Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity.
Our Purpose Statement
To establish brotherhood and unity among college men based on the common bond of Jesus Christ.
Our Identity Statement
We are a lifelong brotherhood of committed Christian men seeking the bonds of brotherhood and unity in Christ through the avenue of a social fraternity on a college campus.
Our Chapter History
The Alpha Zeta chapter of Beta Upsilon Chi was assembled in the Fall of 2011 when Harrison Collins contacted the national office about starting a new chapter. Close friends were contacted about getting involved and the first meetings to discuss and pray began to take place. In order to raise the necessary funds for starting the new chapter, the Founding Fathers decided to work together on the first BYX at UT Golf Tournament. Throughout the semester, these men grew in unity together through unofficial BYX events like the golf tournament as well as socials, a date party, and an open party. The founders' goal was to create an environment at the University of Tennessee where college men could grow spiritually, socially and academically. These men worked diligently to achieve this, but trusted that God orchestrated all things to happen and that all glory was His. In November of 2011, Beta Upsilon Chi invited the first officer core to attend National Officer Training. The following semester, Executive Director Jason Hoyt and National Advisor Nick England visited Knoxville to formally start the chapter. On January 17, 2012, the 21 founding fathers of the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Beta Upsilon Chi were initiated as members into the fraternity.
Our National History
Beta Upsilon Chi was formed at The University of Texas at Austin in the spring of 1985 by a handful of Christian men who desired an alternative to the present fraternal lifestyle. A group of Christian men met and planned the "BYX Island Party" to formally announce the fraternity's founding. It was the vision of the founding fathers to have a fraternity of committed Christian men, based on the unique brotherhood that a Christian atmosphere affords, for the purpose of fellowship and glorification of Jesus Christ. Through such events as parties, service projects, and evangelical outreaches, the charter members of Beta Upsilon Chi chose to unite in fellowship and glorify Jesus Christ on the University of Texas campus.
The goal of BYX is to enhance the experience, for everyone on the campus of UTK. One way we strive to do this is through parties. We throw multiple open parties thoughout the year, as well as out annual rave and Island Party.
We have had parties such as; Barn Bash, The MicroRave, Our Annual First Night our Party, Halloween, and Jersey Themed.
The goal of our pledgeship process is to create an environment where college men can be poured into, and one day be called brothers of BYX. One of our core values is that our entire pledgeship process has a purpose. BYX does not condone hazing. Our pledgeship is designed to build our pledges up and to turn them into strong Christian men.
Our goal as a fraternity is to serve our pledges. Everything we ask our pledges to do, brother will do with them as well. Our entire pledgeship adheres to the code of conduct of the university and the Hilltoppers handbook.
Our chapter has partnered with Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM), a local non-profit organization that seeks to rescue the poor and needy of the Knoxville area by providing recovery services in Jesus’ name. KARM operates thrift stores, a food kitchen and shelter, and recovery programs to help break the cycle of homelessness. Our brothers serve on a consistent basis throughout each semester and are constantly seeking ways to glorify God through our relationship with KARM.
Our philanthropy partnership culminates with our annual “Island Party” week. During this week, we host a competition for sororities and other on-campus organizations to raise awareness and funds for KARM. This week concludes with our open Island Party, which has previously featured popular artists such as Derek Minor and Canon.
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