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Epsilon Tau Sigma
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated
The History of Blue Phi Destiny in the Capitol City

The Charter
On July 30, 1975 in Lansing, Michigan, Epsilon Tau Sigma Chapter, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was formed with the purpose of continuing the noble tradition of Brotherhood, Scholarship, and Service.

The Cause
The charter members of this great chapter are: Dr. William H. Pipes, Bro. James A. Tate, Dr. Charles Scarborough, Dr. Joseph A. Patterson, and Bro. John W. Hearns. The epicenter of this movement began on the campus of Michigan State University, with a challenge that was issued by Pastor-Dr. Stanley D. Parker who, then as an undergraduate and three-year Sigma man, was anticipating graduation in the spring of 1976. Deeply concerned about the continuation of Phi Beta Sigma program, and the extension of the Blue Phi mission and its’ service to the community; he collaborated with the above mentioned men of distinction to establish a graduate chapter in the Greater Lansing Area.

A gentleman and scholar, currently going through initiation into Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, and under the charge of Brother Parker, was Andre DuPerry. Bro. DuPerry worked diligently with Bro. Parker to ensure that charter requirements for a graduate chapter were met through the National Office of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Hence, on July 30, 1975, the cause of Epsilon Tau Sigma Chapter-Phi Beta Sigma, Fraternity, Inc.(ETS) with the grace of the Almighty; was hastened into the Greater Lansing Area. Upon graduation, both Bro. Stanley Parker and Bro. Andre DuPerry were inducted into Epsilon Tau Sigma Chapter.

Listed are past accomplishments for charter members, and current accomplishments for inductees. However, the individual accomplishments of each Sigma man are far above and not limited to what has been listed.

-Dr. William H. Pipes, Chairman-American Thought and Language
Division (ATL) Michigan State University -Omega Chapter-

-Bro. James A. Tate, Associate Director-Office of Admissions,
Minority Recruitment-Michigan State University

-Dr. Charles Scarborough, Associate Dean-College of Natural
Science, Michigan State University

-Dr. Joseph A. Patterson, Director-Health Services,
Michigan State University

-Bro. John W. Hearns, Director-Veteran Affairs
Lansing Community College

First Inductees
-Dr. Stanley D. Parker, Director-Office of the State Programs,
Department of Human Services (DHS), State of Michigan,
Pastor-Faith Fellowship Baptist Church, Lansing, MI.

-Bro. Andre DuPerry, Director-Purchasing, City of Detroit

In as much as all of the brothers who were charter members were educators, they saw a critical need for scholarships. After several meetings it was decided that two scholarships would be given annually to one student at Michigan State University, and one student at Lansing Community College. Several fundraisers were held to acquire financial support for those scholarships. Additionally, an active Recruitment and Reactivation Project was developed to establish a strong Phi Beta Sigma presence in the Greater Lansing Area, and the membership numbers increased tremendously. Since the inception of Epsilon Tau Sigma Chapter, membership has grown from the “original five” to over 300 active and inactive members. We currently average close to fifty members as one of the largest active chapters in the Great Lakes Region. Of the active members in ETS (2013), nine are elected governmental officials who diligently serve the community at local and state levels. The Phi Beta Sigma Community Services Program has successfully implemented or participated in the following activities, programs and organizations:

• The Lansing Black Greek Council
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
• Sigma Beta Club
• Say Yes to Jesus, Not Drugs Gospel Convention-Wharton-MSU
Life membership in the NAACP
• Greater Lansing Urban League
• Big Brother/Big Sister
• March of Dimes-Diabetes
Senior Citizens Fall Clean-Up
Male Mentoring Youth Workshop-Lansing School District
Junior Achievement of Greater Lansing
• Boy Scouts of America
• African American Parade-Lansing
Africa Missions and Scholarship Program
• The United Negro Scholarship Fund
• “Taste of Sigma” Winetasting Fundraiser
Annual Sigma Orchid Ball
Brother/Sister Greek Family Picnic (with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.)

*Items in bold-face denote programs currently supported by the Chapter (proper) or
founded by ETS.

“Epsilon Tau Sigma has made, and continues to make a tremendous impact on our community, state, region, nation, and the world. We are not a different chapter, but we are a chapter that makes a difference!” 

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