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Alpha Phi Omega records



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Biographical Note

Administrative Information

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Administrative Records

Membership Records





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Alpha Phi Omega records, 1947-present

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Title: Alpha Phi Omega records, 1947-presentAdd to your cart.

Primary Creator: Alpha Phi Omega

Extent: 24.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Arranged into six series. Series I, Administrative Records; Series II, Membership Records; Series III, Newsletters; Series IV, General, and Series V, Photographs, Series VI, Scrapbooks.

Subjects: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Fraternities

Languages: English

Collection processed by: Amy Rupert and Alyssa J. Pasquale


Records which document the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity from 1947-present.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Alpha Phi Omega records (AC 41) which document the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity from 1947-present.

Biographical Note

The Epsilon Zeta chapter was founded on May 11th, 1947 at 2:30 p.m. in the RPI Clubhouse. As well as having national representatives on hand, five members of the RPI faculty and some Boy Scout executives attended. Russell Olsen was installed as president, Walter Locher as vice president, Peter Gundlefinger as secretary and John Thompson was installed as treasurer. There were forty charter members of the chapter, most of them veterans of World War II.

In the early years of the chapter, brothers spent a lot of time helping out at Vanderheyden Hall. The chapter donated money, built new facilities, painted and helped out in many other ways. Services to the campus included the Lost and Found which was run out of the office in the RPI Clubhouse (now Lally Hall) beginning in 1947. Coat checks were run at school functions as well as manning concession stands at dances. 1949 saw the birth of the Used Book Exchange, which was initially run as a twice per semester event. Also in 1949 the chapter celebrated RPI's 125th anniversary by donating a Costa Blue Spruce tree to be used as a campus Christmas tree. (It was later cut down and replaced by a flag pole.)

The Meanest Man on Campus (MMOC) competition began in 1958. Faculty, staff and students all vied for the prestigious title. Members of the RPI community voted for their preferred contestant by donating money. All of the money raised was donated to a local charity. The very first MMOC winner was Captain Ray from ROTC.

The late 1960s saw some big changes for Epsilon Zeta as they moved from the Clubhouse to the newly constructed student Union building. EZ brothers helped with the dedication ceremonies for the new Union. That same weekend, EZ celebrated their 20th anniversary by hosting a banquet at Mario's in Troy. A women's auxiliary was formed and Epsilon Zeta brothers invited the women to help with service projects.

By 1976, women were allowed to become full members in Epsilon Zeta due to a change in Alpha Phi Omega's national bylaws. Notable projects in the 1970s included building a ramp outside of the home of a 15-year-old cerebral palsy victim who could not walk, creating punch cards for the Folsom Library's books to help automate the circulation process and raising over $8,000 at a walk for the mentally handicapped.

The 1980s were spent fixing up the Approach, holding a Capital District Educational Fair and managing several successful Boy Scout camporees. In 1980 and 1984, the chapter was given the Arno Nowotny National Service Award. Also in 1984, Epsilon Zeta was granted the first ever Disborough Service to Scouting Award, also honored by the National fraternity. The chapter continued to flourish in the 1990s. Red Cross blood drives, MMOC competitions, annual publication of the Infocard, and outstanding attendance at Sectional, Regional and National conferences. In 1998, Epsilon Zeta was recognized with an unprecedented third Nowotny Service Award.

Today, Epsilon Zeta continues to provide services to the campus, community and country. A scholarship program awards three $1,000 awards to incoming freshmen who demonstrate outstanding service and leadership skills. The chapter has been commended for their work cataloging books at a local library. In 2004, another Nowotny Service Award was received, making Epsilon Zeta the first chapter to receive four such awards. The chapter also received the Josiah Frank Historian's Award.

Subject/Index Terms

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Fraternities

Administrative Information

Repository: Institute Archives and Special Collections

Accruals: Additional material was added to the collection in 2011 and 2012.

Access Restrictions: Membership forms and brotherhood lists are restricted to current executive committee officers only.

Acquisition Source: APO Members

Preferred Citation: Alpha Phi Omega records, AC 41. Institute Archives and Special Collections, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

Processing Information: This collection was reclassified from a manuscript collection (MC 56) to an archival collection (AC 41) on 12/12/2014.

Finding Aid Revision History: 12/15/2014: The finding aid was reviewed resulting in box numbers being changed from chronological within a series to chronological throughout the whole collection. Several of the records center cartons with documents were transferred to smaller manuscript boxes for easier handling and all of the scrapbooks were removed from their boxes and are now shelved with the collection as individual items. Rare book tabs have been inserted into the scrapbooks and specifiy corresponding dates for identification. A sixth series entitled scrapbooks was added to the collection to break up the photographs from the scrapbooks. The series' and general layout of the finding aid remain the same.

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Browse by Series:

[Series I: Administrative Records],
[Series II: Membership Records],
[Series III: Newsletters],
[Series IV: General],
[Series V: Photographs],
[Series VI: Scrapbooks],

Series VI: ScrapbooksAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Scrapbook, 1967-1971Add to your cart.
Item 2: Scrapbook, 1973-1974Add to your cart.
Item 3: Pledge Class Signature Book, 1958-1980Add to your cart.
Item 4: Epsilon Zeta Alumni Association Scrapbook, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Scrapbook, Fall 1984Add to your cart.
Item 6: Scrapbook, Fall 1986Add to your cart.
Item 7: Scrapbook, Fall 1987Add to your cart.
Item 8: Scrapbook, Fall 1987Add to your cart.
Item 9: Scrapbook, Spring 1988Add to your cart.
Item 10: Scrapbook, Fall 1988Add to your cart.
Item 11: Scrapbook, Spring 1989Add to your cart.
Item 12: Scrapbook, Spring 1990Add to your cart.
Item 13: Scrapbook, Spring 1994Add to your cart.
Item 14: Scrapbook, Fall 1994Add to your cart.
Item 15: Scrapbook, Fall 1996Add to your cart.
Item 16: Scrapbook, Spring 1997Add to your cart.
Item 17: Scrapbook, 1997Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Jeff Nesheiwat
Item 18: Scrapbook, Fall 1997Add to your cart.
Item 19: Scrapbook, Spring 1998Add to your cart.
Box 54Add to your cart.
Item 1: Scrapbook, Spring 1985Add to your cart.
Item 2: Scrapbook, Fall 1985Add to your cart.
Box 55Add to your cart.
Item 1: Scrapbook, Spring 1999Add to your cart.
Item 2: Scrapbook, Spring 1983Add to your cart.
Box 56Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Scrapbook Photographs, Spring 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Scrapbook Photographs, Fall 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Scrapbook Photographs, Spring 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Scrapbook Photographs, Fall 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Scrapbook Photographs, Spring 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Scrapbook Photographs, Fall 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Scrapbook Photographs, Spring 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Scrapbook Photographs (Pledge Class), Spring 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Scrapbook Photographs, Spring 2003Add to your cart.

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[Series III: Newsletters],
[Series IV: General],
[Series V: Photographs],
[Series VI: Scrapbooks],

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