Workin’ it

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

President’s Report – 12/27/16


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 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.
Dikaia Upotheke.
Walker Geyer ‘78

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

Your Help Needed

Your Help Needed

Dear DU Brothers –

As we approach Spring of this school year, the Alumni Board is again taking stock of the condition of the House.

John Sladek, Chair of the Alumni Board’s House Maintenance and Capital Improvements Committee, is doing a tremendous job managing this key area, and the 3rd Annual work weekend scheduled for July 11-12 brings together both alums and undergrads to tackle projects and put some elbow grease into 312 E. Armory.

I ask that each of you to consider and follow thru on a financial contribution to DU Illinois in support of this effort, the material costs, and the expenses associated with any professional contractors that will be needed.

Your Alumni Board is in the process of putting together a more comprehensive House capital improvement plan, but in the meantime we need your financial support to address those issues that require immediate attention and allow the DU undergrads to recruit successfully. Recent examples of improvements that your contributions made possible over the past 3 years were roof repairs, beautiful new dining room paneling and attractive 2nd and 3rd floor hallway tile.

Whether it is $100, $5,000 or any amount you feel you can contribute, the money will be put to very good use with focused stewardship by your Alumni Board and undergrads. We are working closely with Paul Brandeisky, House President, and his Executive Committee VP’s on numerous matters — I’m pleased to say that House leadership has the Illinois Chapter of DU pointed in the right direction.

Your contributions are greatly needed as the Alumni Board cash reserve is earmarked for emergency needs so the work we have envisioned for this year will be funded by monies raised over the next 90 days.

Please mail checks, payable to Illinois Chapter Delta Upsilon, to:

Kevin Donnelly (’81 and Alumni Board Finance Chair)
5822 Giddings Ave.
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Thank you!


Walker Geyer ‘78
Alumni Board Fund Raising Committee

A little elbow grease…

2014-07-12 04.45.54We’re happy to report another successful summer work weekend at 312 E. Armory, Champaign!

Multiple projects were undertaken to improve the DU House before the start of the Fall Semester.
Front and center on the project list was replacing old second and third floor hallway carpeting with tile.  My thanks to our Alumni Board President, Tony “Jungleman: Sutton, for contributing the tile….a very durable flooring material that also looks tremendous. This contribution saved many thousands of dollars.   Kim Lewis head-manned the tile project with support from three professionals, other alums and undergrads.  The undergrads got the ball rolling by removing the baseboards and old carpet.  Kim and his team then went to town putting down new underlayment followed by glue, tile, new baseboards and finally touch-up wall painting…all in 2 1/2 days!  The results are quite simply remarkable as the adjacent pictures confirm.
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Jim Ensign, John Sladek , Dave Behr, Fred Morse, and Fred’s U of I-bound son, Ben, worked their tails off on a variety of additional projects.
Max Redpath ’16, the current House President, showed great leadership by first securing the support of numerous undergrads and then taking on one of the nastier projects, namely the removal of the half-dead shrubbery and roots that for many years have lined the front walkway.  With the shrubbery gone and grass seed planted, we were all in agreement that the change made for a big improvement.
Another project undertaken was the repair of the brick steps on the front walkway along with the repair/replacement  of bricks that had come lose from the front porch.  Jim Ensign along with undergrad support successfully tackled this project.
I want to thank all the alums that already responded to earlier requests and who contributed $15,000 towards these projects.  This money is being well spent and has been leveraged 2:1 in savings given the labor and materials contributed at no charge.
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Some alum financial commitments remain outstanding and others would perhaps now consider this to be a good time to step up.  On behalf of all Illinois DU’s and your Alumni Board, I ask for your support.  Illinois Chapter of Delta Upsilon goes back to 1905.  As the pictures attest, your support can make a tangible difference.
Please make out a check to Illinois Chapter Delta Upsilon and mail it to me at 240 E. Illinois St., Unit 1901, Chicago, IL 60611.  Thank you!
Walker Geyer 78
Walker Geyer ’78