Delta Kappa Epsilon - University of Alabama

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Psi Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon at the University of Alabama

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Sighs of Psi PSI CHAPTER OF DELTA KAPPA EPSILON AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA t SPRING 2017 INSIDE: Chapter Highlights • 1-2 Alumni News • 3-5 From the Historian • 6-7 CHAPTER HIGHLIGHTS Brothers Make Their Mark in Academics, Leadership, and Intramurals G reetings parents, alumni, and active members. Spring has arrived, which means it's time for you to hear from Dr. Psi in this semester's edition of Sighs of Psi. As I sit in the library writing to you, I look around and see several DKEs hard at work studying for the upcoming week. While Greek students typically earn higher GPAs than non-Greeks, Psi Chapter has done exceptionally well when it comes to academics. We are happy to report the Chapter's GPA last semester ranked in the top third of the entire Interfraternity Council. Psi had 36 members named in the fall 2016 Dean's List and 16 members named in the fall 2016 President's List. Moreover, our Scholarship Chairman must have done something right, because our new members beat nearly every other fraternity on campus with an outstanding 3.44 average GPA. We are extremely proud of our Chapter and especially the new members for their academic achievements last semester. After the football season's tragic end in January, the chapter shifted much of its focus toward recruitment for next fall. Our Recruitment Chairman Stephen Little '19 says, "Recruitment for the 2017 pledge class is underway. We have filled most of our desired spots for next semester, but the recruitment committee is still looking to fill the rest of the class with members who exhibit the following Psi characteristics: respect, loyalty, and pride for the house." The Recruitment Chairman has done excellent work so far, and we have no doubt that he will continue putting together a strong pledge class for next semester. Our Social Chairman Will Thurman '18 has done a great job organizing our spring social events so far. He has been instrumental in hosting our spring recruitment events such as the annual Pig Roast, Old Southwest, and Crawfish Boil. The Chapter recently finished celebrating the biennial Undertaker's Ball, which began March 28 and ended with a parade down University Blvd on April 1. The 2017 Undertaker's Ball honored the life of Talbot Ritchey '17, one of the Chapter's favorite brothers. We were also excited to have close to 80% attendance for our first annual Psi Parent's Weekend on April 7-8. The DKEs have always been highly involved around campus and in the community. This semester, juniors Reece Bell '18, Sam Grady '18, and Taylor Cox '18 joined the Order of Omega National Greek Honor Society. This organization recognizes approximately 3% of Greek students who have attained a high standard of leadership in interfraternity activities. The Chapter would also like to congratulate McKinnon Cox '20 for being elected by the student body to represent the College of Engineering in the Student Government Association Senate. Everyone knows DKE likes to work hard and play harder, but not everyone knows how well we play on the intramural court. This semester, DKE's Slightly Aged Bullz claimed the intramural basketball championship after going undefeated during the regular season. Team Captain Turner Sankey '18 says, "Being captain of the basketball team was a rewarding experience that I shared with Will Baggett '18 and Ben Shearer '18. Our most difficult challenge as leaders was attempting to manage the tempers of the arrogant sophomores." We wish them luck as they strive to win back-to- back championships next year. As always, we invite alumni to pay us a visit whenever they're in town. This semester, we started an alumni-only Facebook page that we encourage you to join by searching "Psi DKE Alumni" or by contacting Taylor Cox '18. That's all for now, and keep a lookout for the next installment of Sighs of Psi. W.G. Best Regards, Dr. Psi DKE's Slightly Aged Bullz claim a hard-fought victory in the intramural basketball championship. Top row, from left: Beeland Stallworth '19, Sam Harmon '19, Benton Weinacker '19, Ben Shearer '18, and Will Baggett '18. Bottom row: Matt Creighton '19, John Warren Jeffries '19, and Turner Sankey '18. Taylor Cox '18, John McMahon '18, Hunter Reckling '18, and Cameron Crawford '18 enjoy Alabama's victory over Florida in the 2016 SEC Championship Game. Turner Martin '17 officiates the funeral procession as DKE parades down University Boulevard to commemorate the 2017 Undertaker's Ball.

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