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Sigma Pi
Founded 1897
Vincennes University
Type Leadership, Social
Scope International
 United States
Mission Statement To build and support chapters and alumni organizations for the purpose of maintaining a Fellowship of kindred minds united in Brotherhood.[1]
Vision Statement Sigma Pi Fraternity is the leading, international men's collegiate fraternal organization which provides training, guidance and innovative opportunities for:
  • Leadership Development
  • Social and Personal Development
  • Academic Achievement
  • Community Service
  • Heightened Moral Awareness

For its brothers throughout their lives.[1]

Colors Lavender (color) and White with Gold as an auxiliary
Flower Lavender Orchid
Jewel Emerald
Publication The Emerald
Philanthropy The SAM Spady Foundation [2]
Chartered February 26, 1897 at Vincennes, Indiana
Chapters 124 active chapters, 8 colonies, and 27 active alumni clubs[3]
90,000+ [4] lifetime
Headquarters P.O. Box 1897
Brentwood, TN, 37024, USA

Sigma Pi (ΣΠ) is an international college social fraternity with chapters in the United States and Canada. Like most social fraternities, membership is by invitation and limited to men. The Fraternity is headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee.



Founded on February 26, 1897 at Vincennes University by William Raper Kennedy, James Thompson Kingsbury, George Martin Patterson, and Rolin Rosco James, it started as Tau Phi Delta (ΤΦΔ), a literary society with fraternal ideals. During its tenure as a literary society, many requests for the chartering of other chapters were denied, and expansion never occurred. Tau Phi Delta changed its name to The Sigma Pi Fraternity, United States in 1907. The name not only signified a new era for the fraternity, but a new focus, expansion. Within the first year, Sigma Pi began to build new chapters. With the establishment of the Fraternity's first Canadian chapter in 1984, the organization's name was changed to The Sigma Pi Fraternity, International. The Fraternity was the first of its kind to be founded west of the Ohio Valley and a charter member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference. Today, Sigma Pi consists of 132 active collegiate groups, dozens of alumni clubs, and over 90,000 initiates.[4]


Sigma Pi promotes fellowship, scholarship, chivalry, and character by organizing social, academic, and philanthropy events for its members and the communities in which its chapters are located. In addition, a separate, but related entity, the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation, manages trust assets for the educational benefit of both members and non-members. The Fraternity's "ACE" (Altruistic Campus Experience) Project is the first fraternity or sorority campus service program for chapters specifically designed to benefit their host institutions.[5]

Sigma Pi Creed

The men of Sigma Pi are committed to a strong tradition of quality individuals joining together in the fraternity during their collegiate lives and years thereafter following the high ideal as set forth in the Sigma Pi Creed. It is the guide and ideal around which a brother patterns his life.

I Believe
in Sigma Pi, a Fellowship of
kindred minds, united in
Brotherhood to advance Truth
and Justice, to promote
Scholarship, to encourage
Chivalry, to diffuse Culture, and
to develop Character, in the
Service of God and Man; and
I will strive to make real the
Fraternity's ideals in my own
daily life.[6]

Sigma Pi Motto

The mother of the first two initiates of Sigma Pi, Samuel and Maurice Bayard, chose the Fraternity's motto during one of the first meetings. There was some debate about the appropriate motto, and no conclusions had been reached at the time. Mrs. Bayard took a volume of Robert Browning's poems from a shelf, turned to A Death In The Desert, and read what would become the motto.[7]

Progress, man's distinctive mark alone,
Not God's, and not the beasts';
God is, they are.
Man partly is and wholly hopes to be.

The Five Ideals

Sigma Pi Fraternity promotes five basic ideals, which a brother considers to be of extreme worth. They are the goals which every member is encouraged to strive toward in their own daily life.[8]

The First Ideal: To establish a brotherhood.
The Second Ideal: To establish and maintain an aristocracy of learning.
The Third Ideal: To raise the standards of morality and develop character.
The Fourth Ideal: To diffuse culture and encourage chivalry.
The Fifth Ideal: To promote the spirit of civic righteousness and quicken the national conscience.

Chapters and colonies

Over several years, Sigma Pi has been able to grow the number of chapters at an accelerated rate. The Sigma Pi Executive Office has been committed to not only recruiting quality men but to support them through their "Colony Development Department". Their "Colony Development Consultants" have been able to work with colonies on the road to chartering and have developed a formula for success that has been instrumental in the establishment of many new chapters.[9] This rapid expansion has produced 24 new chapters since 2003, lead by the Alpha Delta Chapter at Auburn University, the most successful of the Sigma Pi chapters . There are also 8 colonies on the road to active chapter status as of 2008. This is growth rate of over 25% in just five years, making Sigma Pi one of the fastest growing fraternities in terms of increased members.

Notable alumni


Government, military, law & politics

Name Original Chapter Notability Reference
Mike Beebe Alpha Pi Attorney General and Governor of Arkansas. [10]
Curtis Shake Alpha Indiana jurist, politician, and 72nd Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, and the presiding judge of the IG Farben trial, one of the Subsequent Nuremberg Trials [6]

Science, technology & exploration

Name Original Chapter Notability Reference
William D. Mensch Kappa CEO of Western Design Center, Inc. and inventor of the microprocessor for the Apple MacIntosh II computer (the Motorola 6800 as well as the MOS 6502). [11]
Walter Marty Schirra, Jr. Alpha Mu Astronaut: Project Mercury, Project Gemini, and Project Apollo. [12]
Chauncey Guy Suits Tau Co-founder of the National Academy of Engineering. [13]

Sports, journalism, arts & entertainment

Name Original Chapter Notability Reference
Frank Broyles Alpha Sigma Former NCAA football player, coach, broadcaster, athletic director for the University of Arkansas. [14]
Will Demps Alpha Omega Former NCAA football player, Professional Football Corner Back for The Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens and The New York Giants San Diego State University. [15]
Herman Fisher Theta Co-founder of Fisher-Price. [16]
Lewis Grizzard Alpha Phi Columnist and Sportswriter for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, author, stand-up comedian. [17]
Tracy Lawrence Epsilon Kappa Country music star. [14]
Tony Romo Beta Gamma Quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. [14]
Frank Spaziani Theta Former NCAA football player and current head football coach of Boston College. [18]


  1. ^ a b "The Mission and Vision of Sigma Pi Fraternity". Retrieved 2008-07-22.  
  2. ^ Sigma Pi Fraternity - Our International Philanthropy
  3. ^ "Sigma Pi Fraternity Chapter Listing". Retrieved 2009-10-22.  
  4. ^ a b Sigma Pi recognizes the 90,000th member
  5. ^ "Sigma Pi Fraternity >> What is ACE?". Retrieved 2008-07-22.  
  6. ^ a b "The Creed of Sigma Pi Fraternity". Retrieved 2008-07-22.  
  7. ^ "The History of Sigma Pi Fraternity". Retrieved 2009-04-23.  
  8. ^ "The Ideals of Sigma Pi Fraternity". Retrieved 2008-07-22.  
  9. ^ Past Expansion
  10. ^ Duffy, Joan (2007-01-18). "Mike Beebe's ascension makes him our Arkansan of the Year.". Arkansas Times. Retrieved 2007-07-27.  
  11. ^ The Western Design Center, Inc. (2008-06-06). "Executive Biography of William Mensch". Retrieved 2008-08-21.  
  12. ^ Sigma Pi International (2007-05-03). "Sigma Pi Alumnus Veteran Astronaut Walter Schirra Dies". Press release. Retrieved 2007-07-27.  
  13. ^ Ketchum, Paul (February 1938). "Chauncey G. Suits". The Wisconsin engineer 42 (5): 88. Retrieved 2008-08-21.  
  14. ^ a b c "North-American Interfraternity Conference - Greeks in the News". 2007-12-07. Retrieved 2008-10-10.  
  15. ^ "Greeks in Professional Football - Greeks in Professional Football". 2007-12-07. Retrieved 2008-10-10.  
  16. ^ "Herman G. Fisher - tracking the world". 2009-09-23. Retrieved 2009-09-23.  
  17. ^ Ruppersburg, Hugh (1992). Georgia Voices, Volume Two: Nonfiction. Athens and London: University of Georgia Press. pp. 556–557. ISBN 0820314331.  
  18. ^ "Congratulations to BC's new head football Coach". 2009-01-20. Retrieved 2009-02-24.  

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