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Xi-Zeta Hosts Inter-chapter Frisbee Tournament


20 brothers, two teams, and one fun weekend with brothers. Sunday, March 26th the Xi Zeta brothers hosted the first ever Inter-Chapter ultimate Frisbee tournament. We had the brothers from the SUNY Brockport chapter come out and compete with us head to head. It was a fun experience for brother from both chapters and the Xi Zeta chapter will be planning more Inter-Chapter events in the future. Stay tuned for more updates for upcoming events.

Xi Zeta Chapter Blog - Posted by James Kemper on March 28, 2018 at 7:43pm
Brother of the Week 3/04/18
This week's brother of the week is brother Colin Mellett, for running a record-smashing Shanty Town this year!


Xi Zeta Chapter Blog - Posted by Alia Gestl on March 16, 2018 at 12:44am
Shanty Town Wrap-Up
This year's annual Shanty Town fundraiser has been an enormous success! Every year we build a "shanty" out of cardboard an wood on RIT's campus to help raise awareness of homelessness in the Rochester area and to raise donations to the Dimitri House, a local homeless shelter.



We raised an incredible total of about $2500 in donations alone, and additional donations of non-perishable food items for the Dimitri House's food pantry!



There were some nights where it was really a challenge to keep warm, but we pulled through in the end!



Pictured above are Brother McMahan, who spent 38 hours at the Shanty this week, giving up his voice to get donations from the student body, and Brother Mellett, our Shanty Town chair this year, who put in the work to make this entire event happen.

Xi Zeta Chapter Blog - Posted by Alia Gestl on March 3, 2018 at 10:41pm
February Service Recap
Even though February is the shortest month of the year, we still managed to fit a lot of service into the month this year!

At the beginning of February, we held our annual Merit Badge University, where we helped Boy Scouts in the local area get access to opportunities for a variety of merit badges! Some brothers from Syracuse came to join us and help out as well.

Pictured: Brother Plumadore (Left) and Brother Hedger (Right) tabling for the event.


The week after Merit Badge University some brothers volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. We helped build a house for an underpriveleged family in the Rochester area and left a little piece of ourselves in the house!


Pictured (from Left to right) Pledge Lipscomb, Brother Krutz, Brother Wager, Brother Nellum, Brother Hogue, and Brother Gestl

Near the end of February, some brothers went up to Bristol Mountain to help with the New York State Special Olympics!

Pictured (Left to right): Brother Mellett, Brother Plumadore, Brother Zarzuela, Brother Hedger, our new friend Mike, Brother Ganimian, Brother Wofford, Brother Gestl, and Brother Thompson in front.



Xi Zeta Chapter Blog - Posted by Alia Gestl on March 3, 2018 at 10:16pm
Pledge Class 131
We are excited to announce we have 8 new pledges this semester! Please help us welcome:

Adam Kwok (Big: Colin Mellett)


Claire Alegria (Big: Lauren Wofford)


Connie Lucid (Big: LJ Gregg)


John Chambers (Big: Ian Hogue)


Kasey Lipscomb (Big: Sabrina Krutz)

Marisa Cohen (Big: Billy Narvaez)


Sandra Lovejoy (Big: James Kemper)


Victoria Barbessi (Big: Brian Zarzuela)


Hazzard Line


Hydra Line


Master Line


Shah Line


Welcome New Pledges!
Xi Zeta Chapter Blog - Posted by Ian Hogue on February 23, 2018 at 6:32pm
Brother of the Week 2/18/18


This week's brother of the week is our historian, Brother Lauren "Athena" Wofford!
Xi Zeta Chapter Blog - Posted by Ian Hogue on February 18, 2018 at 7:47pm
Fall 2017 Semester Wrap Up
As the semester draws to a close, we would like to look back at what we have done as a fraternity this semester.

The biggest thing we did this semester is we got seven new brothers. Please help us welcome:


Grace "Momus/Naja" Ray


Dakota "Lancelot" McDonough


Kelly "Elphaba" Thompson


LJ "Panacea" Gregg


Kenneth "Koda" Nellum


Lauren "Athena" Wofford


Li Ying "Artemis" Tang


We also have two new advisers this semester. Please welcome:


Jaime Grimes


Kathryn Cilano

We have a brand new executive board for the spring!

Joining President Kimberly Hedger (Middle Right) we have:
Vice President of Service: Brian Zarzuela (Far Left)
Vice President of Membership/Pledge Master: Noah Parker (Middle Left)
Treasurer: Kelly Thompson (Far Right)
Secretary of Records: Alia Gestl (Not Pictured)
Fellowship Chairperson: Jimmy Agresta (Not Pictured)

We did so much as a chapter this semester.











As the semester winds down, we at Alpha Phi Omega - Xi Zeta wish you a Happy Holiday!

Xi Zeta Chapter Blog - Posted by Ian Hogue on December 14, 2017 at 5:13pm
Brother of the Week 12/9/17

This week's outstanding brother is our VPM and Pledgemaster Noah "Freyr" Parker. He does so much for this chapter, with constant updates of our requirements and availability to the chapter. Thank you Brother Parker for your service.
Xi Zeta Chapter Blog - Posted by Ian Hogue on December 9, 2017 at 6:39pm
Soccer Tournament

This weekend Brother Billy planned an amazing Interchapter soccer tournament! We had a great time with brothers from U of R, Geneseo, and Brockport!!
Xi Zeta Chapter Blog - Posted by Alia Gestl on October 23, 2017 at 12:16pm
Brother of The Week 10/22/17

This week's brother of the week is Brother Roni! Roni was awarded the mug of candy for helping out with providing individual service opportunities for brothers in our chapter!



Xi Zeta Chapter Blog - Posted by John DeBrino on October 23, 2017 at 11:58am
Brick City 5k
Some brothers ran a 5k today! Here are the before and after photos!!


Xi Zeta Chapter Blog - Posted by Alia Gestl on October 15, 2017 at 11:50am
Brother Of The Week 10/14/17


This week's brother of the week is two brothers! Brothers Brian and Kim were both awarded the mug of candy for helping Brother Billy with planning his Inter-chapter soccer event!
Xi Zeta Chapter Blog - Posted by Alia Gestl on October 14, 2017 at 7:03pm
Big-Little Reveal
This week our pledges got to meet their bigs! We had a "Big Search" where the bigs gave clues for their littles to go find them all around campus!




Xi Zeta Chapter Blog - Posted by John DeBrino on October 4, 2017 at 11:40am