Delta Sigma Pi

Delta Sigma Pi (ΔΣΠ) is one of the largest co-ed professional business fraternities in the United States. Delta Sigma Pi was founded on November 7, 1907, at the School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance of New York University (NYU) in New York, New York and is currently headquartered in Oxford, Ohio. The Fraternity has 224 active collegiate chapters and 7 colonies, as well as 57 active alumni chapters, with over 280,000 initiated members.[1]

Delta Sigma Pi
ΔΣΠ
DSPCoatofArms.jpg
FoundedNovember 7, 1907; 112 years ago (1907-11-07)
New York University
New York, New York
TypeProfessional
ScopeInternational
 United States
Colors     Royal purple      Old gold
FlowerRed Rose
Publication"The DELTASIG"
Chapters298 established, 224 active collegiate, 57 active alumni
Members13,000+ collegiate
280,000+ lifetime
NicknameDeltasig
Headquarters330 South Campus Ave.
Oxford, Ohio
USA
WebsiteDelta Sigma Pi Website

PurposeEdit

Delta Sigma Pi is a professional fraternity organized to foster the study of business in universities; to encourage scholarship, social activity and the association of students for their mutual advancement by research and practice; to promote closer affiliation between the commercial world and students of commerce, and to further a higher standard of commercial ethics and culture and the civic and commercial welfare of the community.

 
Official badge, vintage 1970s

HistoryEdit

In 1911, the fraternity published its first newsletter, which soon would be named The Deltasig.

The second chapter was founded at Northwestern School of Commerce. National meetings, called the Grand Chapter Congress, became a regular tradition and to this day the national fraternity meets every other year to conduct business and elect its national leaders.[2]

After rapid expansion in the early 1920s, the fraternity opened its national headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.[3] In 1957, the central office moved to Oxford, Ohio adjacent to the campus of Miami University.[3]

The biggest change in the history of the Fraternity took place in 1975, as the Board of Directors mandated that chapters were allowed to initiate female business students, to conform with Title IX.

The red rose was adopted as the official flower of Deltasig at the first Board of Directors Meeting in 1921. It was primarily the gift given to the wives and courted women of Deltasig brothers (which at the time was still all male). One of the founding fathers, Harold V. Jacobs, suggested a rose as the official fraternity flower because his wife loved roses and it was also her first name (Rose Jacobs). Five years later, in 1926, Jacobs also suggested that the song currently sung at LEAD schools and Grand Chapter Congress events, "Rose of Deltasig," be adopted as the official song of the fraternity.[4]

The Central OfficeEdit

The Central Office of Delta Sigma Pi, national administrative headquarters, was established in Chicago, Illinois, in 1924. In the fall of 1956, it moved to 330 South Campus Avenue in Oxford, Ohio (near Cincinnati and adjacent to the Miami University campus). In 1970, the original building nearly doubled in size with the addition of wings on either side of the building. Later in 2010 extensive renovations, including a courtyard featuring engraved bricks, were completed to make the building more functional and accessible. The Executive Director is in charge of the Central Office and has a full-time staff.

ChaptersEdit

Collegiate chaptersEdit

Since its inception in 1907, Delta Sigma Pi has installed 298 chapters, of which 224 are currently active. In addition to these chapters, Delta Sigma Pi currently has active colonies at 7 universities.[5]

Alumni chaptersEdit

Delta Sigma Pi has 57 franchised Alumni Chapters on its roll for the 2018-2019 year in the United States, and over 40 more locations worldwide have Brothers with an interest in starting a new Alumni Chapter.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Delta Sigma Pi. "Delta Sigma Pi". Delta Sigma Pi Website. Delta Sigma Pi. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  2. ^ Delta Sigma Pi National Bylaws (34th Edition)
  3. ^ a b James Prescott. "History of Delta Sigma Pi". Delta Sigma Pi Website. Delta Sigma Pi. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  4. ^ Los Ellis via the official Deltasig website and Central Office archives in Oxford Ohio
  5. ^ Delta Sigma Pi Chapter List
  6. ^ Delta Sigma Pi Alumni Chapters