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Encyclopedia > Phi Kappa Sigma
Phi Kappa Sigma
(ΦΚΣ)
Founded August 16, 1850 (1850-08-16) (age 157)
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Type Social
Scope International
Motto Stellis Aequus Durando ("Equal to the Stars in Endurance.")
Colors Black and Old Gold
Symbol Maltese Cross
Flower Yellow Chrysanthemum
Headquarters 2 Timber Drive
Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, USA
Homepage Phi Kappa Sigma Website

Phi Kappa Sigma (ΦΚΣ) is an international all-male college leadership and social fraternity. Its members are known as "Phi Kaps", "Skulls" and sometimes "Skullhouse", the latter two because of the skull and crossbones on the Fraternity's badge and coat of arms. Phi Kappa Sigma was founded by Dr. Samuel Brown Wylie Mitchell at the University of Pennsylvania. Mitchell recorded the initial ideas and concepts of Phi Kappa Sigma on August 16, 1850. He then began to discuss the idea with other students, first Charles Hare Hutchinson, and then Alfred Victor du Pont (son of Alfred V. du Pont), John Thorne Stone, Andrew Adams Ripka, James Bayard Hodge, and Duane Williams. The seven men formally founded the Fraternity on October 19th, 1850 becoming the founding fathers of Phi Kappa Sigma[1] is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the game, see: 1850 (board game) 1850 (MDCCCL) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday [1] of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... This article is about the private Ivy League university in Philadelphia. ... This article is about the color. ... Old Gold is a dark yellow, which varies from light olive or olive brown to deep or strong yellow. ... This article is about the symbol. ... Species Chrysanthemum aphrodite Chrysanthemum arcticum Chrysanthemum argyrophyllum Chrysanthemum arisanense Chrysanthemum boreale Chrysanthemum chalchingolicum Chrysanthemum chanetii Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium Chrysanthemum coronarium, Crown daisy Chrysanthemum crassum Chrysanthemum glabriusculum Chrysanthemum hypargyrum Chrysanthemum indicum Chrysanthemum japonense Chrysanthemum japonicum Chrysanthemum lavandulifolium Chrysanthemum mawii Chrysanthemum maximowiczii Chrysanthemum mongolicum Chrysanthemum morifolium Chrysanthemum morii Chrysanthemum okiense Chrysanthemum oreastrum Chrysanthemum... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... The terms fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words and , meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe many social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Rotary International, Optimist International, or the Shriners. ... EU standard toxic symbol, as defined by Directive 67/548/EEC. The traditional Jolly Roger of Piracy. ... A modern coat of arms is derived from the medi val practice of painting designs onto the shield and outer clothing of knights to enable them to be identified in battle, and later in tournaments. ... This article is about the private Ivy League university in Philadelphia. ... is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the game, see: 1850 (board game) 1850 (MDCCCL) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday [1] of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Alfred Victor Philadelphe du Pont (April 11, 1798 – October 4, 1856) was an American chemist and industrialist, who was the eldest son and successor of Eleuthère Irénée du Pont, the founder of the E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. ... October 19 is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... For the game, see: 1850 (board game) 1850 (MDCCCL) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday [1] of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ...

Contents

The Objects of Phi Kappa Sigma

The objects of the Fraternity shall be the promotion of good fellowship and the cultivation of the social virtues among its members; the protection of the just rights and the advancement of the best interests, present and future, individual and collective, of all those who shall be associated together as members of the Fraternity; the encouragement of good scholarship and breadth of training for its members; and cooperation in the educational and cultural programs of institutions of higher education in which Chapters are located.[2]

Badge

The fraternity's badge was designed by its founder, Dr. Mitchell, and outside of changes in size, it's official design has remained the same. In the shape of a Maltese cross the badge is gold with black decoration. The center of the cross is anchored by a skull and crossbones. The four leafs of the cross display, individually, the Greek letters Phi, Kappa, and Sigma, starting at the left leaf and rotating counter-clockwise. The fourth and top leaf display a six-pointed star. The back of the badge has an engraved serpent echoing the serpent from the Fraternity's coat of arms. This article is about the symbol. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... For other uses, see Kappa (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Sigma (disambiguation). ... The star, as an ideograph, most commonly represents the astronomical star for which it is named. ... A modern coat of arms is derived from the medi val practice of painting designs onto the shield and outer clothing of knights to enable them to be identified in battle, and later in tournaments. ...


In the 1850s, the Southern chapters inaugurated the custom of wearing silver skulls on their badges, and thus were known as the "Silver Skulls." Iota Chapter, at Columbia University, adopted a smaller badge, in 1861, than had been worn previously by the membership of any chapter and also copied the Southern custom of utilizing the silver skull. The silver skull on the badge was never re-instituted by any chapter after the Civil War.[1] Historic Southern United States. ... Alma Mater Columbia University is a private university in the United States and a member of the Ivy League. ...


The Statement of Core Values

At the Fraternity's 90th Grand Chapter (June 22nd, 2000 in Philadelphia) and as part of the celebration of the Fraternity's 150 year anniversary, undergraduate chapter representatives composed and adopted the Fraternity's "Statement of Core Values". The values: Trust, Honor, Respect, Knowledge, Wisdom, Responsibility, and Integrity, were adopted as a re-commitment to the founding values of the fraternity.[2]


Public mottos

Phi Kappa Sigma has taken on multiple public mottos, each pertaining to a different aspect of the fraternity:[2]

  • "Brotherhood is more than skin deep": Brothers are chosen based on the worth of their character, not their religion, race, or wealth.
  • "Once a Phi Kap, always a Phi Kap": Phi Kappa Sigma is a life-long commitment not limited to college years.
  • "Stellis Aequus Durando": Latin for “equal to the stars in endurance”, this motto honors the many tribulations Phi Kappa Sigma has survived, and its determination to overcome future challenges.

Chapter Listing

See List of Phi Kappa Sigma chapters


Notable Members

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References

  1. ^ a b Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity - History. Retrieved on March 20, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity - Purpose and Principles. Retrieved on November 04, 2007.
  3. ^ Phi Kappa Sigma Maltese Cross 2003. Retrieved on Apr 04, 2008.
  4. ^ NASA Bio of Chaffee. Retrieved on Apr 04, 2008.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Famous Phi Kaps, Greek 101. Retrieved on 2008-04-06.

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