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. On March 2–3, 1928, delegates from 27 professional fraternities came together in Washington, DC to organize the PIC. 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.

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]

Current members[edit]

Current membership of active members as of January 31, 2016.[2]

Fraternity Founded Focus Active
collegiate
groups
Collegiate
charters
granted
Initiates Notes
Alpha Zeta 1897 Agriculture 116,000
Alpha Kappa Psi 1904 Business 216 326 259,000 PIC Charterer,[3] PFA Charterer
Alpha Rho Chi 1914 Architecture 20 30 5,500 PIC Charterer,[3] PFA Charterer
Alpha Phi Omega 1925 Service 361 733 350,000
Alpha Chi Sigma 1902 Chemistry 49 97 65,000 PIC Charterer,[3][4] PFA Charterer
Alpha Omega Epsilon 1983 Engineering 25 26 2,000
Delta Epsilon Mu 1996 Pre-health
Delta Theta Phi 1900 Law 125,000 PIC Charterer,[3][5] Not member in 1933,[6] PFA Charterer
Delta Kappa Alpha 1936 Cinema 12 9,000
Delta Omicron 1909 Music 27,000 PPA Charterer, PFA Charterer
Delta Sigma Pi 1907 Business 223 293 270,000 PIC Charterer,[3][7] PFA Charterer
Epsilon Nu Tau 2008 Entrepreneurship
Theta Tau 1904 Engineering 50 58 30,000 PIC Charterer,[3] member of PIC in 1968[8]
Kappa Epsilon 1921 Pharmaceutical 24,400 Member of PPA in 1968,[8] PFA Charterer
Kappa Kappa Psi 1919 Band 196 313 66,000
Kappa Psi 1879 Pharmaceutical 75 125 80,000 PIC Charterer, PFA Charterer
Lambda Kappa Sigma 1913 Pharmacy 19,000 Voted to join PPA in 1938,[9] Member of PPA in 1968,[8] PFA Charterer
Mu Phi Epsilon 1903 Music 75,000 Member of PPA in 1968,[8] PFA Charterer
Pi Sigma Epsilon 1952 Marketing 60,000
Rho Pi Phi 1919 Pharmaceutical 10,000 Joined PIC in 1949,[10] not a member in 1957,[3] Member of PIC in 1968,[8] PFA Charterer
Sigma Alpha 1978 Agriculture 4,000
Sigma Alpha Iota 1903 Music 105,376 PPA Charterer, PFA Charterer
Tau Beta Sigma 1946 Band 21,000
Phi Alpha Delta 1902 Law 260,000 PIC Charterer, Not member of PIC in 1933,[6] member in 1950,[10] PFA Charterer
Phi Beta 1912 Creative and performing arts 3 55 30,000 PPA Charterer, PFA Charterer
Phi Gamma Nu 1924 Business 10 115 35,000 Member of PPA in 1968,[8] PFA Charterer
Phi Delta Epsilon 1904 Medicine 33,000 Joined PIC in 1928,[3] member of PIC in 1968,[8] PFA Charterer
Phi Delta Chi 1883 Pharmacy 43,000 PIC Charterer, member of PIC in 1968[8]
Phi Sigma Pi 1916 Honors 31,000 Joined PIC in 1928[3]
Phi Chi Theta 1924 Business 47,000 PPA Charterer, PFA Charterer
Omega Tau Sigma 1906 Veterinary 8,000 Joined PIC in 1956,[3] member of PIC in 1968,[8] PFA Charterer
Pershing Rifles 1894 Military sciences

Former members[edit]

This includes the member organizations of the two former groups that merged to form the PFA and organizations not currently active within the PFA.[2][11][12]

Fraternity Founded Focus Active
collegiate
groups
Collegiate
charters
granted
Initiates Notes
Alpha Delta Theta 1944 Medical technology Member of PPA in 1968,[8] PFA Charterer
Alpha Delta Sigma 1913 Advertising PIC Charterer, merged with Gamma Alpha Chi (similar for women) in 1969
Alpha Kappa Kappa 1889 Medicine Joined PIC in 1928,[3] member of PIC in 1968[8]
Alpha Sigma Alpha 1901 Education PPA membership alongside membership in Association of Education Sororities which was later merged with National Panhellenic Conference[13]
Alpha Tau Delta 1921 Nursing 10,000 Member of PPA in 1968,[8] PFA Charterer
Alpha Omega 1907 Dentistry 15,000 PIC Charterer Joined PIC in 1954[3] PFA Charterer
Beta Alpha Psi 1919 Accounting PIC Charterer, now an honorary organization
Gamma Eta Gamma 1901 Law PIC Charterer,[3] member of PIC in 1968[8]
Gamma Iota Sigma 1965 Insurance 13,000
Delta Epsilon Iota 1994 Career Development
Delta Sigma Delta 1882 Dentistry Joined PIC in 1933,[3] Member of PIC in 1968,[8] PFA Charterer
Delta Psi Kappa 1916 Physical education Member of PPA in 1968,[8] PFA Charterer
Epsilon Eta Phi 1927 Commerce and business administration Member of PPA in 1968,[8] Merged with Phi Chi Theta in 1973[14]
Zeta Phi Eta 1893 Communication arts and sciences Member of PPA in 1968,[8] PFA Charterer
Theta Kappa Psi 1879 Medicine PIC Charterer individually, PFA Charterer as part of Phi Beta Pi-Theta Kappa Psi
Theta Sigma Upsilon 1921 Education PPA membership alongside membership in Association of Education Sororities which was later merged with National Panhellenic Conference[13]
Theta Sigma Phi 1909 Journalism PPA Charterer, member of PPA in 1968[8]
Iota Sigma Pi 1902 Chemistry PPA Charterer, member of PPA in 1968[8]
Kappa Alpha Pi 2007 Law 8 800
Kappa Beta Pi 1908 Law PPA Charterer, PFA Charterer
Kappa Delta Epsilon 1933 Education 44,000 Member of PPA in 1968,[8] PFA Charterer
Kappa Eta Kappa 1923 Electrical engineering PIC Charterer
Kappa Phi Kappa 1922 Education PIC Charterer[3]
Nu Sigma Nu 1882 Medicine Joined PIC in 1933[3]
Xi Psi Phi 1889 Dentistry Joined PIC in 1933,[3] Member of PIC in 1968,[8] PFA Charterer
Omicron Delta Kappa 1914 Leadership PIC Charterer, originally a men's leadership fraternity; now a co-ed honorary organization
Omicron Nu 1912 Home economics PPA Charterer
Pi Lambda Theta 1910 Education PPA Charterer
Sigma Delta Kappa 1914 Law Joined PIC in 1933,[3] Member of PIC in 1968,[8] PFA Charterer
Sigma Delta Chi 1909 Journalism Joined PIC in 1941[3]
Sigma Nu Phi 1903 Law PIC Charterer, not a PIC member in 1957[3] merged with Delta Theta Phi in 1989
Sigma Sigma Sigma 1898 Education PPA Charterer, PPA membership alongside membership in Association of Education Sororities which was later merged with National Panhellenic Conference[13]
Sigma Phi Delta 1924 Engineering 8,000 Joined PIC in 1929,[3] Junior member as of 1933[6] Member of PIC in 1968,[8] PFA charterer
Phi Beta Gamma 1922 Law PIC Charterer,[3] member of PIC in 1968[8]
Phi Beta Pi 1891 Medicine PIC Charterer individually, PFA Charterer as part of Phi Beta Pi-Theta Kappa Psi
Phi Delta Gamma 1924[15] Forensic PIC Charterer
Phi Delta Delta 1911 Law PPA Charterer, merged with Phi Alpha Delta
Phi Delta Kappa 1906 Education Joined PIC in 1928[3]
Phi Delta Pi 1916 Physical education PPA Charterer, member of PPA in 1968[8]
Phi Delta Phi 1869 Law Joined PIC in 1938,[3] member of PIC in 1968[8]
Phi Epsilon Kappa 1913 Physical education Joined PIC in 1928,[3] member of PIC in 1968[8]
Phi Lambda Kappa 1907 Medicine Joined PIC in 1938,[3] member of PIC in 1968[8]
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia 1898 Music Joined PIC in 1954,[3] PFA Charterer, left the PFA in 2007, reverted to its historical founding as a social fraternity
Phi Rho Sigma 1890 Medicine 33,000 PIC Charterer, PFA Charterer
Phi Upsilon Omicron 1909 Home Economics PPA Charterer
Phi Chi 1889 Medicine Joined PIC in 1928,[3] member of PIC in 1968,[8] PFA Charterer
Chi Beta Phi 1916 Science PIC Charterer
Psi Omega 1892 Dentistry PIC Charterer,[3] PFA Charterer
Omega Upsilon Phi 1894 Medicine PIC Charterer, still member in 1933,[6] no longer member in 1957[3]
Scabbard and Blade 1904 Military PIC Charterer
Scarab 1909 Architecture PIC Charterer, PIC member in 1933,[6] no longer member in 1957[3]

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.[16]:13[17]
  • Note 2: PPA Charterer indicates ratification of the provisional constitution of the PPA by the Second Annual Conference on November 26, 1926.[16]: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.[11][16]:15
  • Note 4: Membership in 1968 only included in notes if group was not a charterer for both PPA/PIC and PFA.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Members Approved" (PDF). Professional Fraternity Association. Summer 2013: 2. 
  2. ^ a b "Fraternal Members Listing | Professional Fraternity Association". Retrieved January 31, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities. Menasha, WI;George Banta Company, Incorporated. 1957. 
  4. ^ "Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity Sourcebook" (2013-2014 ed.). 
  5. ^ "Barrister News, Volume 1, Number 4, Fall Semester, 1955". The Portal to Texas History. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d e report of the Professional Interfraternity Conference 1933
  7. ^ "Alumni Spotlight: Gig Wright". Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities. Menasha,WI;George Banta Company, Incorporated. 1968. 
  9. ^ LKS History
  10. ^ a b Professional Fraternities by Professional Interfraternity Conference - 1950
  11. ^ a b "History | Professional Fraternity Association". Retrieved January 31, 2016. 
  12. ^ "PFA Board Meeting Minutes September 2015" (Word Document). 
  13. ^ a b c Edith Manzell (October 1944). "The Report of the Association of Education Sororities Representative". The Anchor. p. 20. 
  14. ^ Phi Chi Theta Bylaws - August 2014
  15. ^ The Literary Scroll Vol 2 No 2 (February 1929)
  16. ^ a b c "The Archi Pledge" (PDF) (2013 ed.). Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  17. ^ The Archi of Alpha Rho Chi V IX, No. 7 April 30, 1928, p1

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