Gamma Zeta Chapter
- 1 Chapter History
- 2 Chapter Events & Activities
- 3 Notable Alumni
- 4 Chapter Honors and Awards
- 5 Further Resources
- 6 In the News
UNDER CONSTRUCTION (3/29/2014)
Gamma Zeta chapter of Phi Sigma Pi Honors Fraternity has been active for eighteen strong years. Founded on February 25th 1996, Gamma Zeta has grown to 21 active brothers and continues to grow and retain committed brothers through their intensive 9 week initiation period. Recently the brotherhood's initiation program has been strengthened due to the Fall 2013 Initiate Advisor Peter Peltack who, through his Assitant Initiate Advisor position under Initiate Advisor Abigail Smith, was able to better structure the general initiation program into the ideal program. Based upon Peltack's program and the continuation of it, Gamma Zeta has been able to welcome in two strong initiate classes.
The chapter's strength was officially instilled through the improved initiation program, and Gamma Zeta's step to become more involved with the Regional Consultant occurred when Becca Bleich became regional delegate in the Fall of 2012 to the Spring of 2013. Becca was the first Regional Delegate to keep in contact with the regional consultant, Jessica Iroche and in the Spring of 2014, Alison Criscoe became the first regional delegate to attend a regional conference (along with Dakota Parker, Brittany Hester, and John Spiegelman).
UNDER CONSTRUCTION (3/29/2014)
Kevin Rogers was the Chapter founder and President in Gamma Zeta's year of establishment, 1996. Kevin and his now wife, Sherry Rogers still live in the Western Carolina area with their two children Zeb and Mimosa.
In 1996 the Gamma Zeta Chapter of Phi Sigma Pi had their own floor in Western's old honors college residence hall, Reynolds. Brothers inhabited the 2nd floor which made it easy for everyone to plan events and meetings. Brothers who lived on the floor claim that their favorite aspect of the fraternity was coming back from class and spending time with their Brothers on the hall.
After Kevin, Sherry and much of the Alpha pledge class went alumni, the chapter historical documents were stolen from the storage locker in which they were being stored. Unfortunately, to the chapters current knowledge, these documents have not been found nor returned. Also, the year in which the documents were stolen is also unknown.
The Active Chapter
Current Faculty Advisor: Carrie Hachadurian
10 Current Officers (Spring 2014):
- President - Becca Bleich
- Vice President - Brittany Hester
- Parliamentarian - Devan Lalas
- Corresponding/Recording Secretary - Becca Gardner
- Treasurer - Brielle Burnett
- Head IA - Kaylyn McCarraher
- Assistant IA - Marissa Ciluffo
- Recruitment Advisor - Taylor Santa
- Historian - Darien Hewett
- Brother-at-Large - Steven Tripp
Alumni (Spring 2014):
- Committee head: John Spiegelman
Awards & Scholarship (Spring 2014):
- Committee head: Cassandra "Tank" Schumerth
Finance & Fundraising (Spring 2014):
- Committee head: Brielle Burnett
Initiation Committee (Spring 2014):
- Committee head: Cali Hitt
Public Relations (Spring 2014)
- Committee Head: Taylor Santa
Service (Spring 2014)
- Committee Head: Victoria Woods
Social (Spring 2014)
- Committee Head: Brandy Bradley
Inter-chapter Relations (Spring 2014)
- Committee Head: Alison Criscoe
Past Chapter Presidents
- Jeremy Boucher (ΓΖ 352) Fall 2014-Spring 2015
- Becca Bleich (ΓΖ) Fall 2013- Spring 2014
- Natasha Swanson (ΓΖ 334) Spring 2013
- Ariel Rymer (ΓΖ 332) Fall 2012
- Sarah Justice Fall 2011-Spring 2012
- John Kindy (Alpha Beta, ΓΖ roll number) Fall 2010- Spring 2011
- Shanee Sullivan (Omega, ΓΖ rollnumber) Part of Spring 2010
- Katelan Price (Psi, ΓΖ rollnumber) Fall 2009 part of Spring 2010
- Ashley Hardin (Tau, ΓΖ 260) Spring 2008-Spring 2009
- David Moss (Tau, ΓΖ 255) Fall 2007
- Laura Burgdorf (Sigma, ΓΖ 250) Spring 2007
- Carrie Petrea (Xi, ΓΖ 226) Fall 2006
- Megan Chamblee (Rho, ΓΖ 235) Spring 2006
- Cale Thornburg (Xi, ΓΖ 229) Fall 2004-Fall 2005
- Brad McAbee (Mu, ΓΖ 201) Spring 2004
- Patrick Pearce (Lambda,ΓΖ 185)Spring 2003-Fall 2003
- Jennifer Kramer (Kappa, ΓΖ 173) Fall 2002
- Samantha Rigby (Zeta, ΓΖ 141) Spring 2002
- Kristy Philemon (Zeta, ΓΖ 132) Fall 2000-Fall 2001
- Stephanie Roberson (Delta, ΓΖ 109) Spring 2000
- Sarah Keener (Beta, ΓΖ 69) Fall 1999-Spring 2000
- Kevin Philemon (Charter Member, ΓΖ 35) Fall 1998-Spring 1999
- Samuel Chantes (Alpha, ΓΖ 60) Fall 1997-Spring 1998
- Kevin Rogers (Charter Member, ΓΖ 3) Spring 1996-Fall 1997
Chapter Events & Activities
- Service for the past two semesters (Fall 2013 and Spring 2014) has visited Mount Trace nursing home.
- Scholarship head, Cassandra "Tank", hosted a "sew your own letters" event to teach brothers how to cut out letters and bond them onto shirts. After the event, brother of Alpha Lambda class, Darien Hewett sewed the letters.
- Service Head, Victoria Woods, following after the former service head Devan Lalas (Fall 2013), headed up the second annual Back Pack Attach. Brothers signed-up to supply ten items of school materials and a back pack to stuff full of supplies. The brothers then donated the book bags to the local elementary school.
- Service hosted a book drive during the month of April. Brothers placed boxes in each residence hall and the dinning hall to collect books to send to the local elementary school and schools in Kenya.
- Social head, Brandy Bradley, held a brother movie night/potluck in Norton Hall.f
- Scholarship will also be hosting a pay-it-forward event to promote the understanding of giving and doing for others as opposed to the latter. Along with this event, Scholarship will be hosting an Easter Egg hunt on the UC lawn; open to the whole campus.
- Social head, Brandy Bradley, held a brother movie night/potluck in Norton Hall.
- Retreat Committee has planned a brother retreat to East Laporte Park where lunch will be served and bonding activities will occur.
For all founders day, each 25th of the month and 14th of the month, brothers wear letters or pin attire.
On February 14th, 2014, Service hosted an event to give cards to the elders at Mount Trace nursing home.
Past Events or Activities
The brothers in the past have hosted an event called Rent-a-Puppy which encourages students to "rent" puppies for 15 minutes for 5 dollars.
In the past, the chapter has held a service event called Bowls for Bovines. In this event we collaborate with the Western Carolina University ceramics students (the WCU Mudcats) to make and sell bowls to raise money for Heifer International. Heifer International is an organization whose goal is to help end world hunger and boost the economy in impoverished areas around the world. The money we raise from Bowls for Bovines goes directly to this organization to purchase a livestock animal for a family (or multiple families when we do really well!) in these areas.
- Kevin Rogers (Alpha pledge class, 1996)
- Office Held: President (1996) - Kevin is a notable Alumni because he is Gamma Zeta's chapter founder
Chapter Honors and Awards
- None to date
- None to date
Chapter Service Key Recepients
- Spring 2015 Alison Criscoe (ΓΖ roll number)
- Spring 2013 Natasha Swanson (ΓΖ 334) and Brittany Cain (ΓΖ 319)
- Spring 2011 Jenny Kindy (ΓΖ ) and John Kindy(ΓΖ )
- Spring 2009 Zach Dearman (ΓΖ 280), Ashley Hardin (ΓΖ 260), Grant Newman (ΓΖ 275), Mark Phillips (ΓΖ 271), and Mike Young (ΓΖ 236)
- Fall 2008 Rebecca Vickers (ΓΖ 213)
- Spring 2007 - Heather Barnard (ΓΖ 218) and Carrie Petrea (ΓΖ 226)
Brother of the Semester Recipients (First Awarded in 2003)
- Spring 2015 Taylor Santa (ΓΖ roll number)
- Fall 2014 Steven Tripp (ΓΖ roll number)
- Spring 2010 -Shanee Sullivan (ΓΖ 282) and Jenny Leigh Jessup (ΓΖ 299)
- Fall 2009-----
- Spring 2009 - Ashley Anderson (ΓΖ 283)
- Fall 2008 - Zach Dearman (ΓΖ 280) and Shanee Sullivan (ΓΖ 282)
- Spring 2008 - Brittany Cardenas (ΓΖ 252)
- Fall 2007 - Ashley Hardin (ΓΖ 260) and Grant Newman (ΓΖ 275)
- Spring 2007 - Laura Burgdorf (ΓΖ 250)
- Fall 2006 - Laura Burgdorf (ΓΖ 250)
- Spring 2006 - Heather Barnard (ΓΖ 218)
- Fall 2005 - Megan Chamblee (ΓΖ 235)
- Spring 2004 - Rita Kirby (ΓΖ 2
- Fall 2004 - Cale Thornburg (ΓΖ 229)
- Spring 2004 - Cale Thornburg (ΓΖ 229)
- Fall 2003 - Brad McAbee (ΓΖ 201)
Brother of the Year Recipients (First Awarded in 2009)
- 2008-2009 Year - Mike Young (ΓΖ 236)
In the News
|Gamma Zeta Chapter|
|Founded February 25, 1996 • Western Carolina University|
|Presidents||Kevin Rogers • Samuel Chantes • Kevin Philemon • Sarah Keener • Stephanie Roberson • Kristy Philemon • Samantha Rigby • Jennifer Kramer • Patrick Pearce • Brad McAbee • Cale Thornburg • Megan Chamblee • Carrie Petrea • Laura Burgdorf • David Moss • Ashley Hardin • Katelan Price • Shanee Sullivan • John Kindy • Sarah Justice • Ariel Rymer • Natasha Swanson • Becca Bleich • Jeremy Boucher|
|History||List of Gamma Zeta Chapter Initiate Classes • List of Gamma Zeta Family Lines|
|Chapter Service Keys||Heather Barnard • Carrie Petrea • Rebecca Vickers • Zach Dearman • Ashley Hardin • Grant Newman • Mark Phillips • Mike Young • John Kindy • Jenny Kindy • Brittany Cain • Natasha Swanson • Alison Criscoe|
|National Council Members||none|