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175th Convention Review

Psi Upsilon's 175th Convention was held in Rochester, New York from June 22 - June 25, 2018 under the auspices of the Upsilon chapter (University of Rochester).


Evan W. Terry
Epsilon Phi, '93 (McGill)

Annual Communication

Given each year by the Executive Council president to the Convention attendees, the Annual Communication of the Executive Council reports on the state of the Fraternity and addresses issues to be dealt with by the Convention.

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Patrick Gilrane
Patrick J. Gilrane
Psi, '83 (Hamilton)
Report of the Chairman

Given each year by the Chairman of the Psi Upsilon Foundation to the Convention attendees, the Report of the Chairman captures the state of the Foundation and the work being done to support the educational goals of the Fraternity.

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David Elms, Tau Epsilon '19 (Clemson) and Sean Sifford, Sigma Phi '20 (St. Francis) will serve as the undergraduate term members of the Executive Council in the coming year.

Michael J. Dunphy, Ph.D.
Professional Speaker, Educator, and Leadership Coach

The 2018 Leadership Institute featured an experienced professional speaker that has completed over 600 training programs for businesses organizations and universities across America. Michael is highly trained in Situational Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Conflict Prevention and Resolution, and Building High Performance Teams. He taught participants about applied situational leadership using interactive discussion and activities.

Other Leadership Institute topics included the a case study about the Upsilon Chapter's return to the Rochester campus, a review of our Risk Management Policy and sharing of best practices, A demonstration of our new database and tools for alumni associations, and breakout sessions for undergraduates to discuss running meetings, encouraging involvement, creating safer environments, and being more intentional around philanthropy and service projects. 

On Sunday evening, John Dunnigan, Upsilon '68, closed our banquet by speaking about the philosophy of his company Scandinavian Leadership Inc. and their proprietary tool of LOTS® "outside in and inside out" thinking. John works with leaders and their co-workers in developing their business, their teamwork and as individuals. His work has included U.S. and international companies such as Bausch & Lomb, Corning, Summit Technology, Astra Tech, Ericsson, Herc Rental Equipment and many more.

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The Convention Overview

Day 1

Executive Council & Foundation Board meetings
Registration & Opening Session
Cookout at the Upsilon

Day 2

Leadership Institute
Founders Society and Scholarship Luncheon
Rochester Red Wings Game and Picnic

Day 3

Committee Meetings
Closing Sessions
Awards Banquet

Use these links to view the Convention photos on Facebook or high resolution photos on Flickr.

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The highest recognition a chapter can receive from Psi Upsilon is the Diamond Award and we would like to congratulate the Upsilon chapter (University of Rochester) and the Lambda Sigma Chapter (Pepperdine University) for receiving this honor at the 175th Convention.

 For the 2017 - 2018 year the Upsilon Chapter had over half its members achieve the Deans List, held and co-hosted a number of leadership workshops, and was presented the "Expectations for Excellence Award for Overall Excellence in Strategic Planning", the highest honor that can be given to any Greek organization at Rochester.

The Lambda Sigma Chapter averaged over 40 hours of service per brother, more than any other chapter and held the highest fraternity GPA on campus in the Fall.  Due to these achievements the chapter was awarded "Fraternity of the Year" by Pepperdine IFC.


Click the link below to view chapters that received awards including: The Diamond Award, Award of Distinction, Owl Award, Garnet and Gold Award and Clasped Hand Award.


See the complete list of chapters that received awards at the 175th Convention


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The Distinguished Alumni Service Award is rewarded to Alumni who have brought honor to our Fraternity through their fidelity and adherence to the values of Psi Upsilon and their service to their chapter, community, the Fraternity, and the great nations of United States and Canada.

This year we are proud to announce Jay LaPanne, Delta Nu '89 (Keene State) as the 2018 recipient of this prestigious award.

Jay was one of the founders of Delta Nu Psi at Keene State College which became the Delta Nu Chapter of Psi Upsilon in 2009. Jay has always been very involved with the chapter, oftentimes making multiple trips up each semester to work with the brothers. Jay currently serves as the Secretary of the Executive Council of Psi Upsilon, was a member of the Naval Reserves and currently serves as a volunteer firefighter in Glastonbury, CT.

Julia Schultz '19, Archon of the Delta Nu Chapter, said, "Jay genuinely cares about his brothers. He has seen us all at our worst and best times and continues to come back to build us up. I cannot think of a more deserving Alumnus than Jay LaPanne for this award."

Matt Fried '95, alumni president of the Delta Nu Chapter, added, "Through his actions, Jay has truly made a difference in serving the Psi U Chapter, his local community, and our nation. Psi Upsilon has made a good choice in recognizing Jay's great work through the years with this award." 

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The Convention Records document the actions taken by the 175th Convention. Resolutions of a legislative nature are called General Resolutions, while the rest are termed Special Resolutions. The Records also contain Recommendations.

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The 176th Psi Upsilon Convention will be held in the heart of Downtown Chicago from July 26th-29th at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel, one of the most historic hotels in the city.
Next year's Convention and Leadership Institute program will allow local alumni network, learn about the fraternity, and give us time to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Omega Chapter at The University of Chicago!

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