On December 9, 2017, the Re-Founding Father class of Colorado Alpha at the University of Colorado took an oath and officially became the first fraternity to be associated with the University of Colorado since 2005. Founded in 1902, Colorado Alpha has initiated 1,976 men but has been inactive since 2002.
As the colonization ceremony began, the colony men were greeted from Phi Delt alumni from across the country, university officials, and undergraduate brothers from the Colorado Gamma Chapter at Colorado State University. Psi Province President Gene Eckel, Nebraska ’94 led the colonization ceremony and provided the young men with wise words to prepare them for this lifelong journey.
Upon pinning the final member of the Founding Father class, all were invited to speak their mind as Gene Eckel opened the floor. Words of encouragement were provided by Coordinator of Greek Life, Jackson Kammrath as well as Colorado Alpha CAB Chairman, Spencer Shute, Nebraska ’10, and Colorado Gamma CAB members Keith Lopez, Colorado State ’07 and Marc Mores, Iowa State ’95. Glenn Jacobsen, Arizona ’92 provided the Founding Fathers with a profound message of leaving a legacy on campus that will continue to shape the lives of men for years to come.
Shortly after, the Colorado Alpha Colony members began to share their personal vision for the organization and what this experience has been like for them thus far. After hearing their responses, Senior Leadership Consultant Nick Liberator proclaimed, “There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the fruits of your labor and a group of individuals rally behind a single idea.”
The recruitment efforts on campus were led by Phi Delta Theta Leadership Consultants Nick Liberator, Central Connecticut State ’15 and Nash Cantrell, Utah ‘ 16. The new colony members of Colorado Alpha are excited to set the standard of what it means to be members of Phi Delta Theta and Fraternity men at the University of Colorado Boulder.