Phi Sigma Phi (ΦΣΦ) is a US national fraternity founded on July 30, 1988 in South Bend, Indiana. There are now 10 chapters and colonies of Phi Sigma Phi nationwide. The current National President is Nate Church.
The foundation for Phi Sigma Phi stems from the 1985 merger between Phi Sigma Epsilon and Phi Sigma Kappa. After this merger, a small group of Phi Sigma Epsilon alumni and then-current undergraduate collegians decided not to participate with the new fraternity, instead electing to form a new national fraternity. Historically, dissention regarding this merger has been framed by PSP leadership as an evolution of ideals and dedication to independence and freedom of choice. On July 30, 1988, in South Bend, Indiana, Phi Sigma Phi National Fraternity, Inc. was formally organized to serve as a national organization.
Leading this small group of chapters into the formation of a new national fraternity were former Phi Sigma Epsilon alumni who were elected to serve as Phi Sigma Phi’s first National Council:
- Harry Parker (National President)
- Mark Helling (National Vice-President)
- Rick Facemire (National Vice-President)
- Dan Foster (National Vice-President)
- George Perry (National Vice-President)
- David Prueher (Senior Regional Director)
- John Lecco (Chapter Consultant)
- Ken Siverling (Chapter Consultant)
In addition, longtime supporters and former Phi Sigma Epsilon National Presidents Dean Rockwell, (originally of Eastern Michigan’s Lambda Chapter ’35 and ΦΣΕ’s National President 1950–1958) and John Sandwell, (originally of Ft. Hays State’s Zeta Chapter ’71 and ΦΣΕ’s National President 1978–1984) added their advice and experience to all areas of Phi Sigma Phi’s new operations.
As the foundation for Phi Sigma Phi stems from a schism away from a previous organization, Phi Sigma Epsilon, it has founding chapters, and not specifically founding fathers. Still, creation of Phi Sigma Phi was driven by its alumni volunteers. After some wrangling to determine which groups would follow those organizers and a quick restart of three chapters that had gone dormant, by 1988 there existed seven chapters at the birth of the new organization.
These seven chapters are known by the Fraternity as the Founding Seven Chapters:
- Lambda (Λ) Chapter, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan;
- Omega (Ω) Chapter, University of Wisconsin–Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin;
- Phi Beta (ΦΒ) Chapter, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin;
- Phi Iota (ΦΙ) Chapter, Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin;
- Phi Kappa (ΦΚ) Chapter, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, West Virginia;
- Phi Mu (ΦΜ) Chapter, Concord College, Athens, West Virginia;
- Sigma Zeta (ΣΖ) Chapter, University of Wisconsin–River Falls, River Falls, Wisconsin;
Although there was strong support for this new fraternity from many campuses and alumni, the first years of Phi Sigma Phi’s existence were difficult. During the years of 1988 through 1990, the National Fraternity struggled for survival, and expansion was non-existent. Establishing new national programs, publications, visitations, and a new financial program were top priorities and took most of the new national Fraternity’s energy and efforts. The dawn of the 1990s saw Phi Sigma Phi settle into its position as that of a strong and determined new national fraternity. The National Council and Staff of Phi Sigma Phi were determined to chart a course for this new national fraternity where the emphasis was on superior service and support for the membership. The initial turmoil of the late 1980s gradually settled, and the desire and drive for expansion was put into action.
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Phi Sigma Phi (ΦΣΦ)
- Founded On: July 30th, 1988 – South Bend, Indiana
- Type: Social Fraternity
- Colors: Cardinal Red and Silver
- Flower: N/A
- Nicknames: PSP-Phi-Sigs
- Chapters: 10 Active, 11 Inactive
- Website: www.phisigmaphi.org
- Motto: Honor, τη Σοφία και Δικαιοσύνη — “Honor, Wisdom, and Justice”