History of Zeta Epsilon

Nickname: Pike

WKU Chapter: Zeta Epsilon

Founding Date: March 1, 1868

Original Charter at WKU: February 6, 1965

Color: Garnet & Old Gold

Flower: Lilly of the Valley

Mascot/Symbol: The Oak Tree, Shield & Diamond


The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity was founded at the University of Virginia on March 1, 1868. At the time, the University of Virginia was the fifth largest school in the United States, and was considered the first truly American state university, because it was the first to be established totally free from religious control.



It all started in Room 47 West Range when Frederick Southgate Taylor turned to Littleton Waller Tazewell, his cousin and roommate, for help in starting a new fraternity. Also present were James Benjamin Sclater, Jr., a schoolmate of Tazewell, and Sclater's roommate, Robertson Howard. Those four men voted to add a fifth to their group and chose Julian Edward Wood. In addition, William Alexander, probably a friend of Sclater, was proposed for membership and admitted as a founder.




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