|The Delphic Fraternity, Inc. - Gamma Sigma Tau|
October 13, 1871|
|Motto||Friendship, Fellowship, & Fidelity|
|Maxim||Unity AmonGST All|
|Flower||White Rose and Dahlia|
|Publication||The Delphic Oracle|
|Philanthropy||American Foundation for Suicide Prevention|
|Chapters||14 (3 active undergraduate, 2 active graduate, 2 alumni and 7 inactive)|
|Delphics, GSTs, DGST|
|Headquarters||New Paltz, NY|
|Website||Official Delphic website|
The Delphic Fraternity, Inc., also known as Delphic of Gamma Sigma Tau, is a historic multicultural fraternity originally founded in New York State in 1871 and re-established in 1987. The fraternity can trace its origin back to the Delphic Society founded in 1850.
Delphic eventually became a regional fraternity with chapters at Oneonta, Jamaica, Cortland, New Paltz, Plattsburgh, and Potsdam, New York, and Mansfield, Pennsylvania. The oldest chapter, at SUNY Cortland, traces its formation back to the Young Men's Debating Club in 1847.
By the late 1930s, only the Zeta chapter at the State Teachers College at New Paltz (today SUNY New Paltz) remained active. In the early 1950s the chapter became briefly associated with a larger national fraternity.
In 1962, the organization became a legal not-for-profit membership entity by incorporating in the state of New York as the Delphic Fraternity of New Paltz, Inc. On March 11, 1987, the fraternity was re-established as Delphic of Gamma Sigma Tau at SUNY New Paltz.
In 2003, the Theta chapter at Binghamton University was founded, becoming the first Delphic chapter established in the 21st century. In 2009, the first Delphic chapter outside of the northeast region was chartered at the University of Virginia. The Kappa Chapter of Delphic is also the first multicultural fraternity established at UVA.
Today the autonomous organization is incorporated as the Delphic Fraternity, Inc. and does business as Delphic of Gamma Sigma Tau Fraternity via three active undergraduate chapters, two active graduate chapters, and two alumni chapters.
The 13 founding fathers of the Delphic Society/Fraternity at Geneseo were:
- John B. Abbott
- Charles W. Barney
- John N. Drake
- Erastus P. Gates
- William Janes
- William Kershner
- Scott L. McNinch
- James M. Milne
- William J. Milne
- Loring Olmsted
- Frank E. Welles
- Ara Wilkinson
- Frank Winnie
The organization has incorporated multicultural themes into its membership process and actively recruits members of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Since the 1960s, Delphic brothers have been of African, Asian, Caribbean, Eurasian, European, Latino, and Middle Eastern descent.
This organization pursues the sustained dignity, equality, and unity, amongst all races and creeds.
- Alpha - SUNY Geneseo
- Beta - SUNY Oneonta
- Gamma - Jamaica (NY) Normal School
- Delta - Mansfield University
- Epsilon - SUNY Cortland
- Eta - SUNY Plattsburgh
- Baconian - SUNY Potsdam
- William George Butler - musician, composer, and one of the founders of the Delta chapter of the Delphic Fraternity at Mansfield, Pennsylvania
- Rowland L. Davis
- Henry Albert Dickinson - New York State Assembly member
- Dr. John H. Doane - a building at Mansfield University is named after this physician and his family
- Arthur J. Gmeiner - businessman, artist, and philanthropist
- Alfred Harcourt
- Louis Jay Heath
- R. Paul Higgins
- Clayton R. Lusk
- Charles T. Saxton
- David Eugene Smith
- George Strait - a planetarium at Mansfield University is named after this popular professor
- Harold G. Strait
- The Normalian (1915), SUNY Geneseo Yearbook, p. 57.
- Grimm, R. (1963), A Brief History of Fraternities and Sororities at the State University College at Oneonta, New York.
- Bessie L. Park (1960), Cortland - Our Alma Mater: A History of Cortland Normal School and State University of New York Teachers College at Cortland.
- Velez, P. (2004), The Delphic Fraternity, Inc. - A Historical Perspective
- Division of Corporations, NYS Department of State
- The Delphic Fraternity History e-Book, April 2017. https://delphicfraternity.net
- Interpres, the student newspaper at the University of Rochester, June 1866.
- Fraternity History Homepage
- Official Fraternity website
- Fraternity information packet
- William George Butler
- Henry Albert Dickinson
- Dr. John H. Doane
- Arthur J. Gmeiner
- George Strait
- Cortland Evening Standard, Fri., April 12, 1895.
- Description of Cortland by James M. Milne.