Founders Day

February 19, 1852 is a date never to be forgotten

Founders Day is a time for Phi Psis around the world to join together to honor Founders William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore. In 1850, as a typhoid fever epidemic struck Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, and many left to escape the spread, Letterman and Moore decided to stay and care for their classmates who contracted the disease. The bond formed that winter between Letterman and Moore inspired them to establish a brotherhood built upon the idea of The Great Joy of Serving Others, and in 1852, Phi Kappa Psi was formed. 169 years later, this bond lives on through our 80,000+ living alumni and on over 100 campuses nationwide.

This Founders Day, we find ourselves in a situation similar to the one our Founders faced. On a normal Founders Day, there would be opportunities to join together, in-person, to celebrate with our fellow brothers. Given our current environment, many of these events have become virtual, or may not be happening at all. To that end, the Fraternity, along with the Foundation, have planned a week of virtual events and welcome all undergraduates and alumni to participate.


2021 Founders Day Schedule

Alumni Panel on Higher Education – Now Available
Moderated by Phi Kappa Psi Executive Director, Ronald K. Ransom II Butler ’00, this session brings together leaders in senior higher education staff and volunteer roles to discuss how colleges and universities are adapting to changing demographics, barriers to entry, and workforce needs, while also addressing the relevance of the fraternities as independent partners in student development.   

Click here to visit our blog, learn more about the panelists and watch the recording.

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Alumni Panel on The Great Joy of Serving Others – Now Available
Moderated by Phi Kappa Psi Foundation CEO Ben Nicol Valparaiso ’00, this session brings together leaders and volunteers in the philanthropic sector to discuss the importance of volunteering and the impact that volunteers can have in their communities.   

Click here to visit our blog, learn more about the panelists and watch the recording.

All Things Steak – Webinar has Concluded
Campus Cooks is partnering with US Foods for a FREE exclusive webinar for Phi Kappa Psi!

Learn all about different cuts of beef, how to cook steak, meat quality and more! Food Fanatic Chef, former Food Network show host and author Rahm Fama will take you through everything you need to know to cook the perfect steak for the right dish. Plus the 1st thirty Phi Psi’s to register will win a free digital meat thermometer from US Foods! Space is limited. Registration is first come, first served.

Founders Day of Giving Begins
Show your support of Phi Psi by making a gift in honor of Founders Day.

Phi Psi’s Reading of the Creed – Now Available
Help us begin this new tradition. Join us for a brief memorial service to honor those that have joined chapter eternal, our traditional Phi Psi toasts, and a special reading of the Creed.

To watch the recording, please click here.

Happy Founders Day!

Founders Day of Giving – View the Results
Thank you to the over 790 alumni who contributed during Founders Day of Giving. Final results will be shared soon.
View the results here.



Founders Day of Giving | February 18-19, 2021

Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and Foundation are excited to host our third annual day of giving in honor of Founders Day 2021! Founders Day of Giving is 48-hours for Phi Psis, family and friends to join in support of our undergraduate fraternity experience. This Founders Day, over 790 donors celebrated their connection to Phi Kappa Psi, helped shape the future of our brotherhood and left a lasting legacy while supporting the next generation of Honorable Men.

Visit the Founders Day of Giving webpage today at pkpfoundation.org/foundersdayofgiving to see the results.



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