Our Background

It all started with two roommates and a dream in the fall of 2015. The dream was then shared to suite-mates and others on the dormitory floor. Brandon and Brendon began to express their dream of having an architecture fraternity on campus at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The original four- Brandon Kazmarek, Brendon Bangert, Joseph Plummer, and Alex Golman set out to make this dream become a reality. Over the course of the last year, they were told it could not happen and if it did, they would not still be around to see it flourish. However the four persevered, taking the comments as motivation to prove others wrong. They gathered the 25 people they needed and started the Amenophis Colony. After that, they spent a year having a events and raising money to become a chapter. On April 1st 2017, Amenophis was initiated to become the 32nd active chapter of Alpha Rho Chi.

You can learn more about the process by clicking on the portfolio button.



Amenophis was one of Egypt’s most well-respected architects from the thirteenth century B.C. Known for his temples of healing, he ascended from the mortal life of an architect to the god of healing. He supervised several building projects, among them Amenhotep III’s mortuary temple at Western Thebes, known as the Colossi of Memnon. He was also the architect of the Temple of Soleb in Nubia. Southern Illinois is colloquially known as Little Egypt for its fertile land and rivers which are reminiscent of ancient Egypt from the Bible. The Amenophis colony hopes to heal and rejuvenate the tattered perceptions of the Greek life at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and unify the architecture and CASA (College of Applied Sciences and Arts) community.


                                                                                                      The Egyptian Scarab is an extremely important religious symbol, similar to the Cross in Christianity. According to ancient Egyptian myths the sun god Ra rolls across the sky each day and transforms bodies and souls. Therefore, the Scarab was seen as an earthly symbol of this heavenly cycle. Amenhotep III, who worked very closely with Amenophis, is famous for his commemorative scarabs that memorialized events of his day. The Scarab represents regeneration, and just as Amenophis became the god of healing, the scarab too will revive the community and environment at SIUC.

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