Beta Theta Pi will join WPI’s fraternity/sorority community

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Mon, Apr 30, 2012

Greek Life, Student Activities

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is pleased to announce that Interfraternity Council, the governing body for fraternities at WPI, has invited Beta Theta Pi Fraternity to join the WPI fraternity and sorority campus community in the 2012-2013 academic year. Founded at Miami University of Ohio in 1839, Beta Theta Pi has 119 collegiate chapters and over 130,000 members.

Following visits by three outstanding organizations, the expansion committee, composed of representatives of the existing fraternities on campus, faculty, staff, and alumni, had the difficult challenge of narrowing a very competitive pool of organizations to one that will form a chapter at WPI next year. The selection of Beta Theta Pi was based upon what the committee felt would be in the best interests of both WPI and the interested organizations, using a range of criteria that included colony establishment plans, support for the colony, support for the established chapter, compatibility with the WPI mission, organizational accountability, success at technical institutions, and overall fit with the current institution.

As Geordie Folinas ‘13, Interfraternity Council President states, ““The expansion of our system speaks to the relevance and importance of Greek Life at WPI and the increased role that it will play in the future of our growing institution. I believe that this organization will be yet another positive fraternal influence on WPI and will provide the student population with an effective means of personal development. The fraternities are excited to welcome Beta as a partner and a contributing member of the Interfraternity Council. We look forward to having an active and involved chapter be part of campus, whose influence will be positive and whose goals and endeavors will reflect positively on the fraternity/sorority community for years to come.”

Jud Horras, Beta Theta Pi’s Administrative Secretary, says “We know how long it has been since a new fraternity has been established on campus, and we are extremely excited about becoming part of the WPI community. During our visit, we were so impressed with the caliber of students, the aspirations of the Interfraternity Council and the overall support for fraternity and sorority life. No doubt, this is a partnership we look forward to building in the coming months.”

Beta Theta Pi will be joining a continuous 121 year tradition of brotherhood and sisterhood at WPI. Currently WPI has 5 sororities and 13 fraternities, making up over 30% of the student population. For men interested in pursuing membership with Beta Theta Pi, look for more information at the start of the academic year.

For questions or more information, contact Emily Perlow, eperlow@wpi.edu.

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