Tau Pi Phi

Congratulations to Marietta Tau Pi Phi 2013 National Case Competition Participants -- Team Ties for First Place!

{short description of image} Over the weekend of March 22nd and 23rd, six Marietta business students participated in the annual Tau Pi Phi national business honorary case competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Brett Burns, Rachel Hartong, Alex Martin, Matt Napier, Sarah Snow, and Ty Jackson represented Marietta College in two, three-person teams. This was Hartong's second year participating in the competition.

At the end of the two-day event, Brett Burns, Rachel Hartong, and Ty Jackson were awarded first prize for a three-person team (tied with another team). Brett Burns, a public accounting major, shared his thoughts about the experience. "I think Rachel and Ty will agree that we succeeded because of our chemistry and ability to communicate with one another. Also, we did not specialize in preparation. By this I mean that, for example, I did not focus strictly on accounting, Rachel did not focus strictly on management, and Ty did not focus strictly on marketing. We all discussed the issues in detail, preparing ourselves to answer any question asked. I believe this can be shown by our scorecard as we earned a perfect score on the second day which was a 20-minute question and answer session."

Rachel Hartong, a double major in public accounting and finance, added another perspective on the topic of the team's preparation. "I think one of the greatest compliments was when the judges couldn't tell who in the group was the finance guru because together we had each become knowledgeable in all aspects of the case. I remember last year they recommended people stepping out of their comfort zone and looking into different aspects because they could identify who had what major, so by them having to ask this year, I was impressed with our group."

Tau Pi Phi faculty advisor Professor David Mead was equally impressed. "I am very pleased that one of our three-person teams tied for first place. Although our second team did not place, they also put forth a terrific effort. Each of the participants represented Marietta College extremely well during the event. I believe it was a good experience for everyone. All of the B & E Department faculty are very proud of the work of these students."


Tau Pi Phi was founded in Springfield, Ohio at Wittenberg University in 1931. The first two members of the honorary society were Wittenberg faculty members Professor Virgil H. Dassel and Dr. Daniel T. Krauss. In 1936, when Professor Dassel accepted a faculty position at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, the Beta Chapter was formed. Since its founding, a number of chapters have been established in a variety of states from New Jersey to California. Tau Pi Phi encourages the establishment of new chapters across the nation.

Tau Pi Phi's threefold ideals are:

  • industry and fidelity,
  • intelligence and science,
  • prosperity and service.

Membership Requirements

Marietta College's Tau Pi Phi chapter is comprised of students studying in the Department of Business & Economics. Membership in the honorary is open to those students who have:

  • completed at least 15 hours of B&E courses with a 3.2 GPA, and
  • earned a 3.2 overall GPA.

Initiation ceremonies are held in the spring of each academic year. Students who meet the above criteria will be notified by the B&E Department for initiation.

One of the highlights of Tau Pi Phi membership is the opportunity to collaborate with other Marietta College Tau Pi Phi members on one of two teams invited to participate in the annual national Tau Pi Phi case study competition.

Current Officers

{short description of image} At its February 6, 2014, meeting, the membership elected new officers for the 2014-2015 academic year. They are Brittany Kidd (President), Caleb Hester, (Secretary), and Morgan Spradling (Treasurer). Tau Pi Phi officiers are responsible for organizing the annual initiation ceremony and evaluating candidates for the Douglas C. Greene Scholarship. Additionally, the Tau Pi Phi president is a voting member of the Department of Business & Economics.

Annual Business Case Competition

Each year all Tau Pi Phi chapters are invited to assemble teams of students to compete in the annual case Competition. Students gather for two days, usually in late March or early April, for the opportunity to analyze and present their recommendations on two business cases. The weekend concludes on Saturday afternoon with a banquet honoring the case winners and celebrating the work of all teams. For more information on the competition, please contact Tau Pi Phi advisor Professor David Mead.

Last updated: 5-February-2014, B&E Department webmaster