Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Whitney Chen comes to Lehigh!

Follow Your Passion Cooking Demo: 

Join Whitney Chen '05 (Delta Gamma) as she discusses her journey from energy consultant to Three Michelin Star line-chef to food editor and writer and how she's used her IE degree to get her from one career to the next.  The Next Food Network Star contestant will be demonstrating some of her favorite meals perfect for cooking at college!  Recipes will be provided for all attendees.

Date: March 15, 2012
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Wood Dining Room, Iacocca Hall

Contact Information for event:
Amanda Fabrizio

 Register here:

Monday, January 30, 2012

Services for Debbie Pearsall

TO:  Students, Faculty and Staff,

A University memorial service for Deborah Pearsall, Class of 2012, will be
held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 9 in Packer Memorial Church.  All are
welcome to attend.  Deborah's parents asked us to share that they will be
in attendance.

Deborah's funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 2 at 10:00
a.m. at the Gutterman's Memorial Chapel, 175 N. Long Beach Road, Rockville
Center, NY  11570.  Directions are available on their website:

We have reserved several busses to provide transportation to the funeral
service.  Seats on the busses are limited and should be requested through
the contact persons listed below.  All requests must be received no later
than 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31.

-- Athletes and affiliates sign up with their respective coaches
-- Brown and White staff and affiliates sign up with Matt Breitel at
-- Zeta Tau Alpha members and affiliates sign up with Kimberly Campbell at
-- Any other students, faculty or staff may request a seat by contacting
Ann Schadler at ams1@lehigh.edu.

The busses will load at 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning and depart promptly at
5:45 a.m. and will return directly after the funeral as the burial service
is limited to family only.  Transportation will be provided at no cost.

John Smeaton
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Friday, January 27, 2012

Hawks Against Hazing

Hawks Against Hazing is a Lehigh University campus-wide initiative hazing assessment. This assessment has been created and administered to gain a better understanding of the perceptions and realities of hazing at Lehigh University. As a community we are taking a stand against hazing, in all ways, shapes and forms. Take the assessment here if you are an undergraduate or graduate student at Lehigh.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Faculty/Staff Advisor Spotlight: Amanda Fabrizio

Advisor Spotlight

Name: Amanda Fabrizio

Role on Campus: Communications Specialist for the Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Department

Chapter You Advise: Pi Beta Phi

As a faculty/staff advisor, how are you involved with the fraternity or sorority that you work with? How would you like to be involved? Please be as specific as possible.

I meet with the Pi Beta Phi president on a monthly basis and provide her with advice and feedback. I’d like to have more opportunities to interact with them at their fundraisers and events and be able to provide them with necessary guidance and advice.

What are some of the chapter’s accomplishments that you are proud of? 

Pi Beta Phi is a gold chapter and has been for a couple of years. I’m so proud of the sisters for being academically and philanthropically strong leaders!

What do you find is most rewarding about advising?

I enjoy interacting with the sisters of Pi Phi and seeing all the great work that they do. Seeing them pay it forward to the community is rewarding to me. I also enjoy working the Greek Leadership Conference that’s held in the fall semester. Every student involved with Greek Life should attend!

As a faculty/staff advisor, why did you decide to become involved in the fraternity/sorority community here at Lehigh University?

I enjoy getting involved with the campus community at all different levels, especially being able to give back to the students. When Tim Wilkinson mentioned he had an opening to be an advisor, I jumped at the opportunity. I also wanted to get educated about Greek Life as well. Unfortunately, when I was in college, we didn’t have a Greek Life. Being able to learn and see all the great things that Pi Phi and the Lehigh fraternity/sorority community do as a whole has also been extremely valuable!  

Do you have any specific interests or areas of expertise that you would like/be willing to share with the fraternity/sorority community?

I have been asked on several occasions to do presentations about Networking, Social Media and Professional Communications Etiquette. The feedback I have received from the students who have been in my presentation said that they found it extremely beneficial and have picked up some great tips! (And…the presentation is entertaining…it’s in color and has fun videos…No dozing off in this one!)

What is your best advice for Greek-affiliated students? 

Don’t sweat the small stuff and take a deep breath! You’ll look back on many of these situations in five to ten years, and hysterically laugh.

What do you like to do when you aren’t helping to advise? 

Along with advising Pi Phi, I’m also a First-Year Experience facilitator, and a member of the Holiday Party Committee. I’m President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Saucon and the Rotaract Chair for our Rotary District 7430. (Rotary is an international organization of business men and women that do community service and fundraising on the local, national and international level, www.rotary.org). I advise the DeSales Rotaract Club, the college version of Rotary, and help out with the DeSales Senior Success Series. As a DeSales alumna, I’m also one of the Class of 2007’s Class Agents. And in my spare time, I enjoy trivia nights, playing with my new Wii and tweeting, a lot (www.twitter.com/Fabreeze13185).

Any other additional comments?

If you’re chapter is looking for a fun way to help out the community, and you need to get community service hours in, sign up for The Yvette M. Palmer Purple Pinkie 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, April 22 at DeSales University. Registration for students is $10 with a valid school ID and goes to PolioPlus (Pi Phi and a few other chapters participated last year!) www.active.com/running/center-valley-pa/the-yvette-m-palmer-purple-pinkie-5k-2012?int=29-6


I would be happy to do a presentation to your chapter on Networking, Social Media and Professional Communications Etiquette. Please feel free to e-mail me for details amf208@lehigh.edu.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Eco-Rep Program

If you are unaware, last semester the Eco-Reps program, a sustainability course at Lehigh funded by residential services to provide peer-to-peer education for residential students, grew from a few residential halls to all dorms and Greek houses. Fall semester Greek Eco-Reps had representation from six sororities and five fraternities and held three sustainability focused events organized by the reps.
I am contacting you all now to ask that you encourage any members interested in increasing sustainability in your house to apply to be an Eco-Rep for your house for the coming spring semester. More information is provided in the application, which can found in the link below, or I can answer any questions via email at luecoreps@lehigh.edu. Having an Eco-Rep in your house is a great way to gain information about living sustainably in your house, be a part of a new but growing program at Lehigh, and help your green accreditation rating!
Applications are due January 19th but please encourage members to turn them in earlier or email us with interest so we can get a feeling for the number of reps we will have:
Thanks so much and we look forward to hearing from a member from each of your houses!
Teresa Chamberlain
Greek Eco-Rep Coordinator

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Purple Pinkie 5K Run/Walk

The Yvette M. Palmer Purple Pinkie 5K Run/Walk will be on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at DeSales University. Registration begins at 9am, race starts at 10am. All proceeds from this event will go to PolioPlus to help eradicate Polio world wide. This event is sponsored by the DeSales University Rotaract Club and Rotary District 7430. At our first race last year, we rose $5,000 for PolioPlus and we hope to top that this year!

We renamed the race in honor of friend, Rotarian and last year's co-chair/founder of the 5K, Yvette M. Palmer, who lost her battle to lymphoma a few weeks ago. If it wasn't for her passion, drive, leadership, vision and energy, last year's Purple Pinkie 5K would not have been a success.

Below is the online registration link. We hope you're all able to participate and support the cause!  I also ask if you please forward this information along to your friends, family, colleagues, students, Greek Life chapters, student clubs, Rotarians, fellow runners/walkers etc., who may be interested in participating, that would be greatly appreciated! (We had 100+ participants last year!)


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in contact with Amanda Fabrizio at amf208@lehigh.edu.