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Who We Are
The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity was founded on February 19, 1852 at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, PA. The founders, William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore, began the fraternity with the goal of creating a brotherhood that existed based on great joy of serving others.

DePauw University hosts the 19th oldest chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity which has chartered over 160 groups across the country. The Indiana Alpha chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity was installed on January 24, 1865 and was the first Phi Psi chapter installed in Indiana. Since that time, the chapter has initiated over 2,200 members and is currently the fourth oldest, uninterrupted Phi Psi chapter.

Chapter History
Indiana Alpha was formed in 1865 by non-fraternity students and dissatisfied members of Beta Theta Pi and Phi Gamma Delta. Thirteen men were voted into membership by the Ohio Alpha Chapter. First known as "Phi Kaps" or Phi Kappas", these thirteen men were initiated into the National Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi on 24 January 1865. As with many fraternities, the first chapter room was a rented hall on the second floor of a downtown office building. The chapter rented houses at several locations before deciding shortly after the start of World War I to build on the site of the present location. The house was damaged by fire in 1916 and from 1916 until 1923, when the new house was completed, the Phi Psi's rented a house on East Anderson St. An addition, dedicated to the eleven Phi Kappa Psi members who were killed during World War II, was built in 1958.

Affectionately, referred to as the Rockpile, the house is about 20,000 square feet in size and can comfortably sleep around 70 members. It has four full community restrooms plus other half restrooms, a formal dining room and living room, a kitchen, a fully dedicated study area, and a basement and wreck room for social functions. The maintenance of the house and property is carried out by the undergraduate members, alumni members of the chapter’s house corporation, and other outside contractors as needed. The chapter also employs a fulltime, nationally recognized house director who lives in the house in her own studio-style apartment and has the responsibility of helping to oversee the day to day management of the chapter house and cooking staff.

Our Mission
The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity engages men of integrity, further develops their intellect and enhances community involvement. With a legacy built on acceptance and trust, each brother realizes his highest potential through a lifelong experience of service and excellence.

Our Creed
I believe that Phi Kappa Psi is a brotherhood of honorable men, courteous and cultured, who pledge throughout their lives to be generous, compassionate, and loyal comrades;

I believe that I am honor bound to strive manfully for intellectual, moral, and spiritual excellence; to help and forgive my Brothers; to discharge promptly all just debts; to give aid and sympathy to all who are less fortunate;

I believe that I am honor bound to strengthen my character and deepen my integrity; to counsel and guide my Brothers who stray from their obligations; to respect and emulate my Brothers who practice moderation in their manners and morals; to be ever mindful that loyalty to my Fraternity should not weaken loyalty to my college, but rather increase devotion to it, to my country, and to my God;

I believe that to all I meet, wherever I go, I represent not only Phi Kappa Psi, but indeed the spirit of all fraternities; thus I must ever conduct myself so as to bring respect and honor not to myself alone, but also to my Fraternity;

To the fulfillment of these beliefs, of these ideals, in the noble perfection of Phi Kappa Psi, I pledge my life and my sacred honor.
Written by John Henry Frizzell of the Massachusetts Alpha Chapter and Kent Christopher Owen of the Indiana Beta Chapter. It was adopted by the fraternity's national convention, the Grand Arch Council, in Denver in 1964.

Notable Phi Psis
George F. Bovard - President of University of Southern California (1903-1921)
Thomas H. Hamilton - President of Univ. of Hawaii (1963-1967) and President of Univ. of the State University of New York (1959-1962)
John W. Oswald - President of Pennsylvania State University (1970-1983), Executive Vice President of the University of California (1968-1970), President of the University of Kentucky (1963-1970)
James Whitcomb Riley - Poet and writer known as the “Hoosier Poet”
Howard C. Shepherd - Chairman of Citigroup (1952-1959)
Joseph W. Barr - U.S Secretary of the Treasury (1968-1969), Undersecretary of the Treasury (1965-1968), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman (1963-1965), U.S Representative from Indiana (1959-1961).
William H. Calkins - U.S Representative from Indiana (1877-1883)
Winfield K. Denton - U.S Representative from Indiana (1949-1953) and (1955-1966)
George W. Faris - U.S Representative from Indiana (1895-1901)
Ralph W. Gwinn - U.S Representative from New York (1945-1959)
Charles L. Henry - U.S Representative from Indiana (1895-1899)
Charles Sumner - U.S Senator from Massachusetts (1851-1874)
James Eli Watson - U.S Senator from Indiana (1916-1933), Majority Leader (1929-1933), U.S Representative from Indiana (1895-1897, 1899-1909), and Republican Party Whip (1905-1909)
James P. Goodrich - Governor of Indiana (1917-1921), candidate for 1920 Republican presidential nomination.
Buzzie Bavasi - California Angels General Manager (1977-1984), first President of San Diego Padres (1968-1977), Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager (1950-1968)
Ford Frick - Major League Baseball Commissioner (1951-1965), National Baseball Hall of Fame member.
Dick Tomey - Retired football coach; San Jose State (2005-2009), University of Arizona (1987-2000), University of Hawaii (1977-1986)

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