University of Massachusetts


Amherst, MA

The Campus Shakespeare Club (C.S.C.) was organized at Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1879. In 1892, an alumni corporation for the C.S.C. was formed and in 1910 a house was purchased. Dr. C. E. Chapin, C.S.C. ‘79, Massachusetts 1913, was the chief force in moving the local fraternity to petition Alpha Sigma Phi. The petition for charter was submitted on November 12, 1912.

On February 14, 1913, the members and alumni of the Campus Shakespeare Club were initiated and the Gamma Chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi was installed. The Chapter continued until 1942, most of that time at 85 Pleasant Avenue, Amherst, Massachusetts. The use of the Gamma chapter designation was based on the location of both Amherst College and Massachusetts Agricultural College in the same town, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Following World War II, the Chapter was not revived until Delta Phi Gamma was organized in May 1952 and petitioned for a charter. Dr. Charles Peters, C.S.C. 1892, Massachusetts 1913, presented the charge to the Chapter on re-installation on May 14, 1955. For a time, the revived Chapter occupied a house which had earlier been the residence of Robert Frost and Calvin Coolidge. The chapter newsletter was “The Gamma Noumenoun.”  Unable to recruit successfully during the era of anti-establishment sentiments at the height of the Vietnam War, the Gamma closed in 1971.

Alpha Sigma Phi Expansion Director Todd Harris, California ‘90, organized an interest group at the University of Massachusetts in January of 1994. The initial group meeting involved seven students and took place in Kennedy Tower in the 19th floor room of Jeff Powell. The interest group grew to 21 men. Their motto was “Do it right and finish it.” Nineteen undergraduates and two advisors signed the colonization petition submitted in 1994. The Colony was re-chartered on October 12, 1996. The new chapter found some success for a time. However, a dramatic decrease in membership and inability to meet financial obligations forced closure of the Chapter in the fall of 2000. Gamma Chapter’s last initiate class was in February 1999; the Chapter’s roster contained 766 initiates names.

Authorization was given for efforts to re-establish the Gamma Chapter. Initially, an effort was scheduled for the fall 2006 semester, but was delayed because five other NIC fraternities were also planning colonization or re-colonization efforts. An interest group was organized during the spring 2010 semester by Fraternity Staff member Jason Nolen-Doerr, Murray State ‘05, and achieved colony status. The Colony finished the 2010-2011 academic year with fifteen members.

The Colony initially struggled to gain a foothold on campus, but with persistence and under the guidance of staff member Jeremy Ried, Elmhurst ‘07, the Colony was able to recruit more men, boost their chapter operations and become a strong, positive presence on the campus at Amherst. The Colony petitioned the Grand Council to re-charter in the spring of 2013 and their request was granted. On May 5, 2013, Grand Councilor Mike Waters, Oregon State ‘73, Fraternity Vice President Matt Humberger, Bowling Green ‘03, and Foundation President and CEO Drew Thawley, Ohio Wesleyan ‘94, presented the charter to the members of Gamma Chapter.

Henry E. Chapin, U Mass ‘13, served Alpha Sigma Phi as Rditor of the Tomahawk from 1915 to 1921.

Records show award name and year(s) received.

Alpha Gamma Upsilon Bronze Cup of Distinction 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015 
Phi Pi Phi Silver Cup of Distinction 2016 

Records show brother's name, initiation year, and award received.

Edward J. Burke 1913 Delta Beta Xi Award
Earle S. Carpenter 1921 Delta Beta Xi Award
Malcolm Dresser 1925 Delta Beta Xi Award
Matthew Neil Flanagan 2013 Undergraduate Hall of Fame
Beau Adreon Fuller 2020 Connor Cummings Memorial Scholarship
Edwin F. Gaskill 1913 Delta Beta Xi Award
Joel E. Goldthwait 1921 Delta Beta Xi Award
Sidney B. Haskell 1914 Delta Beta Xi Award
Charles H. Higgins 1914 Delta Beta Xi Award
Joseph B. Lindsey 1913 Delta Beta Xi Award
William L. Machmer 1913 Delta Beta Xi Award
Will McGuinness 2016 Undergraduate Hall of Fame
Sumner R. Parker 1916 Delta Beta Xi Award
Charles A. Peters 1913 Delta Beta Xi Award
Albert W. Smith 1919 Delta Beta Xi Award
Homer J. Wheeler 1915 Delta Beta Xi Award