Update & 2022 Homecoming Open House

Dear Michigan Alpha Alumnus Brother:

We hope this e-newsletter finds you in good health and prosperity. We are pleased to report that steady progress has been made since the Michigan Alpha active chapter was reestablished on April 10, 2021 by the Phi Delta Theta (PDT) General Headquarters.

Most significantly, the chapter house is 100% occupied by Brothers in the Bond for the first time since 2018. The active chapter's membership totals more than 50, and it is expected to grow by at least 20 solid men after Winter Rush in January of 2023.

The new active chapter is comprised of a diverse group of students from Michigan and states across the nation who are studying a range of academic fields while engaging in many different activities on campus. Approximately 50% of the membership is enrolled in either the Ross Business School or Michigan School of Engineering. Despite the high percentage of members in highly competitive academic programs, the chapter's Interfraternity Council (IFC)-verified grade point average was just over 3.4 during the Winter Semester of 2022.

The active chapter plans to expand its ranks through recruitment in the IFC Rush Program that currently allows bids for Freshmen to be presented early in the Winter Semester. If you know a student at the University of Michigan (U of M) who has a potential interest in joining a fraternity, we encourage you to contact us at pdtumich@gmail.com.

If you will be in town for the Michigan vs. Maryland football game this weekend, the Alumni Association welcomes you to join us for our 2022 Homecoming Open House which will take place at 1437 Washtenaw on Saturday, September 24, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Unfortunately, the "house across the street" is not holding the Mud Bowl this year until Saturday, October 29 (Michigan vs. Michigan State football game), but we can still reminisce about past PDT Homecoming glory.

The Alumni Association will provide complimentary light breakfast food and beverages to alums and their guests in the foyer of the chapter house. You may park your vehicle on the chapter house's front lawn during the U of M football game on Saturday subject to five conditions.  

First, do not park on the driveway (front or rear) or block the paths to and from the driveway.

Second, strictly comply with PDT General Headquarters' risk management policy that prohibits the use and, or, possession of alcohol and other government-controlled substances on PDT-owned property. 

Third, you will be held responsible for paying the cost of repairing any damage to the lawn and, or, property caused by your vehicle.

Fourth, the Alumni Association, Michigan Alpha House Corporation and Phi Delta Theta (PDT General Headquarters and active chapter) are not responsible, and shall be held harmless, for any damage to your vehicle and, or, injury to persons that may occur on the property. Parking on the property is 100% at your own risk, and we have no ability to provide security for vehicles and, or, people.

Fifth, the City of Ann Arbor's ordinance requires that a vehicle parked on a residential lawn during a U of M football game must be moved to an approved parking area following the end of the contest.  An unmoved vehicle could be issued a parking fine by the City, and be removed from the property at your expense.

Once again, thank you for your support of Michigan Alpha! If you have any questions about the 2022 Homecoming Open House or the Alumni Association's parking/property management policies, please contact Alumni Association President J.T. ("Tom") Buck '77 at (248) 321-3205 or Alumni Association Secretary Greg Karmazin '87 at (313) 510-1188.

Yours in the Bond,

Board of Directors

Phi Delta Theta Michigan Alpha Alumni Association

50 Year Flashback...

Homecoming 1972

PDT defeats SAE in the Mud Bowl.

45 Year Flashback...

Homecoming 1977

Brother E. Reed Low '37 pictured with the victorious PDT team in the 1977 Mud Bowl. Brother Low attended many Mud Bowls as an alum, and was very pleased to see the tradition that he founded be continued and improved.

35 Year Flashback...

Homecoming 1987

SAE narrowly defeats PDT by a score of 14 to 6.

30 Year Flashback...

Homecoming 1992

PDT 12 ~ SAE 6, watch a video recording of PDT's winning game on YouTube.

5 Year Flashback...

Homecoming 2017

PDT 28 ~ SAE/Michigan Mudbowl Club 22, watch PDT's winning touchdown on YouTube.

Heritage Project Preserves Fraternity History

115 Year Old Alumni Association Stock Certificate Donated by Pat Hayden '66

The Alumni Association thanks Pat Hayden '66 for recently donating to the Michigan Alpha Heritage Project a stock certificate issued in 1907 by the Alumni Association. The Alumni Association first sold stock certificates to raise money needed to build the chapter house at 1437 Washtenaw Avenue in 1903. 

It is possible that the Alumni Association continued to sell stock certificates after the chapter house was constructed in order to pay off debt or raise funds to improve the structure. The Alumni Association commends Brother Hayden for recognizing the historical significance of this artifact, collecting it and then donating it to us for display at the chapter house.

Over the years, the Alumni Association has received donations of memorabilia and historical photos for the Heritage Project from numerous Brothers including Dr. Loyal Jodar '49, Henry Heil, Jr. '53, John Jenks '53, Thomas Mericle '54, Charlie Green '58, Dave Hood '63, Mike Harmon '63, Dr. Anthony Petrilli '63, Pat Hayden '66 and Hal Norton '73. We shall always remember their contributions to preserving the rich history of Michigan Alpha.

The Alumni Association is particularly interested in obtaining scores or outcomes for past Mud Bowl games. Although we know the outcomes of 43 Mud Bowls, we are missing scores from games in 1936-1946, 1960-1966, 1968, 1970-1973, 1981, 1982, 1996 and 1997. In addition, the Alumni Association would like to expand our photo history of the Mud Bowl, so we encourage alums to send us your pictures of those epic battles with the "house across the street."

If you wish to contribute items or information to the Heritage Project, please contact the Alumni Association at pdtumich@gmail.com.

Rush Recommendations Wanted!

The Michigan Alpha active chapter will be recruiting Freshmen during the Winter Term 2023 which is the official Rush period for first year students under the current U of M Interfraternity Council rules. Students from other class years may also Rush at this time although they were also eligible to participate in recruitment during the Fall Term. If you know a young man with the qualities and character that could help the fraternity build on our long and distinguished tradition of excellence on campus, please send recommendations to the Michigan Alpha Alumni Association by e-mail at pdtumich@gmail.com.

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