Beta Theta Pi to Celebrate 150 Years at Bethany College

BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College’s Beta Theta Pi brothers and alumni will return to Campus for the Psi chapter’s 150th Anniversary Celebration June 17-20. Members from each decade dating back to the 50s are expected to attend.

“Bethany’s fraternities and sororities are an important part of the life of the College, fostering friendship and fellowship that lasts a lifetime,” said Bethany College President Scott D. Miller. “We are happy to welcome home those Beta brothers who have graduated and to celebrate the continued successes of such a vital part of Bethany’s past and future.”

Blake Rowe, a 1975 Bethany graduate and member of the Psi chapter, stated, “As one of the oldest chapters of Beta Theta Pi, the Psi chapter will be celebrating 150 years this June. Since the establishment of the chapter, we have continued to promote the mission among our brothers of lifelong friendship, cultivation of the intellect, responsible leadership, responsible social conduct and commitment to the community.”

Rowe, who is serving as chairman of the committee overseeing the event, continued, “This celebration represents a milestone in Greek life on the Bethany campus.  We are all proud to be Betas and look forward to another 150 years at Bethany College.”

Beta Theta Pi has been an integral part of the College’s history since its establishment as Bethany’s Psi chapter on December 8, 1860 — just 20 years after the founding of the College itself and only a year before the start of the Civil War.

Founded in 1839 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Beta Theta Pi had more men in uniform in the Civil War than any other fraternity. The resourcefulness and tenacity developed while confronting such a challenge would serve its members well, allowing the fraternity not only to survive but to flourish after the war and in the face of the nation’s future trials.  

Bethany’s Psi chapter has consistently distinguished itself among Beta Theta Pi chapters nationwide as one of the fraternity’s top academic achievers, winning local and national awards for members’ high scholastic standing. Beta brothers past and present have gone on to assume significant leadership positions both within the College and throughout the world.

The Psi chapter’s 150th Anniversary Celebration will honor the group’s rich past, kicking off with a Welcome Reception on June 17. Festivities will include a variety of recreational activities on and off campus — including a cookout at Bethany Park and golf at Oglebay Resort’s Arnold Palmer Golf Course — as well as a chapter meeting. Tours of Historic Bethany and lectures by College faculty members will be offered throughout the weekend.

Highlighting the event will be the Psi Celebration Dinner and Gala on June 19, featuring an address by Bethany President Miller.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.