UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA - CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
At the 1837 Convention in New York, New York, there was put forth a motion to investigate the establishment of a Chapter at the University of Virginia, which was sponsored by the Yale, Harvard, and Brown Chapters. Unfortunately, the students at the University were more interested at that time in other activities than fraternities, and Alpha Delta Phi would wait another 18 years before establishing the Virginia Chapter.
At the 1855 Convention, held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the committee on new Chapters received three petitions, one from the Bertrian Society of Wesleyan University, one from a group at the University of Virginia and one from Columbia College. Of these, Wesleyan University was denied a charter. The petition for re-establishment of the Columbia Chapter was also denied. Only the one from Virginia was accepted, and a charter granted. Alpha Delta Phi thus became the 5thfraternity at the University of Virginia, and the Virginia Chapter the 18th Chapter of the Fraternity to be established. Unfortunately, the charter was pulled two years later as the United States began to divide in the prelude to the Civil War, in a similar fashion to revocation of charters from the Alabama Chapter and Cumberland Chapter.
The Virginia Chapter lay dormant until 1987. Largely founded through the efforts of Brother Robert R. Barry, HAM & D 1937, who gave unselfishly of his time and money, the Chapter was reborn as an affiliate. Soon after the new affiliate was established, a former sorority house was purchased, providing the Chapter with its current accommodations. The Chapter was granted its second Charter on August 14, 1987 at the 155th International Convention in Chicago, Illinois.
In the 15 years since its rebirth, the Virginia Chapter has grown and flourished on the Grounds of the University. The Chapter has hosted multiple faculty dinners, and currently sponsors a University wide literary competition. The Chapter can claim multiple student leaders, including the Head Resident Assistant of the Lawn, and Fourth Year Class President. Virginia Alpha Delts have held all of the most prestigious offices in student government at the University, and as a Chapter can take great pride in having brought Arthur Ashe to the University for his last public speech and appearance before his death.