Phi Sigma Sigma at Bloomsburg University was founded in 1988 by 35 students just like you who wanted a positive sorority experience that celebrated individuality within a sisterhood of lifelong friends.
In 1913, our Founders — Lillian Gordon, Ethel Gordon, Josephine Ellison, Shirley Cohen, Fay Chertkoff, Claire Wunder, Estelle Melnick, Rose Sher, Jeanette Lipka, and Gwen “Rae” Zaliels — approached the Dean of Women at Hunter College in New York City with a vision. They wanted to start a sorority that would promote open membership to all women of character regardless of background; a sorority committed to sisterhood, excellence in scholarship, and selfless giving.On November 26, 1913, Phi Sigma Sigma was born, unobtrusively, without the thought of expansion. It was the first nonsectarian sorority; the only one that was open to diverse membership from inception and the only one with a ritual that was not based in scripture. Under the leadership of Fay Chertkoff (our first chapter archon), Alpha Chapter was installed at Hunter College.
Phi Sigma Sigma has Chartered over 150 collegiate chapters in the United States and Canada. Members worldwide share like vaules, experiences, and the strong bonds that demonstrate true sisterhood.