• Help Us Celebrate 150 Years of Michigan Alpha (and Homecoming!)

    By now you should have received your invitation to Michigan Alpha's 150th Anniversary celebration (Friday, October 31) and our Homecoming Open House (Saturday, November 1). Click below for details and to link to our RSVP form. We want you back for this very special weekend.

  • Chapter House Ready for 150th Celebration!

    We are pleased to announce that over the summer, the Chapter House underwent some important maintenance and improvements. Click below for more details and a link to photos.

  • 10-Year Flashback . . . Michigan Alpha in 2004

    Were you an active brother in 2004? Check out this 10-year flashback for Michigan Alpha's Refounding Fathers. These were the 2nd Refounding Fathers, after the 1st Refounding Fathers of 1887. Picture was taken during the fall of 2004. Click below for a link to our Facebook page and more photos.

  • Entreprenurial Brothers

     

    Phi Delt brothers Paul Schrems and Nick Turnbull joined with MSU grad Jeremy Lindlbauer and have founded Ann Arbor-based TurtleCell — company that began taking online orders for a $49.95 phone case that includes retractable earbuds. By the winter holidays, they expect to sell 100,000 of them in thousands of stores nationwide through a licensing agreement with an Auburn Hills distributor.

  • 75 Year Anniversary of Brother's Famous Speech

    This month marks the the 75th anniversary of Brother Lou Gehrig's (Columbia '26) inspiring, and very moving, farewell speech.

     Michigan Alpha alums can take great pride in our active chapter's efforts to support the fight against Lou Gehrig's Disease/ALS. For more information, visithttp://www.activeagainstals.org/events/boxcar-derby. 

    For the full speech:

  • Things to Ponder with Fall Upon Us

    With the fall semester soon upon us, incoming college freshmen, as well as their parents, may be wondering whether the student should consider joining a fraternity. Is Greek life for me? What are the advantages? Are there drawbacks?

    There are pluses, there are minuses. There are gray areas. Times have changed.

    For the most part, fraternities are incredibly dynamic organizations that serve some awfully good purposes on campus — and can do more. Here are some things to consider:

     

  • 6th Annual Box Car Derby | A Great Time Was Had By All!

    It was another AMAZING day of racing as the Michigan Alpha active chapter and Ann Arbor Active Against ALS co-hosted the 6th Annual Box Car Derby on Saturday, March 29.

  • Congratulations to the 14 Graduating Seniors!

    On Saturday, May 3 Michigan Alpha welcomed 14 new members to its alumni ranks. We are delighted that they are continuing the new tradition of proudly wearing PDT sashes at commencement that was started during the years after the chapter was re-founded.

  • Michigan Alpha's Heritage Project Update

    A group of active chapter members recently broke opened the safe at the chapter house that had been jammed shut for at least 25 years. The actives hammered the steel hinges and pried the thick metal cover of the safe until it opened.

  • Michigan Alpha Recruits 10 Men During 2014 Winter Rush

     Growth Pattern Continues as Total Membership Reaches 100

    February, 2014- The active chapter's momentum is continuing with another strong pledge class. The 2014 Winter Pledge Class has 10 freshmen. Half of the pledges are from towns in Michigan, but the class includes geographic diversity reaching coast-to-coast -- and even Europe.

  • 2014 Michigan Alpha Alumni President's Report

    Dear Michigan Alpha Alumni Brothers,

    I hope this e-newsletter finds you in good spirits and health. I want to briefly update you on the state of the fraternity as well as the Alumni Association's plans for 2014.

  • Michigan Alpha Alumni President's Report

    Dear Michigan Alpha Alumni Brothers,

    I hope this e-newsletter finds you in good spirits and health. I want to briefly update you on the state of the fraternity as well as the Alumni Association's plans for 2014.

  • Michigan Alpha Sesquicentennial Planning, Centennial Remembered: 150th Anniversary to be Celebrated in November

    The Alumni Association Board of Directors and active chapter leadership are working together to plan the sesquicentennial celebration for the Michigan Alpha chapter. The 150th anniversary will occur on November 28, 2014, but the milestone will be celebrated in conjunction with the Homecoming football weekend that starts on October 31.

  • Highest Active Membership Since the 1990s: Michigan Alpha Initiates 21, Total Membership at 90

    On the night of January 29, Michigan Alpha activated the 21 member 2013 Fall Pledge Class during a formal initiation ceremony at 1437 Washtenaw. The signing of the Bond of Phi Delta Theta (PDT) by these new brothers brings the total active chapter membership to 90 men.

  • Phis Join Successful Campus Philanthropy Event at 2014 U of M Dance Marathon

    Michigan Alpha is expanding its impressive commitment to philanthropy by forming an eight member team to participate in the 2014 Dance Marathon at U of M (DMUM). This is the first time PDT has participated in this extremely popular U of M student-run charity event that features 30 hours of non-stop dancing by participating teams.

  • Alumni Association Mourns the Loss of Brother Don Lund '45

    If the definition of the term "Michigan Man" had to be summarized in two words, those words could be "Don Lund."

    Brother Don Lund '45 spent the majority of his storied life in athletics in Michigan. From his days as a star student athlete at Detroit Southeastern High School and U of M to a professional player with the Detroit Tigers, championship winning U of M baseball coach and finally a top administrator in the U of M Athletic Department, Lund demonstrated integrity, ingenuity, fierce competitiveness and strong loyalty to Michigan.

  • PDT Sigma North Province President Nat Love '81 Helped to Re-establish PDT at Michigan State

    PDT Sigma North Province President Nat Love '81 (pictured on the right) recently played a key role in helping our new brothers at Michigan State recolonize Michigan Beta.

    Love has served as Sigma North Province President for the past 14 years. He was heavily involved in the effort to re-establish Michigan Alpha between re-colonization in 2002 and re-founding in 2004.

    The Alumni Association commends Love for his outstanding contributions to strengthening our chapter and the entire fraternity.

  • Michigan Alpha Active Members Wish You Season's Greetings

    The spirit of Christmas and the holiday season is on proud display at the chapter house.

  • I'm Thankful For Tasteless Humor and Terrible Roommates

    It's one of our favorite times of year—Thanksgiving.  Click "read more" to find out how our fraternity brothers gave us so much to be thankful for, no matter how inappropriate, and then be sure to share your own stories and photos!

  • Harmon BBQ a Success

    On September 7th, the Michigan Alpha active chapter leadership along with the Alumni Association co-hosted a BBQ before the Michigan vs. Notre Dame football game celebrating Tom Harmon '41 being honored as a "Michigan Football Legend".

  • Michigan Alpha Heritage Project: Homecoming Flashback

    20 Years Ago:  Mud Bowl 1993, PDT 25 ~ SAE 12

    25 Years Ago:  Mud Bowl 1988, PDT 12 ~ SAE 0

    30 Years Ago:  Mud Bowl 1983, PDT 12 ~ SAE 0

  • PDT Team 149 Wins 2012-2013 All-Sports IM Fraternity League Championship

    First Trophy Since 1984-85 School Year

    The U of M Intramural Fraternity League features 25 teams that fiercely compete in more than 15 sports each season. Winning the top honors in this league requires a broad range of athletic talent and team disciple throughout the entire school year.

    Michigan Alpha's active chapter is proud to report that Phi Delta Theta is once again on top among Greeks as it won the 2012-2013 All-Sports IM Championship Stevenson Cup. This marks the first top finish since the 1984-85 school year although PDT only narrowly fell short several times in recent years.

    PDT won dodgeball and swimming while placing second in sand volleyball, broomball, inner tube water polo, and volleyball. The team made semi-finals in soccer, softball, and indoor soccer.

       

    IM Sports Chairman Zach Sprintz '15 said, "Phi Delt's focus on teamwork and participation enabled us to be highly competitive in nearly every sport. It's very challenging to win the Stevenson Cup because of the wide variety of sports. Winning the championship truly was a whole house effort."

    PDT has been a perennial contender in the IM Fraternity League since its beginning. While the Alumni Association's records are far from complete, our archives verify 10 IM All-Sports Championships from the school years of 1937-38, 1970-71, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1977-78, 1978-79, 1982-83, 1984-85, and now, 2012-2013.

    In this regard, the Alumni Association's archives from the 1940s through the early 1970s are quite limited, so we would greatly appreciate alums sharing their memories about past glories that undoubtedly took place during this time period.

     

    If you have old Sword & Shield newsletters or other documentation that shows achievements of the active chapter, please share them with the Alumni Association's Heritage Project.

       

    We are especially interested about filling in the blanks on the fraternity's history to prepare for Michigan Alpha's 150th anniversary in 2014.  The Alumni Association can be contacted e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Active Leaders Meet Don Lund '45 

    Discuss New Harmon-Chappuis-Lund Award

    Active chapter president Patrick O'Connor '15, and Vice President Drew Nikolai '15, recently met with U of M sports legend Don Lund '45 to inform him about the newly established Harmon-Chappuis-Lund Award. The award will annually recognize the active chapter member who is most valuable to the success of Michigan Alpha's intramural sports teams competing in the U of M Fraternity League.

  • Alumni Association President's Report

    Dear Michigan Alpha Brother,
    The Michigan Alpha Alumni Association and active chapter invite you to attend the 2013 Homecoming Open House on October 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 1437 Washtenaw.

    Kickoff for the Michigan vs Minnesota football game is at 3:30 p.m., so there is plenty of time to visit the chapter house and still make pre-game tailgates or park by the stadium. We will be serving complimentary breakfast foods and beverages, and free parking will be available on the front lawn. Please remember that the chapter house will be locked during and after the football game, so this will be your best opportunity to see the interior which is in good shape.

    vWhile the Mud Bowl is no longer played on Homecoming (by decision of SAE), this is still a great U of M tradition to reconnect old friends and make new ones in the active chapter membership while reminiscing at the historic -- now 110 years old -- "Red Brick Barn."

    We're hoping to have alumni attendance as strong as the recent Harmon BBQ (more than 50 alums) and 2012 Homecoming (more than 35 alums). It is not absolutely required, but to aid our event planning, we would very much appreciate you sending us a RSVP if you think that you may attend the 2013 Homecoming Open House (please just reply to this e-mail to RSVP).

    Alumni Association's 2013-2014 Annual Fund

    I also want to take this opportunity to strongly encourage you to give generously to the Alumni Association's 2013-2014 Annual Fund which began accepting donations on September 1, 2013. You will soon receive a solicitation letter in the mail from the Alumni Association, but for your convenience, we are pleased to accept gifts through our professionally administered secure online donation service.

    We all seem to be pressed harder than ever for donations as there are many fine organizations addressing the growing need for philanthropy to keep the communities and institutions we value functioning well.  Michigan Alpha has been exceptionally fortunate to have had a solid base of alums willing to offer support in good time and bad.

    Thank you for your support over the years.

    Recent major projects such as the North Porch renovation, new first floor windows, new concrete driveway/parking areas (front and back), repainting nearly 90% of house interior, etc... were made possible by the Annual Fund.

    The North Porch project is a special model that the Alumni Association invites groups of alums to consider.  Five 1950s era alums decided to target their Annual Fund contributions to this specific goal which was endorsed by the Alumni Association.

  • Phi Delta Theta Michigan Alpha's All-Time Rosters of Members in Good Standing

    Since its establishment on November 28, 1864, the Michigan Alpha Chapter of Phi Delta Theta has initiated more than 1,900 men while approving the affiliation of more than 100 men who joined the fraternity at another chapter. The Alumni Association maintains a roster of actives and alums who are considered to be in good standing with both the Michigan Alpha Chapter and the Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters.