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Encyclopedia > Phi Sigma Sigma
Phi Sigma Sigma - ΦΣΣ
Image:phisigcoatofrms.gif
Founded November 26, 1913 (1913-11-26) (age 93)
Hunter College, (New York, New York)
Type Social
Scope International
Motto Diokete Hupsala
Aim High
Colors King Blue and Gold
Symbol Sphinx
Flower American Beauty Rose
Jewel Sapphire
Publication The Sphinx
Philanthropy Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation
Chapters 150+
Headquarters 8178 Lark Brown Road
Elkridge, Maryland, USA
Homepage http://www.phisigmasigma.org/

Phi Sigma Sigma (ΦΣΣ) was the first collegiate nonsectarian sorority, meaning that there was to be no judgment regarding religion or background. Founded on November 26, 1913, Phi Sigma Sigma has since become an international, inclusive sorority with over 150 chapters across the United States and Canada. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Phisigcoatofrms. ... is the 330th day of the year (331st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1913 (MCMXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... See also: Hunter College High School Hunter College of The City University of New York (known more commonly as simply Hunter College) is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY), located on Manhattans Upper East Side. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Royal blue is a lighter shade of blue. ... Gold is a shade of the color yellow closest to that of gold metal. ... For other uses, see Sphinx (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Rose (disambiguation). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... While the term fraternity can be used to describe any number of social organizations, including the Lions Club and the Shriners, fraternities and sororities are most commonly known as social organizations of higher education students in the United States and Canada but there are fraternities in the whole world (for... is the 330th day of the year (331st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1913 (MCMXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ...

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History

In 1913, Lillian and Ethel Gordon, two Jewish sisters attending Normal College (later renamed Hunter College) in New York, were interested in joining one of the local sororities on their campus. Because of their religion, they were turned away. The sisters decided that this would be the time to make a change. Along with their friend and co-founding member, Fay Chertkoff, they created their own sorority which would be all inclusive and non-sectarian. The inspiration for Phi Sigma Sigma's motto's and insignia came from a variety of sources including Egyptian Lore where women often hold positions of importance, and where change is constantly working to create a better environment. The official publication of Phi Sigma Sigma first appeared in 1922 and is named "The Sphinx". Phi Sigma Sigma's nation song, the Liebestraum was written by Pearl S. Lippman and her husband, Arthur. For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... Khafres Pyramid and the Great Sphinx of Giza, built about 2550 BC during the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom,[1] are enduring symbols of the civilization of ancient Egypt Ancient Egypt was a civilization in Northeastern Africa concentrated along the middle to lower reaches of the Nile River...


The sorority was originally named Phi Sigma Omega, until it was discovered there was another Greek organization carrying the same name. On November 26, 1913, Phi Sigma Sigma was born. The founding chapter, Alpha, was born at Hunter's College with the following members:

  • Lilian Gordon Alpern
  • Josephine Ellison Breakstone
  • Fay Chertkoff
  • Estelle Melnick Cole
  • Janette Lipka Furst
  • Ethel Gordon Kraus
  • Shirley Cohen Laufer
  • Claire Wunder McArdle
  • Rose Sher Seidman
  • Gwen Zaliels Snyder

Shortly thereafter, the Beta chapter was founded at Tufts College in Boston, MA, and the Gamma chapter at New York University in 1918. The oldest active chapter is the Theta chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Tufts University is a university located in Medford, Massachusetts (near Boston). ... New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in New York City. ...


Phi Sigma Sigma also has chapters outside the United States for instance: the Upsilon chapter was established at the University of Manitoba in Manitoba, Canada making it the first international chapter for Phi Sigma Sigma. The University of Manitoba is the largest university of the province of Manitoba, most comprehensive and only research-intensive post-secondary educational institution. ... Motto: Gloriosus et Liber (Latin: Glorious and free) BC AB SK MB ON QC NB PE NS NL YT NT NU Capital Winnipeg Largest city Winnipeg Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor John Harvard - Premier Gary Doer (NDP) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 14 - Senate seats 6 Confederation...


Philanthropy

The sorority's official philanthropy is the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation which supports the National Kidney Foundation, as well as provides Educational Grants and programming to members. Phi Sigs have supported the NKF as their primary philanthropic endeavor since 1971 and help to educate their communities about organ and tissue donation. The National Kidney Foundation was selected because, at the time, kidney disease was the leading cause of death for women. The Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation is also a major sponsor of the National Kidney Foundation's Transplant Games, an Olympics-style event held every other year. The NKF invites recipients of organ donation and their families to compete in the Games in an effort to raise awareness of the need for organ donation. The National Kidney Foundation, Inc. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ...


In the aftermath of September 11, 2001 the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation established the Twin Ideals Fund which is dedicated to providing assistance to disaster victims. The Twin Ideals Fund has contributed to aid organizations in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami in southeast Asia and Hurricane Katrina. For other uses, see Tsunami (disambiguation). ... This article is about the Atlantic hurricane of 2005. ...


Chapters also participate in philanthropic events within their communities. Examples of these include local reading programs or fundraising to help underprivileged women attend college.


Timeline

  • On November 26, 1913 Phi Sigma Sigma was founded at Hunter College in New York City.
  • In 1918 Phi Sig expanded with the installation of the Beta Chapter at Tufts University in Boston and the Gamma Chapter at New York University. This prompted the first National Convention in New York City in 1918. Delegates to the Convention adopted the Fraternity's Constitution and elected the first Grand Council. Faye Chertkoff was elected the first Grand Archon.
  • In 1926 the first issue of the Sphinx, the national magazine of Phi Sig, was published. This year also market the debut of Leibestraum, the National Song.
  • In 1930 Phi Sig went international with the founding of the Upsilon Chapter at The University of Manitoba in Manitoba, Canada.
  • In 1936 Phi Sigma Sigma’s first double letter guard, signifying the beginning of the Greek alphabet, was granted to Beta Alpha Chapter at the University of Maryland.
  • In 1957 the Phi Sigma Sigma Cardiology Laboratory was established at Yeshiva University College of Medicine in New York City. Phi Sigma Sigma presented a $20,000 grant to establish the laboratory.
  • In 1963 Phi Sigma Sigma celebrated its 50th year, the Golden Anniversary, in New York City.
  • In 1966 Leadership Training School (LTS) was created for the sorority. LTS is held on a national basis in years when there is not a national convention to meet the training and informational needs of the collegiate chapters, alumnae chapters and national personnel.
  • In 1968 the separation of Hunter College’s two campuses in prompted the original Alpha chapter to divide. Alpha Alpha was installed at the new Herbert Lehman College in the Bronx, while Alpha Chapter remained on Hunter College’s Park Avenue campus.
  • In 1969 in an effort to provide greater focus on the philanthropic activities of Phi Sigma Sigma, the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation was created.
  • In 1999 the National Make a Difference Day Award was presented to Phi Sigma Sigma in recognition of their commitment to volunteer service and community involvement.

See also: Hunter College High School Hunter College of The City University of New York (known more commonly as simply Hunter College) is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY), located on Manhattans Upper East Side. ... Tufts University is a private research university in Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts, suburbs of Boston. ... New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in New York City. ... The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in the city of College Park, in Prince Georges County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., in the United States. ... The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), founded in 1902, is an umbrella organization for 26 inter/national womens sororities. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... See also: Hunter College High School Hunter College of The City University of New York (known more commonly as simply Hunter College) is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY), located on Manhattans Upper East Side. ... Lehman College is one of the constituent colleges of the City University of New York, USA. Founded in 1931 as the Bronx campus of Hunter College, the school became an independent college within the City University in 1968. ... The National Kidney Foundation, Inc. ... Philanthropy is the act of donating money, goods, time, or effort to support a charitable cause, usually over an extended period of time and in regard to a defined objective. ...

Chapters

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Florida The California State University (CSU) is one of three public higher education systems in the state of California, the other two being the University of California system and the California Community College System. ...

Delta Psi at University of West Florida Illinois Florida International University, commonly known as FIU, is a public research university whose main campus is located in University Park in metropolitan Miami, Florida, in the United States. ...


Indiana A Corner of Main Quad The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC, U of I, or simply Illinois), is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious campus in the University of Illinois system. ... For another university which uses the abbreviation WIU, see Webber International University Western Illinois University is a public university founded in 1899 as Western Illinois State Normal School. ... Illinois State University is a public university in Normal, Illinois and is the oldest public institution of higher education in the state. ... Quincy University is a private liberal arts Catholic university in the Franciscan tradition. ...

Massachusetts Indiana University Kokomo   Indiana University Kokomo (IUK) is a regional campus in the Indiana University system located in Kokomo, Indiana. ...

Michigan Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is a private university located in Worcester, Massachusetts, in the United States. ... Bentley College is located at 175 Forest Street in Waltham, Massachusetts, 10 miles west of Boston. ...

New Jersey Grand Valley State University is an American university located in Allendale, Michigan. ... Saginaw Valley State University, commonly known as SVSU, is a state university in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Northern Michigan University is a four-year public university established in 1899 located in Marquette, in Michigans Upper Peninsula. ... The University of Michigan-Dearborn, located in Dearborn, Michigan, USA, is part of the University of Michigan system. ...

Pennsylvania Monmouth University is a private university located in West Long Branch, New Jersey. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Montclair State University is a public university located in Montclair, Little Falls, and Clifton, New Jersey. ... Rider University is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian university located chiefly in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, in Mercer County. ... The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), is a four-year public institution located in Ewing Township, New Jersey, a northern suburb of Trenton. ...

Rhode Island This article is about the private Ivy League university in Philadelphia. ...

Virginia Bryant University is a four-year private university located in Smithfield, Rhode Island. ...

Virginia Commonwealth University, or VCU, is a large public American research university with its main campuses located in downtown Richmond, Virginia. ...

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