As a fraternity, we are in the business of creating leaders, leaders who will go on to be productive, influential members of society. Educator and author Peter Drucker said, “Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” Gamma Upsilon has helped establish this standard of leadership for more than 900 men at the Bradley University. But we would not be where we are today without strong leaders, like yourself and other members of the Golden Guard, first paving the way for the vision of Theta Chi.
How Fraternities Lead: Fraternities have been instrumental in the development of leaders for hundreds of years. The qualities young men gain from their membership help them excel in society, even holding some of our nation’s most influential roles:
- Every U.S. President, except for three, has been a member of a fraternity.
- 85% of the Fortune 500 executives belong to a fraternity.
- 40 of 47 U.S. Supreme Court Justices since 1910 were fraternity men.
How We Lead: At Gamma Upsilon, our collegians are representing our chapter as leaders not only on campus, but in the community as well. They are committed to raising the bar and embodying the ideals of our brotherhood. Here are just four major accomplishments from the chapter in 2017:
- Dave Jensen ’18 was elected the student body or all-school president for the 2017-18 academic year.
- Derek Wright ’19 was elected as director of judicial affairs for the Interfraternity Council for the 2017-18 academic year.
- They finished first among men’s fraternities in the fall of 2017 with a 3.24/4.0 GPA, better than Bradley’s all-men’s average of 3.07.
- They finished second among men’s fraternities in the spring of 2017 with a 3.27 GPA, better than the all-men’s average of 3.14.
To demonstrate we, as alumni, are also leaders, we need every alumnus to do what he can to further the amazing legacy our founders created. Last year, 52 brothers from all ranks embodied this ideal and collectively committed $12,230 toward replacing the original front and back doors. This project included replacing the casing, windows around the doors, and installing an electronic key system.
In the summer of 2019, we hope to further improve our home by accomplishing the following project: completely renovating the kitchen to allow us to continue to be one of the few fraternities on campus to cook and share our meals together as a chapter! Initial architectural consultation for this project places the price tag in the neighborhood of $125,000. This will be the third major renovation project to the chapter house in the past 10 years, after the barracks room and the main bathroom, and does not include the state-mandated sprinkler system installation or the Greek academic infrastructure initiative.
How You Can Lead: As an alumnus, we count on you to raise the standards of Theta Chi beyond our normal limitations. Think of the leaders who made an impact on you during your undergraduate years. Today is your chance to do that for someone else. Your gift will help us on our way to renovating the kitchen and securing our future at Bradley University.
To make your contribution, click the ‘Support the Campaign’ button on the right hand side of this page. You can make a lump-sum gift or divide your gift into monthly or quarterly installments. You may pay by personal check or credit or debit card through a secure, encrypted system.
On behalf of the entire board of directors, we look forward to seeing you at upcoming events. Visit our Facebook group at Theta Chi Gamma Upsilon Alumni as well as our website at gammaupsilon.org.
Thank you in advance for supporting the brotherhood that made you the man you are today.
Marty Deering ’89, President
Gamma Upsilon Alumni Corporation
Robert Carroll ’99, Director of Fundraising
Gamma Upsilon Alumni Corporation