Today's new member that we're spotlighting is Ethan Oakley! Ethan is a sophomore from Floyd's Knobs, Indiana and graduated from Providence High School.
When asked why he joined Lambda Chi Alpha, Ethan said it was because "[He] saw a close group of guys who were there for each other and had a real bond. [He] saw a close family who bettered the community around them" Ethan also said that, "[He] had never thought [he] would join a Greek organization and never thought [he] would be so excited to be a part of one."
Ethan's favorite spot on campus is the grassy area between Studebaker and Noyer. He loves hanging out and skateboarding around the area. Lastly, one thing that people may not know about Ethan is that he played the trumpet through middle school and high school.
We're really glad that Ethan made the decision to join Lambda Chi Alpha. Welcome, Ethan!
For our second Senior Spotlight of the day we have IA-1794, Bryan Kubel! As our past Social Media manager he had a bit to say about his time here at Ball State University and Iota-Alpha.
Do you have any post-graduation plans? If so, what are they?
"I will be moving back to my home state of Wisconsin to work in sales and marketing at a software company in Milwaukee."
What are some of your favorite memories of being a Brother at Iota-Alpha
"My favorite Lambda Chi memories are the times where I've hung out with brothers unexpectedly. The things that aren't planned out are usually the most fun to do. My brothers have become my best friends, so almost every time I hang out with them, it's bound to be a good time. Spring Break '14 in Gulf Shores, Alabama; Spring Break '16 in Las Vegas; and Homecoming 2015 were also pretty fun times with brothers as well."
What will be some things you will miss about Ball State University
"I'm definitely going to miss being so close to everything that I know and love. There won't be another time in my life where all my best friends are within a mile radius and I can walk to see them. Ball State has provided me with so many unique opportunities, and I will be forever grateful that I had a chance to make a difference in so many ways on this campus."
What would be some advice you'd give to an incoming freshmen
"I would tell incoming freshmen to get involved early on. I discovered during my four years here that you don't need to have a fancy title to make a difference, whether it's in Lambda Chi or something else. I never held an officer position in Lambda Chi, but I still wanted to make an impact on this chapter, so I did it through unconventional ways. By becoming involved, you'll feel connected to something even more, and that's how I felt with Lambda Chi."
Thanks for all your work for Iota-Alpha, Bryan! Make sure to come back and visit!
Senior Spotlights continue with IA-1798, Jason Pickell! Jason kept his short in sweet in this new addition to the Senior Spotlight blog posts, so read up on what Jason had to say about his time here!
Do you have any post grad plans? If so, what are they?
"Take a year off and begin studying for Law school"
What was your favorite memory of being a Brother of Iota-Alpha?
"Hanging out with brothers at sporting events"
What will be some things you will miss about Ball State?
"Absolutely everything. I have so much invested in Ball State that it's going to be tough to leave! Go Cards!"
What would be some advice you'd give to an incoming freshmen?
"Go to sporting events. They are always exciting. Have as much school pride as possible and you will ever rewarded!"
Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions! With so much about sports it shouldn't be a question if we see you back here at Ball State soon cheering on the Cards! Good luck with Graduation Jason!
See what Brother Jack Hesser, IA-1795, had to say when reflecting on his time here as being a part of Iota-Alpha and Ball State:
Do you have any post graduation plans? If so, what will you be doing?
"Starting this fall I will be a corps member for Teach for America. This means I will be teaching biology in the Indianapolis Public School system and getting my Masters degree in Teaching and Education. The time commitment is two years and Teach for America is generous to pay the expenses of my graduate program because I will be working as a full time teacher."
What is a favorite memory of being a brother of Iota-Alpha:
"My favorite memory in Lambda Chi Alpha has been working with the Air Jam teams. Being the angry person yelling at people as well as surprising everyone with capri suns at rehearsals, I had such a blast working with both the women we paired with and my brothers and genuinely had an overwhelmingly positive experience."
What will be some things you will miss about Ball State University?
"I will miss the community above all things. Being able to grab coffee or a smoothie in the middle of the day and catch up on a diverse subject matter with friends, I believe, will be much more difficult in the years ahead. I have been so fortunate to surround myself with such a vibrant, intelligent group of people in my undergrad who have challenged me to be a better person."
What would be some advice you'd give to an incoming freshmen?
"The most important thing to remember is passion. Why are you going the things you are doing?? If you are not passionate about something, seriously think over why you're doing it. I would even argue that with your school work, if you are not satisfied with the content or subject matter, explore other majors or fields of study! Yes, there WILL be times that you hate your school work but if you find yourself with no passion for the subject matter it is helping you to gain success in then maybe it's not right for you -- and that's okay. People think that changing interests or giving up something, like an organization or event, means that you have failed. The reality is, being able to let go is an incredible mature and necessary life skill to have in order to be successful in life."
Thanks for everything Jack! You were a huge part of this organization and we hope to see you back here at some point in the future!
Next up on our Senior Spotlights is Tyler Hudson (IA 1814)!
We asked if Tyler had any post grad plans and he had this to say:
"I will be attending Manchester University for my Masters in Athletic training degree."
We then asked what his favorite memory of being a brother of Iota-Alpha was:
"My favorite memory would have to be being able to work on two new philanthropy events my senior year. Coming in as a senior you never expect to see new events take place, but being able to put a lot of work into them made my senior year better than expected. "
Next we asked what would be some things you'll miss about being a member of the Ball State community:
"The close friends that I made, the small campus feel of a bigger university, the diversity of the students, the clubs and organizations I joined, and most of all, the exercise department that developed and prepared me for graduate work. "
Finally we asked Tyler if he had any advice for incoming freshmen:
"Don't be afraid to get involved. You will find quite a bit you love, so join clubs. If they aren't what you expected, then you can always make changes. Make friends early. You will make some of the greatest friends at college and make sure to keep in contact with them. Finally, don't get behind. It may feel weird working ahead, but it will help you in the long run. "
You've done some great work Tyler, and we're excited for you! Make sure to stay in touch!
It's that time of the year again, where classes are slowly creeping to an end and, unfortunately, for our seniors to graduate. But it brings us finally to Senior Spotlights! Every week we'll be releasing a new post on each of our seniors who have reflected on their time here at Ball State University and the Iota-Alpha Zeta of Lambda Chi Alpha!
First up on our list is IA-1793 Evan Ziebell!
We first asked Evan if he had any post graduation plans and this is what he had to say:
"I hope to work for a public relations agency."
For our next question, we asked what was his favorite memory of being a Brother of Iota-Alpha:
"My favorite memories are of the times I've spent with brothers away from BSU and the school year. One of the most defining experiences I've had as a brother would have to be the summer I spent as an Intern for our International Headquarters Office. I grew as a professional and also became even closer to the brotherhood, as I worked alongside brothers of all ages every single day. Some of my other favorite memories include trips I've taken with brothers over spring breaks and summer."
We then asked Evan what were going to be some things about Ball State University that he'll miss:
"I will miss the community and opportunities that Ball State has to offer. This campus gives students the chance to learn so much through higher education above and beyond the classroom. I'll definitely miss the close friendships I've made and the mentors I have been blessed to work with. I have been heavily involved in student organizations during my time here, so it will be hard to say goodbye to this huge part of my life. I owe so much of who I am today because of the experiences I've had here at Ball State University."
Finally, we asked Evan for any advice he'd like to give to incoming freshmen:
"Work hard in the classroom and take your studies seriously. The transition from high school to college can be tough, so make sure to allow yourself a lot of time to focus on your education. However, get involved in at least one group or activity during your first semester. A student organization can allow you to find where your passions lie, beyond just what you are studying with your degree. The skills you can gain from being involved in an organization can help you tremendously."
Thanks Evan for your reflections on your time here at Ball State and the Iota-Alpha chapter, stay in touch!
On December 8th, brother Bryan Kubel read a story about a girl in New York who had one wish this holiday season: to receive Christmas cards. The girl, named Safyre Terry, lives in Schenectady, New York, and is eight years old. In 2013, Safyre lost her father and three younger siblings due to arson. Because of that incident, she suffered burns to 75% of her body. Over the last two years, she lost her right hand and left food due to infection. Bryan then shared her story on the chapter's internal Facebook page and asked if any brothers wanted to join him in writing cards for her to help grant her Christmas wish. "The response was overwhelming," he said.
Later that day, Bryan learned about a local boy who also wanted Christmas cards as his only gift this year. Jack Weaver is an eight year old boy from Indianapolis who suffers from Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, which is a genetic disorder caused by a deletion of material within the fourth chromosome. Because of this disorder, Jack suffers from having seizures and other medical issues. Jack also wanted to receive Christmas cards this year because according to his mother, "Christmas is probably the thing in the world that [he] loves the most."
In order to fufill both Safyre and Jack's Christmas wishes, Bryan decided to have half of the participating brothers write cards to Safyre, and the other half write to Jack. Brothers like Josh Taylor were glad to help grant Christmas wishes through these cards. "I know many burn victims, so I want to be able to help grant Safyre's Christmas wish," he explained.
In all, Iota-Alpha mailed out 34 cards to Safyre and Jack. The cards were written by a mix of active brothers, current and former sweethearts, and even some alumni. "I was really happy to see so many of my brothers want to help out these two kids and grant their Christmas wishes," Kubel said. "This is what Christmas is all about."
Do you want to send a Christmas card to Safyre or Jack? Here are their addresses:
P.O. Box 6126
Schenectady, NY 12306
Cards for Jack
1389 W. 86th St. #151
Indianapolis, IN 46260
On Sunday, December 5th, the newly-elected members of our High Zeta and Executive Board were officially sworn into office. Our newly elected chapter officers are:
On Saturday, December 5th, the Iota-Alpha chapter is hosting the inaugural Soups & Hoops event to welcome back our chapter alumni to Ball State University.
First, we will be attending the Ball State Basketball Game vs. the University of New Orleans. Tip-off is at 2:00 PM. To purchase tickets, please call 1-888-BSU-TICKET or buy them on Ticketmaster here.
After the game (approximately 4:30 PM), we will be hosting a dinner with a variety of soups, chili, and more. This event will be taking place at 2104 W. Euclid Ave.
Alumni of all ages are welcome at these events! For more info and to RSVP, please email our High Rho, Trent Severt, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!
Today's new member that we're spotlighting is Peter Spartz! Peter is a junior from Zionsville, Indiana and graduated from Guerin Catholic High School.
When asked why he joined Lambda Chi Alpha, Peter said it was because "[he] felt the need to get more out of my experience in college." He also stated that "joining Lambda Chi was more than just a decision though because as soon as I started coming around I felt like I belonged there." Peter hopes that through his fraternity experience, he will "gain lifelong friendships and a brotherhood that [he] can always turn to."
Peter's favorite spot on campus is The Atrium Food Court. Lastly, one thing that people may not know about Peter is that he built his first computer at the age of 13.
We're really glad that Peter made the decision to join Lambda Chi Alpha. Welcome, Peter!
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