Expansion is a thrill

Expansion for the Fraternity is a thrill like no other. In only four weeks, you will contact and meet with hundreds of students to find the best men on campus, the founding fathers of the Fraternity’s newest colony. Each day is a grind. You hold meetings and "table" on campus from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and then go home and make phone calls from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sprinkle in a few student organization meetings and sorority presentations here or there and you’ve got a month of this same routine day in, day out. Sounds like a blast, right?

What makes it so much fun is the potential for greatness you see in each man who joins the Fraternity and becomes a founding father. For me, it is particularly special as a member who joined a very young chapter who knows and looks up to some of the men in my chapter who were recruited in this same manner. It is because of the consultants who were at the University of Iowa, before I even arrived at school, and the men they found on my campus, that I was able to experience the Fraternity in the way that I did. Working on an expansion, I feel I finally can truly repay the Fraternity for what it has given me.

Beyond this, I was also able to build great friendships with the men on campus. This semester, I met some great men from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. I will always remember those guys, as well as those I worked with at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

I will always feel as close to them as I am with my chapter brothers. As they continue to advance closer and closer to chartering and becoming a full-fledged chapter of the Fraternity, I silently keep tabs on them with pride because I know the positive impact they are going to have on some shy sophomore, who doesn’t know anyone on campus and wants to find brothers to support him in his journey through college and life.

To the men of the Gamma Omega and Theta Kappa Crescent Colonies, thank you and good luck. I am excited for the day in the future when I can officially and proudly call you my brothers. 

-Bobby Mussa (University of Iowa, 2016)