The Alumni Board awarded another DU undergraduate member with the DU Leadership Scholarship this past April.
Taylor Stinnett, a senior (class of ’15) from Sycamore, Illinois, was awarded the DU Leadership Scholarship along with an award of $1,000.
Throughout his four years on campus, Taylor has remained incredibly involved in the undergraduate fraternity and has given back in a number of significant ways. Ryan Shea and Matt Sturgeon made the trip down to campus to thank everyone who applied for the scholarship and to present the award to Taylor. It was great seeing such high participation this year with eight applications – and we hope to increase that number next year!
Please save the date and plan on attending the DU Fall ReU 9/26/15 at the DU House in Champaign! We are deliberately avoiding the “official” Illinois Homecoming later in the Fall. The pledge classes of ’55, ’75, and ’95 will be honored in a special ceremony after the game!
If you are interested in tickets to the football game that day, let me know? Our special group rate is $24/ticket and should even include an Illini t-shirt! We will also try to resurrect the bus to/from Chicago for the game. More to come.
Fran Broich ‘76.50
We are again having a summer work weekend at the DU house in Champaign. Last summer, a group of dedicated alumni and 20 undergrads worked for 2 1/2 days making much needed repairs to the 2nd & 3rd floor hallways, brick walkway and outside wood trim. Much was accomplished, but, as with any structure that is 89 years old, another round of repairs is needed. This summer, we will seal the basement floor, refinish the floor on the main level and also paint the walls.
The work weekend is July 11-12th. You are strongly encouraged to join us to lend a hand – whether it be for a couple of hours, a day, or the full weekend. No special skills required. Please let us know if you plan on helping out so we can plan the work teams’ time effectively. In the past multiple Alumni Board members and undergrads have greatly appreciated the work of brothers like Kim Lewis ’79 who have generously donated their time. This year, Jeff Castles ’76 will provide his expertise on the painting projects needed. We are also planning on repairing/replacing the infamous “penalty boxes” in the rooms in the next couple years. Anyone with furniture expertise would be very helpful in the planning of that–
Perhaps just as importantly, we need your financial support to help purchase the necessary supplies. This request is urgent as we are planning our materials procurement now for delivery in July. Please consider donating $250, $500 or $1,000 today! Send your check directly to, Kevin Donnelly, 5822 Giddings Ave., Hinsdale,IL, 60521. Please make checks payable to Illinois Chapter of Delta Upsilon, Inc. We’ll make sure the donations are quickly earmarked for this summer’s work project.
Questions? Feel free to call me for more details at 630-207-0239. Best time to call is 7pm – 10pm CT. Hope to hear from you.
Thanks for your time and support!
John Sladek ’75 and the DU Alumni Board
An early Happy New Year greeting, and hoping that the holidays have been good for one and all.
First, let me thank all the Brothers that responded to our December 4 email request for tax deductible contributions to the Illinois Housing Account at DU International. With still a couple days left in the year, 2016 tax deductible contributions can still be made at http://duef.deltau.org/Give?cea=true
followed by selecting Illinois Housing Account from the CEA drop down menu.
This would be tremendously helpful. If that’s not in the cards for this year, please bookmark this link for your charitable giving plans for 2017 as we’re in a capital raise mode in order to finish the roof replacement, etc!
Your Alumni Board along with the new House President, Brendan Ruffolo ’19-50 and other undergrads gather tonight at Fuller House Bar in Hinsdale. It will be a nice way to wrap up the year and get acquainted with Brendan over burgers and beers. We’re confident that Brendan will continue the strong leadership demonstrated by his predecessor, Ethan Lewis, who oversaw the recruitment of a monster 39-man pledge class that will be moving into the House next Fall.
Looking ahead to 2017, your Alumni Board plans to visit the House and take in a b-ball game on Feb. 11. Please reach out to Fran Broich ’76-50 if you’re interested in tickets. The Alumni Board plans to once again organize a House Work Weekend in July. John Sladek ‘75 and Dan Gibbs ‘85 will organize this annual event that effectively combines some great project accomplishments with brotherhood reconnections. The successful Men of Merit Scholarship program will be continued with two scholarships awarded to incoming freshmen next fall. A ReUnion will of course be organized and scheduled for the fall in the coming months.
DU brotherhood is a living, breathing thing that we all enjoy for our entire lives. I encourage everyone to make 2017 a year in which we reconnect and personally enhance that brotherhood, and also support the critical capital needs of 312 E. Armory, the place where it started for all of us.
That’s it for now. Please feel free to call me and I’d be happy to meet with anyone that finds their way to Chicago.
Walker Geyer ‘78
The end of the Spring 2015 semester was definitely a busy one at Illinois DU. We had several events in the month of April that kept us busy and very entertained. On Saturday, April 11th, we held a wonderful brunch at the house for Mom’s Weekend. It was a great way to start off the day, which was followed by a silent auction. Our VP Administration Kevin Mackin ’18 did an excellent job putting the event together, as all of the moms had a great time getting to see their sons. The following Friday, April 17th, we held our annual DU/Theta Broomball Tournament. We had a total of 18 other Greek organizations sign up and participate in the event. Ryan Bidner ’17 did a great job coordinating the event with the help of the Kappa Alpha Theta philanthropy chair. We had tremendous participation from the entire chapter, helping referee and coach the various teams. It was a fantastic night indeed. DU also had teams participate in other various philanthropy events/dinners, such as the Kappa Delta Dodgeball tournament and Pi Beta Phi Volleyball tournament. The end of the semester was also packed with many social events, including Barndance and Dixie Ball – both of which were enjoyable times as always. Our social chair Brad Thyfault ’17 did a great job scheduling exchanges with multiples sororities, including Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Xi Delta, Sigma Delta Tau, Chi Omega, Pi Beta Phi, and Alpha Delta Pi. And for the Fall, we have secured Delta Zeta as our Block partners for the football season!
On top of all the exciting events, we are proud to have initiated 12 new members this Spring – one of the largest Spring pledge classes in recent memory. Plenty of these guys are living in the house next semester and are ready to make a positive impact on our chapter. And last but not least, Matt Sturgeon ’12 and Ryan Shea ’14 came down to visit the house on Saturday, April 25th to announce the winner of the annual Undergraduate Scholarship Award. After eight applications were reviewed, this year’s winner ended up being Taylor Stinnett ’15. Taylor represents all of the values of what a DU should be, and made a huge impact on our chapter. We are going to miss Taylor and the rest of the graduating seniors very much as they head off into the “real world.”
That concludes the report from Champaign – Urbana. With everyone finishing up the semester and heading off to their various jobs, internships, and trips, the summer time will definitely be busy as well for all of us Ducks. Once August rolls around, we will all be excited to get back to school.
And always, please remember that our home is your home too at 312 E. Armory.
Paul Brandeisky ’17