Monthly Archives: March 2017

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Psi Chapter Brother Bonding Event, April 29, 2017

Category : News

On April 29, 2017, from 2 p.m. -6 p.m. there will be an event held at the chapter house to bring alumni and actives together! The primary goal of the event is to show the growing chapter that there is a network of alumni that are willing and able to help them in a number of ways from providing life advice and guidance to networking and professional growth. The agenda for the event is as follows:

Arrival/Tour of House Updates: 2pm
Chapter Meeting: 3pm
Networking Discussions: 5pm
Dinner (at Bubba’s): 6pm

The big focal point of this event is to have alumni that work in various industries spend time meeting with actives to talk about internships, interview skills, resume pointers and provide advice. It is extremely important to have a diverse group of alumni in attendance.

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Brother Peter William LaReau, 54, Passed Away March 12, 2017

Category : News

A gofundme campaign has been started to help cover funeral expenses: https://www.gofundme.com/peter-lareaus-funeral-expenses

Peter William LaReau, 54(Obituary from McDougald Funeral Home)  Peter William LaReau, 54, of Anderson, SC, devoted, loved husband and soulmate of 28 years to Lisa Verderame LaReau and their beautiful fur babies, passed away peacefully on March 12, 2017.

Originally from Canton, CT, Peter was a 1980 graduate of Avon Old Farms Preparatory School. From 1976 – 1980 he participated in many sports, including: Varsity Football #33 – Junior and Senior, Varsity Baseball, pitcher – Junior and Senior, JV Wrestling – Freshman, Thirds Basketball – Sophomore, JV Swimming – Junior, and Honors Boxing Club – Senior. He was also a 1984 graduate of Bethany College where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and was a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He used his degree in Social Services after graduation but soon realized his passion was bodybuilding. His bodybuilding career was very successful and spanned most of his adult life. He enjoyed many accomplishments and competition wins. Of his many successful bodybuilding achievements, most notably the following wins: 1990 and 1991 AAU Mr. USA Class Winner, 1991 and 1992 AAU Mr. America Tall Class, 1993 NABBA Mr. Universe Tall Class (England), 1993 AAU Overall Mr. Universe (England), 1993 NABBA Gold Star Classic Overall (England). Peter was also inducted in to the bodybuilding Hall of Fame NABBA USA on September 13, 1997. After his career in bodybuilding he was a self-employed personal trainer and changed many lives.
In addition to his wife, Lisa, Peter leaves behind a beloved sister, Celeste LaReau Hughes (Mike Drew); three nieces, Sara Slabinski, Rebecca Adams, and Rachel Hughes; aunts, Nancy Linder, Jocelyn Isabell; and Marilyn Landon; an uncle, William Landon (Sandra); a father-in-law, Daniel J. Verderame (Paula); a mother-in-law, Sandra L. Verderame; three sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law.
He was predeceased by his loving parents, Leonel “Pete” LaReau and Sally Landon LaReau.
In respect of Peter’s wishes, officiant services will not be performed, but a celebration of Peter LaReau’s life will be held on April 9, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at 301 North McDuffie Street, Anderson, SC 29621.
A message of condolence may be sent by visiting www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com. The McDougald Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Anderson, SC.

To read Brother Pete’s full obituary, please visit: http://www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Peter-Lareau/#!/Obituary

 


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Beta Theta Pi at Penn State, Message From Beta’s General Secretary

Category : News

Brothers,

I am writing to you as chapter leaders regarding news out of State College, Pennsylvania, and our Alpha Upsilon Chapter at Penn State University.

As you may already know, the Fraternity recently lost a new member, Timothy Piazza, who sustained serious injuries after a tragic incident in the chapter house.

While investigations into the events leading up to Piazza’s death are ongoing, the General Fraternity and Penn State University leaders have learned enough from the findings to reach a decision to close the Alpha Upsilon Chapter. These findings are not in keeping with Beta Theta Pi’s longstanding values of responsible conduct, mutual assistance and integrity. Upon those founding principles, the Fraternity is unequivocal.

If circumstances warrant additional updates, they will be posted at beta.org/pennstateclosure.

In bringing you this news, I have two requests.

First and foremost, that you keep Tim’s family in your thoughts and prayers. Their loss is unimaginable, and for that they will always have the Fraternity’s deepest condolences.

Second, that you take time today to reflect on your own chapter’s culture. Take time to consider your own chapter’s new members and how you as a leader are performing to promote the well-being of all who wear the badge and bear the name of Beta Theta Pi. Perhaps you stepped into your position believing that an incident of such gravity could never happen in your chapter or the one you support.

However, the Alpha Upsilon Chapter was consistently ranked as a Chapter of Excellence at Penn State, and won Chapter of the Year on campus twice in the last six years – as recently as 2015. All chapters, regardless of their past successes, must prioritize risk management and safety within the brotherhood.

As your General Secretary, I am committed above all else to promoting your safety. You can help me do so by fostering a chapter environment that is centered on love, family and personal integrity.

Tonight, there is a family missing a son and a campus missing a Beta chapter. The greatest tribute we could make in Tim Piazza’s memory is to ensure no such situation is ever experienced again in the halls of Beta Theta Pi.

 

Sincerely and yours in ___kai___,

S. Wayne Kay, Virginia Tech ’73
General Secretary


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House Receives New Furniture

Category : News

Through the generous donations of  the Alumni to the Charitable Foundation, the Psi Chapter has some new furniture!  You can click on the image below to view larger.

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