History

National History

Alpha Phi Omega is the single most represented co-educational intercollegiate service organization in the United States. Since 1925, more than 500,000 members on over 375 campuses, continue to provide more service on more campuses than any other collegiate service organization.

Frank Reed Horton founded the first chapter of Alpha Phi Omega at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania on December 16, 1925. Frank an educator and a scholar, while being the National President for Alpha Phi Omega. During his tenure, he implemented the first national structure for the fraternity and expanded Alpha Phi Omega to 18 chapters.

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Chapter History

Chapter Chartering Dates:

Original Charter: May 28, 1949

Rechartering: August 20th, 2003


Chapter Awards:

Award of Outstanding Community Service from the Boy Scouts of America (2002)

Pledge Program of Excellence Award (2013)

Service Event of the Year for Blair House (2016)

Symbolism

Service Pin

The service pin, worn by thousands of brothers of Alpha Phi Omega, is the ``Emblem of Campus Service.`` Students and faculty alike recognize and respect the activities for which it stands.

Fraternity Symbol

The 1976 National Convention declared the golden eagle as a Fraternity symbol. The golden eagle symbolizes strength, gracefulness, keenness of vision, and endurance.

Coat of Arms

The ideals of Alpha Phi Omega are embodied in the coat of arms. As everyone who has passed through the ritual knows, the symbolism of the coat of arms stands for the very purpose of brotherhood.

Flower

The official flower of APO is the Forget-me-Not. A perennial flower with royal blue blossoms. It is everlasting, always remembered.

Diamond

The Fraternity jewel is the diamond. The most precious of all gemstones representing brilliance, luster, always increasing in value, and an expression of the greatest gift of love when given.

Oak Tree

The sturdy oak is the Fraternity tree. Everyone has probably heard from a parent or mentor at least once the story of the sturdy oak that grew from a small acorn. The oak is stately, sturdy and sheltering.