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Elmhurst University

Delta Chi Chapter

Elmhurst University
Founded: April 28, 1996
Status: Active
Ideal Chapter Size: 50


Chapter Awards

Alpha Kappa Pi Gold Cup - [2017, 2016]
Phi Pi Phi Silver Cup - [2018, 2015, 2014]
Alpha Gamma Upsilon Bronze Cup - [2013, 2012, 2010] 

Individual Awards

Undergraduate Hall of Fame
Espino, Tyler A. '12 [2016]

Frank F. Hargear Memorial Award
Kefaloukos, Alexander M. '04 [2008]


Spring 2017 

Chapter History

Elmhurst College was founded in 1871. The College's first baccalaureate degrees were granted in 1924.  Enrollment in 1996 was 1,700, with 595 men. The College offered 50 majors, taught by 97 faculty members. 

A group of seven students at Elmhurst College, led by Phil Inglis, contacted the Fraternity about the possibility of expansion in March 1995. Colonization at Elmhurst College occurred on December 3, 1995, when 14 men were new members. John Gibson, Indiana '85, presented the colonization certificate. In March 1, 1996, Phil Inglis was President of the Elmhurst Colony. At that time, the Colony was at campus-average size and it had the endorsement of all campus officials. Membership at the time the petition was submitted was 12 members. On recommendation of Steve Zizzo, Illinois '84, the petition was approved. The group was chartered on April 28, 1996. It was founded by ten men, Michael C. Aronow, Quintin D. Backstrom, John W. Barr, Paul W. Green, Terry Lee Harris, II, Philip D. Inglis, Chad E. Lambert, Marc A. Lass, Joe Vagnoni, and Nate Urban.

In 1998-99, the Chapter won the Elmhurst College Chapter of Excellence Award and the Best Philanthropy Award. In spring of 2000, the Chapter was recognized as the Elmhurst College Chapter of Excellence, for the highest grade point average of campus Greeks, and for outstanding philanthropy. Kyle McFarren, Elmhurst '98, was elected Greek Man of the Year. McFarren had served in a variety of chapter leadership roles including Vice President and IFC Representative for the Chapter, was a two-time captain of the Elmhurst College cross country team, was a four-year letterman in cross country and track, and was elected to Order of Omega. 

The fall 2004 new member class of 13 was the largest in Delta Chi's history. That same year, Delta Chi won Highest On-Campus Active Members, New Members, and Overall GPA Awards for the year.

On July 1, 2020, Elmhurst College officially became Elmhurst University.

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