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1987: The Year in Review
National President Jack W. Thornton
Torchia Recipients Iota, Simga, Tau
DSK Recipients
New Chapters
Reactivated Chapters Omicron, Rho

The Year 1987 in review for Phi Sigma Pi.


  • Revitalization of the fraternity begins. The "Great Expansion Period", the largest stretch of new chapter activations ever experienced by the fraternity, begins with the reactivation of Omicron Chapter at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania on March 1. This period would last until around the year 2000 when expansion slowed significantly. During these 14 years, 98 new chapters would be chartered or reactivated. Only 11 would go inactive. The fraternity would grow from 6 to 93 active chapters.
  • Jeffrey L. Johnson is appointed Eastern Regional Director by the National Council due to his success with reactivating Omicron and Rho Chapters. This is the first time a Regional Director had been appointed since before World War II.
  • The first national brochure used for recruitment mailings is created.
  • The Guidebook is created. It is the first documented officer and committee training manual used by the National Office to assist chapter members. It is updated in 1988 and again in 1990. It is then reconfigured in 1991 into the first set of individual officer and committee manuals.
  • Pi Chapter, one of two remaining all-male chapters, is down to 10 active members. Seven will be graduating leaving only three active members left. The chapter becomes co-educational with the assistance of Steven DiGuiseppe and Jeffrey Johnson the following year.
  • Dorothy Torchia, wife of Joseph Torchia, is inducted as an honorary Brother of Sigma Chapter. She is the first female Brother of the last all-male chapter.


  • March 1 - Omicron is reactivated at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  • March 25 - Rho is reactivated at the University of the District of Columbia