Meet our New Members

We are proud to welcome these eight new members into our chapter as our Spring 2016 Phikeia class!  Read their bios below, as well as their thoughts about Phi Delta Theta, aspirations for the future, and career plans.


Mike 

1

Mike is a meteorologist in training with a deep passion for aviation.  He has always been interested in aviation, and until the recently, wanted to be a pilot.  However, a stormy experience (literally) on an airplane piqued his interest in weather.  Mike was fascinated with the effects that weather could have on things, like aviation. Michael would love to combine his two passions, for aviation and weather, and work for the National Weather Service in the aviation sector.

Other Info
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Wheaton, IL
Minor: Math and GIS (geographic information system)
Hero: Mom
Hobbies: Ukulele, video games, Blackhawks, baseball, basketball
Favorite part of Phi Delt: The respect and care between brothers in the chapter


Jacob

2

Jacob is pursuing a degree in meteorology and a minor in digital media.  This summer he will be interning at WANE-TV in Fort Wayne.  Jake aspires to be like his grandfathers, who he calls his heroes. As a Phi Delt, Jake hopes to play an important role in getting a chapter house on campus.

Other Info
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Monroeville, IN
Dream Job: Professional Golfer
Hobbies: Fishing, Hunting, Golfing
Favorite part of Phi Delt: “The guys”


Jonathan

8

Accounting buff, but entrepreneur at heart.  His heroes are his brothers and sisters who have taught him to do his best and push forward no matter what. Down the road, Jonny would like to open his own business.  Outside of school, Jonny prefers to detail and fix cars, watch movies, and hang out with friends.

Other Info
Year: Junior
Hometown: Yorkville, Illinois
Major(s): Accounting and Finance
Aspirations as a Phi Delt: Jonny would like to help his Phi Delt brothers academically by working with the chapter’s scholarship program.


Nick

7

Nick is a region rat from LaPorte, IN and is one of the first students in the Physician’s Assistant program here at VU. While he loves his career choice, his dream job would to be a full-time fishing guide!  Nick’s brother is a Phi Delt at Butler University.  While in Phi Delt, Nick wants to become a better man and friend. You are in the right place Nick!

Other Info
Year: Freshman
Hero: His brother, because he beat cancer.
Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Playing Sports
Bucket List Item: Visit Canada
Favorite part of Phi Delt: The brotherhood and camaraderie


Hunter

4

His name is Hunter, but many friends call him Hunto.  He believes his name is an especially good fit, since he has a passion for fishing and shooting guns.  When Hunter is not pursuing those passions, Hunter enjoys playing  baseball, basketball, football, and tennis.  Hunter is also from the region, specifically Michigan City, IN. He has come to Valpo to study Biology and Chemistry.  With these two degrees he plans on attending graduate school for dentistry.

Other Info
Year: Freshman
Major(s): Biology and Chemistry
Dream Job: Head Scout for the Cubs
Hero: His mom
Bucket List Item: See the Cubs win a World Series
Favorite part of Phi Delt: The friendships.


Aaron

3

Aaron is a social work and psychology double major.  A high school social worker had such an influence on Aaron that he now wants to give back to his community as a social worker. Aaron loves Phi Delt and hopes to bring a house to campus.  He said about Phi Delt: “Everyone is so genuine and nice and caring about the other members.  It’s not just a brotherhood, it’s a family”

Other Info
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Hero: His mom, because she sees the best in every situation, and always has the right things to say.
Hobbies: Collecting rocks from places that remind him of specific adventures.


Donald

5

Motorcyclist, clarinetist, amateur photographer and casual gamer, are all titles Donald is comfortable calling himself. His biggest passion, though, is his love for weather.  Like many Phi Delts, Donald has been intrigued with weather from an early age.  In fact, his dream job is to become the president of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP).  Donald’s favorite part of Phi Delt is the strong sense of inclusion and belonging of every member.

Other Info
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Merrillville, IN
Major(s): Meteorology
Minor: Math and GIS (geographic information system)
Hero: Dwayne Johnson because he started from very humble beginnings but made a name for himself.
Bucket List Item: Travel to all 7 continents


Colton

6

Colton is a mechanical engineering major who hopes to become a pilot in the Navy after school.  In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, and hanging out with friends. Colton’s brother, a VU Phi Delt and previous chapter president, graduated in 2014. Colton is considering following in his brother’s footsteps and running for president someday.

Other Info
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Valparaiso, IN
Dream Job: Pilot in the Blue Angels
Hobbies: Playing basketball and hanging out with friends
Favorite part of Phi Delt: The strong friendships he has already made.