Originally founded at California State University, Sacramento in 1988, the California Omicron Chapter of Phi Delta Theta has not been on campus since the early 2000’s. Sacramento State has always been on Phi Delta Theta’s radar for a return effort, and conversations with the university began in the Fall of 2017 to prepare for the Fraternity’s return.
Expansion Consultants Landon Killion, Nebraska-Kearney, 17 and Kyle Prager, Chico State, 18 arrived in Sacramento, California in January to establish the foundation of the colony. The two stayed very busy during their time on campus recruiting Founding Fathers, developing a Chapter Advisory Board, establishing relationships with campus professionals, and hosting various informational sessions and presentations for the students on campus.
The opportunity to create something new and establish a new tradition of what it meant to be a Fraternity man at Sacramento State drove a tremendous amount of interest from students. The California Omicron Colony has taken the task head on to truly defy the common stereotypes and challenge the status quo on campus. The colony is a shining example of people coming together from different backgrounds and beliefs for one common goal, and that is to be a family to one another while never losing sight of what it truly means to be a Phi Delta Theta man. The 26-man colony has the highest cumulative GPA on campus with a 3.14.
At the colonization ceremony, Colony President Manny Mendez brought it home by saying, “It was courage and initiative that brought us all here together, to challenge the status quo, and break the mold of the conformity around us. Today, and all days to follow, we will continue to lead by example as we better ourselves and those around us.”
Many people provided great assistance in the success that was created at Sacramento State. A very special thank you is in order for the California Omicron Colony Advisory Board, various local and distant alumni, as well as individuals in the Student Organization and Leadership Office on campus. Megan Piermarini and Nicki Croly were both very vital to the success of the colony.
March 10, 2018 may have been a typical Saturday to some, but for the men of the now California Omicron Colony, it is a date that they will remember forever as they begin their journey with Phi Delta Theta.