West Chester University
|Date Inducted||November 22, 2002|
|Roll Number||ΑΕ 323|
|Honorary Member||Epsilon Omega|
|Birthdate||March 10, 1983|
|Awards||Alpha Epsilon's Tammy Mleziva Outstanding Brother Award 2004|
Rachel Maleski (born 10 March 1983) is an Alumni Member of Alpha Epsilon Chapter (ΑΕ 323) at West Chester University. She was inducted into the Alpha Epsilon chapter with the eight other members of the Alpha Delta Pledge class. Rachel grew up in Philadelphia, PA, but currently resides in Tucson, Arizona with her husband Jason, son Zachary, daughter Samantha, and their adorable pug, Duchess.
Early Fraternity Life and Career
Rachel decided to attend West Chester University due to the proximity to her parents' home. Rachel's mother was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and wanted to stay near home. Rachel was also looking for a school to prepare her for her lifelong goal of becoming a teacher. During her first semester at WCU, Rachel had seen a flyer for Rush for Phi Sigma Pi while on campus with friend and Brother Megan Lawhead, but both realized that they did not meet the requirements for Rush at that time. Megan proceeded to Rush and become an Initiate in the Spring of '02, while Rachel rushed and became an Initiate in the Fall of '02.
Collegiate Years at Alpha Epsilon Chapter
After being inducted into the chapter, Rachel wasted no time becoming an integral part of Alpha Epsilon. Her first semester as a Brother, Rachel held the position of Finance Chair. This was the first semester that the chapter had a successful fundraising campaign, bringing in more than $1,000 in one semester.
The following semester, Fall '03, Rachel was elected to the executive board in the function of Treasurer. Rachel implemented the first actual budget, and the template was used for several years as an example for newly expanded chapters. This was the semester that Rachel pinned her first little Brother, Lauren Magnotta. This was also Rachel's first taste of PSP on the national level. She attended National Convention in Charlotte, and was proud to celebrate the Chapter's most recent Torchia win.
In the spring of '04, Rachel ran and was awarded the position of chapter VP. During this time, she planned Alpha Epsilon's annual date party, supervised all of the Brothers in chair positions, and took her second Little Brother, Marissa Levin.
In the summer of '04, Rachel also served as the chapter delegate for the Fraternity's Grand Chapter meeting. After National Council elections, Rachel applied for and was accepted on to the (now defunct) Membership Development Committee. She served on this committee until it was rolled into the larger National Development Committee, but continues to serve on the larger committee today.
During the fall of '04, Rachel did not hold any chapter positions, but continued to play a highly active role in the Fraternity. During this time period, she was awarded the first ever Tammy Mleziva Outstanding Brother award during Alpha Epsilon's yearly Founder's Day Formal in October. This is the second highest honor bestowed upon an Alpha Epsilon Chapter member besides the Chapter Service Key.
The spring of '05 brought student teaching and the culminating semester of Rachel's undergraduate career. While not listed as "locally" active, according to National headquarters, Rachel continued her tireless commitment to Alpha Epsilon. Rachel attended almost every chapter meeting, all ceremonies, and many social, service, and fund-raising events.
Alumni Years to Present
Upon graduating from WCU, Rachel moved to Alexandria, VA and taught 9th and 10th grade English at Falls Church High School.
After the wedding, Jason and Rachel's honeymoon consisted of driving across the country from Philadelphia to Tucson, AZ, where they currently reside. Rachel taught English & Journalism at Catalina Foothills High School from 2006-2011, and then worked as a Curriculum Technology Integrator at Esperero Canyon Middle School in Tucson for three years from 2011-2014. Upon the birth of her second child, Rachel decided to commit her time to being a mom full-time.
From December 2006 until December 2007, Rachel worked with former Director of Expansion Colleen Donathan to try to activate a chapter at the University of Arizona. Despite their distinctive effort, the colony was forced to dissolve before activating as a chapter.
Rachel continues to remain emotionally connected to Phi Sigma Pi, and continues the many solid friendships created because of the Fraternity. Rachel has enjoyed the friendships she has maintained along the years with many Brothers she met throughout her collegiate years, including close friendships with Erik Walschburger and Katie Marquiss. Rachel served on the National Development Committee for many years, took a break while her son was still young, and then rejoined the NDC.
Beginning August 2012, Rachel started working with the Epsilon Omega chapter at Arizona State University to try to rejuvenate the chapter and avoid inactivity. On April 14, 2012, the Epsilon Omega chapter inducted Rachel as an honorary member of the chapter. At the beginning of the Fall 2014 semester, Rachel was appointed the Alumni Advisor to the Epsilon Omega chapter.
In the summer of 2014, Rachel, along with Brother Joanne Lamb, has begun the process of establishing an alumni chapter in Arizona.
- Membership Development Committee 2004-2006
- National Development Committee 2006-2009, 2010-present
- Alumni Regional Volunteer 2013-2014
- National Philanthropy Ad Hoc Committee, Working Group Leader 2015
Bigs and Littles
Rachel Maleski's Big Brother is Jon Kolle
Rachel Maleski has 2 Little Brothers:
Other Interesting Facts
- Rachel is a proud member of the Van Der Schyff family line, which includes past National Council President Tammy Mleziva.
- Rachel spent many hours in cars road-tripping to many chapters, and even helped Jon through a ridiculous ticket driving through Madison County, VA heading to Charlotte for convention.
- Rachel participated in almost every single AE event, including working for Chester County, Pa Voter Services every single election while an undergrad.
- Rachel had a blast supporting fellow Brother Erik Walschburger every time he guest bartended. They remain close friends to this day.
- Rachel's son, Zachary Ethan, was born on January 3, 2010 and her daughter, Samantha Emmie, was born on March 3, 2014.