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Northwood University

Zeta Zeta Chapter

 Northwood University
 Founded: April 28, 2012
 Status: Active
 Ideal Chapter Size: 40

Chapter Awards

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

Individual Awards

Undergraduate Hall of Fame
Cisco, Aaron M. '11 [2013]

Frank F. Hargear Memorial Award
Cisco, Aaron M. '11 [2013]

Chapter History

Northwood University was organized in 1959, and opened its Midland, Michigan Campus in 1961. It had opened in 1959 in Alma, Michigan with an enrollment of 100. From 1964 to 1983 the University operated an Orange County, Indiana campus on the site of West Baden College, a Jesuit college. The University also has campuses in Cedar Hill, Texas, West Palm Beach, Florida, and Montreux Switzerland. There were 1,650 undergraduates on the Michigan Campus in Fall 2012.

At Northwood University, 33% of the student body is a part of Greek Life. There are five fraternities apart of the Inter-Fraternal Council (Alpha Sigma Phi, Kappa Sigma, Phi Delta Theta, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and Alpha Chi Rho) and three sororities (Delta Zeta, Alpha Gamma Delta, and Alpha Chi Omega). Greek life is not only a large part of the student body, but the alumni body as well. Many fraternities and sororities on campus are littered with legacy members, which add to the rivalry and competition among the groups.

In the spring of 2011, 10 men came together at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan (Alpha class members) with a vision to bring another fraternity to Northwood. After receiving the graces of the administration, they set out to shop national fraternities. Following a positive Skype interview with Alpha Sigma Phi representative, Matt Humberger, they selected to go with Alpha Sig. Three weeks later, Jason Hinson-Nolen came to Midland to conduct a Pledge Ceremony. This ceremony was on Saturday May 7th, 2011, one day after finals (the group stayed in Midland that weekend before going home to become new members). This was the first showing of their work ethic and commitment to Our Vision. The summer preceding, many plans of action were put into effect. The first goal was to be the top recruiter. They understood that recruiting is the bloodline to the fraternity and without blood we cannot survive. That fall they made sure everyone was representing Alpha Sigma Phi. They closed sixteen freshmen and two sophomores with great recruitment events, such as poker tournaments, Canada trips, Northern Michigan cottage trips, basketball and football games, etc. These eighteen men represented the largest fall pledge class in three years at Northwood. The founding father Beta Class had a successful new member process which consisted of all Alpha Phase education weeks, a new member retreat, and frequent quizzes on Alpha Sigma Phi history. The Alpha and Beta class were both initiated together in October of 2011 by members of the Central Michigan University chapter and Fraternity Staff member Enzo Pivirotto, Chico State '11.

In February of 2012, the Grand Council approved the Northwood Colony's petition to charter. Zeta Zeta Chapter was chartered in ceremonies at the Midland Michigan Convention Center on April 28, 2012.  Aaron Cisco, Northwood '12, was the first president of the chapter. Rodney Rusk, Central Michigan '93, was the colony's and chapter's first Grand Chapter Advisor.

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