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Phi Delta Theta Colonizes California Phi at Chapman University


The California Phi Colony of Phi Delta Theta is excited and very pleased to have recently become the ninth fraternity at Chapman University. Seventy-two brothers were officially recognized as founding members of the colony on Sunday, April 28 in Chapman’s Memorial Hall.

“You are beginning a journey that will last a lifetime,” President of Phi Delta Theta’s General Council Christopher Lapple said. “In this room are sitting your best friends.”

Other speakers at the colonization ceremony included DeAnn Yocum Gaffney, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at Chapman University and new California Phi Colony President Daniel Brennan.

Each brother individually received an official Phi Delta Theta colony pin, signifying his membership in the Fraternity, and a Phikeia Manual from Chapter Advisory Board Chairman Jim Burra, a distinguished member of Chapman’s Board of Trustees.

The new colony members were joined by dozens of fellow Chapman Greek students, as well as Phi Delta Theta brothers from UC Irvine, UCLA, Syracuse, parents, and alumni from the Orange County and Los Angeles areas.

The California Phi Colony is excited to build a leadership role on campus. Brothers have involved themselves in campus initiatives including the renowned Relay for Life 24 hour walk/run for cancer on April 26 and 27, for which the brothers contributed over 50 hours of service and raised over $2,000 for cancer research.