IWU’s Gamma Upsilon media honorary society inducted new members Sunday, March 29, at the Plath house. To be eligible, students have to have worked for one of the campus media for at least a year and made significant contributions, along with maintaining a high GPA.
Gamma Upsilon was founded at Culver-Stockton College in March 1923 as an honorary student publications fraternity. Its purpose was to cover the field of college student publications, stimulating interest in all phases of undergraduate literary work that found its way into print. Professor William E. Schultz, who founded the organization, founded this Illinois Alpha chapter as well. If his name sounds familiar, he’s the English professor who wrote the lyrics for “Alma Mater Wesleyan,” the school song that is sung at convocations and commencements.
New initiates (l to r) James Podrasky, Nathan Butters, William Hanzel, Jessica Hinterlong, Katherine Lurquin, and Nicole Travis are pictured here. After they signed their name in the Illinois Alpha chapter book dating back to December 1935, they were encouraged to look at the signatures of former members, among them Bob Page (who went on to become publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times), children’s book author Jim Bennett, former Argus advisor and ICPA co-founder Harvey Beutner, author Steve Vogel, IWU trustee George Vinyard, local artist Spencer Sauter, NPR correspondent and poet Carolyn Forché, and Sun-Times reporter Chris Fusco.
Congratulations to our new members!