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Pi Kappa Phi - RITpedia
Pi Kappa Phi
Chapter Theta Psi
Motto "Nothing Shall Ever Tear Us Asunder."
Recognition 2009
Type Social Fraternity
President Travis Lazar
Advisor Jake Noel-Storr
Members 43 Undergraduates
Symbols Star Shield
Email Jon Waldron, Secretary:
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Pi Kappa Phi (ΠΚΦ; also Pi Kapp) is an American social fraternity. It was founded by Andrew Alexander Kroeg, Jr., Lawrence Harry Mixson, and Simon Fogarty, Jr. on December 10, 1904 at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. Pi Kappa Phi is the only Greek-letter organization to own and operate its own philanthropy, Push America, which works with individual chapters to serve people with disabilities. Push America hosts a number of national events including Journey of Hope, a 4,100-mile bicycle ride across the United States, and Build America, a traveling construction team around the U.S. to camps that help children with disabilities. Both raise money and awareness for people with disabilities.

Theta Psi

The Theta Psi chapter of Pi Kappa Phi is located at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. The organization began as an associate (uninitiated) chapter April 9, 2009. Eleven months later they earned their charter and chapter designation March 13, 2010. Theta Psi was the 215th chapter to have been granted a charter from the national organization of Pi Kappa Phi.

The primary founding precept of the Theta Psi chapter of Pi Kappa Phi is to eliminate the negative "frat" stereotype generalized among Greek organizations. This motive provoked the chapter’s alternative motto, "Leaders by Choice."

Men of CLASS

The Theta Psi chapter exists to foster genuine brotherhood in an environment of CLASS – Character, Leadership, Academics, Sportsmanship and Service; where male college students develop into true gentlemen. As distinguished men of CLASS, members of Pi Kappa Phi seek to redefine fraternity as a lifelong brotherhood of leaders.

Members focus on their assumed commitment as college students and strive to improve scholastic potential. Shortly after the chapters’ first year at RIT they were awarded Highest Fraternity GPA and Excellence in Chapter Scholarship during the 2009-2010 RIT Greek Awards.

Members play an active role in serving the Rochester community though various volunteer work. Since 2009, members have collaborated with Rochester's Arc of Monroe by attending events hosted for disabled Arc of Monroe patrons such as bowling league matches, dinners, and dances. During these events Pi Kappa Phi members and disabled Arc of Monroe patrons establish genuine friendships which mutually impact each others' lives. In 2010 the chapter adopted a 2 mile portion of Ballantyne Road, Rochester. Chapter members volunteer time to pick up trash and debris off the road, making it a safe and more attractive area to live and commute.

In addition to community service, the chapter faithfully upholds the traditions and activities of RIT and continually strives to evolve its Greek community.

Executive Council

April 2010 - January 2011

Archon - Travis Spencer Burrows Lazar
Vice Archon - Elliott Anthony Eskra
Treasurer - Drew Cameron Lierheimer
Secretary - Jon Lee Waldron
Warden - Ian Asher Wittenberg
Historian - Thomas Joseph Rogers
Chaplain - Ryan Michael Duffy