Delta Kappa Epsilon - University of Alabama

Spring 2014 Newsletter

Psi Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon at the University of Alabama

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2 Delta Kappa Epsilon CHAPTER HIGHLIGHTS The DKE intramural indoor soccer team takes victory photo after winning second round playoff match. Top Row, from left: Billy Massey '14, Gordon Miller '16, Mike Ravenfeld '14, Pete Blankenship '16, and Winn Martin '17. Bottom Row: Frank Schottgen '16, William James '17, and Alex Loper '14 DKE softball team after a good-spirited loss to Army ROTC. From left: Harris Waggoner '16, Shack Dodson '16, Daniel Haas '16, Harry Eldred '16, Sellers Boudreau '16, Rony Young '16, Manning Courtney '16, Garrett Benefiel '16, and Bradley Padgett '17 Harry Eldred '16, Zachary Sims '16, Robert Eckert '16, and Christopher Wilkins '16 studying in the dining hall during midterms. Psi Chapter Undergraduates Enjoy House Updates Recruitment, Philanthropy Top Priorities T his spring semester has been very good to the DKE house, and there is much more to come. As soon as the New Year rolled in, our new executive board began working to make improvements in the Chapter House and the Chapter's brotherhood. Some cosmetic changes have come in the upgrade to a Smart TV that was added to the TV room, allowing us to replace the set in the entertainment room. This combined with a re- felted pool table has increased the amount of jolly good fellows spending time at the house. Meanwhile, we kicked off recruitment and philanthropy with the annual Pig Roast and Jam for St. Jude events that both took place during the weekend of February 7-8. Recruitment Chairman Jack Sewell '16 and his assistant chairmen coordinated the crawfish boil the weekend of March 14-15, and another recruitment event was planned for the weekend of April 5-6. These events combined with the Mardi Gras celebration on Fat Tuesday made sure to make this semester a fruitful one for good times had at Psi. Stephen Keller '16 was elected vice president of student affairs. The 2014 spring semester has been very eventful so far with much more to come before final exams roll around. We are very optimistic and excited for the future of Psi. DKE SEnior Spotlight—WESlEy BulgErElla '14 W esley Bulgerella '14 native to Vestavia Heights, Alabama, has presented himself as an upstanding member of the Psi Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon in academics, athletics, and libations. Wes is chosen as the senior spotlight member for his remarkable story of triumph in the face of adversity. Wes was born in a small town just east of Nagpur, India, to a family of well-known Sri-Lankan textile factory workers. In his early years, he worked nobly in the textile mills. It was in those early years in the blistering heat of the factory that Wes says he learned that education was the way into better opportunity. Wes traveled west to gain an educa- tion, and after a short year found himself in Birmingham, Alabama. Wes excelled in reading, painting, and listening to Phish vera- ciously. He received a full scholarship to Alabama, and is currently studying political science and history. Wes has followed the pre-law course curriculum for his four years here at the capstone. He has recently been accepted into the law program at the University of Mississippi, and is await- ing his acceptance to the Law School of Alabama. Wes has been a tremendous asset the Psi Chapter for his constant contributions to the chapter's well-being. He has served on the judicial board for three years, and has been looked upon many times for advice, guidance, and logical outcomes by his peers. He has been a catalyst for change in the Chapter House, and one of the most memorable jolly good fellows to grace the halls of Psi. Brother Wes will be leaving Psi this upcoming May, but as we all are reminded, the DKE experience goes beyond four years in college.

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