Zeta Theta Chapter
University of North Carolina, Asheville
Chartered: August 25, 2012
Ideal Chapter Size: 35
President - Peter Gallagher
Director - Parker Cagle
Director - Jacob Morgan
Advisor - Sam Groesbeck
President - Jeremy Freeman
The University of North Carolina at Asheville Chapter began its formation in the summer of 2010. Fraternity staff member Jason Hinson-Nolen, Murray State '05 as well as the former director of Student Activities and Integrative Learning at UNC-Asheville, Meg Dutnell, began contacting potential individuals via email and Facebook to see who would be interested in joining a new fraternity in the fall of 2010. August 19 of the same year Brother Hinson-Nolen came to the UNC-Asheville campus to hold general information sessions as well as to meet with those individuals that showed interest over the summer and to recruit other possible members that would like to join this new fraternity in the fall. This resulted in 24 undergraduates becoming new members on August 31, 2010.
Shortly after Jason Hinson-Nolen's departure the colony began slowly falling into disrepair. Many new members shared concerns with the leadership of the President at the time, who had been a member of the Navy for 20+ years and elected to go back to college on the GI Bill, and decided that the fraternity was not for them. While his leadership style would have been satisfactory in a military setting, it was counterproductive in the development of a new fraternity but the group continued to push forward. Hinson-Nolen was able to come to UNC-Asheville the following fall to help get the group back on track and hold an impromptu election for a new president.
As the fall 2010 semester ended, the group learned little to no information from Alpha Sigma Phi Headquarters was being distributed from the previous president to the group at large. This ultimately meant that at the beginning of the spring 2010 semester, the established group would be starting out as though it was starting out from fresh and learning all of the ins and outs of being a member of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity and learning what Alpha Sigma Phi stands for. Under the new leadership and successful education by the new Membership Education Director, the colony began to understand its mission and began making small strives for big successes. This now small yet effective group of eight men was initiated as brothers of Alpha Sigma Phi on January 15, 2011. After initiation, many of them had the opportunity to attend the Burns Institute as well as Academy of Leadership. If it hadn't been for these opportunities and the knowledge gained from the sharing of information from other chapters, the colony wouldn't have been nearly as successful as it was in the fall of 2011.
Having finally gained a large base of knowledge, and initiating two more members at the end of the spring semester, the colony was prepared to have successful recruitment for the following fall. They were able to recruit 13 new members and initiated 10 of them. In April of 2012, 10 more members were initiated and the colony petitioned the Grand Council to charter a few months later. On August 25, 2012 the UNC-Asheville Colony was officially recognized as the Zeta Theta Chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi.
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