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2009 Fall Initiation

At 10:00 on the evening of November 21st, eight men were added to the rolls of the Epsilon Gamma Chapter. Initiation was held at the Masonic Lodge in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Welcome to the newest members of Beta Theta Pi!

398 Matthew J. Reynolds
399 Travis S. Converse
400 Michael E. Kobylinski
401 Matthew L. Petersen
402 Dayton D. Stone
403 John L. Price
404 Casey T. Meuzelaar
405 Richard A. "Adam" Bryce

Here are a few photos taken on initiation day:

2008-09 Matthew F. Baad Scholarships Announced

By Scott Nadeau `89, EGHC president

The Matthew F. Baad Scholarship was created and funded by Epsilon Gamma founding father, Matthew Francis Baad ’85 in October 2005 to recognize the outstanding new member from each semester’s pledge class. The Epsilon Gamma Housing Corporation recently announced the winners from the 2008-09 academic year:

Frankenmuth sophomore and current Chapter Treasurer Zack Reinbold `12 is the Fall 2008 recipient. He is a Logistics Management and Marketing double-major student with a current cumulative GPA of 3.62. His GPA during his pledging semester was 3.64 while carrying 17 credits.

With regards to the fraternity, Reinbold said: "After growing up in a rather small and sheltered city like Frankenmuth, joining a Fraternity never seemed like a reasonable option for me. However, after meeting some of the brothers during my first week at CMU, I knew that Beta was where I belonged. The values of Beta Theta Pi, the leadership experiences available, and the true brotherhood of the chapter have made joining Beta the best decision I could have ever made."

His goals for the chapter this year are to win a fourth consecutive Chapter of Excellence award from CMU and to win the chapter's first Knox award. Personally, he is continuing to work toward graduating with academic honors in four years or less and to obtain an internship with Disney Resorts in Florida.

The Spring 2009 recipient is Mark Generous `10 from Livonia. He is a also a double-major student, studying Broadcast and Cinematic Arts as well as Interpersonal Communication. His GPA during his pledging semester was 3.96 and he currently carries a 3.92 cumulative GPA.

"Being apart of Beta Theta Pi has exceeded all of my expectations, and then some. It has given me life-long brothers and companionship, as well as helped me in pursuit of my educational endeavors" Generous said. His goal as the chapter's historian this year is help the chapter take home its first Knox award.

Personally, he says "Currently, I am planning on attending graduate school in the fall of 2010 so I may acquire of Master of Arts in Communication Studies. After that, I have no idea where I'll end up, and I don't mind not knowing."

In addition to the scholarships, Reinbold and Generous will have the privilege of sharing the “Baad badge" — a custom made Fraternity pin bearing Baad's name and roll number — until the Fall 2009 recipient is announced.

The Epsilon Gamma Housing Corporation sincerely thanks brother Baad for his generous donation and for supporting the newest members of our chapter.

More than a dozen annual scholarship funds have been established by Chapter alumni through a special ongoing Capital Fundraising Initiative. Almost $13,000 — divided into $250 and $500 scholarships — have been awarded to undergraduate members of Beta Theta Pi since January 2006.

The Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Beta Theta Pi is dedicated to building men of principle for a principled life. Our brotherhood aids the individual, builds the fraternity and strengthens Central Michigan University through lifelong devotion to intellectual excellence, high standards of moral conduct and responsible citizenship. Beta Theta Pi, founded in 1839 at Miami University (Ohio), has more than 120,000 members including some 5,800 collegians on more than 120 campuses in the United States and Canada.

If you would like to donate a scholarship in your name, please contact Scott Nadeau.

Epsilon Gamma Awards $2500 in Scholarships

By Scott Sawyer `99, housing corporation vice president

The summer of 2009 found the Epsilon Gamma Housing Corporation (EGHC) giving out eight scholarships to Epsilon Gamma Undergrads worth $2500. The EGHC would like to once again thank all of our donors for our scholarship program and we look forward to providing many more scholarships in the coming years. This years scholarship recipients once again show they believe in the standards set forth by Beta Theta Pi.

The first recipient is Mr. Jeffrey Zapolski of Saginaw, MI who received the Bryan Hix/Trevor Wisniewski $500 Scholarship. Jeff has a 3.91 GPA while studying Personal Financial Planning and Economics. Jeff has held the position of Treasurer and Risk Manager for the fraternity.

The second recipient is Mr. John A. Reineke II of Brighton, MI who received the Jeff Hughes Family $500 scholarship. John has a 3.38 GPA while studying Economics. John has held the positions of Alumni Relations, Pledge Educator Ritual Chairman and Historian for the fraternity.

The third recipient is Mr. Thomas Ahearn of Midland, MI who received the Steve Swindell and Family $250 Scholarship. Thomas has a 3.1 GPA while studying Health Fitness in Preventative Programs. Thomas has held the position of IM Sports Chair and Secretary for the fraternity.

The fourth recipient is Mr. John Klapchuk of Dowagiac, MI who received the Oren Lane $250 scholarship. John has a 3.53 GPA while studying Spanish and Math Secondary Education. John has held the position of Recruitment Chairman and PR Chairman for the fraternity.

The fifth recipient is Mr. Zack Reinbold of Frankenmuth, MI who received the Mark Hess $250 Scholarship. Zack has a 3.62 GPA while studying Marketing and Logistics Management. Zack has held the position of Treasurer for the fraternity.

The sixth recipient is Mr. Mark Generous of Livonia, MI who received the Grant Kersten $250 Scholarship. Mark has a 3.94 GPA while studying Broadcast and Cinematic Arts/Communications. Mark has held the position of Historian for the fraternity.

The seventh recipient is Mr. Chris Mueller of Grandville, MI who received the Keith and Audra Nagel $250 Scholarship. Chris has a 3.50 GPA while studying English and Speech. Chris has held the positions of Public Relations Chair, Pledge Educator, Chorister, and was part of the Philanthropy committee for the fraternity.

The eight recipient is Mr. Robert Hunter of Grosse Ile, MI who received the James Cone $250 Scholarship. Robert has a 2.84 GPA while studying Marketing and Purchase/ Supply Chain Management. Robert has held the positions President, Recruitment Chair and SGA rep for the fraternity.

The EGHC scholarship committee would like to congratulate all ten scholarship recipients and we would like to say thank you to the ten scholarship donors.

More than a dozen annual scholarship funds have been established by Chapter alumni through a special ongoing Capital Fundraising Initiative. Almost $13,000 — divided into $250 and $500 scholarships — have been awarded to undergraduate members of Beta Theta Pi since January 2006.

The Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Beta Theta Pi is dedicated to building men of principle for a principled life. Our brotherhood aids the individual, builds the fraternity and strengthens Central Michigan University through lifelong devotion to intellectual excellence, high standards of moral conduct and responsible citizenship. Beta Theta Pi, founded in 1839 at Miami University (Ohio), has more than 120,000 members including some 5,800 collegians on more than 120 campuses in the United States and Canada.

If you would like to donate a scholarship in your name, please contact Scott Nadeau.

The State of the Chapter

By Justin E. Mack `11, chapter president

Yet again, I get the pleasure of addressing you at one of the Epsilon Gamma’s proudest moments. The chapter received its ninth Sisson Award this summer at the 170th General Convention in Phoenix. This our chapter's second in a row. We can soundly say that Epsilon Gamma has solidified itself as one of the better respected throughout all of Beta’s Broad Domain; which begs the question: Now that we are here, where to next?

Well, brothers, to put it simply: the sky’s the limit. The chapter is very excited and incredibly proud of this recent achievement, yet we find ourselves awfully humbled as well. While the Sisson is an honor, no matter how many times you receive it, this only refreshes the chapter’s hunger for the most honorable Knox award, a respect that this chapter has never received.

While the state of the chapter is certainly good, there are many things we look to improve upon this year. To name a few, we look forward to another semester of recruiting high-quality men for this first-class fraternity. Brother John Klapchuk ’10 will yet again lead us in the effort this fall to find good men worthy to wear the badge.

We also look to improve academically. As we received the second highest cumulative GPA on campus this spring, we look to retake the top spot this fall and truly serve as a testament to Cultivation of the Intellect.

But as with all things in the fraternal world, we cannot do it ourselves. We look to you, our alumni, friends, and family to help in any way you can. Our chapter suffers from no illusions of perfection, and we recognize that both our best allies and sometimes greatest critics are reading this letter now – two things a chapter desperately needs in times of growth like these.

And so I write you now a letter of both celebration and a call to action. While we celebrate the many successes we have already enjoyed, we must not rest upon our laurels during this opportunity for growth. We need you now, more than ever, to give to the chapter in your advice, gifts, and support as we continue to strive for perfection here in Mt. Pleasant.

May God Bless you and we all certainly look forward to seeing you all soon.

Central Michigan Betas Celebrate Sisson Award

By John Klapchuk `09, chapter public relations chairman

Phoenix, Arizona — August 4, 2009

After Saturday night’s celebration banquet at Beta Theta Pi’s 170th General Convention in Phoenix, there is cause to celebrate for the Central Michigan Chapter, as we have received our ninth Francis H. Sisson Award.

The Chapter was awarded the Francis H. Sisson award for fraternal excellence at this convention, an honor bestowed upon only twenty-eight of the fraternity’s over one hundred and twenty chapters.

“It’s always an honor to be recognized at convention,” President Justin Mack, Central Michigan ’11, said. “However, the time has come now for the Epsilon Gamma Chapter to set their sights on higher goals; specifically, the [John Reilly] Knox Award.”

Mack was greeted by 32-year senator, the Honorable Richard G. Lugar, Denison ’54, on stage as he received the award.

The fraternity’s 171st convention will be held in Washington D.C. from August 5-8, 2010. As always, the chapter invites all available alumni to join them.

 

 2nd Annual "King of the Wing" Competition Raises Money for Local Non-Profit

By John Klapchuk `09, public relations chairman

At the forefront of Central Michigan University’s campus on a sunny Friday afternoon stood dozens of CMU students cheering for their favorite team during Beta Theta Pi’s annual “King of the Wing” chicken wing eating contest, sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings.

The competition took place at 3 o’clock on Friday, April 17th,and lasted nearly an hour and a half. During the competition, teams ate their way through plates of Buffalo Wild Wing’s mildly sauced wings in a relay style race. Of the fifteen teams that entered, one arose victorious – the Delta Chi “Wing Dingers” for the second consecutive year.

“The best thing to come to this campus is the Beta Theta Pi wing eating contest,” Senior Adam Militello said in a video interview with Central Michigan Life later that day.

However, in the background, there were more students cheering for something a bit more significant – funding for a local sexual aggression advocating group.

SAPA, or the Sexual Aggression Peer Advocates, lost funding years ago from the University and is now being funded by charitable organizations including Beta Theta Pi. With the success of King of the Wing, Beta Theta Pi will now be able to donate $525 to the organization for general program funding at their next regular meeting.

“This is what it’s all about, really,” Philanthropy Chairman Robert Lane said. “We always strive to give back as best we can, and here is a group that needs it.”

Watch the video from the event here.

Beta Theta Pi Wins Chapter Excellence Award from CMU

The past few years have been very good to the Betas of Central Michigan’s campus, and the accolades seem to continue to rush in. At Monday’s Greek Gala awards, the Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Beta Theta Pi was awarded the “Chapter of Excellence Award” for gaining outstanding marks in brotherhood, service, scholarship, leadership, and personal growth.

The chapter has also, in the past two years, received the “President’s Cup,” as the campus’s outstanding fraternity chapter. However, due to some restructuring this fall, the President’s Cup has been replaced with the Chapter of Excellence Award.

Beta Theta Pi shares the honors with the gentlemen of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the only other group to reach Chapter of Excellence Standards.

“It feels great to be here again,” said fraternity president Justin Mack. “It’s an honor that never gets old. Although it wasn’t our goal to win another [Chapter of Excellence Award] it is certainly nice to be recognized for the hard work we put in this year.”

The Epsilon Gamma Chapter will now look forward to this summer’s 170th General Convention in Phoenix where they will vie for the General Fraternity’s most prestigious award, the Knox Award.

The chapter would also like to disclose sincere thanks to the chapter’s advisory team, alumni base, and the University.

“We could never have done it without them,” Mack says. 

January 12, 2009

Spring Semester Kick-off Retreat

On Sunday, January 11 the chapter held their Kick-off Retreat for the semester. The afternoon started with the installation ceremony of the new officers and a lunch and moved into goal setting for the semester. The day finished with the first chapter meeting presided by new president Justin E. Mack `11.

To view the entire photo gallery from the event, click on the icon in the lower right of the photo show below.

The photos are also posted on Facebook.

January 6, 2009

President's Message

By Justin E. Mack `11, chapter president

Dearest brother,

I hope this letter finds you well, after a blessed holiday season enjoying friends, family and, of course, inclement weather.

As you may know, I was recently elected to the presidency of our beloved chapter, and accepted with great humility. I would not have even considered the position, though, without possessing the noblest intentions and highest understanding of my responsibilities and expectations. I recall considering what it would take and what leading a chapter of this Great and Good fraternity would entail, and I received some welcomed guidance from a wise alumnus.

Dr. Seth R. Brooks, St. Lawrence ’22, once scribed in his book, Inter Fratres, published in 1986, while pondering our Fraternity’s destiny as a whole that:

“Commitment to what is our rightful destiny excludes anything unbecoming our high and noble purposes... No one can honestly question the value of an association like ours, if it carries out those ends for which it was created.”

There it was. The key to the fulfillment of Beta’s long and glorious history was as simple as that. It was then that I found it right that I seek the presidency and, after being elected, it is my pledge to all of my brothers that I will do just that. I will keep my eye on the noblest of goals — that which we were created for — and fulfill the destiny that should be rightfully ours. A great destiny that is rightfully ours not only as a fraternity, but specifically this chapter. Our destiny resides among the stars.

I could not be more excited for this next chapter in Epsilon Gamma’s ever-thrilling history. I hope you will be active in our growth and joyous in our triumphs; for I am sure, there is much to come of both.

Yours in ____kai____,

Justin E. Mack, EG 360
Central Michigan ‘11
President, Epsilon Gamma of Beta Theta Pi

 


 
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