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Purdue University

Alpha Pi Chapter


Purdue University
Founded: October 21, 1939
Status: Active
Ideal Chapter Size: 100
Conduct Violations: Risk Management, 2013; Re-Organization, 2014

 

Officers

President - Bahige Owens
Recruitment Director - Devin Clausen
Alumni Director - Jordan Holmes
Grand Chapter Advisor - Josh Russell
Alumni Association President - Ben Eichmiller

Chapter Awards

Grand Senior President's Cup - [1974, 1972]
Phi Pi Phi Silver Cup - [2017, 2016]
Alpha Gamma Upsilon Bronze Cup - [2012]
Most Improved Chapter - [2012] 

Individual Awards

Distinguished Merit Award
Dollens, Ronald W. '65 [1999]
Kauffman, John T. '43 [1992]

Evin C. Varner Distinguished Service Award
Miller, Stan N. '64 [1986]
Byers, Buford H. '49 [1976]

Delta Beta Xi
Allen, Robert A. '43 [1968]
Allen, Eric N. '71 [1996]
Atkinson, Gary '73 [2006]
Byers, Buford H. '49 [1966]
Cochran, Ralph P., Jr. '44 [1953]
Daugherty, Von Roy '39 [1951]
Dollens, Ronald W. '65 [1988]
Hallett, Robert J. '64 [2002]
Hays, Luther M. '55 [1993]
Holmes, William H. E. '44 [1950]
Kauffman, John T. '43 [2000]
Kirkwood, James '67 [1971]
Marshall, Henry L. '41 [1951]
Miller, Stan N. '64 [1975]
Morgan, Donald R. '57 [1982]
Sinise, Gregory '70 [1979]
Sum, Robert N. '52 [1991]
Taylor, Charles E. '42 [1961]
Valentine, Jason G. '01 [2011]

Undergraduate Scholar of the Year
Crook, Stephen R. '82 [1984]

Kleinoeder Graduate Scholar of the Year
Valentine, Jason G. '01 [2009]

Newsletters

Spring 2017

Fall 2016

Spring 2016

Fall 2015

Spring 2015

Chapter History

Purdue University was founded in 1869 and its first class graduated in 1874. The Euphemian Club, initially known as Phi Beta Epsilon, was organized by five students at Purdue University in the fall of 1926, and recognized by the University on October 27, 1927. It changed its objective from being an honorary association to a social fraternity in January 1928. Louis Neubacher was an early leader of the organization. The Euphemian Club was chartered as Phi Chapter of Phi Pi Phi on May 17, 1930. On October 21, 1939, Phi Chapter of Phi Pi Phi became Alpha Pi of Alpha Sigma Phi with 45 charter initiates.

The first club house was on Vine Street. The chapter house from 1929 until the mid 1960's was located at 218 Waldron Street. Von Roy Daugherty, Purdue '39, was President of the Purdue Alumni Corporation, and kept the chapter alive through World War II. The chapter headed the drive for a uniform national new member manual in 1948, and William Holmes, Purdue '44, led the committee that drafted the manual. In October 1950, the mortgage on the Waldron Street house was satisfied and burned. In the late 1950's a need for larger quarters was apparent, and the housing corporation bought an adjoining lot to the 218 Waldron house at 220 Waldron Street.

In 1963 Alpha Sigma Phi was one of 12 "Greek Letter" groups allocated a lot on a new Fraternity row on campus. The chapter launched a building program and broke ground on a new chapter house on October 8, 1965. Alpha Pi Chapter moved into its present house at 951 David Ross Road, Lafayette, Indiana, on September 4, 1966.

The Chapter won the Grand Senior President's Award for 1970-1972 and again for 1972-1974. Alpha Pi also won the National Province Leadership Award for 1966-1967. The newsletter, The Grapevine¬Ě, won Chapter Newsletter Awards in 1981, 1972 and 1973. The chapter won the Tomahawk Award in 1990. Alpha Pi Chapter won the Service Award for 1976-78.

After years of declining membership, risk management concerns, and poor academic performance, Alpha Pi alumni contacted Fraternity Headquarters about a re-start. With approval from the alumni and University, Fraternity staff member Seth Melchor, Bowling Green '10 led a re-start effort during the fall of 2014. Alpha Pi initiated 49 men on November 9, 2014 into the Mystic Circle and has once again re-joined the ranks of an active chapter in good standing of Alpha Sigma Phi. 

Notable Brothers

Stan N. Miller, Purdue '64 - Grand Senior President 1982-1984, Grand Treasurer 1980-1982; Grand Councilor (1978-80), Evin C. Varner, Jr. Distinguished Service Award 1986, Delta Beta Xi Award 1985 

Donald R. Morgan, Purdue '57 – Grand Senior President 1985-1986, Grand Junior President (1984-85); Grand Marshal (1982-84); Grand Councilor (1980-82), Delta Beta Xi Award 1982

Buford Byers, Purdue '49 - Evin C. Varner, Jr. Distinguished Service Award 1976, Delta Beta Xi Award 1966 

John Kauffman, Purdue '43 - Trustee and Chairman of the Educational Foundation, Distinguished Merit Award Recipients 1992, Delta Beta Xi Award 2000 

Ronald Dollens, Purdue '65 - Grand Councilor and Foundation Board Distinguished Merit Award 1999, Delta Beta Xi Award 1988  

Robert A. Allen '43 – Grand Councilor, Delta Beta Xi Award 1968 

William H.E. Holmes '44 – editor of the Tomahawk 1953 -1957, alumni secretary on the Fraternity staff, Delta Beta Xi Award 1950 

Gregory S. Sinise '70 – Grand Councilor, Delta Beta Xi Award 1979 

Jason Valentine '01 – Delta Beta Xi Award 2011, Kleinoder Graduate Scholar of the Year 2009 

Stephen R. Crook '82 - Alpha Sigma Phi Scholar of the Year 1984.  

Dallas Montgomery '04 - served on National Headquarter Fraternity staff from 2008-2009 

Alex Bauer '05 - served on National Headquarter Fraternity staff from 2007-2012 

Eric N. Allen '71- Foundation Treasurer, Delta Beta Xi Award 1996 

Gary Atkinson '73 - Delta Beta Xi Award 2006 

Ralph P. Cochran Jr. '44 - Delta Beta Xi Award 1953 

Von Roy Daugherty ’39 - Delta Beta Xi Award 1951 

Robert J. Hallett '64 - Delta Beta Xi Award 2002 

Luther M. Hays '55 - Delta Beta Xi Award 1993 

William H.E. Holmes '44 - Delta Beta Xi Award 1950 

James Kirkwood '67 - Delta Beta Xi Award 1971 

Henry L. Marshall '41 - Delta Beta Xi Award 1951 

Robert N. Sum '52 - Delta Beta Xi Award 1991 

Charles E. Taylor '42 - Delta Beta Xi Award 1961 

19 Delta Beta Xi award recipients


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