Student Spotlight – October 2014 – Matthew Pereira

Matthew Pereira, Epsilon Gamma (Longwood)

As an associate member, he began work with The Ability Experience (formerly Push America), successfully planning Epsilon Gamma’s first annual War of the Roses. Matt was unanimously elected Philanthropy Chair after planning that event and raising over $500 for The Ability Experience. Longwood is a smaller campus, so bringing together all the sorority chapters for one event and raising $500 was a huge deal for a Greek chapter at Longwood.

In Matt’s Sophomore year, he continued his initiatives for The Ability Experience and at their second annual War of the Roses, they raised over $1,000. Matt also organized a semesterly fundraising event, “Push-ups for Push,” in which Pi Kapp brothers collect donations and completed push-ups on the main campus walkway for every donation.

In addition to his efforts for The Ability Experience, Matt took on a key role in recruitment by utilizing other campus pipelines such as academic organizations and tutoring programs which helped the chapter recruit several brothers into the spring 2013 new member class.

Matt is not only a great Pi Kapp, but he is involved in the campus Interfraternity Council and serves as a peer mentor for incoming freshmen. He has continued his involvement with his chapter as treasurer for the spring 2013-2014 year, and rallied the brothers to raise money for The Ability Experience even though it is not his role anymore.

His nominator states, “In my three and a half years with the Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi, never have I seen an individual so passionate for fraternity and service.”

Matt has one of the highest GPAs in the chapter, and is an outstanding leader for Epsilon Gamma. With Matt’s leadership, Pi Kappa Phi at Longwood University is growing to be a respected organization and has won campus Greek awards such as the Shane Adcock Award and many others, as well as The Ability Experience awards with the national organization. Matt is truly an exceptional leader.

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