University Tradition: A Greek Thanksgiving

by TRAVIS GERLACH, CSU Public Relations Intern

Photographer ANDREW BRAVO


Thanksgiving is all about being with your family. For some people, their families are 8+ hours or even states away from Minnesota State Mankato. Although separated by distance that doesn’t mean you can’t have Thanksgiving with those who you consider family. 

Phi Delta Theta Fraternity on campus host a Thanksgiving every year for Alpha Chi Omega sorority for the past 10+ years. Phi Delta Theta and Alpha Chi Omega go far back in University history. Both organizations were founded within a year of each other. Phi Delta founded locally in 1964 and Alpha Chi locally founded in 1965.

Thanksgiving is a tradition to bring both organizations together to take a break from the semester and remember what’s really important. The family and bond between the two chapters and the friends within. 

‘I look forward to Phi Delta Theta Thanksgiving every year because it gives us the opportunity to celebrate a holiday with our second families. Many people come to college and don’t expect that you can find a group of people that you can connect with, like your family back home. I personally love how we all get to contribute to a time where we can sit down and just enjoy time with our brothers and sisters in Greek life.’

Katherine Cronk – Alpha Chi Omega

This past year Alpha Chi Omega raised over $1,500 for CADA (a domestic violence shelter for women and their children) and has also achieved Chapter of the Year for the past four years! Alpha Chi also has four members on the Panhellenic Council on campus.

Phi Delta Theta is celebrating its 55th Founders day this February. Every year, Phi Delta Theta raises money for ALS Research through the LiveLikeLou Foundation. In 2018, Phi Delta Theta MN Beta achieved the status of an Iron Phi chapter where they raised over $10,000 that year alone for LiveLikeLou. Phi Delta Theta would like to thank their amazing alumni base. Without them, they wouldn’t be where they are now.

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