The 2018 fall chartering season has kicked off with the Iota Beta colony receiving its charter on Saturday, Oct. 6. A colony is started when an interest group at a school where we do not have a chapter contacts us. These men work hard as a colony to meet specific expectations that allow them to be considered by the Supreme Board of Governors for their charter, making them an official chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi. This semester, seven groups which have worked tirelessly to bring a Jewish home to campus will have the honor of receiving their charter from the Supreme Board of Governors.
Saturday, October 6: Illinois State University – Iota Beta Chapter
Campus officials, parents and students gathered at Illinois State University’s Bone Student Center to celebrate the re-chartering of the colony with the Brothers. The chapter was originally chartered in 1983. Chartering Chairman Brett Kozin (2020) felt the highlight was not only receiving their original charter back, but many of the composites and other knick knacks that were taken when the group closed in 2005.
“My mom was a chapter sweetheart in the 80s and has a photo in front of the house with an AEPi sign we thought was lost. We were more than ecstatic to find that it was in storage all this time and being given back to us.”
While most of Fraternity & Sorority Life (FSL) on campus was away on a Greek retreat that weekend, it was almost better having a smaller, more intimate gathering of those who cared for the Iota Beta chapter. The campus Hillel Director addressed attendees about the importance of AEPi on campus. “Hillel talked about Jewish life on campus and how AEPi has been there for Hillel and helped double their attendance in the last year,” said Brother Kozin.
Illinois State’s FSL Coordinator Alex Snowden expressed his excitement about finally having the group chartered after eight years on campus. Being Jewish, he had been waiting for this moment since the new group started in 2010. He also noted how Iota Beta plays by the rules, doesn’t get in trouble and is a fine contributor to campus life.
While this moment was special for founding fathers who returned and Brothers who have worked hard, no one had to work harder to put on this event than the Chartering Chairman. “Putting this event together was special for me in many ways. I told our alumni that they were the reason why I got involved in this and that if anyone deserves recognition for us getting to this point, it was them. It was their hard work that got us this charter.”
Mazel tov to the Iota Beta chapter on this achievement. Check back for more chartering updates throughout the semester!