Area students help bring AEPi house to UT’s fraternity row

Posted on: August 1st, 2017 by tgregory

AEPi members raised money for charity with their AETie-Dye festival this year. Back, left to right, Ed Revere of Nashville, Benji Ballin of Memphis, Parker Alperin of Memphis, Jacob Geltzer of Nashville, David Gaynor of Manhattan New York, Kevin Saslawsky of Memphis, Jonathan Stout of Nashville, Jake McCoy of Nashville, Mitchell Basar of Memphis, Jacob Zigelnik of Sevierville, Noah Geltzer of Nashville. Front, left to right: Ari Szoychen of Memphis, Andrew Wind of Nashville.

The Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity at the University of Tennessee has achieved a dream that started in the fall of 2014, to have a house on fraternity row on the Knoxville campus, the group said in a news release.  The group includes Nashville students Jacob Geltzer, Noah Geltzer, Jake McCoy, Ed Revere, Jonathan Stout and Andrew Wind. 

The AEPi brothers hope that this house will give them an opportunity for major growth, and will help them realize their dream of strengthening the Jewish community on campus. Lots of hard work and dedication to their cause led them to this point. 

Nashville’s Jacob Geltzer was a UT freshman when he contacted all of the Jewish men he could find on campus with the goal of strengthening the Jewish community at UT. The people he contacted met in October 2014 and became founding fathers of what was called the Alpha Epsilon Pi Psi Deuteron interest group.

This is the AEPi house at 1848 Fraternity Park Drive in Knoxville.

“The Jewish community on campus seems more established now after my sophomore year than when I first applied my senior year of high school,” says AEPi’s Brother-at-Large, Kevin Saslawsky of Memphis. “We are definitely a major reason why, we always try to help [with Hillel], and now with the house we feel like we can help [the Jewish community] even more.”

In the 2016-17 academic year, the group took part in fall and spring rush, reconnected with alumni, and planned a successful philanthropy titled AETie-Dye, a tie-dye festival that raised over $1,600 for the Gift-of-Life Bone Marrow Foundation. 

The group won the 2016-17 Interfraternity Council “Council President’s Choice Award” for adding a new aspect to the Greek Community as UT’s only Jewish fraternity.

“We’re expecting Fall Rush to be a huge success for us this year,” says current Rush Chair and past president Jake McCoy of Nashville. “The house is going to change everything. We’ll get more exposure, and those Jewish guys who are looking for a more traditional greek experience will be able to get that with us now.”

For inquiries about donations, recruitment, alumni, and any other questions, please contact President Benji Ballin: bballin@vols.utk.edu, 901-488-4330. •