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A Letter from the President

Delta Upsilon is back at Iowa State, and I feel confident that it will be on campus for many, many more years to come. We were officially recolonized in September 2011, and we have come a long way since that date. We are currently 28 members strong, and we are growing. We are well on our way to reaching the requirements of Delta Upsilon International to achieve official chapter status.

The only thing that truly stands between us and becoming a chapter now is our size. We need to be at 45+ to be considered for chartering, and we are hopeful that we can achieve this number by next fall.

During fall semester our President, Ryan Francois, and Vice President of Recruitment, Ryan Betters, worked incredibly hard to recruit only the best and brightest young minds on campus, and thanks to their efforts that is what we are. We managed a 2.93 GPA putting us in 9th place among the 28 fraternities our first semester on campus despite being comprised of so many freshmen. We expect this number rise as the semesters go on. I have seen a dramatic shift in the attitudes of our freshmen members since winter break, and I have seen them placing even more importance on their academics than they already did.

You don’t have to look too hard to find people talking about us on campus, and in the Greek Community, and they are all making either positive or jealous remarks. Thanks to our great alumni and 117 Ash LLC, we have one of, if not, the best chapter facility on campus. Over the summer, to say our home went through a major remodel would be an understatement.

We have a facility that on the inside and out appears to be brand new. We have an up to code fire sprinkler system, a large projector screen in our chapter room, air conditioning throughout the house, a lounge with a big screen T.V. on second floor, a 3-4 man apartment for our older members, and we are on the list for historical places in Iowa. This semester in particular we are becoming involved in the Greek Community. Our first semester we didn’t participate in homecoming because we were too young and disorganized, but this semester we are in an awesome Greek Week pairing with Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. Our Lip-Sync practices are going very well and we expect to do well in the Greek Olympics and Greek Week as a whole.

When we started out in the fall, we wanted to be more than just an awesome fraternity; we wanted to be totally unique. We have really been trying to set ourselves apart from the other Greek Houses on campus, and we have succeeded in many ways. Because we are non-secret, we are the only house on campus to be partnered with a campus learning community, and that is something we are truly proud of. The Entrepreneurship and Innovations Learning Community (EILC), hosts a class every Tuesday morning in our living room and the Entrepreneurship Club meets in our house on Tuesday nights. Not every DU is in one of these organizations, but these organizations have something to offer all of us; they bring in a creative spirit to everything we do. These organizations also draw business owners and other speakers into the house to speak to the men about how to be successful in life, and these organizations offer our men leadership and networking opportunities outside of Delta Upsilon. All of these opportunities are helping us achieve our primary goal of “Building Better Men”.

With all of the positive talk about us and our young leaders, we have definitely made a name for ourselves on campus, and we are continuing to grow. It is not easy to start a fraternity from the ground up, but we are making significant progress in all aspects. With all of the hard work my brothers have put in over the last couple of semesters and the work I see them putting in now, I feel confident that we will be able to reach our goal of chartering with Delta Upsilon International next fall. I am also confident that with the path we have started down, we will maintain a notable presence on campus for many years to come.

Regards,
Richard Ludwig

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