undergraduate chapter news
The Alberta Chapter hosted “Rush Stag 2016,” a networking event between undergraduates and alumni. At the event, the chapter awarded undergraduate members with academic awards and scholarships. The men stayed active on their campus by participating in competitions like floor hockey intramurals and Delta Gamma’s annual Anchor Splash.
In October, Norris Chase, Bradley University’s Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion, spoke to the men prior to their chapter meeting. The presentation discussed the general and cultural diversity on Bradley’s campus. The chapter asked questions to understand the variety of backgrounds within their campus community.
The Central Florida Chapter holds a strong passion to support autism awareness in its local community. The men partner with Alpha Xi Delta sorority to provide a monthly prom to local families and an annual dodge ball tournament called “Dodgebrawl” to raise money for Autism Speaks and Academy of Autism. Once a month, the chapter volunteers at the school’s field days, where the men play sports to improve the students’ social skills. On Halloween, the Central Florida Chapter and Pi Beta Phi sorority visited the academy in costumes to play games, hand out candy and read scary stories to the students.
The Christopher Newport Chapter is heavily involved with Fear2Freedom, a sexual assault awareness campaign led by the first lady of its university, Rosemary Trible. The chapter recently participated in "Night of Service," where the men helped assemble kits for survivors of sexual assault. The kits included stuffed animals, toiletries, clothes and a handwritten note expressing their support for the individuals. Brothers then helped transport the kits to the local hospital, so they could be distributed to survivors.
The brothers of the Cornell Chapter have made a major impact on the Cornell Club Hockey team. With six skaters and the assistant coach from the chapter, the team opened the semester against No. 20 ranked Syracuse. The team won its league last year and is looking to make another deep run into the postseason. Parker Dietz, Cornell ’18, was named Alternate Captain this season and has been a huge asset to the team. Dietz remains within the top 10 in scoring (35 points, 16 games) in Division 1 of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA).
“It’s been a pleasure to be able to play quality hockey with a handful of my DU brothers. Hockey has taught us how to compete as a team rather than individuals, as well as knowing our teammates will always have our backs. These values are parallel to what we learn in the chapter and have become even stronger as we go to battle together each weekend.” – Brendan Brown, Cornell ’16.
The DePauw Chapter invited Dr. Emmitt Riley, a DePauw professor of political science and African studies, to lead an hour-long discussion on implicit bias. The group conversed about topics covering education on combating implicit biases; fostering cross racial, sexual, and religious relationships; and dealing with explicit bias incidents.
During the fall semester, the brothers became reoccurring volunteers for Piedmont Animal Refuge, a sanctuary dedicated to rescuing animals from farm factories. The chapter often spent the entire day helping the refuge with tasks like cleaning the animal dens and building new fencing. The men also donated some of its fundraising dollars to help with Piedmont's cause.
The Illinois Chapter participated in the Alzheimer’s Association’s fundraising event, Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Twenty-four men from the chapter surpassed their fundraising goal of $1,000 and raised $1,200.
The Indiana Chapter has been busy in the Bloomington community. The men handed out candy to hundreds of children trick or treating, and their DU Doghouse event had 200 people in attendance and raised almost $5,000 for mental health research. The chapter’s team for Indiana University Dance Marathon raised $14,000 for the Riley Children's Health.
The chapter has also been busy helping the International Fraternity. In November, the men helped pilot a program with the American Red Cross in which chapter members will help install smoke detectors in local homes. They also helped during the DU Educational Foundation’s Founders Day of Giving by handwriting thank-you notes to donors.
This fall, the men put their Principles of Character and Friendship on display. The chapter recently discovered that a sorority woman from the Iowa State Delta Zeta chapter had been diagnosed with Leukemia. The brothers wanted to show their support, so they donated some of their philanthropy event’s proceeds to the woman. During the event, the men encouraged the attendees to sign a poster to show her the support of the campus community.
In September, the Kansas State Chapter celebrated its 60th anniversary with “24 Hours of Brotherhood.” The 400 attendees included parents, undergraduates and more than 150 DU alumni. The event consisted of a BBQ lunch, watching the Kansas State versus Michigan football game, and a Sunday brunch and program. Multiple alumni awards were presented over the weekend, and the chapter was recognized for winning the Delta Upsilon International Sweepstakes Trophy for the fourth time in the last five years. Speakers included DU International president Bruce McKinney, Missouri ’74; IHQ executive director Justin Kirk, Boise State ’00; and president of the Kansas State DU Alumni Corporation Frank York, Kansas State ’71.
The Kent State Chapter remained busy in the fall semester by participating in many sorority events. The chapter received third place in Sigma Sigma Sigma’s Kickball Tournament. It won the social media challenge trophy as well. The men also participated in Alpha Xi Delta's Xi Man philanthropy, a live group music performance for Autism Speaks, and Alpha Phi's Alpha Phifa soccer tournament.
The Lafayette Chapter hosted two DU Spinnings (themed dances). The money from the first event was donated to the Global Service Initiative. Shortly after, Joey Towers, Lafayette ’18, passed away. Thanks to the second DU Spinning, an open mic night and donations from family and friends, the men were able to donate $19,484 to men’s mental health through a Movember fund in Towers’ name. On the intramural front, the chapter won the Delta Gamma Anchor Bowl flag football tournament and received second place in soccer.
The Maryland Colony enjoyed a successful fall semester. The men brought in a strong recruiting class of 10 new brothers. Each associate member received a big brother and participated in the chapter’s inaugural big/little pinning ceremony. Over the course of the fall, the colony enjoyed numerous brotherhood events, including a camping trip in the mountains, a Fraternity Thanksgiving dinner, and an end of the semester alumni dinner.
The Michigan Chapter had a busy fall semester. The chapter began its first ever Cans for Coats drive, where it spent time collecting empty cans to exchange. The money received then bought coats for the local Boys & Girls Club. The brothers also raised more than $2,200 for Mott Children's Hospital as part of their annual Michigan Mud Bowl. Many brothers participated in the university's Greek Service Day by working a farm to provide food for impoverished families, putting up Christmas decorations for the elderly, and cleaning an abandoned club so it could be used as a child learning center. The chapter recently had a successful alumni homecoming tailgate with more than 100 alumni in attendance. In addition, the brothers won softball and soccer intramurals.
To increase its visibility on campus, the Michigan Tech Chapter launched Wear-it-Wednesday. Every Wednesday, brothers would meet on campus to take a group picture in letters. This photo is then posted on their Facebook page. In addition, the chapter house has received renovations to the bathroom and converted a bedroom into a second bath. The alumni played a crucial role in this project with their funding and construction expertise.
At least once every semester, the North Carolina State Chapter volunteers for Carolina Tiger Rescue (CTR), a facility that brings in big cats ranging from ocelots to lions. The men often donate a variety of supplies when they volunteer. Last fall, the chapter poured concrete to reinforce a fence along the sanctuary's perimeter. It also contributed to the construction of a new enclosure for the recently rescued leopard, Anthony.
In October, the Northern Illinois Chapter invited the campus police to talk to the brothers instead of hosting its normal chapter meeting. The police informed the brothers on sexual assault, alcohol safety, and local laws and regulations relevant to fraternity/sorority life. Each topic was given about 30 minutes of discussion.
The Oklahoma Chapter strives to put its focus on service. During the week of the Oklahoma versus Oklahoma State football game, a blood drive competition was held between the two schools. The chapter was the top donor among the fraternities on campus with 44 members donating. The chapter also placed third in Delta Gamma’s philanthropy, Anchor Splash. The men had to compete in a relay race, belly flop contest, raise money, and perform a synchronized swim coached by the members of Delta Gamma. The brothers also won awards at the 68th University Sing Competition with their performance "Just another Brick in the Wall" with the women of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
The Oregon State Chapter continued its successful growth on campus during the fall semester. The chapter recruited 36 associate members by the end of September. In October, the brothers hosted a co-chapter brotherhood with the California Chapter prior to the California versus Oregon State football game. The men participated in multiple philanthropies such as Delta Gamma's Anchor Splash, Alpha Phi's Alpha Fifa and Alpha Chi Omega's Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. Most recently, two brothers were elected to the university's IFC executive council. Ian Snyder, Oregon State '18, became the new IFC President. Andrew Yoon, Oregon State '18, was elected to VP of Awards and Achievements. The chapter is currently planning its winter term philanthropy, DU Darling, with a fundraising goal of $20,000 for the Global Service Initiative.
The Pennsylvania State Chapter is highly involved with THON, the campus’ dance marathon. The campaign commits to improving the lives of children and families affected by childhood cancer. Through the Four Diamonds Fund, each organization is paired with a family affected by childhood cancer. In 2012, the brothers were paired with the Testa family. Daniel Testa, the chapter’s THON child, was diagnosed with acute neuroblastoma before turning 1. Through the fund, the chapter was able to support the Testa family by paying for the medical bills, research and the funding of comprehensive specialists. This allowed the family to focus solely on Daniel. After a year of perseverance, Daniel was declared cancer-free. Today, Daniel, 8 years old, loves playing sports, visiting the brothers and attending THON. Since meeting the Testa family, the chapter has increased its THON involvement. Last year, the men, along with their sorority partner, Phi Sigma Sigma, raised $43,000, which contributed to the overall total of $9,770,332.32.
In November, the Purdue Chapter participated in a university sponsored community service event. The men helped winterize the Lafayette area by picking up trash, cleaning up the Wabash River, and improving the scenery of the Lafayette schools. The brothers invited potential new members to participate, as well.
The Rochester Chapter hosted its inaugural Casino Night to raise funds for the Global Service Initiative. Participants were able to play various casino games like Texas Hold’Em, blackjack, and four-card with the top "earners" winning gift certificates to local businesses. The event was a success with more than 100 people in attendance and close to $500 raised.
The chapter also competed in Kappa Delta’s 5k run to benefit Prevent Child Abuse America. The men had the fastest fraternity team time, which awarded them with Kappa Delta's Shamrock "Fittest Fraternity" award for the fourth consecutive year.
The brothers were included in the pilot program with the International Fraternity and the American Red Cross. Brothers assisted the Red Cross in installing smoke alarms in homes and educating the Rochester community about fire safety.
Additionally, Michael Pagan, Rochester ’17; Michael Haft, Rochester ’17; Suneet Waghmarae, Rochester ’17; Kyle Smith, Rochester ’15; Rylan Blowers, Rochester ’18; Jacob Schechner, Rochester ’18; Hassan Beesley, Rochester ’18; and James Westhoff, Rochester ’18; became members of Order of Omega, the fraternity/sorority honor society on campus.
The Rutgers Chapter continues to maintain its athletic and philanthropic success. The men competed in the Scarlet Division of flag football, the top division in the Keller Interfraternal League. Three brothers were asked to join the Rutgers Flag Football team, which had dominated the New Jersey Intercollegiate Flag Football Tournament. The men also took part in multiple volunteer clean-up opportunities at Liberty State Park in Jersey City and participated in Rutgers Dance Marathon to support the Embrace Kids Foundation.
The chapter retained its leadership in the Interfraternity Council with the admittance of Samuel Reichman, Rutgers ’18, as the Vice President of Administration.
San Diego State
In addition to initiating 28 men, the San Diego State Chapter was highly involved in the community this fall. The brothers won Pi Beta Phi’s “Pi Phi’s Finest,” which included fundraising and performing in a talent show. Twenty-five men also volunteered for Harvest Crops. Through this program, the brothers picked 2,000 pounds of oranges to be donated to the low-income houses in San Diego County. The chapter hosted a FonDU fundraiser where it invited fellow students to the chapter house to socialize and enjoy chocolate fondue covering strawberries, bananas, marshmallows and pretzels.
Brother Ralph Molina, San Diego ’19, has had successful endeavors in accounting. In November, Molina competed on a team of four in an accounting competition hosted by PricewaterhouseCooper, one of the largest accounting firms. His team placed second out of 11 teams. Molina was awarded with $200 and a place in the company’s exclusive recruiting program.
In the fall, the Swarthmore Chapter continued to cultivate its relationship with the Swarthmore Friends Meeting, a campus religious organization. The brothers helped restore the playground area for an affiliated children's nursery and helped with the annual "Jumble Sale" fundraiser.
In addition, the men participated in a study by a Swarthmore College Lang Scholar that sought to examine best practices for fraternity/sorority life education. Brothers attended a series of participatory workshops on a variety of topics, including gender and sexuality, alcohol and other drugs awareness, and masculinity.
On Jan. 28, 2017, the Syracuse Colony had its Colonization Ceremony. Prior to this ceremony, Leadership Consultants recruited 60 members for the colony. During the fall semester, the colony participated in Syracuse’s OttoThon, a 12-hour dance marathon, to raise money for a local children’s hospital. The men fundraised more than $1,000, the second highest total of any fraternal organization involved in the event. In October, the colony formed a team for Greek or Treat, an event where children come to campus around Halloween for activities and candy. The colony also teamed up with Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority to host a winter carnival for the children of Syracuse’s Boys & Girls Club. A student-housing center announced that whichever organization sent the most members to its event would receive a donation to its philanthropy. The brothers arrived in full force, and the colony was awarded $500 for GSI.
The colony’s executive board and other officers were elected in December. The colony plans to host two philanthropic events in the coming semester. The colony would like to thank Syracuse’s alumni for their dedication and continued support in bringing Delta Upsilon back to the university.
On Oct. 30, 2016, the Texas Colony had its Colonization Ceremony, re-establishing Delta Upsilon on campus. Forty-seven members participated in the ceremony. Andres Morales, Texas ’19, was elected as the colony’s first president. The colony was highly involved on campus participating Sigma Chi Fight Night, Delta Gamma Desserts and Zeta Christmas party. The brothers also participated in Austin Race for the Cure and partnered with the Chickadees, Chi Kappa Phi service organization, to volunteer at the Austin Animal shelter. The colony bonded over ultimate frisbee, intramural flag football and soccer, Top Golf, and watching football.
The fall was busy for the Toronto Chapter. The brothers had a successful recruitment utilizing social media advertisements, alumni and the fraternity/sorority community. The men held a Casino Royale themed event for GSI, an alumni homecoming breakfast, and an open house. The chapter also had a baseball themed philanthropy for GSI. The event was held during the World Series and featured ballpark food, a World Series screening and a home run derby.
Fifteen brothers from the Tufts Chapter volunteered at Camp Harbor View. The camp serves 900 youths from Boston’s underprivileged neighborhoods and features hiking, sports and other activities. The brothers participated alongside the campers to supervise and to get to know them. The men served as role models for the campers by talking about their journey through school and how education helped them succeed.
The Vermont Colony actively worked toward improving its involvement with the community. The men participated in Mapathons where the brothers used satellite imagery to help map roads and buildings in impoverished countries. This way, first responders can respond to medical emergencies more quickly in remote locations such as South America. The chapter competed against other schools to further the mission.
The Virginia Chapter hosted its second annual DU Presents: Holiday philanthropy event. The event featured performances by campus acapella groups and raised $1,100 for Madison House Holiday Sharing, a local, student-run program that provides meals and gifts for low-income families during the holiday season. Many brothers are program directors for Holiday Sharing allowing the chapter to work closely with them. The chapter is also excited for Peter Schleckman, Virginia ’17, to be accepted to the Peace Corps. Schleckman will participate in a 27-month service trip to Burkina Faso in West Africa.
Last fall, the Washington Chapter welcomed 21 new initiates into its brotherhood. The chapter also partnered with Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and Habitat for Humanity to assist in building a house for a low-income Seattle family. Keenan Smith, Washington ’17, and Nolan Roth, Washington ’20, helped the club hockey team to earn a successful season. Abe Sinay Smith, Washington ’19, spent a summer helping at a Nicaraguan medical clinic through University of Washington’s Global Medical Brigades.
In October, the Western Illinois Chapter hosted its second annual DU Haunted Trail. This event had other Greek organizations go through a trail in the woods and raised $264. The brothers performed clean-up sessions on Elting Street, the road in front of their property, through Adopt-a-Street. The chapter also helped with the opening of Genesis Gardens, a homeless shelter that takes in families in Macomb. The brothers hosted a cookout for their homecoming team, Phi Sigma Sigma, Delta Tau Delta, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. The team placed third for homecoming week competition. The chapter also held its 100th initiation ceremony. Stephen Hacker, Western Illinois ’75, gave the Initiation Charge. Hacker is a member of the chapter’s first associate member class back in 1972.
After the passing of Alan Thicke, Western Ontario ’67, one of the chapter’s most prominent Alumni, in the fall, the Western Ontario Chapter created the Alan Thicke Scholarship of Excellence. The chapter had the support from its interfraternal community as the campus’ Phi Delta Theta chapter donated $100 to be added to the scholarship.
The Wichita Chapter hosted a dinner for the students’ parents where the men presented scholarship awards to members and performed the Pledging Ceremony for the new associate members. The chapter assisted in the Purple Mile, a walk to raise awareness about domestic abuse and sexual assault.
The Wisconsin Chapter and the campus’ Gamma Phi Beta sorority chapter hosted more than 60 elementary school children for an afternoon of Halloween themed games, face painting and candy. The brothers also turned their basement and chapter room into a haunted house. They created a maze in the basement and dressed up to scare people walking through. The men served hot apple cider and gave out candy. Through this event, the chapter raised almost $900 for the Global Service Initiative.