Chi Psi

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Chi Psi Fraternity
ΧΨ
ChiPsiSeal.jpg
Founded May 20, 1841; 173 years ago (1841-05-20)
Union College
Type Social Fraternity
Scope National
Colors      Royal 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 1845, Chi Psi was the first fraternity in the nation to establish a fraternity 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.

History[edit]

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, 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':

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 31 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
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

Dormant Alphas[edit]

Institution Date founded Alpha Dormant since
Cornell University 1869 Psi 2014[7]
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
University of Virginia 1860 Omicron 2008
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]

See also[edit]

Links and references[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Chi Psi Story, p70
  2. ^ http://www.chipsi.org/?page=Governance_Council
  3. ^ The Chi Psi Story, p19
  4. ^ The CHi Psi Story, p 36-39
  5. ^ http://www.chipsi.org/?page=P4Ea
  6. ^ The Chi Psi Story, p184
  7. ^ "University revokes recognition of Chi Psi fraternity". 2 May 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2014.