150th Celebration

A Legacy of Brotherhood

 

Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity was founded on March 15, 1873 by William Penn Brooks, Joseph Francis Barrett, Fredrick George Campbell, Xenos Young Clark, Jabez William Clay, and Henry Hague at the Massachusetts Agricultural College. Since that time, Phi Sigma Kappa has persevered through cultural, political, and economic challenges, and indeed has continued to grow and thrive for nearly 150 years by remaining steadfast to our three Cardinal Principles; to Promote Brotherhood, to Stimulate Scholarship, and to Develop Character. In the spirit of these Cardinal Principles, with deference to our storied history, and with a dedication to our bright future, the mission of the Sesquicentennial Committee shall be to plan for a proper acknowledgement and celebration of our 150 years as a builder of young men and as a leader in the inter-fraternal world.

 

 

69th General Convention

Event Registration (Coming Soon)

69th General Convention

  • July 26-29th, 2023
  • New Orleans

Be there to help us celebrate!

Registration will open soon. Use the QR code below to send an email to Kathy Cannady, and she will add your name to a contact list so that you’ll be notified when Event Registration opens.

 

Hotel Registration (Now Open)

Watch future communications for Convention registration details. To book a room, use this link: https://book.passkey.com/e/50387769

 

 

Ways to Engage

Time Capsule

The Grand Chapter has announced plans for a time capsule to be compiled in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Fraternity.

Each active chapter/provisional chapter is invited to contribute a group photo/composite and a letter to their future brothers. The letter could be advice, history of the chapter, bios of current undergrads/alumni, autographs of current brothers, chapter traditions, etc. This comes at no cost to the chapters/provisional chapters.

Alumni and alumni clubs are invited to contribute to the time capsule at a cost of $150 each. A limit of 200 purchased spots are offered for sale. Space is limited. Items that fit in a padded mailer would be ideal – photos/documents, etc. If in a box, size is limited to approximately 5×5. If a larger item is requested, two spots may have to be acquired.

A wooden chest will be custom-built and all items placed in appropriate archival preservation materials. The chest will be locked and placed in the Shonk Archive and Educational Center, located at the International Headquarters in Indianapolis. The key to the lock will be encased in glass and placed next to the chest. The glass will be broken, the key released, and the time capsule opened during the Fraternity’s celebration of its 200th Anniversary in 2073.

For more information, contact Kathy Cannady at kathy@phisigmakappa.org or 317-490-5540.

Timeline:

August 1, 2022 – July 30, 2023: Collection of items to take place

Fall, 2023: Time capsule to be assembled and placed in SAEC

March 15, 2073: Time capsule opened on 200th anniversary

Landmark Visitation Activity

In celebration of the Fraternity’s 150th Anniversary, we thought it would be fun and unique way to feature our brothers at various Phi Sig landmarks around the country.

These suggested landmarks include the “Shrine” at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts, Phi Sigma Kappa’s International Headquarters and Shonk Archive and Educational Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC (site of the merger of Phi Sigma Kappa and Phi Sigma Epsilon), the Queen Mary (site of the West Coast celebration of the 100th Anniversary), site of the former National Headquarters in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, site of the founding of Phi Sigma Epsilon in Emporia, Kansas.

Shoot a selfie of yourself or a group of brothers and post using our hashtags #PSK150 on social media.

What Does Phi Sig Mean to You?

We all have a story to tell about Phi Sigma Kappa. We have all played a role in its history, just as it has played a role in our lives.

As part of the celebration of the Fraternity’s 150th Anniversary, Phi Sigma Kappa is hosting a contest that will help convey brother’s feelings toward the Fraternity.

Your feelings and passion could come through in a song, dance, TikTok video, sculpture, painting, short story, poem, etc. We will use these pieces of art in The Signet, on our website, as posters, displayed at the 69th Grand Convention in New Orleans, etc.

Please be aware that when you submit your project, it will become the property of the Fraternity for use as it sees fit.

Submissions should be made as attachments to an email to be sent to Kathy Cannady at kathy@phisigmakappa.org. In this case of sculpture, paintings, etc., a photo of the artwork will suffice.

The contest will conclude on June 30, 2023, and winners announced at the 69th Grand Convention, to be held in New Orleans on July 26-29th, 2023.

150th Celebration Receptions

Los Angeles

New York City

Indianapolis

 

150th Committee

The 150th Committee

Committee Chair 

Scott Lyons (Alabama ’95)

Professional Staff Liaison 

Kathy Cannady

Committee Members

–  Adam Carter (Hobart ’90)

– Brett Champion (Southern Illinois ’78)

– Ray Curbelo (South Carolina ’11)

– Jacob Defassio (Valparaiso ’12)

– Atif Alkali (Cal Poly ’01)

– Michael Haynes (Pitt State ’16)

– Coley Leathers (Alabama ’95)

– Paul Lees (Cal State – LA ’77)

– Al Shonk (Southern Cal ’54)

– Todd Simpson (Central Missouri ’86)

– Greg Stack (Kentucky ’89)

– Joey Teeple (Valparaiso ’13)

– Matt Valleau (Ferris State ’11)

– Mark Viel (Ferris State ’73)

– Christian Williams (Florida International ’12)