Theta Lambda Re-chartered at Creighton University
Posted on Oct 30, 2017
The Colony at Creighton University began on January 29, 2016 with the arrival of expansion consultants Zachary Leibold (California St. University – Sacramento, Theta Tau ’10) and Joshua L. Atkins (Indiana University – Southeast, Theta Kappa ’11). Zach and Josh spent their first several weeks on campus meeting with faculty, staff, administration, campus leaders, and coaches to ultimately recruit 80 men to the start the colony.
The colony faced adversity in the first deferred recruitment period, ranking third out of five fraternities during the formal recruitment period.
However, after submitting their Petition to Charter and receiving a recruitment visit from the International Fraternity’s staff, the colony recruited 21 new members in the Fall of 2017, four times that of the next highest fraternity recruitment class.
Theta Lambda was Chartered as the third largest fraternity on campus and over 100 men in the chapter.
Following the initiation of the Colony, Theta Lambda chapter was installed by International Vice President Devang Desai (Miami, Gamma Omega, ’03), Director of Expansion Graham Jewell (Rockhurst, Kappa Epsilon, ’13), Colony Advisor Kenneth Westernburg (Nebraska – Omaha, Delta Chi ‘85) and Director of Membership Growth Eduardo Maciel (Cal St. Fullerton, Mu Epsilon, ’12) and Alumni Association President Rod Jewell (Creighton, Theta Lambda ’77).
The chartering ceremonies were followed by a banquet at the Hilton Hotel in Omaha, NE. The event was attended by chapter members and their dates, parents, nearly 20 alumni of the chapter, and members of the University.
Margaret Zimmer, Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Involvement Center, spoke about her experiences working with the colony and their growth over the last year.
In his closing remarks, Chapter President Sam Garrett praised his chapter brothers for their efforts and his gratitude for the University and alumni for their support in forming this new group.
Theta Lambda will join the Great Plains region with over 1,100 lifetime initiates of the chapter.