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On August 3, 1961, Dean Charles Keown submitted a Special Study—Fraternities and Sororities to University President Kelly Thompson.  The summary report listed Sigma Phi Alpha, The 13ers, The Barons, Oma-Kron Club and Pi Lambda Alpha as men’s groups and Beta Omega Chi, En Amie, Zeta Tau Omega, Pi Sigma Upsilon and Phi Delta Omega as women’s groups.  There was a grand total of 244 men and women involved in these organizations.  The Special Study group recommended that the college adopt a policy which would permit the establishing of national social fraternities and sororities on the campus of Western Kentucky State College.  It was stated that social fraternity or sorority fulfills a need which most other college clubs do not provide.  Social fraternities, if given the proper supervision and direction, can add materially to the strength of the student program.  Social fraternities and sororities would give students added opportunity to develop social competence.  The social fraternities and sororities would complement the existing student organizations.  Thus, began the evolution of the WKU Greek system to national organizations.

On January 9, 1965, Phi Delta Omega became Sigma Kappa the first national/international sorority on the Hill.  On February 5, 1965, Phi Kappa Alpha became Kappa Sigma the first national/international fraternity on the Hill.  The following shows the Organization, Original Name (if derived from a local organization) and Founding Date at WKU.


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Organization (Original Name) Founding Date
Alpha Delta Pi (Pi Sigma Upsilon) May 15, 1965
Alpha Gamma Delta  January 26, 1990
Alpha Kappa Alpha  November 24, 1968
Alpha Omicron Pi (Kappa Delta Alpha) May 8, 1965
Alpha Xi Delta April 1, 1967
Chi Omega (Beta Omega Chi) February 6, 1965
Delta Sigma Theta March 14, 1970
Delta Zeta    December 6, 2015
Kappa Delta (Zeta Tau Omega) March 27, 1965
Omega Phi Alpha     December 3, 1993
Phi Mu (Epsilon Alpha)   March 5, 1965
Sigma Alpha  2014
Sigma Gamma Rho  April 1, 1978
Sigma Kappa (Phi Delta Omega)  January 9, 1965
Zeta Phi Beta   January 10, 1974
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Alpha Gamma Rho (Alpha Gamma Tau)      January 8, 1966
Alpha Phi Alpha       March 25, 1972
Alpha Tau Omega (Beta Alpha Rho)   February 25, 1967
Delta Tau Delta (Phi Phi Kappa)   February 11, 1967
FarmHouse         April 23, 1995
Iota Phi Theta       March 11, 2010
Kappa Alpha Order    January 12, 1990
Kappa Alpha Psi (Kappa Q)         May 10, 1969
Kappa Sigma (Phi Kappa Alpha)    February 5, 1965
Lambda Chi Alpha (Phi Sigma Tau)       March 15, 1965
Omega Psi Phi (Kappa Q) November 23, 1969
Phi Beta Sigma       March 15, 1972
Phi Delta Theta (Phi Delta Chi)           May 7, 1966
Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) May 1, 2010
Pi Kappa Alpha (Lambda Sigma Epsilon)         February 6, 1965
Sigma Alpha Epsilon (Delta Kappa Nu)           October 2, 1965
Sigma Chi (Sigma Phi Alpha) December 11, 1965
Sigma Nu (Omicron Kappa Alpha)            May 8, 1965
Sigma Phi Epsilon (Kappa Gamma Chi)          March 19, 1967


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