Beta Phi Chapter began its existence as a social club called the Emanon Club. With little formal organization at first, the Emanon Club was essentially the first generation of Pi Kappa Alpha at Purdue University. The members of the Emanon Club sought to become a national fraternity and after much research they chose Pi Kappa Alpha. Through strong leadership the Emanon Club grew into the Beta Phi chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha. At that time, the chapter house at 175 Littleton symbolized the common goal of establishing a permanent existence for the chapter and its members. As times changed and the chapter grew, Beta Phi moved into a larger house at 149 Andrew Place.
Today the chapter house stands on 629 University Street. On the edge of campus, where we still stand proud, Beta Phi is now in its third generation. Beta Phi continues its tradition of outstanding leadership, nationally, by winning Smythe chapter excellence awards, and locally by nurturing bright campus leaders into successful young men. Pi Kappa Alpha has established itself as a dominant Greek letter organization on campus.