On January 7, 2018, the Virginia Iota Colony at Old Dominion University began the process of becoming an official Phi Delta Theta chapter. What made Virginia Iota’s journey unique from others was their beginning as an interest group as opposed to the typical Phi Delta Theta expansion model. The colony faced the obstacles of becoming a colony, and later a chapter, without the on-site guidance of two expansion consultants.
With the support from Colony Development Specialist Tyler Wilson, Colony Advisory Board Members Jeremy Laws, Kevin Rice, and Dr. Scott Swail, and the Old Dominion University Student Involvement Office, installation weekend became a reality on the weekend of November 16-17, 2018.
Friday, November 16 was marked as initiation night. The colony members met at the Baptist Campus Ministries Building where the colony members were initiated into Phi Delta Theta. They swore to follow the tenets of Phi Delta Theta and learned about the unwritten secrets of the organization.
On Saturday, November 17, the installation ceremony was held at the Norfolk Yacht Club thanks to Colony Advisor Kevin Rice. General Council Member-at-Large David Almacy presided over the ceremony that paid tribute to the Immortal Six and presented the newly-initiated Virginia Iota members with their charter.
The installation weekend concluded with a Post-Installation Retreat on-campus where the chapter continued learning the Phi Delta Theta ritual, discussed future expectations as a chapter, and established goals for the future. While the journey from interest group to chapter was a challenging one, much lies ahead for the Virginia Iota Chapter at Old Dominion University!