November 21, 2014: Fort Collins, Colo.—In its first fall semester since re-colonizing in March, Alpha Sigma colony at Colorado State hosted a highly-successful brunch on Oct. 18 during the university’s Homecoming & Family Weekend. More than 140 alumni, colony members and parents attended the event in the West Ballroom of the newly remodeled Lory Student Center.
Colorado State Alumni Association Executive Director Colleen Meyer welcomed the group to the event. Phi Kappa Tau CEO Tim Hudson, Truman State ’97, followed with remarks about the Fraternity.
“This event would not have been a success without the hard work and solid commitment of the staff at the [CSU Alumni Association],” said Alpha Sigma Alumni Advisor Mike Rosser, Colorado State ’61. “It was great having Tim Hudson there, because he demonstrated the commitment of the Fraternity to re-establishing Alpha Sigma chapter on the Colorado State campus.”
Alpha Sigma Vice President Tony Barnes, Colorado State AM, said it was exciting for the young group, which had a majority of members in attendance, to have such a large turnout.
“To hear all of the stories and traditions from alumni was really inspiring for me,” Barnes said. “To see how many people care and who are as excited about us being back as we are was a great way to celebrate our first homecoming back. I cannot thank the alumni enough who took time out of their busy schedules to come show support us and share with us what they feel it means to be a Phi Tau.”
The colony has benefited from dedicated alumni since the beginning and the brunch only strengthened that support.
“Having the support from the alumni has been awesome because they show the passion for this small colony and to see that they feel strongly about it makes us want to work harder to preserve their traditions and values,” Barnes said. “Mike Rosser, Aren Rodriguez [Colorado State ’04] and the rest of the Board of Governors have been really stepping up for us to aid this colony into initiation, but to have alumni come up to me, whom I just met [at the event], and ask how they can contribute to us was an amazing feeling and something I will never forget.”
Not only was the event meant to connect alumni with the associate members, but parents with the Fraternity.
“At CSU we actively encourage and engage family participation wherever possible,” Rosser said. “With a view of the mountains, fall colors and the floral centerpieces provided by the CSU Alumni Association it was a perfect setting to introduce Phi Kappa Tau to the parents.”
The brunch helped show parents how their sons’ involvement with the Fraternity is beneficial.
“I had many expressions of appreciation and compliments from the parents on how membership in Phi Kappa Tau will provide their sons with long-term, lasting friendships,” Rosser said. “I think the participation and demonstration of commitment by the national leadership and local leadership, and engaging the parents really demonstrated the value proposition of membership in Phi Kappa Tau.”
Colony members enjoy the Alpha Sigma Homecoming Brunch.