Originally, our chapter was known as Tau Omega Sigma, or the Tribe of the Sphinx. The “tribe” began on October 14, 1901, and was the first Greek Letter fraternity at Kansas State University. The society was based on the core objectives of social improvement, spirit of fraternity, and mutual problems and enjoyment. Over the course of the following decade, the chapter grew significantly and petitioned for membership into Beta Theta Pi in 1913.
Tau Omega Sigma became the Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi on October 17-18, 1914, making it the 100th chapter of Beta. 1917, was a significant year in our chapter’s history with 74 of 131 members fighting in World War 1.
1933, marked the year that Gamma Epsilon took residence of 500 Sunset, which is where the chapter resides today.
1943-1946 were some of the darkest years of Gamma Epsilon history. As World War Two raged on, perhaps only a half dozen men kept the chapter alive. 500 Sunset was taken over by the Air Corps. During that time, surviving members held weekly meetings on Wednesday nights at various locations.
The Gamma Epsilon’s objectives are very much the same as they were when the chapter was first established at Kansas State, but with a more distinguished initiated set by the national fraternity, the Men of Principle Initiative.
As we look ahead and continue to make history at Gamma Epsilon, we are constantly evaluating ourselves and what we can do to further strengthen our chapter. Our 100th year anniversary is quickly approaching and is an incredible milestone for us. As this milestone moves closer to becoming reality, we are developing an ambitious plan to facilitate our long-term goals for the next 100 years.