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You answered five brief questions in a survey last month. Here is what you said:


What is your fondest memory of being part of Beta Sigma Beta?

  • The friendships created, now lost
  • The long walks back to East Halls after a night of pledging
  • Living in the house with 55 of my Brothers!
  • There are too many to count... making lifelong friendships, the parties and socials, spring week are just a few of the many great memories.
  • There are MANY great memories. I really enjoyed my first fall in the house. Wearing Letters on campus and knowing I had 55 brothers to hang with anywhere/anytime who always supported one another and had each others backs. Mothers parties and The Hawaiian were awesome too!!!
  • The friends
  • The friends I have made for a lifetime in my pledge class. We keep in contact every week and will be in each others weddings.
  • Life long friends
  • The relationship of our brothers, and the comfort and security of our house.
  • The life long friends I have
  • Pledging was fond.
  • Once 2:49am hit and I was a brother
  • It's all about friendships and the experiences I had then and continue to share now.
  • Working with the undergrads on the Sy Barash Regatta
  • The camaraderie shared in the house as just guys hanging out on a random Tuesday night or Sunday morning.

What are the top 3 things you gained from your Beta Sigma Beta experience?

  • Meaningful friendships, the tools necessary to overcome adversity, a sense of self
  • Friendship, community and participating in social activities.
  • 1. Life Long Friendships 2. Priceless Experiences 3. Memories to Last a Lifetime
  • Friendships that have lasted for nearly 50 years. Great memories. 
  • 1. Great friendships-Brothers for life! 2. My son, Ethan, is now my newest Brother/Neophyte--looking forward to his three years as a BSB at PSU!! 
  • Sportsmanship, Leadership, How to play razz
  • Wife, good memories, education
  • Relationships, tolerance, and comfort.
  • Live with others. Learn from others. Help others.
  • Humility, friendship, perseverance
  • I learned the meaning of Respect, Humility and Discretions and how I apply that in my life each and every day.

How would your life be different today if you had never joined Beta Sigma Beta?

  • I'd be deprived of the best years of my life
  • Would not have so many trusted friendship & relationships and bond that Beta Sigma Beta Brotherhood provided!
  • I don't think I would have enjoyed the college experience nearly as much without being a part of Beta Sig.
  • Maybe would have never went to law school with my pledge brothers, Marc and Jeff. Maybe would have never met my beautiful wife, Dara, who went to PSU and was an AOPi!! Who knows???
  • Empty of my closest friends
  • Missed meeting great friends
  • My best friends today wouldn't be a part of my life. 
  • Again, Respect, Humility and Discretions has taught me to be a better husband, father and business owner.
  • I would haven't learned to bond with people whom I otherwise would not have spent time with had I not been part of BSB. There were a lot of personalities that I didn't love being around but this taught me how to cohabitate with those and learn to lead those types of personalities. 

Share an update (family, career, hobbies, other interesting news) for possible publication in an upcoming mailing

  • In October 2018, I joined The Madison Square Garden Company as an in-house attorney responsible for venue operations and labor relations.
  • Have (3) daughters now...........recently adopted (2) little girls to build our family! Age 53 with a 5 year old and two 2-year olds!
  • I am still teaching on the marketing faculty of Smeal but intend to finally retire at the end of next year.
  • Will be taking over as President of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association next June. Looking forward to the challenges of that office!!!
  • Stay out of trouble so that you can qualify for top levels of employment. Military experience and advanced degrees help a lot.
  • My son just turned 2 and my wife and I are expecting a second child, a girl, in October
  • My son Zach is a junior at Virginia Wesleyan University. His major is biology. Not only did he make Dean's List, he was accepted into the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society. He's also a member of the VWU Marlin's Baseball team. For years my wife and I travelled up and down the East coast watching him play travel baseball. Now that he away in school we'll have more time to hit the Jersey shore. I just traded in my Cadillac for a pick-up truck and can now drive up and down the beach looking for spots to fish.
  • I live in Venice Beach, Los Angeles now running a venture capital arm of a real estate company to invest in real estate technology. I also find myself cycling all over Southern California.

As an alumni association, we strive to keep you connected with the Beta chapter long after graduation. What could we do to encourage you to become more active in the association? Perhaps by hosting more fun events? Any other advice?

  • Events in NYC - too difficult to go to Philly on weekdays; an active LinkedIn group for networking
  • As you should be able to discern from my answers so far, I am deeply disappointed in the current physical condition of the house and the behavior of its residents, who seem not to care about the fraternity's tradition or historic reputation at Penn State.
  • Events are great and thank you to all the Brothers who volunteer and have volunteered to keep this all going after all these years...I am grateful for this! SJS
  • Probably more strict control over the way the undergraduates treat the physical facility. A group of us were up there last fall and it was an abomination. None of us were really surprised that they ended up in big trouble.
  • Please keep the newsletters and email with up to date info coming!! Thanks to all of the alum that help keep our fraternity rolling along.....
  • No wish to support the house any more. Current brothers have absolutely no respect for alumni or the house they are guests in.
  • Continue the great and valuable work that you do!
  • Helping me identify other beta sigs that live out on the west coast so we could reconnect

Thank you for sharing your memories and your opinions. Your words mean something to us, brothers. We have heard you and will act on your advice.

Still haven’t taken the survey? Here’s the link.