After ten years away, Nebraska Beta at the University of Nebraska Kearney is officially a chapter of Phi Delta Theta once again. Incredible alumni support was essential for this chapter to return to campus. Nebraska Beta held its initiation ceremony on Friday March 1st, followed by an installation ceremony on Saturday, March 2nd at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.
The installation ceremony brought together family, friends, alumni, and brothers from Nebraska Alpha, Nebraska Gamma and Colorado Gamma. In total, over 170 people were in attendance for the event. Before the banquet, a reception was held for the new brothers and their guests. After this reception, the ceremony began with Nebraska Beta singing Eternal Praise, Opening Ceremony and Phi Delta Theta (We’ll Always Be True).
Psi Province President Gene Eckel served as the emcee for the event. Assistant Director of Greek Affairs at UNK Erin Christensen, Chapter Advisory Board Chairman Marc Bailey, Director of Expansion DeMarkco Butler, and Nebraska Beta President Ryan Brown, all gave speeches during the ceremony. The night concluded with Dr. Edward G. Whipple, Past President of the General Council, giving a speech and presenting the charter to the men of Nebraska Beta.
In accordance with Phi Delta Theta’s Strategic 10-Year Plan, Phi Delt 2020 and its growth initiative, Phi Delta Theta is currently executing expansion strategies that culminate in seven chapter installations annually and 200 chapters by 2018. The installation of Nebraska Beta was the first chapter installation of 2013, and the Fraternity has 170 current active chapters.