Kappa Psi

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Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc.
ΚΨ
Kappa Psi Coat of Arms.jpg
Founded May 30, 1879
Russell Military Academy in New Haven, Connecticut
Type Professional Pharmacy
Colors Scarlet and Cadet Gray
Flower Red Carnation
Publication The Mask
Chapters 92 collegiate, 66 graduate
Headquarters 2060 N Collins Boulevard Suite 128
Richardson, Texas, 75080, USA
Homepage www.kappapsi.org

Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Incorporated, (ΚΨ) is the largest professional pharmaceutical fraternity in the world. It was founded on May 30, 1879, by F. Harvey Smith on the campus of Russell Military Academy in New Haven, Connecticut. The Central Office of Kappa Psi is located in Richardson, Texas. Kappa Psi first chartered a Chapter at a College of Pharmacy in 1898 at Columbia University. At that time Kappa Psi was a medical and pharmaceutical Fraternity. In 1924, the fraternity split into Kappa Psi and Theta Kappa Psi, the medical fraternity. Currently, there are 92 active collegiate chapters and 66 graduate chapters across the United States, Canada, and The Bahamas, and over 80,000 people have been initiated into the fraternity since its inception.

Nationally, Kappa Psi is divided into eleven provinces, which the majority meet biannually and is divided as follows:

  • Atlantic Province - Chapters in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
  • Great Lakes Province - Chapters in Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio.
  • Gulf Coast Province - Chapters in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
  • Mid-America Province - Chapters in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, and Missouri.
  • Mountain East Province - Chapters in the District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
  • Northeast Province - Chapters in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
  • Northern Plains Province - Chapters in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
  • Northwest Province - Chapters in Alaska, British Columbia, Canada, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
  • Pacific West Province - Chapters in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, and Nevada.
  • Southeast Province - Chapters in the Bahamas, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.
  • Southwestern Province - Chapters in New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

In 1976, Kappa Psi admitted females into the fraternity, and now the vast majority of the chapters are co-ed. Those chapters that remain all-male have done so because of the strong activity of other professional fraternities and sororities on campus who attract those interested in alternative bases of membership, such as co-ed or all-female.

International Officers[edit]

At the 56th Grand Council Convention held in St Petersburg, Florida in August 2013, the following brothers were elected as international officers of the Fraternity:

Position Name
Grand Regent Eric Gupta
Grand Vice Regent Latha Radhakrishnan
Grand Counselor Robert Mancini
Grand Historian Christy Askew
Grand Ritualist Harry Marcelin
Graduate Member-at-Large Jason Milton
Collegiate Member-at-Large Grant McGuffey
Immediate Past Grand Regent Kali Weaver
Executive Director Johnny Porter

The office of Executive Director is elected as needed by the Executive Committee.

List of Chapters[edit]

Kappa Psi consists of 97 collegiate and 66 graduate chapters organized into 11 regional provinces.

Active Collegiate Chapters[edit]

Chapter School
Epsilon: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Theta: Medical College of Virginia
Iota: Medical University of South Carolina
Mu: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Nu: University of Connecticut
Xi: The Ohio State University
Pi: Purdue University
Rho: University of Kansas
Sigma: University of Maryland Baltimore
Upsilon: University of Kentucky
Chi: University of Illinois-Chicago
Psi: University of Tennessee
Beta Gamma: University of California-San Francisco
Beta Epsilon: University of Rhode Island
Beta Eta: West Virginia University
Beta Kappa: University of Pittsburgh
Beta Lambda: University of Toledo
Beta Nu: Creighton University
Beta Xi: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Beta Omicron: University of Washington
Beta Pi: Washington State University
Beta Rho: University of Mississippi
Beta Sigma: North Dakota State University
Beta Upsilon: Butler University
Beta Phi: University of Cincinnati
Beta Chi: Drake University
Beta Psi: University of Wisconsin–Madison
Beta Omega: Temple University
Gamma Delta: Ohio Northern University
Gamma Epsilon: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Gamma Zeta: Samford University
Gamma Eta: University of Montana
Gamma Theta: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Gamma Kappa: South Dakota State University
Gamma Lambda: Northeastern University
Gamma Xi: University of South Carolina
Gamma Omicron: University of Oklahoma
Gamma Pi: St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Gamma Rho: University of New Mexico
Gamma Sigma: University of Florida
Gamma Upsilon: University of Arizona
Gamma Phi: University of Georgia
Gamma Chi: Ferris State University
Gamma Psi: Mercer University
Gamma Omega: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Delta Beta: Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Delta Gamma: Auburn University
Delta Delta: University of Houston
Delta Epsilon: Duquesne University
Delta Zeta: University of Iowa
Delta Eta: Xavier University of Louisiana
Delta Theta: Texas Southern University
Delta Iota: Florida A&M University
Delta Kappa: Howard University
Delta Lambda: Campbell University
Delta Mu: University of British Columbia
Delta Nu: Midwestern University-Chicago
Delta Xi: Shenandoah University
Delta Omicron: Wilkes University
Delta Pi: Texas Tech University
Delta Rho: Nova Southeastern University
Delta Sigma: Midwestern University-Glendale
Delta Tau: University of Southern Nevada
Delta Upsilon: Palm Beach Atlantic University
Delta Phi: University of California-San Diego
Delta Chi: University of New England College of Pharmacy
Delta Psi: University of Minnesota-Duluth
Delta Omega: South University
Epsilon Beta: University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy
Epsilon Gamma: Western University of Health Sciences
Epsilon Delta: Appalachian College of Pharmacy
Epsilon Epsilon: Texas A&M Health Science Center Rangel College of Pharmacy
Epsilon Zeta: East Tennessee State University
Epsilon Eta: LECOM-Bradenton School of Pharmacy
Epsilon Theta: Sullivan University College of Pharmacy
Epsilon Iota: California Northstate University College of Pharmacy
Epsilon Kappa: Belmont University College of Pharmacy
Epsilon Lambda: Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy
Epsilon Mu: University of Florida-Orlando
Epsilon Nu: University of Maryland-Eastern Shore
Epsilon Xi: Pacific University - Oregon
Epsilon Omicron: D'Youville College
Epsilon Pi: Idaho State University College of Pharmacy
Epsilon Rho: University of Illinois-Chicago College of Pharmacy-Rockford
Epsilon Sigma: University of Florida-St. Petersburg
Epsilon Tau: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-Abilene
Epsilon Upsilon: Roosevelt University
Epsilon Phi: South University-South Carolina
Epsilon Chi: University of Utah College of Pharmacy
Epsilon Psi: University of Hawaii at Hilo
Epsilon Omega: Rosalind Franklin University
Zeta Beta: Husson University
Zeta Gamma: University of Florida-Jacksonville
Zeta Delta: University of South Florida
Zeta Epsilon: Northeast Ohio Medical University
Zeta Zeta: Touro College of Pharmacy
Mu Omicron Pi: Wayne State University

Active Graduate Chapters[edit]

  • Ada Graduate
  • Albany Graduate
  • Appalachia Graduate
  • Athens Graduate
  • Atlanta Graduate
  • Arizona Graduate
  • Auburn Graduate
  • Birmingham Graduate
  • Boston Graduate
  • Buffalo Graduate
  • Buies Creek Graduate
  • Central Michigan Graduate
  • Central New York Graduate
  • Charleston Graduate
  • Cincinnati Graduate
  • Columbus Graduate
  • Connecticut Graduate
  • Detroit Graduate
  • District of Columbia Graduate
  • Georgia Graduate
  • Harrisburg Graduate
  • Houston Graduate
  • Idaho Graduate
  • Illinois Graduate
  • Indiana Graduate
  • Iowa Graduate
  • Kentucky Graduate
  • Los Angeles Graduate
  • Louisiana Graduate
  • Maine Graduate
  • Maryland Graduate
  • Middle Tennessee Graduate
  • Minnesota Graduate
  • Montana Graduate
  • Nebraska Graduate
  • New Jersey Graduate
  • New York Graduate
  • North Carolina Graduate
  • North Dakota Graduate
  • North Florida Graduate
  • Orlando Graduate
  • Pacific Graduate
  • Philadelphia Graduate
  • Pittsburgh Graduate
  • Pocono Graduate
  • Pomona Graduate
  • Portland Graduate
  • Providence Graduate
  • Ringgold Graduate
  • Saint Louis Graduate
  • San Diego Graduate
  • San Francisco Graduate
  • Savannah Graduate
  • Seattle Graduate
  • South Alabama Graduate
  • South Carolina Graduate
  • South Dakota Graduate
  • Southeast Florida-Bahamas Graduate
  • Southeastern Massachusetts Graduate
  • Southwestern Graduate
  • Tampa Graduate
  • Tennessee Graduate
  • Texas Graduate
  • Toledo Graduate
  • Virginia Graduate
  • West Virginia Graduate
  • Wisconsin Graduate

Dormant Collegiate Chapters[edit]

These are formerly active chapters at schools of pharmacy, and the school is still active.

Chapter School Location
Eta Philadelphia College of Pharmacy Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Tau University of Southern California Los Angeles, California
Omega Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Newark, New Jersey
Beta Delta Albany College of Pharmacy Albany, New York
Beta Zeta Oregon State University Corvallis, Oregon
Gamma Gamma University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas
Gamma Iota State University of New York at Buffalo Buffalo, New York
Gamma Mu University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, Louisiana

Discontinued Collegiate Pharmacy Chapters[edit]

These are formerly active chapters at schools of pharmacy, and the pharmacy school no longer exists.

Chapter School Location
Gamma Columbia University College of Pharmacy New York, New York
Beta Beta Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio
Beta Theta Tulane University New Orleans, Louisiana
Beta Iota North Pacific College of Oregon Portland, Oregon
Beta Mu Valparaiso University Valparaiso, Indiana
Gamma Tau George Washington University Washington, D.C.

Grand Council Convention[edit]

Kappa Psi holds its national convention biennially. The record for the most attendants was the 55th Grand Council Convention held August 2-6, 2011 in San Francisco, California. The host hotel was The Parc55 San Francisco and the Convention Chairman was Grand Vice Regent Kali Weaver. Over 560 brothers, spouses, children and guests attended.

The 56th Grand Council Convention took place from July 30 to Aug 3, 2013 at the Tradewinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Below is a list of the Grand Council Conventions (along with the year, location, and number of attendees) dating back to the first Grand Council Convention in 1900 in New York City.

Grand Council Convention Year Location Attendance
57th 2015 Denver, Colorado N/A
56th 2013 St. Pete's Beach, Florida N/A
55th 2011 San Francisco, California 560
54th 2009 Clearwater Beach, Florida 460
53rd 2007 Boston, Massachusetts 441
52nd 2005 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 353
51st 2003 San Diego, California 401
50th 2001 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 342
49th 1999 Kalispell, Montana 300
48th 1997 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 440
47th 1995 North Falmouth, Massachusetts 336
46th 1993 Marco Island, Florida 301
45th 1991 Jackson Hole, Wyoming 197
44th 1989 Williamsburg, Virginia 175
43rd 1987 Orlando, Florida 213
42nd 1985 South Padre Island, Texas 195
41st 1983 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 191
40th 1981 Detroit Michigan 125
39th 1979 Scottsdale, Arizona 188
38th 1976 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 240
37th 1974 Kansas City, Missouri 135
36th 1972 New Orleans, Louisiana 105
35th 1969 Buffalo, New York 214
34th 1967 Kansas City, Missouri 204
33rd 1965 San Francisco, California 189
32nd 1963 Atlanta, Georgia 176
31st 1961 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 250
30th 1959 Cincinnati, Ohio 158
29th 1957 Saint Louis, Missouri 181
28th 1955 Chicago, Illinois 195
27th 1953 Washington, D.C. 311
26th 1951 Detroit, Michigan 232
25th 1949 Richmond, Virginia 135
24th 1947 Chicago, Illinois 88
21st 1941 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 83
17th 1928 Portland, Maine 90
16th 1924 Portland, Oregon/Saint Louis, Missouri/New York, New York 108
15th 1920 Portland, Oregon/Louisville, Kentucky/New York, New York 203
14th 1916 Atlanta, Georgia 104
13th 1913 Chicago, Illinois 119
12th 1910 Birmingham, Alabama 109
11th 1908 Charleston, South Carolina 16
10th 1907 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 16
9th 1906 Baltimore, Maryland 13
8th 1905 New York, New York 10
7th 1904 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
6th 1903 Washington, D.C.
5th 1902 Richmond, Virginia
4th 1902 Baltimore, Maryland
3rd 1901 Baltimore, Maryland
2nd 1900 Baltimore, Maryland
1st 1900 New York, New York
  1. The 22nd and 23rd Grand Council Conventions were postponed due to WWII.
  2. The 1932 (18th), 1936 (19th), and 1940 (20th) Grand Council Conventions were cancelled.
  3. The 15th and 16th Grand Council Conventions were held in three separate regional locations with the same business discussed at each.