Alpha Sigma Chapter, University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign
In 2004, Tony Diaz was getting recruited by some fraternal organizations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. One thing he noticed was how a lot of students just followed the trends. That was something he did not want to do. A lot of the organizations he came across were exclusive, focusing on a single ethnic group to pull from. In his eyes, it caused some segregation. Diaz wanted to be part of something that would not limit people, but instead was inclusive. He also saw a lack of participation in the community. Most importantly, Diaz wanted to be part of a brotherhood. He began recruiting people while doing research on fraternal organizations. His group was as big as 25 at one point. As the group did further research, and the number of guys lower as time went on, they narrowed it down to two organization in the summer of 2004. One was Omega Delta Phi, who they learned about from a colleague. That same summer, ODPhi had their national convention in Chicago. A handful of the interested men attended some of the open events of the conference and got the chance to meet many ODPhi members. Soon after, the national director of expansion, Valentin Hernandez visited the U of I campus, and made a presentation to the interested, young men. The men really liked what ODPhi was about. But most importantly, they really liked how they were treated by the brothers when they met in Chicago. Omega Delta Phi was chosen in the summer of 2004. By the fall 2004 semester, they became an official interest group of Omega Delta Phi. All requirements were being met. 15 of them ended up moving forward with the founder’s program in the Spring 2005 semester. The brothers from Alpha Alpha chapter were very supportive of the U of I interests. ODPhi legend, Shanti Frausto, was also a very supportive individual, who Diaz grew close to. Alpha Sigma was founded on May 14, 2005 at the University of Illinois. The founders of Alpha Sigma chapter are Tony Diaz, Alex Velasco, David Rubio, Eduardo Lazaro, Yue Zhou, Fernando Martinez, Oscar Martinez, Miguel Estrada, Parshvah Shah, Brian Reyes, Juan Barajas, Juan Salto, Luis Ochoa, and Michael Straka. Nine years later, Alpha Sigma still stands strong. It is one of the largest chapters in the Midwest region. Recruitment and fundraising are their strengths. With 77 members crossed since Spring 2005, they are definitely one of the fastest growing chapters across the nation.