About the Undergraduate Chapter
Actives Working Hard to Restart Legacy of Iowa Delta
Restarting a chapter with a rich history of excellence is no simple task, but the gentlemen of Iowa Delta have stepped up and made a significant presence in both the Drake and Greater Des Moines communities. We are excited for our tentative installation as a full chapter of Phi Delta Theta in early November.
Academic Standard Set High
Iowa Delta has set a high standard of academic performance; the minimum GPA to be in good standing with the chapter is a 2.75. A majority of the Iowa Delta men heartily exceed this minimum requirement, and our GPA for spring 2015 was a 2.98. We constantly strive to better our studies and academic performance and look forward to close collaboration with our faculty advisor, Dean of the School of Education Dr. Jan McMahill, to institute new scholarship programs, incentives, and requirements so we can make the most of our academic careers and perform to the best of our abilities.
Philanthropy Important to New Chapter
Philanthropy was a major focus last semester. We partnered up with the ALS Association of Iowa as well as Sarah’s Mission, an organization founded by Drake student Sarah Martin, who is on a mission to defeat ALS. We made blankets for ALS patients in the Greater Des Moines community and were fortunate enough to distribute these blankets to the patients. We look forward to continuing these partnerships and initiating more philanthropic activities that include the Greek and non-Greek communities at Drake, as well as members of the Des Moines community.
Recruitment Adds 27 Gentlemen
As with any new group, membership is always one of the biggest challenges. While we have endured some fluctuation in our membership, we have sustained 27 fine gentlemen and look forward to welcoming more into our brotherhood during formal fall recruitment, as well as during the rest of the year. We are so appreciative of our excellent chapter house that has just been completely renovated thanks to generous alumni contributions.
Alumni Involvement Important to New Members
Iowa Delta has been fortunate enough to interact with alumni several times. In fall 2014, some of the original colony members joined the original founders of Iowa Delta at a brunch. This experience was unique and put the concept of legacy and Fraternity into perspective. We were also fortunate to connect with alumni at a Drake Relays celebration at the home of brother Scott Carlson ’97.
It has been quite a journey for Iowa Delta in the best possible way. Though challenging at times, our work to restart the legacy of Phi Delta Theta at Drake University has been met with cheer and enthusiasm from all members. We moved into our newly renovated chapter house in late August and are taking advantage of the facility that has so generously been renovated for future generations of Phi Delts. On behalf of the men of Iowa Delta, I want to express my sincere gratitude and most humble thanks to our gracious alumni, the Iowa Delta House Holding Corporation, supportive figures at Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters, our faculty advisor, Dr. Janet McMahill, members of the Drake community, and Phi Delts everywhere for the encouragement, support, and brotherly love. We could not do this without you.
We encourage all alumni to drop by the house whenever you please! Our house is your house.
Yours in the Bond,