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Phi Sigma Sigma announces our return to the University of Delaware

Phi Sigma Sigma is excited to announce that we have formally been invited to recolonize our Delta Eta Chapter at the University of Delaware in spring 2013, following formal recruitment.

The University of Delaware has a rich history that stems all the way back to 1743. Its website says, “Our first class [of alumni] included three signers of the Declaration of Independence and one signer of the U.S. Constitution.” The University of Delaware is the largest university in Delaware. With its main campus in Newark and satellite campuses in Dover, Wilmington, Lewes and Georgetown, the University of Delaware is home to nearly 16,000 undergraduates.

 “We could not be happier to have the opportunity to return to a campus that has such a thriving Greek community,” says Phi Sigma Sigma’s International President Alicia Scott. “We look forward to becoming actively engaged in the community in the fall as we prepare for our colonization recruitment next spring.” Since leaving campus in 2007, two NPC organizations have been established – Alpha Delta Pi and Gamma Phi Beta. Additionally, average chapter size has increased.

Phi Sigma Sigma is enthusiastic to reinstate its once very successful chapter. The Delta Eta Chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma was first installed in 1982. Since then, it earned over 30 awards from the international sorority, as well as it earned the University's highest chapter honor of “gold” every year since the University began its credentialing program. It initiated over 900 women during its time at the University of Delaware and was the first Phi Sigma Sigma chapter to ever establish a scholarship – the Allison Smitt Scholarship, which is still given to deserving Phi Sigma Sigma women.

All member education and chapter functions will be supported by two full-time consultants who will reside on-site and the Headquarters-based membership team. In addition, a full advisory board will be appointed to allow for optimal success of the organization. Recruitment activities will be staff and volunteer driven.

Phi Sigma Sigma’s core values – lifelong learning, leadership through service and inclusiveness – become ingrained in the character of each member. Phi Sigma Sigma women live these core values as they recruit new members and experience college life as well as when they make decisions about career, family and community involvement.  Phi Sigma Sigma collegiate membership provides the foundation for future success,” says Executive Director Michelle Ardern. “Membership in a sorority like Phi Sigma Sigma is supported through a system of resources. We are dedicated to the success of our future sisters at the Delta Eta Chapter.”

If anyone is interested in learning more about the University of Delaware colonization, please email the Phi Sigma Sigma colonization team at udel@phisigmasigma.org.