Annual Communication of Executive Council
Annual Communication of the Foundation
Executive Council & Foundation Directors for 2021-22
2021-22 Undergraduate Advisory Board Members
The 2021 Leadership Institute Curriculum
Murray L. Eskenzai, Lambda ’56, Awarded the 2021 David A.B. Brown, ΕΦ ’66 Distinguished Alumnus Award
177th Convention Records
Become a Certified Recruiter through Phired Up!
Summer Leadership Series
Annual Fund Updates
At the 177th Convention James Platner, Phi Delta ’10 (Mary Washington), was elected to the Executive Council as an alumni term member. Jim has been an engaged volunteer since his graduation, serving on the Phi Delta alumni association and attending multiple conventions, you can read more about him here.
After over 10 years of service to Psi Upsilon, Patrick Gilrane, Psi ’83 (Hamilton), was awarded Honorary Life Member status to the Executive Council. This unique distinction is held for a select few brothers who have gone far above and beyond in their devotion to Psi U.
The 2021-22 Officers of the Executive Council were also installed at the Annual Meeting:
Jeremy McKeon, Eta ’08 (Lehigh), President
Christian Brydges, Nu ’95 (Toronto), Vice President
David Hollis, Gamma Tau ’11 (Georgia Tech), Secretary
Timothy Zepp, Chi Delta ’08 (Duke), Treasurer
For a full list of members of the Executive Council please go here
The Officers of the Foundation were also appointed for the 2021-22 year:
Alex Senchak, Eta ’06 (Lehigh), Chairman
Matthew Eckenrode, Epsilon Nu ’04 (Michigan State), Vice Chairman
J. Martin Brayboy, Gamma ’84 (Amherst), Secretary
John Ong, Gamma ’82 (Amherst), Treasurer
For a full list of the Directors of the Foundation please go here
Another important business item at our Convention is the election of two brothers to the Undergraduate Advisory Board (UAB). This board serves to facilitate input from the undergraduate chapters to our Executive Council. We’d like to congratulate Lindsey Dial, Chi Delta ’23 (Duke), and Aidan Scheel, Tau Epsilon ’24 (Clemson), on being the elected representatives for the 2021-22 Academic Year. You can read more about the position here.
The 2021 Leadership Institute featured Matt Mattson, President & Co-founder of Phired Up who has spent nearly 20 years helping sororities and fraternities grow as the president and co-founder of Phired Up and TechniPhi. Matt is a member of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity, he has a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations, and a master’s degree in Education. He’s authored a couple of books on fraternity/sorority growth, he’s hosted a podcast, he’s delivered multiple TEDx talks. Phired Up is the industry leader in fraternity/sorority marketing strategy and education. Matt’s first session provided core marketing principles alongside practical and specific marketing tactic recommendations to get growth results for undergraduate chapters; another coached attendees on authentic conversations and a third reviewed practical recruitment operations.
Other Leadership Institute topics included a presentation from the History and Archives committee presented by Chair Evan Terry, Epsilon Phi ’93 (McGill) about the Rho Owl Song and the history of the Rho chapter. We also had sessions discussing new programs and initiatives, like the Social Impact Fellowship, Connects Grant, and new scholarships, in addition to reviewing the Risk Management Policy, and breakout sessions reviewing some best practices.
The Foundation Scholarship Luncheon featured a keynote address by Duke university medical student Julia Denniss, Gamma Tau ’19 (Georgia Tech), recipient of the 2020-21 Henry B. Poor Graduate Scholarship.
On Sunday evening our Awards Banquet had the honor of Murray Eskenazi, Lambda ’56 as the keynote speaker to close our convention. Brother Eskenazi has been active in the life of Psi Upsilon since his initiation as an undergraduate at Columbia. He has served for 52 years as a director and for 17 years as President of the Lambda Alumni Association. Author of 3 Psi U songs, creator of 11 chapter coats-of-arms, and designer of the Psi U Sesquicentennial Plate and the Psi U Distinguished Alumnus Medal, Brother Eskenazi is a gifted man of diverse talents. He has served on our Foundation Board and, after 19 years on the Executive Council, is now an honorary life member.
Read more about Murray and this award presentation
Submit links to your convention photos to Jonathan@psiu.org to have them considered for inclusion
The Convention Records document the actions taken by the 177th Convention. Resolutions of a legislative nature are called General Resolutions, while the rest are termed Special Resolutions. The Records also contain Recommendations.
Psi Upsilon Beacon, Scholarship Highlights published June 2021. The Beacon highlights the grant, scholarship, and fellowship programs of the Psi Upsilon Foundation in support of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity. This issue highlight our 2021-22 graduate and undergraduate Scholarship recipients, our new FishFund, the history of our named scholarship program, and updates on the life and careers of several of our past awardees.
For the second year Psi Upsilon Fraternity has partnered with Phired Up to train members of your chapter to become a Certified Recruiter. Their 2-hour program will help teach you how to improve your recruitment efforts. Every member who is dedicated to helping your chapter attract, select, and secure the right members should become Certified Phired Up Recruiter. Also, upon completion be sure to share this certification on your LinkedIN Profile. You can learn more about the course and sign up here.
August’s Archons Town Hall meeting will cover a refresher on how to operate a chapter in person – we’ll discuss the basics of running a meeting, event planning, recruitment and more. We encourage you to bring your questions and we look forward to seeing everyone and diving back into Fraternity! All chapter officers are expected to attend, and any alumni advisors are also welcome. We’re holding this meeting on Thursday August 26th. Email instructions have been sent to every chapter officer – if you missed yours please email Director of Chapter Services, Stephan Oeschle at Stephan@psiu.org.
Our Speaker Series continues virtually (see events calendar below) but in-person events will begin populating the calendar soon.
History & Archives Committee work weekend & meet & greet
Fri-Sun, Sept 17-19th
THANK YOU to all our new 1833 Club donors! The 1833 Club is our undergraduate giving society.
Join, get started on your years of giving early and get your 1833 club pin!
Alumni, consider supporting the Annual Fund with a gift of $250 or more to join our Founder’s Society.
You can view the 2021 Founder’s Society Members here.
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|Chapter Corp and Advisors Town Hall|
Wednesday, August 18th from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Summer Leadership Series: In-Person Chapter Operations
Thursday, August 26th from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
CryptoCurrency Investing Event
Thursday Sept 16th 6:30-8:30PM CDT
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History & Archives Committee work weekend & meet and greet
Fri-Sun, Sept 17-19, 2021
Virtual Speaker Series with Mark Hedstrom, Omega ’95
Thursday Sept 25th 6:00-7:15PM EDT
A Fireside Chat with Mark Hedstrom, Omega ’95, Country Director for the US at Movember WITH information about the “Big Mo On Campus” philanthropy opportunity for undergraduates
Virtual Speaker Series with Todd D. Simon, Tau ’86
Thursday October 7th 6:30pm EDT
A Fireside Chat with Todd D. Simon, Tau ’86 (University of Pennsylvania) Philanthropist and Chairman & CEO of Omaha Steaks
178th Psi Upsilon Convention
July 22nd – 25th, 2022
Click here for a complete list of Psi U events. If you’re interested in sponsoring an event in your area or to have your event listed in the calendar please email Director of Engagement Jonathan Chaffin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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