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Despite all of the negativity surrounding fraternities by the media and some universities, Beta Sigma Beta continues to shine brightly and make significant contributions.  We are Penn State’s only remaining independent fraternity.  And yet, our reach extends to a national level.  I am proud to report Our Autism Speaks model has been shared with other fraternities at over 70 other universities, and has resulted in over 7 million dollars in contributions.

 

Despite all of the negativity surrounding fraternities by the media and some universities, Beta Sigma Beta continues to shine brightly and make significant contributions. 

We are Penn State’s only remaining independent fraternity.  And yet, our reach extends to a national level.  I am proud to report Our Autism Speaks model has been shared with other fraternities at over 70 other universities, and has resulted in over 7 million dollars in contributions.

Beta Sig continues to be a dominant player on the fraternity circuit at Penn State as well, with their devotion and commitment to philanthropy and community service.  Our annual Autism Speaks event raised over $76,000 this past April.  Not too shabby for the only remaining independent fraternity on campus.  With this most recent event, we are proud to report that Beta Sig is responsible for raising over 1.3 million dollars for the noble and worthwhile cause of curing Autism!  Again, not too shabby. 

April was a very busy month for the undergrads as they coordinated, with support and guidance from Scott Granoff, our first annual community day, where they graciously hosted the local chapter of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Centre County.  

The fall pledge class of 2015 completed an impressive remodeling project of our beloved chapter room under the direction and supervision of super junior Alex Feldman and super alum, Scott Granoff.  I have never experienced finer workmanship. Continuing on the path of house improvements, we made a major investment in sturdy, custom, Amish built dining room tables and benches in the spirit of encouraging a closer brotherhood that could share meals together, again.  We also invested in new plates, cups and flatware to eliminate the need for costly and environmentally unfriendly styrofoam and plastic. 

 

This fall, we are fortunate to have a house that is at full capacity.  We are counting on a large and strong fall 2016 pledge class to maintain our healthy financial standing that will carry us through 2017. Our growth in numbers is a direct reflection of the support you are willing to give as an alum.

 

There is no lack of opportunity for involvement.  Best of all, you get to reconnect with your brothers! Last fall we hosted a tailgate, coordinated by Jeff Licht, that was the highlight of the Temple game.  We had a tremendous turn-out, that included but was not limited to David Minkoff, Rich Gorodesky, Rick Marks, Jeff Marks, Kenny Dubin, Brad Stoltz, Jon Paul, Jordan Walden, Kenny Caplin, Al Cohen, Keith Reiner, Steve Whitten, Mark Halsman, David Lipner and former PSU President, Graham Spanier.  These are the power players that you get at a Jeff Licht special production tailgate.  You absolutely won’t want to miss the next one.

Speaking of Licthy, we have established a new position on our alumni board which appears to be the perfect fit for our devoted brother and friend.  This new position, Alumni Social Chairman, was created  to enable us to have more frequent social events like the recent pizza gathering at Pietro’s Pizza on South Street for those in the Philly area.  We are also hopeful that Lichty branches out beyond his ASA roots to schedule some events with the Chi Omega and Tri Delt alumni groups.

Our responsibilities as alums are a bit different than those who are connected to national fraternal organizations.  As an independent fraternity, we all share in supporting the continued success and livelihood of our house and brotherhood.  We don’t have the luxury of simply closing the house down and starting over like the national organizations do.  In simple terms, if we have an event that causes the house to close, we risk losing everything, permanently. 

We have done our best to remain one of the top fraternities on campus. We have some of the best facilities including the awesome sports court.  We have the best food and cook on the entire campus.  We have the best mentoring program, run by high powered executive, Larry Raiman.  And we try to have the most connected, responsive and involved alumni association as well.  But in order for us to maintain our excellence, we need your help. 

There are many opportunities to lend your support.  To start this off, I encourage everyone to join us for a future event and to feel the love and energy that only true brotherhood can deliver.  As the saying goes, life is not a spectator sport.  It feels so much better to be involved, especially in something that was so important to each of us during our precious time in Happy Valley. You can reconnect and share laughs over the same tired stories that unbelievably never get too old.  You may even find that you are able to rekindle that remarkable unbridled enthusiasm from your youthful Beta Sig experience.  Who knows, with your newfound happiness, you may even be able to convince your wife or girlfriend, and hopefully both, that you are suddenly desirable again.  Stranger things have happened.  I mean, didn’t we all believe that Joe Paterno would coach forever?   And didn’t we all also believe that Jeff Licht would continue to be the alumni president forever? If you are like me, Beta Sigs represent your closest friendships.  Why not extend that circumference of friendship by getting reconnected with additional Beta Sig alumni that extend beyond your existing close knit circle or pledge class? 

That was part of the beauty of my Beta Sig experience.  We connected with both the younger and older guys in the house.  We are especially interested in encouraging the guys from the late 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s to experience the love and happiness that is recreated by seeing an old friend who shared the experience of the olive and elephant games.  And who can forget Bombs Away?  I can’t.  It remains one of the greatest games of all time, even competing favorably with the quadruple overtime win over Michigan a few years ago.   

Our experiences since Penn State are all too valuable for the current brothers and the future of the house.  We need you!  Volunteer to be available for students to network for work and internship opportunities; remember Beta Sig when you’re thinking of where to donate money that is meaningful; attend our Autism Speaks event in April; Join the Board!  Opportunities are available. 

 

My modest challenge for all of you is for you to come to a future event, and if it happens to feel good, then pass along the good word.  And then, come back to another event.  It is all really that simple.

Best wishes for a great fall and for a successful Penn State football season.

Moss C. Walden, Class of 1983

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