Tau Pi Phi


Tau Pi Phi was founded in Springfield, Ohio at Wittenberg University in 1931. The first two members of the honorary society were Wittenberg faculty members Professor Virgil H. Dassel and Dr. Daniel T. Krauss. In 1936, when Professor Dassel accepted a faculty position at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, the Beta Chapter was formed. Since its founding, a number of chapters have been established in a variety of states from New Jersey to California. Tau Pi Phi encourages the establishment of new chapters across the nation.

Tau Pi Phi's threefold ideals are:

  • industry and fidelity,
  • intelligence and science,
  • prosperity and service.

Membership Requirements

Marietta College's Tau Pi Phi chapter is comprised of students studying in the Department of Business & Economics. Membership in the honorary is open to those students who have:

  • completed at least 15 hours of B&E courses with a 3.2 GPA, and
  • earned a 3.2 overall GPA.

Initiation ceremonies are held in the spring of each academic year. Students who meet the above criteria will be notified by the B&E Department for initiation.

One of the highlights of Tau Pi Phi membership is the opportunity to collaborate with other Marietta College Tau Pi Phi members on one of two teams invited to participate in the annual national Tau Pi Phi case study competition.

Current Officers

At its February 3, 2015, meeting, the membership elected new officers for the 2015-2016 academic year. They are Caleb Hester (president), Lauren C. Morain (secretary), and Kate Reid (treasurer). Tau Pi Phi officiers are responsible for organizing the annual initiation ceremony and evaluating candidates for the Douglas C. Greene Scholarship. Additionally, the Tau Pi Phi president is a voting member of the Department of Business & Economics.

Annual Business Case Competition

Each year all Tau Pi Phi chapters are invited to assemble teams of students to compete in the annual case Competition. Students gather for two days, usually in late March or early April, for the opportunity to analyze and present their recommendations on two business cases. The weekend concludes on Saturday afternoon with a banquet honoring the case winners and celebrating the work of all teams. For more information on the competition, please contact Tau Pi Phi advisor Professor David Mead.

Last updated: 2-December-2015, B&E Department webmaster