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Two Chapter Brothers attend National Convention
2012 Convention LogoOn July 11 through 15, 2012, the Fraternity held its triennial convention in Orlando, Florida, where more Sinfonians gathered than in any convention in the history of the Sinfonia. More than 800 brothers were in attendance. Two of them were Brothers Steven Hugley (Theta Upsilon, 2008) and Andrew Owen (Theta Upsilon, 2006, Province 24 Deputy Governor). Brother Hugley played lead alto saxophone in the convention jazz band, the 1898 Jazz Orchestra, and Brother Owen sang low bass in the convention chorus, the Men of Song Choir. Both had extensive solos in their respective concerts. The momentous event was the culmination of a triennium of fraternal development. In the course of legislation, the Constitution and General Regulations for Collegiate Chapters was updated into one document, the Constitution and Bylaws, which is much easier to navigate and is more logically organized. The convention ritual, which was the largest ritual in Sinfonian history, initiated Brothers Carlisle Floyd and David Holsinger into the national honorary Alpha Alpha Chapter. Brother Owen directly participated in it. At the following gala on Saturday, Brother Floyd was awarded the Casey Lutton Man of Music Award, which was presented to him by Brother Sherrill Milnes. The following morning, there was a memorial service for all brothers who had died in the previous three years, including six members of Theta Upsilon: Bill Ammons, James Craig, Henry Martin, Kenneth Newman, George Muns, and Stephen Simmons. The week was one of tremendous brotherhood and revelry, allowing brothers from around the nation to strengthen each other's integrity and compassion. [Read more...]
Group photo at Spring 2012 SmokerChapter holds semiannual membership smoker.
Brothers from the Theta Upsilon chapter held a smoker for prospective probationary members on January 26, 2012 at 9:00 PM at the home of Brothers Russ Sossoman and Andy Olson. Food was provided to everyone that came. Brothers, with the assistance of Allana Leist, Sarah Green, Tabatha Robertson, and Jessica Egdorf, assisted with the food. The brothers used the opportunity to meet the new prospective members, and in the course of their conversations, watched a video about the fraternity. Brothers had fellowship with the prospective members and got to know them. Bids were extended to Lashawn Martin, Daniel Tackett, Daniel Pernell, Glenn Nielson, and T.J. Hendrix. The Chapter wishes them luck in their studies. [Read more...]
Chapter attends annual province workshop
Group photo at 2011 Province WorkshopOn January 15–16, on the campus of Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, MS, the brothers of Province 24 (Mississippi) met for the annual province workshop. Theta Upsilon sent four representatives, Brothers Spencer Arbuckle, Mathew Coleman, Josh Reeves, and Austin White to cast four out of five possible votes for the representative province officers. The province elected Brother Nathan Lewis (Lambda Phi) as collegiate province representative, Brother Trent Nichols (Lambda Phi) as assistant collegiate province representative, and Brother Derrick Truss (Pi Nu) as province fraternity education coordinator. The workshop closed at noon that Monday. A general business meeting of the Province Council (the voting body of all province matters, consisting of two representatives from each chapter in the province) then began in a different room. Brothers Josh Reeves and Austin White served as Theta Upsilon's representatives. The meeting saw the setting of two province events—a brotherhood-building retreat on March 24 and a leadership workshop on August 25. All in attendance grew as brothers of the province. [Read more...]

Group photo at 2011 Province WorkshopChapter provides singers for an officer installation of a masonic lodge
In the spirit of fraternalism, four brothers from the Theta Upsilon Chapter performed Sinfonia songs during and after the installation of masonic officers at Greenville Lodge No. 206 of Free and Accepted Masons in Greenville, MS on January 9, 2012. They were invited to sing during and after the installation of masonic officers. Everyone enjoyed a good meal prepared by the Masons and their spouses beforehand. Following dinner, the four brothers performed "A Sinfonian Hymn," "America the Beautiful," and "A Serenade to a Girl." Brothers also performed an armed forces medley for the veterans. The group was invited by Brett Daniels. The performers were Jeffrey Dotson, Brett Daniels, Josh Reeves, and David Stafford. Donations were given to the chapter following the ceremony. [Read more...]

Group photo at 2012 Province WorkshopChapter hosts 2011 Province 24 Workshop
On January 16-17, 2011, the Theta Upsilon Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia hosted the 2011 Province Workshop for Province 24.  Each chapter in Mississippi sent several members, and the members of the Pi Nu Colony also visited the event.  The event's main speaker was Benjamin Strack (Delta Iota, 2005), the National Collegiate Representative.  He spoke to the assembly on the fraternity's object and fraternity education process.  The chapter provided a sizeable barbecue dinner to the participants, which was prepared by a local barbecue expert in Cleveland.  Near the end, the province elected its officers for the next year.  It elected Cory Duplantis (Lambda Phi) of Cleveland the new Collegiate Province Representative, who will represent the province at the National Convention in 2012.  It also elected assistant CPRs.  The province also elected Trent Nichols (Lambda Phi) as the Province Fraternity Education Coordinator.  Governor David Garraway appointed Andrew Owen as Deputy Province Alumni Coordinator. [Read more...]

The chapter gathered around the sign of the first place at which it sang and visited.Chapter does third annual mass Mills Music Mission

Over the weekend of April 11, 2010, the chapter participated in a large Mills Music Mission around the Memphis area. Similarly to the Mills Music Mission of 2009, the chapter did not just sing in one place, but in several. Traveling in a caravan, the six brothers drove to Memphis, where they sang at the Ashton Rehabilitation.  They then sang at the Graceland Rehabilitation Center.  Following that, they drove to Southaven, where they sang at the Golden Living Center, where it sang familiar songs to and with the residents there, then visited with them for a while. After that visit, the six drove to the Landmark Desoto Retirement Home, where it did the same thing. After spending about an hour at Landmark, the six drove to the home of Brother Christopher Tate (Theta Upsilon '80) in Forrest City, Arkansas, where they enjoyed a great evening of fraternal interaction, including a discussion about the Mission.  They also sang at the Crestpark Retirement Inn in Forrest City.  Many brothers admitted that it was a very moving musical experience.  The Mills Music Mission will continue to be a beloved activity of the chapter, and it hopes that the mission brought as much joy to the residents as it did to them. [Read more...]

Melissa Joiner, Brian Thomson, Phillip Carter, and Ashley Burton, performing "Fever."Chapter has joint recital with Mu Phi Epsilon
On February 25, 2010, the Theta Upsilon chapter of Phi Mu Alpha and the Gamma Zeta chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon put together a joint recital for the music department. The recital started off with a bang as Mu Phi Epsilon's Meg Dennis slapped brother Steven Hugley across the face after a short feud on whose recital it actually was. This act was only a prelude to a special surprise musical number by Brothers Brad Ballard, Joe Raymond, and Travis Hall of “You Just Got Slapped” from television show How I Met Your Mother.  There were several acts performed. The recital was concluded with Mu Phi Epsilon’s executive committee serenading the brothers of Phi Mu Alpha with “A Serenade to a Phi Mu Alpha.” The Joint Recital turned out to be a great success with many in attendance. Phi Mu Alpha is very grateful for the participation and willingness of its members and for the members of Mu Phi Epsilon for putting on such a successful recital and looks forward to future joint recitals. [Read more...]

Province Workshop 2010 Group PictureChapter attends 2010 Province 24 Workshop
On January 17 and 18, 2010, the chapter visited Camp Hopewell, which is where the 2010 Province 24 Workshop was held.  There, Assistant Executive Director Jeremy Evans, with his many years of experience leading retreats to the national headquarters, led several brotherhood and leadership activities.  Dr. Rolland Shaw also visited to speak about the Sinfonia Educational Foundation.  Meals were provided by the Lambda Xi chapter at Ole Miss.  The weekend concluded with a business meeting and officer elections.  Province 24 voted as its new Collegiate Province Representative Drew Smiley of Lambda Xi.  It elected Cory Duplantis of Lambda Phi and John Rue of Lambda Rho to be Assistant Collegiate Province Representatives.  Ryan Case of Lambda Phi was elected to be the Province Fraternity Education Coordinator.  Brother Evans helped the brothers from across the province to grow closer to each other, and instilled a good sense of fraternalism and leadership that the chapter will use in the future. [Read more...]

Buddy WalkChapter members share Christmas music with retirement homes in Vicksburg
On December 23 and 24, 2009, Brothers Austin White (Theta Upsilon), Steven Hugley (Theta Upsilon), and Brad Watson (Lambda Rho) embarked on a music mission in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The Trio began while the three members were in high school at Warren Central High School in Vicksburg. The Trio was inspired by Ossian Everett Mills, the founder of Sinfonia, to donate their Christmas Eve by performing at the Vicksburg Convalescent Home, Heritage Home, and Covenant Nursing Home. The ensemble performed traditional Christmas songs such as “Jingle Bells,” “Deck the halls,” and “O Holy Night.” The trio is looking forward to further music missions of this type during the following summer. [Read more...]

Band director John Wojcik being pied in the face by J. J. Hatfield.Chapter holds a pie-in-the-face fundraiser

On Thursday, November 11, 2009, the chapter gathered with Delta State students, faculty, and staff to raise money by selling pies. Collegiate members put on smiling faces as people lined up to get their chance at throwing a pie or two at their favorite Sinfonian. Also, pies designated for faculty and staff members were auctioned off to the highest bidder. People such as Elsie Lynn Ervin (the adviser to the DSU Interfraternity Council), Julie Jackson (the director of housing), Andrew Spencer (director of university food services), and Brother John Wojcik (university band director and a faculty advisor to Theta Upsilon) graciously donated their time and dignity to help the chapter raise money. At the end of the day the event was a great success, but it couldn’t have happened without the manpower of all the brothers of Theta Upsilon and the overwhelming generosity of the faculty and staff at Delta State University. [Read more...]

Buddy WalkChapter helps with Mu Phi Epsilon-sponsored Buddy Walk
On October 31, 2009, several Theta Upsilon brothers assisted Mu Phi Epsilon's Gamma Zeta Chapter with their Buddy Walk fundraiser, raising money for the National Down Syndrome Society.  October was chosen as the month for the walks because of it’s place as National Down Syndrome Awareness Month.  Brothers helped serve by helping to prepare and serve food, operate audio equipment for the live performances, help with any miscellaneous tasks that were needed of them, and also took the opportunity to play with, get to know, and walk with the kids in attendance.  Through the help of local sponsors and a lot of hard work on the part of Mu Phi Epsilon and other volunteers they were able to raise a substantial amount of money for the NDSS.  All in attendance seemed to have a great time, particularly those working. [Read more...]

Chapter singing to the Kappa DeltasChapter has a swap with Kappa Delta's chapter
On Wednesday October 21st, a swap between the Theta Upsilon chapter and members of the Gamma Psi chapter of the Kappa Delta sorority occurred at Cleveland’s Markē Lanes.  Just like last year, the swap proved to be a great success!  The “70’s Disco Swap” theme was a huge hit as brothers took great joy in dressing up in their favorite seventies outfits and doing their best disco moves all night long.  The company of the classy Kappa Delta ladies was thoroughly enjoyed by all the brothers of the chapter throughout the event’s two-hour length.    All in attendance had a great time.  After a night like this one, Theta Upsilon will always look forward to the next time it has a chance to be graced by Kappa Delta’s presence inside or outside of the swap setting. [Read more...]

Daniel Payne serving barbecue with Jeffrey DotsonChapter has a barbecue fundraiser with the aviation department
On the 16th and 17th of October the chapter put together a BBQ fundraiser during the Region IV National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) SAFECON.  The chapter was tapped to provide food for the event, choosing to do a BBQ Sandwich plate with a pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, and cole slaw.  Poor weather kept the planes at the airport grounded for the first day but the second day saw the clouds lift high enough for most of the events to take place.  The BBQ plates were a major success. The food was cooked and prepared by Brother Daniel Payne’s parents Bill and Suzanne Payne. They bought, cooked, and packaged the food and it was brought down to DSU in coolers and pulled and served at the airport by chapter brothers.  The DSU Aviation department was pleased with the quality and professionalism shown by the chapter and have mentioned that they would like the chapter to provide the food for their future events as well. [Read more...]

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