We have kicked off a spectacular year as we closed the door on a noteworthy year. We have set the bar high beginning with a successful recruitment, new philanthropic activities and more service opportunities. Our chapter is thriving and we want to celebrate it with our alumni!
A summary of last semester, our chapter was recognized by both the university and the DU International Fraternity for excellence and top honors. Bradley University awarded our chapter with the Ed King Award for Overall Excellence which has not been received by a fraternity in the last 3 years. DU International selected the Bradley chapter as a Sweepstakes finalist, providing a special experience for the 10 undergraduate brothers in attendance. Brother Zach Roake ’17 received the President’s Award for Chapter President of the year amongst all Delta Upsilon chapters and was elected by fellow undergraduate chapters to serve on the Delta Upsilon International Board of Directors as an undergraduate director. In other words, people are noticing the outstanding character and leadership of our fraternity and its members.
We were All-Sports champions for the second year in a row with first-place finishes in football, indoor soccer, wrestling, swimming, and 4v4 soccer. The All-Sports trophy remains on display in the chapter house it rightfully belongs in. We are looking to complete a three-peat with a third victory this year.
Long-term advisor, friend, brother, and mentor, Dr. Ray Zarvell ’68 received a prestigious award from Bradley University this year. Ray received the Lydia Moss Bradley award, which is given annually to an individual reflecting the ideas of Bradley’s founder and providing outstanding service to the university. Ray played a monumental role within our fraternity, and the freshman orientation program he helped to establish remains in effect today. No one has had a larger impact on the success of our chapter than Brother Dr. Ray Zarvell. Ray was honored at a luncheon in which over 40 undergraduate members attended to watch Ray give his acceptance speech.
Following Bradley’s increased enrollment and the move from formal to informal recruitment, our chapter welcomed 49 new associate members into the fraternity. This is the largest ever recruitment class for Delta Upsilon at Bradley University. Recruitment chairs, Tom Pelarinos ’17 and Sean Burton ’17, focused on keeping the entire chapter engaged with recruitment and recruited members most reflective of our fraternity’s ideas and principles. We are proud to state that we have had a 100% retention rate of new members, boosting our overall chapter size to 100 members.
Lastly, as a chapter, we are beginning to switch our philanthropic efforts towards the international philanthropy of our fraternity, the Global Service Initiative (GSI). Our chapter has become more aware of the impact that GSI has not only for the success of the chapter but the impact that it has on a global scale. This transition shifts events such as letter writing, the parent’s weekend auction, and philanthropic dollars won during events towards GSI. As for St. Jude, we are looking for opportunities to support them at a local level such as volunteering and raising awareness for the hospital as opposed to raising money for it.
If you want to know more information or have any questions, the chapter welcomes you to visit our website at www.bradleydu.org. If you have any questions, would be able to provide updated email addresses, please contact our alumni chair, Zach Roake, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to keep you aware of exciting news and activities involving the chapter in the future.
The Undergraduates of the Bradley Chapter of Delta Upsilon