Phi Delta Chi

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Phi Delta Chi
Phi Delta Chi crest.png
Founded November 2, 1883
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
Type Professional Pharmacy

Alterum Alterius Auxilio Eget

"Each Needs the Help of the Other"
Colors Old Gold and Dregs of wine
Flower Red Carnation
Chapters 100
Nickname Phi Dex, PDC
Headquarters 116 N Lafayette, Suite B
South Lyon, Michigan
United States of America

Phi Delta Chi (ΦΔΧ) was founded on 2 November 1883 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor by 11 men, led by Dean Albert B. Prescott. The fraternity was formed to advance the science of pharmacy and its allied interests, and to foster and promote a fraternal spirit among its brothers, now both male and female.

History of Phi Delta Chi[edit]

On November 2, 1883, 11 men at the University of Michigan formed the fraternity. At that time, there were a number of literary societies at Michigan, but Phi Delta Chi's founders believed something should be organized exclusively for the College of Pharmacy. Albert Benjamin Prescott (1832–1905) then Dean of College of Pharmacy at Michigan, encouraged the 11 founders in the formation of the society. He was made the first honorary member and then served as the group's sponsor.

The Communicator, the official publication for Phi Delta Chi was first published nationally in 1906 and has been published regularly since. Today, The Communicator is published four times a year.

Phi Delta Chi originally accepted only men in the fields of pharmacy and chemistry, the latter including both chemistry majors and chemical engineers. During the depression days of 1928-1933, however, difficulties arose because the fraternity was serving two professions. As a result, membership requirements changed to include pharmacy only. It has been a matter of considerable pride to Phi Delta Chi brothers that the organization not only be kept intact through wars and economic crises, but that brothers also come forward to carry on the work of the organization and to expand it. Since being founded in 1883, Phi Delta Chi has chartered more than 70 collegiate Chapters and has welcomed more than 50,000 men and women.

Centennial celebrations in 1983 culminated with the dedication of a plaque at the University of Michigan School of Pharmacy, commemorating Phi Delta Chi's first 100 years of accomplishments. Today, the Alpha Chapter hosts brothers from every chapter annually on November 2, to celebrate the founding of Phi Delta Chi in 1883. Since the late 1980s, many new chapters have been founded and that number is continuing to rise due to the rapid expansion of new schools of pharmacy in the 1990s and 2000s. Phi Delta Chi also hosts an annual leadership development seminar, which members attend to gain key skills.

Well-known Members of Phi Delta Chi[edit]

Collegiate Chapters[edit]

  • Alpha: University of Michigan
  • Beta: Northwestern University
  • Gamma: Columbia University
  • Delta: University of Wisconsin
  • Epsilon: Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
  • Zeta: University of California at San Francisco
  • Eta: MCPHS University
  • Theta: University of Minnesota
  • Iota: University of Maryland
  • Kappa: University of Washington
  • Lambda: University of Texas
  • Mu: University of Pittsburgh
  • Nu: University of Iowa
  • Xi: Ohio State University
  • Omicron: University of Southern California
  • Pi: University of Nebraska
  • Rho: University of Oklahoma
  • Sigma: University of Colorado
  • Tau: Purdue University
  • Upsilon: University of Kansas
  • Phi: Creighton University
  • Chi: Auburn University
  • Psi: Drake University
  • Omega: University of Tennessee
  • Alpha Alpha: Western Reserve University
  • Alpha Beta: University of Kentucky
  • Alpha Gamma: University of North Carolina
  • Alpha Delta: Medical College of Virginia
  • Alpha Epsilon: University of Mississippi
  • Alpha Zeta: Idaho State University
  • Alpha Eta: Wayne State University
  • Alpha Theta: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Alpha Iota: University of Georgia
  • Alpha Kappa: Medical University of South Carolina
  • Alpha Lambda: University of Connecticut
  • Alpha Mu: University of Wyoming
  • Alpha Nu: University of Arizona
  • Alpha Xi: Ferris State University
  • Alpha Omicron: Temple University
  • Alpha Pi: University of Utah
  • Alpha Rho: Mercer University
  • Alpha Sigma: University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Alpha Tau: University of Houston
  • Alpha Phi: Butler University
  • Alpha Chi: Samford University
  • Alpha Psi: University of the Pacific (United States)
  • Alpha Omega: Southwestern Oklahoma State University
  • Beta Alpha: Saint John's University
  • Beta Beta: University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • Beta Gamma: Duquesne University
  • Beta Delta: St. Louis College of Pharmacy
  • Beta Epsilon: University of Missouri
  • Beta Zeta: Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy
  • Beta Eta: University of Arkansas
  • Beta Theta: University of South Carolina
  • Beta Iota: Oregon State University
  • Beta Kappa: Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences [1]
  • Beta Lambda: Nova Southeastern University
  • Beta Mu: Howard University
  • Beta Nu: Rutgers University
  • Beta Xi: Midwestern University
  • Beta Omicron: Texas Southern University
  • Beta Pi: Shenandoah University
  • Beta Rho: Texas Tech University
  • Beta Sigma: Midwestern University - Glendale
  • Beta Tau: State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Beta Upsilon: Roseman University of Health Sciences
  • Beta Phi: Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Beta Chi: Northeastern University
  • Beta Psi: University of Minnesota at Duluth
  • Beta Omega: Wingate University
  • Gamma Alpha: University of New Mexico
  • Gamma Beta: Pacific University
  • Gamma Gamma: Appalachian College of Pharmacy
  • Gamma Delta: East Tennessee State University
  • Gamma Epsilon: Texas A&M Health Science Center
  • Gamma Zeta: St. John Fisher, Wegman's School of Pharmacy
  • Gamma Eta: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy - Abilene, TX
  • Gamma Theta: University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Pharmacy
  • Gamma Iota: California Northstate College of Pharmacy
  • Gamma Kappa: Chicago State University
  • Gamma Lambda: Auburn University at Mobile
  • Gamma Mu: Husson University
  • Gamma Nu: University of the Incarnate Word
  • Gamma Xi: Belmont University
  • Gamma Omicron: University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Gamma Pi: D'Youville College School of Pharmacy
  • Gamma Rho: Regis University School of Pharmacy
  • Gamma Sigma: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Gamma Tau: Western New England University College of Pharmacy
  • Gamma Upsilon: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Bradenton
  • Gamma Phi: University of Findlay
  • Gamma Chi: University of Charleston School of Pharmacy
  • Gamma Psi: Washington State University-Spokane
  • Gamma Omega: Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy
  • Delta Alpha: Marshall University School of Pharmacy
  • Delta Beta: University of North Texas College of Pharmacy
  • Delta Gamma: California Health Sciences University
  • Delta Delta: University of Florida College of Pharmacy

Pharmacy Leadership & Education Institute (PLEI)[edit]

Phi Delta Chi’s 60th Grand Council (Memphis, 1995) authorized the Fraternity's Executive Council to establish a not-for-profit foundation to advance the leadership, educational, and other benevolent missions of the Fraternity. This charge was fulfilled in the creation of the Pharmacy Leadership & Education Institute, Inc. (PLEI), which held the inaugural meeting of its Board of Directors during APhA's 143rd Annual Meeting in Nashville, March 1996.

The Institute is the Fraternity’s charitable and educational arm, advancing the Fraternity’s mission of training pharmacy’s future leaders. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recognizes the Institute as a 501(c) (3) charitable organization. The PLEI coordinates the Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award, the Leader Development Seminar, and other educational events for the Fraternity’s Brothers and other members of the pharmacy profession. The Institute is led by a Board of Directors of distinguished Brothers and colleagues. The Grand President, Grand Past President, and Executive Director serve ex officio on the PLEI Board of Directors.