Phi Kappa Sigma (ΦΚΣ) is an international all-male college secret and social fraternity. Its members are known as "Phi Kaps", "Skulls" and sometimes "Skullhouse", the latter two because of the skull and crossbones on the Fraternity's badge and coat of arms. Phi Kappa Sigma was founded by Dr. Samuel Brown Wylie Mitchell at the University of Pennsylvania. Mitchell recorded the initial ideas and concepts of Phi Kappa Sigma on August 16, 1850. He then began to discuss the idea with other students, first Charles Hare Hutchinson, and then Alfred Victor du Pont (son of Alfred V. du Pont), John Thorne Stone, Andrew Adams Ripka, James Bayard Hodge, and Duane Williams. The seven men formally founded the Fraternity on October 19, 1850 becoming the founding fathers of Phi Kappa Sigma.
The vision of Phi Kappa Sigma is a simple one:
We will strive for lifelong growth and development of the Fraternity and its members.
Phi Kaps are not complacent, and are unafraid to continually raise the bar for themselves. When you spend a few minutes talking to a Phi Kap, you will realize that he is never willing to settle, is never satisfied, and always wants to push forward. As one of the oldest and forward-thinking fraternities in existence today, Phi Kaps have spent 150 years showing the rest of the fraternal world how it’s done.
The objects of the Fraternity shall be the promotion of good fellowship and the cultivation of the social virtues among its members; the protection of the just rights and the advancement of the best interests, present and future, individual and collective, of all those who shall be associated together as members of the Fraternity; the encouragement of good scholarship and breadth of training for its members; and cooperation in the educational and cultural programs of institutions of higher education in which Chapters are located.