This is our first interview with an Undergraduate Lambda Chi. Aaron Lauzon has been at Whitewater since 2004. In my conversations with him, I can tell you he is a bright young man with a lot of heart. I am truly proud to call him our Brother!
Aaron, you are the first Undergrad I have interviewed for the website…so, tell me, what are you majoring in?
I am majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Coaching.
Are you graduating this spring? What do you hope to do afterwards? Where would you like to work when you do graduate?
I will be graduating in the spring of 2009. Education is now a 5 year program. I would really like to end up somewhere around the Madison area.
We all know that school takes up almost all of the free time in the day…but when you find a few extra minutes, what do you do for fun?
I am a Big Brother for Big Brothers/Big Sisters…other than that I just try to balance my busy school schedule and an even busier social life.
How did you get involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters?
After the Fraternity was suspended, I had been looking for a way to get involved and volunteer around campus or in the community. I had never been one for community service aspect, but after being involved in Lambda Chi, I found it was something I really enjoyed. Last fall I was walking through the basement of the Anderson Library and saw a posting for Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers. I was paired up with a little boy who was in 2nd grade. Later on that semester, BBBS became an on campus student organization, since they did not have a Whitewater branch but had a lot of interest from students. I got involved with that as well. I currently hold the Promotion Office for the student org., but next semester I will be the Vice President. I still am paired with my same little brother. We are usualy able to hang out once a week.
What kinds of things do you and your Little Brother do together?
Last time we hung out we went sledding and it was a blast!
Aaron, you mentioned being on Whitewater’s Lacrosse team. Most of the people reading this interview have probably never played…how long have you been playing and what’s it like?
I started playing Lacrosse my senior year of highschool. I had played hockey since I was in first grade and the two sports are very similar, that really helped me pick it up pretty fast. I have tried teaching some of the Brothers how to throw the ball around and play catch with me, but I have been unsuccessful. I play defense, so getting hit by a rubber ball traveling 65+ mph is enough to leave a bit of a mark. It’s fine, though gives me some pretty sweet bruises and the ladies like it.
Do you have any accomplishments you would like to share?
I served as Captain for the Lacrosse team for the 2006-2007.
Are you still playing Lacrosse?
Yeah, I am still playing for the school team, but this year, there are other Captains. Since we don’t have a coach, the Captains are the ones who run everything. They design the practices, come up with the plays, etc. Because of school and other things I am involved in, I decided 1 year of being Captain was enough, it was time to let someone else take the lead.
Do you play any of the other UW-System schools?
We are in a Leauge with all the other UW schools. We also play schools from IL, IA, and Michigan.
Where did you go to high school, when did you graduate?
I attended Sun Prairie High School and graduated in 2004.
I have seen a picture of you climbing a electrical pole for work…do you work for a power company?
During the summer I go to my parent’s house in Iowa and work for an Electrical Cooperative. The company is the Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative and they service a lot of North Eastern Iowa. Much of the work I do consists of building all the electric poles and putting on all the materials that are affixed to them. I also work with putting the pole in the ground. It actually is a lot more complex the I ever thought. It’s a pretty fun job.
Where are you living now?
I live at 414 S. Franklin Street in Whitewater. I live with 4 other Lambda Chis. Our house is right next to the train tracks, so we call our house “The Train Station”. It has served as the hub for the Lambda Chi undergrads for the last two years. If your ever in town stop by and say hi.
How did you get involved with the Lambda Chi Alpha (who introduced you to the Fraternity) ?
My freshman year of college I decided to live with a friend from high school, Ryan Brinza. That summer Ryan and I worked at a golf course with Josh Oertel who was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha. The night before the first day of classes Josh called Ryan and asked him to come over and check out the house, so we went. We had an amazing time and hung out there a couple more times and got to know some of the guys, so when fall Rush came around, it just made sense for both of us to join.
Did you live in the House, if so, what room(s), did you have a favorite
room and why?
I never had a designated lease signed, but I was one of those dorm kids that was always hanging around. I could be found at the House seven days a week.
Is there anyone you have lost touch with over the years that you would like to catch up with?
I do a pretty decent job of staying in contact with the older guys. I don’t see them as much as I would like to but we keep in touch.
(*Note from Jeff, Aaron’s reference of “Older Guys” reflects people younger than me in the Fraternity. Haha, carry on).
What is your best memory of Lambda Chi?
Without a doubt, Ritual.
What is your worst memory of Lambda Chi?
Being put on suspention and losing the House.
What is the one Lambda Chi related event that made you say “Wow, I never thought I would be doing this when I joined a fraternity”?
Ritual always stands out to me. The night before, the guys told us how much Ritual would change our lives. I never realized how much it really would.
Can you still recite the Greek Alphabet?
Who, would you say, had the biggest impact on your fraternal experience?
I don’t think I could label one person. Everyone in one way or another impacted my experieces.
Do you remember who your Big Brother was? Did you have any Little Brothers? Who?
My Big Brother was Josh Oertel. I never had the opportunity to take a Little Brother.
Anyone you want to give a shout out to?
Mark Volz, Derek Blaszak, Peter Reynolds, Dustin Scholz, Josh Oertel, CJ Kactro, Adam Honey, Potter, Matt Grace, Patrick Courtney, Billy Campolo and the one, the only Tom Boelk.
Any advice you want to share with future Lambda Chi’s?
It’s the time of you life, enjoy it. But be accountable.
(I couldn’t have asked for a better quote!)