Beta Omicron commemorates Pi Kappa PhiÕs national founding with banquet

On December 8, 2015, the Founders’ Day banquet commemorated that spirit of friendship with members and their guests gathering in the Orville Hanchey Art Gallery on the NSU campus.

The fraternity traces its roots to a meeting of three friends on a quiet Charleston, South Carolina evening in 1904. On December 10, Andrew Kroeg, Simon Fogarty and Harry Mixson started their own fraternity based on friendship and loyalty. The group of three grew to seven; seven grew to eight; eight grew to 11. Over the course of a century, a fraternity with humble beginnings has grown into a brotherhood of more than 111,000 strong — all because three men made a choice to lead.

In 1956 that same spirit planted roots at Northwestern State, when members of Phi Kappa Nu, a local fraternity, made the decision to affiliate with Pi Kappa Phi and establish the Beta Omicron Chapter. On December 10, 1905, founder Mixson’s mother prepared a special dinner to celebrate the achievements of the founding fathers in their first year as a fraternity. That tradition continues as student chapters around the country mark the occasion in a similar manner.

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