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168th Convention Review
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from the 168th Psi Upsilon Convention


168th Convention Review

Psi Upsilon's 168th Convention was held at the Hotel Palomar in Washington, DC, June 24 - 26, 2011 under the auspices of the Phi Delta Chapter(Mary Washington University).

Executive Council President James A. Swanke Jr., Rho '80 (Wisconsin) presents the annual communication of the Executive Council to the delegates and attendees.

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.

Convention Chooses First Fraternity-wide Philanthropy

Day at the Races with Sam Schmidt

Sam Schmidt, Lambda Sigma '86 (center) with race fans
at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May.

Convention delegates named the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation as Psi Upsilon's first fraternity-wide philanthropy

Sam Schmidt was the founding president of Lambda Omega Sigma Fraternity at Pepperdine University. In 1998 the group became the Lambda Sigma chapter of Psi Upsilon. After graduating, Sam became an IndyCar driver until an accident in practice left him with a C-3/4/5 spinal cord injury.


"Since my injury I have learned so much about the tremendous needs of people suffering from spinal cord injuries. There are three areas the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation concentrates its efforts. The first is medical research. The second, innovative equipment that can be used for rehabilitation. And, third, I want to help people with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities by addressing quality of life issues”


The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation will look to Psi Upsilon to assist in a number of events including Day at the Races, where race fans with disabilities are treated to VIP status at Indy Lights or IndyCar events. In addition, Sam's foundation sponsors Run,Walk, Wheelathons in several locations in North America.

Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation


Award of Distinction

Garnet & Gold Award for Academic Excellence

Owl Award for Exceptional Academic Performance

Clapsed Hand Award for Outstanding Philanthropy and Service

Diamond Award for Exceptional Chapters


Jeremy K. McKeon, Eta '08 (Lehigh) photo
Jeremy K. McKeon, Eta '08 (Lehigh)

New Executive Council Member

Jeremy K. McKeon, Eta '08 (Lehigh) was elected to a two-year term as an alumni term member of the Executive Council by the Convention delegates.

Jeremy also serves as the president of the Goodale Literary Association, the alumni corporation of the Eta chapter at Lehigh.

Current members of the Executive Council are listed on the Psi Upsilon website.

168th Convention Records

General Resolutions

Special Resolutions

Committee Recommendations


Links to brief videos highlighting Convention events:

Leadership Institute

Potomac Cruise

Committee meetings

Final Banquet

The 169th Convention will be held in Hartford, Connecticut
June 23 - 25, 2012


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