Pi Kappa Phi
- Designation: Associate Chapter
- Active Members: 34
- SJSU Founding: Fall 2012
- National Founding: December 10, 1904 at the College of Charleston in Charleston SC
- 2011 Service / Philanthropy: n/a
- Scholarship: Fall 2012—2.75
- Colors: White, Gold and Royal Blue as an auxiliary color
- Flower: Red Rose
- Symbol: Star Shield
- Motto: "We Will Lead" and “Nothing Shall Ever Tear Us Asunder”
- Nickname: Pi Kapp
- Famous Alumni: Randy Owen (lead singer of Alabama), Lindsey Graham (U.S. Senator from South Carolina), Tommy Lasorda (former Los Angeles Dodgers manager), Roger Crouch (NASA Astronaut), and Jim Edmunds (All-Star Outfielder, St. Louis Cardinals)
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ABOUT PI KAPPA PHI
At the College of Charleston in 1904, three friends encouraged and supported one another to reach the highest possible levels of scholastic and extracurricular achievement. Among their goals were officer positions within the Chrestomathic Literary Society. Together they formed a group of 15 they called Nu Phi or non-fraternity to run a campaign against the fraternity slate. Elections were intense, but the Nu Phi ticket did not do well in the final count. It was later discovered that several of the members of Nu Phi had been disloyal to the group and had voted for the fraternity ticket. Determined to have a positive influence on their campus the men decided in order to do so they must form their own full-fledged fraternity. Despite offers to join the ranks of other national fraternities, they continued the legacy of Pi Kappa Phi. Today we continue the Nu Phi mentality and work to be different through the creation of Push America, being the first fraternity to establish a student leadership program and now work towards our Second Century Vision: Pi Kappa Phi will redefine fraternity as a lifelong brotherhood of leaders.
LEADERSHIP THROUGH SERVICE
As the fraternity approached its 75th Anniversary, Durward Owen, Pi Kappa Phi’s executive director had the foresight to realize young men could benefit from the opportunity to serve the community. In 1977, Push America was founded to instill in all members a commitment to lifelong service and to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities. Today, Pi Kappa Phi is the only fraternity to own and operate it’s own non-profit.
Push America and Pi Kappa Phi have raised over $15 million to date and continue to change the way society views people with disabilities and fraternities. Each year more than 400 students participate in one of Push America’s five programs (Journey of Hope (pictured above), Gear Up Florida, Build America, Give-a-Push Weekend and Push Camp) and raise nearly $1 million for people with disabilities annually.
BECOME A FOUNDING FATHER
Anyone can join a social fraternity, but building your own is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. From budgets to brotherhood, you make the decisions; you set the rules; you start the traditions. And along the way, you’ll also build lifelong friendships. In Pi Kappa Phi, you’ll find some of the most innovative opportunities in the fraternity community. As a brother you’ll have exclusive access to a host of leadership development programs, scholarships, academic resources, and an extensive alumni network. And through Push America-the only national philanthropy to be established by a fraternity-you’ll have the opportunity to spend the summer cycling across the country for people with disabilities. This is your chance to leave a lasting impression on your university and truly impact people. As a founding father of Pi Kappa Phi you’ll indelibly leave your mark on campus and influence the lives of men who will follow in your footsteps.