ALPHA PHI DELTA FRATERNITY
AN ITALIAN HERITAGE FRATERNITY
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Counting Down to our 109th Anniversary on November 5
On November 5, 2023, Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity will proudly celebrate the 109th anniversary of its founding. It was on that day, in 1914, seven students at Syracuse University -- Joseph Cangiamila, Dominic T. Ciolli, Ferdinand F. DiBartolo, Anthony T. Frascati, Nicholas Frunzi, Otto Gelormini and Cesidio A. Guarini -- swore a mutual Oath of Brotherhood on a sword, at Syracuse University to create our brotherhood: Italian in heritage, American in loyalty, and family-like in nature.
Since its founding over 22,000 men have been initiated into Alpha Phi Delta on over 110 campuses. November 5th is Alpha Phi Delta's Founders Day -- and on that day it is especially appropriate for members to wear a white carnation ("garafano") to honor our founding, and our founders.
Alpha Phi Delta evolved from our seven founders first establishing "Il Circolo Italiano" (an Italian Club) on the campus of Syracuse in 1913. However, realizing that they wanted to create something that they would be able remain part of after graduation, and in their lives ahead, they decided to form a fraternity, Alpha Phi Delta on November 5, 1914.
About a year and a half later, in June of 1916, the brothers of Alpha Phi Delta at Syracuse merged with another Italian fraternity at Columbia University (Sigma Gamma Phi) and from that merger Alpha Phi Delta, a national fraternity was formed. Our Chapter at Syracuse became known as our "Alpha Chapter" and our Chapter at Columbia became known as our "Beta Chapter."
The Conventioneers are shown here on the main stairway at the entrance to the Villa Roma Resort (Callicoon, New York). While not every conventioneer is in this picture, this is a good share of them. After this picture was taken the entire crowd made their way to the Villa Roma's Club House where the National Awards Banquet was held and awards winners for 2023 were announced.
Vincent Verdile as a young alumni in the Fraternity in 1994.
Vincent Verdile, 1964-2023
The Fraternity regrets to announce the passing of Brother Vincent N. Verdile, long-serving Florida District Governor. Brother Verdile was initiated into Beta Phi Chapter in 1986, and served in various roles in the Fraternity, including South Jersey District Governor, and most recently Florida District Governor. He is predeceased by his father, Benjamin Verdile (Beta Delta '57) who was a former National Vice President of the Fraternity (1976-78). He is survived by his mother, Rose Verdile, who is a frequent face at National Convention, and his brother Anthony. Brother Verdile worked as a school teacher in Florida, and previously in New Jersey. He will be missed. Faciamus!
Alpha Phi Delta by the Numbers
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Our Average Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA)
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75 Scholarship Winners Announced
The Alpha Phi Delta Foundation's Scholarship Trustees award 75 scholarship awards, ranging from $500 to $5,000, to worthy applicants. The scholarship winners were announced at the 100th National Convention of Alpha Phi Delta. The number of scholarships awarded represent a new high for the Foundation's Scholarship program. Of the 75 winners, 61 were brothers of Alpha Phi Delta and 14 were children or relatives of fraternity brothers. Scholarship have been awarded annually in this program since 1975. Click the button below to view our online Scholarship winner booklet showing the name of all of our 2023 Scholarship award winners.