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!
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.
First things first, I hope you all are doing well and having a good start to your new year just as we all are down here in Champaign. This first couple of months of the new semester has been quick ones to say the least, with a lot of important events and activities starting up right away for us here at the Illinois chapter.
It’s appropriate to start this letter with some good news by talking about the huge success we had with this spring rush class. The current members all took part in making this rush one of the most successful spring rushes in the past few years. Thanks to that, and the great work done by our rush chair Josh Currie ’17, we ended up with thirteen men who are currently pledging to become new members of the Delta Upsilon Illinois Chapter. This is not only one of the biggest spring classes to come through DU in the past few years, but it also one ups our past fall class, which contained 12 members. Things started off on the right foot this semester, and we look to keep that ball rolling with all the upcoming events we have planned.
One of the most important events of the entire year is rapidly approaching: Broomball. Plans are slowly starting to come together for that, as our philanthropy chair Ryan Bidner ’17 has been doing a great job with all the intricacies that come with setting up an event of this scale, as well as working with the ladies over at Kappa Alpha Theta, because, well let’s just say that sometimes ‘help’ is indeed a four letter word.
Along with Broomball, we also have various social events throughout the weeks planned, thanks to social chair Brad Thyfault ’17. Brad has just solidified that our chapter will have block again before football games this coming fall, this year being partnered with the ladies of Delta Zeta. They are one of many houses that we are growing relations with, and our horizons seem to keep on expanding.
Well, that just about wraps it up for what has been happening around here for the first part of the semester. As always, feel free to stop by your home if you happen to be near C-U. We’d love to see you!
Hello again!This newsletter covers both the latter portion of October and up until Thanksgiving in November. Also, this will cover the 2013 Homecoming and other topics including the ’17s Pledge Class and the standard rigmarole of DU social, intramural, and philanthropy events.
First off, let’s start with the Ducks that got to hoist the trophy for the ADPi soccer philanthropy. Brothers Andrew Krissinger ’14, Mark Plescia ’16, Jeff Kinka ’16, Grant Welge ’14, and Max Miller ’17 comprised the squad that won four straight to grab the crown. This is the second year in a row that we were champions of the event, and again happy to help with the ladies’ philanthropy.
The main event, Homecoming 2013, had Ducks from many years and many regions of the United States in Champaign to commemorate the years spent in Delta Upsilon, as well as to come see the football team take on the Spartans of Michigan State. Unfortunately the football team did not quite win, only losing by five (and a half touchdowns), but we Ducks never lose a tailgate and had an excellent time grilling out and chilling out at 312 E. Armory. Blue Moons, Shock Tops, and Lienkugel’s were served, and we all had a fantastic time with alumni and our sorority partner Alpha Epsilon Phi.
The day started with the aforementioned grilling and chilling and later segued to a more serious portion of the day where the first Annual Keith Ulatoski Brotherhood Award was presented to the award’s namesake. Keith was someone who was the embodiment of brotherhood, so after his unfortunate passing, the Alumni Board saw nothing more fit than to create an annual award in his honor.
After Alumni Board President Tony Sutton presented the award, conversation shifted to plans for fundraising in order to continue the updating and renovation of our home with a nod to its glory days and a keen eye on the future.Brothers Craig Milkint ’83 and Kevin Donnelly ’81 presented plans to ensure Delta Upsilon offers an unparalleled experience to scores of future pledge classes.
After the Homecoming Festivities, we undergrads settled into the status quo of social and intramural events (along with our studies of course). In football, our team made it past the hefty cut to make it into the playoffs. Unfortunately, we ran into the Pike ’14s squad and suffered a heartbreaking 13-12 loss (yours truly had a horrendous pass in the redzone in the first quarter than ended up coming to bite us in the behind).Despite the bitter outcome, we played well, improved, and will for sure be better next year provided our quarterback decides to make some better decisions.
Our soccer team suffered a similar fate. As one of the top seeds in the tournament and with title hopes on the horizon, the Ducks ran into the Sammies and suffered a crushing 2-1 loss in penalty kicks. Despite the defeat, we are returning every player next year and hope to be even better and to contend for the title.
DU has also been doing quite well socially as of late. Along with a solid amount of pre-games coordinated by Brothers Kevin Ward ’15 and John Morrison ’16, the men of Delta Upsilon have also partaken in two very fun exchanges in the past two weeks. Both sororities are prospective Football Block partners for next year, so it’s a good thing that we organized this fall’s outings and had a good time. Two weeks ago Wednesday we had an exchange with the lovely ladies of Chi Omega at Joe’s Brewery. The theme was “Working Hard or Hardly Working”. Despite the ambiguity and quality of the theme, everyone had an excellent time, especially for a Wednesday.
Another exchange that took place was this past Thursday with the ladies of Alpha Xi Delta. The AZD’s came out in FULL FORCE, as we went to The Clybourne and had a phenomenal night. The theme for the evening was “Dream Vacation.” Apparently this was supposed to be taken to mean, “Dress up as if you were going to go on vacation to your dream vacation.” We Ducks took this to mean, “Hey, let’s dress up like we did for Buffett Party again.” Either way, it was a great night, and I know that the AZD’s had a fun night.
We also had our Pledge Mom outing recently. The twenty-three members of our 17s pledge class had a fantastic night with their Pledge Dads and finding out who their Pledge Moms were.
All in all it was a great night, and the 17s had a fantastic time. The 17s pledge class overall is having a great semester and cannot wait to live in the house and fully join the brotherhood that is Delta Upsilon as soon as possible.
As Thanksgiving break concludes, and we draw nearer to finals, things around the Delta U household will slow down a tad. That said, once we get back on campus our annual Christmas Party will soon be upon us, which as many of you know, is one of the greatest nights of the year. The set-up for that event will be taking place all throughout the week, and it will culminate and take place on Saturday, December 7th. I for one cannot wait.
Needless to say, it’s been a great semester, and we enjoyed keeping you up with the Ducks (instead of the Kardashians).As we switch over to a new slate of officers, our thanks go out to the tremendous support provided by both the alumni board and our alumni at large.Please consider donating your time and/or funds to help renovate the DU household. One important thing shared by both past and current DU generations alike is a love for our house.In order for that tradition to last the next 85 years of DUs, we’ll need your continued help.
Thank you again, and I wish you a great holiday season!
Max Redpath ‘16
Vice-President Alumni and External Relations