Epsilon Iota Chapter
Western Michigan University
Founded: November 16, 2001, November 18, 2017
Ideal Chapter Size: 60
President - Marcus Durette
Director - Skyler Behn
Director - Robert Hooks
Advisor - Christopher Lee
President - Christopher McDermott
Western Michigan University was founded in 1903. In its first century, enrollment grew to 28,800 students.
Alpha Sigma Phi leadership consultant Bryan Proctor, Grand Valley '96, recruited an interest group on the campus in Fall 1998. Mike Gnewkowski, Michigan, spearheaded development of the undergraduate organization. By the end of the Winter term membership had grown to 15 men. In Fall 1999, ten men pledged during recruitment, and on October 30, 1999, the interest group became a provisional chapter. Gordy Heminger, Chapter Leadership Consultant, Bowling Green '96 performed the Colonization Ceremony. In Fall 1999, the group acquired a house at 650 Oakland Drive, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
A chartering petition was submitted by 32 undergraduates and six alumni in July 2001. The provisional chapter was chartered on November 17, 2001. The installation banquet was held at Heritage Hall on the WMU Campus. The chapter had the highest grade point average of the 14 campus fraternities in 2004-2005.
The chapter closed in May 2007 following a period of poor recruiting and poor chapter operations. In November 2006, Fraternity President and CEO Drew Thawley reported that the Chapter had their house revoked by the university last year and the small group of 5 members considered the idea of surrendering their charter.
Fraternity Headquarters re-started the Epsilon Iota Chapter in the fall of 2013 by Dylan Dunne, Grand Valley '10 and Beau Loendorf, Colorado State '11. The Interest Group of 15 men colonized in January of 2014. The Provisional Chapter re-chartered on November 18, 2017. Grand Councilor Rodney Rusk, Central Michigan '93, was the keynote speaker. Josh Wenke, Western Michigan '16, was the founding president.
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