Undergraduate Update – June 2015


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
Chapter President

Message from the Undergraduates


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!

Cole Hoeppel-Tranter ‘17

Workin’ for the Weekend

by Walker Geyer ’78

 After meeting with the undergrads and attending a Chapter meeting at the House on April 8th, Tony Sutton ’77, Kim Lewis ’79.50, and I felt another summer work weekend could accomplish a great deal.  I couldn’t be happier than I am today to report that the now-completed work weekend (July 19th – 21st) was a great success!

DSC03109DSC03157DSC03203This success was due to the alum volunteers, the DU undergrads, and the numerous financial contributors who stepped up to fund this effort.  My gratitude to one and all.  In particular, I want to thank Kim Lewis, Jim Ensign ’83, and Sean Thomas ’15 (that’s 2015 – OMG!).

Kim led what proved to be a non-stop effort to re-panel the DU dining room in under 3 days.  Tony once again made a critical contribution by sourcing the oak paneling and moulding – thanks, Tony!  We took delivery at 7 am on Friday morning and Kim began the work shortly thereafter with John Sladek ’75 joining him as mitrebox-man #2.  At 4 pm on Sunday, after countless cuts with the table and mitre sawsw, thousands  of nail guns explosions, puttying, sanding, wiping, and staining, the paneling job was complete.  The results are simply beautiful – you must see this with your own eyes (but for now these photos will help you experience the outstanding work).

DSC03172 Meanwhile, Kim’s friend Ernie Slavek, from Twin Lakes, earned himself honorary DU recognition for working like only a pro roofer can.  From 6 am to 6 pm, he was fixing multiple roof problem areas.  Quite simply, our roof needed a lot of attention and everything else we want to accomplish with the house depends upon a reliable roof.  Ernie’s repair work should carry us for now but a roof replacement will be needed with that timing still to be determined.


 Jim Ensign was a leader once again having been at the inaugural work weekend in 2010.  Jim led a multitude of projects including roof downspout extensions, squirrel and bee abatement, tree trimming, basement and exterior water pressure washing, basketball court fencing, and yard and parking area cleaning.  I can’t thank you enough, Jim!




Let me also thank Dave Behr, Kevin Quinn, Mike Pizzuto, John Danaher, Matt Sturgeon, and Kyle Braun who stepped up as DU alums, driving from Chicago, Indiana, and Ohio to make essential contributions throughout the weekend.  Their support provided the alumni leadership and horsepower that was essential to tackle so many projects simultaneously.

Sean Thomas, junior from Northbrook, is the current House President.  I put down the challenge to Sean to bring House members to the work weekend and he made it happen.  And he led by example all three days.  I give Sean tremendous credit, but I also must say these guys came with their own motivation to improve the House and they did a great job.  Twenty young men did all the staining, all the roofing support work, and the all-house cleaning.  As you would expect of DU’s, they were also very good at drinking beer, eating Papa Del’s, etc. while majoring in engineering, accounting, business, and so on.  DSC03170They are:

Quinn Adams ’15

St. Charles

Sergio Minanda ’15.50


Mikey Fleming ‘16


Matt Kibort ’15


Alex Anderson ’14


Dan Ashford ’15.50


Sam Edwards ‘15


John Morrison ‘16


Seleem Elbanhawi ‘15

Cairo, Egypt

Alex Tatham ‘16


Chase Thompson ‘16


Joe Brandt ‘16


Nick Avis ‘16


Tony Mocarski ‘16


Kevin Ward ‘15


Patrick White ‘15

Glen Ellyn

Taylor Stinnett ‘15


Jason He ‘16


Besides the thanks, I want to convey to all alums that the DU spirit, brotherhood, and teamwork were there for all to see and appreciate.  The House and the brotherhood took another big step forward, a step that will be in evidence at Homecoming!

My request of all alums is quite simple:  Please help with financial support and direct involvement to make Illinois Delta Upsilon prosper.  The House has boasted pledge classes with 30+ men the past two years.  It is evidence of a strong Chapter, and with continued improvements to the physical structure, we will secure the future for the Illinois Delta Upsilon experience. 

The uncovering of the original paneling demonstrated commitment to the future:  look at the initiation date of those who helped raise our original home:

DSC03111Alumni from past and present have invested in the future of DUs.  Won’t you?

This effort is far from complete, so please join other brothers who are writing checks to Illinois Chapter of Delta Upsilon, Inc. and mail them to:

Mr. Chris D’hondt
4112 N. Hermitage
Chicago, IL 60613

 We hope you enjoy all these photos but urge you to see everything live yourself at Homecoming 2013 on October 26.


 Walker Geyer ‘78

Undergraduate Update – March 2013


With the first round of midterms completed, the semester is officially in full swing. This semester has been rather eventful, with a lot to come in the near future. The start of the new semester brings about the initiation of the fall associate members, and the formal pledgeship of the spring class. Our fall class ended up having 32 members initiated; one of the biggest classes DU has seen in a long time here on the Illinois campus. We also had nine of those initiated members move into the house from their dorms, which has the house at full capacity again (45 members). We are also pleased to announce eight rushees accepted their bids from spring rush, and have now begun their pledgeship. Everyone here is excited about the newly initiated members and pledge class, as they are both great groups of guys.

I am also pleased to report an improvement on the chapters GPA this past semester. The active chapter completed the semester with a cumulative GPA of 3.17. The new members compiled a 3.02 GPA, bringing the overall house GPA to 3.12. We are ranked 17th out of 45 houses on campus, a great improvement from last semester.

The social schedule for this semester is also looking great, as we have planned some great exchanges so far, and are looking forward to Barn Dance and maybe a formal in the coming months. So far, we have had a masquerade themed exchange with Kappa Alpha Theta upstairs at Joe’s, and also went and played Laser Tag off campus with Pi Beta Phi. This upcoming weekend, we have scheduled a Bulls/Pacers exchange with Sigma Delta Tau (our fall 2013 Block Partners) in Indianapolis. Although it looks as though Derrick Rose won’t be back in time for the game, it will still be an awesome time. Some active members will get to go meet some of the players prior to the game, and others will be able to take part in a shrimp eating contest on the court during halftime. The Bulls exchange looks to be the end to a very exciting weekend, as Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day is this Friday as well. The weekend after that, we will be hosting our annual Pancake Party at the house, which guarantees to be a great time. We have our barn dance scheduled for April 4th, and are looking into a formal somewhere off campus. This all coupled with exchanges scheduled for later this semester, it is one packed semester of social events.

Once again, we will be hosting our Broom Ball philanthropy which is scheduled for March 8th. Kappa Alpha Theta has agreed to co-host the event with us like last year, and it looks like it will be a huge success. The proceeds will be going to help fund Delta Upsilon International’s philanthropy event, the Global Service Initiative (GSI).  GSI sends DU’s to help build houses and schools in rundown areas of Jamaica. We are hoping one of our active DU brothers will be able to attend the trip this year and help with the building process. One philanthropy that DU looks forward to participating in is the Kappa Delta Dodgeball tournament. We had four teams entered last year, and are looking to get even more involved this year. They also host a 5k run and chili dinner, which is well attended by DU’s as well (and in that order!).

Intramural spring sports are also starting, with basketball being the highlight so far. DU has two teams entered into the league, with one team sitting at 1-1 and the other at 1-2. Both teams are in the same division, with a showdown between the two teams coming in a couple weeks.

As spring break inches closer and closer, everyone is all over the place with their plans. Some of the seniors will be going to Vegas, while others are going down to Florida and taking a 5 day cruise. Other brothers have made plans to attend South Padre and Panama City Beach with each other, go on vacation with family, or just relax at home for a week. Needless to say, DU will be all over the country for spring break.

With only a portion of the semester over, the next couple months look like they will be a great time for all the members here at DU Illinois. Go Illini!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars now for Homecoming 2013:  October 26th vs. MSU!  More details to come soon on this.

As always, please feel free to reach out to your undergraduate brothers — you are always welcome at your home, Delta Upsilon.




Sean Thomas ’15

Chapter President

Undergraduates announce officers for Spring 2013 semester

Thank you to all outgoing officers, and best of luck to the new executive board!

Delta Upsilon Illinois Spring 2013 Exec Board Members

President: Sean Thomas ‘15

Hometown: Northbrook, IL


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Finance: Jake Hoercher ‘14

Hometown: Belleville, IL


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BOC: Taylor Stinnett ‘15

Hometown: Sycamore, IL


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Rush: Sam Edwards ‘15

Hometown: Belleville, IL


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Pledge Ed: DJ Terdy ‘15

Hometown: Glen Ellyn, IL


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Pledge Supervisor: Harrison Ruesch ‘15

Hometown: Hoffman Estates, IL


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Maintenance: Pat White ‘15

Hometown: Glen Ellyn, IL


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Administration: Jason He ‘16

Hometown: Champaign, IL


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Social External: Alex Groves ‘15

Hometown: Barrington, IL


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Social External: Kevin Ward ‘15

Hometown: Swansea, IL


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Philanthropy Internal: Scott Geolat ‘15

Hometown: Belleville, IL


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Alumni and External Relations: Henry Brierton ‘16

Hometown: Gurnee, IL


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