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The Tennessee Gamma Chapter of the Phi Delta Theta was founded at The University of Tennessee on September 16, 1963, as the third chapter in the state—following TN Alpha at Vanderbilt, and TN Beta at the University of the South. 1963 was a critical year in all of Phi Delta Theta as the General Headquarters instated the colony system for expansion. With the new growth plan, TN Gamma became the first chapter developed under this system, and helped create many colony symbols still used today.
When the chapter was chartered in 1963, Samuel J. Furrow became the first member initiated as bond number one. Over 40 years later we have initiated over 800 gentlemen who have lived by the fraternity’s three cardinal principles:
Friendship, Sound Learning, and Rectitude.
In December 2001, after the charter was revoked for straying from the principles of Phi Delta Theta, the chapter re-colonized, and on October 18, 2002, the chapter once again received its charter from General Headquarters. Since 2002, our chapter has rooted itself in the ideals of the Phi Delta Theta. We are a non-hazing fraternity, and pride ourselves in strong academics and social events. We take part in campus activities such as Homecoming, All-Sing, Dance Marathon, enjoy mixers and date functions, and participate in intramurals.
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