Zeta Alpha B-Kettering University

Zeta Alpha B

The Zeta Alpha B Chapter of Kettering University in Flint, Michigan was first chartered in 1963.  Currently the chapter has approximately 60 active members, which is one of the largest of the ten fraternities on campus.  The majority of students at Kettering University major in various fields of engineering including mechanical, electrical, industrial, and computer.  All students participate in the school’s co-op program, where they work full-time for six months a year on three month rotations between work and school.

The Chapter:
On January 31, 1932, Phi Kappa Epsilon became the second fraternity at General Motors Institute.

The original objectives of these men were to:

1. Foster the study of engineering and industrial management at Kettering.
2. Encourage scholarship and the association of students to their mutual advantage.
3. Promote closer affiliation between the GM Corporation and students at Kettering.
4. Further high standards of ethics and culture.

In 1962, the Phi Kaps, as they were then known, formed a national affiliation committee and began the task of selecting the national fraternity which they felt would be the most compatible to the Phi Kappa Epsilons objectives. After carefully studying over 20 national fraternities, the committee selected Pi Kappa Alpha.

On March 23, 1963, 60 men of the Phi Kappa Epsilon local fraternity were installed as an official colony of Pi Kappa Alpha. Pikes from nearby Delta Beta Chapter (Bowling Green State University,) Delta Nu Chapter (Wayne State University,) and Epsilon Epsilon Chapter (University of Toledo) took part in the official colonization at GMI.

Eight months later, on November 10, 1963, the colony at GMI became the Zeta Alpha Chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. All previous alumni and member of Phi Kappa Epsilon local fraternity were invited to become initiates of Pi Kappa Alpha, and most elected to do so.

The House:
For many years, the Phi Kappa Epsilon local fraternity had their chapter house on 715 East Street in a residential section of Flint. In March 1962, the fraternity purchased 17 acres of land on the outskirts of the city with plans to construct a chapter house on two acres and sell the remaining fifteen when the time came to build.

In 1969, the chapter decided to construct a new, modern-designed house on their land about 3 miles from the GMI campus. This facility houses 48 men with full kitchen, dining room, living room, recreation room, work room, and several patios and decks. The Zeta Alpha Housing Corporation, which consists of several alumni members of the fraternity, volunteer their time and experience to the student chapter, by administering the financial affairs of the house.