Eta Class

Name: Justin Benjamin  Colony: University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Being accepted into the Delta Force Leadership Academy is important to me because: It will help me grow into the type of leader that my Colony needs as we work towards chartering and becoming a full Chapter.

When I found out I was accepted, my first thought was: Past having to get my passport renewed (which is a STRUGGLE), excitement! I haven’t left the country in over a decade, so it’s an exciting prospect.

What I am most looking forward to is: Finally having the opportunity to meet more of my Brothers from the States, and to see what the camp has in store.

Name: Eric Bennett  Chapter: Iota

Being accepted into the Delta Force Leadership Academy is important to me because: I see myself as being a lifetime member of Delta Lambda Phi. I helped re-Charter my Colony into a Chapter, and I want to continue to offer my assistance after I graduate. I’m looking forward to joining the Local Alumni Association. I hope to one day mentor a Colony of my own, or even serve a position higher up in the Brotherhood. The Iota Chapter has produced so many leaders in the past that I would be remiss if I didn’t continue the legacy. I see Delta Force as being integral to that life long commitment.

When I found out I was accepted, my first thought was: After a moment of elation my thoughts went out to my fellow Iota Brothers who had also applied, and I texted them immediately. It turned out that only two of us were accepted. It was one of those “OhMyGosh!!” vs “Oh… My gosh…” moments, because it meant so much to all of us. But we were all supportive of each other, and those that didn’t get accepted this time around will be applying again next year. With persistence, maybe we can all eventually share our experiences together!

What I am most looking forward to is: I’m excited for something different and challenging. Stepping out of my comfort zone to learn new skills and new points of view. Although I’m not thrilledabout the cold (I’m a 5th generation Californian, and “snow” is a four-letter-word to me!), I love the idea of being secluded away in a cabin and bonding with people I’ve never met before. Opportunities like that are few and far between in life.

Name: Ben Cantor-Adams   Chapter: Beta Omega

Being accepted into the Delta Force Leadership Academy is important to me because: I want to be the best brother and contributor to the fraternity that I can be. By improving my leadership skills I’m hoping to achieve this and have a great time all the while!

When I found out I was accepted, my first thought was: “Finally!” Just kidding; I was honored and over the moon to have been given the opportunity to participate in this. Then I messaged all my brothers about it. 

What I am most looking forward to is: Meeting all the staff and members of my class! I really haven’t had too much interaction with the larger fraternity as a whole and hope to make it to the 2017 convention in Ottawa!

Name: Richard Cruz   Chapter: Beta Sigma

Being accepted into the Delta Force Leadership Academy is important to me because: Ever since I crossed over, I wanted to be someone who positively impacted the chapter. By being a part of Delta Force, I will be able to gain skills and knowledge that I can use to grow Beta Sigma as well as myself and others around me. This experience will not only help me, but I believe through the bond of Brotherhood over this weekend, I can bring something meaningful back to the chapter which will benefit everyone. 

When I found out I was accepted, my first thought was: I’m going to ride a plane for the first time! Also, literally every thought at once because I was so excited! 

What I am most looking forward to is: Meeting new brothers, gaining a deeper sense of brotherhood, and developing leadership skills and bonds that will last me a lifetime.

Name: Matthew Escobar  Chapter: Omega

Being accepted into the Delta Force Leadership Academy is important to me because: I’ve been eager to expand my horizons of brotherhood beyond my chapter. Since becoming a brother, I’ve realized more and more that Delta Lambda Phi isn’t confined to my university’s campus. I want to build more relationships with my fellow brothers while becoming a better leader so that I can better serve my chapter and the greater fraternity.

When I found out I was accepted, my first thought was: Excitement! I couldn’t be happier to be given this opportunity.

What I am most looking forward to is: I’m a people-person, so I naturally can’t wait to meet the brothers from the other chapters and work alongside them.

Name: Christopher Heraghty   Colony: Georgia State University Colony

Being accepted into the Delta Force Leadership Academy is important to me because: Delta Force is an amazing opportunity for me to grow as a leader and develop new skills, new bonds, and new friendships. I am an integral part of my colony, and it needs wise leaders as it gets ready to charter this spring. I feel the best way to serve my colony is by having this experience and bringing the lessons I’ve learned back to them to better help my colony succeed. 

When I found out I was accepted, my first thought was: I was honestly very surprised and excited. I know there must be a lot of good guys to look through, and I’m glad I’ll make it to the table with them. I haven’t been on an airplane since I was six, so I’m really excited to fly since it’s more or less my first time.

What I am most looking forward to is: I know from being lucky enough to drive the 15 hours for Convention 2016 to Austin, Texas that being with brothers from around the nation is surreal. However, I also know you make life long connections with these guys after experiencing these trips together. I should be more excited for the leadership aspects, but in the end nothing gets me like brotherhood.

Name: Kyler Liegh   Chapter: Chi

Being accepted into the Delta Force Leadership Academy is important to me because: I want to become the best leader I can potentially be. I feel an importance in reflecting on myself, discovering my strengths and weaknesses as a leader, and realizing what I can do to better contribute to my chapter, DLP as a whole, and my community.

When I found out I was accepted, my first thought was: “Holy cow! I am so thankful to the Delta Force team, my great grand big, Bishop, for  my brother, Marc, for his advice, and my chapter brothers for their support. I can’t wait to meet the other brothers who will be attending.” I also low-key didn’t think I made it in and was bumming the day I got the email; I started jumping up and down in one of my brother’s dorm.

What I am most looking forward to is: Seeing my brothers and being able to set aside the time from my busy schedule to be open to all Delta Force has to offer.

Name: Michael Long   Chapter: Psi

Being accepted into the Delta Force Leadership Academy is important to me because: There is always the opportunity to learn more: to be a better leader, a better mentor, a better brother, and a better friend. Attending the Leadership Academy will give me opportunity to do all of them. As Psi chapter reforms and grows, it is important that we have the best resources that we can possibly have.

When I found out I was accepted, my first thought was: Oh… I have to pack a lot of warm clothes! Do I even own warm enough clothes? Maybe I can use this as an excuse to go shopping.

What I am most looking forward to is: Developing a closer relationship to my brothers from around the country, and learning to be a better leader and mentor within the community.

Name: Christian Perry   Chapter: Chi

Being accepted into the Delta Force Leadership Academy is important to me because: it means I will have the opportunity to grow in my abilities as a leader as well as a brother of Delta Lambda Phi.

When I found out I was accepted, my first thought was: that I was so excited I was going to get to meet so many different brothers from all over!

What I am most looking forward to is: getting to bond and form close relationships with even more brothers than the ones I’ve already been afforded the wonderful opportunity to meet. 

Name: Nicholas Shepherd  Chapter: Beta Psi

Being accepted into the Delta Force Leadership Academy is important to me because: I feel that it will help me to clearly understand the social change model, and I feel that I can take what I learn from Delta Force and apply it to my work as a Central Regional Coordinator.

When I found out I was accepted, my first thought was: Yaaaaasssss. I wonder how cold it is going to be during that weekend?

What I am most looking forward to is: seeing brothers who I don’t get a chance to see that often.

Name: Joe Simpson   Chapter: Beta Zeta

Being accepted into the Delta Force Leadership Academy is important to me because: It’ll help me expand my ideas of what it means to be a part of DLP.  Plus, help me in areas I fall short of both in brotherhood and as a person in general.

When I found out I was accepted, my first thought was: hmm took me awhile to find out because congratulations email was sent to spam, I only realized it after a travel email was sent. But after processing it, the feeling can be summed up by Yass Gawd, Party, come thru, and *Tongue Pop*. 

What I am most looking forward to is: Getting to meet brothers I may not have crossed paths with before, seeing a new place. Experiencing what this program has to offer a young, independent, intriguing, clearly hot as hell boy like me. I’m also kind of scared and nervous because I’ve never been to something DLP related without my own chapter. They’re usually there for me to lean on, the BZ brothers are like my security blanket. And now I have to become my own security blanket with this experience both excited and scared. 

Name: Alejandro Torroella   Chapter: Beta Psi

Being accepted into the Delta Force Leadership Academy is important to me because: My acceptance to the academy is important to me because I’m confident that it will help me succeed in my future endeavors. It will allow me to effectively lead in a new, unknown social climate, and bring about positive social change.

When I found out I was accepted, my first thought was: Just how fortunate I was to be part of an organization that puts together such an amazing enrichment program for its membership, and that I was going to be part of it.

What I am most looking forward to is: An amazing weekend filled with learning experiences, personal growth, and fraternal bonding.

Name: Adam Walker   Chapter: Iota

Being accepted into the Delta Force Leadership Academy is important to me because: I aspire to be a more confident leader for my chapter, my education, for my community, and for myself.

When I found out I was accepted, my first thought was: “Wow, how awesome to be accepted into the program!” My previous chapter president motivated me to apply as well as many of the alumni and when I was accepted, I was just overwhelmed with joy. I want to be a great president for my chapter and I feel like getting the leadership training, I’ll come out of it with great strategies to better my chapter and better my brothers.

What I am most looking forward to is: experiencing another part of the fraternity. 

Name: Rayhe Wersinger   Chapter: Delta

Being accepted into the Delta Force Leadership Academy is important to me because: I have always wanted to improve my skills as a leader and because I am now President of my Chapter and want to lead my Chapter as best I can.

When I found out I was accepted, my first thought was: Honestly, fear. I fear failure, but I also fear success, probably because I fear not being able to keep up with the expectations people set for me when I succeed. However, I quickly turned that fear into excitement, because this is a chance for me to learn how to override that fear and use it to fuel my passion.

What I am most looking forward to is: meeting new Brothers and bonding closer with those I have met. I’m nervous, but in the past my Brothers have always helped me feel safe and comfortable, and those experiences have helped me become less nervous each new time I meet a Brother and has overall increased the confidence I have in myself.