Epsilon Eta Provisional Chapter
Founded: October 15, 1999
President - Hunter Jennings
Vice President - Andrew Dize
Recruitment Director - Greg Bisant
Alumni Director - Anthony Marut
Grand Chapter Advisor - John Ridenour
Alumni Association President - None
Salisbury University was authorized as a two-year college in 1922 and opened in September 1925. It became a four-year college in 1934, granting its first B.S. degrees in 1935, and its first B.A. degrees in 1960. Eight masters degree programs have been added between 1962 and 2001, and there are now over 50 degree programs.
Alpha Sigma Phi was invited by the University administration to colonize on the campus in Fall 1998. On September 21, 1998, Alpha Sigma Phi Expansion Director Drew Thawley, Ohio Wesleyan '94, held an organizational meeting. Initially two students indicated a desire to found a chapter. The following evening the two grew to four men and within three weeks the group had grown to fifteen. Meetings to perfect an organization and to recruit more members continued over the next six weeks and membership grew to 27 members. On November 22, 1998, Drew Thawley, Steve Hutton, David Baird, and members of Epsilon Delta Chapter at the University of Maryland pledged the 27 members and two advisors and the group was recognized as a provisional chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi. Richard Deale was the first president of the provisional chapter.
Ryan Brown, Coastal Carolina '94, worked with the provisional chapter and it finished the Spring 1998 semester with 28 members. The chapter was chartered on October 13-15, 1999 with Chapter Consultant, Gordy Heminger, Bowling Green '96 and Grand Junior President, Robert Cabello, Eastern Michigan '70, in attendance. Undergraduate brothers from Epsilon Delta and Epsilon Zeta Chapters initiated the 28 charter members. Byron Hughes, Salisbury '06 serves on the Grand Council; Raymond Heer, Salisbury '00, served as Undergraduate Grand Councilor.
The chapter closed in spring 2016 due risk management violations.
Efforts to re-organize the chapter, led by Coordinator of Expansion and Growth Joe Nelson, Illinois State ’12, began in Spring of 2017. On April 22, 2017, 37 men were initiated into the Epsilon Eta Chapter. The initiation was led by Coordinator of Chapter Development Tyler Campbell, Capital ’12. The initiation ceremony was assisted by Epsilon Eta alumnus Michael Crockett, Salisbury ’02, as well as Harrison Curnutte, McDaniel ’16; Brett Buckely, McDaniel ’16; Jack Nickel, McDaniel, 16; and Nicholas Cepero, McDaniel ‘16. The initiation took place in the Guerrieri University Center on the campus of Salisbury University. Hunter Jennings, Salisbury ’17 was the re-founding President.
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