Sigma Delta Fraternity

1904- 1999, 2012-present

Sigma Delta fraternity was founded at Clarkson on March 17, 1904 (St. Patrick's Day) by a group of 14 upperclassmen who wished to promote the traditions of the school, and to form a social society for promoting freshman and sophomore relations.  They were the second fraternity on campus.

In 1921 they purchased the house at 6 Prospect Place, which they called "the house on the hill."  Extensive remodeling was done by the fraternity. The house was condemned and purchased by Clarkson in 2009.

Their charter was revoked by Clarkson in 1999 after disciplinary actions, but the fraternity was re-founded March 2012.

1924 Clarkson Yearbook
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Zeta Gamma Sigma Sorority

Since 1955

Zeta was founded on March 17, 1955 (St. Patrick's Day) at SUNY Potsdam. The sisters started accepting Clarkson women in 1972. The sorority was recognized by Clarkson until 1987 when the university stopped recognizing all of the SUNY Potsdam sororities. Women from both schools still join the sorority today.

The sisters purchased the former University Hall at 6 Leroy Street in the fall of 1957 and their current house at 24 Main Street in the spring of 1963.  6 Leroy burned to the ground in the mid-60s.

1956 SUNY Potsdam yearbook
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Zeta Gamma Sigma Legacies

Having blood relatives in the same House is not unheard of, but having three active members together with their three alumni mothers - all in Potsdam?  That's pretty amazing.  Zeta Gamma Sigma was founded on St. Patrick's Day in 1955, so they always have alumnae in town to celebrate.  This year was special as it was their they had 135 alumnae in Potsdam.  Wow! Hopefully they will share additional photos and details about their weekend soon.

From left to right, Laura Trabold (SUNY Potsdam) and her mother Sandee Trabold (SUNY Potsdam '85), Annika Christensen (Clarkson) and her mother Lyn Christensen (Clarkson '89), and Nikki Hoskins (Clarkson) and her mother Kris Hoskins (SUNY Potsdam '86).  Zeta also has a legacy pledging this semester, Krista Reger, her mother is Kathy Reger (SUNY Potsdam '85).

Anyone else have photos of a parent/child pair in the same House?