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!
Recruitment and Membership
Brotherhood Development Director