Epsilon Psi Chapter
California State University, Chico
Founded: January 22, 2011
Ideal Chapter Size: 70
President - Andrew Mock
Vice President - Bruce Johnson
Recruitment Director - Matthew Salazar
Alumni Director - Taylor Rogers
Grand Chapter Advisor - David de Boer
Alumni Association President - Benjamin Bradshaw
California State University, Chico was founded as California's second state university campus when Chico pioneer John Bidwell granted a site which outpaced competitors in both Northern California and Southern California in 1887.
Epsilon Psi had its beginnings during the spring semester of 2010 when Will Frattini, New Hampshire '10, then on Fraternity staff, began recruiting men on the campus. Interested men came from all classes, including Chase Enzo Pivirotto, Chico '11, a graduate student, and Kyle DeDeminicantanio, Chico '11, who was to become Alpha Sigma Phi's first non-initiated member selected to become an Undergraduate Grand Councilor in August 2010 (he was initiated at the 2010 Grand Chapter prior to being installed as a member). Several of the recruits were men who had rushed Chico State's fraternities and felt a need for a more scholarship and service directed social organization. The number of interested men grew and 31 men were pledged to Alpha Sigma Phi on March 8, 2010. The men repeatedly voiced their opinion, wanting to be involved on campus and in the community. They wanted members of the group to be known as the gentlemen on campus.
The colony rapidly progressed and submitted a petition for charter in Fall 2010. The Epsilon Psi Chapter at Chico State received its charter on January 22, 2011 with 47 new initiates, becoming the third largest Alpha Sigma Phi chapter on the West Coast, trailing Sonoma State with 52 members at the time and the University of Washington with 84 members at the time. By the end of the Spring 2011 semester, the chapter had grown to 58 men, but lost three to graduation.
Grand Marshal Scott Gallagher, Ohio Wesleyan '93, Grand Historian Hon. Robert Kutz, Cal '67, Past Grand Junior President G. Scott Grissom, Oklahoma '78, Past Undergraduate Grand Councilor Brian Thomas, UC 'Berkeley '06, former Fraternity staff member Will Frattini, New Hampshire '10, and Fraternity Staff Member Steve Latour, Central Michigan '04, assisted with the Initiation Ceremony and participated in the chartering banquet. Grand Marshal Scott Gallagher presented the charter. Additionally, members from UC Berkeley, Sonoma State, and UC Davis helped conduct the chapter's Initiation Ceremony and weekend activities.
At the time of chartering, Epsilon Psi Chapter had one of the highest grade point averages among Chico State Greek organizations and its members were active in various campus activities. 11 upperclassmen were recruited in the Fall 2011.
Kyle DeDiminicantanio, Chico State '11, served as an Undergraduate Grand Councilor; Enzo Pivirotto, Chico State '11, served on the Fraternity staff, and Aaron Allnutt, Chico State '11, was named second Grand Chapter Advisor to the chapter.
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