Alpha Upsilon Chapter

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Alpha Upsilon Chapter (Founded 12 February 1992) is located at University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. The Chapter is a member of the Mid Atlantic Region.

Alpha Upsilon Chapter, Spring 2014

Chapter History


The Alpha Upsilon Chapter was founded on February 12, 1992. It is unknown which member or members founded the chapter, but the Alpha class had 93 members inducted between February 12 and April 22.

Early Years

Unfortunately, the chapter does not have much information about its early years. There is no known record of history until Katie McLean created the Chapter History in 2003. What is known of the earlier years has been passed down through stories older brothers have shared with newer brothers.

Since Alpha Upsilon's founding, there have been two mascots. Originally, the chapter mascot was a cow. It is unknown when or why this selection was made, but eventually at another unknown point in time, the mascot was changed to the spider monkey, which it is still currently today.

Tim Bott was either the first president of Alpha Upsilon, the Alpha Class president, or both.

The chapter has had two faculty advisers since its founding: Dr. Timothy Bergen, Jr. and Mrs. Mary Ellen O'Leary, who still currently serves as the faculty advisor (since September 26, 1995).

The Active Chapter

The current chapter has 23 Active Members. The chapter is currently rebuilding its public relations on campus and has started to become a well known organization throughout the USC community. The Brothers of Alpha Upsilon are not only active in their Chapter, but many other organizations on campus. The activities range from honors societies such as Sigma Alpha Lambda, to social sororities and fraternities like Alpha Delta Pi, as well as organizations like Resident Hall Association and House of Delegates. Inter-Chapter Relations are continually improving with events such as Carolina Cup.

Fall 2014 Executive Board

Spring 2014 Executive Board

Fall 2013 Executive Board

2014-2015 Committee Chairs

Past Chapter Presidents

Past Executive Boards






Initiate Classes

Main Article: List of Alpha Upsilon Chapter Initiate Classes

Chapter Events & Activities

Founder's Weekend

Alpha Upsilon celebrates its founder's day weekend the second weekend of February each year. Most founder's weekends are celebrated within the chapter, and are not typical large ICR based events. This is due to that years ago, Alpha Upsilon lost a substantial amount of funds while attempting to host a large founder's weekend, which then took years to recover from. In 2009, Alpha Upsilon hosted the Southeast Regional Conference, in doing so, they decided not to celebrate their founder's day.

Phi Sigma Pi, "Pi" Mile 5k

Alpha Upsilon hosts a 5k Run/Walk in order to raise money in support for Teach For America. While this event is only a few years old, it is increasing in size every year, with this past year almost doubling the participants of the previous year. This event has been previously held around early April, but with future intent on hosting it around March 14, Pi Day. Six trophies are handed out to the first three men and women to finish. Participants can also enter as groups, which encourage support and can persuade others to join them. The largest group to enter receives a plaque.

Relay for Life

Each spring the University of South Carolina hosts a Relay for Life event in order to raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society. In 2013, Alpha Upsilon established the American Cancer Society as our Chapter's philanthropy. The Chapter raises money throughout the semester in order to contribute as much as possible. In 2013, the Chapter raises more than $1000, which was in the top ten of all the organizations on campus!

Home Football Games 2014

  • 8/29 Texas A&M
  • 9/6 East Carolina
  • 9/13 Georgia
  • 9/27 Missouri
  • 10/18 Furman
  • 11/1 Tennessee
  • 11/22 South Alabama

Alpha Upsilon brothers are willing to host brothers who wish to attend these games!

Epworth Children's Home

Alpha Upsilon participates in the annual Epworth Children's Home Fall Festival. Brothers organize a haunted house for the children. The Chapter has organized this haunted house the past two years and plan on continuing this tradition.

Ronald McDonald House Can Tabs

Brothers of Alpha Upsilon collect can tabs in support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The Ronald McDonald House programs offer rooms for families of pediatric patients under 21 years old.1 Brothers often engage in friendly competition over the number of can tabs they can collect during their years of undergraduate studies. Collection of can tabs also counts toward the Big/Little Cup.

Notable Alumni

Creator of our Chapter History.
One of the most active Alumni Brothers
Owner of Bubble Tea Cafe[1]

Chapter Honors and Awards

National Awards

Chapter Awards

  • Best Brother
  • Emerging Leader
  • Fellowship
  • Scholarship
  • Phi Sig Sweetheart

Colby Cup

The Colby M. Reimer Award is given in honor of late brother Colby Reimer, who passed away in 1997. The cup was donated by his family to be presented to the most outstanding Alpha Upsilon brother each semester. The Colby cup the one of the oldest known pieces of Alpha Upsilon Chapter history.

Further Resources


1Ronald McDonald House Charities

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