Beta Theta Pi - University of Minnesota

Spring 2014 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 inSide: Alumni Spotlights 2 Chapter Officers 2 Beta Pi Raises the Bar 3 SPRING 2014 A LANDMARK YEAR AT BETA PI Chapter's 125th Anniversary Marked with Significant Upgrades Ahead T his year marks Beta's 125th year at the University of Minnesota, and our Housing Corporation meets regularly to preserve our chapter house. The current Beta Pi house has loyally served our members since 1927 and is the source of an abundance of fond memories. Dating back to our founding in 1889, our chapter has initiated more than 1,800 men. The chapter house is the first place that lifelong brotherhood has grown its roots, and the identity of our chapter and alumni are intrinsically tied to it. NEW ROOF WILL BE INSTALLED While our members have prospered in recent years, the aging Beta Pi chapter house has presented the Housing Corporation with several structural and financial challenges. For example, in May we will replace the roof, which has caused leaks in bedrooms and ceilings on the third floor. This may be a $50,000+ expense; but once installed, a new roof will provide energy savings, improved drainage, and a longer life span. We have also completed other quick fixes that the property has urgently required, such as removing mold caused by water leaks and replacing the water heater. These fixes are critical, but also deplete our reserve funds, which has created urgency for larger-scale renovations and long-term solutions. Starting with improvements to safety and compliance, there are several needed changes coming and we look forward to sharing our plans with alumni later this year. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMITMENT Our Housing Corporation volunteers and undergraduate members are thankful for the generous gifts that will set us on a path to secure Beta memories and brotherhood at Beta Pi for many generations. These commitments will help ensure that Beta Pi remains strong at the University of Minnesota, which would not be possible without the aid of our alumni. Please contact me if you are interested in finding out how you can help, including volunteer functions. In upcoming months, some of the volunteer roles and knowledge we are in need of include renovation planning, project management, construction, interior design, repairs, and landscaping. It is through the selfless actions of our alumni that we are constantly reminded, "Once a Beta, Always a Beta, Everywhere a Beta." In _kai_, Scott Heineman '03 Beta Theta Pi Society of MN President (612) 325-7216 In December, more than 40 alumni and actives gathered for dinner and Beta songs at our annual holiday banquet held on campus in the Coffman Memorial Union. houSing corPorAtion Beta Theta Pi Society of MN President Scott Heineman '03 (612) 325-7216 Treasurer David Stiff, Indiana University '77 Jack Liang '13 House Manager Cian Chase '08 Secretary Mark Churchill '02 Members Dick Shinofield, University of Iowa '63 Mike Loehrer, University of South Dakota '68 Justin Miller '00 Steve Edwards '05 Branden Peterson '05 CJ Eisler '08 Visit Us Online Facebook Beta Theta Pi Alumni – University of Minnesota Twitter @Beta_UMN LinkedIn Beta Theta Pi Alumni – University of Minnesota

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