Beta Theta Pi - University of Minnesota

Spring 2020 Newsletter

Beta Pi Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at the University of Minnesota

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A P u b l i c A t i o n o f t h e b e t A t h e t A P i S o c i e t y o f M i n n e S o t A the betA Piper SPRING 2020 CELEBRATING 130 YEARS OF BETA PI BETA PI NAVIGATES NEW NORM AMID CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Milestone Brotherhood Golf Event in the Works A t time of this message, alumni volunteers for the Beta Theta Pi Society of Minnesota are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and monitoring support needs for the undergraduate chapter members and the building. With all in-person classes transitioned to online/virtual settings, chapter members are experiencing college life in a very different manner as society deals with this health pandemic. After the University of Minnesota campus closed, all members living in the chapter house moved except for 11 men due to travel restrictions. They are following strict CDC guidelines. University of Minnesota operations have been impacted significantly, and the chapter is operating much differently now as well. The chapter house remains open and available for living arrangements and meals, and we have been encouraged by chapter leader's actions to promote increased cleaning efforts and routines in an attempt to keep the men in good health. It is a day-by-day situation. Focused on Debt Reduction The focus of the Housing Corporation continues to be on paying down short- and long-term debt, and this has been greatly supported by alumni and friends of Beta. In total, the society holds $474,633 in debt to date, which includes several short-term debts totaling $62,108. Considering this financial position, we would like to consolidate our multiple loans and take advantage of low interest rates in the months ahead. Chapter House Upkeep Thankfully, only relatively minor repairs to the chapter house have been needed in recent months. The roof experienced a leak this winter, and the front door has needed some repair, among other smaller-in-nature fixes. As a reminder, alumni donations at any time help us keep up with these repairs and avoid us taking on additional debt. DONATE TODAY To make your gift online, visit For checks, please make them payable to Beta Theta Pi Society of Minnesota and mail them to: Beta Theta Pi Society of Minnesota Dinkytown Station-P.O. Box 13225 Minneapolis, MN 55414-5225 Spring Banquet Cancelled Due to COVID-19 In light of the coronavirus and the federal and state-level guidance for social distancing, we regretfully have canceled plans for our annual spring banquet this year. We always look forward to this event and to see all the brothers who attend. In hopes of returning to normal mid-year, we will hope to gather this fall, but plans are not defined yet. Do you have any ideas or suggestions for a fall or holiday event later this year? Let us know. For questions, contact Jake Helms '07 at (605) 359-6904 or 25th Anniversary: Beta Pi Sponsor Golf Outing If you like to swing the sticks and enjoy some great Beta brotherhood, sign up to join us annual golf outing on Sunday, September 13. It's our 25th consecutive year of gathering for a round of 18 holes. We are seeking to find 50 golfers this year—the more, the merrier! In general, we have 30-40 men to play year-to-year, but considering the significance of the event and the early notice (wink, wink!), you should put it on your calendar and plan to join us. In honor of the milestone, we are returning to play at the course where this outing began, at the Les Bolstad, University of Minnesota Golf Course. Lastly, our society owes thanks and gratitude to alumni brother Brent Anderson's passion and efforts to make this event happen year-to-year. Back in the first year (1995), this event began after a need arose to fundraise for significant repairs to the chapter house boiler. Brothers have gathered annually to enjoy some brotherhood fun and raise some funds to support various needs at the chapter house or with the Housing Corporation. The event has become a nice tradition that we plan to continue indefinitely. RSVP to Brent Anderson '85 at or Branden Peterson '05 We hope to see you there! Stay safe and healthy. Yours in _kai_, Branden Peterson '05 Beta Theta Pi Society of Minnesota

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