What is Eta Sigma Phi?

Eta Sigma Phi is an honorary collegiate society for students of Latin and/or Greek. Members are elected by local chapters which have been chartered by the society.

The Constitution of Eta Sigma Phi states that the purposes of the society are “to develop and promote interest in classical study among the students of colleges and universities; to promote closer fraternal relationship among students who are interested in classical study, including inter-campus relationship; to engage generally in an effort to stimulate interest in classical study, and in the history, art, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome.”

History of Eta Sigma Phi

In the autumn of 1914, a group of students in the Department of Greek at the University of Chicago organized as an undergraduate classical club under the name of Phi Sigma. This organization continued for ten years with a membership consisting of students of Latin and Greek. By a union of this society with a society already existing at Northwestern University, in 1924 the organization became national. The Chicago society became the Alpha Chapter and the Northwestern society became the Beta Chapter. With this nationalization, the name became Eta Sigma Phi. Currently, there are 211 active chapters of Eta Sigma Phi in the United States and 12 here in Virginia.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for induction into Eta Sigma Phi, a student must have:

  • Completed at least 1 upper level Greek or Latin course (3 credits)
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in those courses

For more information about Eta Sigma Phi, contact Dr. Bartolo Natoli (bartolonatoli@rmc.edu), the Eta Sigma Phi faculty adviser.

2018 Eta Sigma Phi Initiates


Members of Eta Sigma Phi, Delta Pi Chapter

  • Mathieu desRochers (Prytanis)
  • James Patton (Hyparchos)
  • Rachael Smith (Grammateus)
  • Emma Long (Chrysophylax)
  • Lauren Bowman
  • Katherine Calder Brown
  • Emily Cannon
  • Stefania Dodd
  • Brendan Geer
  • Rebekah Hale
  • Ronald Hill
  • Molly Karaman
  • Ashton Liesfeld
  • Grace McIntire
  • Natalie Meyer
  • Mary Cate Mosher
  • Matthew Richardson
  • Katie Runyon
  • Anshu Sharma
  • Laura Smith
  • Cat Snellings
  • Amanda Yeatts