Founded: August 8, 1839 - Miami University (Ohio)
Organization Nickname: Beta
Council: Inter-fraternity Council
Mission: "To develop men of principle for principled lives"
Values: Mutual Assistance, Intellectual Growth, Trust, Responsible Conduct, Integrity
Colors: Pink and Blue
Symbol: Dragon, Star, Diamond
Flower: Roses of the "June" or "Queen of the Prairie"
Local Philanthropies: The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)
Local Service: Varies organizations
GPA Requirement: 3.0
The Founding of Beta Theta Pi
At nine o’clock on the evening of the eighth day of the eighth month of the year 1839, eight earnest young men, all students at Miami University, held the first meeting of Beta Theta Pi in the Hall of the Union Literary Society, an upper room in the old college building (known as “Old Main”). The eight founders in the order in which their names appear in the minutes were:
John Reily Knox, 1839
Samuel Taylor Marshall, 1840
David Linton, 1839
James George Smith, 1840
Charles Henry Hardin, 1841
John Holt Duncan, 1840
Michael Clarkson Ryan, 1839
Thomas Boston Gordon, 1840
“of ever honored memory”
The Elon Colony of Beta Theta Pi serves to instill in it's members those core values it was founded upon:
Mutual Assistance – Betas believe that men are mutually obligated to help others in the honorable labors and aspirations of life.
Intellectual Growth – Betas are devoted to continually cultivating their minds, including high standards of academic achievement.
Trust – Betas develop absolute faith and confidence in one another by being true to themselves and others.
Responsible Conduct – Betas choose to act responsibly, weighing the consequences of their actions on themselves and those around them.
Integrity – Betas preserve their character by doing what is morally right and demanding the same from their brothers.
The colony was founded in the spring of 2016 by 88 founding fathers and chartered in August 2018.