Welcome to the Beta Nu of Theta Chi
We are the Beta Nu Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity. Nationally founded on April 10,1856 at Norwich University, the Theta Chi Society - as it was originally called - comprised itself of four members, including its founders, Frederick Norton Freeman and Arthur Chase.
Since then, the Alpha chapter has grown to over 200 chapters in the U.S. and Canada, and 175,000 men initiated, since Theta Chi's founding. You can view Theta Chi's history in further detail at our national website, located here. The International Headquarters is located in Carmel, Indiana.
The Beta Nu chapter has a storied history. Originally founded circa 1906 as a local secret fraternity called Sigma Tau Delta, the chapter formed in part due its members’ frustration with the amount of control other social fraternities had over Case’s students. It’s founding members were Feihl, Sauerwine, Zeichman, and Bohrer; the chapter kept their existence a secret until its formal recognition in 1909.
Then, in the 1930s, Sigma Tau Delta decided that it would be advantageous to join a national fraternity. After considering many fraternal organizations, including Theta Chi, the chapter finally decided on Beta Kappa; in 1931, its members joined as the Alpha Nu chapter. Interestingly enough, the Alpha Nu chapter was in better financial standing than the national fraternity itself.
Eleven years later, in 1942, Beta Kappa as a national organization merged with Theta Chi Fraternity; thus, our chapter became the Beta Nu chapter of Theta Chi.
Founded on the principles of Truth, Temperance, and Tolerance, our goal as a fraternal organization is to extend the Helping Hand to all who seek it - indicated by our motto and creed. As an academically-centered social organization, our members place philanthropic and academic pursuits above all others. Our maxim is representative of our efforts: "Alma Mater First, and Theta Chi for Alma Mater." As a token of the life commitment each member takes to accomplish Theta Chi's endeavors, the Creed of Theta Chi is publicly shared. It follows:
"I believe in Theta Chi, its traditions and its ideals. Born of sturdy manhood, nurtured by resolute men, ennobled by high and sacred purpose, it has taken its place among the educational institutions of America as a promoter of knowledge, an advancer of culture, and a builder of character.
It inspires true friendship; teaches Truth, Temperance, and Tolerance, extols virtue, exacts harmony, and extends a helping hand to all who seek it.
I believe in the primacy of Alma Mater; in the usefulness of my Fraternity, in its influence and its accomplishments and I shall do all in my power to perpetuate its ideals, thereby serving my God, my country, and my fellow-man."
Coupled with our ritual, the creed gives purpose and basis to the high value all members should hold themselves. The public symbols of our fraternity - military red and white, and the red carnation - serve as additional reinforcement of our values.
Our most famous alumnus is Donald Knuth, author of The Art of Computer Programming.
While we have changed our identities over the years, our tendency to quote brilliance has remained. Sigma Tau Delta's founders' Junior quotes are as follows:
Bohrer: '' Genius is capacity for evading hard work''
Feihl: ''Remember each time we ignore our better impulses Satan rings up a fare.''
Sauerwein: ''Yellow hair and troubles are soon mended''
Zeichman: ''Bacchus hath drowned more men than Neptune''