Professional Fraternity Association

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PFA

The Professional Fraternity Association (PFA) is an association of national, collegiate, professional fraternities and sororities that was formed in 1978. Since PFA groups are discipline-specific, members join while pursuing graduate (law, medicine, etc.) degrees as well as undergraduate (business, engineering, etc.) degrees. PFA groups seek to develop their members professionally in addition to the social development commonly associated with general fraternities. Membership requirements of the PFA are broad enough to include groups that do not recruit new members from a single professional discipline. The PFA has welcomed service and honor fraternities as members; however, Greek letter honor societies more commonly belong to the Association of College Honor Societies.

History[edit]

The Professional Panhellenic Association (PPA), for women's groups, was founded in 1925, and the Professional Interfraternity Conference (PIC), for men's groups, was founded in 1928. These groups came about due to rapid growth among all types of fraternities during the late 1920s.

The PFA resulted from the merger of the Professional Interfraternity Conference and the Professional Panhellenic Association in 1978. The merger itself was the result of the impact of Title IX on most fraternal groups with professional affiliations.

The most recent addition of member organizations was in the summer of 2013, when Phi Gamma Nu and Delta Kappa Alpha were approved for membership.[1]

Professional Panhellenic Association[edit]

On June 26, 1925, representatives from fourteen professional fraternities for women attended an organizational meeting in Washington, D.C. During the summer a provisional constitution was ratified by the following eleven fraternities: Delta Omicron (music), Kappa Beta Pi (law), Omicron Nu (home economics), Phi Beta (music and speech), Phi Delta Pi (physical education), Phi Chi Theta (commerce), Phi Delta Delta (law), Phi Upsilon Omicron (home economics), Pi Lambda Theta (education), Sigma Sigma Sigma (education), and Theta Sigma Phi (journalism). Two additional fraternities, Sigma Alpha Iota (music) and Iota Sigma Pi (chemistry), soon ratified the constitution. The resulting thirteen member groups participated in the second annual conference on November 26, 1926.[2]:14 Originally known as Women’s Professional Panhellenic Association until 1941, when the revised name was adopted.[2]:14

Professional Interfraternity Conference[edit]

On March 2–3, 1928, delegates from 27 professional fraternities came together in Washington, DC to organize the PIC.[3] Jarvis Butler of Sigma Nu Phi was elected as the first president, and Stroud Jordan of Alpha Chi Sigma was elected as the first Secretary-treasurer.

Groups represented were[2]:13[4][5]

Current members[edit]

Current membership of active members as of January 31, 2016.[6]

Fraternity Founded Focus Active
collegiate
groups
Collegiate
charters
granted
Initiates Notes
Alpha Zeta November 4, 1897 Agriculture 116,000
Alpha Kappa Psi October 5, 1904 Business 216 326 259,000 PIC Charterer,[7] PFA Charterer
Alpha Rho Chi April 11, 1914 Architecture 20 30 5,500 PIC Charterer,[7] PFA Charterer
Alpha Phi Omega December 16, 1925 Service 361 733 350,000
Alpha Chi Sigma December 11, 1902 Chemistry 49 97 65,000 PIC Charterer,[7][8] PFA Charterer
Alpha Omega Epsilon November 13, 1983 Engineering 25 26 2,000
Delta Epsilon Mu Spring 1996 Pre-health
Delta Theta Phi September 26, 1913 Law 125,000 PIC Charterer,[7][9] Not member in 1933,[10] PFA Charterer
Delta Kappa Alpha March 16, 1936 Cinema 12 9,000
Delta Omicron September 6, 1909 Music 27,000 PPA Charterer, PFA Charterer
Delta Sigma Pi November 7, 1907 Business 223 293 270,000 PIC Charterer,[7][11] PFA Charterer
Epsilon Nu Tau April 18, 2008 Entrepreneurship Joined 2015[12]
Theta Tau October 15, 1904 Engineering 50 58 30,000 PIC Charterer,[7] member of PIC in 1968[13]
Kappa Epsilon May 13, 1921 Pharmaceutical 24,400 Joined PPA March 23, 1951,[14][15] Member of PPA in 1968,[13] PFA Charterer
Kappa Kappa Psi November 27, 1919 Band 196 313 66,000
Kappa Psi May 30, 1879 Pharmaceutical 75 125 80,000 PIC Charterer, PFA Charterer
Lambda Kappa Sigma October 14, 1913 Pharmacy 30,000 Voted to join PPA in 1938,[16] Member of PPA in 1968,[13] PFA Charterer
Mu Phi Epsilon November 13, 1903 Music 75,000 Member of PPA in 1953,[17] Member of PPA in 1968,[13] PFA Charterer
Pi Sigma Epsilon May 14, 1952 Marketing 60,000
Rho Pi Phi January 20, 1919 Pharmaceutical 10,000 Joined PIC in 1949,[18] not a member in 1957,[7] Member of PIC in 1968,[13] PFA Charterer
Sigma Alpha January 26, 1978 Agriculture 4,000
Sigma Alpha Iota June 12, 1903 Music 105,376 PPA Charterer, PFA Charterer
Tau Beta Sigma March 26, 1946 Band 21,000
Phi Alpha Delta November 8, 1902 Law 260,000 PIC Charterer, Not member of PIC in 1933,[10] member in 1950,[18] PFA Charterer
Phi Beta May 5, 1912 Creative and performing arts 3 55 30,000 PPA Charterer, PFA Charterer
Phi Gamma Nu February 17, 1924 Business 10 115 35,000 Member of PPA in 1953,[17] Member of PPA in 1968,[13] PFA Charterer
Phi Delta Epsilon October 13, 1904 Medicine 33,000 Joined PIC in 1928,[7] member of PIC in 1968,[13] PFA Charterer
Phi Delta Chi November 2, 1883 Pharmacy 43,000 PIC Charterer, member of PIC in 1968[13]
Phi Sigma Pi February 14, 1916 Honors 31,000 Joined PIC in 1928[7]
Phi Chi Theta June 16, 1924 Business 47,000 PPA Charterer, PFA Charterer
Omega Tau Sigma 1906 Veterinary 8,000 Joined PIC in 1956,[7] member of PIC in 1968,[13] PFA Charterer, rejoined 2015[12]
Pershing Rifles October 2, 1894 Military sciences

Former members[edit]

This includes the member organizations of the two former groups (PIC,PPA) that merged to form the PFA and organizations not currently active within the PFA.[6][19][20]

Fraternity Founded Focus Active
collegiate
groups
Collegiate
charters
granted
Initiates Notes
Alpha Delta Theta February 1, 1944 Medical technology Joined PPA in 1952,[21] Member of PPA in 1968,[13] PFA Charterer
Alpha Delta Sigma November 14, 1913 Advertising PIC Charterer, merged with Gamma Alpha Chi (similar for women) in 1969
Alpha Kappa Kappa July 25, 1889 Medicine Joined PIC in 1928,[7] member of PIC in 1968[13]
Alpha Sigma Alpha November 15, 1901 Education PPA membership alongside membership in Association of Education Sororities which was later merged with National Panhellenic Conference. Withdrew from PPA, 1944.[22]
Alpha Tau Delta February 15, 1921 Nursing 10,000 Member of PPA in 1953,[17] Member of PPA in 1968,[13] PFA Charterer
Alpha Omega December 20, 1907[23][24] Dentistry 15,000 PIC Charterer Joined PIC in 1954[7] PFA Charterer
Beta Alpha Psi February 12, 1919 Accounting PIC Charterer, now an honorary organization
Gamma Eta Gamma February 25, 1901 Law PIC Charterer,[7] member of PIC in 1968[13]
Gamma Iota Sigma April 16, 1966 Insurance 13,000
Delta Epsilon Iota 1994 Career Development
Delta Sigma Delta November 15, 1882 Dentistry Joined PIC in 1933,[7] Member of PIC in 1968,[13] PFA Charterer
Delta Psi Kappa October 23, 1916[25] Physical education Member of PPA in 1953,[17] Member of PPA in 1968,[13] PFA Charterer
Epsilon Eta Phi May 3, 1927[26] Commerce and business administration Member of PPA in 1953,[17] Member of PPA in 1968,[13] Merged with Phi Chi Theta in 1973[27]
Zeta Phi Eta October 10, 1893 Communication arts and sciences Member of PPA in 1953,[17] Member of PPA in 1968,[13] PFA Charterer
Theta Kappa Psi May 30, 1879 Medicine PIC Charterer individually, PFA Charterer as part of Phi Beta Pi-Theta Kappa Psi
Theta Sigma Upsilon March 25, 1921 Education PPA membership alongside membership in Association of Education Sororities which was later merged with National Panhellenic Conference Withdrew from PPA, 1944.[22]
Theta Sigma Phi April 8, 1909[28] Journalism PPA Charterer, member of PPA in 1968[13]
Iota Sigma Pi 1902 Chemistry PPA Charterer, member of PPA in 1968[13]
Kappa Alpha Pi October 9, 2007 Law 8 800
Kappa Beta Pi December 15, 1908[29] Law PPA Charterer, PFA Charterer
Kappa Delta Epsilon March 25, 1933 Education 44,000 Member of PPA in 1953,[17] Member of PPA in 1968,[13] PFA Charterer
Kappa Eta Kappa February 10, 1923 Electrical engineering PIC Charterer
Kappa Phi Kappa April 25, 1922 Education PIC Charterer[7]
Nu Sigma Nu March 2, 1882 Medicine Joined PIC in 1933[7]
Xi Psi Phi February 8, 1889 Dentistry Joined PIC in 1933,[7] Member of PIC in 1968,[13] PFA Charterer
Omicron Delta Kappa December 3, 1914 Leadership PIC Charterer, originally a men's leadership fraternity; now a co-ed honorary organization
Omicron Nu April 23, 1912[30] Home economics PPA Charterer
Pi Lambda Theta July 7, 1910 Education PPA Charterer
Sigma Delta Kappa August 8, 1914[18] Law Joined PIC in 1933,[7] Member of PIC in 1968,[13] PFA Charterer
Sigma Delta Chi April 17, 1909[18] Journalism Joined PIC in 1941[7]
Sigma Nu Phi February 12, 1903[29] Law PIC Charterer, not a PIC member in 1957[7] merged with Delta Theta Phi in 1989
Sigma Sigma Sigma April 20, 1898 Education PPA Charterer, PPA membership alongside membership in Association of Education Sororities which was later merged with National Panhellenic Conference. Withdrew from PPA, 1944.[22]
Sigma Phi Delta April 11, 1924 Engineering 8,000 Joined PIC in 1929,[7] Junior member as of 1933[10] Member of PIC in 1968,[13] PFA charterer
Phi Beta Gamma April 24, 1922[18] Law PIC Charterer,[7] member of PIC in 1968[13]
Phi Beta Pi March 10, 1891 Medicine PIC Charterer individually, PFA Charterer as part of Phi Beta Pi-Theta Kappa Psi
Phi Delta Gamma June 7, 1924[31]:73 [32] Forensic PIC Charterer
Phi Delta Delta November 11, 1911[29] Law PPA Charterer, merged with Phi Alpha Delta
Phi Delta Kappa January 24, 1906 Education Joined PIC in 1928[7]
Phi Delta Pi October 23, 1916[33] Physical education PPA Charterer, member of PPA in 1968,[13] merged with Delta Psi Kappa in March 1970[21]
Phi Delta Phi December 13, 1869 Law Joined PIC in 1938,[7] member of PIC in 1968,[13] became honor society in 2012
Phi Epsilon Kappa April 12, 1913[18][34] Physical education Joined PIC in 1928,[7] member of PIC in 1968[13]
Phi Lambda Kappa 1907 Medicine Joined PIC in 1938,[7] member of PIC in 1968[13]
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia October 6, 1898 Music Joined PIC in 1954,[7] PFA Charterer, left the PFA in 2007, reverted to its historical founding as a social fraternity
Phi Rho Sigma October 31, 1890 Medicine 33,000 PIC Charterer, PFA Charterer
Phi Upsilon Omicron February 10, 1909 Home Economics PPA Charterer
Phi Chi March 31, 1889 Medicine Joined PIC in 1928,[7] member of PIC in 1968,[13] PFA Charterer
Chi Beta Phi April 1916 Science PIC Charterer
Psi Omega June 8, 1892 Dentistry PIC Charterer,[7] PFA Charterer
Omega Upsilon Phi November 15, 1894 Medicine PIC Charterer, Merged with Phi Beta Pi in 1934
Scabbard and Blade 1904 (Fall)[35] Military PIC Charterer
Scarab February 25, 1909[18] Architecture PIC Charterer, Left PIC in 1937/1938[36]

Notes[edit]

  • Note 1: PIC Charterer indicates participation in the "Preparatory Conference" at the Hamilton Hotel, Washington, D.C., on March 2 and 3, 1928.[2]:13[37]
  • Note 2: PPA Charterer indicates ratification of the provisional constitution of the PPA by the Second Annual Conference on November 26, 1926.[2]:14
  • Note 3: PFA Charterer indicates membership in good standing in the PPA or PIC at the time of the merger and thus by the agreement of the joint conference in October 1977, charter members.[19][2]:15
  • Note 4: Membership in 1968 only included in notes if group was not a charterer for both PPA/PIC and PFA.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f "The Archi Pledge" (PDF) (2013 ed.). Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
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  9. ^ "Barrister News, Volume 1, Number 4, Fall Semester, 1955". The Portal to Texas History. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
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  35. ^ About Us | The National Society of Scabbard and Blade indicates in 1904-1905 school year
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  37. ^ The Archi of Alpha Rho Chi V IX, No. 7 April 30, 1928, p1

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