By Rachel Goldstein ’13
Over the weekend of August 8th, the Alpha Delta Phi International fraternity held its annual convention in Toronto, Ontario. The University of Rochester chapter boasted the highest attendance of any chapter at the convention with four students present, including Jonathan LoTempio, Eric Chung, Tyler Evers, and Ben Zarras.
The convention provided an opportunity to connect with fraternity members from across the country, receive recognition for the chapter’s improvement, and learn about budgeting techniques and new member education practices. “The 181st conference was a really great experience because it opened my eyes to what it meant to be part of an international organization that spans generations,” says LoTempio ’14. “To see men from each of the last eight decades bonded together in brotherhood was so moving.”
The meeting marked the first year the Rochester chapter has attended the convention since 2011. They came out of the conference with high accolades.
Evan Alter ’13, former president of the Rochester chapter, was recognized with The Order of the Sword and Spear, the highest award given to an undergraduate. Alter received the award for his work with Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and the Office of the Dean of Students while the chapter was suspended from campus and for rebuilding the chapter after it was reinstated in 2012. Alter was also selected as the honorable mention for the President of the Year award.
In addition, LoTempio was elected to the Alpha Delta Phi board of governors. The board consists of nine alumni and three undergraduates. LoTempio will serve on the board for two years, helping to make important decisions for the fraternity at the international level.
Alpha Delta Phi members pointed to Alter’s award and LoTempio’s election to the board as evidence that their chapter has come a long way since being re-admitted to the University. “The goals for the chapter are best summed up as expansion and reintegration. We aim to recruit fine young men,” says LoTempio, “but we will also be expanding our scholastic, literary, and philanthropic endeavors to ensure a return to campus with great positive impact.” They returned to the Alpha Delta Phi chapter house this August and are aiming for Most Improved Chapter at next year’s Convention.
Photo: four brothers with Alter’s award, along with Stephen Starnes, President of Alpha Delta Phi International. From the left: Tyler Evers ’15, Ben Zarras ’14, Stephen Starnes, Jon LoTempio ’14, and Eric Chung ’14.