Phi Delta Theta is proud to announce the return of the Illinois Beta Colony to the University of Chicago. On December 7, at the University Church of Chicago, alumni, staff, friends, and family formally welcomed 44 young men into the Phi Delta Theta family. The Illinois Beta colonization ceremony culminated a six-week endeavor by Expansion Consultants Justin Holmes and Andrew Norrie to bring together top leaders at the University of Chicago to rebuild one of the Fraternity’s oldest charters. Originally founded in 1865, Illinois Beta was Phi Delta Theta’s seventeenth chapter and has initiated 1,435 men.
Prior to the ceremony, the group collaborated to create a vision statement that will guide their journey on campus:
“We are a brotherhood pursuing moral excellence for the collective betterment of ourselves and our community.”
The vision statement speaks true to the drive, quality, and moral fiber of the men carrying Phi Delta Theta’s letters at the University of Chicago. Already, the group has plans that will benefit the university and local communities, assist themselves in their academic and leadership pursuits, and build a well-respected Phi Delta Theta name in the Chicago community.
At the ceremony, Expansion Consultant Andrew Norrie spoke to the colony:
“Phi Delta Theta Founding Father and member of the Immortal Six, Brother Robert Morrison, has a philosophy that reads, ‘To do what ought to be done, but would not have been done unless I did it, I thought to be my duty.’ There is a lot that’s ought to be done here at the University of Chicago, and I am incredibly proud knowing that you will be the men that inspire what’s ought to be done, to be done.”
Morrison’s philosophy has served as the inspiration for these young men as they prepare to build a new standard of excellence in fraternity and leadership at the University of Chicago.
Congratulations to the men of the Illinois Beta Colony!