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Our History

Our History

As an outgrowth of the Lancers Club, the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Phi Epsilon Pi was founded on Febuary 13, 1949 on the campus of then - Memphis State College. Phi Ep was one of the fraternities that would eventualy 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.

ZBT
Founded in 1949

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 Robins 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 was one of those hit hard.

Chapter status

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.

Our Growth

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.

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Executive Board

President
Alex Tate
Hendersonville, TN
Hendersonville HS
Operations Director
Bobby Smith
Memphis, TN
Bartlett HS
Programming Director
Dawson Wood
Lexington, TN
Lexington HS
Finance Director
Stephen Bertrand
Memphis, TN
Collierville HS
Communication and Alumni Relations Director
Larry Crawford, Jr.
Memphis, TN
Memphis Business Academy
Risk Management & Wellness Director
Miles Northcut
Jackson, TN
Trinity Christian Academy
Recruitment Director
Jason Garrett
Memphis, TN
Bartlett HS
Brotherhood Development Director
Zack Page
Memphis, TN
Germantown HS
Our Leadership

Our Brothers

Alex Tate
Hendersonville, TN
Hendersonville HS
Allton Burgess
Memphis, TN
Westminster Academy
Zack Page
Memphis, TN
Germantown HS
Jared Wolfe
Memphis, TN
Macon Road Baptist HS
Bobby Smith
Memphis, TN
Bartlett HS
Camden Cutright
Hendersonville, TN
Merrol Hyde
Justin Leggett
Munford, TN
Munford HS
Andrew Smith
Lexington, TN
Lexington HS
Dawson Wood
Lexington, TN
Lexington HS
Jason Houston
Memphis, TN
Bartlett HS
Grant Posey
Memphis, TN
Christian Brothers Academy
Jacob Renfroe
Lexington, TN
Lexington HS
Jalen Wilson
Brownsville, TN
Haywood HS
Jenord Taylor
Hendersonville, TN
Merrol Hyde
Larry Crawford, Jr.
Memphis, TN
Memphis Business Academy
Miles Northcut
Jackson, TN
Trinity Christian Academy
Roger Taylor
Lexington, TN
Lexington HS
Stefano Blasoni
Memphis, TN
Collierville HS
Stephen Bertrand
Memphis, TN
Collierville HS
Will Funk
Memphis, TN
Macon Road Baptist HS
Jason Garrett
Memphis, TN
Bartlett HS
Jacob Raggio
Memphis, TN
Macon Road Baptist School
Trey Pettigrew
Dresden, TN
Dresden HS
Antonio Boyd
Memphis, TN
Ridgeway HS
Collin Hill
Jackson, TN
Jackson Christian School
Chris Watson
Munford, TN
Munford HS
Alex Ayala
Colliervile, TN
Colliervile HS
Brayan Ayala
Colliervile, TN
Colliervile HS
Jalan Huffman
Brighton, TN
Munford HS
Griffin Edwards
Bartlett, TN
Bartlett HS
Jamee Partin-Foley
Greenfield, TN
Greenfield HS
2019 Brothers

Advisory Board

Chapter Advisor & Interim Executive Trustee
Faculty Advisor
Laitin Beecham
Assistant Chapter Advisor
Justin Dulin
Assistant Chapter Advisor
Lewis Bobo
Assistant Chapter Advisor
2019 Advisors

Awards

1969

Lee Dover Award for Overall Chapter Programming

2006

Highest Greek GPA ever recorded at the University of Memphis

2007

Homecoming Champions

2008

Football Homecoming Parade float: 2nd place

2009

Runner up for National Lee Dover Award for Chapter Programming

Follies: Third Overall and won several individual awards

Alpha Gamma Delta's Mr. U of M

Most Improved IFC chapter

Top three in intramural sports

2011

Greek Sing with Kappa Delta: 2nd Place

2012

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

2013

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
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 for ZBT International - Dr. Gary Strasberg
ZBT International HQ Chapter President of the Year - Hunter Lang
Homecoming Banner First Place
Homecoming Champions

2014

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
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

2015

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
  • 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)
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
  • 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
ZBT National HQ Most Outstanding Chapter President - Laitin Beecham
ZBT National HQ Most Outstanding Campus Leader - Ricky Kirby

2016

1st place in AKA’s Flip Flop Stroll Off
1st place in ADPi’s Run for Ronald 5K
1st place in DG Anchor Splash
1st Place overall in Alpha Delta Pi's Run for Ronald 5K Philanthropy
1st place in Football Homecoming competition with Phi Mu, LXA, and Sigma Kappa

2017

KD War of the Wings – Best wings
University of Memphis Greek Awards Ceremony – Highest new member GPA
1st place in the Football Homecoming competition

2018

ZBT brother selected as Student Trustee for the University of Memphis Board
Doubled chapter size through recruitment

2019

Received the Pillar of Excellence for Civic Engagement from the University of Memphis
The Edwin B. Meissner Award for Most Improved Chapter from ZBT International HQ
JWI Philanthropic Award
Most Outstanding Campus Leader – Drew Gilmore
Carson Scholar – Bobby Smith

Youngest Goldwater Scholar in US History

Alex Brueggeman

SGA Presidents

Bruce Robins
Hunter Lang
Ricky Kirby (served two terms)
Drew Gilmore

SGA Vice Presidents

Hal Price

Speaker of the SGA Senate

Tony Joe Connell

Chief Justice of the SGA

Cole Parr Roe (served two terms)

Runner Ups for Mr. University of Memphis

Hunter Lang
Hunter Dawson
Laitin Beecham
Ricky Kirby

Student Trustee for University of Memphis Board

Drew Gilmore

Carson Circle Recipients

Laitin Beecham
Ricky Kirby

Fraternity Man of the Year

Laitin Beecham

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