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EG Awards $1K in Scholarships
EG Awards $1500 in Scholarships
Epsilon Gamma's First Legacy
New President's Message
Outgoing President's Message
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
“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.
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Epsilon Gamma Housing Corporation Awards $750 in
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
January 10, 2010
New President's Message
By Thomas R. Ahearn `11, chapter president
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
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
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
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