Theta Chi, Zeta Upsilon chapter was preceded by its colony, Beta Sigma Gamma, getting its colony status at the University of Hartford in 1967.
On May 1969, Zeta Upsilon's first chapter charter was instated by Theta Chi, and it began its recruitment process. In March, 1972 this first charter, along with others at the University, became inactive due to the conflict in Vietnam.
In January, 1983, Joeseph Marinello, Ken Borruso, and Tony DAdamo, began to start interest around the University to restart Theta Chi, and Greek Life at UHA. In February, 200 signatures of interested men were gathered, and presented to the university director of student housing. The Movie "Why Theta Chi" was shown on campus on March 20th, preceding the eventual re-chartering of Zeta Upsilon on March 23rd 1983.
Theta Chi became the first fraternity on campus, after winning by vote over Tau Kappa Epsilon, thus beginning its brotherhood. On April 13th the first elections were held, followed by the pinning of 12 men on May 1st.
Every year through the University of Hartford’s ‘paint the anchor’ brothers take to their brushes to show support for Theta Chi Fraternity. The anchor has been a tradition at the University of Hartford since 1944 when it was first donated by the U.S.S. Hartford, the flagship of Admiral David G. Farragut, to alumni for serving in the Armed Forces.
Each semester brothers collaborate together to showcase our enthusiasm, to the fraternity, by crafting the two Greek letters Theta and Chi in the campus river. Also known as the North Branch Park River, this river divides the University of Hartford into two sections connected by a main footbridge. Receiving huge amounts of traffic because the bridge joins the academic side of campus with the residential portion, which makes for a perfect place for Greek life to broadcast its letters.