I’m writing to you to provide a quick update on the status of the chapter at the undergrad level.
This past spring 2012 semester was outstanding! We initiated twenty-three new brothers from the class of 2015 upon return from winter break. And, just behind that, another robust .50’s pledge class of ten members has learned the principles of DU and is ready to tackle Final Phase this August. Scholarship was a focus (as always), and we rose a bit to be on par with all-men’s and all-fraternity averages, with a 3.0079 GPA.
Socially, we enjoyed activities with the women of Tri-Delta, Pi Beta Phi, and Alpha Delta Pi. Plus we secured enjoying football block for this fall with Delta Zeta. DUs teamed up with Kappa Alpha Theta to hold a broomball tournament where the philanthropic monies raised were split between Theta’s and us. More than thirty Greek organizations participated. It was one of the high points of the spring as we raised a total of $3,000 which was split evenly. DUs share earned was sent to the Delta Upsilon Global Service Initiative, which engages in service projects in developing countries.
Our former house president David Nolan has been promoted to the position of Senior Manager within Illinois Business Consulting, the highest position achievable by a student. DU pride shows all across campus.
As summer progresses our efforts are once again focused on rush. In order to get a jump-start on this year’s rush, we have planned a summer rush event that will be taking place in Champaign. On July 28th we plan to have roughly 30-40 brothers and potential rushes convene at the chapter house, and then bus about 40 minutes north to the Kankakee River. From there we’ll be spending a few hours floating down the river on canoes, getting to know each other better, and most importantly, having a great time!
We held a similar event last summer and it proved to be a huge success. Not only were last year’s recruitment numbers higher than our own personal records, but our chapter finished in the DU International Recruitment Top Ten with a total of 35 new members. Our success can be attributed to strong motivational efforts from the alumni board as well as a positive can-do attitude from the undergrads. We look forward to maintaining this momentum and striving for even better results next semester.
Speaking of DU International, we plan to have six undergraduate brothers attend the annual Leadership Institute and conference, held this August in Chicago!
As for operational progress, we have just enacted a monumental shift in our billing and collections system. We, with Alumni Board’s direction, recently transitioned to a new, more efficient online system called OmegaFi. OmegaFi’s collections ability and bill-pay structure are second to none, which will only help us further organize our finances. This transition is certainly one that makes DU’s future look very bright.
As we near closer to the beginning of what I’m sure will be a great semester, we look forward to continually improving everything about DU. When you all return for the DU Re-U on September 29th, I’m sure you’ll be proud to say that you too contributed to all of Delta Upsilon’s recent success! We’ll see you then!
Andrew Krissinger ‘14