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Fraternity Phi Delta Theta Celebrates 50 Years at Minnesota State Mankato

Chartering of campus chapter was on Nov. 21, 1964.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-21-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato fraternity Phi Delta Theta is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the chartering of the fraternity’s Minnesota Beta Chapter with a dinner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight in the Johnson Alumni Room, located on campus in the Taylor Center.

While the dinner is being held 50 years to the day of the fraternity’s chartering, Phi Delta Theta began a year-long celebration during Homecoming, sponsoring a float and marching band in the parade. Additional events are planned in March 2015.

“Fifty years is a great milestone to hit, and it’s great to see the chapter still doing well on campus,” said Assistant Director of Student Activities for Greek Life John Bulcock.

Initially established in 1957 as Alpha Beta Mu, a local fraternity and the first social Greek-letter organization at what was then known as Mankato State College, the group was officially recognized by Phi Delta Theta, a national fraternity with headquarters in Oxford, Ohio, in 1964.

The chapter boasts a membership roster of more than 650 members since its establishment, including many members who have gone on to be very successful in their fields and who have contributed a great deal to their fraternity and to the University.

For more information, contact Bulcock by phone at 507-389-6076 or by email at, or contact Jordan Rynish, president of Minnesota State Mankato’s Phi Delta Theta chapter, at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,700 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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