Letter from the President — Spring 2017 Update

2017 Exec

I am pleased to write, as Beta Upsilon’s newly elected President, that our colony is stronger than ever. Prior to starting my term, I attended the Wooden Institute leadership program, which was awe-inspiring to say the least. Spending the week at our fraternity’s founding re-instilled in me the importance of ritual and a newfound commitment to the principles and obligations of Beta Theta Pi.

Chapter Presidents Leadership Academy, held the week after, offered me the unique opportunity to connect with GFOs, advisors, and other Presidents, and a chance to hone my vision moving forward — with the ultimate goal of chartering in the near future.

As a new executive team, we attended Keystone Conference and established our strategic goals for the year — namely to redevelop our recruitment strategy, commit ourselves to our ritual and values, and engage with our alumni and advisory network. We also met up with other chapters in the Boston area, Northeastern and WPI, and plan to organize a joint event at our house.

So far this semester, we’ve made great progress on all our goals. Our VP Brotherhood has brought our chapter tighter than ever before with events like subsidized Man Dates, a Six Flags outing, and our first Brotherhood Olympics. We started the semester with the Eye of Wooglin and — through the initiative of our Ritual Chair and Chorister — a renewed emphasis on ritual and songs.

Our VP Recruitment and Rush Chair will kick off our recruitment efforts early on with CPW, an exciting weekend to meet the incoming freshmen class and showcase our home and brotherhood.

Always attracting the most social of crowds and Friends of Beta, our VP Programming has hosted a numerous social events — from a Sushi Night to our signature Beta Theta Pizza Pi, to mixers with sororities on campus. Our VP Risk Management, as always, has ensured that all our events run successfully.

Regularly updating and keeping tabs on our social media accounts, our VP Communications has enhanced our brand image both online and on campus. Also our Philanthropy Chair, he will spearhead our first philanthropy event later this semester to raise money and awareness for the Greater Boston Food Bank.

Our VP Finance has done an excellent job managing our books and keeping our accounts balanced, while our VP Member Education is looking forward to passing on our newfound commitment to ritual and values to our next pledge class.

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the semester and year holds, and I have great faith in our new executive team as we seek to expand — and further strengthen — our brotherhood.

Yours in _kai_,
Kevin Shum