On December 4, 2021, the Oregon Alpha Emerging Chapter of Phi Delta Theta was inducted for a return to the University of Oregon. Originally founded in 1912 with 2,091 initiated into its chapter, Oregon Alpha was re-established with twenty-eight devoted young men committed to carrying on the legacy of Phi Delta Theta at the University of Oregon.
Work to re-establish the chapter started fall 2020 but was not able to meet the requirements for induction initially. This delay didn’t stop the interest group from moving onward toward their vision of Phi Delta Theta. Working closely with the staff at Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters during a mostly remote year, the interest group worked hard to lay a foundation for brotherhood within their organization after that first fall 2020 semester. As a result of this hard work and development, the group was able to sign over eighteen founders during the fall 2021 term, meeting the requirements for induction as an emerging chapter.
In the pursuit of this goal, the group moved forward with a clear vision statement: “We the men of Phi Delta Theta at the University of Oregon will always aim to be the premier fraternity on campus by maintaining a high level of character, cultivating leadership standards, and promoting a culture of excellence.” This statement rang true as the Founders recruited a variety of student leaders from organizations across campus and established the second highest grade point average among all University of Oregon fraternities.
In addition to their pursuit of greatness, the founders of Oregon Alpha have been supported by an engaged alumni community with the help of Pi South Province President John Lidstrom ensuring that the community was aware of the expansion. As a result, the emerging chapter is guided by a chapter advisory board and an alumni community that is excited to see this group progress forward on their Phi Delta Theta journey.
Phi Delta Theta congratulates the Oregon Alpha Emerging Chapter and offers thanks to all the campus faculty and volunteers who aided in the establishment of the Fraternity.