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Alpha Eta Chapter

Alpha Eta Spring 2017

(Founded November 12th 1989), is located at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. Richard Freed founded the Chapter. 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



Richard Freed founded Alpha Eta 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 50 Active Brothers.

The Executive Board

The Alpha Eta's Executive Board is a dynamic team comprising nine elected Members, each serving a distinct role in our organization. These dedicated individuals are elected annually during the fall semester and tasked with leading the Alpha Eta Chapter throughout the following calendar year. All Executive Board members hold voting privileges, ensuring a collective and inclusive decision-making process. The Initiate Advisors serve for one semester.

2023 Alpha Eta Chapter Executive Board

Main Article: List of Alpha Eta Executive Board

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, 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 four Recruitment 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 (6) members, while the largest class, Beta, had twenty-eight (28).

Please refer to the link below for more information on individual Initiate Classes.

Main Article: List of Alpha Eta Chapter Initiate Classes

Chapter Events & Activities

Hope Bowl

The Hope Bowl is an enduring testament to Alpha Eta's commitment to philanthropy and community engagement. This annual coed flag football tournament, initiated in 1996, was established with a noble purpose: to positively impact the lives of those in need.

AIDS Delaware: The inaugural Hope Bowl, held in 1996, was dedicated to supporting AIDS Delaware, an organization founded in 1984. This organization is the state's most prominent and long-standing AIDS service provider. AIDS Delaware dedicates itself to promoting the well-being of the human family by offering social and support services to clients and their families, along with implementing education and prevention initiatives to combat the spread of HIV and other STIs. Furthermore, AIDS Delaware passionately advocates for compassionate public policies that further its mission.

Teach for America: In 2010, Alpha Eta redirected the funds raised by the Hope Bowl to our national philanthropy, Teach for America (TFA). This commitment to TFA's cause proved exemplary, earning Alpha Eta recognition from our National Organization. In 2011, the Chapter was honored for raising the most funds for TFA in a single philanthropic event. In 2012, Alpha Eta's support placed it on the National's "TFA Honor Roll."

B+ Foundation and UDance: The year 2013 marked another pivotal shift in the mission of the Hope Bowl. It transitioned to support the B+ Foundation through donations to UDance, a remarkable 12-hour dance marathon hosted on the University of Delaware's campus. The B+ Foundation is dedicated to providing financial and emotional support to families of children battling cancer while championing critical childhood cancer research initiatives. To learn more about the B+ Foundation and its mission, please visit their website at [1]

As Hope Bowl steadily approaches its twentieth anniversary, it has evolved into an event of remarkable significance. Over the years, it has raised substantial sums of money and garnered the enthusiastic participation of countless University of Delaware students, Phi Sigma Pi Brothers from other Chapters, and dedicated Alumni. The Hope Bowl is an enduring symbol of Alpha Eta's unwavering dedication to philanthropy and community service.

Trivia Night

Every spring semester, the Alpha Eta Chapter presents a campus-wide spectacle called Trivia Night. This enthralling trivia tournament is designed to captivate the entire campus community while championing our National Philanthropy, the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Program (HOBY).

The Trivia Challenge: Trivia Night is a vibrant fusion of knowledge and camaraderie, where small teams engage in spirited competition, probing their understanding of a broad spectrum of classic trivia topics spanning science, history, current events, pop culture, and more. By utilizing diverse apps and interactive tools, this event transforms into a riveting spectacle that unites the campus in a quest for wisdom and fun.

Community Engagement: Trivia Night opens its doors to individuals beyond Phi Sigma Pi, welcoming non-members to form teams for a small entry fee. The proceeds garnered from these teams are channeled toward supporting HOBY and rewarding triumphant teams with well-deserved prizes. This initiative is a testament to the Alpha Eta Chapter's dedication to philanthropic endeavors and creating leadership and community involvement opportunities.

HOBY: A Beacon of Inspiration: Our affiliation with HOBY reflects our commitment to nurturing future leaders. Founded in 1958, HOBY's mission is to ignite and cultivate leadership, service, and innovation within our global community of youth and dedicated volunteers. HOBY conducts programs throughout the United States, bringing local and international high school students together. Through unique leadership training, service-learning experiences, and motivation-building endeavors, HOBY awakens in students a lifelong commitment to improving the lives of others.

Join the Movement: HOBY's incredible impact is a testament to the selfless dedication of volunteers and the generosity of donors, enabling nearly 10,000 students to partake in HOBY programs each year. For more information on HOBY and their noble mission, please visit their website at [2]

Join us in illuminating minds, celebrating knowledge, and supporting the cause at Trivia Night.

Former Chapter Events

Tripod 21

Tripod 21 was an annual regional leadership conference organized by the 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 and continued nearly every year through 2004 before being discontinued.

Notable Alumni

National Secretary (2002-2004)
National President (2021-2023)

Chapter Honors and Awards

National Awards

The Alpha Eta Chapter has consistently demonstrated excellence, earning prestigious national awards that underscore our commitment to excellence. Below, we proudly showcase the awards and the corresponding years they were bestowed upon us.

University Awards

  • 2000 University of Delaware Outstanding Volunteer Organization of the Year
  • 2011 University of Delaware Special Interest Chapter of the Year
  • 2022 University of Delaware Special Interest Greek Council of the Year
  • 2022 University of Delaware Service and Philanthropy Award

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