starting a colony
If there is no existing chapter or colony at your school, you have the exciting opportunity to become a Founding Father for Phi Sigma Kappa! This is truly and honor, and a title only a few will ever hold. Read below, and see what is involved with starting a colony.
How to start a new colony
Typically, expansions fall into three categories: interest group, local fraternity affiliation and a national expansion. Their definitions are as follows:
An interest group is comprised of a number of men who are interested in bringing Phi Sigma Kappa to campus. An interest group can be as small as 10-15 men, or as large as 40-50.
Local Fraternity Affiliation:
This type of expansion comes about when a local campus fraternity contacts Phi Sigma Kappa seeking to merge with our organization.
This type of expansion involves staff members building a colony from the ground up, from recruiting founding fathers and supporting alumni to appointing and training new colony officers. This type comprises the majority of Phi Sigma Kappa's expansions and can be the result of interest from local alumni and/or the institution.
When choosing where to expand, Phi Sigma Kappa considers a number of factors, including, but certainly not limited to:
- Does the institution and Greek community support expansion?
- What types of support does the institution offer the existing Greek community?
- How many fraternities and sororities are on campus, and what percentage of students on campus are Greek?
- Has Phi Sigma Kappa ever had a chapter there? When and why did Phi Sigma Kappa leave?
- When was the most recent expansion, which fraternity was it, and was it successful?
- Are the area alumni interested?
- Is the campus growing, and are there plans for more construction on campus?