Delta Kappa Chapter
Francis Marion College
Founded: April 16, 1982
Francis Marion College began as a branch of the University of South Carolina and became an independent institution in 1970.
Phi Alpha was organized by Rob Sheehan, Westminster '71, and nine Francis Marion College students in December 1980. 13 men joined in January 1981. James Sain, Presbyterian '72, and Karl Kropp, Wake Forest '76, served as advisor and faculty advisor, respectively, to the interest group. 21 members, led by Colony President Alex Elmore, accepted the Certificate of Colonization presented by Grand Councilor Robert Sandercox, Bethany '51, in ceremonies on February 14, 1981.
20 undergraduates and three alumni signed the petition for chartering. On April 16, 1982, Alpha Sigma Phi became the seventh fraternity to charter a chapter at Francis Marion College. Installation at Western Sizzlin Steak House, Florence, South Carolina was by Grand Secretary Evin Varner, Presbyterian '58. Assistant Executive Director Jeff Schwind, Toledo '78, and undergraduates from Alpha Psi (Presbyterian), Beta Xi (Hartwick), and Nu (Cal) administered the initiation to 28 charter members. The chapter newsletter was "Delta Kappa Omni". Chapter quarters at 313 West Cedar Street, Florence, were obtained.
Delta Kappa Chapter reached the end of the 1985-86 academic year with under half a dozen undergraduate members and did not reopen in Fall 1986. The chapter roll contains the names of 31 initiates. Several alumni of the chapter had been active in supporting colonization efforts at Coastal Carolina in the early 1990's.
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