From what began as a spontaneous idea from a college student turned into a reality on October 5, 2012, as a talented group of men came together for the re-colonization of Phi Delta Theta on the Valparaiso University campus.
After a seven year absence on campus, the newly created colony looks to re-establish the long and proud tradition of Phi Delta Theta at Valparaiso that was established in 1954 when the Fraternity was first introduced to the VU campus.
The idea of bringing Phi Delta Theta back to Valparaiso University began in the Fall of 2011 when Valpo student Josh Sisley, now the colony president, submitted an application for re-colonization. Since, Sisley and the 28 other founding fathers have worked extremely hard to recruit potential news members and spread the positive message of Phi Delta Theta by exemplifying the qualities of leadership, community service, and intelligence.
This hard work paid off last Friday at the colonization ceremony as the men were encouraged by the university, alumni and other organizations within the university’s Greek community. Kappa West Providence President Dominic Zultanski facilitated the ceremony with assistance from Phi Delta Theta’s Director of Expansion DeMarkco Butler. Dr. Carrie Whittier, Valparaiso University’s Assistant Dean of Students, was also in attendance.
With re-colonization officially over, the Indiana Iota colony will work toward its ultimate goal of returning the Indiana Iota Chapter back into the fold. Through its vision statement of “Through brotherhood, chivalry, and the pursuit of our greatest potential, we set a tradition of excellence, creating diverse leaders to impact VU and our communities,” the colony aims to accomplish this challenge and more.