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Camden Troncin Wins 2022 Outstanding New Member Award

Camden Troncin ’22

Over the past two semesters, a new member of Delta Upsilon has shown what it’s like to come in and automatically be both a leader and everyone’s friend all in one. Camden Troncin, a freshman from Urbandale, IA, joined in the fall of 2021 and has bled DU ever since.

He has been involved in both Homecoming and Greek Week events, served as our Community Service chair this past semester, created several new service opportunities for the entire chapter, and has put in countless hours for himself as well. For the upcoming semester, Camden has been appointed Kitchen manager for our house and plans on working with different exec positions to run for one of his own later this fall.

Part of his leadership skills came out when he attended the annual RLA conference in Kansas City. There our Chapter was able to see first hand the level of communication and responsibility that he is able to bring to this chapter. His unique freshman year has set him up to be a great leader within the chapter and we’re excited to see where he takes it.

Not only is Camden a great leader, but he’s also a great friend to everyone in the fraternity no matter their age. Being that he lived in the house this past spring, he is always in other people’s rooms hanging out, no matter if they’re a sophomore or a Junior. His contagious energy is something that has already benefited the fraternity and we look forward to having it for 3 more years. Congratulations to Camden Troncin on winning the 2022 Outstanding New Member Award!

Ben Breeding wins 2022 Chev Adams Award

Ben Breeding ’22

Over this past year, Ben Breeding has committed as many leadership responsibilities as possible without being on exec. Although Ben joined as a Freshman in 2019, he was only able to be a part of the fraternity for a short 3 years, for he earned enough credits to graduate a year early. During his time in DU, unlike many, his involvement increased as the years went by.

In the fall of 2021, he served as our Professional Development Chair, going above and beyond what was expected of him. He conducted countless mock interviews with people, developed several resumes, and helped prepare our brothers for career fairs. In his final year, he participated in almost every Homecoming and Greek Week event, as well as serving as one of our Greek Week General Co Chairs’s for the semester. In that position, he coordinated almost every event that we did ranging from community service to sports events. Our third place finish in overall Greek Week wouldn’t have been possible without his extremely hard work and devotion.  Following Greek Week, Ben also organized our Spring 2022 Philanthropy, a task that was far from easy. He spent the weeks leading up to it making countless phone calls, booking dates with people, making sure tickets were handed out, and organizing time slots.

Ben has left a forever lasting impact on the fraternity and set an amazing example of what it should look like being an upperclassman in DU. He is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet and will be incredibly missed around the house and in the fraternity as a whole. Congratulations to Ben Breeding on winning the 2022 Chev Adams Award!

Iowa State Chapter Named DU’s Top Chapter

For the first time in our chapter’s history, the Iowa State DU Chapter won Delta Upsilon’s Sweepstakes Award. This is the award presented to the top overall DU chapter at the annual Leadership Institute (LI). This year’s LI took place in New Orleans. Nine undergraduates and four alums were there to accept the award on the chapter’s behalf.

In addition to the Sweepstakes Award, the chapter came home with other significant honors and recognition, including:

  • Chapter President Nick Lee was elected as the Undergraduate Advisory Board Representative for DU’s Province 4
  • The Chapter was named a top CEP chapter in the following areas: Academic Excellence, Associate Member Education and Operational Excellence
  • The Chapter won the Innovative Member Development Award
  • Chapter President Nick Lee and Vice President of Member Education Ryan Poppert were each awarded a $1,000 McQuaid Scholarship
  • The Chapter was recognized as the second highest fundraising chapter for DU’s Global Service Initiative, raising nearly $3,700
  • Vice President Graham Owen was named a finalist for the Distinguished Undergraduate Award, which is given to DU’s top undergraduate member
  • The chapter was named a finalist for the Sweepstakes Award for the 7th straight year before winning the award

The 2020-2021 school year was very challenging for all fraternities due to COVID-19 and our chapter was no exception. Our undergraduate men did not use COVID-19 as an excuse and continued to improve the chapter in multiple areas. The chapter achieved a 3.31 chapter GPA, volunteered more than 25 hours per member and raised a significant amount of money for DU’s philanthropy, Global Service Initiative. This all led to the most successful year for our chapter since DU returned to Iowa State’s campus nearly 10 years ago. Please help us congratulate our undergraduate chapter for an extremely successful school year!