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Historic Chapter to be Re-Installed this Founders Day

Friday, April 28, 2017   (0 Comments)
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By Stephen Lee
(Lewis University, '10)

The University of Illinois has played an important role in Phi Kappa Theta’s history.

Image: Brothers and Associate Member's at the Illinois Beta Delta House.

Phi Kappa was founded at Brown University on April 29, 1889. It would take twenty-three years to find another group suitable to fly the Phi Kappa flag.

That group of Catholic men was at the University of Illinois, 1000 miles away from Brown. In 1912, they chartered as the second chapter of Phi Kappa, thus creating a national fraternity.

A competing fraternity, Theta Kappa Phi, opened it’s fourth chapter at the University of Illinois in 1921.

The two would co-exist at Illinois until April 29, 1959. That’s when both Phi Kappa and Theta Kappa Phi joined as one, thus creating Phi Kappa Theta.

Upon the merger, Beta Chapter and Delta Chapter would become one, forever known as Illinois Beta Delta.

Image: The Illinois Beta Delta House.

In 2013, after a 15 year absence, a group of students re-colonized at Illinois, and returned to the majestic house at 1106 S. Third Street, in Champaign, IL.

They have enjoyed major alumni support, which includes significant renovations of much of the house, a true jewel on campus.

This Founders’ Day, the colony will be officially re-installed as a full chapter of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity. In attendance will be:

  • Illinois Beta Delta alumni
  • Collegiate members
  • Family and friends
  • University guests
  • Chapter Coaches
  • Big Brother Chapter, Illinois Alpha Omega
  • Fraternity President, Lawrence Dorocke (Purdue University, '68)
  • Executive Staff member, Stephen Lee (Lewis University, '10)
  • And more

Congratulations to the founders and supporters of Illinois Beta Delta!

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