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Boys Night Out: Milwaukee

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Milwaukee, July 2008

(Left to Right) Eric Manke, Jeff Reisdorfer, Jay Matusin, Bob Hazod (back), Brad Scheuerell (front), Fuzz Martin, Darren Hafford, and Michael Easton. (Not pictured: Matt Fredrick & Aaron Lauzon).

Thanks to all my boys who who were able to make it to the Milwaukee Ale House for dinner, whilest I was in town for the evening. It was great to catch up with all my guys…picking up like we are still living down the hall from one another.

All-Alumni Meeting

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

A letter from Alumni Association Vice-President, Don Reinbold.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone [on Wednesday July 23rd]. Below is a link to where we will be meeting on Wednesday. I did try to accommodate the driving people have to do. We will meet at 6:00PM in Germantown, WI. And please watch your email on Wednesday for last minute changes if necessary. Please shoot me another email to confirm your attendance. []

Points of Discussion:

1) *Alumni Mentors for Undergraduate Officers* – the Goal is to establish a relationship between the alumni and the undergraduate members, to keep stronger control and oversight, and to spread the responsibility of oversight across several members rather than a single Hi Pi. The assignments may change as we move forward – but we need a starting point and National has asked that this be settled by August so they are in place as we move forward.
If you want to review these positions you can go to – then choose the “undergraduate tab” and the “Officer Resources tab.” There you will find a list of officer positions and their individual responsibilities along with support materials.

2) *Discuss the house and the improvements coming for this fall*. I am pursuing the Home equity line of credit and looking for additional input and to formulate a plan for moving forward.

3) *Housing Corp Meeting / Alumni Association meeting*. There are a few business type discussions that have to take place as we reorganize for moving forward in regards to officer and operating plans for these two organizations. We have generally pushed thee two together into one pot – but as we move forward these two groups will have distinctly different rolls. I will appreciate your input.

Don Reinbold

Alumni Event: Dave Matthews at Alpine Valley

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Dave Matthews Band Summer 08Lots of us are going to be at the Dave Matthews show(s) at Alpine Valley this year.

Are you going to the show? Do you want to go to see Dave?
Comment to this post or email the site and we will get your name added to the list.

We will make plans to meet up before the show and tailgate…and perhaps meet in the pavilion during the show.

Click the link below to see the running list of Brothers who will be at the Saturday (August 9) show.

Summer Luncheon: July 16, 2008

Friday, July 11th, 2008

I will be in attendance and looking forward to seeing everyone who can make it!
My apologies to everyone, I am unable to attend due to personal reasons that will keep me close to home, tomorrow. I look forward to sharing photos and stories from the luncheon which I hope to have forwarded to the website.


*BUMP* Originally Posted: April 21, 2008.

The following is an open invitation to the summer get together, organized by the Class of 1961.

Chi Delta Rho / Delta Kappa Lunceon 2007Greetings Brothers,

The date is set and we hope that you will all mark you calendars to attend. The date and location are:

Wednesday July 16
Great Wolf Lodge
Wisconsin Dells

This notice is just to make everyone aware of the date ect. The event will be the same, meet before noon, visit, have lunch, visit and then be on our way.

Every one is invited and last year we had 29 Bros and 17 ladies attend. As of now I have heard from Dave Engen that he will be attending. All of you other non Wis[consin] guys make your return trip to be here for the Lunch.

Please reply with your plans to me and I will keep everyone posted, the more attending will encourage others.

All Brothers are welcome at this luncheon. This includes Delta Kappa, Chi Delta Rho and Lambda Chi Alpha members, everyone. Ladies are welcome as well!

The reply is not a reservation so no cost is incurred, and we do not need reservations so you can come by just showing up.

If your name is not on the list below please reply if you are planning on attending. If not send a note for us to read at the lunch. Also Dave Engen is interested in anyone who will be spending the night at the Dells. He is planning on staying. I will see he gets the info if you reply to this msg. Thanks.

Mike Skogstad 61

Directions to Great Wolf Lodge can be found by using this link (CLICK HERE) and then put in your address.



From I90-94 take Exit 92, Hwy 12.
Go West on Hwy 12 to first stoplight, Gasser Road.
Turn left onto Gasser Road, go one block.
Turn left onto Great Wolf Drive.

1400 Great Wolf Drive
PO Box 50
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965


Planning to attend list (Click link below to see the list)

Info Leak: Cross & Crescent Alumni features

Monday, June 16th, 2008

The Cross & Crescent is released on the 2nd of every month. Here are some of the upcoming features:

July 2008 – A tribute to all of our Brothers who are members of the armed forces. (*note: I have been given the honor of illustrating the cover for this issue, keep an eye out for that!)

Future issues could possibly have features on famous Alumni Members Will Forte and Tito Santana.

Will ForteWill Forte (UCLA) of Saturday Night Live is slated to be featured in an upcoming issue of the Cross & Crescent. I posted an article back in April about Will upon hearing the news from the C&C Staff. Looks like that feature will be coming soon to the Cross & Crescent. Will is currently filming a movie. Although I am not sure which, as the Internet Movie Database lists both A Good Old Fashioned Orgy and The Slammin’ Salmon as both being filmed, under his bio. This interview will be a can’t miss! Lots of exciting news from Brother Forte!

Tito SantanaAlso, Tito Santana (West Texas State University), Professional Wrestling Legend is on the short list to be featured in the Cross & Crescent as well. Actually, until yesterday when I found out about the potential interview in the C&C, I was unaware that Tito Santana was a Chopper! What a great addition to our list of Famous Alumni! I will be looking forward to reading this interview, as I grew up on 80’s-90’s wrestling! Tito Santana was always a great sportsman and competitor…he embodied the essence of the purity of the sport!

In Memory of our Brothers

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Unknown SoldiersOn this Memorial Day, we would like to remember all of our Brothers who have served our Country with Honor, Pride and Bravery.

This year, we would like to honor all of our Brothers, names unknown, who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the name of the United States.

Job opportunities: XO Communications w/ Brother Forrest Knueppel

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

XO Communications

I promised Brother Forrest Knueppel that I would post this for him, about 2 months ago. Ack! Sorry Forrest.

Forrest is a Regional Manager for XO Communications. He is looking to hire some people to work for him in the Detroit area. Even if you don’t live in Detroit, you should give Forrest a call and find out what opportunities he has available. I know that both Brothers Robert Bye and Dan Gratton work for Forrest and have become quite successful in the Chicago market. Forrest asks that you call him direct for the real scoop.

Forrest Knueppel LI-727
VP / General Manager – Detroit
XO Communications

Hats off to the Graduates!

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

2008 GraduationCongratulations to all new Alumni Members who have just graduated from college!

Brothers Darren Hafford, Michael “Fuzz” Martin, Derek Blaszak, Peter Reynolds, Chris Zimbrick, Andy LaSusa, Kirby Fitch, Mingo Nicks, Anthony Nigbur are now Lambda Chi Alpha Alumni. (Although Darren and Fuzz had been Alumni for a few years).

***ADDITIONS: Matt Marver is also graduationg. My apologies. And extra congrats to Matt, who was in school for a year or 2 when I was in Whitewater (for one reason or another! haha).


Also, Brother Andrew Ullrich is being awarded his degree by the University in a ceremony separate from that of all other graduates. His parents will be accepting the diploma on his behalf. It will be held on Sunday, May 18, 2008 from 11:00am – 2:00pm in the Old Main Ballroom at the UC. Everyone is invited, light refreshments will be served.





Alumni Interview: Matthew Nelson

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Matthew Nelson at the summit of Mt. ElgonOnly in the past year have I discovered that Brother Matthew Nelson and I are within 10 miles of one another each day. I work for the University of Minnesota (in St. Paul) and Matt is a student at the University of Minnesota School of Law (in Minneapolis). Being “out of my element” in Minnesota, it is great to have a Lambda Chi Brother to have lunch with.

Matt, we were both in school at the same time, but what years were you in Whitewater and what degree did you earn?

From 1995 until 1999…I earned my Bachelor of Business Administration with a Major in MCS (Management Computer Systems).

And what are you doing now, professionally?

I’m going for my JDMBA at the Business Law School at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.


Cross & Crescent: May 2008

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

739750536_9fb17cdb07_oOur Chapter at UW-Whitewater is well-represented in the May 2008 issue of the Cross & Crescent.

Lambda-Iota is noted in the article Expansion Plan Update, focusing on Lambda Chi Alpha’s expansion plans for the coming years. (See our info listed in the box on the right).

In the Chapter News Section, Brother Nick Schreck and I are highlighted. Nick, for his winning of the 2008 Assistant Division Manager Award from Physicians Mutual; and I am mentioned for my trip to Oklahoma City where I traveled on business and was able to visit the Lambda Chi Chapter at Oklahoma City University.

If you have accomplishments or happenings in your life you would like listed in the Cross & Crescent and/or on our website, please visit the Contact Us page and let us know what you are up to!

Famous Lambda Chi Alpha Member: Will Forte

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Will ForteFans of Saturday Night Live will be pleased to learn that Will Forte is a Lambda Chi Alpha Alum from our UCLA Chapter, Epsilon-Sigma. (The now inactive UCLA Chapter is also home to soccer/football star Cobi Jones.)

Will Forte is in his sixth season on “Saturday Night Live.”

Forte has appeared in many memorable sketches, most recently taking on the role of President George W. Bush. This past season, Forte showcased his singing talents as an unhinged “Fly High Duluth” band leader with a penchant for chugging Jack Daniels. He’s created lasting characters in “The Falconer” – the once-successful executive who’s mysteriously chosen to live in the woods with his faithful falcon, Donald – and the (very) soft-spoken politician, Tim Calhoun. Forte is also a regular on the show’s recurring “Hardball” sketch as the ranting, vein-popping former Senator Zell Miller.


NCAA Tournament Challenge: Winners!

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Tourney Pickem 08

Congratulations to the following Brothers who were the Top 3 finishers in the NCAA March Madness Tournament Challenge:

1) Trent Olsen (AKA: one of my Little Bro’s!) with 132 points (42 of 63 picks correct)

2) CJ Kactro with 122 points (42 of 63 picks correct)

3) Jeff Reisdorfer (me) with 105 points (43 of 63 picks correct)

Trent and CJ will both be awarded a Lambda Chi Alpha t-shirt of their choice from The Chop Shop (, my Lambda Chi Alpha Apparel shop-site.

The Chop Shop
Had it not been for that final 3-pointer by Kansas at the end of regulation, the standings would have been much different! Thanks to all of the Brothers who participated in this free contest. Be sure to visit the site regularly to learn of other contests where you can win prizes for free!

Brother Nick Schreck wins corporate award

Monday, April 7th, 2008

SpeechBrother Nick Schreck (2001) won the 2008 Assistant Division Manager Award, one of the “Big 5” awards given out, for his company, Physicians Mutual.

Nick received his award during a ceremony which included being honored with a video documentary of his work accomplishments. The award was presented to Nick at the company’s 2008 convention held in Hawaii on the island of Kauai.

Brother Dave Baumgartner, also a member of the Physicians Mutual family, was on hand for the presentation of Nick’s award.

Portrait PoseCongratulations Nick! Be sure to give us all a great quote on insurance when we call on you!

Alumni Interview: Kevin Shumate

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Kevin too-close for comfortI was an undergrad when Kevin Shumate joined us as a member of Lambda Chi Alpha. Having been a transfer student who was an upper-classman, Kevin had many unique ideas and experiences he brought with him. His efforts and attitudes towards the Fraternity came full circle when he took on the roll as Chapter President in Fall of 2000. I am very excited to have gotten an interview from this somewhat-elusive Lambda Chi…enjoy!

Kevin, where did you attend college?

Before coming to Whitewater I was at UW-Madison for 2 years and then 3 years at Whitewater.

And what degree did you attain?

BS in Geography

Kevin in a dunk tank, for work

Featured Playlist: Kevin Shumate

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

In the same thread as Apple’s iTunes Celebrity Playlists, we are now running featured playlists from our Brothers.

Bringing you some of the songs they remember from college that have (sometimes) great memories tied to them.

Our first Featured Playlist belongs to Brother Kevin Shumate.

Here is the Seeqpod player with Kevin’s songs all queued up…click READ MORE to find out Kevin’s reasons for choosing these songs.


Royal Purple writes pro-Greek

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Food DriveA submission from Brother Bill Campolo.

Brothers, In recent weeks The Royal Purple (The UW-W campus newspaper) has run several articles that have shed a very positive light on the Greek community.

Article: Greeks a viewable, valuable part of community
Article: Fraternities, sororities provide social structure for shy students


High Pi transition: a letter from Tom Boelk

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Tom BoelkA letter from Brother Tom Boelk.

As you all know, I stepped down as High Pi (Fraternity Advisor) after serving for many years.

I found it very rewarding, but thought it was time for new leadership as we make the transition to recolonize Whitewater. So, I am happy to announce that Brother Nick Weisensel will be stepping up to be the next High Pi for the Lambda-Iota Chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha. Nick attended the Winter Leadership Conference in January 2008 and has been working hard to learn as much as he can to assist the new colony. This will become official as soon as we recolonize and fill out some paperwork, but please join me in congratulating Nick on taking on this important role. I know he will do a great job and I will continue to help him in whatever way I can and hope all alumni will do the same. It’s a very rewarding role, but one that works best with support from all the alumni.

High PiTom Boelk
Lambda-Iota 269

Alumni Interview: Tom Filak

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Tom FilakI have had the opportunity to correspond with Tom Filak about Alumni Association happenings and his ideas of making the returning Chapter even more successful. Getting back to our regular routine of Alumni Interviews, I am pleased to share with all of you my interview with Brother Thomas Filak.

Tom, what years did you attend UW-Whitewater and what is your degree in?

I started in Whitewater in 2003. I was previously at UW Superior in 2002. I graduated Whitewater in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science and Communication.

What are you doing now, professionally?

I work for AT&T as a retail sales manager. I’ve been working for them for the past three years, and had previously been selling their product for an indirect company.

Famous Lambda Chi Alpha Alumni: B.F. Skinner

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Some of us may know some of our more famous Brothers, President Harry Truman, Supreme Court Justice Harry BlackmunKenny Chesney. But many of our other Brothers who have made major advancements and achieved recognition in their chosen fields are less know to many Lambda Chi’s throughout the world.

B.F. SkinnerThose of you who study psychology and human behavior, as well as fans of the televison show Lost may be surprised to learn that Psychologist B.F. Skinner was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha as well.

According to Wikipedia, Skinner was an author, inventor, advocate for social reform and poet. He was the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University from 1958 until retirement in 1974. He invented the operant conditioning chamber, innovated his own philosophy of science called Radical Behaviorism, and founded his own school of experimental research psychology — the experimental analysis of behavior. His analysis of human behavior culminated in his work Verbal Behavior, which has recently seen enormous increase in interest experimentally and in applied settings. He discovered and advanced the rate of response as a dependent variable in psychological research. He invented the cumulative recorder to measure rate of responding as part of his highly influential work on schedules of reinforcement. In a recent survey, Skinner was listed as the most influential psychologist of the 20th century. He was a prolific author, publishing 21 books and 180 articles.

Birthdays all around

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

BirthdayCakeWith over 950 Lambda Chi Alpha Brothers, it’s often hard for many of us to keep up with one another’s birthdays.

Fuzzy has written a great application for the website which displays the names of Alumni who have a Birthday in the current month. Be sure to scroll down the page and see the list of Alumni Birthdays in the right column.