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)