History of Phi Kappa Psi and NYθ
Phi Kappa Psi was founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania on the
grounds of "the great joy of serving others," our philanthropic motto. A typhoid
epidemic struck Jefferson's campus and many people fled the school. Some of the
few that stayed to give aid to the sick students were William Henry Letterman and
Charles Page Thomas Moore. While caring for those who had contracted the contagious
disease, the two formed a strong and lasting bond. The following year, Letterman
and Moore decided to create a fraternity based on the joy they gained from helping
others. On February 19, 1852, Phi Kappa Psi was formed.
New York Theta Founding
A special interest group based on common beliefs known as the League of Knights (LOK) was formed at RIT
in 1989. The LOK actively recruited new members and had two pledge classes. After being filled with strong
and ambitious men, they decided to become a fraternity. They interviewed with many different national
fraternities from around the country and fell in love with the matching ideals of Phi Kappa Psi and the
League of Knights.
The LOK was officially declared a colony of Phi Kappa Psi on March 17, 1990 and preceded to take on five
pledge classes during this time. The group became involved with many fundraising and philanthropic events in
the community and on RIT's campus and assimilated well into the Greek System. After two years of hard work
and persistence, the League of Knights proved themselves worthy of becoming a recognized chapter of Phi Kappa
Psi. National representatives came to Rochester on April 25, 1992 to perform the installation ceremony and the
New York Theta chapter was born.
Grand Chapter Award
The Grand Chapter Award is an annual award given by the National Headquarters to the most exceptional chapter
in the Fraternity. New York Theta has been given this honor twice in its short life.
NY Theta - Years Won: 2006, 2013.
The President's Cup Award is an annual award given to Greek Chapters at RIT. It can be given to any
organization within Greek Life at RIT. New York Theta has been awarded the President's Cup a total
of seven times.
NY Theta - Years Won: 1994, 1995, 1998, 2009, 2011, 2015