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Psi Upsilon Today, August 2014

(L)Sam Tinaglia with Martin Brayboy, Gamma '84.

Samuel J. Tinaglia, Omega '88 (Chicago) was named the 2014 Howell Psi Upsilon Philanthropist Award recipient. The award was presented to Sam on July 13, 2014 in Park Ridge, IL.

Read more about the award.

Zeta Named LA Times CEO

Austin Beutner, Zeta '82 (Dartmouth College), civic leader and former Wall Street investment banker, is the new publisher and chief executive of the Los Angeles Times.

Beutner, 54, who served as first deputy mayor of Los Angeles for more than a year and briefly explored a run for mayor himself, succeeds Eddy W. Hartenstein as Times publisher.

Hartenstein said that he recommended Beutner for the position and that the board of Tribune Publishing Co., The Times' new corporate parent, approved the appointment last week.

"I wanted to find someone who was clearly steeped and invested in the city, and who has the same belief that I do, which is that a democracy doesn't work without a vibrant Fourth Estate," said Hartenstein, who was publisher for six years.

Read more.

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Recent Tau Alumni Finalists in Global Challenge

The Hult Prize Foundation is dedicated to launching the world's next wave of social entrepreneurs. It encourages the world's brightest business minds to compete in teams to solve the planet's biggest challenges with innovative ideas for sustainable start-up enterprises. The 2014 Hult Prize Social Enterprise Challenge seeks to improve chronic disease care in the urban slum. The winners of the challenge can make their ideas reality with the help of $1 million in seed funding.

This year's six finalists include a University of Pennsylvania team consisting of Thoba Grenville-Grey, Tau '14, Josh Tycko, Tau '14, Eric Kauderer-Abrams, Tau '14 and two other Penn business students. The team will present their idea, Sweet Bites gum, on September 23, 2014 at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in NYC.

Sweet Bites gum is dedicated to improving oral health in the urban slums. The gum is sweetened with 100% xylitol, a sugar-substitute scientifically proven to prevent cavities. Sweet Bites ran educational programs in schools located in Bangalore India, formed partnerships with local NGOs and sold the gum to local corner stores, overall introducing more than 50,000 kids to Sweet Bites gum.

Learn more about Sweet Bites.

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 Henry Poor Fund Challenge Exceeds Goal

Tom Poor, Gamma '63 (Amherst) agreed to match, up to $15,000, contributions made to the Henry Poor Scholarship Fund by June 30, 2104. Forty-five brothers accepted Tom's challenge contributing $15,115.29. With those contributions and Tom's matching gift, the fund now exceeds $150,000.

Henry Poor served as Psi Upsilon Fraternity's executive vice president from 1973-1987 and executive director of The Psi Upsilon Foundation from 1987-1991.  He was chairman of the scholarship committee for many years and honored on the occasion of his 90th birthday to have this fund established in his name.

The Poor scholarship is awarded annually to a brother who demonstrates moral, intellectual and social excellence and financial need.  Since its inception in 2009, seven brothers received a Poor scholarship.

See a list of Poor Scholarship Fund donors.

Give to the Poor Scholarship Fund.

Psi U Receives Generous Bequest
(L) Price Gehrke, Chuck Hall, Nu Alpha '71, Norma Gehrke at the 151st Convention

A. Price Gehrke, Pi-Tau '43, provided generously for Psi Upsilon in his estate plan. Thanks to his foresight and the skill of Bob Kaiser, Zeta '39, two Psi Upsilon chapters and Psi Upsilon Fraternity recently received significant bequests.

Price Gehrke served as a director of The Psi Upsilon Foundation and represented the Tau chapter on the Alumni Advisory Board.  Interested in seeing Psi U continue to grow, Price asked Bob Kaiser to help him establish a charitable remainder unitrust.  Bob was instrumental in designing the US Tax Code to allow for charitable planned gifts and worked in Dartmouth's development office.

Price's estate plan provided income for his wife, Norma, during her lifetime. Price passed away in 1998, and Norma died in December 2013. Upon Norma's passing the estate plan called for a distribution to the Pi and Tau chapters, and to Psi Upsilon Fraternity, with the remainder providing income for the Gehrke's daughter, Lisa, during her lifetime. Upon Lisa's death, the charitable remainder will be paid to The Psi Upsilon Foundation.

The Pi will use Price's thoughtful bequest to help with chapter house repairs and to purchase new kitchen equipment. The Tau intends to use the funds to help restore a meal plan at the Castle and to help fund the cost of getting delegates to the Psi U Convention.


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Alvin & Friends Event
  Join your Psi U brothers at Alvin & Friends, an elegant yet comfortable restaurant co-owned by Tom Leghorn, Delta '77 (NYU) on Thursday, September 18 in New Rochelle, NY.

The New York Times called Alvin & Friends "a darling of downtown New Rochelle." Join us and swap Psi U stories with your lifelong friends, and make some new ones. Your spouse or significant other is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The evening will include hors d'ouevres and a hosted bar. Register at



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 Chi Diamond - Read about their successful resident mentor program
Omicron Arrow - Read about the Omicron's connection with Cornell University
Phi Owl - Read about plans for re-activation of the Phi
Annual Fund Update

During this past academic year, Psi U's professional staff made 58 chapter vists and spent 149 days on campus working with our chapters and their officers. This year's visits have already begun. Your gift to the Annual Fund will allow the Fraternity's staff to be on-campus every week from now until December, just like last year.

Consider a recurring monthly gift via credit card.  Gifts totaling $250 or more will earn you recognition in the 2014 Founders' Society.  

Recent donors are listed on the Psi U website.  Give now and have your name added to the list of loyal brothers.

Give online via credit card or snail mail a check to:  

Psi Upsilon
3003 East 96th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46240-1357

Contact Mariann Williams if you would like to donate appreciated stock
or include Psi U in your will.

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In Memoriam
In Memoriam

With sore and stricken hearts, we mourn...

To report the passing of a brother, please send the date of death and a copy of the obituary to or snail mail it to:

Psi Upsilon Fraternity
3003 East 96th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46240

Recent Notifications

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Bob E. Morris, Rho '74 (Wisconsin) was the "go to" alumnus in Madison for the new Rho.  He also, a decade ago, reorganized and reinvigorated the Rho scholarship fund.  In late May Bob was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, from which he perished on July 18, 2014.
When Bob was close to death, his best friend in the fraternity, Rick Mateer, Rho '71, called the UW athletic department and arranged for Bo Ryan, Wisconsin's basketball coach, to call Bob the next morning.  Bob was being treated by a hospice worker at the time, so Bo left an incredible voicemail message.  Bob's son said that his father lit up like a small child at Christmas when Bob listened to the voicemail.

Bob called Rick that afternoon, telling him about Bo's call, unaware it was Rick who had set it up.  Bob told Rick that he was going to call Bo on Sunday (four days later) as Bo had left his private phone number.  Bob went to sleep that evening, his spirits buoyed by Bo's call, and died peacefully in his sleep that evening.  

Chuck Liecht, Rho '67, president of the Rho Alumni Association writes:  "Bob was a good man, and my fraternity brother for 48 years.  At the request of his widow, we are going to name one of our annual Rho scholarships the 'Bob Morris annual scholarship award'."
Calendar of Events

September 13, 2014

Football Saturday at the Phi
UM vs. Miami of Ohio

September 18, 2014
Alvin & Friends Dinner
New Rochelle, NY
Register at
Mariann Williams

October 9-12, 2014
Psi Chapter Fall Coming and Family Weekend
Hamilton College
 Peter Michailidis, Psi '16

October 11, 2014
Football Saturday at the Phi
UM vs. Penn State

October 14, 2014

Annual Psi U Dinner
Elmira, NY
George Howell, Eta '55

October 18, 2014

Theta Pi Installation (Georgia State)
Atlanta, GA
Tom Fox

October 18-19, 2014

Head of the Charles Regatta
Mariann Williams

October 24-26, 2014
Omicron Homecoming
University of Illinois
Dave Simpson, Omicron '07

November 1, 2014
Football Saturday at the Phi
UM vs. Indiana (Homecoming)

Tau Homecoming
Penn vs. Brown

November 15, 2014
Psi Chapter Career-Mentoring Day at the Hill
Paul Freyer, Psi '83

Psi Initiation Banquet at the Hill
 Peter Michailidis, Psi '16

December 2, 2014

#Giving Tuesday

January 8, 2015
NYC Psi Chapter Holiday Gathering with Spouses, Partners & Undergrads

January 18, 2015
AFC/NFC Championship Games at Foxwoods
Manshantucket, CT

Paul Freyer, Psi '83 

March 7, 2015
Psi Undergrad/Alumni "Traditions Workshop" Day at the Hill 
Clinton, NY 
Paul Freyer, Psi '83 

June 5, 2015
Psi U Hamilton Reunions:  Psi Chapter House Party 
Clinton, NY 
Patrick Gilrane, Psi '83

June 26-28, 2015
172nd Psi Upsilon Convention & 2015 Leadership Institute
East Lansing, MI 


To have your event listed in the calendar, email Mariann Williams.

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