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Beta Rho History

Beta Rho Chapter of TKE at the University of Akron (formerly Buchtel College) started in 1947 as a colony of Tau Kappa Epsilon. Many of this initial group were returning veterans from WWII attending the university on the GI Bill and through their camaraderie they had desire to start a fraternity and chose TKE based on the values and ideals of the fraternity.  One year later this group grew quickly and was initiated as a chapter of TKE on September 18, 1948.  Since that time Beta Rho Chapter has been one of the outstanding chapters in TKE with a total chapter membership in excess of 1700 men.  They have won numerous awards over these years - winning the coveted Top TKE chapter award 18 times (this is the second most awards in all TKE chapters).  These awards signify the excellence in chapter operations, philanthropy, and values of TKE.  2023 is the 75th year of continuous operation of the Beta Rho chapter and truly has strived to actively live TKE values to create “Better Men for a Better World”.  We look forward to continuing this legacy for another 75 years!


Since its founding on January 10, 1899, Tau Kappa Epsilon has been a driving force in the fraternal world. And as we look back on our history, we are reminded of the path that was forged by great ideals held by revolutionary men. More than 298,000 men of sterling character and staunch uprightness have joined a brotherhood that believes in the honest convictions of Love, Charity and Esteem. Men like Ronald Reagan, Steve Forbes, Danny Thomas, Conrad Hilton and Charles R. Walgreen actively sought to better themselves, and in return, better the Fraternity.

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