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Encyclopedia > Theta Xi
Theta Xi - ΘΞ
Founded April 29, 1864 (1864-04-29) (age 143)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York
Type Social fraternity
Scope National
Motto Juncti Juvant
"United they Serve"
Colors Azure Blue and Matte Silver
Symbol Unicorn
Flower Blue Iris
Chapters More than 50 in the United States
Patron saint Benjamin Franklin[1]
Headquarters P.O. Box 411134
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Homepage http://www.thetaxi.org/

Theta Xi (ΘΞ) is a fraternity founded at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York on 29 April 1864. Theta Xi is the only fraternity to be established during the American Civil War. Theta Xi Fraternity was originally founded as an engineering fraternity, the first professional fraternity. It became a general social fraternity by a five to one vote of the membership at the National Convention on April 9, 1926. Image File history File links Txcoatofarms_small. ... is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1864 (MDCCCLXIV) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, or RPI, is a nonsectarian, coeducational private research university in Troy, New York, a city lying just outside the state capital of Albany. ... Looking west down Broadway at downtown Troy. ... Social or General Fraternities and Sororities, in the North American fraternity system, are those not associated with a particular profession (as Professional fraternities are) or discipline (such as Service fraternities and sororities). ... The term Azure (from Persian لاژورد lazhward) can refer to any of the following: The blueish color of the sky. ... Silver is the metallic shade of the color gray closest to that of polished silver. ... The gentle and pensive maiden has the power to tame the unicorn, in this fresco in Palazzo Farnese, Rome, probably by Domenichino, ca 1602 For other uses, see Unicorn (disambiguation). ... Species See text. ... Benjamin Franklin (January 17 [O.S. January 6] 1706 – April 17, 1790) was one of the most well known Founding Fathers of the United States. ... 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. ... Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, or RPI, is a nonsectarian, coeducational private research university in Troy, New York, a city lying just outside the state capital of Albany. ... Looking west down Broadway at downtown Troy. ... is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1864 (MDCCCLXIV) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total...


National Service Projects

In addition to philanthropies adopted by individual chapters, Theta Xi supports two national service projects, for the fight against Multiple Sclerosis and Habitat for Humanity. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, a United States-based non-profit organization, and its network of chapters nationwide promote research, educate, advocate on issues relating to multiple sclerosis, and organize a wide range of programs, including support for the newly diagnosed and those living with MS. External Link The National... Official Habitat for Humanity logo Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) (generally referred to as Habitat for Humanity or simply Habitat) is an international, ecumenical Christian, non-governmental, non-profit organization devoted to building simple, decent, and affordable housing. ...

Notable alumni

Arts and entertainment

  • Richard Boone (Tau), Emmy winning actor
  • Jim Davis (Kappa Kappa 159), creator of Garfield comic strip
  • Bruce Davison, Golden Globe-winning actor
  • Buddy De Sylva (Alpha Nu 78), Oscar-nominated composer, producer, and executive
  • Henderson Forsythe, Tony award-winning actor and one of the actors who has played Colonel Sanders for KFC
  • Robert LaHendro (Bob), director 1968-79, All in the Family; 1974-75 Good Times; 1974-75 That’s My Mama; 1975-79 Welcome Back Kotter; 1979 Detective School; 1980, Flo; 1984-90 Santa Barbara
  • Charles Lederer, film screenwriter, Tony award double winner, producer
  • Jack Lindquist, former president of Disneyland (1990-1994)
  • Dudley Nichols, Oscar-winning screenwriter
  • Jeremy Alyea, Independent film producer, creator of "Smokin in the Annex."
  • Charles Pratt, Jr., TV executive & co-executive producer for Melrose Place
  • Carl Ragsdale, Oscar-winning director/producer & pioneer in TV commercials and underwater filming
  • Loren Sitomer, (Alpha Zeta 1404), former child actor
  • Alex Seiden, (Delta 860) Visual effects/Computer Graphics specialist; Supervisor credits for Star Wars (special edition), Jurassic Park, Star Trek: Generations
  • Rick Telles (Alpha Zeta 804), producer of MTV’s The Real World, Road Rules, Making the Band, Fear; WB’s The Surreal Life'. His filmography includes: 1983-1985 Loving; 1989 Ghettoblaster; 1987 Fatal Beauty; 1995-1997 The City; 2005 The Shar Jackson Show
  • Justin Van Slyke (Kappa Gamma 447), MSNBC Correspondent
  • Greg White (Gamma Iota 57), On-Air - Host of "2 Wheel Tuesday" on Speed Channel for 174 Episodes (3.5 years), currently a commentator for Speed's AMA Superbike Series coverage. Producer - Bike Week, Motorcyclist and 2 Wheel Tuesday all on Speed.

Richard Boone often played in Westerns and action films. ... James Robert Jim Davis (born July 28, 1945), is an American cartoonist who created the popular comic strip Garfield. ... Davison as Senator Robert Kelly in X-Men Bruce Davison (born June 28, 1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American actor. ... Buddy Gard DeSylva, often credited as Buddy De Sylva, Buddy DeSylva, Bud De Sylva and B.G. DeSylva (January 27, 1895 - July 11, 1950), He was born George Gard DeSylva in New York, New York, USA, but grew up in California and attended the University of Southern California. ... Henderson Forsythe (born September 11, 1917 in Macon, Missouri) is an American actor. ... KFC (full name Kentucky Fried Chicken) is a division of Yum! Brands, Inc. ... Charles Davies Lederer (born December 31 1906 - died March 5 1976) was an American film writer and director. ... Jack Lindquist (b. ... Disneyland is a theme park that is located at 1313 South Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim, California, USA. It opened on July 17, 1955. ... Dudley Nichols (April 6, 1895 – January 4, 1960) was an American screenwriter who first came to prominence after winning and refusing the screenwriting Oscar for The Informer in 1936. ... Charles Pratt Jr. ... Greg White (born July 25, 1979) is an American football defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ...


  • Robert J. Gordon (Eta 607), business author
  • Brian D. Barr (Beta Epsilon 776), President, C.E.O., California Audio Technology (CAT)

Robert J. Gordon is an economics professor at Northwestern University, he also holds the title of Stanley G. Harris Professor in the social sciences. He is an expert on: Measuring and explaining productivity growth The causes of unemployment Airline economics From 1995-1997 he served on a national commission to...

Government, military and politics

  • Major William H. Wiley (Alpha 11, 1st President of the Grand Lodge), major in the Union Army during the Civil War and United States Representative from New Jersey
  • Andrew Carnegie (Pi 59) - Steel tycoon and founder of the Carnegie Institute of Technology - now Carnegie Mellon University
  • Eric O'Neill (Beta Zeta 707) - a former American FBI operative. He worked as an Investigative Specialist, of the Special Surveillance Group (SSG), and played a pivotal role in the arrest and life imprisonment conviction of his fellow agent, Robert Hanssen, for spying on behalf of the Soviet Union and Russia.
  • Claude Harris, Jr. (Alpha Lambda 421)(Univ of Ala) - US Congress Representative from Alabama (1987-1993); Circuit Judge, 1977-1985; was not a candidate for renomination to the One Hundred Third Congress in 1992

William Halsted Willey, born in New York City July 10, 1842 was a US Representative from New Jersey. ... Andrew Carnegie (last name pronounced IPA: )[1] (November 25, 1835 – August 11, 1919) was a Scottish industrialist, businessman, a major philanthropist, and the founder of Pittsburghs Carnegie Steel Company which later became U.S. Steel. ... Eric M. ONeill is a former American FBI operative. ... Claude Harris, Jr. ...

Science and technology

  • Charles Hayden (Delta 24), MIT's Charles Hayden Memorial Library and the Boston Museum of Science's Charles Hayden Planetarium are named after him
  • Edwin Armstrong, inventor and the Father of FM Radio
  • Allen B. DuMont (Alpha 349), American scientist and inventor
  • Frederick Winslow Taylor (Gamma 53), Father of Scientific Management
  • James S. Voss (Beta Zeta 312), Astronaut

Edwin Howard Armstrong (December 18, 1890 – January 31, 1954) was an American electrical engineer and inventor. ... Dr. Allen Balcom DuMont (January 29, 1901 - November 14, 1965) was an American scientist and inventor best known for improvements to the cathode ray tube in 1931 for use in television receivers. ... Frederick Winslow Taylor Frederick Winslow Taylor (March 20, 1856 to March 21, 1915) was an American mechanical engineer who sought to improve industrial efficiency. ... James S. Voss (Col. ...


  • Al Brosky (Alpha Beta 563), Illinois safety and member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
  • Tom Dickens Yale college football player, All-American first-team selection in both 1920 and 1921.
  • Ryan Mathews NASCAR Busch series driver for Bill Davis Racing.
  • Tom Penders Former head men's basketball coach at the University of Texas.
  • Bob Schaefer, former manager of the Kansas City Royals.
  • Stan Sczurek (Theta 706), offensive lineman at Purdue and a professional linebacker was The Boilermakers’ team captain in 1961, he was an All-Big 10 first-teamer and received All-American mention. He played in the East-West Shrine Game and Hula Bowl before becoming a fourth-round draft choice for the Cleveland Browns. Purdue LB—Cleveland Browns, 1963-1965; New York Giants, 1966; Akron Vulcans, 1967
  • Jerry Tagge (Alpha Epsilon 916), American and Canadian football quarterback
  • Bobby Thomas (Alpha Epsilon 891), an All-Big 8 selection in 1975 and 1976, who played in the Fiesta and Bluebonnet Bowls.
  • Len Wilson (Theta 692), is remembered yearly by the Purdue football program, which awards a trophy in his honor to the most unselfish and dedicated player. He won the team’s 1957 award as its best defensive back, led it in kickoff returns in 1958 and played in the Blue-Gray Game. Wilson was drafted by the Steelers and played for Saskatchewan in the CFL in 1960. Purdue DB—Saskatchewan Roughriders, 1960
  • Steve Wright (football) (Alpha Lambda 430), played on University of Alabama Sugar Bowl team, Green Bay fifth-round pick in 1964.
  • Scott Madden, Offroad Racing champion. Scott recently placed in the Northern Indiana Cornfield Competition, and also has placed in several presitigious competetions such as the White River Treestumpjumper and The Ten Lap Race. Scott earned enough points this past season to qualify for the 2008 Hummer World Championships.

Alfred E. Brosky (born June 9, 1928 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a former American football player, and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. ... College Football Hall of Fame front. ... Ryan Mathews is currently in his first season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and races for Bill Davis Racing. ... Tom Penders is currently the head coach at the University of Houston. ... The University of Texas System comprises fifteen educational institutions in Texas, of which nine are general academic universities, and six are health institutions. ... Bob Schaefer (b. ... Jerry Tagge (born April 12, 1950) is a member of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Hall of Fame. ... Stephen Richard (Steve) Wright (born August 26, 1954 in Greenwich, London) is a radio broadcaster in the United Kingdom. ...

List of Chapters and Colonies

A list of chapters of the Theta Xi Fraternity. ...


  1. ^ The Quest of Theta Xi, p. 38

External links

  • Theta Xi National Headquarters

  Results from FactBites:
Theta Xi Fraternity - Statements of Position (1876 words)
THETA XI FRATERNITY, recognizing the dangers associated with the misuse and abuse of alcohol, fully endorses the National Interfraternity Conference's "Resolution on Alcohol" pass by the House of Delegates at its 1983 Annual Meeting.
THETA XI FRATERNITY holds the firm belief that sororities and women's fraternities offer excellent opportunities for college women to share a fraternal experience, and that this experience serves a most useful purpose in providing a complementary fraternal experience to that provided by men's fraternities.
THETA XI FRATERNITY holds the firm belief that it is the mutual responsibility of the Fraternity, its chapters and each member to respect and protect the dignity of all human being.
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