Alpha Gamma Rho
ΑΓΡ
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FoundedOctober 10, 1904; 117 years ago (1904-10-10)
Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
TypeSocial fraternity
AffiliationNIC
ScopeUnited States
MottoTo Make Better Men
Colors  Dark Green
  Gold
SymbolSickle and Sheaf
FlowerPink Rose
Chapters71
Headquarters1333 NW Vivion Rd, Suite 110
Kansas City, MO 64118
US
WebsiteOfficial website

Alpha Gamma Rho (ΑΓΡ), commonly known as AGR, is a social/professional, agriculture fraternity in the United States, currently with 71[1] collegiate chapters.

Founding

The fraternity considers the Morrill Act of 1862 to be the instrument of its inception. Having been signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862, it provided land and other financial supports to establish one institution of higher learning in the agricultural and mechanical sciences within each state. Alpha Gamma Rho, referred to as "AGR", was founded when two local fraternities from Ohio State University (Alpha Gamma Rho, founded 1904) and the University of Illinois (Delta Rho Sigma, founded in 1906) met at an International Livestock Competition in Chicago. Sixteen men originally signed the fraternity's charter at the Claypool Hotel in Indianapolis on April 4, 1908. Expansion increased dramatically over the next three decades to almost all land-grant universities in the country. The first chapter at a non-land-grant university was chartered in 1958 at Arizona State University. The first non-state (private) associated chapter (Beta Psi) was at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

The four pillars of Alpha Gamma Rho are recruitment, commitment, education, and recognition. These four pillars, built upon a firm foundation, support and maintain the integrity of our brotherhood. One of AGR’s earliest Grand President’s, S.K. Bjoronson (North Dakota) said, "I want her men to be leaders of the future, not because they are my Fraternity Brothers, but because I believe them to be the strongest of character and the most honorable and resolute of the times. I want each of them, by their deeds and actions, to justify the existence of Alpha Gamma Rho." The Brotherhood Covenant pillars make up the principles that Alpha Gamma Rho brothers are expected to live by. Once initiated, each member is required to sign the Covenant.[2]

Notable alumni

Main article: List of Alpha Gamma Rho members

Chapters

Main article: List of Alpha Gamma Rho chapters

Hazing and controversies

Further information: Hazing in Greek letter organizations

In 2015, the chapter at Fresno State University was suspended after an investigation of property damage with a firearm uncovered evidence of hazing and underage drinking. They were fully recognized again by the university in late 2017.[3][4]

In 2016, the chapter at Oregon State University was suspended following multiple hazing and harassment violations dating back to 2012. The chapter can apply for reinstatement in 2021.[5]

In 2018, the chapter at University of Minnesota was suspended after one of its members, Dylan Fulton, was found dead following a night of drinking. After an investigation, it was determined Fulton had died of alcohol poisoning.[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Chapter List". Alpha Gamma Rho. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  2. ^ "History | Alpha Gamma Rho". www.alphagammarho.org. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  3. ^ Giraldo, Diana; Vargas, Karina; Vieira, Paul (2015-09-18). "Alpha Gamma Rho suspended for hazing, alcohol to minors". The Collegian. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  4. ^ Mattos, Christian; Salazar, Hayley; Rowe, Brandon (2017-11-08). "Once suspended, fraternity aims to be 'shining light' at university". The Collegian. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  5. ^ Gazette-Times, JAMES DAY Corvallis. "OSU fraternity suspended for 5 years". Corvallis Gazette Times.
  6. ^ Busche, Kelly (October 11, 2018). "UMN responds to alcohol-related fraternity death". mndaily.com. Retrieved 2020-10-25.