The Beta Theta Pi - Spring 2023

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the beta theta pi magazine ANNIVERSARY ISSUE PART III | 2023 Volume 150, No. 3 BETA

30 Chapter Reports

Featured alongside a quantitative 2022-23 chapter performance review, all 138 chapters reflect on highlights from this academic year.

Jack Rutstein, DePauw ’24, spent his spring term as a sales intern with the Indiana Pacers. On top of managing a portfolio of season ticket holders, he oversaw marketing activations and even got to meet top players like star guard Tyrese Haliburton.

10 Alumni News

Ever seen a life-size piece of Beta heraldry constructed entirely from LEGOs? This issue’s Alumni News has that and 12 more notable updates from across Beta’s domain.


The Best Of

In this final installment celebrating The Beta Theta Pi’s 150th anniversary, the best of the best take center stage.

28 Cut and Polished

Stress is just a way of life in modern society. Learn eight tips for silencing it in this edition of Cut and Polished.


50 Beta Eponyms

Named for a Beta brother, few campuses have a building and quadrangle as epic as Bascom Hall and Bascom Hill at the University of Wisconsin.


Theta Pi, is owned by the Fraternity, edited and published under the direction and control of its Board of Trustees, and published winter, spring and fall 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.

CONTENTS ANNIVERSARY ISSUE PART III | 2023 3 contents inside this issue DEPARTMENTS 04 | Archives historical throwback 05 | Foreword editor’s note 06 | The Inbox unfiltered feedback 08 | Newsworthy fraternity updates 48 | Chapter Eternal in loving memory On the Cover For its first 60 years, the masthead usually appeared in Greek. It and other magazine faves make up “The Best Of.” The Beta Theta Pi The first college fraternity magazine, founded December 15, 1872, by Charles Duy Walker, VMI 1869, and published continuously since. Publication Schedule Issue Deadline Mail Date Winter Jan. 15 Feb. 15 Spring April 15 May 15 Fall Oct. 15 Nov. 15 Who Receives the Beta Magazine? All Beta undergraduates and parents, current and former volunteers, Foundation donors, and anyone who requests to receive it in print. Update your subscription and contact info at, 800.800.BETA or
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Century-Old Loving Cup Saved From Destruction

An ornate Loving Cup dating back more than 120 years has received a new lease on life thanks to Vincent Ragone, a coin collector out of Palos Verdes Estates, California. Ragone planned to melt the historic artifact down for its silver until a friend of his, Alex Ostrega, Loyola Marymount ’20, recommended he reach out to the Administrative Office and see if there is any interest in preserving it. Within hours of Ragone messaging the staff via Instagram, Archivist and Historian Zac Haines, Miami ’05, was asked to weigh in and, for $470, it now has a permanent home in Beta's collection of archival treasures.

Interestingly, the cup was a gift to Lewis C. Babcock, Chicago 1903, and Josephine Natalie Twyman on their wedding, January 30, 1901. Upon arrival in Oxford, a surprising discovery was made: First among the inscribed names of Babcock’s chapter brothers who presented the gift is “The Beta Bard” himself, Horace G. Lozier 1894, who wrote “The Loving Cup” song that lives fondly in the hearts of all Beta brothers.

Horace G. Lozier, Chicago 1894
archives historical throwback


Editor | Chief Communication Officer Martin Cobb, Eastern Kentucky ’96

Creative Director Sarah Shepherd

Managing Editor | Graphic Designer Mike Roupas, Iowa ’10

Director of Media Relations | Senior Writer Justin Warren, SMU ’10

Director of Digital Media Sutton Jacobs, Wittenberg ’18

Publication Printer Royle Printing Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

In this third and final installment celebrating the magazine's 150th anniversary, our team decided to conclude the series by exploring the prior 928 issues – and highlight what we consider some of "the best of the best" since 1872.

A few things to keep in mind as you peruse the feature . . .

1) Captivating Covers – Initially attempting to select the five best covers of all 928, we found it nearly impossible given the variety of designs through the years. You'll see we've developed five different categories to organize the collection.

2) Thoughtful Topics – If highlighting the best covers of all time was tough, imagine selecting the "best" topics addressed throughout 85,000 pages. Among a litany of buried treasures, remember: The nine we selected are just a sampling of fantastic op-eds meant to invoke critical thinking across the Fraternity.

3) Words of Wisdom – Beta has been so blessed by masters of the English language. Thus, we found it irresistible not to include Seth Brooks' "Boy in the Window Seat" keynote from the 1976 General Convention (reprinted by the magazine that November). As an added treat, the Fraternity has digitized the original recording and made it available to all. So, do yourself a favor. Set aside 27 minutes, grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, and travel back in time to hear from one of Beta's all-time greatest orators.

4) Caring Contributors – This last and final spotlight is our team's attempt at giving Beta snaps to the men and women who have worked so hard through the years to document Beta history and reinforce for the masses what's so special about this Fraternity. Yes, this year's three issues have memorialized the magazine as an institution, including its own impact on the organization it serves. Focusing on historical evolution, forgotten stories and now, "the best of," may they stand the test of time and remind Betas long into the future of the magazine's important role helping preserve and shape Beta Theta Pi.

Sincerely and yours in ___kai___,

"In this third and final installment celebrating the magazine's 150th anniversary, our team highlights what we consider some of 'the best of the best' since 1872."

editor’s note

“I really enjoyed the 150th special editions of the magazine. Our [Fraternity] is doing a great job keeping the magazine current and interesting.”

— Gant Redmon, Illinois ’58 the inbox unfiltered feedback

magazine feedback

“Just wanted to compliment [the Fraternity] on the recent magazine. It’s the best we’ve ever published. Keep up the great work. It’s wonderful. Beta Theta Pi to the end!”

— Former General Secretary Jerry Blesch, Centre ’60

“Excellent issue of the magazine! I was, of course, particularly happy to see the article on the Wabash women who are brothers. ‘Aunt Jennie’ Blair is often said to have safeguarded the chapter’s papers during the Civil War. It should be said that the Wabash chapter was fully active during the Civil War. In the chapter’s soon-to-bepublished history (which I am editing), Jon Myers, Wabash ’81, explains the situation in great detail. I will forward a PDF to you when it is finalized. Thanks again for putting out such a great publication, time after time. -kai-” — G.B. Landrigan, Wabash ’85

“The latest edition of the magazine is OUTSTANDING. Great articles with interesting ‘unknowns,’ at least to me. _kai_,” — Dean Stalcup, Texas Tech ’71

“It would be smart to turn this into a book ... I would buy one!”

— Bob Geiser, Cal State, Chico ’88

“It was one of those serendipitous moments which occurred just this morning. A rainy Saturday found me lingering over an extra cup of coffee and completing the reading of the Anniversary Issue Part II of the Beta magazine. Thoroughly enjoyed each and every article.

Next activity was checking emails only to find the note from the General Secretary reminding me that on this day back in 1962 I became a Beta brother. This prompted checking my shingle (above) on the book shelves in the den and, sure enough, 61 years ago today I became a Beta! Many great memories came flooding back.” — Doug Doscher, Syracuse ’64

“In a show of extreme devotion to Beta Theta Pi, I painted two of the walls in my bedroom in the Beta house pink and the other two baby blue. Perhaps not what ‘my decorator’ would have chosen! -kai-,”— Ash Pipkin, North Carolina ’60

“I just got the new issue of The Beta Theta Pi. It is awesome. One of my favorites yet. As you can imagine, I especially like the story on the ‘Pink and Blue.’ Really great job.” — Eric Eickhoff, Ohio Wesleyan ’01

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memories are filled with fond brotherhood at ‘Mizzou!’ Always steadfastly loyal in ___kai___,” — Hank Robertson, Missouri ’51

“Thanks for the initiation anniversary email. It’s been a great ride for 75 years. Sorry all my pledge brothers are dead.” — Don Hindman, Indiana ’49

30 years and counting

“So many wonderful and critical roles, and always so helpful. Thank you!” — Ken Stephen, Toronto ’77

“Wow, Lulu. Congrats! They couldn’t survive without you!!!” — Nancy Douglas, Former Research Assistant

“Beyond all she does for the BTP, I can’t imagine the AO without 30 years of her well-timed, sarcastic comments.”— Mike Rodmaker, Cincinnati ’13

“Our Lulu is a very devoted and valuable employee ... and she’s my dear friend.”— Mary Tharp, Retired Office Manager

“We worship the ground Laura floats above!”—Martin Lewison, Columbia ’88

On March 22, the Fraternity celebrated the 30-year hiring anniversary of Director of Development Laura Lednik. Starting off in 1993 as a receptionist in the original Administrative Office at 208 East High Street, she quickly moved through the ranks, now overseeing the Foundation’s gift receipting and recognition processes, the Merit Scholarship Program and Beta’s inspiring brick walkways. The outpouring of love on social media was as captivating as her quick wit and humor.

On May 2, longtime Beta Foundation staff member Laura Lednik visited The Knolls of Oxford retirement community to present former Administrative Secretary Fred Brower, Miami ’50, with his Fraternal 75 pin. Now 95 years old, Fred was initiated on March 13, 1948.

“Lulu is absolutely legendary!” — Michael Schultz, Wichita State ’17

“You rock, Lulu!”

— Anne Haas, Former Director of Communication

“My work wife since 1997. Love you, Lulu! –Mr. Pitt.”

— Martin Cobb, Eastern Kentucky ’96

Foundation Staff Early ’00s Administrative Office 2006 General Convention 2014 Beta Walkway 1999

fraternity updates

2022-23 Recruitment Data Final; Expansions Locked for 2023-24

With 2,391 and 1,314 young men joining Beta last fall and this spring, respectively, the Fraternity is 8.8% off its all-time recruitment peak in 2015-16.

“Failure to Thrive” Cited in Bowling Green Closure

Fortunately, after years of collaboration with campus administrators, IFCs and area Beta alumni, the stage is set for four high-caliber expansions this fall (founding dates in parentheses): Rho Chapter at Northwestern University (1873); Beta Xi Chapter at Tulane (1908); Zeta Psi Chapter at Central Florida (2004); and a new chapter at Nebraska at Omaha. Visit recommend to refer young men to any of Beta’s 138 chapters.

Pipes Burst in Four Chapter Houses Over Winter Break

Record-breaking cold temperatures in December gripped nearly every region across North America. With chapter members and most house directors, cooks and cleaning staffs at home for winter break, regular activities and facility oversight were predictably reduced. As a result, Beta houses at Georgia, Idaho, Miami and Washington State all realized sizable insurance claims ($350,000 total) due to frozen pipes and water damage.

Citing the chapter’s inability to recruit and retain members in the wake of COVID-19, which followed shortly after the chapter’s reestablishment, on February 23 General Secretary John Stebbins, Emory ’92 , announced the disappointing decision to close the Delta Delta Chapter at Bowling Green State University. The charter will remain in care of the Board of Trustees.

$441,758 Raised During 2023 GDC

The Beta Foundation’s 2023 Giving Day Challenge set a new 24-hour(ish) Beta fundraising record March 8-9 by raising $441,758 for the Beta Leadership Fund. Under the banner of “1839,” for one day, eight hours and 39 minutes, 2,471 donors rallied in support of this year’s larger $1,250,000 BLF goal. Some $1,127,955 has been raised to date, with the fiscal year ending May 31.

Academic Year New Members 2015-16 4,061 2016-17 3,897 2017-18 3,781 2018-19 3,645 Academic Year New Members 2019-20 3,523 2020-21 2,681 (COVID-19) 2021-22 3,830 2022-23 3,705

chapter installation

beta events

June 2023

3 Oregon Installation Eugene, Oregon

3-7 Wooden Institute, Session 1

24-28 Wooden Institute, Session 2 Oxford, Ohio

August 2023

Charter Reinstated at George Mason University

Reestablished on the Fairfax, Virginia, campus in fall 2016, the Epsilon Mu Chapter was granted its charter by the 183rd General Convention in Atlanta on August 5. Certain to make the Installation Ceremony a grand affair, 102 brothers and guests united on campus at the Van Metre Hall Ballroom on April 15 for the ritual ceremony and celebration banquet. General Fraternity Trustee Willie Romero, UNLV ’95, served as the installing officer.

greek headlines

Sorority Students Sue Their International Organization Over Transgender Actions

Seven members of Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Wyoming have filed suit against their sorority’s leadership for pressuring the chapter to initiate a transgender woman. Asserting chapter leaders were not transparent during membership voting processes and dismissed internal concerns, and the international president issued unilateral guidance that side-stepped board of directors consent and a two-thirds majority vote at the biennial convention, the plaintiffs claim breach of contract for being deprived of the single-sex experience to which they committed.

Fraternity Man, “Fosbury Flop” High Jump Originator Succumbs to Cancer

Initially met with snickers and laughter for his abnormal method of clearing the high bar back first, former Oregon State track and field athlete Dick Fosbury, Theta Chi ’72, eventually earned the support of his coach and, maybe more importantly, a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics. Credited with the backwards approach that has now become standard – and renamed the “Fosbury Flop” – Dick was inducted into a multitude of athletic hall of fames prior to passing on March 12, 2023, due to recurrence of lymphoma.

3-6 184th General Convention Dallas, Texas

17 56th Annual Northeast Ohio Beta Steakout and Golf Outing Canton, Ohio

October 2023

14 Centre 175th Anniversary Danville, Ky.

28 Wabash 175th Anniversary Crawfordsville, Ind.

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New Study Finds Fraternity Men More Likely to Intervene in High Risk Situations

In a recent NIC Research Committee study that is moving toward publication in a peer-reviewed journal, Dr. Meghan Grace has found that fraternity men practice bystander intervention more effectively than their non-affiliated peers. Read more about this study and nine other research projects underway at


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lifelong brotherhood

May Takes Florida Atlantic to First-Ever Final Four

It’s a statement that, until March 25, seemed impossible to fathom: Florida Atlantic University is bound for the NCAA Final Four.

Of course, that’s exactly what happened after Head Coach Dusty May, Indiana ’00, led his No. 9 seed Owls to a 79-76 upset over the No. 3 seed Kansas State Wildcats at Madison Square Garden, securing the team’s first-ever East Regional Championship. It was quite a feat for a school that hadn’t won a single NCAA Tournament game prior to this year.

FAU was expected to finish fifth in the conference before their season began. With May at the helm, however, the team finished with a 35-4 record overall (18-2 in conference) and was undefeated at home, with its first-ever AP national ranking and Conference USA title.

For May to achieve this level of success in just five seasons with the program is nothing short of astonishing and made him the clear favorite for the 2023 Conference USA Coach of the Year.

Photo: USA TODAY Dusty May, Indiana ’00, has spent five years as head coach of the Florida Atlantic University Owls.

A | Broken Lizard Is Back at It

Betas may best know their Broken Lizard comedy troupe brothers from their “Super Troopers” fame, but the five men are reuniting for a new movie, “Quasi” – a live-action, “Monty Python”-style satire based on “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” The film is available now on Hulu.

B | “Well” Done!

The second concept by Chef Mitch Arens, Louisville ’06, The Well doesn’t have a theme or gimmick. Rather, it’s a self-described “friendly neighborhood patio bar” welcoming everyone in the downtown Covington, Kentucky, neighborhood with open arms.

C | Brandt Follows Ukrainian Footballers-Turned-Soldiers in NFL Network’s “Who If Not Us” Less than two months before headlining the NFL Network’s coverage of Super Bowl LVII, “Good Morning Football” Host Kyle Brandt, Princeton ’01, premiered “Who If Not Us” – a poignant documentary from NFL 360.

In the emotionally gripping film, Brandt follows members of the Ukrainian League of American Football who have further forged their bonds fighting together on the front lines against Vladimir Putin’s Russian regime. His interactions with the men and their families range from lighthearted video exchanges about their love for Tom Brady to tearful accounts of their fallen comrades and the challenges they face protecting their now-devastated homeland.

“It’s the most important, powerful and painful work I’ve ever done,” Brandt said. “I’m so proud of this.”

Watch now at

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Brick by (Beta) Brick

Husband, father and psychologist Andrew Schmidt, Connecticut ’04, moonlights as a LEGO architect. Consisting of about 37,000 pieces covering over 25 square feet of space, his first completed build of 2023 should look familiar to anyone filled with the Beta Spirit. “I was initiated 23 years ago and have cherished the memories and brotherhood that extended well beyond my time in college,” Schmidt said. “I shared many of those memories with my family as we built this around the kitchen table.” See the build in person August 3-6 at the 184th General Convention in Dallas.

D | Chapter Hall Dedications

In April, Ohio State’s chapter hall was named in honor of Joe Chinnici Jr., Ohio State ’64, (inset) for his over 50 years of service to the Theta Delta House Corporation. Joe’s son, Joe Chinnici III, Cincinnati ’92, and grandson, Jackson Chinnici, Ohio State ’25, (pictured left to right) accepted the honor on his behalf.

“Fifty years is a heck of a run,” Joe said. “I have enjoyed the ride and never considered it a chore.”

Similarly, in March the Gamma Omicron Chapter at the University of British Columbia announced a new name for its own chapter hall recognizing philanthropist Mac Bell ’04, for a recent $50,000 gift to the chapter’s house corporation.

E | Golf Podcast Tees Off

Alongside his co-host and Australian-born PGA Tour star Bruce Devlin, retired business executive Mike Gonzalez, Illinois ’77, is chronicling the lives of golf’s most accomplished and influential players in his new podcast, “Fore the Good of the Game.”

F | Caribbean Camaraderie

It was a Beta reunion in the U.S. Virgin Islands when former Administrative Office staff members (left to right) Wayne Huddleston, Texas at Arlington ’98; Billy Peterson, Michigan ’96; Tom Boscher, Wisconsin-Oshkosh ’97; and Ed O’Malley, Kansas State ’97; gathered in the paradise of St. Croix for a long weekend of brotherhood and relaxation.

G | Bravo, Brother

This winter, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma announced that Father Michael Pratt, Oklahoma State ’07, will soon begin serving as the vice-rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy.

H | ”We Own This City”

Casey Gomes, Maryland ’02, recently earned his first screen acting credit with a three-episode stint as Assistant U.S. Attorney Derek Hines in the HBO miniseries “We Own This City,” which premiered last summer and also stars Jon Bernthal.

I | Beta Takes Bulgaria

Undergraduate Commissioner

Jack Corby, Elon ’22, received the prestigious Fulbright Award last spring and is wrapping up his year abroad as an English teacher in Bulgaria.

J | Pirate Club Exec

Kenneth Blizzard, East Carolina ’82, was named to his alma mater’s Pirate Club Executive Committee, joining Brother Doug Gomes ’06, in fundraising for the athletics program.

K | Making Major Moves

Major League Baseball selected Nate Marko, Bethany ’19, for a Diversity Pipeline Program scholarship to attend the 12th annual Society for American Baseball Research Analytics Conference in Phoenix.

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"Brothers, all over this broad land are those who, separated by thousands of miles, are united in the bonds of Beta Theta Pi . . . How is that united purpose to be secured? Mainly by an active, full and accurate correspondence."

– 1871 letter from Washington and Lee presiding chapter to "sister chapters" advocating for cooperation in finally establishing a Beta magazine

hen a milestone like the 150th anniversary of The Beta Theta Pi magazine comes around, it's only natural for students of Beta history to reflect on the full body of work since 1872. Spanning some 85,000 pages over 928 issues, early editors worked by candlelight when pages were typeset by hand and photography in print was unheard of. Every generation of magazine architects has of course dealt with limitations, but their passion to deliver a quality publication that represents the dignity of the Fraternity has always been paramount. Its evolution has been incremental and measured, yet pioneering and progressive.

It's for those reasons that, in this final installment of a 3-part series celebrating the Greek world's oldest continuously published magazine, Beta's editorial team has chosen to conclude the milestone year in true birthday fashion: by recognizing some of "the best of the best" covers, topics, words of wisdom and contributors that have helped preserve and amplify Beta's unique culture of brotherhood.

Acknowledging beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and a noble attempt at avoiding presentism has been genuinely pursued, we encourage readers to enjoy the breadth and depth of coverage through the years. The Beta Theta Pi certainly continues to memorialize an awe-inspiring, beloved fraternity.


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"No other Beta institution approaches a total chronicle of the Fraternity's history as does The Beta Theta Pi magazine."

– Editor L.E. (Erv) Johnson, Idaho '53 First Full-time Director of Communication

According to a recent study of advertising and magazine specialists, 94% of first impressions are design related. Couple that with the old adage, "There is no such thing as a good magazine with a bad cover," and, well, there have certainly been some standouts through the years. Two have even recently been recognized as the Fraternity Communications Association's "Cover of the Year."

Explore these captivating covers and related articles at


Dragon Solidifies Iconic Beta Symbol

October 1883

Following an 1874 griffin-branded ad for Beta notepaper, Beta's now familiar dragon first headlines The Beta Theta Pi.

Art Discovered in Beta House Attic

Fall 1979

Stumbled upon in the chapter house attic, sketches of famous artist George Bellows, Ohio State 1905, are featured in an on-campus exhibit.

Holusion Inventors Strike it Rich

Spring 1994

Texas at Arlington brothers and Holusion inventors Michael Bielinski '86, and Paul Herber '88, create a custom 3D coat of arms cover.

Are Bluto's 15 Minutes (Finally) Up?

Spring 2004

Teasing an epicly sarcastic article, "Debating Idiot Greek Logic," Animal House's Bluto is lampooned as a tired fraternity stereotype.

Is 2.5 Good Enough?

Spring 2006

Featuring custom art with apple peel remnants forming a 2.5, the magazine prompts debate about increasing Beta's leading GPA standard.

Secrecy in Beta Theta Pi

Spring 2007

A necessity in 1839, as expulsion was the only alternative for belonging to a fraternity, the role of secrecy in a modern society is challenged.

This is About Brotherhood

Spring 2014

Listing majority findings on what became a particularly controversial cover, the editorial team explores Beta's first student demographic study.

A Fraternity's 7 Deadly Sins

Spring 2019

Framed through the ancient "seven deadly sins" lens, a Dayton-area sketch artist helps depict the factors that often lead to a chapter's demise.

Changing Face of the College Campus

Spring 2020

Named FCA's 2020 "Cover of the Year," five racially distinct Beta students unite in a photo shoot and talk with the editor about diversity.

Unmasked: The Secret Identities of Beta Catchphrases

Fall 2021

DC and Marvel Comic illustrator Tom Nguyen personifies the roots of eight legendary Beta catchphrases.

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Gunsmoke's Matt Dillon

February 1958

James Arness, Beloit '46, CBS's 5-time Emmy-winning Gunsmoke lead actor, is encircled by his chapter for a great "Beta Yell."

Astronaut Allen in Orbit

Winter 1983

Becoming Beta's second astronaut behind Paul Weitz, Penn State '54, Joe Allen, DePauw '59, orbits aboard Space Shuttle Columbia.


Lugar Named Men of Principle Spokesman

Spring 1999

Beta's new Men of Principle initiative signs on revered Senator Dick Lugar, Denison '54, as its spokesman.

The Bright Knight: Remembering Adam West

Winter 2018

Named FCA's 2018 "Cover of the Year," Beta memorializes its true Batman, Adam West, Whitman '51.

Sondheim: Father of the Modern Musical Dies at 91 Winter 2022

Writing his first musical living in the Beta house, Stephen Sondheim, Williams '50, is remembered as an industry giant.

First American to Break 4-Min. Mile

October 1957

1956 Olympian and 1957 NCAA Champion Donald Bowden, UC Berkeley '58, becomes the first American to break the 4-minute mile.

Rose Wins Gold at 1956 Olympics

June 1958

The Mark Spitz and Michael Phelps of his day, Murray Rose, Southern California '62, becomes the winningest Olympic swimmer of all-time.

Wooden Wins 10th Championship

September 1975

Remembering tablewaiting chores at the Beta house to make money, UCLA Coach John Wooden, Purdue '32, retires after historic career.

All-Time, All-Pro Beta Football Team

Fall 1985

The magazine assembles Beta's all-time, all-pro team, led by San Francisco '49ers' 1985 Super Bowl champion Keith Fahnhorst, Minnesota '74.

Mike Schmidt, Baseball's Best Winter 1987

Mike Schmidt, Ohio '71, the greatest third baseman of all time, earns three National League MVPs and 1980 World Series MVP.


Wartime Touch at Cornell

May 1943

As World War II rages on, military training on campuses becomes commonplace, like at Cornell University in New York.

Major McGuire, Beta Ace

May 1945

Killed in combat over the Philippines, the U.S.'s leading air ace Tom McGuire, Georgia Tech '46, eventually receives the Medal of Honor.


Texas at Arlington's Heroes for Hope

Spring 1993

Dressed as superheroes, Texas at Arlington Betas brighten the spirits of terminally ill kids in Dallas and Fort Worth.

Beyond the Boardroom

Summer 2019

As not all Beta legends are Fortune 500 executives, the magazine explores five brothers who are used to avoiding the spotlight.

On the Front Lines in Ukraine

Spring 2022

Immersed in the theatre of war, Fox News Foreign Correspondent Trey Yingst, American '16, sits down with The Beta Theta Pi.

A Yale Chapter Scene

April 1942

Yale Betas surround their piano in the chapter house, symbolizing one of the Singing Fraternity's greatest traditions.

Trustees Lead 400 into 119th Banquet

November 1958

At the 1958 closing banquet, tux-wearing Trustees lead 400 in song during the Convention-favorite Marching Line.

Beta Loving Cups

June 1960

The 50th anniversary Loving Cup presented to Founder Knox and Isabell headlines a feature about unique Cups owned by chapters across Beta's Broad Domain.

Beta's Beautiful Badges

Spring 1984

Arguably one of the Greek world's most beautiful symbols, custom Beta badges take center stage and shine in their own inherent luster.

The Beta Flag Turns 100

Fall 2002

The Beta flag's centennial anniversary creates a perfect opportunity to celebrate its 1902 adoption over prior "dismal failures."

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"The editors made the magazine a success. The chapter letters were full, the editorials interesting and the personal column spicy."

Cemented as official magazine policy during its 1872 inception and reaffirmed in 1884, content in The Beta Theta Pi is to be strictly related to the Fraternity – member and chapter achievements and issues affecting local chapters and the General Fraternity. For a fraternity that prides itself on devotion to the cultivation of the intellect and the reputation as a "thinking organization," an array of stimulating topics have anchored the magazine through the decades – often to critical acclaim and, yes, sometimes controversy.

Dive into these thoughtful topics at

Kill or Nurse Small, Weak Chapters?

November 1883

The age old question about chapter health and whether to support or eliminate viably questionable chapters surfaces in a multi-issue, early 1880s magazine debate.

Religion and Secret Societies

April 1884

An editorial by Solon Louer, Western Reserve 1886, advocates for "strict neutrality" in terms of religion in the Fraternity given so many members' divergent beliefs.

Darkness and Light

Spring 1993

In one of the most persuasive narratives imaginable, B. Hume Morris, Centre '68, dares hazers to stand by their convictions: conduct your actions in the light of day.

Secrecy in Beta Theta Pi

Spring 2007

Secrecy has long been a part of fraternity life but, in the absence of the 1800s conditions that necessitated it, does it do more harm than good some 200 years later?

New Age Addictions

Spring 2013

Acknowledged as risky, the magazine investigates emerging addictions: cell phones and online pornography. Pushback was intense, but not from the audience first anticipated.

Just One of the Guys

Spring 2016

Following the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, the editorial team sits down with gay Beta Drew Allensworth, Oklahoma '15, and the brothers who love him.

A Part of Our Story

Spring 2018

Designated Beta's "second darkest hour" alongside the Civil War, the magazine takes an unvarnished view of the hazing death of Penn State new member Tim Piazza '19.

The Silent Issue

Winter 2020

With male depression at an all-time high, the editorial staff explores the stories of five Betas who died by suicide the prior year – and how the Fraternity can help others.

The Cannabis Conundrum

Winter 2021

Canada legalized cannabis in 2018 and two-thirds of Americans support doing so today. Yet mixed messages and inconsistent laws continue to leave campuses in a haze.

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"President Shepardson placed the magazine on a very high plane ... making it representative of the finest and best in Beta Theta Pi. Our goal is to maintain the same high standards."


Most Betas are unaware that Willis O. Robb's iconic "Beta Spirit" quote actually originated in a 1905 New York alumni banquet speech, "The Beta of the Future." It is representative of so many inspiring addresses and essays published in the magazine through the years, underscoring the universal applicability of Beta values and living life as a man of principle.


Routinely featured at the closing banquet – the most prominent speaking role of each Convention, Beta Great Seth R. Brooks delivered in 1976 what many consider his most inspiring keynote address ever.

Listen to Seth's original words of wisdom from 1976 at

ur Fraternity has many treasures. I have a great many of them collected over the years, but all of us have some of the treasures in common. The Badge we wear, our Coat of Arms, the Flag, The Code, the Ritual. But there is another treasure about which I would speak and I have never heard it spoken of at a Convention or Beta gathering. It is a very unique treasure and you will find it in the front of Son of the Stars, our pledge manual. It is a picture which comes from that old and great Kenyon chapter. Let me describe it for you.

It is a picture of many years ago. It shows a young man sitting in a window seat. Beside him is a student lamp, an hourglass and books. His face is turned toward the pane. Dimly in the distance you see the towers of alma mater. It is night. And piercing the black canopy of the sky shining forth with radiance are three stars. They are the Beta stars. The name of the picture is "The Boy In The Window Seat."

It is one of my favorite pictures. The Kenyon chapter years ago sent me a framed copy. But, as I look at that picture I realize that every Beta is that boy in the window seat. You and I are the boy in the window seat. My theme for this Convention keynote is a question. "What does the boy in the window seat see in the light of the radiance of the Beta stars?"

He looks out. He sees Oxford town. It is 1839. The Republic was only 63 years old. Oxford was not a frontier town, but it was a place from which many went forth with their dreams of fame and fortune in an expanding and opening west. A small college had begun in Oxford, Ohio with the building of Old Main, later Harrison Hall. That name was to live for a long time for in that Hall something remarkable and memorable happened.

The boy in the window seat looks out again and he sees eight young men. It is the night of August 8, 1839. They have

come up under the elms and the stars are out. It is nearly 10 o'clock at night. They go up into Harrison Hall. They are our Founders, "of ever honored memory." They must have been exemplary young men. I've looked at their pictures often. I've read about them. I’ve thought about them. They surely had vision. They had ideals so sound that they have endured to this night. But, the remarkable thing was they were cemented together by friendships which they believed could last through life and by enduring fidelity each to the other.

The boy looks out and he sees the growing academic world and what an experience it was to watch how rapidly in this new nation these small colleges, church schools, seminaries, academies and universities sprang up. The boy watches with the greatest eagerness as to these new colleges this Fraternity carries its message to the lives and hearts of young men.

He looks again and it is now a remarkable period in the history of this Fraternity. It is between 1860 and 1920, and it has been said that in those years we probably in this Fraternity had our pick of the cream of the crop in the American colleges where we had chapters. Some years ago I met a woman. There were no Betas in her family and it is an interesting thing that I mention this in the state of Indiana. In talking, she found out that I was a Beta and she said, "Well, when I grew up in Indianapolis, I always believed the greatest honor that could come to any man in college in Indiana was to become a Beta." That is the reputation we had. That is the reputation the boy in the window seat came to know.

As he looked out he continued to see a galaxy of leaders. No fraternity has ever had such a galaxy. I can mention only a few — J. Cal Hanna, Willis O. Robb, Francis Sisson, Francis W. Shepardson, James L. Gavin, Bill Dawson — and the list is long.

He looks out and he sees the Silver Grays. Let me speak to you young men here tonight and ask you not to go away without realizing these Beta alumni. They are the Silver Grays. They have come from hundreds of miles — 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 years have passed by, but tonight they still have the fire and enthusiasm of the Fraternity in their hearts. They are the vital Betas that they were on campuses long, long ago. I have been to so many alumni banquets, to so many house dedications, to so many anniversaries; I've lived with the Silver Grays. I know them well — hundreds of them across our Broad Domain. I can give my testimony that they are the finest men I've ever known. Outstanding men of achievement, accomplishment, attainment, are the Silver Grays of our Fraternity.

He looks out and he sees a grim scene. He sees boys in blue and gray killing one another. But still the Fraternity goes on through those horrible years of our civil strife. He sees the Betas of Canada and the Betas of the United States in World War I and World War II, many of them laying down their lives. We hold their names in "ever honored memory." "They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. With the going down of the sun and in the morning we shall remember them."

He looks out and sees the figure of Francis Wayland Shepardson, who for more than a quarter of a century was the leading fraternity figure in this country. Almost all fraternities and sororities turned to this remarkable man for his guidance, leadership, genius, selfless loy-

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"Every Beta is that boy in the window seat ... But what does the boy in the window seat see?"

alty to the fraternity system. He was one of the great molders, shapers, builders of Beta Theta Pi and even to this day wherever I go men say to me, "You knew Shep, didn't you?" I say, "Yes." "Well, I shook his hand" or "He was at my Initiation" come from the questioners. Few men I have ever known in life have left such a tremendous impression upon the lives of others as did Shep. When he died we wondered what to do, but others like G. Herb Smith, Cliff Gregg, Bert Bennett and Ed Brown came along, and this amazing line of leadership has ever proceeded and the boy in the window seat has watched it.

He looked out from the window seat and he saw William Raimond Baird, the man I think knew more about the American college fraternity system than any other man who ever lived. A man who was really a genius in his life. A man who made such mighty contributions to our Fraternity and a great contribution to the entire fraternity world with his memorable Baird's Manual.

As he sits there in the window seat he hears, as you heard tonight, the Beta songs — James Taft Hatfield's “O Beta, thou are ever glorious." He hears Horace Lozier's "Oh, start the loving cup around, nor pass a brother by; we all drink from the same canteen in Beta Theta Pi." He hears Ken Rogers — “When stars are hiding, and the moon is nowhere in the sky; And clouds are riding, and there's no light to guide you by; If you're a Beta, all along the way, the Beta stars will make your darkness day; For light or darkness, shine the stars of Beta Theta Pi."

He looks out at our Beta Conventions. What remarkable gatherings they are. Think of us here, nearly 500 strong tonight. I urge you young men to see these Beta families come together, see these wives dedicated to this Fraternity, see these children. Come to know these alumni. We hear the speeches and the

songs, and follow the business. I will guarantee you will turn away from this Convention with an experience you will never forget as long as you live, for there is nothing quite like a Beta Convention.

The boy looks out and he sees our great Beta athletes on playing fields and courts. He sees our great Beta scholars in the classroom, many of them Rhodes Scholars, Phi Beta Kappas, Sigma Xis. He sees the long list of Betas, the longest of any fraternity in Who's Who in America. He looks at the General Fraternity and he is amazed to think that this remarkable thing has grown up out of the humble origin of eight young men. For this General Fraternity is an amazing organization. It is so simple, for one thing. We have no grand titles, no ornaments; we don't wear headgear and march around and parade.

We do not bow before this and bow before that. We come together as mature, grown men acting in a mature way. We have the organization of our districts. We're governed not by men but by a Code. We have officers. We have district chiefs who give their time, but we have the democratic process. And we move around; we do not stay in office forever. We get out, and other men just as

good as we are follow us. And that's the strength of our Fraternity. Always the infusion of new life, new ideas, new spirit, new guidance and direction.

The boy looks out and he sees Oxford. A hundred years have gone by and 1,000 Betas march down the main street of old Oxford town. He sees it 25 years later when beneath the stars on a gorgeous night we dedicate a bronze plaque on the Campanile saying that here Betas came together 125 years later to rededicate themselves to the ideals of the Founders. He sees the Campanile, and he listens as the Beta Bells peal across the campus every 15 minutes through day and into the night. He sees the Administrative Office. He remembers the great work of Ralph and Bonnie Fey, Fred and Mary Jane Brower, Ron and Lou Helman, Pete and Ann Barnhart, and the wonderful ladies in the office there over the years.

The boy in the window seat looks out and he sees that this Fraternity has been made up of men of character. Some years ago I talked with an old Indiana Beta who had been a man of international fame. He said to me, "You know, I've kept alive over all these years my interest in the Fraternity because I think it is an organization marked by one thing above

Seth delivers "The Boy in the Window Seat" at the 137th General Convention in 1976.

all else — character. And there is no place in our Fraternity for men who do not believe in character." As Hugh Stephenson told you, I was a lad of 18 when I attended my first Convention in Swampscott, Massachusetts. The thing I remember to this night, extending over all the years, is the first impression I got as I entered that hall was these men of dignity, these great men who were leading our Fraternity in that day. One of the Chiefs was talking to me the other day about Bing Baily. I said Bing Baily typified what so many men in this Fraternity have — refinement. He was a man of culture, and that has always played a large part in our history. And we've had another thing in this Fraternity — concern for one another. I can tell you young men some of the most touching stories you could ever hear about Betas who have travelled hundreds and thousands of miles to see some of their Beta brothers who have been ill or dying. It has been a story of concern for one another over the years.

Now, Beta Theta Pi — let me lay this on the line — isn't just for anyone; and when you come up to pledge season, remember that. Beta Theta Pi is for those who truly walk in the light and radiance of the Beta Stars. We have no place for cheap people. We have no place for people who do not uphold and appreciate our ideals. We have never believed in second- or third-raters. We are a superior society and association of men. We believe in that, and on that we have built it over the years. In the Old Testament there is a statement that challenges us. Joshua said to his men, "Thou art a great people and hast great power." He was not flattering them, cajoling them, puffing them up. He was saying this, because you are a great people and have great power, you have great responsibility and much is expected of you. And I say to you, we are a great people, and we have great power, and because of it much is expected of us and much we must do.

Before I come to the conclusion of these remarks, may I say something very, very personal to the undergraduates. Perhaps some of you may think I am overstepping in what I say. But, I will accept the challenge and say it unafraid and take whatever criticism may come.

I know not what fields of life you will enter, but if it is the field of politics and government, I would urge you as Betas, Canadians, Americans, young men of your generation, to have courage, will, spirit, character to go out and make government what it should be: the servant of the people and state. To keep it above dishonesty, disgrace, indecency, graft, conniving and all the things that can bring ruin upon a free people blest by freedom.

with money. Be truthful in your dealings. Make your word as good as your bond. Never sell out. Know that there is nothing more sacred in life than to go to your grave with the realization that you have been an honest, truthful, good man, no matter how poor materially you may be.

And if you go into the church, synagogue, or temple, I urge you to know that religion is life. It is of the soul of man, it is of the spirit. It is not a charade, a fad, a wrinkle. It is not something that can be distorted. "What doth the Lord require of thee but to do justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with thy God." That is religion. "To visit the widows and the orphans in their afflictions and to keep oneself unspotted from the world." That is religion, pure and undefiled.

"We have no place for cheap people. We have no place for people who do not uphold and appreciate our ideals. We have never believed in second- or third-raters."

If you go into the field of education or teaching, I urge you to have the courage to see that that sacred relation of teacher and student be kept inviolate. To see that the business of education is to learn how to behave usefully, nobly and wisely. Education is something so sacred to the human mind and spirit that it must be kept upon the highest pedestal and never defiled.

I urge you, if you go into the arts, to see that they are not degraded, twisted and distorted into something they were never meant to be. Keep them pure, keep them true to the highest ideal of beauty, glory and honor, and the inward mystery of life that has created the noblest in art.

If you go into business, I urge you to be brave and courageous enough to be honest

And I urge you in your family and personal life to wear your badge, something that may inspire you to honor your family and always bring honor to your own good name.

The boy in the window seat looks down on us tonight. He has looked down for 137 years. But, each of us is the boy in the window seat, and in 10, 20, 30, 40 years, other boys in the window seat will look back to this night. And they will ask, "How did those Betas of that day do what they did? How did they prove to be so true to their ideals, to hold high the torch, and to carry it forward in the long illustrious line?"

So, I urge you to hold on to the brotherhood that has been so sacred to so many, to the ideals that have been anchors in so many lives. “O Beta, thou are ever glorious." Let us be able to say that. Let us believe it. And let us remember, as we enter upon this Convention, that we are a great people, and we have great power. And to whomever much is given, of him will much be required. Much has been given to me, thank God, because I became a member of this association long, long ago. I trust I shall not be wanting in that which is required of me.

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"Masonry and Oddfellowship have their friends and supporters. Let our fraternity have its lovers."

– Supreme Court Justice William B. Woods, Western Reserve 1845, in a December 9, 1843, letter to James Brown, Miami 1844

The long illustrious line of men and women who have labored out of love for Beta Theta Pi is legendary. So, too, is the 150-year magazine effort to keep Betas and chapters connected to an organization that is historic, acclaimed and, above all else, purposeful. As the Fraternity consistently affirms The Beta Theta Pi's unique role to inform, inspire and entertain, we must also say "thank you" and "job well done" to her editors and magazine staff. Their love for a Great and Good Fraternity lives on in the annals of Beta lore.


John I. Covington,* Miami 1870 1879-82

* In the magazine's first 20 years, a revolving committee of editors changed frequently as the publication matured and took hold in Beta culture. In the 130 years that have followed, Beta has been blessed with men who have made extensive, multi-year commitments to help tell the Beta story.


Dan Whitt, Bowling Green '94 Assistant Editor 1994-97

Jack Carter-North, Miami '67 Assistant Editor


Anne Haas

Asst. Editor; Dir. of Communication 1997-2001; 2001-05

Shane Fletcher, South Florida ’96 Assistant Editor


Sarah Shepherd Graphic Designer; Creative Director 2005-Present

MacGregor Hill, William & Mary '04 Associate Director of Communication 2005-07

Steve Brylski, Virginia Tech ’06 Associate Editor


Robert Umstadter, San Jose State '05 Director of Digital Media 2007-15

Alex Hammel, Florida '08 Associate Editor 2008-10

Geoff Lewis, UCLA '09 Associate Editor 2010-12

Tim Herrmann, Dayton '10 Associate Editor 2010-11

Jenna Noah Graphic Designer 2011-14

Mike Roupas, Iowa '10 Managing Editor; Graphic Designer 2011-Present

Tom Martin, Loyola Marymount '08 Associate Editor 2012

Kyle Grand, Wabash '11 Associate Director of Communication 2012-15

Sarah Dunaway Graphic Designer 2014-15

Justin Warren, SMU '10 Senior Writer; Dir. of Media Relations


Mike Rodmaker, Cincinnati '13 Director of Digital Media


Jackson Chambers Director of Digital Media


Sutton Jacobs Director of Digital Media


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Charles Duy Walker,* VMI 1869 1872-74 Gordon S. Smyth, Pennsylvania 1918 1931-41 K. Warren (Spig) Fawcett, Minnesota 1926 1968-76 Thad Byrne, Washington State 1925 1942-51 John R. (Jack) McClung, Kansas State '37 1976-1992 Willis O. Robb,* Ohio Wesleyan 1879 1878-79; 1882-85 Columbus S. Barber, West Virginia 1920 1951-55 L. E. (Erv) Johnson,^ Idaho '53 1992-2001 William Raimond Baird, Stevens 1878 1893-1917 Robert T. (Bob) Howard, DePauw '37 1955-63 Thomas C. Olver,^ Central Michigan '98 2001-2009 Francis W. Shepardson, Denison 1882 1917-1931 Robert H. (Bob) Kurz, Miami '58 1964-68 L. Martin Cobb,^ Eastern Kentucky '96 2009-Present ^ Editors Johnson, Olver and Cobb also served as chief communication officers on the Administrative Office staff.

silencing stress

Feeling stressed is nothing new, but for many in modern society it is increasingly becoming a way of life. Approximately 60% of respondents in a 2022 Ipsos survey said stress affected their daily lives at least once in the past year. That means many Betas out there – those still facing down final exams, young professionals getting their first taste of independence, parents doing their best to provide for a family, or empty nesters and retirees attempting to make the best of their golden years – could benefit from learning how to better navigate and cope with their anxieties.

Here are eight tips from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to get started …

1. Disconnect from news outlets and social media platforms (Especially those that inundate you with upsetting stories or posts.)

2. Breathe, stretch or meditate

3. Exercise regularly

4. Avoid drugs and alcohol (They may seem to help but they actually increase stress and can create other problems.)

5. Get plenty of sleep

6. Talk to others (Perhaps a Beta brother, parent, friend or doctor.)

7. Make time to unwind and spend time doing activities you enjoy

8. Recognize when you need more help (If problems continue or you are thinking about suicide, talk to a psychologist, social worker or professional counselor.)

Remember: Helping others cope with stress in-person or through phone or video calls is a great way to show mutual aid and assistance, but you can only take care of others if you’ve first taken care of yourself.

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

cut and polishedrefining men of principle

Help a young man begin his Beta journey.

gave our order birth, pure and lasting as the earth.
— “There’s A Scene”
Pictured: Butler Betas in Panama City Beach

Reported alongside a quantitative 2022-23 chapter performance review of academics, leadership, recruitment and advisor support, all 138 chapters reflect on highlights from this academic year.

Baylor Sings Loud and Proud

An original production of “Man or a Mathlete” for the All-University Sing — a 70-year tradition at Baylor — has been the primary focus of Delta Psi Chapter brothers since well before their performances this spring term. The chapter’s return to Sing after four years was highly anticipated by brothers and friends, and their hard work truly paid off as more than 13,000 show-goers cheered them on in support.

Baylor brothers have proudly carried on their university’s traditions all year. In the fall, the chapter’s Pompeii-themed homecoming float — complete with a steaming volcano and brothers in togas — won first place for its classification.

chapter reports your alma mater


ΔΘ | Tuscaloosa, Ala. | Est. 1965

Jake Arnold ’24

2.93 | 3.00 1 | 6 61/172 | 48 9 | 8

The Delta Theta Chapter excelled in its philanthropic efforts, raising thousands of dollars and putting in countless hours. Along with that, we had five members selected to be in Order of Omega honor society. Finally, our brotherhood has remained incredibly strong despite our large chapter size.


HΠ | Washington, D.C. | Est. 2017 Jackson Shostak ’23

3.34* | NR 5 | 7 12/28 | 11 5 | 5

The state of the Eta Pi Chapter is strong! This semester we successfully initiated seven brothers, attended conferences, completed lots of community service and are now on Good Standing with the General Fraternity for the first time in three years. Congrats to our graduating brothers: Jackson Shostak, Joe Smieya, Jason Pillemer and Kyle Dopke!

Appalachian State New Chapter | Boone, N.C. Grayson Lyons ’24

2.93* | 3.07 6 | NA 37/33 | NA 8 | NA

The Appalachian State chapter is proud to announce we have achieved the highest GPA on our campus. We have made great achievements in philanthropy with over $500 raised thus far, with even more philanthropy events to come. Our mountain formal was held in April.


HM | Fayetteville, Ark. | Est. 2016 Cooper Michalski ’24

3.11 | NR 9 | 15 89/198 | 49 8 | 6

The chapter proudly earned the IFC Award of Excellence and Outstanding Commitment to Community Service. Our own Andrew Zurborg ’15, won Outstanding Advisor for the third year in a row and Maguire Cameron ’24, won Outstanding Junior. We held a fantastic Mom’s Day that raised over $7,000 for philanthropy.


ΔΨ | Waco, Texas | Est. 1980 Rogelio (Ben) Gonzalez ’24

3.33 | NR 10 | 8 15/47 | 16 5 | 5

The Delta Psi Chapter excelled this last semester with the recruitment of a great 12-man class, an amazing reception from the student body for our first All-University Sing act in four years and chapter-wide excitement for holding our first philanthropy event since 2019.


Ψ | Bethany, W.Va. | Est. 1860 Parker Meyer ’24

NR | NR 2 | 6 8/38 | 16 8 | 6

This term we introduced new advisors and are so excited to be working with them. We also received the Best Philanthropy Award for our annual Wingfest event. In addition, we worked with our alumni to raise money for house renovations. We are extremely grateful!

Boise State

New Chapter | Boise, Idaho Julian Lancaster ’25

2.79 | 3.12 9 | NA 22/48 | NA 6 | NA

At Boise State, we have made great progress as a new chapter. We currently have a chapter-high GPA and are growing fast with around 50 members. We look forward to seeing both of these numbers continue to increase!

British Columbia

ΓΟ | Vancouver, B.C. | Est. 1936 Bradley Cooper ’23

3.37* | NR 3 | 5 25/49 | 20 7 | 6

This year, the Gamma Omicron Chapter added 18 bright new members and excelled in sports and philanthropy. We won the hockey and flag football intramural championships and raised over $35,000 in our Drop the Puck fundraiser, which is a philanthropy hockey game against Phi Delta Theta.


AΨ | Indianapolis, Ind. | Est. 1878 Trenton Harrison ’24

3.37 | 3.26 5 | 11 16/52 | 16 9 | 8

This past year, the chapter helped the Indianapolis community through hundreds of hours of service. Brothers completed medicine kits for Overdose Lifeline, planted trees across the neighborhood, hosted a successful philanthropy week and fundraised for the National MS Society’s walkathon. Our brothers are proud of these achievements.

Cal Poly ΕΔ | San Luis Obispo, Calif. | Est. 1986 Griffen Guizan ’24

3.18 | 3.08 14 | 8 33/111 | 39 7 | 5

The brothers of the Epsilon Delta Chapter of Beta Theta Pi in San Luis Obispo had an exciting quarter, holding our annual alumni weekend and the inaugural Kicks for K9s philanthropy event, raising money for Wood’s Humane Society.

Carleton ΕΥ | Ottawa, Ont. | Est. 1991 Malcolm Duncan ’24

3.25 | NR 8 | 7 6/22 | 14 8 | 7

This semester, the brothers of the Epsilon Upsilon Chapter excelled in Greek relations and philanthropy, winning the Ottawa-wide Greek Hockey Tournament and placing second out of all fraternities in the Relay for Life cancer fundraiser with $3,500 in donations raised.

2022-23 All-Beta Chapter performance average

Each chapter’s individual performance is listed in its chapter report and matches this key’s color coding:



NA = Chapter re/established within last three years

* = Chapter only reported GPA for one term

The all-chapter GPA represents 86% of chapters that reported grades for at least one term as of 4/27/23. Leadership program graduate counts are lower due to canceled programs because of the pandemic.

All-Chapter GPA Campus AMA: 3.17 7 Leadership Program Graduates Prev. 3-Year Avg: 22
New Men Pledged/ Chapter Size Prev. 3-Year NMP Avg: 25 7 Advisory Team Members Prev. 3-Year Avg: 7
= Campus or chapter did not report as of 4/27/23


Case Western Reserve

ΛΚ-Β | Cleveland, Ohio | Est. 1979

Β- Est. 1841; ΛΚ- Est. 1905) Max Wild ’24 |

3.58 | 3.47 13 | 8 12/27 | 7 7 | 8

The entire Lambda Kappa-Beta Chapter visited Oxford last fall for initiation and to take in all of the notable Beta sites. We look forward to a great 2023 and all of the opportunities it will bring us.

Central Michigan

ΕΓ | Mount Pleasant, Mich. | Est. 1985

Elwood Kyle ’24

NR | NR 11 | 10 24/72 | 25 9 | 8

We hosted a successful philanthropy event at the end of April to benefit Operation Enduring Warrior. We had a great time participating in this year’s Greek Week and Mock Rock with Alpha Chi Omega. Greek life raised over $50,000 this year.


Ε | Danville, Ky. | Est. 1848

Phillip-Michael D. Collins ’25

3.49 | 3.09 9 | 11 21/73 | 22 18 | 11

For the first time in many years, we traveled to the Hall of Chapters this spring for our Initiation Ceremony. We have begun to digitize and transcribe roughly 50 years of chapter minutes. The 175th Anniversary of Epsilon will be celebrated on October 14, and we couldn’t be more excited!


HΘ | Orange, Calif. | Est. 2015

Benjamin Kanter ’24

3.22* | 3.31 11 | 8 44/91 | 35 7 | 5

The Eta Theta Chapter has seen great success this year. In the fall, we took the largest new member class in Eta Theta history with 35 members. Despite the growing size of the chapter, the brotherhood has never been closer and we are excited to continue building on that momentum.


ΒΝ | Cincinnati, Ohio | Est. 1840 Mark McKinley ’24

3.35 | 3.27 11 | 9 55/126 | 37 7 | 5

This past winter break, 20 Beta Nu brothers made it out to Breckenridge, Colorado, for our annual ski trip! Typically anywhere from 20 to 40 brothers make the trip. We look forward to the Beta Nu chapter house breaking ground soon on a $5 million renovation.


ΔΝ | Clemson, S.C. | Est. 1970 Wilkes Smith ’25

3.27 | 3.17 2 | 6 32/117 | 33 3 | 4

This semester, the Delta Nu Chapter continued its campus involvement in a variety of ways. From participating in philanthropy events like Night to Shine – a prom for people with special needs – to being runner-up in the best intramural basketball division, our brothers made the most out of every opportunity.


ΒΘ | Hamilton, N.Y. | Est. 1880 Jason Chapis ’24

3.47 | NR 3 | 7 19/50 | 17 8 | 7

The boys started the semester strong and are riding high after an exciting end to the intramural basketball season with a stellar performance in the championship. We look forward to what comes ahead with some great philanthropy events in the works.


ΒΤ | Boulder, Colo. | Est. 1900 Mark Flanigan ’25

3.18* | 3.06 7 | 10 16/35 | 13 7 | 7

In their first school year since rechartering, the men of the Colorado chapter took their next major step by securing a larger and more centrally located house for the following year. Bright days to come for Beta Tau!

Colorado Mines

ΒΦ | Golden, Colo. | Est. 1908 Creighton Werner ’24

NR | NR 4 | 8 30/83 | 29 7 | 7

We initiated 12 new members this semester, making a total of 27 for the year. We hosted our Men Against Violence Fun Run philanthropy event with the Sexual Assault Prevention Office on campus and co-hosted other small events throughout the semester. We are planning an alumni event for next fall!

Colorado State

EK | Fort Collins, Co. | Est. 1988 Kyle Jager ’25

3.01* | 2.94 6 | NA 14/11 | NA 8 | NA

The Epsilon Kappa Chapter is off to a great restart, recruiting 11 refounding fathers. As the semester comes to a close, we are proud of our members for their efforts in Fraternity/ Sorority Fest as well as their dedication to supporting Be The Match.

Columbia ΑΑ | New York, N.Y. | Est. 1881 Ray Forman ’25

3.74* | NR 5 | 7 27/68 | 20 6 | 5

This semester, the brothers of Alpha Alpha have worked hard to overhaul our New York City brownstone with a series of house projects that have brought new life to our common spaces. Some upcoming chapter events include an upstate brotherhood retreat, a philanthropic music festival and a spring alumni banquet.


ΖΧ | Storrs, Conn. | Est. 2004 Matthew Figliola ’24

3.11* | NR 2 | 8 16/48 | 21 2 | 4

We’ve hosted many successful social and philanthropic events, which have benefited us as a fraternity and our chapter-specific philanthropy group, the USO. We’ve been able to expand our campus-wide presence, creating a positive impact on us as a chapter.


beta stars | elon university

Can’t Beat This Keeper | Wells Masterson, Elon ’26, was named Rookie of the Year for the Atlantic Coast Collegiate Hockey League. In his first year in goal, he showed off a .944 save percentage and a 6-1-1 record. He and Brother Mason Esworthy ’25, led the Phoenix to the program’s first-ever playoff berth, defeating the top team in the league on their way to the semifinals.


ΒΔ | Ithaca, N.Y. | Est. 1879

Gbedasso Pitang ’25

NR | NR 1 | 8 10/34 | 14 12 | 10

The Cornell chapter continues to thrive with 10 new members this semester, one of the highest GPAs, and a diverse group of principled men. Our brothers demonstrate strong leadership in a variety of clubs and are involved in exciting events, ranging from modeling shows to musical performances to academic presentations.


HI | Omaha, Neb. | Est. 2015

Danny Akkad ’24

3.60 | 3.36 13 | 11 37/91 | 25 8 | 8

This past academic term was stellar for the Eta Iota Chapter. We welcomed the largest new member class in our history, which included 26 amazing new Betas. Furthermore, we hosted our trademark philanthropy event, Pizza and Pups, and sold shirts to the general public to raise awareness for animal lives!


HΔ | Dayton, Ohio | Est. 2009

Steven Del Campo ’23

3.43 | 3.21 6 | 9 21/50 | 15 6 | 6

We are proud to announce our largest new member class in over four years for this spring: 15 worthy young men! Additionally, we held a dunk tank philanthropy event for Dayton’s Shoes 4 the Shoeless. Finally, we participated in a service event at Learning Tree Farm with Phi Kappa Psi.


ΘA | Newark, Del. | Est. 2021 Jackson Gunn Pack ’24

3.32 | 3.11 8 | 12 22/71 | 25 8 | 7

March was a busy month for service and philanthropy‚ including an armed forces card making event with a sorority and our UDance fundraising efforts. Brotherhood was a focus, too, with this semester’s paintball outing in March. In April, we initiated 11 new brothers into our Lambda class.


AH | Granville, Ohio | Est. 1868

Parker Smith ’24


Δ | Greencastle, Ind. | Est. 1845

Brock Kinnamon ’25

3.24 | 3.19 8 | 8 19/57 | 17 1 | 3

This semester the Delta Chapter had an average recruitment year, pulling in 14 young men. Additionally, we held many philanthropy events, including our annual Little 5 fundraiser and Lama Plop event. We are very excited for this next year in becoming distinguished men of Beta.


HO | Philadelphia, Pa. | Est. 2017 Dominick Rossi ’24


This semester our chapter showcased excellence in many facets. Academically, we continued to top the IFC rankings. Notable accolades were one Presidential Medalist and four 1831 Student Leader Awards, among many other accomplishments. Further, we grew our ranks by 11 when we initiated our largest class in eight years.


AZ | Denver, Colo. | Est. 1889 Billy Brown ’24

3.36* | 3.23 5 | 10 44/112 | 32 8 | 6

The Alpha Zeta Chapter at the University of Denver sent out 11 bids this spring, all of which were accepted – 100%! We also reported the second highest GPA on campus and won Delta Zeta’s cross-campus Big Man Tournament!

3.16 | 2.97 11 | 7 3/25 | 11 6 | 6

Our chapter started partnerships with National Alliance on Mental Illness and Garret Cares to honor Brother Garret Christino, Delaware ’20. We also finished in the top three in both IFC soccer and basketball for the 2022-23 academic year.

East Carolina

ΕΑ | Greenville, N.C. | Est. 1983 Connor Froling ’25

2.77* | 2.74 10 | 4 9/47 | 18 13 | 6

This term, Epsilon Alpha has been hard at work. Our intramural basketball team made it to the championship game, unfortunately losing in a hard fought match. We raised over $2,500 this semester before counting our big Easter fundraiser in April!

| 3.13 7 | 8 13/33 | 11 2 | 2

Eastern Kentucky

ΔΞ | Richmond, Ky. | Est. 1971 Dylan Moore ’24

2.62 | 3.00 10 | 7 26/34 | 17 8 | 8

This semester we hosted our annual Beta Basketball philanthropy raising money for K-911. Additionally, we doubled the size of our brotherhood since last August. We also hosted an Earth Day clean up that went very well, followed by a great turnout for an alumni event at the Keeneland race track.


HΥ | Elon, N.C. | Est. 2019 Patrick Burke ’24

3.49* | 3.00 6 | 10 29/98 | 29 5 | 5

The Eta Upsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at Elon University had a successful recruitment process once again and plans to initiate 20 new members into the brotherhood. We are also happy to share that we continue to hold the top GPA of all fraternities at Elon.


New Chapter | Daytona Beach, Fla. John-Patrick Mueller ’24

3.22 | 3.18 9 | 9 9/28 | 24 7 | 6

The men of the Embry-Riddle chapter have been hard at work this semester raising money for both the Hydrocephalus Foundation as well as our local food pantry. We are also very excited to see our Beta brothers at General Convention to share our charter petition!

2022-23 All-Beta Chapter performance average

Each chapter’s individual performance is listed in its chapter report and matches this key’s color coding:


ΓΥ | Atlanta, Ga. | Est. 1948 Justin Kaufman ’25

3.42* | 3.66 2 | 6 9/25 | 10 5 | 6

This semester we welcomed five new members to the brotherhood. We hosted a Mardi Gras-themed party which increased our social presence on campus. In addition to that, we held a successful philanthropy event cleaning up the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.


ΓΞ | Gainesville, Fla. | Est. 1930

Devin Boden ’24

3.40* | 3.38 3 | 9 59/214 | 59 6 | 6

The men of the Gamma Xi Chapter restructured our philanthropy, Beta Bring It On. This led to massive success, raising $50,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. This has been one of the year’s crowning achievements due to the importance of the cause to many of our brothers.

Florida Atlantic

ΖΔ | Boca Raton, Fla. | Est. 1995 Jeremy Smith ’23

2.97 | NR 5 | NA 29/54 | NA 7 | NA

Our chapter grew to 46 members in our second year of operation at Florida Atlantic. We have hosted and participated in several philanthropic events benefiting numerous charities, including Best Buddies International. We look forward to a successful fall semester.

Florida Gulf Coast

ΘH | Fort Myers, Fla. | Est. 2022 Bryce Lee ’24

3.09 | NR 4 | 11 10/29 | 12 7 | 7

Spring 2023 was an amazing semester for the Theta Eta Chapter. We started the year off with our largest spring class to date. The devastation from Hurricane Ian has left a mark on our area, but we have stepped up and helped many in home repair efforts.

Florida International

ΗΓ | Miami, Fla. | Est. 2010

Robert Vasquez ’23

NR | NR 3 | 11 33/90 | 34 5 | 4

This term we have seen a huge increase in engagement from brothers, including outside the chapter with an IFC president and treasurer. We were named intramural champs for basketball and volleyball, and expect a big turnaround in chapter GPA once the report is released.

Florida State

ΔΛ | Tallahassee, Fla. | Est. 1969

Ryan O’Malley ’25

3.19* | 3.12 14 | 10 48/117 | 37 3 | 3

The chapter won the fraternity Linedance and raised over $260,000 with Panhellenic and four other IFC chapters. Jack Hitchcock ’24, was elected student body president; Jordan Rose ’24, was elected IFC president; and Bruce Suarez ’23, served as senior class president. We recently initiated 16 members – our largest spring class in many years.


ΖΛ | Greenville, S.C. | Est. 1998 Zane Newell ’24

3.33 | 3.09 6 | 6 15/26 | 6 4 | 2

In March, we initiated our largest new member class in many years, with 10 young men joining the ranks of the Zeta Lambda Chapter. In April, we enjoyed our 2023 formal, as well as bonding at our 2023 brotherhood retreat.

George Mason

EM | Fairfax, Va. | Est. 1989 Alex Houlton ’23

3.04 | 2.95 13 | 9 16/35 | 19 7 | 6

The George Mason chapter proudly hosted a historic Installation Ceremony in April for our undergraduate members and distinguished alumni. This marked a significant point in our chapter’s history and we are excited to continue pursuing excellence and achievement in all aspects of fraternal life as we expand further.

The all-chapter GPA represents 86% of chapters who reported grades for at least one term as of 4/27/23. Leadership program graduate counts are lower due to canceled programs because of the pandemic.

3.30 All-Chapter GPA Campus AMA: 3.17 7 Leadership Program Graduates Prev. 3-Year Avg: 22 27/72 New Men Pledged/ Chapter Size Prev. 3-Year NMP Avg: 25 7 Advisory Team Members Prev. 3-Year Avg: 7 NR = Campus or chapter did not report as of 4/27/23
= Chapter re/established within last three years
Chapter only reported GPA for one

Big Time Impact

The Delta Lambda Chapter claimed the Top Dog Fitness Award for leading the way among interfraternal partners putting on the annual Linedance, Florida State’s largest Greek-run philanthropy. The event raised more than $260,000 for various student organizations, programs and public spaces at Florida State. President Ryan O’Malley ’25, hoisted the trophy proudly on behalf of the chapter, presented by Linedance CoDirector J.P. Gutierrez ’24.

George Washington

ΖΝ | Washington, D.C. | Est. 1997

Kai Pourzanjani ’25

3.38 | NR 6 | 5 27/97 | 37 5 | 6

The Zeta Nu Chapter led many philanthropy events this semester, including various outings to soup kitchens around campus and our successful Dragon Week philanthropy to benefit National Alliance on Mental Illness. In both, brothers devoted significant time to help out those in need locally as well as leading fundraising efforts.


ΕΕ | Athens, Ga. | Est. 1987

JD Chipman ’25

3.42* | 3.33 1 | 6 40/139 | 37 2 | 4

The Epsilon Epsilon Chapter at UGA had an impressive term. We initiated 40 new brothers to our chapter and are graduating 29 men. Philanthropically, we successfully raised over $17,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Also, we received renovations to our chapter house kitchen and chapter room.

Georgia Tech

ΓΗ | Atlanta, Ga. | Est. 1917 Aakarsh Naik ’25

3.62 | 3.46 6 | 13 20/100 | 27 10 | 9

We held a five day philanthropy week called Beta Lei open to all of campus where teams competed on participation and achievement to win the week and a portion of the proceeds. This helped us raise over $9,000 to donate toward providing underprivileged children an education.

2022-23 All-Beta Chapter performance average

Each chapter’s individual performance is listed in its chapter report and matches this key’s color coding:

High Point

HΞ | High Point, N.C. | Est. 2017 Reece Harnett ’24

3.13* | 3.02 8 | 9 24/74 | 23 6 | 6

The Eta Xi Chapter proudly held the highest GPA amongst all fraternities for the 21st time in the last 25 semesters. Our very first chapter formal was held at Holly Ridge Golf Links. Finally, we raised over $7,000 for the High Point Community Foundation through multiple successful philanthropy events.


ΓΓ | Moscow, Idaho | Est. 1914 Jack Schnoor ’24

3.27 | 3.06 10 | 10 21/66 | 23 5 | 4

Our chapter had a very successful year. We won five awards at our IFC awards banquet, including Chapter of the Year and Chapter President of the Year Peyton Rossi ’23. We also hosted our annual Mental Health Awareness philanthropy and raised over $5,000 for Idaho Suicide Prevention.


ΣP | Champaign, Ill. | Est. 1902

Elijah Crouch ’24


Π | Bloomington, Ind. | Est. 1845

Michael Grabel ’25

3.26* | 3.36 4 | 10 56/147 | 50 4 | 4

This year the Pi Chapter of Beta Theta Pi saw great success. We hosted and won the first-ever Greek Basketball Association tournament in which we competed against over 20 other fraternity-run teams. Additionally, as a chapter we raised over $40,000 for the Indiana Dance Marathon.


ΑΒ | Iowa City, Iowa | Est. 1866 Lucas Pieper ’24

3.12 | 3.04 12 | 7 60/98 | 28 8 | 6

This year the Alpha Beta Chapter hit some large milestones! The fall 2022 recruitment class was the largest in our 150-year history. Our house was also recently purchased by the General Fraternity, which will usher in renovations this summer.

Iowa State

ΤΣ | Ames, Iowa | Est. 1905

Ryan Freidhoff ’25

The all-chapter GPA represents 86% of chapters who reported grades for at least one term as of 4/27/23. Leadership program graduate counts are lower due to canceled programs because of the pandemic.


Our chapter’s first elected executive board has found success in revitalizing our brotherhood and working to prepare for the future. We have also been preparing for the construction of our new house to finish in May, which we are ecstatic about since our brothers will finally have a physical home!

Illinois State

New Chapter | Normal, Ill. Jacob Wurster ’23

NR | NR 6 | NA 24/24 | NA 5 | NA

In fall of 2022, our chapter kicked off with just 12 students. After our first recruitment week, we successfully added eight new members into our organization. Moving into the spring we brought on three new members and are excited to continue growing in the fall of 2023!

3.04 | 3.04 15 | 11 31/77 | 25 8 | 8

This past semester has resulted in one of the highest chapter GPAs in recent years, making us one of the most improved chapters on campus. We logged our most successful recruitment term since 2019 this spring with twice as many new members as last year.

James Madison

ΘΓ | Harrisonburg, Va. | Est. 2022 Wyatt Campbell ’25

2.89* | NR 7 | 10 41/119 | 35 7 | 6

This term our chapter grew closer than ever before. Facing and overcoming obstacles has brought us together to become true men of principle. All of our members became better leaders and better men overall. Many of our members attended multiple workshops throughout the semester as well.

All-Chapter GPA Campus AMA: 3.17 7 Leadership Program Graduates Prev. 3-Year Avg: 22 27/72 New Men Pledged/ Chapter Size Prev. 3-Year NMP Avg: 25 7 Advisory Team Members Prev. 3-Year Avg: 7 NR = Campus or chapter did not report as of 4/27/23
= Chapter re/established within last three years
Chapter only reported GPA for one term
| 3.19 5 | NA 5/18 | NA 7 | NA

beta stars | georgia institute of technology

Reaching for the Stars | In June 2022, Colin Burnett, Georgia Tech ’23, was one of 68 students from across the U.S. selected to the 2022 Astronaut Scholar Class by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. His research on aerobraking maneuvers and Mars mineral imaging resulted in a $15,000 scholarship to continue his research and education. Read more about Colin’s research and his aspirations of becoming an astronaut at

John Carroll

ΗΕ | University Heights, Ohio | Est. 2010

Ryan Beranek ’25

3.35 | 3.06 15 | 7 17/30 | 9 10 | 8

The chapter initiated two new members in the spring and earned the highest GPA among other fraternities on campus (and well above the all-mens average). The chapter also hosted a large parent and alumni golf outing in the spring.

Johns Hopkins

ΑΧ | Baltimore, Md. | Est. 1877

Noah Zahn ’24

3.62 | 3.60 5 | 7 14/49 | 17 5 | 4

This semester we initiated 11 new members, one of the larger classes since COVID-19. Additionally, we raised almost $500 for Black Women Build Baltimore through multiple philanthropic events such as our Beta Theta Pi-Day celebration. We also completed a service project with the Boy Scouts of America.


ΑΝ | Lawrence, Kan. | Est. 1873

Adam Jolles ’24

3.68 | 3.14 6 | 6 25/94 | 25 10 | 9

The Alpha Nu Chapter marked the momentous occasion of its 150th anniversary at KU in a dedicated fashion, hosting an Alumni Turkey Pull with over 600 guests, initiating 23 members and holding a National Marrow Donor Registry event that registered over 300 people.

Kansas State

ΓΕ | Manhattan, Kan. | Est. 1914 Dakota Burritt ’25

3.33 | 3.12 16 | 9 22/76 | 26 7 | 6

This past year was great for Gamma Epsilon. We hosted our most successful philanthropy in years, Beta Boo, and raised nearly $7,000 for the American Diabetes Association. We are now in the process of an eagerly anticipated house renovation that will be completed by next fall.

Kennesaw State

New Chapter | Kennesaw, Ga. Christian Berry ’25

3.18* | 2.99 15 | NA 10/21 | NA 8 | NA

This year we’ve focused on building strong relationships with our fellow Greeks. With these friendships we were able to have our best philanthropy week yet, as well as our first formal. Brother Christian Berry ’25 surprised the chapter with a new, hand-painted cornhole set for their hard work.


EO | Lexington, Ky. | Est. 1990 Dalton Bertram ’25

3.44 | 3.02 1 | 7 44/149 | 53 5 | 5

The Epsilon Omicron Chapter has been heavily involved in philanthropy work and chapter events throughout this semester. We successfully hosted our philanthropy event, Greek Sing, at Rupp Arena for the first time, and are proud yet again to have the highest chapter GPA on campus across all categories.


ΒΑ | Gambier, Ohio | Est. 1879 Samuel Bouchard ’24

3.41 | 3.46 5 | 8 9/38 | 11 2 | 2

The Beta Alpha Chapter had a strong fall semester with brothers averaging a 3.42 GPA. This spring, we organized a philanthropy event for Kenyon’s Greek Week where students threw pies at Beta brothers, with proceeds going to the Salvation Army of Mount Vernon.

Kettering A

ΔΗ | Flint, Mich. | Est. 1964

Fred Choate ’25

3.31* | 3.30 10 | 9 5/9 | 3 9 | 8

This term our chapter held a philanthropy event where we made and sold pies. All profits from this event benefited To Write Love On Her Arms. We look forward to running this event again in the future so we can continue to support good causes.

Kettering B

ΔΗ | Flint, Mich. | Est. 1964 Ethan Durand ’25

3.60 | 3.33 13 | 13 8/22 | 7 11 | 10

We collaborated with Theta Xi to sort over 25,000 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, gave it our all in intramural volleyball and water polo, and put our brothers and friends head to head in the kitchen with our cutthroat Beta Iron Chef!


Cowboy in Hollywood

Aspiring musician Owen Eckhardt, Oklahoma State ’26, took a chance on his talents and auditioned for “American Idol.” His cool country voice performing “Something in the Orange” by Zach Bryan earned him the golden ticket to Hollywood. Check out his audition at cowboyinhollywood.


Ξ | Galesburg, Ill. | Est. 1855

Jacob Lesus ’24

3.16* | 3.15 7 | 7 7/25 | 8 9 | 7

The Knox chapter has seen great success from its athletes, from the football players achieving the school’s best record in years to our track athletes breaking school records and competing at nationals. With a goal to diversify in the Knox community and host more events, great things are to come.


ΓΠ | Appleton, Wis. | Est. 1936

Luis Trejo ’24

NR | NR 4 | 8 0/19 | 12 5 | 6

We hosted a bake sale to benefit Through the Staff, a music education nonprofit. Additionally, we launched the Beta Theta Pi Concert Series for local artists. Last month, we organized an alumni weekend where over 30 alumni visited our house for a commemoration of late House Mother Kari Van De Hey.


ΔΠ | Louisville, Ky. | Est. 1971

Jacob Jackson ’25

3.12* | 2.60 6 | 10 21/59 | 26 10 | 9

We finished top three in both fraternity and campus league intramural divisions. We brought back our philanthropy event Karaoke for a Cure for the first time since 2016. Topgolf has recently opened in Louisville and the chapter plans to host an alumni and brotherhood event over the summer.

Loyola Chicago

ΗΩ | Chicago, Ill. | Est. 2020

John Bresnahan ’24

3.50* | 3.23 1 | 12 11/28 | 13 8 | 4

The Eta Omega Chapter was recently nominated for several awards through the Loyola Greek Life office, including Outstanding Program of the Year for the Beta Haunted House. This event benefited Misericordia Chicago, a network of homes for developmentally disabled adults.

Loyola Marymount

ΗΑ | Los Angeles, Calif. | Est. 2007

Angelo Vitug ’24

NR | NR 0 | 7 34/81 | 22 2 | 3

This semester, the Eta Alpha Chapter saw a few significant milestones. We welcomed our first freshman new member class in three years and successfully brought back our Beta Boat Races philanthropy event where we raised almost $2,000 for the Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center. (See page 46.)


New Chapter | Baton Rouge, La. Andrew Bruzdzinski ’24

NR | NR 5 | 7 11/26 | 9 7 | 5

We had a very successful brotherhood trip to a fishing camp along the Gulf of Mexico and hosted our best formal yet as a chapter. We also eliminated all debt, increased our reach and connections across campus and got a new chapter advisor.


BH | Orono, Maine | Est. 1879

Jacob Del Signore ’24

3.11 | 2.60 4 | 7 23/56 | 18 10 | 8

Beta Eta furthered its campus outreach by holding joint events with other Greeks. We brought in 20 new members this year with only six seniors graduating. Additionally, we hosted our annual Beta Sleepout and raised over $10,000 for Rape Response Services.


ΔΩ | College Park, Md. | Est. 1982 Michael Schifano ’25

3.37* | 3.28 7 | 4 30/60 | 27 9 | 7

This semester, our chapter grew in all aspects. We proudly welcomed 18 new brothers, raised our chapter GPA well above our university’s average and diversified our philanthropic efforts with a new March Madness bracket building event.


A | Oxford, Ohio | Est. 1839 Chase Adams ’24

3.54 | 3.11 13 | 13 44/123 | 36 8 | 8

This semester, we started a brotherhood week following recruitment week. This both allowed new members to get to know older members while older members continued to strengthen their own fraternal bonds. This week consisted of a pizza eating competition, Jeopardy and new member “speed dating.”

Miami (Fla.)

HB | Miami, Fla. | Est. 2009 Luke Furman ’24

3.31* | 3.04 1 | 3 44/132 | 39 3 | 5

We had one of our best terms to date, starting with a 23-man new member class that was recently initiated. Another major highlight was raising over $20,000 for the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation. We also had our highest dues collection in recent years.


Λ | Ann Arbor, Mich. | Est. 1845 Maximus Kendall ’24

NR | NR 6 | 10 17/40 | 14 6 | 6

This semester we raised $1,000 for the Autism Alliance of Michigan, Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan and Fisher House with our Car Smash philanthropy event. Our fourth floor bathroom was renovated and we repainted our dining room. Brothers enjoyed formal in Chicago in April.

Michigan State

ΓΨ | East Lansing, Mich. | Est. 1950 Ethan Leadbetter ’24

3.36 | 3.33 7 | 8 31/74 | 30 5 | 7

We’ve faced many challenges this year, from the death of a brother to a shooting that shook campus. The Gamma Psi Chapter is resilient, though. We persevered, completing a successful spring rush and taking our brotherhood to heights that seemed impossible only months ago.



ΒΠ | Minneapolis, Minn. | Est. 1889 Jacob Polzin ’25

3.47 | 3.26 11 | 8 24/42 | 19 5 | 8

It is with great sadness that I share tragic news for our brotherhood. We mourn the loss of a brother from the ‘22 class and pray for two brothers recovering from traumatic brain injuries. Beta Pi strives to honor them in our life and actions every day. Yours in __kai__.


BB | University, Miss. | Est. 1879 Jack Henry ’24

3.02* | NR 4 | 10 89/215 | 65 7 | 7

Beta Beta brought in seven new members in this year’s spring class to kick off the new semester on a high note. The Betas of Mississippi also had a fall semester GPA of a 3.18, which is a new high within the past couple of semesters.


ZΦ | Columbia, Mo. | Est. 1890 Jaden Correnti ’25

NR | NR 4 | 4 39/138 | 39 7 | 7

The new member class of ‘26 was able to obtain a GPA of 3.665 with a class size of 36. This helped the overall house win fraternity grades with a strong GPA of 3.508. The house has also been successful winning intramural sports such as football and basketball.

2022-23 All-Beta Chapter performance average

Each chapter’s individual performance is listed in its chapter report and matches this key’s color coding:


3.60 | NR 14 | 12 11/43 | 13 7 | 6

This semester the Beta Upsilon Chapter has a soccer and table tennis intramural team, placing in the top five of their respective leagues. We also had an alumni career fair in May, where younger members were able to learn from alumni what future opportunities are available to them.


AT | Lincoln, Neb. | Est. 1888 Grant Auman ’24

3.51 | 3.15 11 | 10 36/101 | 32 12 | 10

It has been a busy semester at Alpha Tau. In January, we initiated 32 men into our association. Additionally, our Backpack in Black concert philanthropy raised $14,000 for cancer research. We also made sure to have some fun with our Chicago and Lake of the Ozarks formals in the spring.



ΗΨ | Ewing, N.J. | Est. 2021 Jonathan Powers ’24

3.20 | 3.06 13 | 11 21/65 | 21 10 | 9

Many brothers partake in intramural sports, and we hosted a successful Alumni Barbecue in April to see our old friends and brothers that already graduated. It has been a very fun and successful semester, and we have focused on strengthening the bonds of our brotherhood.

North Carolina

H | Chapel Hill, N.C. | Est. 1852 John Michael Curtis ’24

NR | NR 2 | 5 20/76 | 20 2 | 3

The Eta Chapter continues to thrive down here in North Carolina. We just had our main philanthropy event, Swing and Shuck, which raised money for the UNC Children’s Hospital. This past semester, we were ranked first in GPA out of all fraternities, and are looking forward to a great spring!

North Dakota

ΓΚ | Grand Forks, N.D. | Est. 1922

Thomas Kratzman ’25

2.93 | 3.09 5 | 7 19/37 | 14 4 | 7

This past fall, we were able to celebrate the Gamma Kappa Chapter’s centennial homecoming! We had a great time meeting alumni and celebrating this milestone with members and alumni from the North Dakota chapter. We also welcomed eight new members in the fall, and five in the spring!


ΗΖ | Boston, Mass. | Est. 2013 James Colesanti ’24

3.73* | 3.47 5 | 9 25/79 | 19 6 | 6

In 2022, the Eta Zeta Chapter took great strides in continuing the academic achievement we have had since we were founded. Our GPA was the highest among all fraternities at our university, showing our devotion to the cultivation of the intellect.


BK | Athens, Ohio | Est. 1841 Rob Greenleaf ’24

2.93* | 2.88 0 | 4 33/93 | 32 5 | 7

We have successfully recruited 29 men this school year and have been actively donating to a charity that supports families that have lost a loved one in the military. We are looking forward to having a full-capacity chapter house next year as well.

Ohio State

ΘΔ | Columbus, Ohio | Est. 1885 Tim Greenwell ’24

3.45* | 3.31 6 | 9 52/138 | 48 9 | 5

This semester, our chapter hosted a raffle for the ALS Foundation in honor of House Corp President Joe Chinnici ‘64. Further, at the Sorority/Fraternity Life awards on April 4, our chapter won the Excellence in Harm Reduction Award, and Brother Ryan Vespi ’24, was awarded the Outstanding Campus Involvement Award.

The all-chapter GPA represents 86% of chapters who reported grades for at least one term as of 4/27/23. Leadership program graduate counts are lower due to canceled programs because of the pandemic.

3.30 All-Chapter GPA Campus AMA: 3.17 7 Leadership Program Graduates Prev. 3-Year Avg: 22 27/72 New Men Pledged/ Chapter Size Prev. 3-Year NMP Avg: 25 7 Advisory Team Members Prev. 3-Year Avg: 7 NR = Campus or chapter did not report as of 4/27/23
= Chapter re/established within last three years
= Chapter
GPA for
only reported

beta stars | saint louis university

in Their Shoes | In addition to volunteering onsite, 116 Saint Louis brothers put on their “best” shoes for their Walk-A-Mile philanthropy, raising $3,060 for The Women’s Safe House in Saint Louis. The organization offers services for women and children effected by domestic violence.



ΓΦ | Norman, Okla. | Est. 1907

Zach Tovy ’24

3.30* | NR 7 | 6 62/222 | 63 15 | 12

In recent months the Gamma Phi Chapter has dedicated an immense amount of time and effort towards helping our community. We as a whole have completed over 2,100 hours of community service. Beyond that, we partnered with the OU Food pantry in which we raised over 15,000 items of food.

Oklahoma State

ΓΛ | Stillwater, Okla. | Est. 1923

David Buskirk ’24

3.54 | 3.11 5 | 8 62/183 | 57 8 | 9

The Gamma Lambda Chapter celebrated its 100 year anniversary this spring. Several hundred attended the event, including the governor of Oklahoma and Beta alumnus Kevin Stitt ’95. The chapter initiated a fall class of 52 this spring as well as one special initiate‚ alumnus Bill Gustafson.


BP | Eugene, Ore. | Est. 1909

Alex Gray ’25

3.17 | 3.11 8 | 7 64/102 | 32 6 | 9

The Beta Rho Chapter at the University of Oregon continues to build as we boast nearly 100 members. While only being on campus four years after re-establishing in 2019, our chapter has won Fraternity of the Year and received its charter. The Beta Rho Chapter continues its hard work.


HK | Stockton, Calif. | Est. 2015 Ryan Abdelmalek ’23

3.18* | NR 6 | 8 10/31 | 13 6 | 4

Our chapter has seen significant growth in terms of brotherhood and morale since the pandemic. This last fall we celebrated our 10th year on University of the Pacific campus with a large alumni reunion event. Many founding fathers and alumni came to enjoy food, company and support the chapter.


Φ | Philadelphia, Pa. | Est. 1880 Juan Tejera ’25

3.59* | 3.63 3 | 6 14/62 | 17 4 | 6

The Phi Chapter recently received the Chapter of Achievement 2022 Silver Trophy at Penn’s Fraternity and Sorority Life Award Ceremony. This is part of the Fraternal Accreditation Program and recognizes the Phi Chapter for earning at least 85/100 possible points for the school’s accreditation program.


HN | Pittsburgh, Pa. | Est. 2016 Kellen Zemanski ’23

3.45 | 3.20 8 | 10 15/43 | 17 7 | 6

The Eta Nu Chapter had an eventful semester. We recently placed in first for our university’s Greek Week, in addition to our team raising almost $10,000 for Pitt Dance Marathon to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh! Two of our brothers also got elected to IFC executive board this term.



3.33 | 3.09 8 | 9 36/122 | 36 5 | 7

The Purdue chapter had an exceptional spring semester, led by John Law ’24, who was named IFC Brother of the Year for his outstanding leadership. The chapter was also nominated for Chapter of the Year, and clinched intramural victories in the MAC indoor soccer championship, and basketball A and B championships.


HΣ | Wallingford, Conn. | Est. 2018 Robert Smith ’24

3.31 | 3.16 5 | 10 21/38 | 14 5 | 4

The Eta Sigma Chapter had a spectacular spring semester. We successfully co-hosted a barbecue and mini golf event on the quad with the Foundations for Orphans organization. On top of this, we hosted our annual Stand Up to Cancer event where we raised money for the American Cancer Society.


ΗΧ | Rochester, N.Y. | Est. 2020 Zach Sussman ’24

NR | NR 9 | 9 9/29 | 13 7 | 7

Our Eta Chi Chapter is continuing to expand its potential by moving towards group housing and becoming further involved with on-campus leadership. Many of our members are heading off to graduate school to pursue their master’s and doctoral degrees!


Sacred Heart

ΘB | Fairfield, Conn. | Est. 2022

Victor DiPierro ’24

3.29 | 3.11 2 | 9 29/79 | 26 11 | 9

The Theta Beta Chapter had a very eventful semester. We recruited a strong and passionate group of new members this spring, raised over $6,000 for our philanthropy, the Thomas Matthew Miloscia Foundation, and put a big emphasis on brotherhood with events such as our annual Super Bowl watch party.

Saint Louis

ZT | Saint Louis, Mo. | Est. 2003

Adam Iorfida ’24

3.45 | NR 7 | 8 36/115 | 37 3 | 4

2023 marked 20 years since our founding! This April, we hosted a 20-year Alumni Reunion, where current and former members of Zeta Tau celebrated our beloved history. We set a new fundraising record during our annual “WalkA-Mile in Her Shoes” philanthropy, benefiting The Women’s Safe House in St. Louis.


ΑM | Birmingham, Ala. | Est. 1872

Tanner Brown ’24

3.32* | 3.18 6 | NA 28/24 | NA 6 | NA

Having just initiated three new members, the Alpha Mu Chapter is excited for growth. Our first year has been full of successes, including a great philanthropy week and excellent recruitment cycle, but it’s time to prepare for the next big thing. Twenty-four strong, Alpha Mu is here to stay.

2022-23 All-Beta Chapter performance average

Each chapter’s individual performance is listed in its chapter report and matches this key’s color coding:

San Diego

ΖΩ | San Diego, Calif. | Est. 2007

Garrett Burns ’24

3.48 | 3.20 8 | 9 41/91 | 28 10 | 8

The San Diego chapter pulled in their third largest new member class in history, and philanthropy continues to be a highlight for the chapter with our third successful Letters 2 Perkins event. The brothers in San Diego continue to push each other in the classroom, obtaining the highest GPA on campus.

San Diego State

EB | San Diego, Calif. | Est. 1984 Alan Whigham ’24

NR | NR 6 | NA 30/25 | NA 6 | NA

After a successful start in the fall reestablishing the Epsilon Beta Chapter on campus, we really assimilated into campus this spring after conducting our own community service event with a beach cleanup, philanthropy event partnered with Heads Up Guys, intramurals, socials, and a brotherhood retreat!

San Jose State

ΖΗ | San Jose, Calif. | Est. 1995 Mason Cole-Schweizer ’25

2.85 | NR 5 | 7 29/49 | 17 3 | 5

Our chapter has implemented a structured academic assistance plan as well as a participation incentive solution. With GPA being our main goal this semester, we required brothers to attend study hours in the library. We also started the Participation Incentive League where members can earn a prize for good attendance.


ΓΩ | Dallas, Texas | Est. 1951 Harrison Cui ’24

South Carolina

Y | Columbia, S.C. | Est. 1858 Patrick Feiner ’24

3.22 | 3.02 5 | 6 53/144 | 40 4 | 4

We had a great semester highlighted by philanthropy efforts benefiting Relay For Life and local food banks. We also had a great Father’s Weekend with golf, brunch and more with some alumni in attendance. The semester wrapped up with our annual formal in Daytona Beach, Florida.

South Dakota

ΓΑ | Vermillion, S.D. | Est. 1912 Jack Starr ’24

3.16 | 3.15 15 | 10 30/61 | 28 10 | 8

Gamma Alpha started off strong by adding 22 young men to our roll! Our alumni invested over $120,000 into our chapter house, making it the premier place to live on campus. Our involvement and philanthropic efforts did not go unnoticed, as we won Greek Week again this fall.

South Florida

ZΒ | Tampa, Fla. | Est. 1994 Jaycee Pere ’24

3.34 | 3.13 5 | 7 22/41 | 30 7 | 7

We hosted our first official philanthropy, Beta Barks, since our refounding in 2019 to benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Brothers were also able to enjoy a beach getaway in Port St. Lucie, Florida, this past spring break. Finally, the chapter helped raise funds in Sigma Kappa’s Dodging Alzheimer’s philanthropy.

Southern California

ΓΤ | Los Angeles, Calif. | Est. 1947 Joseph Goldfisher ’24

The all-chapter GPA represents 86% of chapters who reported grades for at least one term as of 4/27/23. Leadership program graduate counts are lower due to canceled programs because of the pandemic.


The Gamma Omega Chapter faced a difficult and testing semester, especially with the shocking loss of brother Wes Carr ’23 due to a brain aneurysm (see page 49). I believe God gave us trials to overcome to make us stronger, and problems to solve to make us wiser. We continue to achieve academic success and maintain involvement on campus. We are resilient.

NR | NR 6 | 1 15/28 | 32 4 | 1

The Gamma Tau Chapter at Southern California has achieved a remarkable feat by helping raise over one million dollars for the Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund. This accomplishment is a testament to the Gamma Tau Chapter’s dedication to making a positive impact in the community. Proud to be a Beta!

All-Chapter GPA Campus AMA: 3.17 7 Leadership Program Graduates Prev. 3-Year Avg: 22 27/72 New Men Pledged/ Chapter Size Prev. 3-Year NMP Avg: 25 7 Advisory Team Members Prev. 3-Year Avg: 7 NR = Campus or chapter did not report as of 4/27/23
NA = Chapter re/established within
* = Chapter only reported GPA for one term
| 3.24 1 | 12 62/161 | 44 5 | 5

Down to Jib

When it snows, why not turn your front yard into a winter park? Maine brothers partnered with the university’s Ski and Snowboard Club to set up rails at their chapter house and put on a friendly competition. In doing so, the Rail Jam raised more than $1,000 for Protect Our Winters.

St. Lawrence

ΒZ | Canton, N.Y. | Est. 1879

Kobe Villeneuve ’24

NR | NR 0 | 6 25/84 | 29 4 | 5

This year we added a total of 25 new members to our chapter. Some athletic highlights include: five brothers crowned Liberty League champion for men’s soccer and one brother qualified for the NCAA Alpine Skiing championship. We also raised over $4,000 in memory of Teddy Balkind, son of Buck Balkind ’89.


Σ | Hoboken, N.J. | Est. 1879

David Frost ’25

NR | NR 2 | 8 18/64 | 24 8 | 7

This spring semester, our chapter is welcoming in 18 new members to our active brotherhood. We are beyond excited and look forward to growing our chapter more in upcoming years. Our spring recruitment was extremely successful and we can’t wait for next year.


HH | Fort Worth, Texas | Est. 2014

Brian Hopp ’25

3.61 | 3.30 9 | 10 43/144 | 44 5 | 6

We achieved first in grades during the fall semester, worked alongside other Big 12 Beta chapters for a philanthropy competition in March, had great events with our moms and dads for parents weekends and hosted a golf tournament for the chapter.

2022-23 All-Beta Chapter performance average

Each chapter’s individual performance is listed in its chapter report and matches this key’s color coding:


ΔΚ | Knoxville, Tenn. | Est. 1967 Cyrus Cross ’25

3.13* | 3.16 8 | 8 59/147 | 38 8 | 6

The Delta Kappa Chapter has had a busy semester. From taking on 14 new members in recruitment to being UTK Chapter of the Week, we have been working hard to improve our brotherhood. Ski trips in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and intramural teams are some of the ways we have been involved.


BO | Austin, Texas | Est. 1866

Charlie Campbell ’24

3.41 | 3.43 12 | 10 38/95 | 33 6 | 6

This April, Texas Beta raised over $8,000 for Texas 4000 to help fight cancer at our annual Casino Night. Our intramural basketball and football teams made deep playoff runs reaching the semifinals in both leagues. We look forward to the many great things to come this fall.

Texas A&M

EH | College Station, Texas | Est. 1987

Blake Schur ’24

3.29 | 3.17 10 | 8 43/144 | 45 10 | 8

The Epsilon Eta Chapter at Texas A&M has made great strides towards philanthropy this past spring. For the annual Aggie Cowboy Cook Off philanthropy event in the spring of 2023, the chapter raised thousands of dollars for Disabled Outdoorsman.

Texas at Arlington

ΔP | Arlington, Texas | Est. 1971 Jordan Nash ’23

3.24 | 2.86 13 | 8 7/13 | 9 7 | 6

Delta Rho started the semester by achieving the highest GPA in all of the Interfraternity Council for the fourth semester in a row! The chapter had an active chapter GPA of a 3.23 and beat the FSL average GPA by 0.5 points.

Texas Tech

ΔM | Lubbock, Texas | Est. 1970

Caleb King ’25

2.99 | 2.89 6 | 9 46/140 | 49 5 | 7

The Delta Mu Chapter of Beta Theta Pi had a very successful spring semester. The chapter added five new members to this great Fraternity. Additionally, the chapter made strides on campus through philanthropy and a new homecoming partner for the fall semester.


ΘZ | Toronto, Ont. | Est. 1906 Michael Baric ’24

3.25* | NR 11 | 5 14/30 | 9 9 | 7

This past semester was our busiest semester since our refounding in April 2021, from brotherhood events every week, to an amazing alumni dinner at the end of March. Thank you for all the support and allowing us to continue the Theta Zeta legacy.

Truman State

ZΞ | Kirksville, Mo. | Est. 1997 James Weindel ’24

3.36 | 3.17 14 | 11 17/51 | 16 5 | 5

The Truman State chapter continues to improve its brotherhood. This year we maintained our podium rank for GPA among IFC, won a variety of intramural championships and executed the successful return of our “Beta Rose” philanthropy event for the Food Pantry for Adair County.

UC San Diego

ΖΓ | La Jolla, Calif. | Est. 1995 Turner Root ’24

3.08* | 3.18 3 | 8 18/45 | 26 10 | 8

This past fall we initiated six members into our ranks and recruited our next class in the spring. We hosted a very successful philanthropy with the Challenged Athletes Foundation and Habitat for Humanity. We also elected our sweetheart, Jolie Nguyen.

The all-chapter GPA represents 86% of chapters who reported grades for at least one term as of 4/27/23. Leadership program graduate counts are lower due to canceled programs because of the pandemic.

3.30 All-Chapter GPA Campus AMA: 3.17 7 Leadership Program Graduates Prev. 3-Year Avg: 22 27/72 New Men Pledged/ Chapter Size Prev. 3-Year NMP Avg: 25 7 Advisory Team Members Prev. 3-Year Avg: 7 NR = Campus or chapter did not report as of 4/27/23
= Chapter re/established within last three years
Chapter only reported GPA for one term

beta stars | washington state university

Beta Theta Pied | Apparently, a little pie to the face can be good for mental health. Thus, Washington State brothers took one for the team, with every pie — though sometimes mixed with ketchup or chocolate syrup — purchased going toward their faces and the Kellen CARES Foundation to support men’s mental health.


ΓΝ | Los Angeles, Calif. | Est. 1926

Ethan Guffey ’24

3.47* | 3.53 5 | 7 20/58 | 28 2 | 2

This year, we owe our successes to the friends, family and alumni of Gamma Nu. They helped us raise thousands for local charities through our Beta Gala art exhibit and concert. And, thanks to our forever-devoted graduates, we hosted our first alumni banquet in four years with inspiring success.

UNC Wilmington

New Chapter | Wilmington, N.C.

Benjamin Lipski ’23

NR | NR 5 | NA 21/16 | NA 4 | NA

In Wilmington, we are proud to have a solid Alpha class with the second biggest spring new member class on campus. This is only our second semester at the university, however we are here to compete to become the best on campus. All while hoping to receive our charter in the near future.


ΓB | Salt Lake City, Utah | Est. 1913

Wesley Bryant ’25

3.49 | 3.16 10 | 6 45/132 | 44 8 | 8

We were excited to have our philanthropy week in March, where we raised over $10,000 for the local Rape Recovery Center. Over a dozen gentlemen are running in the SLC Marathon this spring to raise donations and receive sponsorships which go towards the Rape Recovery Center.


BΛ | Nashville, Tenn. | Est. 1884 Henry Skeen ’25

3.68 | 3.55 4 | NA 9/18 | NA 4 | NA

Our second year since reestablishing has been great. The brothers had a great time reconnecting with alumni during Vanderbilt’s Alumni Weekend open house in the fall. This spring, the brothers and their dates also had a blast in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, for our spring formal.

Villanova ΖΕ | Villanova, Pa. | Est. 1995

F. Joseph Brunner ’24

Virginia Tech

AΦ | Blacksburg, Va. | Est. 1877 Sam Mermelstein ’24

3.33* | 3.16 6 | 10 48/147 | 44 9 | 6

This past semester the chapter raised more than $16,000 for the Children’s Advocacy Center of the NRV. We rented out a local restaurant to have the whole brotherhood in one place for the Super Bowl. Lastly, we brought in speakers from “Beers Aren’t Bad” to run a course on alcohol education and safety.


T | Crawfordsville, Ind. | Est. 1846

Kai Warren ’24


This term a few of our highlights include successful philanthropy events raising more money than we have in previous years, sending members to Keystone and CPLA, hosting an alumni mass and panel for future career paths, and winning our intramural basketball championship.


O | Charlottesville, Va. | Est. 1855 Erik Richardson ’24

3.56* | 3.49 9 | 7 32/97 | 23 7 | 5

All is well at the Omicron Chapter. In March, Beta co-hosted Leprechauns for Lowry, a philanthropy event which raised money for the Bill Lowry Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Scholarship. Parents Formal in April was a great time and a resounding success. Efforts are underway to renovate the landscaping around the house this summer.

3.44* | NR 11 | 9 15/49 | 18 7 | 7

The Tau Chapter of Beta Theta Pi has been actively supporting the Animal Welfare League and we have several members that are part of our campus-wide day of giving committee. Additionally, the chapter is set to receive renovations in the summer of 2023.


BΩ | Seattle, Wash. | Est. 1901 Breckenridge Curnutte ’25

NR | NR 7 | 9 32/107 | 32 8 | 7

We hosted a successful philanthropy event called the 4x4x48 inspired by David Goggins where a few of our brothers ran four miles every four hours for forty-eight hours. Each class competed to raise money to support cancer research through the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.

| 3.50 1 | 7 27/101 | 34 6 | 6

Fraternity Row

Beta Boat Races returned to Loyola Marymount for the first time in four years. The thrills in the pool raised money and awareness for the Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center.

Washington & Jefferson

Γ | Washington, Pa. | Est. 1842

Aiden Herman ’24

3.09* | 3.08 0 | 6 12/30 | 9 5 | 5

We hosted a successful philanthropy event in April that supported Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. We also participated in dodgeball, flag football, and kickball leagues and tournaments as a house. Lastly, we added a new sweetheart to the house.

Washington in St. Louis

AI | Saint Louis, Mo. | Est. 1869

Asher Schwartz ’25

3.76* | NR 1 | 3 31/40 | 15 4 | 4

This year, the chapter recruited a new member class of 24 men‚ raised over $2,000 dollars for the Justin Hardy Fund‚ raised over $8,000 dollars to help a new member’s mother find housing after being evicted‚ and had the largest attendance of all fraternities at the university’s new member summit.

Washington State

ΓΘ | Pullman, Wash. | Est. 1920 Ryan Stroup ’25

3.17* | NR 8 | 11 28/77 | 28 9 | 9

The Gamma Theta Chapter at Washington State is working diligently towards our semester and term goals. These include improving communication between the executive board and advisory team, becoming a financially-independent chapter and winning awards at a national and school wide level.

West Chester

ZΣ | West Chester, Pa. | Est. 2002 James Carbone ’25

3.34* | 2.88 0 | NA 22/21 | NA 7 | NA

The chapter was able to select our committee members to head Kai and recruitment. We participated in Relay for Life this spring and are excited for upcoming brotherhood events. We are already looking ahead to next fall for homecoming, formal and philanthropy events.


ΑΔ | Fulton, Mo. | Est. 1868 Sam Owen ’24

NR | NR 9 | 6 12/23 | 15 4 | 3

We are involved in more than 15 prestigious campus organizations. We’ve hosted advisor/ faculty dinners with honored guests such as the college’s CEO, CFO and COO. We work hard to improve our community and brotherhood through philanthropy events for Chads Coalition for Mental Health and by volunteering at the local elementary and junior high schools.


ΓΖ | Walla Walla, Wash. | Est. 1916 William Wrigley ’24

3.18* | 3.23 1 | 5 10/33 | 11 6 | 6

We have contributed to the city of Walla Walla through our relationship with the Blue Mountain Humane Society. Many members have undergone training and actively participated in sessions with this organization. It was definitely a highlight of this past semester’s efforts to become more involved in our community.

Wichita State

ΔΓ | Wichita, Kan. | Est. 1959

Ethan Larson ’24

2.80* | NR 12 | 8 12/45 | 17 7 | 6

The brothers of the Delta Gamma Chapter had the pleasure of welcoming three new men to our brotherhood. This semester, we were named intramural champions twice, had multiple members recognized for their academic efforts, and have begun multiple exciting renovations to our chapter house.

William & Mary

ZY | Williamsburg, Va. | Est. 1876

John Warrington ’24

3.34 | 3.40 7 | 6 18/49 | 13 3 | 4

Our chapter has flourished under the new IFC President, Benjamin Lee ’24. As a brother of Beta Theta Pi, he has expanded the Greek Life body and philanthropic service of our William & Mary community. Together with this new leadership, our chapter has had rapid growth over the past two years.


AΠ | Madison, Wis. | Est. 1873

Michael McGuire ’25

3.44* | NR 7 | 9 47/169 | 45 3 | 4

The Alpha Pi chapter house was recently refurbished with a newly designed penthouse for the active brothers to enjoy. We celebrated 150 years of Alpha Pi excellence with an anniversary banquet in April. Finally, we hosted several philanthropy events at the house to benefit the Robert Michael Wood Foundation.


ZZ | Oshkosh, Wis. | Est. 1995 David Bartelt ’25

3.00* | 2.89 8 | 9 9/18 | 9 7 | 6

We had a successful initiation in which we initiated two new members. We participated in a host of philanthropy events benefiting the American Cancer Society, Girls On The Run, and more. We hosted several successful brotherhood events to continue to build our fraternal bond.


ΑΓ | Springfield, Ohio | Est. 1867 Nick Brown ’24

3.22 | 2.90 7 | 8 9/18 | 10 6 | 6

Our chapter has been working extremely hard to improve our recruitment strategies. This spring recruitment cycle we welcomed six new brothers into our Fraternity, which increased our chapter size by 50%! This was great to experience and is great momentum going forward.


HΤ | Worcester, Mass. | Est. 2019 Jeremy Allen ’25

NR | NR 10 | 8 6/31 | 12 11 | 8

We successfully ran philanthropy events for our charity ACE by selling fried Oreos and doing a real life game of Clue during Parents Week. We also placed really high in our Greek Week final standings. We also initiated six new brothers.


chapter eternal in loving memory

Forever Remembered

Notices of Beta brothers, Sweethearts and friends who passed within the last two years and were reported to the Administrative Office between February 14 and April 27 are included in this listing.

Report a Beta’s Death

Visit or contact Beta’s receptionist at 800.800.BETA or to report a death.

Donate to the Archives

Ask loved ones to donate your Beta badge and important Beta artifacts to the Fraternity’s Archives and Museum in Oxford.

Memorial Gifts

Memorial gifts can be made at or with Director of Development Laura Lednik at 800.800. BETA. In lieu of flowers, consider naming the Beta Leadership Fund in your own obituary.

Beta Burial Service

Beta’s public burial service ritual can be accessed at

Friends of Beta

Hattie Brown, Nov. 1, 2021

Jim Meredith, Dec. 22, 2022

Paul Warren, March 30


Clifford P. Diver ’46, Feb. 2, 2022 c

Michael B. Wray ’57, April 29, 2022

Ball State

John W. Switzer ’64, Jan. 29


Frank B. Gustafson DDS ’53, March 21


Robert C. Bohlmann ’51, Jan. 20 c Nicholas Winowich ’50, Feb. 11


David T. Totman ’76, Jan. 31

Carnegie Mellon

Robert S. Henrich ’57, Aug. 3, 2022 c

Donald J. Jurenek ’67, Feb. 8


Edward M. Pflueger ’59, Feb. 2, 2022


Warren B. Bernhardt ’60, Aug. 19, 2022

Julius P. Schlotthauer ’60, March 12, 2021


John D. Biehl ’49, Jan. 28 c

Clemson Terry L. Nye ’75, Nov. 14, 2022


Nathan E. Lord ’76, April 12, 2021

Hugh Meinweiser ’50, Jan. 10 c


Thomas N. Beadie ’49, Nov. 20, 2022 c

James M. Bullock ’74, April 1

Jerry W. Monroe ’59, July 31, 2022


John T. Liipfert ’69, Dec. 24, 2022 c


John J. Crouthamel ’60, Nov. 7, 2022 c

Ronald B. Schram ’64, Feb. 9


Frank W. Shreiner Jr. ’57, June 17, 2022


Robert L. Wiles ’60, Feb. 8

David L. Young ’53, Dec. 17, 2022


Marion E. Rossman ’46, Jan. 9 c

Eastern Kentucky

Rodney G. Gaines ’73, March 16

Dennis L. McWilliams ’74, Sept. 15, 2022


Forrest D. Pilgrim Jr. ’59, Jan. 8

John A. Stoneham II ’65, April 14, 2022

Georgia Tech

H. L. Hazlett ’58, May 25, 2021 c

William L. Reger ’51, March 3


Michael F. Cutter ’92, March 23


Richard D. Anderson ’60, March 1, 2022

Mark E. Saylor ’76, March 15, 2022


Eirik Berggren ’57, Dec. 21, 2022


Michael P. Jurgensen ’76, July 9, 2021

Dennis MacFarlane

Miami (Fla.) ’17

April 26, 2023

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

Prognosed in June 2022 with just 4-6 weeks to live, MacFarlane waged a brutally difficult, 10-month battle against glioblastoma, the most common form of brain cancer. Eulogized beautifully by his younger sister, he also leaves behind his parents, a fiance and his cherished dogs.


Richard Starr DDS ’45, Dec. 23, 2022


John G. Atherton ’50, Feb. 19 c

Harold E. Ray MD ’55, April 20, 2021

Kansas State

Gary D. Basom ’77, Feb. 6

John P. Greenleaf ’75, March 7

James M. Hall III ’57, Dec. 27, 2022

Blake E. Herres DDS ’74, March 23

Kent L. Thompson ’50, Dec. 20, 2022 c


Robert J. Mulholland ’59, Sept. 3, 2022


Edward J. Dellin ’64, Oct. 30, 2021

Peter W. Spink ’50, Dec. 11, 2022 c


Wayne P. Boshka ’53, Jan. 21 c

Davis L. Fisher ’64, May 16, 2022


Craig R. Sayer ’77, Dec. 19, 2021


Daniel C. Quirion ’75, Oct. 29, 2022


Warren K. Hinsch ’49, March 14

George E. VanLieu ’58, March 22

Miami (Fla.)

Dennis MacFarlane ’17, April 26


Don E. Byron ’56, Dec. 7, 2022

Michigan State

Anthony S. Earl ’59, Feb. 23 c


Frank C. Pengal ’09, Nov. 9, 2022

Tony Earl

Michigan State ’59

February 23, 2023

Known for bipartisanship, the 41st governor of Wisconsin served 1983-87. A Navy veteran and Democrat, and elected majority leader within one year of joining the state Assembly, Earl was devoted to conservation and equality, appointing the first Black state cabinet member and openly gay press secretary.

Dr. Alfred Wechsler

MIT ’55

January 20, 2023

Starting a wildly successful career in research and development of materials used in lunar applications, some of which are still on the moon, Wechsler also helped develop the “bubble suit” so immunodeficient patients can interact with loved ones.



William P. Becker ’92, Dec. 23, 2022

Hunter L. Blackmon ’76, Feb. 20, 2021


John L. Young ’59, Jan. 31 c


Gerald J. Burnett ’64, Nov. 28, 2021

Karl M. Duff ’57, Dec. 10, 2021

James W. Giffin ’64, Oct. 22, 2022

Alfred E. Wechsler ’55, Jan. 20


John W. Hilton ’65, March 6, 2023

James W. Lines ’65, July 28, 2022

North Carolina

William B. Woody ’70, Feb. 10

North Dakota

Douglas A. Hedstrom ’76, Feb. 23

John L. Sproul ’50, July 29, 2022 c


Paul W. Austin ’85, Jan. 17

Ohio Wesleyan

Albert B. Albrecht ’48, Jan. 20

Ohio State

Robert T. Norris ’82, Nov. 29, 2022


T. Richard Medlock ’61, March 15 c

Wendell L. Moore ’49, Aug. 18, 2021

William J. Ross ’52, Nov. 17, 2022

James R. Snider MD ’53, Jan. 26

James B. Snow Jr. ’53, May 28, 2022 c

E. N. Stanfield ’59, Feb. 8 c

Kyle W. Toal MD ’77, Feb. 28

Oklahoma State

Richard S. Brown ’56, March 16

James W. Browning ’65, Nov. 22, 2022

Michael W. Donovan ’63, Feb. 26

K. Austin Eudaly ’06, Feb. 3

Jimmy L. Tarter ’64, Jan. 6 c


Steven S. Overbeck ’64, July 13, 2022


Kenneth L. Gittings ’58, Jan. 21 c


Wes R. Carr ’23, Feb. 28

South Dakota

Bruce H. Allen MD ’55, Dec. 8, 2022

Frederick J. Monick ’52, Feb. 22 c

Thomas V. Smith ’59, Aug. 5, 2022

St. Lawrence

Christopher J. Auty ’76, Dec. 30, 2021


John M. Brock Jr. ’70, March 9


William M. Cochran ’76, Feb. 11, 2022


Herbert W. Dodson Jr. ’59, Feb. 19

James J. Elick ’71, Dec. 25, 2022

William N. Sikes ’62, Jan. 21


John H. Counce II ’49, Dec. 3, 2022 c

UC Berkeley

James M. Anderson ’54, April 6, 2021 c

Roy R. Harman ’71, Nov. 20, 2022

John E. Waltz ’53, April 14


Jack H. Blok ’64, Dec. 20, 2022

Richard Medlock Oklahoma ’61

March 15, 2023

Following older brother Bryan, Oklahoma ’59, into the Gamma Phi Chapter, Richard attributed his student success and gentlemanly demeanor to the Beta house. A dedicated nephrologist, he is survived by Beta son and Chapter Advisor Tom Medlock, Kansas ’85, and grandson, Eric ’22.

UMass Dartmouth

Derek D. Zannini ’03, March 31, 2021


Dee M. Wilson ’59, Jan. 3 c

Virginia Tech

Kenneth H. Neagle Jr. ’76, Jan. 13, 2022


John W. Gibbs ’63, Jan. 15

Robert T. Kulka ’75, Jan. 26


Robert L. Horchover DDS ’56, Dec. 19, 2022

Washington and Lee

Campbell C. Hutchinson III ’58, Jan. 23 c

Washington in St. Louis

John W. Fenlon MD ’58, Nov. 27, 2022 c

Harry S. Jonas MD ’49, Dec. 24, 2022 c

Michael B. Kotner ’67, Feb. 24

Washington State

Guy D. Fisher ’58, Jan. 23 c

West Virginia

Craig L. Selby ’67, Feb. 6

Western Reserve

John T. Kominis DDS ’59, July 13, 2022

Jerrold B. Miller ’60, Jan. 9


Wray C. Johanning ’59, Oct. 16, 2022

Wichita State

Craig A. Coffman ’76, Aug. 7, 2022


Robert Brittingham ’54, Nov. 6, 2021

“I have my grandfather’s copy of the ‘Beta Theta Pi Catalogue, 1917.’ His name is George S. Longley Jr., Maine 1918, Roll No. 473. Is this a book your organization would be interested in having?”

— Barbara Longley

Editor’s Note: The Fraternity eagerly accepted Barbara’s gracious gesture, so Brother Longley’s Catalogue is now safe and sound in the John Reily Knox Library in Oxford.

Jim Snow Oklahoma ’53

May 28, 2022

Former head of the otorhinolaryngology departments at the University of Oklahoma and Pennsylvania medical schools, Snow was named the first director of the National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders at the NIH. His painting hangs in the school of medicine at Penn.

Austin Eudaly

Oklahoma State ’06

February 3, 2023

Described by his family as a walking paradox, Eudaly was “elusive and gregarious, stubborn and kind, a prankster and a philosopher, lazy and diligent, flippant and deeply invested.” The last few years he suffered from, and eventually succumbed to, a brain disorder.

Wes Carr SMU ’23

February 28, 2023

A senior economics major originating from Corona Del Mar, California, Carr was a past scholarship chairman of the Gamma Omega Chapter. Complaining of an extended headache the two days prior, he was found unresponsive by chapter brothers, eventually succumbing to a brain aneurysm.


beta eponyms

worldwide tributes

Iconic Bascom Hall Memorializes Early University President

In a nod to the Alpha Pi Chapter’s historic 150th anniversary celebration April 21-22, it is fitting the Fraternity pay homage to Bascom Hall, a dramatic Beta eponym that has anchored the University of Wisconsin since its construction in 1859. Named for early university President John Bascom, Williams 1849, the administration building sits atop Bascom Hill which is the epicenter of the Madison campus. On issues of morality, ethics and social justice, history records Bascom as a deeply personal influence on U.S. Representative, Senator and Governor Robert La Follette, whose two Beta sons, Bob Jr., Wisconsin 1917, and Philip, Wisconsin 1919, also became a U.S. senator and two-term governor, respectively. Fittingly, in front of Bascom Hall sits a replica of the original Abraham Lincoln statue sculpted by Adolph Alexander Weidman that was dedicated in the 16th U.S. president’s hometown of Hodgenville, Kentucky, in 1909. Campus tradition dictates graduating seniors pose for a picture in front of Bascom Hall while sitting in Honest Abe’s lap.

Photos: The NASA Library / Alamy John Bascom, Williams 1849, president of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1874-1887

Celebrating 100+ YEARS OF EXCELLENCE

Fraternity Communications Association


It was another banner year for Beta Theta Pi at the Fraternity Communications Association annual meeting held May 2-4 in Indianapolis. In addition to celebrating the interfraternal organization’s 100th anniversary that actually dates back to 1883 Interfraternity Press Association founder William Raimond Baird, Stevens 1878, the Fraternity announced a $20,000 lead gift (made in honor of Beta’s interfraternal friends) to FCA’s Centennial Fund that achieved $215,000 toward its $100,000 goal; Beta Creative Director Sarah Shepherd was surprised with the Marilyn Simpson Ford Award for service to the association; and Beta was honored with seven top honors for communication work this past year – an interfraternity high.

Beta’s 2022-23 FCA Centennial Awards

Marilyn Simpson Ford Award Sarah Shepherd

Top Fraternity Publication Improvement Expansion Proposal

Top Fraternity Short-Form Video 183rd Convention Recap

Top Fraternity Social Media Engagement ............... June Pride Post

Top Fraternity Design Feature ..... “150th Magazine Anniversary”

Top Fraternity Long-Form Writing.......... “Wrongfully Convicted”

Top Fraternity Story Packaging ...........“Remembering Sondheim”

Top Fraternity Two-Page Design “No Fraternity is Untouchable”

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