THE ETA ETA CHAPTER OF BΘΠ AT TCU
During the 2010-2011 academic year, Texas Christian University was accepting applications for a fraternity expansion. This was the first time in ten years that the university was open to the idea of a new fraternity joining the TCU Greek community. TCU had always been on the Administrative Office’s radar as a community Beta Theta Pi needed to be a part of due to the congruent campus values and potential for attracting great students. Beta was chosen to expand out of a pool of five fraternities that gave presentations, and they were to begin that summer.
In June of 2011, TJ Hutchings, Colony Development Coordinator, was sent to campus to begin recruiting upperclassmen and advisors. In September of 2011, Jeff Rundle, Rory Curren and Bradley De Wet joined TJ to recruit the bulk of the Founding Father class. At the end of the month, they had recruited a total of 79 students and seven advisors. We now have over 150 brothers in our chapter. The Founding Father class was then initiated on December 1, 2011. TJ stayed on campus through May of 2012 to ensure the then colony was set up for long term, sustainable success.
Since then, our chapter has taken ten more pledge classes: the Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, Theta, Iota, and Kappa classes, successfully received a charter at the 175th General Convention at Beta's headquarters in Oxford, Ohio, and has since obtained status as Beta's most awarded chapter nationwide. The future is looking bright for the Eta Eta Chapter of Beta Theta Pi!