Letter from the President
Dear Prospective Phi Delt Parent,
It is an honor that your son is interested in joining the California Delta chapter of Phi Delta Theta. On behalf of the entire membership, I would also like to offer congratulations on your son’s enrollment to theUniversityofSouthern California. USC allows its students to pursue the highest academic excellence while enjoying a steady stream of social activity and university tradition. The Greek system on campus enriches all aspects of the undergraduate experience and aids its members in reaching their fullest potential as college students.
Here at Phi Delt we pursue this enrichment by embracing our fraternity history and tradition. Phi Delta Theta was founded at the University of Miami at Ohio in 1848 by six students known as the Immortal Six, and was created under the umbrella of three cardinal principles: (1) the cultivation of friendship among its members, (2) a steadfast devotion to scholarship and academia, and (3) the development of a high standard of morality. The three principles drive our commitment to excel not just as scholars, but as well-rounded men with a sense of responsibility to each other and the community.
The men of Phi Delta Theta-California Delta strive to give back to the USC community, and we have established ourselves as leaders across campus. Our members have been involved in organizations including: Trojan Football Team, Cross Country & Track, USC Student Government, Global Medical Brigades, Trojan Men Acapella, KXSC Radio, Trojan Real Estate Association, Latino Business Student Association, Marshall Case team, USC Value Investing Group, Robotics club, NASA Internships, Daily Trojan, SC Business Film Festival, USC Roller Hockey, BreakThrough Dance, Joint Educational Project, Marshall Outreach Volunteer, Troy Tones Acapella, Campus Crusade, and many, many more. We are proud of the diversity of interests within our chapter and the honorable reputation it has given Phi Delt across this wide spectrum of campus organizations, as well as in the eyes of the university.
I know that fraternities carry a lot of stereotypes and even stigmas, and that many parents are hesitant to allow their son to join one. My parents were not on board when I first told them of my plans to become a member of Phi Delt either. However, after seeing my academic success and meeting the fraternity brothers I had come to call some of my best friends, they realized what a positive impact Phi Delta Theta was having on both my college experience and my personal growth. The safety and success of our members is of the utmost importance to us, and we hold each other accountable for maintaining an environment conducive to upholding these priorities.
I hope I have given you a good idea of what we are about at Phi Delta Theta-California Delta. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach me via email or by phone. Joining a fraternity is an experience unlike any other, and I can assure you that your son will find that it has a positive impact on all the facets of his undergraduate career.
Pablo M. Ortiz
Phi Delta Theta-California Delta