About Us

History

As an outgrowth of the Lancers Club, the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Phi Epsilon Pi was founded on February 13, 1949 on the campus of then-Memphis State College. Phi Ep was one of the fraternities that would eventually merge into Zeta Beta Tau. The original Gamma Mu Chapter of ZBT was installed in 1965 at then-MSU. They had a house on Midland next door to the property where Hillel currently stands.

In 1969, the men of Gamma Mu won the Lee Dover Award for Outstanding General Chapter Programming from ZBT HQ. They were also leaders on campus, with brothers such as Bruce Robbins serving as SGA President, Hal Price as VP of the SGA, and several members as President of IFC. With the Vietnam War and the shift in focus to serving our country, fraternity membership across the country dropped in the 1970s and many chapters closed their doors as a result. ZBT at Memphis was one of those hit hard.

On October 24, 2006 the Gamma Mu Chapter of ZBT was re-colonized at the University of Memphis. In 2009, we received chapter status. By 2011, we had moved into our current property at 3604 Midland Ave. Since our re-colonization, the organization has grown tremendously. We have achieved a great deal in the areas of recruitment, philanthropy, community service, and campus involvement, with brothers serving as SGA Presidents, Frosh Camp Counselors, Orientation Guides, and more.

In 2013, our chapter won Greek Sing and Homecoming and we were recognized as one of the top three chapters of ZBT in the world based on our excellence in community service, programming, and advisory. The following year, our chapter won the Brummer Cup from Zeta Beta Tau HQ for best chapter of ZBT in the world. In the same school year, the members of ZBT Gamma Mu at Memphis were selected as Chapter of the Year for the IFC at the University of Memphis. The best is yet to come. It’s great to be a Zebe!

Previous Presidents ZBT Memphis

  • Leo Feder 1949
  • Herman Sheinberg 1950 - 1952
  • Ray Zimmerman 1953 - 1954
  • Melvin Fleishcer 1955
  • George Fleischer 1956
  • Bruce Robbins 1967
  • Richard Taube 1968
  • Larry Mendelson 1969
  • Gil Schulman 1970
  • Mark Engelberg 1971
  • Gary Strasberg 1972
  • Steven Shirley 2006
  • Zach Nahmias 2007
  • Daniel Longo 2008
  • Tommy Holland 2009
  • Hunter Lang 2010 - 2012
  • Ricky Kirby 2013
  • Laitin Beecham 2014
  • Dylan Turner 2015
  • Tony Joe Connell 2016
  • Lewis Bobo 2017
  • Camden Cutright 2018
  • Goldwater Scholar
  • Alex Brueggeman

SGA Presidents from ZBT Memphis

  • Bruce Robbins
  • Hunter Lang
  • Ricky Kirby (two terms)
  • Drew Gilmore

SGA Vice Presidents from ZBT Memphis

  • Hal Price

Mr. University of Memphis Runner Up from ZBT Memphis

  • Hunter Dawson
  • Hunter Lang
  • Laitin Beecham
  • Ricky Kirby

Carson Circle Recipients

  • Laitin Beecham
  • Ricky Kirby

Fraternity Man of the Year

  • Laitin Beecham

Executive Board

President
Camden Cutright
cctright@memphis.edu

Vice President
Allton Burgess
lbrgess2@memphis.edu

Secretary
Parker Birdwell
pbrdwell@memphis.edu

Recruitment and Membership
Alex Tate
antate1@memphis.edu

Brotherhood Development Director
Jalen Wilson
jwlson29@memphis.edu

Public Relations
Bobby Smith
bsmith40@memphis.edu

Treasurer
Cody Cunningham
ccnnng10@memphis.edu

Advisory Board

Crown Pearl

Kelly Cook

Previous Crown Pearls

  • Kat Cherry
  • Heather Vandergrift
  • Kayla Young
  • Fernanda Corral
  • Kayna Chisum
  • Brittany Moore
  • Sydney Tomes
  • Anita Vongphrachanh
  • Kelsey Burks
  • Kristen Lee

Awards

  • KD War of the Wings Best Wings
  • University of Memphis Greek Awards Ceremony
    • Highest New Member GPA
  • 1st place in Football Homecoming Competition
  • 1st place in AKA Flip Flop Stroll Off
  • 1st place in ADPi Run for Ronald 5K
  • 1st place in DG Anchorsplash
  • 1st Place in Football Homecoming Competition with Phi Mu, LXA, and SK
  • University of Memphis Greek Awards Ceremony
    • University of Memphis Chapter of the Year
    • University of Memphis Pillars of Excellence - Civic Engagement Award
    • University of Memphis Pillars of Excellence - Leadership Development Award
    • Pistos Tigres Recipient: Laitin Beecham
    • Greek All-Sing Follies Scholars Merit Award Recipient
  • University of Memphis President's Leadership Recognition Awards Ceremony
    • University of Memphis Collaboration of the Year Award with Hillel of Memphis for the Butterfly Garden Project
    • Carson Circle Award Recipient (Highest Honor for Undergraduate at the University of Memphis): Laitin Beecham
  • 1st Place overall in Kappa Delta's War of the Wings Philanthrophy
    • 2nd Place in War of the Wings "Hottie Award"
    • 2nd Place in "Best Wings"
    • 2nd Place in "Kiss-the-Cook Apron" Contest
  • 1st Place overall in Alpha Delta Pi's Run for Ronald 5K Philanthropy
    • 1st Place in Fraternity Participation Award
    • 3rd Place in Top Male Runner Award
  • 2nd Place overall in Alpha Gamma Delta's Batting Out Diabetes Philanthropy
    • 1st Place overall in Phi Mu's Spaghetti Dinner Philanthropy
    • 1st Place in Men's Spaghetti Eating Contest
    • 1st Place in Fraternity Attendance
  • 3rd Place overall in Greek Sing with Delta Gamma
  • 1st Place in Hillel's Spring Midland Ave Neighborhood 3 vs 3 Basketball Tournament
  • Lee Dover Award for Excellence in Chapter Programming
  • Parent Relations Award for Communication with Parents
  • Runners-Up for the Heritage Award
  • Delta Gamma's Anchorman: Tony Joe Connell
  • Kappa Delta War of the Wings 1st
  • 1st place Alpha Delta Pi Run for Ronald
  • University of Memphis Fraternity Man of the Year - Laitin Beecham
  • Chapter Heritage Programming National Award (Best Jewish Relations)
  • Runner-up to the Lee Dover Chapter Programming Award
  • Runner-up to the Omega Cup for outstanding publications
  • Brummer Cup Winner (Most Outstanding ZBT Chapter)
  • Best Founding Father to Zachary P. Nahmias
  • Runner-Up in Hillel's Midland Ave Neighborhood 3 vs 3 Basketball Tournament
  • 1st Place in Football Homecoming Competition with Alpha Gamma Delta
    • 2nd Place in Knowledge Bowl Competition
    • 2nd Place in Find Baby TJ
    • 1st Place in Homecoming Parade
    • 1st Place in Homecoming Banner Contest
  • 2nd Place in Intramural Water Polo
  • 3rd Place in Intramural Indoor Soccer
  • 1st Place in "Best BBQ" category for Alpha Gamma Delta's BBQ Bash Dash Philanthropy
  • Greek Sing with Phi Mu: 1st Place
  • Kappa Delta War of the Wings 1st
  • Women's Basketball Greek Olympics Champions
  • U of M Pillar of Excellence Civic Engagement Award
  • Chapter Heritage Programming National Award (Jewish Relations)
  • Theodore G. Rich-St. Louis Alumni Association Award (Outstanding Community Service)
  • Brummer Cup Runner-Up (Best ZBT Chapter in the World)
  • Maxwell Hyman Chapter Advisor Award - Dr. Gary Strasberg
  • Chapter President of the Year - Hunter Lang
  • Homecoming Banner First Place
  • Homecoming Champions
  • Most Improved IFC Chapter
  • Greek Sing with Phi Mu: 3rd Place
  • Homecoming: Third Overall
  • Homecoming: Third Place Float
  • Homecoming: 2nd Place Trivia
  • Homecoming: 2nd Place Up 'til Dawn Letter Writing
  • Greek Sing with Kappa Delta: 2nd Place
  • Runner up for National Lee Dover Award for Chapter Programming
  • Follies: Third Overall, Best
  • Alpha Gamma Delta's Mr. U of M
  • Most Improved IFC chapter
  • 3rd place in intramural sports
  • Homecoming Parade float: 2nd place
  • Initiated the youngest Goldwater Scholar in U.S. history
  • Homecoming Champions
  • Highest Greek GPA ever recorded at the University of Memphis
  • Lee Dover Award for Overall Chapter Programming