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Trinity’s oldest fraternity is rechartered after six-year campus exile
By Sharon Jones Schweitzer
SAN ANTONIO - The Triniteers, one of Trinity University's oldest local fraternities, has returned to active and recognized status after developing a plan for rechartering that includes a commitment to change the culture of the "Teers."
Earlier this year, a group of Triniteer alumni approached the University about the possibility of rechartering, acknowledging the 2006 charter revocation was warranted and that the organization had suffered many shortcomings, including a lack of alumni involvement. The "Teer" alumni expressed a strong interest in creating a "fresh start" for the fraternity that would include a complete change in its recent culture.
"I was very impressed with the group's pledge of alumni support of a rechartered Triniteers fraternity and their cooperation to work in partnership with the University," said Michael Fischer, vice president for Faculty and Student Affairs. After the Triniteers' charter was revoked by the administration for policy violations in 2006, the organization was not eligible to apply for recognition or rechartering for a minimum of five years.
"We as alumni are looking forward to taking full advantage of the opportunity the University has provided the club. Our goal is to develop a club with a core of members who embody the ideals that the Triniteers were founded on in 1945," said Jeremy Boyce '03. "The members of the newly established Triniteers will be guided by our strong and active alumni base to have a positive and lasting impact on Trinity University." Boyce, Trinity's coordinator for Athletic Recruitment and a Triniteer alumnus, and several other Triniteer alumni developed a rechartering plan that re-examined the organization's values and how their actions and activities will reflect those values. The group's rechartering plan also included activities related to the four pillars of fraternity and sorority life at Trinity: scholarship, leadership, service, and camaraderie.
"Trinity University is committed to creating a campus environment where fraternities and sororities thrive and contribute to the larger community," said Fischer. The "Blueprint for Trinity's Fraternities and Sororities" is a reflection of that commitment, he said.
Sharon Jones Schweitzer, assistant vice president for External Relations, is a 1975 graduate of Trinity University. You can follow her on Twitter @sjschweitzer.