So I’ve been doing a lot of writing lately based on the ideas of learning. I did a piece on Essential Reading for all FSL Leaders as well as a piece on why those should not be the end all. Likewise, I did a piece on the upcoming NPC Badge Day and remembering who we are. But now, in honor of my own Brethren of Delta Upsilon International Fraternity, Inc. I would like to offer a few thoughts there based on my experience as the VP of Membership Education for my chapter.
1) Learn your history. Start as simply as with the text you find in the Cornerstone, but don’t stop there. It is a great general knowledge piece, but dig deeper. Read through Revealing the Non-Secrets by Brother Craig Sowell. It is a great and rather comprehensive piece about the founding of our brotherhood. Read through the old catalogs (one is created and published every 50 years). Make sure you find out all you can about the founding of Delta U.
2) Go beyond the books. Read up on your brothers, both current and past. Learn about men who stood for justice such as Justin Smith Morrill who wrote the Morrill Land Grant Acts of 1862 and 1890 that allowed for a great number of students to attend college. Learn about brothers who founded us in 1834 such as Stephen Johnson Field, those who were brothers and helped with the incorporation in 1909 such as Charles Evans Hughes, and Those who have made incredible impact on the world such as Linus Pauling.
3) Learn about being a current brother. Be involved with your brothers and get to know them. Get to know the principles including the fact that each is associated with an action word.
4) Live as a brother. Live as an alumni. Always remember that you represent and live as a Delta U.