• The Beta Sigma Beta Fraternity Mentoring Program is growing by leaps and bounds. At this point, it has helped the brotherhood accomplish two goals. First, it connects undergraduates with alumni on a one-on-one basis to provide career guidance and advice. Second, the program connects alumni in specific industries to foster mutual career growth.

  • The Skinny: Fraternity brothers help one another network, develop and become overall better people. They also rely on each other during tough times. Penn State football players have their own brotherhood and function in much of the same manor. Click below to learn about our Nittany Lion of the Month, Anthony Zettel.

  • Our Beta Sig Newsletter hit mailboxes a few weeks ago and some of you may have missed it. The only reason why you would have is because we don’t have your mailing address! We need it so you don’t miss out on opportunities to connect with Beta Sig Brothers, miss crucial Chapter News and information on initiatives and how to give back.

    Currently there are 346 Beta Sigs without active mailing addresses in our database. If you know where these lost Brothers are – or if you are one of them who gets email updates like these but isn’t getting our printed newsletters – visit this link to update your address and make sure you get all the news that fit to print in a timely fashion! 

  • Hello Beta Sigs,

    We hope that you are enjoying your summer and getting ready for a new beginning for Penn State Football. We Are Back!

    Plans are underway for our 2015 Beta Sigma Beta Homecoming Celebration. We can again count on a first class event planned by both Mark Halsman ’83 and Moss Walden’83, President of the Beta Alumni Association.

  • It was a routine trip to the pet store two years ago that evolved into what Jonathan Gould would jokingly refer to later as “the most expensive home movie ever made.”

    And one that’s been well worth it for the Beta Sigma Beta alum, his wife Heather, and now 14-year-old son, Cory – the focus of their homegrown film – For the Love of Dogs. Winner of a handful of film festival awards since it debuted last summer, the 26-minute film documents Cory’s journey from the National Dog Show to Westminster, while dealing with Asperger’s Syndrome.

  • Parents Weekend, held this year on April 11 – 12, is Beta Sig’s annual opportunity to welcome into our home the parents of our brothers. For some, it's one of the few times they get to experience the house, enjoy a first hand taste of Bobby's fine culinary skills and feel the camaraderie among the brothers.    

    We did not disappoint. 

  • This past semester I had the opportunity to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain with some of my closest Beta Sig pledge brothers.

    While the experience overseas usually has a positive influence on students, my takeaways exceeded expectations.  Living in a city where nobody speaks English opened my eyes to a new way of living.  Coming from New York City, things are entirely different in Spain.  For starters, the pace of living was far slower.  From walking down the street to dinner with friends, the culture emphasized family and friendship opposed to simply getting things done. 

  • Thanks to all our brothers who made our Founders Dinner a success! We gathered at the Parx Casino and Racetrack in Bensalem, Pa. on May 15 and raffled off a free homecoming weekend worth about $1,300. We hope all of you will make it back to State College for the weekend of Oct. 9 when Penn State will play Indiana at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 10.

  • The college football season may seem far off at this point but the truth is Penn State will open its season in a little over three months. Plenty has changed in Happy Valley in the last few years but for the first time in what seems like years, the Nittany Lions will enter training camp in August with a sense of regularity.

  • We all bleed blue and white! Do you know how our Nittany Lions are looking for this upcoming season? With the NFL Draft in the rearview, rookies will be in and out of NFL cities over the next few weeks for mandatory rookie camps and symposiums. A handful of Penn State players were selected in the draft while a few more have signed free agent contracts or secured rookie camp tryouts. Their next step? Make their respective teams. Click here for the outlook for Penn State’s next crop of pro players as teams can hold rookie camps as early as May 15.

    Speaking of football, are you coming back to reunite with your brothers for Homecoming this fall? Homecoming Week 2015 will begin on October 4, with the Homecoming Football game against the Indiana Hoosiers on October 10th. Check out our future eLetters for more updates.

  • See how you can benefit Beta Sigma Beta today!

    As we rocket into next year, it certainly can’t help to look back on the year while we’re enjoying holiday reverie, hanging out with friends and family, and being thankful for our minds, bodies, and spirits. We began our giving year in September, which means, coming up on the next year, we should know where we’re at.

  • Check it here! Alumni updates!

    In a recent survey, we asked for alumni updates. And you Beta Sigs came through! Check out what alumni are up to:

    Andrew Bergstein ’74 - I recently retired an am getting other degree in International Politics and International Relations.

  • The Last Canning Weekend Came And Went – What Now?

    The weekend of December 5-7 marked the final canning trips for THON 2015. Our undergraduate brothers were out in full force in the following towns:

    Doylestown, PA
    Plymouth Meeting, PA
    Dresher, PA
    Cherry Hill, NJ
    Princeton, NJ
    Flemington, NJ
    Rye Brook, NY
    and
    Harrisburg, PA - Home of our THON Family

  • Old photos are like Thanksgiving turkeys. On one day out of the year, we take time to enjoy them and then wonder why we choose to enjoy them only on special occasions. Why can’t we fix a turkey and stuffing on the Fourth of July? So, even though you may have put your Homecoming 2014 memories behind you already (yeah, that game was a tough one), we want to keep the spirit of the weekend alive. Specifically, we want to see your photos from the weekend. The best photo will be featured on our website home page later this month. Click below for details.

  • Congratulations to Rush Chair Corey Iuculano and the rest of our undergraduate brothers for their outstanding rush results this fall. Of 48 bids given out to prospective new brothers, 36 were accepted. This is an exceptional acceptance rate of 75%. Click below to read through the names and hometowns of our new pledges.

  • “But why interview me? I have never been a big player in the Beta Sig organization.” Barry Fireman ’63 proves in the first two minutes of an interview that he is a modest man, and, in his words, many of the Beta Sigma Beta brothers are, too. Barry Fireman got his start in the fraternity from his brother, a member of the original Beta Sigma Rho fraternity. Through the trials of pledging, he became a brother and forged a bond with many of its members that would last a lifetime. And one bond would save the life of his daughter. Click below to read more.

  • After a little more than two years of effort by BAA President Emeritus Jeff Licht '81, we have a multipurpose sport court at Beta Sig! Click below to see photos and be sure to stop by and see it the next time you are in town!

  • The story of Brother Barry Fireman reminds us that time is fleeting. Can you ever replicate the experiences and environment of Beta Sigma Beta? The value of what Beta Sig has given to each of us is priceless. So, there are a few things you can do today to make sure time doesn't run out before you let your brothers know what it means to you. Click below to read more.

  • The countdown is on for the 2014 Penn State football season with kickoff just a few short weeks away! That hopefully means your return trip to Happy Valley is around the corner! Whether you went to Penn State when the Skeller still had Ponies or could participate in the Phi Psi 500, there is something we can all agree on: It's great to be home. Click below to see the checklist of things to watch for when you come back to Happy Valley this fall!

  • The Rathskeller, the oldest bar in State College, celebrates its 82nd year this fall!  Countless Penn Staters have spent many a night at the well-known establishment, just as you probably did!  Check out the full story on the Collegian's website.

    Tell us your best and greatest Rathskeller memory. Email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll use your story in the next eletter! C'mon, you know you will enjoy sharing these and reading other brothers' stories!

  • As Jeff Licht '81 completes his three-year term as president of our Beta Alumni Association, he would like to take this opportunity to inform everyone of recent changes to our Executive Board effective July 1, 2014. Please read below.

  • Earlier this month, the Beta Alumni Association Board of Directors finalized their selection for the candidate to fill the position of Executive Director. We are pleased to announce that David "Mink" Minkoff '81 has been selected. Click below to read a few words from David as he takes on this new leadership responsibility with Beta Sig.


  • We are pleased to announce that Brother Moss Walden '83 will be taking on the BAA presidency. Moss is currently a regional account manager for Snap on Business Solutions. Click below to read more from Moss.
     
  • Saturday, June 28, marked the wedding date for Dan Otto and Chantelle Hess. The two met at a Beta Sig party, and their first date was a Beta Sig formal. Several Beta Sigs returned to help them celebrate in this special day. Click below to read more and see pictures.

  • Have you heard the news? As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on April 23, “Pat Daugherty, owner of The Tavern, has agreed to let a new bronze statue of Paterno be placed on the property of his restaurant in downtown State College. The statue will feature Paterno sitting on a bench reading the ‘Aeneid” and will be commissioned by Philadelphia sculptor Zenos Frudakis in the fall of 2015.” Click below to read more about the statue and those opposed to the idea. What is your opinion?

  • Our spring rush season and Zone Day were a success. As a result, we welcome 11 new pledges to Beta Sig. Please click below to read through the list. One might be from your hometown.

  • It is a scene like none other. For those of you who have been part of THONs past, you know. Click below to ready more about Beta Sig's contribution to the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.

  • Is pledging becoming a thing of the past? Earlier this month, Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) made a formal announcement that represents a significant shift in the way the fraternity approaches new-member policies and practices. The simple answer? Really, there will no longer be special policies and practices for new members. Click below to read more. And please log in and share your opinion about how pledging impacts (good and bad) the Beta Sig brotherhood.

  •  Brothers,

    In an effort to keep you informed on the latest news and events regarding the hate crime against our fraternity, I wanted to share with you several recent articles.

  • As we look ahead to the upcoming Founders Award Dinner to be held on Thursday, May 22, we are asking you to submit the names of brothers you are nominating for the upcoming award presentation.

  • Fall 2013 rush produced 25 new pledges, including five legacies. We welcome them to Beta Sig.

  • Spring Rush 2014 is upon us, and we don't want undergraduates worthy of becoming Beta Sigs to slip through the cracks.

     

  • Mas Tequila rocked the roof off 34 East in Ambler, Pa., on the night of Saturday, Jan. 18. The band, led by drummer and fellow Beta Sig, Stu Leon ’83, played almost three hours with a set list featuring Springsteen, Petty, Neil Young and assorted ’80s dance rock.

     

  • Earlier this fall, as part of an Onward State series of Penn State love stories, the parents of Robert Eisman '79 – Stanley and Esther – were featured. We have included their story here. For more Penn State love stories, go to:

    http://onwardstate.com/2013/09/27/penn-state-love-stories-part-2/

     

  • On January 13, the Phi Sigma Kappa Twitter administrator posted this tweet: "James Franklin joins Dick Harlow as the 2nd Phi Sigma Kappa brother to become the head [foot]ball coach at PSU. #DamnProud."


  • Along with members of Kappa Delta and Delta Chi, the undergraduate brothers performed their shortened version of Cats, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical which hit Broadway in 1982, during this fall's Greek Sing.

  • As we welcome in a new undergraduate Executive Board, we take this opportunity to thank Jordan Walden for his work as Chancellor and to wish all new undergraduate board members good luck in their forthcoming positions:

    Chancellor
    Bryan Fried

    Vice Chancellor
    Aaron Portner

  • John Urschel, a fifth-year senior offensive guard for Penn State, has been nominated for Sports Illustrated's 2013 Sportsman of the Year.  Urschel started every game in the 2012 season and was named first team all-conference, and this year his success on the field has continued.  But his hard work is seen off the field as well.  Urschel has already recieved his bachelor's and master's degrees in Mathematics, and is now working towards another master's, this one in Math Education, while he teaches calculus to undergraduates.  Both on and off the field, Urschel's hard word and dedication is apparent and truly embodies Penn State's ideals.  

    Read the full nomination article by Andy Staples HERE.

    Give John Urschel a vote for the Senior Class Award HERE, and remember to vote once a day!

  • Brothers Jeff Licht '81, David Minkoff '81, Moss Walden '83, Mark Halsman '83, Dave Gasman '84, Alan Cohen '84 and Marc Linsky '84 got together before Thanksgiving to eat pizza and drink micro brews totaling $249 at Dock Street Brewing. Next month's pizza fest will be at Tacconelli's.

  • Chuck Brodsky '82, a fellow Beta Sig and a musician, will be having several concerts during this next month!  He'll be in Maryland and Pennsylvania, so be sure to click "Read More" to read his message and find out the dates and locations to attend a show!  

  • Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett proclaimed November 12, 2013 "Howard Snyder Day" in Milwaukee in honor of the Northwest Side Community Development Corporation's 30th Anniversary.  Click "Read More" to find out how Howard Snyder '72, better known as Schnitz, was given this great honor!

  • Update: Thanks to our recently updated security system, the security video uncovered the 2 culprits. The video has been forwarded to the State College Police.  We are very confident that this incriminating evidence will lead to their arrest and conviction. The most recent story from the Collegian is located HERE.

    - From Jeffrey Licht, '81, President, Beta Alumni Association

  • A group of Beta Sig brothers made a road trip to see the Penn State vs. Minnesota football game on November 9th.  The brothers had a great time, arriving a day early to see the Minnesota vs. Lehigh basketball game, and making sure to visit the local hotspots!  Be sure to check out the photo album on the website to see some pictures of their journey!

  • Beta Sig is saddened at the recent passing away of Dan Walden, father of Moss Walden '83 and current house chancellor Jordan Walden, '15.Beta Sig undergraduates and alumni were well represented to support Moss and Jordan after the loss of this great man. Dan was not a Beta Sig but a very prominent Penn State Professor and State College resident.  His obituary appeared in the Centre Daily Times and for convenience we have included it HERE.  It is obvious that the apples did not fall far from the tree.

    Shiva will conclude this Thursday @ 7PM at the home of Lisa and Moss Walden at 102 Executive Dr. in Ambler, PA 19002.

  • Homecoming 2013 was a huge success as 38 rooms at The Days Inn and 125 tickets to the football game were sold!  With a rockin' party at the house Friday night, a tailgate and historic game against Michigan on Saturday, and a delicious brunch on Sunday, a great time was had by all who attended!

  • We're organizing another Beta Sig get together at 6:30pm on December 4th at Hill Country. It should be a lot of fun!

  • Jeff Licht ('81) and his wife Lisa hosted Beta Sigs for their 2nd canning trip benefitting the IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, which took place the weekend of October 18-20.  Beta Sigs and Kappa Deltas made the 3 hour journey to Huntingdon Valley, just outside of Philadelphia, where the Licht's gladly welcomed the undergrads into their home.

  • It's one of our favorite times of year—Thanksgiving.  Click "read more" to find out how our fraternity brothers gave us so much to be thankful for, no matter how inappropriate, and then be sure to share your own stories and photos!

  • We want to extend a big welcome to the new pledge class for the Fall of 2013, and thank you to Undergraduate Rush Chair Jake Minkoff for all his help and hard work. Below is a list of pledges (five of whom are legacies.)

  • Calling all Beta Sigs! October 12 is just around the corner and we hope you're planning your trip "home" if you haven't already. Your brothers have a jam-packed Homecoming planned complete with a tailgate, brunch and a bunch of other fun events. RSVP here.

  • Are you coming back to Penn State for Homecoming? Use this all-inclusive guide for everything happening in Happy Valley this year while taking a trip down memory lane...Flashback to the 70s and 80s! Remember the twins from this cover photo? Phi Psi 500? Gentle Thursday? The Regatta? We certainly do! Check out some great photos and reminisce while getting ready for your trip back "home."

  • Do you believe in unicorns and the power of the rainbow?  More than 10,000 runners were asked the same question at this past weekend’s 5K Color Run in Happy Valley.  This race, dubbed as “the happiest 5K on the planet” drew a huge crowd, including teams of fraternity and sorority undergrads and alumni.  

  • Ever wondered how Penn State comes up with those final fundraising figures?  Or what portion of your gift actually goes FTKs?  

  • This year is packed full with exciting events like Homecoming vs. Michigan, Parents Weekend, Autism Speaks 5K Race/3K Walk, and the Founders Award Dinner. Don’t miss out!

  • Don’t miss these great photosfrom Beta Sig’s 100th Anniversary event. (You have to be logged in first). The turn-out was great, and whether you want to relive the event or couldn’t make it and want to catch up, these photos will bring a smile to your face.

  • In a widely-circulated, recent article by John U. Bacon of the Wall Street Journal, Penn State Football is lauded for its ability to foster what epitomizes our love for the chapter and school: brotherhood.

  • Spencer Niles, author of this article, is a participant in the NCAA Lawsuit. He is a member of the PS4RS Board and is a Penn State alumnus earning his doctoral degree from the College of Education in 1986. He served as Distinguished Professor and Department Head for Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education in the College of Education at Penn State from 2000-2013.

  • The LFAA are facing off with the State College Borough yet again, only this time the new challenge relates to the Borough’s proposed changes to the point system that dictates suspension of rental properties. They have written a letter and have asked that we distribute it to all brothers. Please read the letter carefully as the matters discussed therein greatly affect Greek life at Penn State.

  • Penn State's new students arrived on campus Friday-Saturday, August 23-24, which means fall recruitment is here! Get the jump on recruiting with Penn State's Fraternity Guide, hitting campus just this week, and to see how Beta Sig is represented!

  • Have you seen the changes on our website? To improve your online experience, we are excited to share our revamped web platform, complete with a visual overhaul and new features to make reconnecting easier. The website is still available at www.betasigmabeta.com, but your username and password have changed temporarily (you can change yours back when you login the first time).

     

  • With nearly 70% of all Congressmen and senators belonging to Greek organizations, the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee (FSPAC) is rallying to gain their support for a tax break bill that would mean massive changes for every Greek organization. However, recent negative media coverage of the legislation threatens to derail FSPAC efforts so far.

  • Beta Sig celebrated its 100th Anniversary at Penn State on Friday, May 17 at Green Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, PA. The event was attended by 249 Brothers spanning seven generations. Brothers traveled from Pittsburgh, Maryland, New York, Florida and even California to reunite for this grand occasion.

  • Fall Rush 2013 will be upon us soon enough. Each year a deserving undergraduate slips through the cracks during the Rush season. Hence, it is never too early to start recruiting in your neighborhood and on the beaches this summer for young men that are committed to attending University Park in the fall and are Beta Sig material.

  • A summer date, most probably in July, is forthcoming for our first Habitat for Beta Sig at which time Alumni and undergrads will return to 255 E. Fairmount to take on a few house projects together. The work will be coupled with plenty of fun along with good food and spirits by Chefs Bobby and Susie Scott.

  • Luzerne County government has a new top administrator — Chief Public Defender Steven M. Greenwald.

  • This year's Decade Challenge report is in, and we'd like to thank our brothers from the 70s for being the decade of
    alums with the largest number of individual donors to our annual fund program so far this year! Approximately 15 men from this era donated a total of $5,827 since our giving year began last September. So yes, there is definite strength in numbers!

    We still have three months remaining in our giving year—and the brothers from the 50s, 80s and 90s aren't too far behind. If you'd like to add your name to our distinguished Honor Roll of Donors, please make your gifttoday.

  • Need a reason to reunite with Penn State friends? Want to show your kids where "the good old days" happened? The 47th Annual Festival of the Arts is right around the corner and guarantees a memorable experience for both your college crew and family.

    As always, Arts Fest offers an array of food, live music and, of course, row upon row of incredible artwork. With more than 125,000 people expected to attend, you might bump into some old friends and acquaintances along the way. Some hotels still have space available, or try hotels just outside State College. If you're close by, it's the perfect day trip. Hope to see you there!

  • Continuing the theme of 'Loving the House Back' is the new bar and seating area completed by our most recent pledge class, Spring 2013.

  • We'd like to thank Brothers Larry Raiman '82 and Jay Berman '80 for becoming Beta Sig's newest lifetime members. Within the next two weeks, their names will be permanently added to our Lifetime Member Honor Roll, which recognizes our top leaders in giving. This list will appear in our monthly eletters as well as on the homepage of our online community.

    To join this distinguished list of alumni, please click here.

  • By Jeff Licht, Alumni President
    Parent's Weekend: Beta Sig Brothers hosted their parents and family along with families of ASA Sorority to Parent's Weekend 2013 held in conjunction with Autism Speaks. Bobby and Susan Scott, our chefs, prepared an unbeatable dinner featuring all food groups. BSB Alum Stuart Leon '83 and his band along with a band from Boston entertained the guests. A Sunday morning Brunch concluded a fantastic weekend.

  • If you're planning a tailgate with other Beta Sig brothers for a game (or games!) this season, let us know and we'll post your details on the site for others to see.

  • We as alumni can do nothing greater for our undergrads than provide them guidance and advise. To that end, we have initiated a MENTORING program that matches a Beta Sig undergrad with a particular career interest with a Beta Sig alumni pursuing a career in that same arena.

  • No matter how far away you are today, you share a great experience with 1,215 other brothers: getting to spend four (or more!) years living in Happy Valley.

    What do you miss most about living on campus? Share your story below or on the message board.

  • While we can't go back and relive our Beta Sig days, we can relive the memories through our photo archives.

  • On Wednesday, March 13th, Josh Bronstein '06 gave a career development seminar at Beta Sig to current undergraduates. The discussion focused on finance and accounting career paths, interviewing preparation, the importance of networking, and resume critiquing. Josh shared his work experiences since graduating from Penn State and talked about his career path as he prepares to start a full-time MBA program at NYU Stern this fall. The feedback from the event has been tremendous thus far as the undergraduates are currently in recruiting season for summer internships. Going forward, we'd like to make this an annual or even semi-annual event, so please reach out to Larry Raiman '82, who heads up the Mentoring Program, if you are interested in getting involved. Larry's email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Thanks to Steven Odell '79 for becoming our newest Beta Sig Lifetime Member!

  • This year, Gene Chaiken '62 and his wife Roz established one of the first Trustee Scholarships to earn a 10 percent annual match from the University with a gift of $2 million. Over the last five years, the Chaikens' charitable donations have supported scholarships that have benefitted approximately 150 liberal arts students.

  • Please remember to RSVP to Beta Sig's historical 100th anniversary event in the Philly area asap. A copy of the the invitation can be downloaded under the events section below.

  • Exams are over, the boxes are packed, and the cap and gown is pressed and ready for the big event. Graduation day is such a bittersweet moment in our lives, as we say goodbye to the youth and vitality of college life, and usher in a new era in our lives: full-blown adulthood.

  • Beta Sigma Beta's philanthropic commitment to the community was thriving on Saturday, April 13th as the brothers of Beta Sigma Beta and sisters of Pi Beta Phi and Alpha Xi Delta held the 8th Annual Autism Speaks U 5k Race/3k Walk raising nearly $100,000 and bringing together over 1200 members of the Centre county community.

  • Beta Sig is well represented in this year's election for the Penn State Board of Trustees. In addition to Bob Jubelirer '59, who I mentioned in an earlier post, brother Rich Bundy '93, '96g is a candidate in this year's election.

  • Greg and Amy Creasy brought their son Andy for a routine check up, when his pediatrician felt a soft mass in his lower abdomen. At the delicate age of 16 months, Andy was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. Fortunately, due to the support of the Penn State Dance Marathon and The Four Diamonds Fund, the Creasys were able to focus on what mattered most: Andy's well being.

  • There's nothing quite like romance in college. Tell us your stories:

    • Describe your best or worst date from your college days? Did it lead to long-term love?
    • Do you think it was easier to find a girlfriend because of your association with a fraternity? Why?
    • How much do you think you spent on a typical date during college? And where did you take her?
    • Have you ever been set up by a fellow brother?
    • Any dating advice you'd like to pass on to our young undergraduate brothers?
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  • Beta Sig must sadly report on the passing of former President Robert Lyons '48. Bob was a community-minded business leader, educator, philanthropist, coach and proud member of our fraternity. He died on Friday October 19, 2012 surrounded by his wife of 64 years, JoAnne.

  • Larry Raiman graduated from Penn State in 1982. His son, Marc, has just been initiated into Beta Sigma Beta, just like his Dad. In this Q&A, they share the impact that Beta Sig has had on their lives, their favorite fraternity traditions, and how they feel about their special legacy bond.

  • By Jeff Licht

    I am pleased to present the new Beta Sig Undergraduate Board. This Class represents the Fall 2011 Pledge Class. Please join me in congratulating these Brothers for stepping up to assume the responsibilities to lead our House toward a Chapter of Excellence.

  • Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band made their way back to Happy Valley on Thursday, November 1. The Bryce Jordan Center was a sellout thanks to alumni Jeff Licht, David Minkoff, Ron Gorodesky, Moss Walden, Pete Kleiner, Keith Reiner, Alan Cohen and Justin Katz. Beta Sig undergraduates included Sam Rose, Scott Powell and Adam Eisner amongst many others.

  • Homecoming 2012 proved a good time for all, as Brothers returned to the House from as far away as California!

    The weekend kicked off with a Welcome Back Alumni Social catered by house chef extraordinaire Bobby Scott with music provided by versatile brother Steve Witten. DJ Wit's musical library ran the gamut from 70's rock to 80's dance to current hip hop. Good treats and top shelf refreshments were enjoyed by all participants.

  • Have fun as an alum! In a new initiative to increase alumni participation in our communications program, we will be asking questions each month that will hopefully prompt some funny, meaningful and creative responses.

    Get involved by answering this month's question:

    Why did you join Beta Sig?

  • Beta Sig welcomes its Fall 2012 Pledge Class. This class of 21 strong includes three legacies. Special congratulations to fellow alums Rob Marks, David Minkoff and Larry Raiman.

  • Please reach out to Jeff Licht (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you would be interested in joining Beta Sig's Mentorship Program. We are always looking for alumni to help with one-to-one mentoring of the undergraduate members. It's a very rewarding experience!

  • Thanks to Marc Topaz '88 for becoming our newest Beta Sig Lifetime Member!

    Our Lifetime Membership Program is really taking off. Please join Marc and our other Lifetime Members! With your contribution of $2,490, you will be permanently recognized year-after-year for your contribution to the chapter. In addition, you will receive an exclusive Beta Sig Crest Watch; a gift of appreciation for your generosity and commitment. Here's your chance to show your Beta Sig pride.

    Click here to learn more about Lifetime Membership.

  • Have fun as an alum! In a new initiative to increase alumni participation in our communications program, we will be asking questions each month that will hopefully prompt some funny, meaningful and creative responses.

    Get involved by answering this month's question:

    Who Was Your Role Model?

  • As we welcome back our undergraduates for Fall Term 2012, our BAA Board hopes all Alumni are well, having enjoyed a fun and relaxing summer.

    The House looks great! The wood floors on the first floor were once again sanded down, stained and sealed. Sunglasses were necessary to view on Day 1. Walls throughout the house were painted. The basement was supposed to have been painted too and the floor power-washed and sealed but undergraduate storage of furniture, air-conditioners, dressers, etc, precluded the tasks' completion prior to move-in. I am happy to report that the Fall 2011 Pledge Class has stepped up to handle this project. Further, they will create a gym in the former boiler room. I am also pleased to report that the House is at capacity with 53 live-ins and 20 out-of-house brothers for the Fall 2012 semester.

  • Brothers,

    On behalf of the undergraduates, I would like to welcome you to Beta Sig's 99th year at Penn State. Upon my arrival at Penn State, Beta Sig was considered one of the better houses on campus; now we are considered one of the best. Our growth as a brotherhood is not just based upon social status, but also our commitment to education and philanthropy. We are an excellent chapter and plan to be an IFC-accredited Chapter of Excellence by 2013.

  • We'd like to congratulate Simon Ziff '87 on becoming our newest Beta Sigma Beta Lifetime Member. Lifetime Membership is one way alums can show their lifetime commitment to the Beta Sig.

  • Beta Sigs traveled by air and land to try and give our Alma Mater a leg up in its first away game under Bill O'Brien versus Virginia. The 80s were well represented via Class of '81 and '83. Attendees from 1981 included Rich Scheinoff, Andy Golland, Steve Glass, David Minkoff and Jeff Licht. The Class of '83 always travels well with participants Al Cohen, Stuart Leon, Dave Gold, Dave Gasman, Kenny Caplin, Moss Walden, Dave Pollock, Mark Halsman, Kenny Lehrer, Norm Nelson, Keith Reiner and Steve Sibner.

  • September 1 marked a historic day for Penn State football as coach Bill O'Brien ushered in a new season--and the Beta Sigs were there to celebrate it. The Nittany Lions opened football weekend with a roar, showing the nation that the Penn State community is a spirited, resilient one that is moving forward—united in their dedication and passion for its football team.

  • Thank you to Paul Miller '86 for uploading this picture to his personal album on our site. It is of Brothers Collazzo, Miller (himself), Stoltz and Garfield at graduation in May 1986 .

    If you are in this picture or know these guys, share a story or memory using the comments feature below.

    You can find many more pictures from our archives in the online albums, and learn how to share your own.

  • Our property manager and contractor were both kept busy this summer with several projects including work on the first floor floors, a fresh new look for our basement, fresh paint for numerous rooms, installation of additional exterior lighting and a few new exterior security cameras.

  • Please help us recruit the best new kids matriculating at University Park Campus to Beta Sig. You can email Jeff Licht atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you know of any undergraduates that our Rush Chair and team should diplomatically pursue this fall.

  • The undergrads at Beta Sig wrapped up another successful school year, finishing with a 3.30 GPA in the Spring Semester. Their marks earned them a tie with Kappa Sigma for the fourth best GPA in the IFC, far above the IFC average of 3.14. Hopefully they can continue this success in the upcoming fall semester.

  • Beta Sig Brother Danny Balin '04 is preparing for his third consecutive PGA Championship at the Ocean Course on Kiwah Island, S.C. starting August 9th. In Danny's two prior experiences, he finished over par and missed the cut, but has learned a lot from his experiences and believes this year will be different for him. Danny began playing golf seriously after graduating from the PGA Golf Management Program and believes he has taken the necessary steps to advance his professional golf career and become a regular on the PGA Tour.

    You can read an article from the Rockland (Md.) Gazette featuring Danny and previewing his participation in the upcoming tournament here.

  • Andrew Moses '07 returned to State College with some friends on the weekend of July 20 for his bachelor party and got a pretty cool surprise. Andrew's brother arranged for the Fraser Street Deli to name and feature a sandwich in his honor for the weekend. The Fraser Street Deli usually reserves its sandwich names for football players and University presidents, but they made an exception for Big Mo. The 'Andrew Moses' is a corned beef sandwich with Russian Dressing on Rye and a cup of chili.

  • Our condolences go out to Zach Weinberg '07 for the recent loss of his mother and to Phil Rofsky '07 on the loss of his father. These are trying times for our brothers and a great opportunity to show them what brotherhood really means.

  • Our House is quiet this summer in anticipation of the return of 54 undergraduate live-ins on August 22. At the moment, the House is undergoing a thorough top to bottom cleaning. Contractors can be seen painting the interior, sealing the first floor, sprucing up the basement and upgrading our exterior lighting. She looks great for 82!

  • Steve Savran '79 and his wife Lynne celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on June 23 with Steve's fellow pledge brothers Rick Marks '80 and Jeff Licht '81 and their wives Andrea and Lisa, respectively.

  • Pictured in the Miami Heat locker room celebrating the Miami Heat's 2012 NBA Championship are Miami Heat center, Chris Bosh, and Beta Sig sophomore, Sam Rose.

  • Congratulations to David Minkoff '81 and wife Debbie on their recent purchase of a townhouse in State College. The Minks bought in The Village at Penn State. Brothers Licht, Savran, Marks, Berry, Scheinoff, Glass and Golland have been celebrating since closing and thank Debbie for their new digs for football season! Debbie was no push over in negotiations as we brothers had to forgo first dibs on Arts Festival. Brothers Savran and Marks also offered to pledge Debbie (since all that know them remember they sure didn't pledge in Spring '78) on trips to Bed Bath & Beyond, Ashley Furniture and Kitchen Kapers.

  • Pictured are the class of 2010 and Rick Marks '80 hanging out on the beach in Margate, NJ. From left to right: Chris Socie, Justin Katz, Cory Marks, Rick Marks, Jarret Radowitz, Brian Harrington.

  • Beta Sig is all in the family for the Eisner, Gorodesky, Kleiner and Marks men. Pictured at Jesse Marks' (a new fall 2012 pledge) high school graduation party are, from left to right: Rick Marks '80, Cory Marks, Tyler Marks, Adam Eisner, Rich Eisner '82, Rob Marks, Jake Kleiner and Rich Gorodesky '82. (Missing from the photo are Jeff Marks and Adam Gorodesky.)

  • Thanks to Robert Odell '85 for becoming our newest Beta Sig Lifetime Member!

    Join Robert and our other Lifetime Members! With your contribution of $2,490, you will be permanently recognized year-after-year for your contribution to the chapter. In addition, you will receive an exclusive Beta Sig Crest Watch; a gift of appreciation for your generosity and commitment. Here's your chance to show your Beta Sig pride.

    Click here to learn more about Lifetime Membership.

  • Founder's Dinner 2012 honoring Ron Gorodesky '79 and Steve Witten '78 was held Thursday, May 17 at Philly Parx Casino and Race Track in Bensalem, PA.

    Once again, Michael Jaffe '79, Food and Beverage Manager at Parx, made the event easy for Licht '81 and Minkoff '81 to chair. The festivities were enjoyed by all 90+ brothers that attended the event.

  • Homecoming 2012 will be held during the Penn State vs. Ohio State weekend, October 26-28, 2012.

    Scott Granoff and Little Sister Toby Block Grosswald will be our Homecoming Chairs this year. We have 25+ rooms at The Atherton and are seeking rooms at other hotels. Contact Scott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or Toby at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Reservations and tickets will be provided on a first come first serve basis by submitting the registration form, availablehere, all further details and pricing are available on the registration form.

  • By Lee Minkoff,

    On behalf of the current brotherhood, I would like to express our excitement for this upcoming fall semester. We ended the spring semester on a high note and are confident to take even more strides to establish Beta Sigma Beta as not only the best, but most respected fraternity at Penn State. I alongside vice president Justin Citron and the executive board took office in April and the house has functioned flawlessly keeping the fraternity fun and out of trouble. The undergraduates plan to raise our fundraising efforts in both THON and CAN furthering Beta Sig's progress into an accredited Chapter of Excellence at Penn State. We are especially looking forward to Fall Rush. Adam Eisner, our head rush chairman has already begun the recruitment process via social networking. We promise to make a stronger house effort in selecting quality recruits to join our house. As always, we appreciate the connection we have with our alumni. Please feel free to contact myself or any undergraduates with any questions or comments regarding the future of Beta Sig.

  • Please help us identify incoming freshmen that you think are Beta Sig material. Jeff Licht and our undergraduate Rush Team (including Scott Powell) will make sure that these boys are invited out to the House early and often. We want to make sure we pay special attention to those potential high-caliber recruits. If you know young men of good character, please email Jeff Licht This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.

  • Listen to this song called "Tribute to Joe Paterno" by Joey Welz for the best tribute song made about the late Penn State football coach.

  • Thanks to Jeff Grossman '81 for becoming our newest Beta Sig Lifetime Member!

    Join Jeff and our other Lifetime Members! With your contribution of $2,490, you will be permanently recognized year-after-year for your contribution to the chapter. In addition, you will receive an exclusive Beta Sig Crest Watch; a gift of appreciation for your generosity and commitment. Here's your chance to show your Beta Sig pride.

    Click here to learn more about Lifetime Membership.

  • Pictured with new PSU Head Football Coach Bill O'Brien when the traveling road show hit Philadelphia are fellow Beta Sigs (L-R) Mark Halsman '83, Dave Gasman '84, Ken Lehrer '83 and Moss Walden '83.

  • The Autism Speaks U 5k Race/3k Walk, formerly We are Curing Autism Now (CAN), was a huge success! Presented by Beta Sigma Beta, the event on Saturday, April 14 drew over 1,200 participants and raised more than $85,000. With online fundraising open for an additional three months, it is still possible to break the $100,000 mark for the sixth year in a row.

    Andrew Moses '07, Co-founder of Curing Autism Now, said "At a time when Penn State is faced with immense challenges, Beta Sig rose to the occasion and showed the world what Penn State really is all about and served as a great reminder as to what it means to be a Penn Stater."

  • Beta Sig was filled with many fun memories, and served as the foundation for great friendships that have lasted well beyond graduation. But we know that the Beta Sig connections have likely led to great job opportunities too. Did you land a job thanks to a career network formed at Beta Sig? Share your story on the message board.

    Also, if you're looking for a new job or looking to hire, the Beta Sig brotherhood is a great place to network. You can share your details on the message board, and hopefully find your next career path or great employee.

  • This year's PSU Trustee election will be the most hotly contested in the history of the university. After speaking with multiple candidates, I am endorsing fellow Beta Sig Rich Bundy (candidate #35), '93,'96g and ask you to vote for him as well.

    Former Trustee president, Mimi Barash, is actively and enthusiastically supporting Rich. Rich has the endorsement of university honored Beta Sigs, Gene Chaiken, David Lipson, Marc Brownstein and Simon Ziff as well. I have known Rich since his undergraduate days and I wholeheartedly recommend him without reservation.

  • Thon 2012: For those of you that have not yet heard, Thon raised $10,686,924.83 for the kids this year. Beta Sig teamed up with KD and raised $86,000. Two of our undergraduates, Jeff Bloom '12 and Josh Windt '12, danced the entire 46 hours. They were supported by all Beta Sigs but special kudos to Jay Robinson, Jon Paul, Lee Minkoff and the entire Fall 2011 Pledge Class. Click on the headline to view photos or check out the Thon 2012 Photo Album on the website. If you have never attended Thon, I highly suggest you consider attending at least once to witness Penn State at its best.

  • Brothers,

    On Saturday, April 14, 2012, Beta Sig undergrads will host the 7th annual Autism Speaks U 5k Race/3k Walk (formerly the "We are... Curing Autism Now" event) in State College, PA to benefit Autism Speaks. Since its creation in 2005, this event has set the gold standard for university philanthropy having raised over $850,000 and ranking as the largest single fraternity fundraising event in the country. Beta Sig's success has led to the creation of Autism Speaks U chapters comprised of college students assisting in the mission to raise awareness and funds for this complex neurological disorder. Chapters and events now exist at over 50 schools in the United States and Canada.

  • Congratulations to Simon Ziff on being named a 2012 Penn State Alumni Fellow recipient. The Alumni Fellow Award is the most prestigious award given by the Penn State Alumni Association. Since 1973, the Alumni Fellow Award has been given to select alumni who, as leaders in their professional fields, are nominated by an academic college and accept an invitation from the President of the University to return to campus to share their expertise with students, faculty, and administrators.

  • February 17-20 marked the 40th anniversary of Penn State's IFC/Panhellenic Dance MaraTHON. THON is a year-long effort to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer for children in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This year, I had the incredible opportunity to represent Beta Sig as a THON 2012 dancer. Alongside my fellow brother, Josh Windt, we stood for 46 hours to show the families facing cancer that we stand beside them in their fight. The struggles of pain and sleep deprivation we faced in 46 hours is nothing compared to the hardships those children face each and every day.

  • Happy Valley and Penn State are filled with long-standing traditions that will withstand the test of time. But there are other great traditions from days gone by that no longer exist. From the Phi Psi 500 to the Train Station Restaurant, we compiled stories of the places and traditions that are gone but not forgotten:

  • Every year, THON gets bigger and better. This year was no exception as Penn State Proud students surpassed their 2012 goals to raise even more money "For The Kids" than years past.

    Despite economic malaise and a crush of negative publicity about their university during the past four months, Penn State students raised a record $10.69 million to support families of children with cancer.

    The exact amount, $10,686,924.83, was unveiled shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday at the end of the 46-hour IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon in the Bryce Jordan Center.

  • Fellow Beta Sig Neil Rudel '78, the longtime Penn State football writer for the Altoona Mirror, was recently honored at the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame banquet.

    Rudel, the managing editor of the Altoona Mirror and the longest-tenured writer covering Penn State football, was presented with the first-ever Fran Fisher Award for Excellence in Sports Journalism. Rudel has covered high school and college sports since his graduation from Penn State in 1978.

  • Jeff Licht, Rick Marks, Steve Savran and David Minkoff paid their respects to JoePa last month at the statue outside of Beaver Stadium.

  • Join our group on LinkedIn to reconnect with old friends, post your resume, find job or internship opportunities and more.

    Click here to join our group.

  • Several alumni were featured in the media for their stories tied to Joe Paterno's death.

    Neil Rudel '78, managing editor of the Altoona Mirror, was interviewed on CNN after Joe's passing. Click here to watch the video.

    Jeff Licht '81 was featured in his local paper for heartwarming story of his personal connection to his idol, Joe Paterno. Click here to read the story.

    Share your Joe story on the message board.

  • THON is quickly approaching on February 17th. Beta Sigma Beta is one of THON's biggest supporters, last year raising over $67,500. THON truly exemplifies what Beta Sigma Beta and Penn State stand for, and we hope to raise even more money For The Kids this year. Unfortunately, due to the recent events here at Penn State and inclement whether conditions, some of our largest fundraisers have been canceled. After the unfortunate event of Joe Paterno's passing, many supporters began to donate flowers and gifts. Instead, the Paterno family asked in lieu of gifts, to donate money to THON or the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania. Joe Paterno, an icon of Penn State, did not desire anything but to ensure the happiness and well-being of everyone else. This would be a great honor for our Penn State community to come together and achieve great heights in this fundraiser.

  • THON undoubtedly has a great impact not only on the kids, but on students, alumni and the Penn State community. There is always a lot of talk about THON and every story and experience is important. So, we want to hear from YOU. What is/was the most rewarding part of your THON experience?

  • By Steve Gilbert '73

    I've got some sad news to pass along to those brothers who have not yet heard. My close friend and our fraternity brother David Casnoff '75 passed away in his sleep on November 3. He lived with his wife Cheryl and their two dogs, Teddy and Kerry, in Davidsonville, Maryland just outside of Annapolis. David spent more time living in the house than most of us. He not only spent his years as an undergraduate living in the house but also his year as a graduate student when he received his master's degree. Two weeks before David passed away we had played golf at our club. I shot my usual 103 while David shot a 78. David was a frequent golf partner of mine and it was his best round since I had played golf with him as an undergraduate. As many of you may remember David was a "scratch" golfer in those days.

  • Remember when you graduated and painted your name and pledge number on the boiler room wall? It was to be there for all eternity. But alas, after a few years, a new graduate would inscribe his identity over yours!

    Now, your inscription can be as lasting as our dear fraternity house with the purchase of Beta Sig Legacy Pavers. And the best part is that the purchase of your Legacy Paver will help our house grow even stronger. The Beta Sig Legacy Patio is a great addition to the house. Order your Legacy Paver today!

  • "In a cold world, you still need your friends to keep you warm." (The Big Chill, 1983)

    As we say goodbye to Coach Paterno, Penn Staters everywhere can take comfort in friends and in the deep sense of community that we are so fortunate to enjoy as Penn State alumni. Looking back, Joe played a role in the best times of our lives – from tailgating to Bowl trips to games at Beaver Stadium.

    For many of us, they still continue to this day. Joe's passing reminds us of what is most important in life: our lifelong connections to those who mean the most, including our KDR brothers.

    There are plenty of opportunities to celebrate being a part of the Penn State community with the friends you met there:

    THON – February 17-19. You can honor Joe's wish (a fraternity guy himself) by making a donation to this great cause.
    7th Annual We Are... - April 14
    Parents Weekend - April 13-15
    Blue/White Weekend– April 20-22
    Arts Fest – July 12-15

    To share your plans to reunite in Happy Valley this spring, click here. To share your condolences or a personal JoePa story, click here.

  • By Mark Cohen '76

    I lost track of Cazz several years ago having last seen him at one of my kid's bar-bat mitzvahs.I always figured that I would run into him again, perhaps at a homecoming tailgate or in a buffet line at a wedding or other occasion. We'd reminisce about the good times at PSU and maybe I could get some useful lawn care advice. I would no doubt slip in a few ranks about his sweater, the blue and cream saddle shoes or his dog Sheba.

  • BAA Board Members' David Minkoff, Rick Marks and Jeff Licht have fun at the Saloon with Beta Sig undergrads Jay Robinson, Nate Kimmel, Drew Kirsch, Jeff Bloom, Ryan King, Brian Pantelich and Dave Stern.

  • Congratulations to the Spring 2012 Beta State Foundation scholarship recipients:
    Brian Blenner, Nicholas Bryman, Ryan King, Jarrett Kleeman, Jeffrey Marks, Jonathan Paul, Brian Roeder, Eric Roth and Michael Witten.

  • Art patron, humanitarian David Pincus dies at 85
    By Andrew Maykuth
    INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

    David N. Pincus, 85, a passionate art patron and humanitarian, who lived life with gusto and devoted himself to relieving the suffering of children, died at his Wynnewood home Wednesday, December 21, from leukemia. 

  • A group of Beta Sig alumni came to State College for a reunion in mid-November for the PSU/OSU game.

  • Rick Marks and Jeff Licht pictured in the Atherton lobby passing time while waiting for David Minkoff, Steve Glass & Rich Scheinoff to ready themselves for the PSU vs. Nebraska game. Unfortunately Nebraska bursted our bubble, 17-14, on our long road to recovery.

  • Beta Sigma Beta elected a new slate of officers on November 28. These brothers will assume their new positions in the spring semester.

  • By Neil Rudel

    Coaches at all levels know, and even joke, that they're hired to be fired.

    That apparently now includes the winningest college football coach of all time.

    The greatest tenure in sports history - college or pro - ended abruptly late Wednesday night when the Penn State Board of Trustees voted unanimously to fire Joe Paterno.

  • The Beta Alumni Association Board, in an effort to bond, recently decided to bolt on a Moose Hunting expedition somewhere near the Scranton exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It certainly appeared a good idea until one of Moss Walden's shots went array and "accidentally" hit Jeff Licht, in where else but his knee.

    When questioned by the local DA about pressing charges against Walden, Licht replied 'Its not the first and won't be the last piss poor shot taken by Walden. Next time I say we bring Raimon!"

  • It's been an emotional month for Penn Staters. Consistent with the values and ideals of our university, alumni are already stepping up to support the alleged victims, help our alumni community heal, and begin to set a course for renewal and rebuilding on our legacy.

    With the benefit of our fraternity community and the Greek community as a whole, we have many unique opportunities as alumni to contribute positively to the Penn State student and alumni communities when they need it the most:

    - Support THON, which kicks off February 17.
    - Cheer on our student athletes in all sports—now that football season is over, cheer on the Nittany Lions in basketball and wrestling. Visit www.gopsusports.com for schedules.
    - Take the time to reconnect with your friends to renew what your PSU experience means to you

    You can also participate in these initiatives started by Penn State students and alumni:

  • Rich Gorodesky, '82, Blue Band Drum Major, takes time out to pose for his fans while taking part in Alumni Band Activities during Halftime of Homecoming Game vs. Purdue. Thankfully Rich's Workman's Comp prohibits him from performing his patented split.

  • Partying together at the Flyers Home Opener are Ron Gorodesky '79, Jeff Licht '81 and Rich Gorodesky '82.

    Have you recently reunited with Beta Sig brothers? Share your stories and photos in the alumni updates section.

  • Pictured left to right are Steve Savran '79, Rick Marks '80 and Bruce Grossman '79 outside of Northwestern's Jeld-Wen Field. The three recently commandeered a taxi to break free of their wives' shopping spree on Chicago's miracle mile to supposedly go root on our beloved Nittany Lions. It was later confirmed that the three left the game at halftime to reconnect with their wives for his & her spa treats at the W Hotel. Asked about his afternoon in Chicago, Savran commented, 'it's a lovely town but windy'. He then went on to sing The Associations 1967 hit, "Windy" . Five minutes later and five minutes too long for all W Hotel guests and their pets, he was forcefully evicted from the hotel. Donations for his bail can be sent to 1060 W. Addison Street, Chicago, IL.

    What's new with you? Share your news in the alumni updates section.

  • By Jeff Licht '81

    Homecoming 2011 was held September 23-25. It was chaired by Ken Dubin and Brad Stoltz with an assist from Scott Granoff. The three day event kicked off Friday night and concluded on Sunday for Brunch.

    The Friday night Return to the House was a Mixer complete with music by David Joyce and the Slow Pitch Band and wine, beer and munchies by Bobby Scott capped off with grilled stickies and Creamery ice-cream. The local police were kind enough to stop by our House two times to welcome alumni back. My license was requested for review and reporting more in one night than in my last 30 years of bar hopping.

  • Robert Eisman '79 reports "Congratulations to BAA board member Adam Dorfman '07 on his marriage to Megan Schwartz on October 1, 2011, witnessed by multiple fraternity brothers (who pulled off a perfect rendition of the Sweetheart Song)."

    We want to know what's new with you too! Share your news and photos in the Alumni Updatessection.

  • By Jeff Licht '81

    We are very pleased to report that Fall Rush efforts were successful luring 25 undergrads to pledge Beta Sig. This is truly a remarkable class as 8 of the 25 are legacies to include Tyler Marks (Rick '80), Adam Eisner (Rich '83), Joshua Jaffe (Michael '79), Brandon Levine (Ryan '12 ), Isaac Luber (Michael '66), Scott Glassman (Gary '79) , Adam Gorodesky (Rich '82 & little sister Jodi Foxx '82) and Jordan Walden (Moss, '82 & 3rd best all-time BSB b'ball player).

  • David Minkoff '81 chose Beta Sig for a lot of different reasons. One of them is because he felt so comfortable at the house and spending time with the brothers, many of whom he keeps in touch with today. See why Dave loves Beta Sig and what he remembers from his days living in the house.

    Why did you decide to join a fraternity? Why did you choose Beta Sig?
    I wasn't planning on joining a fraternity, but my roommate (who also became my pledge brother) signed up for rush, and I tagged along with him when he was invited to dinners and parties. I chose Beta Sig because I felt the most comfortable there and because of the luxurious accommodations (ha!).

  • From the 8/10/11 issue of The Collegian

    Danny Balin and Marc Mondelblatt were pledge brothers at the Beta Sigma Beta fraternity in 2000 and 2001, where they became good friends.

    Both had been golfing since they were teenagers, but neither took the sport too seriously in college and did not play for the Penn State golf team.

    Little did they know, they would eventually forge a partnership on golf's premier professional circuit.

  • Watch for your copy to arrive in the coming weeks.

  • One lucky Beta Sig alum and his guest will have the opportunity to visit the radio broadcast booth at Beaver Stadium and meet Penn State broadcasting icon Steve Jones and former Nittany Lion and Steeler great, Jack Ham during the Penn State/Purdue football game on October 15, 2011. This once-in-a-lifetime experience offers the opportunity to see Beaver Stadium from a brand new angle and spend some time with Steve Jones and Jack Ham as they prepare for their radio broadcast. The winner and guest will have the opportunity to remain in the broadcast booth and observe the broadcast through the end of the game's first half.

  • Come back to Happy Valley for Beta Sig's Homecoming celebration September 23-25!

    Friday & Saturday Night at the Atherton Hotel(2 Double Beds)
    Football tickets to the game (with virtually a guaranteed win for a change)
    Friday Evening: Undergraduate-Alumni Welcoming Party
    Saturday: Dinner & Party at The House
    Sunday Morning: Brunch at Beta Sig

    Note: We have a limited allocation of football tickets. We expect that most of those taking hotel rooms will be able to get tickets; however, we will confirm after receipt of reservation form. If rooms are subsequently canceled with full or partial refund, ticket requests will also be canceled and ticket payments will be refunded.

    For more information and to register, download the Homecoming 2011 Registration Form here.

  • By Jeffrey "Lichty" Licht '81

    I would like to inform my fellow Brothers, that as of August 1, 2011, I assumed the position of Beta Sigma Beta's Alumni President.

    First and foremost, I would like to thank my predecessor, Ron Gorodesky '79, for a job well done. Ron has been instrumental in so many endeavors, to include but certainly not be limited to: the creation of our new kitchen, the recreation of the apartment and our paver program, patio and fencing project.

  • Thank you to Alan Glou '55 for submitting this great photo of a Beta Sig House Party, Pajama Weekend, classes of 55 and 56, featuring Alan Glou, Carl Nurick, Alan Dask, Sid Fogleman, Bob Krekoff, Steve Maybaum, Lou Criden, Howie Glassman, Jessie Watell. He says "other names I will try to remember."

  • Thank you to Brett Goldberg '90 for participating in this Q & A.

    Why did you join Beta Sig as an undergraduate? Beta Sig was an excellent opportunity to meet and make great friends with guys of similar background as my own, especially at a large school like Penn State.

    What is the funniest memory from your Beta Sig days? Having a Mother's Party right before a social with a sorority that shall remain nameless!

    What is the single fondest memory you have shared/will share with your children and grandchildren? I was able to take my family up to Penn State and I took my son in the house and showed him around, which was very cool, and very surreal, and brought back great memories.

  • This year's presentation of the Founders and David A. (Gimp) Lee awards was held on Thursday, May 19 at Philadelphia Park at the annual Beta Alumni Association Founders' Dinner. The Founders' Award, given to Scott Granoff '85, is the highest honor that Beta Sig bestows and is given annually to a Brother for outstanding service to the fraternity. Scott has been on the Alumni board since shortly after his graduation and has served terms as the Alumni Vice President and President. The David A. (Gimp) Lee Brotherhood Award was given to Alan Greenbaum '70, as the alum epitomizing what it means to be a Beta Sig. Alan was a leader at Beta Sig as well as Philadelphia and the Jewish community after graduation.

    The photos can be found at this link: http://betasigfoundersdinner2011.shutterfly.com/. Once you get to the page, you will have to request access to the photos.

  • Friendships made and kept.
    - Stuart Levin '71

    Having 50 dear friends within shouting distance.
    - David Diamond '82

    One of the fondest memories I have of the fraternity is the pledging experience. Eight individuals became one unit and overcame shared adversity mixed in with many joyous , funny episodes, that we all laugh about to this day.
    - Richard Marks '80

  • Thanks to David Minkoff '81 for submitting the following

    He writes, "I sponsored a team this past season in the Junior Jewish Basketball League for which I have been a coach and/or division coordinator, as well as a board member, since Lee was in 2nd Grade. When I asked my younger son, Jake, what he wanted the team name to be, he said how about Beta Sigma Beta. Teams are made up by the division coordinator, but in addition to my son, I ended up with two other pseudo-legacies: Danny Magerman who is the son of Little Sister Jill Marcus, and Dori Fleekop, nephew of Kenny. I was also hoping to get Jordan Waldon and Alexander Glass, but couldn't pull off that move."

  • By Ron Gorodesky '79; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Perhaps the greatest honor that an Alumni President has is the presentation of the Founders and David A. (Gimp) Lee awards at the annual Beta Alumni Association Founders' Dinner. This year's event will be held on Thursday, May 19 at Philadelphia Park.

  • Thank you to Stanley Eisman '48 for submitting the following...

    He writes, "I have friendships that still exist today (for those of use that are still breathing). I celebrated my 64th wedding anniversary with my wife who took my BΣB pin in April 1946."

    How has Beta Sig made an influence on YOUR life? Share your story on the message board.

  • In a weekend full of fun, excitement, and outstanding efforts from Dancers, Committees, Organizations, Alumni, Friends, and Family, THON 2011 definitely demonstrated it was "Together Without Limits". After 46 hours of no sitting and no sleeping, thousands gathered in the Bryce Jordan Center for the final moments before revealing the total amount raised for THON 2011. At 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, the anticipation was over as THON overalls revealed the final amount: $9,563,016.09. The place went wild with joy and excitement for the record breaking total (2010 total - $7,838,054.23).

  • Andrew Bryman '76 is still attached to Beta Sig all the way from California.

    He has recently been more involved with his fraternity after his son Nick came to Penn State as a freshman and pledged BSB.

  • From the 1/14/11 issue of The Collegian

    In the past two years the fraternity community has changed more than ever. We've been faced with great challenges and have emerged as leaders in changing the culture of Penn State. We have agreed upon and implemented some of the most rigorous policies in the country on alcohol abuse, drug abuse, sexual assault and hazing. And we did all of that while continuing to act as leaders in academics, philanthropy and extracurricular activities.

    We do this autonomously from the university.

    Students holding fellow students accountable — that is what has defined Interfraternity Council judicial policies.

    Click here to read the full story.

  • Remember the Train Station and The Whistle Stop? Bowling at Rec Hall? Or when swimming tests were "required" at Penn State?

    Click here to read Happy Valley's list of places and traditions that are "gone but not forgotten." There's a GREAT video clip from the 1982 Phi Psi 500 to check out there too.

    What tops YOUR list of things that are gone but not forgotten at Penn State? Share them on the message board.

  • Rolling Back the Cost of Homecoming

    September 23-25th PSU vs. Eastern Michigan

    In order to participate in Homecoming, you must be current on your alumni dues. Complimentary Beta Alumni Association Dues are available to those registering for Homecoming and making a tax-deductable donation of $250 to the Beta State Foundation.

    NOT A MISPRINT:Complete Package for 2 Adults for $750 ---(The price you paid 10 years ago...)

  • Wishing you and your family a joyous holiday and a happy new year!

    Reconnect with a Beta Sig friend this season using our online directory.

  • Date: 10/28/2010

    'Tis the Season

    Ready or not, here it comes. The holidays will be here before you know it. Need some Blue-and-White gift ideas? Coming to Happy Valley for the PSU-Michigan State game over Thanksgiving weekend? Here are some Winter Sports Weekends that you should have circled.

    Look Ahead...Way Ahead

    There's still plenty of time left in the 2010 football season, but it never hurts to look into the future. The 2011 season kicks off with Blue-White Weekend - April 15-17, 2011. Click here for the complete 2011 and 2012 Penn State football schedules. PS: Next year's Homecoming date has not been finalized yet.

  • Beta Sig Alumni traveled to Tuscaloosa for the Penn State - Alabama game. Before kickoff, they tailgated outside the stadium.

    Thank you to Roger Panitch for this photo submission.

  • Demolition of the Phi Delta Theta house began in mid-August. Do you agree with the University's decision to turn the property into "green space?" Share your thoughts on the message board!

    In other campus Greek news, we just learned that the Alpha Sig and SAMMY houses are up for sale.

    Thank you for your ongoing support to ensure that the Beta Sig house continues to thrive at Penn State.

  • Robert "Bob" Lyons '42 has a lifelong commitment to Beta Sigma Beta that began literally before he ever set foot on Penn State campus.

    "My father was a Beta Sigma. When he took me to Penn Station to go to the University, he took a walk through the station and met a bunch of guys coming back from a weekend in Long Island. They were Beta Sigs too," Bob said. "By the time we got to Penn State we were already friends. My father had my luggage sent straight to the frat house, so you could say I was a Beta Sig from the very beginning."

    Bob explained that although his father was "an incredible man" and charismatic, the exchange wasn't totally unusual.

    "Back then that's the way things happened. Legacies were a very important factor in the continuation of all of the fraternities" Bob said. "It was something that was closely considered. Even as a kid, I was a Beta because of my father's influence."

  • Click here to see pictures from the 2010 Founders Day Dinner and add your own!

  • Phi Delt house to be demolished

    From the 7/27/10 issue of The Daily Collegian.

    The university's decision to convert the former Phi Delta Theta fraternity house into a "green space" has elicited disappointment from the greek community.

    Penn State bought the 243 N. Burrowes property for $1.75 million in May, after a legal dispute with the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

    The fraternity was disbanded in 2007 for drinking violations.

    The decision was made to turn the property into a "green space" -- complete with sidewalks and benches, university spokeswoman Annemarie Mountz said.

    The demolition process began Monday evening (7/26), when contractors put up fencing around the construction area, Mountz said.

    Click here to read the full story.

  • From the 7/9/10 edition of the Greenwich Post...

    Danny Balin '04 has given up everything to chase his dream. The golfer left his family and friends and has moved hundreds of miles from his home in Maryland just to have the chance to compete at the highest level in the PGA.

    In a few short weeks, Balin will achieve his life-long dream.

    After a fourth place finish in the PGA Professional National Championships at the French Lick Country Club in Indiana, Balin, who is the junior golf instructor at Greenwich's Burning Tree Country Club, has qualified to play in the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisc.

    "I felt really good going into this," Balin said. "I've been working hard all year and have been trying to get better and better. I've been pushing to qualify for the PGA Professional National Championship and to qualify for that and to do well was great. I am really happy that this tournament came up at a time when I have been playing really well. I wasn't as nervous as I thought I would be. I have high expectations for myself and I knew that if I could play the best that I can and stick to my game plan, good things were going to happen."

    Click here to read the full story at www.greenwich-post.com.

  • Wouldn't it be great if someone could make a movie about our Beta Sig experience? Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately, for some) the cameras weren't rolling during our days at Penn State. The experience we shared can only live on through our memories, stories and photos.

    While we all shared the same great experience, we each have our own unique stories to tell from it. And we need your help to document them! Tell us a great story or two that you fondly remember from your undergraduate days. We'll feature the best stories on our web site and in future print publications.

    For example...

    "My pledge class in the Spring of 1947 consisted of several of us who had just returned from active duty with different branches of the service. One night we participated in a midnight treasure hunt. Our pledge class found itself at 2:00 a.m. on the Penn State Golf Course, locating a clue to bring back a "live chicken".

    As we headed up to the barns to locate a chicken, someone in our class had a brainstorm: Let's call the Fraternity House, tell them that we were arrested and are at the jail, west of Campus. They will release us if a representative appears and confirms our story.

    Needless to say, our chancellor and pledge master made an unnecessary trip to the jail in the middle of the night and they did not think too kindly of this pledge class.

    P.S. We all became brothers!!"

    Gene Rifkin '48

    What's YOUR story? Click here to share it.

  • By Jeffrey Marks 808

    When I was accepted into Penn State and knew I was going to enroll there, I had only one more goal I needed to fulfill.

    That was to pledge Beta Sig. With my older brother Cory ('10), my Uncle Rob ('82), and my dad Rick ('80), all Beta Sigs, I knew that this was my destiny. I wanted to experience what so many in my family have done before me. I wanted to be able to walk through the same Beta Sig halls, to eat in the same dining rooms, and to live life within the same walls as they all did. All four of us now hold a special bond that is unique, and with my father we have a special father-son relationship that cannot be
    matched.

    I am very proud to be a legacy in this house, and now my next goal is to make sure that in the future, my son will become a Beta Sig to further a bond between my family.

  • As the spring 2010 semester comes to an end and finals week approaches, the brothers of Beta Sig are enjoying the warm weather that is scarce during the school year in State College. Daily activities include cookouts, games of beach volleyball, football, and playing fetch with our house dog, Jake.

    A few weeks ago we completed the 5th Annual "We Are...Curing Autism Now" 5k Race/ 3k Walk. With a strong and commendable effort from the undergrads, alumni, parents, the community, and the leadership of our CAN chairmen, we raised an approximate $96,000! Later that evening, the undergrads and their families joined together on the front lawn of Beta Sig for a spectacular evening, beginning with a cocktail hour followed by a catered dinner by Chef Bobby Scott.

    Between the fall and spring semesters this year, we have acquired 23 fantastic young men who all show promise as future leaders of Beta Sig. These young men exemplify all of the qualities and values that a true Beta Sig treasures. The fall pledge class welcomed three Beta Sig legacies, including Jordan Grossman '13, Adam Jaffe '13, and Jeff Marks '13. We are proud to welcome all of these young men into our brotherhood.

  • Michael P. Cohen '81 recently met Vince Papale at the bar at Citizens Park. Thanks, Mike, for sharing this great photo!

    Do you have any interesting brushes with fame, stories or upcoming events to share with the brotherhood? Submit them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they may appear on the site!

  • From the 4/12/10 issue of The Daily Collegian...

    On Saturday afternoon, about 2,000 runners and walkers crowded South Allen Street, helping to raise more than $99,980 for charity.

    Fraternity Beta Sigma Beta and sororities Alpha Phi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Pi Beta Phi and Sigma Delta Tau partnered with autism awareness group Autism Speaks to organize the fifth annual "We Are... Curing Autism Now 5K Race/3K Walk." In the past four years, Penn State has raised more than $650,000.

    "I want people to see how important [autism] is, because more and more children are getting it every year," organizer Zach Asbury (junior-political science) said.

    The event kicked off with DJ Drew Shannon from 105.9/106.9 Qwik Rock, one of the media sponsors for the event, encouraging the runners and the walkers.

    "I want those involved to take a sense of pride in knowing they've helped kids across the nation and the world with autism," Shannon said.

    Click here to read the full article.

  • Thanks to Jeff Licht '81 for answering our recent call for photos. Pictured is Licht, Savran, Minkoff, Glass and friends tailgating in Michigan for the PSU game this past fall. Click here to see more photos submitted by Jeff.

    We want to see your Beta Sig photos! Send them to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

  • Thank you to Toby Grosswald '84 for answering our recent call for photos.

    Click here to view more photos submitted by Toby.

    We want to see YOUR old photos! Send them to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

  • In 2006, Beta Sigma Beta along with Pi Beta Phi sorority launched the first annual "We Are...Curing Autism Now 5K Race/3K Walk" to help raise awareness and funds for Autism at Penn State University. Beyond raising an exceptional $91,000, the success met by the hard work and good will of these two organizations inspired the founding of Autism SpeaksU. Autism SpeaksU is a national organization that has used the framework of "We Are...Curing Autism Now" and has implemented it to several other universities. What has started under the leadership of Beta Sigma Beta and Pi Beta Phi has evolved into something larger than ever imagined.

  • Thank you to Gerald Green '57 for answering our recent call for memories.

    He writes, "It was spring of 1954 when our pledge class of 7 was pulling an "all nighter" setting up for the "Winter Wonderland" party when one of our 7 fell asleep with his glasses on.

    One of us painted his glasses ALL white and were laughing for a while when he awoke and thought he was snow blind--With or without his glasses."

    We want to hear YOUR best Beta Sig memories too! Share them on the message board.

  • The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon raised a grand total of $7,838,054.36 at this year's 46 hour event held Friday, February 19th through Sunday, February 21st. The annual event raises funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer.

    Click here to read the full story in Centre Daily Times.

  • For many of us, the bonds we formed at Beta Sig grew into connections that make life more meaningful today. Many of us have no closer friends than those we made back then. Some of us got first job or reference from a brother, others have made great business connections through brothers. Some were our groomsmen or godfathers to our kids. Add to that the lessons we learned as a result of our association with the fraternity. These have helped to lay a foundation for the successes we have experienced in our personal and professional careers.

    Remember that our annual fund relies on support from our alumni brotherhood, and every donor makes a big difference. We can't continue our program without you.

    Click here to make a contribution to the annual fund.

  • David Dinenberg announces that this year's Jewish National Foundation Poker Tournament will be held on April, 22, 2010 at Del Frisco's.

    He writes "Last year's event was a huge success and we have decided to have Del Frisco's play host once again. We already have our media sponsor for the event, Philadelphia Style, and I am currently working with a group to be another media sponsor (radio). Last year we had a record turnout, and there were a lot of new faces, and most important, those new faces were exposed to JNF. I encourage all of you to visit the JNF website at www.jnf.org, to learn more.

    I would like to start the process of forming our committee for the event as soon as possible, that is why I am reaching out only to a few people, hopefully the newest members to JNF.

    This year's chair people are David Dinenberg (Beta Sig) and Billy Shaid and the exec committee is: Richard Cohen, Brett Hirsh (Beta Sig), Stewart Anmuth, Darren Gubernick, and Rob Zuritsky. There are a number of other Beta Sigs on the committee such as Michael Stalbaum, Justin Fine, Brian Merin and many others are participants. All of the Hirsh Brothers are involved.

  • Thanks to Steven Greenwald '81 for answering our recent call for photos!

    He sent us this great picture from Alumni Weekend 1981, along with several more that you can view in the online archives.

    We want to see the best pictures from your Beta Sig days too! Send them to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Spring brings revamp to Beta Theta Pi fraternity

    From the 1/13/10 issue of The Daily Collegian

    Sixty men have accepted bids so far to join Beta Theta Pi

    fraternity's re-establishment pledge class, gearing up to begin recruitment for the spring.

    The former Beta Theta Pi brothers were asked to leave the house by alumni last March when the fraternity was confronted with allegations of hazing and party violations.

    By this fall, the 220 N. Burrowes Road property should be full with new members. Currently, only re-establishment director Jeff Rundle and a few caretakers live in the house, which is expected to become the home of 46 brothers in fall of 2010.

    Click here to read the full article.

  • In 2006, Beta Sigma Beta along with Pi Beta Phi sorority launched the first annual "We Are...Curing Autism Now 5K Race/3K Walk" to help raise awareness and funds for Autism at Penn State University. Beyond raising an exceptional $91,000, the success met by the hard work and good will of these two organizations inspired the founding of Autism SpeaksU. Autism SpeaksU is a national organization that has used the framework of "We Are...Curing Autism Now" and has implemented it to several other universities. What has started under the leadership of Beta Sigma Beta and Pi Beta Phi has evolved into something larger than ever imagined.

    Since the premier event in 2006, "We Are...Curing Autism Now 5K Race/3K Walk" has raised over $550,000 and attracted more than 4700 participants. The proceeds have gone to Autism Speaks, the sponsor of Autism SpeaksU and the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization. Such funding is dedicated to research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

  • We have been working to get in touch with more alumni so that brothers can stay in touch more easily and reconnect with one another. Brad Gordon '73 recently shared his latest news:

    "I retired in May 2009 after 35 years with IBM. Now, I can finally enjoy the good life of California sunshine, having lived in Los Gatos, CA for the past 16 years. My wife Cindy and I have two daughters: Alissa (26) and Carrie (22). I recently found a half hour of fantastic 8mm movies that I took from 1971-1973 and they're currently being converted to DVD. Most of the movies are during various Beta Sig parties when most of us were several pounds lighter and had a hell of a lot more hair. No audio to these movies from that many years ago, but the video alone says it all.....many parties, lawn football, parking lot basketball, PSU football games, etc.....AMAZING! Recently talked to Barb and Steve Gilbert to let them know I have movies of their physical activities (blackmail, baby). If any brothers are ever in the San Jose/Los Gatos area, please contact me. I'm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the door is always open to Beta Sig."

    We want to know what's new with you too! Click here to submit an update.

  • A group of brothers recently gathered at Del Frisco's in Philadelphia to celebrate the 31st anniversary of pledging together in the Fall of 1978. Thanks to Rich Gorodesky '82 for submitting this photo from the dinner in November. Seated at the table, left to right, are Howie Kaminsky, Rob Levy, Michael Pavel, Rich Gorodesky, Lee Epstein, Dave Diamond and Lou Goodman. Standing are Larry Raiman and Peter Kleiner.

    Be sure to send your reunion stories and photos from reunions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Thanks to Paul Miller for submitting these two photos '80s grads at Homecoming 2009. Click here to see 100+ more photos from this year's Homecoming celebration!

    Continue to send in your Homecoming pictures to be added to the site to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • By James F. Lee
    Wednesday, November 11, 2009
    Washington Post

    It's the football that makes it famous, of course. Driving into State College, Pa., from U.S. 322, I caught a glimpse of Beaver Stadium, Penn State University's 107,000-seat football temple, through the early fall trees. For just a second it revealed itself, dominating the landscape, its very size proclaiming what really counts in the Nittany Valley.

  • Thanks to Richard Weissfeld '62 for submitting some great photos from his time in the Beta Sig house. Of this photo, Richard writes, "I believe this was the house closing affair in 1962. The older woman in the middle of was MA Williams, our house mother at the time who was required to live in the house."

    To see the rest of the pictures Richard submitted, visit the photo albums section. If you have photos from your fraternity experience, both active and alumni years, submit them to our editors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Complete this sentence with the best memories from your fraternity days.

  • Despite tailgating bans and parking limitations, the weather didn't dampen the spirits of the numerous Penn State alumni who returned to Happy Valley to cheer on the Nittany Lion shutout against the Minnesota Golden Gophers this Homecoming.

    We want to see how you celebrated! Whether you tailgated in the Wal-Mart parking lot (or that of another local business) or stayed home where it was nice and dry, share your stories and photos of your Homecoming 2009 experience. Send your submissions to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Some frats have had to relocate, others remain houseless

    Fraternities tend to conjure images of brothers throwing a football on a grassy lawn outside of a stately house, but some fraternities have no house to call their own -- and some houses sit empty, home to no one.

    Fraternities without houses hop between residences, living in unofficial houses or actively seeking a home of their own. Houses without fraternities stand vacant as renovations are completed or fraternities are reestablished.

    Each situation has a unique history -- evictions, renovations, borough zoning, disbandments and reestablishments all have played a part in the experiences of these fraternities.

    Read the full article.

  • Academics aside, college is all about the experience! So we're compiling a list of the Top 20 things that a student MUST do before leaving Happy Valley.

    We need your help to put together a great list of long-standing traditions on campus and/or in the State College community! We want to know the things you miss most about Penn State and Happy Valley, and/or the top things on your list of things to do when you come back as an alum!

    Here is our list...

  • There's nothing better than a weekend back in Happy Valley to relive your youth. But let's face it...we're not the same early-twenty-something guys we were back then. Why settle for long lines, cover charges, cheap beer, elbow-to-elbow college crowds, loud music and so-so bar food? Take advantage of the many non-student hangouts that Happy Valley has to offer. Grab your Beta Sig buddies and head out on your own "adult" bar tour this season. Be sure to add these places to your list.

  • 'Tis the season! Not for carols and presents or stockings and snow, for football. There's no season like football season when you're a Penn State alum. Time to dust off the coolers and inventory the tailgate gear...another Nittany Lion football season is here!

    Those Saturdays between Labor Day and Thanksgiving are our best opportunity to spend time with some of our best friends - including our Beta Sig brothers. Take advantage of the chance to reconnect with your old friends this season using our web site. You can plan tailgates using the message boards, find the email addresses of your pledge class in the online directory, and post pictures of your reunions in the photo albums.

    Let us know when you'll be in town this season, and share your stories of meeting up with other Beta Sigs.

    Here are a few useful links to get you ready for this season (and beyond)...

    • HappyValley.com: For info on where to eat, stay and play when you come back to town. (Click here for game day information).
    • Tailgaters, a new rule. Penn State recently adopted a new policy banning glass bottles from its grass lots.
    • Why drive to the game when you can fly? Fly with the Penn State Alumni Association on a new Game Day Charter from the University Park Airport in State College to three away games this season: Illinois on Oct. 3, Michigan on Oct. 24, and Michigan State on Nov. 21. Click here for more info.
    • DC area alumni, get ready...the Nittany Lions will be playing Indiana in your neck of the woods in 2010. Find out the details here.
  • Penn State claimed the top spot in this year's Top Party Schools survey, conducted by the Princeton Review. With an outstanding football team, annual events like Arts Fest and Blue White Weekend and the alternative State Patty's Day, Penn State students have great reasons to party all year long. But we want to know...what was the party scene at Penn State like during YOUR college days? Click here to share your stories.

    Penn State also ranked No. 1 in the "lots of beer" and "students pack the stadium" surveys, and No. 3 in the Top 10 Schools with a Major Fraternity and Sorority Scene category.

  • Click here to see more pictures from Founders' Day 2009.

  • We all have fond memories from our days in Beta Sig. Thank you to Barry Fireman for submitting the following story...

    Any of you who were in the house from 1959 through 1962 should remember a guy named Steve Sussman. He is lost to us now, but I will never forget him...big, tall, red-headed guy who played the uke and guitar.

    His nickname was O.W. Most of you will not remember how he got this nickname. Here's how it happened. During my semester as a pledge, Beta Sig was preparing for Spring Weekend, and we were building a float for the parade. We had combined our efforts with Kappa Kappa Gamma, and every night leading up to the big event, everyone met at the Beta Sig house for a work session.

  • Thanks to Arthur Rudick '79 for submitting the following update...

    He writes "I have been living in Atlanta, Ga and working for The Coca-Cola company for almost 25 years now. My wife Lauren and I have one son Scott who is attending Daytona State College (made dean's list last semester). Some of you might remember my parents Sarabelle and Sam (aka "the little people") My dad passed away in 2002 (at 95) but my mom is still doing great and we are having a 90th birthday party for her in Pittsburgh in July.

    Working for Coca-Cola, I have had a great opportunity to work with suppliers from all over the world. Lately I have been working with an Australian supplier and traveling to Melbourne a few times a year. The highlight of last year was an extended family vacation to Israel. I highly recommend to anyone. This year our plans aren't quite that ambitious."

    We want to know what's new with you too! Click here to submit your update.

  • From the 1988 La Vie...

    Beta Sigma Beta was a place where everyone knew everything and nothing was sacred. Home to 58 brothers and 45 little sisters, the idea behind fraternity was comfort more than anything else.

    "When I was rushing," recalled Michael Sabel, the secretary of Beta Sig," I wanted a close group of friends; that's what Beta Sig is. Everybody in the fraternity is very good friends."

    Besides participating in the DG Anchor Splash and the Dance Marathon, Beta Sig sponsored the Sy Barash Regatta and Ebony and Ivory. Ebony and Ivory Week was a week of workshops about prejudice and how to overcome it. It was designed to promote better interracial relations on campus. "It feels good knowing that we're helping to overcome prejudices, even just a little bit," remarked Sabel.

    Amidst all the house activity, though, the brothers did find time to study in the basement chapter room, which has big oak doors and thick walls. This helped the brothers remain in the top ten academically among fraternities.

    The brothers' bonds were tied to more than just activities and academics. "There are no separate cliques in our house," commented Sabel. "We're a 'clique' of 43 people."

    The spirit of Beta Sig was summed up by little sister pledge Sherry Palitz. "I chose Beta Sig because the brothers are really cool and I always feel comfortable. I have a great time here. I love it!"

    Did you know that archived issues of La Vie are now online? Click here to browse or search the archives.

    Click here to browse our online photo albums, and to submit pictures from your fraternity days. Pictured above: Beta Sigma Beta brothers came out to cheer on their little sisters during the annual Skullympic games.

  • Beta Sigma Beta has undoubtedly played a big role in all of our lives, and for many of us that influence has lasted beyond our undergraduate years at Penn State. We want to know how PSU has made a difference in your life today. Think about your most important aspects of your life: your kids, your wife, your job, even yourself. Would any of those still be the same if you had never become a part of Beta Sigma Beta at Penn State?

    Take a few minutes to let us know how Beta Sig has made an impact on your life, and to give us an update on where you are today. Click here to get started.

  • With the cost of a postage stamp now at 44 cents, we would like to begin relying more on electronic communications to keep you informed of the latest Beta Sig news and events.

    By providing us with your email address, you are literally putting money back into the wallet of Beta Sigma Beta at Penn State. Click here to update your email address and other contact information today. Your email address will be used solely for Beta Chapter communications, and won't be traded or sold.

    By updating our email database, we can begin relying more on electronic communications and decrease the frequency of print publications.

    Did you know that we're missing email addresses for 44% of our alumni? Help us to update the email addresses of other brothers! Click here to view our Lost Email List. If you are in touch with any of these brothers electronically, please follow the instructions on the page to update our database.

  • We're excited to introduce a new place in our new alumni community, where you can interact directly with groups of Beta Sigma Beta brothers. You can participate in the brotherhood community, create a new group for you and your friends, or join an existing one! Within each group's page, the members have control over the content. You can upload and share links, videos, photos, events and comments with other members. Create and/or join as many groups as you'd like...such as a group for your pledge class, another for alumni in your major/career field, and maybe another for brothers in your state/region.

    Click here to get started!

  • On Saturday, April 4, the brothers of Beta Sig, along with the sisters of Pi Beta Phi and Sigma Delta Tau, sponsored the 4th annual We are...Curing Autism Now Race.

    The event raised over $93,000 for Autism research!

    Thank you to all alumni for their support!

    Check out the article "Greeks run, play for cause" published Monday in the Daily Collegian to hear more about the fun-filled day for philanthropy.

  • Click here to join our Facebook group.

    Don't have a Facebook profile? Visit www.facebook.com to get started.

  • If you have a profile on Facebook, you will now be able to "connect" your Facebook account to your profile on www.betasigmabeta.com using the new "Connect with Facebook" application.

    The two web sites will be connected after a one-time process which links your Facebook account with your profile on www.betasigmabeta.com. By connecting with Facebook, when you register for an event, make a donation or submit an alumni update, you will have the option to also publish that information in your Facebook news feed for your Beta Sig Penn State friends to see.

    How to connect with Facebook:

  • THON 2009 raised a record breaking $7,490,133.87 surpassing everyone's expectations. After the 17 members of the dance marathon overall committee slowly raised the final number 7 of the total, the crowd erupted into roar that echoed throughout the packed Bryce Jordan Center.

    The undergraduates supported Beta Sig dancers with piggy back rides, games and inspirational messages throughout the weekend. The energy in the Bryce Jordan Center kept dancers awake and on their feet for 46 hours. Stay tuned to hear their total!

  • Check out this photo of the fall 1978 pledge class, taken in at their 29 year reunion in May 2007! Pictured standing (L to R) are Lou Goodman, Dave Diamond, Pete Kleiner, Larry Raiman, Tony Weiss and Mike Jaffe (pledge master). Seated (L to R) are Mike Pavel, Rob Levy, Rich Gorodesky and Lee Epstein.

    Were looking for more great photos from your recent reunion or from your college days to add to our archives! Click here to submit your own or to view more great photos in our archives.

  • After an exciting win over Michigan State to clinch the Big Ten title, the Nittany Lions are heading to the Rose Bowl! Click here to stay tuned to the latest daily news about all things Penn State football.

    A bowl game, especially a big one like the Rose Bowl, is a great opportunity to get together with other Beta Sigma Beta brothers. Are you planning to go to Pasadena? Let other alumni know where you'll be, and make plans to meet up to rally and to cheer on the Nittany Lions! Even if you can't make it to California for the big game, you can get together with brothers in State College or in your hometown to cheer on the team. Click here to find out who lives near you and start planning your Rose Bowl reunion party.

  • Due to the success of programs at Penn State University, Autism Speaks is launching Autism SpeaksU, a program focused on connecting college students with the autism community. The annual walk/run, founded by the members of the Beta Sigma Beta Fraternity and Pi Beta Phi Sorority at Penn State in 2006, has raised nearly $450,000 for Autism Speaks in the past three years.

    Autism SpeaksU is led by Adam Dorfman '07 and Andrew Moses '07, the co-creators of the annual event in State College, Pa. While at Penn State, Adam and Andrew recruited more than 3,500 participants. Now as Autism SpeaksU team leaders, they will provide support for student committees across the country looking to develop events.

  • Please click here to download the full 2007 report.

  • Remember when you graduated and painted your name and pledge number on the boiler room wall? It was to be there for all eternity. But alas, after a few years, a new graduate would inscribe his identity over yours!

    Now, your inscription can be as lasting as our dear fraternity house with the purchase of Beta Sig Legacy Pavers. And the best part is that the purchase of your Legacy Paver will help our house grow stronger.

    The Beta Sig Legacy Patio will be installed at the house for Homecoming 2008. If you order your Legacy Paver by July 21, it will be installed for this Homecoming!

    You can show your Beta Sig pride with three levels of Legacy Pavers:

    Brotherhood: $325 4x8, 15 characters per line, two lines
    Fairmount: $1,000 8x8, 15 characters per line, four lines
    Chancellor: $2,500 12x12, Diamond Cut Granite, 22 characters per line, five lines

    Please click here to download the form to fill out your order and mail it with your check to:

    Beta Sigma Beta
    P.O. Box 2129
    Blue Bell, PA 19422

  • Our recent party was a smash! Glad to see you all there!

    We hope everyone can come next year.