The Northwest Region of Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc. gathered this past weekend in Pullman, WA for their annual Regional Conference. The Upsilon Chapter at Washington State University was on hand as hosts of the event. Lambda Chapter at the University of Washington, Upsilon Chapter at Washington State University, Alpha Theta Chapter at Oregon State University, Beta Gamma Chapter at Eastern Washington University, Beta Kappa Chapter at Western Oregon University, Beta Lambda Chapter at the University of Idaho, Beta Xi Chapter at Heritage University, and the Portland State University Colony were all in attendance.

Tony Pagliocco, National President, was on hand to present the State of Fraternity Affairs to the undergraduate membership of the Northwest Region. The weekend long conference was hosted by the Upsilon Chapter and Regional Director Gabriel Hernandez spearheaded the planning alongside the undergraduates at Washington State.

Neophyte Isaac Castaneda, activated last spring, was involved in the coordinating of the conference. He said that it was a learning experience to act accordingly and in a timely manner went taking on certain setbacks or when things didn’t go exactly as envisioned.

Alpha Nu alumnus Mario Enriquez served as the keynote speaker during the awards banquet, Enriquez was activated at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA where he served in numerous leadership positions at the chapter. He would then go on to work for the National Council of La Raza and then return to school at the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California, his dream school.

Enriquez’s story of perseverance, hard work, and dedication, in fraternity life, in one’s personal life, and in one’s professional and educational life, resonated with the undergraduates. Enriquez was activated in the Spring of 2007 at the Alpha Nu chapter and later went on to serve on the National Executive Council under Former National President Ivan Jaime.

For neos like Castaneda, the experience was a well rounded and eye opening one: being surrounded by brothers he had never met but taking an instant liking and building able to build a connection based off affiliation in the brotherhood, it was definitely special.

“Honestly, having brothers together, even if it’s for a short time, allows us to catch up and get to know brothers we haven’t met before. Even for myself as a neo I didn’t know the majority of brothers. This ,in and of itself, strengthens our brotherhood” stated Castaneda.

The Upsilon Chapter at Washington State took home accolades as the chapter of the year in the Northwest Region.