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Nickname: Phi Tau

President: Eric Skirkness

Recruitment: Hayden Dickens

Local Website

National Website

Chapter House address: 236 Lexington Ave.

Scholarship Offer information: Various scholarships given through National Foundation,-stipends-and-grants.html

Major community service, chapter or philanthropy events: Phi Kappa Tau produces a high number of service hours on campus usually around (30 per man). Our members are involved in a multitude of student organizations on campus including various positions within Student Government, Freshman Leadership, Interfraternity Council, DanceBlue, FUSION and many more. 

Outside of campus, our brothers regularly donate time to organizations such as Hole-In-The-Wall (Our National Philanthropy), Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, K-12 School Tutoring Programs, Camp Courage, the Hope Center and several more. Our members participate in several events throughout the year to help raise money for the various charities in and outside of the Greek community. Our chapter annually donates thousands of dollars to the "Hole-in-the-Wall" foundation, founded by famous actor and alum Paul Newman. In addition, we also regularly donate to Habitat for Humanity and the Ronald McDonald House. 

After completing a service project with the Hope Center, an organization that provides emergency shelter, food and clothing to the less privileged. The room renovation and service project were part of the Sears Blue Tool Crew’s “Do It Together” program, whose goal is to “recognize unsung heroes who use their tools and talents for the greater good of the community.” After the project, Sears donated every tool to the Hope Center. ESPN correspondent Michelle Beadle was in attendance and even took part in the service project with our chapter. 

Recent Awards:

Maxwell Scroll Winner (highest award available)

2010 Order of the Star

Academic Excellence

Hole in the Wall Camp Award

Community Service Award

Administrative Excellence Award

Maxwell Award - Overall

Philanthropy Award

Recruitment Pacesetter Award

2011 Highest Fraternity/Sorority Graduating Senior Grade Point Average 

2011 Highest New Member GPA (3.7)

2010 Second Place in IFC Greek Week

2010 Overall Award of Excellence in Chapter House Management

2010 Excellence in Chapter House Management, International Relations and Organizational Management

2010 Achievement in Membership Education and Scholarship

2009 Most improved Social Program

2008 Dean's Cup Award

2008 Rowland P Maxwell Award (The Nation's Most Outstanding Phi Tau Chapter)

Chapter Bio:

Phi Kappa Tau was founded on March 17, 1906, in the Union Literary Society Hall of Miami University's Old Main Building in Oxford, Ohio. The four honored founders were:

•     Taylor Albert Borradaile

•     Clinton Dewitt Boyd

•     Dwight Ireneus Douglass

•     William Henry Shideler

•         The 21 men who attended the first meeting hoped to establish themselves on campus by unifying. They agreed on the name Non-Fraternity Association because according to Founder Shideler, “A political combination of fraternities had taken charge of essentially all activities within the reach of the student body.”Three years later, on March 6, 1909, the organization changed its name to Phrenocon, combining the proposed names, Friends, Non-Fraternity and Comrades. Phrenocon expanded in 1911 when a second chapter formed at Ohio University. Additional chapters were established at Ohio State University, Centre College, Mount Union College (now the University of Mount Union) and the University of Illinois.On March 9, 1916, the Miami chapter withdrew from the National Phrenocon in order to become a Greek-letter fraternity. They adopted the name Phi Kappa Tau, and the remaining five Phrenocon chapters agreed to the name change in December of that year. The Miami chapter was then invited to return to the national organization as the Alpha chapter of Phi Kappa Tau.

Local founding date: November 6, 1920

Misson: The mission of Phi Kappa Tau is to champion a lifelong commitment to brotherhood, learning, ethical leadership and exemplary character.

Vission: The vision of Phi Kappa Tau is to be recognized as a leadership organization that binds men together and challenges them to improve their campuses and the world.
Creed: Phi Kappa Tau, by admitting me to membership, has conferred upon me a mark of distinction in which I take just pride. I believe in the spirit of brotherhood for which it stands. I shall strive to attain its ideals, and by so doing to bring to it honor and credit. I shall be loyal to my college and my chapter and shall keep strong my ties to them that I may ever retain the spirit of youth. I shall be a good and loyal citizen. I shall try always to discharge the obligation to others which arises from the fact that I am a fraternity man.

Chapter Colors: Harvard Red & Old Gold