Forbes Highlight in Gainesville

For months, brothers of the Sigma Chapter at University of Florida promoted the Light the Night Walk, an event hosted by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to raise awareness of blood cancer. Huy Huynh, one of the twenty men who chartered the Sigma Chapter at University of Florida, was recognized as a philanthropist by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in a recent issue of Forbes magazine. Among the list of executives who donated towards the cause, Huy was the top fundraiser in Gainesville for Light the Night raising $8797!

(photo credit: Sigma Chapter, University of Florida)


Brothers of Mu Chapter in Dragon Boat Race

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On May 27th, 2013, the Brothers of The Mu Chapter competed in the Dragon Boat Race for their second consecutive year.  Yixi Kevin Lu, Brother SPIT #38 of Spring 2006, spearheaded a team of 23 Brothers.  Hosted annually by the Asian Festival of Columbus, Ohio, this race consists of 20 paddlers, a steersman, a drumming pacesetter, and a 250 meter burst of teamwork, cohesion, and synchrony.  After days of practice, these Brothers competed against a roster of 17 teams.  In pursuit of cultural awareness, community involvement, and Brother Unity from neophytes to Winter 2001 alumni, the Mu Chapter placed 2nd in the open division.  AY.

Pi Delta Psi Becomes Community Partner for CAPAL APA Ball

Pi Delta Psi Nationals will be attending and supporting The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership’s (CAPAL) Second Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Ball on Thursday, May 9th, 2013.

CAPAL Ball Flyer

Speakers include:

Brian Yang, Actor and Producer, Evan Low, Mayor of City of Campbell, California, Doua Thor, Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Resource Center (SEARAC), and Gene Kim, Executive Director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). Please join us!

Nationals has also decided to subsidize the FIRST 20 tickets to a rate of $25/ticket. Please buy tickets soon if you would like to purchase at that rate. After the first 20 tickets are sold, you can STILL purchase tickets via our Community Partner rate at $49/ticket. Please email Vigor Lam  (Subject Line: CAPAL APA Ball Tickets) to inquire. Thanks! See you all there!

For more information on the event, please click here.

Brothers Speak at APIA Presidential Town Hall

There has been only one sustained project involving direct collaboration between national Asian American fraternities and sororities. That project, born out of a partnership between advocacy group APIA (Asian Pacific Islander American) Vote and the National APIA PanhellenicAssociation (NAPA), is Project Five Percent.The project aims to highlight APIA issues in national politics by registering APIA youth to vote. The hope is that higher Asian American voter turnout would sway candidates to cater to the issues of our community.

Pi Delta Psi has consistently been at the forefront of this project, and youth civic engagement efforts in general. In 2008, Pi Delta Psi brothers held three of the eight positions in Project Five Percent’s National Planning Board, including that of Board Director. In July of 2012, four youth leaders representing the Asian American collegiate community spoke at the APIA Presidential Town hall in front of thousands of community leaders and members of Congress; of the four, two are Pi Delta Psi brothers. Brothers William Xu from the Rochester Institute of Technology represented NAPA, and Vigor Lam from Ohio State University represented the Midwest Asian American Student Union.

Such accomplishments are evidence of Pi Delta Psi’s unparalleled commitment to cultural excellence. Our organization recognizes that Asian American awareness must go beyond campus organizing, to community organizing. It also means educating brothers on issues like how Asian Americans are least likely of all minorities to vote, and to actively address such issues through the passion and commitment of the membership. It is through such efforts that our brothers develop organizational and leadership skills. It is with these initiatives that we create our identity as a brotherhood.

Team Parker Chen 2012!

Parker Edward Chen was born 2 1/2 months too soon. He spent 8 months at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital’s NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and 2 months at their PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit). He spent close to 3 months at Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Jersey for rehabilitation. Parker finally came home on May 8th, 2009 at 13 months old. He will turn 4 years old on April 10th. He currently still has medical issues that need to be resolved.

There is a history of premature births in our family, but we never would have ever imagined having a child so early. Our pregnancy was perfect, no signs of distress or complications. It was not only a surprise having a child so early and so small (1300 grams, which is less than 3 lbs), but the complications that came after the birth felt so surreal. Parker was diagnosed with CHARGE Syndrome, a genetic abnormality that occurs in 1 out of 10,000 babies. At first it was devastating to us both as parents, because not only was Parker born premature, but we now have to prepare for a child with special needs. How will we guide this child throughout his life, how will we nurture him and educate him for his future? How will society perceive him? Will they accept him? Can we emotionally take on this responsibility? These are questions that we are still trying to answer.

We cannot thank Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, Inc enough for all their support, good thoughts and prayers throughout this journey. We would have never imagined, such an out pour of compassion, understanding and love from brothers, chapters and schools – some we have never even met. I crossed Sigma Psi Zeta in 1996 and Ed crossed Pi Delta Psi Fraternity in 1998. There is a saying in the greek-lettered community that when you have letters, you have them for the rest of your life – this is a true testament to the pride and gratitude that we have for everyone that has supported Team Parker Chen. Your donations and support in joining our team year after year, has not only helped our cause, but has raised awareness of premature births.  It has also renewed the spirit, pride, dedication, and solidarity of the letters that Ed holds so dear.

I encourage you to join our team! With the strength in numbers we can make a difference!

Let’s go Team Parker Chen 2012!

To join or donate to our team, please visit Ed’s personal page:

Through that link, you can also learn more about Team Parker Chen and how you can help our cause.

Baruch Colony hosts fundraiser for NYC Teachers

Baruch is hosting a fundraiser for NYC teachers in the Lower East Side. They are working with Trinity Church to fund-raise for school supplies. NYC budget cuts have affected the majority of the NYC school system, resulting in permanent school closings and larger class sizes. With the increase in class sizes, teachers are unable to supply adequate school supplies to their students. Help us provide these students with the tools they need to succeed! Donations will be accepted through March 1, 2012 and can be sent via paypal to

Phi Chapter hosts Alcohol Awareness Workshop

University of Central Florida Pi Delta Psi

College comes with more then just an academic education.

For most students, college deals with living independently for the first time in their lives. This comes with a responsibility to not only wake up on time for class or learn how to make a meal other then ramen noodles, but to have an understanding of alcohol awareness.

Pi Delta Psi fraternity and Delta Phi Lambda sorority are teaming up to give students an opportunity to learn more about the effects of alcohol.

The organizations will be hosting an Alcohol Awareness Workshop in the Student Union in the third-floor ballroom (316AB) on Friday, Sept. 30, at 9 p.m.

The workshop, which is open to all students, will consist of playing games, listening to guest speakers and attending a presentation on the effects that alcohol has on the body.

Read More Here.

Minnesota colony hosts leadership retreat

The University of Minnesota Colony of Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, Inc. recently held a leadership retreat on their campus. Asian American leaders from the campus community came together to critically evaluate their leadership styles in an effort to better understand one another. Through the retreat, the 18 participants further developed their leadership skills and promoted a collaborative Asian American community for the University of Minnesota.

“Think Pink” Charity Ball Hosted by Tau Chapter

Hosted by the Brothers of Pi Delta Psi Fraternity Tau Chapter and the Sisters of alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority Nu Chapter at Pennsylvania State University

This year marked the fourth annual “Think Pink” Charity Ball brought to the University Park campus of the Pennsylvania State University by Pi Delta Psi and alpha Kappa Delta Phi. This year’s Charity Ball was hosted on April 10th in the HUB-Robeson Center’s Alumni Hall.

Every year, this Charity Ball is created to raise funds to aid the battle against Breast Cancer. Over the past 3 years, this event was solely hosted by the sisters of alpha Kappa Delta Phi, but this year, the brothers of Pi Delta Psi joined in to help the cause. It is a semi-formal event in which students, teachers, or residents of Penn State campus may attend and included food and various entertainment. The two organizations hoped that by working together, this event would become more successful. Indeed it did, for this year, the event raised over $800.00 for Avon’s Breast Cancer Crusade, which was the greatest turn-out over the past four years!

This event was planned since fall semester of 2010 and preparations were done all the way until the day of the Ball in the spring semester of 2011. This year’s Charity Ball was a karaoke-themed event, in which participants of the event may request one song to sing for the night with their various groups of friends. Other forms of entertainment that was featured during the event included a homemade video that informed the audience of various facts about Breast cancer, a live musical performance, and a silent auction. The audience also received free pins as favors for attending the event. Food was catered to them from a local catering service and a local Chinese restaurant.