Famous Delts!

Here are some Delts that you may be familiar with:

  • Comedian Will Ferrel
  • Actor Drew Carey
  • Actor Mathew McConaughey
  • NFL QB John Elway
  • Oak Ridge Boys Singer Duane Allen
  • MLB Pitcher Mike Mussina
  • Navy SEAL Marcus Lutrell

History of Delta Tau Delta

In 1858, Delta Tau Delta was founded at Bethany College located in West Virginia. Eight undergraduates, angered by a fixed vote for a prize in oratory to be given at the Neotrophian Literary Society (which was a forum for students to practice and demonstrate skills in poetry, public speaking, and writing essays) respond by forming a secret society. The purpose of the new society, known only by the Greek letters Delta Tau Delta, was to see that the Neotrophian was returned to popular control, and delivered from the hands of the group of students who seized it.

Delta Tau Delta Fraternity was founded to right unjust situations, and from that, the idea that integrity is essential to a common being was formulated as a value of our organization. Its eight founders, outraged that one group of students would and could choose the candidate they favored, then joined together to swing enough votes for that man to win regardless of his actual performance in the contest. This presented the first opportunity for Delts to realize the importance of accountability, and through showing the need to hold those accountable, Delta Tau Delta Fraternity was created.

History of Epsilon Eta Chapter

In 1961, 24 founders helped to charter the Epsilon Eta chapter of Delta Tau Delta here at Texas A&M University - Commerce, then East Texas State University, making Delta Tau Delta the oldest social organization on campus. Throughout the entire 51 year history, Epislon Eta has produced two International Fraternity Presidents (Dr. Thomas Huddleston, and Dr. Kenneth Clinton), as well as 2 Hugh Shields Award winning chapters (top ten best chapters in the entire Fraternity). Epsilon Eta has experienced its ups and downs, but still remains one of the top fraternities on the Texas A&M University - Commerce campus. Through participation in Greek events, organizing philanthropies, and social events, as well as upholding academic standards, Delts continue to strive to be "committed to lives of excellence".