Kansas State University
Since 2011, the Kansas State Chapter of Delta Upsilon has consistently been among the top chapters in the organization as a Sweepstakes Finalist (top seven chapters in the fraternity) in 2011-16 and receiving the highest honor, the Sweepstakes Trophy Winner in four of those years. This streak is an unprecedented achievement in the Fraternity’s 182-year history.
“They consistently deliver outstanding programs, initiatives and engagement on both the Kansas State University campus and across the country,” one nominator said.
In 2013, the chapter created the Miss K-State competition to raise funds for the Global Service Initiative (GSI), a Delta Upsilon program that provides weeklong service immersion trips to destinations in need of support building communities. Miss K-State is a celebration of outstanding female leaders and role models on campus—contestants participate in four categories, including KSU pride, talent, professional development, and Q&A. The event began five years ago with mainly Panhellenic women signing up to compete, and has become a campus-wide tradition, with Miss K-State serving in official capacities throughout the year as an ambassador of the university on campus and in the community.
In addition to being a leader within its national organization, the chapter also supports several campus and community organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan and the American Red Cross. The group is split into smaller “service teams” of members who work together to perform a variety of projects throughout the year. The chapter expects members to be active participants in the campus community, with many brothers serving in leadership roles for other student organizations.
“The ultimate representation of how Delta Upsilon exemplifies the fraternal community at Kansas State lies within the men in the chapter,” a campus nominator wrote. “Every time we meet a new Delta Upsilon brother, we know he is living the Four Principles of Delta Upsilon. They possess a high level of character and respect for everyone they meet.”