Epsilon Delta Chapter
University of Maryland
Founded: May 2, 1998
Ideal Chapter Size: 90
President - Brooks Gearhart
Vice President - Kwame Kumah
Recruitment Director - Victor Sellemi
Alumni Director - William Case
Grand Chapter Advisor - David Yonenson
Alumni Association President - David Yonenson
Most Improved Chapter - 2013
Frank F. Hargear Memorial -1999
Undergraduate Scholar of the Year - 1998
The University was founded as Maryland Agricultural College in 1856. By 1998 enrollment was 33,000, including 24,000 undergraduates and 9,000 graduate students.
During the Fall of 1996 four freshmen and one sophomore led by Ethan Kraus, Maryland '98 sought to found a new Fraternity on campus that bucked the local trends towards hazing and lack of consistent gentlemanly behavior. After interviewing eight national organizations, Alpha Sigma Phi was chosen by Kraus due to strong interest in expanding to the campus and an enthusiasm for organic development of the chapter. Despire initial resistance from the campus and Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC), thinking there was no need for a new Fraternity, within three months of recruiting the group grew to 30 and was recognized as an interest group of Alpha Sigma Phi under the two-term presidency of Ryan Spiegel, Maryland '98. During the 1997 calendar year, the group was colonized and was recognized by the IFC on campus. The group of 50 brothers successfully submitted a petition to charter and became the Epsilon Delta chapter on May 2, 1998. The University of Michigan and American University sent brothers to initiate the chapter. Initiation was held at the New Leaf Church in College Park, MD. The chapter first used a residence located at 7504 Dickinson Avenue. The chapter has since moved into it's current residence, 9 Fraternity Row, in 2000. The house on the row sleeps over 30 members and is built in the Georgian style architecture similar to the rest of campus. The ribbon cutting for the house was held during the 2000 Grand Chapter was was led by then Chapter President Michael Burger, Maryland '98. The chapter is now over 70 brothers strong.
The chapter won the IFC Chapter of the year twice in 2000 and 2001. The chapter participated in the colonization/initiation ceremonies for a number of other Alpha Sig groups; Salisbury, Albright, Penn State-Altoona, West Virginia Wesleyan, CW Post (never chartered) and George Mason. Ryan Spiegel, Maryland '98, president during colonization and chartering, was Alpha Sigma Phi Scholar of the Year in 1998 and received the Frank F. Hargear Award in 1999. Ethan Kraus, Maryland '98, served on the Fraternity staff and as Grand Chapter Advisor for the CW Post and Adelphi University groups. Seth Rosenzweig, Maryland '98 served as IFC Vice President in 1999. Aaron Kraus, Maryland '01 was University of Maryland Student Government Association President in 2004-05. Kevin Oxendine, Maryland '99, Eric Cantor, Maryland '00 and Joel Willcher, Maryland '01 served as Maryland Board of Regents Undergraduate members. Eric Swalwell, Maryland '01 was elected to Congress from the CA-15 in 2012. Alumni advisors included Robert J. Hallett, Purdue '64, Harry Speake, Trine '47, and John Tilden, Binghamton '93. The current Grand Chapter Advisor is David Yonenson, Maryland '98
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