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Alpha Eta Chapter

Alpha Eta Spring 2017

(Founded 12 November 1989) is located at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. The Chapter was founded by Richard Freed. Alpha Eta is a member of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Region. The Chapter has been honored with numerous national awards, including five Top Ten Chapter awards, five Top in East Region awards, and four Joseph Torchia Outstanding Chapter Awards.

Chapter History



Alpha Eta was founded by Richard Freed on November 12th, 1989. He was also a founder of the Delta Chi Chapter at Lehigh University.

Chapter Leadership

Past Chapter Presidents

The Active Chapter

The current active chapter has just over 70 Active Brothers.

The Executive Committee

Alpha Eta's Executive Committee is composed of five elected members. These members are elected each fall to serve for the following calendar year, and all members having voting privileges.

2019 Alpha Eta Chapter Executive Committee

Main Article: List of Alpha Eta Executive Committees

The Executive Board

Alpha Eta's Executive Board is constructed differently from many other Chapters. The Vice-President is the Chair of the Executive Board, which is composed of elected officers not on the Executive Committee, elected Co-Chairs of Standing Committees, and appointed Chairs and Co-Chairs of Ad-Hoc Committees.

Main Article: List of Alpha Eta Chapter Executive Boards

Initiate Classes

Alpha Eta selects one initiate class each semester after holding four Information Sessions and a four Rush nights. The sizes of Alpha Eta's Initiate classes vary from semester to semester. The smallest initiate classes, Epsilon and Alpha Pi, each had six members while the largest class, Beta, had twenty eight.

For more information on individual Initiate Classes, please refer to the link below.

Main Article: List of Alpha Eta Chapter Initiate Classes

Chapter Events & Activities

Hope Bowl

The Hope Bowl is an annual coed flag-football tournament held by Alpha Eta. At the first annual Hope Bowl in 1996, it was decided that the event would benefit AIDS Delaware. Founded in 1984, AIDS Delaware is the state’s largest and oldest AIDS service organization. It works for health in the human family by providing social and support services to clients and their families as well as prevention and education programs to halt the spread of HIV and other STDs. It also advocates for compassionate public policy.

In 2010, the chapter decided that the money raised by the Hope Bowl should benefit our national philanthropy, Teach for America. In 2011, Alpha Eta was honored by our National Organization for raising the most funds for TFA in a single philanthropic event; in 2012, we were placed on National’s “TFA Honor Roll” for our support of the organization.

In 2013, Hope Bowl’s mission changed again, this time to benefit the B+ Foundation by donating to UDance. UDance is a 12 hour dance marathon on UD’s campus that supports the B+ Foundation. B+ works to provide financial and emotional support to families of children with cancer and fund childhood cancer research. You can learn more by visiting their website at

As Hope Bowl approaches its twentieth anniversary, the annual tournament has continued to grow and thrive. Hope Bowl has raised thousands of dollars and has drawn hundreds of University of Delaware students, Phi Sigma Pi Brothers from other chapters and Alumni to support our philanthropic efforts.

Trivia Night

Trivia Night is a campus wide trivia tournament hosted by the Alpha Eta Chapter during the spring semester. Trivia Night supports our National Philanthropy of HOBY (the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Program). This event uses various apps and interactive materials to allow small teams to test their knowledge on a classic trivia subjects like science, history, current events, pop culture, and more! Non-Phi Sigma Pi members are able to pay a small price to enter their team and the proceeds go towards HOBY as well as offering winning teams prizes. HOBY became our national philanthropy in 2016 and we try to attend their events and help out with leadership seminars or youth leadership retreats when needed.

A little more about HOBY: "Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students. HOBY programs provide students selected by their schools to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences beginning a lifelong dedication to improving the lives of others. Due to the selfless efforts of volunteers and the contributions of generous donors, nearly 10,000 students participate in HOBY programs annually."

To find out more about HOBY, visit their page [1]

Former Chapter Events

Tripod 21

Tripod 21 was a annual regional leadership conference organized by Alpha Eta Chapter started before Regional Conferences were standard events across Phi Sigma Pi. The event was designed for other Phi Sigma Pi chapters in the area to converge and discuss common problems and issues and arrive at solutions. The first Tripod 21 event was held in March 1998 continued nearly every year through 2004 before being discontinued.

Notable Alumni

National Secretary (2002-2004)

Chapter Honors and Awards

National Awards

Alpha Eta has been recognized for excellence with many national awards. The awards and the years they were received are listed below.

University Awards

  • 2000 University of Delaware Outstanding Volunteer Organization of the Year
  • 2011 University of Delaware Special Interest Chapter of the Year

Further Resources

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