At the end of the year Penn State Altoona Student Awards Ceremony, the brothers of the Epsilon Nu chapter took home some hardware!
On February 24, 2018, the Annual Meeting of the National Council was held at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey. The brothers of our Gamma Mu Chapter served as hosts. Some of the highlights of the Council meeting were:
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Alpha Phi Delta files civil rights suit against Baruch College/CUNY
Violating the constitutional rights of an American citizen runs contrary to the very core beliefs of our nation. It is particularly heinous when a public university does so against its own students. That is why Alpha Phi Delta, a National Italian-American heritage Fraternity, has filed a federal lawsuit against Baruch College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY). The suit was filed on Tuesday, December 13, 2017 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The suit charges CUNY, Chancellor James Milliken, Baruch College President Mitchel Wallerstein and other college administrators with violating the students’ freedom of speech and association as specified by the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution. These administrators set out to punish the Fraternity simply because they dislike it. Attorneys Timothy M. Burke and Micah E. Kamrass of the firm of Manley Burke, with the assistance of attorney Edward Sawchuk, represent the Fraternity. They are seeking injunctive relief as well as damages.
The suit springs from a campaign of vengeance and harassment Baruch/CUNY has pursued against the men who comprise Alpha Phi Delta’s Gamma Rho Chapter. In August, 2014 Baruch Provost David Christy imposed a moratorium on Greek-letter social organizations. This moratorium was extended several times, forbidding social fraternities and sororities from engaging in pledging and “intake processes”, in other words, recruiting and inducting new members. Prior to the 2015-2016 school year, Alpha Phi Delta’s chapter made the conscious decision to no longer seek recognition as a “Greek club”, in the college’s parlance. In other words, Alpha Phi Delta no longer utilized any of the facilities and benefits the college extends to other student organizations.
It is important to note that during this time, the chapter was not accused of any type of misconduct, such as alcohol abuse or hazing. It should also be noted that this chapter is no different than any other group that associates without formal recognition, such as the YMCA or a religious organization. All this group is seeking is the right to associate with people of their choosing and to be left alone by the university.
Despite this clear separation, in April, 2017, Baruch College charged the individual members of Alpha Phi Delta with violating the moratorium and convened a disciplinary panel against some of the Alpha Phi Delta Brothers. During the disciplinary process, administrators refused to divulge information to the Fraternity members unless they waived their right to legal counsel. In the end, three of the Brothers of Alpha Phi Delta were suspended through the end of the Fall 2017 Semester and their access to transcripts was suspended until June 1, 2018. This has cost the three Brothers access to educational and employment opportunities. One of the young men lost a promising job. Additionally, the remaining Brothers of the chapter have been harassed and impeded in their attempts to register for classes.
About Alpha Phi Delta
Alpha Phi Delta was founded at Syracuse University in 1914 by seven young men who faced adversity and discrimination by other college fraternities simply because their families had emigrated from Italy. Today, the Fraternity has amassed a legacy of nurturing the friendships and dreams of more than 20,000 Brothers.
Over the years, Alpha Phi Delta has evolved to include in its legacy men of all ethnicities, while still honoring its Italian-American heritage. Now in its 103nd year, the national Fraternity currently comprises 43 active chapters and chapters in formation along with 28 alumni clubs with alumni from nearly 100 college campuses nationwide. To this day, it is managed as an all-volunteer organization. The Alpha Phi Delta Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, provided more than 50 scholarships for worthy students in 2017. The foundation also supports leadership training and a variety of other programs for undergraduates. For more information about this unique Brotherhood, visit online at www.apd.org.
Pictured left to right: FRONT ROW: Cory Morales (Epsilon Beta); Christian Abarca (Epsilon Beta); Matthew Caputo (Gamma Mu); Dylan McGee (Gamma Mu). BACK ROW: Michael Palladino (Epsilon Beta); Lucas Saffo (Delta Delta); Alec Knaust (Gamma Mu); John Shaver (Delta Delta); David Pratta (Gamma Mu) and Cory Redington (Gamma Mu)
The brothers of the Delaware Valley District gathered on Sunday, May 21, 2017 in Camden, Delaware at the Fraternity's Archives for their District Convention. Governor Lentini was re-elected; Robert Angelo (Gamma Mu '08), and David Pratta (Gamma Mu '09) were elected as Assistant District Governor. Following their meeting the brothers gathered at Texas Road House for a fraternal dinner to celebrate the occasion. Awards won at the District Convention were: Outstanding Academic Achievement: Gamma Mu; Top in Initiations for the year: Epsilon Beta; Outstanding Service to the Fraternity and District: Delta Delta; and Outstanding Grade Point Average for a Pledge Class Member, Dylan McGee (Gamma Mu '17) with a 3.8. The Chapter Presidents of the District reaffirmed their oath of office, and each received their Chapter President's gavel.
The 2017 Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity National Award applications are now available at our website: apd.org --> About --> National Award Applications. The 2017 Applications are available for each our eight National Awards:
Most Improved Chapter
Outstanding Alumni Club
Outstanding Alumni Association
Outstanding Community Service
Outstanding Undergraduate and
Click on the award name you are interested in and you will be able to complete an online application.
If you would like to find out details about each award category, or if you desire old-style downloadable applications, then you can go to http://www.apd.org/national-award-applications.html. (On that same page, you can also click on award titles to access online forms.)
Deadline for 2017 Award Applications: June 11, 2017.
It's Mass. Hysteria: Fraternity Expands to Fitchburg State University; Our First Presence in Massachusetts in Over 10 years
Alpha Phi Delta is back in Massachusetts! On April 29th, 2017 Jem Morales and Clever Chavez were inducted into our newest colony at Fitchburg State University. Also in attendance was Vice President for expansion Sal Flagiello, National President Jim Miller, Connecticut District Governor Joe Ferretti, Rick Barnes, PNP, Mike Young and Franco Liberatore. This marks the Fraternity's first return to the Bay State since our Delta Sigma Chapter (Tufts) was closed in 2006. This colony joins our Epsilon Lambda Chapter (New Haven) and our Merrimack Valley Alumni Club in our New England expansion efforts of the past few years.
The officers, delegates, and observers present for our 2017 Annual Meeting of the National Council pose for this photo on the grounds of Youngstown State University. The Fraternity flag (center) and the framed charter of our new Epsilon Lambda Chapter (left from center) can be seen being displayed proudly.
It's the Fraternity's biggest business meeting of the year and the 2017 gathering of Alpha Phi Delta's National Council did not disappoint. The February 17-18 meeting was filled with serious deliberation, inspirational moments, important actions and plenty of brotherly fun. The Brothers of Beta Omicron Chapter and the Youngstown Alumni Club served as gracious hosts for the weekend. More than 160 delegates and observers convened at Youngstown State University, where they heard welcoming remarks by the city's Mayor, John McNally. Later in the day, Youngstown State Head Football Coach Bo Pellini wowed the Brothers with a rousing address on leadership.
Among the many items on the agenda, the delegates approved a new budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, divided the North Jersey District in two and amended the bylaws to assist District Governors. They unanimously re-elected National President James Miller and National Vice President Todd Cusato to new terms. Harrison Kaufmann won the post of Vice President for Undergraduate Affairs. Paul Zammit experienced his first council meeting as National Treasurer, as did Tom Mauro in a new term as General Counsel. All other national officers were re-appointed to their jobs.
The happiest moments of any National Council come with the chartering of new entities. This year, the Brotherhood welcomed Beta Xi (New Jersey Institute of Technology) as its newest chapter. Epsilon Lambda (University of New Haven) became Alpha Phi Delta's newest colony.
The Beta Omicron Brothers welcomed all delegates to a Saturday evening social gathering at their house as did Brother George Guarnieri to his local restuarant.
The gathering garnered coverage by the local NBC television station. To view the story, click here:
Brothers from Beta Lambda Chapter (St. Francis University) played host to a crowd of undergraduates and alumni at the Fraternity's Western Leadership Conference on January 28th, 2017.
The Conference, underwritten by the Alpha Phi Delta Foundation by way of the support of alumni John Hadgkiss and Michael Zerega PNP, took place on a snowy Saturday in DiSepio Hall at SFU. Topics included chapter management, the human factor in college life, social media use/misuse/addiction, chapter officer training, a Foundation informational, tour of the APD website, risk management, and much more. Bobby Anderson, the campus's Director of Student Engagement and Leadership Development lead off the day's presentations.
Brothers from SFU, Youngstown State University, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Gannon University, Duquesne University, Robert Morris University, Pennsylvania State University, PSU Altoona, Misericordia University, La Salle University, Stockton University, and Wesley College were in attendance, along with many officers and alumni. The gathering started with breakfast at 9am and concluded after dinner at about 5:30pm. National President Jim Miller served as emcee for the day's activities.
The 2016 Report on New Initiates shows some great academic news for Alpha Phi Delta. Key items to note:
Congratulations, to our undergraduate brothers in making Alpha Phi Delta stronger and stronger in its academic results. Faciamus!