Kappa Alpha Society

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Not to be confused with Kappa Alpha Order.
Kappa Alpha Society
Founded November 26, 1825; 190 years ago
Union College
Type Literary Society and Social Fraternity
Colors      Scarlet
Symbol Kappa Alpha Key
Flower Carnation
Chapters 15 (9 active)
Headquarters PO Box 876
Ithaca, New York, US
Homepage http://www.ka.org

The Kappa Alpha Society (ΚΑ), founded in 1825, was the progenitor of the modern fraternity system in North America. It was the first of the fraternities which would eventually become known as the Union Triad. In addition, Baird’s Manual states that ΚΑ, unlike other fraternities with claims to the contrary, has maintained a continuous existence since its foundation, making it the oldest undergraduate fraternity that exists today.[1] As of 2012, there are nine active chapters in the United States and Canada.


According to Baird’s Manual, nine undergraduates at Union College inSchenectady, New YorkJohn Hart Hunter, John McGeoch, Isaac W. Jackson, Thomas Hun, Orlando Meads, James Proudfit, and Joseph Anthony Constant of the class of 1826, and Arthur Burtis and Joseph Law of the Class of 1827—established the Society on November 26, 1825 from an informal group calling itself The Philosophers, which was established by Hunter, Jackson, and Hun in 1823. The organization represents the middle link between secret societies, literary societies, and Greek-letter organizations like Phi Beta Kappa. In the words of founding member Arthur Burtis:

After we were domiciled in our upper chamber, in the fourth story of the south section—South College—northeast corner… we now and then beguiled the long winter evenings and entertained our friends with a few baked potatoes and salt and comforted them with apples. Jackson, Hun, Meads, Constant, and McGeoch were often the genial sharers of our simple meal, which was enlivened with mirth and wit and merry song…. It was determined to raise Hunter to an elevated seat on the woodpile, which stood in the corner of the room. When he was exalted to his high eminence, with his pipe in his mouth, he became the leader of this little band. Whereupon I suggested it would be right for us to get our light from this central luminary and that I would carry it to the others…. This band was now beginning to assume shape and form and comely order.

The first expansion of the Society took place in 1833 at Williams College at the request of fourteen students led by Azariah S. Clark of the class of 1834.

The Kappa Alpha Society, emulated by Sigma Phi (est. 1827) and Delta Phi (est. 1827), constitute the Union Triad, the pioneers of the North American system of social fraternities.[2]

This organization is not to be confused with the Kappa Alpha Order, a completely separate national fraternity.


Chapters are designated with an abbreviation of the institution’s Latin name.

No. Dates Chapter Institution Location Status
1. Nov. 26, 1825–2003, 2011–present New York Alpha (CC) Union College Schenectady, New York Active
2. Oct. 29, 1833–1983 Massachusetts Alpha (CG) Williams College Williamstown,Massachusetts Dormant
3. Nov. 26, 1844–1854, 1879–2003, 2005–present New York Beta (CH) Hobart College Geneva, New York Active
4. Oct. 21, 1852–1855, 1983–1998 New Jersey Alpha (CNC) Princeton University Princeton, New Jersey Dormant
5. Jan. 8, 1857–1861 Virginia Alpha (VV) University of Virginia Charlottesville,Virginia Dormant
6. Nov. 12, 1868–1990, 2007–present New York Gamma (VC) Cornell University Ithaca, New York Active
7. Feb. 19, 1892–present Ontario Alpha (VT) University of Toronto Toronto, Ontario Active
8. Jan. 2, 1894–present Pennsylvania Alpha (VL) Lehigh University Bethlehem,Pennsylvania Active
9. Apr. 21, 1899–1971, 1987–2006, 2012–present Quebec Alpha (VM) McGill University Montreal, Quebec Active
10. Apr. 26, 1913 – present Pennsylvania Beta (VP) University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia,Pennsylvania Active
11. Feb. 14, 1948–present Ontario Beta (VOO) University of Western Ontario London, Ontario Active
12. Mar. 18, 1967–1993, 1994–1997 Connecticut Alpha (VW) Wesleyan University Middletown,Connecticut Dormant
13. Nov. 5, 1988–2011 Alberta Alpha (VA) University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta Dormant
14. Nov. 23, 1991–1999 Alberta Beta (VAC) University of Calgary Calgary, Alberta Dormant
15. Nov. 21, 2009–present Nova Scotia Alpha (VD) Dalhousie University Halifax, Nova Scotia Active


The Union and Wesleyan chapters were co-educational (male and female members) in the recent past. The chapter at Wesleyan University, which existed from 1967 to about 1997, was at various times co-educational both as part of The Society and as a local starting in 1974. The Union Chapter was co-ed from 1991 until 2003. There are currently no co-educational chapters.

Contributing members[edit]

Notable members[edit]

Over the course of its nearly 200-year history, The Kappa Alpha Society has produced a substantial number of notable members in widely varied fields.

Delta Phi

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“St. Elmo Hall” redirects here. For other uses, see St. Elmo (disambiguation) and San Telmo (disambiguation).
The Delta Phi Fraternity
Founded November 17, 1827; 187 years ago
Union College
Type Social
Scope National
Motto “Semper Ubique”
Colors Columbia Blue and White
Symbol The Maltese Cross
Patron saint St. Elmo
Chapters 13 Active Chapters
Headquarters P.O. Box 4633
Chapel Hill, North Carolina,USA
Homepage deltaphifraternity.org

Delta Phi (ΔΦ) is a fraternity founded in 1827 at Union College inSchenectady, New York. Founded as part of the Union Triad, along with theKappa Alpha Society and Sigma Phi Society, Delta Phi was the third and last member of the Triad.


Delta Phi and the other fraternities of the Union Triad were established during a time of strong anti-Masonic sentiment in the United States. Because fraternities were secret societies at the time, they also became targets of the anti-Masonic movement. This led Phi Beta Kappa, the original fraternity, to abandon secrecy and become an honor society.

In the early 1830s, Dr. Eliphalet Nott, president of Union College, called for the dissolution of all fraternities. Before this policy could be enacted, John Jay Hyde, a member of Delta Phi, argued the benefits of the fraternity system so convincingly that Nott relented and permitted the organizations to remain in existence. Hyde went on to design the badge still worn by members of Delta Phi, which includes a Maltese Cross, a symbol used by the Knights of Malta.

This connection to the Knights of Malta led Delta Phi to become known as “The St. Elmo Club”, a name first used by theOmicron chapter at Yale University, which since has transformed into a senior secret society known as St. Elmo Society. The brothers there used the name of St. Elmo, the patron saint of mariners and the Knights of Malta. Some of Delta Phi’s chapter houses are also known as “St. Elmo Hall”.

Delta Phi today[edit]

Delta Phi Badge.jpg

Delta Phi remains a small fraternity with twelve active chapters and few chapters with more than several dozen members. It has resisted expansion in order to create an “intimate, personal experience”[1] for its members. The fraternity’s current expansion policy is to reactivate dormant chapters.[1] As a member of the Union triad, Delta Phi is the third oldest fraternity in the United States. Sigma Phi’s recognition as a secret society as opposed to a social fraternity makes Delta Phi the oldest continuous “social” fraternity in existence, while Sigma Phi is the oldest continuous collegiate Greek letter society overall.

Governance and Organization[edit]

Owing mostly to its development in the early 19th century, Delta Phi organizes itself federally. Individual alumni chapters still exercise significant power over chapter governance. Those powers that are given in the national organization are vested in the Board of Governors.[2] The Board consists of one member appointed from each alumni chapter plus two undergraduate representatives elected at the annual leadership conference the fraternity sponsors.[2] Among the duties given to the board is hiring the Executive Director who oversees day-to-day management of the fraternity.[2]

In addition to the national governing organization of the fraternity, Delta Phi alumni have also established the Saint Elmo Foundation which, among other things, sponsor’s the annual leadership weekend and provides scholarships to undergraduate members of Delta Phi.[3]

Alumni Membership[edit]

Overall alumni participation among active chapters remains strong with chapters hosting several social events throughout the year.[4][5]

Alumni status in Delta Phi also qualifies one to apply for membership in the Saint Elmo Club,[6] a private social club which operates at 3 West 51st Street in the Manhattan borough of New York City.[6]

On or about November 17 of every year, the national organization sponsors the Founder’s Day Dinner at the Saint Elmo Club where undergraduates and alumni celebrate the founding of the fraternity.[7]



Active Chapters[edit]

There are 13 active chapters of Delta Phi.[8]

[*] An active fraternity that is no longer affiliated with national organization

Inactive Chapters[9][edit]

There are 14 inactive chapters of Delta Phi including the Beta Chapter.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]

Chi Psi

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Chi Psi Fraternity
Official Chi Psi Seal.gif
Founded May 20, 1841; 174 years ago
Union College
Type Social Fraternity
Scope National
Colors      Purple and      Gold
Chapters 32
Headquarters 45 Rutledge Street
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Homepage http://www.chipsi.org

Chi Psi Fraternity (ΧΨ) is a fraternity and secret society consisting of 32 active chapters (known as “Alphas”) at 32 American colleges and universities. The mission of the Chi Psi Fraternity is to create and maintain an enduring society which encourages the sharing of traditions and values, respect for oneself and others, and responsibility to the university and community.

Chi Psi was founded on Thursday May 20, 1841, by 10 students at Union College with the idea of emphasizing the fraternal and social principles of a brotherhood. It was the first Greek-letter organization to be founded on these grounds, rather than the literary characteristics of the seven then-existing societies. In 1854, Chi Psi was the first fraternity in the nation to establish afraternity house. The first fraternity house was located at the University of Michigan. Thanks to the building’s resemblance to a hunting lodge, Chi Psi now refers to all its houses as Lodges.[1] Chi Psi Fraternity is the 8th fraternity to be founded in the United States.

Chi Psi’s official colors are Royal Purple and Gold. Chi Psi’s national headquarters, the Central Office, is in Nashville, Tennessee.


Chi Psi was founded on Thursday May 20, 1841, by 10 students at Union College with the idea of emphasizing the fraternal and social principles of a brotherhood. The 10 founding members were: Philip Spencer (later hanged on charges of mutiny aboard the brig USS Somers), Robert Heyward McFaddin (1822-1858) of Greensboro, Alabama, Jacob Henry Farrell, John Brush Jr., Samuel Titus Taber, James Lafayette Witherspoon (cousin of McFaddin), William Force Terhune, Alexander Peter Berthoud, James Chatham Duane, and Patrick Upshaw Major.

Values and the Chi Psi Gentleman[edit]

Chi Psi is founded upon the fraternal aspects of brotherhood and embraces a number of values in its pursuit to establish this brotherhood. These values were first adopted at its founding in 1841, and later, a restatement of principles was given at the 122nd National Convention in 1963. Some of these values are as follows: Chi Psi is defined by the values which are collectively accepted by its members. The extent to which these values are practiced is the measure of our fraternity; Chi Psi is committed to the growth of the individual in a social environment which nurtures integrity, dignity and maturity while enjoying shared experiences and college sociability; and Chi Psi recognizing that academic achievement is fundamental to the development of the individual, stands for intellectual growth and the attainment of human potential.[2]

Chi Psi also embraces the idea of being a true gentleman, by following the definition of a gentleman as put forward by John Walter Wayland’s ‘The True Gentleman’:

The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others rather than his own; and who appears well in any company; a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe.[3]

Program for Excellence[edit]

In pursuit of the values the fraternity put forth and in order to make up for a lack of leadership opportunities available on college campuses, the Chi Psi Educational Trust has funded the Program for Excellence. Consisting of numerous sessions and workshops the Program for Excellence focuses on instilling the members of Chi Psi with a respect for themselves, the people they are around, and their community.[4][5]

Purple & Gold[edit]

The Chi Psi newsletter, ‘The Purple & Gold’ was first published in November 1883, and is currently received by all current brothers on a lifetime subscription.[6]

Alphas (Chapters)[edit]

Chi Psi has 32 chapters, which are known as Alphas, at American colleges and universities.

Active Alphas[edit]

Institution Date founded Alpha Active since
Union College 1841 Pi 2008
Wesleyan University 1844 Alpha 2012
Hamilton College 1845 Phi 1845
University of Michigan 1845 Epsilon 1845
University of North Carolina 1855 Sigma 1928
University of South Carolina 1858 Beta 1957
University of Mississippi 1858 Gamma 2013
University of Virginia 1860 Omicron 2015[7]
Amherst College 1864 Chi 1985
University of Minnesota 1874 Nu 1874
University of Wisconsin–Madison 1878 Iota 1878
Rutgers University 1879 Rho 2005
Stevens Institute of Technology 1883 Xi 1883
University of Georgia 1890 Alpha Delta 2011
Lehigh University 1894 Beta Delta 1894
University of California-Berkeley 1895 Delta Delta 1895
University of Illinois 1912 Zeta Delta 1912
University of Colorado at Boulder 1920 Psi Delta 2011
University of Oregon 1921 Eta Delta 1921
University of Washington 1921 Theta Delta 1921
Georgia Tech 1923 Iota Delta 1923
Yale University 1924 Kappa Delta 2013
Sewanee: The University of the South 1964 Tau Delta 1964
Clemson University 1972 Chi Delta 1972
Washington and Lee University 1977 Omicron Delta 1977
Rollins College 1977 Mu Delta 1977
Texas Tech University 1983 Xi Delta 2000
Wake Forest University 1986 Upsilon Delta 1986
Duke University 1989 Sigma Delta 1989
North Carolina State University 2001 Pi Delta 2001
George Mason University 2003 Omega Delta 2003
Miami University 2005 Rho Delta 2005


Institution Date founded Alpha Active since
University of Kentucky <6/25/2015 Undetermined Never previously an active Alpha

Dormant Alphas[edit]

Institution Date founded Alpha Dormant since
Williams College 1842 Theta 1963
Middlebury College 1843 Mu 1994
Bowdoin College 1844 Eta 1993
Columbia University 1846 Zeta 1885
Princeton University 1851 Delta 1859
College of the City of New York 1857 Kappa 1873
Furman University 1858 Upsilon 1898
Brown University 1860 Lambda 1870
Cornell University 1869 Psi 2014[8]
Wofford College 1869 Tau 1906
University of Rochester 1884 Omega 1889
Northwestern University 1892 Epsilon Delta 2012
Stanford University 1895 Gamma Delta 1971
UCLA/UC-Irvine 1949 Lambda Delta 1994
Penn State University 1997 Nu Delta 2004

Notable alumni[edit]