Phi Sigma Pi – Alpha Gamma
Study Guide Compilation
* Fall 2008 *
-- PURPOSE STATEMENT --
Phi Sigma Pi shall be an Honor Fraternity for students in four-year collegiate institutions and Phi
Sigma Pi alumni, founded upon a basis of superior scholarship with the avowed purpose of
advancing academic, professional, and social ideals. Phi Sigma Pi shall exist to meet the needs of
close fellowship among students of like ideals who are interested in the same end. In carrying out
the purpose of Phi Sigma Pi, the organization shall strive to personify and encourage three ideals:
1. The acquisition and dissemination of information and knowledge through scholarship,
2. The application of professional skills and the fostering of leadership qualities by
promoting and advancing the welfare of humanity, and
3. The fostering of non-discriminatory, fraternal fellowship within Phi Sigma Pi's ranks.
Phi Sigma Pi shall constantly endeavor to make these ideals dynamic in the lives of Phi Sigma Pi's
-- General Information --
Our National Philanthropy is Teach for America – it is an organization dedicated to eliminating
education inequity in the public school system. Recruits college graduates to teach in
underserved schools across the U.S. to provide greater education opportunities.
The Phi Sigma Pi Foundation is a charitable foundation created to help collect and distribute
funds in support of the programs and goals of Phi Sigma Pi. Members are individuals and alumni
who have made significant financial contributions to the fraternity.
Hazing shall be defined as, but not limited to, any action taken or situation created, intentionally,
to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, and ridicule.
The Shingle = membership certificate; signatures of National President and National Secretary
are present on this certificate
The Ritual = the only means by which you can become a brother
The Shield – Top has lamp; Bottom has banner with ; Center has open book with staff laid
across it on a field of purple; 3 stars laid diagonally; clasped links on a field of gold.
Fraternal Songs = Brothers Are We, by Charles Darrin and Edward Ingraham, and Brothers, by
Thomas “Ted” Daniels
Fraternity Colors = Purple and Gold, and Auxiliary White
The highest honor an individual Brother in Phi Sigma Pi may receive is the Distinguished Service
Key, which is bestowed by a unanimous vote of the National Council for outstanding service to
the National Fraternity.
-- Legislative Body --
The supreme legislative body of the national fraternity is the Grand Chapter, which is composed
Delegates of collegiate chapters
Delegates of alumni chapters
Grand Chapter is held to conduct business. Delegates attend to discuss the relevant issues facing
the organization. Amendments to the National Constitution and the election of the National
Council take place during Grand Chapter business.
-- National Staff Members --
Executive Director – Oversees the day-to-day operations of PSP and serves as liaison between
National Council and staff
Director of Member Services – Trains and supervises the Region Consultants; Editor of The
Purple & Gold, e-newsletters and oversees management of the national website
Director of Alumni Relations – Coordinates annual giving and cultivates lifetime member
relationships; Editor of the Lampadion and serves as liaison to the PSP Foundation
Director of Expansion – Acts as liaison and provides assistance to PSP colonies and cultivates
relationships with prospective colleges and universities
Administrative Assistant/ Office Manager – paperwork, coordinates mailings, and assists staff as
Region/Expansion Consultant – Advises chapters/colonies on a variety of chapter/colony
management issues; recruitment, education, services; programming and development
-- National Council --
The National Council oversees the work of the Executive Director.
The executive and administrative body of PSP is called the National Council, which is composed
Senior Vice President
VP Chapter Development
VP Membership Development
VP Alumni Development
National President – serves as the official ambassador of Phi Sigma Pi; Appoints committees and
-- National Council (cont.) --
Senior Vice-President – serves as the parliamentarian at all national meetings; Monitors Risk
Management of the National Fraternity
National Secretary – Ensures that accurate records are kept at all national meetings; Coordinates
all national awards and scholarships
VP of Finance – Formulates a budget with the Executive Director
VP of Membership Development – Builds resources to help chapters properly execute The Ritual,
Improves and develops resources to ensure Initiation programs produce strong and dedicated
VP of Chapter Development – Develops programs to foster communication between chapters and
improve regional collaboration among chapters.
-- Greek Alphabet --
Alpha Beta Gamma Delta Epsilon Zeta
Eta Theta Iota Kappa Lambda Mu
Nu Zi Omicron Pi Rho Sigma
Tau Upsilon Phi Chi Psi Omega
-- General History of Greek Organizations --
Fraternal orders existed as early as the 15th century BC.
1st Greek organization in the United States: Phi Beta Kappa
2 early Greek organizations for women were Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Kappa Gamma.
State colleges/universities used to be called Normal or Teachers Colleges.
-- Phi Sigma Pi History --
February 14, 1916 - Phi Sigma Pi was established/founded.
1921 – Phi Sigma Pi became a national fraternity.
1940 – Purple and Gold Newsletter was established.
1966 – Phi Sigma Pi became an honor fraternity.
1977 – Phi Sigma Pi became co-ed because of Title 9
Many members of Phi Sigma Pi were original members of Phi Lambda Epsilon.
Phi Sigma Pi was established at State Teachers College at Warrensburg, Missouri, which is now
called the University of Central Missouri.
2nd Chapter of Phi Sigma Pi was established at Bradley Polytechnic Institute, which is known
today as Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
Phi Sigma Pi was founded by Eldo L. Hendricks, C.H. McClure, and Claude A. Phillips.
Tripod = Scholarship, Leadership and Fellowship
PSP was going to merge with Kappa Phi Kappa, but did not end up merging some were
opposed to the merger because members felt the merger would unnecessarily change the identity
In the mid-20th century, WW2 slowed the growth of PSP.
The first national publication for all members was called the PSP Newsletter. It was later
renamed the Lampadion, which means “Little Torch.”
Purple and Gold newsletter was established in 1940 – its purpose was to maintain closer contact
between chapters and the national office – information published in the newsletter is public
domain (not secret).
Phi Sigma Pi became co-ed in 1977 because of Title 9. In order for women to join PSP they had to
make an amendment to the National Constitution at Grand Chapter.
The first PSP membership handbook was created by Clare B. Wilson.
The Subrosa Fund, which means “under the rose,” is a fund to assist brothers in need of financial
support due to medical illness, personal loss or other catastrophic hardships.
Phi Sigma Pi’s first scholarship was established by Dr. Richard Cecil Todd and his wife, Clauda
Pennock Todd, to promote future academic opportunities for the brothers. It is for brothers who
embody the ideals of scholarship, leadership and fellowship (the tripod).
-- Historical Names --
Clauda Pennock Todd – She was the first woman to be inducted as an Honorary Brother.
Richard Todd – Known for devotion to the fraternity as well as his many students at Millersville
University of Pennsylvania and East Carolina University, where he taught history, he holds the
distinction of serving in five positions over the course of 25 plus years; longer than any other
Brother in the fraternity’s history.
Thomas “Ted” Daniels – An alumnus of Alpha Rho Chapter, he wrote the music and words to
Brother in 1996. Having been invited to perform and share the song at multiple chapter events,
the Grand Chapter chose to designate it as an official fraternal song in 2001.
David Batts – A Brother of Tau Chapter, he was the first recipient of the Todd Tripod
Scholarship. He served as VP of Membership Development and VP of Alumni Development and
continues to serve as faculty member and chapter advisor at East Carolina University.
Laura Abney – A Brother of Alpha Chapter, she was the first woman to be inducted as a collegiate
Carlye Buchanan – The Phi Sigma Pi Foundation was created by this former National Council
Member and Alpha Phi alumna in 2004. She serves as the President of the Board of Directors of
Jeffrey Johnson – Under his leadership and vision, the national organization nearly tripled in
size; evolved to include a full time professional staff and eventually the building of a permanent
national headquarters. An award for inter-chapter and alumni fellowship was named in his
honor to recognize his efforts to help build and strengthen the fraternity nationally.
Tammy Mleziva – A Brother of Alpha Epsilon Chapter, she served as National Secretary and
Interim Vice President of Chapter Development in addition to being the first woman elected to
serve as National President.
Joseph Torchia – An Associate Professor of Education at Millersville University, his alma mater,
for the majority of his professional career. He served as National Secretary/Treasurer for nearly
twenty years. He was honored for his contributions as a Brother over the course of four decades
with the renaming of the Outstanding Chapter Award.
Anita Davis – Inducted as an Honorary Brother by Alpha Alpha Chapter, she was the first woman
to be elected to National Council in the position of National Historian.
Steven DiGuiseppe – One of many national leaders that emerged in the 1980s to help the
fraternity grow, he served as National Secretary/Treasurer; VP of Membership Development and
National President. Our national award recognizing administrative excellence is named in his
Edward Ingraham and Charles Darrin - They wrote the words and music to Brothers Are We, in
collaboration with the Music Department at Mansfield State Teachers College, now known as
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (Theta Chapter).
-- Historical Names (cont.) --
Claude Phillips – A Founder, he was Dean of faculty at State Teachers College – Warrensburg.
He made significant contributions to the field of teacher education. In recognition of his
dedication to the fraternity, our national award recognizing outstanding chapter fellowship was
named in his honor.
C.H. McClure – A Founder, he headed the History Department at State Teachers College –
Warrensburg. Served as both National Counselor and Vice President and was responsible for the
founding of Beta Chapter. Awarded the first Distinguished Service Key for his many
contributions, our outstanding service project award is named after him.
Rolla Wood – Elected as President in 1928, he is credited with galvanizing the National Officers
into a cohesive unit; promoting Phi Sigma Pi nationally; and bringing ΦΣΠ into the Professional
Interfraternity Conference, now known as the Professional Fraternity Association. Our graduate
scholarship is awarded in his name annually.
Eldo Hendricks – A Founder, he was President of State Teachers College – Warrensburg. Also
known as “Alpha 1,” he served as Central Regional Director for several years. Our national award
recognizing excellence in educational, cultural and leadership programming is named in his
Walter Percival and Clarence Williams - Respectively elected as President and National Secretary
in 1930, their tenure saw the number of chapters double in size from seven to fifteen, eight of
which were at Pennsylvania schools.
-- Current Officers --
National President – Jonah Goodman
Senior Vice-President – Matthew Nicoletta
National Secretary – Matthew Fong
VP of Finance – Josh Marder
VP of Membership Development – Patrick Herron
VP of Chapter Development – Kyle Williams
VP of Alumni Development – Charlie Pindle
Executive Director – Suzanne Schaffer
Director of Member Services – Anika Johnson
Director of Alumni Relations – (vacant position)
Director of Expansion – Matt Parido
Office Manager – JoAnn Harringer
Regional Consultant – Krista Kay
-- Our Region --
Chapter Roll: Greek names of chapters in the region.
Our Beta Pi chapter is a part of the Northeast Region.
The region’s alumni chapter is called NYMAAC – New York Metropolitan Area Alumni Chapter.
Theta – Mansfield U of PA
Beta Nu – Cornell
Delta Nu – UMaine
Delta Alpha – RIT
Beta Upsilon – UMass Amherst
Beta Epsilon – Syracuse
-- Chapter Meetings --
Order of Business for Chapter Meetings:
Call to order
Reading and correction or approval of minutes from last meeting
Permanent of standing committees’ reports
Temporary or special committees’ reports
The Rules that Phi Sigma Pi uses to run business meetings are called Robery's Rules of Order
(this is all of that pro/con stuff we do)
The reason we use these parliamentary procedures is to help the meeting run more efficiently.
To bring a motion to the floor, you say "I move that we..."
To end debate, you call "Question" or "Move to previous Question" if appropriate (we'll explain
To vote by consent means that nobody has an objection to the motion on the floor (or all
remained silent about their objections)
To end a meeting, you "move to adjourn"