Phi Kappa Sigma is a men's social fraternity that was founded in 1850 by Samuel Brown Wylie Mitchell at the University of Pennsylvania. Members of Phi Kappa Sigma are often called Phi Kaps, Skulls and Skullhouse. The skull references come directly from the skull and crossbones that are included on the fraternity badge and coat of arms.
The fraternity's founder, Mitchell, sought six other men to officially begin the first chapter of Phi Kappa Sigma. The original members included founder Samuel Brown Wylie Mitchell, Charles Hare Hutchinson, Alfred Victor du Pont, John Thorne Stone, Andrew Adams Ripka, James Bayard Hodge, and Duane Williams. These men became the founding fathers of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. The fraternity headquarters are located in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.
The national philanthropy for Phi Kappa Sigma is the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America.
- "Brotherhood is more than skin deep."
- "Once a Phi Kap, always a Phi Kap."
- "Stellis Aequus Durand." Translated is "Equal to the stars in endurance."
- Fraternity colors are old gold and black
- Fraternity symbol is the maltese cross
- Fraternity flower is the yellow chrysanthemum
- Core values are trust, honor, respect, knowledge, wisdom, responsibility and integrity
- Nicknames include Phi Kaps, Skulls and Skullhouse
- Fraternity completed last phase of substance-free housing in 2000
- Annual leadership development program is called Men of Honor and was started in 2000
- Charles L. Jarvie (President of Dr. Pepper Co.)
- Tom Wolfe (Pulitzer Prize winning author)
- Bob Riley (Alabama Governor)
- Derek Bok (Former Harvard University President)
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