Delta Beta Chi was founded in Annapolis Hall in the Fall of 1981 at Frostburg State College. This so-called “fraternity” was put forth as a joke, entering under the name Delta Tau Chi (same as in the movie Animal House) to the administration for chartering. The administration promptly said no to their plea. This caused a stir within these joke-laden members, so they decided to start a real fraternity. They began seeking a charter under the name Delta Beta Chi. This plea was graciously accepted, and on March 9, 1982, their chapter was complete. There were 11 founding fathers. This was by no means the end of this chapter in Delta Beta Chi history. The little sisters of Delta Beta Chi were added (later to become Delta Delta, then Phi Sigma Sigma, and then Delta Delta once again returning to their roots). In 1990, the campus administration forced upon us the need to have a national affiliation under which we became the Epsilon Septation chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa. Five short years later, we unanimously decided to drop our national affiliation and return to the always strong traditions of Delta Beta Chi. In september of 2001 Delta Beta Chi celebrated its 20 year anniversary.
Our chapter history begins not as Delta Beta Chi but instead as the Kappa Septaton chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa. The Kappa Septaton Chapter began as an idea by a few students at Buffalo State College who were living in campus housing with a transfer student named Bryan Newman, who was a Brother from Frostburg State University in Maryland. Newman's chapter was originally a local fraternity, Delta Beta Chi. While Newman was with the chapter at FSU they gained national affiliation with Phi Sigma Kappa.
In April 1992, the students talked to Newman about Phi Sigma Kappa and asked him to talk to the fraternity's headquarters in Indianapolis concerning possibly starting their own chapter. Newman agreed.
On May 9, 1992, 29 men were associated into Phi Sigma Kappa. The Ritual took place in room 415 in the Student Union building on the Buffalo State College campus. Bryan Newman and Brothers from the Phi Sigma Kappa chapter at Rochester Institute of Technology conducted the Ritual and the Phi Sigma Kappa colony at Buffalo State College was officially formed.
Founding Fathers of Phi Sigma Kappa, Kappa Septaton Chapter
Michael Belin, Pedo Cosme, Brian Costello, Jason Cutler,
William Daugherty, Raymond Farrell Jr., Jonathan Hans, Russell Katz,
Thomas Logan, Ronald Marquez, Michael Mead, Anthony Molinaro,
Timothy Myers, Scott Nicholson, Anthony Ottomano, D.J. Rehberg,
Richard Rodriguez, Eric Rosenblum, Alan Rubin, Lawrence Ruiz,
Christopher Russo, Gregory Southwick, Thomas Spicer,
Christopher Swere, Matthew Taylor, Wlfredo Tineo
First Executive Board of Phi Sigma Kappa, Kappa Septaton Chapter
President - Tim Myers
Vice-President - Anthony Ottomano
Secretary - Chris Swere
Treasurer - Jay Cutler
Sentinel - Delbert Rehberg
Inductor - Dave Hawthorne
On Thursday November 4, 1993, several Brothers went to the airport to meet two representatives from the Fraternity's headquarters: Chris Hoye, the director of expansion who had guided the colony; and Anthony Fusaro, a past Grand President and the best versed in the Fraternity's rituals and esoteric material. They were to supervise the Ritual of Initiation. On Friday, members from the Penn-State Altoona chapter, which was the most recently chartered chapter, arrived. They would be the ones who would initiate the men at Buffalo State. On November 6, 1993 the ritual was administered and the Kappa Septaton chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa was offically formed at Buffalo State College.
The Kappa Septaton chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa continued on at Buffalo State college from that day in 1993 until 2007 when the chapter decided to drop its national affiliation and return to its roots and since those roots are the same as Bryan Newmans roots, the chapter decided to speak to the brothers of Delta Beta Chi and become the beta chapter.
John Korta and Brian Cellery Phi Sigma Kappa brothers, and Shann Kocsis the first official brother of the new chapter of Delta Beta Chi held the first official meeting of the new Beta Chapter of Delta Beta Chi in December of 2007. The chapter numbers have increased since then and continue to grow.
First Executive Board of Delta Beta Chi, Beta Chapter
President - Brian Cellery
Treasurer - John Korta
Secretary - Shann Kocsis
At the end of 2011, the Phi Sigma Kappa / Delta Beta Chi Alumni Association at Buffalo State College held a very special Alumni Weekend to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the chapter at Buffalo State College. The observance and celebration of this special milestone extends into 2012, the year the Alpha Chapter at Frostburg State University celebrates their 30th Anniversary. These chapters are both still going strong, and this history will continue to be updated to reflect the ever changing, ever growing Delta Beta Chi Fraternity.