History at Marietta

During the 1965-66 academic years, Marietta College Dean of Men, Walter L. Hobba, expressed an interest in starting a seventh social fraternity on the Marietta campus. Returning form a conference of the National Inter-Fraternity Council, he had captured the interest of at least three national fraternities that would consider establishing a chapter at Marietta College. In February 1966, Dean Hobba announced that he wanted to meet with any independent men interested in forming a fraternity. At this meeting, with about two-dozen men in attendance, Hobba said that the group would form a local fraternity immediately, with the ultimate goal of affiliating it with a national fraternity and activating within two years. During this period, Hobba served as the fraternity's advisor. On March 7, 1966, Dean Hobba with the assistance of Dean of Students, Merrill Patterson, and President of the College, Dr. Frank Duddy, Jr., initiated 18 men, thus forming the local fraternity. Its name Beta Delta Epsilon derives from the names of the three national fraternities that were interested in Marietta. The interested national organizations were Beta Theta Pi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Phi Gamma Epsilon. The name Beta Delta Epsilon, in Latin, means "That all may be one."

After a period of soul-searching, the members of BDE, led by Tom Robinson, Ken Kavula, Greg Maloof and William "Willie" Warner, settled on a fraternity that met both their approval and that of the College administration. In February 1967, a Crescent Colony of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity was formed from the old Beta Delta Epsilon. From this moment on, we have called ourselves "Delts." The Crescent Colony's petition for chapter status was approved at the 1968 Kansas Karnea. Having fulfilled the chartering requirements by the fall of 1968, on November 23, the fraternal colony became chapter Epsilon Upsilon of Delta Tau Delta, the Fraternity's 101st chapter. Twenty-eight men were initiated at the nationalization ceremony, among them some returning alumni of BDE, and MC professor of history Dr. R.L. Jones. Representatives from nearby Delt chapters, Beta (OU), Beta Phi (OSU), Gamma Xi (Cinn.), Gamma Delta (WVU), and Zeta (Case Western Reserve) alternated in performing installation and activation rituals, which were held in the faculty lounge of the administration building. President of the fraternity, Robert Hartford, presented the charter at the initiation banquet that followed at the Club Continental. The nationalization formal was held at the Knights of Columbus.

Epsilon Upsilon is currently in its 44th year as a chapter of Delta Tau Delta. In the 2011-2012 school year the chapter earned its 5th Hugh Shields award. The Epsilon Upsilon chapter of Delta Tau Delta is the largest fraternity on the Marietta campus once again this year with 44 members.

 The chapter's purpose is to shape the lives of college men through the active exercise of our values and provide the resources to ensure lifelong success through community service, clear expectations in recruitment and academics, responsible conduct through accountability, brotherhood development, alumni relations, and campus involvement.