Delta Lambda Phi Launches Colony at University of Wisconsin – Madison

October 22, 2006

13 pledges inducted into re-founding Eta-Strickland class

Madison, Wisconsin — Delta Lambda Phi National Social Fraternity is pleased to announce the launch of a colony at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, following the fraternity’s recent approval of a local interest group petition. Thirteen pledges were inducted into the colony’s re-founding Eta-Strickland class of the former Upsilon Chapter.

Now installed, the new colony has the power to rush new members, induct and educate pledges, as well as execute fundraising, service, social, and recreational activities for its members. Colony members are also permitted to attend regional conferences and national conventions. Essentially, a colony is an official chapter in training.

After fulfilling standard requirements, the colony will be able to petition the Board for chapter status. The entire process to go from colony to chapter typically takes from one to three years. During that period, the colony will receive counsel from official colony mentors and assigned national officers. These counselors are Brothers of either Active or Alumni standing from around the nation who have the experience and knowledge necessary to grow and operate a successful chapter. Members who fulfill all requirements will become Brothers once the colony becomes a chapter and receives its charter from the Board.

Brothers from Delta Lambda Phi’s Delta Chapter (University of Minnesota), Alpha Beta (Purdue University), Alpha Kappa (Southern Methodist University), Beta Beta (University of South Alabama) and Beta Zeta (Southern Illinois University’Edwardsville) Chapters were in attendance.

Founded in 1986, Delta Lambda Phi National Social Fraternity is the nation’s oldest and largest social fraternity for gay, bisexual and progressive men. It is one of the country’s fastest-growing fraternities with chapters and colonies from coast to coast. With zero-tolerance hazing and discrimination policies, Delta Lambda Phi provides an atmosphere of dignified and purposeful social, service and recreational activities for its members. Delta Lambda Phi further provides its members with leadership, personal development and community service opportunities. Delta Lambda Phi maintains its national offices in Washington, D.C.