OUR STORY

For years, the Texas Chapter was a spot of pride in Delta Upsilon. Originally beginning as a local group called the 1834 Club, two years after its inception, it was installed as Delta Upsilon’s 66th chapter on Oct. 2, 1949. Throughout the course of the next five decades, the chapter would succeed in a number of areas and receive a DU Trustees Excellence Award in 1971, a precursor to the Sweepstakes Award. Over time, 872 men would be initiated into the chapter. The chapter closed, however, in 2000 due to failing chapter operations. Shortly followed by an unsuccessful recolonization attempt in 2002. When returning to campus in 2016, the alumni and colony members committed themselves to success and set a goal to recharter within one year.Recolonization efforts began in August 2016 and were led by International Fraternity staff.

Russel Harp, Kansas State ’16, spearheaded the efforts with assistance from fellow Leadership Consultants Jacob Ellis, Purdue ’16, and Hayden Rahn, Oregon ’16. Within a few months, the group had met its recruitment goals, and the Colonization Ceremony was held Oct. 30, 2016, with 45 associate members.

Thanks to the Texas Chapter alumni, the colony was able to begin with a chapter facility on campus. Affectionately known as the “Duck Hut,” the property sits at 2305 Leon Street in Austin. Alumni also provided monetary support through a Chapter Legacy Plan with the Delta Upsilon Educational Foundation, formed a Chapter Advisory Board, and even created a mentoring program between alumni and the undergraduate men. The Texas Chapter’s Reinstallation and Initiation Ceremonies were held Nov. 12, 2017, in the auditorium of the Texas State Capitol, the same building where 68 years prior, the chapter was first chartered (that time in the Senate Chamber). Guests included numerous Texas Chapter alumni, DU alumni, and The University of Texas at Austin Sorority and Fraternity Life staff.

Ahmed Semary - President   Ahmed is a fourth year Mechanical Engineering major graduating in May 2020. He also serves as the Recruitment and Team Relations chair for the UT Leadership and Ethics Institute. When asked why he joined DU he said "I joined the DU Texas Chapter because it offered a chance to be part of something bigger than myself, a chance to build a lasting legacy. DU offers a unique college experience unlike any other; our diverse membership brings together men of merit from all over the world, men who share our founding values and principles. This strong sense of pride in our heritage fosters an atmosphere of brotherhood, magnanimity, and personal growth."

Ahmed Semary - President

Ahmed is a fourth year Mechanical Engineering major graduating in May 2020. He also serves as the Recruitment and Team Relations chair for the UT Leadership and Ethics Institute. When asked why he joined DU he said "I joined the DU Texas Chapter because it offered a chance to be part of something bigger than myself, a chance to build a lasting legacy. DU offers a unique college experience unlike any other; our diverse membership brings together men of merit from all over the world, men who share our founding values and principles. This strong sense of pride in our heritage fosters an atmosphere of brotherhood, magnanimity, and personal growth."

JJ Hayes - VP Member Education   JJ is fourth year finance major in the McCombs School of Business and will graduate in May of 2020. Outside of his DU family he works as a leasing manager in West Campus, enjoys playing golf, and loves taking his dog on adventures.

JJ Hayes - VP Member Education

JJ is fourth year finance major in the McCombs School of Business and will graduate in May of 2020. Outside of his DU family he works as a leasing manager in West Campus, enjoys playing golf, and loves taking his dog on adventures.

Andrew Butemeyer - VP Recruitment   Andrew is a third year transfer student and an International Relations and Global Studies major. He is involved in The Austin Meal Movement, a cooking and philanthropy club at UT. In his spare time Andrew enjoys playing basketball with friends and finding new music to listen to.

Andrew Butemeyer - VP Recruitment

Andrew is a third year transfer student and an International Relations and Global Studies major. He is involved in The Austin Meal Movement, a cooking and philanthropy club at UT. In his spare time Andrew enjoys playing basketball with friends and finding new music to listen to.

Alejandro Esquivel - VP Finance   Alejandro is a third year Finance major pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. He currently works as a Patient Representative Specialist at Surgical Associates of Austin. He is an analyst for Texas Stock Team, an investing organization on campus, and is the financial chairman for my fraternity, Delta Upsilon. During his free time, he enjoys traveling, playing the piano, investing, playing soccer, and surfing.

Alejandro Esquivel - VP Finance

Alejandro is a third year Finance major pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. He currently works as a Patient Representative Specialist at Surgical Associates of Austin. He is an analyst for Texas Stock Team, an investing organization on campus, and is the financial chairman for my fraternity, Delta Upsilon. During his free time, he enjoys traveling, playing the piano, investing, playing soccer, and surfing.

Evan Canter - VP Academics   Evan is a third year electrical and computer engineering major and will graduate in May 2021. He has strong interest in sound design and digital music production.

Evan Canter - VP Academics

Evan is a third year electrical and computer engineering major and will graduate in May 2021. He has strong interest in sound design and digital music production.

Justin Ganiban - VP Loss Prevention   Justin is a fourth year Aerospace Engineering major at the Cockrell School of Engineering and will graduate in May of 2020. In his free time, Justin enjoys to rock climb and play the guitar and piano.

Justin Ganiban - VP Loss Prevention

Justin is a fourth year Aerospace Engineering major at the Cockrell School of Engineering and will graduate in May of 2020. In his free time, Justin enjoys to rock climb and play the guitar and piano.

Sid Rao - VP External Relations   Sid is a junior studying supply chain management at the Red McCombs School of Business and will graduate in May of 2021. As a student, he’s always found great interests in politics and entrepreneurial pursuits.

Sid Rao - VP External Relations

Sid is a junior studying supply chain management at the Red McCombs School of Business and will graduate in May of 2021. As a student, he’s always found great interests in politics and entrepreneurial pursuits.

Anthony Lockridge - VP Administration   Anthony is a fourth year economics major and will graduate in the Spring of 2020. He currently is a building coordinator at Gregory Gymnasium on campus. He especially loves soccer and basketball.

Anthony Lockridge - VP Administration

Anthony is a fourth year economics major and will graduate in the Spring of 2020. He currently is a building coordinator at Gregory Gymnasium on campus. He especially loves soccer and basketball.

Caleb Kwon   Caleb is a third year finance major at The University of Texas in Austin. Outside of school and the Delta Upsilon fraternity, Caleb spends most of his time playing basketball.

Caleb Kwon

Caleb is a third year finance major at The University of Texas in Austin. Outside of school and the Delta Upsilon fraternity, Caleb spends most of his time playing basketball.

 
Pablo Rivera and Ryan Durbin - Members at Large   Pablo is a junior pursuing a degree in Political Communications, and will graduate in May of 2021. In his free time he likes to run and train MMA.  Ryan is a sophomore pursuing a degree in MIS and will graduate in May of 2022.

Pablo Rivera and Ryan Durbin - Members at Large

Pablo is a junior pursuing a degree in Political Communications, and will graduate in May of 2021. In his free time he likes to run and train MMA. Ryan is a sophomore pursuing a degree in MIS and will graduate in May of 2022.