New Address and Alumni Band Party
March 5, 2013
The City/University have bowed to Local EMS and all fraternities and campus buildings have had their address changed.
We are now located at 2315 Fraternity Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611.
Save the Date!
Friday, September 20th Alumni Band Party
Alumni Reunion Weekend
October 1, 2012
Friday, Oct 5th (Alumni Reunion Weekend):
07:00PM-09:00PM – Alumni Reception
09:00PM-01:00AM - Alumni Band Party
Saturday, Oct 6th UF vs LSU:
10:30PM-03:00PM Alumni Reception
3:30 - Kickoff
TBD - BBQ
GAME DAYS AT BETA
October 1, 2012
Saturday, October 20th Vs. South Carolina
TBD (Min. of 3 Hours prior to kickoff) – Alumni Reception
Saturday, November 3rd Vs. Missouri
TBD (Min. of 3 Hours prior to kickoff) – Alumni Reception
Friday, Nov 9th (Homecoming):
5:30PM - Alumni Reception
7:00PM - GatorGrowl [Reserve your seat in the Alumni Block]
Saturday, Nov 10th UF vs Louisiana (Homecoming):
TBD (Min. of 3 Hours prior to kickoff) - Alumni Association and Housing Corporation Semi-Annual Meetings – All invited
TBD - Alumni Reception
TBD - Kickoff
TBD - BBQ
Saturday, November 17th – Versus Jackson State
TBD (Min. of 3 Hours prior to kickoff) - Alumni Reception)
Beta Theta Pi Makes a Solar Statement
April 3, 2012
"Beta Theta Pi is the first UF fraternity to install solar panels and is believed to be among just a handful in the United States to do so."
View the entire article at The Gainesville Sun
Upcoming Home Games
September 27, 2011
As a reminder, there are still rooms at the Paramount Plaza with a special “Beta” rate of $169/night available but act quickly as there is a limited number available.
Friday, Sep 30th UF vs Alabama Alumni Reunion Weekend:
5:00PM - Alumni Get Together At Ballyhoo Grill
7:00PM - Alumni Reception at Beta
9:00PM - Alumni Band Party at Beta
Saturday, Oct 1st UF vs Alabama:
3:00PM - Alumni Reception
4:30PM - BBQ
8:00PM - Kickoff (Game Time Tentative)
More Info on the Alumni Calendar
Active/Alumni Retreat in Orlando
August 15, 2011
The chapter’s new executive team and its alumni advisors just concluded our 4th annual retreat in Orlando. The purpose of the retreat was to give the executive team a chance to meet before the semester starts to discuss officer goals, schedules, budgeting and many other topics.
Gator Football 2011 Schedule Announced
July 20, 2011
September 3 versus FAU and September 10th versus UAB game times are now set for 7:00. Alumni Reception beginning at 3:00
More Info on the Alumni Calendar
***Special Discounted Hotel Rates at the Paramount Plaza Hotel in Gainesville – Call 877-992-9229 and ask for “Beta Theta Pi Special Rates”****
Spring Grades are in!
July 16, 2011
Congratulations to the 15 members of our most recent pledge class for posting the highest GPA (3.504) of any of UF’s 26 fraternities. Way to go guys!
Fall Recruitment in August 29th
July 1, 2011
Mark your calendars. Recruitment week is less than 2 months away.
Monday Night Aug 29:
BBQ Cookout with Live Performance by Tyler Hale & Friends
Tuesday Night Aug 30:
Sushi Tuesday with Bento catering featuring DJXclusive
Wednesday Night Aug 31:
Meet the Brothers with Moe’s Burritos
Thursday Night Sep 1:
Mixer with Chili’s Samplers
Friday Night Sep 2:
Please visit the Rush page for more information.
Welcome New Brothers
April 22, 2011
Gamma Xi would like to welcome our newest Spring 2011 initiates.
Front Row: Eric Strack, Brad McBride, Chas Putzel, Matt King, Joe Lopez, Logan Payne,
Back Row: Giuliano Geronymo, Mark Trouville,Brandyn Herald,Jackson Long,Eric Bielfeldt,Ola Baklid,Nick Koster
Alumni Facebook Group
April 15th, 2011
Come join us on facebook
Beta Bring It On February 15th
February 9th, 2011
Valued Alumni of the Gamma Xi Chapter,
As the Philanthropy Chairman of the Gamma Xi Chapter of Beta Theta Pi, I am excited to inform you of our upcoming philanthropy. Beta Bring It On is an annual competitive cheerleading competition held at the University of Florida. Over 20 organizations participate in the event. Proceeds from the event are donated to two different service organizations. The first co-recipient is the national Alzheimer's Association. The portion of the proceeds donated to the Alzheimer's Association goes straight to Alzheimer's research. The second portion of the proceeds goes directly to the Thomas Oliver Brown Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship fund geared towards helping underprivileged students achieve higher education at the University of Florida.
After only 3 years, Beta Bring It On has become the staple IFC philanthropy here at the University of Florida and we continually strive to have a greater impact on our community. Last year, we were proud to raise over $33,000. With your help, we can be even more successful this year. We want to continue our impact on the community as we strive to raise more money than any IFC philanthropy at UF for the second year in a row. In order to do so, we need your help.
Our event now has a website, BetaBringItOn.org in which there is more information on the event. On the website there is a "donate now" page in which you can donate to the event through the actual website. If you would like to use your donation to count towards a specific sororities penny-voting total, just email me and let me know that your donation counts towards the certain sorority.
On behalf of the active chapter, I would like to thank you for all past, present, and future contributions. We would not be the vibrant chapter that we are today without your help.
Recruitment Week January 17th
January 3rd, 2011
Updated recruitment info on the rush page.
Meet the Brothers and Chik Fil A, music by DJ VJ
SUSHI NIGHT: Bento Sushi and music by Tyler Hale
Mexican Fiesta!! Meet the Brothers, Chipotle, and Live Music
Sub Night: Publix subs and Last chance to meet the Brothers
Invite Only: Brothers and Pizza by Hungry Howies
Welcome New Betas
November 14th, 2010
The Gamma Xi Chapter of Beta Theta Pi would like to welcome our newest initiates from the Fall 2010 pledge class (Roll Numbers 2240-2273):
- Richard Guyer
- Patrick Fallace
- Matt Harry
- Gilbert Murimwa
- Evan Obayashi
- Justin Larson
- Neil Williams
- Trent Talbot
- Andrew Pisacano
- Kyle Louramore
- Hunter Carter
- Andy Ganey
- Kyle Andre
- Brent Hobson
- Peter Wronski
- John Collins
- Brandon May
- Austin Williams
- Stephen Townsend
- Bryan Dollinger
- Ian Staudenmyer
- Nick Vogel
- Trey Wallrapp
- Billy Kane
- Robert Kraus
- Jameson Carter
- Khephren Menna
- Mike LaMonte
- David McCarthy
- Joe Frieler
- Mike Martinez
- Colin Murphy
- Pierson Monetti
Homecoming Weekend is here
October 11, 2010
These are the updated details for October 15th - 16th.
- Friday, 5:30 - 7:00pm Alumni Reception
- Friday 7:30PM - GatorGrowl
- Saturday, 10:00am - Housing Corporation and Alumni Association Meeting
- Saturday, 4:30PM - Pregame BBQ
- Saturday, 7:00PM - Kickoff
Upcoming UF vs Kentucky Weekend
September 21, 2010
Kickoff is at 7:00pm for Kentucky this Saturday, September 25. The Alumni Reception will be prior to kickoff from 3:30-6:30pm and the BBQ will be at 5:00pm.
2010 Fall Newsletter
August 25, 2010
Please check your mail for the latest newsletter. If you have not yet received your newsletter please update your contact information here.
This issue features specials on Alumus Oscar Herman Lewis, '43 and active brother Mike Shapiro '06. We also extend a happy welcome to new House Mom, Sharon Peretz.
As always you can download the latest issue on the newsletter page.
Photo Challenge Results
August 22, 2010
A special thank you to George Poulos and Earl (Ronnie) Hendry for identifying the brothers in this picture. According to Brother Poulos, the photo was taken in front of the House on Masonic Street in September of 1952.
Front Row: Louis Sherouse, "Woody" Boyles, Bill Wagner
Back Row: George Poulos, Phil Easterling, John Murphy,
Don Ingram, Ronnie Hendry, and Thomas Brown
2010 Football Season Approaching
July 07, 2010
Time to reserve your tickets and seats!
Sep 04: UF vs Miami Ohio
Sep 11: UF vs USF
Sep 25: UF vs Kentucky
Oct 04: Alumni Dinner
Oct 09: UF vs LSU
Oct 15: Gator Growl (Homecoming)
Oct 16: UF vs Mississippi State (Homecoming)
Nov 13: UF vs South Carolina
Nov 20: UF vs Appalachian State (Family Weekend)
More information on the calendar page.
2010 Scholarship for Incoming Freshman
May 14, 2010
The deadline for the 2010 Men of Principle Scholarship is July 17th, 2010! For this scholarship we are seeking men who demonstrate devotion to academic achievement and a commitment to making both the college and community better places to live. If you are an incoming freshman and consider yourself a man of principle, be sure to fill out an application.
Visit the recruitment page for more information
Phase II Construction!
May 5, 2010
Day one of Phase II construction got underway early Monday morning. Stay tuned for more pictures as demolition and construction progresses.
Visit the construction page for new photos!
April 19, 2010
Do you know the Betas in this black and white photo? Do you know what year it was taken? Email email@example.com
UFbeta.com is UFbeta.org
April 8, 2010
Gamma Xi has acquired UFbeta.com for those of you who accidently use .com instead of .org!
Upcoming Orange & Blue Game
March 25, 2010
On the weekend of April 10th we will be having our Alumni Golf Tournament. It is located at the Meadow Brook Golf Course.
On Friday, lunch will be at noon with the tournament following at 1pm. After the tournament there will be an Alumni Reception at the house from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.
Saturday there will be an alumni housing corp meeting at 9:30am followed by a BBQ at 11:30am. Kickoff for the Orange & Blue Game will be at 1pm.
Spots are still available, please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please view the alumni calendar for more events.
Chapter Officers and Advisors attend Keystone Leadership Conference
February 19, 2010
Eight members of Gamma Xi's 2010 Executive committee along with 4 members of the chapter's advisory team spent this past weekend in Jacksonville attending the Keystone Leadership Conference. Along with other Beta chapters from all over the Southeast, the undergraduates spent the weekend in various workshops and leadership meetings that focused on officer training and development.
During the conference, the chapter was recognized with the Southeast Recruitment Award honoring their achievements in developing a very successful year long recruitment program. Congrats guys!
January 15, 2010
Be sure to check out pictures of the finished construction and pictures from the UF vs Arkansas game. View new albums
Fall Wooglin's Way Newsletter
December 28, 2009
By now you should have recieved your Gamma Xi newsletter. If not, you can always view it online in the alumni newsletter section.
If you believe we have the wrong contact information on file, be sure to update us using the online form.
New Florida Blue Key Taps
December 10, 2009
Congratulations to brothers Mike Shapiro and Aaron Clossey. Both fall 06's were tapped in to Florida Blue Key last Sunday. Mike Shapiro had been Administrative Vice President, Executive Vice President, and pledge trainer of Beta as well as a Gator Growl director. Aaron has been the Executive Vice president of Beta, a director of the Florida Blue Key Mathematics Bureau, and a student goverment young leaders conference director.
Mike and Aaron join Steve Brotman, Matt Betz, Stephen Mclaughlin, Robert Clarke, and David Kerner as current Florida Blue Key Betas. Congratulations guys!
All Fraternity Volleyball Champs!
December 03, 2009
Congratulations to the brothers for winning Fall 2009 All Fraternity Volleyball.
Family Weekend, mark your calendars
November 12, 2009
Saturday, November 21st (Family Weekend):
Plenty of activities for the kids so please drop by
11:00am Pregame BBQ & Reception
12:30pm UF vs Florida International
Sunday, November 22nd (Family Weekend):
10:00am Brunch at the House
View the rest of the calendar, and please stop by to see all of the new improvements to the house.
John Holt Duncan Scholarship Awarded
October 26, 2009
Congratulations to Rajiv Asnani '11, for receiving one of the top eight Founders scholarships awarded by the General Fraternity.
Speaking of Scholarship, during the last academic semester Gamma Xi Betas had the 3rd highest GPA on campus!
Homecoming Versus Arkansas
Gators pull one out!
October 17, 2009
In a game that kept everyone in their seats until the final play of the game, our Number 1 Gators escaped with a win and extended their nation leading winning streak to 16 games. It was an excellent way to cap off a great weekend at 13 Fraternity Row. Homecoming weekend began Friday night with an alumni reception at the house where many old friends got together before heading to the Swamp to watch another installment of Gator Growl. All members in the alumni block were treated to one of the best Gator Growls in years.
The Housing Corporation and Alumni Association held a joint meeting Saturday morning prior to the game to discuss Phase II of the House Renovation/Expansion. A new plan that will increase the house from 38 to 47 beds (including 8 new singles) was approved. In regards to the expansion/remodel we continue to receive overwhelmingly positive feedback from alumni (young and old) as they visit the house for the first time. If you haven't been by, please stop in. The actives are always willing to give you a tour.
Our next home game is Vandy on November 7th. Depending on game time there will be a pregame BBQ and reception at the house.
Mark your calendars for November 21st as it is Family Weekend. We encourage all alumni to bring their kids up to what should be a fairly easy game to get tickets for. We'll have plenty of kid friendly activities at the house and a 12:30 kickoff will ensure a family friendly environment. Please contact us if you have any questions email@example.com.
Homecoming Weekend, October 16-17th
September 29, 2009
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this year's homecoming festivities. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, October 16th
1:00 PM Alumni/Active Golf Tournament at UF Golf Course
5:00-7:00 PM Alumni Reception at the House
7:00-?? Gator Growl with Dana Carvey and O.A.R. - still a few tickets in the Alumni Block available for purchase.
Saturday, October 17th
9:00 AM Alumni Association Meeting - All are invited and encouraged to attend
11:00 -?? Pre Game Reception (Time of BBQ to be determined once game time is announced)
Tennessee weekend at the Beta house - a phenomenal success!
September 29, 2009
In addition to our #1 Gators sending one of our biggest rivals home with yet another defeat, the Gamma Xi Betas had another reason to celebrate. The weekend saw the return of many alumni to Gainesville for the unveiling of Phase I of our remodeling/expansion project at 13 Fraternity Row. With a newly added dining room and sports bar as well as a completely remodeled commons area, there was plenty new to see.
The weekend kicked off Friday evening with an Alumni Reception at the house. Many members of the Fall 89 pledge class returned to celebrate their 20 year reunion and helped make it one of the largest gatherings of alumni in a long time. Saturday began with an Alumni Association Meeting and was followed by a Pre-Game BBQ and concluded with the game.
We'd like to thank everyone that attended and helped us to make this the best game day weekend that anyone can remember. The weekend also gave our fundraising efforts a nice boost! For those that have not yet been up to see the new house, please come by for Homecoming Weekend, October 16-17th.
Tennessee Weekend Schedule
September 12, 2009
Gator football at the freshly renovated Gamma Xi house is a site to behold. This Tennessee weekend there will be alumni events Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Don't miss out!
Friday, September 18th (Tennessee Weekend):
7pm-9pm Alumni Reception
Saturday, September 19th (Tennessee Weekend):
9am Alumni Association Meeting
12pm-2pm Pregame BBQ & Reception
1pm-2pm Dedication Ceremony
3:30pm UF vs Tennessee
7pm-9pm Postgame Reception
Sunday, September 20th (Tennessee Weekend):
10am Housing Corp. Meeting
You can always check the alumni calendar for upcoming events.
August 30, 2009
I wanted to let you all know that Rush is starting tomorrow night at 8PM. Doors will be open til 11PM. So come out to the Beta Theta Pi house at 13 Fraternity Drive (across from Springs dorm). Sunday night features Dj Vi and Wingzone catering. Ladies are encouraged to come out to enjoy the music and food all week (featuring Bento Sushi on Monday night) and get your Rush Beta tank (pink Bella racerback).
Remember rushees are encouraged to come to every lunch and dinner. Lunch is 11-2 Monday through Friday and dinner is 5:30-6:30 Monday through Friday.
If you would like to get in touch or have any questions please call me at (239)825-6368 or email at email@example.com
Beta Theta Pi Fraternity
New Construction Photos Added
August 24, 2009
New photos showing the new guest bathrooms, living room, dining room, and sports bar near completion.
A Letter from the Campaign Chairman
August 17, 2009
It's not quite time to pop the champagne corks, but the Gamma Xi "Preserving our Legacy" campaign is over two-thirds of the way toward its $1.5 million goal. Currently, the total stands at $1,079,683!
If you are among the many brothers who have already made their gifts (see list here), we want to thank you for helping us make this dream come true. If you are still making your decision, let me give you a little extra incentive.
Construction is moving rapidly and we expect Phase I to be ready in time to welcome our active members back to campus. The dedication is scheduled for Tennessee game weekend on September 19. Our goal is to be at $1,250,000 by then. Can you help us make that happen?
Take a look at the construction photos here. I think you'll be pleased with how the distinctive facade of our chapter home has been preserved, while upgrading it in accordance with all codes and expanding it to accommodate our 150-man chapter, one of the top fraternities on the UF campus! By the way, Gamma Xi added another award to its collection at the 170th General Convention, the John Holt Duncan award for best ongoing community service project!
If you have not made a contribution and are in a position to help, now is the time. The brochure and pledge form are in your hands. You know what to do...
Yours in _____kai_____,
Steve Becker, ΓΞ885 1969 Campaign Chairman
P.S. ...but in case you don't, please make your check payable to "Florida Beta Theta Pi Alumni Association" and mail it to our campaign office at P.O. Box 80828, Atlanta, GA 30366. Gifts and pledges of $25,000 and up may be tax-deductible. Please call our campaign manager Matt Jarrard at 770-903-3987 for further information. Thank you.
Ground Broken for "New Beta House" Renovation
May 9, 2009
During our annual Alumni Weekend, April 17-19, an official groundbreaking ceremony was held for the start of construction at the house. Phase one of construction is well under way, and will include a much-needed enlarged dining room, a new chapter room, new restrooms and a new house parents suite. All of which will be ready for the start of Fall 2009 classes.
Phase two of the project will add a new wing of rooms to the house. The official dedication of the "new house" will be the weekend of the Tennessee football game, September 18-19. View updated photos and plans here.
Alumni Weekend 2009
May 9, 2009
The Alumni Association in conjunction with the active chapter wrapped up a very successful spring semester with our annual Orange & Blue weekend. The weekend kicked off with a golf tournament at Ironwood golf course in Gainesville. After a great day of golf, the events continued with an alumni reception at the Beta house followed by a short trip over to McKethan Stadium to watch the UF baseball team play Ole Miss. Saturday's events began with our semi-annual meeting of the Florida Beta Theta Pi Alumni Association where Mike Vernaccio was elected to the board and the schedule of summer and fall events was discussed.
Following the meeting the actives and their dads, who were visiting for Dad's weekend, joined the alumni for a pregame BBQ before walking up to watch the Orange team behind a strong performance by John Brantley beat the Blue team 31-21 in this year's Orange & Blue game. After the game the chapter presented awards to Brother of the year - Brian Sayre, new brother of the year - Jake Sivola-Finch, Athlete of the year - Mike Kampel, and Alumnus of the year - Brad Fortune.
Beta Alumni Gather in Miami for Championship Game
January 8, 2009
Over 50 Florida Beta alumni made the trip down to the Orange Bowl to watch Urban Meyer and the Gators capture their second BCS Championship in three seaons. Go Gators!
Fall 2008 Pledge Class Initiated
November 14, 2008
On Friday, the fall 2008 pledge class was initiated and became the newest brothers of the Gamma Xi chapter of Beta Theta Pi. These gentlemen will make up the future executive boards and leadership teams of the chapter. Congratulations guys!
Homecoming Golf Tournament
October 24, 2008
This past Friday, the brothers went to Blah Golf Course to participate in Gamma Xi's Annual Homemcoming Golf Tournament. Blank teams of four participated. Thanks to those brothers who participated and a special congratulations to Tim Reilly, Chris Johnson, Chase Senn, and Max Grimard for coming in first place overall.
Beta for life
Florida Beta Alumni News
On April 12, Gamma Xi held an Alumni Weekend in Gainesville. As part of the events, we held meetings of the Housing Corporation as well as the newly formed Alumni Association. You can find information about both of these groups later in this letter.
Alumni, actives, and dads (this weekend was also Dad's Weekend at the house) kicked off the weekend with a golf tournament, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The golf outing was followed by a happy hour at the house that allowed quite a few of our alumni to meet and/or get reacquainted with some of their old friends.
Early Saturday morning the Housing Corporation (Florida Beta Student Aid Fund) met and elections were held. New officers were elected as well as some new business discussed. The 2008-2009 officers of the FBSAF are:
President - Brian Brasington '92 - Gainesville, FL, firstname.lastname@example.org Vice President - Jim Pickering '69 - Lakeland, FL, email@example.com Secretary - Phil Ciano '80 - Gainesville, FL, firstname.lastname@example.org Treasurer - John Maguire '80 - Clearwater, FL, email@example.com
The other members that were elected to the board were: Stephen Becker '69 (Toronto), Brad Fortune '92 (Gainesville), Chuck Harper '92 (Ft. Lauderdale), Brian Murphy '01 (Gainesville), Robert Pickett '06 (Tampa), Eric Wickstrom '82 (Stuart), and Jarod Rouch '06 (Tampa).
We welcome Jarod, Chuck, Steve, and Brian to the board as new members.
If you are not familiar with the purpose of the Housing Corporation, let me explain. This board is comprised of alumni who plan, maintain, and implement changes to the physical structure of the house. They also manage the staff of the house (house parent, cook, cleaning staff, etc.) and work with the University on housing-related matters. The FBSAF is the owner of the physical property and its focus is the house and its operations.
During the meeting, we discussed our ongoing feasibility study which will help us to determine the amount of money that we can raise toward the remodeling/rebuilding of the chapter house as well as various other construction options.
In regards to construction options, Jim Pickering '69 volunteered to head our Building Committee and has already met with the University to discuss our options and has also come up with a preliminary cost estimate for an expansion and complete remodel.
Directly following the FBSAF meeting we held our first full meeting and elections of the Florida Beta Theta Pi Alumni Association. The 2008-2009 officers of the AA are:
President - Brad Fortune '92 - Gainesville, FL, firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary - Eric Wickstrom '82 - Stuart, FL, email@example.com Treasurer - Fred Wallrap '79 - Tampa, FL, firstname.lastname@example.org
The other members that were elected to the board were: Michael Thompson '89 (Auburndale), Earl Hoskins '93 (St. Pete/Clearwater), and Mike "Max" Klimas '77 (Orlando). (Max was a long time member of the board in the '80s).
Continuing discussions were held in regards to the formation of our bylaws as well as the approval to begin a communications program with The Laurus Group (currently conducting our feasibility study). This program will consist of informative newsletters and e-mails that will keep everyone in the loop on the happenings of Gamma Xi and our alumni.
The main purpose of the Alumni Association is to help brothers reconnect the thousands of UF Betas and brothers from all chapters living in the State of Florida. Of course, the Alumni Association will also work to assist the actives in their efforts to become a better Beta Chapter. With this in mind we have formed an events committee to help coordinate a large slate of events to take place over the next several months.
Some of these events include, local gatherings in South Florida, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, and here in Gainesville over the summer. Football season will bring a fresh slate of events with viewing parties around the state as well as a "tour of tailgates" to be held amongst the biggest of the "tailgators" on campus.