Pi Delta Psi
|Pi Delta Psi|
|Org Founded:||1994 at SUNY Binghamton|
|CU Chapter:||Columbia University Associate Chapter|
|Chapter Established:||October 2004|
|Motto:||"Excellence Through Brotherhood"|
Pi Delta Psi (PDPsi) is an Asian-interest multicultural fraternity recognized by the Multicultural Greek Council. It was founded as a colony in October 2004 and is currently recognized as an associate chapter, rather than an official chapter of the national organization.
The mission of Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, Inc. is to maintain its Fraternal existence by instilling values that nurture and perpetuate the continual growth and development of the individual through Academic Achievement, Cultural Awareness, Righteousness, Friendship and Loyalty while fostering ethical behavior, leadership, and philanthropy. Pi Delta Psi was founded on these principles to help promote Asian Awareness amongst it brothers and throughout the community.
The chapter earned a 5 star ALPHA Standards of Excellence rating in both spring 2012 and spring 2013.
Many brothers of Columbia Pi Delta Psi hold leadership positions and are actively involved in several pre-professional and cultural on-campus student organizations, including: MBA, AMSA, AAA, TASA, and KSA.
Service & Philanthropy
The Columbia chapter hosts events throughout the year that help promote Asian awareness amongst themselves and throughout the community. The brotherhood believes that through education, people can become more knowledgeable about the different Asian cultures, overcome obstacles of racism and discrimination, and therefore help unify the community as a whole.
The current national philanthropy of Pi Delta Psi is the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBS) program. BBBS seeks to provide the opportunities and resources for children to reach their potential through professional supported, one-to-one relationships with volunteer mentors. As the largest and oldest youth mentoring organization in the United States, BBBS has continued to mentor children of all ages in communities nationwide.
The Columbia University Associate Chapter of the Pi Delta Psi fraternity was built on the foundation of 13 men and the Asian Cross Cultural Exchange Interest Group in October of 2004. The creators of AXE are Albert Lee, Richard Chun, and Joseph Kim. Through the efforts of these 13 members, the Columbia University Associate Chapter began its presence on campus in February of 2005. AXE was transformed into the 19th house of Pi Delta Psi on April 23, 2005. The 12 founding fathers of the Columbia University Associate Chapter are:
- Albert "Chosen" Lee – President
- Andrew "Sub Zero" Choi – VP/Pledge Educator
- Richard "Morpheus" Chun – Treasurer
- Joseph "Hwoarang" Kim – Recorder
- George "Element" Liao – Warden
- Ben "Crow" Koo – Pledge Assistant
- Jessie "Prodigy" Pak – Co-Cultural Chair
- Edward "Diesel" Kim – Co-Social Chair
- Douglas "Justice" Lee – Co-Rush Chair
- Michael "Apostle" Lee – Philanthropy Chair
- William "Rogue" Kim – Co-Cultural Chair
- Christopher "Quiet Storm" Hwang
President: Elbert "Cadillac" Low
Vice President Internal: Kevin "Camelot" Zheng
Vice President External: Daniel "Alaric" Chi
Treasurer: Jaewon "D.A.M.A.S.C.U.S." Kim
Recorder: Philip "Djinn" Lee
President: Justin "Lancelot" Seek
Vice President External: Kevin "Darkseid" Zhang
Vice President Internal: Divya "Hellfire" Singh
Treasurer: Jason "Dr.Manhattan" Chen
Recorder: Vince "Altair" Chang
PDPsi Presents "3LAU"
On April 18th, 2013, Pi Delta Psi hosted "3LAU" (pronounced [ˈblaʊ]), a charity concert featuring rising DJ/musician 3LAU. With over 1000 people in attendance at Best Buy Theater in Times Square, it was the largest event held by a Greek organization at Columbia University.
"I Survived a Pi Delta Psi Gameshow"
Each winter, Columbia Pi Delta Psi hosts a gameshow in which teams face off in a series of events such as "Melt the Ice" to "Balloon Stomp". Contestants compete for the honor and pride of being able to say “I Survived a PDPsi Gameshow!” and win various prizes. Participation is free, but there is a suggested charitable donation of $5. In 2013, all proceeds from the event were donated to the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, the nation's premiere donor and volunteer-supported youth mentoring organization.
Spring Clothing Exchange
Since 2011, Pi Delta Psi has been co-hosting a clothing exchange with Kappa Alpha Theta and Circle K. This initiative involves a large-scale clothing drive within the Columbia University community, ultimately leading to a flea market event out on Low Plaza to sell these items at a discounted price. Students are encouraged to donate clean, lightly-worn clothing or shoes to help the cause. All proceeds from the event are donated to charity.
In 2013, over $1100 was raised for Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS) and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). The unsold clothing was donated to the Salvation Army.
In 2014, the clothing exchange was held with Alpha Chi Omega and Circle K. Despite being rained out after just four hours, the flea market sale still raised over $1000 for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and The Rachel B. Swett Endowment Fund. Once again, the unsold clothing was donated to the Salvation Army.
|Greek life at Columbia|
|IFC Fraternities: Alpha Delta Phi • Alpha Epsilon Pi • Beta Theta Pi • Delta Sigma Phi • Kappa Delta Rho • Phi Gamma Delta • Pi Kappa Alpha • Psi Upsilon • Sigma Chi • Sigma Nu • Sigma Phi Epsilon • Zeta Beta Tau|
|Panhel Sororities: Alpha Chi Omega • Alpha Omicron Pi • Delta Gamma • Gamma Phi Beta • Kappa Alpha Theta • Sigma Delta Tau|
|Multicultural Greek Fraternities: Phi Iota Alpha • Alpha Phi Alpha • Kappa Alpha Psi • Omega Psi Phi • Pi Delta Psi • Lambda Phi Epsilon • Sigma Lambda Beta|
|Multicultural Greek Sororities: Lambda Pi Chi • Sigma Iota Alpha • Delta Sigma Theta • Kappa Phi Lambda • Sigma Lambda Gamma|
|Inactive (de-recognized): Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon|