History

Fraternity and sorority life at TAMU-CC has a long history. In 2018, we will be celebrating 20 years of having national organizations on campus as Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi. Below is a short story of our history, along with a timeline.

 

Our Story

The University of Corpus Christi, a private institution affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, saw its first Greek letter organizations created in 1960 with the establishment of three sororities. Soon after, men’s groups were founded as well. Some of these local organizations chose to affiliate later with national organizations. In 1970, Hurricane Celia severely damaged campus which eventually lead to all of our fraternities and sororities closing within the next few years. During this time, the University of Corpus Christi and the Baptist General Convention ended their relationship and the campus was eventually purchased by the state of Texas to become a public institution within the Texas A&I System, named Texas A&I University at Corpus Christi which was an upper-level institution for juniors, seniors, and graduate students offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

In 1977, the name was again changed to Corpus Christi State University, and the Texas A&I System changed their name to the University System of South Texas. In 1989, the name was changed again to Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi when the University System of South Texas was dissolved and the Texas A&M System absorbed the institution. In 1993 it became a full four-year university. In 1995 and 1996, the first local fraternity and sorority were created on the TAMUCC campus, and in 1998, the first national fraternities and sororities were invited to colonize on campus. Since 2003, all fraternities and sororities have been affiliated with a national headquarters.

Currently, we are home to eight sororities and five fraternities. Our organizations are members of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO).

 

Timeline

1960 Kappa Lambda, Tau Delta Delta, and Zeta Chi sororities are founded. 
1961 Kappa Lambda sorority is dissolved.
1966 The Anchormen and The Sigma fraternities are founded.
1967 The Anchormen fraternity changes its name to Phi Upsilon Pi, and The Sigma fraternity changes its name to Theta Sigma Chi. Epsilon Pi Omega sorority is founded and Tau Delta Delta sorority is dissolved.
1968 Theta Sigma Chi fraternity affiliates with national fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon. Kappa Sigma Kappa national fraternity establishes a chapter on campus.
1969 Phi Upsilon Pi fraternity affiliates with national fraternity Sigma Pi. Tau Delta Phi national fraternity establishes a chapter on campus.
1970 Zeta Chi and Epsilon Pi Omega sororities are dissolved, and Delta Kappa Psi and Delta Phi Omega sororities are founded. 
1973 Delta Kappa Psi and Delta Phi Omega sororities, Sigma Pi, Tau Delta Phi, and Kappa Sigma Kappa fraternities are closed as a result of the damage from Hurricane Celia in 1970.
1974 Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity is closed as a result of the damage from Hurricane Celia in 1970.
1995 Phi Sigma Chi fraternity is founded.
1996 The Ethel Hedgman Lyle Connection (E.H.L. Connection) sorority is founded.
1997 Phi Sigma Chi fraternity is dissolved. The E.H.L. Connection sorority changes its name to Simply Intelligent Sisters Talented and Eager to Render Service (SISTERS).
1998 Beta Theta Pi, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Phi Delta Theta national fraternities colonize on campus, and the Interfraternity Council is created to govern all three organizations. Alpha Gamma Delta, Delta Delta Delta and Gamma Phi Beta national sororities colonize on campus and the Panhellenic Council is created to govern all three organizations. The Sigma Tau chapter of the Order of Omega national Greek honor society is chartered on campus. 
1999 Gamma Phi Beta, Delta Delta Delta, and Alpha Gamma Delta national sororities receive their official charters. Phi Delta Theta national fraternity also receives its official charter. An interest group for Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. is created.
2000 SISTERS sorority affiliates with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the Kappa Delta Chi sorority interest group is dissolved.
2001 Beta Theta Pi and Sigma Phi Epsilon national fraternities both receive their official charters. Interest groups for Lambda Theta Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity, Inc. are created.
2002 Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity, Inc. colonizes on campus, and Lambda Theta Alpha Sorority, Inc. receives its official charter. Men’s group Black and Gold Society is founded.
2003 The Black and Gold Society affiliates with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
2004 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is closed.
2005 Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority, Inc. colonizes on campus.
2007 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. reopens, and Delta Chi fraternity colonizes on campus.
2009 Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity, Inc. colony dissolves, and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and Kappa Sigma fraternity are invited to colonize on campus.
2010 Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and Delta Chi fraternity both receive their official charters.
2011 Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority, Inc. receives its official charter.
2012 An interest group for Beta Xi Chi Fraternity, Inc. is created, and Kappa Sigma receives its official charter. A colony of Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc. is formed.
2013 An interest group for Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity is created.
2014 The interest groups for Beta Xi Chi Fraternity, Inc. and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity dissolve.
2015 Kappa Sigma fraternity is closed, and interest groups for Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity, Inc. and Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. are created.
2016 Delta Chi national fraternity is closed, and Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity, Inc. recolonizes.
2017 Beta Theta Pi national fraternity is closed, and Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc. receives its official charter. The interest group for Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. becomes a colony.

 

If you believe any of the above dates to be incorrect, please contact Stacy at stacy.rowan@tamucc.edu.