This past weekend, September 19-21, Drew Boisvert represented our chapter at AEPi's Israel Summit in Las Vegas. Drew, along with one-hundred and forty-nine other undergraduate brothers from AEPi chapters in the U.S. and Canada, got the chance to hear from many influential speakers at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. At this three day intensive conference, some of the many presenters that brothers heard from were Neil Lazarus, Frank Luntz, Sheldon Adelson, Michael A. Leven, and even a special message from Benjamin Netanyahu. The purpose of this "Israel Summit" was to provide brothers with accurate information about the current standing of Israel (including various perspectives of Israel) and to provide brothers with effective strategies to communicate this information about Israel on campus.
Tonight, April 25th, brothers attended the annual Greek Life Awards, ending Greek Week. This year, the Awards Ceremony was held at Black Bear Saloon in downtown Hartford. The chapter and individual brothers won many awards. The first, and most prestigious award was winning the 1st place trophy in Greek Week, which is pictured to the left with our Greek Week partners, Sigma Nu and Phi Mu. Additionally, our chapter also won "Best Campus Involvement" and "Best New Membership for Spring 2013."
We also have some brothers who won special awards and superlatives too. "The Best Greek Week Host Award" went to our very own Ben Cohn.
For Superlatives: Jared Otto won "Most Likely to Teach a Class on Sobriety"
Jake Greenberg won "Best Hair"
Ben Cohn won "Most Changed since Freshman Year"
and "Most Likely to Be a Stay-At-Home Dad"
This past weekend, February 7-9, twelve of our brothers attended the annual AEPi Northeast Conclave. This year, the Northeast Conclave was hosted by the Phi chapter of UMass Amherst. The weekend was full of fun and learning, as we met so many different brothers from other chapters, while also learning ways to enhance our chapter. Overall, the event was a HUGE success and we can't wait to go to our next conclave, or even convention!
Two very important milestones occurred on Sunday, November 17th for our chapter. At our chapter meeting, we held elections for the Executive Board for the 2014 calendar year. Our new E-Board includes the following people: Eric Golberg-Master (President), Jake Greenberg-Lieutenant Master (Vice President), Josh Levine-Scribe (Secretary), Adam Bach-Exchequer (Treasurer), and Alex Horowitz-Sentinel (Sergeant-at-Arms). Thank you to the following men who served on our previous E-Board: Ben Cohn, Eric Golberg, Jake Greenberg, Doug Bearak, and Michael Gisser!
After our elections, the chapter initiated the two new members of the Sigma Class, Jake Wenig and Adam Weingarten, who embody our fraternity's ideals. We are all very excited to welcome these two incredible men into our brotherhood and we cannot wait to see all of their contributions to this chapter.
On Friday, November 1st, Chabad on Campus and the Eta Upsilon chapter of AEPi joined forces to host a Shabbat in honor of our fraternity's upcoming 100th anniversary.
As part of our sponsorship, brothers helped purchase food, set up and decorate the Chabad House, our brothers Shay Shahin and Josh Askinazi led services and gave a D'var Torah (summary and reflection of this week's Torah portion), and lastly we helped to design our beautiful AEPi cake! In addition, we are proud to say that the chapter received a grant towards this event from AEPi's National Headquarters for the "Shabbat Across AEPi" initiative. The attendance at this event was remarkable and we all had a wonderful time celebrating together!
This past weekend, the chapter teamed up with UHart's Alpha Xi Delta chapter to host a philanthropy called "Pie a Pi or Xi" at Greek Life Campus Council's Fall Fest 2013. The event was a huge success with participants from various organizations and at $1 a whipped cream pie, the chapters raised over $100 towards Breast Cancer research. We were proud to bring such joy to the UHart students and we hope that our donation will help make a difference in Breast Cancer research and awareness.
After 100 years of excellence, over 1,400 Brothers (both current and alumni) gathered at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan from August 8th-11th for AEPi's Centennial Celebration. Some major highlights include a Gala Banquet, MCed by CNN's Wolf Blitzer (SUNY-Buffalo), and a visit to the historic Washington Square Arch where it all began in 1913. A Brother from DePaul was quoted as saying, "Words cannot describe this past weekend. Celebrating the 100th year anniversary of Alpha Epsilon Pi at the Waldorf Astoria in New York has been just the beginning to my life as a brother of AEPi. The friends and memories I made will truly last a lifetime. I can honestly say this has been the best weekend of my life. "
Over the past two days, Brothers Russell Graf ('13) and Jomo Lashley ('11) had their commencement ceremonies at the University of Hartford. Russell received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications-Public Relations and Advertising while Jomo received his Master of Architecture degree. We wish the two of you the best of luck in your future endeavors. Stay true to colors, Brothers!
What a year it has been for our fraternity! The 2012-2013 school year proved to be very progressive for the chapter. In the past year we attended Northeast Regional Conclave in Syracuse, nine new Brothers were initiated, we hosted our first ever Car Smash for philanthropy, and we won the Academic Excellence awards for the past two semesters. We look forward to Centennial this summer in New York and even more so we look forward to the future of this chapter and what lies on the road ahead.
This past weekend was a busy one for the Eta Upsilon Chapter. To start off, May 4th was our Formal at Sakura Gardens. Brothers dressed to impress and were surrounded by beautiful dates. Superlatives were given out, ranging from "Brother of the Year" to "Most Outgoing" to "Best Dancer" and of course "Best Dressed" (Stromo! Stromo! Stromo!...). It was the time of our lives and we can't wait till next semester's Semi-Formal!
(Brothers Cohn and Greenberg with their dates.)
Then on May 5th, the chapter hosted a philanthropy event called "AEPi Car Smash" at the Sports Center Parking Lot. All of the funds raised, whether it was through swings of the hammer or through donations, went to M.A.D.D. Attendance was great despite it being our chapter's first big philanthropy event in years. We hope to continue to build our success as we continue to build as a chapter.