Founding


Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity was founded by Samuel Brown Wylie Mitchell at the University of Pennsylvania on August 16, 1850.

Phi Kappa Sigma is more than a club to join during college; it is an invaluable learning experience, a philosophy for living and a life-long commitment. Along with the Ritual, our purpose and principles state what our organization is and who we are as brothers of our fraternity. All brothers take an oath to uphold these ideals, and it is up to all to ensure that we, present and future, learn and understand what is required to incorporate being a true “Phi Kap” in our local chapters, schools, communities, and our lives after school.

Date Established

August 16, 1850 Founded by Dr. Mitchell
October 19, 1850 Founders Day
Establishment of Alpha Chapter, University of Pennsylvania

Phi Kappa Sigma UPenn Seal

Founders:

Phi Kappa Sigma Founder - Dr. Samuel Brown Wylie Mitchell

Dr. Samuel Brown Wylie Mitchell
1828-1879

Phi Kappa Sigma Founder - Charles Hare Hutchinson

Charles Hare Hutchinson
1833-1902

Phi Kappa Sigma Founder - Andrew Adams Ripka

Andrew Adams Ripka
1833-1902

Phi Kappa Sigma Founder - Alfred Victor du Pont

Alfred Victor du Pont
1833-1893

Phi Kappa Sigma Founder - James Bayard Hodge

James Bayard Hodge
1833-1850

Phi Kappa Sigma Founder - Charles Hare Hutchinson

John Thorn Stone
1833-1882

Phi Kappa Sigma Founder - Duane Williams

Duane Williams
1833-1863

FAST FACTS


SIZE

40 Chapters • 2 Colonies • Over 1,500 Undergraduates • Over 35,000 Alumni

TYPE & SCOPE

International Male Social & Leadership Organization

MAXIM & MOTTO

Stellis Aequus Durando – “Equal to the stars in endurance.”

“BROTHERHOOD IS MORE THAN SKIN DEEP”

In 1858, a proposal was introduced to the Fraternity that would have made Phi Kappa Sigma an all-white organization. The proposal was unanimously voted against in 1860, making us the first fraternity to adopt an anti-discriminatory clause in our Constitution. We choose men to become members based on the worth of their character, not superficialities like race, religion, or wealth.

COLORS

Black and Old Gold

FLOWER

Yellow Chrysanthemum

PINS AND BADGES

phi kappa sigma new member pin  membership badge  alumni pin

NEW MEMBER PIN • MEMBERSHIP BADGE • ALUMNI PIN

BENEFITS OF GREEK LIFE


You’ve been admitted to college. Now what?

At some point you will want to put some thought into what you’re going to major in and how you’re going to position yourself for life after college, but if you’re considering joining a Greek organization, the latter is more or less taken care of.

As a fraternity man, you will be among the nation’s best prepared and most likely to succeed during and after college. Not only will the chances that you graduate improve but statistically so will your grades. You will be more likely to participate in and excel at extracurricular activities and student leadership, and you will form lasting relationships with the best and brightest men and women on your campus.

Here's why Greeks are better at their jobs, via Gallup1:
Fraternity and sorority members' engagement advantage indicates that they are more likely to be intellectually and emotionally connected to their organizations and enthusiastic about their work. Overall, 43% of fraternity and sorority members who are employed full time for an employer are engaged in the workplace, compared with 38% of all other college graduates. Importantly, these differences are statistically significant after controlling for key demographic variables, including gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.

The survey also found that fraternity and sorority members are more likely to be thriving in all of Gallup's five elements of well-being — purpose, social, financial, community, and physical. According to Gallup:
Fraternity and sorority members are more likely than their non-Greek counterparts to find fulfillment in daily work and interactions, to have strong social relationships and access to the resources people need, to feel financially secure, to be physically healthy, and to take part in a true community.

Here's a more detailed breakdown of how fraternities and sororities give students a better well-being, via Gallup:

1Results for the Gallup-Purdue Index are based on online surveys conducted Feb. 4-March 7, 2014, with a random sample of 29,560 respondents with a bachelor’s degree or higher, aged 18 and older, with internet access, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. This included 5,137 fraternity and sorority members. The North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) and National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) partnered with Gallup for this first-of-its-kind study.

PHI KAPPA SIGMA EXPERIENCE BECOMES REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE


phi kappa sigma experience

Many firms view a four-year degree as a sign of commitment to the field and development of hard skills. Hard Skills being those skills that are very easily measured and define. In contrast, soft skills are a set of competencies that are more difficult to understand. Employers care both about a potential hire’s knowledge, but also their ability to learn and adapt for the future.

Being a Phi Kap is one way of demonstrating one’s focus on soft skill development like interpersonal, management, and leadership skills. In fact, a study from Boston College, Harvard University, and the University of Michigan found that soft skills training, like communication and problem-solving, boosts productivity and retention 12 percent and delivers a 250 percent return on investment based on higher productivity and retention.2

The good news is that soft skills are learnable. Many resilience training experts, who specialize in teaching and training in the soft skills, would go further to say that they are foundational to creating strong employees, teams, leaders, and organizations.

President - Alpha

  • Represented the organization to any external entity as the chief spokesman.
  • Ensured that lines of communication were established by the membership.
  • Ensured that members clearly understood the expectations and responsibilities of membership within the organization.
  • Ensured all members were aware of risk management policies and those policies were adhered to.
  • Maintained strong levels of communication with organization members to ensure that morale was high and organizational goals were met.
  • Oversaw development of a plan that ensured all required communications were sent to appropriate parties on time.
  • Maintained records including reviewing plans with previous officer, documenting important events, ideas and critical items that may be helpful to future Presidents.
  • Conducted all meetings using Robert’s Rules of Order and followed organizational by-laws.

Vice President - Beta

  • Developed a plan that tracked
  • how officers completed their duties and maintained organizational and community standards.
  • Collected and reviewed officer objectives from each department head.
  • Collaborated with officers to ensure all action items/goals were reviewed and completed by the set deadlines.
  • Performed officer evaluation reports to determine areas in need of improvement.
  • Collaborated with officers to draft action plans that addressed all areas in need of improvement.
  • Coordinated the development of an organizational leadership seminar for the organization’s membership.
  • Coordinated an officer training and transition retreat to ensure a smooth transition between the organization’s leadership.

Scholarship Chair - Pi

  • Implemented a plan to encourage brothers to study and attend classes to maintain a strong academic culture within the organization.
  • Coordinated an academic programming seminar with an outside firm to reinforce positive group dynamics and behavior toward academic pursuits.
  • Implemented a scholarship program to educate members on highly effective techniques to ensure strong academic results from each member.
  • Designed a tutoring system to mentor and assist the membership.
  • Formulated and implemented a plan that recognized members who exceeded scholastic expectations through providing incentive-based rewards.

Secretary - Sigma

  • Facilitated reporting of internal documents to Headquarters and/or other entities.
  • Transcribed weekly meeting minutes and disseminated to membership.
  • Recorded organizational accomplishments and assisted with compiling annual reports.
  • Maintains membership roster with individual's contact information.

Treasurer - Tau

  • Developed, implemented, and tracked an annual budget.
  • Developed monthly reports, balance sheets, income statements.
  • Kept all financial records and reports for archival purposes.
  • Cared for all bill payments.
  • Assisted with the collection of income.
  • Planned and carried out one fundraiser each month improving organization’s reputation and financial standings.
  • Utilized fundraising chair and committee to brainstorm new fundraising ideas and/or research.
  • Facilitated and trained an assistant treasurer to learn and take over office.

New Member Educator - Iota

  • Instructor for the new member education program.
  • Utilized membership development tools created by Headquarters.
  • Designed plan assuring 100% retention rate between orientation and initiation/ membership with organization.
  • Implemented plan educating organization on policies and held a meeting and/or presentation each month.

Recruitment Chair - Chi

  • Planned and coordinated recruitment education, training, and best practices for the organization’s membership.
  • Implemented a plan to ensure all criteria relevant to the recruitment of new members aligned with University and Fraternity policies and standards.
  • Developed and implemented a plan to utilize networking opportunities within the community.
  • Maintained high levels of motivation within the organization’s membership to strive for zero defects.
2 https://news.umich.edu/soft-skills-training-boosts-productivity/