Winter 2014

The past couple of months have been extremely busy, yet rewarding for Upsilon. In October, nine Upsilon brothers attended the Great Lakes Province Fall Assembly in Detroit, MI. During the assembly, former Upsilon Chaplain Travis Crawford was elected Satrap of the Great Lakes Province, and current Upsilon Regent Hal Hocker was elected as the Province’s Alternate Delegate for the upcoming Grand Council Convention. We would like to thank the brothers of Mu Omicron Pi for hosting such a great event and congratulate our newly elected Province Officers.

The months of October and November were full of community outreach opportunities for Upsilon. In October, Upsilon participated in the University of Kentucky’s inaugural “A CAT’s Tale Storybook Festival”. Brothers and pledges read and acted out David Shannon’s “A Bad Case of the Stripes” to more than 300 local kids, followed by a coloring activity based on the story. Upsilon closed the month of October with its annual Reverse Trick or Treat at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. 14 pledges dressed as movie characters and princesses to pass out candy to children who would not be able to celebrate Halloween otherwise. In November, Upsilon held its first ever Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids event. Three brothers and four pledges participated in Thanksgiving crafting activities with ten patients from the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. On the event, pledge Breanna Lawson said “Crafting with the kids was a very fulfilling experience. Seeing the excitement on their faces was precious and each child was so appreciative and the experience truly touched my heart.” Upsilon pledges also participated in the chapter’s first city-wide food and clothing drive. With donation tables set up at six local businesses, we were able to collect 359 pounds of canned goods and around 200 pounds of clothing. All canned goods were donated to God’s Pantry.

In November, Past Grand Regent Kenneth Roberts invited Upsilon back to his home for our second chapter-wide dinner of the semester. Several brothers and pledges were in attendance, including three brothers from the Kentucky Graduate Chapter. We would like to thank Past Grand Regent Roberts and his family for allowing us to be back at their home, and our brothers from the Kentucky Graduate Chapter for their fellowship. We also held our annual Big-Little Night, where pledges and brothers were paired up as mentors/mentees. 

Fall 2014

The fall semester has been groundbreaking for Upsilon! The semester began with several successful rush events including social events at Campus Pub, Gatti Town, Pazzo’s, and our annual Luau. Many rushees came out to meet the Upsilon brothers.  This year, 37 pledges received bids, our largest pledge class to date.  2014 also marked the first time that a female has rushed Upsilon after 105 years as an all-male chapter. We are excited to offer all 11 females the opportunity to join our great brotherhood.  Upsilon’s pledge class includes students from each of the three classes at the UK College of Pharmacy. When asked why she chose to rush Kappa Psi, PY3 student Chelsea Hewitt said “It was the outstanding leaders of Upsilon, both student and faculty, that inspired me to pledge. As a PY3 I’ve witnessed the immense growth of this chapter and I am excited to finally get to be a part of it. Moreover I felt compelled to open the door for the rest of the women of UK College of Pharmacy that wanted to rush. I knew I couldn’t be the only one. I was overjoyed when I received my bid, but even more so when I found out there would be 10 other women (and over twice as many men) in my pledge class. I hope that I can lead by example, foster the fellowship of the brotherhood in myself and my fellow pledges, and be a part of the most active pledge class Upsilon has ever seen.”

Following rush week, Upsilon brothers attended the “Against All Odds” car show benefiting the Richard Jay Corman Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, and educated the public on multiple myeloma with topics ranging from risk factors to treatment. Throughout the day we were visited by approximately 30 attendees who were interested in learning more about the disease. Upsilon brothers are proud to have been able to take part in the event and help the foundation raise upwards of $4,000. Additionally, Upsilon brothers have been working with the Kentucky Refugee Ministry to help the refugees understand how healthcare works in the United States. Brothers also donated 89 pounds of canned goods to the local charity God’s Pantry.

September saw Upsilon’s first “Dinner at the Grange”, an event hosted by Past Grand Regent and UK College of Pharmacy Dean Emeritus Kenneth Roberts.  This was a formal dinner held at the home of Past Grand Regent Roberts. All brothers and pledges were given an opportunity to get to know two of their professors, Dean Roberts and Upsilon Grand Council Deputy Kenneth Record. Dr. Record’s band, Dix River Crossing, provided live entertainment for the dinner. The event was a huge success, and we would like to thank Dean Roberts and his wife for the invitation.

Summer 2014

Summer is off to an exciting start for Upsilon! Following graduation, Upsilon brother Travis Crawford was elected Regent of the Kentucky Graduate Chapter. Crawford previously served as Chaplain of Upsilon and the Great Lakes Province. Upsilon would like to congratulate Travis and wishes him well in his new role.

Upsilon brothers recently assisted with the wedding reception of the daughter of Past Grand Regent and Dean Emeritus of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, Kenneth Roberts. Regent Hal Hocker, Vice-Regent Tyler Reade, Chaplain Antonio Booker, and Historian Clyde Hamilton took on many roles during the reception. These roles included parking attendant, valet, greeter, shuttle driver, and clean-up. This was a great opportunity for the brothers to give back to someone who has done so much to help our chapter. We would like to thank Past Grand Regent Roberts for allowing us to be part of this wonderful event.

In June, Upsilon’s newly elected Regent (Hal Hocker) and Vice-Regent (Tyler Reade) attended a Kappa Psi Regents workshop in Toledo, Ohio. Regents and vice-regents from across the Great Lakes Province discussed pledging, risk management, chapter progress reports, and how each chapter could be improved. Hocker and Reade would like to thank Satrap Eric Geyer, Melissa Buchanan, and Madalyn McMinn for hosting the workshop, and Beta Lambda brother Jonathan Fowler for providing housing during the event. 

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