By: Resource and Expansion Consultant Jason Sweet, Saginaw Valley State ’09

Your heart is beating out of your chest, you begin to get tunnel vision, your hands become slightly damp with sweat, your mind is racing all in anticipation of two words.


You hear your first and last name called and you stand.

You seem to glide more than walk towards the person who called your name. All the sounds around you mash together into one audible noise.

You reach your destination and get snapped from this fog by the words “sign here.”

Suddenly you are looking down at an official charter of The Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. This particular one granting YOUR colony full membership and rights as a chartered chapter of this great national fraternity…

Coming from an original charter member, trust me, this is an extremely surreal and gratifying feeling. One that I honestly never thought I would experience again. That is until I found myself standing in the Gamma chapter house at The Ohio State University, after a LONG day of initiations, watching man after man get called to the front to put pen to parchment.

I began to relive my experience as an undergraduate, remembering all the hard work that it took to get to the point these men were at.

I had the pleasure of working with the men of the Gamma colony before they were chartered, and can attest to the hard work they put in to becoming the Gamma Chapter.

To see the look on the faces of these men reminded me how proud I am to be a Phi Tau and how lucky I am to be a founding father of my own chapter.

It is a tradition within Phi Tau to have people who have played a role in the development of the group sign the back of the document. I heard my own name called for a second time in just 3 years, this time to take part in this age old tradition.

Signing my name alongside the many volunteers and staff members who have aided in the process of guiding these young men helped me realize how important it is that we have our volunteers and alumni.

So alumni from across the nation, volunteers and friends, thank you for all the hard work you do for these men. To help them achieve the greatness they aspire to. Without your support their journey would be that much harder.

I know I work for the Executive Office and I’m supposed to be highly involved with the Fraternity, but this recent experience has solidified my lifelong dedication to Phi Kappa Tau.


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