Posted by John | General | Monday 18 January 2016 4:57 pm

Welcome to Gamma Theta Chapter of Delta Tau Delta!

 Hello everybody and thank you for taking the time to visit our website. My name is Nick Yarbrough, and I am currently the Chapter President of this fine chapter of Delta Tau Delta at Baker University.

 Here at Delta Tau Delta we demand that all of our members live by the 4 core values of Deltism: Truth, Courage, Faith, and Power. These are the 4 fundamental principles that guide every action that we take and any decision that we make. We highlight these 4 values as well as many other valuable lessons about how to succeed in college, searching for a job, your career, as well as in your personal life in our comprehensive New Member Education and Member Education program: The Road 2.0, the Journey to Excellence. This is led by a committee of undergraduates and is assisted by members of the University as well as Delt and Baker Alumn’s. Gamma Theta was one of the first chapters in Delta Tau Delta to opt in to this program, and the results have been immediately apparent. In 2014, our chapter was ranked 14th out of the 136 Delta Tau Delta Chapters nationwide thanks to the outstanding young men, parents, and alumni that continuously support our Fraternity.

 If you have ANY questions about our chapter whether you are a parent or an alumni, please feel free to contact me at any time (I will put my email at the end of this note). I apologize that I am just now posting this, but as you know college gets very busy and I just now found the time!


Nick Yarbrough

President of Gamma Theta Chapter of Delta Tau Delta


2015 Fall Initiation

Posted by John | General | Sunday 31 May 2015 5:14 pm

Fall 2015 Initiation:


 I am proud to say that on November 9th, we welcomed 17 young men as new active members of our great fraternity. We are very excited about the future of these new members, who are off to a great start at Delta Tau Delta. 3 of our freshman have even already begun to take on leadership roles by being elected officers for the 2016 year. As always I would like to thank all of the Alumni support that we have received to make this new member class possible. From recruitment to initiation, our undergrads have received an abundance of alumni support that no other fraternity on this campus even compares to. 

 We also plan to have another initiation in February of this year for 3 freshman who were not initiated in the fall initiation.


Hartley Cornerstone Fund Plan

Posted by John | General | Sunday 1 March 2015 6:55 pm


Dear Baker Delts,

The Cap 50 Capital Campaign in 2009-10 would not have been possible without the generous gift by Ross Hartley and his wife, Chris as well as over 200 Gamma Theta Delt Brothers. In recognizing the Hartleys, we have established a new maintenance budget for future capital investments, called the Hartley Cornerstone Fund.

One of the initial goals of the Cap 50 campaign was to establish a maintenance fund, but the unexpected expense required to renovate both lower and upper bathrooms at the time of our renovation interfered with that plan.  After careful review and evaluating what is in our near future, we ask you to consider the following plan that would establish a Fund that could lead our Chapter to a new bright future.

Click on this link to get to a PDF of the full Hartley Cornerstone Letter: http://bakerdelts.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Delts_Cornerstone_Letter.pdf

Colter earns NAIA Scholar-Athlete Award

Posted by John | General | Monday 2 February 2015 6:44 pm

Football Program Earns School Record 12 NAIA Scholar-Athletes

The Baker University football program earned 12 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, a school record. The award was announced following the season at the NAIA Football National Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The 12 Baker Scholar-Athletes were Alex Baird, Tanner Clark, Logan DeGraeve, Jake Heller, Sheldon Jacks, Micheal Lisher, Justin McCandless, Gunnar McKenna, Colter Schacher, Connor Stremel, Daniel Sumler and Micheal Thomason. The Wildcats tied for second-most scholar-athletes in the country with Grand View (Iowa), while Taylor University (Ind.), led all schools with 14 Scholar-Athletes. There were a total of 319 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete
award winners.

To be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports
information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point
average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.

Congratulations to all of our outstanding student-athletes!

Welcome to Delta Tau Delta

Posted by Bradford | General | Wednesday 27 August 2014 9:54 pm

The Gamma Theta Chapter of Delta Tau Delta fraternity would like to formally welcome you to Baker University. The men of Delta Tau Delta are very excited to kick off the 2014-2015 school year. The administration and executive officers are diligently working toward achieving our goals for this academic year. This starts with working towards our chapter’s sixth Hugh Shields Award, which recognizes us as a top ten chapter nationally. Currently our chapter is focused on fraternity recruitment that begins on the 27th of August. We currently have 23 undergraduate members and are looking to increase our numbers during recruitment by adding quality young men. Gamma Theta Delts are involved in many activities across campus from sports teams to multiple organizations and societies. The men of Gamma Theta, though very involved on campus, continue to maintain academic excellence, continuing to be above the all-male university GPA average of a 3.02 with a 3.2 GPA. Our chapter provides many opportunities for our members by being active in the community and raising money for our national philanthropy JDRF. Gamma Theta also prepares its members for a life of excellence by offering a member education program that provides members with life skills that are beneficial for life during college and after graduation.

            Delta Tau Delta provides members with an exceptional shelter to live in while attending Baker University. The shelter was newly renovated in 2010 under the Cap 50 project. Over $500,000 was raised to completely renovate the chapter house. It is equipped with a fully functional kitchen and full-time cook, Mary Pitts. Our house also offers Wi-Fi, DirecTV, and all essential living needs.

            The Brothers of Delta Tau Delta are excited to welcome new members into our brotherhood this fall. If you have any questions, please contact one of the following contacts below.

Dylan Coppenbarrger                                                                                        Andrew Heim

BrittonDCoppenbarger@stu.bakeru.edu                        AndrewJHeim@stu.bakeru.edu

(580) 677-1384                                                                                              (913) 748-9710


Baker vs Benedictine at Arrowhead

Posted by Bradford | General | Saturday 28 June 2014 1:15 pm


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) and the Kansas City Chiefs have partnered to present the inaugural NAIA Gridiron Challenge at Arrowhead, a football doubleheader to be played on Saturday, October 11 at Arrowhead Stadium.

The 2014 matchups of two highly-anticipated NAIA contests are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Missouri Valley College will square off with MidAmerica Nazarene University in the opener, before Baker University faces off with Benedictine College in the nightcap.

“We are absolutely thrilled to participate in the NAIA Gridiron Challenge,” said Theresa Yetmar, Director of Athletics at Baker. “It’s not often that you can find four Top 25 NAIA teams competing in one venue, let alone one with the storied and rich tradition of Arrowhead Stadium. This will be a unique opportunity for our student-athletes, coaches, and fans to showcase our institution and football program.”

Tickets for the game will go on sale on Tuesday, June 24 with Jackson County residents having the first opportunity starting at 10:00 a.m. Chiefs season ticket holders will be given access to tickets on Thursday, June 26 at 10:00 a.m.

Public ticket sale will open on June 26 at 12:00 p.m. Tickets can be ordered by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, online at www.ticketmaster.com or at the Arrowhead Stadium Ticket Office located between Founder’s Plaza and the Hy-Vee Gate on the north side of the stadium.

Each school will also begin ticket sales on June 26 and each will have an allotment of tickets to be sold through its respective athletic department.

General admission tickets prior to the game can be purchased for $18 for adults and $8 for students with a valid I.D. or anyone under the age of 18. These tickets can be purchased here and will be available after 12 p.m. on Thursday, June 26.

Tickets can be purchased at Arrowhead on the day of the games for $20 for adults and $10 for students with valid I.D. or anyone under the age of 18. Tickets for suites can also be purchased for a minimum cost of $50 per person which includes a ticket and the suite must be filled. Those are available through Kellen Begnoche of the Chiefs at (816) 920-4894.

Parking will be $15 per car and $25 for RV/bus parking. Tailgate information can be obtained by contacting Ashley Muffitt at (816) 920-4833 or amuffitt@chiefs.nfl.com.

Jackson County pre-sale tickets must be purchased in person at the Arrowhead Stadium Ticket Office. No phone orders will be accepted for this special pre-sale event on June 24. Jackson County taxpayers purchasing tickets must have one form of identification that includes a photo of the purchaser and a 2012 Jackson County, Mo., personal property tax receipt.

Spouses residing at the same address will be allowed to purchase tickets, even if the property receipt is in their spouse’s name. The Chiefs will notify Season Ticket Holders via email prior to the sale with instructions on how to participate.

“This is a great opportunity to take the Baker-Benedictine game to an even higher level by playing this rivalry game at Arrowhead Stadium,” said Benedictine head coach Larry Wilcox.

Three of the four teams involved in the games shared the 2013 Heart of America Athletic Conference championship. Baker, Benedictine and Missouri Valley all finished with a record of 8-1 in league play last season, while each team qualified for the 2013 NAIA Football Championship Series.

The four participating teams have combined to win or share a total of 38 conference championships and have totaled 46 NAIA postseason appearances.

Ticket Contact Information for each Institution:

Baker – Tyler Price (785) 594-8495 or http://www.bakerwildcats.com
Benedictine – Josh Pound (913) 360-7634 or http://www.ravenathletics.com
MidAmerica Nazarene – Molly Brewster (913) 971-3278 or http://www.mnusports.com
Missouri Valley – Andy Pulverenti (660) 831-4230 or www.moval.edu/athletics


[Reposted with permission from Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics - Communications for Baker University]


We hope to see you there as we connect with one another and support Baker University as well as our active members!

Brothers Reconnect in Texas

Posted by Bradford | Alumni News,General | Wednesday 18 June 2014 8:33 pm

Brothers (Left to Right) Don Rogers ’69, Harold Horn ’48 and George Schrader ’53 enjoying fellowship over a casual lunch in Dallas catching up on Gamma Theta news.  Hank was in Dallas seeing his great grandchildren (9) and grandchildren (3), along with Cindy and Don Rogers.  These guys seem to know everybody who was anybody in Dallas.  Hank and George each share 70 years of memories of career, Baker and Delta Tau Delta friendship.


Coleman Reflects on 2013-2014

Posted by Bradford | General,STAG | Tuesday 27 May 2014 10:16 pm

Recognizing Our Past Creates New Seeds

In January of 2014, our neighbors across campus, the Alpha Chi Omega chapter, received three very old and dated photos from Colleen Green McKee, who lives in Eugene, Oregon. These pictures had been passed down in Colleen’s family for over a hundred years. Two of the photos were of the women of the Nu Alpha in 1897, the local sorority that later became Omicron Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega. The third photograph showed a group of Baker men, also dated 1897, with the name Alpha Omega.

With much help from Baker Fraternity alumni as well as Baker’s historian, it was determined that Alpha Omega was our local Fraternity that later became the Gamma Theta Chapter of Delta Tau Delta. Brothers, the next time that you are in the Shelter, please stop by and see this historical framed picture in the Jim Selzer Formal Room on the mantel.

Our sincere appreciation goes out to the Omicron Alumni Board for their wonderful gift.


In addition to the spirit of those brothers that we recognized in our past, we also need to continue to recognize those that contribute to Gamma Theta in many hard to define ways. Brother Tom Hedrick saw that need to honor such brothers that serve our chapter and spread the true spirit of brotherhood. Brother Hedrick has created a new special award called “Our Brother’s Keeper”.

This new award presented at STAG, recognized Brother Jon W. Stack ’56 for his relentless service to Gamma Theta for many, many years. Brother Stack is a true Delt gentleman that we all aspire to live up to and continually donates his time and talents to the chapter. Also, undergraduate member Dylan Coppenbarger was honored with this award for demonstrating the Gamma Theta spirit of brotherhood. Brother Coppenbarger will receive a $500 gift toward his living expenses as well a check for a $500 gift toward our annual Chicken Fry expenses at which he will be honored.

Tradition often locks us into a certain path that can be sustained and followed by future Baker Delts. However, change is sometimes considered a concern or something that casts doubt on the future of an organization. The House Corporation recognizes change is necessary to sustain stability or adapt to the realities it faces.

Hence, the new seeds of Gamma Theta are being sown as we move forward to insure balance and progressive thought. Here are some examples that have recently taken place:

  1. House Corporation takes this role seriously to maintain a solid organization that is well rounded with Brother Delts with various expertise and talent. It is normal to receive emails weekly from a specific committee that is addressing a need or recognizing a new opportunity. We welcome Brothers Jeff Skillman and Justin Lane to the House Corporation.
  2. A new multi-year House Contract is being issued to every incoming Delt Brother moving in to the chapter house for the first time. There have been issues regarding the stability of our members, and their commitment to living in the Shelter.
  3. This clarifies the expectations of each member. Brother Bob Andrews along with Bob Selzer were very instrumental in reaching this new level and drafting the new housing agreement.
  4. New By-Laws were voted in at STAG 2013, which provided the House Corp. new guidelines and expectations that all Delt Alumni should read up on.
  5. Nine Delts are expected to serve on the House Corporation. Go to bakerdelts.com for current By-Laws.
  6. The University in Baldwin City has made it clear that Greek life is important to their campus and important for future growth of the university. It is also apparent that incoming freshman students need to have an extended hand of welcome from all Greek Houses. Thus our Brothers Bob Williams, Fred Farmer, Gary Sollars, Swede Malm and Bob Andrews have volunteered to join other Fraternities to create an organization call Alumni Inter-fraternity Council (AIC), with the purpose to generate Greek interest and grow the fraternity system that is so important to the foundation of the University and so important to build as well as sustain our fraternity’s future. AIC launches its first summer recruitment program this June. Volunteers can contact Brother Bob Andrews.
  7. Website, mass e-mails, and social media have become the main methods of communication for the chapter.
  8. Speaking recently with Brother Don Kimble (Pear’s oldest brother), we spoke about the days of the Delta Gram. For those who remember, it was a first class newsletter written by our Dale Kimble. Kimble was on target, on time and was certainly patient about GT chapter.
  9. In today’s environment, we have young and talented HC members that provide these services behind the scenes. Bradford Oliva & Bob Selzer offer their updates, and most recent changes. Check out the new site at bakerdelts.com and the alumni banner called “News” and “Chapter Eternal”.  The site adapts to the seasons STAG/Alumni event, or Fall Recruitment as well as holiday updates. We thank Brothers Selzer and Oliva for their talent and time!
  10. Living in the Shelter still has its traditions: Eat. Sleep. Study. Play. However, in 2014 each of those items are in different modes: Class hours vary, full time athletic responsibilities vary, meal hours vary with warm plates being saved and served at each. Our members face unique social media encounters, pledge education will be lengthened to be greater than 8 weeks, our House Director has a limited but defined role, our wonderful Cook Mary is serving great warm meals on budget, and she is doing so with the support of House Boys AND House Girls as well as full support from the fraternity!
  11. STAG night was hosted by past chapter president, Michael Hobbs, and created an evening of memories by highlighting three Delts that shared their experience into living “Continued Lives of Excellence”. Jeff Skillman ’10, Tony Rider ’93, and Jim Turner ’69 shared their personal thoughts of the influence Gamma Theta has offered them over their years. The room full of alumni, and Chapter members stood with ovation. The messages were direct and very meaningful for all.


In addition these individuals received the following awards at STAG:

Nick Yarbrough – New Member of the Year

Dylan Coppenbarger – Active of the Year

Mike Hobbs – Senior of the year

Mike Farmer – Alumni of the Year

Mr. & Mrs. Mark Reiske – Parents of the Year

Undergraduate Scholarships Awarded for the 2014-2015 Academic School Year:

Flemming-Shank – Colter Schacher $1,160

Fred Webb – Andrew Heim $534

Jim Selzer – Andrew Heim  $542

John “Jeb” Blake – Levi Blaylock $318

Graves – Levi Blaylock $638

Thank you to those who shared in the spirit of Brotherhood at STAG 2014, and may we all be inspired by the stories of Brothers Skillman, Rider, and Turner to continue to strive towards living lives of excellence!

Gary Coleman ’72
House Corporation President

Farewell Dr. Pat Long!

Posted by Bradford | General | Tuesday 20 May 2014 7:09 pm

Thank You for 8 great years at Baker University and best wishes on your future endeavors!!!

The Gamma Theta Chapter of Delta Tau Delta

“Dear Alumni Interfraternity Council,

Thank you so much for honoring me on Saturday at the Open House. I LOVE the sunflower silver plate and the quilt. Both will serve as wonderful reminders of my time at Baker. Getting to know our Greek students and alumni has been very rewarding. There is no place like Baker and our fraternities are a huge part of that Baker magic.

Thank you again for your support and friendship over the last 8 years.”

- Dr. Pat

2014 House Corp. Nominees

Posted by Bradford | General | Tuesday 29 April 2014 7:06 am

The House Corp. has recently approved the nomination of two new members to the board, Jeff Skillman ( ’10) and Justin Lane ( ’13) which will be presented to the chapter formally at STAG and voted on. We have posted brief bios for them below so that you may get to know them a little better!

Jeff Skillman is a Baker Delt and graduated Summa Cum Laude in May 2010. During his time at Baker, Jeff served as treasurer, vice president and president of the Delt House. Jeff attended 3 Western Plains division conferences, a Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C., and the 2008 Karnea in Pittsburg, PA. On campus, Jeff was very involved in various organizations across campus, was a University Admissions Assistant (campus tour guide) and also served as an Alpha Chi house boy for 3 years. After graduating, Jeff took a job with Uhlig LLC in Lenexa. However, that was short-lived when the opportunity to join Boulevard Brewing Company came up. Jeff spent 2 years living in Springfield, MO covering the SW Missouri territory. In June 2012, Jeff married Baker grad Emily Burks (Baker ZTA). At the beginning of 2013, Jeff left Boulevard to pursue an opportunity with Macmillan Publishers as a publishers’ representative, bringing him back home to Kansas City to be with his wife and around family. Jeff and Emily currently live in Olathe, KS. Jeff still drinks plenty of Boulevard beer, though! Jeff’s interests include anything related to Kansas City sports (Royals, Chiefs, Sporting KC, KU), slow-pitch softball, fire pits on the back patio, craft beer (of course!) and he and his wife’s new puppy!


Justin Lane is a Baker Delt and a recent Magna Cum Laude graduate of Baker University. During his time as undergraduate, Justin served the chapter as Sergeant-at-Arms, Risk Management Chair, and House & Grounds manager. Justin attended conference in Kansas City and looks forward to attending future conferences as an alumni. Justin currently works as Audit Associate in Kansas City for KPMG, a Big 4 public accounting firm. Justin’s personal interests include cheering on local professional sports teams, watching movies and television shows of all varieties, and working out at Title Boxing Club.

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