Taylor Stinnett ’15 receives DU Leadership Scholarship

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!

Undergraduate Update – June 2015

Dikaia,

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.

Fraternally,

Paul Brandeisky ’17
Chapter President

Chairman’s Report – March 2015

Dear brothers of DU Illinois,

I hope this note catches you with positive spirits. I am happy to say that the alumni board, along with DU International and the local undergraduates have been actively engaged in all facets of our operations and diligently organizing our long term goals. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am with our growing and expanding board of directors. We are now at 15 actively participating board members, working together on 7 committees.

The undergraduates under Paul’s leadership as president are focused on exemplifying what the DU experience is all about. Not only are each of the committee Chairman bringing game to the phone conferences, but there is an enthusiasm that is building within.

We have had great dialogue with DU International, especially with John Duncan. I can’t wait for you to find out about the programs we are working on! This happens because of participation.

I take this moment to acknowledge brother Walker Geyer. Walker was hand selected by me to be Vice Chairman to spearhead our new rally (save my *** and make it happen). Thanks to Walker and his dedication we are undertaking a new era at Champaign-Urbana. We are committed to seeing that DU thrives in the next 100 years. We are at that turning point.

I just did a Guest Editor piece in Arizona Foothills, and mentioned my formative years at DU, and what a difference it made in my life. We can do that together. In upcoming reports we will be sharing with you some of the exciting, and not so exciting aspects to running our beloved fraternity at 312 East Armory. Please review the list of your alumni board members and the respective committees. I ask you to do it now, and see if you have the calling to help on a committee, or other aspect of promoting DU Illinois, and share that with Walker. It is the spirit of volunteerism that carries us forward.

Thanks in advance to answering Walker’s calling for donations. They all count from $100 and add up. Fortunately we get some generous donations in the $5,000 -20,000 range which are instrumental in handling some of the larger and less glamorous needs of maintaining our aging facility. We do have exciting plans we are working on to make DU Illinois a destination selection, for academics, brotherhood, and lifestyle amenities.

We look forward to seeing many of you more often as we seek to engage all ages of DU alumni to rally together for the brotherhood in action that makes us DU.

Fraternally,

Tony Sutton
Jungleman ’77

Homecoming 2014 – tentative agenda

from Dave Behr ’77

group picture front lawn2

Friday October 24th:: 

(for those of you coming down the night before or who are looking to help out in preparation of the big weekend!)

5;00 pm   House cleanup starts by undergrads (additional helpers appreciated)

7:30 pm  Fire-up session with Alums and Undergrads over pizza and beer.

 

Saturday October 25th:

8:00 am    Bus leaves downtown Chicago.  $45.00  Contact Fran Broich for a seat soon!

10:00 am  Registration table near the front door at DU opens for business!  Bring your checkbooks!  Also, DU Alumni shirts will

be available for only $10.00.

11:00 am  Illinois Fighting Illini vs Minnesota !!!   ILL—INI !   Bus arrives just in time!  If you don’t have your football ticket yet, see

Fran Broich

1:30 pm    Homecoming Luncheon served.  Front yard, weather permitting

2:30 pm    Presentation on the condition of the House, work accomplished and work to be done.

3:30  pm   Presentation of Awards:    Keith Ulatoski Brothership Award, Scholarship Awards

4:00 pm    Social Hours!   If you haven’t written a check yet you still can…

8:00 pm    Bus leaves 312 Armory for Chicago

 

Sunday October 26th:

Remembering what a good time you had!

Chairman’s Report – September 2013

To my Brothers of Delta Upsilon,

Fall is rapidly approaching, (although a little slower here in Phoenix, Arizona).  Homecoming is around the corner, October 26th!  It is not too late to still sign up for the bus from Chicago, as Brothers Salty and Notthead have once again scheduled a motor coach to and from Chicago for the day (see attached info here).

Fran Broich still has some football tickets left for those who endure the torture of the Illini consistency!  I believe there are also some rooms available for the Friday Saturday combo as well (please reach out to Fran here).

The Work Weekend was a great success due to the efforts of Brother Walker Geyer (please see attached) with many alumni and undergrads joining forces to make a difference in our progress of refurbishing the house.  You must come and see the progress we are making!! We have the roof repaired at an amazingly good value, thanks to Brother Kim Lewis!

The undergrads had an attendance of 8 members at the leadership conference recently held in Arizona, and have continued on their momentum of success.

Brothers Craig Milkint and Kevin Donnelly will reveal our fundraising campaign, plus we will present the annual scholarship award.

This year is a must-attend as we announce our first  Brotherhood Award in honor of our brother Keith Ulatoski, who passed recently. Keith’s kids will be attending to see us present this award.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see your brothers and meet some of the other alumni from different eras!

We need your help in our continuing efforts to enhance and refurbish our beloved house at 312 East Armory.  Take time to make your donation today ahead of time and help us with our cashflow!  Give generously, and give to the continued efforts of Delta Upsilon, University of Illinois!  (paypal info to click)

I expect to see you all there, October 26th!

Fraternally,

Tony Sutton 77sutton points in basement