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Psi Chapter awarded Outstanding Greek Organization by Bethany College

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award2017The actives have added another trophy to the trophy case!  The Psi Chapter is the recipient of the Outstanding Greek Organization award. This was voted on by the business office, office of advancement and Stephanie Gordon, executive assistant to the president.

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Homecoming 2017

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(CLICK HERE to register for Homecoming 2017)


This year we are planning a very special event on the front end of Homecoming 2017.  Ten years ago, 2007 we had a special  bonding experience at Oglebay Resort and Spa.  We had over 80 attendees join us for Golf, Banquet/Chapter Meeting, and several days of laughter and memories.  Please mark your calendars and make your plans to join us this time around.

This year’s event will be similar to ten years ago:

Here are some details (subject to slight changes):

Wednesday – September 27th:

  • Arrival Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.

Thursday – September 28th:

  • Golf Tee Times beginning at 10 AM
    1. Foursomes starting on first tee
    2. Brothers congregate and ‘welcome’ each group to the 18th
  • Cocktails and appetizers at 5:30
  • Dinner (Speaker/Awards) at 6:30
  • Brief Chapter Meeting
  • Minutes – Volunteers Needed (Brothers Atwater and Novak did last time and were fantastic)
  • Brotherhood Bonding the rest of the evening/weekend

Friday – September 29th:

  •       Some/many brothers will plan to play in the Bethany ‘Tiger Joyce’ scramble on Friday.

Saturday – September 30th:

  •      Coffee  and donuts at the House – 8:30
  •     Psi Diamond Charitable Fund and House Corporation Meetings at the House.  – 9:00
  •      Psi Chapter Meeting – 10:00
  •      As always we will have a tent with food and refreshments at Homecoming.  – 11:00

Lodging reservations can be made at Oglebay Resort; individual rooms in the lodge or even cabins for groups of Brothers/spouses; just like Beta Weekend.  Please call Oglebay directly at 304-243-4090 and refer to the Booking ID# 32932 when booking your room.

Golfing is currently limited to the first 60 (15 foursomes) that sign up, so get your foursomes together or sign up as a single and we will pair you with a Brother(s).  Let me know ASAP.  I’ve requested additional foursomes but right now all of the times before us and after us are taken.

Once again, mark your calendars and plan to be there.  You don’t want to wait another ten years for an event like this.

(CLICK HERE to register for Homecoming 2017)



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Actives get Invite to President’s House

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The active Psi Chapter got an invite from President Rev. Dr. Rodenberg to attend a movie/pizza night April 2.  The brothers were invited by the president because of their philanthropy work and community service on campus.

Photos of the event are below as well as a Facebook post from Rodenberg’s husband:

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Psi Chapter Brother Bonding Event, April 29, 2017

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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.

Register by filling out the form below:

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

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A gofundme campaign has been started to help cover 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 The McDougald Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Anderson, SC.

To read Brother Pete’s full obituary, please visit:!/Obituary


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

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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

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

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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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The Psi Chapter Actives Win First-Ever Holiday Decoration Competition

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(The Old Main Journal) – The brothers of Beta Theta Pi won the first-ever Holiday Decoration Competition between all of the Greek houses on campus. For winning the competition, the fraternity will receive either a Spring Formal catered up to $200, or the money can be used for their philanthropy, Augusta Learning Center in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Evan Bryne, sophomore at Bethany and a member of Beta Theta Pi, thought the holiday competition was great. “It was great to see all of the Greek houses go all out for this holiday season and to see such holiday spirit on campus.”


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2016 Dinner at Claudio’s, Pittsburgh Alumni Dinner

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The annual Pittsburgh Alumni dinner at Claudio’s was held Dec. 1, 2016.  Enjoy photos of the event below.  This event will happen again Dec. 7, 2017 so mark your calendars!


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Psi Pittsburgh Alumni Christmas Dinner Signups

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(Updated 8:35 a.m., Nov. 9, 2016)


David Cottington,  1979

Dyno Mite DeFlavio, 1979

Todd DeSantis, 1981

Jack Dumbaugh, 1974

Smiley  El-Abd, 1973

Deno Emili, 1978

Brandon Essington, 2009

Thad Gefert, 1974

Jim Godish, 1973

Fran Haus, 1978

John Horsley, 1977

Ted Kaczorowski, 1976

Ken Kruluts, 1977

Tony Lenhart, 1973

Stunt Baby  Lewis, 1979

Doug Miller, 1977

Art Musicaro, 1977

King Neurohr, 1979

Frank Ravella, 1976

Tim Redman, 1975

Joe Rotellini, 1977

Blake Rowe, 1975

Mark Scorpion, 1979

Jim Snitger, 1976

Scott Thompson, 1978

Dean Young, 1980

Not attending

Rick Snyder, 1976

Stunt Baby  Lewis, 1979

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