Our History

The University of Nebraska- Lincoln was founded in 1869 as a state granted university.  Phi Delta Theta was the first Greek organization established on the University of Nebraska- Lincoln.  We were founded on March 16, 1875 by Amos Gant, Willis Sweet and Clarence Rhoades.  Some of our prominent alumni include James B. Milliken, Jim Stuart and Jim Abel.  James B. Milliken is the chancellor for the City University of New York, the nation’s third-largest university system and former president of the University of Nebraska, a position he has held since August 2004. He also held faculty appointments in the College of Law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He previously served as senior vice president for the 16-campus University of North Carolina. Prior to joining UNC, Milliken was vice president of the University of Nebraska.  Jim Stuart owned the National Bank of Commerce, which became a statewide network of banks, and Stuart Broadcasting, among other investments.  Jim Abel is chairman and CEO of NEBCO.  He also owns the Lincoln Saltdogs and has developed Quarry Oaks and Fallbrook. The Abel dorms are named after his family.

The Chapter Today

Nebraska Alpha at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has a booming 117 members, well above the campus average. More than 50 of these members are actively involved in other campus organizations such as business fraternities and honor societies. During this past academic year, the chapter accumulated 10 intramural championships and four runner-ups. Nebraska Alpha has more than 20 committee members involved in student government, including three student government senate members and the Speaker of the Senate. With a chapter GPA of 3.4, 55 members made Dean’s List in their respective colleges.

Nebraska Alpha was the winner of a 5 Star rating for the Outstanding Chapter on Campus award, the highest honor achievable. During the fall semester, the chapter raised over $6,100 for ALS at their “Wafflebash” and in the spring, they raised another $4,200 for ALS at their “Phi Factor,” netting a yearly contribution of $10,300!

This is the seventh year in a row that Nebraska Alpha has been recognized as finalists for the Harvard Trophy and the fourth time that they’ve won the award during this span.

The Chapter House


Nebraska Alpha’s house sleeps sixty-eight of its members and includes a full kitchen, theater room, laundry room and a newly furnished living room. The house’s main feature is Nebraska’s first free standing staircase which was inspired by Franklin Lloyd Wright and is pictured above.