The Phi Delta Theta chapter at Drake University originally opened its doors on October 28, 1961. After leaving campus in 2009, two Leadership Consultants, Iowa Delta alumni, and a group of students came together to recruit, educate, and enhance the lives of the students at Drake University. Following an eight-week process, the Iowa Delta Colony was re-founded by 27 young men at Drake University on October 18, 2018.
Those present for the ceremony included many Drake alumni, faculty, staff, colony advisors, and undergraduate members from the Iowa Gamma Chapter at Iowa State University. Dean of Students Dr. Jerry Parker spoke about the University’s desire to support the growth and future success of the colony at Drake.
The educational and recruitment efforts on campus were led by Phi Delta Theta Leadership Consultants Traer Freeman, San Francisco ’17 and Charlie Block, Arizona ‘ 17. Freeman shared his thoughts on the ceremony by saying, “It was great for me to see the look on the faces of alumni and new members. There was a sense of pride and excitement radiating from the Founding Fathers and an overall atmosphere of joy and positivity for things to come.”
The effort put forth by both the students and alumni was admirable to say the least, and their hard work resulted in their successful colonization. These young men plan to change what it means to be a member of a fraternity at Drake University and plan to set the standard for future members.
At the Founding Fathers Retreat held the week prior to colonization, the group created their vision statement – Phi Delta Theta is a premier men’s leadership organization that is united in forging new paths and bettering our community, through the promotion of integrity, companionship, and innovation.