The Fall of 2016 will witness a significant milestone in the advancement of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
as a world-class institution with the opening of the first fraternity house on its Greek Row. Delta Chi Fraternity is honored to be a partner in this historic endeavor as construction of Embry-Riddle’s first on-campus fraternity house begins this fall. The new $2.3 million building will be located along Beville Road on the site of the current Chanute complex and represents the culmination of over two decades of planning, hard work and determined patience as the process involved numerous ups and downs. Delta Chi Housing Corporation President Kenny McCoig ’02 said, “We have a great team of undergraduate and alumni volunteers who worked diligently with contractors, architects, and the University leadership to finalize this design. We were committed to a building that was not only durable, safe, and energy efficient – but was a piece of architecture worthy of ERAU’s reputation as a progressive leader in aviation and higher education.”
The Delta Chi House will accommodate up to 24 members-in-residence, and construction costs will be fully-funded by the fraternity. While Delta Chi will be the first house built on Greek Row, the land currently set aside for future construction could allow for up to three additional houses on the adjacent lots, an indication of Embry-Riddle’s commitment to student life and development, and Greek life as a whole.
This week’s blockbuster announcement is a continuation of the chapter’s success during the Spring 2015 term. Those achievements include earning the highest aggregate semester GPA and second-highest aggregate cumulative GPA; capturing the campus Greek Week championship; and installing a plaque on Legacy Walkway dedicated to the long-serving ERAU Flight Safety Director and deceased faculty initiate Greg Nelli. This summer the chapter was recognized by Delta Chi International for its excellence in advising and governance; alumni relations; manpower; financial management and scholarship. As Chapter “A” John Graham quipped, “With all the success we’ve seen over the past year, the pressure is on Delta Chi this year to maintain that level and push beyond it. We’re just getting started…this is just a preview of bigger and brighter things to come. It’s a great time to be a Delta Chi at Embry-Riddle.”
Originally chartered at Embry-Riddle in 1972, Delta Chi traces its campus roots back to the founding of the local fraternity Pi Sigma Phi, “The Progress Service Fraternity” in November 1967, making it the oldest Greek organization on campus. Delta Chi’s core principles are Friendship, Character, Justice and Education.