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Beta Theta Pi

The Xi Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at Knox College was founded in 1855, not only as the first fraternity on campus, but also the first fraternity in the state of Illinois. The international fraternity was founded in Miami, Ohio, in 1839.

Beta Theta Pi houseBeta's mission states: "Beta Theta Pi is dedicated to building men of principle for a principled life. Our brotherhood aids the individual, builds the Fraternity and strengthens the host academic institution through lifelong devotion to intellectual excellence, high standards of moral conduct and responsible citizenship." Along with this mission, the Xi Chapter's focused main goals include:

  • Improving grades
  • Fostering friendships that will last a lifetime
  • Building leadership skills that extend beyond college
  • Volunteering within the Galesburg community

Community is important, and the Xi Chapter strives to spend a minimum of eight hundred hours on volunteer and philanthropic events per year. Some of those volunteer and philanthropic events have included:

  • Assisting with The Great Cardboard Boat Regatta at Lake Storey in Galesburg, which benefits local schools
  • Playing with children in the after-school PALs Program at Steele Elementary
  • Collecting clothes for AMVETS

Beta Theta Pi has a very rich history with the many great men that have been initiated. One amazing Beta great, a graduate of Knox College, is Francis H. Sisson. He is the only Beta to have served in all four of the current Board positions -- President, Vice President, General Secretary, and General Treasurer of Beta Theta Pi. There is a national award for Beta Theta Pi named in honor of Knox Beta, Francis H. Sisson, Knox, 1892.

If you are interested in being part of an organization that builds the individual, serves the community, and holds high standards for its members, consider Beta Theta Pi. Check out our website, which has more information about Beta, the Xi Chapter, and Rushing.