals were conducted for Evolutions 1, 2, and 4 and at The Fieldhouse an intense game of Epsilon-Eta’s favorite pastime ensued: broomball.

Saturday’s programming kicked off bright and early with events, talks, and presentations keeping brothers busy all day. Highlights included Dinosaur Bar-B-Que for lunch, a leadership talk by RPI’s Athletic Director Jim Knowlton, and Brother Moe Cevallos’, EH 552, talk that night at dinner.

Jim Knowlton Speech

RPI’s Athletic Director Jim Knowlton delivered an inspiring speech on leadership.

Jim Knowlton’s inspiring speech struck a chord with our fraternity as he spoke at length about leadership. As he led us through his military career, time as West Point’s hockey captain, and years of being RPI’s athletic director, Mr. Knowlton displayed examples of how various aspects of leadership have come into play throughout his life. From making the tough decision to suspend West Point’s star hockey player, to pushing himself the extra quarter mile to understand his limits, Jim Knowlton showed what he’s learned about being a leader as life has put him to the test.

Moe Cevallos came all the way from California to deliver one of the most heartfelt and touching speeches anyone at conclave has heard. The brothers of Epsilon-Eta and everyone at the Northeast Conclave are grateful that Brother Cevallos was able to take this opportunity to come back to the fraternity and share his stories and experiences with all of the brothers. It was truly a beautiful moment.

The next morning started early again but the day was short to allow for traveling. After a few early seminars awards and mock awards our visiting brothers were on their way back home, thus ending a successful weekend for the northeast chapters Lambda Chi Alpha!

 

Moe Cevallos

Moe Cevallos and EHZ brothers in front of the Lambda Chi Alpha plaque which hangs at the Hilton Garden Inn in remembrance of the EHZ chapter house that once stood there.