The Crescent Newsletter - Fall 2019 Issue

The Crescent Newsletter - Fall 2019 Issue

Delta Tau Delta Fraternity Iota Xi Chapter
Newsletter 2019 Issue ||
Dear Brothers,
This past year has been a pivotal moment in the history of our chapter. We have come a long way in terms of our achievements, both in and out of the classroom. We have also begun a campaign that will better strengthen our relationships with our alumni. We are excited to share the future with your involvement.
Message from the President
Joseph Uva
It has been a very eventful year here at the Florida Institute of Technology for the Iota Xi chapter. We are starting the year off with a 20 person new member class. While this may be small for state school standards, it was the second biggest on our campus for the semester. We also had a GREAT philanthropy event that built off of the success of previous soap hockey philanthropies, and we raised nearly 177 dollars for JDRF, which is significant for our recent history. This spring semester, we may have only had two men initiated, but they have been very well integrated and built a strong brotherhood bond quickly with our group of men. We were able to finally put flooring in our chapter room, as it has been a cement slab since we moved into the house six years ago. The new floor boosted morale a lot, and our formal at the space coast rocket garden went off without a hitch! Our consultant attended since he was doing his visit on the day of our formal, and he seemed to enjoy himself. We did this after our repeat of the soap hockey philanthropy, where we nearly doubled the previous semester's dollars raised through soap hockey. We were able to take home a court of honor gavel from the GREAT southern division conference as well.
Alumni Spotlight
David Cisek
When you look at Delta Tau Delta, even just from a technical perspective, it has so much to offer. In my time with Delta Tau Delta, I have learned not only how to manage people, manage my life, and manage to graduate, but what motivates me and what matters. It can not only teach you personal skills like leadership, communication, and financial strategies, but it can also do so much more. For me, Delts allowed me to put things into perspective even when there were a dozen little thoughts all vying for my attention. For instance, being president while doing senior design may have caused some immediate pain, but it gave me incredible joy to realize that I could do it all with the help of my brothers and by helping my brothers. The times where I got to sit down with brothers who were struggling to listen to their problems and put myself in their shoes have been some of the most impactful and humbling moments of my life. In a fraternity, your problems are not yours alone and that’s something very special; you don’t have to bottle things up. That safety net, those moments where you feel like crap and want to give up, but your brothers are there for you, those times you feel like doing something stupid but are convinced otherwise are what Delta Tau Delta is about. Without knowing that the Delts were always there for me I doubt I would have made it this far.
Annual Alumni Event
  • Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019
  • Time: 12:00pm-2:00am
  • Location: Varies
  • Details: The Delta Tau Delta Iota Xi Annual Alumni Day is Saturday, November 16, 2019. Specific details of the event, including times and locations, is coming soon.
A Message From Rodd Newcombe

We are pleased to announce the expansion of the Alumni Advisory Team. We are seeking alumni to step up and be a guiding light for the future of the Iota Xi Chapter. As the chapter continues to develop and grow, a team is needed to ensure the health and stability of the chapter’s long term future.


The following positions are available for you to undertake:

  • Financial advisor
  • Recruitment advisor
  • Membership Education advisor
  • Risk Management advisor
  • Academic advisor
  • Alumni advisor
  • Leadership advisor
  • Road advisor
  • House and Grounds advisor
If you are interested in a position please contact Rodd Newcombe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (321) 674-7110
2019 Fall New Member Class

New Member Highlights


Trenton Wright

Hi, my name is Trenton Wright. I can to Florida from Montana and I have no regrets yet except maybe not bringing bug spray. I’m majoring in astrophysics and astronomy which means I’ll either make a lot of money or work as an assistant to some outdated singer. I joined the delta because I missed that sense of a close bond like a had with my brother back home. My whole life I have been around someone who has guided me and taught me right from wrong and to have that again seems like a step in the right direction for a successful future. I want to show this newfound society that being in a fraternity means so much more than having a few beers with the boys. It’s about having a group who loves you and cares about you and will stop at nothing to help you succeed. That’s me.


Jesus Aviles

From Melbourne, Florida. Favorite fruit is the pineapple. I enjoy any water activities from the beach, kayaking, paddleboarding, free-diving, jet skiing.


Michael Amore

My name is Michael Amore, I’m from Florida, and I am studying computer science. My grades aren’t looking too hot rn, but Wawa mac and cheese is fire.


William Louis Branca

Hi I'm William Branca I'm from New York, I'm studying Computer Science with a focus on cybersecurity, and I am an Esports professional.


Jeremy Mcfarland

I'm from Wisconsin, studying aeronautical science with flight, I like long walks on the beach and chilling on the couch watching Netflix.


Tre Mason

I’m Tre and I’m from Barbados. I’m studying aviation management with flight and I aspire to one day become a commercial pilot. Things I like to do are exercising and traveling.


Peter Gordon

Hi, I'm Peter Wilkins, I'm a junior in astronomy and astrophysics, I'm from Whitman, Massachusetts. I love playing soccer, fishing, and going to the beach.


Garret Mello

My name is Garrett Mello, I am in aviation management with flight, and I love dogs.

JDRF Soap Hockey Philanthropy Event

Soup Hockey, our largest philanthropy event of the year, is November 2, 2019. Join us at 11 am on Southgate Fields. 


If you are unable to join us in person, you are encouraged to donate online on our website at


We appreciate your support within our chapter and towards JDRF. Your support, regardless of size or type, is greatly appreciated by every one of the Iota Xi brothers.

Chapter Phone Number
Now our chapter has an official phone number.
(321) 405-2156
Please feel free to call or text us, if you require any further information about the chapter.
$18M Health Sciences Research Center Announced
Source: Florida Tech Newsroom

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology will break ground in spring 2020 on a 61,000-square-foot Health Sciences Research Center that will help fill the growing demand for jobs in biomedical engineering and science and allow students and faculty to conduct critical research in labs equipped with the latest cutting-edge technologies, from virtual-dissection tables to atomic force microscopes.

The new, $18 million facility will double the size of Florida Tech’s undergraduate biomedical engineering program to 300 full-time, on-campus students, increase the size of the undergraduate premedical program from 150 to 250 students, provide over 20,000 square feet of classroom and training spaces, and allow students access to teaching laboratories that use augmented and virtual reality tools and space for orthopedics, tissue studies and advanced computational simulations.

“The excellence of a Florida Tech education and our unparalleled success in producing highly desirable graduates make this evolution on our campus and in our educational offerings a natural, powerful step forward,” said Florida Tech President Dwayne McCay.


Upcoming Events 

  • Nov 1 - Formal Chapter Meeting & Initiation
  • Nov 2 - Soap Hockey Philanthropy Event
  • Nov 9 - Elections
  • Nov 15 - Formal Chapter & Officer Installations
  • Nov 22 - Formal Chapter & Senior Send-Off
  • Dec 1 - White Elephant
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