|Founded||April 15, 1907
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
|Emphasis||Engineers, Architects, and Scientists|
|Mission statement||The purpose of Triangle shall be to maintain a fraternity of engineers, architects and scientists. It shall carry out its purpose by establishing chapters that develop balanced men who cultivate high moral character, foster lifelong friendships, and live their lives with integrity.|
|Motto||Latin: Veritas Omnia Vincit
(Truth Conquers All)
|Colors||old rose and gray|
|Philanthropy||Habitat for Humanity International|
|Headquarters||120 South Center Street
Triangle Fraternity is a social fraternity, limiting its recruitment of members to male students majoring in engineering, architecture, and the physical, mathematical, biological, and computer sciences. It is the only member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference to limit its membership recruitment to these majors.
Triangle Fraternity organized at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the fall of 1906 and was incorporated by the state of Illinois on 15 April 1907, which is celebrated each year as Founders' Day.
There are currently thirty-five chapters and eight colonies of Triangle Fraternity active in the U.S. The headquarters is located in Plainfield, Indiana in a historic building built as a Carnegie library in 1912.
Because Triangle's focus is on men of mostly similar fields of study, it is thought that members are more likely to be able to help each other succeed in their college studies. This focus also helps with professional networking later in life, particularly as there are alumni groups scattered throughout the world.
Triangle Fraternity is one of two national fraternities not to have Greek letters, with the other being FarmHouse.
Triangle's beginnings came from the desire of some congenial college friends to extend their friendship, not only through college, but also for life. In the fall of 1906, sixteen Civil Engineering juniors at the University of Illinois began the association that became Triangle Fraternity. These founders based their organization on the principles of honor, friendship, character, brotherhood, courage, and ideals. They quickly developed plans and, on 15 April 1907, incorporated Triangle in the State of Illinois. The date of incorporation has been designated as Founders' Day, and Triangle appropriately celebrates it every year at each chapter.
- Colors: Old Rose and Grey
- Coat of Arms: The crest consists of a rising sun beneath a Triangle T. Beneath is an esquire helmet in profile. At the center of the Coat of Arms is the fraternity's shield and a ribbon containing the organization's motto "Veritas Omnia Vincit" (Truth Conquers All). Surrounding the shield is a mantling.
- Flower: White Chrysanthemum
- Flag: The Coat of Arms on a Yellow T with Gray field.
Code of Ethics
Triangle Fraternity was founded on high ethical and moral ideals, and expects the men of the fraternity to follow a set Code of Ethics, which is as follows:
As a member of Triangle, I recognize my obligation to:
- Observe the precepts of the Fraternity as set forth in the Ritual;
- Accept cheerfully my full share of any task, however menial, involved in maintaining a chapter home;
- Preserve and promote the chosen ideals of my Fraternity;
- Pay all personal bills promptly, and always live within my means;
- Help create in my chapter home an environment in which enduring friendships may be formed;
- Maintain a creditable scholastic record;
- Promote the welfare of my profession;
- Maintain my self-respect by proper conduct at all times;
- Uphold faithfully the traditions and program of my Alma Mater;
- Pay the price of success in honest effort.
The following men are all notable alumni of Triangle Fraternity:
Government and Politics
- Jim Geringer ks64, former governor of the U.S. state of Wyoming
- Jay Hammond ps41, former governor of the U.S. state of Alaska
- Peter S. Strange cin68, chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Cincinnati Branch
- Frederick "Fred" Kappel minn23, former Chairman of AT&T and member of the Johnson and Nixon administration
- Steven L. Miller ill64, former president and CEO of Shell Oil Company
- Michael Morhaime ucla85, president and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment
- Edward McCracken is64, former CEO of Silicon Graphics (SGI) from 1984 to 1997.
- Norris R "Buck" Crump pur27, former chairman of Canadian Pacific Railway
- Tom Graham lou45, served as president of USX and of Armco Steel, as well as chairman of the board of AK Steel Holding
- Stanton R. Cook nu48, former Former Chairman, President & CEO of the Chicago Tribune
Science and Medicine
- Fred Bechly ill44, co-developer of the RCA Corporation Tri-color Kinescope Monitor
- Kevin Granata os83, biomechanics researcher and professor, killed in the Virginia Tech Massacre
- Ellison Onizuka colo69, Space Shuttle Discovery and Space Shuttle Challenger astronaut
- Dean M. Peterson sdm54, Instamatic and point-and-shoot camera inventor
- Paul Flaherty marq84, inventor of the AltaVista search engine
- Robert W. Lucky pur55, inventor of the adaptive equalizer and Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering
- General John R. Hodge ill16, military governor of South Korea under the United States Army Military Government in Korea (USAMGIK).
- Lieutenant General Ted F. Bowlds miss73, former Commander of the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base
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