Note from the Editor of 7Visions Magazine: Today, we continue our On Wednesdays We Rock Letters series as a tribute to our National Founders, their legacies and the tradition of wearing red letters on Wednesdays as a homage to the Seven Visionary Men who founded our brotherhood at Texas Tech University on Wednesday November 25th, 1987. In celebration of another successful National Convention, during this special edition of On Wednesdays We Rock Letters we feature the 2019 Entity of the Year.

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Almost two years ago now, in our inaugural On Wednesdays We Rock Letters blog post, we proudly featured the Upsilon Chapter at Washington State University. Today, we feature them again but this time as our 2019 Entity of the Year. Congrats and Go Cougs!

Upsilon Chapter (Y)

Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

Chartered at Washington State: November 22, 1997.

Chapter Chant: “Upsilonnnn……OOOOHHH PIMPIN”

Greek Council: United Greek Council of Washington State University, one of four historically Latino/Culturally based fraternities on campus.

Campus Presence: The brotherhood is usually well represented in the United Greek Council, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA). MECHA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan), as well as other student organizations and departments at Wazzu such as: Washington State University Conduct Board, the Associated Students of WSU (ASWSU), Multicultural Student Services, the Center for Civic Engagement, Washington State New Student Programs, as well as the Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate Club (FIRE). The brotherhood also participates in intramural sports through the Wazzu Recreation Center and one of the brothers currently serves as a Resident Advisor (RA) for WSU Residence Life.

Interesting Fact: The Upsilon Chapter solidified its standing as the top chapter in Omega Delta Phi after beating out strong competition. Upsilon Chapter earned top billing as the Entity of the Year at the National Convention in Portland, Oregon. To put the cherry on top, the Northwest Region capped off a two year run as Region of the Year before regional realignment takes effect. Upsilon Chapter will now be part of the West Coast Region joining former Northwest Region members and gaining additional member entities from the former Pacific Region. The Upsilon Chapter adds this accolade to their local UGC Chapter of the Year Award that their Greek Council awarded them.

Chapter Traditions: The chapter hosts an annual Thanksgiving/Founder’s Dinner which is open to the entire Multicultural Greek community at Wazzu. The chapter celebrates their founding date while at the same time celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday. This is a unique event, one of a kind, in Pullman and one that continues to affirm why the Upsilon chapter, even twenty years later, continues to be a staple of Greek life at Washington State and the leading Historically Latino/Culturally Based fraternity on that campus. The Wazzu chapter hosts a philanthropic signature event called the “Steal a Knight for a Knight” auction where brothers are bid on by members of the Wazzu community. The brothers are auctioned off for 2 hours for the bidder’s community service effort of choice. The proceeds from this event are utilized to cover expenses for the student-led CASHE conference as well as two other recruitment conferences that ODPhi is heavily involved with. The Upsilon Chapter also partners up with the Rho Chapter of Kappa Delta Chi for The Big Freeze: a 24 hour nonperishable food drive where both organizations collect food and womens hygienic products which are then donated to the local food bank and the Women’s Resource Center, respectively.

Social Media Presence:

Facebook: WSUODPhi/    Twitter: @WSU_ODPhi           Instagram: wsu_odphi/

Entity of the Year: Upsilon Chapter at Washington State University