The Iowa Chapter was founded on the University of Iowa campus on December 7, 1912 and has been a fixture on the University of Iowa campus ever since. With the Fraternity originally being founded by 16 members as a law fraternity, the Iowa Chapter was composed of both undergraduate and Law School members in the early years. Since it’s founding, the Iowa Chapter has initiated over 1,610 members and currently boasts 100+ active and associate members. This Fall will mark the 101st consecutive year on campus. This is an incredible achievement and has only been accomplished by 3 of the 130+ active chapters.
Certainly, the most public and perhaps the best-known description of the purposes of Delta Chi, the Preamble’s principle ideals offer profound potential as a guide to daily life as a brother, and it can be found at the top of the website.
The four most important words in the Preamble are not what many believe: “Friendship”, “Character”, “Justice”, and “Education”. Instead, the four words: “Promote”, ”Develop”, “Advance”, and “Assist” offer the most significance to what it takes to be a Delta Chi. The point is that Fraternity and, in particular, Delta Chi, is not just about what “is” but what we, as members, should actually be doing. It is our actions that make Delta Chi, which is why the key words are the verbs to call members to action.