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Business Fraternity Rush Week Begins Thursday

Starting this Thursday (1/30), rush week for business fraternities will begin in earnest with the Business Fraternity Council (BFC) Mixer. All of the business fraternities the University has will be present at the event, enabling rushees to meet representatives from all of the fraternities in order to determine which one (or ones) they want to rush. The following week, each fraternity will have their private rush events (the dates of which are not publicized until the BFC mixer). Business fraternity rush traditionally occurs before Greek fraternity/sorority rush.

Penn State has five business fraternities, all of which are members of the BFC. They include: Alpha Kappa Psi, Delta Sigma Pi, Phi Gamma Nu, Phi Chi Theta, and Phi Beta Lambda. Each has their own unique takes on the same core concept of improving their members as professionals while building lasting friendships. All of the business fraternities, with the exception of Phi Chi Theta, accept students across all majors, not just business students.

Here’s a bit more information about each of them:

Alpha Kappa Psi
Greek Letters: AKΨ
Nickname: AKPsi
Founded at PSU: 1950
Chapter: Gamma Epsilon
President:  Matthew Manocchio
Twitter: @AKPsi_PennState
Description (via Smeal): “Professional business fraternity dedicated to fostering the study of business administration and furthering the individual welfare of its members through leadership, scholarship, and service.”

Delta Sigma Pi
Greek Letters: ΔΣΠ
Nickname: DSP
Founded at PSU: 1923
Chapter: Alpha Gamma
President: Shane Heckman
Twitter: @DSPAlphaGamma
Description (via Smeal): “International business fraternity focused on community service, professional activities, social events, and business goals in order to develop the leadership, professional, and social skills of its members.”

Phi Gamma Nu
Greek Letters: ΦΓΝ
Nickname: PGN
Founded at PSU: 1988
Chapter: Delta Theta
President: Remy Zaccaria
Twitter: @PSUPhiGammaNu
Description (via Smeal): “Business fraternity which promotes high scholarship, service, leadership, and stresses the interdependence of all university majors in business.”

Phi Chi Theta
Greek Letters: ΦΧΘ
Nickname: PCT
Founded at PSU: 1955
Chapter: Alpha Iota
President: Melissa Cuddy
Twitter: @PCTPSURush
Description (via Smeal): “Business fraternity which promotes higher business education and training for individuals pursuing a career in business.”

(FBLA) Phi Beta Lambda
Greek Letters: ΦBΛ
Nickname: PBL
Founded at PSU: 2006
Chapter: Mu Alpha Rho
President: Michael Mattox
Twitter: @PSUPBL
Description (via Smeal): “PBL initiates business ventures and professional development events while also organizing community service projects.  There are also opportunities to attend both state and national leadership conferences.”

All information courtesy of, Wikipedia and/or each individual fraternity’s website.

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Noel Purcell

Noel Purcell is Onward State's Features Editor. He's a senior Supply Chain major, but is going to law school at some point in the future and masquerades as a writer for now. He continues to disappoint his ancestors by being a complete Irish stereotype. His email is [email protected] because there were no other Noels before him. His ex-wife got the good half of his bio in the divorce settlement.


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