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Psi Upsilon Today, December 2014


Best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year. Before you ring in 2015, don't forget to make your gift to the 2014 Annual Fund.

Eta Wins Prestigious Scholarship

Jonathan Witt, Eta '15 (Lehigh University) has been named one of 100 recipients of the Buick Achievers Scholarship, a renewable scholarship awarded annually by Buick and funded by the GM Foundation.

The program seeks committed student leaders who plan to major in a specified course of study that focuses on engineering and technology or select design and business-related programs. Selection is based on the applicant's academic achievement, financial need, participation in campus and community activities, work experience, and interest in a career in or related to the automotive industry.

Witt's credentials certainly qualified him, as his award totaled $25,000 – the highest possible value.

Witt plans to attend graduate school and pursue a PhD in chemical engineering. He hopes to open his own business while in graduate school which will focus on sustainable agriculture that uses renewable energy generation and storage to power it year round.

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Pi Renovations Restore Historic House

For more than a century, the Pi Chapter has been proud to call the big house at 101 College Place their home. But a few years back, the chapter's alumni leaders noticed something about the house that threatened that longstanding sense of pride: It wasn't pretty.

It was in disrepair and had been for quite a while. That realization launched a $350,000 renovation of the building's facade, an extensive project that was carried out in phases between 2009 and 2013, with the crowning touches completed this September.

"This was a long time coming, and we're exceedingly proud of what we've accomplished," says Jim Cornacchia, Pi '86, vice president of the Pi Trust Association. "It means a lot to us to occupy that particular spot on campus, so we take our position seriously and want to be a good neighbor."

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Psi Career Day Success

On November 15, 2014 Psi undergrads and alumni gathered for the annual Psi Career day. Undergraduate brothers had the opportunity to listen to speakers and ask questions of a panel of business leaders.

Afterwards brothers gathered at the Alexander Hamilton Institute (AHI) for a banquet and award ceremony. Members of the chapter participated in the AHI Undergraduate Fellows Program and will be contributing support to the AHI's annual Red Cross Blood Drive.

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Theta Theta and Business to Invest in Software Makers

Matt Clary, Theta Theta '85 (University of Washington) and his company Waud Capital is looking to invest in software makers. The Chicago-based private-equity firm, is bankrolling veteran software executive Mark Layden to find a company, buy it and build it up. He'll head up Greenwood Technology Partners, the new company launched by Waud.

"We've spent a lot of time identifying markets we want to invest in and finding the person to lead that," said Matt.

They're looking for business-to-business opportunities in health care, financial services or retail.

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Zeta Zeta Releases New Book

This fall Dr. Barry Gough, Zeta Zeta '62 (University of British Columbia) released a highest latest book, The Elusive Mr. Pond - The Soldier, Fur Trader and Explorer Who Opened the Northwest.The book focuses on Peter Pond a soldier, fur trader and explorer who mapped much of the Canadian northwest but has gone mostly unnoticed in history.

This founding partner of the North West Company opened the fur trade into the far distant Arctic watershed, further west than traders had ever been before. Pond was also a mentor and predecessor to Sir Alexander Mackenzie.

Yet today, Mackenzie is known to schoolchildren as a great Canadian explorer who gave his name to the country's longest river, whereas Pond only receives "some notice or vague mention in any serious history of Canada or the fur trade."

An award-winning historian Barry Gough writes, Pond "lived at the edge of truth, on the margins of respectability, and it is no surprise that many wicked stories were circulated about him in his time. He's a literary oddity, his story often half-told. He deserves better."

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Foundation CEO Earns Fundraising Recognition

Mark Williams, Phi '76 (Michigan), the Psi Upsilon Foundation's president and CEO, has earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential.

Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment to leadership and service to not-for-profit organizations. They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive.

In 1999 Mark received the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives. Among association professionals, CAE is an indication of demonstrated skill in leadership, activity in community affairs, and expertise in association management. Mark is the only current NIC Foundation executive to hold both credentials.

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Annual Fund Update

If you haven't given to the 2014 Annual Fund, make your gift today to add your name to the list of loyal donors.

Gifts received by December 31 will add to your consecutive years of giving and give Psi U the resources it needs to make our chapters healthy and safe places to live, learn and study.

You can make your one-time gift online today by clicking the button below.

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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Calendar of Events
December 27, 2014

116th Annual Milwaukee Christmas Luncheon
11 a.m.
Wisconsin Club
Milwaukee, WI
Charles Leicht

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

March 14, 2015

Executive Council and Foundation Board Meetings 
Chicago, IL 
Tom Fox, Omicron '00 and Mark Williams, Phi '76

April 18, 2015

Phi Beta Alumni Luncheon 
William & Mary Alumni House, Williamsburg, Virginia
Jon Hollis, Phi Beta '98

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 & Leadership Institute 
East Lansing, MI 

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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