Organization Name: Iota Phi Theta
Chapter Name: Eta Phi
National Website: www.iotaphitheta.org
Founded Nationally: September 19, 1963
Founded Locally: Summer of 2007
Philanthropy: The NAACP, The United Negro College Fund, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Project IMAGE, The National Federation of the Blind, & the National Sickle Cell Foundation
Flower: Yellow Rose
Symbols: Centaurs, Shield and Bow
Colors: Charcoal Brown and Gilded Gold
Motto: "Building a Tradition, Not Resting Upon One"
On September 19, 1963, at Morgan State College (now Morgan State University), 12 students founded what is now the nation's fifth largest, predominately African-American social service fraternity The Honorable founders of Iota Phi Theta® were: Albert Hicks, Lonnie Spruill, Jr., Charles Briscoe, Frank Coakley, John Slade, Barron Willis, Webster Lewis, Charles Brown, Louis Hudnell, Charles Gregory, Elias Dorsey, Jr., and Michael Williams. Based upon their ages, heightened responsibilities, and increased level of maturity, this group had a slightly different perspective than the norm for college students. It was this perspective from which they established the Fraternity's purpose, "The development and perpetuation of Scholarship, Leadership, Citizenship, Fidelity, and Brotherhood among Men." Additionally, they conceived the Fraternity's motto, "Building a Tradition, Not Resting Upon One!" Today, Iota Phi Theta® consists of over 250 chapters located in 40 States, the District of Columbia and the Republic of Korea. The scope of the organization extends throughout the nation, from California to New York; from Wyoming to Florida; and from Wisconsin to The Bahamas Islands.
As Iota Phi Theta continues to grow and strengthen, so will its commitment to make meaningful contributions to society in general, with particular emphasis in the African-American community. Throughout America, Iota Phi Theta ® has come to represent excellence in all areas. The Fraternity is, and shall forever remain dedicated to its founders' vision of "Building a Tradition, Not Resting Upon One!"
Now, the MTSU Colony of Iota Phi Theta is extending this history. The MTSU chapter started during the summer of 2007 by two strong-willed brothers. Ryan Tyler i.k.a The Destination and Marcus Mckeller i.k.a The Navigator introduced Iota Phi Theta to the campus of MTSU. After their diligent work their chartering line, I.S. Inferno: Mike Hildebrandt i.k.a, Arson, Jeremy "JT"; Turner i.k.a Pyro and Reggie Williams i.k.a Phoenix, crossed in the fall of 2008. In spring of 2009, I.S. S.W.A.G.G. consisted of one brother, Cornell Jones i.k.a Polo Da Don. The last ship to cross the seas in the spring of 2010 was I.S. W.O.G.A: Delano Prince i.k.a Maximus, Marvin Taylor i.k.a Achilles, and Greg Stewart i.k.a Ajax. This chapter has grown in a very short time. They continue to uphold the principles set forth by the founders. The motto of this chapter is: "The ship is going to move, sink or float."; We take every opportunity to develop our communities and our young people.