The brothers of Phi Sigma Kappa participated in the Southern Illinois AIDS walk this past Thursday. The proceeds from the event were donated to AIDS Holiday Project, which provides food, gifts, clothing, toys and grocery store gift cards for 150 low-income households impacted by HIV / AIDS in the 19 southern-most counties of Illinois.
The men of Phi Sigma Kappa are now approaching the $4,000 dollar mark in donations for the Special Olympics at years polar plunge! You can show your support by donating to one of our members pages and watching us take the plunge tomorrow at campus lake. Please click the link and check out our team page! Damn Proud!
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- Dan Ershen
- Greg Gault
- David Hahamy
- Joe Jordahl
- Eric Okerstrom
- John Williamson
- Scott Ellison
- Nick Thanepohn
- Jake Reinhart
- Daniel Gress
- Ian Ritchey
- Myles Gilmer
- Takeru Nishi
- Ryan Christenson
- Matt Schaff
President: Kevin Leparski
Vice President: Zach Karr
Secretary: Connor Peters
Treasurer: Chad Spradling
Sentinel: Eddie Gerskowitz
Inductor: Peter Macchiaroli
Academics Chairman: Eric Okerstrom
Sports Chairman: Adam Kelly
Brotherhood Chairman: Jack Miller and Chad Spradling
Community Service Chairman: Eric Zeddies
Risk Management Chairman: Jack Miller
Public Relations Chairman: Jack Miller
Alumni Relations Chairman: Eddie Gerskowitz
Historian Chairman: David Voris
Social Chairman: Joe Jordahl
Tailgate Chairman: Connor Peters
House Manager: Mike Meyers
Recruitment Chairman: Connor Peters
Webmaster Chairman: John Williamson
Fundraising Chairman: Jack Miller and Bryant Hofer
IFC Delegate: Adam Kelly
Homecoming Chairman: Joe Jordahl and Kevin Leparski
Theta Xi: John Williamson
Composite Chair: Peter Macchiaroli
Bylaws Committee: Eddie Gerskowitz
Why Go Greek?
Let’s look at some facts:
- 71% of those listed in “Who’s Who in America” belong to a fraternity.
- Of the nation’s 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by fraternity men.
- 85% of the Fortune 500 executives belong to a fraternity.
- 40 of 47 U.S. Supreme Court Justices since 1910 were fraternity men.
- 76% of all Congressmen and Senators belong to a fraternity.
- Every U.S. President and Vice President, except two in each office, born since the first social fraternity
was in 1825 have been members of a fraternity.
- 63% of the U.S. President’s Cabinet members since 1900 have been Greek.
- A National Conference report shows a majority of the 600 NIC fraternity chapters are above the All-
Men’s scholastic average.
- A U.S. Government study shows that over 70% of all those who join a fraternity/sorority graduate, while
under 50% of all non-fraternity/sorority persons graduate.
- Less than 2% of an average college student’s expenses go toward fraternity dues.
- Over 85% of the student leaders on some 730 campuses are involved in the Greek community.
Why Choose Phi Sigma Kappa?
Joining Phi Sigma Kappa means creating life-long bonds of brotherhood and camaraderie. We’re more than merely a fraternity, we are an extended family of men helping one-another throughout life. The men of Phi Sigma Kappa strive to fulfill the cardinal principles of brotherhood, scholarship, and character.
Phi Sigma Kappa bases its strength, not simply on the quantity of guys in its membership, but just as importantly, on the quality and character of the brothers that fill her ranks. Our members come from all facets of life, all backgrounds, ideas, and beliefs. It is this diversity that makes us unique.
We are not your stereotypical “frat boys,” we are a devoted brotherhood determined to better ourselves and the world around us by striving to fulfill the ideals that unite us as men.
Do you think you have what takes to become a Damn Proud member of Phi Sigma Kappa?
Phi Sigma Kappa Mission Statement
Phi Sigma Kappa is a lifelong brotherhood dedicated to the betterment of the individual, the university community, and our world, by giving its members opportunities to develop leadership skills, participate in service to others, achieve academic excellence, experience cultural diversity and practice personal integrity.
Phi Sigma Kappa Creed
In the firm conviction that my Fraternity demands of me a life of Faith and Purpose
I hereby solemnly declare My Faith in the wisdom and love of God; in the dignity and worth of my fellowmen; in the strength and beauty of true Fraternity; in the history and future of my Country; and in the traditions and program of my Alma Mater.
Henceforward, therefore, it shall be My Purpose to remain forever true to this, my fraternity’s faith in me and in turn to preserve and promote courageously and unselfishly the chosen ideals of our mutual affection and common endeavor.
To this end I dedicate My Life to the maintenance of this Faith and the pursuit of this Purpose so that the ideals of Phi Sigma Kappa, being embodied in me, may be fulfilled in my Character and Conduct, and be known and honored by all men.
By these things I stand.
Phi Sigma Kappa Cardinal Principles
To Promote Brotherhood.
Justice, harmony, and brotherly love are essential to the spirit of fraternity. We promise to set an example of true brotherhood not only in our relations with each other, but in our association with people everywhere.
To Stimulate Scholarship.
Wisdom comes with learning. Complementing the mission of higher education, we seek to help our members to combine formal and informal learning experience; to more fully appreciate the importance of both theoretical and practical knowledge; and by broadening their understanding of human relationships, to produce men of wisdom who will be better prepared to make positive contributions to society and all mankind.
To Develop Character.
Honor is the basis of fraternal relationships. We resolve to instill in each member a devotion to those values which will guide him to ends that are noble and right, so that in all that he represents and in all that he does, he shall be known as a man of honor who inspires others by is example and thus wins admiration and respect for himself and for Phi Sigma Kappa.
Massachusetts Agricultural College in Amherst-now the University of Massachusetts-is the setting for our founding. Among its other students in the early 1870s it had attracted six men of varied backgrounds, ages, abilities and goals in life, who saw the need for a new and different kind of society on campus that was receptive to experimentation. These, our Founders, banded together in their sophomore year (1873) to form a “society to promote morality, learning and social culture.”
Jabez William Clay, from whose fertile mind came the original suggestion for a new fraternity, was a giant both physically and mentally, and came from a hardy Green Mountain family.
Clay was joined by another Green Mountain boy, Frederick George Campbell, a practical youth who possessed the dynamic ability to put into operation the ideals that flowed from Clay’s creative mind. Their contemporaries described them as natural partners.
During a time when many fraternities were being founded, Fred M. Thompson and Orin M. Rhine, then students at Kansas State Normal College in Emporia, Kansas, began the process which finally resulted in the birth of Phi Sigma Epsilon. Meetings were held and eventually, in 1910, two members of the group, Fred Thompson and Victor Bottomly, presented their case for a fraternity to College President Joseph H. Hill. He was impressed by their presentation and had full confidence that they would succeed.
Before this meeting had ever occurred, much had been accomplished by the members. Fred Thompson was chairman and Orin Rhine, secretary; and committees were developed on rituals and the constitution. Victor Bottomly and Robert Marley served on the committee writing the oath. At the time of President Hill’s decision, a constitution was already in the making and Fred Thompson, as a committee of one, had submitted the Greek letters.
Phi Sigma Epsilon was truly founded on February 20, 1910 when the Constitution and Bylaws were adopted. There was still great opposition to secret societies at this time and so the organization was underground until 1912. However the fraternity’s willingness to cooperate with the administration and its program of scholastic and social improvements soon won admiration.
In 1926-1927, Phi Sigma Epsilon formed a union with Sigma Delta Tau of Kirksville State Teachers College in Kirksville, Missouri, and Pi Sigma Epsilon of Kansas State Teachers College in Pittsburg, Kansas. Phi Sigma Epsilon thus became a national fraternity. The fraternity expanded to many other campuses until World War II when it totally ceased operations until 1946 when it was successfully revived. The decline of Fraternities during the 1970s hit Phi Sigma Epsilon hard, however.
In 1984, National President James Whitfield was approached by Grand President Anthony Fusaro of Phi Sigma Kappa with a suggestion that the two fraternities consider the possibility of a merger. Phi Sigma Kappa had chapters primarily along the coasts and Phi Sigma Epsilon was mainly in the heartland of America. Combined with the similar letters and ideals, this fact made the merger seem quite perfect for both organizations. The negotiations which followed resulted in the joining of the two fraternities at the 50th General Convention of Phi Sigma Kappa in Washington, D.C., on August 14, 1985.
Joseph Franklin Barrett was the youngest of the six, likely the most brilliant, and destined to take an active part for more than 45 years in the affairs of the group he helped to found. He was always “Big Chief” to his friends, constantly amazing them with his feats of memory and mental acuity (he entered college at 16), and served as Grand President for a total of 10 years.
Xenos Young Clark was a Bostonian, a practical joker, an excellent writer and the founders’ “local contact;” his father was on the faculty.
William Penn Brooks was a scientist, had a fine mathematical mind, and was responsible for most of the details of our symbolism.
Henry Hague was the oldest of the group, the most mature and sedate, with short careers as a factory hand, carpenter and apprentice seaman already behind him at 24.
The six were typically active college students, members of literary and academic societies and athletic groups, editors of campus publications. Hague and Brooks even ran the college store. On March 15, 1873, they met in secret. Brooks had already prepared a constitution and symbolism, and Hague had designed a ritual. The first meeting seemed destined to succeed, for the individuals all had done their work well. The ritual has been changed only six times since, and never drastically. The symbolism and esoteric structure have never been altered. Clay was elected president of the group-which for its first five years had no name. Its cryptic characters could not be pronounced, either, though Brooks recalled that outsiders referred to them as “T, double T, T upside-down.”
The Grand Chapter was organized in 1878, to bring alumni and undergraduates together in an organized fashion. Phi Sigma Kappa was adopted as the group’s official name.
Originally, the founders foresaw only one chapter. John A. Cutter was inducted into the group in 1878 and would later attend Albany Medical College (merged with Union College) where he established a Beta Chapter. He was also instrumental in the establishment of Gamma Chapter at Cornell. The fraternity slowly transformed into a national organization. Phi Sigma Kappa never aimed for size alone, but for serving as an excellent example of Fraternity and the continued involvement of alumni. The Fraternity grew, however, and stretched across the country by 1909.
The Great Depression was rough on Phi Sig as it was to all Fraternal orders. Low manpower and the need for organization, however, brought about more leadership training services from the National Headquarters, a pledge manual, and better accounting systems. In 1934 the Creed and Cardinal Principles were drafted and presented and remain unchanged today. World War II was also a difficult time, but there were 52 active chapters and the Phi Sigma Kappa Foundation had been established to reward good scholarship among brothers.
The Fraternity during post World War II era removed many restrictions on qualifications for membership, and acted along with the NIC to eliminate hazing and create a more responsible new member program. While membership declined during the 60s and 70s, the 80s and 90s saw further expansion. The greatest expansion came with the merger of Phi Sigma Kappa and Phi Sigma Epsilon on August 15, 1985. Two years later at Convention, the crest and flag were changed to incorporate the symbolism of Phi Sigma Epsilon.
In 1988 the biannual Leadership School became an annual training meeting for chapter officers and volunteer alumni officers. The Phi Sigma Kappa Foundation has grown and is able to fund many new educational programs for our undergraduate brothers. The Foundation bought a new Headquarters building in Indianapolis as an investment, the income going back to fund educational programs.
In 2003, Phi Sigma Kappa withdrew from the North American Interfraternity Council citing too many expenses for too few results. Following the NIC Summit in 2006 where NIC leaders lobbied for congressional bills that would alleviate taxes on Greek housing corporations, Phi Sigma Kappa has decided to rejoin.
On October 18, 1955, eight men, being brought together by the three founders, Lawrence F. Strickert, John A. Birchler & Donald R. Jordan, held their first meeting. The purpose of this meeting was to establish another fraternity on the campus of Southern Illinois University. The principal reason for the desire to establish a new local fraternity was the dissatisfaction with the fraternities already in existence on campus. At the first meeting Lawrence Frederick Strickert was elected president, Donald Ralph Jordan was elected vice-president, and John Alexander Birchler was elected sergeant-at-arms. At the time of the first meeting all members were underclassmen. Strickert, from Lombard, Illinois, a student of the Design Department, also was in Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity and had served on various campus committees. Birchler, from Chester, Illinois, a music student who played in dance bands in neighboring towns and also served as athletic chairman in his hall in the Men’s Residence Halls.
Jordan, from Chicago, Illinois, a student of the Psychology Department, was a member of the Social Senate and the Men’s Residence Council. The other members present at the first meeting were Allan Stocker, James Whitmore, Eugene Malone, Robert Katien, and Sherwin Adelman.
The purpose of the new fraternity was to promote scholarship and brotherhood, to develop character, and to stimulate interest in the University.
The following statement of principle of “IDEALS” was formulated at the first meeting, October 18, 1955:
“Any person applying for membership to our Fraternity shall be judged ONLY on his individual qualities and what he can contribute to furthering our traditions and to the growth of our Fraternity. He shall NOT be judged in ANY way on race, color, religion, or any stereotyped classification.”
At the time of the founding, there were no enforced study hours maintained by the Men’s Residence Halls, and because of this, the academic work of most of the members was below their potential. Furthermore, the students living in the University Residence Halls did not seem to show much interest in the University sponsored activities.
Although the group chose to be known as Delta Phi at its first meeting, Alpha Sigma was selected when it was learned that a national fraternity of the former name was already in existence.
Lt. Marion Thornsberry, of the AFROTC Department, was chosen as the faculty advisor on November 2, 1955. Lt. Thornsberry, a graduate of Southern Illinois University, was a member of a local fraternity while in his undergraduate years. After leaving school he enlisted in the United States Air Force and after completing Officer Candidate School, he was activated as a commissioned officer. He was later sent to Southern Illinois University in the Department of Air Science.
A petition for recognition as a social fraternity was submitted to the Student Council and the Inter-Fraternity Council on December 5, 1955. Alpha Sigma was recognized as a social fraternity on February 14, 1956 and was granted probationary status by the local Interfraternity Council. Probationary status enabled the group to participate in any all-Greek activities.
Correspondence was begun with several national fraternities in December of 1955. Field representatives from various national organizations visited Southern’s campus and Alpha Sigma. The principles and objectives of these national fraternities were explained.
During the spring of 1956, Alpha Sigma entered into various group activities on the campus. A booth was entered on Southern’s Spring Festival Midway and placed second in ticket sales.
At the Annual Honors Day ceremony, the Chapter initiated the Underclassmen Service to Southern Award, was initiated by the Chapter. The award was presented to the freshman or sophomore male non-greek student who was judged an outstanding leader on Southern’s campus.
In the latter part of May, new officers were elected: Ronald Goldsmith, President; Roger Bush, Vice-President; Lawrence Strickert, Comptroller; Gaylord Rybolt, Secretary; and Donald Jordan, Historian. After the elections, the committee chairmen were appointed for the following year. Also at this time an extensive rushing program was begun. When the school year ended in June, there were 23 active members. Alpha Sigma was ranked first scholastically for the spring term under the category of “pledges” because of the fraternity’s probationary status.
On July 21, 1956, the first summer meeting was held, which was the custom of the fraternities and sororities on campus. After the Inter-Fraternity and Inter-Greek meetings, the Chapter held a business meeting. At this meeting a constitution, which several of the members had worked on earlier during the summer was adopted. Also, a Householding Corporation Charter was drawn up at this time.
When school resumed in September, Alpha Sigma moved into the first Chapter House at 306 W. College.
During the formal rush period, the first thirteen men were pledged. The size of the pledge class ranked fourth in comparison with the other fraternities. During the school year 1956-57 the Chapter was actively engaged in all intramural programs, finishing the football season in fourth place, taking third in the basketball tournament, and finishing the second half of the bowling league in first place.
House decorations were entered in the Homecoming festivals and a float in the parade. Miss Ann Hughes, the Chapter Dolphin Queen candidate, rode on the float. The float was later used that night for dance decorations at the Homecoming Dance. A few weeks after Homecoming, a car caravan of fraternities, including Alpha Sigma, went to the Washington University to attend the Southern football game in St. Louis, Missouri. Southern had a reasonably good team that year and during the year the fraternities backed them all the way.
On December 15, 1956, Alpha Sigma initiated the Annual Pledge-Active Football Game. The pledges won the opener 26-21 and received a medium-sized traveling trophy for their accomplishment.
Scholastically, Alpha Sigma ranked third among the fraternities for the fall term of 1956.
On January 6, 1957, it was decided to change the name of the fraternity. The name chosen was, ALPHA SIGMA EPSILON. Also on that day, it was decided to order a fraternity pin and pledge pin. The pin selected was diamond shaped, having an upraised, black enameled center against yellow gold, with vertical Greek letters for Alpha Sigma Epsilon encrusted in gold on the black enameling. On January 7, the fraternity colors of green and ivory were adopted. The fraternity crest, which was designed by Larry Strickert, was also adopted at that meeting.
The symbols on the “CREST” were explained as follows. The Griffon on the very top stands for and symbolizes the courage aspired by the head, claws, and the wings of an eagle. The body of the lion symbolizes speed and courage. The Laurel on the edges stands for victory, leadership, and the achievement of ideals. The Skull in the upper right hand corner represents death and admonishes all to live well so as to be well thought of after death. The Sword represents willingness to fight for ideals, for the penalty of the obligation, for the militant spirit, for bravery, for achievement, and for discipline. The Lamp symbolizes the lamp of knowledge and represents the leadership, scholarship and the enlightenment of Fraternity life.
At the next meeting, on January 13, the fraternity flag, which was also designed by Larry Strickert and made by Ronald Goldsmith’s mother, was adopted. It was green, gold and ivory, with the Greek letters for Alpha Sigma Epsilon in black on the gold center band.
The beginning of 1957 was a dark period for Alpha Sigma Epsilon. In the Chapter’s quest to become a local chapter of a national fraternity, inquiries were made to many national fraternities. Field representatives visited the Chapter and the campus. Finally, after much deliberation, one was chosen: Sigma Phi Epsilon. Paperwork was completed and plans began for the induction ceremony and banquet. During the induction, the installation procedure was stopped and the inductors from Sigma Phi Epsilon requested a meeting with the officers. The inductors explained that one brother could not be installed because of the questions in the creed. The officers responded that the Chapter was founded on the principle that the Brothers who were chosen for membership, was based on who “THEY WERE” and what they could contribute to the Chapters tradition and were not to be judged on any issues of race, color, creed, or any stereotyped classification. The membership refused to let the induction continue if that one brother could not be inducted. It had to be, “ALL OR NONE”. The entire induction stopped since Sigma Phi Epsilon could not comply. Dr. George H. Hand, Vice-President of the University, was attending the induction as an Alumni of Sigma Phi Epsilon and subsequently resigned from Sigma Phi Epsilon in support of this decision. That was the end of the Sigma Phi Epsilon experience. However, the Initiation Banquet was held that night and it turned out to be a “CELEBRATION OF OUR IDEALS” where it was vowed to find a national fraternity that did not discriminate against membership in any way.
The process began again to find a national, only this time, one, which did not have any restrictive clauses in either their constitution or their rituals. As a result, several field representatives visited us including Mr. Herb Sauerman of Phi Sigma Kappa visited the Chapter in February and talked with us extensively about the possibility of an affiliation with Phi Sigma Kappa. The group was impressed with both Mr. Sauerman and his fraternity.
On Tuesday, February 19, Mr. A.L. Atchison, immediate Past President of Phi Sigma Kappa, visited the Chapter House. He spoke of his chapter in Kentucky and after he had answered the many questions, which were asked of him, he was invited to witness a formal pledging ceremony at which time two more men were pledged.
On March 4, 1957, the Chapter initiated the “Ball-and Chain” tradition. When a brother pinned his sweetheart, the Chapter serenaded at the sweetheart’s residence and burned the Greek letters on the sidewalk. The ceremony concluded with a ball and chain being locked to the ankle of each of the brother and the sweetheart. . Each had to carry their ball and chain to class, take it to bed with them and take it with them wherever they went for a week before it would be unlocked.
On March 11, Alpha Sigma Epsilon pledged 16 men, it’s largest pledge class with 23 active members and 3 alumni, bringing to total to over forty men.
After careful comparisons of the different national fraternities, the Brothers of Alpha Sigma Epsilon, unanimously voted in April 1957, to petition Phi Sigma Kappa National Fraternity for a chapter charter. The petition was approved on May 31, 1957 and formal pledging ceremonies were conducted by the officers of Alpha Deuteron, under the direction of Brother I. B. Brusletten, director at large, on September 21,1957.
By the time Alpha Sigma Epsilon was to become Kappa Tetarton, the 63rd Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa, there were 28 Active Undergraduates, 7 Alumni, 7 Honorary Members and 13 Pledges, who were anxious to join the brotherhood of our choice. The pledges were ineligible for initiation on November 23 with the group because of University regulations and were to be initiated at a later date. Thus from the small beginning of eight dedicated founders, Alpha Sigma Epsilon was able to bring to Phi Sigma Kappa an active chapter of 28, supported by 14 Alumni and Honorary Members, with 13 brothers-to-be, waiting to be added to the ever- growing throng.
November 22, 23, 24 & 25th of 1957 was a festive time in the life of the new Phi Sigma Kappa Chapter,
Kappa Tetarton. It began with the following proclamation:
“Whereas Southern Illinois University is an integral part of this community, and whereas the fraternity system is an important part of said university, be it resolved that the city of Carbondale hereby declares November 23, 1957, as Phi Sigma Kappa Day. It is so declared in honor of the induction of Alpha Sigma Epsilon as Kappa Tetarton, 63rd chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa, at Southern Illinois University.” – Mayor John I. Wright of Carbondale, Illinois
The proclamation appeared in the Friday, November 22, 1957 edition of The Egyptian, Southern Illinois University newspaper.
The big event actually started at the weird hour of 1:00 AM on November 23, 1957. At that time, the 28 Brothers-To-Be of Alpha Sigma Epsilon were conducted through the sequestration ceremonies at the chapter house, 306 West College. Brother Gail Thwing led a team from Alpha Deuteron assisted by Regional Director John K. Pfahl and National Secretary-Treasurer Herbert L. Brown.
With but a few hours of sleep, the induction team was ready for the final ceremonies in the Presbyterian Church in Carbondale at 9:30 am on November 24, 1957. It was a most impressive ceremony with several brothers from Pi Deuteron assisting. By 1:00 pm, the first part had been completed and inductors retreated to the chapter house for a light lunch.
At 2:00 pm, all were back at the church, ready for the final ceremony that was to add 42 new members to the Ever-Growing Throng. Fourteen of these were alumni, faculty members or townspeople who had been honorary members of Alpha Sigma Epsilon.
Having witnessed part one in the morning, these older men joined their younger brothers in the final consecration. The ceremony was most inspiring and well done and many were the comments from the brothers upon its impressiveness.
Of particular note was the initiation of Dr. George H. Hand, Vice-President of the university. Brother Hand, who, in his comments later, paid high tribute to Phi Sigma Kappa and to its Cardinal Principles.
Following the initiation ceremonies, the induction banquet was held at Engel’s Restaurant promptly at 6:00 pm. (The Kappa Tet Brothers showed they could teach other Phi Sig’s what promptness means).
Henry Engel, proprietor of the restaurant, was an honorary member of Alpha Sigma Epsilon, who would later be initiated into Phi Sigma Kappa. The banquet was a notable success attended by 28 active brothers, 13 pledges and 15 alumni, including several from Alpha Deuteron and one from Delta Chapter. In addition, 11 active brothers from Alpha Deuteron and three from Pi Deuteron were present.
With President Roger Bush acting as Master of Ceremonies, the program included remarks from Dr. George Hand, Vice-President of the University, Dean of Men Dr. I. Clark Davis, Regional Director John K. Pfahl, President Dale Cozad of the Inter-Fraternity Council and Brother Bush for the chapter. Brother Herbert L. Brown, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, who spoke inspiringly on the subject of fraternalism, gave the principal address. The banquet was concluded at 9:00 pm with the singing of “Hail the Ever-Growing Throng”
However, this was not the end of the evening because most of the active group picked up dates and hurried off to nearby Herrin for a memorable dance and party.
The chapter installation ceremonies were held at the Chapter House at 9:00 am on Sunday, November 25, with Brother Brown conducting, assisted by Brother Pfahl and Brother Thwing from Alpha Deuteron. Thus another step in building our great fraternity was completed.
Much credit was given to the brothers from Alpha Deuteron and especially to Regional Director John K. Pfahl, together with the Chapter Committee for a smooth-running induction event.
BUT, this was not quite all, for on Sunday afternoon the Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority entertained the new Chapter at an Installation Tea at the sorority house at 2:30 pm.
Yes, after the long weekend of November 22, 23 24, & 25th, all were very proud to sing, “Hail the Ever-Growing Throng” and mean every word of it.
The list of Active and Alumni Brothers who were inducted on November 24, 1957:
Roger Bush – President
* Sherwin Adelman – Vice-President
George Hand – Secretary
Jerry Feezel – Treasurer
John McAteer – Sentinel
* Lawrence Strickert – Inductor
* Eugene Malone
* Robert Katine
* John Birchler
* Donald Jordan
* Allan Stocker
* James Whitmore
Gaylord Rybolt Jr.
* Original Founders of Alpha Sigma
The list of Honorary Brothers inducted on November 23, 1957
Dr. George Hand Vice-President, Southern Illinois University
Dr. Randall Nelson Professor, Government Department
Charles Craggs Harrisburg Businessman
Alvy Smit House Father
Dr. Robert Resnick Professor, Music Department
Dr. John Hopkins Professor, Geography Department
Henry Bruinsma Chairman, Music Department
It was decreed by the Brothers, on November 24, 1957, that lest we forget our heritage, henceforth the Honorary Degree of an “Alpha Sigma Epsilon” would be conferred on future outstanding pledges of Kappa Tetarton Chapter as they are inducted into Phi Sigma Kappa.
40 Brothers of Alpha Sigma Epsilon received this honor.*
*(On October 26, 2002 seven Kappa Tetarton alumni were elected to receive this honor by
the Founding Fathers)