Delta Phi Chapter
Grand Valley State University
Founded: March 30, 1996
Ideal Chapter Size: 75
President - Brian Cornelius
Director - Ian Borthwick
Director - Connor Sullivan
Advisor - Benjamin Rapin
President - Stephen Biernat
Alpha Kappa Pi Gold Cup
Grand Senior President's Cup
Phi Pi Phi Silver Cup
Alpha Gamma Upsilon Bronze Cup
Grand Valley State College was founded in 1960, and became a university in 1985. By 1995 it enrolled 15,000 students emphasizing a liberal arts curriculum.
An interest group was organized by Director of Expansion D. Todd Harris, UCLA '90, in Spring 1994. Todd Harris and Glen Olsen, Bowling Green '92, recruited an interest group of 18 men which held an initial meeting and elected officers on April 17, 1994. Jonathan Heyboer, Grand Valley '96 was elected President. These men adopted the mission statement: Building a diverse brotherhood through leadership, service, and scholarship.â€ They sought members who were actively involved in the campus, the community, and organizations beyond Greek life. The group grew to 38 men and the colonization of the Grand Valley State Interest Group took place at the Holiday Inn, Grand Rapids, Michigan, on March 25, 1995. The colony received Grand Valley State University awards of Greek Man of the Year to Jon Heyboer; highest Greek GPA. (3.80) to Kris Cooper; most benefit to a philanthropy program, Victor Reiber, Vice President; 3rd place in Homecoming; 2nd place in Laker Daze; 1st Place in Greek week. In the fall semester of 1995 Alpha Sigma Phi won its first of five consecutive homecomings. Also during this semester, brothers Josh Heyboer and Aaron Smaka developed the idea of cycling around Lake Michigan to raise money for Canine Companions for Independence. This event was later called Cycling for Independence, and continues to be a powerful annual event that demonstrates the organization's true dedication to the value of charity. By the end of 2008, the chapter has raised nearly $50,000 for CCI and has had two dogs named "Valley" in honor of the chapter's commitment to the charity .
Jamie Grant was President from December 1995 to December 1996. In December 1995, a Petition for Chartering was submitted to the Grand Council. The Petition was approved and its approval was announced during the 1996 Academy of Leadership. The charter members were initiated on March 24, 1996, and the chapter installed during a banquet on March 25, 1996.
Jamie Grant, Grand Valley '96, and Matt Geik, Grand Valley '97 served as Undergraduate Grand Councilors. Kristopher Cooper, Grand Valley '96, was Alpha Sigma Phi Scholar of the Year in 1996. Jonathan Heyboer, Grand Valley '96, served as expansion consultant on the Fraternity staff. Matt Mattson, Grand Valley '96, and Bryan Proctor, Grand Valley '96, have also served on the Fraternity Staff. Bryan Proctor, Grand Valley '96, served as General Counsel to the Fraternity and on the Grand Council. At Grand Chapter 2012, Brother Proctor was elected as Grand Senior President, the first member of Delta Phi Chapter to hold the position, and the first from a Michigan chapter since George Trubow, Michigan '53 was GSP from 1974-1976.
The chapter adopted a new Constitution in 2002. Its stated mission is to build a diverse brotherhood through leadership, scholarship, and service. To create lifelong relationships based on mutual love, respect and support. A chapter tradition of over 16 years is the annual Lake Michigan Bike Ride for Canine Companions. It involved a 1,200 mile, eight day circuit of the lake. In August 2010 fourteen Delta Phi brothers raised over $10,000 for the charity. At the north end of the circuit, the brothers have been joined in the bike ride by members of the Delta Beta chapter at Northern Michigan University.
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