As the first quarter of 2014 comes to a close, Beta Upsilon Chi has pushed forward in the areas of new chapter development and local chapter integrity, making strides towards the fraternity’s goals for the year.
The National Staff and Board of Directors’ recent focus on expansion to new campuses has continued into this spring. By the end of the semester, the National Staff intends to initiate new chapters, at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (April 22) and the University of Kentucky (May 1). Two newly initiated chapters will put the fraternity halfway to its goal of four new chapters in 2014.
National Director & Chief Development Officer Brian Lee is collaborating with groups of men on four additional campuses who are working through the three-phase process for founding a chapter. Men at the University of South Carolina, Kansas State University, Elon University and Pepperdine University continue to come together with the intent of helping men on their campus experience the Christ-centered brotherhood and unity on which BYX is founded.
While cultivating the current leads, Lee and the National Staff have sought to find more potential founding fathers by developing strategic ministry partnerships. In March, BYX attended the Simply Youth Ministry Conference in Columbus, Ohio as one of 26 ministry partners. The fraternity promoted itself through conference publications and interacted with attendants from a booth.
While the National Staff devotes itself to giving more men on more campuses the opportunity to pledge BYX, it continues to focus on strengthening the current chapters through the diligent investment of the national advisors under the direction of President & Chief Operating Officer Jason Hoyt. Two chapters reached landmark milestones as the LSU Chapter and the University of Central Arkansas Chapter each received their charter during a special ceremony this spring. A charter is awarded to chapters that display a high degree of health and stability.
Across the country, BYX added 185 pledges to the fraternity while over 250 seniors will graduate and join the alumni association in the coming weeks. As the fraternity prepares for another record-breaking fall, the National Staff provided each chapter with recruiting brochures, DVDs and post cards in order to help them attract and inform potential pledges with quality promotional materials.
The first quarter brought with it an exciting development on the COR Leadership Retreat. Due to the number of quality applicants for COR, the Board of Directors chose to expand the guest list from 16 brothers to 20. The move will allow the staff, board and alumni to make an intentional investment into leaders from 16 campuses on August 4-15.
Donor gifts in the first quarter have moved BYX closer to its goal of $210,000 raised toward Leadership, Expansion and Development through our LEAD Fund and Project 40 in 2014. Donations in the first quarter totaled $28,200. In mid-April, the National Staff conducted a campaign encouraging alumni and parents to give ten percent of the income tax refund towards the fraternity.
The staff has developed two new giving campaigns that will be carried out in the fall. In August, donors will be encouraged to take advantage of our new non-cash giving options by donating old items to BYX. The fraternity will also take part in #GivingTuesday on the first Tuesday of December. #GivingTuesday is an initiative to promote giving to charities and non-profits across the country.