On a quiet December evening in 1904 in Charleston, S.C., three friends-Andrew Kroeg, Simon Fogarty, and Harry Mixson- made a choice to lead. Those three men chose to start their own fraternity. The three grew to seven; seven grew to eight; eight grew to 11. From the College of Charleston, they spread to nearby Presbyterian in 1907- and then to California in 1909. In just over four years, Pi Kappa Phi had become a truly national fraternity. Over the course of a century, a fraternity with humble beginnings has grown into a brotherhood of more than 100,000 strong- all because three men made a choice to lead.
Our founding was certainly not without setbacks. In fact, Pi Kappa Phi was originally founded as Nu Phi, which stood for “non-fraternity.” Our founders, disillusioned with campus politics being run exclusively by fraternities, created Nu Phi as a means to attain leadership roles within the Chrestomathic Literary Society. However, the attempt to seize control of the society was thwarted when some of the Nu Phis proved to be disloyal. the loyal Nu Phis regrouped, and on the evening of December 10, 1904, the seven remaining men created a new group- to be known as Pi Kappa Phi.
To this day, Pi Kappa Phi embraces its Nu Phi heritage. It manifests itself in various ways and emboldens us as Pi Kappa Phis to confront issues with fresh, new approaches.
The great tradition that is the Omega Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity began on November 24, 1922. Since that time, it has become one of the leading chapters in the country and has risen to a position of distinction on campus. We have passed over 2,000 members through our doors; each of whom has contributed greatly to our rich history and heritage.
The Birth of Omega
Alpha Beta Gamma, a Christian brotherhood, was a local fraternity initiated into Pi Kappa Phi on November 24, 1922. The installation team was from the Upsilon Chapter from UIUC and included Supreme Secretary George Grant, Omicron (University of Alabama), and Supreme Alumni Secretary George D. Driver, Nu (University of Nebraska). Wade S.
Bolt, Sigma (University of North Carolina), who spearheaded the nationalization of Alpha Beta Gamma, was also there. Thirty-seven men were initiate as charter members of Pi Kappa Phi’s 24th chapter. Omega’s first archon was Mifred W. House(Ω15), and William R. Amick (whose initiation card is pictured above) became Ω1.
The brotherhood lived in a few different houses since chartering. Past adresses include 206 North 6th Street in Lafayette, 128 Wiggins Street, 40 North Salisbury, and 102 Russel Street. IN 1929, our current house was built at 330 North Grant Street. We have remained there ever since then with two exceptions. During WWII the house was occupied by a detachment of the Marine ROTC while brothers boarded at the Sigma Phi Epsilon house. We also lived in apartments for one school year following a fire at the house on June 11, 1987.
Following a generous donation by alumni, the chapter house was rebuilt on the same lot as the old chapter house at 330 North Grant Street. Since then, Omega chapter has become a pride on Purdue’s campus, winning multiple awards on both the National and Campus level, and actively participating in the national philanthropy, The Ability Experience. The chapter continues to grow and influence campus. Omega was one of the first chapters to do a bike-a-thon, the first of which was to help the now late brother David Feltner. Omega also became the third chapter nationally to initiated 2,000 members in 2015.
Below is a gallery of the Omega house over history.