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New York Epsilon

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Founding date: 11/17/1984

Installing Officers:
Grand President Jean Wirths Scott, Pennsylvania Beta

Philanthropic Events:
Mr. RPI and Wingfest

Installation of New York Epsilon

A local group, Kappa Phi, was formed in 1982. The group officially became a chapter of Pi Beta Phi on November 17, 1984. The Initiation Ceremony took place at the First United Presbyterian Church of Troy. The installation banquet was held at the Russell Sage Dining Hall, located in the heart of campus. Special guest speakers included Nebraska Beta Nancy Norman Spearman, a well-known television personality on WMHT public television station.

Living at New York Epsilon 

There are currently 16 bedrooms for collegians and one bedroom downstairs for the House Director. The house has an industrial kitchen and dinners are catered by the Illium CafĂ©. On Wednesdays, the house mom cooks and on Thursdays, the Vice President of Housing gets takeout from places like Panera, Flying Chicken and Chipotle. Something special about the chapter is that Margaret Steele Harvey, New York Alpha, has been a member of their Chapter House Corporation for over 20 years.

There are wooden planks with lineages carved into them that date back to the founders. The house also has silver plates and cups on the mantel that were donated by other chapters for installation. The chapter has all the composite photos since the year it was installed. And finally, New York Epsilon has a collection of old philanthropy shirts dating back to 1996.

Panhellenic Groups on Campus

Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Phi and Pi Beta Phi. 

Philanthropic Service

In the spring, the chapter's main philanthropic event is Mr. RPI, a pageant for men. There are different portions including talent, formal wear and a personal interview. In the fall, the chapter hosts Wingfest, an event where other fraternities and sororities cook chicken wings and sell them before a football game. People may vote for their favorite wing varieties, in categories such as spiciest sauce and best-tasting sauce.