BETHANY, W.Va.– Oct. 27 marked a historic milestone for the Phi Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau at Bethany College as the fraternity celebrated its 100th anniversary. Approximately 200 brothers and guests gathered for a series of memorable events held at Oglebay Resort and Bethany College.

The festivities commenced with a welcome reception and luau buffet at Oglebay where brothers enjoyed an evening of fellowship. On Saturday morning, a Phi Chapter graduate council meeting took place in Wailes Theatre, followed by a founder’s ceremony in Old Main Corridor. The highlight of the ceremony was the unveiling of a centennial plaque commemorating the fraternity’s establishment at Bethany College. 

Attendees had the opportunity to tour the campus, including Campbell Mansion, and explore the town of Bethany at their leisure. Later in the day, initiated brothers participated in a ritual ceremony at Oglebay, followed by a photoshoot leading up to a brotherhood reception and banquet. The celebration concluded with breakfast at Oglebay before attendees departed on Sunday morning. 

Reflecting on the fraternity’s rich history, the Phi Chapter has come a long way since its establishment in 1923. From the early days as the Rechabite Club to becoming the twenty-first chapter of Phi Kappa Tau, the fraternity has weathered challenges and celebrated triumphs. Through the decades, Phi Tau, as they are affectionately known, has upheld the ideals of brotherhood, leadership, and community service. 

“The Phi Chapter’s 100th anniversary is a testament to the enduring spirit of brotherhood that defines Phi Kappa Tau,” said Executive Director of Alumni Engagement and Planned Giving Deno Emili ‘78. “We are proud to celebrate this significant milestone and honor the legacy of the dedicated brothers who have been a part of this fraternity over the past century.” 

Phi Kappa Tau’s history at Bethany College is a story of resilience, camaraderie, and a commitment to excellence. As the fraternity looks forward to its next century, the bond of brotherhood continues to thrive, inspiring current and future generations of Phi-Tau Brothers.