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Alec Pawlukiewicz

Alec Pawlukiewicz has made history with his recent initiation to the fraternity.  He is the first class of one to be crossed into the fraternity.  Alec’s initial class started off as two, but was shortly cut in half one week into the process. The organization was faced with a dilemma right away.  The chapter had never crossed a single line member before, yet we did not want to lose such a great potential active. We voted and decided that we would all put in more time and help him through the process. As of Sunday, Alec crossed into the Brotherhood.  We are extremely proud of him and the decision to allow him to proceed will be known as one of the best decisions.  We realized that the semester brought us all closer together as we all invested ourselves in the New-Member process.  Once again, we acknowledge to crossing of our newest Brother : Alec Pawlukiewicz.

Congratulations to Vince Chiang

Vince Chiang was one of eight recipients of the Vanderbilt IFC Greek Legacy Scholarship. Vince is a member of the Eta Class and currently a Medicine, Health and Society major with medical school aspirations. Applications for the scholarship were reviewed by the Interfraternity Council Executive Board on a name-blind basis. The Greek Legacy Scholarship is given out to members of the Greek community that demonstrate financial need and are active in their respective chapters. Vince is highly deserving of this award due to his exemplary performance within the organization and we are very proud of him.

National Convention VIII

The brothers of Theta Chapter attended National Convention VIII in Austin, Texas this July in numbers. Many of our alumni and undergraduate members traveled to Texas for national updates, workshops, networking, elections, and a large reunion of our nationwide network where we get to spend time with our close friends spread across the country. Everyone had a great time and NC is always the highlight of the year and is indescribable seeing the culmination of every chapter in the country all living by the same principles and demonstrating that level of brotherhood at events like this. Theta Chapter had a very good showing at elections once again this year demonstrating the quality leaders Beta Chi at Vanderbilt raises by voting on three alumni to the National Executive Board including National President. After the workshops, elections, and alumni reunions there was an awards dinner were announcements were made about the voting and awards were rewarded for outstanding chapter and individual achievement. Theta Chapter received two chapter awards for Outstanding Alumni Programming and for the first time in our chapter’s history the prestigious award of National Chapter of the Year. Two brothers were recognized individually for their outstanding commitment to the fraternity as well. Brother Abinash Joshi was awarded the National Alumnus of the Year award for going above and beyond what is expected of the fraternity to contribute to the chapter and national organization and characterizing the brotherhood we pride ourselves on holding above all else. Brother Max Hammond was awarded the National Brother of the Year award for his hard work as president for over a year as well as his national involvement at the North-American Interfraternity Conference Congressional Hill Visits and serving as National Presidential Intern last year. We are extremely happy for the brothers recognized for their achievements and elected to our national leadership. We pride ourselves as being one of the flagship chapters of the fraternity and this National Convention has certainly proven that.

Beta Chi Theta, Expanding Minds and Building Faculty Relationships

Beta Chi Theta hosted a faculty event in February with Professor Solomon from the classics department talk about the true meaning of carpe diem. It was an enlightening experience about Epicurean philosophy and the differences in what term carpe diem meant to the ancient Romans and what it is taken to mean today. Professor Jordan from the Engineering Management department also spoke with us in March about general ways to advance our careers, master an interview, survive in the business world, and become effective leaders. Both events were eye opening and served to help the brothers build meaningful lasting relationships with faculty outside the classroom.

28th Annual Chancellor Heard Awards

The brothers of Beta Chi Theta were very proud at the awards this year and were glad to see their hard work pay off. Beta Chi Theta received several chapter awards this year including Most Outstanding Campus Involvement highlighting the many activities and jobs our brothers do around the Nashville and Vanderbilt Community. As a chapter we also received Most Outstanding Tri-Council Circle for our close collaboration with fellow Greeks and exemplifying cross council involvement and Greek unity. Three brothers were inducted into the inaugural class of Who’s Who Among Vanderbilt Greeks, a distinguished group of movers and shakers in the Vanderbilt Greek Community. Most notably however was our very own Kevin Qin receiving IFC New Member of the Year recognizing his ideal model of what a Greek man should be and his commitment to service, the community, and outstanding character.

Hoops 4 Kidz Charity Basketball Tournament

Beta Chi Theta hosted our second annual charity basketball tournament in March with fellow members of the Red Rover Tri-council Circle, a group consisting of NPHC, PHC, and IFC organizations to promote Greek unity and work together. The Hoops 4 Kidz 3-on-3 Basketball tournament was a huge success. There were men’s and women’s bracket and prizes and trophies were awarded for first, second, and third place in each bracket. There was food and music for everyone to enjoy while waiting on their turn to compete and best of all $745 was raised and donated to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Theta Chapter Five Year Anniversary

This year’s homecoming weekend marked the Five Year Anniversary for Theta Chapter. Alumni came in to celebrate this momentous occasion and reunite the past, present, and future leaders in the organization. Many Theta Chapter founders were in attendance as well as the National President, National Vice President of Financial Affairs, National Vice President of Records, National Director of Alumni Affairs, and the Eastern Regional Director who are all proud to call Vanderbilt University their Alma mater and Theta Chapter a second home. A composite was made to commemorate the event and a brotherhood dinner was held at the Old Spaghetti Factory for not only Theta Chapter brothers but also for a few distinguished guests from other chapters around the country. Theta Chapter was proud to celebrate this glorious event and look forward to the continued success of the chapter and many more anniversaries to come.

Academic Excellence

Beta Chi Theta, Inc. and Theta Chapter continue to uphold the pillar of Academic Excellence. The brothers of Beta Chi Theta received a 3.4437 GPA this semester earning the fourth highest GPA in the Inter-Fraternity Council. Our GPA was considerably higher than the all fraternity and all men GPA proving Beta Chi’s commitment academic success. This GPA reflects the hard work and time the brothers devoted to their grades and demonstrates the success of our academic system and the newly implemented tutoring program. Beta Chi Theta has and will continue to have a very positive effect on our members’ academic careers here at Vanderbilt. Parents rest assured that not only does your son has access to a large professional network of successful alumni, a unique opportunity to learn the soft skills needed to thrive, a chance to be a leader and mature into the fine man you taught him to be, but also has a framework in which his academic goals can be met and surpass the average performance of a non-Greek at Vanderbilt.

Parent's Appreciation Event

This past fall, Brothers of Beta Chi Theta, Theta Chapter at Vanderbilt University successfully hosted their 1st Annual Mothers’ Appreciation Luncheon. As upcoming leaders of their campus, the Brothers of Theta Chapter discussed the mission, purpose, and pillars of Beta Chi Theta, specifically focusing on increasing leadership and networking skills, the importance of giving back to one’s community, and the never ending bond of brotherhood. By aiming to create the leaders of tomorrow, Beta Chi Theta National Fraternity respectfully thanks all of our mothers for the men they have been instrumental in developing, as their care, persistence, and love is forever.

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