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Alpha Delta Gamma
(ΑΔΓ)
ADG-Coat-of-Arms.1925.png
Founded October 10, 1924 (1924-10-10) (85 years ago)
Loyola University, Chicago
Type Social
Scope United States United States
Motto "Γνωοσθεντες εφ Φιλων"
Colors Scarlet Red and Gold          
Flower Red Carnation
Publication Alphadelity, History of ADG, Mark of Honor
Philanthropy Habitat for Humanity
Chapters 28 Chapters - 12 Active - 1 Colony
Nicknames ADGs, G's, Alpha Delts, Delts
Headquarters 946 Sanders Drive
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Homepage http://www.alphadeltagamma.org/

Alpha Delta Gamma National Fraternity (ΑΔΓ, also known as ADG or Alpha Delt) is an American Greek-letter social fraternity and one of 73 members of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC). Based on Christian principles and the traditions of the Jesuit Order of the Catholic Church,[1] Alpha Delta Gamma was founded at Loyola University, Chicago on October 10, 1924 as a response to the unwillingness of most national fraternities to colonize at Catholic colleges and universities. Since its founding, Alpha Delta Gamma has held a strict expansion focus in order to keep a small but strong brotherhood; thus, the fraternity has only chartered 28 chapters in its 85 year history.[2] Today, Alpha Delta Gamma operates 1 colony and 12 active chapters (at private and public colleges) across the United States, stretching from Los Angeles, California to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[3]

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History

First chapter photo and Founding Fathers; University of Loyola Chicago, 1925.

Alpha Delta Gamma was founded at the Lake Shore campus of Loyola University Chicago on October 10, 1924 by four students: Francis Patrick Canary, John Joseph Dwyer, William S. Hallisey and James Collins O'Brien, Jr. According to the Alpha Delta Gamma National Web Site, "In effect, they wanted a fraternity founded upon Christian ideals of true manhood, sound learning, and the unity of fraternal brotherhood. These ideals were decreed the purpose of Alpha Delta Gamma when it first came into being. And so the foundation was set, Alpha Delta Gamma was on its way to becoming a city walled!"[4]

In 1926, members of the local organization Delta Theta at St. Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri contacted the Alpha Chapter at Loyola University Chicago, requesting permission to affiliate with the then existing fraternity. Their request was granted and, on October 26, 1927, Alpha Delta Gamma officially charted its Beta Chapter, becoming a national fraternity.[5] The fraternity continued expanding to other Catholic colleges and universities and adopted the descriptive "National Catholic-College Fraternity." This was eventually changed to "National Catholic Social Fraternity" when the organization began expansion to non-Catholic colleges and universities.

Alpha Delta Gamma has remained a small national fraternity, with a total of twenty-eight chapters, twelve of which are active and one that recolonized in February 2010. ADG is one of the smallest nationals in the NIC. Most chapters are located at Catholic universities, but there are no religious requirements for membership.

Active Chapters

Alpha - [Active in spirit] Loyola University; Chicago, Illinois
Beta - St. Louis University; St Louis, Missouri
Epsilon - Loyola University New Orleans; New Orleans, Louisiana
Zeta - Rockhurst University; Kansas City, Missouri
Kappa - Catholic University of America; Washington, D.C.
Lambda - Loyola Marymount University; Los Angeles, California
Xi - Bellarmine University; Louisville, Kentucky
Rho - Thomas More College; Crestview Hills, Kentucky
Psi - Barry University; Miami Shores, Florida
Alpha Delta - Philadelphia; Montgomery County, PA
Alpha Epsilon - LaGrange College; LaGrange, GA
Alpha Zeta - York College of Pennsylvania; York, PA

Colonies

Theta - St. Norbert College; De Pere, Wisconsin - Recolonized February 20, 2010

Inactive Chapters

Gamma - DePaul University; Chicago, Illinois
Delta - St. Mary's College; Moraga, California
Eta - Quincy University; Quincy, Illinois
Iota - Regis College; Denver
Mu - Spring Hill College; Mobile, Alabama
Nu - University of San Francisco; San Francisco
Omicron - University of San Diego; San Diego
Pi - Marquette University; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Sigma - St. Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, Minnesota
Tau - Northern Kentucky University; Highland Heights, KY
Upsilon - Saint Joseph's University; Philadelphia
Phi - Merrimack College; North Andover, Massachusetts
Chi - St. Cloud State University; St. Cloud, Minnesota
Alpha Beta - Philadelphia University; Philadelphia, PA
Alpha Gamma - Chestnut Hill College; Chestnut Hill, PA

Notable alumni

Notable Honorary Members

These names and additional Famous Alpha Delts are listed on the Alpha Delta Gamma National Fraternity website on this page *[1]

References

External links

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