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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On this day in 1820, Beta’s principal Founder John Reily Knox, Miami 1839 (May 20, 1820 – February 7, 1898), was born. Pater Knox was born on a farm between Millville, Ohio and Venice, Ohio and graduated from Miami University “first rank in his class” and president of the Union Literary Society. In the fraternity he is referred to as “Pater” in acknowledgment of his role in the origin and design of Beta Theta Pi.
He taught school in Mississippi, 1841–42, and was admitted to the bar and practiced law at Greenville, Ohio (1843–52), Dayton, Ohio (1852–56); and Greenville again (1856–98). He was a partner in Greenville-based law firm of Knox, Martz and Rupe. A Whig until formation of Republican Party, he was an Ohio Presidential Elector in 1860 and cast his vote for Abraham Lincoln.
Knox was also the president of Greenville Law Library, president of Darke County, Ohio Bar Association, vestryman of St. Paul’s Protestant Episcopal Church and a member of the Miami University Board of Trustees, 1869–98.
He was married November 27, 1845 to Isabel S. Briggs. They had four children.
John Reily Knox is buried in Greenville Cemetery, Greenville, Ohio.
USC Chapter President Ari Mandell, Alumni Relations Chair Coby Crosby, Secretary Justin Camhi and Owen Ritter spent time with Roger Jayne ’44, No. 4 on Gamma Tau’s Roll and the chapter’s oldest living alumnus.
To the right, Brother Jayne is presented with his Fraternal 50 pin. Brother Jayne’s first 50 years as a Beta brother were celebrated in style.
“We presented him with his 50 year Beta pin and enjoyed learning more information and hearing stories about our chapter’s history. It’s a great day to be a Beta!”
Great work by our young men, and congrats to Brother Jayne!
Beta Theta Pi – University of Southern California
The Eta Alpha Chapter at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, founded in 2007, recently initiated its spring pledge class.
Congrats to the newly initiated Upsilon Class, with 16 brothers going through, as well as the two year anniversary of the initiation of Eta Alpha’s Pi Class.
Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is a private, co-educational university in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions located in Los Angeles, California, United States. LMU traces its history through Loyola University, founded in 1911 as the successor to St. Vincent’s College which was founded in 1865, and Marymount College, founded in 1933 with its roots in Marymount School which was founded in 1923. LMU sits atop the bluffs overlooking Marina Del Rey and Playa Del Rey and is the parent school to Loyola Law School located in downtown Los Angeles.
The Eta Alpha Chapter of Beta Theta Pi, at LMU, can be found on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook:
It’s Mother’s Day, and Betas from across Beta’s broad domain got together to wish their mothers a Happy Mother’s Day.
Beta Theta Pi has proudly announced that it has hit a milestone in its 175th year. What started as a small band of brothers with first initiate John Reily Knox, Miami 1839, has grown to 200,000 lifetime members with the initiation of Warren Nitz, San Diego ’19.
How fitting that No. 200,000 comes from the west, representative of the first Fraternity founded west of the Allegheny Mountains and whose iconic symbol faces that direction paying homage to a “Pioneering Fraternity” that was committed to expansion from its very inception.
As a special gesture, Warren will receive a commemorative brick on behalf of the General Fraternity, inscribed with his name in the Zeta Omega Chapter section of the Beta Walkway at the Administrative Office in Oxford. Congratulations to Brother Nitz, and here’s to all of the Betas who make this Fraternity special!
Beta Theta Pi – University of San Diego North-American Interfraternity Conference
“These seven gentlemen are the finest UCSD has to offer, and we look forward to watching them grow as individuals and become initiated brothers of Beta Theta Pi,” the colony at UCSD said of its new pledge class.