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2016 Leadership Institute and Social Events

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Behind Happy Faces: Taking Charge of Your Mental Health


Ross Szabo CEO , Human Power Project

Ross Szabo served as the Director of the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign from 2002 - 2010. During those eight years he spoke to over one million people, created the first youth mental health speakers’ bureau in the country, reached millions in media appearances and wrote a book titled, Behind Happy Faces. After his time with the NMHA he joined the Peace Corps and served in Botswana. When he returned he started his own company, the Human Power Project, to help get his message out about mental health.


Ross's session will help reduce the stigma's that surround mental health and empowers others to seek help and assist their peers. His follow up session will help train undergraduates to bring back parts of his curriculum to utilize in their chapters and facilitate healthy discussions about mental health.

Risk Management Review 

    Thomas Fox, Omicron '00

Executive Director

Richard A. Rasmussen, Upsilon '72

Executive Secretary, University Athletic Association

It’s important that every chapter knows and understands our Risk Management Policy. We’ll review the policy and talk about some best practices that chapters apply to comply with this policy. We will utilize examples directly from our experiences with chapters during the 2015-16 academic year. In addition we will look at both the closure and return of the Upsilon Chapter at the University of Rochester.

Freedom of Association for College Fraternities

Mark D. Bauer, Omega '83

Professor of Law, Stetson University


Mark Bauer is a Professor of Law teaching Antitrust, Administrative Law, Property, Consumer Protection, and Financial Advocacy at the Stetson University College of Law.

Before joining the faculty, Professor Bauer clerked for the Honorable William R. Robie, Epsilon Omega '66 (Northwestern), chief immigration judge of the United States. Following his clerkship, Professor Bauer joined the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, where he worked on cases involving high profile mergers and other anticompetitive conduct.

He has taught International and Comparative Competition Law in Stetson's summer abroad programs in Estonia, Spain, and Argentina. In 2011 Professor Bauer was a visiting scholar at Queen Mary, University of London, and was Academic Director of Stetson's Autumn in London Semester Study Abroad Program. In 2012, Professor Bauer was a Senior International Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

Mark has served Psi Upsilon as president of both the Executive Council and Foundation Board of Directors as well as his chapter as president of the Omega Board of Trustees.

Undergraduate Track


Living Our Values

Dominic House, Lambda Sigma '15

Chapter Leadership Consultant


During this session Dominic will review Psi Upsilon's mission "United in Friendship, Psi Upsilon members aspire to moral, intellectual and social excellence in themselves as they seek to inspire these values in society" and show examples of how chapters are living these values on college campuses.


Best Practice Round-tables


This session will let undergraduates break out into one of four small group discussions. We will have facilitated discussions for chapter Archons, as well as discussions on recruitment, philanthropy & service, and social media.


Alumni Track


Alumni will join the undergraduates for the first Ross Szabo session on mental health as well as the Risk Management Review session and the Freedom of Association for College Fraternities.


Developments in Insurance and Risk Management

                                                     Mark A. Williams, Phi '76 (Michigan)                                                       General Counsel, Psi Upsilon Fraternity

We will cover modifications in Psi Upsilon's risk management policy, trends in risk management and recent carrier interpretations of the comprehensive general liability policy covering the chapters.

After a clerkship at the Arizona Supreme Court, Mark practiced insurance defense law in Arizona. He has jury trial experience in the defense of medical malpractice, personal injury, products liability, and insurance bad faith cases.

NIC 2.0

Jud Horras, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity

President and CEO, The North-American Interfraternity Conference


Founded in 1909, the North-American Interfraternity Conference, Inc. is the trade association representing 70 International and National Men's Fraternities.  The NIC serves to advocate the needs of its member fraternities through enrichment of the fraternity experience; advancement and growth of the fraternity community; and enhancement of the educational mission of the host institutions.

The NIC is also committed to enhancing the benefits of fraternity membership through its relationship with Interfraternity Councils. Today, the NIC's member organizations have approximately 5,500 chapters located on more than 800 campuses in the United States and Canada with approximately 350,000 undergraduate members. The NIC is led by a Governing Council comprised of executives and key volunteers from member fraternities. The headquarters and professional staff are located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Social Events

On Friday evening the Theta Theta Chapter at the University is opening it's doors in celebration of it's 100th anniversary. Come meet the undergraduate chapter and get a tour of this historic home, built for the chapter and originally dedicated in February of 1925.


Saturday evening we will have a dinner cruise and view the majestic sunset from Seattle's harbor. Join the 173rd Convention delegation and local alumni for this special event!

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