Nickname: The Betas
National Founding Date:
Local Founding Date: 1965
Motto: Men of Principle
Chapter Colors: Pink & Blue
Philanthropy/Community Service: Habitat for Humanity, Flint Children’s Museum, Adopt-A Pet Animal Shelter
Beta Theta Pi was founded by 8 earnest young men in the summer of 1839. They desired a college experience based on scholarly excellence and mutual friendship. Now, nearly 170 years later, their legacy lives on in over 133,000 Betas all over the world.
Betas are Men of Principle, committed to excellence and responsibility in all they do. Betas strive to earn the regard of educators in a classroom setting and of their peers in social situations, working continuously to challenge the “Frat” stereotype. Betas believe that fraternities can strengthen the University community and better the individual.
The local Beta was established at Kettering University in 1964 and has since seen many fine young men grow and mature through that association. Recolonized in 2007 after a brief hiatus, the chapter is growing again by recruiting principled, driven individuals. In the intervening years, the fraternity has grown to a strong chapter size of 28 men, celebrated their 45th anniversary, have been reinstated as an official chapter, and achieved the highest honor their national organization presents, the ‘Knox Award’. Through leadership development opportunities, study sessions, brotherhood retreats, and campus leadership, Betas brothers members are refined, balanced, and prepared for the rigors of college and the real world. While Betas are known for their intellectual prowess and leadership roles, they also know how to have a good time, regularly participating in intramural sports, on-campus events, and various responsible social activities.