Epsilon Mu Chapter
Founded: December 7, 2002
Ideal Chapter Size: 45
Bentley College was founded in 1917 as a two-year finance and accounting school in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1961 it moved to Waltham, Massachusetts and in 1971 it expanded to offer a four-year undergraduate and a graduate school curriculum.
In Fall 1998, Jarret Dreicer, Christopher Lermann, Christopher Liva, and John Gersh decided to found a new fraternity. When the four had interested six others, they started holding meetings at Chris McSweeney's room in Miller Hall. At McSweeney's suggestion, the ten men visited Gamma Chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi where McSweeney's best friend's brother was a member. After the visit, the group contacted Alpha Sigma Phi about the possibility of developing a chapter of the Fraternity. Drew Thawley, Ohio Wesleyan '94, visited the group and advised them that they needed to grow to 25 members to take the next step toward becoming a chapter. Four more men were quickly added. The interest group's recruitment activities centered on barbecues and ski trips and over time more members joined.
In Fall 2000 the group gained recognition of the campus Greek Council. 30 members signed the petition for charter. Members of Epsilon Lambda Chapter initiated the charter members on December 7, 2002. The colony was chartered in ceremonies on December 7-8, 2002. Eric Kirleis, Plattsburgh '88, who had served as colony advisor was named first Grand Chapter Advisor.
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