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The Carthage Chapter is making the most of its ability to host in-person events. This fall, the men enjoyed promoting The Diffusion of Liberal Culture with an Around the World Homecoming theme, as well as spending time with alumni. Prior to Thanksgiving, the brothers volunteered with the Shalom Center, a local food pantry and homeless shelter to serve food to the community. It also initiated seven brothers into the chapter on Dec. 9, 2021.
Some of the Carthage Chapter’s operations do remain virtual, however. The chapter has a program called Alumni Teaching Moment in which alumni hold a virtual presentation with the undergraduates on a specific topic and personal experience. This monthly program has included topics on financial planning, MBA programs, negotiation skills, men’s health, networking, diversity and inclusion, and chapter traditions.
The men of the DePauw Chapter were honored to welcome University President Dr. Lori White to the chapter house for dinner this fall. Dr. White is new to the role, and the chapter was the first fraternity to invite her to dinner to help show that the chapter values its partnership with campus administration.
The DePauw Chapter would like to recognize Brothers Max Carroll, DePauw ’24, and Francisco Avila, DePauw ’24. Max is a Bonner Scholar and completed more than 100 hours of service in the fall. Francisco received the 2021-2022 Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation’s (ILLCF) Michael W. Gonzalez Scholarship.
This year, the Embry-Riddle Chapter once again participated in the university-wide day of service. Throughout the weekend, brothers had the opportunity to serve the community at a variety of events, selecting the ones that interested each individual most. The men also served the campus community by hosting a mental health speaker during an event open to the entire fraternity/sorority community.
The Embry-Riddle Chapter would like to congratulate Brother Gavin Olsen, Embry-Riddle ’22, on serving as the 2021-2022 IFC Vice President of Internal Affairs.
Philanthropy is once again a top priority for the Georgia Tech Chapter. Its carnival event raised money for The Gateway Center, a local organization that provides food and shelter to the unhoused community in Atlanta. The men also raised money for Gateway by partnering with Food For Lives to sell and serve food on campus three times a week.
The Georgia Tech Chapter welcomed 19 new brothers during fall recruitment and enjoyed participating in campus-wide events such as Homecoming’s tricycle race, pomp building and cake race.
The Iowa State Chapter made the most of its ability to host in-person events again this fall. The chapter’s annual fall philanthropy, Delta Scoopsilon, made its return, complete with ice cream sundaes and dunk tank. This event, combined with selling its parking lot on football gamedays, allowed the chapter to raise money for the Global Service Initiative.
On campus, the men continued the parking lot clean-up it started last school year where the brothers weekly pick up trash around a campus parking lot. The chapter also hosted a mental health speaker, James Robilotta, in conjunction with Beta Theta Pi, Alpha Gamma Rho, Phi Kappa Psi and the IFC that brought in more than 400 students to reflect on mental health. Upperclassmen were also excited to share the Homecoming experience with newer members who had not yet experienced an in-person Homecoming.
The Kansas State Chapter celebrated its 65th anniversary Oct. 16-17, 2021, with a weekend-long event. The celebration included a gameday tailgate and banquet highlighting alumni speakers, chapter history and special guests. The weekend provided the perfect opportunity to connect to the brotherhood and honor the chapter’s great success over the years, especially its being named Delta Upsilon’s Sweepstakes Trophy winner the past six consecutive years.
This year, the Louisville Chapter restarted its Dogs and Donuts event where the men pre-sold boxes of donuts to raise money for the Kentucky Humane Society. The chapter also enjoyed participating in a Park Clean-a-Thon at a local park, as well as campus events like Kappa Delta’s 5k Color Run. The Louisville Chapter also congratulates the 11 new members it initiated in November.
Service and philanthropy have been a focus for the Maryland Chapter this year. It participated in the IFC’s Clean City project that assigned groups of fraternity men a specific area of town in which to pick up trash. This spurred the chapter to hold its own trash pick-up weekends. The men also organized multiple volunteer opportunities with A Wider Circle, a nonprofit started by DU alumnus Mark Bergel, Northwestern ’85. A Wider Circle processes community donations of furniture and clothing and provides them to those in need. The Maryland Chapter also hosted its Delta Scoopsilon ice cream fundraiser to raise money for the Global Service Initiative.
It was a busy fall semester for the Missouri Chapter as it participated in chapter and campus-wide events. Throughout the fall, the brothers participated in intramural football and won the championship game with an overtime touchdown as time expired. It also hosted a car wash fundraiser on Oct. 1 to raise money for the Global Service Initiative. On Dec. 5, the chapter had the pleasure of initiating 38 men into the chapter with parents and alumni in attendance.
Campus involvement was a priority for the North Dakota Chapter this fall. The brothers participated in several Greek-wide sporting events including volleyball, basketball, rock climbing, kickball and flag football. The men also hosted their own Global Service Initiative fundraiser, a quesadilla feed that raised $1,000.
Perhaps most exciting was the chapter’s 60th anniversary celebration that featured the groundbreaking for its new chapter house. Thanks to ongoing fundraising efforts from alumni, the $6.1 million house is projected to be completed in late 2023. Undergraduates, alumni and guests were on hand for the groundbreaking.
The Purdue Associate Chapter took part in a winterization project this fall to help those in the community prepare for the winter by doing yard work and raking leaves. The men also hosted a pancake dinner and pumpkin smash event.
The associate chapter continues to grow, adding 12 new associate members in the fall. In January, the men hosted Initiation, one of the first associate chapters to do so after the Fraternity’s Constitution & By-Laws were amended in summer 2021 to allow associate chapters to initiate.
San Diego State
With the return of in-person activities and events, San Diego State University saw one of its biggest recruitments in recent years, and the San Diego State Chapter initiated 46 new brothers in the fall. The men were also happy to welcome guest speaker Professor Michael Rapp, San Diego State ’94, to share his wisdom on how to ask for help and guidance to be successful and happy. This was one of the many ways the chapter has connected with alumni.
On the philanthropic front, the San Diego State Chapter is proud to have collected more than 5,319 pounds of food for the campus Aztecs Rock Hunger event. This amount kept the chapter’s streak alive for being the fraternity to collect the most food.
This fall, the South Carolina Chapter volunteered with The Power of One luminary event hosted by Communities in Schools, a nonprofit that works with 32 schools in the state to provide resources and encourage children to continue their education. The men of the DU South Carolina Chapter set up and took down more than 2,000 luminaires and processed 2,000 pounds of sand for the event that raised more than $40,000.
In the fall, the Toronto Chapter had the honor of initiating 13 men into its ranks. From business majors to computer scientists hailing from Pakistan, Hong Kong and beyond, the chapter is excited to see the men grow in the DU brotherhood.
Alumni relations is important to the Virginia Chapter, especially as it looks to celebrate its 100th anniversary this spring. Spearheaded by Mark Graff, Virginia ’23, the chapter started an alumni mentorship program where brothers are paired with chapter alumni to gain knowledge, advice and connections for their post-graduate careers.
The Virginia Chapter is also proud of its fundraising work with the Brothers United to Cease the Killing (BUCK) Squad, a local nonprofit that aims to prevent gun violence. The chapter made a connection to the group through Brother Thomas Everett, Virginia ’83.
The Western Illinois Chapter once again held its haunted trail where the brothers decorate the trail behind the chapter house during Halloween and guests pay to be scared. The 2021 event raised $1,000 for the Global Service Initiative. The men were also proud to have welcomed six new brothers into the chapter following recruitment.
The chapter would also like to congratulate Zander Doan, Western Illinois ’24, on his election as Vice President of Finance on the IFC executive board. The following brothers were all initiated into the Order of Omega Honors society: Sean Walsh, Western Illinois ’23; Bailey Ensley, Western Illinois ’22; Trevor Swope, Western Illinois ’22; Travis Swope, Western Illinois ’22; Ryan Parrish, Western Illinois ’22; and Mason Staubus, Western Illinois ’22.
During the fall term, the Western Ontario Chapter focused on efforts to increase its already stellar campus reputation. This included recruiting men rooted in DU’s Four Founding Principles, participating in campus-wide events, and continuing its alumni engagement. The chapter was thrilled to welcome more alumni to this fall’s Homecoming than had attended in recent memory.
The Western Reserve Chapter has participated in a number of service events this year, including natural restoration projects with the Friends of Lower Lake, a greenhouse restoration with Community Greenhouse Partners, literary transcriptions with the Library of Congress, and packing/documentation work with WedWish.
On campus, the Western Reserve Chapter placed first in Greek Sing during Greek Week, participated in the IFC’s Welcome Back Festival, and hosted spikeball and cornhole events. In addition, Brother Jim FitzGibbon, Western Reserve ’22, was elected Chair of the Student Presidents’ Roundtable of the Student Executive Committee.
With the return of in-person events, the Wichita Chapter has made campus and community involvement a priority. On campus, the men have increased their participation in IFC and Panhellenic events and are looking forward to participating in the Multi-Cultural Greek Council’s events. The chapter helped with campus move-in, placed third in Songfest, volunteered with the Pumpkin Run 5k, hung Christmas lights for a community that helps those with special needs, and volunteered with Rainbows United. The chapter’s own Teeter-a-thon raised $1,800 for the Global Service Initiative. All of this work and achievement happened without a chapter house, as the house underwent renovations over the summer and fall.
This fall, the Wisconsin Chapter volunteered with The Greater Bucky Open, a golf outing that supports the UW Health’s American Family Children’s Hospital, as well as students serving as the Bucky Badger mascot. In addition to helping with the actual golf outing, the men promoted the event on social media and reached out to other campus organizations to encourage their participation in the toy drive the GBO also operates.
The Wisconsin Chapter was also proud to welcome 20 new associate members through recruitment in September.