History of Fraternity & Sorority Life

Below you will find the history of fraternity and sorority Life at Shippensburg University.
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Early in 1959, when Shippensburg University was named Shippensburg State College (SSC), our first Greek organization was born. It was a National Fraternity named Phi Sigma Epsilon. Later that year, two more National Fraternities were founded, Sigma Tau Gamma and Tau Kappa Epsilon. Also in that same year, the first sorority was founded, the local organization Alpha Sigma. In 1960, another men's fraternity, Sigma Pi, officially became a part of SSC's Greek Community.

Not until five years later did SSC welcome it's second and third sororities. Both Theta Kappa and Zeta Beta were local women's organizations that became part of SSC in 1965. The very next year, 1966, SSC welcomed it's fourth National Men's Fraternity, Acacia. In 1968, as Theta Chi began at SSC, so did two other local women's organizations Delta Rho and Sigma Delta. The last organization to become a part of the SSC Greek Community in the 1960's was Kappa Sigma, a National Men's Fraternity.

The next decade saw much growth in the Greek Community as it welcomed 7 more organizations to Shippensburg's campus. In 1971, Shippensburg's first National Sorority, Alpha Sigma Tau, was founded. Also in 1971, another local sorority, Lambda Tau was founded. In 1972, Delta Zeta came to Shippensburg as the second National Sorority. Also in 1972, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded. In 1973, the first historically African-American men's organization was found here at Shippensburg in the local group of Alpha Beta Omega. In 1977, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. & Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. began. Both groups are members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council. In 1977 another first happened on campus, two organizations merged to make one. Zeta Beta and Lambda Tau merged to make one local group and renamed themselves Lambda Zeta Pi.

The 1980's began by recognizing the first national historically African-American men's organization, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. which was founded at Shippensburg in 1981. In 1982 Lambda Chi Alpha, a National Fraternity, was founded. In 1983, Shippensburg welcomed Pi Lambda Phi to campus. In 1984, Shippensburg State College became Shippensburg University, and it welcomed two more national organizations as the members of Lambda Zeta Pi helped form Alpha Omicron Pi, a National Women's Fraternity. In 1985 Phi Sigma Epsilon underwent a national merger with another National Fraternity, Phi Sigma Kappa. All Chapters of Phi Sigma Epsilon took the name of Phi Sigma Kappa including, the chapter here at Shippensburg. In 1986, three more organizations were founded on this campus; Pi Kappa Phi, a National Fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., an historically African-American Fraternity, and Kappa Tau Epsilon, a local women's organization. In 1987, the National Women's Fraternity Phi Sigma Sigma began its chapter here.

The 1990's did not see as much growth as the other decades; however, six organizations were founded during this time. In 1991, Alpha Chi Rho, a National Men's Fraternity was founded, and Chi Gamma Iota began as a local men's organization. For the second time in Shippensburg's Greek Community, 1992 saw two local organizations merge to form a third, Alpha Phi, a National Women's Fraternity. In 1995, Delta Upsilon was founded, followed in 1996 by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. a historically African-American Fraternity. In 1999, Phi Delta Theta joined the Greek Community at Ship.

The 2000's saw even more growth for the Fraternity & Sorority Community. The first Latina based, multicultural membership organization was founded as a colony and that is Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. In 2004, an additional National Pan-Hellenic Council organization joined the campus. Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. was the seventh member of the NPHC at Shippensburg. In 2005, local organization Sigma Delta became Theta Phi Alpha. Additionally in 2005, Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. was founded. In 2006, Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. an Asian interest organization was founded as well as the last local organization, Alpha Sigma, becoming Kappa Delta Phi NAS. In 2007, two organizations joined the fraternity and sorority community. The last NPHC organization to join the community was Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Also, the first multicultural fraternity was founded in the name of Psi Sigma Phi Multicultural Fraternity, Inc. In 2009, Kappa Beta Gamma, a national sorority, was founded through Theta Kappa. Also in 2009, Kappa Delta Phi a men's fraternity joined the community. The newest addition to Shippensburg's Greek community is Theta Xi which came in 2010.

This Week


Inter-Fraternity Council Rita's Giveaway! - 3-5pm- Library Plaza


Chapter Roster Due

Women's Panhellenic Council paperwork and rosters due/Total resets


Celebration of Life Memorial for Samuel Cabrera of Theta Xi - 11:00am-2:00pm - CUB MPR


Inter-Fraternity Council Movember Football Tournament - 12:00pm - Seth Grove Stadium

Contact Information

Dean Bob
Assistant Dean of Students
Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life 

Richard Lamp
Graduate Assistant

Traci Moyer 
Student Worker 

CUB 236
Phone: 717-477-1848
Fax: 717-477-4098 




Faculty member of the Month

WPC: Professor Schwilk 

IFC: Emilee Danielson 

Scholar of the Month

WPC: Tabitha Poore, Alpha Sigma Tau

IFC: Eric Wichens, Phi Delta Theta


Alpha Phi was named as a qualifier for the Order of the Lamp award at their Leadership Conference!

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