Paying tribute to their roots

ver 150 years ago in Huntsville, long before the birth of the Bearkat stood SHSU’s predecessor, Austin College.

Although only in operation for a short time, it was the first graduate school in Texas and when a chapter of Phi Delta Theta was founded there it became the first fraternity chapter founded west of the Mississippi River.

Last week, the Texas Pi Chapter of Phi Delta Theta met in Austin Hall to commemorate the historic significance of Phi Delta Theta in Huntsville.

With members from several Greek organizations present, the event began with a founder’s ceremony. Chapter President Morgan Chesky followed with a speech telling the story of the chapter.

Founded on June 9, 1852 the Texas Alpha Prime Chapter of Phi Delta Theta flourished until 1859 and Austin College was moved shortly thereafter to Sherman, Texas due to several yellow fever epidemics and the coming of the Civil War.

Mike Brickhouse closed the event by sharing the impact of Phi Delta Theta on his life and leading those present in a closing song.

Vice President Jon Tilley summed up the evening best, ” For our first time doing this, it went great and I hope that people learned a little about Phi Delt, but more importantly learned more about the great history we have around us in Huntsville.”

For more information, contact Phi Delta Theta President Morgan Chesky.

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