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Celebrating Years’ Worth of Beta Pi Achievements

On Saturday, March 25, 2017, the Beta Pi Founders Day celebration was held at the Inn at Penn on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. A large group of alumni and undergraduate members of Beta Pi enjoyed fine food and drink, spoke the praises of Beta Pi chapter, and sang traditional Pi Kappa Alpha songs.

Following a cocktail hour outside the banquet room, the formal agenda began with a welcoming speech from the Beta Pi Alumni Association President Ross Weiner ’80.  

Nico DeLuna ’15, SMC of the active undergraduate members, gave a chapter update. The active members are doing quite well following the Membership Review conducted by PiKA International one year ago. The condition of the Chapter is a source of pride for all and many of next year’s seniors will be living in the House. The House will be full for the fall semester.

A buffet dinner was then enjoyed by everyone in attendance.

After the meal, the New Member Educator, Will Yang ’15, introduced the newly initiated members of Beta Pi. Thirteen of the fourteen new members were able to attend their first Founders Day celebration. They came from all sections of the United States and beyond. The new initiates hailed from New York, California (two), North Carolina, New Jersey (two), Burkina Faso (West Africa), Florida, Texas, Ohio, Canada, India, and Illinois. Although they come from diverse locations and backgrounds, they are all now brothers under Pi Kappa Alpha.

The SLAG Awards were presented by Santosh Vallabhaneni ’15 and Daniel Maldonado ’15. Jared Sobel ’14 earned the Scholar Award. Ashish Sharma ’14 received the Leadership Award. Jonathan Kluger ’14 was named the Outstanding Athlete, and Drew Daniels ’14 was given the Gentleman Award.

The Alumni Relations Chairmen Fran Angulo ’16 and Ben Judd ’16 presented the Alumni Appreciation Award to Jason Lee.

Jerry Herman ’72 explained the history of the creation of the Dave Herman Award, named after Jerry’s father, the oldest initiate ever of Beta Pi. The winner was Will Yang.

Harvey Mackler ’72 awarded the Scott Mackler True Grit Award to the individual who possessed the attributes of Harvey’s brother Scott, a doctor, scientist, and outstanding athlete, who conducted research at Penn regarding drug addiction before his untimely death due to ALS. Jason Lerner won this award.

Alumni Loyalty Awards were presented by Joel Catania ’71 to those brothers who were celebrating five year anniversaries of their initiation into Pi Kappa Alpha. Certificates were given to Todd Wieseneck ’72, Harvey Mackler, and Jerry Herman for 45 years at PiKA. Steve Leventhal ’67 received his certificate for 50 years as a PiKA, Rich Kopelman ’62 for 55 years as a PiKA, and Don Schreiber ’47 for 70 years as a PiKA. In addition to his certificate, Don Schreiber received a polished wood keepsake box encrusted with the Pi Kappa Alpha name and shield as well as personally engraved with his name and initiation year, 1947.

The new initiates, under the tutelage of Santosh Vallabhaneni, regaled the alumni with rousing renditions of PiKa songs: “In Old Virginny,” “How’d You Like to be a PiKA,” and “Rambling.”

Following closing remarks from Nico DeLuna, everyone was invited back to the Chapter House to continue the celebration.

Check out the photo album from the event HERE.