The Tri‐Serp Fall 2008 Edition
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A Letter from our President… Greetings to all Beta brothers from the Tau Sigma of Beta Theta Pi! The undergraduates have had a great summer further building the Iowa State colony of Beta, through a major recruitment push and a visit to Dallas, TX for our fraternity’s General Convention. I’m excited to write to you about what’s coming up over the next academic year. Recruiting individuals that will excel as Betas is always a high priority, and this summer this was especially true as we finish building a powerful base for our colony to grow from. Our two principle recruiters were Clint Currie and Kevin Marquardt, with both Matt Strayer and I joining the recruitment team to help out with the many phone calls, lunch meetings, and house tours. A big thank you must be given to all of the excellent support we received from alumni and from the Beta Administrative Office, including (but definitely not limited to!) our recruitment advisor Brent Doane from the chapter’s alumni association, our former leadership consultant Brett Rundle, our new leadership consultant Ryan Newton, and our area director of operations, Matt Brawner. One of our most successful methods of finding potential new members was the Men of Principle Scholarship program, sponsored by Beta alumni. After receiving information from the university on incoming freshmen with GPAs above a 3.00, we created two scholarships, each worth $500, and contacted these freshmen to apply for the scholarships. This process allowed us to vet individual applicants and, if we were interested in them, explain more about Beta Theta Pi. As of this writing we have 12 pledges signed for this fall, with 9 pledges living in‐house. With 31 individuals living in‐house and a combined 43 actives and pledges, the colony is going to be busier than ever! I’m proud that we’ve the largest recruitment class since the Re‐Founding Fathers, as well as the fact that we’ve set the highest numbers since re‐colonization for actives, pledges, and overall members living in‐house. In addition to great recruitment news, we’ve got great convention news as well. In total we had 11 actives (a full third of our active members!) drive or fly down to Dallas, Texas for the 169th General Convention of Beta Theta Pi. Members went through the excellent Leadership College leadership development program and brought a lot of great ideas home, along with the awards we picked up. At convention we received the Excellence in Risk Management award the second time in a row, this time receiving mention for our new “Meet a Brother” program intended to start conversations between brothers that may not hang out very often. We were also awarded for Leadership Development for the high numbers of members attending leadership development programs. Lastly, our honorable mention for Ongoing Community Service, which was received for our service project where members pick up garbage around the ISU campus while wearing Beta letters. We’re very proud of all these accomplishments! We’ve already begun looking to the future, through our established goals for the upcoming semester. The undergraduate members have focused this fall on improving our relationships with alumni of the chapter through more frequent, better communicated events. We’ve also spent time brainstorming some tangible methods of improving interfraternalism by doing more with the Interfraternal Council and other fraternities and sororities. In closing, I want to thank all of our dedicated alumni that donate their time or their money to seeing the Tau Sigma chapter of Beta Theta Pi return to the Iowa State campus with great success, and I promise you that the undergraduate members aren’t going to let you down. Thanks once again for your support and your interest in seeing Beta back in a big way at ISU! Yours in ___kai___, Ryan Kennedy, Iowa State ‘11 Accounting, English, and Philosophy President, Tau Sigma Chapter Beta Theta Pi Fraternity firstname.lastname@example.org
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Table of Contents Summer Recruitment
My Experience Racing the Iowa State Solar Car Page 5 Page 4 Giving Back to the Community Page 6 Page 4
The Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Bid Day Sorority Serenades 2008.
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Summer Recruitment By Kevin Marquardt Over the summer, three Tau Sigma Betas worked on recruiting our next pledge class. Matt Strayer, Clint Currie, and I spent our entire summer calling potential new members, using the “Delphi List” provided to us by Iowa State. The list had the every name of every male student who was potentially coming to ISU and included 6,000 names. Under their names included their GPA, hometown, major, and their interest level in fraternities. Our current pledge class was recruited through three main methods. Our first method was the Men of Principle scholarship that was given out. There are two of these scholarships; each was $500. We mailed out 2,500 of the Men of Principle applications and ended up with 100 good interviews. From these 100 interviews we were able to give them house tours. If one of them was interested, we would give them a house tour and a packet of information on Beta. The second method that we used was referrals from undergrads, friends and alumni. The final method is using the Delphi List and with these three ways we were able to recruit our pledge class. We accomplished a lot this summer and are proud to have a pledge class of 12. We are always recruiting, and always trying to expand our numbers. We are looking forward to our upcoming spring class, and are excited because we have quite a few leads.
Meet the Betas of Fall 2008 Ted Angus Jimmy Beardsworth Max Feller Timothy Fox Josh Gaughan Patrick McManus Mark Samuelson Brandt Schumacher Ethan Stanton Matt Stockman Mark Tisigner Cam Vens
The Fall 2008 Pledge Class
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My Experience Racing the Iowa State Solar Car By Matt Martin
Over the past two years, I have had the fortunate experience of being a part of Team PrISUm, Iowa State’s solar car team. I joined as a freshman and have been working on our current car over the past two years in preparation for this summer’s competition. We entered the North American Solar Challenge (NASC), a transcontinental race, which takes place every two years. Teams from leading universities all over the world travel to compete in NASC, including Germany and England, with a total of 25 teams originally entered to race. I knew of the solar car team before starting college and was interested in joining because I was so impressed by the obviously stellar engineering involved. The solar car offered experiences I knew I would not have in the classroom and so I jumped on board. I learned a lot while on the team. I learned how to use computers to design components and model forces. I learned mechanical and electrical skills. And, I learned much about teamwork. This year’s race started in Plano, TX and went 2300 miles to Calgary, AB. Before being allowed to race, however, we had to pass qualifying inspections to ensure that our vehicles would be safe on the road. Qualifiers narrowed the field to 15, and we were lucky to be one of those teams. Due to complications, which caused us to fall behind schedule, we had a very hard time completing our car in time for the race. Many of us, including myself, went most of the week with less than two hours of sleep a night. It was very exhausting, but worth it in the end. The day of the race, all the teams lined up on the dew soaked field for a group photo. We then hurried to our starting positions. Our start time was 9:12 because we had the 13th poll position. Teams begin each leg a minute apart to avoid congestion. It also allows lead and chase vehicles to get into position, which are required elements of the race caravan. That day we were to reach McAlester, OK, a checkpoint, and then make it as close as we could to Neosho, MO, the first stage stop. The race is executed much like the Tour de France is. Checkpoints serve as 30 minute rest stops, which are required but not factored into the time. Then, there are stage stops along the way, which are places for teams to regroup and rest. The total race time is the sum of each stage time. I got three hours of sleep the night before the race. So, as you can imagine, after about two hours in the warm solar car to my peaceful self, I was starting to get sleepy. Thank God I joined Beta! I sang round after round of my Beta favorites: Marching Along, I Took My Girl Out Walking, Wooglin to the Pledge, and the Parting Song. I was able to finish my leg easily and we were in McAlester by noon. The day was going very well. Disaster! We switched drivers at the checkpoint. I was now driving lead and 15 minutes into the next leg our breaks went out. I noticed in my rear view mirror that the solar car was getting very close behind me. Normally I would be speeding up to make room because it is not good for the solar car to use its breaks and lose efficiency, but we were already tailgating U. of Kentucky and I had nowhere to go. I watched with wide eyes as the solar car collided with the back of our lead vehicle. Everything happened very fast after that. The driver sustained control of the car and eventually brought the car to a stop using the parking break. We were all very shaken up. We stopped for the day then and began investigating what went wrong. As it turned out, we had replaced our brake pads that morning with a very similar, but softer pad. No one knew of this difference beforehand. We switched back to the firmer pads, which were graciously donated to us by another team, and we didn’t have any troubles the rest of the race. Things went rather smoothly after that. We eventually made it to Calgary with an elapsed time of 91 hours, 12 minutes, and 59 seconds. The entire team ran across the finish line together waving to the crowd of cheering people. We finished 8th! I look back on the race with great pride. We learned much about engineering, had an excellent time, and made many friends along the way. I will remember those 20 days forever!
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Giving Back to the Community By Derek Jensen For the year of 2008, as philanthropy chair I organized our chapter’s involvement in the local community. To establish community service events, I selected two local organizations/programs in spring of 2008. The selected were the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Keep Iowa State Beautiful. Keep Iowa State Beautiful had just begun, so I felt Tau Sigma of Beta Theta Pi men could contribute a lot to this project. This project was a weekly event to focus on keeping our university campus cleaned. The time commitment for this project consisted of an hour a day from Tuesday through Friday on a weekly occurrence. We were one of the first organizations to be a part of the project, which was given the name of “Adopt the Campus program.” With the establishment of our ongoing community service I began to contact the VFW for a community service project that we could do in conjunction with them. The first project was called Lite a Tike. The VFW’s mission for this project was to make the local kids of Story County aware about bike safety and supply them with everything they need to become noticeable on the road at night. For example, the VFW and the Men of the Tau Sigma Chapter supplied these kids with reflective material for their helmets, backpacks, and bicycles. In addition these kids were also taught the basics of bicycle safety. We will continue to work with the VFW every fall and spring in the future. Why the VFW? All of the Men here and I believe that Beta Theta Pi focuses on the superior aspect of leadership and we feel that the Men of VFW have and continue to have leadership. On November 7th and 8th of this year, we will be helping the VFW pass out Poppies at selected locations within the city of Ames. Members of the VFW have appreciated our help and look forward for our help and leadership in the coming years. Every fall we have had our annual philanthropy and this year the philanthropy was the second annual Beta Burgers and Bands. The money raised was donated to the 10,000 Hours Show. This organization helps and encourages students to go into the local community and volunteer their time. While the philanthropy is still new, in the future many men here have thought of many new suggestions to improve our philanthropy further, whether that is a totally new philanthropy or improving the current philanthropy even further. Again, I focused on getting the Tau Sigma Chapter out into the community to get more than enough community service hours. A total of six hundred and fourteen hours were accomplished in the Ames, IA community, our nation, and daily service during the spring semester of 2008. This daily service consists of certain Men at our chapter participating in our community by helping out a certain group of people daily. These total hours were divided by thirty‐one active members, which came to a total average of twenty hours per man. Today, as of right now the actives have a total number of two hundred and twenty‐six hours completed. At the 169th General Convention, we were awarded Honorable Mention of the John Holt Duncan: Ongoing Service Award. I feel honored to be a part of such a great chapter that has many goals for itself and we either come close to them or surpass them by a hefty margin. Yours in ___kai___, Derek Jensen Tau Sigma 1758 Philanthropy Chair
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Beta Theta Pi: A Fraternity Training Tomorrow’s Leaders Futures Quest, Written by Matthew Cavner As my first Leadership Development program, I was not sure what to expect or what I would get out of the program. The main reason I registered was to satisfy the chartering standards we needed to achieve as a colony. What I got out of it however were ideas I would not have originally thought of or issues that I originally had little interest in. Future’s Quest took away the stereotype that Fraternities are “blood‐enemies” or that two different houses could never get along. At Future’s Quest, we were shown through exercises and personal discussion that although some of us wear different letters, in the end we all strive for the same thing. Leaving Future’s Quest, I took from it a renewed pride in being a Beta and being a Greek student. If I had never gone to Future’s Quest, it is unlikely I would be Beta’s IFC Representative or have as strong of an interest in attempting to create a formal recruitment system for ISU. I hope that by helping the ISU Greek system become stronger, that I can make Beta stronger too. The Wooden Institute, Written by Clint Currie This was an event that changed the way I think about Beta Theta Pi. This was a great experience and I hope to even go back next summer as an intern. This experience gave me a chance to have a 3 hour ritual breakdown review in the hall of chapters, and really helped me dissect the ritual of Beta Theta Pi. This is something that I will be spearheading once the fall pledge class is initiated is a deeper, more thorough ritual review with the pledges and the actives with the help of some of the material that was distributed at the Institute. Besides just learning about Beta, one of the most amazing things was bonding with my fellow Betas from across North America, including one guy from the Toronto Chapter. I made some really great friends there, and even got the chance to hang out with one of the guys from my small group at the general convention. Overall this was a great experience that really made me a better Beta, and it gave me a lot of ideas to bring back to the chapter.
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8 Leadership College at Convention, Written by Matt Strayer
Brother Betas, This summer I had the pleasure of attending my second Beta Convention at the 169th General Convention in Dallas, TX. Last summer I attended as a chapter delegate and had to focus more on the business side of the general fraternity. This year I also had a unique experience when I was given the opportunity of serving as a small group facilitator at Leadership College. Leadership College was just revamped with a wonderful new program based on Stephen Covey's "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People." Facilitating was an awesome experience working with the General Fraternity staff and the other facilitators from across U.S. and Canada. Facilitating at convention gave me the opportunity to thoroughly learn Stephen Covey's program, meet new Beta's and Friends of Beta, see all my old friends from across North America, and come to realize once again why I joined our great and good fraternity. Thank God I'm a Beta, and I can speak on behalf of all the current undergraduates at Tau Sigma, I hope to see all of you this summer in Phoenix for re‐chartering! ___kai___, Matt Strayer TS 1736 Senior in Economics and Mathematics email@example.com
Recruit Information: Our recruitment chairmen would be grateful to obtain the names and contact information of any possible recruits. If you know someone who is attending or plans to attend Iowa State University and would make a great Beta, please fill out the following information and return it to the Tau Sigma chapter via mail or e-mail. Thanks!
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Questions? Please Contact: Matthew Cavner Alumni Relations IFC Representative Editor of The Tri‐Serp firstname.lastname@example.org