Gamma Beta Chapter
















“At Gamma Beta, we’ve been making good men great since 1913”


The Gamma Beta chapter officially received its charter from Beta Theta Pi on October 25, 1913.  It is currently located at 70 South Wolcott Street, a historic home that was built in 1931 and has served as the Gamma Beta chapter house since 1988.


Although the history of the Gamma Beta chapter has had some wonderful and prosperous periods, unfortunately its history is not without some significant challenges.  Due to the active membership’s failure to live up to the local and national fraternity standards, the Gamma Beta Alumni Association made the difficult decision to close the chapter in the spring of 2010.  This decision, while extremely difficult, proved to be the starting point to a new beginning for the chapter.


Efforts to re-colonize the chapter in conjunction with the General Fraternity’s “Men of Principal Initiative” began in 2011.  As part of the re-colonization, the chapter house underwent a $1.2 million renovation, funded largely by Gamma Beta alumni from across the country. In addition, 51 young men were initiated as re-founding fathers of the chapter.  The chapter has continued to grow in size, and since the re-founding father class was initiated, the chapter has held the highest GPA amongst all Greek organizations on campus by a wide margin.


On October 25, 2013, Gamma Beta was officially re-installed as a chapter of Beta Theta Pi, and simultaneously celebrated 100 years at the University of Utah.  The centennial celebration included over 400 people, many who traveled in from outside of the Wasatch front, and even outside of Utah.  It was the fastest recolonization of a chapter after closure in Beta history, and combined with the centennial celebration, marked an amazing official return to prominence at the University.


The return to the University of Utah, while amazing, is only the first of many milestones for the chapter.  The same year that they returned to campus, the Gamma Beta chapter won the prestigious Sisson Award for chapter excellence.  In 2014 the chapter won a second consecutive Sisson Award, as well as the highest chapter award possible, the Knox award.  Several individual awards for excellence have also been won, and the chapter shows no signs of slowing down.


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