Welcome to the Gamma Tau Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity! Theta Chi is one of the oldest men’s fraternities in North America.

Founded at Norwich University in 1856, more than 175,000 members share the Fraternity’s traditions, ideals and fellowship.

Founded on the principle of friendship through the mutual assistance of every member, Theta Chi aims to provide its members with an enjoyable and fulfilling collegiate experience that also prepares them for rewarding, successful lives after graduation.   This is who we are and what we do as Theta Chi Brothers.

Supporting each other academically:

This year, the undergraduates started a Theta Chi Big Brother/Little Brother GPA Award. This was formed to create a sense of community and a culture of support within the chapter and to encourage everyone to study hard and succeed academically.   Members worked together in teams to ensure accountability.  At the end of the semester, the team with the highest combined GPA won an award.  The first winner of this award was the team of Trevor Marchuk ’15 and Adam Graves ’16.  Question about our ongoing scholarship program can be directed to Brother Eric Zange at

Giving time to the community isn’t just a goal, it’s our Motto:  “EXTENDING AN ASSISTING HAND TO ALL WHO SEEK IT”

Collectively, our brothers completed over 1,000 hours of community service last fall, and exceeded that amount this spring.  You will find Gamma Taus throughout the Des Moines community, but look for us at The Boys and Girls Club of Des Moines, Big Brothers/Big Sisters at Drake University, and Habitat for Humanity Projects throughout the greater Des Moines area. With the recently announced Theta Chi National Fraternity’s partnership with the USO, expect to see us supporting the brave men and women of our armed services.  Questions about our community service can be directed to Brother Austin Bettle at

Raising money for very worthy causes:

Our philanthropy, G.I. Theta Chi works very closely with the Wounded Warrior Project.  WWP helps returning veterans deal with the physical and psychological issues that come from serving in combat. Last academic year, Gamma Tau Chapter raised $2,000 for the Project.  Additionally, most recently, we raised $1,700 through G.I. Theta Chi to benefit the 402nd Sapper Company so that they could purchase for their unit seven GPS watches and a Keurig coffee machine, making them safer and more comfortable.  The Unit was so touched by our efforts that a member of the 402nd Sapper Company actually came to Drake to thank us.   He delivered to us an American flag that was flown over their unit while overseas.  It became even more clear to us that we were supporting the right cause.  Questions about our philanthropic efforts can be directed to Brother Nick Frandsen at

We are keenly aware and constantly in tune with building our brotherhood:

A specific example was our Brotherhood Olympic Games held last March.  We spent a week organizing and participating in the events where each senior served as a team captain and chose their team members from the underclassmen.  The competition included a Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament, Lightning, 100-Meter Dash, Soccer, Billiards, Darts, Foosball, and much more.  At the culmination of the week, the team that had earned the most points was named Olympic Champions and was recognized by the Chapter.  The plan is to make this the highlight of each semester.  Questions about our Brotherhood  events can be directed to Brother Dave Murley at

The health and safety of our brothers is at our core:

Under the direction of our Vice President of Health and Safety, the Brothers organized and hosted two mental health events on campus, two nutritional education events, started an inventory site for resources for the student body, and sponsored and participated in a bystander intervention leadership course called Mentors in Violence Prevention.  In September,  we expect to host a Mental Health Awareness event to kick off the fall semester.  Questions about our Health and Safety initiatives can be directed to Adam Graves at






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