Gamma Theta Chapter
University of Miami
Founded: October 8, 2005
Ideal Chapter Size: 65
Conduct Violations: Leadership Programs Attendance, 2013; Re-Organization, 2013
President - Ryan Pollowitz
Vice President - Greg Blachly
Recruitment Director - Matt Carmen
Alumni Director - Jared Weiss
Grand Chapter Advisor - Jacob Winston
Alumni Association President - None
University of Miami was founded in 1925. Alpha Pi Delta was established November 11, 1951, by Roy M. Erlandson, Beta Omicron '36, and three roommates: Paul Riddle, Walt Buettner, and Hugh Lyon. Floyd Wright, Oklahoma '24, of the University of Miami law faculty assisted. Twenty-two NIC fraternities preceded Alpha Sigma Phi at University of Miami, and two others were organized concurrently. Thirteen men joined the group in 1950-51, but seven who initially pledged did not return for the Fall 1951 semester. The seven were successful in recruitment. On December 17, 1951, 20 men elected officers and submitted a petition for charter to Alpha Sigma Phi. After graduation, attrition, and further recruitment, membership grew to 17 men by March 17, 1952, when the group was admitted to the IFC. Within one month, membership had grown to 26 men. The chapter was installed on June 7, 1952. The successors to the founding members could not sustain the chapter, and it closed in 1959.
On March 12, 1982, Gamma Theta was re-colonized with 14 new members. Twenty-five members of Alpha Pi Chapter, which had assisted the group, were present. Charlie Garrido, Purdue '78, paved the way for the re-colonization and recruited the initial members of the interest group. Steve Gettings, Westminster '77, a graduate student at Miami, acted as advisor to the group. The colony was the first expansion in Miami's Greek community in over a decade, and was cited by the University administration for leadership. Aurelio Quinones, Miami '82, was President of the colony during most of its existence. The colony obtained quarters in the Panhellenic Building, and inaugurated a newsletter, "Southern Exposure."
On April 24, 1982, Gamma Theta was re-chartered after a 24 year eclipse. Grand Marshal Donald Morgan, Purdue '57, delivered the keynote speech and presented the charter. Michael Flynn, Francis Marion '82, presented the Alpha Badge and Baby Blanket to their fourth home in 60 days. Armando Rodriguez, Miami '82, was first President of the chapter and toastmaster of the chapter installation banquet.
Gamma Theta Chapter won the University of Miami Greek Week competition in Spring 2006 and also received the "Most Improved Chapter" and the "Most Improved Chapter Scholarship" Awards for 2005-2006 for the entire University of Miami Greek community. The Chapter received the Alpha Gamma Upsilon Award in 1988 and 1992. Matthew Kamula, Miami '83, was Alpha Sigma Phi Scholar of the Year in 1985. Daniel Soloman, Miami '06 won the Friends of Alpha Gamma Scholarship in 2007. Paul Riddle, Miami '52, and Armando J. Rodriguez, Jr., Miami '82, have received the Delta Beta Xi Award.
The Gamma Theta chapter was re-started in the spring of 2015 by Seth Melchor, Bowling Green '10. Jeremy Ried, Elmhurst '07 initiated the new class the same semester. The chapter has made an agreement to live in the largest fraternity house on campus starting in the fall of 2015. The house can sleep 42 men and is referred to as the "Alpha Sig Castle".
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