From: Mike Czmiel '15, Public Relations Chair
Date: Monday, November 10, 2014
Subject: Sigma Rho October Newsletter
Above: Our recently purchased grill was put to the test, supplying dozens of hamburgers, hot dogs and brats for alumni and their families. Tremendous thanks those who contributed to its purchase!
The Sigma Rho Chapter is pleased to introduce to you our recently named House Sweetheart: Laura LoVetere.
Although our official chapter count is robustly climbing to the triple digits since our arrival back on campus, an outstanding individual was added to our brotherhood on the evening of October 27th. A Lombard, IL native majoring in French and Communications, minoring in German and completing a translation certificate for the French language, we are both honored and humbled to introduce to you our Beta “House Sweetheart” Laura LoVetere.
Previously having known many of our brothers, Laura soon found herself meeting the rest of us whenever she would swing by the chapter house to say hello or see us around campus. But as time passed and more of us got to know her, her image as the kind face of the Alpha Phi sorority evolved into becoming the “charm to our chapter” who defined what a house sweetheart is: someone whose dedication and overall contributions lead to a fraternity's success. An individual embodying a vibrant personality and heart of gold coupled with some appreciable baking skills (the delicious baked goods she has often brought us are always gone in a flash!), we Betas were certain in our minds that she was the one to be.
As we marched to her sorority home and knocked on the door, you can imagine the surprise her sorority sisters must have felt when they suddenly saw almost forty of us on the front doorstep. But as Laura was brought outside, she immediately recognized us all as we broke into a spirited serenade of “Honey” and the Beta “Sweetheart Song” led by Lead Chorister Tommy Laabs ’16. As our voices rang out, more and more of her fellow sisters crowded the front door or peered down from open windows to investigate the commotion. But as others watched and continued moving about for a better view, the genuine excitement and ear to ear grin on Laura's face never faded. After we gifted her the signed card, bouquet and chocolates, we then said our goodbyes and headed back knowing we had performed with much success.
Of the evening, Laura says:
"I was so touched when I saw all of you guys there. You put in so much work to plan out that night and I just felt so special and loved when you sang for me and presented me with the flowers and gift basket. All of that really shows what great character all of you have and I could not be happier to be your Sweetheart and call you all my brothers."
The feeling is mutual Ms. LoVetere - we could not have selected anyone better! Just don't forget about us next semester as you're studying abroad at the L'institute Catholique in Paris and traversing Europe!
Above right: Almost forty brothers marched over to Alpha Phi for the serenade. Bouquet in hand, Laura happily accepted!
- Hometown: Roselle, Illinois
- Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology
- Roll no. & graduation year: 2209, May 2016
- Why you went Beta:
"I knew a few guys from my hometown and freshman dorm so I decided to give it a try. After meeting the rest of the house and learning about the illustrious history, I was sold."
- What you hope to accomplish this year:
"For the house, I hope to build our reputation around campus as a social committee chair and establish bonds between the alumni and undergrads. For school, I hope to do well and apply for Dental School in May. As President of Global Medical Brigades, I also look forward to leading the program this year."
Best memory of UIUC / Beta thus far:
"When I was still relatively new to the house, several of my brothers came out for my twentieth birthday and it was one of the most fun nights of my life."
With the inclusion of several additional philanthropic events that raised money for some great organizations (ie Water Wars with Alpha Gamma Delta for diabetes research funding; Paintball with Alpha Chi Omega benefiting Champaign’s Courage Connections, a domestic violence and homeless shelter to name a few), October was another month for the books! And now that things will be relatively quiet until the next round of exams, you can look forward to your Betas being home soon enough for the Thanksgiving holiday. But until then, continue to miss us just a little longer!
As always, feel free to contact me for any requested information or questions - I am happy to assist you!
Enjoy your upcoming week,
Mike Czmiel '15
Sigma Rho Public Relations Chair
Mczmie2@Illinois.edu | 847.942.8071
Other highlighted contacts:
VP of Risk Management Raim Izhar | Raim.Izhar@Gmail.com
VP of Education Nihreer Matani | Nihreer.Matani@Gmail.com
Lead Chorister Tommy Laabs | TomLaabs@Comcast.net
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