Nickname: Chi Psi
President: Jackson Nolan firstname.lastname@example.org
Recruitment: Nathan Muegge email@example.com
Expansion Consultant: Max Greene | (585) 749-0027 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Chi Psi Fraternity was founded at Union College in Schenectady, NY, on May, 20 1841. While it was the eighth Greek-letter society in the country and the fifth to originate at Union, it was the first to be founded upon the fraternal and social principles of a brotherhood, rather than upon the literary interests which existing societies emphasized. The ten founders were Philip Spencer, Robert Heyward McFaddin, Jacob Henry Farrell, John Brush Jr., Samuel Titus Taber, James Lafayette Witherspoon, William Force Terhune, Alexander Peter Berthoud, James Chatham Duane, and Patrick Upshaw Major.
The time of Chi Psi’s founding, the early 1840s, was a golden period of American history, falling two decades after the United States had validated its independence in the War of 1812 and two decades before Civil War split the nation. It was an age of renaissance for this young republic, and Greek influence was pervasive, even with Greek revival architecture emerging as the dominant style in campus buildings. Union College was the place to be then, and it ranked above Harvard in prestige. In such a setting, the problems of American college life, the question of association, and the perpetuation of friendships became important issues.
And so it was that in the spring of 1841, ten young men at Union conceived a higher ideal than any previous society had announced, and banded together, not as associates, but as Brothers, and formed not a society, but a Fraternity, on the 20th of May. One spirit pervaded the new organization, the spirit of brotherhood, while all the qualifications for membership were embodied in one word, "gentleman.”
Alpha Phi Delta of Chi Psi has been proud to establish itself at the University of Kentucky (Chi Psi uses the term “alphas” instead of “chapters”). In the summer of 2015 amongst a number of other fraternities, Chi Psi was chosen by the University to establish a colony in hopes of adding another successful fraternity to its Greek Life. Members from the national headquarters of Chi Psi arrived on campus in the fall to begin recruiting men for the founding father class. By the beginning of 2016, Chi Psi had grown to about 32 members. In addition to this, the colony managed to host 3 of its own philanthropy events (notably our “Puppies and Fro-yo event), partner with the Delta Gamma sorority to participate in the “Lip Jam” competition, hosted a successful mixer in conjunction with the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and Sigma Pi fraternity, and began establishing our own identity on campus. That summer at Chi Psi’s 175th National Convention, the UK colony petitioned for our charter in front of the national executive committee and almost 400 Chi Psi brothers from around the country, needing about 2/3 of the votes for approval. In almost historic fashion, we managed to get the charter after only one year on campus, a rare occasion for any fraternity, and we did so with unanimous approval, something that had not been done in Chi Psi in decades.
Our mission on campus is to seek out men on campus who share our values and beliefs and welcome them into this lifelong brotherhood. We want to not only share in the memories and bonds we build throughout, but also push each other into doing the best we can, and helping each other evolve into the best version of ourselves as gentlemen. In the competitive Greek community at UK, it is our goal to establish Chi Psi as an elite fraternity of goal oriented, high achieving men. We hope to set ourselves apart from other organizations on campus through the “exalted friendship” that we share and the values that we hold dear. We hope to fully prepare ourselves for life after our college days have ended through “advancement in intellectual, moral, and social life”, cultivating in ourselves a strong sense of good judgment and fair-play that will garner the respect of our constituency. It is our ultimate goal to see the day in which Chi Psi Fraternity becomes synonymous with excellence and distinction at the University of Kentucky.