On April 24, 2021, the men of the Virginia Kappa Emerging Chapter were initiated into Phi Delta Theta. That evening, the officiating ceremony members presented the men with their charter during the installation ceremony in the Hurlburt Student Center Auditorium at Radford University. Virginia Kappa is the tenth Phi Delta Theta chapter installed in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Leading the weekend’s initiation and installation ceremonies were the Fraternity’s General Council President Dr. Chris W. Brussalis, Delta North Province President Austin Deray, and Leadership Consultants Corbin Lovelady and Devin Thornton.
Following the presentation of their charter, several constituents made remarks.
Virginia Kappa President Evan Walker reflected upon his time as a member. “One of the best aspects of our Phi Delta Theta chapter is that we are all unique, but this organization has bonded us all together through similar values and moral codes. With this blessing, we can forge our own path at Radford, and I’m confident we can overcome any obstacle. I’m so proud to be brothers with all of you men.”
Delta North Province President Austin Deray reflected on the progress Virginia Kappa has made over the past year. “I’m excited to see where this chapter will go. I’ve only been working with them for about a year, but they’ve made themselves known. They were one of the star chapters in my province, completing regional community service, working with the LiveLikeLou Foundation to help local ALS families in the area, and achieving the second-highest GPA amongst the IFC chapters on their campus, all as an emerging chapter. I’m excited to see them installed and looking forward to getting to work with such a great group of guys.”
Chris Harris, current chapter advisory board chairman and founding president of Virginia Kappa, gave the members a solemn piece of advice. “Remain true to the mission of Phi Delta Theta. Enjoy your time as an undergraduate; you won’t be able to be around each other all the time once you graduate. Be grateful to be a part of such an organization and allow the privilege of your membership to continue to encourage you throughout your life.”
General Council President Dr. Chris W. Brussalis mentioned, “We are so excited to be here and to be partnered with Radford University. Members, don’t forget to go back to congratulate and thank your parents for supporting you in this path of Phi Delta Theta. I’d also like to thank our alumni; it truly is our great alumni volunteers that are the glue that holds organizations like ours together. We all took an oath as a Phikeia, and that is to transmit the Fraternity to those who may follow after, not only, not less, but greater than it was transmitted to me. It’s the outstanding alumni that we have here that have really walked the talk. Recognize and embrace their efforts, and before you know it, you’re next. You’re going to be the future alumni leaders mentoring and guiding those brothers who follow you.”
Congratulations to the Virginia Kappa Chapter of Phi Delta Theta at Radford University.