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The Sigma Phi Society (ΣΦ) was founded on the Fourth of March, on the campus of Union College as a part of the Union Triad in Schenectady, New York. It is the second Greek fraternal organization founded in the United States.[1] The Sigma Phi Society was the first Greek organization to establish a chapter at another college, which occurred with the founding of the Beta of New York at Hamilton College in 1831, thus making it the first National Greek Organization. Sigma Phi is a member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference.

Sigma Phi Society
ΣΦ
Sigma Phi
FoundedMarch 4, 1827; 192 years ago (March 4, 1827)
Union College
TypeSecret/Social
ScopeUnited States
Mottoesto perpetua
MaximEPV/MBW
Colors     Azure      Argent
Chapters9
HeadquartersChapel Hill, NC
USA
Websitewww.sigmaphi.org

Also of note, the Alpha chapter of Sigma Phi located at Union College has been in continuous operation since 1827 making it the oldest continuously running fraternity chapter in the United States.[2]

The practices and rituals of the Sigma Phi Society are relatively unknown due to its establishment, and continued consideration, as a secret society.[1]

ChaptersEdit

 
Sigma Phi house at the University of Michigan, circa 1900s

Active Chapters


Inactive Chapters

Some of these own buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, such as the Sigma Phi Society of the Thorsen House in Berkeley, California.[1] Chapters italicized are dormant. The Alpha of Michigan, Alpha of California, and Beta of New York have attempted, with varying success, to include non-men in the organization.[3]

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Sigma Phi Society public website, accessed 15 May 2014.
  2. ^ "What's The Oldest Continually-Running Fraternity Chapter In America?". Total Frat Move. Retrieved 2017-08-16.
  3. ^ Anson, Jack L.; Marchenasi, Robert F., eds. (1991) [1879]. Baird's Manual of American Fraternities (20th ed.). Indianapolis, IN: Baird's Manual Foundation, Inc. p. III-132–133. ISBN 978-0963715906.
  4. ^ Jessup, Philip C., Elihu Root. Vol. I, 1845-1909; Vol. II, 1905-1937. New York, Dodd, Mead, 1938.

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