2006-2007 Year Featured Growth, Achievements & Fun For Undergraduate Chapter

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Author: Patrick Moore '09

I am proud to report that the men of Michigan Alpha accomplished some tremendous achievements during 2006-2007 school year. I would summarize the year as one in which we worked hard, but also found some time to play hard too. In many respects, Michigan Alpha's motto for the year could have been "back to the future."

First and foremost, Michigan Alpha is maintaining a strong commitment to uphold three cardinal principles on which our fraternity is founded: friendship, sound learning, and moral rectitude. We embrace these ideals and seek to demonstrate them in everything we do.

Whether engaged in intramural sports games, social events, rush activities, community service or pledge education, Michigan Alpha today is mindful that those who came before us have entrusted us with great tradition on campus that was made possible by a national fraternity established to promote success in the collegiate environment.

Since Michigan Alpha was formally reestablished on campus in December of 2004, it has been the chapter's goal to reestablish our traditional reputation has a leader among fraternities on campus. As our legendary brother Bob Ufer '43 was fond of saying, "What the mind can conceive, the man can achieve."

In this regard, we have conceived and achieved carrying on fraternity at the University of Michigan that is second to none in terms of balancing academics, leadership opportunities, social responsibility and the pursuit of an enjoyable collegiate experience that will create lifelong friendships.

Now that I've provided an overview of the "big picture," I like to inform you about the some specifics that made Michigan Alpha's 122 years on campus truly memorable.

To start the year off right, a strong crew of active brothers made that traditional Wolverine pilgrimage to the Rose Bowl. Despite the disappointing outcome of the game, the brothers enjoyed the sunshine and Southern California hospitality that made the trip well worthwhile.

Winter pledge recruitment kicked off early in January and ended with six new Phikeia who were quickly plunged into the busy life of earning the right to become a Phi. The same month also included a skate night and party with Delta Gamma sorority which was followed shortly thereafter by our first ski trip to Nub's Nob in northern Michigan.

Valentine's Day came around all too quickly and the men of Michigan Alpha broke some hearts after improving our relations with a few of our favorite sororities. The month was also filled with Wolverine basketball home games where our enthusiastic cheering for the team garnered attention on TV and the Michigan basketball web site. Spring break capped February with many brothers splitting into contingents that enjoyed a break from the books in either Savannah, Georgia or Las Vegas.

March was our busiest month of the semester beginning. Brotherhood events included an opening night viewing of the inspiring movie "300" as well as the many various and exhausting Greek Week preparation events leading up to the actual week of competition at the end of the month. Our partners this year's Greek Week included Delta Gamma, Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC), and Theta Chi.

During the week of competition we brought home the Greek Olympic championship, took first place in the Anchor Splash water competition, made an impressive performance by both sing and variety teams, and achieved a second place finish in overall blood donations.

Our annual ALS Walk n' Roll was held at the end of March was certainly one of the highlights of the year. This event proved to be one of the most successful philanthropy events in the history of Michigan Alpha. We raised donations totaling more than $10,000 to help combat a disease that claimed the life of Brother Lou Gehrig (Columbia University '25) and currently afflicts as many as 30,000 American. The hard work of all of the brothers as well as the $1,465 in donations from alumni made this event a fantastic success.

We wrapped up the semester with an awards night to recognize "Phi of Year" and a formal date party at hotel in Windsor, Ontario.

Michigan Alpha's achievements on campus are attracting attention as we were recognized as leader by the Greek community at the annual Greek Awards night. We also received the Outstanding New Member Education Award for the second year in a row in recognition of our strict anti-hazing policies and constructive pledge activities.

We sincerely hope you are impressed with the direction we have taken our great fraternity. There are already exciting plans for next year and we encourage you to come back anytime to personally see the job that the men

of Michigan Alpha are doing to make our fraternity the leader and best on campus. Finally, we want to thank you for your all of your encouragement and financial support.