Delta Tau Chapter

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Delta Tau Chapter
Chartered November 14, 2001
Mississippi State University
Location Mississippi State, Starkville, Mississippi
Region South Region
President Scott Shepard
Members Collegiate (50)
Alumni (123)
Honorary (1)
Chapter Colors Maroon and White
Mascot Ozai
Awards Top in Region (2015)

Delta Tau Chapter (Founded 14 November 2001) is located at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi. The Chapter was founded by Kappa chapter alumnus, Dave Nussbaum (K ???, ΔΤ 36), along with thirty-five other students and belongs to the South Region.

Chapter History

Colony Period and Founding (2001-2002)

Delta Tau's history begins in May 2001, when our founder Dave Nussbaum graduated from the California University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, Dave moved to Starkville, Mississippi to begin graduate school at Mississippi State University. Phi Sigma Pi's national office contacted him about helping start a chapter at MSU. Once Dave arrived on MSU's campus, he worked with the national office and the university to start a new organization. Once that was complete, Phi Sigma Pi sent down one of the Chapter Development Directors to help him with information meetings and to get the word out about Phi Sigma Pi. After a few months, they were successful in reaching the amount of interested students to start a chapter and on November 14, 2001, Delta Tau was formed. The following summer after the 2001-2002 school year, Dave and another Brother, Terra Kendrick (ΔΤ 15), traveled to the 2002 National Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where they received Delta Tau's charter. Delta Tau was officially a chapter.

Early Years (2002-2003 to 2006-2007)

Middle Years (2007-2008 to 2012-2013)

Recent Years (2013-2014 to 2016-2017)

The Active Chapter (2017-2018)

Recently, the chapter has really turned around. The Chapter has made a lot of progress in focusing on becoming more successful.

Current Leadership

These are Members who hold leadership positions for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Executive Board

Executive Council

  • Scholarship Chair: Hollie Lovelace
  • Service Chair: Savanna Yelverton
  • Social Chair: Lloyd Dedeaux
  • Public Relations Chair: Keishana Johnson
  • Spirit Chair: Amber McCord
  • Fundraising Chair: Hannah Mitchell
  • Inter-Chapter Relations Chair: Samantha Vakos
  • Awards Chair: Melissa Mitchell


Executive Board

Past Executive Board Members

Main Article: Delta Tau Chapter Executive Board


Past Chapter Presidents

Main Article: Delta Tau Chapter Presidents

Executive Council

Past Executive Council Members

Main Article: Delta Tau Chapter Executive Council

Initiation Program

Initiate Classes

Main Article: Delta Tau Chapter Initiate Classes

Big Brother Families

Delta Tau's current Big & Little family lines stem from two Brothers. The Purple Tree stems from Ernest Sanders (Kappa) and the Gold Tree stems from Emma Hughes (Nu). The White Tree is a collection of all the small trees that haven't been traced back.

Chapter Events & Activities

Founder's Weekend

Alpha celebrates the Chapter's founding...

Other Event or Activity

Since Delta Tau's founding, the chapter has hosted an annual Easter egg hunt during the spring semester for the local Starkville residents.

Leadership in Action

Local Facilitators

Since Leadership in Action's creation, Delta Tau chapter has had several members become Local Facilitators, meaning they have participated in a training course and received Certification to instruct prior to facilitating Local Modules.

  • Mandy Hackman (ΔΤ 127)
  • Ashley Pecot (ΔΤ 139)
  • Mercedes Alberson (ΔΤ 168)
  • Alison Stokley (ΔΤ 179)
  • Marissa Gonzalez (ΔΤ 198)
  • Dallas Brock (ΔΤ 200)
  • Donmari Pingul (ΔΤ 228)
  • Harley Chase (ΔΤ 245)
  • Hannah Mitchell (ΔΤ ???)


Delta Tau chapter has had five members achieve their Leadership in Action certification, meaning they attained 75 points through participating in the program.

  • Mandy Hackman (ΔΤ 127), 2011-2012 academic year
  • Ashley Pecot (ΔΤ 139), 2011-2012 academic year
  • Mercedes Alberson (ΔΤ 168), 2015-2016 academic year
  • Alison Stokley (ΔΤ 179), 2015-2016 academic year
  • Donmari Pingul (ΔΤ 228), 2016-2017 academic year

Leadership Advancement Society

Delta Tau also has members who have become members of the Leadership Advancement Society, meaning they attained ten or more points per academic year post-certification. The Leadership Advancement Society Members represent a distinguished group of members and leaders committed to life-long learning and continued improvement.

  • Ashley Pecot (ΔΤ 139), 2014-2015 academic year


Delta Tau chapter's official mascot is Ozai, the Night Fury. The mascot was made while on a Brotherhood Retreat to Atlanta during the Spring 2015 semester.

Ozai at 2015 National Convention in Washington, D.C.

National Involvement

Grand Chapter

Main Article: Delta Tau Grand Chapter Delegates

Notable Alumni

Dave is a charter member of Delta Tau. He graduated from the California University of Pennsylvania, and completed a Master's degree at Mississippi State University. He is now a broadcast meteorologist for WWL-TV in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Nakimuli is a charter member of Delta Tau. She graduated from Mississippi State University in 2005. Afterwards, she went on to graduate magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law. She has since become a successful lawyer in the Jackson, Mississippi area and a well-respected member of the legal community. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is now an associate at the Baker Donelson law firm in Jackson.
  • Danielle Grimes (Phi Class)
Danielle is a recent graduate of Mississippi State University. During her undergraduate career, she was inducted into the Bagley College of Engineering's Hall of Fame, while she was also Chapter President. Since graduation, she has been working on her Master degree at MSU in Biomedical Engineering, where she has been conducting engineering education research on what motivates women to go into engineering and the obstructions that women face in the field. Also, she has recently received a fellowship from the National Science Foundation to continue her research and pursue her Doctorate degree.

Chapter Honors and Awards

National Awards

Local Awards

  • Chapter Service Keys
    • 2016: Nicole Birch, Folly Crawford
    • 2017: Dallas Brock, Harley Chase, Devin Edwards, Marissa Gonzalez, Bailee Pipkin

University Awards

  • None to date

Other Awards and Honors


Some of the Chapter, August 2016
Some of the Delta Tau Chapter on our Centennial
Delta Tau Chapter, December 2016

Further Resources

In the News


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