The history of the Eta Beta chapter is one that has changed the history of UTC. In the summer of 1963, the then University of Chattanooga, admitted nine black students into their graduate program. This was very important because this desegregation was the act that allowed the desegregation of the undergraduate department in 1965. On a global scale, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was continuously expanding during this time looking for men of similar thinking and goals. During this time there was a local chapter here in the city of Chattanooga, the Kappa Iota Chapter (1945), which currently serves as the graduate chapter for the Eta Beta chapter.
In the spring semester of 1971, several undergraduate students heard rumblings of the expansion of the organization and inquired about possibly starting a chapter on the campus. These young men enlisted the help of Little H. Mason who would become the adviser for the Eta Beta chapter. This first initiation class for the Eta Beta chapter would be called the 12 Disciples.
Members of the Eta Beta chapter must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA, completed 30 credit hours, 15 community service hours, and complete mandatory study hours.
Graduate members must have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited University, complete a predetermined number of community service hours, and meet other requirements. For more information visit the Kappa Iota’s website or the international website.
Members of the Eta Beta chapter are encouraged to be involved in at minimum one other campus organization – extending the reach of Omega and making each member well rounded.
Through initiation, members learn how to conduct official meetings and lead fellow members to enhance campus life for the student body.
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