- Theta, Union College
- Delta, New York University
- Zeta, Dartmouth College
- Lambda, Columbia University
- Xi, Wesleyan University
- Phi, University of Michigan
- Omega, University of Chicago
- Pi, Syracuse University
- Chi, Cornell University
- Beta Beta, Trinity College
- Eta, Lehigh University
- Tau, University of Pennsylvania
- Rho Owl Club, University of Wisconsin
- Omicron, University of Illinois
- Theta Theta, University of Washington
- Zeta Zeta, University of British Columbia
- Epsilon Nu, Michigan State University
- Gamma Tau, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Chi Delta, Duke University
- Epsilon Iota, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Phi Delta, University of Mary Washington
- Lambda Sigma, Pepperdine University
- Alpha Omicron, New Jersey Inst. of Technology
- Sigma Phi, St. Francis University
- Delta Nu, Keene State College
- Phi Nu, Christopher Newport University
- Georgia State Colony, Georgia State University
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THETA, Union College (1833)
Alex Mitchell ’14
Received Union College's prestigious Bittleman Award for outstanding achievements in Visual Arts.
John Bosco ’15
Reinstated Union College's Golf Club, a long standing tradition within the fraternity.
The John Calvin Toll Day of Service is the major community service event sponsored by the Greek organizations of Union College. The Brothers actively participated and helped disaster victims have a chance for a new start.
The Theta Chapter also participated in the Big Brother-Big Sister Mentoring Program. The Brothers totaled 45 hours of service helping to give every child the opportunity to develop into the leaders of tomorrow.
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ZETA, Dartmouth College (1842)
The 2012-2013 School year has certainly been an active one for the Zeta. We have been involved with several service, fundraising, and brotherhood events, all of which have brought us closer together as a house and closer to the Dartmouth Community.
The Class of 2014 jumpstarted a year dedicated to service with our participation in the 31st Annual Prouty in Hanover. The annual event is put on to benefit the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. The central focus of the event is a 100-mile bike ride, but there are also running courses, walking paths, and a crew race. The event has become an integral part of the Zeta’s summer service agenda with a tradition of 100% participation from the brotherhood. The ‘14s did not disappoint as everyone participated in some way whether biking, running, rowing, or volunteering for the day. The house also raised hundreds of dollars for the event.
With the summer also came a great loss for the Zeta Chapter and the Dartmouth Community as Robert ’39 and Evelyn Kaiser, Psi U’s beloved house advisors passed away. The loving pair had served as house advisors to 46 generations of Zetas. Although extremely sad, their passing lead to a beautiful memorial service, which brought more Psi U alumni to campus then likely ever in the history of the Zeta. As decades and decades of classes celebrated the wonderful lives of the Kaisers, our common bonds became all more evident and ever stronger.
Fall term proved to be even more successful on the service and fundraising front as our pledge class won the PAAR (Philanthropic All-American Rush) Greek fundraising competition for the 2nd straight year. This year the competition teamed up with the annual CHaD (Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth) Half-Marathon. Several brothers and pledges alike participated in the events by raising money, running, and volunteering. Overall the Zeta raised $15,852 for the Children’s Hospital- the most of any Greek house on campus and the 4th most of any team in the entire Upper Valley! Colin Murphy ’15 and Tim Brown ’13 really stood out from the brotherhood, raising over $5000 and $1800 respectively. Several other brothers were able to raise hundreds of dollars. Because of our success as a house for the past two years, two brothers, Ethan Portnoy ’14 and Luke Suydam ’14, were even selected to run the entire competition in the coming years.
The year has also been full of brotherhood events that have helped us grow even closer as a house. One such event has been our termly journey to Manchester, NH to watch the New Hampshire FisherCats dominate the baseball diamond. This event, which began only one year ago, has been an instant favorite amongst the brotherhood. We are also currently looking forward to our annual Mudbowl Football game which will be held in the coming weeks in a giant mud pit at the nearby Organic Farm. This event gives the brotherhood a great chance to blow off some steam in athletic event far from the stresses of school. On a more thought provoking note, we have also had several professors come speak to the Zeta about many topics from brotherhood to psychology. These events are a great way to evoke a deeper level of conversation amongst the house.
Riley Ennis ’15
Finalist in GE’s Focus Forward competition to win $200,000 in research funding. In addition to continuing his work with his company, a biomedical technology startup Immudicon, working on a vaccine delivery technology to activate the immune system against cancer and potentially other diseases. This year the company was a. Riley also started a new company this year called Mitosis, which serves as a resource for other entrepreneurs and start-ups.
In addition to these outstanding brothers achievements, please see below for a list of accolades, awards, and positions held by individual Psi U members. It would certainly be difficult to describe all these achievements in detail:
The chapter is represented in numerous ways on campus including: Chair- Committee on Sexual Assault, President -Greek Leadership Council, President- Inter-Fraternity Council, Chair- Upper Valley Money Smart, Chair- Special Programs and Events Funding, Director – The Dartmouth, Founder – Project Z, President – Dartmouth Philanthropy and Investment Program, Director- Athletes United, President- Men’s Forum, Director – The Aires, Vice President – Green Key Society, Director – Dimension Show, President – Club Water Polo, Chair – Prison Project, Dartmouth College Fund’s Green Crop – Manager, Co-Authored Research – Journal of Biochemistry, Order of the Omega inductee, Dartmouth Business Journal, Dartmouth DOC Trip Leaders and Croo Leaders, Outdoor Leadership Program, Sophomore Science Scholar, Presidential Research Scholar, Dickerson Prize recipient, Phi Beta Kappa Sophomore Prize Recipient, Phi Beta Kappa Member, Francis L. Town Scientific Prize Recipient, Gamma sigma Alpha member, and many, many more.
In addition to his Dartmouth records, Nejc Zupan ’14 has also been making a splash on the national swimming scene. At this year’s Ivy Championship, Nejc became the first swimmer in Dartmouth history to be named the Swimmer of the meet, a distinction he earned for capturing three Ivy League Titles. This performance qualified him for the NCAA Championship, making him the first Big Green swimmer to qualify for this meet since 1980. At the NCAA’s he placed 8th in the 200 breaststroke out the entire Men’s Division 1, the first Dartmouth swimmer to ever finish in the top ten. All these great accolades are made even better by the fact that Nejc is only a junior and has another year to set records.
Michael Ankeny ’13 is also making a name for himself at the national level as a world-class skier. He is currently competing with the US Ski Team and although a torn ligament damaged his season, he is still pushing onward with his eyes set for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Members of the Zeta Chapter dedicated a large amount of their time to community service this past year booking a total of around 1900 reported hours. This breaks down to, on average, about 20 service hours per members over the course of the year. A few brothers even dedicated entire academic terms to service. Konrad Von Moltke, for instance, spent his summer volunteering about 40 hours a week for Top Box Foods, a non-profit hunger relief organization in downtown Chicago.
The Zeta chapter has a number of favorite adopted causes. The Dartmouth Student Accessibility Services works with students, faculty, staff, and the campus administration to ensure that the programs, services, and activities of Dartmouth College are accessible to and usable by, students with disabilities. They also worked with the Dartmouth Ski Patrol, which serves the Dartmouth Community by acting as patrollers at the Dartmouth Skiway. The actives performed many duties including promoting safety, rescuing the injured and providing education.
The chapter worked with Athletes United, a terrific organization focused on providing a competitive recreational sports environment for young children in the Upper Valley—entirely free of charge. In addition, Athletes United expands Dartmouth student-athletes’ visibility in the community, connecting them to Upper Valley children as role models and mentors. Similar work through the Dartmouth Prison Project was aimed at providing a stable source of enrichment and empowerment to men currently in prison through many programs run at the prison facility.
The Zeta Chapter, in addition to volunteerism, had a fantastic year for philanthropic fundraising. Between the PAAR Greek Fundraising Competition and the Prouty race for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center the Brotherhood raised over $16,000.
The Zeta Chapter participates in several community service and campus benefit events each year and 2012-2013 was no expectation. One such event, "Take Back the Night,” is a march around campus to raise awareness about sexual assault issues here at Dartmouth and across the country. The Zeta aided the event in several ways including giving monetary support, sending members to march, and decorating our house with supportive banners and flags.
Over the summer the chapter also held a lunch event for several high school students participating in the Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD) Program. This gave our members a great chance to interact with these students from under resourced areas and give them our advice and perspectives about college.
The Zeta chapter is also looking to the future as we attempt to increase our community service in Upper Valley and leave a legacy of service for future classes. To this end we have recently established a partnership with Dartmouth’s Outdoor Leader Experience program, which connects Dartmouth students with local children for fun, outdoor activates. Through this partnership the Zeta hopes to create a lasting and meaningful opportunity for members to regularly give back to children in the community around us.
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LAMBDA, Columbia University (1842)
No report submitted.
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PSI, Hamilton College (1843)
Remy Kartzman ’14
Eric Boole ’13
Connor Miyamoto ’15
Ted Barrett ’14
Mike MacDonald ‘13
First Team All-NESCAC
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XI, Wesleyan University (1843)
While the individual members that collectively form the chapter have achieved great things, so too has the group as a whole. This semester saw many large events that were ran by brothers and hosted at the chapter house, which allowed the Xi a chance to give back to the community and those who have impacted us over the years.
This spring we held the 26th iteration of our bi-annual Public Service Dinner. The dinner is one way we show our thanks to the brave men and women who ensure our community’s safety. As usual, members of the Middletown fire and police departments, politicians, emergency management servicemen and campus safetymen were invited to attend as we honored the memory of our former property manager Edward S. Dunham. Ed was a staple in the public service community in Middletown and nearby Portland, CT.
We also continued to honor the constant pursuit of wisdom by bestowing our annual Caleb T. Winchester award to the faculty member who best combines Psi Upsilon’s virtues and scholarly work as Brother Winchester did when he taught at Wesleyan. The 2013 recipient of the award was Professor Eric Charry of the music department, and the Xi hosted a ceremony honoring Professor Charry and his accomplishments.
This year the house also worked in coordination with other student groups to host a performance from the renowned politically-motivated hip hop duo Dead Prez. The performance was done in concert with an academic forum held earlier in the day that mixed Wesleyan professors, students, and the artists themselves. The house also hosted two academic forums, which invited students, professors, and the Middletown public to hear a collection of speakers. The topics this year were "Critically Thinking Leaders” and "Middletown’s History”, as we combined our pursuits of wisdom with our appreciation for the community at large.
Last but not least the chapter continued its tradition of hosting "dinner and a show” at the chapter house, catered by the Xi’s Chique Chaque eating service. The events were done to strengthen ties with the Wesleyan community by inviting the public to join us for a meal at the chapter house with live vocal entertainment.
Around campus, the Xi continues to lead by example. In classes this semester, the Xi continued to pursue wisdom in a host of different majors and disciplines. The Xi posted a chapter GPA of 3.40, and many individuals had standout academic achievements throughout the year.
Adam Rashkoff ’13
Fulbright Scholar, Adam will be working in the Austrian province of Vorarlberg; Senior Class Vice-President; Writing tutor and Peer Advisor; Editor for the school newspaper The Wesleyan Argus;
Jackson Ulrich ’12
Michael Onah ’13
Co-chairs of the 8 member Student Judicial Board responsible for ensuring students adhere to Wesleyan’s code of non-academic conduct.
Jefferson Ajayi ’13
All-New England wrestler. Ajayi entered the season ranked nationally (184 pound weight class) and finished—for the second straight year—at the NCAA National Championships
Noah Schlesinger ’13
Academic All-NESCAC for the fourth time
Alex Lough ’13
Brewster Lee ’13
Jeremy Webber ’13
Completed music theses, organizing, promoting, and performing for the Music Department. Lough received honors for his thesis "Reshaping Traditions" while Webber received honors for "Repetition & Stasis".
John Whit Chiles ’13
Representative on the four person Honor Board that adjudicates violations of Wesleyan’s Honor Code; Editor for the school newspaper The Wesleyan Argus;
Alexander Hoyle ’13
Adam Forbes ’13
Served as Editor-in-chief and Art Editor respectively for the second iteration of the Argus Magazine, the magazine accompaniment of the school newspaper.
Reiss Clauson-Wolf ‘13
Served on the executive board of SHOFCO (Shining Hope for Communities), an international non-profit that focuses on alleviating the issues associated with the poverty that exists in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya.
Simon Riker ’14
Fall Archon; Musical director and founder of Wesleyan’s Acappella group, Slender James; musical director for the student musical Spring Awakening.
Maxwell Bigman ’14
Granted a portion of Wesleyan’s annual Davenport Grant. Given to exceptional students of the social sciences who demonstrate a willingness to do individual research.
Patrick Moriarty ’14
Archon; Research assistant for Wesleyan’s Dean of Social Studies; Editor for the school newspaper The Wesleyan Argus;
Evan Scarlett ’14
1st-Angelos; leads a program called Musical Mentoring, which allows Wesleyan students to teach music lessons to children in Middletown.
Felipe DaCosta ’15
Awarded one of five Undergraduate Melon Mays Fellowships on campus for students of color. The fellowship allows for Felipe to further pursue his academic interests with the hope of eventually achieving higher education in that field.
Luca Ameri '15
All-NESCAC Academic honors for the winter indoor-track season.
Jon Coombs ’15
Co-chair elect the 8 member Student Judicial Board that is responsible for ensuring students adhere to Wesleyan’s code of non-academic conduct.
Jesse Tarnas ’16
Served as the research assistant in theoretical physics within the Wesleyan’s Physics performing research on exoplanets through the Astronomy Department
Daniel Wittenberg ’16
Elected to serve as President of Wesleyan’s West College, a community based dormitory that takes an active role in the campus social, intellectual, and political climate.
Tim Israel ’16
Helped found and run a sports blog called Stoop Sports that has grown to include over 60 writers nationwide for a wide variety of college and professional sports perspectives
Athletic Achievement was in abundance this year for brothers of the Xi. First, Jefferson Ajayi ’13 was named an All-New England wrestler. Ajayi entered the season ranked nationally and finished—for the second straight year—at the NCAA National Championships in the 184 pound weight class. Seven brothers competed for Wesleyan’s men’s squash team, which finished the season ranked #18 nationally. Our men’s baseball team captured the Little Three title and NESCAC West crown behind the strong pitching of Brothers Jeff Blout ’14, Chris Law ’14, and Jimmy Hill ’14.
The Xi chapter continued to show that not only are our brothers a force to be reckoned with in our endeavors in the classroom and on the athletic fields, but we also make a positive impact in our immediate community and the world at large. Every Friday, brothers from the Xi would go to MacDonough elementary school to a recess mentoring program.
This year, Brother Michael Lyn ’15 was appointed coordinator of the Traverse Square Program. Traverse Square is an after school mentoring program run by Brother Lyn and three peers, going two hours a day from 4-6, 5 days a week (Monday-Friday). The program takes place in the housing project that is located behind University housing and all of the children who come are residents of Traverse square. From 4-5 the kids do homework, and from 5-6 spend bonding time with volunteers, who hope to serve as role models for the young kids. During some "Program Days” on Friday the Xi has opened up our house for screening movies, joining the brotherhood with young residents of Middletown. We have two brothers who serve as tutors, Ryan Greenway '15 and Max Jones '16. The center was also thoroughly cleaned this year with help from the Xi, and will continue to be cleaned semi-frequently.
Brothers volunteered and provided food at Take Back the Night, which is an annual event to give voice to sufferers and victims of sexual assault and violence.
Archon Patrick Moriarty '14 and Fall 1st-Angelos Evan Scarlett ‘14 helped organize the campus community to head toward Hartford for a "Marriage Equality Rally" that took place on the eve of the U.S. Supreme Court's hearing of cases dealing with Proposition 8.
Brothers again hosted the Public Service dinner to honor men and women in public service for our community, the details of which are outlined in the Chapter Achievements section of this letter.
The Xi also hosted a community service event called "SHOFCOchella”, a joint venture done in coordination with the student group SHOFCO (described in Individual Leadership). The event was held as a day-long festival with all proceeds going to SHOFCO; the Xi rose over $800 at day’s end.
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OMEGA, University of Chicago (1869)
The Omega Chapter excelled academically this past year, with 31 of 48 eligible actives named to the University of Chicago Dean's List.
The most heartwarming event of fall quarter was the Global Water Brigades Foundation "Poker Night” evening held at the Omega chapter house. Brother Arthur Cilley ’14, president of Global Water Brigades foundation, held a fundraising event in conjunction with the Omega chapter early during the fall quarter. Several hundred dollars were raised. Global Water Brigades is a registered student organization on the University of Chicago campus that is dedicated to bringing safe drinking water to people in developing countries. Many current brothers are actively involved with this organization, including Calen Cole ’13, Gordon Zhang '16, and Ugur Kocak ’16. This organization’s activity has really picked up on campus in recent months, and the Omega chapter of Psi Upsilon has played a direct role in its rise.
In the winter quarter, the Omega held an alumni networking event in which many Omega alumni returned to the chapter house to lend advice to actives regarding their future professions. It was a fantastic experience and we hope to make this event an annual tradition.
Krishna Ravella ’14
Benjamin Hammer ’14
Mark Reid ’14
Elected college council members of the University of Chicago Student Government.
Arthur Cilley ’14
Served as President of the Global Water Brigades Foundation, an organization devoted to providing safe drinking water to developing countries.
Krishna Ravella ’14
Received the Max Davidson Award for athletes, given annually to the athlete who demonstrates tremendous dedication to his or her athletic team (Men’s Tennis)
Christopher Cheng ’13
Men's Track and Field Member of the 4 X 800 relay team that at one point during the season held the fastest recorded D3 time in the entire country.
Jorge Bilbao ’16
Named the UAA Conference Rookie of the Year (Men’s Soccer)
Michael Choquette ’15
Named to the All-UAA Conference Team (Men’s Soccer)
The Omega chapter of Psi Upsilon currently boasts 30 actives that participate on athletic teams at the University of Chicago. Furthermore, the Omega is home to both captains of the varsity men’s tennis team, both captains of the varsity men’s soccer team, a captain of the varsity men’s track and field team, the captain of the varsity men’s rugby team, and the captain of the men’s lacrosse team at the University of Chicago.
Throughout the entirety of the school year, brothers Harrison Abrams ’13, Krishna Ravella ’14, Ankur Bharvaga ’15, Jake Crawford ’16, and Gordon Zhang ’16 volunteered their time weekly at Andrew Carnegie Elementary school to tutor children in a variety of different subjects, including Mathematics, English, History, Reading, Writing, and Science. This was a very rewarding experience for these brothers as they learned a great deal about the educational system of the surrounding community and formed a close relationship with young students in the community with the potential to have bright futures. These brothers volunteered over 200 hours in total.
Brother Benjamin Nickerson ’15, current Philanthropy Chair of the Omega chapter, has committed over 200 hours of community service to the Neighborhood Schools Program (NSP) this year, a local community service organization that places University of Chicago students in Chicago Public School high schools and elementary schools around the south side of Chicago. He is on the Board of NSP and even founded the NSP blog. Furthermore, Benjamin has worked with the Brent House Episcopal Center where he does community service work with transitional housing in Chicago. Currently as philanthropy chair, he is working on partnering the Omega Chapter with a local children’s athletic organization where the Omega will be able to hold clinics, donate resources, and form bonds with community residents. Benjamin’s drive has been hugely positive for this chapter, as many brothers are becoming more active around the community and beyond.
Brother Matthew Vecchitto ’15 worked last summer for the MapsCrops organization, where he worked in conjunction with an urban health initiative and Southside health and vitalities studies to make local resources more readily available to south side residents of Chicago. In addition, Matthew worked as a mentor to over 20 Southside students throughout the summer, committing over 300 hours to his community service causes. The Omega Chapter also organized a Sandwich Making Day with the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, which involved nearly 200 brown bag lunches made in about two hours.
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PI, Syracuse University (1875)
Throughout the past two academic semesters, the Pi chapter of Psi Upsilon has accomplished a number of chapter achievements. Ranging from academic recognition to leadership retreats and even structural improvements, the Pi chapter is moving in the right direction.
In late April members of the brotherhood attended an Inter Fraternity Council Award Ceremony. The Pi Chapter has made a fresh push to thrive academically this year. After a visit from Tom Fox, Omicron ’00, and a four hour Commitment to Excellence retreat, the brotherhood was reminded of that critical pillar of Psi Upsilon: intellectual excellence. Thanks to the hard work of the brothers within the classroom, the Pi was recognized this semester as having the highest cumulative grade point average among all organizations in Syracuse University’s IFC. A 3.3 GPA for a house of 60 committed brothers active in a plethora of organizations on campus is something that we are all very proud of.
In an effort to pass down the importance of education in our organization, this semester’s executive board put in place a new academic advising system in our new member education process. New members of the Pi’s Spring 2013 class were each assigned a brother as their own academic advisor for the duration of the process and beyond. We matched new members with active brothers in their corresponding majors, to answer any questions and offer academic assistance as needed. This process crushed the preconceived notions that fraternity members take limited pride in their academics, to represent a superior active brother and dedicated academic, someone that we believe the new class has learned to idolize and model in the future. We’ve used the talent of our studious brothers to breed academic excellence in our new members. Over 30 brothers are recognized as an honor student in their respective schools.
In the course of this academic year, the Pi has been working hard to constantly improve its reputation on campus as a positively contributing organization within the Syracuse University community. As a reward for our hard work inside the classroom, as well as continuous participation in community service and philanthropies, the Pi Chapter was among a select few awarded the highest honor by the University: The Chancellor's Gold Cup Award. We monitored our accreditation process from start to finish, and thanks to the hard work of the entire brotherhood, our chapter has been recognized as one of the top contributing chapters on campus within the IFC. This is a true testament to the brotherhoods overall contribution to the missions of Psi Upsilon, upholding the truths of social, moral, and intellectual excellence to the fullest.
For the fall semester of 2012 and the spring semester of 2013, the Pi Chapter saw numerous renovations to the exterior of the chapter house. With construction being conducted by Pete Daly ‘80, a Trust Association member, there has been an immense amount of detail put into the work so that it meets the standards of the Pi Chapter as well as satisfying the requirements of the Registry of Historic Places.
Thus far, the exterior has been painted on the western and southern facing walls. The siding of the house is being painted white to emulate historic photographs of the Pi from the early 20th century. Currently, the four pillars that stand guard to the front entrance of the house are being replaced. Following the completion of the pillar renovation, the plan is to move to the northern and eastern facing sides of the house.
In speaking with Jim Cornacchia ‘86, who is the Vice President of the Trust Association, the timetable for completion is uncertain but a vast majority of the exterior renovations should be completed by the fall of 2013. The brotherhood is immensely excited for renovations to be complete, and once they are the Pi will be a focal point of the Syracuse University campus.
In respect to interior renovation being conducted by the Trust Association, the main project completed was the installation of new hard wood floors in the dining room. Over winter break, the old and tattered flooring was removed and then replaced with new hardwoods. Although it is only one room of the house to see attention at this point, the brotherhood takes a great level of pride in maintaining the new floor and making sure that it remains in great condition.
Because of the construction, brotherhood projects outside have been at a minimal level these past two semesters. The goal is that with the completion of the exterior renovations, it can be made a brotherhood effort to landscape as well as install new horseshoe pits. Throughout the semester the interior of the house was maintained to the exemplary level that the brotherhood views as standard. Staining was completed on the vast woodwork and Stanley Steemer regularly maintained the carpets. On top of this, there was a great effort to repaint walls that have been neglected in the past. Due to the positive outcome of these past semester’s brotherhood maintenance and projects, the bar will be set even higher in semesters to come
The brothers of the Pi Chapter are extremely grateful for the amount of work the Trust Association has put into the restoration of the house and are anxiously waiting for the completion of construction. The physical condition of the house has been steadily improving over past semesters and will only continue to do so. With exterior renovations nearing a close, the brotherhood has begun brainstorming ideas as to how they can improve other facets of the exterior in a timely and cost efficient manner. This is a truly exciting time for the Pi Chapter of Psi Upsilon. Between our ever improving standing on campus academically and socially, along with the greatly improved physical standing of the house, the brotherhood is excited to move forward and to continue improving our character, academics and fraternal bonds.
The weekend of February 9th Brother Tom Fox, Omicron’00, flew in from nationals to conduct a commitment to excellence retreat with the entire brotherhood. Brothers met in a classroom where we spent four hours discussing our chapter and developing short term and long term goals and objectives. We outlined ways to improve our chapter in regards to house management, leadership, rush, the new member process and more.
Thanks to Brother Fox, Omicron’00, we had a summary of our discussion on record to constantly reference throughout the semester. Our first goal was successful after rushing 15 new guys and only giving out 18 bids. What seemed unsure to the brothers at first turned into one of the most beneficial and enjoyable retreats the house has ever experience. We look forward to continuing this retreat as a tradition moving forward.
Lukas Alfen ’15 was awarded the Jason L. Morales Rising Greek Leader Award for his excellence and potential in the Greek Community. Jason Morales was a Greek brother who died in NYC earlier this semester. This prestigious award was presented by Mr. and Mrs. Morales to very distinguished students.
The brotherhood was also given the Council Scholarship Award recognizing our houses superior academic excellence.
Mark Pozin ’13
Archon; Inducted into the Kappa Tau Alpha Communications honor society. The group recognizes outstanding student in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Eddie Walter ’13
Sam Whitaker ’14
Devin Hill ’14
Joined the Phi Kappa Alpha society that recognizes student who have gone above and beyond in more than just the academic setting (Greek Life, Extra-curricular, Volunteer, Etc.).
Tyler Schapiro ‘13
David Sansavere ‘14
Members of the Beta Alpha Psi fraternity recognized for excellence in accounting.
John Tummino ‘15
Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars for his excellent Grade Point Average and leadership within Syracuse University.
Ethan Postkanzer ‘14
Vice President of Internal Affairs for the Inter Fraternity Council. Mediated sanctions among houses representing all fraternities on campus.
Lukas Alfen ’15
Chairman of Civic Engagement in the Inter Fraternity Council. Lukas is in charge of organizing and approving philanthropic events on campus. Lukas is planning on running for the Student President of IFC for the Spring 2014 semester.
The entire brotherhood as participated in multiple community service initiative this semester. For the entire academic year over 20 brothers volunteer with a program called "The Spot,” which is an after school study and mentoring program for children in the city of Syracuse. Brothers have also participate in a program called "Meals on Wheels” involving brothers delivering food to underprivileged families throughout the city.
A few members of the chapters also volunteered at the Syracuse Boys and Girls club where they participated in games with inner-city students. We have integrated the brotherhoods interest in children’s community service with our philanthropy event. The money we raised for our spring philanthropy was donated to the Say Yes to Education program which aims to improve education in the city of Syracuse.
The entire workforce of our brotherhood is responsible for completing a minimum of ten hours of community service a semester but often times brothers exceed this number. We have also had one of the most successful philanthropy seasons in terms of participation in the Greek Community. In the spring semester alone the brotherhood has donated and participated in over 10 philanthropy events placing top three in every event and winning three events. In the fall we also co-hosted a blood drive with the Sorority Alpha Xi Delta.
In the spring, the brotherhood hosted the first ever Psi Luau Philanthropy. With performances by musicians, the dance team and sale of Dinosaur BBQ the event raised $1,500. All proceeds will be donated to Say Yes to Education which is a national non-profit committed to dramatically increasing high school and college graduation rates for the Syracuse nation’s inner-city youth. A sponsor of Say Yes to Education agreed to double whatever our philanthropy event made so in collaboration we raised $3,000. Many brothers also participated in a fundraising event for Children’s Cancer. The event is hosted by the St. Baldrick’s foundation and is not associated with the University. Brothers signed a pledge to shave their heads in support of Children’s Cancer. Participants spent a month or two using social media to raise as much money as possible and in the end raised $1,589 and shaved their heads. In the fall the brotherhood hosted our annual philanthropy: Psi U Futsal. The event is an indoor soccer tournament and all proceeds were donated to the Avon Foundation for breast cancer research. A brother’s mother is very involved in her community with the Avon Foundation so we wanted to support her efforts.
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CHI, Cornell University (1876)
Kyle Zipf ’14
Dan Krenitsyn ‘13
Inducted into the Order of Omega Greek Honors Society.
Startup idea, Marshfillows, was chosen as top business idea in the Johnson School Shark Tank Business Pitch Idea as well as the Entrepreneurship@Cornell Celebration Weekend Final Pitch Event.
At the Share our Strength Dinner in the fall semester over $4,000 was raised towards feeding hungry children in America. Charity Dinner was co-sponsored with two other fraternities and three sororities. Then the Share our Strength Dinner in the spring raised an additional $3,500.
The Chi Chapter then participated in the Mark Von Bucher Memorial Soccer Tournament and raised $952 on behalf of Lolipop Farms, an animal shelter in Rochester, New York. Mark was a member of Psi U who passed away three years ago. He was also pre-vet. In the Greek Run 2013 the house raised over $1,200. The proceeds go to victims of the Boston Marathon attacks. Money donated through Red Cross and Salvation Army. The day consisted of a 5k run with a barbecue at Psi U afterwards.
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BETA BETA, Trinity College (1880)
This past year the Beta Beta Chapter held our 1st Annual 'Conversations over cocktails' event, where students and teachers conversed at our house outside of the class room setting. We also hosted the 1st annual 'Veterans Dinner' event, where local veterans and Psi Upsilon Brothers had dinner together, helping to give back to those who have made a stalwart commitment to protecting out country.
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ETA, Lehigh University (1884)
This year was once again a year of great achievement for the Eta chapter. As a chapter we focused on three major areas, continuing our academic success, developing the chapter internally and recruitment. While we focused on these three areas, we still held on to our connection to community service and philanthropy.
As for awards and recognition, the Eta chapter received a Gold rating from the university for the second year in a row. Only chapters that demonstrate excellence in all five categories of evaluation by the university receive gold ratings. Of the eighteen Fraternity chapters at Lehigh, the Eta was one of three to receive gold. On a national scale, the chapter received the Award of Distinction for the second year in a row as well. Finally, the Eta was nominated for a National Interfraternity Council distinguished chapter award as well. While not selected for the award, the Eta is proud to have been recognized not only on a national basis by Psi Upsilon but by all Greek organizations. While not an award, something the chapter is exceptionally proud of is hosting Robert Beecroft, Tau ‘62. Robert Beecroft, Tau ‘62 is not only a Brother Psi Upsilon but a United States Ambassador. This was the first time in Lehigh's history an Ambassador was brought to campus.
As mentioned before, our academics have been a strong focus of the chapter. In 2010 we saw a worrisome dip in our GPA. As a result, the house completely overhauled our academic plan. Since then, our GPA has been steadily rising. Our chapter's GPA was the fifth highest of the eighteen Fraternities, significantly beating the all fraternity and all men's averages. Our GPA was in line with the all Greek and all undergraduate averages. This is increasingly impressive as 60% of the chapter members are part of either engineering or honors programs; these programs are considered extremely rigorous by the university.
Our internal development comes in the form of our chapter's strategic plan. As Lehigh's only continuously active chapter and Psi Upsilon's oldest continually active chapter, the university challenged the chapter to think five years into the future. With this inspiration and some guidance from Tom Fox, Omicron ‘00, the chapter started to develop the strategic plan. One of the major aspects of the plan is a formalized officer transition program. Through creating position binders, new officers can get historical perspective on how past officers went about their positions. In addition, the plan focuses on a strengths and weakness analysis of the chapter. While the chapter has been effective in their operations, the strengths and weakness analysis is helping us to become more efficient with our operations.
Finally, we focused on recruitment. Our newest class is twenty members strong. This was an important step for the chapter as the two classes before were smaller than expected in number. In order to revamp our recruitment process we worked closely with our alumni association. We contacted previous rush chairs who were exceptionally successful in bringing in large new member classes. Using their techniques and tips we were able to adjust our recruitment practices to bring in the large class we needed.
Our three main goals for the year were academics, internal development and recruitment. We hit all three of these goals and maintained our excellence in other fields as well.
The chapter hosted a benefit concert in a local venue to support the Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem. Partnering with several groups including other Greek organizations and Lehigh sponsored groups, that chapter raised about $1,000 for the Club.
The chapter also participated in Mo-vember. Mo-vember is an event in which chapter members grow out their mustache to raise money and awareness for prostate health and cancer prevention. The chapter raised about $300 during this event.
Kicks for CASA is the chapter's partnership with Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. The event is an indoor soccer tournament that supports the Court Appointed Special Advocates program. This is second year we've partnered up for the event and it is quickly becoming one of our favorite annual events. This year we raised about $500 for the event.
Dan Coviello ’13- CSO Student Coordinator, Miller Keystone Blood Drive Organizer, Pathway to Serve Editor, Eco-Rep, Global Union Representative, Founder of Lehigh's American Academy of Environmental Engineers, Co-Leader of on Lehigh's Sustainability Program, United Nations Sustainability Council Youth Delegate
Peter Weigel ’13- Martindale Scholar Program, Piano Soloist for Lehigh Orchestra, Graduate Level Research Assistant in ECE Department, Physics II Tutor
Jimmy Niemczyk ’13- Teaching Assistant
Jacob Schwartz ’13- Senior Representative to ISE Department
Matthew Wolfers ’13- Phi Eta Sigma, Gymnastics Club President, Volunteer at St. Luke's Hospital, Independent Researcher, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz orchestra
Matthew Tessitore ’13- Rossin Junior Fellow, Phi Beta Kappa
Alex Gault ’13; Dale S. Strohls Research Grant Recipient,
Michael Squires ’13- Club Baseball, American Academy of Environmental Engineers Treasurer
Batjargal Batmunkh ’13- Dale S. Strohls Research Grant Recipient Musical Director of "A Whole Step Up” and "Off the Record,” Former Cirque Du Soleil Performer
Patrick Sohr ’13- IJC Representative, Greek Ally
Lee Ramsden ’13- Director ILR, IEEE
Dave Colangelo ’13- Head Electrical Engineer for formula SAE team, Head Audio Tech, Zollner Arts Center
Thomas Keenan ’13- Supply Chain Club
Rick Mearhoff ’14- Music Box
Kyle Merideth ’14- Club/Varsity Crew, Society of Collegiate Scholars
Adam Feit ’14- Dreyfus Portfolio Board Member
Andrew DeLuca ’14- ILR Graduate, National Society of Leadership and Success Member
Spencer Cohn ’14- Lehigh Liner’s Employee, Real Estate Club member
Jonathan Witt ’15-Leadership Lehigh, Sustainability Department Intern, Green Action Committee, Engineers without Borders, Eco-Reps, Spring Serve
Isauro Flores ’15-Engineers Without Borders, Spanish Club, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Tutor for America, Reads America Counts, Green Action
Taylor Rule ’15-German Club, Libertarian Club
Hansen Zhang ’15-Debate Club Vice President, Engineers Without Borders, Leadership Lehigh, Lehigh Toastmasters
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TAU, University of Pennsylvania (1891)
The 2012-2013 academic year has been one of growth and excellence for the Tau. At the Greek awards the chapter was awarded for having the best Educational Program on Campus. Furthermore the Chapter received the Award for runner up as the Chapter with the most community outreach and commitment. In addition to our educational and philanthropy programs the Tau chapter expanded the brotherhood focused speaker series, "Tau Talks” to inspire and feed the brothers hunger for learning.
The Castle Speaker Series, generously funded by the Castle Foundation, has taken off this year due to the involvement of the executive board and the planning of the brotherhood chair. The idea was to bring in interesting people, be it professors, Psi U alumni, or even an ex-cancer researcher turned food cart operator; for intimate discussions over refreshments in our Great Hall. The events have been a great pleasure for the brothers, and impressed the close friends we invited from outside the chapter. We enjoyed hearing from professors about topics including: corporate sustainability, the philosophy behind cheating in sports, the magic of the ancient Greeks, the value of a liberal education, and the subtleties of international finance. We hosted our young alumni, giving them an opportunity to strengthen their connection with the house's new brothers while sharing their advice on law school, business school, career decision-making, and their current specific industries. We were particularly lucky to be able to bring back one of our older and more accomplished alumni, Ambassador Robert Beecroft ‘62, to share his insights on the role of diplomacy in the modern world. We're looking forward to expanding the speaker series in the upcoming semester.
This year the Tau managed to raise the huge sum of $21143 for various charities and organizations. Brothers put in over 700+ hours towards community service continuing in the same stride that led the chapter to win the Clasped Hand Award for outstanding philanthropy last year. Academically, the brothers managed to obtain an average GPA of 3.45 fall semester, which was 6th best overall in the Greek community at Penn, as well as a 3.41 in the spring. Moreover two brothers made the dean’s list and two other brothers were awarded with the highest honor of Phi Beta Kappa.
Our alumni outreach program continues to reach out to previous classes and host successful events. In the fall Homecoming received a strong turnout from both recent and old alums that indicated the solid bonds between the brotherhood and the frequent communication with alumni. The house is also in the midst of preparing to host the May reunion gatherings for all alumni on May 11th with the help of Phil Timon ‘86, the invaluable head of the Philadelphia Alumni Association. If the previous years are any indication the event should be remembered for years to come.
The Tau chapter inducted 14 new initiates this Spring, who continue the Tau chapter’s tradition and history of diversity in cultural background, economic status, and nationality. These exceptional individuals come from across the globe, including Azerbaijan, Nigeria, India, France, Ghana, United Kingdom, Turkey, Norway, Sweden and the US. Many of these freshmen have already achieved great academic achievements as well as physical ones such as leading the Tau Chapter to second place in the Greek Soccer League and gaining recognition from honor societies. Their short time in the brotherhood has already left an impression and we look forward to their contributions as they live in the house and take positions of leadership.
In conclusion, with the assistance of visits from Tom Fox, Omicron’00, and our indispensable chapter advisor Dr. Sam ‘81 the Tau chapter has continued to strive for excellence at the University of Pennsylvania and for Psi Upsilon. By using our greatest assets to our strength, we have found unity amidst our diversity and persist to add to the great history of our chapter and the fraternity as a whole.
In terms of individual achievements, the brothers of the Tau chapter have continued to excel in their academic and leadership pursuits, gaining them recognition from the most prestigious honor societies as well as key positions in some of Penn’s most capable student organizations.
Andrew Turell ’14 was elected President of the Interfraternity Council of the University of Pennsylvania upon returning from his semester abroad in Paris, France. He was also inducted into the national political science honor society Pi Sigma Alpha and the Greek leadership senior society Omega.
Afolabi Seriki ’16, a new member was inducted into the Onyx senior society honor roll for the 2012-2013 academic year for his outstanding academic record and campus leadership. Similarly Eric Schwartz ’14 and Eric Kauderer-Abrams ’14 both made the prestigious Dean’s List for both spring and fall semesters by achieving GPA’s of above 3.75.
Louis Markham ’15 was elected the Recruitment Chair of Penn’s European Society and accepted into the Wharton School to complete the highly competitive dual degree program as both a Joseph Wharton Scholar and Benjamin Franklin Scholar.
Kulanard Kanathanavanich ’15 who is a Joseph Wharton Scholar was acknowledged at this year’s Greek awards for being the Most Outstanding House Manager on campus.
Karim El Sayaad ’15 was elected Vice President of the Penn Arab Students Society.
Joshua Tycko ’14 who is also a Benjamin Franklin Scholar was appointed to serve as a board member on the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Advisory Board. Furthermore his research was selected for presentation at Thomas Jefferson University and for publication in the scientific journal Human Gene Therapy. He also participated in two 35 Mile Bike-a-thons to fund research on cystic fibrosis.
Filip Victor’ 14 was elected as Vice President of Investment of the Penn Biotech club and is currently a Benjamin Franklin Scholar.
Kareem Malek ’13 was elected as current President of Wharton’s Middle East and North Africa club. He also organized Wharton’s Middle East Conference including executives such as the Chief Executive officer of the consulting firm Booz & Company.
Alex Clapp’13 will be inducted into the most honorable honor society Phi Beta Kappa at graduation this May. He also received The George Allen Memorial Prize for the Student in the Junior Class Who Writes the Best Examination in Ancient Greek.
Samuel Shelley ’13 won the Naren Udayagiri Scholarship to a Management and Technology Student in the Junior Class who has achieved distinction scholastically and has demonstrated his or her commitment to excellence in both engineering and business.
Adam Saven’ 12 was inducted into the Business Administration Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma.
Lambros Theofanidies ’12 was also inducted into the most honorable honor society Phi Beta Kappa at his graduation ceremony
Furthermore five brothers won Psi Upsilon merit scholarships for the academic year 2012-2013.
Working with Breast Cancer "awareness lights” we spearheaded the movement with Zeta sorority to set up pink ribbon-shaped lights on the front of every fraternity house on Locust. The chapter also actively promoted, organized, set up and hosted event with Friars senior society at the house with 9 performing arts groups to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. Then, at Mennintouch we actively promoted, organized, setup and hosted event with Vagina Monologues at the house to raise money for Women Organized Against Rape.
Our event with Kappa Alpha Theta sorority was called "Rock the Casa.” Together we actively promoted, organized, setup and hosted a Battle of the Bands, raising money for the CASA foundation. The mission of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Philadelphia is to train and support community volunteers to advocate for the health, safety, stability and well-being of abused and neglected children.
Involvement with The Netter Center Community Service event was the result of Brother Aman Gupta ‘15 convincing a group of 12 brothers to volunteer for one day in a West Philadelphia school that he has been volunteering in all semester. We directed a clothing drive, where we collected all old clothes from brothers and brothers’ friends, adding lost and found items collected over years of events at the house and donating them to Red Cross.
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RHO, University of Wisconsin (1896)
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OMICRON, University of Illinois (1910)
We were graced with the company of the university’s chancellor, Phyllis Wise, at one of our Thursday formal dinners in the fall. An enjoyable time was had by brothers, alumni, and the chancellor. After the meal, she provided a brief lecture and shared invaluable insight on her career and life aspirations.
For the fall semester, the Omicron chapter was ranked 7th out of 45 fraternities within the Interfraternity Council for academic success. Our GPA was 3.22, and .12 points higher than the average of all fraternities.
Specialized bricks for the "Buy a Brick…Build a Legacy” program were installed in the house’s front walkway and patio area. These bricks can be purchased by alumni and allow one’s presence to forever be with the house.
Thanks to alumni donations and fundraising we have finalized a contract to renovate our basement bathrooms. Completion of the project is set for early August, and will be ready for use by the start of the school year. The brothers greatly appreciate all the contributions given and look forward to the renovations.
The fall pledge class had 15 men initiated. One of the ’16’s is a grandson of a former Omicron alumnus. On the other hand, the spring class had 12 men initiated. Joe DeBrock’s ’16.5 father is the College of Business Dean for the university. We thoroughly believe in these men, and look forward to their future contributions in the house.
I and four other brothers had the pleasure of attending the reactivation ceremony of the Rho chapter. In addition, we witnessed the initiation of their current pledge class. To top it off, we celebrated with an elegant meal and weekend stay with the Rho brothers.
We strive to present ourselves professionally as well. Sixteen brothers received internships for this summer, and nine brothers accepted full-time job positions upon graduation.
Jan Lumibao ’13
Former Archon; awarded the Griffin Award for Senior Excellence and will continue his pursuit of education at San Diego State University for graduate school.
Nick Kazanjian ’14
Neil Pelech ’14
Members of the Flight Team; Nick and his fellow teammates competed in the 2012 Regional 8 NIFA Competition and placed 2nd. As a result, the team went on to compete at Nationals and placed 8th overall.
Bryan Kennard ’14
Awarded the Outstanding Junior for his recruitment and social contributions.
Matthew Hamielec ’14.5
Former Archon; elected to serve as the Vice President of Standards for the Interfraternity Council and completed a much needed update of the Illinois Greek Initiative (IGI) Standards. His restructure has benefited a majority of the fraternities within IFC by providing clarity in each IGI guideline.
Jacob Persons ’15
Awarded the Chris Michel Leadership Award, Marine Corps League Award, and General Society of the War of 1812 Outstanding Student Award; Highly recognized for his services and leadership in ROTC
Brian Dizonno ’15.5
selected to be a TA for ECON 103 (Microeconomics) and constantly is proving his academic excellence with a cumulative GPA of 3.98
Mike Larsen ’16
Josh Seiter ’16
Accepted to pledge the business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi this spring semester.
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THETA THETA, University of Washington (1916)
The Theta Theta has had many great achievements as a chapter in the 2012-2013 school year. We are proud to say over 25% of the house made dean’s list spring quarter. For the first time in years the Theta Theta has been holding alumni functions every quarter. Theta Theta continues to have the largest Founders Day event. Over 200 alumni met in a luxury banquet room in downtown Seattle to reminisce and enjoy a meal with brothers dating back to the class of 1948. There was a strong support for Relay for Life as well as Hope on the Slopes.
Archon Aegir Olsen ’14 organized a number of improvements for the chapter house this school year. During spring break he reached out to alumni to raise funds to renovate AP’s, our billiard room named after Alphonso Pain Sawyer, and to renovate the entire first floor. A handful of men including, John Flanagan ‘14, Cole Erikson ‘15, Kevin Chang ‘16, Hans Larson ‘13, and others helped rip the up old carpet, replace the flooring, patch walls, and paint. Olsen ‘14 also started another company called Nordic Development Group LLC, which will employee a number of the brothers in the summer months to help boost summer live-in and recruitment. Olsen ‘14 is currently repainting the exterior of the chapter house, hoping to have it finished before summer starts.
One of our newly initiated members, Torin Blankinsmith ‘16, earned a 4.0 in his accelerated computer science class in the fall. He was given direct admittance into his major as well as allowing him to be a TA in the following winter and spring quarter.
Ben Bourgoin ’12
Turned down a grad school offer at MIT to pursue masters in architecture at Yale.
Adam Kreutzer ’14
Outstanding Junior; took a full course load while holding a part time job, volunteering at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and studying for the LSAT
Aegir Olsen ’14
Archon; Olsen also started another company called Nordic Development Group LLC, which will employee a number of the brothers in the summer months to help boost summer live-in and recruitment
Joseph Walters ’15
Highest GPA in the house Walters currently holds the Vice President of Public Affairs position on our Executive Council; Organized other philanthropic events at the chapter house including a feed for Camp Kesem and an athlete auctions that rose over a $1000.
Sean Xuan ’14
Attending Dartmouth College to pursue Masters in Industrial Engineering.
Tomoki Lam ’14
Full time student while working for amazon.
Drew Estes ’15
Achieved runner up status at the University of Washington Start-Up Company competition weekend designing an app that allows the same music to be streaming from different devices at the exact same time.
Howard Durrand ’15
CFO for the Americas Marketing Associate on campus.
Hans Larson ’13
Adam Kahtib ’14
Jorge Posadas ’14
Started a clothing company called Endorphins that is currently growing extremely fast in popularity. Kahtib is currently taking a quarter off to travel in Asia to set up connections to have all of his apparel made their and imported into the US.
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ZETA ZETA, University of British Columbia (1935)
The fall 2012 and winter 2013 semesters were great successes for the Zeta Zeta chapter of Psi Upsilon. Rush 2012 started off really well. With Patrick Kolodychuk ‘14 leading the fraternity, as the president, with our Rush Chair, Ali Swan ‘14, a great group of young men rushed, pledged and were initiated into the Zeta Zeta chapter at UBC.
We had an excellent turnout at our Formal rush dinner which was held, once again, at Enigma, a great restaurant in Vancouver, near campus. In total, 33 bids were given out, 27 bids were accepted and of those accepted 20 neophytes were initiated.
Semi-formal this year was similar to the event held in the previous year. The event took place in our chapter’s house. The event was an ugly sweater, Christmas themed party. Drinks and appetizers with actives, alumni’s and our dates were accompanied by a secret Santa gift exchange.
Year-end formal is an awesome time of the year. It is the one main event of the year where alumni’s and actives get together with their beautiful dates and have a great time. This year the event took place on top of Grouse Mountain. It was a perfect evening, with no rain and a nice temperature. Awards were given out to deserving brothers after the dinner was served. All in all, Rory Rees ‘14 organized a fantastic event.
This year was the first year of a new position for the chapter, scholastic officer. This position was held by Gavin Esdale ‘14. This position was created to help brothers who were not meeting grades criteria to improve in school. Study sessions were organized twice a week and event subsidization was used as an incentive for all brothers to attend. Many brothers benefited greatly from this new position and it is likely that the position will stay for at least the next semester.
With only a hand full of brothers who graduated along with a strong neophyte class
2013 is looking good. We should have just over 40 brothers returning and have an opportunity to grow substantially in the year to come. As always, quality over quantity will be emphasized while giving out bids during the bidding process. We are already planning for rush and other key events to come.
The second annual Zeta Zeta primary philanthropy event, Psi U Think You Can Dance (PUTYCD), rose just over $650 for Right to Play charity. Right to Play is a charity that supports child development in disadvantaged areas of the world through sports and activities.
Our house was used for its kitchen during a couple sorority charity events. This included the event cakes for casa where pancakes were cooked and sold for Court Appointed Special Advocate Association.
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EPSILON NU, Michigan State University (1943)
This year the Epsilon Nu Chapter initiated 31 new brothers from two of the largest pledge classes in the past 3 decades. The chapter also held our 70th Anniversary celebration for our chapter house. This was a dedication to our new roof installation that was paid for by our generous Alumni. Special tribute was given to Brother Dave Brogan’56, Brother Bob Jones’85, Brother John Chamberlain’72, and Brother Chris Chamberlain’11, all of whom were instrumental in the installation of the new roof and insuring that future generations of EN’s will be able to live in the historic Lodge. The chapter would also like to recognize our new chapter advisers Brother Adam Blaylock ‘09 and Brother Matt Eckenrode ‘04. As we continue to grow the strength and commitment of our amazing alumni will help us cement the Epsilon Nu as one of the top chapters on campus.
Grant Finlayson ‘13- Graduated with two degrees in human biology and Media & Information, with honors. Scored a 35 on the MCAT (95th percentile).
Nick Yodock ‘13- Graduated with a degree in English with high honors. Distinguished military graduate, top graduating cadet at Michigan State University.
Jeff Sleep ‘13- Named student employee of the year for Michigan State University employees.
Eric Minch ‘13- Graduated from James Madison College. Scored 163 on LSAT (87th percentile). Received a full ride scholarship to MSU College of Law graduate program.
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GAMMA TAU, Georgia Institute of Technology (1970)
This past year, a big focus of the Gamma Tau chapter was the Atlanta Beltline. A year ago, we adopted a section of the 33 miles of multi-use trails that run along the Beltline, and we’ve been hard at work cleaning up the environment and maintaining green space through weeding and invasive plant removal. Over the past year, we’ve put in our time and effort into revitalizing the beltline and plan to put in many more.
Additionally, we celebrated the 42nd anniversary of our chapter in honor of Douglas Adams’ classic novel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. This included a Semi-Formal at the Tellus Science Museum, the Ramblin’ Reck Parade, the GT homecoming game, as well as a presentation of the Gamma Tau Chapter History book, curated by Brothers Alex Hofelich ‘97, Jonathan Chaffin ‘00, and Paul Travis ‘01, among others.
We also had the pleasure of joining the Chi Delta chapter on their annual end-of-the-year Myrtle Beach trip for the very first time. We came together with the Chi Delta chapter for five days in a celebration of brotherhood and camaraderie. Together, we numbered seventy-four Psi Upsilon brothers packed into three condominiums off the coast of Myrtle Beach.
Andrew Vaziri ‘13- Was selected as a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, Won the $25k Most Commercial able Prize in the Georgia Tech Business Plan Competition as well as awards for Best Customer Discovery and Best Product Showcase
Lindsay Resnick ‘13- Graduating from GT with Highest Honors, Accepted to Georgia State University Master of Public History program with a research assistantship and full tuition waiver. Participated in the National Archives at Atlanta internship program Spring 2013, researching the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Amanda Nabors ‘16- Doing research under Dr. Mary Frank Fox with the Center for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology. Elected Vice President of the College Democrats of Georgia under the Young Democrats of Georgia. Elected Political Director for College Democrats of Georgia Tech.
Jonathon Kuo ‘13- Won Best Overall project for the Spring 2013 Capstone Design Expo.
Anne McPeters ‘13- Accepted into the Stanford Graduate Program for Environmental Engineering & Science, served as VP of Membership for Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society, this past Fall 2012 and Spring 2013
Bobby King ‘12- Accepted into the Georgia Tech Graduate Program for Computer Science
Zeheng Chen ‘14- Won 2nd place in Convergence Innovation Competition 2013 in the Automotive Category for his project DriveSocial
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CHI DELTA, Duke University (1973)
This year the Chi Delta Chapter was given the Duke Greek Community Standard: Gold Award
They were one of four chapters given this prestigious honor.
Tommy Isola ‘14 Dean's List and received a Duke IFC scholarship.
Alyssa Fowers ‘13 Graduating with Distinction in the top 15% of her class and will be joining another Alumnus, Lawrence Evalyn in starting their own business Evalyn and Fowers Visual Media.
Emily Rinaldo ‘14 Led our chapter in raising more than $300 for our philanthropy.
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EPSILON IOTA, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1982)
This year, my chapter’s main achievement was our outstandingly high GPA. We have a term GPA of 3.45 and a cumulative GPA of 3.50. This was the highest out of all Greek organizations on campus.
We had a successful Founder’s Day event on April 13. A bunch of alumni showed up, the house didn’t burn down, and everyone seemed to have a good time.
Colin Rice ‘14
Dean’s List; maintained above a 3.85 throughout college career
Emily DeLarme ‘14
Dean’s List; maintained above a 3.85 throughout college career
Rebecca Morea ‘13
Local Humane Society weekly volunteer; She also coordinated an effort among her brothers to get people to go to volunteer training at the humane society, which has resulted in four additional brothers becoming volunteers; Warm Up America project, knits and crochets blankets for those in need.
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PHI DELTA, University of Mary Washington (1996)
Eric Manning Litchford ’13
Received a $7,000 scholarship for Historic Preservation
Jesse Lynch ’14
Jesse Radolinski ’14
Christian Hughes ’16
Quinn Nolan ’16
Will Appleman ’16
Chosen as Student Orientation Leaders for the Summer 2013 Orientation, out of a possible 90-100 student candidates, only 25 were selected, 5 of which were Psi Upsilon Brothers.
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LAMBDA SIGMA, Pepperdine University (1998)
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ALPHA OMICRON, New Jersey Institute of Technology (1999)
This was quite a spectacular year for Alpha Omicron. From the moment the semester started the brothers were ready to work and improve the chapter. This year was our time to step back on to the NJIT Greek scene after losing our last chapter house and nearly half of our active roster of members four years ago. With the deposit put down on the new chapter house and the building visibly nearing completion it was perfect fodder to get the active members fired up to have one last good year before moving into the new house.
This year our chapter further improved its relationship with a number of service organizations that we have been involved with. Most notably, we grew much closer with the director of Operation Shoebox NJ, Rod Hirsch. Operation Shoebox NJ, founded in 2003, sends support, snacks and much needed personal care items to our troops deployed outside of the USA. They hold "packing events" where volunteers can come out to help put together these care packages and send them out for delivery. The brothers of the Alpha Omicron chapter hold this event very dear to their hearts. Undergrad and alumni members can be found at the Operation Shoebox events across NJ and this semester we’ve especially made our mark. In addition to the half dozen packing events we attended the chapter also held fundraising events in the name of Operation Shoebox to gather funds to donate to this great organization.
This year AO has totaled over 250 hours of community service. This includes Operation Shoebox but also other noteworthy events such as the NJIT Parking Deck Clean-up we co-hosted with the NJIT Senate. Additionally, in conjunction with the Inter-Fraternity Sorority Council, our chapter helped to raise $350 towards helping rebuild the Jersey Shore after the events of Hurricane Sandy.
The Alumni of Alpha Omicron have had a noteworthy year as well. Brother Michael Dey ‘02, one of the founding members of our chapter, celebrated the opening of his new restaurant and brand "Fatty’s”. This event was monumental not just for the obvious celebration that ensued but also in that this event brought many of the older alumni and current undergrads together. Since the opening day of "Fatty’s” on April 18th we’ve already made a chapter visit three times!
The brothers of the Alpha Omicron chapter will be moving into their newly constructed chapter house this August. The house is part of a new housing development on NJIT's campus named the "Greek Village" in which the chapter has secured a position. We are extremely is excited as we have not had a chapter house in over 4 years.
Diego Gile ’13
Archon; Dean’s List; was initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society
David Conner ’13
Steven Vesga ’13
Brother made the Dean's List for Fall 2012 and will be graduating in May.
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SIGMA PHI, St. Francis University (2007)
The Sigma Phi Chapter had a lot of first's this year, ranging from Alumni Leadership Initiatives to Philanthropy Events. First, the Chapter held a Leadership initiative deemed the "Owl Initiative" to bring a few Alumni in to speak on their respective professional careers and how that can tie into the Chapter. We also had a few brainstorming sessions on how we can better the Chapter and improve on what we have already done. The event should prove as a valuable resource in the future and a great Alumni event to go along with the Alumni Golf Scramble that is put on every fall. Philanthropy events included Relay for Life, "Angels for Shea" and a few other smaller fundraisers such as Hurricane Sandy relief fundraising. It was our first year that we chose to raise money for "Angels for Shea", a fundraiser that was put together to help cover medical costs for a relative of one of the Brothers. We also participated in the Relay for Life at school and raised money by having a "Car Smash" and Dunk Tank.
Individual achievements within the Chapter include Cullen Frye ‘13, who was the President of the Enactus (formerly SIFE) club on campus, which won the Regional Competition this spring. Cullen also finished top of the class in the Management Information Systems Major. Bradley Betar ‘14 and Lawson Barter ‘15 were both selected to serve on the Executive Board of the University's Inter Fraternity Counsel. Sigma Phi Alumni, Eric Sepich ‘11 completed the Paris Marathon in 4:11:29 in a field of over 40,000 runners while advising a group of Saint Francis students studying abroad. Cullen Kirkpatrick ‘14 was selected for the position of Vice President of Communications on the University's Student Government Association and will be running a Marathon May 5th for the Philanthropy that the Chapter supported this semester, Angels for Shea.
The Chapter participated in Fundraisers including a Hurricane Sandy Relief Fundraiser, the "Angels for Shea" Fundraiser, Relay for Life, volunteering at "Sister Paula DelGrosso's Soup Kitchen", as well as individual service opportunities.
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DELTA NU, Keene State College (2009)
This past year, we were graced with the honor of being recognized as being ranked top two fraternities on campus for GPA. We have prevailed stronger and closer, recruiting eight new promising brothers to carry the organization once many of us leave. We initiated seven Delta Nu alumni into Psi Upsilon this year as well. For our most proud moment, we put on Keene State's very first "Psi U Think You Can Dance?" program and it was quite the hit with the campus.
Sean Spendley ‘13, our internal president, has gone above and beyond what was expected of him this year. After needing to step up to fill the position, he brings great order and pride to the organization. Alison Howard ‘15, just pledging this past fall, has grown leaps and bounds already within and outside of the organization. She threw a great recruitment period for us this past spring, and really put her blood, sweat, and tears into it. She has become a part of our e-board as our external president, and our Interfraternal Council e-board as Public Relations. She is a force to be reckoned with.
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PHI NU, Christopher Newport University (2010)
We initiated our academic advisor, Dr. Brian Puaca, as an honorary member of the Phi Nu Chapter. Dr. Puaca was a vital component to our success as a growing and young fraternity. His diligent efforts working with our university's different faculty as well as with our brotherhood crucially helped us to achieve where we are today and we are beyond grateful for all of his involvement.
Our homecoming and alumni weekend tailgate in the fall was a great success where many of our alumni came back to visit Newport News and enjoy spending time with brothers. After the football game, the Phi Nu had a silent auction where brothers and alumni were invited to partake in the auction for Psi U memorabilia. We raised over $500 for our chapter through the charity of Alumni and brothers and it was, overall, a great weekend for the continuing brotherhood of the Phi Nu.
We achieved the highest standard of Greek participation on campus (gold in terms of SAGE points). This was done through mixing with different fraternities and sororities on campus: Alpha Phi beach mixer, Sigma Phi Epsilon athletic field day, Alpha Delta Pi Minute to win it competition, Gamma Phi Beta Olympic games, Zeta Tau Alpha golf mixer. This was also achieved through involvement on campus of sporting events, speakers/presentations, and other programs sponsored through the university. After many years of hard work and effort, the Phi Nu is now officially recognized as a full-fledged member of the Inter-Fraternity Council at Christopher Newport University. This was a monumental step in our progress as a chapter and we as a chapter are very excited for the upcoming years as a fully functioning voting member of the IFC.
Alexander Voorhees ’14
Was inducted into the Luter School of Business, Beta Gamma Sigma honors society, as well as the Alpha Chi honors fraternity for the university. Through his dedication and stellar academics, Voorhees was recognized for his academic prowess.
Anthony Baranik ’14
Was elected and will serve as the President for the Inter-Fraternity Council for the 2013-2014 academic school year. We are honored to have one of our brothers represent our chapter so well as to become President for the entire Greek community at Christopher Newport University. This speaks volumes as to how far we have come as an organization in such a small span of time.
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GEORGIA STATE PROVISIONAL CHAPTER, Georgia State University
The Georgia State provisional chapter had an exciting year in terms of community service and social activities. This year was our first year we were able to rush at Georgia State and we did a great job, adding eleven new members to our already active sixteen. We helped out with all of the Georgia State rush activities and held our own for the first time. The fall semester was focused on our first initiation. On November 16, 2012, we initiated 26 founding members. After two and a half years of work, our chapter finally had official Psi Upsilon members. We also had both of our leadership retreats in fall and spring. We went to cloudland canyon in north Georgia, where we partook in many leadership activities and other assorted fun and games. This retreat is a great bonding experience for new and old members. The majority of the chapter attended our charity football game, where we were all given the chance to partake in a money drop that was on the Atlanta Dome field.
The spring semester also held exciting events and achievements. We had our first official pledge class, where we recruited two new members. We also had an exciting murder mystery event where the chapter got together for food and fun, while also solving a mystery. We are very excited for this upcoming pledge class, where we now have the experience to recruit to our full potential.
We had a great group of people this year that all had to go through the tough times that was a first rush. Jasmin-Marie Jones ‘14 put together two amazing rush periods with her committee that allowed us to have the numbers we have. We also graduate four members over the year, three of them graduating in Cum laude and above. Those members were Loribeth Stevens ‘13, Casey Hylton ‘12, and Bradford Boyer ‘13.
The GSU provisional chapter required that members have at least ten hours of community service a semester. The fall semester had over 260 hours as the majority of members had met their quota and went beyond the ten hours. In the fall we volunteered at the Truly Living Well Center Community Garden, where we had at least 30 hours volunteered. One of our focus points for the last two semesters is the Calvin Center. Our alumni adviser Laura King, Chi Delta ’04, helps with the center, allowing us the opportunity to come volunteer on certain weekends. The center is for therapeutic horseback riding. The center needs a lot of volunteers to keep the place clean and orderly, so the majority of the chapter has gone out there at least once. The hours are probably close to 100 spent out at the center. A few of our members are also involved with the program FurKids which works out of Pet-Co. The members volunteer their time working with local animals to make sure they are cared after, while trying to get them into a good home. At least 40 hours has been spent here throughout the last semester. A lot of the members spent their community hours in their own personal charities and churches.
Melissa Cruz '14- attended a semester long internship in Washington DC for publications and magazine at the Human Rights Campaign. She has gotten work published in the GSU Underground literary magazine. '
LoriBeth Blair '13- recipient of GSU Presidential Scholarship for four years in a row. She also is recipient of Hope Scholarship, BDO Accounting Scholarship for Academic Achievement and Dean’s Scholarship. She has appeared on Dean’s List and President’s List for multiple semesters, and is a Faculty Scholar.
Drew Crosby '13- helped found the GSU Rugby Football Club, and has served as Captain, President, and Executive Director of this organization
Laura Allison Helms ’15- member and Vice President of the Georgia Senior Classical League. She was also a recipient of the Academic Excellence Scholarship.
Isiah Smith '13- member of the GSU Rugby Club, GSU Portuguese Club, and has held the offices of Vice President and Vice Minority Caucus Chair for the Young Democrats of Georgia.