Theta Upsilon Omega

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Theta Upsilon Omega (ΘΥΩ), or TUO, was a national collegiate fraternity. Representatives of several local fraternities at a 1924 meeting of the National Interfraternity Conference concluded to form a new national through amalgamation, resulting in the creation of Theta Upsilon Omega on May 2, 1924 from nine locals:

Merle C. Cowden, of Worcester, was chosen first national president.[1]

Two additional chapters were chartered, but growth stalled during the Great Depression. In 1938, following negotiations, TUO merged with Sigma Phi Epsilon. Four TUO chapters merged with existing SigEp chapters, and seven others were rechartered as such.[2]


  1. ^ Taylor, Herbert Foster. Seventy Years of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1937. p.324
  2. ^ Adams, John P., ed. The Lifetime Responsibility of Brotherhood: Sigma Phi Epsilon. Rand McNally, 2000. p. 74