Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Congratulations to Student Life Leadership Award winners!

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An amazing 14 individuals (23 awards!) of these recipients (italicized) are members of the Greek community, so be sure to give a big congrats next time you see them!  For the full story, click here.
University Service Award
Yuan Gao
Matthew Rothberg
Michael Schwab
Bosey Reiter Leadership Cup
Ian Davis
Divya Sirdeshpande
Lindsay Wilson
Deborah Pearsall Prize
Anne Henry
Lauren Fosbenner
Lauren Schlegel
John W. Smeaton Pillar of Integrity
Liyala Dickens
Contribution to Student Life Award
Lidia Breen
Victoria Campbell
Jamal Connelly
Cole Geryak
Maura Henderson
Karlynn Miller
Stacie Nadel
Mary Newport
Angelene Rizzo
Katie Teitelbaum
Weijing Wei
James J. Duane III Student Life Leadership Award
Molly Bankuti
Alison Bergin
Ryan Bonshak
Daniel Colville
Ian Davis
Liyala Dickens

Benjamin Hamblett
Quinci Mann
Taj Blount-Oden
Anastassiya Perevezentseva
Alyssa Riporti
Matthew Rothberg
Samantha Scaccia

Michael Schwab
Divya Sirdeshpande
Emma Strong
John Tolbert
Lindsay Wilson
Outstanding Educational Programming Award
The Be Your Own program
Excellence in Entertainment Programming Award
The Latin Carnival (in collaboration with Lambda Theta Alpha)
Exemplary Cultural Programming Award
The FUSION program
Student Club/Organization of the Year Award
International Voices
Student Club/Organization Advisor of the Year Award
Dr. Emory Zimmers, advisor for the Lehigh National Society of Leadership and Success
Student Senate Leadership Award
Gary Schick
Residence Hall Association Character Award
Katie Teitelbaum
Ujima Award
Jamal Connelly
Jamir Connelly
Anastassiya Perevezentseva
Service Above Self Award
Dalyan Kosar
Linette Caudillo Zavala
Allegiance Award
Daniel Beadle
Harrison Birabaharan
Ryan Bonshak
Taj Blount-Oden
Matthew Rothberg
Mae Williams
Lindsay Wilson
Alumni Association Undergraduate Merit Awards
Klaudia Jazwinska
Rachel Okun
Matthew Rothberg
Samantha Scaccia

Friday, May 4, 2018

Feature Friday: Joe Guzikowski, Theta Chi




Check out Joe's reflection on starting a new philanthropic event in the community!

Coming into the second semester of my sophomore year, I came to the realization that I hadn't really done anything besides programming, hitting the gym, and playing Fortnite. Though I always had the feeling that I wanted to engage the community in some way, nothing ever held my attention long enough to get me to stay interested. After this realization, I knew I wanted to create something brand new for both myself and the Lehigh community.

St. Baldrick's, a non-profit organization, provides monetary support for childhood cancer research through a fundraising campaign, which raises money off the promise of people going bald. Participants, namely 'shavees', pledge to shave their heads completely, and get monetary donations from friends and family to support their decision to go bald.

Through St. Baldrick's, I aimed to branch away from the status quo of Lehigh philanthropy and give an outlet for students at Lehigh and locals within the Bethlehem community to give something that was truly and entirely theirs; their hair. I had participated in the event in middle school so I figured I'd give it a shot on a college campus.

As a general member of my chapter it was initially intimidating to propose a new event for the chapter, as most of our philanthropy events are proposed and executed by members of our Executive Board, however, with the help of a handful of brothers the event was an overwhelming success. Despite my small initial goal of $5,000 and 8 participants, the event garnered 14 participants, as well as being the highest-grossing philanthropy event in recent chapter history, raising over $13,000 total. This was also the highest grossing philanthropy event out of any IFC chapter this year. This result not only exceeded my expectations, but has helped me realize what sort of things can be accomplished when you have a distinct goal in mind.

The biggest takeaway I had from organizing this event is that what's most important about inspiring change is believing in what you’re doing. While I wasn't always completely sure of what I was doing, believing in myself and accepting the support I received from brothers who shared my vision is what lead the event to its success.

We couldn't have made this event possible without the support from those outside the chapter. Thank you to all of those who participated in the event, it was truly a pleasure to see so much joy and positivity in a single room. I'd also like to give a special thanks to the Behind-the-scenes crew: Nick Christy with the office of Student Engagement, David & Lexi at Sodexo, and the LU Sound crew.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Award Winners!


We celebrated the following award recipients at the annual Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Awards dinner on Tuesday May 1, 2018.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Distinguished Service Award
Anne-Marie Anderson, Ph.D.

Advisor of the Year
Josh Greenberg, Alpha Epsilon Pi

Emerging Leader of the Year
Gaby Montes. Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.

Emerging Leader of the Year
Christy Cullen, Zeta Tau Alpha

Greek Leader of the Year
Molly Bankuti, Zeta Tau Alpha

Greek Leader of the Year
Ian Davis, Alpha Epsilon Pi

Outstanding President of the Year
Arianna Pineiro, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.

Outstanding President of the Year
Matthew Tracy, Alpha Epsilon Pi

Traditional of Excellence 
Erin Garrity, Pi Beta Phi
Empowering Others

Erin Hank, Zeta Tau Alpha
Inclusive Leadership

Nick Furgason, Phi Sigma Kappa
Living the Ritual

Djenne Dickens, Mu Sigma Upsilon
Inclusive Leadership

Dana Teach, Kappa Alpha Theta
Inclusive Leadership

Malini Ray, Zeta Tau Alpha
Living the Ritual

Emily Brown, Alpha Omicron Pi
Inspiring Change

ORGANIZATIONAL AWARDS

Outstanding Philanthropic Effort
Phi Sigma Kappa

Commitment to Service
Alpha Epsilon Pi

Program of Distinction
Lambda Theta Alpha
Appropriation ≠ Appreciation

Most Improved Chapter 
Kappa Alpha Theta

Tradition of Excellence
Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc.
Empowering Others

Zeta Tau Alpha
Inclusive Leadership

Special Feature: Faculty Advisor Dr. Kenneth Sinclair




Many thanks from the Psi chapter of Chi Phi for Dr. Sinclair's 40+ years of service! 

On Saturday, April 28, 2018, the Psi chapter hosted a retirement barbecue and golf tournament for our long-standing Chapter Advisor, Brother, Professor and Dr. Kenneth Sinclair. Brother Sinclair is retiring from Lehigh University effective this May, and has served as the Chapter’s advisor since 1973. With this being said, it was our mission as a chapter to bring together alumni, active brothers, school officials, and other members of the community to celebrate his eternal commitment to Chi Phi.

The event started at 8:45am, with the first tee time at Wedgewood Golf Course. Here, active brothers, alumni, and family played in an 18 hole golf tournament. 27 alumni, 16 undergraduates, and 8 fathers of the undergraduates played in the tournament. Awards and bragging rights were given for guests who achieved the longest drive, the drive closest to the pin, and lowest stroke count. A beautiful morning on the green was a great start for the day to come.

Starting at 2:00pm, the barbecue at the Psi Chapter House began. The barbecue featured food grilled by House Chef, Steve Novak, alumni and guests, lawn games such as cornhole and horseshoes, as well as conversations and connections that transcended decades of the Psi Chapter. 4 members of the Lehigh administration, 1 faculty member, 65 alumni, 7 parents of actives, and 40 active members took part in this memorable day to pay thanks to Brother Sinclair and many gave speeches to honor Brother Sinclair’s long lasting impact on their lives. Over 108 individuals with a love for Chi Phi were in attendance.

Alumni and brothers bonded both on the course and in the Chapter House by sharing stories of memorable things that occured during their time at Lehigh and their appreciation for Chi Phi, particularly those that related to contributions from Brother Sinclair. Alumni told stories of how, in some cases even fifty years after graduation, they still are in close communication with Brothers, proving their ties to Chi Phi to be everlasting. Each interaction with alumni left active members with a sense of confidence that the values instilled in us during our four years at Lehigh will extend into our everyday lives outside of the boundaries of our involvement with the Psi Chapter. This experience as a whole gave the active members a great sense of pride and appreciation for the strong values taught and bonds formed within the Psi Chapter, as well as with the Briarfield association, through which events such as this are made possible. Dr. Sinclair’s retirement celebration heightened our brotherhood’s appreciation for the fact Chi Phi has been an integral part of the lives of hundreds of Brothers before us, and will continue to be for hundreds after us.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Pi Kappa Alpha: Loss of Recognition


Update: On April 25, 2018, the Disciplinary Appeals Committee met to hear the appeal you submitted. You appealed on the grounds (2) the university disciplinary procedures were violated in a
way that probably adversely affected the outcome of the case, and (3) the sanction was unduly harsh.

The Disciplinary Appeals Committee denied your appeal with the following rationales:

Ground (2) rationale: The committee acknowledges that there was minor procedural violation by
including an additional member on the panel. However, given the history of misconduct by this fraternity, the nature of the infraction, and the fact that the original sanctioning decision was unanimous, the committee determined that this violation was extremely unlikely to adversely affect the outcome of the case.

Ground (3) rationale: The committee determined that the sanction of dissolution is significant but not
unduly harsh. Based on the conduct history of the chapter as well as the fact that the Founder's Day event occurred while the chapter was in the middle of a hazing investigation, the sanction of dissolution is appropriate.

This decision by the Disciplinary Appeals Committee is final and the disciplinary process is completed for this incident. All sanctions imposed go into effect immediately.


Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity was involved in an incident on March 3, 2018, where the chapter violated multiple policies regarding alcohol. Separately, the fraternity was placed on Disciplinary Deferred Dissolution beginning on March 22, 2018 through March 22, 2019 after being found responsible for hazing, falsifying information, and unauthorized consumption, distribution or possession of alcohol. This disciplinary status placed the organization on notice, meaning any further violations of the Code of Conduct would result in the dissolution of the organization.

Original Post:
Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity accepted responsibility for all charges brought against the chapter. The University Committee on Discipline (UCOD) convened on April 17, 2018 for a sanctions-only hearing to resolve the charges listed below:

Respect for Self A1 (Unauthorized Consumption, Distribution, or Possession) The unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol.

Respect for Community E1 (Failure to Comply) Failure to comply with the reasonable requests of university officials (including law enforcement) while acting in the performance of their duties.

Respect for Community I1 (Posted Rules and Regulations) Violating any Lehigh University policies, rules, or regulations, including but not limited to, residential living policies (General Provisions for Occupancy) and policies related to the use of the university computer network.

Respect for Community I1B (Social policy - 1.D.11.a - Irresponsible Distribution of Alcohol) Violating the Lehigh University Social Policy 1.D.11.a (11. Irresponsible distribution of alcohol is prohibited. a. Any occasion where the atmosphere or circumstances are such that the intended or likely outcome is to either abuse alcohol or become intoxicated. Examples of irresponsible distribution of alcohol include but are not limited to kegs, funnels, shot parties, hotel parties, Beirut games, pong ball, scorpion bowls, chugging contests or other organized drinking games.)

Respect for Community J1 (Encouraging Others) Encouraging or facilitating others in actions that violate the Code of Conduct.

After reviewing the information related to incident, the Committee made the following finding(s) regarding the violation(s) for which you were charged and agreed with the chapters pleas of responsibility.

Respect for Self A1 (Unauthorized Consumption, Distribution, or Possession) -- Responsible
Respect for Community E1 (Failure to Comply) -- Responsible
Respect for Community I1 (Posted Rules and Regulations) -- Responsible
Respect for Community I1B (Social policy - 1.D.11.a - Irresponsible Distribution of Alcohol) -- Responsible
Respect for Community J1 (Encouraging Others) -- Responsible

After careful deliberation, the Committee dissolved the fraternity effective April 17, 2018 through August 1, 2020. Dissolution is the loss of University recognition and the privilege to use the University’s name or represent it in any capacity. In addition, the chapter will lose all privileges to use University equipment or facilities, and this includes access to group housing.

The chapter will be eligible to return to Lehigh at the end of the dissolution period, provided the campus is open to expansion and is subject to recognition processes in place at that time. Should affiliated students fail to comply with sanctions and operate as an underground or unrecognized group without University recognition, oversight, and approval, this would jeopardize and further delay the chapter’s ability to return to campus.

The chapter retains the right to appeal the decision, and the Office of Student Conduct & Community has informed the fraternity leadership of the deadlines and process for appeals as outlined in the Lehigh University Code of Conduct. If an appeal is submitted by the Friday, April 20, 2018 deadline, the Disciplinary Appeals Committee will meet to make a determination shortly thereafter. If the appeal is denied, the conduct hearing outcome will be upheld. If the appeal is granted, a new conduct hearing would occur.

The Committee gave the following rationale for the decision and sanctions:
In the hearings the chapter has had this academic year, the panel has offered appreciation for the chapters pleas of responsibility. Once again we do appreciate that the chapter accepts responsibility for the violations it was charged with. Unfortunately at this point it's too late. Just in this past academic year, Pi Kappa Alpha has been involved in every single educational sanction that Lehigh University offers through the conduct process. The conduct process is supposed to be educational, however we have no more methods to educate this chapter. Even though the chapter was not dry or on deferred dissolution during the Founders Day event, the chapter was in the middle of a hazing investigation. It is so disappointing that even through all of the conduct processes and investigations and hearings, the chapter was still unable to follow University policies during this event. The panel does believe that Pi Kappa Alpha has the national support to come back to Lehigh as a successful chapter after the period of dissolution and when the Office of Fraternity of Sorority Affairs is in an expansion process. The sanction of dissolution through August 1, 2020 begins immediately.

Should the chapter submit an appeal and the appeal be denied, the fraternity will lose access to group housing upon conclusion of the University’s disciplinary process. Pi Kappa Alpha undergraduates living in the facility will not be relocated immediately so as to not disrupt students’ living arrangements towards the end of the semester. The space would be transitioned into a traditional residence facility, and Lehigh staff and LUPD would conduct periodic walk-throughs of the facility. Residential Services staff are prepared to assist students regarding alternative housing options for the 2018-2019 academic year, and additional information regarding on campus housing opportunities and instructions will be shared by Residential Services early next week. Housing-specific questions should be directed to Residential Services at inrsd@lehigh.edu or (610) 758-3500. Additionally, no decisions have been made regarding the facility and its future purpose for the upcoming year and thereafter.

We recognize that losing a chapter certainly has an impact across our fraternity and sorority community and that this year has been particularly difficult. No organization nor its membership are invincible and immune to consequences, and our team cautions students to use sound judgement when making decisions that impact their organization, its membership, and continued legacy on campus. Fraternity and sorority life has a long-standing history at Lehigh University, and we’re committed to supporting fraternity and sorority members so that they may live by their respective founding principles that foster leadership, service, scholarship, integrity, and friendship. Our staff will continue to work with fraternity and sorority members to provide support alongside educational, cultural, and leadership development programs which meet their needs beyond the classroom.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Staff Announcement





We are beyond excited to share that Phoebe Galbraith has been selected to serve as an Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs!!  

Phoebe will join us from the University of Tennessee where she is completing her Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel (anticipated May 2018).  Prior to this, she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Boise State University in May 2016.  As a graduate student, she has worked extensively with the Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Panhellenic Council, and brings a wealth of knowledge to our team. 

Those that interviewed Phoebe provided overwhelmingly positive feedback when evaluating her candidacy.  They said the following:

Phoebe is an outstanding verbal communicator being clear and concise with her answers.  She used specific examples from her variety of experiences both in Greek Life and other functional areas to illustrate her advocacy for students, ability to have challenging conversations, and self-awareness.  I found her to be a good balance of poise, professionalism and relatability.  She appears to be a team player that is eager to learn.  

Phoebe was incredible! Would bring value to the already amazing OFSA staff. Hire her immediately. Answered questions fully, showed confidence yet humility, and connected with each and every person in the room. Willing to learn and yet work hard. Values align with OFSA and would hit the ground running. 

GREAT CANDIDATE!! So personable, easy to talk to, knew her stuff!  Will bring new perspective, good balance to work with both students and OFSA staff.

Phoebe will join us on July 25, 2018.  Feel free to reach out and send a welcome message by emailing her at phoebegalbraith7@gmail.com. 

Many, many thanks to all that participated in the search process to help us identify our newest team member.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Conduct Update: Pi Kappa Alpha



The Office of Student Conduct has been made aware of an incident that occurred on April 13, 2018 in
which your actions may have violated the Lehigh University Code of Conduct.

Alleged Violations
1. As members of the Lehigh University Community, students are expected to serve as ethical
representatives. They are expected to know and follow the Code of Conduct, and show respect for the
faculty, staff, community members and administrative processes that are in place to maintain and support our community standards. Students are expected to hold themselves and others accountable and report violations of the Code of Conduct or other violations to the University.