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Students at The University of Toledo will have another opportunity to develop a professional community through a new national fraternity chapter on campus.

The Alpha Chi Sigma professional chemistry fraternity of the University has graduated from its colony status at UT and will be chartered as the Gamma Psi Chapter this weekend.

In spring 2009, Natalie Parc, a UT pharmacy graduate student who was a previous member of the Gamma Nu chapter at Ohio University, formed the UT colony to further the goals of the fraternity and to increase the fellowship and support of students with other professionals in the field of chemistry. The fraternity has been in a colony status under the mentorship of the University of Michigan Alpha Beta chapter.

“Our members are proud to promote the organization and to see it grow and affect them through what it stands for,” said UT student Tony Bova, who will be the master of ceremonies for the chartering event. “This fraternity gives students and professionals the opportunity to network and develop strong friendships.”

The chartering ceremony for the Gamma Psi Chapter will take place Saturday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. in Student Union Room 2592. The event will have a presentation of the charter, dinner and an awards ceremony.

The national fraternity was founded in 1902 on the values of binding friendship, the advancement of chemistry as a science and profession, and to assist in the ambitions of its members. The first chapter was established at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and the fraternity has grown to have more than 64,000 lifetime members on 60 different college campuses. It is the nation’s only chemistry fraternity.

Alpha Chi Sigma is a co-ed fraternity and does not require its members to major in chemistry. Students can join by contacting its members or seeking information at the UT Office of Student Involvement.

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