The Arlington Chapter celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. The chapter was installed as Delta Upsilon’s 99th chapter on May 3, 1969. The men celebrated with an event that brought alumni from the past 50 years back to campus. The group met at the old chapter house thanks to the generosity of the new owners who let the men gather and reminisce together.
This spring, the chapter hosted one of its most successful fundraisers in recent history for the Global Service Initiative. The event, DU Pancakes, was a pancake dinner open to the entire Bradley campus. Brothers worked in shifts to make pancakes, check in guests and make sure everyone was entertained. The chapter hopes to make this an annual event moving forward.
It has been a busy year for the Bucknell Colony. This fall, DU made its return to campus and has recruited 35 men into the colony. Now, the associate members are busy making a name for DU on campus and working toward the requirements for chartering. The colony has been involved in a diverse array of campus activities, such as intramural sports, Greek philanthropies and local community service. In the spring, it even co-sponsored the first ever Mental Health Summit on addiction at Bucknell, which brought together professionals from the local hospital, the university and elsewhere to discuss and educate the community on issues of mental health regarding addiction.
March 1-3, 2019, the Cal Poly Chapter hosted its annual Parents Weekend, which consisted of house tours, a fundraising auction and a social event. During the weekend, one brother even volunteered to shave his head and raised $2,500 for the French Hospital.
Later this spring, the chapter hosted a DU Tie Dye event at the chapter house and raised $1,100 for Rise SLO, a nonprofit that supports sexual assault survivors. The chapter also received the Excellence in Brotherhood Award during the Cal Poly Fraternity and Sorority Life Office’s Standards of Excellence Awards ceremony. Chapter programming, interfraternal relations and alumni outreach all factored into the recognition.
The 2018-2019 school year was a good year for the Chicago Chapter. Beyond expanding its membership with 18 new brothers, it also grew its presence on campus. Brothers provided 3,000 meals for local homeless shelters and claimed victory in the campus’ largest philanthropy event. Several brothers also achieved incredible results as members of university sports programs.
The Christopher Newport Chapter had a busy spring semester. It started with a successful recruitment that led to the Initiation of nine new brothers. The chapter’s four mixers with other student organizations increased its social profile on campus, as did the election of Nate Kidwell, ’21, as the IFC President. He took the role following the presidency of another DU, Jerry Dingus, ’19. On the philanthropic front, the men not only raised money for the Global Service Initiative, but also for the American Foundation for Suicide and a brother’s family member who was diagnosed with cancer.
As is tradition for the Clarkson Chapter, this spring, brothers organized a 5K race to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This event raised $2,000. In addition, many brothers also spent Saturdays throughout the semester volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. On the campus front, the chapter is proud to have maintained its standing as the Greek organization with the highest GPA on campus. Two brothers worked as teaching assistants, and another two men were recruited to the chapter this spring.
In April, brother Lathan Dixon, ’22, was elected as the next Section S-4 Chief of the Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scouts of America’s honor society for dedicated members. Exemplifying a brotherhood of cheerful service, Lathan oversees 5,000 scouts and leads projects to increase membership and morale in the Boy Scouts across the state of Florida and southwest Georgia.
The spring semester was very productive for the Georgia Tech Chapter. Seven new brothers were welcomed following one of the best spring recruitments the chapter has had in years. All chapter members have been more involved on campus this year, with brothers involved in student government presidential campaigns, Interfraternity Council committees, and much more. The chapter’s biggest event of the semester was a fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s, a nonprofit that funds childhood cancer research. In addition to raising more than $20,000 for the charity, around 20 brothers shaved their heads in solidarity with children fighting cancer.
This spring, the Guelph Chapter celebrated its 30th anniversary with an event for undergraduate members and alumni. The chapter also raised money for a local homeless shelter in the Hockey Helps the Homeless Charity Hockey Tournament. The team raised more than $2,000 and had a great time competing in the tournament.
The spring 2019 semester was busy for the Hamilton Chapter. Not only were Alex Ganter, ’19, and Sam Bowen, ’20, named captains of the Hamilton football team, the chapter organized the main student section for the Hamilton basketball team’s run in the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship. On the philanthropic front, the men participated in Relay for Remission and continued their volunteer efforts at the Country Pantry food pantry. Several brothers also secured great internships, including Mitch Beirman, ’21, with University of Minnesota Sports Science, and Connor Cates, ’21, with Viviant Smart Home in app development.
After a local neighborhood was affected by a house fire, the Indiana Chapter members worked with the American Red Cross and nearby fire departments to ensure residents had working fire alarms. In total, the brothers visited 48 homes and installed 93 smoke detectors.
For the second consecutive year, the chapter won the Greek Life-wide Drop the Puck on Cancer charity hockey tournament. In addition, the chapter’s bike team qualified for the Little 500 and had a very successful race.
The James Madison Chapter has had one of its most successful semesters to date. Through donations and fundraisers, brothers successfully raised more than $1,200 for GSI, as well as $200 to help relocate fellow students who lost their homes in an apartment fire. The chapter also placed second in the school’s annual GreekSing competition. The brothers are the proudest, however, of the 17 graduating seniors who helped the chapter recolonize and grow to the size it is today. All future donations from these alumni will be placed into a fund to help send brothers to educational programs for many years to come.
The Kansas State Chapter started the semester by initiating 20 new members into its brotherhood. The undergraduate members also joined their alumni for a historical ribbon-cutting celebration of the chapter facility's new renovations. Throughout the semester, the chapter hosted a number of events to give back to the community, including a blood drive at the chapter house that helped donate 20 pints of blood for the local blood bank. The men’s largest event of the semester was the 7th annual Miss K-State Competition, which raised more than $10,000 for the Global Service Initiative and showcased the school pride, diversity, talent and career goals of women from 20 different organizations on campus.
Loyola Marymount Colony
The Loyola Marymount Colony officially joined DU with the Colonization Ceremony that was held on March 29, 2019, with 22 men. Since colonization, the men have been active on campus by participating in philanthropy events for Tri Delta and Delta Zeta, as well as a Mental Health Awareness event put on by the LMU Residence Hall Association. The colony members also spent a weekend cleaning up the Los Angeles community by picking up trash at their local beach. The colony is looking forward to fall, especially fall recruitment.
The Michigan Chapter participated in two phenomenal fundraising efforts this spring. The first event, Winterfest, is a campus-wide endeavor to raise money for the Autism Alliance. The chapter's efforts made it one of the top five highest fundraising fraternities involved. The second event found the chapter raising more than $21,000 for St. Baldrick's, a foundation to raise money for childhood cancer research. During this fundraiser, more than 40 brothers shaved their heads in solidarity for the cause. Local barbers from the Ann Arbor community even volunteered their time to provide the haircuts.
This spring, Brother Henry Newman, ’21, qualified for the Mock Trial Regionals Tournament, while Jonah Jacobs, ’21, participated in the National Debate Tournament and was elected as a representative in Michigan’s Central Student Government. Chapter Advisor John Markiewicz, ’64, also received the Best Alumni Advisor Award from the Michigan fraternity/sorority community.
This spring semester, the chapter teamed up with Delta Zeta for Michigan Tech's Winter Carnival. The men and women spent much of January and February competing in snow/ice related events, putting on a stage revue skit, and putting many hours into its snow statue, which earned second place in the co-ed division. The chapter also raised money for GSI by pumping gas and collecting donations at a local gas station. Brothers explained GSI to the travelers and fundraised to send two members on a GSI trip this year.
In its second semester back on campus, the Missouri Colony has been working hard to make a name for itself in the fraternity/sorority community. The men placed third in Kappa Delta’s Blacklight Dodgeball Tournament. They also placed third in Pi Beta Phi’s Arrowspike Volleyball Tournament. To focus on building brotherhood within the colony, 25 colony members participated in axe throwing at Axehouse in Columbia.
The North Carolina Chapter is proud to have two brothers serving on the Interfraternity Council (IFC) Executive Board. Chase Jarvis, ’20, serves as Vice President of Judicial Affairs and is tasked with ensuring IFC guidelines and bylaws are upheld. Coleman Johnson, ’21, serves as Vice President of Events and designs, creates and handles all large events put on by the IFC, as well as assists member chapters in planning events. This spring, the North Carolina Chapter also hosted a 50-year reunion for the class of 1969. There was a great turnout, and the undergraduates were honored to meet so many DUs who have supported the chapter.
The North Dakota Chapter had a successful spring full of recruitment, philanthropy, service and fellowship. The chapter raised $1,000 for the Global Service Initiative during its quesadilla feed in March. It also won a DU-sponsored competition for being the chapter that logged the most service hours per member in the Helper Helper app in March, with 13 hours per member. The chapter initiated four men and hosted numerous events with other fraternities and sororities this spring. It even held its annual Bob Ross brotherhood event where brothers followed along with Bob Ross videos to become the artists of tomorrow.
Dance Marathon is one of the biggest events of the year at Northwestern. Each year, fraternities, sororities and other student organizations are paired together to raise money for a great cause. This year’s event benefitted Chicago Public Schools. The Northwestern Chapter is happy to announce that the partnership between DU, Chi Omega and Lambda Chi Alpha raised more than $37,000, making it the highest fundraising group in the medium team category.
The Ohio State Chapter hosted its second annual philanthropy DYdgeball tournament with proceeds going toward the Global Service Initiative. The chapter also saw its GPA climb significantly this spring, proving that DUs work hard in the classroom. Lastly, the men of Ohio State recently saw its Chapter Advisory Board expand by three new members and are looking forward to working with them.
The Oregon State Chapter had a successful spring recruitment welcoming eight more brothers into the chapter. This term, the chapter placed third in the Alpha Chi Omega Diamond Day softball tournament, which raises money for the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV). In the winter term, the men also hosted their DU Darling pageant show and raised almost $9,000 for GSI.
The biggest event of the spring for the Pennsylvania State Chapter was Thon, the 46-hour dance marathon that raises money for children with pediatric cancer. This year, the chapter paired with Delta Gamma and raised $199,061, putting the team in fourth place out of all fraternities and sororities. This was the chapter’s highest total ever and the first time it has placed in the top five. The chapter also hosted a Willy Wonka movie night at the chapter house to raise money for Park Forest Preschool.
Brothers of the Quinnipiac Chapter kicked off the spring semester by having a brother elected to the campus IFC board. The men also got very involved on campus by raising more than $4,000 for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center at Quinnipiac's dance marathon, QThon, while sponsoring a miracle child for the evening. Along with their contributions at QThon, the brothers hosted their annual floor hockey tournament, Ducks Fly For GSI, that raised more than $400. Lastly, the brothers capped off the year by taking home first place in the campus Greek Week winning and additional $600 to contribute to GSI.
The Rutgers Chapter raised more than $20,000 for children with cancer and rare blood disorders during Rutgers’ Dance Marathon this spring, making it the second highest fundraiser of all IFC chapters on campus. In addition to this impressive work, the chapter welcomed nine new men into the brotherhood and volunteered the United Airlines half marathon by handing out water while raising nearly $2,000 for GSI.
Seton Hall Colony
As the colony continues to make a name for itself on campus, it is proud of its fundraising efforts with the Delta Scoopsilon ice cream fundraiser. Attendees had the opportunity to build their own sundae with different ice cream flavors and toppings. Other student organizations, and even campus faculty and staff, enjoyed the event that raised money for the Global Service Initiative.
Members of the South Carolina Chapter once again volunteered at the local American Heart Walk on April 6. The chapter had more than 40 members working in two shifts to set up and take down the walk. This year, the walk had over 5,000 walkers and raised more than $500,000 to help fund research to prevent heart disease and stroke. The chapter has been volunteering with the American Heart Association for more than 10 years and has become an integral part of the logistics team. Alumni President Terry Schmoyer, ’88, celebrated his 20th year chairing the logistics committee for the walk.
This spring, the Syracuse Chapter initiated 27 new members and hosted its spring philanthropy, Delta Dogs, which brought together dog owners and members of the Greek community to relax and take some great photos. All proceeds benefitted the Global Service Initiative. The chapter is also happy to celebrate Brother Justin Bachman, ’19, who was named Syracuse’s Greek Man of the Year, and Ben Bierstaker, ’20, for becoming the IFC’s Director of New Member Education.
The campus’ annual Sorority/Fraternity Life (SFL) banquet was a big night for the Texas Chapter. Kevin Brill, ’19, received the Scholastic Excellence Award, and Rwendy Luna, ’20, won and Hyperion Award for individuals committed to serving and improving the sorority/fraternity community. Chapter President Ahmed Semary, ’20, also received the Outstanding Leadership Award for the leadership positions he holds around campus. In addition, this spring, the Texas Chapter partnered with the DU Arlington Chapter for a Regional Day of Service when the chapters helped restore an Austin middle school.
One of the Vermont Chapter’s newest members, Jake Gess, ’22, was honored at the annual campus Fraternity/Sorority Life Awards as the 2018-2019 Scholar of the Year. In addition to being a member of the Honors College at UVM, Jake is a senator in student government, and a recently hired campus tour guide.
The Virginia Chapter’s spring was even more exciting than normal as it watched the Virginia Cavaliers win the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Throughout March Madness, the chapter hosted watch parties to show its school pride. The chapter also celebrated several brothers who were selected to serve within the Interfraternity Council’s Judiciary Committee in capacities such as investigators and judges. This is part of a larger effort for the chapter to become more involved on campus and in the community.
On Saturday April 27, more than 150 alumni, undergraduates and friends gathered to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Western Illinois Chapter’s chartering. The weekend activities were highlighted with a special alumni reception at the WIU Alumni House, a golf outing, a picnic lunch and a celebratory banquet at the Old Macomb Dining Company. Several alumni were recognized for their service to the chapter, and Zachary Bischoff, ’19, and Benjamin Morris, ’22, were awarded Community Service Scholarship Awards. Christopher Gibson, ’21, was also honored with the Dikaia Upotheke Award for his outstanding service to the chapter.
The Western Reserve Chapter had another great spring semester and reached its annual fundraising goal of $3,000 for the Global Service Initiative. The chapter was also recognized by Case Western Reserve University for its achievements in the Pytte Cup chapter accreditation program. Current Chapter President Clayton Cooper, ’19, even received the Howard Shelley Fraternal Leadership Award. The chapter is in the process of crafting a three-year strategic plan with the help of undergraduate brothers, alumni and university administration to help the chapter continue to excel and grow.
This spring, the Wichita Chapter hosted its campus-renowned Dogs with DU philanthropy event in conjunction with its partner Lifeline Animal Placement & Protection. The chapter was able to place two dogs in new homes and relieve stress in countless students during finals. The men also hosted their formal, Heidelberg, which continues to be Wichita State’s longest running campus tradition at 90 years.