Our Charter Members

John R. Cottin

Dewey Roscoe Jones

William H. Rogers Jr

Howard D. Shaw

Floyd H. Skinner

Caroll B. Williams

About US

A common misconception throughout our fraternity is that Phi Chapter was first established at Talladega College, a private historically black college in Talladega, Alabama. Through heavy research and countless hours of historical digging, the true history of Phi Chapter has been discovered. It has been determined that Talladega College did not accept fraternities in 1921, a charter was never granted, and Phi Chapter has always existed on the campus of the University of Michigan.

On the day of May 2nd , 1921, Bro. Raymond G. Robinson (7th Grand Basileus, 1918-1920) and Bro. Eugene E. Alston (Beta Chapter 1917, Phi Chapter’s 1st Basileus), organized Phi Chapter. Phi Chapter was organized with 6 charter members: Bro. John Richard Cottin, Bro. Dewey Roscoe Jones, Bro. William Henry Rodgers, Bro. Howard Dobson Shaw, Bro. Floyd Howard Skinner, and Bro. Carroll Burns Williams. With the almost immediate initiation of 3 new members – Bro. Harry Cornelius Graves, Bro. Jesus Coleman Randolfo, Bro. Lawson Edwarde Thomas – chapter membership increased to 9 members.

On May 28th, 1921, the nine new members of Phi Chapter pinned a letter to the Dean of Students, J.A. Bursley, requesting recognition as a campus organization known as the Annex Club. Although the Chapter had been organized as Phi, it had not received its Fraternity Charter and could not function on campus as “Phi Chapter” until its year of probation had been served. On January 1st, 1922, Phi Chapter was granted its Fraternity Charter. However, the chapter was still operating as the Annex Club until May 20th, 1922 when the University granted official recognition allowing fraternal operations as Phi Chapter.

The first chapter fraternity house was located at 144 Hill St. in Ann Arbor, MI.

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Awards & Honors

Phi Chapter is the longest tenured undergraduate chapter in the Tenth District of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Our Recent Awards

5+ Years

Highest GPA In Tenth District

2017-18

Omega Man of the year

2016-17

Omega Man of the year

2015-16

Omega Man of the year