Archive for March, 2008

Chopper Apps Tutorial

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Chopper Apps

If you have not signed up for Chopper Apps, email me via the Contact Us page on this website for a free account. We only have a limited number to share with everyone, so contact me ASAP to secure your account!

For those of you have taken advantage of the new Chopper Apps we are using (though Google), I am sure you can speak of the great email and other services it provides (free uwwlca.com email and more!)

For everyone else, here is are a few tutorials about what services are available and how to use them.

Tutorial: Using the Start Page

Tutorial: Using Gmail (eMail)

Tutorial: Using Google Docs (Microsoft Office, but online and FREE!)

Tutorial: Using Chat

Tutorial: Using the Calendar App

You can always get to Chopper Apps by clicking the button in the right navigation.

March Madness

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Tourney Pickem 08

Hey Choppers! Here’s a quick update on the UW-W Lambda Chi Alpha Tourney Pick’Em ’08 standings.
After the first week (and 2 rounds of games) the standings are as follows:

1. Jeff Reisdorfer (me!) with 45 points
1. Mike Easton with 45 points
3. Fuzz Martin with 44 points
3. Garrett O’Reilly with 44points
5. CJ Kactro with 42 points
6. Chris Zimbrick with 41 points
6. Rich Anderson with 41 points
8. Trent Olsen with 40 points
8. Tom Filak with 40 points
10. Ryan Trezek with 39 points
11. Rick Lyons with 38 points
11. Matt Lahl with 38 points

I’ll post updates after every break in the action. Click the image above to be taken to the group and follow along.

Happy Founders Day (#2) or Lambda Chi Alpha Day

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

Founder's Day March 22, 2008I believe a good deal of stress should be put upon Lambda Chi Alpha Day. Morale is greatly stimulated by wholesome sentiment. Such sentiment is stimulated by anniversary speeches. We stand for something. Let us unite and say so.

Lambda Chi Alpha Day is a day upon which articulate expression is to be given as to what the Fraternity stands for, and recognition is to be given to all those who have made it what it is, and any time in its history, before, at, or after that particular anniversary.

John E. Mason – September 26, 1931

(Source: The Cross & Crescent-March, 2007)

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

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Additions to the Fraternity Archive

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Fraternity Archives

If you have items you would like to have archived, be it Yearbooks, Fraternal antiquities, Membership Badges, please use the Contact Us page to send me, Jeff, an email about your item(s) and I will provide you the address to send them to.

Our goal is to keep items for a running history of our organization throughout it’s tenure at UW-Whitewater. From the creation of Beta Kappa Nu in 1929, to Chi Delta Rho, Delta Kappa, back to Chi Delta Rho and finally Lambda Chi Alpha…we feel it is important to preserve our history and share it with all of our Brothers, friends and the University. The men of our organization have contributed so much to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and to one another. We do this to recognize our combined effotrs and contributions.

Many thanks to Delta Kappa Brother Dwane Kamla of Janesville, WI.

Dwane has recently supplied the Fraternity Archive with color copies of the Whitewater Minneiska Yearbooks from 1953-1959, specifically the covers and all pages mentioning Delta Kappa.

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

Free Lambda Chi Alpha email…and more!

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Chopper Apps

Having taken advantage of Google’s newest selection of tools for Organizations, we are now offering the following for all of our Members:

  • Custom email accounts (6 Gigabytes of space with a YOURNAME@uwwlca.com email address)
  • Online Chatting with other uwwlca.com Members
  • Custom webpages (Create and publish your own useful, attractive web page in just minutes)
  • Online collaborative workspaces (upload files and converse about projects)
  • Personal and collaborative Calendars (it’s easy to keep track of all your life’s important events)
  • Rich Document Applications (Create documents, spreadsheets and presentations online; or upload your Micro$oft documents and start working with them!)
  • You need to email me (or Fuzz) to get set up with an account. Use the Contact Us Page (in the right hand navigation to email me) or email me (chopper744@uwwlca.com) to get an account set up for yourself. You can also just comment on this thread and I will get in touch with you.

    ..You can always find a link to Chopper Apps in the right-hand navigation, using this button:

    Chopper Apps

    UW-Whitewater to launch new website

    Friday, March 14th, 2008

    UW-Whitewater Logo

    On Monday, March 17th, 2008, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will re-launch their website with a new look and feel.

    I am very excited for this re-design as their current structure is visually cluttered, hard to navigate and hard to find items quickly. The new design only appears to affect the shell of the UWW.edu site, with individual Centers and Departments having their own sites as usual. I anticipate standardizing throughout the University which will keep everyone in the same look and feel.

    To preview the new site, click here to visit http://beta.uww.edu .

    NCAA Tournament Challenge: 1 week left to join!

    Thursday, March 13th, 2008

    Tourney Pickem 08

    There is only 1 week left to get in on our NCAA Tournament Challenge before the tournament starts.

    Click the Tournament Banner above to be taken to Yahoo! Sports and create your own bracket. Free to enter and prizes for the Top 3 finishers who are Lambda Chi Alpha, Chi Delta Rho or Delta Kappa Brothers from Whitewater.

    The final photo of Alpha-Beta Zeta at UW-Madison

    Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

    Here’s a photo I dug up from “The Badger”, the official University of Wisconsin (Madison) yearbook. It’s a 1969 entry for Lambda Chi Alpha’s Alpha-Beta Chapter. The Chapter was removed from campus in 1968…yet they managed to gain entry to the college yearbook the following year.

    Alpha-Beta 1969

    Alpha-Beta 1969 legendThe entry that goes with the photo reads:

    National expose’s have drive the Mafia underground, only to reemerge by infiltration of such a fine, upstanding, high-principled, God-fearing group as the Lambda Chi Alpha’s. Whether wearing sunglasses or standing symbolocally behind a barred window, these fellows fit right in at the annual Casino party. In order to keep up a good front, they’ve even taken to playing football, basketball, softball, badmitton, and organizing entertainment for inmates of Central Colony in the spring. Still, it does look a little odd when they all stay indoors ever St. Valentine’s Day.

    Business Meeting: April 1

    Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

    think.jpgThe Alumni Association will be scheduling a business meeting for:
    Tuesday, April 1, 2008
    7:00 pm
    215 Hyer Hall

    Try to make it to this meeting, if you can, since it will be an important strategy planning meeting. Things are beginning to happen pretty quickly as we move closer to colonization and there are a number of important meetings coming up in the next few weeks/months: meeting with university officials, the presentation before the expansion committee,and a visit with the HQ guys. It is an especially important meeting for those who are on the alumni advisory board, so try to make it if you can. Even if you’ve been unable to make meetings recently, we can bring you up to speed in this meeting.
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    Website Anniversary

    Monday, March 10th, 2008

    The 4th Anniversary of our website came and went as January faded into February…and 1 year (March 7, 2007) since we changed the format of the site to the version you see today.

    We look forward to a prosperous year of growth as our Brotherhood returns to the campus of UW-Whitewater, continuing the tradition that has been active since 1929!

    A continued thanks to all of our Brothers throughout every incarnation of our Fraternity in Whitewater. Our Brotherhood transcends names and members, and it is our commitment to one another and the Bonds we share that remain true.

    Chi Delta Rho Delta Kappa Lambda Chi Alpha

    Lambda Chi Alpha Fez

    Monday, March 10th, 2008

    Fez

    Did you know that Lambda Chi Alpha used to have an Official Fez? Check out this great photo featuring the fez(es) from the 1915 General Assembly in Philadelphia where some Lambda Chi All-Stars are shown.

    Can you name anyone in this photo? If so, comment on this post, leave their name and location in the photo.

    Chi Delta Rho photos (pt. 5)

    Friday, March 7th, 2008

    Bill Hamilton 1963The final installment of Chi Delta Rho photos from Brother Bill Hamilton. Again, many thanks to Brother Hamilton for these photos. (Click the thumbnails to the left…and see the full-size image!)

    CDR25 Mitch Covic and Dottie at the Whitewater Lake Home, October 1964.
    CDR26 Bill Hamilton and girlfriend Pam at the Whitewater Lake Home, October 1964.
    CDR27 Howie Krueger and date at the Whitewater Lake Home
    CDR28 Mitch Covic and John Siivonen at the Whitewater Lake Home
    CDR30 Bill Hamilton (left), Howie Krueger and roommate Tom. Christmas picture, 1968.
    CDR31 Howie Krueger (top), Bill Hamilton (center) and roommate Tom – alternate Christmas picture, 1968.

    In Memorial: Douglas Marquardt

    Thursday, March 6th, 2008

    DouglasMarquardt1960DouglasMarquardt2008Our Delta Kappa Brother Douglas Marquardt passed away on Friday evening (February 29, 2008) at 10:20 and went to his eternal home peacefully.

    If you would like to leave a memorial or comment about Doug, please do so by clicking the COMMENTS link below this posting.

    **An added note : All UW-Whitewater Delta Kappa Btothers were noted as Honorary Pall Bearers at Doug’s funeral.
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    Colony questions

    Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

    question.jpgMany of the emails I, Alumni Association and Housing Corporation Members receive are inquiring about the process of the Lambda Chi Alpha Colony at Whitewater…

    …where we are in the process, what important dates are coming up, etc.

    To address these questions, I am starting a Re-Colonizing FAQ page on the site, starting with this post. If you have a question about the forthcoming Colony you can post it here as a comment or use the email form in the Contact Us page.

    From there, the questions will be added to this post and to the Re-Colonizing FAQ page (available in the right-hand navigation) and I will get the best available answer to questions as I am able.

    Chi Delta Rho Membership Certificate

    Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

    A little piece of history that many of your may be interested in, a Chi Delta Rho Membership Certificate. Click the certificate to see the larger version.

    Chi Delta Rho Membership Certificate

    This one is from the Gamma Chapter at Milton College, courtesy of the Milton College Preservation Society. (*Note: Image color enhanced from a photocopy for effect).

    NCAA Basketball Fantasy Tournament

    Monday, March 3rd, 2008

    Tourney Pickem 08

    I have everything set up at Yahoo! for our 2008 NCAA Basketball Fantasy Tournament.

    Our group is called UW-W Lambda Chi Alpha (how original!). To join, click the banner image above or follow this link.

    Prizes will be awarded to the Top 3 finishers. To get in on the bracket, you need to have a Yahoo! account (which is free). No fees or purchases are required to play. Good luck!

    **Addendum to the Top 3 finishers receiving prizes. The Top 3 finishers who are UW-W Lambda Chi Alpha / Chi Delta Rho / Delta Kappa Brothers will receive prizes. In the off-chance that someone who is not affiliated signs up in our group, they cannot/will not receive a prize for finishing in the Top 3.

    NCAA Tournament Challenge

    Saturday, March 1st, 2008

    NCAA Basketball

    Just as we did with the Superbowl, we are setting up a NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket Challenge. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 finishers. And everyone along the way can enjoy the rabble-rousing on the league message board!

    I will post complete instructions on how to join our “League” of tournament play when Yahoo! opens their NCAA Tournament section. Everyone is encouraged to enter. There is no cost. Because we will be using Yahoo! Sports as the League Home… you need to create a Yahoo account to participate.

    Many thanks to Brother Garrett O’Reilly who suggested Yahoo!, as it is the best to “view everyone in our group’s picks and to talk trash on a group-specific message board.”