Dear Fellow DU Brothers,
I hope and trust this message finds you and your families well. It is with a heavy heart but with an optimistic view of the future that I am writing to inform you of the University’s decision to recapture the House and repurpose the House to other University uses. This decision was made by the Board of Trustees following a decision by the Alumni Board, members of the active chapter and Delta Upsilon International Fraternity to close the Demosthenean Chapter of Delta Upsilon fraternity. Please know the decision by the Trustees to recapture the House is consistent with the terms our lease agreement with the University.
As part of this recapture and consistent with the terms of our lease, the University will be responsible for providing the Demosthenean Chapter of DU with a replacement free standing housing facility elsewhere on campus. As I have previously indicated to you, the Alumni Board, the University and Delta Upsilon International Fraternity remain committed to the re-opening of the House following a mandated closure period and as soon as our new House can be constructed.
As Alumni Brothers, we need your support to ensure the successful re-opening of the Demosthenean Chapter of DU at Bucknell. We will be seeking your support to achieve the following:
- Increase representation and participation on the Alumni Board. We would like to grow the current membership of the Alumni Board from our current nine members to fifteen over the next six months. Please contact any Alumni Board member if you are interested in serving on our Board.
- Raise funds to meet the capital requirements to re-open the house. We need to be in a position to ensure the successful launch of the house by providing the necessary funding. Please contact any Alumni Board member if you are interested in making a contribution to ensure the successful reopening of the House.
- Form a New Building Committee to oversee the design and construction of our new House. Please contact any Alumni Board member if you are interested in serving on the New Building Committee.
Please know the primary focus of the Alumni Board at this time is to ensure the re-opening of our House and the successful return of Delta Upsilon to Bucknell. To this end, we would like to hear from you regarding your thoughts, concerns and wishes regarding the re-opening of DU at Bucknell. Please feel free to reach out to me or any other of the Alumni Board members listed below.
We realize this is a very difficult period in our history but we will be able to succeed if we have the broad support of our Alumni.
If you have any questions or require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me or any other of the Alumni Board members listed below.
We look forward to reinstating DU at Bucknell with your support.
John J. Zaharchuk ‘81