About Alpha Kappa Chapter

Retreat - Fall 2009

If you're wondering, "Who is in Alpha Phi Omega?" the quick answer is, everybody. At the University of Southern California, we have a very diverse mix of members — men and women; business, pre-med, and engineering majors; and even a couple of graduate students. This diversity allows you to meet new and interesting people, but also to meet people who might be in a couple of your classes.

Service

On campus, Alpha Phi Omega has helped support many local events such as Friends and Neighbors Day, Spirits at Troy, Swim with Mike, and numerous fundraising drives. In the past, Alpha Phi Omega has also held fundraisers for elementary schools with programs like the 4-square tournament, and older fundraisers such as the Ugly Man contest, dressing men up as women and raising the most money for being, well, ugly!

Off campus, Alpha Phi Omega's impact on the community is unrivaled by any other group. Inner-city gardening programs, beach cleanups, highway cleanups, Reading to Kids, and Habitat for Humanity are only a few of the many diverse programs in which Alpha Phi Omega is involved. In fact, many members choose to exceed the 25-hour minimum requirement for service hours, with special awards for 50 and 100 service hours in a semester.

History

This is an abridged version of the full chapter history.

Alpha Kappa became the second chapter in Los Angeles when it was founded in 1934 at the University of Southern California. The chapter's activation and first Initiation Ceremony were held on June 3 of that year.

The chapter was dormant during 1943-1948, due to World War II, and again from 1958-1967. The Spring 1967 pledge class brought the chapter back to regular activity with a number of service projects. The new group's first official recruitment in the fall of 1967 involved a radically different new-member program, which eliminated the pledge period.

Its experimentation over, the chapter adopted the traditional recruitment and pledge programs in the 1970s. Although highly visible on campus during these years, the chapter's membership declined for Alpha Phi Omega until no member remained in 1976. The chapter was officially declared inactive in January 1980. In 1988 a student held meetings on campus to reactivate the chapter, which rechartered on October 28, 1989.

Over the years, membership again declined. At the beginning of the 1992-1993 school year, a student came to find Alpha Kappa Chapter active, but with zero members. He oversaw the chapter until a new pledge class could be initiated. Due to a large portion of the active members graduating and internal problems, membership once again declined.

A successful Fall 1994 recruitment was able to double the membership. In Fall 1996, a great recruitment brought in 28 new pledges, making Alpha Kappa Chapter 45 brothers strong. However, once again plagued with internal struggles and graduating brothers, membership remained small with no recruitment period during the Fall 1997 semester.

The chapter experienced yet another small pledge class in Spring 2008. But some internal changes, like that in the family structure, helped fuel competition, spirit, and thus interest in Alpha Phi Omega. The chapter originally had three families: Alpha, Phi, and Omega, with Alpha the largest. Phi and Omega families were eventually combined into a new Kappa family.

An amazing Fall 2008 Rho class had over 40 pledges (more than 30 of whom crossed). Following the upward trend, the Spring 2009 Sigma and Fall 2009 Tau pledge classes also boasted more than 40 pledges each. Due to the growth of the chapter, the two-family system was reorganized back into the original three-family structure; Kappa was divided between the newly reinstated Phi and Omega families.

Chapter Honors, Awards, and Distinctions

  • October 1989: Hosted Section 1 Conference
  • Fall 1993: Hosted Section 1 Leadership Conference
  • 2005: Received a Chapter of Excellence (COE) Award from the National Office in recognition of the chapter's "well-rounded program that includes not only the required elements, but also good chapter programs in the areas of development and service"
  • Awarded the United States Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Signed by George W. Bush, the award thanks Alpha Kappa Chapter for its continued efforts in community service, both on and off campus.
  • 2008: Won the "Most Spirited Organization Award" at USC's annual Tommy Awards
  • 2009: Won the "Most Spirited Organization Award" and "Best Service Organization Award" at USC's annual Tommy Awards
  • Spring 2010: Hosted Section 1 Leadership Conference, which was themed "CSI: USC"
  • 2014: Won the "Best Service Organization Award" at USC's annual Tommy Awards
  • Spring 2016: Hosted Section 1 Sectionals Conference, which was themed "The Hero Within"

Rushing

Rush provides a period for potential members to get a better feel for our chapter. Rushees who meet the necessary requirements are invited to pledge the Fraternity.

Learn more about our chapter's rush history.

Pledging

Our pledge classes follow a Greek lettering system. Our first class was known as Alpha Class, and the latest was Psi Class. Long after they cross over into active membership, pledge classes maintain a special bond. Pledge classes get together for reunions and other events over the semesters. Even after graduation, the bond formed between pledges endures.

Learn more about our chapter's pledge history.

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