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|UC Davis Chapter|
Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity at UC Davis
California Iota Chapter
Phi Kappa Psi: Noun. A fraternity of honorable men. Gentlemen. A Brotherhood. A Lifestyle. An EXPERIENCE.
UC Davis is home to Phi Kappa Psi's California Iota chapter. Rechartered in Winter 2006, the Davis chapter of Phi Kappa Psi saw a period of growth in membership. The fraternity currently has less than 15 active members, but is in a state of growth. Phi Psi currently has no chapter house.
California Iota flourished since the chartering in 1979. The chapter never lost sight of only offering membership to men of ability and high values. California Iota proudly maintained leadership positions on campus, impacted the community in Davis and exhibited academic excellence. In fact, for 19 straight academic quarters, from the Fall of 1988 consecutively through the Spring of 1994, California Iota held the distinction of having the highest GPA of all fraternities at UC Davis. In addition, during this time the chapter garnered two National Awards for academic excellence and one for community service. Sadly, in 1994 due to the economic crisis in California and the strain on the University of California system the chapter could not maintain membership levels. The chapter surrendered its charter later that year and ceased operations.
A revival of the chapter was attempted in 1997. Having recruited 12 brothers the attempt was abandoned in 1998.
In 2002, at the Sesquicentennial GAC in Pittsburgh, PA an idea was floated around by California Iotans present to revive California Iota once again. This idea was entertained by the leadership of the fraternity but never really got the traction it needed to become a reality. The idea was revisited at the 2003 WWLS in Iowa. In 2004 two Phi Psis attending Davis Law energized the local leadership and served as a catalyst to see that California Iota be reestablished. The local leadership formulated a plan to utilize undergraduates from California chapters to recruit enough men to start an interest group. In the Fall of 2004 the California Iota Colony was formed. The colony became a chapter on Founders’ Day, February 19, 2006.
-Exerpt by Mark J. Wong 93'
We are always looking for young leaders to continue the legacy of Phi Kappa Psi here at The University of California, Davis.
Our motto, "A Tradition of Service and Excellence," is exemplified by Phi Kappa Psi's commitment to community service and philantrophy. Phi Kappa Psi was founded upon this ideal and it is our belief that service to one’s community helps develop us as men of integrity and is the greatest compliment to our education. There is no more powerful way to affect the world than a member's care for his community and fellow man. Therefore, service and Phi Kappa Psi go hand in hand. Some examples include:
Participation in Relay for Life
Volunteering at local ASPCA adoptions (PetCo)
Local Soup Kitchens
Volunteer work at the Boy's and Girl's Club (Sacramento)
Participation in Pi Beta Phi 's ArrowJam (2008, 2009, 2010)
Participation in Kappa Alpha Theta's Rock Our Casa (2008,2009,2010), & Mr. Casanova (2010,2011)
Participation in Alphi Chi Omega's AlphaChi Kickoff (2009, 2010)
Participation in Alpha Phi's King Of Hearts (2008, 2009, 2010)
Participation in Kappa Kappa Gamma's KappaKareoke (2009, 2010)
Participation in Delta Gamma's DGDodgeball (2010)
Phi Kappa Psi Nationally
Founded over 150 years ago, Phi Kappa Psi boasts a rich history at many of the nation's top colleges and universities. William H. Letterman and Charles P.T. Moore founded Phi Kappa Psi in the little college town of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, when they were nursing their stricken friends during an epidemic of typhoid fever at their college. It was through these long night vigils that an appreciation of the great joy of serving others came into their lives. Calling a number of others to join them, a Brotherhood was founded on February 19, 1852. It flourished, and gradually extended to other colleges and universities throughout the country. Idealists all, these founders of Phi Kappa Psi taught a new fraternity - a Fraternity that would complement the work of the university by cultivating those humanities without which the educated man fails of his greatest usefulness. At the time of our founding, Jefferson College was considered one of the "Big Three" in what was known as the "Jeffersonian Cradle." The other two institutions comprising this group, Harvard and Princeton, were of very nearly equal size and equal high esteem. These institutions all graduated predominantly ministers, lawyers and physicians from an academic curricula based in classical literature, religious doctrine and basic sciences. Phi Kappa Psi recognizes the need and value of the best and broadest education possible and encourages that goal within our membership. But unless actuated by a proper love for and service to mankind, the educated man may often waste his talents. It is to counteract this tendency that Phi Kappa Psi was founded to encourage the best in men, to inspire and assist them to reach their potential as students, brothers, men and citizens.
Since its establishment, Phi Kappa Psi has initiated over 104,000 men. Today, Phi Psi houses over 100 chapters in 34 states, with over 4,500 active undergraduates, and over 60,000 living alumni, including:
Michael Bloomberg, Current Mayor of New York City
Zach Braff, Actor on Scrubbs
Jerry Yang, Yahoo Cofounder
Bob Dudley, CEO of the BP oil company.
Taj Gibson, Power foward for the Chicago Bulls
More Notable Phi Psi found http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Phi_Kappa_Psi_brothers