Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity

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The Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity was founded by Otis Allan Glazebrook, Erskine Mayo Ross, and Alfred T. Marshall in 1865 at the Virginia Military Institute. It was established upon Christian, not Greek-principles and was not established in imitation of or in opposition of any existing fraternity. ATO was officialy recognized at the 34th Congress in Memphis, Tennessee, in June of 1935. The Alpha Tau Omega fraternity was the first to be founded after the civil war. The fraternity was intended to help reunite the North and South through brotherhood. There are more than 200,000 total members in over 250 active and inactive chapters. There are 6,500 undergraduate members as well. [1]

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Beta Iota History

Isaac S. Hopkins

The founding of the Beta Iota Chapter at Georgia Tech was closely tied with the founding of Georgia Tech. Selected in 1888 as the founding President of the Georgia School of Technology, Isaac S. Hopkins and Frank G. Corker helped to bring the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity into existence. The Be[[Beta Iota Fraternity|Beta Iota Chapter] was founded on September 18th, 1888, a month before classes began at Georgia Tech. The Beta Iota chapter is currently part of the Interfraternity Council at Georgia Tech.[citation needed]

House History

The original chapter house was located on North Avenue prior to the purchase of the Chi Phi house on July 18th, 1944. The house was built in 1929 and served as a hospital during World War II. In 1945, a fire caused severe damage resulting in the reconstruction of the living room wing. Several rooms were added during the reconstruction. The house has been named the Eugene M. Clary house in honor of the great alumni and his generosity towards the fraternity. [2]

Alpha Tau Omega Creed

"To bind men together in a brotherhood based upon eternal and immutable principles, with a bond as strong as right itself and as lasting as humanity; to know no North, no South, no East, no West, but to know man as man, to teach that true men the world over should stand together and contend for supremacy of good over evil; to teach, not politics, but morals; to foster, not partisanship, but the recognition of true merit wherever found; to have no narrower limits within which to work together for the elevation of man than the outlines of the world: these were the thoughts and hopes uppermost in the minds of the founders of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity."

Otis Allan Glazebrook 1880 [3]


References

  1. Alpha Tau Omega. (2010). In ‘Alpha Tau Omega National History’. December 8, 2010 from http://www.gtato.org/history.php
  2. Beta Iota. (2010). In 'GT Beta Iota History. December 8, 2010 from 'http://www.gtato.org/history.php
  3. Alpha Tau Omega. (2010). In ‘Creed’. December 8, 2010 from http://www.ato.org/AlphaTauOmega/atohistory/atocreed.aspx
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