Kappa Sigma - Missouri University of Science & Technology

Fall 2020 Newsletter

Beta Chi Chapter of Kappa Sigma at Missouri University of Science & Technology

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ΚΣ C lumns Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Missouri University of Science and Technology | Fall 2020 Beta Chi Best of the Best Beta-Chi Chapter Receives FACE Award C ongratulations to the Beta-Chi Chapter of Kappa Sigma for winning the prestigious FACE award. FACE is the Founders Award for Chapter Excellence and is the national benchmark award in Kappa Sigma recognizing the best of the best undergraduate chapters. FACE is the highest award given to a chapter. We are so proud of our undergraduate Brothers. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for the Missouri University of Science and Technology, the undergraduate Chapter, and its members. Classes went fully virtual last semester, and most members moved home. As a result, the House Fund issued rent refunds, which led to the fund losing tens of thousands of dollars in revenue. Recruitment was also a challenge, as PRO days and Greek recruiting days were canceled. Numbers were down for most Greek organizations, including Beta-Chi. Fortunately, campus reopened this semester with classroom teaching. Every organization was required to develop a COVID-19 plan under the guidance and approval of the university medical staff. To this point, COVID-19 has not been prevalent at MS&T, with only a hand full of cases active at any one time. As of this writing, Beta-Chi has not yet experienced any positive cases. A lot of other Greek houses have had cases, but we have done our due diligence and so far, it has paid off. COVID-19 has also financially impacted many of our undergraduate members and their families. The House Fund has received calls from several members requesting financial assistance. As a result of these requests, the Beta Chi Educational Foundation is going to double the total amount of financial aid scholarships that are available to our undergraduate members. We would appreciate any financial assistance you can provide in support of this effort. We also have an arrangement with the university where they will match our donations. Last semester, we provided $14,000 in financial aid to members in need, along with thousands of dollars in other scholarships. This semester, we plan on providing an additional $14,000 in financial aid scholarships. This is not expected to cover all our members' financial needs, but your donations that fund these scholarships are greatly appreciated by our undergraduate members. Regarding facility improvements, last semester we hard-wired the entire Chapter House to provide internet connections in every room. Next semester, we plan to upgrade all IT infrastructure to get the necessary bandwidth needed by our undergraduate Brothers. I want to thank all of you for your past and future support. We are so fortunate to have such dedicated and loyal alumni to team with our amazing undergraduate Chapter. A.E.K.Δ.B., Robert Hoffmann '78 Alumni House Fund Association President Congratulations, Scholarship Recipients MINER MATCH SCHOLARSHIP This year, the Missouri University of Science and Technology offered us a matching scholarship program to help active Brothers who are struggling financially, some of whom may even face the possibility of dropping out of school. Our generous alumni donated nearly $9,500 to the cause, and the university matched, giving us nearly $19,000 to distribute to members in need. Our matching scholarship program with the university will be in place the next four years. If you would like to help, you can donate to the Beta-Chi Educational Foundation and add the footnote "Miner Match" to your check. Your donation will be doubled and benefits a good cause. The recipients of the 2019-20 Miner Match Award (Spring 2020 semester) are: Cameron Billings '18, Daniel Naranjo '19, Galo Naranjo '19, Evan Venegoni '20, and Gary Yerby '19. The recipients of the 2020-2021 Miner Match Award (Fall 2020 semester) are: Lucas Arias '20, Michael Wright '19, Padraig Quinlisk '20, Richmond Tran '19, and Seth Franke '19. WHITE COLUMNS and FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIPS White Columns Scholarship and Freshman Scholarships are awarded to young men who exemplify the characteristics of the Four Pillars of Kappa Sigma: Scholarship, Leadership, Fellowship, and Service. Thanks to alumni support, Beta-Chi is able to offer $14,000 to qualified students. This is an example of our Fraternity's dedication to academic excellence. This year's scholarship award winners are Brenden Bebie '19, Benjamin Colench '20, Gehrig Bristow '17, Jacob Davis '17, Austin Dixon '17, Joseph George '18, Patrick Hatfield '19, Chan Hlawnceu '20, Kyle Kiefer '20, Jack Knepler '17, Cameron Mitchell '19, Jose Padron '18, Alan Sanchez '19, Collin Skaggs '20, and Evan Venegoni '20. Connect with Beta-Chi Online f www.beta-chi.com f Beta-Chi of Kappa Sigma l @BXKappaSigma i @kappasigma_mst f https://contributions. omegafi.com/ contributions/ product/1552- kappa-sigma- beta-chi-ed-fnd

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