A little bit of history...
The Alpha Psi Rodeo was the most public aspect of our organization. In reality, there was quite a bit more going on behind the scenes. Each year, the Rodeo was the largest fundraiser put on by Auburn students. Where else does the money go? Take a look at these articles to learn more about how the Theta Chapter of Alpha Psi impacts our community...
Alpha Psi Fraternity Pledges $1 Million to College of Veterinary Medicine
The Theta chapter of Alpha Psi pledged $1 million over the next 10 years benefiting the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. The $1 million gift will be used toward enhancing the facilities at the college located on Wire Road.
Alpha Psi Donates $20,000 to Storybook Farm Inc.
For several years, the Theta chapter of Alpha Psi was been Storybook Farm’s largest individual donor. In years past, the brothers of Alpha Psi managed to donate $20,000 from the proceeds of the annual Alpha Psi Rodeo to Storybook Farm.
Alpha Psi Donates $10,000 to the Alabama Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches
The men of Alpha Psi donated $10,000 to the Alabama Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches in 2011. The Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches rely heavily on donations and the men of Alpha Psi are always glad to pitch in.
Alpha Psi Contributes $5,000 to Special Olympics and “Cops On Top” event
The Alpha Psi Fraternity at Auburn University has contributed $5,000 to the Special Olympics program and this year’s “Cops on Top” event.
Previous donations have gone to the following organizations:
If you have a suggestion for an organization you feel we should consider donating to, please use the contact form with the subject “Philanthropy.”
A great way to spend a Saturday — Alabama style — and at the same time you’re helping Alpha Psi’s philanthropy. (ThePlainsman.com)
The Alpha Psi Round-Up was the single largest fundraising event conducted by the students of Auburn University.
In 1965, the men of Alpha Psi at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine started the Alpha Psi Round-Up. The Round-Up began as an event held exclusively for veterinary students. Students would get together each spring to compete in an amateur rodeo as a way to relieve stress generated by the demands of the veterinary curriculum.
As the event gained popularity, it was opened to Auburn students and individuals not affiliated with the school. Greek organizations were invited to join and events were created specifically to include Auburn University’s fraternities and sororities. Initially, Round-Up was held at the Auburn University Block and Bridle Arena. The arena was located across Wire Road from the College of Veterinary Medicine.
The Block and Bridle Arena continued to host Round-Up for nearly the next 20 years. Following the 1982 Alpha Psi Round-Up, Auburn University informed Theta Chapter they could no longer use the Block and Bridle Arena. The brothers of Theta Chapter, with assistance and kindness of Mr. Gene Conway, constructed the arena at Conway Acres. The 18th annual Round-Up was held there on April 23, 1983. As interest expanded and attendance increased, the Round-Up was eventually moved to its current location on Sandhill Road.
The Alpha Psi Round-Up then became known as the Alpha Psi Rodeo. The day’s events are now followed by a concert in the evening, with past acts including Cross Canadian Ragweed, Blackberry Smoke, John Anderson, and Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, and the Eli Young Band. With attendance now topping 15,000 in certain per year, Rodeo is one of, if not the most popular, events in Auburn, Alabama.
In the past few years, due to the tremendous support from the Auburn students and attendees from all over the country, the Alpha Psi Rodeo has grown to be much bigger than we ever imagined. We could not be more excited and proud of our Rodeo, but with such growth comes a new set of challenges. It has been said that in order for something to grow, it must change and we are very excited about the changes coming this spring. The Theta chapter of Alpha Psi Alumni Association has graciously stepped in and taken over the process of organizing and producing Round-Up, the event formerly known as Alpha Psi Rodeo. More information on the changes can be found on the What's New page.
We have decided to go back to our roots!
We are pleased to announce that Round-Up 2017 will be held on March 25th. This event will be open to everyone who buys a ticket! Again, thank you so much for all your support throughout the years and please help us continue our long standing mission of community and philanthropy.
Revenue generated from ticket sales is donated to local organizations and charities.
Don't forget to check out What's New in 2017!