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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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.

Brother Raymond Jacobson, EH 1298 Part of Team to Win Code@thon

January 10th, 2014

Many of our active and alumni Brothers are talented and brilliant minded. With Epsilon-Eta average GPA for the Fall 2013 semester at a 3.34, second of all fraternal organizations on campus, our Brothers continue to strive for excellence in their academics and to showcase their talents on campus and in the community.

Photo courtesy of Albany Times Union
Photo of winning team Vera – Center is Raymond Jacobson, EH 1298

At the end of the fall 2013 semester and right before the winter break from school, Brother Raymond Jacobson, EH 1298 (Ray), a sophomore computer and systems engineering and computer science dual major, participated in what New York State has claimed a first of its kind Codeathon (branded Code@thon). Hosted in EMPAC on the Rensselaer campus, the Codeathon is a strong initiative lead by the state with aims to be transformative in areas of healthcare and technology, particularly at their intersection. As Ray describes it, “the CTO of New York State is making a great effort to do something amazing in this area and boost the tech sector of upstate NY by creating unique competitions that bring forward great ideas in the areas of healthcare, in conjunction with the Health 2.0 initiative.

Together with friend and classmate (Ethan Bond ’16 – SAE Brother) they set out at the recent Codathon competition with a completely new idea to help in the area of identifying and promoting good health, especially with those that struggle with obesity or have been diagnosed with diabetes. Using datasets given to participants, the goal was to code an application that helped to identify and improve personal health risks. Ray and Ethan quickly knew what they wanted to do; little did they know how impressive their program would be. Having some experience and participating in similar competitions in the past, such as Hack Upstate, HackMIT, and AngelHack, they had quickly developed an idea that would be unique and different than the other groups participating. “In a competition like this, a lot of developers will look to create systems to take measurements and provide feedback and dieting suggestions. We wanted our idea to be different because we know that not everyone has regular access to a computer or the internet, especially those with more modest incomes that tend to be more at risk for diabetes and obesity. Many people, however, are able to utilize even the simplest phone to text. Texting technology is more accessible to lower income, non-tech savvy people” says Ray.  So that is what they set out to do, develop and build an affordable, simple way for people to find out their health risks and be reminded and given tips of a healthy lifestyle.  They named this app “Vera”, with no naming significance other than finding a simple name to make it a product that would be easy to identify, (much like SIRI). Together, they sat in the war room in EMPAC and simply created the winning program that the judges saw as highly functional and incredibly unique.

Vera is very simple; all a person would need to do is text a number and she will send you a friendly message back asking you information to help you succeed in staying healthy. Described by Ray, “Vera was built to be intelligent yet friendly and personable. The program will collect data based off the questions and in the background would be calculating health needs. For example, a question would be ‘how old are you’ and then Vera would have a friendly response, then say, ‘I am going to calculate your BMI and compare you to the norm if you provide me your weight’. Now she can calculate ways for you to be healthy.” Once the program has all the information it needs, it will then follow up with the individual at a later date or at certain times depending on how your honest interactions are. “Basically, based on an algorithm, it will check in on you each week or day, depending on your health risk, and it might give you tips for what to eat, and how to eat healthier. The ultimate goal of Vera, in the end, is to help you make better decision and ping you along the way just to check in, and with healthy or unhealthy habits, it will get you or keep you on track.”

One might wonder how an individual took interested in getting involved and being a part of this event, even after a long semester of classes. Ray got his start working on his passion and talent of coding by being inspired by his computer science teacher in high school. He developed the talent of coding over time and came to realize that healthcare and technology is an area has a chance to truly make lives better and be a significant factor is quality of life. Visiting his professor in his office, he noticed the poster for Code@thon, considered the idea, saw that Ethan was also interested in participating, and registered for the event. “This event spoke out to me, enough to stay on campus even after the semester, because of my involvement with past Hackathons, and because of the Health 2.0 initiative behind it. It is also a chance to use my skills as a programmer to create a technological program that could truly change the world and a person’s life.” Ray and Ethan met their freshman year in Cary Hall and have worked together on these types of projects several times.

The Codeathon was very real, as a demo version was created.  The team of Ray and Ethan were given just 5 minutes to present their creation after only 24 hours of preparation and development. The 8 judges announced the result of the 6 teams that presented at the end, made up of 4-5 people from RPI students, to students at other upstate colleges and universities, to other New York region developers (some commuted from the city). The winner of the Code@thon, team Vera, received a $6,000 prize per team and 2 tickets to HxRefactored 2014 conference.

In addition to Ray’s interest in programming and coding, he is a very active member in the Chapter and on campus. Currently the High Theta, responsible for external relations, Ray is currently developing a program called TALKS, a new initiative on campus that brings campus talent to a TedX style speaker series, using our own campus talent to speak and present to students. This initiative is in addition to leading the many traditional community service and philanthropy programs on campus and in the community. Ray is currently participating in the Inner Circle Journey and has been a part of the first evolution. On campus, he is a very active member of the GM Week Committee, helping to build an even strong tradition on campus, and research with CATS, CBIS, and RCOS, the Rensselaer open-source development group.

We congratulate Ray on this achievement. You may find out more information about Ray’s winning Codathon program and about Vera by visiting the Health 2.0 website.

Raymond Jacobson, EH 1298 LinkedIn Profile 

Raymond Jacobson Website

Albany Times Union Article about Codeathon

EHZ Wins D-League Hockey Championship

December 16th, 2013

Congratulations to the Brothers on the team that won the Fall D-League Hockey Championship!

Picture of D-League Hockey Championship Team

EHZ Welcomes Sixteen New Brothers!

November 24th, 2013

Epsilon-Eta would like to officially welcome the sixteen new Brothers to our Zeta that were initiated on Saturday, November 23, 2013. We could not be more excited to have them a part of our Brotherhood as they continue to help us grow our Chapter and future. Brotherhood week was fantastic, with many traditional events, programs and memories that brought us all together as we shared stories and build some great camaraderie. The Fall 2013 class of Brothers include thirteen men from the freshman and three from the sophomores classes, and all come from areas all across the country. We welcome them to the bond and look forward to a lifelong connection! Congratulations Brothers!

Julius Alexander, IV ’16, EH 1319 – Computer and Systems Engineering –Illinois
David Claxton ’17, EH 1320 – Biomedical Engineering – California
Alexander Garcia ’17, EH 1321 – Mathematics – Colorado
Jonathan Gottwald ’17, EH 1322 – Chemistry – New Hampshire
Andrew Kaiser ’17, EH 1323 – Business and Management – New York
William King ’16, EH 1324 – Mechanical Engineering – New York
Nicholas Koulopoulos ’17, EH 1325 – Undeclared Engineering – Massachusetts
Christopher Lamplough ’17, EH 1326 – Mechanical Engineering – Massachusetts
Joseph Lee ’17, EH 1327 – Biomedical Engineering – Massachusetts
James Male ’17, EH 1328 – Materials Engineering – Connecticut
Gregory Merrill ’17, EH 1329 – Chemical Engineering – New York
Joseph Mootz ’16, EH 1330 – Electrical Engineering – New York
William Noll ’17, EH 1331 – Nuclear Engineering – New York
Ryan Sexton ’17, EH 1332 – Biomedical Engineering – New Jersey
Conrad Tyson ’17, EH 1333 – Information Technology and Web Science – New York
Robert Zwier ’17, EH 1334 – Computer and Systems Engineering – Michigan