Welcome to the Alumni Association

The South Bay/Long Beach Beta Alumni Association is open to all alumni of Beta Theta Pi from all schools that have, or have had, Beta Theta Pi Chapters. The Alumni Association meets regularly approximately three times per year, and attends or hosts special functions. Alumni associations like the South Bay/Long Beach Beta Alumni Association are a great way to experience the depth of Beta Brotherhood beyond college. The Association enjoys members of all ages. All Betas Wecome!

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Beta Testimonials

J. C. Conway:


Originally posted on Khanh Nam "James" Le - The Online Diary:

Probably, Beta Theta Pi is the organization that got me most excited about joining in my first year at Denison. It’s a fraternity compiled of Men of Principles. Now, to tell you all how I got selected for a bid and initiated as a member is going to be too long. From the early days that I met the other 11 guys in my pledge class to the day of initiation was a hard-fought process for each of us, with multiple rituals to follow, stories to tell, and brotherhoods which get bonded. To sum up, here is the testimonials letter that I read during one of the rituals before we get initiated to all members of the fraternity. It sums up how I feel about this organization:

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Interested in Beta? Know Someone that Would Be?

At Beta Theta Pi, our mission is to develop Men of Principle for a principled life. The fraternity is always searching for gentlemen, leaders, and scholars who embody this philosophy and are excited about doing fraternity the right way.

Do you know someone that is Interested in hearing more about Beta Theta Pi? Are you an undergraduate student interested in information? With the new school year starting, now is the time to check it out or help someone you recommend find the way.

Complete the form at THIS SITE, and Beta Theta Pi will be in touch.

USC Rush Week Coming Up

btp_smRush week at USC is about to begin. From the men of Beta Theta Pi:

The brothers of Beta Theta Pi are committed to lifelong fraternal brotherhood.

By recruiting the best and brightest men on campus, Beta has created a family culture that values true character and a great sense of humor. For over 60 years, Betas at USC have been seen as leaders, athletes, and scholars, making a strong impact in all aspects of Greek life. Beta’s commitment to the community is evident through our own philanthropic events as well as numerous victories in sorority philanthropies.

We are also committed to academics, surpassing the All-Row and All-Men’s GPA year after year. In addition, Beta is proud to be home to varsity athletes and successful intramural teams, living up to our traditional reputation as one of the most athletic houses at USC. Our brothers are very excited for the upcoming year and are looking forward to getting to know future Betas during this year’s Fraternity Rush. Stop by our house anytime to find us playing basketball on our court out front, pool or foosball table inside, or watching a game on our 120″ HD Projection Screen. Our doors are always open.

Below are the scheduled events for Rush Week for the Fall Semester of 2014. If you are interested in Beta, please stop by our house at the specified times.

Saturday 08/23/14:

Alumni Park: 4-6 PM
23rd for a casual BBQ. Enjoy the food, walk around and meet brothers from every chapter, scout out what chapters you feel comfortable with, and just have a good time. Be sure to take as much information on each chapter’s rush schedules, as all are different throughout the week.

Sunday 08/24/14:

28th Street: 4-7 PM
All 24 fraternities will be represented on or near 28th Street this night so head on out for dinner and house tours.

Monday 08/25/14:

Driving Range
Arrive at 6pm at the Beta Theta Pi house. Transportation and food will be provided.

Tuesday 08/26/14:

Go-Kart Racing
Arrive at 6pm at the Beta Theta Pi house. Transportation and food will be provided.

Wednesday 08/27/14:

Jillian’s Sports Bar & Bowling
Arrive at 6pm at the Beta Theta Pi house. Transportation and food will be provided.

Thursday 08/28/14:

All Chapters: Formal, invite-only dinner.
Beta Theta Pi: Blue Chip Dinner at Gaucho’s Brazilian Steakhouse (Invite Only)
Arrive at 6pm at the Beta Theta Pi house. Transportation and food will be provided.

Friday 08/29/14:

After deciding which chapter they would most like to be a part of, potential members are invited to return to that house for an evening gathering to potentially receive a bid. If you are offered a bid, you have the option of accepting, declining, or holding. If you do not receive a bid, don’t worry–there is a grace period where late bids are handed out. Visit other chapters that you are interested in, and you may be offered a bid anytime in the next 24 hours.

Rush Chairs

Name: Andrew Wallace
Phone: (310) 989-5194

Name: Ari Mandell
Phone: (949) 307-0900

A-Team Beta: George Peppard, Jr., Purdue ’52


George Peppard, Jr., Purdue ’52, (October 1, 1928 – May 8, 1994) was an American film and television actor.

He secured a major role when he starred alongside Audrey Hepburn in the critically aclaimed Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), portrayed a character based on Howard Hughes in The Carpetbaggers (1964), and played the title role of the millionaire sleuth Thomas Banacek in the early-1970s television series Banacek. But he is probably best known to younger audiences for his role as Col. John “Hannibal” Smith, the cigar-chomping leader of a renegade commando squad, in the 1980s television show The A-Team.

Brother Peppard was born in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Dearborn High School in Dearborn, Michigan. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at 17 on July 8, 1946 and rose to rank of Corporal in the 10th Marines, leaving the Marines at the end of his enlistment in January 1948. From 1948 to 1949, he studied Civil Engineering at Purdue University where he was a member of the Purdue Playmakers theatre troupe and pledged the Beta Mu chapter of Beta Theta Pi.


More About Miami at Oxford’s Warm Welcome of Beta Theta Pi and the 175th Convention

The convention was the 175th Beta Theta Pi Anniversary.

Betas were welcomed by the town.

Paint the Town Beta: Oxford was ready to host #Beta175 as 73 convention-themed banners were put up throughout the city!


#Beta175 kicked off with an alumni reception at Lewis Place, the home of Miami University President Dr. David Hodge and his wife, Valerie (a Beta Mom and Dad, in fact). Ironically, the home, bought from the estate of Beta alumnus Phillip North Moore, Miami 1870, was built in 1839 – thereby celebrating its 175th, too! Pink and blue hydrangeas (two of each) were gifts to the Fraternity by Dr. and Mrs. Hodge and will be planted at the Administrative Office to commemorate the Fraternity’s 175th. What a first-class way to welcome Beta home!

The opening video:

Brothers Hard at Work

All of Beta’s Board members (Fraternity, Foundation and Campaign Cabinet) and General Fraternity Officers started #Beta175 with morning meetings. Let’s hear it for these dedicated volunteers. We appreciate your service to the Fraternity!

Cultivation of the Intellect 

#Beta175 attendees definitely learned something as Dr. P took the Brothers through proper Loving Cup etiquette. Steve Becker led a session on singing, and FOB Mike McRee pulled no punches in his discussion on what it means to be Greek. Thanks to all the presenters! What an afternoon!

Eight colonies were up for a charter/return to good standing and now, all eight are chapters of Beta Theta Pi! Congrats to:
  • Epsilon Chapter at Centre College
  • Eta Theta Chapter at Chapman University 
  • Eta Eta Chapter at Texas Christian University (pictured)
  • Eta Lambda Chapter at the College of Charleston
  • Eta Iota Chapter at Creighton University
  • Alpha Zeta Chapter at the University of Denver
  • Gamma Psi Chapter at Michigan State University
  • Eta Kappa Chapter at the University of the Pacific
 175 Years of Brotherhood


A Wonderful Gathering of Betas

An exceptional convention for the 175th!

1,700 strong gather at #Beta175 for the Fraternity’s 175th birthday.


Knox award winners Alabama (5), Case Western Reserve (6), Central Michigan (2), Centre (1), Charleston (1), Connecticut (6), Cornell (3), Creighton (1), Dayton (1), Denver (1), George Washington (1), Georgia (6), Idaho (5), Johns Hopkins (3), Kentucky (1), Kettering B (4), Nebraska (12), North Carolina (1), Northeastern (2), Oklahoma (5), Pacific (1), San Diego (5), South Carolina (1), St. Lawrence (2), TCU (1), Texas A&M (1), Truman State (9), UCLA (1), Utah (1), Wabash (1), Washington (6), Washington in St. Louis (3)

Congrats to:

  • Edward B. Taylor Advisor of the Year: Mark Foote, Utah ’84
  • Fraternity / Sorority Advisor of the Year: Emily Perlow, WPI
  • Jerry M. Blesch General Secretary Leadership Award: Austin Marple, TCU ’14
  • Regional Chief of the Year: Zac Haines, Miami ’05
  • District Chief of the Year: Peter Wagner, South Dakota ’62
  • Rookie District Chief of the Year: Mark Antonson, Nebraska ’06
  • House Director of the Year: Kari Van De Hey,
  • Lawrence Interfraternalism: Patrick Alderdice, Delta Chi Fraternity

Mark Foote, Utah ’84 Fraternity

  • Former Administrative Secretary Ron Helman, Miami ’55, with the Shepardson Award.

The Francis W. Shepardson Award recognizes brothers who embody the spirit and dedication of Brother Shepardson and epitomize the concept of lifelong service to the Fraternity. Thank you, Ron!

#Beta175 attendees were wowed by the words of nine distinguished Beta brothers during the Civic Responsibility, Personal Development and Built to Last Beta Greats Panels. Thanks to John Mutz, Northwestern ’57, Bert Bates, Missouri ’49, Dick Lugar, Denison ’56, Jerry Blesch, Centre ’60, Stan Smith, Southern California ’69, Erik Stolhanske, Colgate ’91, Jeff Greiner, SMU ’80, Bob Grand, Wabash ’78, and Warren Staley, Kansas State ’65 for speaking!

At the Founders’ Day celebration, the Fraternity unveiled a new plaque for the Campanile! The memory of #Beta175 will live on for generations to come!

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