DKE, the first fraternity at North Carolina, was founded at Yale University on Saturday, June 22, 1844, when 15 undergraduates met in No. 12 Old South Hall and established a new society they called DELTA KAPPA EPSILON. The Fraternity’s open motto, “Kerothen Philoi Aei” or “Friends from the Heart, Forever” was established and created the foundation of unquestioned brotherhood among all brothers, and eventually all chapters. One of the founding fathers, Dr. Edward Bartlett noted that “the candidate most favored was he who combined in the most equal proportion the gentleman, the scholar, and the jolly good fellow.” The fraternity colonized at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill on April 5th, 1851 and chose Beta as its chapter name. The fraternity quickly moved its current location on 132 South Columbia Street at the corner of Cameron and S. Columbia. The house was renovated to its current appearance in 2001, which was made possible by the chapter’s strong and active alumni association. Alumni support is a unique point of pride for the fraternity and has enabled it to continue in existence for well over a century. Recently the Chapter has been very committed to being involved with Habitat for Humanity and in 2009 the brothers built an entire house in dedication to their late brother Courtland Smith. In 2010 the chapter took a record class of 28 pledges, and looks forward to future growth.
President: Chas Egan, Chas_Egan@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
Rush Chair: Hunter Allen, email@example.com