Beta Theta Pi at Purdue University Recolonizes, Renovates Chapter House

Beta Theta Pi at Purdue University Recolonizes, Renovates Chapter House

Campaign Commitments Total $3.6 Million to Date

In August 2014, the Beta Mu Chapter of Beta Theta Pi returned to Purdue University. As the recolonization team began to recruit outstanding men at Purdue, the alumni leadership identified three key areas needing immediate attention: recolonization success, housing, and leadership development.

Given those immediate needs, the Beta Mu Alumni Association developed the Return to Dominance campaign to secure its success at Purdue University. This campaign allowed Beta Theta Pi to emphasize the three types of required funds necessary to support Beta Mu in its endeavors to secure the future of the Chapter. These include:

  • Chapter recolonization: A fund was needed to provide the resources necessary to effectively grow the Chapter to capacity. As part of the Men of Principle Initiative, the alumni leadership planned to employ a live-in advisor for two years.
  • Housing Support: As the Chapter members looked to move back into their historic location at 150 Littleton in 2015, it was important that Beta Theta Pi offer the best facilities on campus to recruit and retain the best future leaders at Purdue. Although a previous campaign in the early 2000s renovated the living areas and included important fire safety improvements, significant support was needed to renovate the important common areas of the home. This renovation was designed to once again create the premier fraternity house on Purdue’s campus—a safe, accessible, and modern space allowing Beta Theta Pi to compete with other fraternities who have taken on multi-million dollar renovations in recent years.
  • Scholarship: With a renewed focus on recruiting and retaining Men of Principle, a sufficiently-funded scholarship endowment will allow Beta Theta Pi to develop fraternal and academic scholarships to attract Purdue’s best young men.

With the refounding fathers returning to campus last spring, the Chapter selected, educated, and initiated 51 new members during the school year. The cumulative GPA for these members is 3.24, the highest of all fraternities on Purdue’s campus. Their recruitment success has continued this fall as an additional 32 men have joined their ranks. The completion of phase one of the renovation process will be celebrated this fall, as the campaign has exceeded $3.88 million in commitments. Congratulations!

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