Literary Societies


Cal 1964 officers

Callilogian Society, 1964

Introduced by: Miss Mary Isabella Breckenridge, English Teacher from Pennington

Year Introduced: 1910, originally from Pennington (founded in 1861)

Colors: Gold & White

Greek letters: Delta Sigma Sigma

Cal 1911

Callilogian Society, 1911


Alpha Phi History

The Alpha Phi Pin

The Alpha Phi Logo

Created by: O. A. Stevens

Year Introduced: June 1875

Colors: Ruby, Gold & Blue

Secret Letters: M.V.S.Q.H

Society Paper: The Journal

Nicknames: Philos, Zetas

The Zetas of 1904

The Zetas of 1904

Young men in this fraternity were trained in debate, discussion, impromptu speaking, essay writing, and journal work. Philomathean’s secret letters were jokingly translated to “Maude Valentine studies quite hard”. Along with the Whitney Lyceum, Alpha Phi Fraternity held their last meeting in 1910, the year C.C.I. became an all girls school.

Diokosophian Society

Diok History

The Dioks of 1904

The Dioks of 1904

The Diok Pin

The Diok Logo

Created by: Miss H. Emma Stitzer

Year Introduced: September 19, 1875

Colors: Gold & Black

Secret Letters: S.E.V

Society Paper: The Scroll

Greek letters: Sigma Epsilon Phi (first mentioned in 1914 Hack Yearbook)

Nickname: Diok, Deik

diok ann 1

Program from a 1903 Ann

Diok Title Page

Diok Ann Feb 15 1889 front

The Diokosophian Ann of February 15, 1889  Back Row: Misses Taylor (Debate), Bowman (Essay), Clarke (Essay), and Noe (Debate). Seated: Misses Jones (Piano Solo), Allen (President), and Abbott (Editress).

Whitney Lyceum

A History of the Whits from 1904

A History of the Whitney Lyceum

Whit Pin

The Whits Pin

Whits Title Page



The Whits' meeting room, 5th floor of "Old Main"

The Whits’ meeting room, 5th floor of “Old Main”

Created by: W. M. Trumbower, J. H. Stitzer, C.S. Benedict, H. H. Rusby & A. C. Van Syckle

Year Introduced: September 1874

Colors: Royal Purple and Gold

Secret Letters: V.N.A.F

Society Paper: The Lancet

Nickname: The Whits

The Whits of 1904

The Whits of 1904

Whitney Lyceum’s first Inauguration Programme was also the first public performance for the Institute! In the 1890s, Whitney Lyceum and Diokosophian combined Ann’s to decrease the time and money each society spent for their program.


In 1910, the school graduated its last coed class and the Whitney Lyceum held its last meeting after being in existence for 36 years.

A history of all Literary Societies of Centenary College can be found here