Western Michigan University Colony
In the spring of 2013 three gentlemen by the name of Nicolas Perez, David Cuevas and Roberto Rosario came together to discuss an innovative idea to bring a new organization to Western Michigan University’s Campus. These gentlemen developed the firm idea of establishing Omega Delta Phi at WMU through intense research as well as the lack of interest for the other fraternal organizations on their campus. Moreover, David was unsure of this precarious movement but that did not stop Nicolas and Roberto as they continued on with their innovative idea and began to take further actions.In the fall of 2013 the first initial contact was made with Brother Long Le. Later on in October after contacting Le theses gentleman were pointed in the direction of a brother in the Midwest region, Joseph Young, who at the time served as the Midwest Expansion Chair. As Nicolas and Roberto continued to make progress with their actions, David was updated in regards to their progression and firmly confirmed his interest. David then took further action and attracted the attention of two other gentlemen, Brandon Guerra and Bryan Traconis who also prized the idea of a new establishment. Now firmly having five gentlemen with deep interest they decided to attend an informational about the fraternity further sparking their interest and expanding their knowledge in regards to their ideals. After expressing tremendous interest and willing sacrifice, the group of gentlemen were invited to attend a regional leadership retreat in January of 2014 at Michigan State University the Alpha Beta Chapter. Taking the knowledge that they obtain from the leadership retreat the Gentlemen took action to become an official registered student organization. On April 15th the gentlemen were granted official interest group status becoming The Men of Vision of Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc. at WMU. Shortly after on April 17, 2014 brothers from Wisconsin and Chicago, Eduardo Rivera and Jose Jimenez made the trip out to Kalamazoo, Michigan to host our first informational. With all the men having now a greater interest after receiving the complete rundown for what abundant contributions ODPhi had to offer.During the summer of 2014 the five gentlemen continued to work hard to meet all requirements to start the founding process. With a great vision for change, these gentlemen poured out their commitment, desire and were able to move forward into making history not only for themselves but for generations to come. These five men began the founder’s program at the beginning of the Fall 2014 semester. Through out the entire process these gentlemen managed to do programming for other student organizations, in which they were involved in as well as making an impact and a name for themselves as an interest group. After many hours of hard work, dedication and commitment the Founding Class was Activated into the HYPEST and most Proudest brotherhood of Omega Delta Phi on November 14th 2014. This day would make history on WMUs campus as a new fraternity set foot on the yard, taking many by surprise. The five founding brothers are Brandon "Sir Maven" Guerra, Nicolas "Sir Cyprian" Perez, Bryan "Sir Kaerus" Traconis, Roberto "Sir Gryphon" Rosario, and David "Sir Ultimate" Cuevas. As we all know no process is ventured alone these five gentlemen accomplished their goals along side of seven brothers that were there for them invariably. Their PME being Denny "Sir Alakran" Esquivel and APME Francisco "Sir Araña" Velasquez guided these young men through the process. Those Big Brothers for this founding line are Kyle "Sir 2Step" Thomas, Jose "Sir Arsenal" Jimenez, Ismael "Sir Havok" Alvarado, Dywaine "Sir Leon" Betts Jr., Salvador "Sir Renegade" Estrada. Ever since their first active semester on campus they have won multiple awards such as Best New registered student organization and volunteer group of the year from FOCUS Kalamazoo. With such a great start this attractedmany new interest of Omega Delta Phi. Presently speaking the WMU Colony successfully established their Charter Class on April 24, 2015. Those proud charter class members are Jonathan "Sir Hubris" Salazar and Irving "Sir Tonatiuh" Quintero. In the mist of it all the WMU Colony continues to shine the light of service on its campus and community andout living the slogan of ODPhi,“It grows, as it goes.” With in this Circle of knights in the city of Kalamazoo one thing is for sure, quality out weighs quantity any given day.