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Delta Chi (ΔΧ) (del-ta kai) or D-Chi is an international secret letter college social fraternity formed on October 13, 1890, at Cornell Universitymarker initially as a professional fraternity for law students. Delta Chi is a member of North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC). The Fraternity is headquartered at 314 Church Street in Iowa Citymarker, Iowa. Delta Chi has just over 100,000 initiates since founding.

Delta Chi Preamble

Ten Basic Expectations of a Delta Chi

Delta Chi also has a collection of expectations for each member to uphold. These Ten Basic Expectations serve as an extension of their Preamble and give them more specific principles to live by:

  1. I will strive for academic achievement and practice academic integrity.
  2. I will respect the dignity and worth of all persons. I will not physically, mentally, psychologically or sexually abuse or haze any human being.
  3. I will protect the health and safety of all human beings.
  4. I will respect my property and the property of others; therefore, I will neither abuse nor tolerate the abuse of property.
  5. I will meet my financial obligations in a timely manner.
  6. I will neither use nor support the use of illegal drugs; I will neither abuse nor support the abuse of alcohol.
  7. I will acknowledge that a clean and attractive environment is essential to both physical and mental health; therefore, I will do all in my power to see that the chapter property is safe, properly cleaned and maintained.
  8. I will know and understand the ideals expressed in my fraternity Ritual and will incorporate them into my daily life.
  9. I will exercise compassion and understanding in dealing with all persons.
  10. I will challenge all my fraternity members to abide by these fraternity obligations and will confront those who violate them.

Founding Fathers

  • Albert Sullard Barnes
  • Myron McKee Crandall
  • John Milton Gorham
  • Peter Schermerhorn Johnson
  • Edward Richard O'Malley
  • Owen Lincoln Potter, (First "AA")
  • Alphonse Derwin Stillman
  • Thomas Allen Joseph Sullivan
  • Monroe Marsh Sweetland
  • Thomas David Watkins
  • Frederick Moore Whitney

Sir Edward Coke

The spiritual founder of the fraternity is Sir Edward Coke (pronounced "cook"). His idealism is best exemplified with one of his most famous quotes: "The King should be under no man, but under God and the Law."


All undergraduate and alumnus members of The Delta Chi Fraternity have joined hands in fighting cancer together and named The V Foundation for Cancer Research as its preferred philanthropic organization.

Each year, Delta Chi chapters and colonies raise tens of thousands of dollars for international and local charitable organizations. It is the hope of Delta Chi that if all chapters unite their services and resources to benefit a single organization, Delta Chi can make a greater impact on that organization.

Chapters and Colonies

For a listing of all Delta Chapters and Colonies see List of Delta Chi Chapters

Delta Chi chapters are unique in naming. Most college fraternities and sororities are named in an alphabetical greek system. This is not so with Delta Chi chapters and colonies, who are named by insitution, and somtimes by self naming. Therefore, the first 'Alpha' chapter was the Cornell Chapter.


Delta Chi is recolonizing the following schools in the Fall of 2009:

  • Florida State University
  • California State University, Sacramento

Delta Chi is colonizing the following schools in the Spring of 2010:

  • California State University, Fresno
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Northern Illinois University (Recolonization)
  • Spring Hill College

Delta Chi will recolonize the following schools in the Fall of 2010:

  • Kansas State University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Famous Delta Chis


Industry and Finance

Arts and Entertainment

  • Alex Albrecht American — Actor/Podcaster, co-host of diggnation, The Totally Rad Show, and founder of Project Lore.
  • Andrew A. Armas Iowa 1984 - On-line Producer for Fox Sports; 2003 Emmy Winner
  • Jarrett Bellini American 2001 — Writer/Humorist,
  • Kevin Costner Cal State Fullerton - Actor/Director/Producer (Dances With Wolves, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, JFK, The Bodyguard, Waterworld, Field of Dreams)
  • Douglas Drake Florida 1986 - TV Colorist for Warner Brothers
  • Tom Graeff UCLA 1952 - Film Writer/Director/Editor; famous for Teenagers from Outer Space
  • Alan Heitz Maryland 1994 - Actor ("Buffy, The Vampire Slayer", "Frasier", "The Suite Life of Zach and Cody")
  • Bruce Alan Johnson Iowa 1987 - Actor/Singer; “Sunset Blvd,” “ Tokyo Can Can”
  • Ashton Kutcher Iowa — Actor (Dude, Where's My Car, That 70's Show), Producer (Punk'd, Hollyhood)
  • Benjamin Swalin Columbia 1928 - Founder and Former Director/Conductor of the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra; Author of "Hard-Circus Road: The Odyssey of the North Carolina Symphony"
  • Peter Van Steeden NYU 1925 - Musical Conductor: “The Fred Allen Show,” “Lucky Strike Hit Parade,” “Omnibus,” “Abbott & Costello,” “Break the Bank,” “The Jack Pearl Show,” “Duffy's Tavern,” “Snoopnagle and Bud”
  • Chris Mooney New Hampshire 1991 - Bestselling Author: “Deviant Ways,” “World Without End,” “Remembering Sarah,” “The Missing.”
  • Ben Becker, ESPN Sportscaster
  • G. D. Spradlin, Actor from such movies as The Godfather II; Tora, Tora, Tora; Lords of Discipline; and Apocalypse
  • Joey Stinson, Actor
  • James B. Stewart, author of Bloodsport and other titles
  • Robert Newton Peck, Writer of children's books, including the Soup series
  • Richard Peck, Newbery Medal-winning author of children’s books
  • Bill Pidto, ESPN Sportscaster
  • Russell Nye, Pulitzer Prize winning author
  • Kirk Fogg, Host of Nickelodeon show "Legends of the Hidden Temple"
  • Robert Rohletter, 1970s songwriter famous for writing Diana Ross and the Supremes' hit single, "Respect"
  • Adam Wasser South Florida 2002 - Actor: “The West Wing,” “Big Love,”
  • David Moretti "Southern California 2002" - Actor: "The Lair"


  • Jon Daniels, Cornell, General Manager for the Texas Rangers, youngest GM in baseball history.
  • Michael Huyghue, Cornell, Former Senior Vice President of Football Operations for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Founder and Commissioner of United Football League (UFL)
  • Rod Dedeaux, former USC coach and college baseball’s “Coach of the Century”
  • Jack Del Rio, Head Coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Pat Gillick, former General Manager for the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays, current General Manager of the 2008 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies
  • Nolan Harrison, Former NFL Lineman
  • Larry Himes, former General Manager for the Chicago Cubs
  • Ron Mix, NFL Hall of Fame member
  • Skip Pitlock, Retired Major League pitcher
  • Sean Salisbury, former NFL quarterback and ESPN Analyst
  • Scott Studwell, former star Illini linebacker, two-time Minnesota Viking Pro Bowler
  • Don Thorp, Former Illini defensive tackle who saw NFL play briefly for three years.
  • Mark Dominik, Current General Manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

External links

Sources and references

  1. ESPN
  2. Delta Chi Quarterly

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