Theta Phi Alpha Sorority

Since 1997

Local sorority Chi Delta Sigma was founded at Clarkson on October 22, 1997 by six women with the intention of some day joining a national organization. They became a colony of Theta Phi Alpha on January 8, 2005 and 23 members were installed as the Gamma Mu chapter on May 20, 2006.

2006 Installation
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House Vending Machines with Beer

If you're old enough to have been in Potsdam during what I'd considered the "glory days" of Greek Life you'll probably recall beer on tap 24/7.  But how about beer in vending machines?  According to some Facebook posts this was the case at more than one fraternity:

From the "you know you went to college in Potsdam if you can remember..." Facebook page:

...if you bought a 35 cent PBR from the vending machine at ZN after-hours

I paid 25 cents

Sigma Gamma Phi Arethusa Sorority

Since 1989

The Iota chapter of Sigma Gamma Phi (Arethusa) Sorority was founded at SUNY Potsdam on October 14, 1989 with sisters from both SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson.  They are a regional sorority with four chapters, all in New York.  The Lambda chapter was briefly active in Potsdam in 1930 and then merged with two other sororities, later dissolving in 1940.  You can read the complete history of the founding of the Iota chapter on this page.

1991 SUNY Potsdam yearbook

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