Spring 2017 Semester
The following are excerpts from this semester’s Alumni Newsletter
Dear Alumni of the Tau Pi Chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity,
It is my honor to write to you, the alumni who have built our illustrious chapter over the last 10 years, laying the groundwork for the incredible experience our active brothers have the privilege of enjoying today. This has been an incredibly successful year for our brotherhood. This semester, our chapter initiated its largest ever spring rush class, as we added 6 fine new members to our ranks, and during the year, we have grown from 25 to 39 members, rapidly approaching the 40+ member mark. While we’ve achieved rapid growth, we’ve also managed to maintain our core identity. We have strengthened our pledge program, hosted a number of events this year with Hillel, and have worked to teach our brothers to be Jewish leaders both on and off campus. Most importantly, we’ve managed to strengthen our brotherhood through this period of growth by emphasizing brotherly love and our Jewish identity.
Some of our chapter’s most notable accomplishments this semester were our development within the fraternity, and our increased involvement in the greater Greek community. We held a number of successful sorority mixers, elected two brothers to the Interfraternity Council, and successfully courted our soon-to-be neighbors Phi Mu to homecoming. Our chapter is quickly becoming better known and more active on campus, not only for our parties, but also for the safe atmosphere they provide, which has remained a staple of our identity. As many of you may know, AEPi Nationals awarded our chapter 1st place in Risk Management at Convention last summer, and we’ve maintained our strong risk program throughout this year. Additionally, our brotherhood initiated 13 new brothers this school year, with a 100% pledge retention rate. After our chapter was lucky enough last semester to be able to incorporate you, our alumni, into our pledge program over homecoming weekend, we continued to strengthen pledge this semester. All of the 6 pledges this semester completed over 90% of their pledge tasks, were trained extensively in risk management, and experienced our first ever Bid Day ritual. The pledges also got to experience our chapter’s furthest reaching philanthropy, AEPancakes 2017, which has raised over $2,700 for charity.
We have also taken other steps to fulfill our fraternity’s motto of building leaders for the Jewish community. This year, a new Jewish women’s organization, Shevet, started on campus and we continued to strengthen our ties with them this semester. In addition, we’ve been increasing our Jewish Identity programs, and recently held We Walk to Remember for Holocaust Remembrance Day with Hillel. Additionally, the fraternity scheduled a Jinterships representative to visit the house and conduct interviews, and many brothers have received internships through this program. I’d like to encourage all of you to check out the Tau Pi chapter’s newly introduced LinkedIn page, the newest resource we have for expanding the job network for our brothers! Lastly, I’d like to thank all the alumni who have visited in past year, as it’s been incredible meeting the men who created all the traditions we enjoy today. I promise you, your hard work and love for this fraternity have not gone unappreciated, and the brotherhood today strives to keep working hard in your legacy.
Ben Schloss (’19)
Fall 2016 Semester
The following are excerpts from this semester’s Alumni Newsletter
Dear Alumni of the Tau Pi chapter of AEPi,
I am proud to say we achieved unprecedented success this semester and primed the chapter for long term growth. We now have 32 active brothers who excel across campus and in their communities. We built positive relationships with W&M, Nationals, and AEPi chapters around the globe including St. Andrews, Hebrew U, and Sydney! We continue to develop Jewish leadership on campus and support a thriving Jewish community at the college. Though the chapter evolves constantly, at our core we are still the tight-knit, Jewish, illustrious brotherhood many of you remember.
Most notably, this semester we improved our risk management plan and held social events like the pledge-planned party, sorority mixers, and Christmas with the Jews without a hitch. Due to our efforts, Nationals awarded us 1st Place in Risk Management among all chapters! Yes, this really happened. We understand the inherent risks of our social events, but we’ve found ways to have fun while keeping brothers, guests, and the chapter out of trouble. As many alumni know, we had an amazing first homecoming with Alpha Chi Omega (AXO)! We hope to improve upon our first homecoming events and alumni outreach for next year. For fall rush, we piloted a new CRM software for Nationals (ChapterBuilder) to replace spreadsheets. We’ve initiated 12 men in the past year and are on track to become a brotherhood of 40+ in the near future. Our pledge period now includes pledge task manuals and actual risk management training. We retained 100% of our pledges and 100% of them ran for AEPi and/or Hillel E-Board. For the first time, two brothers were elected to IFC Executive Board! Peter Brooks (VP of Scholarship) and Jonah Yesowitz (VP of Finance/Administration) will represent us well. We continue to support Shevet, the new Jewish women’s group on campus, and hope to come together with Hillel to strengthen the Jewish community on campus. We also wrote and passed a J-Board amendment, cloture amendment, and election timing amendment; all of which will make meetings quicker and cases smoother. Lastly, we established a formal officer transition process to ensure our progress continues.
Through our growth, we never forget the roots of Tau Pi and you, the brothers whose contributions have helped shape our college experience. It’s always a struggle to balance brotherhood and organization, but I believe we’re discovering a mix that works. This year we’ve done a lot for the good and welfare of our chapter, however there’s still much work to be done. I’d like to personally thank our alumni for keeping in touch and supporting the chapter’s efforts. I hope you take as much pride in the brotherhood today as you did in your college years, because we wouldn’t be where we are today without you! I have high confidence in the brotherhood and incoming E-Board to take us to the next level, and I hope you’ll take the chance to reconnect and support us too.
Fraternally, Steven Simon
On October 21st, I had the distinct honor of perpetrating AEPi’s first ever “Pizza in the Hut” celebration. The event was designed to bring Jewish students together in order to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot. Fortunately for us, Hillel had already purchased and built a Sukkah near the Sunken Gardens, so we were able to spend our entire budget on the most illustrious, tantalizing pizza you could ever imagine. As soon as I clicked “submit” on my online Chanello’s order, it started to drizzle. I figured it would clear up by the time the pizza got there. Boy was I wrong. Once rain started coming down like bullets, it became clear that the sukkah was not going to be the best setting for our event. We moved the pizza and brothers to the second most Jewish place we could find, the James Room of the Sadler Center. Hillel was just finishing up their meeting there, so we ate, talked, and celebrated together. The following day, I offered to walk through the Sukkah with any brothers who wanted to, so we fit the Jewish component in too. As much as this shift totally negated the purpose of the event, “Pizza in the Hut” united Hillel and AEPi in a way which we don’t usually, making me thankful for the Jewish community on our campus. I really hope we can do this in the future.
-Jonah Yesowitz, Jewish Identity Chair