Convention 2012 Recap
Thank you to all alumni, undergraduates, volunteers, family and friends who made Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity’s 117thAnnual Leadership Convention a success. From August 2nd– 5th, in Richmond, VA, Pilams and other volunteers learned from each other during educational programming and enjoyed each other’s company and sotries. The eighty-eight undergraduate members in attendance learned a wide variety of operational skills which have begun already helping many chapters. The topics covered included Dynamic Recruitment from Matt Mattson, President, Phired Up Productions, risk management, implementing Pi Lambda Phi University, facilitation 101, and many others.
After only its second year, since its re-launch during Convention 2010 in Chicago, IL, The Elimination of Prejudice (EoP) and all of its supports had much to celebrate. During the 2011-2012 academic year, our undergraduate chapters raised over $10,000 in support of EoP. Our chapters also hosted many educational events including the Wall of Prejudice and diversity panels. These events took place on campuses across the country helping set the conditions for delicate societal conversations to take place. On Saturday of Convention, Dr. Barbara Lavi, a clinical psychologist and author of “The Wake Up and Dream Challenge,” discussed with our members the impact of bullying on college campuses. Wrapping up our EoP programming, a panel, which included Big Pi David Temple, Dr. Barbara Lavi, and Natalie Shaak, Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life at Drexel University, fielded questions from undergraduate members about bully, hazing and fraternal trends.
Capping off a wonderful weekend, the Presidential Awards Banquet was a historical night. With a capacity crowd of nearly two hundred attendees, undergraduates, alumni, honored guests, family and friends celebrated the accomplishments of many chapters and members. Top undergraduate honors were presented to such chapters and colonies as WI Chi Upsilon, Jules Lennard Elimination of Prejudice Award recipient, PA Epsilon Zeta, Isadore Halprin Memorial Scholarship Award recipient, and NY Phi Lambda, George A. Beck Outstanding Chapter Operations Award recipient. Malcolm Kenyatta, Temple University, and Christopher Fuentes, CA Tau, both took home the Rafer Johnson Upsilon Achievement Award.
Many alumni also received prestigious awards. Phil Spence, FL Delta, Romano Muniz, FL Delta, and Mark Kandel, PA Beta Upsilon, were just a few of the alumni who received Certificates of Merit. Ryan Overturf, Chapter Advisor for PA Alpha Delta, received the Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award. Karl Oestreich, NY Kappa Tau received a Diamond Chip Council Key. Dan Scott, IL Tau Delta, received the Edward Goldman Alumnus Achievement Award. To finish out the night, three outstanding alumni, David Temple, VA Omega Alpha, Sam Sadler, VA Psi, and Mitch Liss, IL Tau Delta, received Big Pi awards. For a complete list of who won awards this year, please click here.
Thank you again to everyone who helped make Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity’s 117thAnnual Leadership Convention such a success.