During the 2006-07 academic year, John Carroll University entertained proposals for a new fraternity expansion. Beta Theta Pi made its case to a committee of administrators and students, which quickly awarded the Fraternity with the opportunity to colonize citing its close relationship with the University's mission.
In October 2007, four men from the Administrative Office - Josh Machicek, Joe Kokojan, Dave Campbell, and David Schmidt - spent nearly a month recruiting some of Carroll's finest to be Founding Fathers of this new colony. What these initial 23 Founding Fathers created was an organization unlike any other Carroll has seen. Over its short history, Beta Theta Pi has shattered the unfavorable stereotypes of 'fraternity' while prioritizing academic achievement and service to the community.
Beta at JCU won its very first Greek Week Lip Sync competition in 2008, and later that year was named the Greek Organization of the Year. It has also taken home numerous awards and honors from the General Fraternity and the University over the years.
Every colony sets out to formally charter as a chapter of the organization. After three years on campus, the JCU colony petitioned to charter in May 2010, and presented its case in August 2010 to the delegates at the 171 General Convention, held just outside of Washington, D.C. The presentation team, composed of J.J. Kuczynski '10, Andy Lane '12, Kyle Sobh '10, and Nathan Catalano '12, highlighted how Betas at John Carroll live out the Fraternity's mission each and every day. A few hours later, the full delegation of chapter presidents from across the United States and Canada voted unanimously to welcome JCU as a formal chapter, the Eta Epsilon of Beta Theta Pi.
In what is an extraordinarily rare occurrence, the General Fraternity's Board of Trustees, led by President Tom Purinton, Kansas State '63, and General Secretary David Schmidt, South Florida '92, presided over the official chapter Installation Ceremony on November 6, 2010. The ceremony was a part of the chapter's "Installation Weekend," which also included its annual philanthropic event Carroll's Got Talent, a family dessert hour, a special Installation Mass, and a banquet at Canterbury Golf Club.
Adopting the motto "Leadership Moving Forward," brothers of the Eta Epsilon Chapter know the importance of laying a solid foundation for the future, and aim to recruit men who will continue to leave a legacy and live out Beta Theta Pi's values every day of their lives.