• Help Us Kick Off the 2016-17 Giving Year Strong!

    Our 2015-16 giving year just came to an end on August 31 with $18,395.80 donated to the annual fund by 89 brothers...roughly $1600 less than our goal. We want to thank each and every one of you who made a contribution back to Ohio Zeta Chapter this previous giving year. Our goal for the 2016-17 giving year is $20,000 from 100 brothers. Who will be the first to join the 2016-17 Honor Roll?

  • Last Chance to be Added to the 2015-16 Honor Roll!

    At the beginning of this annual fund giving year, which began on September 1, 2015, we set a goal to receive $20,000 from 120 donors. So far, we are roughly 87% of the way to our goal with $17,395.80 from 69 donors. This is the last month to make a donation to the 2015-16 annual fund and have your name added to the Honor Roll.Please consider making your donation today. Click below for five reasons why you should give back to Ohio Zeta Chapter.

  • The Key to Happiness is...

    What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? For many people, the first things that come to mind are fame, wealth and working harder than everyone else to get ahead. As it turns out, however, what defines our quality of life, how long we will live and how happy we will be lies within our relationships—our families, our marriages and, of course, our brotherhood.

    CLICK HERE to watch a 12 minute TEDTalk video about how our relationships define our happiness and think about all of people closest to you. What relationships have impacted you and your happiness—both inside and outside the brotherhood? Who has always been there for you? Who do you look up to as a role model? What news do you want to share with the rest of our brothers, especially those you might not have seen since graduation? Share your stories here.

  • In Loving Memory of Brother Richard Secrist ’50

    It is with heavy hearts that we announce the recent passing of Brother Richard Secrist ’50 into the Chapter Eternal. Though he is no longer with us, he will remain forever in the hearts and memories of his friends and family. His son, Christopher, had this to say, “My father was proud of his time at Ohio State. The Secrist household has always enjoyed the football too! Best wishes to you all.”

    Click below to read Brother Secrist’s full obituary.

  • Welcome, New Members!

    Ohio Zeta Chapter recently initiated 26 new members. By celebrating each person’s true self, and by learning from each other’s strengths while helping to improve each other’s weaknesses, every member of Phi Delta Theta develops into a greater version of himself than he could ever on his own. Rather than try to find young men to “mold” into some ideal, we celebrate the uniqueness of each individual and, through encouragement, values, example and brotherhood, empower every brother to exceed his personal expectations. Congratulations to the newest active members of Phi Delta Theta Ohio Zeta Chapter!

    Click below for a full list of new members, their majors and their hometowns!

  • Be the First to Know

    As we prepare to move into the fall semester in a few short months, there is sure to be plenty of news, including new members, newly elected officers, active chapter updates, alumni chapter financial updates, upcoming events and more! Be sure that your information, as well as your brothers’ is up-to-date and be among the first to receive these updates!

    Take a minute to look over the lost mailing list and lost e-mail list to see which of your brothers are missing. If you know their updated contact information, you can submit it by clicking on their name and providing the correct information.

    All contact information is stored in a secure database and is not traded or sold. Publications are limited to once monthly eletters and biannual print newsletters.

  • What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self?

    College—those were the days! Eighteen and graduating from high school, we thought we knew everything. You know what they say..."A lot of 18-year-olds are like old men. They think they've seen everything." And to an extent, it’s true.

    Looking back, however, is there anything you would have done differently? Anything you wanted to do, but never did?  What are you up to now? Click below to see what some of your brothers had to say.

  • “There is no greater network than the Buckeye network”

    New alumni association president and CEO Jim Smith ’91 said that his first step will be to connect with as many graduates as he can.

    “There’s an old saying that … alumni relations is about friend-raising. Jim will be very good at developing relationships with people, and that’s key,” past alumni association president Archie Griffin said. “There’s no question in my mind, he is going to do great things in this position.”

    Click below to read the full article from the Ohio State University website.

  • Buckeye Football and Basketball: Pick Your Own Seats!

    According to the OSU sports website, this football season will be the first opportunity for season ticket holders to select their own seats! Are you planning on coming back home to Columbus to cheer on the Buckeyes? Why not meet up with your Brothers? Click below for more information about seating and to let your Brothers know which games they can find you at.

  • I Am a Fraternity Man

    Who are fraternity men? They are military heroes, servicemen, strong and inspirational men, musicians, celebrities, pastors, activists, humanitarians, visionaries, athletes and so much more.  There is plenty of inspiration out there in the fraternity world and one way to find it is at I Am a Fraternity Man’s Facebook page. Check it out for your daily dose of fraternity news and submit your own stories about outstanding brothers right here in Ohio Zeta Chapter.

  • 5 Reasons You Should Take a Victory Lap for Ohio Zeta

    It is easy to become distracted by life swirling around us — families and kids, careers, service and other activities. So, we are going to make this easy for you. Here is a quick rundown on why you can STILL be proud to be an Ohio Zeta Phi Delt, including our new chapter advisor, Brother Cort Schafer ’09. You have helped build this foundation. Click below to read more.

  • He Owns One of the Best Places to Work in Columbus

    An accomplished entrepreneur by day and superdad by night, Randy Gerber ’90 has been living life to the fullest complete with business trips, family excursions and great times spent with family and friends. In 2014, his firm was named one of the Best Places to Work by Columbus Business First. Click below to read more from Randy, see some of the great photos he sent in from the late ’80s and to share your own update with us.

  • Honoring Those Who Have Served

    Last month, we asked you to help us build out our list of Ohio Zeta servicemen and veterans in observance of Veterans Day (Nov. 11). Several of you spoke up with additional information, and we thank you. Please honor our Ohio Zeta men of service by clicking below, reading through the list and leaving your own tribute. 

  • Thank You to Our First 27!

    This fall, 27 of our Ohio Zeta alumni have stepped forward to be first in making their contributions to our 2015-16 Annual Fund, and the brothers from the ’60s and ’70s are in the lead. Thank you to those brothers for being first out of the gate in supporting our Central Ohio Alumni Association and all that we do to keep alumni connected and support our actives. Click below to see the names of those brothers who have charged ahead this year and to make your own gift.

  • Have You Thanked Our Ohio Zeta Heroes?

    In preparation for next month’s Veterans Day (Nov. 11), we have begun compiling a list of our Ohio Zeta Chapter veterans and their stories. We have only scratched the surface. We need your help to build our list, tell the stories and pay tribute to these men who truly became the greatest version of themselves by cultivating friendships, acquiring a high degree of mental culture and attaining a high standard of morality. Click below to review the list and to leave your comments. Watch for our full story next month.

  • 4 Critical Steps for Fraternities Nationwide – What Do You Think?

    This month, we have asked our alumni relations partner to give us some insight this month on a few trends that are helping fraternities nationwide innovate and swing the pendulum from suspension to some of the smartest management the Greek community has seen in decades.

    In today’s world, the fraternities who are raising the most money, engaging the most alumni and racking up the strongest recruiting classes are NOT those with the best parties or the happiest story. Rather, they’re the fraternities who are asking difficult questions and making huge shifts in the way they manage their chapter houses.

    So, what are these chapters doing? Click below to read more. Don’t we want Ohio Zeta Chapter to be one of those at the forefront of this important campaign?

  • What's in It for Me?

    Every year, you’re asked to give back to Phi Delta Theta at Ohio State, and you may be asking WHY? Why should I give back? and What’s in it for me?  It’s the answer to these questions that will keep our brotherhood strong, connected, and active through the years to come. Giving back has invaluable benefits that remain steadfast year after year. Click below to find out WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU!

  • 10 of the Best Ohio Zeta Pics Ever Taken?

    Here is a collection of 10 of some of the best Ohio Zeta photos ever taken. Or are they? Have a look! Do you have others that belong in this list?

  • Homecoming Is 3 Weeks Away! RSVP Today!

    Join us in Columbus this October 9-11 for Homecoming! On Friday evening, we will be holding a cocktail party and banquet. The venue and time are to be determined. Join us at the house for a tailgate on Saturday before kickoff against Maryland. And, on Sunday morning, stop by house for brunch before heading home. Help us plan by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with an RSVP so we can plan for food. We'll see you this fall!

  • The Buckeye Phi Is Coming Your Way!

    Watch for the next edition of the Buckeye Phi in the coming weeks. If you have any interesting news that you would like us to squeeze in, please let us know right away! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to email us with news, photos and your memories. Also, take a few minutes to log into our website and check your mailing address so you can be sure to receive this next edition! CLICK HERE to get started.

  • Remembering Mr. Everything: Ned Barthelmas ’50

    He was once described as Mr. Everything: someone who owned companies and was involved in so many different opportunities … a very interesting man. Brother Ned Barthelmas ’50 entered the Chapter Grand on May 16, 2015, and left $10,000 to our House Corp. in his will. We take this opportunity to celebrate the life of this brother and to extend our condolences to his family and friends. Brother Norb Reinert ’51 has one interesting memory of his brother. Click below to read Norb’s tribute to his brother, to get a link to Ned’s obituary and log in to leave your own comments.

  • 99%: Only 1 Donor Away From Our Goal!

    At the beginning of our 2014-15 annual fund giving year, we set a goal of 120 donors. Right now, we have 119 donors. Thank you to those listed on our Honor Roll for getting us SO CLOSE to our goal. This giving year ends on AUGUST 31! Will you step forward to help us MEET and EXCEED our goal this year? Remember, our annual fund helps us maintain YOUR ALUMNI RELATIONS PROGRAM, including regular communications and events such as this fall’s football weekend tailgates and Homecoming celebration. Please send in your gift today! Donate.

  • Ohio Zeta Past Presidents: Where Are They Now?

    Are you a past Ohio Zeta chapter president? Do you know someone who was a past president? Where are our presidents from the past five or six decades? From names like Jim Snook (’50s) and James Phipps (’70s) to younger brothers like Nick Schwander, Ed Stange and Anthony Manna, we want to know what has happened in the lives of our chapter presidents. Did Ohio Zeta have a lasting influence? How? Leave your comments about your life after being president of Ohio Zeta. Or if you have information about a past president, let us know. We will be featuring these stories of our past presidents in future publications. We want your story included. Don't you? CLICK HERE to log in and leave your comments.

  • Undergrad President Earns Iron Phi Honor

    Fitness … it’s in his blood. From a children’s soccer coach and personal trainer to founder of the Columbus-based CampusFit, a personal training business, Nick Orsini ’16 is a chapter president with a passion for exercise and physical well-being. We are pleased to announce that as of this summer, Nick has achieved status as an Iron Phi, a Phi Delt who selects “an athletic endeavor of their choice (any type of athletic event is eligible), raises $1,000 through the Iron Phi website, and accomplishes the athletic endeavor itself.” Last month, Nick completed a 2,500-mile trek across the U.S., complete with wild dogs, friendly strangers and a tornado near miss. Click below to read more about Nick’s journey.

  • Only 6 Donors Away From Our Goal!

    At the beginning of our 2014-15 annual fund giving year, we set a goal of 120 donors. Right now, we have 114 donors. Thank you to those listed on our Honor Roll for getting us SO CLOSE to our goal. We have only 1 MONTHS LEFT! Will you step forward to help us MEET and EXCEED our goal this year? Remember, our annual fund helps us maintain YOUR ALUMNI RELATIONS PROGRAM, including regular communications and events such as this fall’s football weekend tailgates and Homecoming celebration. Please send in your gift today! Donate.

  • Will You Help Us Up Our Game on the OSU Campus?

    Throughout the years, The Ohio Zeta Chapter of Phi Delta Theta has recruited and produced leaders on campus. One of the key components for continuing this mission is a quality home. Over the years, the House on the Hill has deteriorated and now is in need of facelift to continue the excellence at Ohio Zeta. Click below to see how you can help!

  • We Are Looking for a Few Good Men

    As we approach fall recruitment, our rush chair is gathering names of potential Ohio Zeta Chapter candidates. If you know of any young men at Ohio State who would make good Phi Delta Theta brothers, please let us know. Specifically, we would like full name of each candidate along with his hometown, high school attended and cell phone number. If you are aware of high school activities they took part in, please include that also. You can send your information to Rush Chair Jackson Heinz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 937.470.8992.

  • Chapter Recognized by OSU for Philanthropy Program

    Congratulations to our undergraduate chapter for receiving one of two Outstanding Philanthropy Program Awards from the OSU Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life this spring! Click below for a recap on the chapter’s philanthropy efforts this semester.

  • Funny How Time Flies … 4 Months Left!

    College days … here and gone. Kids … babies one day, teenagers asking to borrow the car the next. Before you know it, your honeymoon has turned into your 20th (or 30th or 40th) wedding anniversary. Funny how the time flies, but, at certain points, we stop the clock. We do something to make sure we remember the people, times and places that made our lives special. As we close in on the final four months of our 2014-15 annual fund giving year, we are asking you to do just that. So, CARPE DIEM! Stop for a moment and make a gift that commemorates your Phi Delta Theta days at OSU. So, CARPE DIEM! Stop for a moment, CLICK HERE and make a gift that commemorates your Phi Delta Theta days at Purdue. You can also view the HONOR ROLL of the 103 brothers who have given already this year.

  • Welcome to the E-Letter 15% of You Now Get!

    We've increased our numbers! Good to see more of you on board!

    For the last couple of months, we have undergone an immense effort to pull in more e-mail addresses from brothers who we did not previously have email addresses for. And a special Thank You to our era captains who helped us with this effort! Here are those results...


  • 'Tis the Season For Giving!

    As you sit around the fireplace (or Yule log) this holiday season with your family and friends, watching 2014 slip the bonds of the calendar year, we wonder if you’re thinking about us.

    Maybe too pillow talk-ish: “What are you thinking about?”

  • Gifts Fit For A Buckeye

    Looking for a holiday gift for any of your brothers at Ohio State? Here are some helpful suggestions of stuff to get in the area and stuff to get online...

  • Check Out What's New with the Alumni!

    Check out some alumni updates we’ve received:

    Jack Korthals,Phi Delt grad 1970, who was VP and Tres of the Broward County FL OSU alumni club passed away suddenly on Sunday, November 2nd. You can read the full obituary here.

  • Come back to Columbus!

    It's winter in Columbus. Do you remember how great that is? There are winter wonderlands abound, holiday lights come alive, and the city seems cheerful and bright. The time has never been better to come back home. Whether you just back in town to visit relatives for the day, or have more time to spend, we've come up with some top picks to do in the University District and beyond!

  • Quarter 1 OVER! See Our Progress.

    The first quarter of the giving year is OVER! It’s time to discover how we stack up in the scheme of things. We sent the numbers to our numbers person who has been laboriously crunching numbers to come up with this.

  • Finding Emails for All Ohio Zeta Alumni

    Brothers, as you know, we are in the middle of an email acquisition effort to find email addresses for all of our Ohio Zeta alumni. We’ve found many missing emails already, but still have a ways to go. A full report of our findings will be distributed in the next month or so. But just an FYI, you will be getting an email from us tomorrow with a lost list attached. Please review the list and if you know of any alumni’s email addresses on that list, please send them to us! The objective of needing to find emails for all alumni is because email is a fast and cheap way to communicate and keep our alumni connected to each other and the chapter. The database is only for our chapter’s communication, so it’s never traded or sold to other entities. So please, if you know contact information for a “lost” brother, please send it to us!

  • We Can’t Believe It Either!

    We're shocked it came up so fast! Click below to read more!

  • To the Somebodies Like You…

    "I wondered why somebody didn't do something. Then, I realized, I am somebody." Does it matter who said it? No. What matters is that we have those "somebodies" who have chosen to give to our Annual Fund for the very first time this month. Click below to find out who those "somebodies" are and to join them on our Honor Roll.

  • Cracking Open The Vault

    Look and see what we found!

  • Homecoming is Less Than 3 Weeks Away . . . Join Us!

    Every year, students, faculty, staff, alumni and the Columbus community unite in scarlet and gray to commemorate their home at Ohio State. This year's weeklong celebration will culminate with the football game versus new Big 10 members, Rutgers University, on Saturday, October 18. PDT will be hosting our annual alumni tailgate prior to the game. Click below for more information.

  • Can You Put a Price Tag on Belonging?

    We want to share a story with you. This story comes from a Big 10 fraternity … a situation that took place in 2013. One brother had a daughter who was facing a very serious genetic illness. The best doctor available in the area was in Baltimore, but he had closed his doors to new patients. As often happens, this brother’s dilemma was shared by one brother to another and to another. Thanks to the efforts of one brother, the base of those who knew about this expanded, and the doors (literally) opened. This young girl was able to see the specialist she needed and begin her path to healing. But that is not where the story ends. Click below to read more.

  • To the Somebodies Like You …

    "I wondered why somebody didn't do something. Then, I realized, I am somebody." Does it matter who said it? No. What matters is that we have those "somebodies" who have chosen to give to our Annual Fund for the very first time this month. Click below to find out who those someones are and to join them on our Honor Roll.

  • Hide and Seek: Tag, You’re It!

    Jack Blackburn. Andrew Ankrim. Peter Bolek. Joshua Benner. Jordan Cohen.

    Do any of these names ring a bell? They are just a few of the 152 names on our Lost List, brothers who are not benefitting from our publications because we can’t reach them! Click "read more" to find out how to check for your name on our list.

  • Spring Game 2014—Were you there?

    More than 61,000 filled the stadium for Saturday's game. Were you among them?

  • 26 Brothers Have Already Answered Our Call

    Annual fund contributions in response to our recent letter top $3,500. Shouldn’t your name also be on our list?

  • Is Pledging Becoming a Thing of the Past?

    As a national fraternity moves away from pledging, how do you think a similar decision would affect the culture and experience of being a brother at Ohio Zeta?

  • Heading Back for the Spring Game?

    This annual tradition is a great opportunity to reconnect with brothers and catch up on everything around campus.

  • Don’t Miss the 23rd Annual PDT Golf Outing July 26

    The date has been set for the event 23rd Annual PDT Golf Outing for July 26, 2014. Same location as year's past Golf Club Of Dublin.

  • Ohio Zeta 2014 Executive Board announced

    Congratulations to the brothers who were named to the 2014 Ohio Zeta Executive Board! Your dedication to the chapter is appreciated.

  • Annual fund goal is within reach with your help!

    Our fundraising goal this year is $25,000. We are confident we can achieve this thanks to your help and by growing our number of donors. The more support we have the alumni like you, the more we can do to advance our mission.

  • Brother Rolls '64 Tells us that Leadership is the Key to His Success

    John Rolls '64 tells us about his amazing life, complete with airplanes and a house in the Bahamas.

  • Annual Fund Going Strong—But More Support is Needed

    Since our giving year began on September 1, more than 50 brothers have donated almost $10,000 to the annual fund. While your support has already helped the alumni with our communication programs and event planning, more help is needed.


  • Happiest of Holidays in 2013!

    “Christmas renews our youth by stirring our wonder. The capacity for wonder has been called our most human faculty, for in it are born our art, our science, our religion.” ~ Ralph W. Sockman

    Are you among the countless numbers that believe your years in college were the best years of your life?  This quote exemplifies the reason for that feeling. In college, we are still in our youth and have nothing but wonder for the future.   We are able to embrace that time because we are being taught- all the religion, art and science our brains can handle. And able to explore all the wonders that life holds, without the burden of careers, worries about money, and worries about every day life.  This holiday season, take time to reflect on the best days of your life and strive to relive them in this season of renewal and wonder!

    During this season of giving, please consider making a gift to the organization who helped us all grow and learn during our college years, Phi Delta Theta at Ohio State.  Click HERE to learn how to donate!

  • Celebrating the Spirit of "Max"

    Thirty-two Phi Delts got together for a reunion in Columbus on April 13, 2013. Organized by Bruce Heine (who sadly passed away in September 2013), the reunion was held in honor of Dick Maxwell '64.


  • Chapter Grand: Legendary Baseball Star and Loyal Phi

    Bruce Heine ’68 entered Chapter Eternal on September 11, 2013. He was a member of the 1966 OSU national championship baseball team, starting at second base. He went on to become a charter member of the Buckeye Diamond Club, an organization he would later become president of. He was a driving force and chief fundraiser for Ohio State’s baseball facility, Bill Davis Stadium, which opened in 1997. He coached the Warhawks Babe Ruth All-Star team, winning several state championships, and also coached the Delaware Cows college-age summer team.

    Click here to read a great commentary tribute published in The Columbus Dispatch.

  • A Great Homecoming Tailgate

    The mission of the Central Ohio Alumni Association is to provide opportunities for you to stay connected with fellow Phi Delts, like through our annual Homecoming tailgate. This year's event was held October 19th when the Buckeyes took on the Iowa Hawkeyes.

    Click here to see more pictures from our Homecoming 2013 tailgate and to share your own.

  • 2013 Homecoming Fast Approaching!

    It's that time of year again! The time to relive the glory of youth and return to the stomping grounds of your college years. We want to know - what do you have planned this year?

  • A Record Giving Year

    Thanks to a 14% increase in alumni participation, we had a record annual giving year in 2012-13! Find out what projects we were are able to continue thanks to your generosity.

  • Brother Ullman '67 Reminds Us to 'Take Care'

    Thanks Herber Ullman Jr. '67 for checking in with us. Brother Ullman shares the following:

    If you could go back in time, what's the one piece of advice you'd give to your college-aged self?

  • First Impressions

    By now, our freshmen have already arrived on campus for what will likely become the most important four years of their lives. The choices these young adults make as they select their friends, community, and fraternity helps to shape their future and can lead to a very fulfilling college experience that is felt long after graduation.

  • Fall Recruitment to Pick from Largest Freshmen Applicant Pool Ever

    Greeks at OSU are gearing up for larger-than-normal fall recruitment numbers due to OSU's record-high spike in freshman applications this year, up 24% with 35,475 applicants.

  • FSPAC Fights for Tax Break Legislation

    With nearly 70% of all Congressmen and senators belonging to Greek organizations, the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee (FSPAC) is rallying to gain their support for a tax break bill that would mean massive changes for every Greek organization. However, recent negative media coverage of the legislation threatens to derail FSPAC efforts so far.

  • Phi Delt's Website Gets a Makeover

    Have you seen the changes on our website? To improve your online experience, we are excited to share our revamped web platform, complete with a visual overhaul and new features to make reconnecting easier. The website is still available at http://www.ohiozeta.com/, but your username and password have changed temporarily (you can change yours back when you login the first time).


  • Brothers To Launch Online Auction Company Soon

    On Monday, June 8, Phi Delt brothers Trent Orzechoski '12 and Kevin Shimizu '12 launched their highly anticipated online auction company, Biddez.

    The two have been working on the company's website since graduating last year. In all their hard work, they haven't forgotten their roots, however----the Biddez website is set up to allow users to donate to Phi Delta Theta's affiliated charity, ALS!

    Click the headline to read more about Biddez, and find out how you can help support the brothers in their professional venture.

  • Alumnus Update: Clay Long '70 & The Gifts of Retirement

    Have you recently retired, or are you getting ready to make the big transition? Don't worry---there are many other brothers who are around to tell you that life just keeps getting better, especially after you put down the 9-5.

    For instance, Clay Long '70 retired from Ohio's North Star Blue Scope Steel Delta company in June of 2011, where he worked as a Senior Electrical Technician in the Casting Department for over fifteen years.

    Although he claims to have been "happily divorced" for many years, he is now looking forward to exchanging vows with a "wonderful lady" in May of 2014. That's a pretty sweet retirement package, if you ask us!

  • The Decade Challenge: Brothers from the 60s Lead in Donor Participation

    The 60s are leading the way in annual fund giving so far this year. Alumni contributions are the foundation of our organization. See how your decade is represented in the decade challenge, and make a gift today.

  • Phi Delta Theta Pride for Nearly 70 Years!

    We recently heard from Roger Hall '48, who pledged Ohio Zeta almost 70 years ago!

    He writes: "I haven't been up to much recently since I am 87 years old. To go back many years, I would like to say that our fraternity enriched both my social life on campus and gave me an anchor with a great group of men from various backgrounds and experiences. I can say that my interaction with this group of young men broadened my view of social and business experiences from just one city and a small group of hometown boys within that city to a more wordly outlook. My interaction with the Brothers was valuable both socially and in business all through my life.

    When I first came to OSU I was not in our fraternity. My friends were a small group of boys/men from my hometown. After WWII I joined Phi Delta Theta and never regretted it. The fraternity allowed me to feel like I had a home away from home - friends I could count on, older brothers to mentor me and a great social life which otherwise I would not have had. Many people have admired our great fraternity pin. My wife wears mine on her charm bracelet."

  • Lots of Updates to Share

    Thank you to the alumni brothers who answered our call for news. Click here to read all of the great updates and to share your own.

  • Why Did You Join PDT?

    We recently asked alumni why they joined PDT over other fraternities.

    Robert Whalen '91 responded: "The other houses paled in comparison to PDT. There was an excitement and confidence in each person that I met that they knew they were just better than the rest. There was no recruiting pitch, you either fit or you don't."

    Why did YOU join PDT? Share your story below.

  • Making an Impact

    In an effort to increase alumni participation in our communications program, we will be asking questions each month that will hopefully prompt some funny, meaningful and creative responses.

    Get involved by answering this month's question:

    How are the values you learned in PDT still making an impact in your life today?

    Regis Mullen '05 writes: "Helped me with my social networking, and gave me long-lasting friendships."

    Share your answers below.

  • What is Your Favorite Phi Delt Tradition?

    Part of Phi Delt's legacy is our enduring fraternity traditions. Share with us: What is your favorite Phi Delt tradition?

    Share your story below.

  • Searching for 1,000+ Brothers

    We need your help! There are currently more than 1,000 Ohio Zeta brothers on our lost email list, meaning we don't have valid email addresses on file for them to receive our eLetter and other electronic communications. Please help us to reach more brothers more frequently and cost effectively by reviewing our lost email list. If you recognize any of the names on the list, simply click them to send an email to our alumni relations firm with their updated contact information. Our email database is used solely for chapter communications.

    Thank you for your help!

  • A Rich History: Ohio Zeta Life Through the Years

    As we kick off a new year, we want to capture and publish some of the best memories from Ohio Zeta brothers of different eras as we remember our chapter's history and see what has changed over the years...and what has remained the same.

    We pulled this memory from Keith Davis '76 out of the archives. He writes, "Spring Quarter at 1942 Iuka was the best...you took early classes so that you could hang out on the roof and bond with the brothers. Greek Week and Toga Party was the highlight of the Quarter. It was the best of times."

    Share the best stories from your era.

  • Ain’t Young Love Grand?

    There's nothing quite like romance in college. In the spirit of Valentine's Day this month, tell us your stories:

    • Describe your best or worst date from your college days? Did it lead to long-term love?
    • Do you think it was easier to find a girlfriend because of your association with a fraternity? Why?
    • How much do you think you spent on a typical date during college? And where did you take her?
    • Have you ever been set up by a fellow brother?
    • Any dating advice you'd like to pass on to our young undergraduate brothers (or recommendations on places to take a date)?

    Share your story below.

  • What Do You Miss Most about Living On Campus?

    No matter how far away you are today, you share a great experience with 1,667 other brothers: getting to spend four (or more!) years living on campus.

    What do you miss most about living on campus? Share your story below.

  • What Was Your First Impression of Ohio Zeta?

    Rick Pfefferle '70 writes: "I walked into the front door alone, having seen many other houses. Tom Roemer (rush chairman) walks up,
    'Hi, I'm Tommy Roemer - damn glad to meet you! What's your name? Oh, Rick?? Rick!, we've been waiting for you for some time. Come on in to the living room and meet some of the other freshmen.' Now, I'd been to a few houses by now I knew it was bull, but he was happy and I felt at home, and never left."

    What was YOUR first impression of Ohio Zeta? Share your story below.

  • The Last Hurrah of College

    Exams are over, the boxes are packed, and the cap and gown is pressed and ready for the big event. Graduation day is such a bittersweet moment in our lives, as we say goodbye to the youth and vitality of college life, and usher in a new era in our lives: full-blown adulthood. Think back to your own time and tell us a story about your graduation day. How did you spend your final days as an undergraduate member of Phi Delt? Were there any last hurrahs or memorable moments with brothers that especially stand out?

    Share your story below.

  • Alumnus Spotlight: Alan Colyer '74

    If you would like to share an update or voice your opinion, email us. Thanks to Alan for his contribution!

    Alan wrote:

    Profession: Principal, Gensler

    Title: Director of Planning + Design


  • Our Service-minded Phis

    Eleven Ohio Epsilon (Akron) brothers spent their spring breaks at Camp Twin Lakes in Winder, Georgia, helping out at a camp for ill, disabled and challenged kids. Also, two other Ohio Epsilon Phis went to Africa for a medical alternative spring break to help the poor and wounded community of Kpando. — with Zach Betscher

  • The Last Hurrah of College

    Exams are over, the boxes are packed, and the cap and gown is pressed and ready for the big event. Graduation day is such a bittersweet moment in our lives, as we say goodbye to the youth and vitality of college life, and usher in a new era in our lives: full-blown adulthood. Think back to your own time and tell us a story about your graduation day. How did you spend your final days as an undergraduate member of Phi Delt? Were there any last hurrahs or memorable moments with brothers that especially stand out?

    Share your story below or on our message boards.

  • Chance Reconnection

    A special thanks to Michael Fischer ’70 for sending us this alumni update:

    Stertz and I just returned from Kauai. We went on an Edward Jones trip with my oldest daugther, Jessica, my son-in-law, John Dooley and our four grandchildren. We walked into the opening evening reception, and much to my surprise and delight, there was my Phi Delt side kick from OSU, Jimmy List. We haven't seen each other in over 40 years and Stertz and I had a blast with Jimmy and Helen, his new bride, during one week of great times. Jim introduced me to Stertz at the Kappa Kappa Gamma house in 1970 and things have never been the same.

    What a thrill to be with one of your best friends after so many years!


  • A 20 Year Old with 48 Extra Years of Experience

    We recently came across this great story in the New York Times, featuring a 68-year-old man who enrolled in college – and chose to join a fraternity – at age 65. It’s a great read and a testament to the true fraternity values and the definition of brotherhood.

    Would you do it all over again, and relive your fraternity experience in today's day and age? Share your response below.

  • Remembering Our Heroes this May

    May is just several weeks away. This year, we’d like to share your thoughts, messages, and memories of those soldiers who have served their country. Maybe you want to send well-wishes to a brother who may have lost a family member in Afghanistan or Iraq? Or you simply want to share a fond memory of a long-lost brother who died in combat?  Now you can.

    Share your stories by commenting below (if you’re logged onto Facebook) or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We’ll compile your stories and message, along with those from other brothers, and release them in a special alumni eletter in May.

    Let’s properly remember those who fought to preserve our freedom.  May we never forget those heroes who died serving our country, the families who loved them and whom they loved.

    Thank you!

  • There’s Strength in Numbers: Your Help Needed to Raise Donor Participation

    They say there’s strength in numbers. We’re counting on you to help ours grow through your participation as an alum!

    Since our giving year began on September 1, more than 50 brothers have donated over $1,914 to the annual fund. This is 35 fewer brothers than had donated at this point last year. To keep our programs going, we need many more brothers to give back to PDT each and every year.

    Contribute to our chapter’s strength. Show your support. Make your annual fund gift today. To donate online, click here.

  • The Fish and the Pry are Coming to Town

    Michael Fischer '70writes: The Akron Twins will be returning to OSU for the Big Ten Track and Field Championships May 17- May 19.

    The Fish and the Pry will arrive around 10 p.m. from Dallas and we plan to hit the OSU campus around 11 p.m. Two old farts, age 65, are looking for a great time on high street.  Anybody interested in showing us a good time, let me know."

    Reconnect with the Fish and the Pry, or share stories of your own reunions, on the message board.

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