Early Fraternity Life and Career
Michael enrolled at Virginia Tech after graduating from high school, beginning in Fall 1998. As a sophomore, he rushed Phi Sigma Pi in Spring 2000. After a successful Initiation period as Initiate Class President, Michael was Inducted into the Chapter with the Rho Initiate Class in April of that year.
Collegiate Years at Alpha Rho Chapter
During his time as an undergraduate Brother, Michael was very active within the chapter, serving in a variety of leadership positions. He served as 5K Chair, Public Relations Chair, Infosystems Chair, and Parliamentarian. In addition, Michael was an actively involved in Chapter service events, fellowship activities, and a regular player on all of the Chapter's intramural sports teams. He was also instrumental in the design and installation of an information board at the Virginia Tech duckpond, a sign that bears Phi Sigma Pi's name. In 2003, Michael was voted as the year's Most Valuable Brother by the Chapter.
Outside of Phi Sigma Pi, Michael was heavily involved with the New Virginians, Virginia Tech's premier vocal jazz group.
Alumni Years to Present
After graduating from Virginia Tech in May 2003, Michael moved to Herndon, Virginia and began work as a Graphic Designer for SAIC. In July of that year he married high school sweetheart and fellow Alpha Rho Brother, the former Ashley Tyler. In summer 2005, Michael and Ashley moved to Ashburn Virginia. In 2006, Michael joined a small design studio to do multimedia production for NASA.
Michael has remained active with Phi Sigma Pi after graduation, participating in the Chapter's Alumni Buddy program with Initiates and has kept in touch with Brothers through periodic trips to Blacksburg for football games and Chapter events. In addition he was a member of the Ageless Wonders, a flag football team comprised of Alpha Rho Alumni who won the Alpha Eta Hope Bowl tournament three consecutive years from 2003-2005. In March 2006, Michael was elected to a three year term on the Alpha Rho Alumni Advisory Board. At Alpha Rho's 2007 Alumni Weekend, he was honored for his participation as an Alumnus with the Loren P. Johnson Outstanding Alumni Award.
Bigs and Littles
Michael's Big Brother is Chris Gabell.
Michael has 1 Little Brother:
- Rich Harris, Alumnus
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University Class of 2003, Bachelor of Fine Art in Graphic Design & Bachelor of Arts in Music, Jazz Performance
Other Interesting Facts
- Mike is one of several Alpha Rho Brothers to marry a fellow Brother
|Alpha Rho Parliamentarian|
|Alpha Rho Chapter Awards - Loren P. Johnson Outstanding Alumni Award|