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The Greeks of TroyMore Than 150 Years of
Fraternity SororityHistory at Rensselaer
Polytechnic InstituteCreated by Raymond A.
Lutzky 02 of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternityon
behalf of The Office of Greek Life the Dean of
Students Office at RensselaerOctober 22, 2005
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  • About Raymond A. Lutzky 02
  • Graduated in 2002 with a BS in EMAC, MS from
    Syracuse in 03
  • Rensselaer Greek Man of the Year 2000 2001
  • Alumni Advisory Board, LCA _at_ Rensselaer
    Polytechnic Institute
  • President, Colorado Chapter, Rensselaer Alumni
    Association
  • Recruitment Expansion Committee, LCA
    International
  • Alumni Advisory Board, PKF _at_ Colorado State
    University
  • Director of Marketing Communications, CAMPUSPEAK,
    Inc.
  • Greek Life Speaker Facilitator Across the
    United States

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1819
Amos Eaton arrives in Troy, New York, after
traveling and lecturing across the northeastern
United States.
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1821
Americas first sororities began at Troy
Institute for women, which later became the Emma
Willard School.
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1824
The Rensselaer School is founded through the
patronage of Stephen Van Rensselaer. Amos Eaton
becomes Senior Professor (equivalent of Provost).
Becomes The Rensselaer Institute in 1835.
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"The Union Triad"
Delta Phi Fraternity (1827), along with Kappa
Alpha Society (1825) and Sigma Phi Society
(1827), all founded at Union College in
Schenectady, NY, comprise the hallowed Union
Triad - the first three social college
fraternities. From these three fraternities at
Union College (regarded as the "Mother of
Fraternities") can be traced the extensive greek
system seen on college campuses today. Adding to
the challenges facing the nascent fraternities
was the authority of the man seeking their
destruction, Dr. Eliphalet Nott who was one of
the foremost scientists of his day and had served
as president of Union College since 1804.
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1829
Dr. Eliphalet Nott, who was already serving as
President of Union College, is named Director
(President) of the Rensselaer Institute. He
visited the school at least every third week and
was compensated with 1 per visit plus all
graduation fees. Rensselaer became the first
civilian school to graduate civil engineers in
1835, and Union began offering a degree in civil
engineering after Nott's resignation from RPI in
1845. Nott remained President of Union College
until 1866.
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1839
Stephen Van Rensselaer dies. Stephen Van
Rensselaer was a Harvard graduate, a millionaire,
a philanthropist, and the head of one of the
leading families of New York State. He became New
York's Lieutenant Governor and served as a member
of the United States House of Representatives.
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1842
Professor Amos Eaton dies. Born the same year
the US declared its independence, after founding
the Rensselaer School in 1824 Eaton served as
Senior Professor for the rest of his life. He
trained a significant number of influential
scientists of the day, and remained involved with
Rensselaer until his death on May 10 at age 66.
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The debate is over!
The VERY FIRST fraternity at Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute was
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Delta Charge of Theta Delta Chi colonized by
Union College chapter, first founded in 1847.
Greek life begins at Rensselaer. Today, Theta
Delta Chi has chapters on over 40 campuses (but
not at RPI!)
Theta Delta Chi 1853
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Sigma Delta 1859
SD
Competing secret society formed, which
eventually became
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Theta Xi 1864
Alpha Chapter is formed. (Today, Theta Xi
Fraternity has close to 60 chapters nationwide).
Founded at location currently occupied by the
Greene Building. Theta Xi was the only
fraternity formed during the Civil War.
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Delta Phi 1864
The Lambda chapter of Delta Phi Fraternity was
created on the Rensselaer campus also in 1864,
almost 40 years after they were founded at
Union College.
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Pi Chapter of Zeta Psi founded at Rensselaer.
(National fraternity founded at New York
University in 1847).
Zeta Psi 1865
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Rensselaer Society of Engineers (RSE) is
founded as Pi Eta Scientific Society (would later
change name in 1882). One of the ten oldest
local fraternities in the United States today.
1866
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Chi Phi 1878
After a failed colonization attempt in 1867, Chi
Phi Fraternity forms at RPI.
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Delta Tau Delta 1879
Upsilon chapter of Delta Tau Delta created on
September 11, 1879.
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1890's...
First recorded fraternal hazing in the United
States.
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Union Hispano Americana 1890
Union Hispano-Americana founded at RPI. Oldest
Hispanic American student organization in the
United States. Becomes Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity
in 1931.
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Palmer C. Ricketts, Class of 1875 and brother of
Theta Xi Fraternity, becomes the first President
of RPI after serving as Director since 1892.
Re-built campus after the fire of 1904.
1901
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"The Golden Age"
1904 - 1938
The number of fraternities on campus grows from 8
to 23 chapters. 1912 saw the first fraternity
houses.
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Delta chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity installed
at RPI on September 25, 1908.
Theta Chi 1908
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Latin American fraternity Pi Delta Phi Fraternity
was founded at Massachusetts Institute of
Technology and becomes Phi Lambda Alpha after
merging with Union Hispano Americana at RPI in
1919.
1919
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Phi Kappa Tau 1922
Originally The Knights of the Sphynx, this group
chartered as Phi Kappa Tau, November 28, 1922
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Phi Kappa Theta (Ski Lodge) is formed at
Rensselaer. Robert Riggs 02 currently serves
Phi Kappa Theta as Executive Director.
Phi Kappa Theta 1923
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Phi Mu Delta 1929
Nu Eta Chapter of Phi Mu Delta Fraternity forms
at Rensselaer.
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Phi Iota Alpha 1931
Delegates from Phi Lambda Alpha Fraternity (at
RPI/Berkeley/MIT) and Sigma Iota Fraternity
(Louisiana State) assembled at Troy, NY with the
objective of forming a strong and extensive
Fraternity to address the needs of Latin
Americans in universities in the US. Phi Iota
Alpha was created. Today, Phi Iota Alpha has
over 40 chapters.
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Pi Kappa Phi 1931
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity (Castle) founded on June
12, 1931.
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Pi Kappa Alpha 1935
Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity (Pikes) Gamma Tau
chapter founded on May 2, 1935.
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Local fraternity Delta Sigma Lambda becomes
chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity at
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Lambda Chi Alpha 1938
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QUW
Sigma Zeta, a local fraternity, becomes the Theta
Beta chapter of Theta Upsilon Omega National
Fraternity.
Theta Upsilon Omega 1935
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.which merges with Sigma Phi Epsilon National
Fraternity in 1938. The chapter becomes SigEp at
Rensselaer.
Sigma Phi Epsilon 1938
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Chapter at Rensselaer established November 16,
1940.
Alpha Sigma Phi 1940
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Alpha Chi Rho 1948
Alpha Chi Rho (Crows) comes to Rensselaer.
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The Fellowcraft Club formed in 1947, which
becomes Phi Mu Beta Fraternity in 1948 and a
chapter of Acacia Fraternity in 1949.
Acacia 1949
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Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Gamma Epsilon
chapter, founded at Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute in 1949.
Tau Kappa Epsilon 1949
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Phi Sigma Kappa 1950
Gamma Tetarton of Phi Sigma Kappa founded October
14, 1950.
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Sigma Chi Fraternity established December 2, 1950.
Sigma Chi 1950
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Alpha Epsilon Pi 1951
Alpha Epsilon Pi founded at RPI.
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New York Epsilon of Sigma Alpha Epsilon forms at
Rensselaer.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon 1951
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First national hockey championship!
1954
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First Tau Epsilon Phi chapter established.
Tau Epsilon Phi 1954
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Pi Lambda Phi 1954
New York Kappa Tau chapter of Pi Lambda Phi
Fraternity formed at Rensselaer.
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Independent Council organized to counter the
effect of the Interfraternity Council. They
began by instituting dining reforms and
leadership training for students.
1962
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Zeta Beta Tau 1962
Rensselaer chapter of Zeta Beta Tau is installed
May 11, 1962.
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1969
George Low, alumnus Delta Phi brother, helps
put the first man on the moon with the Apollo
program.
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The 1970's
Fraternities and sororities begin a period of
national decline.
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1976
George M. Low becomes president of RPI for 8
years, from 1976 until his death in 1984.
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Phi Sigma Sigma 1976
Rensselaers first sorority.
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Alpha Gamma Delta 1979
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Panhellenic Council 1980
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Fundraising campaign under President Low raises
52 million.
1981
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Break away Tau Epsilon Phi chapter becomes the
Epsilon Iota chapter of Psi Upsilon Fraternity.
Psi Upsilon 1982
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Omicron Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha is
founded at Rensselaer.
Alpha Phi Alpha 1983
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Pi Beta Phi 1984
NY Epsilon chapter of womens fraternity founded
at Rensselaer.
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Phi Gamma Delta 1984
Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) formed at Rensselaer.
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1984
President George M. Low loses his long battle
with cancer on July 17, while in office at
Rensselaer.
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Roland Schmitt, non-Greek and former General
Electric executive, becomes 16th President of
Rensselaer. Schmitt oversaw completion of the New
Century Campaign for 200 million in 1993 and
establishment of a variety of new research
initiatives. A popular president and respected
statesman, he focused national attention on
Rensselaer.
19881993
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1991
The Statement of Relationship between Rensselaer
and Social Fraternities and Sororities is created.
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1993
R. Byron Pipes, a brother of Sigma Nu Fraternity,
becomes 17th President of RPI. Today he is the
John L. Bray Professor of Engineering at Purdue
University.
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Alpha Phi 1995
Alpha Phi Fraternity for women established at
Rensselaer.
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Sigma Delta 1996
La Sociedad de Damas Sigma Delta Sorority Inc.,
a local sorority created for Latin American women
is established at Rensselaer.
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1998
Trustee Cornelius J. Barton 58, a brother of
Delta Phi Fraternity, becomes Acting President
after the resignation of President R. Byron
Pipes. Laptop pilot program begins.
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Tau Epsilon Phi 1998
2nd chapter formed December 11, 1998. Original
chapter had years earlier become a chapter of Psi
Upsilon Fraternity.
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Lambda Upsilon Lambda 1998
Originally a colony in 1994, this group was
chartered in 1998 on November 14.
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1999
Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D. a sister of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is named president of
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She becomes
the first African American woman to lead a major
research university. Dr. Jackson was
president of her chapter of Delta Sigma Theta at
MIT for two years.
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Rensselaer holds the Greek L.I.F.E. Forum with
alumni, students, and VIPs to revise the
Relationship Statement. Travis Apgar named
Assistant Dean of Students.
2000
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Norris Pearson, director of conference services
and former Greek dean, runs a marathon in June.
He raised contributions only from Rensselaers
Greek chapters.
2001
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Late 2002
Rift between the City of Troy and Rensselaers
Greek chapters widens when the Troy City Council
passes an ordinance allowing arrests of chapter
presidents for noise violations.
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Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, Inc. becomes the first
asian fraternity to establish at Rensselaer.
Received IFC recognition.
Pi Delta Psi 2003
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