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HISTORY

 

LOCAL

    Before February 19, 1991, Phi Sigma Sigma at Bryant College was known as Alpha Phi Kappa (APK). This local sorority was founded by their current brother fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau in 1946. When we chose to affiliate with a national sorority, it was important to maintain the traditions, rituals and colors of APK. We felt that Phi Sigma Sigma would suit us the best. We incorporated their goals with our own to enhance our sorority.

NATIONAL

Phi Sigma Sigma was founded November 26, 1913 in Hunter College, New York by ten women committed to strength in friendship and the act of giving.  The Founders of our sorority came from a variety of religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.  They wished to stay together as the group they had become while still in high school, but found that because of their varied backgrounds they all could not join one of the existing sororities on campus.  Lillian Gordon Alpern, Ethel Gordon Kraus, Josephine Ellison Breakstone, Shirley Cohen Laufer, Fay Chertkoff, Clair Wunder McArdle, Estelle Melnick Cole, Rose Sher Seidman, Jeanette Lipka Furst and Gwen Zaliels Snyder sought to begin a sorority; one that would promote open membership to all women of character regardless of background.

Under the leadership of Fay Chertkoff, the first Grand Archon of the Alpha Chapter, the Founders obtained permission and Phi Sigma Sigma was born.  Phi Sigma Sigma was the first non- sectarian sorority, meaning that is was the only one open to diverse membership from its inception with a ritual not based on scripture.  First in the minds of these ten women were the twin ideals which still endure today: 

To the brotherhood of man

The alleviation of the world's pain

Each Founder extended herself to her fullest capacity to live up to the mottoes the group chose.  The Founders attained high scholastic standing in an effort to stress the importance of scholarship and the advancement of womanhood.
 

FOUNDERS' CREED


To you, Founders' of Phi Sigma Sigma, who gave us being and meaning on the twenty-sixth of November, in the year 1913, we dedicated anew you fraternity in its present extent.  To the brotherhood of man and to the alleviation of the world's pain, twin ideals which drew you together, we repledge ourselves with new fervor.  Witness to you reverence of the goal you set for us, this day shall see a nationwide votary, when all chapters of Phi Sigma Sigma shall do homage unto you and shall devote themselves in act and in believe to the selfless giving which knows no creed.
 

  OUR FOUNDING SISTERS

Fay Chertkoff
Fay Chertkoff
Estelle Melnick Cole
Estelle Melnick Cole
Ethel Gordon Kraus
Ethel Gordon Kraus
Clair Wunder McArdle
Clair Wunder McArdle
Gwen Zaliels Snyder
Gwen Zaliels Snyder
Rose Sher Seidman
Rose Sher Seidman
Shirley Cohen Laufer
Shirley Cohen Laufer
Jeanette Lipka Furst
Jeanette Lipka Furst
Lillian Gordan Alpern
Lillian Gordan Alpern
Josephine Ellison Breakstone
Josephine Ellison Breakstone