About the Chapter
The Beta Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma at Cleveland State University began in December 1961 with 10 Founding Fathers. The chapter originally started as Iota Eta in the 1950s before becoming a chartered chapter. The chapter has initiated over 500 men since its inception.
- Joe Feldhouse, a Beta Upsilon alumnus, is a current member of Sigma Tau Gamma’s Society of Seventeen.
- Beta Upsilon Chapter has the only fraternity house on campus at Cleveland State University.
- There is a room in the house dedicated to brothers who have passed too soon and those brothers in the Armed Forces of the United States of America.
Shortly after World War II, many young men were returning home to Cleveland. Those who lived close by decided to attend Fenn College to receive degrees to support their civilian lives. These veterans missed the camaraderie of their military backgrounds but luckily found a place within a local fraternity on campus known as Iota Eta. By the late 1950s, the culture of Fenn College was changing. In 1959, Joe Feldhouse proposed changes that would later develop into Iota Eta becoming a chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma. Feldhouse began contacting national fraternities. After many conversations, the men of Iota Eta were adopted by Sigma Tau Gamma.
On December 3, 1961, representatives from Youngstown State University came to Cleveland to initiate those brothers of Iota Eta into Sigma Tau Gamma as the Beta Upsilon chapter. This new chapter needed a new start, and Hank Putre became the first Chapter President, Jerry Fuderich was the Vice President, Joe Feldhouse as the Pledge Master, and Ernie Trzcinzki as Treasurer.
In the spring of 1981, Paul Korst and Ed Okorn discovered a large three story house on East 22nd Street that happened to be an old boarding school. Paul learned the house was owned by an older gentleman who was willing to sell the house in the form of a land contract.
In 1981, brothers began moving in. The chapter had to renovate the house to bring it up to code, but this began the current era of Beta Upsilon Chapter. Beta Upsilon progressed relatively well until about 2004 when the chapter was reduced to one member, John Simon.
Nearing extinction for a time, Beta Upsilon was able to recover with new brothers to replenish the life of the chapter. In recent times, Beta Upsilon has won Cleveland State University’s Outstanding Brotherhood Programming, Most Improved GPA, and Outstanding Greek Community Involvement. As of 2017, the chapter stands at 18 members strong and hopes to recover with more membership in the future.
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