ΓΨ Alumni Newsletter

October 2015

Alumni Barbecue!

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the barbecue! We had a WONDERFUL turn out of both alumni and brothers, and signs of rain held off to make it a perfect day! We had a few rounds of cornhole going on in the background, various sportsballs, some cards, and most importantly lots and lots of food. I smelled like charcoal for a solid day after it and ended up eating more leftover macaroni salad than was ideal or probably healthy, but everyone ate almost all of the food and were successfully fed, making it quite a success.


We're hoping to have another alumni gathering next semester in the Spring since this one was so great, and we don't want to wait a whole year to see you all again! A special centennial weekend celebration is in the works, which I'll be announcing more details of very soon!

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House Cup

The house cup has continued on throughout the semester with more events, including a mini-golf event (turned Halloween-costume-shopping when mini-golf was inexplicably closed on a Monday) and a Lip Sync battle. Team Polar Bears racked up some serious points at Lip Sync, but the BattleDragons stand strong in the rankings, still holding the lead.

PSPumpkin Picking

In what's beginning to become a tradition every fall, PSP went out on a trip to Pumpkinsville, Williamsburg to pick some pumpkins and just enjoy the overall wonderful fall weather.


In keeping with the pumpkin-theme for the semester, we also had an initiation event for the bigs and littles to bond over that involved painting their own pumpkins! It was pretty spooky, but everyone handled it well. Alpha Lambda Chelsea Easter and Mattie Clear, along with Alpha Mu Yasmine Palmer took their painted pumpkins for a lovely photoshoot around colonial Williamsburg after the event, which remains one of my favorite photo series to exist.

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Why, Where, and What to Give

To highlight some recent Service/Philanthropy efforts from the past month, we had an incredibly productive meeting one day led by Service/Philanthropy Chair Ellen Yates and Alpha Lambda Adam Lentz. Right now our Service/Philanthropy focus is rather varied, as PSP as a whole is currently in between National philanthropies and we are focusing instead on what interests us as a brotherhood.

Part of this involved said presentation, where Ellen and Adam brought to the brotherhood information on a variety of local charities and organizations that we could potentially become involved with. Some of the organizations we discussed included Habitat for Humanity, the Hospice House, the CHKD, Arc of Greater Williamsburg, and the Williamsburg Farmer's Market, and Avalon.

After the presentation the brotherhood discussed what appealed to them most about each organization. We found that we mostly agreed on an interest in working with relatively smaller organizations that don't have a lot of support already, allowing us to have an intimate relationship with them and make an important impact. The organizations that we felt we could connect with the most was the Hospice House and the local Williamsburg Farmer's Market!

Because it's already so late in the semester (and close to winter), we decided to begin focusing on helping the Farmer's Market grow next semester as it starts to get warmer. For now we've reached out to the Hospice House, who have very enthusiastically responded to our offer of help! In the near future we plan to go out to help with some sort of gardening or outdoor experience with a team of volunteers from PSP as well as to set up some sort of regular assistance for them for continued visits.


We plan on still reaching out to other organizations we talked about for events as well, but hope to focus in on these two.

If any alumni brothers have any suggestions for similar organizations to become involved in or that you feel we could make an impact with, you should definitely contact me and I can pass on the information to our Service/Philanthropy chair and talk about making that a reality!