Brothers from the Alberta Chapter were involved in various charitable activities this fall. November saw the chapter make its third outing to the Edmonton Blood Donor Clinic. That month was also dedicated to the Movember campaign, which supports research for men’s prostate cancer and mental health. The chapter raised more than $2,400 for that cause. The men have also been continuously involved in the MS Society of Canada and hosted a dunk tank that raised money for the Stollery Children’s Hospital. In the new year, the Alberta Chapter has seen the Initiation of nine new brothers.
The Bradley Chapter had one of its best semesters for service hours with more than 1,600 service hours, an average of 17 hours of community service per member this fall. A favorite service event is the BU Cleanup where DU teamed up with Pi Beta Phi to pick up trash around campus. No matter the service project, brothers love to wear their letters to show their DU pride.
The Bucknell Colony had a busy fall semester. Highlights include a Parents Weekend brunch, a Homecoming event with alumni, and hosting a speaker who shared tips to intervene and prevent sexual assault. The colony also hosted its first philanthropy event, Delta Hoopsilon, in November. The entry fees and T-shirt sales from this 3-on-3 basketball tournament raised money for the Global Service Initiative. Then men were also proud to welcome 20 new associate members following fall formal recruitment.
The Cal Poly Chapter recently had the pleasure of hosting its third annual DU Dogfest on Nov. 14. At the philanthropy event, the brothers sold shirts, calendars and hot dogs to raise $1,090 for Canine Companions for Independence. Held on the campus’ Dexter Lawn, Canine Companions for Independence was also on hand with several of its service dogs in training. The men were also excited to host Initiation this fall, growing the chapter by 18 members.
This fall, the Central Florida Chapter participated in several philanthropy and service events, including a breast cancer walk and its continued work with the Academy School of Autism. Each semester, the men visit the school to play with the children. The chapter’s new Marketing Chairman is tasked with promoting these and other chapter events, as well as coordinate recruitment videos. The men are also proud to have several brothers interning at Lockheed Martin, one of the leading contractors for the U.S. military, as part of the company’s College Work Experience Program.
The Christopher Newport Chapter’s largest and most meaningful event from its last quarter was Night for Life, which brought together the CNU community in solidarity against the stigma surrounding mental health and suicide. Speakers included Ginger Germani, founder of the Austin Germani Fund, and Bill Ritchey, CNU’s Executive Director of Counseling and Health Services. Brothers Seamus Robinson, Christopher Newport ’21; Nate Kidwell, Christopher Newport ’21; Christian Lange, Christopher Newport ’21; Jack Livingstone, Christopher Newport ’22; and Jordan Butler, Christopher Newport ’20, also spoke.
Members of the Colorado Colony are looking forward to their first full semester in DU. Expansion efforts started in the fall, with the Colonization Ceremony held in November. This spring, the men look forward to participating in recruitment, attending the Fraternity’s Regional Leadership Academy, and co-sponsoring social and philanthropy events with other organizations on campus. Parents Weekend is on the calendar, and an Alumni Weekend will be scheduled for some time in April.
The Cornell Chapter is proud of its involvement on campus and in the community. The chapter has brothers who serve as volunteer firefighters; youth basketball coaches; local business managers; athletes on club soccer, hockey and lacrosse teams; varsity crew, baseball, squash and football athletes; student journalists; and more. David Larar, Cornell ’20, serves as president of Cornell Venture Capital and attended the Slush tech conference in Helsinki in November along with Nick DeFransico, Cornell ’21.
DePauw Chapter brothers are very involved on campus. Brother Sam VanderVeen, DePauw ’21, served as Vice President of Student Life for the DePauw Student Government. Additionally, multiple brothers held executive positions for other clubs and organizations on campus such as Dance Marathon, Timmy Global Health, Phi Delta Epsilon Premedical Fraternity, Fresh Food Club, Tiger Catholic and others. Brothers also represented DU and DePauw athletically in cross country, tennis and swimming, as well as musically in different ensembles and bands through the DePauw School of Music.
The biggest service project for the Embry-Riddle Chapter held was with Halifax Humane Society in November. For two weekends, brothers showed up to the Humane Society to help with landscaping and to organize a storage shed. Recruitment for the fall semester was very successful, as the chapter initiated six men of merit and character. The men are also proud of Brother Chase Covello, Embry-Riddle ’22, who accepted an internship with NASA in Houston.
Alumni relations played a big part of the Florida Chapter’s fall. A new advisor mentor system was established to help develop the leadership of the Executive Board members. Undergraduates and alumni also both enjoyed a number of football tailgates together. With a renewed sense of brotherhood, the men are excited for the spring and to welcome their new associate members into the chapter.
The Georgia Tech Chapter continues its support of St. Baldrick’s, an organization that raises money to fight pediatric cancer. This fall, the men started a new tradition of selling coffee and donuts in front of the chapter house to raise money. A campus-wide Cookies and Ice Cream Social also raised money for the organization. In addition to this work, the brothers set up tables to register students for the bone marrow registry.
To finish Homecoming weekend, the Guelph Chapter hosted its 14th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament. It was a great day of golf and connecting with alumni, accompanied by an outstanding dinner. This fall, the chapter also raised money for the Terry Fox Foundation, an organization dedicated to cancer research and awareness. Brothers even participated in the 37th annual Terry Fox Run, a 10 km run in honor of the Canadian athlete and activist Terry Fox.
This fall, the Illinois Chapter raised more than $1,200 for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank. Fundraisers included a powderpuff football tournament, a Chipotle give back night, as well as dinner at the chapter house. A new Community Service Chairman also promoted various service opportunities in the Champaign-Urbana community. The new Wellness Chairman position focused on mental health and wellbeing and began hosting bi-weekly meetings for brothers to gather and talk about sensitive subjects in a safe space.
The Indiana Chapter initiated 30 men on Nov. 10, in the School of Fine Arts Auditorium. Former Chapter President Dan Church, Indiana ’81, delivered the Charge Address encouraging the undergraduates to incorporate DU’s Four Founding Principles into their daily lives, explaining how these values will serve them well into their professional careers and personal life. Brother Church is the owner of DairyChem, a manufacturer of natural dairy flavors for use in products like cheese, milk, butter and sour cream.
The Iowa State Chapter’s new Executive Board held its retreat on Jan. 11 to plan the upcoming semester and set goals for the new year. The chapter met a goal set by the previous Executive Board of raising the chapter’s GPA to a 3.2. In the pursuit of Building Better Men, the goal has now been raised to achieving a 3.3 GPA.
This fall, the James Madison Chapter hosted its most successful philanthropy event in recent history. The Color Rush event had teams of five to six people create a painting based on prompts given to them. The chapter also recently initiated four brothers into the Fraternity and created a new position in the chapter to focus on internal relations.
During the month of November, the chapter hosted a brotherhood paintball event with more than 85 men in attendance. Along with paintball, a Dad's Day axe throwing event allowed the chapter to spend quality time with one another and other dads from throughout the chapter. To wrap up the semester, the chapter hosted a holiday date party and sent Christmas cards to campus sororities, family, alumni and friends throughout the nation.
This fall, the Lafayette Chapter brought in a new class of 24 DUs, keeping it as one of the largest fraternities on campus. These new brothers have not hesitated to become involved in the chapter, with five of them holding positions on the new chapter Executive Board.
Brothers Pat Ervin, Maryland ’21, and Samay Kindra, Maryland ’20, were both able to travel to Jamaica for the Global Service Initiative over winter break. While there, the group worked to dig and lay a foundation for a new schoolhouse at Higher Heights Academy in Savanna-la-Mar, Jamaica.
This semester, several Miami Chapter brothers collected new and lightly used clothes for Hope's Closet. Brothers drove to a collection center in Cincinnati to donate the items, and the clothes will go to children in foster care. The chapter also hosted a successful Moms’ Weekend in October that featured brunch and a private pottery class. The mothers also helped put together snack and gift baskets that were raffled off and raised more than $1,700 to help fund house improvements and future parent activities.
Two guest speakers were highlights of the Missouri Chapter’s fall. In late October, while David Novak, Missouri ’74, the former CEO of Yum! Brands, was on campus for a speech, he made a stop at the chapter house for a tour and to meet with brothers. Then, Missouri football coach Austyn Carta-Samuels spoke to the associate member class about character. Speaking straight to the heart, he challenged and inspired the men to impact the world.
Thanks to generous donations from alumni, the North Carolina Chapter is excited to start renovations to its kitchen, as well as to have a chef service moving forward provided by UpperCrust. The men also congratulate advisor Randy Myer on receiving the Outstanding Faculty/UNC Advisor Award from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
The North Dakota Chapter held a Global Service Initiative fundraiser on Dec. 7. At the event, guests could purchase all-you-can-eat burrito bowls.
The North Florida Chapter hosted Run For Africa, an event to raise awareness and money for Water Wells For Africa. This organization works to serve impoverished children who cannot get access to drinkable water. The event raised $2,500, and local vendors assisted by offering services like photo booths and live music.
Focusing on service within the community, the Rochester Chapter members spent time visiting a local nursing home to play bingo and spend time with the residents living there. The men also started to send brothers to a nearby elementary school to help teach and tutor students. In October, the chapter hosted a trick-or-treat event with the youngsters.
Brotherhood played an important role for the Rutgers Chapter this fall. Events like a brotherhood breakfast, s’mores night, a Thanksgiving feast, and a burgers and football day brought the men closer together, including their 11 new members. Homecoming also served as a chance to develop relationships with alumni. On campus, the chapter is proud that Brothers Neil Jain, Rutgers ’21, and Quincy Herdlein, Rutgers ’21, are serving on the Interfraternity Council Executive Board.
San Diego State
The San Diego State Chapter makes a point to be involved on campus and in the community. In addition to participating in numerous campus cleanups, individual brothers play important roles on campus. Michael Shaffery, San Diego State ’20, and Connor Marohn, San Diego State ’22, are both members of the club soccer team, with Marohn as president. Kole Wellenstein, San Diego State ’22, serves as a Student Union Board Representative.
On Nov. 17, the San Jose Chapter initiated 18 men into the Fraternity. Other highlights from the fall included a trick-or-treat event with local children, as well as Brother Brandon Vargas, San Jose ’20, being elected to serve as the Scholarship Chairman for the campus IFC.
Seton Hall Colony
The Seton Hall Colony hosted several fundraisers this fall, including Pie-a-DU, where for $3, those on campus could throw a pie with proceeds benefitting the Global Service Initiative. The men also hosted their annual Delta Hoopsilon 3-on-3 basketball tournament, as well as bake sales throughout the semester.
This fall, the Syracuse Chapter participated in service work with the Samaritan Center, a local organization that feeds the hungry. The men helped cook meals, serve food and assist in other tasks around the center. The chapter is also proud of Brother Andrew Regalado, Syracuse ’20, who thanks to his participation in a number of campus organizations, spoke at the Forever Orange event on campus alongside alumni like sports broadcaster Mike Tirico.
The Texas Chapter hosted Initiation this fall at the Texas State Capital. Nineteen new brothers were initiated, and the chapter looks forward to spring recruitment.
Throughout the semester, the Virginia Chapter will host guests—both undergraduate and professional—to educate the chapter on topics such as sexual assault, alcohol, bullying, etc. This fall, the chapter hosted a group of students to educate about alcohol, its effects, tolerance and abuse, and other important aspects related to alcohol.
The Western Illinois Chapter’s 6th annual Haunted House and Trail raised more than $600 for the Global Service Initiative. On Nov. 3, the chapter initiated four new brothers into the Fraternity. In addition, Chapter President Christopher Gibson, Western Illinois ’21, was elected to serve as Vice President of Internal Relations on the campus IFC Executive Board.
This spring semester, the Western Reserve Chapter started The Hobby Initiative, encouraging every brother to explore a new personal hobby over the course of the semester. A showcase of brothers’ hobbies will happen at the end of the semester. Examples of what brothers are starting to work on include sewing a stuffed animal, painting mini figures, learning how to animate, returning to drawing, writing short stories, and more.
This fall, the Wichita Chapter hosted its annual Nachofest food philanthropy where the men serve all-you-can-eat nachos for $8 at the chapter house. This year’s event raised more than $2,000 for the Global Service Initiative and allowed the chapter to send Brother Caden Griffis, Wichita ’21, on the January 2020 GSI trip. The chapter also hosted many events with Rainbows United, an organization that serves children with special needs.