In the midst of a global pandemic, a select group of students at Louisiana Tech University sought to build a brotherhood by building a chapter of Phi Delta Theta.
The development of the Louisiana Epsilon Emerging Chapter began in late October when former Student Government Senator Abram Bender reached out to General Headquarters to express his interest in bringing Phi Delta Theta to Louisiana Tech. Throughout the remainder of the fall quarter, and with the support from Phi Delta Theta’s Director of Talent Acquisition Jim Rosencrans, Abram was able to generate enough interest on campus to begin the process of starting an emerging chapter.
During the winter quarter the interest group began laying the foundation for operations by participating in educational meetings, electing officers, and establishing their own personal vision and goals for Louisiana Epsilon.
The spring quarter was completely focused on integrating into the Greek community and gaining campus recognition. During this time the interest group worked to develop relationships with the Interfraternity Council, established a local chapter advisory board, and gained approval from the Student Organization Council.
“Establishing a new fraternity on campus is no simple feat. Mix in a global pandemic at a time when social connection is at an all-time low, and it makes it seem even more impossible,” said Jim Rosencrans. “But when you have the right students leading the charge, it is incredible what they can accomplish.”
On May 8, 2021, Louisiana Epsilon was formally inducted as an emerging chapter. The ceremony was streamed live via Zoom with the founders, alumni, community members, family, and friends participating from home.
Phi Delta Theta is extremely excited for the future of Louisiana Epsilon as the newest founders now work towards their installation as a chapter.