The Kansas Iota Colony was formally inducted on October 7, 2019 at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) in Hays, Kansas. Expansion Consultants Brett Klein and Austin Dean spent eight weeks on campus recruiting twenty-six founders who share the same values as Phi Delta Theta and are committed to developing a new fraternity chapter at Fort Hays State University. Alongside the undergraduate founders, eleven volunteers were recruited to advise the group. Throughout the recruitment effort, FHSU campus professionals provided wonderful guidance and support that translated into a successful foundation for Phi Delta Theta.
The founding group grew quickly within the first few weeks of the project and were eager from the beginning to fill officer positions, plan brotherhood events, get involved with the FHSU Greek community, and commit to community service opportunities. Prior to the colonization ceremony, the group was able to help out at a local Alzheimer’s walk and have a small social with one of the sororities on campus. During the founding fathers retreat, the founders were able to construct a strong vision statement that reflected the group perfectly, focusing on building a respectful and diverse group of individuals that can make a positive impact in not only the Fort Hays community, but all communities.
“I am extremely proud of what this group has been able to accomplish in just a short amount of time, and I am confident they will be a vital organization for years to come,” said Expansion Consultant Brett Klein.
“These men have shown me how motivated they are to become something great on campus. Hearing the excitement in their voices and seeing their work ethic just gives me so much confidence in them. I fully believe that these men will be able to achieve their goals and do great things. I look forward to the day they are officially initiated into our great organization,” said Expansion Consultant Austin Dean.
Congratulations to the men of the Kansas Iota Colony at Fort Hays State University! We are eager to see what this group can accomplish.
Fort Hays State University is a public university in Hays, Kansas. It is the third-largest of the six state universities governed by the Kansas Board of Regents with an enrollment of approximately 15,100 students. Fraternity and sorority life has a long tradition at Fort Hays State University with the first chapters coming to campus in the 1920s. The campus currently has five fraternities and four sororities. With the addition of Kansas Iota, Phi Delta Theta currently has four active chapters and three colonies in Kansas.