In 1921, Alpha Chi Mu was founded at Bucknell as a local fraternity. It grew and flourished until World War II, and as was the case at many fraternities throughout the United States, it became inactive. In September of 1946, the veterans returned to Bucknell and Alpha Chi Mu was reactivated. A desire was expressed to affiliate the local fraternity with a prestigious national organization. This national fraternity was Tau Kappa Epsilon, and they submitted a petition to charter. After several months of colony status, they were installed as the Beta Mu chapter on December 7, 1947 in Bucknell Hall. In 1948, enough money was raised for the acquisition of a house on South Seventh Street. This house on Seventh Street was improved and used until 1962, when the first portions of Tower House were constructed. Over the years, the chapter expanded and it was necessary to construct additions to the house in 1971 and 1976 which brought the house to nearly three times its original size in 1962. The mortgage was paid off in 1985.
Despite its early success, the chapter entered a period of financial and leadership trouble. The chapter's finances gradually deteriorated, and costs of maintaining the
facility rose. In addition, the house fell into disrepair. These reasons, among others, led Beta Mu Board of Directors to disband the chapter. In May of 1998, the Board unanimously decided to disband the chapter for a period of three years. This ended the 77 year TKE/Alpha Chi Mu tradition at Bucknell.
Beginning in the fall of 2002, TKE sought out new brothers to fill the void left at Bucknell. Beginning as nine men, these nine wanted to redefine fraternity and help to erase
the void at Bucknell. Carefully, these nine formed a colony of 40 men willing to bring TKE back onto the Bucknell campus, even without having a house! Working throughout the fall of 2002 and the spring of 2003, Beta-Mu began the petition to recharter. Through hard work and perseverance, the Beta-Mu Colony was approved for membership on May 1st, 2003. The rechartering process was at the time the fastest in TKE's century old international history.
The dedication and spirit of the founding fathers in 1921 and again in 2003 has not been forgotten. In the past few years TKE Beta-Mu has twice been honored with the prestigious Top TKE award from the Grand Council of Tau Kappa Epsilon. With its commitment to serving the Bucknell University Community, TKE Beta-Mu has been honored with Silver Star status in recognition of its hard work through the Plan for Prominence.
Despite these accolades TKE Beta Mu is far from resting on its laurels. Through its extensive community service, formative candidacy process, and nationally renowned Ronald Reagan Run for Alzheimer's Research, TKE Beta Mu is raising the standard for what it means to be a college fraternity, and shaping the next generation of Bucknell leaders.