10646638_846454895373521_398473754596123505_nThe Iota Tau Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. was founded on October 1, 1976 by the Honorable Brothers John E. Quarry and Edward Herbert. Brothers Quarry and Hebert became the first Crescents to pledge at the Louisiana State University A&M College of Baton Rouge, and proudly bear the Phi Beta Sigma Shield and Greek letters. Under the guidance of the sisters of the Rho Epsilon Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, the Rho Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity located at Southern University and A&M College, and LSU faculty advisors, Brother Thomas Durant (PH.D Sociology), Official advisor of the new organization, Brother Linus Jack (PH.D History), and at that time (Brother Capt. Luke LaVergne U.S. Air force/ ROTC at LSU).

10561809_10152525080037891_3359432714601970194_nThe Rho Epsilon chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority played a very significant role in the establishment and formulation of Iota Tau chapter. The Zetas sponsored and held the first organizational meeting at LSU to introduce students to Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and recruit the first line.

At this meeting Brother Linus Jack spoke to the potential pledges. The Zetas would go on to be actively engaged in the pledging of this first line. The organization was officially recognized by the LSU in the Spring of 1977.

Brother Edward Hebert wrote the first Constitution and submitted it to the University and Pan-Hellenic council in the spring of 1977 with four active members. The International Fraternity officially chartered the Iota Tau Chapter on May 10, 1978 listing four active brothers: John Quarry, Edward Hebert, Fred Lillie (Iota Tau’s 2nd Line)), and a Brother who transferred from LSU at Shreveport).

10368408_10202531487868879_6041359203518579303_nBy the time the charter had been issued by the Fraternity and University, the Iota Tau chapter of Phi Beta Sigma had successfully pledged eight brothers: Brothers: John Quarry, Edward Hebert, Fred Lillie, Raymond Webb, Greg Hill, Kenneth Barnes, Pearson Jordan and Albert Simpson. Brother John Quarry did not appear on the charter because he had graduated from LSU by the time the charter was approved, and the charter only listed students who were presently enrolled at the university at the time of issuance.
10363562_10204158719744228_4803089225254205567_nThe foundation had been set and the brothers of the Iota Tau chapter immediately began to observe and recruit young men who would embrace the Fraternity Ideals of Brotherhood, Scholarship and Service. Since that
time, Iota Tau has proven itself to be a stellar chapter, upholding the name of Sigma with the utmost dignity and pride. These Brothers have affirmed themselves time and time again as a leading organization on the campus and a leading chapter in Sigma by winning awards and accolades for their Community Involvement, Campus Activities, High Academic Achievement and Dedication to “Culture for Service and Service to Humanity”.


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