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173rd Psi Upsilon Convention


Join your Psi Upsilon brothers in Seattle June 17-19 for the 173rd Convention.

You can sign up for individual events or the entire Convention.

  • Friday, June 17 - Cookout at the Theta Theta
  • Saturday, June 18 - Scholarship Luncheon, Dinner Cruise
  • Sunday, June 19 - Awards Banquet
Register before June 3 to avoid late fees.

Eric Fanning Confirmed as Secretary of the Army
Eric Fanning, Zeta '90
Eric Fanning, Zeta '90 (Dartmouth), was sworn in as the Secretary of the Army on May 18. He has filled that role in an acting capacity since November, 2015 while awaiting Senate confirmation. Eric served in numerous positions prior to this including Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Department of Defense.

Fanning becomes the first openly gay leader of any U.S. military service, his appointment coming five years after the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," which had prohibited gay and lesbian service members from being open about their sexuality.

Learn more about Eric Fanning.

Watch an interview.

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Another Indy 500 Pole for Sam Schmidt
James Hinchcliffe (L) and Sam Schmidt after winning the Indy 500 pole.

Sam Schmidt, Lambda Sigma '86 (Pepperdine) was the founding president of the local fraternity which became Psi U's Lambda Sigma chapter in 1999. He is also an owner of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Not only did Sam's driver, James Hinchcliffe, take the pole for this year's Indy 500 in dramatic fashion, his three drivers qualifed in the top ten. That's the same number as Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing. Sam's team also won the 500 pole in 2011.

Arguably winning the pole was not the best part of Sam's day. A January 2000 crash at Walt Disney World Speedway in Florida left Schmidt paralyzed from the neck down. Prior to the start of qualifying on Sunday, Sam drove a 2016 Corvette, modified into a semi-autonomous motorcar developed by Arrow Electronics, at speeds reaching 152 mph. He turned his head to steer.

After his accident Sam founded Cure Paralysis Now whose mission is to cure paralysis. This year the Lambda Sigma raised $12,165 for Sam's foundation.

Learn more about Sam Schmidt

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Game of Thrones Executive Producer Guymon Casady
Guymon Casady, Tau '91
If you're watching Game of Thrones, look for the name, Guymon Casady Tau '91 (University of Pennsylvania), among the executive producers in the opening credits.

Also producer of the film Steve Jobs and The Expendables franchise, Guymon is a founding partner of talent management firm, Management 360.

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Psi Upsilon Finance Forum Chicago
Finance panel

Wide-ranging topics discused at the Psi Upsilon Finance Forum Chicago included: Fed interest rate changes, China, Brexit, personal and corporate tax rates, government regulations and future energy prices.

The panel that addressed U.S. and global economies included (from left above):
  • Douglas M. Jackman, Omega '89 (University of Chicago), Executive Vice President, Thomas White Interntional
  • David A. B. Brown, Epsilon Phi '66 (McGill University), Chairman of the Board, Layne Christensen Company
  • George H. Spencer, Gamma '85 (Amherst College), Managing Director, Seyen Capital
  • James S. Preschlack, Psi '89 (Hamilton College), Partner, Copia Capital
  • Moderator: Samuel J. Tinaglia, Omega '88 (Chicago), Managing Director, William Blair & Co.

More pictures may be found on Facebook.

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Phi Beta Supports New Student Counseling Center
Political Alumni of the Phi Beta (College of William & Mary) created a fund to help support a new Student Counseling Center at the College. During it's opening weekend, they were able to raise over $11,000 for this fund

If you'd like to contribute to the fund, you can click on this link.

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Phi Delta Bench Memoralizes Deceased Brothers

Honoring the 20th anniversary of its founding, the Phi Delta Chapter (University of Mary Washington), dedicated a bench on campus in memory of brothers who had passed away. Fraternities are not recognized by the University so these are the first, and only, letters on campus.

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Purdue, Clemson and Michigan


Purdue University


Clemson University


University of Michigan
Psi Upsilon's newest colony is at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. When chartered it will become Psi U's 50th chapter.

The interest group approached Psi Upsilon and several other fraternities near the end of the spring semester. After some discussion, the group chose Psi Upsilon given our values, intimate size, and the proximity of the International Office to Purdue.

The Tau Epsilon Provisional Chapter (Clemson Unversity) will present a petition to become a full chapter to the Executive Council in June. Pending Executive Council approval, the petition will be sent to the chapters in the fall which will make the final determination.

The Phi Alumni Corporation working with the staff of the International Office, has obtained permission to reestabish the Phi Chapter at the University of Michigan. Recruiting will begin in fall 2016.

If you know of students at Purdue, Clemson, or Michigan who would benefit from membership in Psi Upsilon, contact Tom Fox.

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Summering on Nantucket?
Nantucket Yacht Club
If you will be on Nantucket this summer considering joining Philip Timon, Tau '86 (University of Pennsylvania) at the Nantucket Yacht Club. Philip will be hosting Psi U's from all chapters and their spouses at the club's Burgee Bar on July 6, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

If you would like to attend, email Philip at

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A Big Psi U Family
In a picture circa 1938, (from left) Don Piper, Pi 1957 (infant), Gordon Piper, Xi '26, Marshall Piper, Charles Piper, Pi 1901.
How big is your Psi U Family? Don Piper, Pi 1957 (Syracuse) has Psi U ties that include:
  • Grandfather, Charles Piper, Pi 1901
  • Father, Gordon Piper, Xi '26 (Wesleyan)
  • Son, Jonathan Piper, 1987
  • Great uncle, E. Foster Piper, Pi 1901
  • Uncle, Phillip Piper, Xi '31
  • Cousin, Timothy Robinson, Kappa 1965 (Bowdoin)
  • Cousin, Peter Robinson, Kappa 1972
If you have a big Psi U family, let us know at

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  • Sexual Assault Prevention Education
  • Remembering Charlie Hodge, Gamma '68
  • Scholarship Recipient: Hasan Nadeem, Rho '16

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Annual Fund Update


Gifts to the 2016 Annual Fund support educational programs, scholarships, chapter assistance and the promotion of moral, intellectual and social excellence.

Donors to the 2016 Annual will be recognized at the 173rd Convention in Seattle. To ensure your name is included, please make your gift to Psi Upsilon by June 3rd.

Use the button below to give online via credit card.


Or you can 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

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Calendar of Events

Click here for a complete list of Psi U events.

To have your event listed in the calendar, email Mariann Williams.
Please provide the date, name of the event, location and contact person.

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