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Brotherhood: #UW #LPhiE Alumni take aim at the gun range!

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Alpha Zeta Chapter actives spend time with Lambda alumni in Korea! #LPhiE #International

Alpha Zeta Chapter actives spend time with Lambda alumni in Korea! #LPhiE #International

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Every year, our brothers volunteer at the annual From Hiroshima To Hope community event to commemorate victims of violence and war.

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Alumni Spotlight: Q & A with Joel Acuario!

  • Q: Name?
  • A: Joel Acuario
  • Q: Crossing date?
  • A: February 14, 1999
  • Q: Pledge class, pledge brothers?
  • A: Charter Class (12 total); Arnold Wong, Stewart Tong, Patrick Patulot, Steve Lieu, Travis Kubota, Stephen Geonanga, Jerry Tsai, Brad Watanabe, Hyun Chung, Kyu Lee, Billy Chow, and myself.
  • Q: School?
  • A: University of Washington
  • Q: Year graduated?
  • A: 2004
  • Q: Major(s) and or minor(s)?
  • A: Double Major in Political Science and Sociology; Minor in Law, Society, & Justice
  • Q: Other degrees?
  • A: Juris Doctor from Lewis & Clark Law School (Portland, Oregon)
  • Q: What are you up to these days?
  • A: I live in Los Angeles. I’m an attorney at Baker & Camiling and practice primarily as litigator. I volunteer as a pro bono attorney at the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law. I recently served on the Board of Asian Professional Exchange (APEX). Also a full-time sports fan of anything related to Seattle sports!
  • Q: Achievements in life?
  • A: I’ve never watched an episode of TMZ! “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” — Eleanor Roosevelt.
  • Q: Do you have any advice for college students?
  • A: Focus on the journey. Be inspired by the destination.
  • Q: If you could go back to college, what would you do differently?
  • A: Study abroad. It’s a great opportunity to travel and spend extended time outside U.S. It’s more difficult to do so once you start working.
  • Q: What's one thing you know now that you wish you knew when you were 18?
  • A: It’s possible I could’ve dunked a basketball! I had a 37 inch vertical leap doing nothing special. Nowadays, there’s so many exercises to increase your vertical leap, I wish I knew these back then. Lesson: take advantage of your peak physical maleness when you’re young! Haha.
  • Q: Do you have any advice for graduates/alumni?
  • A: Don’t stop giving back to the Asian-American community. It shouldn’t end just because you graduated college.
  • Q: What were your best memories of college?
  • A: Founding the 1st Asian-American interest fraternity on campus and experiencing this journey with my bros.
  • Q: What issues affect Asian Americans now?
  • A: Often times, we’re an after-thought in America. We need stronger representation especially in the arts and politics.
  • Q: Are there issues, struggles, challenges you are dealing with personally?
  • A: Strive to represent Asian-Americans well in the legal community.
  • Q: Do you know of any bros doing anything exciting?
  • A: Manoj Gopinath, Beta Class University of Washington, [doing it big in the] music/entertainment industry.
  • Q: Where would you like to see Lambda at UW go?
  • A: I’d like to see my own chapter, University of Washington, get a permanent house on campus.
  • Q: Where would you like to see Lambda National go?
  • A: Expansion to state of Oregon and Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Q: Which brother would you like to learn about?
  • A: Any brothers involved in politics.
  • Q: Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
  • A: Courtside seats at the home opener of Seattle SuperSonics as we welcome back NBA to Seattle!
  • Q: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
  • A: Have my own legal practice or in-house counsel for ESPN or a Seattle sports team.
  • Q: What are some things you hope to achieve in your lifetime?
  • A: Be highly involved in public office, either locally or nationally.
  • Q: Are there any final thoughts you want to share with the rest of the guys?
  • A: L…Phi…E…! You know!
  • Q: Can brothers contact you regarding your replies?
  • A: Yes.
  • Q: Tell us more about your experience as a UW Founder, how it started, and the hurdles if any.
  • A: Yes, I was a founder. UW didn’t have an Asian-American interest fraternity and we were the first. I’m so proud of the sacrifice and commitment we all did to make this happen. It serves as an inspiration to this day.
  • Q: You’re in LA now. How do you like it and any plans on moving back up?
  • A: I love it in LA! I moved here right out of law school because I thought LA would be the best city to experience life as a single young professional. You have beaches to the West, OC-San Diego to the South, San Francisco to the North, and Vegas a road trip away. I don’t have immediate plans to move back home but the pull to settle down and raise kids in a familiar setting may be too strong one day.
  • Q: What’s up with Seattle this year? Music and sports are dominating. Any other things we should expect from Seattle?
  • A: The NBA will be back! It took many years, but Seattle finally has plans to build a new sports arena if an NBA team returns to Seattle. Don’t be surprised if the Seattle SuperSonics returns to Seattle within the next 5 years!
  • Q: Do you keep in touch with your chapter’s alumni and how?
  • A: Of course! I’m lucky to have about a dozen UW alumni living in the LA area. We hang out all the time. I still keep in touch with the bros in Seattle. Some of my closest friends are UW Lambdas, including my pledge brother, Billy Chow, whom I was best man for at his wedding.
  • Q: Do you keep in touch with the undergrad actives? How are things with them?
  • A: The undergrad actives, particularly the ones in my family line, do a great job of reaching out to me and giving me updates.
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#TBT #LPhiE brotherhood event at #BiteOfSeattle back in the summer of 2012!

#TBT #LPhiE brotherhood event at #BiteOfSeattle back in the summer of 2012!

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Congratulations to Mr. Ren-Kai “Andrew” Yeh for being chosen by our chapter as Brother of the Month for June 2014! Hear what Lambdas are saying about Andrew:
"Andrew’s personal ambitions consistently inspire us to work harder towards our own lifelong goals. His ability to juggle a steadfast commitment to our fraternity, in addition to overseeing several startup ventures singlehandedly, demonstrates the type of resilience we seek among the rest of our brothers."
"I admire Andrew’s involvement with groups outside our fraternity. On top of serving as pledge captain among his Lambda pledge brothers, he was also president of his Alpha Kappa Psi pledge class and is the upcoming Google Student Ambassador for the University of Washington. Watch out, world. This promising entrepreneur is going places!"
"Andrew transforms every failure and setback he encounters into a learning opportunity. There’s no way you can bring down his indomitable spirit. Plus, he’s always willing to make time for bros over a round of bubble tea."

Congratulations to Mr. Ren-Kai “Andrew” Yeh for being chosen by our chapter as Brother of the Month for June 2014! Hear what Lambdas are saying about Andrew:

"Andrew’s personal ambitions consistently inspire us to work harder towards our own lifelong goals. His ability to juggle a steadfast commitment to our fraternity, in addition to overseeing several startup ventures singlehandedly, demonstrates the type of resilience we seek among the rest of our brothers."

"I admire Andrew’s involvement with groups outside our fraternity. On top of serving as pledge captain among his Lambda pledge brothers, he was also president of his Alpha Kappa Psi pledge class and is the upcoming Google Student Ambassador for the University of Washington. Watch out, world. This promising entrepreneur is going places!"

"Andrew transforms every failure and setback he encounters into a learning opportunity. There’s no way you can bring down his indomitable spirit. Plus, he’s always willing to make time for bros over a round of bubble tea."

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Congratulations to our Charter, Mr. Patrick Patulot, on his recent wedding! We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness.