We’re reaching the end of the fall semester, and our undergraduate brothers are preparing for finals! Just a few months ago we extended bids to our new members: David Cole, Donny Croft, Tyler Kowal, Jonah Mitchell, Joe Ritchie, Amari Sewell, and Peyton Shubsda. They have already been through our New Member Pinning and Big Brother rituals, and are looking forward to initiation in January! Along with our new members, we’ve had one more addition to our chapter: our Sweetheart, Mary Bierman. Mary has been a close friend to many of our brothers for a while now, and we are beyond thrilled to have her as our Sweetheart!
This November we had our annual philanthropy event, Speaking Out Against Prejudice, which was a huge success! There was a good showing of people at our event, and several individuals went up on stage to perform during our open mic portion of the evening. Several of our brothers spent all day making the pasta and breadsticks for the event!
Not too long after that, we had Greek Sing! This year we were paired up with Alpha Gamma Delta. The theme was Disney, and our Greek Sing Directors decided to go with High School Musical. Of the four groups performing, we placed second overall! The following weekend our brothers feasted at our annual Friendsgiving event the Sunday before Thanksgiving Break.
The end of the year is always chaotic with exams and finals, but our brothers made it and are now on their well-deserved winter breaks. Everyone is very excited to go home, but already looking forward to being back with their brothers next semester!
Homecoming this year will be October 5th. We will be joining the undergraduates at the 11:30am parade prior to the Homecoming Football game at 2:00pm. As is annual tradition, we will be having the Gridiron Undergraduate/Alumni Football game at 5:00pm.
We look forward to seeing everyone there!
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Towards the end of the spring semester, our undergraduate brothers participated in April Reign. The events were a tricycle race, obstacle race, tug, and pyramid. With only a single practice for tug—a week in advance—and one practice for pyramid that took place approximately five minutes prior to the event, our team put up a great fight in tug and placed second in pyramid! Baldwin Wallace also held a student awards ceremony where our chapter was awarded Outstanding Fraternity of the Year! At Ovation, one of the last large campus events, we had several brothers give presentations on their research and projects, and we had many brothers volunteer to help run the event.
As the spring semester wrapped up, we were forced to say goodbye to our seniors—Jackson Lynn, Sean Burnham, Andy Henthorn, Kevin Hartenstein, David Painting, Austin Sasser, and Conrad Paganini—and give a warm welcome to our two new members—Daniel Devney and Jordan Howie—as they were initiated towards the end of the semester.
Many of our brothers are doing exciting things this summer! Right after classes ended, Brandon Zlotnik went to Japan on a BW Study Abroad Trip with a focus on cultural communication. Daniel Eierman and Chris Bradshaw participated in an alternative break trip where they volunteered at Give Kids the World Village for a week in Florida. Jonah Jedick spent a week at the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute where he engaged in leadership activities, community service, and making positive changes to his community. Jack Smith and Evan Fraser are both taking part in the BW Summer Scholars Program. Ian Stabl, Evan Smittle, Justin Lew, Evan Fraser, Chris Bradshaw, and Jonah Jedick also look forward to this summer as they will be Summer Orientation Leaders and Week of Welcome Leaders!
Our brothers are excited to be done with classes and on to their summer plans, but also cannot wait to be back at BW to see each other and to share their experiences with everyone!
March 30th was our Founders Day celebration! This year we were fortunate enough to have some of our brothers from the Ohio State University colony come celebrate with us for their first Founders Day. The event went really well, and it was a great opportunity for the undergraduate students and alumni to reconnect. After lunch, speeches, and dessert, we played jeopardy, with categories ranging from Pi Lambda Phi to TV show to miscellaneous trivia! It was the alumni versus the Baldwin Wallace undergraduates versus the Ohio State undergraduates. After a few tough calls, the Ohio State team took first place—even after taking on a Baldwin Wallace University question (“The current president of Baldwin Wallace”)—the alumni team placing second, and the Baldwin Wallace undergrads graciously accepting a negative score.
This semester, we transitioned into a new executive board with Jack Smith as our President, Evan Smittle as our VP of New Member Education and Brotherhood Development, Evan Fraser as our VP of Risk Management, Programming & Housing, Ian Stabl as VP of Recruitment, Brandon Zlotnik keeping his previous position of VP of Finance, and Justin Lew as our VP of Communication.
Earlier this month, we had our Elimination of Prejudice Week, ending with knocking down the wall of prejudice—a wall we had standing up all week for anyone to write any uncensored prejudices they’ve experienced, so that people can hit it down with a hammer at the end of the week!
Through informal recruitment, we welcome our two newest members of Pi Lambda Phi: Daniel Devney and Jordan Howie! We are very excited to have these two in our chapter and can’t wait for our next two rituals: Big Brother and Initiation! We also have our final ritual, Woodbine, coming up at the end of this month. This will be a bitter-sweet and heartfelt day as we get to say goodbye to our graduating seniors!
On February 8th, alumni and undergraduates joined together for an opportunity to reconnect, discuss the chapters' current successes and reflect on past times.
The event was held at Shula's 2 Steak and Sports. We had a great showing from both undergrads and alumni.
New undergraduate President - Jack Smith announced that Founders' Day will be on March 30th and the new Pi Lambda Phi colony at Ohio State University will be joining us. Ohio State and Baldwin Wallace share a history as both being part of the Beta Sigma Tau merger. Thank you to everyone who attended, helped plan the event and donated to the Alumni Association to make the event possible.