Phi Kappa Tau, Cal State Fullerton:  Introduction    

Phi Kappa Tau has been an integral part of CSUF since it was founded as the first Greek organization on campus in 1960.  "The Barn" fraternity house on State College Blvd (at Yorba Linda Blvd) is considered a local landmark and is home to over 850 current and alumni members of  Phi Kappa Tau, Gamma Omicron Chapter, CSUF.  In 2010 the chapter celebrated its 50th year of continuous operation on the CSUF campus.

Our national fraternity was founded in 1906 at Miami University in Oxford Ohio by four men who wanted to distinguish themselves from the stereotypes of fraternities of the day. Today, Phi Kappa Tau is known for its superior leadership education programs and its dedication to building men of character.

Members of Phi Kappa Tau take just pride in Brotherhood, Learning, Ethical Leadership, and Exemplary Character.

Nickname(s):  ‘Phi Tau’s’; ‘BarnBoys’

Date Founded at CSUF:  Fall 1960  (as Sigma Phi Omega, first ‘local’ fraternity at Orange State College; chartered as Phi Kappa Tau, Gamma Omicron chapter in Sep 1966, becoming the first national fratenity on campus)

Chapter Awards & Recognition: 


Philanthropy:  The Phi Kappa Tau National philanthropy is The SeriousFun Children’s Network (formerly The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp Association)  founded by late alumnus Paul Newman (Ohio ‘43)  This group of camps for critically ill children  has locations throughout the world. Since 1999, CSUF's Phi Kappa Tau chapter has supported the local affiliate, The Painted Turtle Camp in Lake Hughes CA. Painted Turtle was started in 1998 by Paul Newman and Lou & Page Adler of Malibu CA. Lou is a record and movie producer, and has involved many entertainment industry friends in the Camp, including Jack Nicholson, Herb Alpert and others.  Phi Tau's from CSUF have made many trips to Lake Hughes to volunteer at the Camp, which has been operating since 2003. In addition, the Chapter and it’s Alumni raise several thousand dollars each year for the Camp via fundraisers like Monte Carlo Night (Fall) and the Bachelor Auction (Spring). Since 2000 the CSUF chapter has contributed over $92,000 to SeriousFun. In addition, chapter members and alumni have worked as volunteer camp counselors at the Painted Turtle Camp.

Contributions to CSUF by Phi Kappa Tau Alumni:

Last Updated: Dec 2016 by Tim Clark