HISTORY

Fraternity History

Beta Upsilon Chi was formed at The University of Texas at Austin in the spring of 1985 by a handful of Christian men who desired an alternative to the present fraternal lifestyle. A group of Christian men met and planned the “BYX Island Party” to formally announce the fraternity’s founding. It was the vision of the founding fathers to have a fraternity of committed Christian men, based on the unique brotherhood that a Christian atmosphere affords, for the purpose of fellowship and glorification of Jesus Christ. Through such events as parties, service projects, and evangelical outreaches, the charter members of Beta Upsilon Chi chose to unite in fellowship and glorify Jesus Christ on the University of Texas campus.

Chapter History

In the summer of 2015 Scottie Hill, a founder of the Alpha Lambda Chapter, shared about his experience in BYX with Nick McGaha. Scottie encouraged Nick to consider starting a new chapter at ETSU. In the spring of 2016, the Lord challenged Nick McGaha regarding the dire need for committed Christian men on the campus of East Tennessee State. Nick then contacted Nationals, who connected him to Nick Santiago who had previously desired to bring BYX to ETSU. Through trips to BYX Island Parties at UT Chattanooga and UT Knoxville, the future founding fathers were able to cast the vision for BYX at ETSU. In October of 2016, 25 Brothers came together in unity and were initiated as founding fathers of the Alpha Tau Chapter of Beta Upsilon Chi.

Founding Fathers

Jason Baker, Josh Broshinski, Ben Caldwell, Alex Cunningham, Pierce Elliott, Jordan Feagins, Logan Fleenor, Jake Guinn, Zach Hayes, Chris Hren, Kyle Justice, Christian Kazmark, Nick McGaha, Seth Montgomery, Josh Pham, Heath Ricker, Zach Ross, Nick Santiago, Seth Sheehan, and Garrison Tunnell.

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