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BETA T H E B E TA T H E TA P I M A G A Z I N E

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BETA EPONYMS

THE 5 COOLEST OF ALL TIME — AND 15 OTHERS THAT WILL WOW YOU


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INVESTIGATING AN ASSASSINATION Fifty-five years ago, JFK’s assassination shocked the world. While a nation mourned, three Betas helped find answers.

Front Cover: Stained Glass Beta War Memorial at the Beta Eta Chapter, University of Maine. (Read more on page 22.)


CONTENTS CONTENTS

FEATURES

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In 1963, the KKK killed four little girls at a church in Alabama. Nearly four decades later, a Beta stepped forward to serve justice.

No, we’re not talking about Old Main or the Beta Campanile. These are the five most unique Beta-inspired sights in the world.

In a year when fraternities were plagued by setbacks, performance indicators measure Beta’s general health and trajectory.

THIRTY-EIGHT YEARS LATER

THE 5 COOLEST BETA EPONYMS

STATE OF THE FRATERNITY

DEPARTMENTS Editor’s Letter .......................................... 4

Alumni News ...........................................16

Archives ...................................................... 5

Campus Life ............................................38

Newsworthy .............................................. 6

Chapter Reports ................................... 41

The Inbox ................................................... 9

Chapter Eternal .....................................56

Strategic Plan ..........................................12

Bridge Builder ........................................59

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The night my mom passed away in 2002 following a 10-year battle with cancer, my older brother and I found a collection of poems she hand copied the summer before she and my dad married in 1963. With this issue dedicated to monuments, landmarks and works of art inspired by and named for the spirit of Beta Theta Pi, I couldn’t resist sharing how one of the greatest loves of my life felt about leaving behind a name. HERITAGE by Albert Kennedy (Rosey) Rowswell I’ve done a lot of planning, And I’ve worked on schemes galor, I’ve had the urge to nobler deeds Than I have wrought before.

4 THE BETA THETA PI MARTIN COBB, EASTERN KENTUCKY ’96 MARTIN.COBB@BETA.ORG

EDITOR’S LETTER

EDITOR’S LETTER

Contentment never dwells with me, No peace of mind I claim I want to Work for those I love And leave behind a name. I’ve done a lot of hoping, And I’ve dreamed of days to be; I’ve known the joys of Guerdons won When fortune smiled on me; But win or lose, by choice of fate, I must stay in the game I want to Build for those I love And leave behind a name. I want to face the storms of life And find in them a plane To help me onward with my load And leave behind a name. I crave no bed of luxury, Nor crown of bauble fameI want to Fight for those I love And leave behind a name. When sounds the final trump for me I’d like to slip away To wait beside the river’s edge The coming of the day. When friends I’d known and lost a while Will greet with mild acclaimI’d like to know I’d paid my fare And Left behind a name. Sincerely and yours in ___kai___,


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THE BETA THETA PI The oldest continuously published college fraternity magazine, The Beta Theta Pi was founded on December 15, 1872, by Charles Duy Walker, VMI 1869.

EDITOR / DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATION Martin Cobb, Eastern Kentucky ’96

PUBLICATION SCHEDULE Issue Deadline Winter October 15 Spring January 15 Summer April 15

DIRECTOR OF MEDIA RELATIONS Justin Warren, SMU ’10

Mail Date December 15 March 15 June 15

SEND PICTURES, STORY CONCEPTS AND ADDRESS CHANGES TO: Beta Theta Pi Foundation & Administrative Office Brennan Hall 5134 Bonham Road PO Box 6277 Oxford, Ohio 45056 800.800.BETA or beta@beta.org

MANAGING EDITOR / GRAPHIC DESIGNER Mike Roupas, Iowa ’10

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Sarah Shepherd DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL MEDIA Mike Rodmaker, Cincinnati ’13 PUBLICATION PRINTER The Watkins Printing Company Columbus, Ohio PHOTOGRAPHY Salem Aerial Nathan Bouchard, Maine ’20

WHO GETS THE MAGAZINE? Upon initiation, each Beta is guaranteed a lifetime subscription to The Beta Theta Pi. That commitment by the Fraternity remains, although for a variety of reasons some no longer wish to receive the hard-copy version. So, who automatically receives the Fraternity’s magazine? All undergraduates and parents, current and former Beta volunteers, donors to the Beta Foundation, and any alumnus who documents his preference to receive the hard copy with the Administrative Office in Oxford. One can easily do so at 800.800.BETA, beta@beta.org or my.beta.org. HOW DOES ONE GET PUBLISHED? Content submissions for the magazine are always encouraged and certainly welcomed. While space constraints naturally make it difficult for the editorial staff to include every idea presented, a fair evaluation process is exercised in order to publish the greatest variety of chapters, generations, geographical regions, events and unique member achievements and stories. Pictures should be submitted in high resolution at beta@beta.org.

The Beta Theta Pi, (USPS 052-000) official magazine of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, is owned by the Fraternity, edited and published under the direction and control of its Board of Trustees, published winter, spring and summer for a $30 one-time pre-paid subscription. Standard non-profit class postage paid at Oxford, Ohio, and additional points of entry. Canada Post International Publications Mail (Canadian Distribution) Sales Agreement No. 0397474. Copyright Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. Produced in the USA. WANT INSTANT ACCESS TO A PAST ISSUE? Every issue of The Beta Theta Pi since its founding on December 15, 1872, can be accessed in Beta’s online, keyword-searchable digital archive: magazine.beta.org.

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A treasure was recently added to Beta’s archives thanks to Beta Daughter Katharine Beggs, who penned a note about her dad: “A number of weeks ago, I called for your advice about finding a home for my father’s Beta Theta Pi pocket watch and Fraternity pin. My dad, Robert Ferriday Jr., was a proud Beta at Purdue, class of 1927. I was told you might have a place for his valued items in your Fraternity museum. Beta was very important to my father and I know he would be proud to have his ‘treasures’ included in your collection.”


NEWSWORTHY

NEWSWORTHY

SPRING RECRUITMENT DOWN 11.4%; NEW MEMBERSHIP DROPS 7% SINCE 2016

ILLINOIS CLOSED FOR HAZING

Recognized as one of the most tumultuous years in modern memory for fraternities across North America, Beta recruitment was down 11 percent in spring 2018 compared to spring 2017, and total recruitment results for the 2017-18 academic year were down 6.9 percent compared to 2015-16.

Following disbandment in 2009 for risk management issues, and recolonization in 2013, closure of the Sigma Rho Chapter at the University of Illinois was announced by General Secretary Wayne Kay, Virginia Tech ’73, on April 19 following hazing concerns discovered in fall 2017. The chapter’s charter will remain in care of the Board of Trustees throughout this period of disbandment.

CENTRAL FLORIDA CLOSED FOR HAZING

SERVICES RENDERED & CONGRATS

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On April 11, General Secretary Wayne Kay, Virginia Tech ’73, announced closure of the Zeta Psi Chapter at Central Florida after an investigation confirmed hazing activities involving alcohol furnished to new members by upperclassmen and virtually all carried out with the knowledge of the chapter’s officers. “That these activities took place so closely following the events at Penn State and another fraternity’s similar tragedy at nearby Florida State shows a deeply disappointing lack of perspective and foresight by chapter leaders,” Kay said. The charter will remain in care of the Board of Trustees.

Executive Director Jeff Rundle, Kansas State ’03, recently recognized outgoing Foundation directors Ryan King, Southern Illinois ’01, and Matt Brawner, Truman State ’07, and announced their successors, Phil Fernandez, Miami ’06, and David Greis, Kentucky ’14. Zach Lepperd, Truman State ’16, will replace Greis as director of expansion. Leadership & Education Director Mandi Dilling concludes four dedicated years, and Chris Mueller, Central Michigan ’10, and Claire Dixon, Alpha Chi Omega, have been named director/associate director. Colin Close, Minnesota ’13, rejoins staff as associate director of the Cornerstone Housing Program.

THE BETA HOUSE

SEASIDE AT 179TH

With 53 of 62 alumni-owned facilities enrolled (86%), welcome to Beta’s newest Cornerstone Housing Program member, Peters Trust of the Gamma Gamma Chapter at Idaho!

FEE INCREASE

Due to injuries from substance abuse, hazing and unsafe events, undergraduates will incur another 13 percent risk management fee increase. Since 2013, Beta’s liability insurance premium has increased nearly $500,000.

Norfolk, Virginia, will play home to the 179th General Convention, and it’s sure to be another one for the history books. Registration is now open at beta.org/convention!

CHARTER PETITIONS Three chapters will petition for charters at the 179th General Convention in Norfolk, Virginia, August 2-5: Elon, Florida State and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).


UPCOMING EVENTS AUGUST 2018

GREEKHEADLINES

2-5 179TH GENERAL CONVENTION Norfolk, Va. beta.org/convention 16 52ND ANNUAL NORTHEAST OHIO ALUMNI STEAKOUT Canton, Ohio betathetapi.neoh@gmail.com

OCTOBER 2018 13 KENTUCKY HOUSE DEDICATION Lexington, Ky. chriscool5893@gmail.com

NOVEMBER 2018 2-4 BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING Lexington, Ky. jeff.rundle@beta.org

HAZING LEGISLATION: FELONY STATUS, FORFEIT PROPERTY

NEWSWORTHY

Following four fraternity deaths in 2017 due to hazing and the forced consumption of alcohol, tougher anti-hazing bills continue to grow in momentum, including in municipalities and the state houses of Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Michigan and Louisiana. Stiffer proposed penalties incorporate increased jail time for individuals, as well as fines and property forfeiture of organizations that knowingly contribute or turn a blind-eye to such behaviors. This includes house corporation-owned chapter houses and related assets.

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GRIEVING PARENTS CONVENE

25 GO TO TRIAL AT PENN ST.

DU GOES SUBSTANCE-FREE

STATEWIDE BAN

SIGNIFICANT REFORMS

Given mounting concerns related to hazing and substance-abuse during the recruitment and intake process, the University of Michigan recently announced deferred recruitment beginning in the 2019-20 academic year. First-semester students will be prohibited from joining a fraternity or sorority.

Among the 25 largest fraternities – and sixth oldest having been founded in 1834 – Delta Upsilon’s board of directors announced on May 16 all chapter houses will transition to substance-free environments by 2020. It becomes the fifth fraternity to do so, following Farmhouse, Phi Delt, Sig Ep and Beta.

The parents of students killed at the hands of hazing gathered for the first time in Greenville, S.C., in February to build support for a campaign to end hazing across North America. Jim and Evelyn Piazza, parents of Beta New Member Tim Piazza ’20, participated, along with some 30 other parents.

In the wake of the hazing death of Pi Delta Psi Fraternity Pledge Michael Deng, a judge has sentenced four Baruch College students to jail time and fined the national fraternity $110,000, banning it from all college campuses in the state of Pennsylvania for 10 years.

Following a third hearing for former Beta undergraduates involved in events that led to the death of Penn State New Member Tim Piazza ’20, judges have ruled that 25 students will stand trial related to charges of hazing and furnishing alcohol to minors.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Phi Kappa Psi and Acacia Fraternities recently announced hard alcohol bans in all of their chapter houses, effective immediately. Phi Psi’s executive council also announced reduction of the organization’s pledge program from six weeks to a maximum of 10 days.

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DEFERRED RECRUITMENT


NEWSWORTHY CHAPTERINSTALLATIONS

NEWSWORTHY

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OHIO STATE Led by General Fraternity President Bob Schnese, Wisconsin ’83, the historic Theta Delta Chapter was rechartered on April 7.

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PUGET SOUND In a March 3 ceremony held in Tacoma, Washington, General Secretary Wayne Kay, Virginia Tech ’73, presided over the reinstallation of the Delta Epsilon Chapter.

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QUINNIPIAC Under the watch of Fraternity Vice President Ben Swartz, Connecticut ’05, Quinnipiac became the Eta Sigma Chapter on March 24 – the youngest in Beta’s Broad Domain. In addition to its charter and coat of arms, the chapter was given its motto: “Revel in wisdom.”

TEXAS Beta Omicron’s April 14 installation banquet and philanthropy event benefiting the Lone Survivor Foundation featured live music, casino games and a keynote presentation from General Fraternity Vice President Justin Foster, West Chester ’11.

WILLAMETTE Gamma Sigma’s chapter status was made official on May 5 at the Waverley Country Club in Portland, Oregon. General Secretary Wayne Kay, Virginia Tech ’73, served as presiding officer, with former General Fraternity President Doug Houser, Willamette ’57, also in attendance.

PURDUE Welcomed back to the Beta family by General Fraternity President Bob Schnese, Wisconsin ’83, Betas and guests witnessed the reinstallation of the Beta Mu Chapter on March 3.


Interfraternally, — Johnny Sao, Director of Communications Sigma Alpha Epsilon

THEINBOX

Take a peek at unfiltered feedback shared with the Fraternity.

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— Mark Myers, Eastern Kentucky ’90

SAE’s spring issue discusses these matters, and I’m hoping that others will follow suit. As you know, every fraternity magazine provides a historical snapshot of the organization and Greek life at that time. It would be an injustice to the men lost this year to not even acknowledge that, which unfortunately has been the case until now.

THE INBOX

“I know the tragic events at Penn State are a nightmare for all involved, but I’m proud of how the organization is exhibiting accountability and remorse. I hope his parents find peace somehow.“

“I wanted to commend both you and your team on the spring 2018 issue of Beta. Your organization was the first to openly talk about the issues the entire Greek community is facing, which could not have been easy. As a fraternity who has dealt with its share of controversy over the years, I personally know how difficult it is to put these topics in writing for the world to see. What surprises me the most isn’t the fact that Beta was first, but rather that not one other fraternity magazine has even mentioned the current crisis, especially after the incidents at FSU, LSU and Texas State this year.


THEINBOX MAGAZINEFEEDBACK “The magazine is extraordinary — the writing, content, graphic design, photo selection, breadth, depth, and all. I’m a magazine junkie (my postman once observed I receive mags that aren’t published), and even with the overwhelming media blitz faced by all of us today, when “Beta” arrives, I set it aside, settle down, and read it cover to cover. THE INBOX 10

Your coverage of the Piazza tragedy and the state of fraternities have been particularly admirable. But artfully and powerfully dealing with the issues of the day is to be expected given your writing talents and skills. Congratulations! Beta’s printed publication could not be in better hands.” — Mike Mattsson, Utah ’60

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“On behalf of Eta Delta, thank you for dedicating resources and space in the magazine to share about Brother Fr. Tedesco’s life and his impact on us. Now that he is gone from this world physically, we all have a responsibility to carry on his vision for the Fraternity — love for one another, community building, inclusion, justice, accountability, and understanding.” —Colin Gerker, Dayton ’10 “Your spring issue was read in its entirety today. I want to praise you and your editorial board for a very open, honest, and transparent presentation and discussion of the horrid events of this past year. Beta Theta Pi Fraternity has reacted appropriately.” —G David Dixon, M.D., North Dakota ’58

“I received yesterday and read in great detail the Spring 2018 edition of Beta Theta Pi magazine. The circumstances of Timothy Piazza's death are tragic ... beyond tragic. As a parent of two children I cannot fathom the lifelong grief his parents will live with. I can, and will, pray that they find some peace in their future. But I write this to express my further thoughts, and likely the thoughts of many of my Beta brothers, about this tragic death. Our great Fraternity has stood firmly for nearly 180 years for what is right. Principle. Discretion. Leadership. And treating people as the men we were taught to become. The acts of a few misguided ‘men’ at Penn State in 2017 do not define who we are, who we have been, and what Beta Theta Pi will stand for in the future. On page nine of the spring magazine is a quote from a ‘Beta Parent.’ It concludes with the words ‘I have no respect for your organization.’ How naive can one man be. If you search the background of most any family, you will find a few unfortunate souls. To label that entire family by the deeds of their most unfortunate members is simply wrong. That ‘Beta Parent’ was obviously not a Beta himself. Otherwise he would know better. Beta Theta Pi is widely considered to be among the greatest of fraternal organizations. Let us continue that rich heritage.” — John Vanchina, Ohio ’74 “Congratulations for all the Betas elected as campus and Greek community leaders. During my time supporting leadership programs at Beta, we always impressed that leadership had little to do with the titles and was all about what we are able to do with the opportunity to lead. I would love to see an article this time next year celebrating both those new Beta campus leaders as well as a follow-up on how this current crop was able to make their campuses and Greek communities a better place.” — Steve Dealph, Friend of Beta


“I don’t know much about other fraternities here, but I know Beta and I know you guys do things right.” — University of Dayton President Eric Spina

COMMUNICATION AWARDS

CLOSURE COMMENTARY

1 | Critic’s Choice Top Magazine Cover Design “The Bright Knight” – Remembering Beta’s Adam West 2 | Top Fraternity Website 3 | Top Fraternity Foundation Annual Report 4 | Top Fraternity Story Packaging, Writing & Design “The Bright Knight” – Remembering Beta’s Adam West 5 | Second Place Design – Feature Article “Above the Fold” - Beta’s Pulitzer Prize Recipients and Most Memorable Beta Photos of All Time 6 | Second Place Writing – News-Feature Article “Sticks and Stones” – Social Media Bullying and the Suicide of David Molak (Left to right: Director of Digital Media Mike Rodmaker, Cincinnati ’13; Creative Director Sarah Shepherd; Editor/Director of Communication Martin Cobb, Eastern Kentucky ’96; Managing Editor/Graphic Designer Mike Roupas, Iowa ’10; Senior Writer/ Director of Media Relations Justin Warren, SMU ’10)

And let me say something that I am sure you aren't hearing from many of the Zeta Psi alumni - Thank you. Thank you to the AO for making the hard decision to close the chapter. In light of the incidents at Penn State and Florida State this past fall, there can be zero tolerance for such behavior as the ones that the current chapter leaders participated in. As a higher education professional (currently I am assistant director of admissions at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida) and the father to a young son (who I hope one day will be able to mix the black and gold of UCF and Beta's delicate shades of pink and blue), I am thankful that you and your colleagues acted as and when you did. I hope the example of the Zeta Psi Chapter will lead young men across the nation to make better decisions in their chapters so that the incidents of the past don't remember themselves. And I hope that at a time in the future when you all deem fit, the Beta flag will wave over Orlando once again.” — Marc Berkovits, Central Florida '08

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In May, Beta Theta Pi’s Communication Department attended the Fraternity Communications Association annual meeting in Lexington, Kentucky, and took home the greatest number of media, communication and magazine honors awarded to any of the men’s fraternities:

THE INBOX

“Earlier this week I received the Spring 2018 issue of The Beta Theta Pi magazine and when I read through it, I thought long and hard about recent incidents that occurred at my home chapter, Zeta Psi. It was with that mindset and reflection that I read the email Wednesday morning announcing the closure of my chapter.


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“Progress will always require trade offs. The world is rapidly changing, and I appreciate the Board's thoughtful work here. Our fraternity's ability to thrive in the future will directly connect with our ability to adapt. Onward, brothers! We can be successful for generations to come and this has us heading in the right direction.” Yours in ___kai___, Ed O’Malley, Kansas State ’97

“It’s Time.”

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In Beta's spring magazine, the Board of Trustees' February 2 strategic plan announcement was reprinted in full. Coinciding with the one-year anniversary of the events that led to the death of Penn State new member Tim Piazza '20, it focused on Beta's Men of Principle mission and three ranking priorities: Brotherhood, Personal Growth and Home. Since its adoption, six initiatives have been deployed, including recent appointment of Director of Chapter Services Anne Emmerth, Chi Omega, by Executive Director Jeff Rundle, Kansas State '03, to manage the plan's professional implementation. Feedback from all corners of the continent continues to inform this important work of the Fraternity, which is presented in representative fashion on pages 13-15.

Progress in Brief Chapter Cultural Assessment Progress: Partnership with cultural assessment firm formalized. Post-initiation surveys distributed to all 2017-18 new members. On the Horizon: First data set being analyzed to influence programs and policies. 2018-19 surveys being prepared. Volunteer Training and Engagement Progress: New online learning management system selected. On the Horizon: Volunteer resources, on/offboarding processes and satisfaction surveys in development. Hazing Prevention and New Member Education Progress: Work group formalized, spurring rolling recommendations. Chapters' new member programs must be certified by General Fraternity beginning fall 2018. On the Horizon: New Member Program in development for fall 2018 pilot.

Housing Standards Progress: General Fraternity House Corporation established. Substance-Free Housing Policy expansion adopted. On the Horizon: Chapter and house corporation resources in development to aid in transition to substance-free housing. Risk Mgt. Education and Accountability Progress: In-depth risk management training of all chapter officers and volunteers completed at winter 2018 programs. On the Horizon: Strengthening risk management training in online pledge registration process and pilot new member education program. Interfraternal Collaboration Progress: Good Samaritan Policy adopted by Board of Trustees. Peer fraternities challenged to join reform movement. On the Horizon: Actively participating in campus-wide moratorium discussions and NIC standards reform deliberations.


Feedback ”I wholeheartedly and aggressively support this position. Beta must lead. __ kai __” — Luke Pittman, Miami ’08

“A message that needs to be sent. We need to be willing to do it.” — Spencer Eccles, Utah ’89

— Ival Gregory, Oklahoma State Fraternity & Sorority Affairs

— Fred Woltz, North Carolina ’76

“Fraternities have to change. There are many reasons to do so. One of them is that if fraternities don't change, college presidents will close them. I'm impressed my fraternity gets this. Keep up the good work.” — John Drescher, North Carolina ’83

“This is awesome... Proud to be a Beta!”

“Didn’t we learn the lesson at Penn State??? Why wait 2 1/2 years to be substance free??” — G.B. Snider, MD, Ohio State ’50

“Yes. Yes. Yes! Only comment is 'why not sooner?' My Zeta Phi Chapter house was completely dry when I was there.”

Emails and Calls

— Tom Botts, Missouri '63

“Thank you to all of the brothers who put so much thoughtful effort into this plan. The horror of what occurred at Penn State truly shook my faith in Beta. This email outlining the process and initiatives in motion have restored it. _kai_”

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— George Pasquarello, W&J ’88

“Really disappointed in General with this one. Was clear that our Board of Trustees is much more likely to do what is easy on paper to save themselves money on insurance than work at what is difficult for the safety of our young brothers.”

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— Derek Campbell, Wisconsin ’19

— Justin Miller, Minnesota ’00

— Mike Casson, SMU ’67

As Thomas Sowell once said, “Too much of what is called 'education' is little more than an expensive isolation from reality.” — Ned Lamkin, DePauw '56

“Sad to hear. Students now are too stupid to drink in public? Encourage them to abuse alcohol in their rooms. Smart enough to vote, sign a contract, and join the military, but too immature to drink a beer at 18? The nanny state is here.”

El Bourgraf, Cincinnati ’54

“This is one of the most eloquently worded Beta missives I have had an opportunity to read. Kudos to all involved… I believe it will have a very positive impact… I know it will with Gamma Omega. Yours in _kai_”

— Bob Kersey, DePauw '56

“I continue to be proud of the steps that Beta has taken since inception of the Men of Principle initiative to improve our fraternity and the men within it. Please know you have my unwavering support in this effort.” — Jim Strilesky, British Columbia ’72

“It’s a damn shame it takes this death and others before the kind of action proposed here is taken.

“Do not get me wrong, I truly enjoy going out with my brothers for a drink after a long day of class or work, but this is in a controlled environment that does not relate back to Beta and does not put my chapter's housing facility at risk. I stand firm in my belief that substance-free housing is a great step forward in building up our Great and Good Fraternity to the highest it has ever been.” — Jonathan Robinson, Wisconsin-Oshkosh ‘19

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"Dislikes/Sads" Not in Support of Plan

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“It is time to reach out and see if you can play a part in any aspect of promoting the Men of Principle philosophy, which is undoubtedly the future of Beta. Just a thought from another old Beta who never lost the spirit. Yours in -kai-,”

— Chris Bittman, Grand President Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity

Better late than never.”

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“Oklahoma State University is gratified by Beta’s efforts to make our students’ Greek experience all it can be. I personally am proud to be a Friend of Beta and look forward to collaborating with all levels of Beta leadership in support of the initiatives outlined in today’s announcement.”

“Very encouraged by your Board and Beta's leadership on these tough issues. Sig Ep stands ready to be fully supportive of your efforts.”


Strategic Plan Feedback (cont'd)

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“We have the budget, the house and the social capital to throw house parties whenever we want, but the liability isn’t worth it. In fact, that’s why we've already moved most all of our parties to third-party vendors. It’s just easier and safer for everyone, and believe it or not, we’ve actually had more brothers come to our thirdparty events. This policy honestly makes sense. _kai_,”

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Kyle Rintoul, Florida '19 Chapter President (First row in stands, second from left)

he has joined the Fraternity. The challenge as you know is tremendous. For every Timothy Piazza, there are many more near misses, and those near misses continue, in Beta, and elsewhere. The message you have relayed is strong and easily resonates with alumni and parents, but the challenge is to have this message resonate with the young men we care so deeply about. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.” — Joe Picchiotti, Beta Parent

“History is never made without individuals and organizations sticking their necks out. Thanks to the Board of Trustees for being on the tip of the spear that is pushing Beta forward.” — David Knapp, Wesleyan '49

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“I am very pleased to read this message and heartily support it. I'd only add I believe the substance-free goal for all houses should be implemented before mid-2020. I did not understand the reasoning given for delaying it. Abolishing hazing is excellent, given the excesses that have developed. There must be the substitution of a program that builds the ethos of Beta and advances the spirit of brotherhood. Group projects are one way to address this; projects that are difficult but doable. Physical fitness challenges included. Best wishes. God Bless America! —kai—” — Burton Gerber, Michigan State '55

“Sobering topics, but very well done... and great to see the new strategic plan. It's always nice to see Beta stepping up and being proactive, leading the charge/change.”

“Congratulations on your 2/2/18 announcement. Proud Friend of Beta. (BLF gift enclosed.)” — Marc Mores, Phi Delta Theta

— Chad Phillips, Missouri ’96

“Board Members, thank you all for the work you have done. As one old member, I support you in these efforts.” “Outstanding work!!" “The efforts you have described to curb drug and alcohol use and hazing are much needed. I have been gravely concerned about the health and welfare of my son since

Many college campuses are discussing the possibility of removing Greek life from their campuses altogether. Many others are going to enforce dry Greek housing. This allows us to be proactive leaders on our campuses, not reactive participants. Proud to be a Beta.” — Casey Gomes, Maryland ’02

“By preventing members from drinking in the buildings where they live you're making them less safe, not more. For many students, drinking is a part of the college experience. By giving brothers a location where that can happen safely, surrounded by people who are meant to care about them, you give them a support system that protects them when things go wrong.” — Christopher Spotts, Colorado Mines '17

— John Mallory, Penn State ’58

— Mike Dubes, Iowa State ’66

chapter due to behaviors getting us into a great deal of trouble. Alcohol is not just present in our chapter houses: it's in our recruitment process, our new member education and our membership fabric. We have to address this.

“Like many other alumni, my undergraduate experience included alcohol consumption in my chapter house and many other houses across campus. And, like many other alumni, I participated in the process of closing my

“I say 'go dry now.' Let this poor lad’s death count for something. For the most part, the drinking is illegal and the General Fraternity that allows it to happen is responsible. The Board should plead guilty and all resign if they can’t simply 'do the right thing.'” — William Hartong, M.D., Wichita State ’66


Strategic Plan Feedback (cont'd)

Very Concerned Parents

“Brotherhood does not equal alcohol. Not having alcohol in the house is not as big a deal as one might think. The Gamma Lambda Chapter at Oklahoma State has had a no-tolerance, no alcohol on property standard for over a decade and is still a top house on campus, winning grades, intramurals and music shows consistently. The efforts to protect our brothers are worth an adjustment in the way we pursue companionship and brotherhood. _kai_” — Blake Choisnet, Oklahoma State '12

“Although I'm a bit concerned, there is no doubt in my mind that the Board has Beta's, and my, best interest in mind. Thank you, brothers! _kai_,” — Casey Pavich, Wisconsin-Oshkosh '99

— Thea Rachel Zunick, Friend of Beta

— Bradley de Wet, Virginia Tech ’10

“I continue to send my warm wishes to the men of Beta Theta Pi as you continue to be true leaders in the fraternal movement.” — Mike Mayer, Executive Director Theta Chi Fraternity

— John Stanton, Centre ’89

Percentage of feedback that referenced specific components of the strategic plan . . .

“I had no plans to join Greek life when I first came to college. I saw first-hand as a freshman that many negative stereotypes were true and numerous chapters centered their existence around alcohol. But when close friends from my Bible study joined Beta and told me how it was the only dry house on campus, I reevaluated my assessment of Greek life and rushed as a sophomore. First as pledge class president, then as treasurer and now as president, I've realized there is no college experience better than the Beta experience because our Fraternity is committed to centering Beta around brotherhood instead of alcohol. Our dry house at Cornell is a central reason I decided to join, and I'm pleased to see the General Fraternity's strategic initiative which helps ensure more undergraduate men can have the same amazing experience I've had.” — David Navadeh, Cornell ’19

2%

Culture Assessment

1%

Volunteer Engagement

12%

Hazing Prevention & New Member Education

47%

Substance-Free Housing/Housing Standards

4%

Risk Management Education and Accountability

1%

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“As a long-time volunteer for this fraternity, I have to say that I am even more proud to be associated with this organization than I have ever been before. As someone who has worked closely with fraternity members across the country for over a decade, it is clear that it is time to do something different. The steps outlined in this plan have proven to be what is most effective through reliable and valid research conducted within other organizations and [Beta’s] general members.”

“I am very proud to see the Board make what might be an unpopular decision with many in our organization but is the right thing to do morally. If I ask myself, 'Which choice helps our fraternity pursue our mission of developing men of principle for a principled life better: having alcohol in our homes or not having alcohol in our homes?' The answer seems pretty obvious.”

“I’m all in for the course Beta has charted. Thanks for all Beta’s leadership is doing to lead!”

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“As parents we have one question, why in the world would it take 2 1/2 years to become substance-free? A safer strategy would be to make it mandatory effective immediately. Alcohol is the very reason Tim Piazza no longer has a life to live and his parents no longer get to watch him accomplish all he was capable of and deserving of. How many more young people have to be hurt or die before we demand integrity and responsibility? Respectfully,”


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By Justin Warren, SMU ’10

ALUMNI NEWS

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WORLD TOUR In July 2015, Rory Macleod, Colgate ’00, quit his job at Apple, sold off all of his belongings and began riding a bicycle alone across the United States. He loved it so much that, after completing a circle around the country, he decided to keep going. In the two-and-a-half years since, he’s experienced 34,000 miles of nearly constant travel, including a continental tour of Europe and, most recently, logged 2,700 miles through five different African countries to a temporary stopping point in Cape Town, South Africa. Best of all, Macleod pursued this journey for a worthy organization – World Bicycle Relief. With help from 300 donors, he raised more than $42,000 throughout his journey, which will provide bicycles to farmers, community organizers, healthcare workers and schoolchildren in developing countries who lack reliable transportation to support their livelihoods. “More than any other figure from my trip, that is the one stat I am most proud of and will look back fondly on in the days to come,” Macleod said.


TACKLING TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

THE PASSING OF BETA DAUGHTER BUSH

With support from his Epsilon Upsilon Chapter brothers, Peter Sylvain, Carleton ’17, embarked on a months-long service trip to Puerto Rico in March. There, he completed more than 15 home restoration projects following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

CROSS COUNTRY TESLA TRIP

Bradly D’Souza, Cincinnati ’16 (left), completed a coast-to-coast road trip from California to New York in a record-setting 51 hours and 47 minutes in a Tesla Model S. D’Souza’s team completed the “Cannonball Run” to raise awarenss for victims of human trafficking.

HONORING A PATRIOT Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin ordered all flags flown at half-staff in honor of Denzil Garrison, Oklahoma ’51, who died in January at age 91. Garrison was a World War II and Korean War veteran, and served 16 years in public office in the Oklahoma State House and Senate.

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REBUILDING AFTER MARIA

First lady Barbara Bush, daughter of Beta Vice President Marvin (Monk) Pierce, Miami 1916, and sister to Scott Pierce, Miami ’54, passed away on April 17 at the age of 92. Buried at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas, she is preceded in death by two other Beta daughter first ladies: Helen Herron Taft, daughter of John W. Herron, Miami 1845, and Nancy Reagan, daughter of Dr. Loyal Davis, Knox 1914. Bush, founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and only the second woman ever to be both a wife and mother to a United States president, won the hearts of Americans and became affectionately known as the “first grandmother.” Her marriage to President George H.W. Bush, Delta Kappa Epsilon, spanned 73 years – the longest in presidential history.

ALUMNI NEWS

An estimated 3.8 million concussions occur in the United States each year in competitive sports and recreational activities – 50 percent of which go unreported. When his son, Brett (right), was among them, Darren Cde Baca, Dartmouth ’82 (left), cofounded the One Hit Away Foundation to provide education and resources for healing sports-related brain injuries and concussions.


SALUTE TO SERVICE

Former Secretary of the Navy, Mississippi Governor and U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ray Mabus, Mississippi ’69, was Arizona’s 2018 commencement speaker, and Delta Beta wanted to make his campus visit special. So when four brothers came face-to-face with the Oxford Cup recipient, they presented him with a plaque recognizing his service to his country and fraternity. ALUMNI NEWS 18

SUPER SEQUEL

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It was a sequel 17 years in the making, but the follow-up to the 2001 cult hit “Super Troopers” hit theaters in late April. The film reunites the five members of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe on screen, four of whom met as Betas at Colgate University (left to right): Erik Stolhanske ’91, Jay Chandrasekhar ’90, Steve Lemme ’91, and Kevin Heffernan ’91 (far right).Studio executives agreed only to release the film if the group met a $2 million funding goal, which it achieved in just 24 hours with support from more than 50,000 contributors committing $4.4 million – the second-most successful crowdfunding campaign ever for a movie. “Super Troopers 2” brought in $14.7 million during opening weekend, more than doubling industry projections. Compare that to the first film’s $6 million launch, and it’s clear the Broken Lizard team has found a loyal fanbase in this franchise.

A RIDE 50 YEARS IN THE MAKING Generations of Betas have long-cherished reaching the Fraternal Fifty membership milestone, but for two brothers from Lehigh, Millard Robinson ’69 (left), and Bob Frawley ’69 (right), it was cause for celebration. With a little planning and lot of creativity, the two men – both cycling enthusiasts – arranged for a joint ride along the Costa Brava in Spain in a pair of custom Beta jerseys.

ON-AIR WITH PETE MUNDO THE WEDDING PARTY

In March, Joe Wilka, Loyola Marymount ’10, celebrated his marriage to Katherine Swanson with Beta brothers. Joe and Katherine live in Los Angeles where Joe works as a filmmaker and continues his Beta involvement as a recruitment advisor for his home Eta Alpha Chapter.

In April, Pete Mundo, Villanova ’10 (right), landed a spot hosting his own morning show at KCMO radio in Kansas City, Missouri. “The Pete Mundo Morning Show” is a culmination of Mundo’s more than eight years in the talk radio industry, most recently in New York City. Pictured with U.S. Representative Rob Estes (R-KS).


SPIRIT OF MAINE On April 26, George Pullen, Maine ’03, was awarded the Spirit of Maine Achievement Award. Among the highest honors a University of Maine graduate can receive, the award recognizes a young alumnus who has achieved outstanding professional success. A seasoned finance professional serving as a senior economist with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Pullen was honored at a ceremony alongside fellow distinguished award winners Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) and former Maine Governor John Baldacci.

BRAD BROCK, Florida State ’99, was named Chapter Advisor of the Year at the university’s annual awards ceremony.

FRED BROWER, Miami ’50, Beta’s second Administrative Secretary, celebrated his 90th birthday with brothers.

BRIAN CORCORAN, Eastern Kentucky ’91, received EKU’s highest honor, being named a 2018 Distinguished Alumnus.

ZAC HAINES, Miami ’05, was appointed to the Miami University Board of Trustees by Ohio Governor John Kasich.

SCOTT HORST, Maryland ’90, received the University of Maryland’s Housing Corporation Officer of the Year Award.

DAVE MORINE, Amherst ’66, received the Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership from the Audobon Society.

MICHAEL PURCELL, Oklahoma ’08, was named the 2017 Chapter Alumnus of the Year by his Gamma Phi Chapter brothers.

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BROTHERS IN SERVICE Retired U.S. Navy Captain Jim Philpitt, Florida State ’77 (left), congratulates Lieutenant Andrew Chen, Southern California ’12 (right), upon his designation as a Naval Flight Officer. The brothers first met on social media, and Philpitt – with over 30 years of Naval service – has mentored Chen in recent years.

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RUSS BEATON, Willamette ’60, received the Lestle J. Sparks Medallion for lifetime service to Willamette.

It’s not every day that a Beta becomes a hall of famer, but in late January that honor was bestowed upon former Northwestern and Colorado Head Football Coach Gary Barnett, Missouri ’68, as a 2018 inductee into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Springfield, Missouri, with approximately 30 of his Beta brothers in attendance.

ALUMNI NEWS

SHANE AUSTIN, Miami (Fla.) ’15, received the Outstanding IFC Chapter Advisor Award from his alma mater.

LIVING LEGEND


“I couldn’t move. I couldn’t see. I could barely breathe.” — Sarah Collins, 16th Street Bombing Survivor


Thirty-Eight Years Later In 1963, the KKK murdered four little girls at a church in Alabama. Nearly four decades later, a Beta stepped forward to serve justice. by Mike Roupas, Iowa ’10

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oung sisters Sarah and Addie Collins walked hand in hand to church in 1963, just as they did every Sunday morning in Birmingham, Alabama. With 40 minutes until the service began, the sisters walked up the front steps of 16th Street Baptist Church and met their friends in the ladies’ lounge. Twelve-year-old Sarah watched from across the room as her older sister helped tie a ribbon around the waist of a young girl’s new dress. Before Addie could finish tightening it, an explosion erupted, shooting concrete, brick and glass throughout the room. It was the last sight Sarah took in with her right eye – and the last time she ever saw her sister alive. An act of white supremacist terrorism, 15 sticks of dynamite had been planted earlier under the church’s front steps. Only one month prior, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington. Considered by Dr. King as “one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity,” the 16th Street Bombing stole the lives of Denise McNair, age 11, and Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley, all 14 years old. Though members of the KKK had boasted about their role in the tragedy, it took 14 years for the first of four men to be tried and convicted due to the FBI blocking prosecution. Despite a long period of interference from authorities, the course of history was forever changed by the mere presence of a young Beta law student — Doug Jones, Alabama ’76 — who skipped class that day to observe the trial. Following decades of inaction, hope for any justice was wearing thin for the victims’ families, with only one of the four Klansmen held accountable for their actions. But 38 years later in 2001, a revived interest in the case sparked and, thanks to that young Beta in the courtroom, the case re-opened. Now an appointed U.S. attorney, Jones’ legal career had come full circle as he successfully prosecuted the remaining two living attackers – finally serving justice for the brutal murders of those four little girls and closing a tragic chapter in the march for civil rights. Even after being elected U.S. Senator of Alabama in 2017, Jones considers this case his single greatest accomplishment. “It was such a sense of relief and healing for [the families],” he said. “They had this abiding faith in our justice system that sooner or later, the wheels of justice would turn.” Today, 55 years since the attack, Jones emphasizes the importance for us to understand that we have come a long way since 1963, but that we still have a long way to go. 

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“I may have the honor of serving Alabama as your senator, but the most important thing I have done is prosecuting those Klansmen who killed four little girls at 16th Street Baptist Church.” — Doug Jones, Alabama ’76


ep-o-nyms

A person, place or thing after whom or after which something is named.

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The Coolest Beta Eponyms of All Time And 15 Others That Will Wow You by L. Martin Cobb, Eastern Kentucky '96

The word “eponym” first appeared in the written English language in 1846. Rooted in the Greek adjective "epōnymos," which is itself from "onyma," meaning "name," it is defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “a person, place or thing after whom or after which something is named.” Traditionally, an eponym was a mythical ancestor or totem believed to be the source of a clan’s name. It’s no surprise that dozens upon dozens of monuments, structures and works of art have been named for members of Beta Theta Pi through the years – including towns, streets and, yes, in one case, even a college. While all impressive, characteristics of a few elevate their prestige – namely due to their not-so-subtle nod to the Fraternity. Making them arguably the most unique physical tributes to Beta Theta Pi ever constructed, say hello to the five coolest Beta eponyms of all time . . .


The Rose Well House Indiana University

Presented to Indiana University in 1908 to honor his graduating class, IU Trustees Vice President and eventual President Theodore F. Rose, Indiana 1875, oversaw construction of an eight-sided well house designed in the shape of the Beta badge. A campus icon, it fosters one of the university’s lasting traditions, namely as the preferred site for courtship and marriage proposals. As shared by immediate past Chapter President Nick Isaacs, Indiana ’19: “We have several Beta landmarks around campus. The most notable one is the Rose Well House. It is a chapter tradition to have our pledge induction ceremony there since a Beta built it. It is the chapter's favorite night of each semester.”


Stained Glass War Memorials University of Maine & Los Angeles

Constructed on opposite corners of the continent, two beautiful stained-glass windows were crafted in the early 1900s as tributes to Betas who made the ultimate sacrifice. One of the most ornate in existence, the stained-glass memorial of Beta Eta Chapter at the University of Maine stands above all others. Paying homage to six Beta brothers who defended freedom abroad and in the Spanish-American War and World War I, the masterpiece includes striking symbols of the country they called home – as well as the Fraternity and Beta brothers who loved them. Presented by the Southern California Beta Alumni Association during the building of the St. John’s Cathedral in Los Angeles, an extraordinary stained-glass window depicting "The Presentation of Christ in the Temple" honors Beta's World War I heroes and was unveiled and blessed on June 7, 1925, by Beta brother and rector, Rev. George Davidson, Kenyon 1902. Known as a loyal Beta and characterized as the “beloved” leader of the church, he was memorialized by the congregation years later with an oil portrait and plaque that, fittingly, described him as “scholar, builder, friend.”

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John Young Craft Gravestone Centre College

Dying from yellow fever in 1878 while an undergraduate, John Young Craft, Centre 1881, was laid to rest at Bellevue Cemetery in Danville, Kentucky, feet from the campus he called home. Hundreds of miles away from his family in Mississippi, Craft's grief-stricken Beta brothers erected a striking memorial to the comrade they loved, which included a large Beta badge to mark their fraternal bond. Interestingly, Leila McKee – the woman responsible for proposing the pink rose as Beta's official flower in 1889, and daughter of Roll No. 006 at Centre who joined Beta in the wake of the Snowball Rebellion – was Craft's Beta Sweetheart. Plagued by his memory, she wore his Beta badge on her collar every day, not marrying until later in life. Upon her death, she was buried at Bellevue, which includes her five Beta ancestors – just yards from John Young Craft.

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“Beta Bridge” University of Virginia

Founded by Declaration of Independence author and eventual U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia is a postcard for the term "tradition." One such student practice dates back some 50 years and includes the almost daily painting of “Beta Bridge,” a structure on Rugby Road named for the Fraternity in 1927 when Omicron Chapter built its house on adjacent land. “[The bridge] provides a public bulletin board for people to showcase event information, club recruiting, declarations of love, birthdays, congratulations and, sadly enough, memorials,” shared Aidan O’Keefe, Virginia ’17, whose chapter was anointed caretakers of the bridge when it assumed a new role as canvas-in-chief for student expression. Fortunately, there are also some unwritten rules students are expected to honor – like not covering over a freshly painted message for at least a day. “We have a supply of paint cans, spray paint, paint rollers and paint brushes in the basement of the chapter house that we restock ourselves,” said O’Keefe. “Whenever a brother sees that there is profanity, slurs, insults or any form of graffiti over a message, we paint over the vandalism ourselves.” Messages typically include “Thx Beta” as a gesture of appreciation for the Fraternity’s role in standing guard over the freedom of thought – and the Beta Bridge that symbolizes it.

Right: "Beta Bridge" following the violent August 2017 demonstrations related to the statue removal of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Want to see more "Beta Bridge" messages and works of art? Use #betabridge on social media or visit betabridgealmostdaily. wordpress.com.

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Beta Badge State Capitol Fountain Salem, Oregon

Originally constructed in 1912 in honor of Salem businessman E.M. Waite thanks to an estate gift of his widow, Waite Fountain was damaged during the historic Columbus Day Storm of 1962. Following an extended period of disagreement between local officials and citizens on what should replace it, then-Governor Mark Hatfield intervened out of frustration, directing fountain overseers to design it according to his impromptu yet impassioned quick sketch: an eight-sided Grecian shield. Located across the street from Willamette University and on the grounds of the Oregon State Capitol, it mirrors exactly the look and proportions of the Beta badge. Of course, Hatfield’s instruction on the fountain’s design may not be too surprising, as it was Hatfield who carried the 1946 petition of Kappa Gamma Rho local fraternity to the 107th General Convention seeking a charter of Beta Theta Pi. Mark Odom Hatfield was honored with Roll No. 001 during the Gamma Sigma Chapter’s 1947 Installation. Besides Hatfield’s legendary reputation of bipartisanship, having garnered international fame for his opposition to the Vietnam War as a Republican, not to mention a fierce streak of independence that held deep disdain for idealogues on both sides of the aisle, his deep faith and compassionate approach to social issues, yet strong belief in the need for individual responsibility, were widely admired. He never lost an election, including two terms as Oregon governor and five terms as United States Senator. Awarded the Oxford Cup in 1998, Beta’s highest honor for professional achievement, the library at Willamette University also bears his name.

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And 15 Others That Will Wow You . . . The Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve Made possible thanks to a $50 million gift in 2009 by the Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve consists of 14,000 acres that lay adjacent to West Virginia's New River Gorge National River. An Oxford Cup recipient, Stephen Bechtel Jr., Purdue/Colorado '50, is former CEO of Bechtel Construction, America's largest construction company and one of six that co-built the Hoover Dam. Beta son to Stephen Sr., Berkeley 1923, and Berkeley Beta uncles Kenneth and Warren, Stephen is one of the Beta Foundation's largest lifetime donors to the Men of Principle initiative.

Eggleston Halls Residence halls at both Virginia Tech and Virginia State are named for Joseph Dupuy Eggleston, Hampden-Sydney 1886, Virginia's first elected superintendent of public instruction and eventual Virginia Tech and Hampden-Sydney president. An expert on education – to which he dedicated his life's work – Eggleston had a “keen and active interest in the development of colored people” and pushed hard for women’s rights.

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Senator Harlan of Statuary Hall One of three Betas featured in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall, the likeness of U.S. Senator James Harlan, DePauw 1845, was dedicated in 1910 on behalf of the state of Iowa, the first to boast a Beta senator (1855). Following the assassination of President Lincoln, Harlan was appointed Secretary of the Interior under President Johnson. A close friend and adviser to Lincoln, in 1868 his daughter married the president's son, Robert Todd Lincoln, Delta Kappa Epsilon. His bust in Statuary Hall was retired in 2014 and relocated to the Harlan-Lincoln House at Iowa Wesleyan College, where he had once served as president and his daughter and son-in-law summered. Multiple counties and towns throughout the U.S. are named "Harlan" in his honor. Statues of Idaho Senator William E. Borah, Kansas 1889, and Indiana Governor and Senator Oliver P. Morton, Miami 1845, also stand in Statuary Hall.

USS John Warner Described as the Navy's "most lethal war ship," the USS John Warner is named for former Navy Secretary and 30-year U.S. Senator John Warner, Washington & Lee '49. Christened in 2014 under the leadership of Navy Secretary and Beta Ray Mabus, Mississippi '69, the Warner fired its first Tomahawk land missiles in April 2018 at targets in Syria following that country's chemical attack on its own people.

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Kansas Governor's Mansion Built in 1928 by Alpha Nu Chapter Founding Father Frank P. MacLennan, Kansas 1875 (Roll No. 007), "Cedar Crest" was bequeathed to the state following his widow's death in 1955 upon the condition it be used as the governor's mansion. Including a handcarved Beta coat of arms in the library's fireplace mantle, the estate gift included 244 surrounding acres of gardens, trails and ponds known as MacLennan Park. It is the smallest governor's residence in the country at 6,000 square feet, but resides on the largest plot of land. In 1982, Cedar Crest was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Francis Park, Street, Field, Gymnasium and Quadrangle A Richmond, Kentucky, native and Roll No. 001 at Washington University in St. Louis, David R. Francis 1870, was appointed Secretary of the Interior by President Cleveland, elected Missouri Governor and St. Louis Mayor, and appointed Ambassador to Russia by President Woodrow Wilson. Credited with keeping the University of Missouri in Columbia following a catastrophic fire in 1892, the iconic Quadrangle bears his name, along with a statue that brings good luck to all students who rub his nose. Other namesakes? Wash. U's Francis Gymnasium and Field (that hosted the 1904 Summer Olympics) and St. Louis' Francis Park and Francis Street.

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Millsaps College A private liberal arts college located in Jackson, Mississippi, Millsaps College was founded in 1890 due to the generosity of Reuben W. Millsaps, DePauw 1854. Having "saved every penny" while working on a plantation to put himself through college, Millsaps eventually graduated from Harvard Law. A successful businessman and devout Methodist, he donated vast wealth to educational institutions and the creation of "a Christian college within our state." He is entombed with his Beta Sweetheart on the campus that bears his name.

"The Aviator” Volunteering as a pilot for France given his belief America should do more to fight the Germans in World War I, James R. McConnell, Virginia 1911, was shot down March 19, 1917, becoming the last American to die before the U.S. entered the war. Upon learning the news, his classmates rallied for a lasting monument to mark his heroism and sacrifice. University President Edwin A. Alderman concurred and oversaw all aspects of the tribute, including selection of artist Gutzon Borglum — best known for sculpting Mount Rushmore — to create the epic statue that still graces the Grounds of UVA. Death of "The Aviator" was memorialized again in 2017 with a campus-wide centennial ceremony that included the announcement of an annual new member scholarship in McConnell's honor by his Omicron Chapter.

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Koch Integrative Cancer Institute Thanks to a $100 million gift by David H. Koch, MIT '62, the Koch Integrative Cancer Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, modernizes the approach of combating the deadly disease by bringing together scientists and engineers under one roof to foster collaborative, cross-disciplinary research. As shared by Koch, "Conquering cancer will require multi-disciplined initiatives and MIT is positioned to enable that collaboration. As a cancer survivor, I feel especially fortunate to be able to help advance this effort." Boasting five Nobel Prize recipients, among a litany of nationally recognized scientists and engineers, the facility was dedicated in 2011.

Perkins Observatory Contributor of his life’s savings and gains from investments “to establish an observatory of the first rank," mathematics and astronomy professor Hiram Mills Perkins, Ohio Wesleyan 1857, is memorialized in a 1923 research observatory that bears his name. Today, the central Ohio facility plays home to students of the Ohio Wesleyan Department of Physics and Astronomy.

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Richardson Buildings of St. Elizabeths Mental Hospital Named for Hospital Superintendent Alonzo B. Richardson, Ohio 1872, the Richardson Buildings of St. Elizabeths Mental Hospital in D.C., played home to a litany of famous patients, including the assassin of President Garfield and John Hinckley, attempted assassin of President Reagan. President Lincoln even recommended Mary Todd consider seeking council at the hospital following the loss of their son, Willie.

Wooden and Ledford Courts, Rice-Eccles and Beaver Stadiums The two NCAA men's basketball programs that lay claim to the greatest number of championships and total wins also play on hardwood named in honor of two outsanding Betas: UCLA's John R. Wooden, Purdue '32, and Kentucky's Cawood "Voice of theWildcats" Ledford, Centre '49.The University of Utah's football stadium bears the name of Beta's Eccles family, and Penn State's football stadium is named for Governor and Trustees President James A. Beaver, Washington & Jefferson 1856.

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Fifty-five years ago on November 22, 1963, a motorcade transporting U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy traveled down Elm Street in the West End district of downtown Dallas, Texas. One week later, the charismatic leader, once called “the post-war symbol of a revitalized America,” had been pronounced dead, and while the world continued to mourn, his successor, President Lyndon Baines Johnson, was looking for answers – and three Betas would help him find them.


Johnson announced the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy on November 29. Led by Chief Justice Earl Warren, the Warren Commission, as it was more commonly known, also included two U.S. senators, two U.S. representatives, a former CIA director and an esteemed presidential advisor. Of those seven individuals charged with investigating the assassination, three were Betas: John McCloy, Amherst 1916; John Sherman Cooper, Centre 1922; and Hale Boggs, Tulane ’35.

now-infamous Zapruder home movie and even a follow-up Congressional investigation continued to shed doubt on the original findings. In 1992, Congress set a 25-year deadline for releasing any remaining documents stemming from John F. Kennedy's murder that may help bring a conclusion to this ongoing debate. And with that

deadline now passed, the interests of a new generation are peaked. What really happened that fateful day in November 1963? Using countless studies challenging or supporting the original findings, this new era of speculators will undoubtedly continue to argue the commission’s work. But Beta Theta Pi’s deep connection to this great American mystery will live on forever. 

For almost a year, the commission analyzed reports from major federal and state agencies and offices, such as the FBI, Secret Service, U.S. State Department and Texas attorney general. They heard testimony from hundreds of witnesses, made trips to Dallas to inspect and analyze the crime scene, and scrutinized the life and death of the president’s alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. The end result of this work was an 888-page report delivered to President Johnson on September 24, 1964. Publicly, all seven members of the Warren Commission signed off on the report’s findings, most notably the “single-bullet theory” and that Oswald had acted alone in the shooting. Privately, four of the seven commission members – including McCloy, Cooper and Boggs – weren’t so sure. The public was equally skeptical of The Warren Report. Plagued by controversy, the commission’s findings gave rise to a number of conspiracy theories, with many calling the report a government cover up. For years, revelations of evidence suppression, intentional misleading by intelligence officials, new conclusions brought forth by ballistics experts, the

Left: The Kennedy's ride through the streets of Manhattan in an open-air car during the 1960 presidential campaign. A similar scene in Dallas in 1963 would end in tragedy. Top: The Warren Commission (L-R: Rep. Gerald Ford, Rep. Hale Boggs, Sen. Richard Russell, Chief Justice Earl Warren, Sen. John Sherman Cooper, John McCloy, Allen Dulles, J. Lee Rankin.) Bottom: Chaos ensues mere seconds after a gunshot strikes President John F. Kennedy in Dallas.


CAMPUS LIFE 38

CAMPUS LIFE NFL BOUND

THE BETA THETA PI

To say SMU center Evan Brown ’18, had a stunning NFL Pro Day would be an understatement. Not only did he post numbers for all major exercises ranking in the top five for his position, but he broke a record among offensive linemen with a 36-inch vertical leap – at 307 pounds, if you can imagine. Suffice it to say, expectations were high that Brother Brown would be picked up by an NFL team in time for training camp. All speculation came to a rest when, on April 30, the four-season starter signed a deal with the New York Giants. This Beta is off to the Meadowlands!

 WHEN YOU WISH

Brothers at Florida International changed a boy's life by raising almost $6,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation at their Miss Shooting Star Gala. As a result of their philanthropy, a terminally ill, fiveyear-old boy named Isaiah will realize his wish to visit Disney World with his family.

 FULBRIGHT WINS

College seniors know the question all too well: “What are your post-grad plans?” After winning prestigious and highly competitive Fulbright grants – awarded to only 20 percent of all applicants – Landon Hendrickson, TCU ’18, and Christian Bush, Louisville ’18, now have a pretty good answer.

 TAKING HIGH OFFICE

The Fraternity proudly announces that Noah Ries, Kansas ’19 (above), and Sean Lewis, Texas Tech ’19 (back cover), were elected as student body president for the 2018-19 academic year. These two men exemplify why Beta Theta Pi is so often called “The Leadership Fraternity.”


 HOME IMPROVEMENT

 INTERFRATERNAL ACCOLADE

In the fraternity world, few honors compare to being officially recognized by an interfraternal organization. And of these prestigious accolades, no doubt one of the most coveted is becoming an Alpha Phi Sweetheart! Congratulations to Georgia Tech Chapter President Nick Sherrard ’19, who is the latest Beta brother to count this title among his Greek achievements.

The Knox chapter house will receive a major facelift ahead of its 100th birthday! The $1.6 million renovation begins in June and aims to restore and preserve the home's most endearing qualities while better meeting the needs of today’s college student. Among the many updates will be an enlarged study, new mechanicals and sleeping rooms for 30, including the return of the popular residence "The Rack." The project is six years in the making, and a worthwhile investment for a chapter thiriving more than 160 years since becoming the first fraternity chapter in the state of Illinois.

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 CROSS-CULTURAL CONNECTIONS

Sacred Heart Founding Father Chad Pierson ’20, proved quite popular at a kite festival in Gandhinagar, India, where he was studying abroad in a program focusing on cross-cultural communication. Cultivation of the intellect almost 7,500 miles from home – that’s Beta at its best!

GAMMA EPSILON WENT DANCING

 OPENING OF THE DOOR

After a 16-year hiatus from Oregon State’s campus, 14 new Refounding Fathers stand ready to restore the 95-year-old Gamma Mu to greatness! With a collective 3.34 GPA, these Refounding Fathers are well-represented across campus, including in the honors college, on the rowing team, in student government and as a part of various volunteer organizations.

Few expected gritty No. 9 seed Kansas State to make it to the Elite Eight in this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, but 2017 Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree and Beta Brother Mason Schoen ’18, helped get them there. A local newspaper once wrote: “When Mason Schoen talks his teammates listen.” A fitting achievement for a walk-on senior whose years of hard work and leadership have impacted his team on and off the court.


THE STATE OF THE FRATERNITY

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Beta Theta Pi has made remarkable strides since inception of the Men of Principle initiative. Still, in a year when fraternities were plagued by setbacks, performance indicators measuring the Fraternity’s general health and trajectory show Beta was no exception.

SELF-GOVERNANCE

Indicator of personal student discipline.

2.820 All-Chapter GPA in 1997.

4

chapters were closed by the Board of Trustees in 2017-18.

3.242 All-Chapter GPA in 2017.

2

expansion projects denied in the wake of the Penn State tragedy.

EDUCATION

VOLUNTEERS

Saturation rate of teaching Beta undergraduates about responsibility, character and leading with integrity.

Number of Beta alumni and Friends of Beta who advise Beta undergraduates.

THE BETA THETA PI

7

students graduated from a Beta leadership program in 1996-97.

1,912

students graduated from a Beta leadership program in 2017-18.

23,321

Betas have graduated from a leadership program since the Men of Principle initiative launched in 1998.

Beta’s relevancy in the campus marketplace.

1,036 689 + 84

1,809

House Corporation Members General Fraternity Officers total Beta volunteers in 2018.

10,226

140

135

undergraduates in 2018.

chapters/colonies in 1997.

chapters/colonies in 2018.

49

76

average chapter size in 1997.

8

average number of advisors per chapter in 2018.

Chapter Advisors

6,842 undergraduates in 1997.

RECRUITMENT

2

average number of advisors per chapter in 1997.

average chapter size in 2018.

2,509

men pledged in fall 2017 – the second-highest fall on record.

1,207

men pledged in spring 2018, down 11.4% from spring 2017.

7%

total new membership drop in 2017-18, compared to 2015-16.


CHAPTER

AUBURN

ΔΖ | Auburn, Ala. | Est. 1964 Bennett Smith '19 brs0015@auburn.edu

REPORTS

After a recent reorganization, our chapter had lost some morale and hope for the future. We worked hard to get through that period and are now back and better than ever. Our alumni relations, philanthropic efforts, social events, brotherhood, pledge program and overall pride in the Fraternity have improved tremendously.

Including a quantitative "State of the Chapter" performance review, all 135 chapter and colony presidents weigh in about chapter highlights from this spring.

S 3.08 | 2.97 E ARIZONA STATE

ALABAMA

ΔΘ | Tuscaloosa, Ala. | Est. 1965 David Lewis '19 david.lewis52@gmail.com

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3.16 | 3.09

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9 | 14

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55/147 | 46

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9|9

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14 | NA

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47/35 | NA

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6|7

ΔΨ | Waco, Texas | Est. 1980 Mehir Srinivasan '19 Mehir_Srinivasan@baylor.edu

The Delta Tau Colony was refounded with 31 men. Going into the year, all that these unique individuals from diverse backgrounds had in common were the five core values of Beta. These men were later able to come together, grow and bring nine more individuals into this new brotherhood.

NR | 2.97

30/101 | 55

BAYLOR

ΔT | Tempe, Ariz. | Est. 1977 Cody Nuss '19 cody.nuss@asu.edu

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R

This year, Delta Psi performed in All-University Sing, an off-broadway show held by Baylor. Our act, “Beta Our Guest,” featured many restaurant antics and stunts that kept the audience laughing. Additionally, our philanthropy event, “Pie Day,” was a success, with the highlight being a pie eating contest.

10 | NA

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3.11 | NR

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6 | 12

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16/51 | 18

V

CHAPTER REPORTS

This term, our chapter was a platinum sponsor of a banquet dinner supporting the creation of "The Tuscaloosa SAFE Center" that supports victims of sexual assault. We also hosted an event called "Hearts and Hawaiians," which benefited the American Heart Association and is in honor of our late brother, Jake Dane Minor ’20.

11 | 11

5|7

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ARKANSAS

The Eta Pi Chapter learned to make the best of the worst circumstances by building on our brotherhood. Brotherhood is the greatest byproduct of any fraternity, and it often gets debased in importance. As we grow, we will always be sure to ensure our reflection is passed on.

3.25 | 3.08

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8 | 12

R

3/20 | 17

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7 | 10

ARIZONA

We were named Chapter of Achievement by the University of Arizona's IFC. We also hosted our annual "Beta Ace" philanthropy, which supported suicide awareness and prevention, also benefiting CAPS – part of the campus health service. It was a volleyball tournament that included multiple teams from sorority chapters, UA students and even the Arizona Pomline. S

2.74 | 2.90

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9 | 11

R

44/159 | 55

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The Eta Mu Chapter held its annual philanthropy event, "Beta Beach Ball," in which campus sororities competed to raise both funds and awareness to fight pediatric cancer. Eta Mu continues to lead our campus, as multiple members were elected to positions to lead our campus in the ASG and beyond.

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3.22 | 3.07

E

21 | 32

R

72/131 | 57

V

5|8

Performance Average of All Beta Chapters

Self-Governance Education Recruitment Volunteers NA: Data may appear unique or may not apply given this school’s re/colonization during the last three years. NR: Data that is not tracked by institutions or was unreported by chapters as of 5/20/18.

This semester has been one of change and digging deep to place ritual and brotherhood as the chapter's priorities. Having recruited more men and being placed in Good Standing, we see our chapter moving in a positive and growing direction.

9 | 10

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2.88 | NR

S

LEGEND: State of the Chapters

ΔΒ | Tucson, Ariz. | Est. 1959 JEddie Rodriguez'19 emrodriguez2@email.arizona.edu

Ψ | Bethany, W. Va. | Est. 1860 Evan Byrne '19 EByrne@bethanywv.edu

3.24

E

12 | 15

R

E 3.09

14

10/31 | 16

V

R 15

28/76

11 | 10

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8

8

2 Poi 017 G nt A rad 201 ver e 7 age Gra Camp u de Poi s Allnt A Ma ver le 20 age Pro 17-18 Lea gra m A de tte rship Avg nda nce Du . Annu rin a l Att gP rev e 201 iou ndan & T 7 -1 s 3 Y ce ota 8 To ear lC s hap tal M e ter nP Siz Avg e (5 ledged /20 .A /18) Du nnua rin g P l Recr rev u i t iou m s 3 Y ent ear 201 s 7-18 Act Num ive ber Ad viso of Du Avg. A rs rin g P ctive A rev iou dviso s 3 Y rs ear s

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HM | Fayetteville, Ark. | Est. 2016 Zachary Spero '20 zvspero@email.uark.edu

SUMMER 2018 | BETA.ORG

HΠ | Washington, D.C. | Est. 2017 Shivang Bhakta '19 sb3190a@student.american.edu

BETHANY


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LEGEND: State of the Chapters Performance Average of All Beta Chapters

3.09

14

R 15

28/76

CENTRE

V 29

8

NA: Data may appear unique or may not apply given this school’s re/colonization during the last three years.

Ε | Danville, Ky. | Est. 1848 Michael Greathouse '18 michael.greathouse@centre.edu

8

2 Poi 017 G nt A rad 201 ver e 7 a ge Gra Camp us A de Poi l l nt A Ma ver le 20 a ge Pro 17-18 Lea gr a m A de r s tte Avg nda hip nce Du . Annu rin g P al Att re v e 2 iou ndan & T 017-1 s 3 Y ce ota 8 To ear lC s hap tal M ter en P S l e i ze ( dge Avg 5 /20 d .A /18) Du nnua rin g P l Recr re v u iou itme s 3 Y nt ear 201 s 7-18 N Act um ive b Ad er of viso Du Avg. A rs rin g P ctive A re v iou dviso s 3 Y rs ear s

Self-Governance Education Recruitment Volunteers

3.24

E

The chapter once again finished the fall semester with the highest fraternity GPA for our fourth consecutive semester. Epsilon just recently initiated 21 new members, the largest fraternity pledge class on campus. Our recent initiates also posted the highest pledge class GPA.

NR: Data that is not tracked by institutions or was unreported by chapters as of 5/20/18.

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CHAPTER REPORTS

3.26 | NR

E

15 | 6

R

20/71 | 28

V

9|7

16 | 16

R

21/62 | 16

V

12 | 11

HΘ | Orange, Calif. | Est. 2015 Henry Butler '19 butle154@mail.chapman.edu

ΕΥ | Ottawa, Ont. | Est. 1991 Andrew Clarke ’19 andrewclarke1754@gmail.com

This year, the Gamma Omicron Chapter held its first "Alumni and Active Career Panel" with several distinguished alumni. We also held our “Beta Strongman Charity” event to help support the UBC AMS Food Bank, in addition to building a competitive-level weightlifting facility within our chapter house to be used by future generations.

E

CHAPMAN

CARLETON

ΓΟ | Vancouver, B.C. | Est. 1936 Levi de la Giroday '18 levigiroday@gmail.com

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3.24 | 3.02

The EY Chapter participated in multiple philanthropic events, including organizing cans and assisting operations at a local soup kitchen, as well as raising money for CHEO through a Greek-wide charity talent show. Brothers also assisted in running a high profile political talk show called "The Sixth Estate."

We recently held our second annual philanthropy event, "Beta Theta Paws." It was so much fun, and we raised a significant amount of money for local animal shelters. In addition, we have focused more on brotherhood this semester in addition to campus relations.

S 3.20 | NR E

S

8|8

R

12/32 | 17

V

7|7

3.25 | 3.23

E

9 | 17

R

44/80 | 30

V

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3.35 | 3.26

E

12 | NA

R

62/61 | NA

V

12 | NA

This past semester, after the Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland closed, we switched our philanthropy to the Against Malaria Foundation. From the events we held this past year, we were able to raise enough money for the foundation to purchase 43 mosquito nets.

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3.28 | 3.35

Epsilon Delta has continued efforts sparked at last fall's alumni weekend to put letters on the main house. Our executive board, house manager and alumni chairman have been working tirelessly to ensure the letters are displayed proudly by June. Kenneth Batto-Pham '19, was also elected as the IFC executive board's first vice president of diversity and inclusivity. E

10 | 13

R

28/81 | 32

17 | 17

R

14/41 | 17

V

10 | 10

S

V

5|4

We initiated four quality young men this past April. We hosted a successful philanthropy week in late April with our main event being the “Betas'n'Bowties” dinner. We won the intramural hockey championship this past spring. We planned a successful formal getaway weekend at the Grand Traverse Resort.

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2.97 | NR

E

18 | 20

R

23/90 | 32

V

9 | 10

3.23 | 3.13

E 20 | 26 R

33/123 | 37

V

8|7

CLEMSON

ΕΓ | Mt. Pleasant, Mich. | Est. 1985 Kevin Pickelsimer '19 picke2kr@cmich.edu

ΕΔ | San Luis Obispo, Calif. | Est. 1986 Max Reichardt '18 maxwellreichardt@gmail.com

2.95 | 2.95

E

Brothers of our 124-man Beta Nu Chapter have taken on internships from coast to coast and have studied abroad across the globe. The Cincinnati chapter welcomed home two brothers who were serving our country overseas. Our fall pledge class received the highest new member GPA of all IFC chapters at UC.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN

CAL POLY

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ΒΝ | Cincinnati, Ohio | Est. 1840 Brady Dean '19 deanbm@mail.uc.edu

ΛΚ-Β | Cleveland, Ohio | Est. 1979 Patrick Finlay '19 pif@case.edu

AΨ | Indianapolis, Ind. | Est. 1878 Austin Klawitter '20 aklawitt@butler.edu

The Alpha Psi Colony began strong with a 48-member Refounding Father class! Recruitment was furthered when the refounding class recruited 14 new members during spring recruitment. The colony has had its first successful formal and held its first philanthropy event in April.

CINCINNATI

CASE WESTERN RESERVE

BUTLER

ΔΝ | Clemson, S.C. | Est. 1970 Mitchell Saunders '20 mssaund@clemson.edu

The Delta Nu Chapter finished out a strong semester by receiving chapter excellence awards in academic achievement, alumni development and philanthropic service. We also hosted our eighth annual alumni golf tournament, “The Dragon Classic,” in April. We're looking forward to the fall semester as we move into a new house. S

3.23 | 3.02

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13 | 9

R 34/105 | 30 V

7|7


COLGATE

CORNELL

BΘ | Hamilton, N.Y. | Est. 1880 John McMahon '19 jmcmahon@colgate.edu

The brotherhood helped package Easter eggs and set-up the Hamilton Central School Easter egg hunt in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Hamilton. Chapter members are also preparing to present legislation that addresses sexual assault and misconduct at Convention this summer. S

3.37 | 3.28

E

16 | 3

R

17/59 | 23

V

9|8

The Delaware Colony embarked on its first full semester on campus as initiated brothers. We established that YWCA will be our philanthropy in order to show our support for sexual assault prevention on campus. We organized philanthropy events to spread awareness on our campus and raise money for the organization.

S 3.50 | 3.46 E

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R

35/83 | 26

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17/62 | 22

V

12 | 11

6 | 10

3.57 | 3.34

E

18 | 25

R

23/69 | 21

V

E

10 | NA

R

55/48 | NA

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8 | NA

DENISON

AH | Granville, Ohio | Est. 1868 Tyler Hayes '19 hayes_t6@denison.edu

This past semester we hosted our annual .1K and had a huge response from campus. We also hosted our first “Pizza and Pups,” which was a huge success on campus. Our presence on campus has been growing, and we are really excited about our new-found traditions.

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3.21 | 2.98

9|7

The Alpha Eta Chapter will be holding our 150th anniversary celebration the weekend of September 7-9, 2018, and we invite all Alpha Eta alumni to attend! Look out for a Save the Date and an RSVP via email and in your mailbox in the coming months.

S 3.20 | 3.09 E

8|8

R

16/44 | 13

V

CHAPTER REPORTS

23 | 16

R

HI | Omaha, Neb. | Est. 2015 Matthew Sacco '19 MatthewSacco@creighton.edu

In the past semester, the Beta Phi Chapter has initiated 29 outstanding new members and played a large part in our community with our "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes" event to help raise awareness for sexual assault on college campuses.

E

13 | 16

CREIGHTON

ΒΦ | Golden, Colo. | Est. 1908 Patrick Patten '19 patrickpatten@mymail.mines.edu

3.17 | 3.13

Colony | Newark, Del. Justin Burgess '19 jburg@udel.edu

Our highly-publicized Guinness World Record gave us tremendous momentum going into spring recruitment, and many of our newly initiated brothers participated on intramural teams. Since enthusiasm for intramurals is so high, we are very close to winning the Intramural Cup.

COLORADO MINES

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DELAWARE

ΒΔ | Ithaca, N.Y. | Est. 1879 David Navadeh '19 dn237@cornell.edu

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This semester, we earned the highest GPA of all chapters with a 3.71. We also raised more than $2,500 for charity, were semi-finalists for intramural soccer, hosted a large-scale event called “Beta Jams” to promote underground bands to more than 200 attendees, and hosted formal at a penthouse in Flatiron New York. 3.73 | NR

E

13 | 14

R

18/63 | 27

V

7|8

CONNECTICUT

This semester, we had a successful spring recruitment and took in 16 pledges. We raised more than $15,000 for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center through “HuskyTHON.” In addition, we were moved from Probation to Good Standing with both the university and the General Fraternity! 3.41 | 3.14

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13 | 14

R

37/102 | 30

V

Over the past school year, the Eta Delta Chapter has recruited and initiated 21 new brothers. Our chapter continues to excel academically with a 3.43 cumulative GPA for this past fall semester. Also, our chapter continues to outperform in intramurals and has won several championships.

The Alpha Zeta Chapter continues to model the way for fraternities on campus. With the highest GPA, most service hours, and most leadership positions, we continue to seek the height. Our alumni gala in April was an incredible success, bringing together Betas old and new and creating lasting memories.

S 3.42 | 3.17 E

S 3.44 | 3.19 E

13 | 21

R

27/68 | 26

V

8|8

SAVE A DANCE

ΖΧ | Storrs, Conn. | Est. 2004 Ryan Padden '19 Ryan.Padden@uconn.edu

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AZ | Denver, Colo. | Est. 1889 Tom Dattilo '19 tommy.dattilo@gmail.com

HΔ | Dayton, Ohio | Est. 2009 Dominic Lamick '20 lamickd1@udayton.edu

5|9

Arkansas Betas held an end-of-year Celebration Banquet honoring graduating seniors, parents and supporters. They even saved a dance for Director of Greek Life Parice Bowser! From the programs to the gifts, the gentlemen of Eta Mu once again proved they’re class acts through and through!

16 | 15

R

35/97 | 29

V

7|7

SUMMER 2018 | BETA.ORG

ΑΑ | New York, N.Y. | Est. 1881 Shaun Wang '19 sw3048@columbia.edu

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DENVER

DAYTON


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LEGEND: State of the Chapters

Self-Governance Education Recruitment Volunteers NA: Data may appear unique or may not apply given this school’s re/colonization during the last three years.

3.24

3.09

14

R 15

28/76

EMORY

V 29

8

8

2 Poi 017 G nt A rad 201 ver e 7 a ge Gra Camp us A de Poi l l nt A Ma ver le 20 a ge Pro 17-18 Lea gr a m A de r s tte Avg nda hip nce Du . Annu rin g P al Att re v e 2 iou ndan & T 017-1 s 3 Y ce ota 8 To ear lC s hap tal M ter en P S l e i ze ( dge Avg 5 /20 d .A /18) Du nnua rin g P l Recr re v u iou itme s 3 Y nt ear 201 s 7-18 N Act um ive b Ad er of viso Du Avg. A rs rin g P ctive A re v iou dviso s 3 Y rs ear s

Performance Average of All Beta Chapters

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NR: Data that is not tracked by institutions or was unreported by chapters as of 5/20/18.

CHAPTER REPORTS

This semester, our philanthropy and community outreach has been dramatically improved. We started a new program called “Beta-Bridge” which continuously helps at Greencastle's probation office. We also had groups participate in intramural football, volleyball and basketball. We are projected to win Little 5 this year as well. E

9 | 13

R 32/106 | 30 V

1|8

3.29 | 3.36

E

Delta Xi started this spring with a trip to Keystone that inspired our executive board. In April, we held our annual alumni event at the Keeneland horse track, and a few weeks later, we hosted our "Let’s Taco 'Bout It" philanthropy event where we raised awareness for sexual assault. Homecoming 2018 is set for the weekend of October 19-21. Hope to see a great alumni turnout! 2.88 | 2.95

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12 | 9

R

9/40 | 32

V

R

11/31 | 24

V

9|6

ΓΞ | Gainesville, Fla. | Est. 1930 Kyle Rintoul '20 kyleriny@aol.com

ΔΞ | Richmond, Ky. | Est. 1971 Eric Koppang '19 eric_koppang@mymail.eku.edu

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11 | 7

FLORIDA

EASTERN KENTUCKY

Δ | Greencastle, Ind. | Est. 1845 Alexander Guest '20 alexanderguest_2020@depauw.edu

3.22 | 3.07

The Gamma Upsilon chapter had an exciting semester, welcoming nine new members and ensuring our return in the 2018-19 academic year to the historic Beta Theta Pi chapter house. Our chapter has continued to strengthen relationships within our brotherhood, with alumni, and with the Emory administration.

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DEPAUW

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ΓΥ | Atlanta, Ga. | Est. 1948 Oliver Hart '20 oliver.hart@emory.edu

8|7

We hosted our ninth annual “Beta Bring It On” philanthropy, raising more than $10,000 for the National Alzheimer's Association. In recruitment, we have initiated over 60 new members in the past year! Finally, we won the President's Cup, which is given to the leader in athletics for IFC.

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3.29 | 3.26

E

12 | 18

R

66/137 | 47

V

3|6

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EASTERN WASHINGTON

THE BETA THETA PI

HO | Philadelphia, Pa. | Est. 2017 Patrick Jennings '20 jenningspa15@gmail.com

Our chapter finished second place in intramural hockey and currently has a co-ed team with the Delta Zeta chapter on campus. We are working on fundraisers for philanthropy with two locally Beta-owned businesses on campus. Our senior send-off ritual is planned for the upcoming senior class.

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3.29 | 3.18

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9 | 19

R

11/35 | 12

V

5|5

The men of the Epsilon Omega Chapter assisted in running a wheelchair basketball clinic. We had more than 40 men participate and help out with this event and had a blast doing something different. Additionally, last fall we won homecoming with the help of the women of Gamma Phi Beta. S

2.85 | 2.97

EAST CAROLINA

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2.47 | 2.78

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7 | 15

R

17/42 | 18

V

3|8

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13 | 9

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23/57 | 30

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10 | 7

ΗΓ | Miami, Fla. | Est. 2010 Amin Colominas '19 amincolominas@gmail.com

The brothers of the Eta Gamma Chapter are proud to announce their reinstatement following a campus-wide Greek Life pause. The chapter took advantage of this time to strengthen the bonds of their brotherhood, deepen their understanding of both FIU and Beta values, and plan for success in 2018 and beyond. S

2.91 | 2.91

Colony | Elon, N.C. Matthew Stranzl '19 mstranzl@elon.edu

3.35 | 3.06

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29/101 | 40

17 | 20

R

36/93 | 42

V

4|7

ΔΛ | Tallahassee, Fla. | Est. 1969 Jimmy Kropelin '20 jjk16b@my.fsu.edu

Our colony is incredibly proud to have finished the fall semester with a 3.42 GPA. Additionally, we raised nearly $7,000 for our philanthropy, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and over the course of just four weeks, the brotherhood completed more than 1,100 hours of community service. S

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FLORIDA STATE

ELON

ΕΑ | Greenville, N.C. | Est. 1983 Robert Moller '19 mollerr15@students.ecu.edu

We redoubled our focus on chapter GPA and it's steadily improving. We engaged in an enhancement plan to better our members' understanding of what it means to be a Beta. We also hosted several successful alumni events, and participated in multiple philanthropy events including, most recently, a "Sanitary-Sunday" community clean up.

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL

ΕΩ | Cheney, Wash. | Est. 1993 Reilly Responte '20 rresponte@eagles.ewu.edu

V

8 | NA

The Delta Lambda Betas have proven to be leaders throughout the troubling times on the Florida State campus. Through the events of the past year, we have come together as a much stronger brotherhood that is finally ready to receive a charter. Go Noles!

S

3.18 | 2.96

E

21 | 23

R

35/110 | 49

V

6|7


FURMAN

The highlight of the spring semester was the Alumni Summit, when some of the Refounding Fathers and past presidents of Zeta Lambda returned for strategic planning. This was part of a long-term goal to reconnect with the alumni of Zeta Lambda. As is tradition, these alumni helped win homecoming. S

3.10 | 3.05

E

8 | 11

R

7/24 | 12

4|4

V

HOUSTON

GEORGIA

ΖΛ | Greenville, S. C. | Est. 1998 James Bergman '19 james.bergman@furman.edu

ΔU | Houston, Texas | Est. 1977 Andrew Crichton '19 drew.g.crichton@gmail.com

ΕΕ | Athens, Ga. | Est. 1987 Tanner Goldsmith '20 Tannergoldsmith@aol.com

Our chapter has had great success with growing our alumni network and officially forming an alumni association. It has been incredible to see the active brothers interact with alumni from various time periods, and we hope to further our alumni engagement in the fall.

As the newest fraternity on campus, we have made great strides to gain recognition and get our name out there within the UH Greek community. We had the highest IFC GPA last fall, a successful spring recruitment and we hosted a charity kickball tournament in April benefiting Camp Kesem.

S 3.44 | 3.21 E

S

15 | 15

R

31/103 | 29

V

9|8

3.18 | 2.90

R

27/21 | NA

V

11 | NA

ΓΓ | Moscow, Idaho | Est. 1914 Jacob Lockhart '20 lock8089@vandals.uidaho.edu

ΓΗ | Atlanta, Ga. | Est. 1917 Nick Sherrard ’19 nick.sherrard@gtbeta.org

EM | Fairfax, Va. | Est. 1989 Wesley Ward '20 wward6@masonlive.gmu.edu

12 | NA

IDAHO

GEORGIA TECH

GEORGE MASON

E

The Gamma Eta Chapter hosted several brotherhood events including paintball, bowling and poker nights, and we gave back to the community through preserving the Atlanta BeltLine trail. The brothers competed in most intramural playoffs and won softball championships in both the independent and fraternity leagues.

In spring 2018, the Gamma Gamma Chapter had the privilege of initiating 19 fine men into the brotherhood. The chapter also received an outstanding GPA of 3.28, putting us well over the all-campus GPA. We are extremely proud of our brothers and are excited to finish the year strong!

S 3.05 | 2.87 E

S 3.42 | NR E

S

28 | NA

R

20/51 | NA

14 | NA

V

17 | 16

R

28/73 | 19

V

10 | 10

3.23 | 2.98

E 20 | 15 R

29/98 | 26

V

CHAPTER REPORTS

Epsilon Mu took home the gold in our first season of intramural fraternity league soccer, and placed first in the homecoming competition amongst other Greek and student organizations. Additionally, our brothers participated in service events to benefit our newly adopted philanthropy, Virginia Special Olympics.

5|5

45 HIGH POINT

GEORGE WASHINGTON

After celebrating our 20th anniversary last November, Zeta Nu had another successful semester at GW. We hosted another successful “Beta Cup” philanthropy, raising money to benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and we formed the Zeta Nu Housing Corporation to steward our property.

S

3.33 | 3.25

E

14 | 14

R

24/101 | 37

V

10 | 8

PAWSITIVELY AWESOME High Point Betas built a house – a dog house, that is! The custom piece was created as an entry for the local “Raise the Woof ” event, where organizations auctioned the houses to raise funds for animal rescue and children's programs. All told, the event brought in more than $15,000 in total donations.

The men of Eta Xi are continuing traditions of excellence this spring. We won our second election to IFC president, are reigning champions of ZTA's “Big Man on Campus,” had a Greek Week victory with our partner Phi Mu, increased fundraising for Make-A-Wish by $5,000, and extended bids to an incredible 10-man pledge class. S

3.13 | 2.66

E

21 | 18

R

29/75 | 28

V

6|7

Π | Bloomington, Ind. | Est. 1845 Alex Fratila '20 al3xfratila@gmail.com

We recently extended 20 bids this spring and are looking forward to the new members' development and initiation. Our chapter had a 3.3 GPA – the third highest on campus. We recently had our largest philanthropy, “Drop the Puck on Cancer,” in which we came out victorious over Sigma Chi and raised $60,000. S 3.30 | NR E

11 | 10

R

52/177 | 54

V

7|7

SUMMER 2018 | BETA.ORG

HΞ | High Point, N.C. | Est. 2017 Michael Dreher '19 mdreher@highpoint.edu

ΖΝ | Washington, D.C. | Est. 1997 R. Bray McDonnell '19 bmcdonnell@gwu.edu

INDIANA


S

LEGEND: State of the Chapters

Self-Governance Education Recruitment Volunteers NA: Data may appear unique or may not apply given this school’s re/colonization during the last three years.

3.24

3.09

14

R 15

28/76

KENTUCKY

V 29

8

EO | Lexington, Ky. | Est. 1990 Brady Ekman '19 brady.ekman@uky.edu

8

2 Poi 017 G nt A rad 201 ver e 7 a ge Gra Camp us A de Poi l l nt A Ma ver le 20 a ge Pro 17-18 Lea gr a m A de r s tte Avg nda hip nce Du . Annu rin g P al Att re v e 2 iou ndan & T 017-1 s 3 Y ce ota 8 To ear lC s hap tal M ter en P S l e i ze ( dge Avg 5 /20 d .A /18) Du nnua rin g P l Recr re v u iou itme s 3 Y nt ear 201 s 7-18 N Act um ive b Ad er of viso Du Avg. A rs rin g P ctive A re v iou dviso s 3 Y rs ear s

Performance Average of All Beta Chapters

E

NR: Data that is not tracked by institutions or was unreported by chapters as of 5/20/18.

The Epsilon Omicron Chapter had an exciting year! We broke ground October 7, 2017, and began construction on our new chapter house that will hold 40 men and a housemother. We are grateful for all the hard work that has led to this opportunity and look forward to welcoming all alumni and parents back to Lexington for the official house dedication on October 13! S 3.46 | 3.07 E

5|6

ΒΑ | Gambier, Ohio | Est. 1879 Rob Meagher '19 meagherr@kenyon.edu

ΑΧ | Baltimore, Md. | Est. 1877 Nishanth Muthusamy '20 nmuthus2@jhu.edu

ΑΒ | Iowa City, Iowa | Est. 1866 Alex Boleyn '20 alex-boleyn@uiowa.edu

R 42/149 | 55 V

KENYON

JOHNS HOPKINS

IOWA

18 | 21

CHAPTER REPORTS

We created a new website to show off the individuality of our chapter – betauiowa.org. Also, we tied with another chapter on campus for highest semester GPA. Lastly, we were recognized by the university for being in good standing after the university's moratorium period.

Our chapter started off this semester with excitement as our new members began the pledge process. In addition, we are still giving back to our community by participating in the Wyman Park Dell cleanup and volunteering at Club 1111.

We have successfully lifted the East Knox Jazz Program off the ground, which provides a phenomenal extracurricular activity to an underfunded school district. We partnered with a sorority on campus for a Super Bowl squares fundraiser for Fisher House. The Kenyon community really enjoyed the event.

S 3.09 | 2.76 E 20 | 19 R

S 3.54 | 3.45 E

S

24/71 | 31

V

4|5

10 | 11

R

17/60 | 20

V

8|9

NR | NR

E

9 | 11

R

8/41 | 15

V

4|6

46 KANSAS

IOWA STATE THE BETA THETA PI

Brothers at Tau Sigma have been very involved on campus. This spring, we participated in Greek Week and have been active in intramural sports, boasting a number of first place finishes. We are continuing to recruit men for the fall semester and are excited to see our chapter grow! S

3.10 | 2.97

E

23 | 37

R

29/71 | 28

V

10 | 10

S

3.47 | 3.01

3.21 | 3.01

E

11 | 16

R

11/34 | 14

V

9 | 12

E

14 | 12

R

25/92 | 25

V

9|9

KANSAS STATE

ΗΕ | University Hts., Ohio | Est. 2010 Thomas Tritt '19 ttritt19@jcu.edu

This previous semester, one of our recent strategic goals was to increase service and philanthropy, so we began bi-weekly service for Partners on Aging Communities and increased service opportunities for the chapter. We also held our annual Formal Dance at Hofbrauhaus in Cleveland, as well as our Spring Date Dance.

ΔΗ | Flint, Mich. | Est. 1964 Trevor Montour ’19 mont0309@kettering.edu

In the past two semesters, Alpha Nu won intramural championships in football, sand volleyball, indoor volleyball and dodgeball. We are currently in the midst of our largest capital fundraising campaign to date. We are looking forward to our annual philanthropy “TomStrong,” which aims to improve campus-wide accessibility.

JOHN CARROLL

S

KETTERING A

ΑΝ | Lawrence, Kan. | Est. 1873 Thomas J O'Hara '19 tohara@ku.edu

ΤΣ | Ames, Iowa | Est. 1905 Joshua Miller '20 joshuacm@iastate.edu

ΓΕ | Manhattan, Kan. | Est. 1914 Thomas Williams '20 thomaswilliams@ksu.edu

We successfully hosted our first significant alumni event in some time and are working to reach out to even more alumni. Additionally, our chapter held a successful philanthropy event to support cancer research. Our wonderful house mother, Bobbie Lonker, celebrated her 81st birthday, and 28th year as our house mother. S

3.38 | 2.93

E

14 | 15

R

27/90 | 25

V

7|7

This term, we had one of our most successful philanthropy events yet by selling peanut butter pies to the campus, raising more than $700. We have also done a lot to help improve our brotherhood through fun events like a frozen T-shirt contest and by mixing up our housing assignments. S

3.31 | 3.08

E

14 | 13

R

5/28 | 9

V

12 | 13

KETTERING B

ΔΗ | Flint, Mich. | Est. 1964 Ryan Reichenbach '19 reic1035@kettering.edu

We had an awesome time integrating nine new earnest young men into our chapter and helping them to grow and become the best student examples and leaders on campus, as well as taking them down to Beta's birthplace in Oxford for their initiation.

S 3.43 | 3.10 E

18 | 24

R

9/24 | 8

V

11 | 11


KNOX

MAINE

LOYOLA CHICAGO

Ξ | Galesburg, Ill. | Est. 1855 Malik Hamilton '19 malikhamilton12@yahoo.com

BH | Orono, Maine | Est. 1879 Camden Reiss '19 Camden.reiss@maine.edu

Colony | Chicago, Ill. Ethan Holleman '20 eholleman@luc.edu

We finally raised enough money to begin the house renovation process. We have also been a top three fraternity on campus in terms of GPA and size. We co-hosted a flag football tournament with UNICEF on campus for our philanthropy event.

We supported many on-campus philanthropy events, including Relay for Life, and we were recognized as a top Hellenic donor. This semester, we conducted our first major chapter-led recruitment and initiated our Beta class. As a chapter, we held our first overnight brotherhood retreat, which was a major success.

S 3.05 | 3.04 E

S

9 | 11

R

21/36 | 12

V

12 | 12

3.21 | 3.14

3.23 | 3.21

E

12 | 12

R

9/28 | 13

V

6|5

R

20/62 | NA

V

10 | NA

S

3.10 | 2.91

S

3.36 | 3.11

E

19 | 13

R

35/93 | 30

V

5|7

14 | 12

R

26/65 | 18

V

11 | 7

MARYLAND

ΗΑ | Los Angeles, Calif. | Est. 2007 Rory Bruemmer '20 bruemmer.rory@gmail.com

This semester, our chapter holds the highest on-campus fraternity cumulative GPA. We recently held our philanthropy event, “Beta Boat Races,” for the Ronald McDonald House Charity. Three of our members, Dylan Urban ’19, Kurt Baumberger ’19, and Nate Faust ’19, now serve on IFC as VP of membership development, president, and VP of recruitment.

E

ΔΩ | College Park, Md. | Est. 1982 Anthony Valdez '20 valdezanthony5@gmail.com

For the second year in a row, our chapter came in first place for Maryland Giving Day. This competition raises money for our chapter scholarship fund. Thanks to the generosity of brothers, parents and alumni, we had more than 165 donations and raised several thousand dollars for our scholarship. S

3.37 | 3.15

E

15 | 12

R

17/69 | 26

V

CHAPTER REPORTS

S

19 | NA

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT

LAWRENCE

ΓΠ | Appleton, Wis. | Est. 1936 Alex Hadlich' 20 alexander.d.hadlich@lawrence.edu

We added 11 new members to the chapter this term, ran a “Hygiene for the Homeless” drive and had a charity grill out. We also went on a brotherhood-strengthening retreat, put together a forum on party culture campus concerns and constructive feedback, and we graduated six seniors!

E

This spring we initiated 13 new brothers onto our roll, and we have a record number of brothers in leadership positions around campus. Our philanthropy event, "Beta Sleepout," saw great success as it reached its 25-year milestone and helped us raise almost $7,000 for Rape Response Services.

9|8

47 LOUISVILLE

LSU

Colony | Baton Rouge, La. Zachary Berryman '20 betapresidentlsu@gmail.com

The Delta Pi Chapter reached new heights this school year. For the first time, we grew to 100 members and initiated the largest pledge class on campus. Yet again, a Louisville Beta received a Fulbright Fellowship Award – Brother Christian Bush ’18, will be in Macau teaching English next semester! S

3.12 | 2.95

E

16 | 18

R 43/100 | 39 V

10 | 9

CREAM OF THE CROP These five Loyola Marymount Betas are among the top three percent of Greek students on campus, and as such were chosen as Order of Omega honor society initiates! The Leadership Fraternity lives up to its name once again!

We recently hosted our first official Parent and Alumni Weekend, which went off without a hitch. We're still encouraging local alumni to reach out to our chapter, and we plan to have another event next semester. We hope to see Beta brothers from all over attend.

S

2.95 | 2.81

E

13 | NA

R

10/48 | 43

V

8 | NA

A | Oxford, Ohio | Est. 1839 Nicholas Hoyt '19 hoytna@miamioh.edu

Our philanthropy raised more than $1,000 for Women Helping Women, an organization that educates on interpersonal violence in relationships and sexual assault in southern Ohio. Additionally, the brothers are thrilled to be moving into the renovated chapter house this fall and are extremely thankful for the support from alumni. S

3.27 | 2.96

E

13 | 9

R

40/78 | NA

V

10 | NA

SUMMER 2018 | BETA.ORG

ΔΠ | Louisville, Ky. | Est. 1971 Aidan Steiner '20 agstei01@louisville.edu

MIAMI


S

LEGEND: State of the Chapters

Self-Governance Education Recruitment Volunteers NA: Data may appear unique or may not apply given this school’s re/colonization during the last three years.

3.24

3.09

14

R 15

28/76

MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY

V 29

8

NR: Data that is not tracked by institutions or was unreported by chapters as of 5/20/18.

CHAPTER REPORTS

Having placed second in GPA among 30 IFC fraternities on campus, Beta Pi continues to demonstrate our value of academics. Brothers placed second in the intramural broomball championships this past winter and compete in intramural hockey, football and soccer leagues.

S 3.42 | 3.28 E

S

30/95 | 35

V

6|6

3.36 | 3.16

E

28 | 25

R

30/79 | 27

V

R

28/77 | 25

V

6|6

BY | Boston, Mass. | Est. 1913 Michael Castillo '19 mac0124@mit.edu

ΒΠ | Minneapolis, Minn. | Est. 1889 David Bock '19 bockx115@umn.edu

The chapter added 20 phenomenal new members this spring. We received a B+ for Greek Standards points, which was second highest among fraternities. We raised more than $11,000 for the Jimmy V. Foundation and contributed to Relay for Life. We are excited to start next semester's recruitment and philanthropy efforts!

9 | 10

MIT

MINNESOTA

HB | Coral Gables, Fla. | Est. 2009 Matthew Wilson '20 mrw83@miami.edu

R

The Epsilon Lambda Chapter initiated 23 members this past spring, hosted two philanthropy events raising more than $2,000, maintained the highest GPA on campus, and hosted a banquet with 150 members, alumni and their families in attendance. Looking forward to recruitment this coming fall! S 3.49 | NR E

MIAMI (Fla.)

8|8

ΕΛ | Kansas City, Mo. | Est. 1989 Andrew Peterson '21 amp8m6@mail.umkc.edu

8

2 Poi 017 G nt A rad 201 ver e 7 a ge Gra Camp us A de Poi l l nt A Ma ver le 20 a ge Pro 17-18 Lea gr a m A de r s tte Avg nda hip nce Du . Annu rin g P al Att re v e 2 iou ndan & T 017-1 s 3 Y ce ota 8 To ear lC s hap tal M ter en P S l e i ze ( dge Avg 5 /20 d .A /18) Du nnua rin g P l Recr re v u iou itme s 3 Y nt ear 201 s 7-18 N Act um ive b Ad er of viso Du Avg. A rs rin g P ctive A re v iou dviso s 3 Y rs ear s

Performance Average of All Beta Chapters

E

We were fortunate to participate in hosting the 105th anniversary celebration for our chapter. It was a fantastic opportunity for alumni of the Beta Upsilon Chapter to reconnect. For the younger members, it served as time of realization of our chapter's rich history and unbounded potential. 9|8

S

3.53 | NR

E

15 | 8

R

17/31 | 7

V

5|6

48 MISSISSIPPI

MICHIGAN THE BETA THETA PI

Λ | Ann Arbor, Mich. | Est. 1845 Nathan Kane '19 kanenp@umich.edu

As a result of our recent strong recruiting classes and the dedication of past executive boards, the chapter's status was upgraded to Good Standing in mid-January. We also hosted a sucessful ChariTRIVIA philanthropy event with Phi Sigma Rho in March and placed third in the Variety Show for Greek Week! S

3.36 | 3.32

E

9 | 11

R

23/54 | 19

V

7 | 12

This spring semester, Eta Rho strived to establish many new traditions. We held our second annual dodgeball philanthropy, raising more than $1,000 to help break cyclical poverty in our area, and we hosted our inaugural “Beta Ball” to celebrate the anniversary of our chartering.

S 2.84 | 2.67 E

S

3.22 | 3.08

E

12 | 18

R

27/94 | 35

14 | 8

R 80/176 | 77 V

7|8

MISSOURI

ZΦ | Columbia, Mo. | Est. 1890 Spencer Stapf '19 spencer.stapf@missouribeta.com

ΓΨ | East Lansing, Mich. | Est. 1950 Nick Herbst '19 herbstn1@msu.edu

S

V

11 | 11

HP | Raleigh, N.C. | Est. 2017 Ryan Alexander '20 rsalexan@ncsu.edu

We raised more than $21,000 through various philanthropic events. We are especially proud of raising more than $6,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – the largest donation in Mississippi for the foundation. This summer we are happy to begin phase two of housing renovations, as we are renovating the bathrooms.

MICHIGAN STATE

The Gamma Psi Chapter has been focused on improving our internal brotherhood, as well as working on our alumni communications. We recently had our annual gathering at the Green and White Game, and we discussed a myriad of topics. Overall, the spring semester went quite well for us.

NC STATE

BB | Oxford, Miss. | Est. 1879 Chauncey Mullins '19 clmullin@go.olemiss.edu

Our tradition of excellence continues at the University of Missouri. We finished first in grades with a 3.393. Our members hold various leadership positions around campus. We raised $35,000 for the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center through our annual hockey game, and we continue to have success in intramurals. S

3.33 | 2.99

E

12 | 10

R 40/148 | 40 V

7|7

3.33 | 3.10

E

17 | NA

R

33/81 | 37

V

14 | 13

NEBRASKA

AT | Lincoln, Neb. | Est. 1888 John Pfeifer '19 john.pfeifer02@gmail.com

We had an eventful semester filled with many accomplishments in academics, service and brotherhood. Our newly initiated members have been thriving as they begin their journey as actives, and our upperclassmen are continuing to uphold the high standards we continually strive for. Go Big Red! S 3.45 | 2.97 E

14 | 17

R

32/111 | 33

V

9|7


Colony | Ewing, N.J. Nathan Gambrill '20 gambrin1@tcnj.edu

3.25 | 3.10

E

15 | NA

R

17/60 | NA

V

11 | NA

NORTH CAROLINA

12 | 12

R

21/79 | 20

V

3.55 | 3.32

E

15 | 13

R

27/82 | 24

V

8|8

S 3.03 | 2.85 E

9|7

11 | 19

R 34/106 | 41 V

6|8

OHIO STATE

ΘΔ | Columbus, Ohio | Est. 1885 Samuel Harrison '19 harrison.695@buckeyemail.osu.edu

We hosted a large philanthropy that supported our fraternity's Dance Marathon team and had a large percentage of our house participate in the event. The proceeds went toward our local Cradles for Crayons organization to financially support families that are unable to provide basic school supplies to their children.

We were able to bring in a pledge class of 28 new and deserving members this spring. The chapter was able to take a huge step in our philanthropy by hosting our first-ever philanthropy concert, which was able to raise $13,000 for homeless youth in the Columbus community.

S 3.43 | 3.50 E

S

9 | 12

R

22/58 | 26

V

8 | 10

3.31 | 3.15

E

39 | NA

R

47/110 | 45

CHAPTER REPORTS

E

S

This past March, Beta Kappa held its fifth annual Wounded Warriors Family Support Banquet, where our chapter raised more than $15,000 in donations. By next spring, we're on track to hit our six-year goal of $100,000 raised. We're incredibly grateful for our generous alumni and their continued support of Beta Kappa.

P | Evanston, Ill. | Est. 1873 Shane Jacobs '20 shanejacobs2020@u.northwestern.edu

This past year at the Eta Chapter, brothers participated in a wide range of activities both with the Fraternity and the greater campus community. During the fall semester, a team of brothers organized the “Dozen Doughnut Dash,” a charity race that raises money for the Lineberger Cancer Center.

3.27 | 3.21

This year has been good to us! The chapter recently initiated seven new brothers, maintained the campus' top GPA, raised more than $10,000 for the American Cancer Society in Relay for Life, and was recognized by the university for our outstanding leadership programs.

NORTHWESTERN

H | Chapel Hill, N.C. | Est. 1852 Nathan Brenner '19 ncb731@live.unc.edu

S

BK | Athens, Ohio | Est. 1841 Gus Thieken '19 agthieken@gmail.com

ΗΖ | Boston, Mass. | Est. 2013 William Cisneros '19 cisneros.w@husky.neu.edu

This semester, we held our first ever “Philanthropy Week” to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This included pretzel and Rita's water ice sales, a huge wall of wishes to children from TCNJ students, and even a 20-team whiffle ball tournament!

S

OHIO

NORTHEASTERN

NEW JERSEY

8|8

V

49 NORTH DAKOTA

ΓΦ | Norman, Okla. | Est. 1907 Lane Prado '19 lane.prado@ou.edu

ZM | Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. | Est. 1997

Montana Beneduce '18 montanabeneduce@gmail.com

The Gamma Kappa Chapter was recognized for its intellectual development and received the 2018 Excellence in Intellectual Development Award from the university. Furthermore, after undergoing a major flood, the brothers, alumni and Greek members of UND are anticipating the reopening of the Gamma Kappa chapter house.

This semester the Zeta Mu Chapter was committed to serving the community. We wrote letters to men and women serving in the armed forces, participated in Relay for Life and volunteered in a local Rainbow 5K. We will continue to serve the community and positively represent Beta in the future.

In this last semester, the Gamma Phi Chapter proudly initiated 45 new members and had a chapter record 3.34 GPA. In addition, we were happy to host multiple events for various philanthropic organizations, along with having members in leadership positions across campus.

S 3.09 | 3.00 E

S 3.45 | NR E

S

15 | 11

R

25/51 | 20

V

6|6

BETA RUGGERS Like Beta, rugby ties run deep at Mississippi, as evidenced by this year’s alumni match when Michael Norton ’91 (far left), squared off against three other brothers on the pitch (left to right): Kalon Gipson ’19 (Order of Omega initiate), John Szwak ’18, and Garrett Peek ’21.

5 | 13

R

6/14 | 14

V

4|5

3.33 | 2.80

E

14 | 26

R 62/199 | 57 V

13 | 10

SUMMER 2018 | BETA.ORG

ΓΚ | Grand Forks, N. D. | Est. 1922 Ryan Krebs '20 ryan.m.krebs@und.edu

OKLAHOMA

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN


S

LEGEND: State of the Chapters

Self-Governance Education Recruitment Volunteers NA: Data may appear unique or may not apply given this school’s re/colonization during the last three years.

3.24

3.09

14

R 15

28/76

PURDUE

V 29

8

BM | West Lafayette, Ind. | Est. 1903 Conner Selch '20 cselch@purdue.edu

8

2 Poi 017 G nt A rad 201 ver e 7 a ge Gra Camp us A de Poi l l nt A Ma ver le 20 a ge Pro 17-18 Lea gr a m A de r s tte Avg nda hip nce Du . Annu rin g P al Att re v e 2 iou ndan & T 017-1 s 3 Y ce ota 8 To ear lC s hap tal M ter en P S l e i ze ( dge Avg 5 /20 d .A /18) Du nnua rin g P l Recr re v u iou itme s 3 Y nt ear 201 s 7-18 N Act um ive b Ad er of viso Du Avg. A rs rin g P ctive A re v iou dviso s 3 Y rs ear s

Performance Average of All Beta Chapters

E

NR: Data that is not tracked by institutions or was unreported by chapters as of 5/20/18.

Over the course of this semester, Beta Mu's executive board has worked diligently in order to improve the environment of the house. We have added new water fountains to the first and third floors of the chapter facility. Along with this, we had a successful Installation Banquet on March 24.

S

OKLAHOMA STATE

3.19 | 2.97

PENNSYLVANIA

ΓΛ | Stillwater, Okla. | Est. 1923 Nathan Moore '20 Mnmoore55@gmail.com

E

18 | NA

R

39/128 | 48

V

7|9

QUINNIPIAC

Φ | Philadelphia, Pa. | Est. 1880 Tim Miller '20 timmymiller4@gmail.com

HΣ | Hamden, Conn. James Burnham '19 jsburnham@quinnipiac.edu

CHAPTER REPORTS

We placed first in the two most recent competitive Greek shows this year. Fifty of our brothers boasted a perfect 4.0 GPA last semester, keeping our house among the best in grades. We are excited for our brand new advisory team and to begin construction on a new house this summer.

The Phi Chapter had tremendous success in all forms, from the initiation of 22 new brothers in March to winning a Chapter of Promise Award from the University of Pennsylvania. We completed a smooth transition from last year's executive team to the new team and look forward to continued success.

We initiated the second-largest spring class with a cumulative GPA of 3.4. In March, we hosted our chartering ceremony where 160 of our brothers, families, friends and distinguished guests celebrated this accomplishment. In April, we hosted our fourth Stand Up Against Cancer Comedy Night with a goal of raising $10,000.

S 3.43 | 2.92 E

S 3.49 | 3.37 E

S

18 | 20

R 56/160 | 55 V

12 | 12

8 | 10

R

23/61 | 15

V

5|5

3.14 | 3.12

E

27 | 14

R

32/66 | 19

V

8|7

50 THE BETA THETA PI

HN | Pittsburgh, Pa. | Est. 2016 Nathan Hyre '19 dh26@pitt.edu

ΓM | Corvallis, Ore. | Est. 1923 Josh Fuentes Colony Development Coordinator

After more than 15 years being off campus, the Gamma Mu Colony is once again up and running at Oregon State! Spring term was one with many firsts, as the Refounding Fathers completed their new member education process, held two brotherhood events, and were formally initiated into the Fraternity!

S

NR | 3.03

E

0 | NA

R

16/14 | NA

V

9 | NA

We hosted our second annual alumni reception in April and performed parting rituals for our first actual class of graduating seniors. We have been implementing a plan for future alumni relations networking and are excited to work with them in the future!

S 3.45 | 3.10 E

S

3.16 | 2.90

E

11 | 18

R

19/44 | 16

V

6|5

10 | 21

R

33/88 | 26

V

6|7

3.32 | 3.28

E

PUGET SOUND

HK | Stockton, Calif. | Est. 2015 Jonathan Arrow '19 j_arrow@u.pacific.edu

S

Colony | Rochester, N.Y. Arif Kodza '19 akodza@u.rochester.edu

The Eta Nu Chapter initiated 18 new brothers this semester that we hope to see grow into future leaders of the chapter. In March, we hosted a campus-wide scavenger hunt to benefit Lawrenceville United, and the following weekend, we helped the non-profit restore a decommissioned city park.

PACIFIC

We had a very successful recruitment season and initiated 10 new members – our largest pledge class since spring 2016. We also regained the status of highest GPA among all IFC fraternities on our campus, largely in part to our new members having a stellar 3.52 GPA.

ROCHESTER

PITTSBURGH

OREGON STATE

E

23 | 12

R

16/41 | 14

V

8/53 | 20

V

6 | NA

Colony | Kansas City, Mo. Brandon J Hernandez '19 HernandezB@hawks.rockhurst.edu

Our chapter had an exciting year, and we're proud of the dynamic progress we've made! Brother Kevin Le ’19, became IFC president on our campus, and we received the University of Puget Sound Greek academic excellence and service learning awards in April. Our most exciting accomplishment was receiving our charter in March! 3.27 | 3.04

R

ROCKHURST

ΔΕ | Tacoma, Wash. | Est. 1962 David Shireman '20 dshireman@pugetsound.edu

S

18 | 12

5|8

The Rockhurst colony of Beta Theta Pi was recognized as "The People's Champion" at this year's Greek Week event, most notably for the brothers’ intense dance routine on skit day. The men were also happy to have gotten closer to sororities on campus with our serenades.

S

3.37 | 3.28

E

13 | NA

R

16/41 | 15

V

7 | NA


SACRED HEART

SOUTH DAKOTA

SAN JOSE STATE

Colony | Fairfield, Conn. Michael Vanderspek '19 vanderspekm@mail.sacredheart.edu

ΓΑ | Vermillion, S.D. | Est. 1912 Jedidiah Jacobson '19 Jed.Jacobson@coyotes.usd.edu

ΖΗ | San Jose, Calif. | Est. 1995 Tony Velasco '20 tonyvelasco97@gmail.com

This year we held the highest GPA on campus for all fraternities and came in second place for our Greek Week events. We also hosted a benefit concert for our philanthropy, raising more than $1,000.

After introducing a new and dedicated round of pledges, the Zeta Eta Chapter successfully competed in San Jose State's largest philanthropy and helped raise money toward charities dedicated to supporting women and children who are victims of abuse, while serving the community by having brothers actively engage in acts of community service.

Gamma Alpha had two successful philanthropy events this semester, one benefiting Feeding Vermillion and one benefiting the Vermillion Welcome Table. Outside of philanthropy, the active chapter would like to thank our amazing alumni for the renovations to the Dragon’s Den. Brotherhood has been great this past semester.

S 3.46 | 3.00 E

S

S

13 | NA

R

65/52 | NA

V

10 | NA

2.78 | 2.88

E

12 | 12

R

18/47 | 27

V

9|8

17 | 16

R

28/54 | 25

V

12 | 10

ΓΤ | Los Angeles, Calif. | Est. 1947 Robert Stern '20 robertbs@usc.edu

ΓΩ | Dallas, Texas | Est. 1951 Levi Laseter '19 levilaseter@gmail.com

ZT | Saint Louis, Mo. | Est. 2003 Graham Vogt '19 graham.vogt@slu.edu

E

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

SMU

SAINT LOUIS

3.07 | 2.97

There are few areas of campus where the men of our chapter aren't active and leading from the front. We have continued to hold ourselves to high personal standards, as well as lead well within IFC during a difficult time for fraternities on SMU's campus.

This year, the Gamma Tau Chapter earned the highest GPA of all fraternities at USC (3.44). Also, this fall the chapter raised more than $20,000 benefiting the Movember Foundation, which supports men's health. Gamma Tau is on the U.S. leaderboard as one of the highest-raising undergraduate organizations in the nation.

S

S

S 3.42 | 3.27 E

3.51 | 3.08

E

10 | 14

R

35/127 | 39

V

9|9

3.33 | 3.19

E

23 | 14

R

47/149 | 41

V

6|6

9 | 10

R 49/106 | 34 V

CHAPTER REPORTS

We celebrated 15 years as a chapter with alumni and guests in March, shared our annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” philanthropy event with campus to aid the Women's Safe House in April, and initiated our Alpha Nu pledge class at semester's end.

7|7

51 SOUTH CAROLINA

SAN DIEGO

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

ZO | Carbondale, Ill. | Est. 1999 Patrick Hill '19 patrickhill46@siu.edu

This spring, we hosted our inaugural "Beta Buckets" philanthropy basketball tournament. A significant portion of our campus community participated, playing a March Madness-style tournament. This helped raise a significant amount for a donation to the Autism Society of San Diego.

This semester we took a pledge class of 10 young men, bringing our chapter to 120 members. We were ranked number two for fraternity GPA and are significantly higher than the all-men's average. Along with doing well in the classroom, we won the intramural fraternity basketball championship this semester.

The chapter is currently focusing on recruitment for the fall semester, and academics for the upcoming school year. We are currently trying re-engage with chapter alumni by hosting events in large cities near campus.

S

S

S 2.48 | 2.85 E

3.47 | 3.04

E 20 | 30 R

29/88 | 29

V

8|5

REAL MEN WEAR HEELS The men at Saint Louis really know how to pack a weekend. Less than 24 hours after initiating their most recent pledge class, the men slid on pairs of stilettos and marched through campus for their annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" philanthropy event, aiding the local Women's Safe House.

3.26 | 3.18

E

15 | 18

R

38/128 | 45

V

10 | 9

7 | 11

R

1/8 | 10

V

5|9

SUMMER 2018 | BETA.ORG

Y | Columbia, S.C. | Est. 1858 Andrew Bosley '18 scbetapresident@gmail.com

ΖΩ | San Diego, Calif. | Est. 2007 William Knopka '18 wknopka@sandiego.edu


S

LEGEND: State of the Chapters

Self-Governance Education Recruitment Volunteers NA: Data may appear unique or may not apply given this school’s re/colonization during the last three years.

3.24

3.09

14

R 15

29

28/76

TEXAS AT ARLINGTON

V 8

ΔP | Arlington, Texas | Est. 1971 Sam Majumder '19 subham.majumder@mavs.uta.edu

8

2 Poi 017 G nt A rad 201 ver e 7 a ge Gra Camp us A de Poi l l nt A Ma ver le 20 a ge Pro 17-18 Lea gr a m A de r s tte Avg nda hip nce Du . Annu rin g P al Att re v e 2 iou ndan & T 017-1 s 3 Y ce ota 8 To ear lC s hap tal M ter en P S l e i ze ( dge Avg 5 /20 d .A /18) Du nnua rin g P l Recr re v u iou itme s 3 Y nt ear 201 s 7-18 N Act um ive b Ad er of viso Du Avg. A rs rin g P ctive A re v iou dviso s 3 Y rs ear s

Performance Average of All Beta Chapters

E

NR: Data that is not tracked by institutions or was unreported by chapters as of 5/20/18.

This semester, we have visited three different hospitals for our philanthropy efforts and were highlighted by multiple media sources, including NBC. Two of our brothers started their terms on the IFC exec board as president and VP of finance, and we added four new brothers to our fold. S 3.06 | 2.79 E

TENNESSEE

ST. LAWRENCE

ΔΚ | Knoxville, Tenn. | Est. 1967 Daylan Bright ’20 daylanbright@gmail.com

ΒZ | Canton, N.Y. | Est. 1879 Scott Shouvlin '19 spshou15@stlawu.edu

23 | 19

R

14/33 | 24

V

8|7

TEXAS TECH

ΔM | Lubbock, Texas | Est. 1970 Allen Krause '19 william.krause@ttu.edu

CHAPTER REPORTS

The brothers of the Beta Zeta Chapter had a strong semester academically, socially and philanthropically. We had another great spring recruitment with eight new members joining the brotherhood. Our involvement in Bitter Sweet Farm and many other community service events remains solid. Overall, it was a great spring for the guys.

The Delta Kappa Chapter finished the spring term with 55 initiated undergraduates and will be moving into a house in Fraternity Park this fall. We raised money to benefit the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee and are looking forward to a successful recruitment in the fall.

This past year has been a big one for the Delta Mu Colony. So far, we have our first student body president since our refounding, as well as six other brothers in student government. From a philanthropy standpoint, we have raised nearly $8,000 for a local animal shelter in Lubbock.

S

S 3.05 | NR E

S 3.04 | 2.79 E

E

3.14 | 3.13

1|8

R

27/76 | 29

V

6|6

19 | 17

R

18/55 | 31

V

5|6

9 | NA

R 39/106 | 53 V

6 | NA

52 TEXAS

STEVENS THE BETA THETA PI

Σ | Hoboken, N.J. | Est. 1879 James Ebert '19 james.ebert@outlook.com

BO | Austin, Texas | Est. 1886 Matthew B. Maupin '19 m.maupin@utexas.edu

TORONTO

ΘΖ | Toronto, Ont. | Est. 1906 Francesco Bertucca '20 bbertucca@gmail.com

The chapter has demonstrated strong improvements in operations through advisor/ brotherhood relations, philanthropy and campus involvement. We had a strong recruitment season with 14 pledges and were successful in intramural and varsity sports. We made significant house improvements, as well as planning efforts for our $1 million capital campaign.

We are proud to be entering our third year as a recolonized chapter at UT. We're even more proud of the fact that our fall pledge class had the highest grades of any fraternity on campus. On April 14, we officially received our charter at our Installation Ceremony in Austin.

The Toronto chapter has continued to strive for quality over quantity. This past year has been no exception, and we recently initiated a group of young men who wholly represent Beta's values. They have the potential to become great leaders, and we feel confident about the future of our chapter.

S

S

S 3.50 | NR E

3.27 | 3.36

E

17 | 17

R

15/51 | 12

V

8|8

TCU

HH | Fort Worth, Texas | Est. 2014 Ben Warren '20 ben.warren@tcu.edu

3.35 | 3.24

E 20 | NA R

36/101 | 42

V

10 | NA

TEXAS A&M

EH | College Station, Texas | Est. 1987 Matthew Wood '19 matthew.wood218@gmail.com

6|4

R

14/28 | 13

V

8|7

TRUMAN STATE

ZΞ | Kirksville, Mo. | Est. 1997 Max Pyle '19 mgp7116@truman.edu

Our chapter successfully implemented our first-ever spring philanthropy called "Beta Bowling," with all proceeds benefiting Cooks Children's hospital. We also hosted an alumni weekend with record-setting attendance. We are excited to continue to engage with our growing alumni base in the future.

After taking our largest pledge class yet, we are having an exciting year. We are renovating our lodge after raising a record amount of donations from Mom's Weekend. We are preparing for our philanthropy, “DBM Fest,” and are currently restructuring our alumni relations. We are also striving for another Knox Award at Convention.

Throughout this term, our chapter has found extreme triumph. We began with a success in a very competitive recruitment season, hosted our inaugural "Beta Charity Concert,” and then transitioned into an across-the-board victory during Greek Week. Overall, Zeta Xi is continuing to lead and prosper on Truman State's campus.

S

S 3.03 | 3.01 E

S 3.34 | 3.15 E

3.56 | 3.06

E

19 | 16

R 48/147 | 40 V

8|8

18 | 15

R 65/164 | 40 V

7|7

18 | 22

R

30/86 | 26

V

5|5


VILLANOVA

UC IRVINE

WABASH

ΖΕ | Villanova, Pa. | Est. 1995 Matt Karlson '19 mkarlson@villanova.edu

ΔΣ | Irvine, Calif. | Est. 1975 Michael Steinhilber '19 msteinhi@uci.edu

T | Crawfordsville, Ind. | Est. 1846 Lucas Soliday '19 ljsolida19@wabash.edu

While one of the smaller chapters on campus, we have placed among the top chapters in all campus philanthropies. Our brotherhood retreat in Newport Beach helped develop a deeper sense of trust and brotherhood among our men. We have also gained the support of three dedicated and local advisors.

We successfully implemented a new scholarship incentive program, paid off several thousands of dollars in debt, took in our largest pledge class in three years and successfully negotiated the reinstatement of fraternity rush this semester. We were also the only chapter on campus without any sanctions against it.

Our seniors received the Senior Impact Award, which is given to the senior class that has prompted significant humanitarian acts and academic achievement at Wabash College. Additionally, our past president, Zach Patton ’18, won Best Fraternity President. We currently stand in second for overall highest GPA in all of Greek life.

S

S

S

2.92 | 3.03

E

11 | 14

R

26/44 | 30

V

4|5

3.36 | 3.34

UC SAN DIEGO

E

7 | 16

R

13/69 | 27

V

5|5

VIRGINIA

ΖΓ | La Jolla, Calif. | Est. 1995 Sammy Najd '19 ucsdbetapresident@gmail.com

E

3.36 | 3.14

11 | 18

R

22/67 | 21

V

7|9

WASHINGTON

O | Charlottesville, Va. | Est. 1855 Samuel LeFew '20 sgl9vd@virginia.edu

BΩ | Seattle, Wash. | Est. 1901 Riley Noonan '20 rwtn1997@gmail.com

After finishing off a successful recruitment season, we focused our new energy on executing our philanthropy events well. We hosted another event this year focused on selling Girl Scout cookies for one of our favorite Friends of Beta, a young Girl Scout named Olivia with a very serious heart condition.

Beta Omega experienced another strong school year. During the fall we enjoyed a successful Husky football season along with our annual alumni brunch. In the winter, 12 juniors traveled abroad to Barcelona, and in the spring, our house soccer and slow pitch softball teams took first in their divisions!

S

S 3.48 | 3.36 E

S

3.25 | 3.16

E

16 | 17

R

14/64 | 33

V

8|5

8|9

R

24/86 | 23

V

7|7

E

3.41 | 3.26

19 | 16

R

30/110 | 31

V

CHAPTER REPORTS

We successfully hosted the third rendition of our philanthropy, “Beta's All-Star Weekend,” to raise more than $5,400 for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. We worked hard to further strengthen relations with our alumni by hosting a fun and engaging alumni event in the winter, and we’re looking forward to the summer.

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53 VIRGINIA TECH

UCLA

WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON Γ | Washington, Pa. | Est. 1842 Colton Blair '19 blairct@jay.washjeff.edu

In the fall, the Gamma Nu Chapter hosted its bi-annual formal in Palm Springs. We are currently on social probation, so our main highlight is our chapter meetings which are filled with energy and long discussions. We are looking forward to the future and participating in philanthropy events this spring.

The Alpha Phi Chapter had many notable achievements this spring. We were able to initiate 25 new Betas – putting our chapter above 100 brothers. We also won an IFC championship in both flag football and basketball, and we raised more than $10,000 in our philanthropic efforts.

This semester will bring to the Gamma Chapter of Beta Theta Pi a new group of young men who will carry our values for years to come. In conjunction, the chapter is hosting a philanthropy event that will benefit the local animal shelters.

S

S

S

3.29 | 3.29

E

19 | 18

R

32/93 | 34

V

7|6

UTAH

ΓB | Salt Lake City, Utah | Est. 1913 Anthony Panuzio '19 anthonypanuzio1@gmail.com

Gamma Beta raised more than $18,000 for the Rape Recovery Center, and we ended fall with the highest GPA on Greek Row for the 12th time in 13 semesters. We also won the Dean of Students Award – the highest award a Greek organization can win on campus.

S

3.33 | 3.16

E

29 | 26

R 33/107 | 45 V

10 | 9

3.28 | 3.12

E

12 | 12

R

45/123 | 40

V

6|7

BRAINS AND BRAWN Few can claim to have the brawn of a first team all-conference lacrosse defender and the brains of an aspiring aerospace engineer. No doubt, anyone who does must be a Beta! In this case, it's the Washington Husky's Adam Norgaard ’20.

3.25 | 3.06

E

9 | 10

R

8/42 | 13

V

6|7

SUMMER 2018 | BETA.ORG

AΦ | Blacksburg, Va. | Est. 1877 Bryce Jackson '19 brycej6@vt.edu

ΓΝ | Los Angeles, Calif. | Est. 1926 Daniel Ochs '19 danielochs23@ucla.edu


S

LEGEND: State of the Chapters

Self-Governance Education Recruitment Volunteers NA: Data may appear unique or may not apply given this school’s re/colonization during the last three years.

3.24

3.09

14

R 15

28/76

WICHITA STATE

V 29

8

ΔΓ | Wichita, Kan. | Est. 1959 Lane Smith '19 lasmith7@shockers.wichita.edu

8

2 Poi 017 G nt A rad 201 ver e 7 a ge Gra Camp us A de Poi l l nt A Ma ver le 20 a ge Pro 17-18 Lea gr a m A de r s tte Avg nda hip nce Du . Annu rin g P al Att re v e 2 iou ndan & T 017-1 s 3 Y ce ota 8 To ear lC s hap tal M ter en P S l e i ze ( dge Avg 5 /20 d .A /18) Du nnua rin g P l Recr re v u iou itme s 3 Y nt ear 201 s 7-18 N Act um ive b Ad er of viso Du Avg. A rs rin g P ctive A re v iou dviso s 3 Y rs ear s

Performance Average of All Beta Chapters

E

NR: Data that is not tracked by institutions or was unreported by chapters as of 5/20/18.

The Delta Gamma Chapter successfully hosted our annual “Beta Bash” volleyball tournament to benefit JDRF in April, as well as a Beta golf tournament in early June to improve alumni relations. We also brought home the President's Scholarship Cup for highest chapter GPA among all WSU fraternities in February! S

WASHINGTON IN ST. LOUIS AI | St. Louis, Mo. | Est. 1869 Nathaniel Engel '20 16nengel@gmail.com

3.23 | 2.86

WESTMINSTER

E

29 | 41

R

24/56 | 30

V

7|7

WILLAMETTE

ΑΔ | Fulton, Mo. | Est. 1868 Jonathan Ruzzo '20 JRuzzo.20@westminster-mo.edu

ΓΣ | Salem, Ore. | Est. 1947 Evan Levy '19 edlevy@willamette.edu

CHAPTER REPORTS

The Alpha Iota Chapter had a strong recruitment semester and boasts the second highest fraternity GPA on campus. We completed a successful community philanthropy event and instituted an eventful brotherhood week full of many fun activities, including games and cookouts, that will hopefully remain in place for years to come.

Our chapter has had a successful intramural year by winning futsal, volleyball and table tennis. We have also added a new pool table to the house, which has been very beneficial. We also celebrated our 150th anniversary this year! Go Alpha Delta!

We are obtaining a hall in one of the residence facilities on campus for new members to live in, and we put on our best performance yet at the all-Greek philanthropy event, Serenades. We were excited to host our Reinstallation Ceremony on May 5.

S

S 3.08 | 3.02 E

S

3.59 | 3.48

E

9 | 10

R

27/94 | 30

V

7|7

12 | 25

R

18/41 | 16

V

7|7

3.25 | 3.11

E

11 | 10

R

14/35 | 20

V

11 | 11

54 WHITMAN

WASHINGTON STATE

WILLIAM & MARY

THE BETA THETA PI

ΓΖ | Walla Walla, Wash. | Est. 1916 Evan Alexay '20 alexaye@whitman.edu

ΓΘ | Pullman, Wash. | Est. 1920 Andrew Enzler '19 andrew.enzler@wsu.edu

ZY | Williamsburg, Va. | Est. 1876 Williams Song '20 wfsong@email.wm.edu

We united the three bodies of our house (housing board, advisors and the undergraduate membership) under one roof for the first time in over 30 years in an effort to improve relations between the three parties that help govern our chapter.

The Gamma Zeta Chapter of Beta Theta Pi has had successful philanthropy and community service this semester. Along with several members of the house participating in various service clubs, we also had a great turnout for our Easter egg hunt for the town.

Our chapter chose to relinquish our on-campus house for the upcoming year. We did not have much interest in filling a house that is expensive to fill, that is fairly removed from the rest of campus, and that mandates students to purchase meal plans from the administration.

S

S 3.09 | 3.41 E

S

3.07 | 3.03

E

19 | 14

R 42/105 | 37 V

11 | 10

MARCHING ALONG Betas at Wisconsin-Oshkosh took to the streets celebrating the LGBTQ community at the school’s ninth-annual Ally March. A noble stand by a fraternity that knows a thing or two about marching!

6|5

R

8/19 | 14

V

5|9

3.28 | 3.32

E

6|7

R

14/40 | 21

V

5|4


WISCONSIN

AΠ | Madison, Wis. | Est. 1873 Jacob Schumacher '20 schumacher7@wisc.edu

With the continued growth of the Alpha Pi Chapter of Beta Theta Pi, we have placed a key emphasis on true brotherhood within our chapter, having already hosted two successful events at our local ski hill and a Milwaukee Brewers game.

S 3.08 | 3.25 E

12 | 12

R

39/84 | 27

V

6|5

WISCONSIN-OSHKOSH

ZZ | Oshkosh, Wis. | Est. 1995 Jonathan Robinson '19 robinj10@uwosh.edu

S 3.02 | 2.90 E 20 | 17 R

13/27 | 15

V

Loyola Marymount University Beta Brothers

7|6

WITTENBERG

VISIT BETASPIRIT.COM FOR OUR HOTTEST SUMMER LOOKS!

The Alpha Gamma Chapter has been doing great things this semester. We just recently had our very successful philanthropy event that raised money for a local humane society and are in the early process of starting a capital campaign for a new fraternity house!

S

3.14 | 2.74

E

9 | 13

R

12/47 | 16

V

8|7

WPI

Colony | Worcester, Mass. Benjamin Child '19 bhchild@wpi.edu

Pink and Blue 'Stripe Design' White SoftStyle T-Shirt $17.98

Navy 'Coat of Arms' Dry Mesh Polo $29.72

'Beta Theta Pi Greek Letters' Heavyweight Twill Pro Style Hat $14.82

Beta Theta Pi 'Greek Letters' Gray SoftStyle T-Shirt $17.98

This semester we had one of our largest spring recruitment classes ever and worked hard to prepare ourselves for our chartering presentation at the General Convention. We have made huge advancements in sustainability in recruitment and brotherhood, and we are excited to see what the next year holds. S

3.41 | NR

E

14 | 20

R

14/36 | 17

V

8|6

55 SUMMER 2018 | BETA.ORG

ΑΓ | Springfield, Ohio | Est. 1867 Carter Schmidt '19 schmidtc@wittenberg.edu

CHAPTER REPORTS

The men of the Zeta Zeta Chapter are focused on our recommitment to the values of Beta Theta Pi. This past semester we facilitated many conversations on campus about what it means to be a man of principle, and we are working on breaking the fraternity stereotype through actions on campus.


CHAPTER ETERNAL IN LOVING MEMORY

Flags indicate those who have served in the United States or Canadian armed forces.

CHAPTER ETERNAL 56

Forever remembering these men and the love they had for Beta Theta Pi and their fellow brothers, notices of their passing were reported to the Administrative Office between February 5 and May 3, 2018. To report a brother's death or for assistance locating an obituary, please contact Phyllis Bowie at 800.800.BETA or phyllis.bowie@beta.org. Asking loved ones to donate your Beta badge and important Beta artifacts to the Fraternity's archives and museum in Oxford is always welcomed and appreciated.

Amherst Bradley F. Henke '54, April 5 C Beloit Douglas E. Watkins '68, Feb. 21 Bethany Malcolm W. Rush Jr. '58, July 15, 2017 Edwin M. Steckel Jr. '53, March 16 C

Centre Logan M. Mahaffey MD '55, April 6 C B H. Morris '68, March 27 Chicago Kenneth L. Haddix '61, Jan. 13 Cincinnati Louis M. Newton '53, April 16

Bowdoin Charles L. Young '38, Jan. 31 C

Colgate Richard D. Stannard '57, Jan. 26

Bowling Green Nicholas G. Vasil '65, April 23

Colorado David F. Butler '61, Sept. 24, 2017 William E. Chase '62, Aug. 29, 2017

THE BETA THETA PI

British Columbia William J. Lawrence '53, April 13 William D. Stewart '62, March 2 Brown Richard P. Cook '42, Aug. 20, 2016 William J. Frazier Jr. '55, Jan. 27 C Cal Poly Peter L. Wetzel '88, Dec. 1, 2017 Case David J. Cook '50, March 13 C Allen T. Koster '43, Dec. 25, 2017 Richard K. Patton '52, March 9 C

KENNETH G. DIEHL JR. Vanderbilt ’75 Proud to be a seventh generation Nashvillian, Diehl worked in the engineering field for 40 years and volunteered as his chapter’s house corporation president. Diehl passed away suddenly from complications of end stage renal disease.

Colorado Mines William P. Burpeau Jr. '53, Feb. 16 C Michael A. Dover '74, April 12 Melvin L. Wilburn '82, April 18 Columbia John J. McGroarty MD '58, Dec. 22, 2017 C Cornell Max H. Mattes '55, Jan. 19 John F. Schneider '53, Feb. 7 Dartmouth John M. Benzian '67, Jan. 9 C

JOHN A. MARKSZ

Western Reserve ’62 A past chapter president, Marksz understood the meaning of “lifelong brotherhood.” For more than 30 years, Marksz was a regular at alumni association events and also attended three Conventions, including the 150th and 175th in Oxford.

Davidson William S. Joyner '48, April 8, 2017 Walter Scott III '59, Feb. 21 C A. M. Upchurch '49, Dec. 2, 2017 William L. Vinson '48, March 29 Denison Richard H. Tauber '67, April 10 Dexter C. Tight '48, April 19 C Duke Edward H. Cunliff '45, March 9 Richard B. Gochnauer Sr. '48, Jan. 28 C W. W. McMahon '46, Sept. 19, 2017 Florida Alvin E. Montgomery Jr. '67, April 3 C Robert P. Vosloh '57, Feb. 26 C Georgia Tech Lloyd Barnard Jr. '52, April 6 C Frank A. Ziccarelli '86, March 5 Hanover John C. Schuyler '88, April 20 Stephen M. Jessup '66, Feb. 16 Idaho Donald B. Anderson '47, Feb. 7, 2017 Indiana Walter S. McIntosh Jr. '45, March 4 C William C. Myers '50, Dec. 24, 2017 Iowa State David J. Larson '64, Nov. 14, 2017 Alex D. Matheson '49, June 14, 2017 Kansas Robert H. Malott '48, April 4 C Thomas W. McCoy '59, April 19 William C. Nulton '53, March 16 C Knox Nevin C. Lescher '53, April 12 C Joseph J. Pankus '60, April 10

The Foundation is often asked how one can memorialize a dearly departed Beta while also supporting the goals of the Fraternity. In lieu of flowers, consider naming the Beta Leadership Fund in your own obituary. Memorial gifts can be made online at beta.org/gift or by phone at 800.800.BETA.


Maine Stephen A. Steidle '66, Dec. 6, 2017 Jeffrey D. Trecartin '67, April 6, 2017

Penn State Bernard W. Carbeau '50, Jan. 28 C John R. Hanson '53, Dec. 13, 2016 C

Miami David A. Bergstrom '56, April 8 C Donald E. Graber '52, April 17, 2017 Robert J. Norwine '44, Feb. 19 C Roy C. Ostberg '62, March 8 C John R. Schaumburg '67, March 15

Pennsylvania Kenneth R. Baumler '52, March 23, 2017 Franz K. Schneider Jr. '55, March 31

Miami (Fla.) Brian N. Grant '08, Feb. 13 Michigan William N. McCoy Jr. '45, Sept. 24, 2016 Michigan State Richard S. McClaughry Jr. '54, March 21

Missouri Charles R. Boyd '42, March 10 C Phil D. Donnelly '49, Jan. 31 C Charles B. Hall '49, Nov. 2, 2017 C Robert O. Jones '47, Nov. 19, 2016 MIT William H. Austin Jr. '58, July 28, 2017 C Warren H. Goodnow '59, Feb. 22 Charles P. Hoult '56, Nov. 23, 2016 Eric D. Mudama '96, Feb. 16 James B. Williams II '00, Feb. 2

Northwestern Gordon E. Medlock '46, May 11, 2017 Ohio State Thomas K. Kreakbaum '60, June 2, 2017 John J. Sherwood '69, Jan. 30 Fred H. Slager '46, Sept. 29, 2016 Oklahoma Philip E. Kendall '56, April 22, 2017 James H. Lindsey MD '56, March 12 Lawrence S. McAlister Jr. '52, Aug. 7, 2017 Donald P. Parkhurst '73, Feb. 19 George H. Rollow '74, Feb. 24 Oklahoma State Mark W. Adkins '70, March 27 C John B. Landes Jr. '55, Feb. 1 C Daniel M. Strong '57, March 21 C Oregon Dale R. Bruegger '50, Feb. 5 C Roger Jayne Jr. '44, April 23 C Oregon State Peter K. Simonds '68, March 1 David G. Whitlock '46, May 26, 2017

Southern California Richard P. Booth Jr. '68, Feb. 22 Roderick E. Ristow Jr. '54, Jan. 26, 2017 St. Lawrence Thomas F. Green '46, Dec. 11, 2016 Jeffrey J. Mallia '77, Jan. 27 George R. Wilkes Jr. '67, April 6 Texas Robert S. Rugeley '49, Sept. 28, 2017 Clark G. Thompson '49, June 30, 2007 Texas A&M Matthew S. Slay '96, April 8 Tulane Rufus C. Harris Jr. '45, Jan. 29 C UC Berkeley Richard R. Houston '50, March 11 C UCLA John T. Knotek '57, June 17, 2017 Union Donald R. Brockwehl '42, June 16, 2016 C Utah Sherman R. Alldredge '75, Feb. 12 Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. '50, April 14 C Douglas J. Holmes '54, March 23 C Vanderbilt Kenneth G. Diehl Jr. '75, Feb. 20 Kent L. Habermeyer '70, May 3, 2017 C George L. McChesney '52, March 12 John M. Stewart '46, March 27, 2017 Virginia Brian L. Jordan '79, Dec. 26, 2016 John M. Payne '49, Feb. 13 Washington C W. Frankland '47, Feb. 3 C David M. Marriott '67, April 30 Thomas B. Monks '87, Jan. 31 Washington & Jefferson J. W. Dauber Jr. '53, Jan. 12 William W. Reese Jr. '46, Nov. 24, 2016 Washington in St. Louis Clarence M. Turley Jr. '50, Feb. 21 C

A longtime Beta lore enthusiast, Hume served as house corporation president, district chief, General Fraternity Historian, General Secretary (two terms) and General Fraternity President. For his passionate love and service to Beta, the Fraternity honored Hume with its highest honor, the Oxford Cup, at the 161st General Convention in 2000. Widely admired by the undergraduates so inspired by his Beta Spirit, three chapters beyond his own bestowed him with membership on their chapter roll, including Kentucky (1990), Puget Sound (1993) and Louisville (2002). An attorney by trade, his captivating speaking reached more than 100 college campuses across the continent, and hundreds upon thousands of Beta alumni and undergraduates attended General Conventions through the years and laid witness to Hume’s moving approach to telling the Beta story. Morris is survived by his Beta Sweetheart, Betty, daughter Mary, Beta sons Ben, Auburn ’88, and Hunter, Auburn ’00, and four grandchildren.

West Virginia Donald W. Brown '58, March 23 Arno W. McGraw Jr. '46, Nov. 3, 2017 Western Ontario John R. Rhodes '55, Oct. 8, 2017 Western Reserve John A. Marksz '62, Feb. 20 Westminster Joseph C. Macksey '70, Jan. 23 C Robert G. Metcalfe Jr. '46, Oct. 13, 1998 Robert D. Shuttee MD '42, Jan. 26 C Wichita State Stanley E. Stark '67, March 20 Willamette Jackson R. Hazelett '49, June 18, 2016 Allen A. Straumfjord '50, May 7, 2017 Williams Emmet B. Herndon '45, April 25 C Wisconsin Thomas L. Detienne '52, Feb. 26 Raymond Helminiak '46, Sept. 9, 2017 Wittenberg Jerry M. Oberley '56, July 29, 2017 Wesley T. Runk '56, Sept. 23, 2017 Yale Alexander C. Fergusson '45, July 22, 2017

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Nebraska Samuel A. Whitworth '51, April 2

Rutgers Roy F. Staugaard '55, Jan. 16

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Minnesota Ronald C. Kamzelski '69, Aug. 13, 2017 John W. Lauterbach '46, Nov. 20, 2017 Edwin J. Turnquist '50, Feb. 22

Purdue Michael S. Bowman '59, Feb. 25, 2017 Terry A. Terhune '72, Feb. 8

B. HUME MORRIS


beta theta pi. “Not just a house, but a home. Not full of friends, but of family. Not only a collegiate experience, but an enduring brotherhood that lasts a lifetime.” — Stephen H. Barragar, Puget Sound ’90

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PETER DARROW, MIAMI (FLA.) ’09 As a Founding Father, I built something from nothing. I learned to accomplish goals using the democratic approach, and along the way mastered the art of compromise. I discovered the importance of boundaries, and tested them from time to time. I motivated, inspired and led others. I am so lucky and humbled to have received these invaluable, real world lessons at such a young age, and I give to the Beta Foundation because I believe fraternities like ours are best suited to provide these memorable experiences to future generations of men of principle. My father believed so, too, and when he passed away from myeloma cancer in 2013, I decided to contribute a portion of my estate to the Beta Foundation in his honor. I encourage other young Beta alumni to do the same. No amount is too small, and it’s never too early – gray hair is not a prerequisite to joining the Bridge Builder Society. Less than one percent of Beta alumni under the age of 40 donated to the Beta Foundation last year. Think of the impact we could make by simply doubling our efforts and supporting not just our home chapters, but the greater Beta universe. Considering the changing national climate and political landscape of fraternities, doing so is now more important than ever. Giving back to Beta is one of the most special things you can do in this life. Without our gifts, Beta as we’ve come to know it would cease to exist, and so it is our responsibility to ensure its survival for future generations of men of principle. I encourage all alumni, especially young alumni, to give whatever they can. THE BETA THETA PI | SUMMER 2018 | BETA.ORG/BBS

No amount is too small, and it’s never too early — gray hair is not a prerequisite to joining the Bridge Builder Society.

Peter Darrow, Miami (Fla). ’09, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and received a Master of Business Administration from Babson College in Massachusetts. An entrepreneur in the health and wellness space, he has been an investor for several startup companies and most recently served as the founder and owner of Darrow’s Farm Fresh restaurant in Manhattan, where he currently lives.


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94th Red Raider

Sean Lewis TEXAS TECH ’19 94th Red Raider Student Body President As Friday classes drew to a close at Texas Tech University on March 9, 2018, most students were set on their spring break destinations. Sean Lewis ’19, was not one of them. “My heart was racing,” Lewis said. “I just did everything I could not to focus on it.” Then, he got the call. Winning 74 percent of the vote, he was elected the 94th Red Raider student body president. Lewis consistently answers the call of leadership. A former high school senior class president, he’s been groomed for student government for years by his experiences working in the U.S. House of Representatives, White House and, of course, Beta Theta Pi. As a Refounding Father and graduate of the Beta Foundation-sponsored Keystone Leadership Conference for chapter officers, he can invest in his campus community because his Beta family invested in him.

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