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V OL UM E 9

IS SU E 2

O CT 2013

U N I VE R SI TY O F C ON N EC TI C U T FR ATE R NI TY & SO R O RI TY CO MMU N I TY N E WSLE TTE R

WWW.GREEKLIFE.UCONN.EDU In This Issue: Page 1: Happy Halloween!; Did you know? Page 2: Homecoming Events Schedule; ArrowSpike Recap; HuskyTHON Page 3: Order of Omega; Greek of The Month; Contact Us Page 4: Greek Life for Nancy Page 5: Senior Spotlights Page 6: Greek Alumni Celebration & Husky Village 10th Anniversary; Husky Village House of the Month Winners; Family Weekend Recap; Happy Founders Day!; Kappa Walks for a Kure Recap; Page 7: KATs & Bats; DG AnchorSplash Recap

Did you know? 

Over 500 fraternity/sorority members led the Husky Haulers program; contributing over 1,500 volunteer hours helping first-year students move in on Friday, August 23.

Towers is home to 55 fraternity/sorority members, as Alpha Delta Phi and Sigma Chi fraternities, and Gamma Phi Beta sorority, have designated floors.

Meet the Greeks featured information and performances by culturally-based fraternity/sorority members. This was the largest event of its kind with approximately 300 attendees.

IFC fraternities recruited over 230 men as new members this fall, a new record.

Panhellenic sororities extended bids to 450 women. Average new member class sizes are 55, and the average sorority size is now 148!

With approximately 2,300 members, our fraternity/sorority community is the largest it’s been in UConn history.


Now Through October 10th: Visit the Student Union North & South Lobby to see the banners on display. Winners of the banner competition will be announced at Lip Sync on October 10th. Sunday, October 6, 1:00pm: Follow the Parade through campus and enjoy the floats, marching units, and the UConn Marching Band! The Parade will be ending near the South Campus Quad. The 5th Annual Homecoming Carnival is immediately after the Parade on the South Quad, with rides, inflatables, carnival treats, games prizes, and more. Sunday, October 6, 3:00-5:00pm: Greek Alumni Celebration & Husky Village 10th Anniversary. View the Greek floats up close and celebrate the past, present, and future of Greek Life with alumni and fellow students in Husky Village. Wednesday, October 9, 8:00-11:00pm: Be a part of a 6,000+ member audience and watch student organizations compete for the 1st place Lip Sync Trophy. Head to Gampel Pavilion for a competition you don’t want to miss! Thursday, October 10, 6:00-9:00pm: Cheer on your peers as the top 5 King & Queen candidates compete for the 2013 title and see which group will come out on top at the Alma Mater Sing Competition at Jorgensen. Friday, October 11, 6:00pm-9:00pm: Swing by to see a night full of athletics consisting of Field Hockey, Woman’s Volleyball, Women’s Ice Hockey and Women’s Soccer! Saturday, October 12, 12:00pm-7:00pm: Watch your very own UConn Huskies take on the USF Bulls at Rentschler Field! Hear the winners of Alma Mater Sing Competition and be introduced to your 2013 Homecoming Royalty Court at halftime.

Pi Beta Phi ArrowSpike Pi Beta Phi held their annual national volleyball tournament, Arrowspike, on September 28th, 2013 and we couldn't have asked for a better day. We were delighted to have twenty-three teams sign up representing all 9 Panhellenic and 10 IFC Chapters, with organizations having more than one team! This year was the first time a non-Greek team ever competed and won the all-male bracket along with Delta Zeta winning the all-female bracket for the third year in a row! We raised over $1200 for Read.Lead.Achieve, our national philanthropy that donates money to literacy programs across the country. Pi Phi would like to thank everyone that came out to watch and participate and we wish HuskyTHON Spending 18 hours on your feet is no easy task, and yet students at the University of Connecticut have been doing it for years. That dedication is why HuskyTHON likes to celebrate the people that are making a difference for the kids of Connecticut Children's Medical Center with its annual Dancer Week. This year, Dancer Week is kicking off with the Miracle Walk Fashion Show, an event where UConn students strut their stuff on the runway. Word on the street is that some big announcements are going to be made at the Miracle Walk, so it's definitely going to be an event worth checking out - and of course, there will be plenty of boutiques at the event, so if you're looking for the latest fall fashions, look no further! The week will continue with tons of tabling, fun social media events, and a story from the families of the children's hospital every day. And, in true HuskyTHON fashion, the week is going to end in a big way. We're hosting our first ZombieTHON, which is a Halloween-inspired race of humans vs. zombies! Make sure to check out the HuskyTHON website for more details, but for now, save the dates: October 19th through October 25th. It's going to be incredible, and it's going to be FTK! For more details on Miracle Walk and other HuskyTHON events, click here.


Congratulations to the newly initiated members of Order of Omega! __________________________________ Morgan Brod Goetti Francois Andrea Llivichuzca Stephanie Luczak Alexandra Sibert Nichole Aquino Kathleen Barada Barrett Bischoff Katherine Butler Hayley Chrombleholme Justin Fleischacker Ken Gobin Hannah Kalichman Kayla Kamerer Nicole Kesner Michael Kilcourse

Chelsey Nalaboff Christal Nworjih Kaitlin O'Connell Lindsay Pandajais Chelsea Paquin Meredith Patenaude Monisha Rao Christina Reese Mayra Reyes Monika Rozynski Kathleen Snajder Akshitha Thatiparthi Emily Thompson Cynthia Torres Lauren Weaver Jaqueline Weiss Vivian Yang

Greek of The Month Richard Smith goes above and beyond when it comes to Greek life. He has taken on a very important role as the President of NPHC and came into presidency with the intent of unifying not only the council but unifying councils together. His first step into unifying councils is having a joint event with IGC called "Meet the Greeks" where all the Greek lettered from both councils present and perform. He's also a mentor for FAMILEE for the Rainbow center as well as the Homecoming Chair for the center. He also has his own radio show on WHUS radio station.

Richard Smith, IΦΘ

Would you like your chapter to be featured in LifeTimes? Contact J.C. Gonzalez at student2212@ad.uconn.edu by the 15th of the month to be featured in next month’s issue.


The mother of one of our fellow Greeks members was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. In efforts to support not only her, but all women (and men) who are affected by breast cancer every day, UConn Greek Life is coming together on Sunday, October 20th at Bushnell Park in Hartford to walk for a cure with ACS Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Join us from 911am on 10/20 to support this tremendous cause. Along with the walk, the brothers of Beta Theta Pi and the sisters of Delta Gamma will be selling Krispy Kreme donuts in the Union the Thursday/Friday before the event. Please stop by to show your support and click below to join our team. Melissa Rapenske of Delta Gamma (left) and her mother, Nancy (right).

A Message From Melissa’s Dad: Hi teamNancy and I are very humbled and inspired by all of you and the donors. You are all amazing, giving of yourself to help others. The team's efforts will help those who were not as fortunate as we were. The day you hear you have cancer is about as bad as it gets. Can you imagine having no insurance, and having to make decisions about your treatment based on your ability to pay? Our donations will assist women in need with early detection, as well as treatment. So, we are fast approaching the team goal of $5000 but let's not stop there, I know we can do better. There's only 19 days to go, please reach out to friends, family and colleagues; send an email, place a call, every dollar counts. It only takes a few minutes and you'll be surprised how much folks want to give. Thank you, thank you! See you at the walk. Mel's Dad (Bob)


Senior Spotlights From her nomination: “Amanda is a senior in Kappa Alpha Theta and truly demonstrates what it means to be a sister. She is dedicated to her studies; majoring in history with further plans to apply to grad school for Higher Education and Student Affairs. Amanda works for the OFSL as a student intern in addition to serving as an administrative assistant for the CT Transportation Institute at Depot Campus. She is committed to service and philanthropy, and she is the Director of Catering on the HuskyTHON Management Team. This will be her third year doing HuskyTHON, and it is also her third year as a Big for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Last spring, Amanda went to Indiana as a part of the Greek Alternative Break. Above all, she is a caring sister and will go above and beyond for anyone in Theta. She demonstrates all of the pillars of Greek life and deserves to be recognized for all that she does.”

Amanda Kohalmi, KAΘ

From his nomination: “There can be many ways to describe an individual, by the content of their character, by the actions they demonstrate, and by the influence they leave on various groups in society. Hermano Justin Monell can be described in all of those ways mentioned. After crossing into his Fraternity La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda, he has been a true asset and an individual that succeeds expectations that are set before him. The four pillars of Greek Life that match up against the morals and values that Hermano Justin Monell possess are Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Brotherhood. In reference to Scholarship Hermano Justin Monell has excelled in maintaining his GPA at a 3.14 while working in multiple areas around the University of Connecticut Storrs campus. His current position outside of Lambda Upsilon Lambda is Student Coordinator of the Mentoring, Educating, and Training for Academic Success (METAS) program that operates out of the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center. Aside from helping first year and transfer students transition to the Storrs campus Hermano Justin Monell has held two position in his chapter Director of Recruitment and Retention as well as Director of Finance. While recently working for Residential Life this past summer Hermano Justin Monell has managed to do it all. The third pillar that Justin exemplifies is service. Last Fall Art is Hope was created by the Beta Iota Chapter to ensure that the needs of art program in Maria C. Sanchez Elementary school were met. The collective Chapter raised over $300 in donations to aid the art program at this elementary school located in Hartford, CT. Justin Monell is a Brother like no other. His Brotherhood cannot be explained in words but more so in his actions. He continues to go above and beyond for his Chapter Brothers, Regional Brothers and his National Organization.”

Justin Monell, ΛΥΛ


Congratulations to the Husky Village House-of-theMonth winners for the month of September! Alpha Phi (D1) Sorority Winner Beta Theta Pi (E2) Fraternity Winner

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life would like to wish the following chapters a Happy Founders Day! Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity, Inc.: October 1, 1998 Kappa Kappa Gamma: October 13, 1870 Delta Zeta: October 24, 1902 Alpha Delta Phi: October 29, 1832 Alpha Phi: October 10, 1872 Husky Village 10th Anniversary &

Each month, members of the Residential Life staff Greek Alumni Celebration will tour the houses and choose two winners. Deci(Click to RSVP on Facebook) Celebrate the past, present, and future of sions are based on: UConn Fraternity & Sorority Life! Connect  order and cleanliness of the houses with Greek alumni current undergraduates.  lack of fire, health, and safety concerns and housSee the Homecoming Parade (1pm) and the ing contract violations Greek floats up close. The event begins at  overall appearance of the house common spaces 3:00pm in Husky Village and will feature Keep your houses clean and in order and you may be next months winner!

light refreshments, house tours, and remarks by special guests at 3:30pm.

Family Weekend Greek Reception Recap The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life would like to thank all those who attended the reception on Saturday the 28th. Families were thrilled to hear about Greek Life’s expansion into Towers Residence Hall, upcoming events in our community, and meet new members of the staff. A special congratulations goes to Mrs. Mansfield, mother of Sean Mansfield (AΔΦ) , winner of the Love & Support Award.

Kappa Walks for a Kure Recap Kappa Walks for the Kure went tremendously well! Besides the beautiful weather that made the day even better and a great turnout of about 300 people, KKG ended up raising more than $5,000 for breast cancer research! All of the proceeds for the event will either go to The National Breast Cancer Foundation or “UConn Greek Life For Nancy” (see page 4). We had so much support from other sororities and fraternities, as well as all of our families who came up for parents' weekend. We could not have asked for a better day and it turned out great!


The sisters of Kappa Alpha Theta would like to cordially invite all men and women to our KATs and Bats Softball Tournament on Saturday, October 26! The day will be filled with music, food, and a healthy dose of friendly competition, all in the name of CASA. CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, is our national philanthropy. All proceeds will be going towards this organization. In addition to a softball tournament, one brave man will earn the title of our Mr. CASAnova. By submitting their resume, participating in penny wars, getting donations to their team's online CASA donation page, and purchasing 2013 Kats & Bats tanks through their organization, men can earn points to help them win this prestigious title. Of course their team's participation in the tournament is crucial, but we can run those bases when we get there. A Theta “coach” will work closely with each contestant through the process to ensure the potential Mr. CASAnova stays on the path to the crown. Register you team here! It is $50 for a first team, and $30 for each additional team registered by an organization. Participants will be required to bring their own gloves and bats-but one lucky winner will get to leave with our soughtafter Golden Bat. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Allison Schlegel at allison.schlegel@uconn.edu. Additionally, check out our Facebook event: Kappa Alpha Theta Presents: KATS & BATS 2013. We look forward to seeing you on October 26!

Delta Gamma’s AnchorSplash Recap The Delta Gamma sisters hosted their 2nd annual AnchorSplash at the Mansfield Community Center pool. There was a huge turnout as many fans watched fraternity brothers compete to be the 2013 Anchorman. Each fraternity participated in relay races, synchronized swimming and other hilarious swimming competitions. During this event, Delta Gamma raised a large amount of money that all goes to their philanthropy, Service for Sight, Aid to the Blind. The sisters of Delta Gamma had a wonderful time and look forward to AnchorSlam in the Spring!


Volume 9, Issue 2 - October 2013