Meet the Elders

What’s your name?Michael Bruce

What’s your current town? I live in Milford, MA.

What is your current occupation? Currently, I'm an environmental engineer for ARCADIS-US.

When did you graduate from RPI? I graduated in 2008 and again in 2010.

When did you pledge Zeta Psi? Why did you choose to join? Who is your big brother? I was in the Fall 2004 pledge class and Tim Nichols '05 was my pledge master. I visited the house with my roommate, JP Devlin during recruitment in 2004 because he knew a lot of the basketball guys from his recruiting trip. We both received bids from Zetes and TKE, and thankfully made the right decision. I became friends with many of my fellow pledges, and eventually most of the brothers, and I'm very thankful for the opportunity to join Zeta Psi. My big brother is Russell Herman '06.

What is your favorite memory from your undergraduate years? There are way too many to list here, and my buddies and I joke about them all the time. A good topic for another post someday.

An underrated experience occurred when my little brother Dave and his girlfriend (now fiancee) stole a bunch of mozzarella sticks from the deep fryer when Zep and I were making them in 2005 or 2006. We got the whole house up in arms about this event and tried to enter Dave's room to retrieve the food, but he had barricaded himself quite well. Dave lived at the end of the far wing across from Mike Visker, who was studying for the MCAT or something and was not amused to say the least. Finally, Zep and I climbed in through Dave's window, let everyone into his room, then Dave and Devin got into a big fight. I remember Dave's face turning purple after being put in a headlock, then the dispute ended. Good times all around.

What house positions did you hold as an active? Phi, Sigma, Delta, House Manager, Pledge Master, and some others. Cooking for the house as a graduate student elder in 2009 and 2010 was a great experience. I wish I had cooked all along (i.e. from 2005 to 2010). The cooks have their own special little "fraternity" inside of the house.

What is your favorite part about returning to the chapter house? Seeing the younger actives, especially the guys I never lived with.

What brothers do you still keep in contact with? Mainly Devin, JP, Ray, Miles, Q, Kwaks, Praggot, Zep, Paul, and Russ. Of course, many others as well.

What are some of your hobbies? Working out, shooting, and I guess XBox.

Coke or Pepsi? Coke.

Finally, what’s your favorite beer? Downtown Brown