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Shield and Diamond HighlightPi Kappa Alpha International Honors Beta Pi

The Autumn 2018 issue of the Shield and Diamond magazine, honors Beta Pi, its active members, and alumni.

Bruce Wolfson, Beta Pi ’71, was again recognized by PiKA for the Loyalty Award bestowed on him at the Sesquicentennial Convention this past summer in Richmond, Virginia. On the International level, Bruce has served as the PIKE Foundation president, PiKA Int’l vice president, and PiKA Int’l grand treasurer. He presently serves as a Foundation trustee. On the local level, Bruce has served as chapter advisor to Beta Pi, Iota Lambda (Columbia University), and Gamma Rho (Northwestern University). He was the founding president of the Chicago Area Alumni Association, and a founding member of the New York City and Beta Pi Alumni Associations. Presently, he is vice president of the Beta Pi Alumni Association. Once again, congratulations to brother Wolfson for receiving for being given one of the highest accolades PiKA Int’l awards.

On the local level, Beta Pi undergraduate members were presented a Level II Recruitment Award for having achieved a 50% or more increase in initiates over the 2017 total.

The Pi Kappa Alpha Chapter and Colony Directory once again shows Beta Pi to have the largest CEF (Chapter Endowment Fund) of all PiKA chapters and colonies: $210,207. Each chapter’s CEF is administered by PiKA Int’l to cover certain expenses relating to undergraduate attendance at PIKE University and the annual convention. This past year, the CEF, in conjunction with the Gregg J. Ormond Memorial Fund, provided scholarships to the following Beta Pi active members: Ernesto Alcantar ‘17, Miguelangel De Armas ‘17, Sam Eichenwald ‘17, Ari Levine ‘17, Jason Pak ‘17, and Nicholas Parkes ‘17.

Other Beta Pi scholarship winners for the academic year 2017-18, are Daniel Maldonado ‘15, from the Dave Herman Memorial Scholarship fund, and Nicolas DeLuna ‘15 from the Scott A. Mackler, MD, PhD, True Grit Scholarship Fund. A separate scholarship fund, administered by PiKA Int’l and available to all Pikes, is the Scott Mackler, MD, PhD, Medical School Memorial Scholarship, established by the Joseph Alexander Foundation, at the request of Harvey Mackler, Beta Pi ’72, to honor the legacy of Dr. Mackler, Beta Pi ’77. The 2018 recipient of this scholarship was Alex Satoski (Virginia Commonwealth University, Lambda Chi ’13).

PiKA Int’l thanks volunteers for the fraternity by recognizing them for reaching 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 years of continuous service. This year, Volunteer Recognition Milestones were met by the following Beta Pi alumni: Joel Catania (15 years), Rich Epstein (15 years), and Morty Cohen (5 years).

As previously reported in a Beta Pi newsletter, the passing of Alberto Chamorro, Beta Pi ’47, has now been recognized by Pi Kappa Alpha International in a manner that PiKA Int’l uses to distinguish their most renowned and successful alumni. This tribute to brother Chamorro contained quotes from his son, Alberto J. Chamorro, Beta Pi ‘75, a member of the Penn Board of Trustees and is also on the Board of Overseers of Penn’s School of Nursing, and Don Schreiber, Beta Pi ’47, a life-long friend since their initiation into Beta Pi in 1947. To read this tribute in its entirety, you may use this link.

The Beta Pi Alumni Association is proud and expresses their appreciation for all those who have received individual recognition and to those who contributed time and effort on behalf of Beta Pi and PiKA Int’l to achieve group recognition in this issue of Shield and Diamond.