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1870

  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon (June 15, 1878) – Alabama Alpha Mu Chapter
    • First Fraternity founded at Auburn University
    • Special Olympics
  • Phi Delta Theta (1879) – Alabama Beta Chapter
    • ASL Foundation
  • Alpha Tau Omega (1879) – Alpha Epsilon Chapter
    • Arnie’s Army Battles Prostate Cancer
    • Wounded Warrior Project
    • Ronald McDonald House Centers
    • Annual ATOpen Golf Tournament, all proceeds go to the Arnold Palmer Prostate Cancer Foundation 

1880

  • Kappa Alpha Order (November 24, 1883) – Nu Chapter
    • Largest fraternity house on campus
    • Muscular Dystrophy Association
    • Over the Fall 2016 Semester raised over $1000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association

 1890

  • Sigma Nu (September 18, 1890) – Beta Theta Chapter
    • House was built in 1957
    • Foy Hall building built in 1974, named after Beta Theta Member
    • American Heart Association
  • Pi Kappa Alpha (April 5, 1895) – Upsilon Chapter
    • House was built in 1962
    • Ham Wilson Livestock Arena built in 1979, named after Upsilon Member
    • Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Melanoma Cancer Research

1900

  • Sigma Phi Epsilon (November 7, 1908) – Alabama Alpha Chapter
    • Started Volley for a cure in October of 2015
    • A.R.M.A. (Kids Against Ridicule Meanness and Aggression) Mentoring Program Against Bullying. During the school year, Alabama Alpha brothers travel weekly around Alabama to Columbus GA educating elementary school students on the harm that Bullying can cause and techniques to help combat it.
  • Kappa Sigma (January 20, 1900) – Beta Eta Chapter
    • Haley building built in 1969, named after Beta Eta Member
    • A Greater Cause Foundation
  • Delta Sigma Phi (November 1908) – Kappa Chapter
    • This Chapter is the third longest running Delta Sigma Phi Chapter in the nation, behind Beta chapter at Columbia University and Eta chapter at UT-Austin.
    • American Red Cross
    • Miss Fall Rush Pageant been hosted for the past 50 years supporting March of Dimes and American Red Cross all sororities nominate 1 freshman girl to participate
    • John M Harbert is the father of Raymond J Harbert who the business school is named after

1910

  • Alpha Psi (1912) – Theta Chapter
    • Had their first “round up” which eventually formed into the “Rodeo” in 1965
    • First Fraternity House was built (1914)
    • Their current house was built in 2012
    • Rodeos benefitting College of Veterinary Medicine and Storybrook Farms
  • Lambda Chi Alpha (1915) – Omega Zeta Chapter
    • Feeding America
    • Celebrated 100 continuous years of operation at Auburn University in April of 2015
    • Every fall we host “Watermelon Bash”. It is a philanthropy event that benefits Feeding America and the East Alabama Food Bank. We also host an alumni golf tournament every Spring to Benefit Eagles Ranch, a home in North East Georgia for troubled children. Since it’s founding in 2005, our golf tournament has generated over $100,000 in charitable donations.
  • Theta Chi (1918) – Chi Chapter
    • Built their new house on September 22, 2007
    • One of the oldest chapters of Theta Chi in the nation
    • Davis Hall is named after Buddy Davis (Grad Date Needed)
    • Choroideremia Research Foundation
    • USO Foundation
  • Alpha Gamma Rho (1919) – Xi Chapter
    • In 1982 held its first annual Christmas Classic Cattle Show, their philanthropy event to raise money for the Alabama’s Sheriff’s Boys Ranch
    • In 1986 the chapter moved into their chapter house on Lem Morrison Drive which costs $1.25 Million
    • Christmas Classic Cattle Show (Alabama Sheriff’s Boys Ranch)
    • Boys & Girls Ranches of Alabama

1920

  • Alpha Epsilon Pi (1921) – Theta Chapter
    • Refounded in 2014
  • Kappa Delta (September 4, 1922) – Sigma Lambda Chapter
    • Started their philanthropy event – the Shamrock 5K in 1993
    • First Sorority on Auburn’s Campus
    • Girls Scouts USA
  • Chi Omega (September 9, 1923) – Alpha Beta Chapter
    • Wish Week (Make a Wish Foundation)
      • Wish Week Philanthropic Events – Alpha Beta donated 3624 hours and $492211.52 to the Make-a-Wish Foundation
    • Hollifield Residence Hall (Dorm L) built in 1962, named after Alpha Beta Member
    • Second Sorority on Auburn’s Campus
    • Recently awarded the Chi Omega Chapter of Excellence Award for the 2015-2016 school year
  • Pi Kappa Phi (1926) – Alpha Iota Chapter
    • It originally occupied a wood-framed house on Glenn Avenue before building a brick house on College Street in 1940
    • War of the Roses
    • Push America
  • Sigma Pi (February 26, 1926) – Alpha Delta Chapter
    • Moved into their current chapter house on West Magnolia Avenue during the Fall of 1987
    • ACE Altruistic Campus Experience and Puppy Project
    • Sigma Pi Lau every spring since 1957
  • Phi Kappa Tau (1927) – Alpha Lambda Chapter
    • Serious Fun Children’s Network

1930

  • Alpha Gamma Delta (1939) – Gamma Delta
    • AGD Foundation Benefitting Juvenile Diabetes 

1940

  • Delta Zeta (1940) – Alpha Beta Chapter
    • Hamburgers for Hearing (Starkey Hearing Foundation)
    • Pink on the Green (Starkey Hearing Foundation
    • Virginia M. Goodwin Hall built in 1974 named after Alpha Beta Chapter
    • Starkey Hearing Foundation
  • Alpha Delta Pi (October 24, 1942) – Beta Omega
    • 62nd Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi
    • 7th National Sorority to come to Auburn
    • The Ronald McDonald House
    • Awarded the Maxine Blake Golden Lion Award in 2015
      • Highest honor a chapter can receive
    • Phi Mu (1943) – Alpha Mu Chapter
      • Created a Mental Health Week Program to bring the Auburn University student body together and reach out to those in need of help.
      • Children’s Miracle Network Philanthropy
    • Alpha Omicron Pi (1946) – Delta Delta Chapter
      • Won the Jessie Wallace Hughan Award at their AOPi convention in 1997. This award is given to the most prestigious chapter.
      • Hosted their first annual “Run for Roses 5K” which is their philanthropy for Arthritis since 2000
      • Arthritis Research and Education Philanthropy
    • Delta Gamma (1946) – Delta Sigma Chapter
      • Service for Sight Philanthropy
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon (1947) – Beta Lambda Chapter
    • Jude Children’s Hospital

1950

  • Zeta Tau Alpha (1951) – Gamma Rho Chapter
    • Hosted its first “Big Man on Campus”, a male beauty pageant that raises money for their philanthropy in 1988
    • Breast Cancer Awareness and Education Philanthropy
  • Delta Chi (1951) – Auburn Chapter
    • In 1980 founded Auburn’s “New Row”
    • The fraternity occupies a 10,000 square feet house on “new row” that includes 17 bedrooms, bathrooms for each suite and a full-service kitchen
    • The V Foundation for Cancer Research
  • Delta Tau Delta (May 24, 1952) – Epsilon Alpha Chapter
    • Closed in 1999 due to low membership
    • Re-established at the University in 2003 pledging in 32 members as Epsilon Alpha Crescent Colony
    • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Theta Xi (1954) – Beta Zeta Chapter
    • Received the memorial trophy, an award for the Best Overall Theta Xi Chapter in 1994/95
    • The Theta Xi fraternity house was built in 1962 and received a $250,000 renovation in 2010
    • Re-established at Auburn in 2011
    • Taxi Bash (MS Society) the chapter puts a Junker car in their front yard
    • Habitat for Humanity
  • Delta Delta Delta (1954) – Phi Theta Chapter
    • Delta’s House of Pancakes (St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital)
    • Spidle Hall was named after a member of Delta Delta Delta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta (1957) – Gamma Omega Chapter
    • Re-established at Auburn University in 2009
    • Kicks for CASA (Children at the Lee County CASA Office)
    • Theta Twist (Lee County CASA, Theta Foundation) Philanthropy
  • Pi Beta Phi (1957) – Alabama Gamma Chapter
    • First annual Dodge the Arrow philanthropy event was thrown in 2013
    • In the Top 10 for raising money for the Pi Beta Phi Foundation
    • Lead, Read, Achieve Philanthropy

1960

  • Phi Gamma Delta (October 27, 1962) – Alpha Upsilon Chapter
    • Holds the title of Largest Fraternity at Auburn University
    • The FIJI House has not moved location since our charter, and is the only Auburn University fraternity house still located on the original Fraternity Row.
    • East Alabama Medical Center
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma (March 23, 1963) – Epsilon Eta Chapter
    • Began the “Kolor Run” one of their many philanthropies in 2013
    • Began the Kappa Karnival, a philanthropy in 2016
    • Reading is fundamental Philanthropy
  • Chi Phi (1964) – Mu Delta Chapter
    • 39th Chapter of the Chi Phi Fraternity
    • Moved into their current house in 1983. The house known as the Hinds House, received a $750,000 renovation in 2009
  • Beta Theta Pi (1964) – Delta Zeta Chapter
    • Moved into their current house in 1984
    • Started their annual volleyball tournament in 2006
    • Volleyball Tournament and Cookout
    • Hope for Autumn Foundation
  • Alpha Chi Omega (February 16, 1967) – Epsilon Zeta Chapter
    • Tim Tyler Tuesday (Domestic Violence Convention Center)
    • Domestic Violence Awareness
    • Boys and Girls Club
  • Gamma Phi Beta (May 3, 1968) – Gamma Phi Chapter
    • Had an initiation class of 68 new members on may 3, 1968
    • Started their philanthropy, GPhi Beat, a lip-syncing and dance competition to benefit Girls on the Run in October of 2011 which raises $20,000 each year
    • GPhi Beat, Girls on the Run
    • Campfire USA

1970

  • FarmHouse (1971) – Alpha Zeta Chapter
    • Farmhouse Rodeo Benefitting Storybook Farm
    • FarmHouse has won the All Sports trophy 10 out of the last 13 years, including the 2013-2014 trophy.
  • Phi Kappa Psi (1974) – Alabama Beta Chapter
    • Boys and Girls Club
  • Omega Psi Phi (May 19, 1972) – Sigma Delta Chapter
    • First NPHC Organization on Auburn’s campus
    • First NPHC Fraternity on Auburn’s campus
    • Has NPHC award named after one of its chapter members
  • Delta Sigma Theta (January 12, 1974) – Kappa Upsilon Chapter
    • First Predominantly Black Sorority on Campus
    • The first black Miss Auburn was Vania Clemons in 1993.  She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Kappa Alpha Psi (1974) – Theta Delta Chapter
    • Chapter Founder went on to become National President of Fraternity in 1988
    • Hosts an annual Skate Night which invites children of all ages in the Auburn/Opelika area to come and fellowship through roller skating
    • Several members on Football Team, Baseball Team and Basketball Team
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (June 12, 1976) – Kappa Chi Chapter 

1980

  • Alpha Xi Delta (1980) – Zeta Xi Chapter
    • Illuminate (Started Fall 2015; Autism Speaks)
    • Shine On (Autism Awareness)
    • Autism Speaks
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (May 29, 1982) – Omicron Kappa Chapter
    • Hosts I am my Brother’s Keeper Mentoring Program, Project Alpha which raises awareness about homelessness and the Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant which is about women’s empowerment
  • Phi Beta Sigma (1986) – Kappa Zeta Chapter
    • Sigma Waging War Against Cancer (SWAAC) Week
  • Sigma Kappa (1989) – Theta Xi Chapter
    • Hosted its first annual Philanthropy for Alzheimer’s and the Sigma Kappa Foundation in 2004
    • Sigma Hold ‘Em (Sigma Kappa Foundation; Alzheimer’s Association) – last year’s event raised $25,000
    • Alzheimer’s Research

2000

  • The first black woman to successfully join a predominantly white sorority at Auburn University did so in 2001
  • The first black man to break the Greek color barrier at Auburn did so in 2002 or 2003
  • Beta Upsilon Chi (October 30, 2008) – Omega Chapter

2010

  • Phi Sigma Kappa (2010) – Omega Septaton Chapter
    • Held their first Philanthropy event on November 28, 2015
    • Special Olympics International
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon (2012) – Delta Alpha Chapter
    • Special Olympics
  • Sigma Tau Gamma (December 5, 2012) – Epsilon Chi Chapter
    • Chartered on February 1, 2014
    • Putt Putt Palooza (Lee County Special Olympics)
    • Special Olympics
  • Alpha Sigma Phi (2013) – Zeta Psi Chapter
    • The Ronald McDonald House
  • During 2010, Auburn’s Greek community donated over $700,000 to philanthropic efforts and performed 91,000 hours of service.
  • First Multicultural Fraternity – Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc., was established with the help of the Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • First Multicultural Sorority – Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc., was established with the help of the Office of Multicultural Affairs

Last modified: October 18, 2017