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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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Psi Pittsburgh Alumni Christmas Dinner

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10850041_811356952256124_8925318102707726162_nThe Psi Chapter will be holding its annual Pittsburgh Alumni Christmas Dinner Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at Claudio’s Restaurant in Pittsburgh.

Appetizers start at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.  The event is BYOB so make sure to bring a bottle or two of your favorite wine.

Claudio’s Restaurant is located at 1883 Painters Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241.  Any questions please contact Doug Miller at 412-512-2466.

Click here to see a list of those who have signed up.

Please RSVP to this event below:




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Photos: Alumni Dinner, Sept. 29, 2016

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Psi Chapter Diamond Association CF Annual Meeting – Oct. 8, 2016

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The annual meeting of the members of the Psi Chapter Diamond Association Charitable Foundation, Inc. will take place Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 (Homecoming weekend) at 9 a.m.

Official Announcement:

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Bethany College Homecoming 2016: Register and Let us Know You’ll be Coming

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Bethany College’s homecoming kicks off Oct. 7, 2016.  (Homecoming Schedule Here)  In addition, the annual Diamond Association CF meeting will be held Oct. 8. (More info here:

Let us know if you plan on attending below:

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Alumni Dinner Registration – Date set for Sept. 29, 2016

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The Alumni Dinner has been set for Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. The dinner will be held at the Academic Parlor in Old Main.

The dinner is an opportunity for actives and alumni to meet and get to know potential new brothers.

If you plan to attend, please fill out the form below:

Upcoming Events for the Psi Chapter