About Phi Sigma Kappa
History of Phi Sigma Kappa
Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity was founded at Amherst Agricultural College (currently UMass Amherst) in 1873 by Jabez William Clay, Frederick George Campbell, Joseph Francis Barrett, Xenos Young Clark, William Penn Brooks, and Henry Hague. Its first Grand Chapter was established in 1878, and the fraternity grew steadily after that. In 1985, Phi Sigma Kappa merged with Phi Sigma Epsilon, in the largest known fraternity merger in history. Our chapter started out on April 18th, 1964, as a Phi Sigma Epsilon chapter, before merging with the rest of the Epsilon chapters in 1985.
Our 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 his example and thus wins admiration and respect for himself and for Phi Sigma Kappa.
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.