Robert Morris will be starting up its own chapter of the Phi Mu Delta fraternity beginning in the 2016-17 school year.
Phi Mu Delta was one of two fraternities chosen among six others that had requested to start a chapter at Robert Morris. The other fraternity is Sigma Tau Gamma that will be starting up in January.
“We think Robert Morris is great and they have a strong Greek community and we wanted to be apart of that,” said Jackie Hackett, the representative for Robert Morris. “So far its been a great success and the community has been very welcoming.”
This will be Phi Mu Delta’s 19th chapter. Some of their other chapters are at Penn State University, IUP, Maryland and Columbus, Ohio.
“We are a small organization and in that we can provide a very unique and individualized experience for the members,” said Hackett. “I work with all 19 groups and I really get to know them and the executive director really gets to know the members and not all national organizations can say the director knows all the members and tries to get to know them.”
Robert Morris has 15 social sororities and fraternities on campus including Phi Mu Delta. Despite Greek life membership being down and the Interfraternity Council recommending to wait a year, Phi Mu Delta has recruited an initial 20 people.
“So far they are (Phi Mu Delta) doing pretty well. I don’t know the exact numbers, they’re around 17 for just being around a month that’s pretty good,” said Mitch McPeek, president of the Interfraternity Council. “Next semester they’ll probably go for that 25 to 30 range which would be a very healthy number.”
Phi Mu Delta was founded in 1918 and was the first fraternity to not discriminate based on religious affiliation or race.
“The things that separate Phi Mu Delta on Robert Morris’ campus is the diversity of the membership. We are at 20 members right now and they all are of different backgrounds—they all are different years, different majors, they look different, they act different,” said Hackett. “But they all get a long and they all have a great vision for what this organization is going to look like at Robert Morris.
One of the bigger draws to the organization was the ability to build something new at Robert Morris according to Phi Mu Delta President Zach Kaiser.
“We want to find people that exemplify the characteristics of a servants heart, that really want to be engaged in their community and want to find other people that are like minded like that maybe didn’t join Greek life initially because they didn’t find a fit,” said Kaiser. “We want to be that fit for them.”
Hackett can be found in the Nicholson building talking to students, like Kaiser, who want to join Greek life now.
“The first two years at Robert Morris I thought about Greek life but I didn’t really find my own fit,” said Kaiser. “So with this new organization being able to start something new and create it ourselves, I felt that now was the time to jump in.”
Any questions about Greek life can be directed towards Student Life HERE.