The Pennsylvania Tau Colony was inducted on Sunday, April 29, 2019 at Villanova University. Expansion Consultants Justin Holmes and Andrew Norrie spent six weeks on campus recruiting and promoting the opportunity to become a Founding Father of Phi Delta Theta. Their hard work resulted in 80 men joining the Pennsylvania Tau Founding Father class; a group of men that has the vision and energy to make a lasting and positive impact at Villanova. Phi Delta Theta began the conversation about building a group with Villanova University five years ago. Through patience, continued communication, and the identification of the right moment, Phi Delta Theta is officially at Villanova University.
“Students at Villanova have many of the characteristics we look for when recruiting Founding Fathers,” said Justin Holmes. “We feel great about this group’s ability to align the values of Phi Delta Theta with the mission of the school.”
During the induction ceremony, Pennsylvania Tau President Dave Izzo challenged the young men to leave their legacy in ink. He introduced the colony’s vision statement – To create a fraternity rooted in community and brotherhood that strives for excellence and challenges fraternity norms. Dave challenged them to live up to this promise stating, “In a world where fraternities have given many reasons for people to question our existence, let us show them the good we can do.”
Andrew Norrie reminded them of Brother Morrison’s quote, “To do what ought to be done, but would not have been done unless I did it, I thought to be my duty.” “We must remind ourselves of that and do what ought to be done,” Norrie stated.
With their involvement in various clubs and organizations including Special Olympics, Nova Dance, Blue Key Society, and many more, the Pennsylvania Tau Colony is setup to become a positive influence at Villanova University and the greater community.