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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
 kennedy@iastate.edu
 



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Table
of
Contents
 Summer
Recruitment




Page
4


My
Experience
Racing
the
Iowa
State
Solar
Car
 








Page
5
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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.



The
Tri‐Serp:
Fall
2008



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
 matt7756@iastate.edu
 


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!

Name _____________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________ Telephone # (

)___________________________________________________

E-mail_____________________________________________________________


Beta
Theta
Pi‐
Tau
Sigma
Colony
 2120
Lincoln
Way
 Ames,
Iowa
50014
 www.isubeta.com


Questions?

Please
Contact:
 Matthew
Cavner
 Alumni
Relations
 IFC
Representative
 Editor
of
The
Tri‐Serp
 mmcavner@iastate.edu



Fall 2008 Tri-Serp