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Gaining a New Perspective
Chapter Welcomes New House Director
When Michael Graise first came to Washington State as an undergraduate to play football, he determined that joining a fraternity was not for him. Now, as the new house director for Washington Beta, he is gaining a new perspective of what being a fraternity man means.
“I’ve learned to appreciate what ΣΑΕ stands for and the caliber of men in this fraternity,” he shares. At the beginning of the year, Michael took over the position and responsibilities of house director. Primarily, he is in charge of ensuring that house operations run smoothly and that our members have a safe and functional place to live. He is grateful for the chapter house staff that have helped him adjust to the new role.
Michael was initially drawn to the position because of his previous coaching experience. “I saw it as a new challenge to make an impact and guide the lives of young men in college.” He has spent several years coaching football at Pullman High School, an experience that is not unlike guiding the men of Washington Beta. “I want to help make their experiences and lives better. I want them to leave the university as True Gentlemen.”
So far, his favorite experience has been getting to know the members and learning about their lives. “They’ve really changed my perception of what it means to be in a fraternity. I see how they make a positive impact in the community and how they hold each other accountable. They are really trying to better themselves as young men in society.” Michael plans to start a Madden tournament in the coming months and foster healthy competition and camaraderie among the members.
One of Michael’s observations from his time with the chapter has been the need for alumni support. He recognizes that alumni are valuable assets to the chapter and can help further the mission of ΣΑΕ. “Alumni support and guidance is important to continuing the tradition and legacy of Washington Beta.” He encourages alumni to reach out to the chapter and get involved any way they can.
When he is not at the chapter house, Michael is working as a caregiver at Bishop Senior Living or coaching at Pullman High. He has a 7-year-old son, Julian, who lives in the area. If you would like to get in contact with Michael, or learn how you can get involved with Washington Beta, you can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.