Sunday marked the arrival of Delta Sigma Phi (Delta Sigs), increasing Bradley’s count to 15 social fraternities.
In 1899, two men – one Jewish, one Christian – founded Delta Sig on the principles of culture, friendship and harmony.
New Chapter Development Coordinators Casey Dwyer and Kai Schuster said Delta Sigs pride themselves on being an inclusive and welcoming brotherhood that constantly strives to be men of courage, action and excellence.
“We’ll be reaching out to faculty, administration, sororities and organizations to ask for referrals of Bradley men,” Schuster said. “The goal is to reach out to these guys, start that conversation with them and see if being a part of the legacy and starting this fraternity are something they are interested in.”
Dwyer and Schuster will be on Bradley’s campus for the next six weeks, including spring break, to foster the recruitment process and seek out “men of character.” By the end of this semester, Delta Sigs hope to have their “founding fathers” recruited and be on track for fall semester.
“What we’re doing is taking a very holistic approach,” Dwyer said. “We’re hoping to have a little bit of everything – to come in and integrate well into the greek and Bradley communities and to make a positive impact on everyone.”
Delta Sigma Phi Assistant Director of Fraternity Recruitment and Development Andy Bremer said the recruitment process is broken up into four phases.
“Phase one is essentially building the foundation and bringing in new members,” Bremer said.
After the six weeks is up, the board will select officers that anyone can apply for, and from there, they will slate an executive board.
Bremer said phase two consists of officer training, building an action plan and working on the formation of the brotherhood.
“Phase three is going to be the spring of 2015,” he said. “They will be building on and hopefully maintaining that foundation they’ll start creating this semester. It’s going to be the first transition of officers when they really start moving toward their chartering.”
Bremer said the final step will focus on the culture of the fraternity and the training and education of its members.
Interfraternity Council [IFC] Vice President and sophomore Mitchell Kuldell said he sees adding another fraternity as positive.
“Adding another fraternity will create more friendly competition between fraternities during recruitment,” Kuldell said. “An additional fraternity in the mix will motivate chapters to be on their recruiting A game.”
Kuldell said people at Bradley are excited to see greek life thrive on campus and that IFC is on board with Delta Sig’s colonization.
“We have invited [Delta Sigs] to talk at all of our meetings, and we always pass on relevant information to them,” he said. “We are willing to help them in any way we can.”
Dwyer, Bremer and Schuster all said that they are looking forward to the recruiting of the Bradley Delta Sig chapter.
“When we open a new chapter, we plan and we build it to be operating on the highest level of performance that any of our chapters could be at,” Bremer said. “At Bradley, we don’t see that being any different.”
Over the course of the next six weeks, the Delta Sig recruiters will be meeting one-on-one with Bradley prospects and compiling a brotherhood that “inspires each member to be better versions of themselves and positively impact the world through their actions and influence,” according to their mission.
Bremer said the mission of building a Delta Sig man is a commitment to courage and always working to better yourself.
“I think the biggest thing is that, because we’re new, we have nothing other than our members,” Bremer said. “It takes a special kind of person to rise to this challenge – to fall a few times and then stand back up. It’s a lifestyle that when you look back, you see that it was hard at times but extremely beneficial. That’s the man we’re looking for.”
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