On Saturday, February 22, 2014, the Texas Xi Chapter of Phi Delta Theta was re-installed at the University of Texas at San Antonio with 43 men. Presiding over the installation was General Council President Chris Lapple. Also in attendance were Province Presidents Russell Carman (Rho East), Mario Villa (Rho South), Foundation Development Officer and Past Director of Chapter Services Jacob Kingdon and Leadership Consultant Matt Letcher.
The group colonized on January 18, 2013 with 30 men and began the long journey to bring back the Texas Xi Chapter, which had been in existence on the UTSA campus from 1990 to 2001.
“The chapter has been working so hard over the past year for this day. It is great to bring Texas Xi back to UTSA,” said Chapter President Brandon Bernardo.
The weekend activities started Friday night where over 40 active members and alumni from eleven different chapters assembled to initiate the 43 men of Texas Xi.
“It is great to see brothers from all over the United States gathered together this weekend, to share our common bond with our new brothers,” said Rho East Province President Russell Carman.
The weekend culminated with a banquet dinner Saturday evening as members, parents, guests and Phi Delt alumni from the surrounding area, including many of the original founders of the Texas Xi Chapter, enjoyed a night of fellowship and laughs to welcome the Texas Xi chapter back to campus.
“I am very proud to have participated in the initiation and re-chartering of our Texas Xi Chapter at UTSA. I was extremely impressed with the quality of both undergraduates and alumni who were in attendance. It was clear to me that these men possess great character and an unwavering commitment to our great Fraternity,” said General Council President Chris Lapple.