Dear Fellow DU Alumni Brothers,
I am taking this opportunity to update each of you on a very successful Reunion Weekend party and picnic at the house which occurred this past Saturday June 4th. We had approximately 150 attendees gathered in the rear yard listening to the music of RT and the Earthtones. The weather cooperated and we had a wonderful day to celebrate with our respective reunion classes and fellow alumni brothers and families.
University officials who attended our DU festivities included President John Bravman, Keith Buffington – Dean of the College of Engineering, Amy Badal – Dean of Student Affairs and Michael Johnson-Cramer – Director of the School of Business.
This past Reunion Weekend was also a very special weekend for our Alumni Board. We celebrated Art Saunders’s retirement from the Alumni Board after nearly twenty years of active service. As you are all aware, Art has single handedly published and distributed the Trumpet for many years. Art has also been the principal organizer for our Reunion Weekend parties at the house. In recognition of Art’s long term service to the Demosthenean Club, Art was presented with the Key Leader Award from Delta Upsilon International Fraternity.
Following our annual Reunion Weekend meeting of the Alumni Board, Scott Stieler and the New Building Committee led members of the Alumni Board and interested DU Alumni through a tour of the recently completed Lamda Chi and KDR fraternity houses which were constructed by the University. We also toured potential sites for our new fraternity house and unanimously selected an outstanding location for our new house.
The New Building Committee continues to work with the University and is in the final stages of selecting the exterior design for our new House. The University currently plans to begin construction of our new House this summer and the House will be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2017. The House will be used for University housing for the first two years with DU taking occupancy in the Fall of 2019 following Fall Rush in 2018.
We also had a very special guest attend this year’s Reunion Weekend festivities. Our longtime cook – Ruth Haines – joined us for the entire afternoon. Ruth has been a guest at all of our Reunion Weekend parties and continues to remind us of what a very special experience DU was for all of us Alumni.
The Mission and Message Committee and the Communication Committee are working together to set up a website that will provide greater connectivity between all of our Alumni Brothers. The website will feature the history of the House, news and events, contact information for all alumni brothers, class bulletin boards, photo archives, a special section devoted to our longtime cook – Ruth Haines and fundraising information. The Trumpet will also be published through the website.
The Mission and Message Committee and the Communications Committee have set up a temporary web site at www.pledgedu.com to share some recent photos taken during this year’s Reunion Weekend. We would encourage each of you to go to the website and upload any photos you may have taken at the Reunion Weekend.
We continue to be humbled by the outpouring of support we have received from you – our Alumni – regarding our efforts to re-open the Chapter and re-establish DU’s presence on campus. We will be looking to you over the next year for your financial support to cover the anticipated “start up” costs associated with the House and to ensure the long term viability of DU on Bucknell’s campus.
As your Alumni Board, it continues to be our privilege to work on your behalf to ensure the re-opening of our House and the successful return of Delta Upsilon to Bucknell’s campus. 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.
John J. Zaharchuk ‘81