George Mason University
In the spring of 2012, Graham Tyler Jorns and Brett Rojas, former members of Sigma Phi Epsilon, approached Alpha Sigma Phi about affiliating with the fraternity. The first initiation took place on December 6, 2012 and the Epsilon Xi Chapter assisted with the Ceremony. The University initially gave approval but then rescinded, which led to a yearlong battle for recognition. IFC recognition was finally gained when Director of Chapter and Colony Development, Danny Miller, Alpha Epsilon Pi, attended the IFC meeting to ensure that a vote of affirmation would occur. George Mason Colony was granted IFC recognition on April 22, 2013.
The Colony was officially chartered on March 29, 2014 as the Zeta Rho Chapter. The Ceremony was held at the Johnson Center on the George Mason campus. President and CEO Gordy Heminger, Bowling Green ‘96, gave the Keynote Address. Grand Councilor Jonathan Lucas, Capital ‘11, presented the charter. Ryan Kolter, UW - Whitewater ‘12, represented Fraternity Staff. Max Huntley, George Mason ‘12, was the founding president.
Even with IFC recognition and a charter, University recognition did not occur until April 2014. President and CEO, Gordy Heminger, Bowling Green ‘96 had multiple conversations with the Dean of Students and the University Ombudsman in order to gain University recognition. Family member Teresa Navo was instrumental in organizing parents to get involved which helped move the recognition efforts forward.