Alpha Omega Chapter, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
In 2003, Kevin Rodriguez was attending the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. It was there where he met a friend on campus. The topic of possibly joining a fraternity was brought up. They were both interested. But nothing seemed to grasp their attention. The two were looking for a Latino based fraternity to meet their needs on campus. Research began on possible organizations to bring to the Oshkosh campus. “ODPhi just caught my eye as soon as I saw their website and did some further research,” recalled Rodriguez. The two liked what Omega Delta Phi stood for, its colors, history, and how they served the community. Rodriguez felt that Latino men were not as involved on campus. He them tried to recruit a good group of guys, let alone the “right” guys for this movement. But he had a setback, as the recruiting took longer than he thought it would. Gamma Alpha Omega at the Oshkosh campus was very supportive of their efforts and helped as much as they could. Also, Flora Stapel, who was the school chancellor at the time, was very helpful in bringing ODPhi to campus. After a long time of working diligently to recruit solid guys, Rodriguez was finally seeing his vision to fruition, and was ready for the next level. Once given official club status, the interest group pushed themselves to meet the requirements set forth by Omega Delta Phi. The young men then went on to the next phase, the founders progam. The founders for Alpha Omega chapter are Refugio Ramirez, Joseph Noreik, Eduardo Plata-Lopez, Francisco Sauceda, and Kevin Rodriguez. On May 26, 2006, Alpha Omega chapter was official at the University of Wisconsin at Oshosh campus. Alpha Omega chapter membership has grown steadily throughout the years. Being further north than many of the other chapter in the region makes it hard for them to travel often. But Alpha Omega has held their own, in terms of academics, service, quality programming, and graduating brothers. Moreover, they are very diverse! Their brotherhood is unique.