Founding of Our Epsilon Upsilon Chapter
Gannon College became the first Catholic college to gain a charter from the Pi Kappa Alpha National Social Fraternity. On December 2, 1962 following the formal initiation, banquet, reception, and installation, Epsilon Upsilon became the one hundredth and fortieth chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha. Many long months were spent in service to Gannon University and in meeting the rigid requirements of Pi Kappa Alpha before the dreams of the forty newly initiated brotehr were culminated in achieving this chapter status.
Alpha Kappa Pi
Before the Gannon University colony was established the founding members were part of a local campus fraternity called Alpha Kappa Pi. The Alpha Kappa Pi Fraternity was founded on May 1, 1960. Although this date will be one of the most memorable occasions in the Fraternity, many long Laborous hours were spent in the planning of such an undertaking Capt. Ludie Kinney, the Assistant Professor of Military Science and Tactics at Gannon University along with Richard DiCicco, formulated the plans which were the basis of the young organization.
After one unsuccessful attempt at colonization the Alpha Kappa Pi Fraternity gained their initial foothold on campus on May 1, 1960. Once the “okay” was given by Fr. Barcio, the Dean of Men, the Fraternity put many of its plans into operation. The Main long range objectives of the organization is to become a chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, which is was one of the top ten social Fraternities in the United States. High on the list of immediate objectives are scholastic leadership and everlasting social friendships. Because of these and many more principles, Alpha Kappa Pi Fraternity was an asset to the Gannon University Campus. The men of Alpha Kappa Pi knew that their early Fraternity would grow into an integral part of campus framework.
Pi Kappa Alpha Colony
A group of ten men (Geroge O’Donnel-President, Robert Sedelmeyer-V.P., John Mariani-Treasurer, James Whitman-Secretary, Richard DiCiccio, Thomas Voskuhl, Robert Morosky, John Bobango, David Wieczorek, John Cresanta) in May 1960 as Alpha Kappa Pi Local Fraternity they were made a Pi Kappa Alpha Colony on February 3, 1962 by an inspection team from nearby chapters at Case, Pitt, and Carnegie Tech. The colony grew to 23 members during this time.
Establishment of the Epsilon Upsilon Chapter
President Robert Sedelmeyer received the National Charter on December 2, 1962. With the establishment of the National Fraternity’s first Catholic college charter, the Epsilon Upsilon chapter opened a new doorway to the National Fraternity’s expansionary opportunities.
After the establishment of the new chapter, it was decided to purchase a new Fraternity House at 515 West 7th St. The house was built in 1904 and has remained a symbol of the Epsilon Uspsilon Chapter since its purchase in 1962.