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Theta Chi - ΘΧ
The Coat of Arms of Theta Chi Fraternity
Founded April 10, 1856 (1856-04-10) (age 151)
Norwich University
Type Social
Scope United States, Canada
Motto θηρόποσα Χείρ[1]
Maxim Alma Mater First, and Theta Chi for Alma Mater
Colors Military Red and White
Symbol Rattlesnake
Flower The Red Carnation
Chapters 225 (135 active, 7 colonies & interest groups)
Headquarters 3330 Founders Road
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Homepage http://www.thetachi.org

Theta Chi (ΘΧ) is an international college fraternity for men. It was founded on April 10, 1856 as the Theta Chi Society, at Norwich University, Norwich, Vermont, U.S., and was the first Greek Letter society to make its appearance at the university, and the 21st of the 64 North American Interfraternity Conference men's fraternities [1]. Image File history File links Source of file: http://www. ... is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1856 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Norwich University (NU) is a private university located in Northfield, Vermont. ... Species 27 species; see list of rattlesnake species and subspecies. ... Binomial name L. The carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus) is a flowering plant native to the Near East and has been cultivated for the last 2,000 years. ... 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. ... is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1856 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Norwich University (NU) is a private university located in Northfield, Vermont. ... Norwich, Vermont Norwich is located in the state of Vermont, United States of America, along the Connecticut River opposite Hanover, New Hampshire. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from...

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History

Founding and early years at Norwich

Theta Chi Fraternity was founded on Thursday, April 10, 1856 at 9:00 p.m. in the Old South Barracks on the campus of Norwich University in Norwich, Vermont, by two military cadets, Frederick Norton Freeman and Arthur Chase. A third man, Egbert Phelps, is considered to be the "assistant founder" for lending his help and advice to Freeman and Chase although he was never an undergraduate member himself (he was a member of the Chi Psi Fraternity). The first initiates after the founders were Edward Bancroft Williston and Lorenzo Potter. The early history of Theta Chi Fraternity is closely connected with the history of Norwich University. In 1866 a massive fire devastated the university, completely destroying the Old South Barracks. This disaster prompted the university to move from Norwich, Vermont to its present location in Northfield, Vermont. During fall quarter in 1881, Norwich University was reduced to only 15 students and Theta Chi membership was reduced to one undergraduate member, James M. Holland. In November of that year, Phil S. Randall and Henry Hersey approached Holland and insisted that they be allowed to join Theta Chi; Holland agreed, thus saving the fraternity from extinction. is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1856 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Norwich University (NU) is a private university located in Northfield, Vermont. ... Norwich, Vermont Norwich is located in the state of Vermont, United States of America, along the Connecticut River opposite Hanover, New Hampshire. ... This article refers to the general definition of cadet. ... Frederick Norton Freeman, A 57 Frederick Norton Freeman, Alpha/Norwich 1857, was born on March 2, 1839 in Claremont, New Hampshire. ... Arthur Chase, A 56 Arthur Chase, Alpha/Norwich 1856, is the co-founder of Theta Chi Fraternity. ... Chi Psi, ΧΨ is a fraternity consisting of more than 30 chapters (known as alphas) at American colleges and universities. ... Edward Bancroft Williston (July 15, 1837 - April 24, 1920) was an American Brigadier General in the United States Army, veteran of the American Civil War and recipient of the Medal of Honor. ... Northfield is a town in Washington County, Vermont, United States. ...


Growth

The fraternity was incorporated in Vermont in 1888, and acquired its first chapter house two years later. However, it remained a single entity for forty-six years until the Beta Chapter was installed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1902. A Grand Chapter was organized in 1908 to direct the fraternity and promote its growth. In 1942, Beta Kappa Fraternity joined Theta Chi Fraternity[2] , bringing 16 undergraduate chapters and approximately 6,000 undergraduate and alumnus members into the ranks. The Foundation Chapter was established in 1953 as a charity to provide educational scholarships and assistance. In 1965, the Zeta Gamma Chapter was installed at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, making Theta Chi an International Fraternity. “MIT” redirects here. ... The University of Alberta (U of A) is a public coeducational research university located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ... For other places with the same name, see Edmonton (disambiguation). ... Motto: Fortis et liber(Latin) Strong and free Capital Edmonton Largest city Calgary Official languages English (see below) Government - Lieutenant-Governor Norman Kwong - Premier Ed Stelmach (PC) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 28 - Senate seats 6 Confederation September 1, 1905 (split from Northwest Territories) (8th [Province]) Area Ranked...


Ideals and traditions

The Alpha Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity was founded here in 1856
The Alpha Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity was founded here in 1856
The Flag of Theta Chi Fraternity

Membership is open to men of good character without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation or nationality. New members are expected to conduct themselves like gentlemen at all times, as well as be leaders and a positive force both on their campuses and in their communities. The Greek motto of Theta Chi is θηρόποσα Χείρ, which can be translated as "An Assisting Hand" or "A Helping Hand." From Theta Chi's founding until about the 1930's the motto was secret, until it was incorporated into the fraternal coat of arms. The fraternity's maxim is "Alma Mater First and Theta Chi for Alma Mater," and refers to one of the founding ideals of the Fraternity: loyalty to one's college or university as well as academic achievement. The fraternity's colors are military red and white. Its flower is the red carnation. The national alumni publication is The Rattle, named for the rattlesnake that appears on the fraternity's coat of arms and badge. It has become a Theta Chi tradition to celebrate Founders Day on April 10, usually as an alumni gathering. Image File history File links Copy_of_OSB_pic. ... Image File history File links Copy_of_OSB_pic. ... Image File history File links OX_Flag. ... Image File history File links OX_Flag. ... This article needs cleanup. ... Binomial name L. The carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus) is a flowering plant native to the Near East and has been cultivated for the last 2,000 years. ...


Creed of Theta Chi

Frank Schrenk, a Theta Chi Fraternity member from the University of Pennsylvania, wrote the Creed of Theta Chi. It is both an affirmation of fraternal ideals, and a mission statement for the Fraternity: This article is about the private Ivy League university in Philadelphia. ...


I believe in Theta Chi, its traditions and its ideals. Born of sturdy manhood, nurtured by resolute men, ennobled by high and sacred purpose, it has taken its place among the educational institutions of America as a promoter of knowledge, an advancer of culture and a builder of character.


It inspires true friendship; teaches Truth, Temperance and Tolerance, extols virtue, exacts harmony, and extends a helping hand to all who seek it.


I believe in the primacy of Alma Mater; in the usefulness of my Fraternity, in its influence and its accomplishments and I shall do all in my power to perpetuate its ideals, thereby serving my God, my country and my fellow-man.


The Creed is recited by members at chapter meetings, and is often used in new member education programs to teach the new members the values and ideals of the Fraternity.


Theta Chi today

Theta Chi Fraternity currently has over 130 active chapters and colonies across the United States and Canada and has initiated over 170,000 members since its founding. It is a member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference. As of May 2007, Theta Chi was the 9th largest collegiate male fraternity. Hazing has been prohibited since 1920, and in 1998 undergraduates and alumni of the fraternity mandated that nearly all undergraduate chapter houses be alcohol-free by 2003. The North-American Interfraternity Conference (or NIC), (formerly known as the National Interfraternity Conference) is an association of collegiate mens fraternities that was formally organized in 1910, although it began on November 27, 1909. ...


In June 2006, Theta Chi's 150th Anniversary Convention was held at the Norwich University campus in Northfield, Vermont.


The fraternity's International Headquarters is currently located in Indianapolis, Indiana. “Indianapolis” redirects here. ...


Chapters

Theta Chi Fraternity has chartered 225 Theta Chi Fraternity Chapters, of which 133 are active. ...

Distinguished alumni

Distinguished alumni include filmmaker Steven Spielberg, former automobile executive Lee Iacocca, journalist Bob Woodruff, and General John M. Shalikashvili, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Steven Allan Spielberg (born December 18, 1946)[1] is an American film director and producer. ... Lido Anthony Lee Iacocca (born October 15, 1924) is an American industrialist most commonly known for his revival of the Chrysler brand in the 1980s when he was the CEO. Among the most widely recognized businessmen in the world, he was a passionate advocate of U.S. business exports during... Bob Woodruff, with former World News Tonight co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas, prior to his injuries in Iraq. ... John Malchase David Shalikashvili (born June 27, 1936) is a retired American general who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1993 to 1997. ...


External links

  • Theta Chi The Official Website of Theta Chi Fraternity
  • The National Eagle The Official Blog of Theta Chi Fraternity
  • The Rattle The Official Magazine of Theta Chi Fraternity

References

  1. ^ The Greek motto of Theta Chi is θηρόποσα Χείρ, which has been variously translated as "An Assisting Hand" or "A Helping Hand."
  2. ^ Beta Kappa and Theta Chi merger information

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