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Trine University

Beta Omicron Chapter

Trine University
Founded: November 8, 1935
Status: Active
Ideal Chapter Size: 35
Conduct Violations: Leadership Programs Attendance, 2013


President - Niko Barrantes
Vice President - Lucas Drerup
Recruitment Director - Tylor Willms
Alumni Director - Zane Bierman
Grand Chapter Advisor - Wes Stinson
Alumni Association President - Eugene Tierney

Chapter Awards

Alpha Gamma Upsilon Bronze Cup - 2016, 2012, 2011, 2010
Chapter Newsletter Award- 2004

Individual Awards

Undergraduate Scholar of the Year -1971 - Timothy Adams

Chapter History

Trine University is a private non-denominational institution founded as Tri-State Normal College in 1884. It became Tri-State College in 1906 and Tri-State University in 1975. In 2008, Tri-State formally changed its name to Trine University. Alpha Delta Alpha arose in March 1924. Phi Lambda Tau was chartered by the State of Indiana on April 10, 1925. In 1929 the groups combined as Alpha Delta Alpha. On November 8, 1935, the Alpha Delta Alpha fraternity was chartered as Alpha Beta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Pi. The chapter house was at 415 W. Gilmore Street. In 1946 the chapter was re-designated Beta Omicron of Alpha Sigma Phi and at the time it was the largest fraternity on campus with 57 undergraduate members.

Alpha Gamma Upsilon was the third national fraternity to enter Tri-State College. Delta Epsilon chapter of Phi Sigma Chi secured its release from that organization and petitioned for a charter in Alpha Gamma Upsilon. Its petition was granted and Lambda of Alpha Gamma Upsilon was installed on May 8, 1949. The chapter had the largest house on the Tri-State campus at that time. Sigma Delta Rho had its Iota chapter at Tri-State from 1934 to 1935 when it disbanded nationally. Sigma Delta Rho's last active chapters joined Alpha Kappa Pi in 1937.

The chapter had a house in 1947 at 207 S. Superior Street in Angola, Indiana. It relocated shortly thereafter to 113 North Superior Street. On May 22, 1965, the chapter retired the mortgage on its chapter house. In the late 1960's the chapter moved to 314 W. Broad Street. From 1969 to 1971 the chapter was in a new chapter house at 333 S. Summit Street; and in 1973 the chapter moved to 109 N. Superior Street. In 1974, the chapter completed an addition to the house which increased live-in capacity to 20 men.

By 1976 the chapter had moved to 709 W. Maumee Street, its present home. The chapter newsletter is "Seven Points" which won the Chapter Newsletter Award in 1974; the alumni corporation issues "The Alumni Connection," which won the Alumni Newsletter Award for 1990. Beta Omicron Chapter won Tomahawk Awards in 1992, 1966, and 1955, and won Alpha Gamma Upsilon Bronze Cups in 2012, 2011, and 2010.

Matthew J. Hittle, Trine '04, served as an Undergraduate Grand Councilor in 2006-7, and Mike Stone was an Undergraduate Advisor to the Grand Council in 1977-8. Wayne A. Champion, Trine '51, was Grand Chapter Advisor for over 20 years, and received the Delta Beta Xi Award. "Champ's Silver Circle" honors his memory. Terry Carter has been a steady leader on the Alumni Corporation and won a Delta Beta Xi key. William Golden, Trine '77, Harry Speake, Trine '47, Roy Erlandson, Trine '35, Jack Andrews, Trine '67, and William Golden, Trine '77, have also received the Delta Beta Xi Award. Timothy C. Adams, Trine '70, was Alpha Sigma Phi Scholar of the Year in 1971. Will Lasher, Trine '01, served on the Fraternity staff.

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