Saturday, June 30, 2012

Old Bro Newsflash -- Steve Robbins (EpSig 678)

Recently I became aware that one of our own, Old Bro Steve Robbins (EpSig 678) has been diagnosed with leukemia and is battling it head-on with intensive chemotherapy treatments.

Steve Robbins

Steve is the general manager and chief engineer for the Coachella Valley Water District, out in the Palm Springs area.  Two weeks ago, at the CVWD offices in Palm Desert, a bone marrow drive was held in support of his cause ..... you can read the article written about the event in the local paper HERE.

A couple of days later, Steve wrote the following letter which was published in the Desert Sun ..... 

I want to thank all my friends, colleagues and complete strangers who attended the bone marrow donor drive held June 13 at the Coachella Valley Water District. It was heartwarming and inspiring to see so many people selflessly offer to be a donor through the worldwide Be the Match Registry.

The drive was a great success with nearly 300 people added to the registry. Several more people tried, but unfortunately didn't qualify. If the drive doesn't result in a bone marrow match for me, hopefully it will result in a match for someone else in need. A simple “thank you” doesn't express my deep appreciation for the outpouring of support my family and I have received during my battle with leukemia. I truly feel blessed to be surrounded by so many caring and thoughtful people.

I also want to thank the media, including The Desert Sun, which helped encourage the community to attend the drive. If you missed the event, it's not too late to register with Be The Match. Simply go to to have a kit mailed to you.

Steve Robbins, general manager-chief engineer, Coachella Valley Water District  

OK, Old Bro's, its time to stand up and be counted in support of one of our own.  The article about Steve's event also listed a "How to Help" section, which I've copied below.

How to help

If you couldn't make it to the bone marrow drive, visit and go through the questionnaire process to join the Be The Match Registry. When it asks for a promo code, enter hope4steve.  

I urge all of you to visit the website, go through the process, and join the Registry.  Right now Steve needs our help, let's show him that the Old Bro Nation is in this fight with him .....

I'll also pass along any future info I get about how Steve's doing .....

Yours in ZAX,
Michael J. Harness
EpSig 700 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Old Bro News & Notes - June 2012

It's great to see EpSig at UCLA thriving once again ..... this summer, some of the "founding fathers" of the re-chartered version of Lambda Chi at UCLA are graduating, and are now transitioning from being "New Bro's" into joining the rest of us as "Old Bro's".

Old Bro Network is very proud to announce the addition of THREE new Old Bro's, all of whom played a part in the rebuilding of our fraternity on campus.  Please welcome Kyle Viet Nguyen (EpSig 1404), Ryan Nagy (EpSig 1409), and Khoa Nguyen (EpSig 1423).  This brings the total roster count for the Old Bro Network up to 298.

Wow ..... Old Bro's whose zeta numbers start with 14 !!  Counting from the lowest Old Bro zeta number (Dave Verity at EpSig 262), our little tribe now spans close to TWELVE HUNDRED numbers of EpSigs ..... truly amazing.

Thanks to everyone out there for supporting the Old Bro Network, this little project continues to grow and thrive and I'm happy to continue being the inmate running the asylum.

To add some perspective from one of the newest Old Bro's, Ryan Nagy sent this note describing some of HIS experiences as a recent EpSig .....

Dear Brother Harness, 
I hope you can use some of this. I just spent a few minutes reflecting my journey with the Fraternity: 

My experience with Lambda Chi has been very interesting and unlike almost all of the brothers', both current members and alumni. Not only was I one of the founding fathers that helped start up Epsilon Sigma, but I was the High Delta for the first three years after the Fraternity's inception. During our Freshman year, Lambda Chi was not even a thought on campus. It did not exist. However, we worked hard to earn the house back, recruit quality brothers, forge relationships with fellow Greek entities and ultimately, have our presence felt on campus. 

As the High Delta, I felt the pressure to bring in strong class, year after year because I was aware of the urgency of the moment. If we did not recruit, we would fail and literally, I had many sleepless nights during rush because I did not want that to happen. Fortunately, our hard work paid off because we have a full house of 98 brothers who are smart, caring, social and above all, reflect our Seven Core Values. 

For us founding fathers, many of whom are now graduating seniors, the Fraternity has been synonymous with our life here at UCLA. Everything over the last four years has been about Epsilon Sigma. This house has been the place where we eat, sleep, hang out, study, recruit, party, hold chapter meetings, perform initiation, etc. It has tied together a fantastic group of young men. It has been a four year project for us and I could not be more proud of what we have accomplished. 

I am happy to say that we seniors will be leaving Epsilon Sigma in the hands of dependable brothers. I have complete confidence in that they will continue making sound choices and will further the development of Epsilon Sigma. 

I also wanted to mention something that I have said to many brothers during my time here.  I believe that there is something magical about this house. We have been on the brink of failure, but things always seemed to work out for the best. If we continue following our hearts and making the best decisions we can, our Fraternity will be just fine. 
I have made so many great memories and friendships because of this fraternity. I have lived in the house for three years and am so glad that I made the decision to do that. I will miss this place dearly. I am tearing up just thinking about not living here anymore... It has been so good to me and to so good to my brothers. I am proud to be a Lambda Chi and I am looking forward to becoming a member of the Old Bro Network!

In ZAX, 

Welcome to the Old Bro Network, Ryan, you earn the coveted title of "Stud of the Week" for sharing your thoughts on your fraternity experience.

As always, if anyone has any contact info on any Old Bro's who are currently NOT on the roster, send it in and I'll get them hooked up.  Likewise, if your info changes or is somehow incorrect, drop me a note and I'll fix that as well.

EpSig 700