1911: Phi Sigma Kappa installed


Induction Ceremonies for Gamma Deuteron Chapter held Wednesday and Thursday. Banquet marks Closing Ceremonies. Many visitors Present.

On April 12 and 13 occurred the induction of Zeta Sigma Zeta in the national fraternity Phi Sigma Kappa as the Gamma Deuteron chapter. Zeta Sigma Zeta was organized as a local club in 1908. Since its organization it has taken an active part in all student activities becoming an important factor among the college organizations. Its members are represented in the different honorary organizations in literary society work, debating and dramatics.

Early in its history the club, desiring a [permanency] of its organization, petitioned for a chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa, which was granted January 16, 1911. The chapter was installed by Inductor Elbert Ames Munsell of New Haven, Connecticut, assisted by Donald H. McLean of Elizabeth, N. J., members of the national council. Assisting teams were sent from the Minnesota chapter and also from the Illinois chapter. Representatives from Yale, Swarthmore, St. [Lawrence] University, Massachusetts Agricultural College and George Washington University were also present.

The majority of the delegates arrived early Wednesday morning with the exception of the Illinois team which came Tuesday evening to make preliminary arrangements for Inductor Munsell. Immediately after serving breakfast the induction ceremonies began and continued until late in the evening. The final installation and organization of the chapter was completed by Thursday noon. The [afternoon] was spent in showing the visitors about the college and visiting other fraternities and sororities.

The induction ceremonies were concluded with a formal banquet, Thursday night at the Hotel Holtz in Boone. The party left the campus in a special car at 7:45 and by 8:30 the guests were seated at the banquet table. After a twelve course dinner, served in faultless style by the hotel management the following toast program was given, Elbert Ames Munsell acting as toastmaster:

Welcome to Gamma Deuteron–Donald H. McLean.
Response–Harry Havner.
Iowa State College–Roy C. Palmer.
Yesterday—D.D. Stookey.
Today—Paul E. Miller.
Tomorrow—Arthur R. Simpson.
Phi Sigma Kappa in the West—Edgar B. Rehnke.

Impromptus were given by a number of the other guests.

The hall was beautifully decorated with banners and skins presented by the other chapters. The floral decorations on the table consisted of American beauties and Easter lilies with a boutonniere at each plate. The chandeliers and windows were draped with smilax and the orchestra was completely screened with palms and Easter lilies, Miss Ruth Clapps orchestra furnished the music for the occasion. The party returned to Ames at 2:30, most of the visitors leaving for the east the same night.

Phi Sigma Kappa is one of the conservative eastern fraternities, and only in recent years has been extended into the west, there now being chapters at California, Minnesota, Illinois University and Iowa State College. The fraternity was founded at the Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1873. Up to the present time twenty seven charters have been granted all of which are active chapters. The extension of Phi Sigma Kappa into I. S. C. should mean much for the school because of the high standing of the fraternity in eastern institutions.

The I.S.C. Student, “Phi Sigma Kappa Is Installed,” 17 April 1911.

Issue: 17 April 1911

Zeta Sigma Zeta’s first residence was in fall 1909 at 118 Hyland Avenue, which was an earlier home to Pi Beta Phi a few years prior. The fraternity would remain at that spot for the next few years even after becoming Phi Sigma Kappa. It would later move to 2728 Lincoln Way.

The chapter was active until 1939.

Greek Community Re-establishing at Iowa State

Court upholds fraternity ban (1894)
Fraternities (re)approved (1904)

ORIGINAL TWO: Delta Tau Delta (1911) | Pi Beta Phi (1906)

NATIONAL FRATERNITIES: Acacia (1909) | Alpha Tau Omega (1908) | Beta Theta Pi (1905) | Kappa Sigma (1909) | Phi Gamma Delta (1907) | Phi Sigma Kappa (1911) | Sigma Alpha Epsilon (1905) | Sigma Nu (1904) | Theta Xi (1909)

NATIONAL SORORITIES: Alpha Delta Pi (1911)

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