Alpha Phi Delta Foundation

Chapter Histories - Zeta Chapter

Zeta Chapter in General

Zeta Chapter is Founded: 1921

On March 21, 1921, our Zeta Chapter was installed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. At the time it was the northern most Chapter in the Fraternity. In 1921, the Chapter started with a membership of eight brothers. By 1935, its membership had grown and stabilized to approximately 25. The Chapter remained active from 1921-1940, closing just before the onset of the Second World War. 

Zeta Reactivated in 1949

In the photo above (seated left to right): Prof.Thomas Castellano, Zeta; Dr. Richard Waite, J,r. Associate Dean of Students, R.P.I.; Benjamin Marsicano, Theta, Past Grand Consul; Prof. Stanley B. Wiltsie, Faculty Advisor of the Interfraternity Council of RPI; (standing left to right)  Michael Esposito, Chapter Consul of Zeta and D.r Samuel Varco, Epsilon, Grand Consul of the Fraternity, re-presenting the original charter of Zeta Chapter from 1921.

On October 15, through the concerted cooperation of many alumni, Zeta Chapter at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Troy New York, inactive since 1941, was rededicated. The occasion brought together the hierarchy of the Fraternity including Grand Consul Samuel Varco, Grand Pro-Consul Frank Cavallaro, Grand Quaestor Carlo M. Vannicola (who came with a retinue of undergraduate brothers from Sigma and Tau chapters sponsoring the newly reactivated Zeta), and several District Pro-Consuls. Also present was Rocco Mastrangelo, chairman of the Expansion Committee and such staunch Zetans as charter member Prof. Thomas Castellano and Charles C. Cerato, as well as Benjamin Marsicano, Past Grand Consul, who now resided in Troy, New York. At least 60 other alumni of both Zeta and Iota chapters gathered to rededicate and encourage the new enthusiastic group. It was the largest rededication gathering held for a chapter.

Zeta Chapter - Individuals

Zeta House, c. 1930

In the late 1920s and throughout much the 1930s, Zeta's Chapter House was located on Hoosick Street, in Troy, New York. It was located just a few block from the Chapter's alma mater, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and formed a stable part of the history of our Zeta Chapter. 

Zeta Reactivation, 1988

In the photo above is the Low Center for Innovation at RPI, it was opened in 1987, and was one of the big new things on campus when our Zeta Chapter was reactivated in 1988.

The Expansion Commitee set to work in the late 1980s and early 1990s to reactivate some older closed-chapters. This move saw Alpha (Syracuse), Gamma (Yale), and Lambda (U. Penn), and Chi (Penn State), reactivated. Some short-lived, some more enduring. One of the short-lived reactivations was Zeta Chapter at  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Reactivated in 1988, nine members were brought in over three years, but by 1991, the Chapter was again closed.