Beta Theta Pi - Purdue University

Winter 2015 Newsletter

Beta Mu Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at Purdue University

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3 RETURN TO DOMINANCE Thank You, Generous Beta Mu Brothers W e sincerely thank the following brothers for their dedication to the Return to Dominance campaign. These alumni and friends recognize the importance of ensuring the future of the Beta Mu Chapter and have demonstrated a sense of gratitude for their personal experience. Commitments are still needed from the rest of our alumni to achieve our campaign goal and complete this major project. All donors contributing a minimum of $5,000 or more to the campaign, over a five-year period, will be recognized on a plaque prominently displayed in the Chapter House. If an error has been made in recording your gift, or your name has been mistakenly omitted or listed improperly, we sincerely apologize. Please advise our campaign coordinator at (785) 843-1661. Thank you! RETURN TO DOMINANCE CIRCLE ($1 Million and above) Bruce White '75 MEN OF PRINCIPLE CIRCLE ($500,000 to $999,999) Stephen D. Bechtel Jr. '46 William Elmore '75 _KAI_ CIRCLE ($250,000 to $499,999) John K. Merrell '50 Andrew Stephens '79 FOUNDERS CIRCLE ($100,000 to $249,999) Michael Wells '75 150 LITTLETON CIRCLE ($50,000 to $99,999) Terri Earnest '66 Stephen Poe '77 BETA CIRCLE ($25,000 to $49,999) Eugene Enlow '64 David A. Rose '67 R. Scott Hayes '68 In honor of Grant Martin '67 William W. Reid '70 Chris Jeffries '73 Larry Link '82 Jay Merrell '82 John A. Laurie '86 Cary Wood '89 Andrew Maner '91 1903 CIRCLE ($10,000 to $24,999) David Byrne '65 Richard Stevens '66 Kevin Comer '71 Paul S. Petticrew '76 Thomas H. Lupfer '79 William D. Moss '81 Thomas Hoover '82 Kent Whitaker '86 John L. Kelliner '86 Baco Benton '94 Ryan L. Bradley '94 John Tyrpin '94 BOILERMAKER CIRCLE ($5,000 to $9,999) Howard R. Meeker Jr. '48 Thomas R. Lugar '55 Samuel C. Malsbarry '58 In memory of G. David Malsbarry '63 William Bumpas '59 Kyle M. Fink '65 Jose Manuel Gutierrez Muguerza '74 Mark M. Owen '74 Joe C. Whitehead '76 Christopher Clapp '82 Doug Meeker '82 James E. Dora Jr. '86 Michael Delgado '90 Rick Martin '90 Pete Economos '97 Chris Schulhof '00 BETA MU CIRCLE ($2,500 to $4,999) Richard Petersen '56 Vincent K. Jones III '63 John Canterbury '64 John R. Carroll '67 Marshall Trusler '86 Kyle A. Wood '92 Aaron Hanlon '09 SUPPORTERS CIRCLE ($1,000 to $2,499) John R. Brown '50 Thomas F. Moran '59 Michael Brock '64 Dean A. Wilson '64 Grant H. Martin '67 R. Scott Hayes '68 George L. Olp '68 Robert Toth '81 Dewey Martinelli '88 Kelly Eads '89 James Lucas '10 OTHERS (Up to $999) Clifford A. Dunton '57 Ralph R. Mason '60 John D. McDougle '60 Mark Peterson '83 Campaign StatuS at-a-glanCe As of February 6, 2015 $5 Million Goal $3,358,200 Total Commitments 67 Total Contributors 1,449 Mailable Alumni Bill Elmore '75 Supports the Next Generation of Beta Mus B ill Elmore '75 was drawn to Beta Theta Pi by the quality of the brothers and the impressive Chapter House on the hill on Littleton Street, where he was one of four late recruits to the pledge class of 1972. He felt a sense of camaraderie with his new member class, which has since grown into lifelong friendships. Bill lived in the Chapter House for four years while earning a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering. After graduating from Purdue, Bill moved to California and worked for the computer division of HP. He has since had a successful career in venture capital, having founded Foundation Capital in 1995, with the purpose of helping entrepreneurs build strong organizations from the ground up. Beta has helped Bill in his career by giving him a foundation of people skills, acquired by living among a variety of personalities in the Beta Mu house. "In my career, it is important to be able to work with and interact with a wide range of high-quality people. I began to realize these skills in Beta Theta Pi, living and socializing with men in the Chapter and recruiting future brothers." The lifetime of brotherhood is important to Bill, and he hopes that the incoming new member class remembers that their experience with Beta doesn't end after their four years at Purdue. Bill practices this by keeping in touch with his Beta Mu brothers. Recently, Bill joined a number of brothers at an event in Indianapolis, hosted by Bruce White '75, and attended the Homecoming event at the Birck Golf complex. Bill's Beta roommate, Todd Grove'75, majored in aviation technology and taught Bill how to fly during their undergraduate years. Bill has continued the hobby to this day and was able to fly back for Purdue Homecoming this year. The capital campaign has given Bill the opportunity to show his support for Beta Mu. "It's important to give back to those organizations that have had a positive impact on your life. Since I graduated, nearly a thousand Beta Mus have been through the Chapter House. I hope we will all see this contribution as having an impact on at least the next thousand Beta Mus, many of whom will go on to make significant contributions to their families, communities, and their nation." Bill encourages his fellow alumni to get involved. "This is the most significant capital campaign in the history of Beta Mu Chapter. Now is the time to get involved. Come back and visit the Chapter House. Contact one of your Beta brothers and have lunch or dinner. Think back on what it means to you and contribute what you can." Bill has three children and lives in Palo Alto, California. Favorite pastimes include flying, skiing, and hiking. You can contact Bill at Bill Elmore '75 (front right) with a group of his Beta brothers at Homecoming 2014.

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