The Delta Sigma Phi fraternity at Missouri University of Science and Technology held a house dedication to celebrate purchasing its house as well as its five-year anniversary of being back on the Missouri S&T campus Oct. 19.
The fraternity house is located at 215 W. Eighth St. in Rolla. The event included speeches and the closing of a time capsule followed by a celebration at the Havener Center.
Nate Dowd, current president of the fraternity, said, “The event went very well this past Saturday. The weather was better than we could have expected for Missouri in mid-October and the city was very helpful in letting us close Eighth Street for a couple hours.”
In 1995 the local fraternity chapter’s charter was returned to its national headquarters, the university took over the fraternity property, and the chapter was disbanded. However, five years ago, the chapter was re-established.
According to Dowd, in 1956 a group of Korean War veterans were the nucleus of the original chapter, which grew to one of the largest fraternities at the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, as the university was known then.
After the chapter fell on hard times and ceased operations, in 2005 there was an effort to re-establish Delta Sigma Phi in Rolla, which resulted in full chapter membership in 2008.
Since then the fraternity has been recognized on campus for highest GPA, community service and overall Remarkable Student Group.
In four straight years, the fraternity has been named a top chapter in the nation for Delta Sigma Phi.
The fraternity moved its house to the downtown area to the Ramsey Furniture building at Eighth and Rolla streets, which was remodeled to accommodate nearly 50 brothers on three floors.
Members of the fraternity are part of the Rolla Downtown Business Association and have taken part in the Arts and Crafts Festival, the backpack program through Vineyard Church, and many other service projects within the community.
“Despite a struggling national, state and local economy it is encouraging to see the continued growth and development of our downtown thanks in large part to the re-emergence of housing in the city’s central district,” City Administrator John Butz said. “There was some reservation with a fraternity (Delta Sigma Phi) moving into the downtown area a few years ago, but they have proven to be an active and enthusiastic partner in many of the community activities and events. We welcome those opportunities for collaboration, particularly when they involve our outstanding university students.”