Chapter News/Press Releases

This page contains selected news from the Epsilon Gamma Chapter for the past year or so.

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December 12, 2012

CMU Cadet Joseph Graffeo Among the Best in the Nation

Excerpt from CMU Media Channel

[Joe Graffeo `12 is a member of the Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity]

Central Michigan University senior Joseph Graffeo of Lake Orion will be joining the ranks of the U.S. Army’s elite Dec. 15 when he is appointed as an aviation officer during CMU’s commencement ceremony. Graffeo finished his ROTC assessment as one of the top cadets in the nation.

Graffeo, a finance major, joined CMU’s ROTC program in 2010. Becoming an officer required many leadership training courses and physical fitness evaluations, including the U.S. Army fitness test and the ROTC leadership development and assessment course. Graffeo finished 21st out of 6,300 cadets who were assessed this year, placing him in the top 1 percent in the nation.

“Cadet Joseph Graffeo has done an absolutely outstanding job in the ROTC Program here at CMU,” says Lt. Col. Greg Thayer, chairman of CMU’s military science department. “He just gets it. He understands that by ensuring your peers and subordinates are successful, you’ll be successful, and more importantly the U.S. Army will be successful.”

Aviation officers coordinate and lead military operations using U.S. Army helicopters. Military operations include hauling troops, carrying supplies, and providing quick-strike and long-range target engagement. Graffeo will begin job training in aviation school in January, where he will begin his studies with rotary-winged aircrafts and basic flying skills.

Read more from the official press release: http://goo.gl/vAda7

November 1, 2012

Epsilon Gamma Housing Corporation Awards $750 in Scholarships

By Steven Desmet ’94, housing corporation vice president

The Epsilon Gamma Housing Corporation (EGHC) is honored to award two deserving undergraduates scholarships totaling $750. The EGHC would like to thank our donors to the scholarship program, and we look forward to providing many more scholarships in the coming years. This year’s scholarship recipients excelled in the classroom, in the chapter, and on campus. Both brothers exceeded the standards and responsibilities of wearing the badge and bearing the name of Beta Theta Pi.

The first recipient is Brother Kevin White ’13 from Rochester Hills, MI who will receive the Jeff Hughes Family Scholarship in the amount of $500. Kevin is currently a Senior at Central Michigan University. He is an Elementary Education major with a focus in integrated science. He currently maintains a 3.6 GPA and has made the Dean’s List the last 6 semesters in a row. Kevin is the current chapter President. He has also held the office of Pledge Educator, Recruitment Chairman and Historian as a member of the Epsilon Gamma Chapter. As chapter President, Kevin is working on a program to help improve the culture and image of the chapter. Kevin’s involvement on campus includes but is not limited to Farwell Middle School tutor, Leadership Safari Guide and Ultimate Frisbee.

The second recipient is Brother Trevor Earl ’14 from Trenton, MI who will receive the John Reineke II/Phil Klassan Scholarship in the amount of $250. Trevor is currently a Junior at Central Michigan University. He is a Health Fitness & Rehabilitative Studies major and with a 3.7 GPA has consistently made the Dean’s List. He is the current Philanthropy Chairman for the chapter and is very active in campus life. Trevor’s involvement on campus includes but is not limited to Leadership Safari Guide, CMU Pre-PA Club, Leadership Advancement Scholar and Campus Ambassador. He has over 100 hours volunteering at the CMU Volunteer Center and Leadership Institute. Stemming from his passion for philanthropy, Trevor spent an entire summer in South Africa as a volunteer building a hospital.

The EGHC would like to congratulate Kevin and Trevor and say “thank you” to the scholarship donors!

Since 2006 more than $17,250 — divided into $250 and $500 scholarships — has been awarded to undergraduate members of the Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Beta Theta Pi. The program is successful due to the generosity of our distinguished alumni. If you are interested in sponsoring a tax-deductible scholarship in your name, please contact Scott Nadeau, EGHC president.

November 8, 2011

 

Epsilon Gamma Housing Corporation Awards $1000 in Scholarships

By Matt Bush `07, housing corporation vice president

The Epsilon Gamma Housing Corporation (EGHC) is honored to award three deserving undergraduates scholarships totaling $1000. The EGHC would like to thank all of our donors to the scholarship program, and we look forward to providing many more scholarships in the coming years. This year’s scholarship recipients excelled in the classroom, in the chapter, and on campus. Each brother exceeded the standards and responsibilities of wearing the badge and bearing the name of Beta Theta Pi.

The first recipient is Brother Robert Lane `12 from Whitmore Lake, MI who will receive the Jeff Hughes Family $500 Scholarship. Robert is currently a senior at Central Michigan University and will graduate in May. He is the Senior Resident Assistant for Troutman and Cobb Halls and Vice President of the Chapter. In the past, he has served as Philanthropy Chair, Secretary, and helped create the annual Beta's in Bowties Pasta Benefit Dinner.  He has also served as Greek Week Coordinator, RHA President and served on the All Greek Judicial Board. He is looking to go into higher education post-graduation and will be working with Greeks for years to come.

The second recipient is Brother Zack Reinbold `12 of Frankenmuth, MI who will receive the Bryan Hix/Trevor Wisniewski $250 scholarship. Zack is currently a senior at CMU and will be graduating in May 2012 with a B.S. in Business Administration/Human Resources Management. He currently holds the position of Vice President of Finance for the Interfraternity Council and the cabinet positions of Parent Relations Chair and the Chief Justice of Kai Committee within the Epsilon Gamma Chapter. One of his recent accomplishments was hosting the inaugural “Dads and Undergrads Day” this Fall where the chapter invited fathers and father-figures to the house for a BBQ and then a CMU football game (with a little tailgating in-between). Other positions he has held within the chapter include Treasurer, Student Government Association Representative and Pledge Class Treasurer. He is currently in the process of looking for a job in human resources or entry level management post-graduation.

The third and final recipient is Brother Kevin White `13 of Rochester Hills, MI who received the inaugural Phillip M. Klassen/John A. Reineke II $250 scholarship. Kevin joined Beta as an incoming freshman in the spring semester of 2009. He currently is a senior, seeking a degree in Elementary Education with a focus in intergraded science, and a minor in Language Arts and Middle Level Education. With this being his sixth semester in Beta, he has enjoyed holding a position as Historian, Recruitment Chair and Pledge Educator. Being an education major, he still has a year and half left with this organization as an undergrad and can't wait to see where it takes him!

The EGHC would like to congratulate all three scholarship recipients and say “thank you” to the scholarship donors!

Since 2006 more than $16,500 — divided into $250 and $500 scholarships — has been awarded to undergraduate members of the Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Beta Theta Pi. The program is successful due to the generosity of our distinguished alumni. If you are interested in sponsoring a tax-deductible scholarship in your name, please contact Scott Nadeau, EGHC president.

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 129,842 members including some 5,853 collegians on more than 142 campuses in the United States and Canada.

August 1, 2010

Epsilon Gamma Awards $1500 in Scholarships

By Phil Klassen `09, housing corporation vice president

The Epsilon Gamma Housing Corporation (EGHC) is honored to award five deserving undergraduates scholarships totaling $1500. The EGHC would like to thank all of our donors to the scholarship program, and we look forward to providing many more scholarships in the coming years. This year’s scholarship recipients excelled in the classroom, in the chapter, and on campus. Each brother exceeded the standards and responsibilities on wearing the badge and bearing the name of Beta Theta Pi.

The first recipient is Brother Jeffrey Zapolski of Saginaw, MI who received the Jeff Hughes Family $500 Scholarship. Jeff has a 3.93 GPA while studying Finance and Economics. Jeff has held the position of Treasurer, Risk Manager, and Scholarship Chairman for the fraternity and has served as the Vice President of Finance of the Interfraternity Council

The second recipient is Brother Zack Reinbold of Frankenmuth, MI who received the Matt Mularoni $250 Scholarship. Zack has a 3.4 GPA while studying Human Resource Management. Zack has held the position of Treasurer for the fraternity and is a Senator in the Student Government Association.

The third recipient is Brother Drew Mason of Grand Ledge, MI who received the Kevin Brockman $250 Scholarship. Drew has a 3.54 GPA while studying Integrated Science for Elementary Education. Drew has served as the Scholarship Chairman, House Manager, Choirister, and videographer (www.youtube.com/iamdrew14). Outside the Chapter, Drew is a Lunch Buddy and Big Brother.

The fourth recipient is Brother Kevin White of Rochester Hills, MI who received the Bryan Hix/Trevor Wisniewski $250 scholarship. Kevin has a 3.39 GPA while studying Elementary Education with a focus in Intergraded Science. Kevin has held the position of Recruitment Chairman and Historian for the fraternity. Outside of Beta, Kevin plays on the CMU Ultimate Frisbee Team.

The fifth recipient is Brother Thomas Ahearn of Midland, MI who received the Grant Kersten $250 Scholarship. Thomas has a 3.1 GPA while studying Health Fitness in Preventative Programs. Thomas has held the position of IM Sports Chair, Secretary, and President for the fraternity.

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

Since 2005 almost $15,000 — divided into $250 and $500 scholarships — has 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 129,842 members including some 5,972 collegians on more than 105 campuses in the United States and Canada.

We are currently looking for people to help continue our scholarship program. If you would like to donate a scholarship in your name, please contact Scott Nadeau.

April 24, 2010

Epsilon Gamma's First Legacy

By Tom Bussineau `86, founding father

It is with great pride to announce that Tyler William Bussineau was initiated as Epsilon Gamma 408 on April 24, 2010. He is the first son legacy for the chapter. There have been a couple of brother/brother and son/father legacies, but never a father/son to go through until now.

This semester was filled with anticipation as he went through the pledging period. I never put pressure on Tyler to join Beta Theta Pi. Also, there were was never a pressure put on the chapter to recruit or extend him a bid. This allowed Tyler to truly experience the whole process and get a bid on his own merits. As I proud father, I was anxious through the whole pledge period and waiting to see if he would be initiated. I want to thank Thomas Ahearn '11 for keeping me informed throughout the semester.

The initiation was very emotional and I was grateful to the chapter for allowing me to participate. Tyler Presley '12 organized and facilitated an expectation ritual that is a great model for other chapters to follow. I could barely fight back the emotions as my son was being initiated. Giving him a big hug after extending him the Beta grip will be something I will remember forever.

I also want to thank Kevin White '12 who is Tyler's big brother. Kevin did an excellent job of recruiting him to Beta and is an excellent mentor to him. Tyler's nickname will not be "Buzz", but "Da Bus."

It will be great to see other sons attend CMU and to join the Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Beta Theta Pi. I will make every effort to be there for my brothers as their sons are initiated into this great fraternity of ours.

Thank God I am a Beta and thank God that my son is a Beta.

Pictures here: http://tinyurl.com/2bs27s2 

January 10, 2010

New President's Message

By Thomas R. Ahearn `11, chapter president

Dear Brother,

I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones well after a sacred holiday season. I am honored to have been elected as the new president of our beloved fraternity. I have high hopes for our fraternity and I hope you will become active in helping us achieve our goal of becoming one of the top chapters in the nation. I would not have accepted this position without believing I am worthy of carrying on the great excellence of Epsilon Gamma. Personally I am aware of the qualities it will take to successfully lead this fraternity. I believe it is said best through a quote stated by Bill Horn, Denison ’10:

“I will continue to cultivate myself in all aspects of life. Cultivating your intellect is far more than receiving a perfect grade point average or enrolling in the most difficult classes. There is a basic principle that goes along with this idea and that is to challenge ourselves in everything we do.”

I agree with this whole heartedly. I will pledge to you that while I am president of Epsilon Gamma we will continue to challenge ourselves in everything we attempt, never settling for second best. It is time to prove to ourselves and the fraternity world that we are the definition of Men of Principle.

I am very eager for the upcoming year here at Epsilon Gamma, we have a rich tradition that I intend to uphold. I hope you become enthusiastic with the start of a new year; I know I am. I hope to meet many of you at the pig roast upcoming this spring and for those who I don’t get the chance to meet, I hope I can make you proud with the way I will represent the fraternity we all hold dear to our hearts.

January 10, 2010

Outgoing President's Message

By Justin E. Mack, outgoing chapter president

Brothers & Friends,

I was once told that the last, and arguably most important obligation of the fraternity President is to assure that you not only leave the chapter better than you received it, but you leave behind capable leaders to shape it in for the years coming. And it is with confidence that I can say that this year, that obligation has been set to rest.

Elections for 2010 were held on November 21st. It is my pleasure to be the first to introduce these capable brothers to our alumni, family, and General Fraternity:

Accepting the honorable office of President is my pledge brother and friend, Thomas R. Ahearn, CMU ’11. Brother Ahearn spent the last year serving as the Epsilon Gamma’s Executive Secretary and excelled so that the chapter felt him worthy of our highest position. He has proven to excel in both professional and social settings and there remains no doubt that he will live out the Great Principals of this fraternity so that Beta’s name may shine ever gloriously.

Serving along side brother Ahearn will be our newly-elected Executive Vice-President Matthew J. Petrusha, CMU ’11. A former Pledge Educator, Brother Petrusha has served as a worthy guide for the past two successful Pledge classes and hopes to shape the chapter at a different level now. A successful scholar, executive board member, and manager at his part-time job, Petrusha certainly exudes organization and order. We all look forward to seeing what he can do as the Vice-President of the chapter.

In the hopes of maintaining the Epsilon Gamma’s strong financial structure is Brother Marcus B. Luke, CMU ’11. A pre-law major and treasurer of a number of organizations outside of Beta, Brother Luke comes with a wealth of experience and a passion for the financial health of the chapter. The chapter is lucky to have capable and willing brothers like he.

Our new Executive Secretary will be Robert W. Lane, CMU ’12. As the former Philanthropy Chairman, Brother Lane is responsible for last spring’s very successful King of the Wing chicken wing eating philanthropy and last semester's Betas in Bowties pasta dinner philanthropy. With this experience, we look forward to Brother Lane expanding the impact of his new Executive Board position.

Given the honorable charge of shaping and maturing our young brothers-to-be will be Brother Benjamin J. Love, CMU ’12, our newly-elected Pledge Educator. Looking to maintain the Epsilon Gamma’s reputation for outstanding Pledge Education, Brother Love will take charge of the spring and fall 2010 pledges in hopes to mold strong brothers by the end of his 8-week program. The chapter unanimously found him worthy of that charge.

In the coming semesters, Brother Kevin N. White, CMU ’12, will lead Beta in their efforts to find the fine men on Central Michigan University’s campus that are worthy to wear the badge and bear the name of Beta Theta Pi. Always a stressful and exhausting search, Brother White has shown through his character and work ethic that he is more than prepared and capable of handling the task.

Accepting the post of Risk Manager is Brother Spencer B. Matthews, CMU ’11. Brother Matthews and his impeccable reputation among the brothers as a responsible young adult will be charged with the duty of assuring that the chapter remains in line as far as responsibility and safety go. We have no doubt that his foresight and critical thinking will always steer the chapter in the right direction.

And finally, assigned as the new year’s new Ritual Chairman is Brother Tylere R. Presley, CMU ‘12. Brother Presley will look to preserve the meaning and purpose of the ritual for not only the young and newly initiated brothers, but for brothers of all ages. He possesses an exceptional knowledge and understanding of the ritual and as such he seemed an excellent choice for the position.

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