It all started in 1914 when a group of engineering students at The University of Alabama made the decision to form a fraternal organization known as the Engineer’s Club. Any engineering student was encouraged to join and the club was affiliated with the American Association of Engineers. The fraternal spirit of the organization slowly disappeared. Thus the Castle Club was born when twelve students felt the need for a stronger fraternal organization that coincided with their engineering schooling. These twelve students also had strong intention of eventually becoming affiliated with a national professional engineering fraternity. The president of the Castle Club, Stephen Dewey Moxley, became acquainted with some members of Theta Tau while working in Michigan during the summer of 1920. Moxley and Charles Burch Cameron, a member of Beta Chapter, was instrumental in preparing the Castle Club for admission as Mu Chapter of Theta Tau. On March 19, 1921, a petition was sent to Theta Tau and on January 3, 1922, the twelve members of the Castle Club were initiated as the charter members of Mu Chapter. Mu was installed as the twelfth chapter of Theta Tau, as well as being the first chapter in the Southeast to be installed. The first regent of Mu Chapter was Frank Lawrence Davis of Ramer, AL.
Mu Chapter is one of the oldest Theta Tau chapters and we are proud to say we are also one of the longest continuously active chapters of Theta Tau. Since our founding in 1922, we have never been inactive at any point in our history. We also have the largest number of alumni of any Theta Tau chapter and have initiated more brothers than any other Theta Tau chapter. Today, Mu Chapter boasts more than 120 active brothers and has more than tripled its membership since 2013. As a chapter we have a very active presence on campus and are involved with engineering events (such as E-Day), intramural sports, technical societies, and university organizations.
Mu Chapter focuses on learning and maintaining skills, developing new ideas and networking with others to create a more holistic, knowledgeable and successful individual. Our professional development opportunities include interviews, resume reviews, networking receptions, speaker events, workshops, presentations, professional headshots and producing a professional online presence.
Mu Chapter encourages our members to engage with not only The University of Alabama community, but also the larger Tuscaloosa area. Our brothers commonly participate in philanthropic drives for Turning Point, a local women’s shelter, and the Tuscaloosa Salvation Army. Particularly out of our multiple chapter service events, our members enjoy cleaning up litter from Tuscaloosa parks and walking trails.