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Alpha Upsilon Summer 2011

Greetings, Alpha Upsilon Brothers, Welcome to our alumni newsletter. There are many exciting things occurring both for the alumni board and for our active chapter.

Keith Ely, President

Announcement The chapter is working on its archives. If you have chapter photos, artifacts, trophies or other historic memorabilia, please send them to the chapter, attn: Alex Suñé, or bring them to homecoming.

Our active chapter is extremely strong. We have 59 students living in the house, the maximum occupancy allowed by the city’s parking limits, and several dozen more who have to live elsewhere. The men are involved in almost every student organization on campus and consistently finish among the top few fraternities academically—in fact last semester the house grade point average was 3.1262. This is a high achievement for one of the larger fraternities. More importantly, the men of the chapter are high quality, fine young men. The national fraternity recognized our chapter in 2010 with the Pyramid of Excellence award, naming it the second time as one of Delta Sigma Phi’s top chapters.  Among many other individual accomplishments, the student body elected Donnie Hampton K-State’s student ambassador in fall 2009, perhaps the most prestigious recognition voted by students.  Nate Spriggs was elected student body president of the Student Governing Association this past spring, joining Pat Wilkerson (1956), Pat Bosco (1970), and Matt Wagner (2007) as Delta Sigs who have won the high office. When K-State named 14 undergraduates as outstanding seniors last year, three of them were our guys: Donnie Hampton, Wayne Stoskopf (elected student body vice president of SGA in 2009) and Paul Mintner. As an Alumni Corporation Board (ACB), we need to keep supporting the growth of this fine chapter, which is one of the best in the country. Our ACB has been working with Brother D. Lee Dueringer, consulting on a strategic plan for the chapter. We are developing a strong plan for our chapter’s future, including a capital campaign for a long-term scholarship and building fund. It is our vision to eventually provide significant scholarships for the majority of deserving men in our chapter while also providing the chapter the best facility possible. Our challenge as an ACB is to balance the long-term needs for funding while keeping the current physical plant in operable condition. It is imperative that we do both in order for Alpha Upsilon to continue to grow and prosper. I encourage you to attend homecoming this October to learn more about our successful chapter and visit this magnificent place, a place that we all know full well. YITBOS, Keith Ely, ‘83 President Alpha Upsilon Alumni Corporation Board

Homecoming HOMECOMING 2010 Homecoming in 2010 was perhaps the most successful in the chapter’s previous 85 years. The two days of festivities started Friday, October 29 at 5:00 p.m. Some 60 alumni and 20 of their ladies were on the east lawn as the homecoming parade passed by at 5:20 p.m. They gave special applause for the chapter as it marched, and clapped and yelled for Duane Saunders, AY 1958, who had a featured place in the procession. When the undergraduates returned to the chapter house at 6:00 p.m., the public rooms were packed. Our students were welcoming hosts, and several generous alums provided food and beverages. The tables overflowed with cocktail sandwiches and hors d’oeuvre, including dessert. Two bartenders poured drinks. The chapter follows a strict noalcohol policy, but the national fraternity granted special exemptions for the alumni.

The Delta Sigs entertain the ladies.

It was exciting just to find a way through the crowd from the living room on the west to the hearth room (as it is now called) on the east. Everyone had to stop along the way to greet an old friend or meet a new one. An undergraduate chorus, many of them members of the men’s glee club of the university, sang Delta Sig songs. They started with the romantic “Dream Girl of Delta Sigma Phi,” aimed for the ladies. It scored a direct hit. When the students broke into traditional fraternity songs, the alumni joined their voices. It was a special moment.

Paul Kauffman, ‘05 (L) awards Steven Cooper (R) the 2011 D. Lee Dueringer Scholarship for $1,000.

On Saturday, the alumni met after the football game with Oklahoma State. That evening the chapter served its traditional barbeque meal of grilled hamburgers and bratwurst. The guests departed on Sunday with refreshed brotherly ties and renewed pride in their chapter, arguably the best fraternity at K-State. ~ Loren Mall, ’58

AY past president, Nick Attwater (L), receives the Pyramid of Excellence trophy from regional leadership director, Ry Beck while Lee Dueringer (R) sets the scene and Loren Mall watches.

The house was filled for Homecoming 2011.

Hannah and Rich Kerschen, AY 1962, speaking with Delta Sig undergraduate Kevin Bultongez.

Cameron Moore, ‘55 (L) and Joe Marnell, ‘55 ( R ) at the Homecoming 2010 reunion.

Dean Gigstad, AY 1957 (L); Don Haun, AY 1954 ( C ); and Bob Goodin, AY 1955 ( R ), enjoy catching up with each other.

Alumni, undergrads, family and friends enjoying Homecoming 2010 at the chapter house.

Jay A. Swartz, AY 1960 (L); Fred Dellett, AY 1956 ( C ); and Gail Kay, AY 1958 (R) enjoy the October 2010 cocktail reception.

From left, Loren Mall, Lee Dueringer and James “Gus” Larkin, El Pinto Restaurant, Albuquerque on May 13, 2011.

Alpha Upsilon Recruitment

Recruiting Alpha Upsilon’s 2011 fall pledge class will soon be one for the record books! With 18 signed as of the release of this letter and a goal of 22, this year’s recruitment chairmen, Joe Falter and Gabe Ryan, have done a phenomenal job of providing continuity through the selection and bidding of quality men that will soon pledge our fraternity.  Although this summer’s recruitment will soon come to a close, our chapter is always looking for great recruits.  If you know anyone who would make a great Delta Sig, please provide us his with name and contact information.  Better Men. Better Lives. It’s not just a’s a way of life!


On Saturday, February 4, 2011, 10 of the undergrad members of the Alpha Upsilon chapter volunteered at a local gala named A Dress the Heart for the second year in a row. Brothers from Delta Sig were actively involved in welcoming patrons, checking coats and cleaning up after guests had departed. The gala’s goal was to educate and enhance awareness in the local community about heart disease in women while raising funds for localized cardiovascular care. The gala raised more than $60,000 towards hiring a new cardiac surgeon from Harvard Medical School. This is the second year that Delta Sigs have helped ensure the success of this event.


Members of Delta Sig are encouraged to volunteer their time to help the local community. One way that we do this is by participation in Adopt-a-School. This program is sponsored by Greek Affairs and members typically volunteer for an hour each week. Volunteers go to a local school and assist teachers in any way possible.  Such activities may include reading a book to the class, distributing snacks, reprimanding bad behavior or helping with homework assignments.


Delta Sigma Phi has helped

As our chapter has reached new heights of excellence over the last dozen years, our active members have renewed their interest in our history. They want to know how Alpha Upsilon’s past leaders built the foundation upon which they have flourished.

leaders and better citizens.

It’s now 95 years since our fraternity started as a co-operative club at K-State, and 86 years since the Edgerton Club was chartered as the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Phi. With input from many members, we now have a year-by-year account of our collective story. It runs from 1915 to 2010, all narrated against the background of the times. To provide a glimpse into the way things were and the personalities who surmounted them, the book includes several photographs of historic events and moments of fraternal brotherhood. It’s safe to say you will be surprised, probably more than once, at the twists and turns in the development of our fraternity. Our book features outstanding members, and it highlights our triumphs as well as our tribulations. To guide our future, it illuminates our mistakes of the past. To recognize our leaders, the book includes a list, as yet incomplete, of the chapter officers and the alumni board members from 1925 to 2010. Several members are presently critiquing the book, all 350 pages of it, and their comments will guide the final revision. You still have time to submit an account of the high points of your time as a student or as an alumni member of the ACB. Send your reports, photographs and anecdotes, whether humorous or not so funny, to Alex Suñé at Be sure to include the offices you have held and the dates you were initiated and served. This is not a profitable venture. Our goal is to publish a book that, even in a small run, can be produced and shipped at an affordable price. Copies will be placed in libraries and archives as a permanent record. Be sure to add your recollections. If we rally around as we did when we lived in the chapter house, we can all be recognized for our part in our chapter’s history. ~ Loren Mall, ‘58 At the beginning of school year, our new members showcase their dancing moves for the ladies of every sorority on campus. As one of the fan favorites, the ladies always love to see the men of Delta Sigma Phi arrive.

Delta Sigs supporting the Cats during football season! Its become very common for the front row to be consistently Delta Sigs at football games.

For more than a century,

young men become better

Brotherhood is a lifetime commitment to living our core values: Culture, Harmony and Friendship. Our intention is not merely to develop a strong fraternity, but in addition, to challenge our members to make a difference in their communities and their world.

Waiting for the 2010 Homecoming parade.

Alumni Reunion- homecoming 2011

Brothers, we invite and welcome you to join us for the 2011 Alpha Upsilon Alumni Reunion October 28-29. Due to last year’s great reunion success, we are looking forward to increasing alumni attendance.  You and your spouse are invited to join us on Friday, October 28 at the chapter house on 1100 Fremont.  We’ll conclude our reunion weekend on Saturday, October 29 in the evening.   The agenda is as follows for our 2011 event:

Friday, October 28, 2011 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. - K-State Homecoming Parade Chapter House Our doors at the chapter house will be open at 5:00 p.m. for any alum who wishes to stop by early and watch the parade from the East Porch. The parade will end at City Park. 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. - Welcome Cocktail Reception Chapter House All alumni and ladies are invited to this evening to remember. There will be heavy hors d’oeuvre and an open cocktail bar. This will be a time to mingle and get re-acquainted with fellow brothers throughout the years.  We will have representatives from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s confirmed to attend.  The night will consist of house tours, a special show by the Alpha Upsilon Singing Sailors and more!  Dress for this event is business casual.  The current active and pledge members will be joining us as soon as the Homecoming results are announced at the Pep Rally in City Park.

Saturday, October 29 Saturday’s schedule will depend upon the selected game time for the K-State vs. OU football game. If the game is in the morning, we will have an evening barbeque.  If the football game is in the afternoon or evening, we will have a brunch.  If you are interested in attending the football game and do not have tickets, please see the information listed below. Regardless of the time, we will have activities available at the house for all alumni and their guests.  In addition, we will be setting up a golf game at Colbert Hill Golf Course. In an effort to provide you with the best 2011 Alpha Upsilon Alumni Reunion, please let us know if you and/or your spouse or significant other will be attending the event.  In addition, if you are interested in attending the football game, please contact me and provide me with the quantity of tickets that you will need.  Last, if you plan to stay in Manhattan for the weekend, I would recommend that you reserve your hotel room right away!  Due to the popularity of K-State football, blocking rooms for groups is impossible.  Nevertheless, I have booked a block of rooms in Junction City as I did last year at a reduced rate. If you have any questions about the reunion or alumni relations, please feel free to contact me at 316.323.7809 or Also, if you will be attending the alumni reunion, RSVP at the contact information listed above. YITBOS, Alex Suñé, ‘06 Alumni Relations Director Alpha Upsilon Alumni Corporation Board

2010-2011 ACADEMIC YEAR INITIATES Fall 2010 Initiates Andrew Farnsworth - Architecture - Overland Park, KS Ariel Mendiola - Political Science - DeSoto, KS Austin Robisch - Open Option - Overland Park, KS Brett Seidl - Marketing and Public Relations - Valley Center, KS Chris Kellenbarger - Business Administration - Derby, KS Chris Mehrer - Chemical Engineering - Lenexa, KS Cort Malone - Open Option - Ulysses, KS Hayden Coons - Marketing - Olathe, KS Jake Pritchard - Mechanical Engineering - Valley Center, KS James Arpin - Biology (Pre-Medicine) - Hutchinson, KS Michael Brundis - Fine Arts - Olathe, KS Nik Bergstrom - Business Administration - Topeka, KS Pierce Stephens - Kinesiology - Manhattan, KS Sam Coriden - Open Option - Olathe, KS Sam Johnson - Open Option - Olathe, KS Travis Heideman - Marketing - Manhattan, KS

Fall 2010 actives with new initiates.

Spring 2011 Initiates Danny Collins - Business Administration (Pre-Medicine) Andover, KS Evan Hamm - Philosophy (Pre-Law) - Valley Center, KS Taylor Johnson - Biology (Pre-Medicine) - Valley Center, KS

The 1925 Society In 2009, the Alumni Corporation Board (ACB) created an initiative to provide alumni with an opportunity to give back to the chapter for house repairs, renovations, scholarships, leadership initiatives and alumni relations. With the 1925 Society, one can opt-in to make a specified donation on a monthly basis. As a recent graduate who will be repaying school loans, I chose to donate $19.25 per month to Alpha Upsilon until I can afford to give more.   Our ACB has setup an Automated Check Handling account (ACH) for automatic bank account withdrawals. In addition, one may also choose to donate via check, cash or a PayPal account. All donations, regardless of the amount, will have a tremendous impact on the chapter and its operations necessary for success both on the undergraduate and alumni levels.

Levels of giving are as follows:

1925 Society - contributions of $19.25 per month Fremont Society - contributions of $19.26 to $100 per month Alpha Upsilon Society - contributions of $101 to $500 per month Edgerton Society - contributions greater than $500 per month or at least one percent of one’s annual income For specific information about the 1925 Society, please visit us online at Click on “Alumni” and then “Give Back.” If you choose to become a part of the 1925 Society, please contact Lee Dueringer at 480.577.8352 or ~ Alex Suñé, ‘06


Delta Sigma Phi, Alpha Upsilon Chapter 1100 Fremont Street, Manhattan, KS 66502 Twitter@KSUDeltaSig

Delta Sigma Phi, Alpha Upsilon Chapter 1100 Fremont Street, Manhattan, KS 66502




FOLLOW THE CHAPTER’S NEWS Keep up with Alpha Upsilon online at www.deltasigonline. com, or Google “Kansas State Delta Sigma Phi.” Maintained by Alpha Upsilon undergraduates and their assistant advisor, this Web site contains a wealth of news about the chapter’s activities. The home page provides tabs to news and several other chapter topics. Check them all for announcements of achievements, schedules of events, postings about the chapter in the local newspapers and more. At the bottom of the home page, you can click on the Facebook icon. This opens a portfolio of photographs interspersed with brief comments posted by undergraduates, alumni and friends of the chapter—there are 273 photos of homecoming 2010,

alone! There are many other pictures, and short but interesting comments. There are even a few YouTube videos of the chapter in one or another of its activities. Clicking on the Twitter icon, also at the bottom of the home page, opens another parallel universe, the chapter’s profile page. It offers a glimpse into the busy life of the undergraduate Delta Sigs. Here are tweets, those short, 140-character musings typed by Alpha Upsilon’s actives, alumni and anyone else who wants to join this public social network. While there are few common threads of conversation, the tweets give an insight into the events on the minds of the students of today. ~ Loren Mall, ‘58

For questions or comments, please contact: Cole Grieves Keith Ely, ‘83 Chapter President President Alpha Upsilon Alumni Corporation Board

Alejandro J. Suñé, ‘06 Alumni Relations Director Alpha Upsilon Alumni Corporation Board

Newsletter Contributors: Loren Mall, Alex Suñé and Lee Dueringer I Newsletter Design: inVision Strategic Marketing

Bonds of Alpha Upsilon - Summer 2011  

Alumni Newsletter of the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Phi