Beta Pi Chapter

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Beta Pi Chapter (Founded November 13, 1994) is located at University of Connecticut in Storrs-Mansfield, Connecticut. The Chapter was founded by Alpha Beta Chapter alumnus Jon Pinto and is a member of the Northeast Region.

Chapter History


The Beta Pi chapter was founded by Jon Pinto (AB), with the charter being received at the 1993 National Convention, which took place in Baltimore, hosted by the Alpha Beta Chapter.

Early Years

Assistance from alumni would be appreciated for this section. Please contact our Historian, Rachel Ho (

The Active Chapter

The current chapter consists of about 65 members from the Alpha Rho, Alpha Sigma, Alpha Tau, Alpha Upsilon, Alpha Phi, and Alpha Chi Initiate Classes and is very excited to welcome our Alpha Psi class in the Fall of 2018.

The current president of Beta Pi chapter is Christian SantaMaria, who was elected to this position in the December elections. We have a current Executive Board consisting of eleven brothers and an Executive Council (committee chairs) that consists of seven chair positions that cover a range of aspects of our organization all falling under our fraternity's tripod. Our chapter advisor, Dr. John Ayers, serves as a faculty member in the University of Connecticut Department of Mechanical Engineering.

One strong component of our chapter is the Standards Committee, which deals with any issues of Brother conduct and risk management issues. Each semester, a Brother from each grade level, (Sophomore, Junior, Senior) is elected by the Brothers of that class standing. Then, we elect a 'Brother-at-Large' who is a Brother that is elected by the whole Brotherhood (who may also be a Freshman). These Brothers, led by the Parliamentarian, interpret the bylaws and rules of our Chapter and our University and investigate any matters that may be unclear; they keep these matters secret from the Brotherhood until it is necessary/has been fully investigated. The Standards Committee is a definite strength of our chapter.

What's Unique About Our Chapter?

Right now we have a few positions that most other chapters do not have. We have a Historian, and we also have an HR Committee. Our HR committee is charged with the responsibility of strengthening our brotherhood through events, and other means! Our HR Committee's main responsibility is to hold a Brotherhood Retreat once per semester, which is mandatory for all Brothers.

We have four alumni advisors, who have recently graduated from the chapter, who correspond and advise us: May Jean Counsilman, Jen Danowitz, Kim Hansen, and Sarah Papale.

When IS Chapter?

Chapter meets weekly at 7:00 PM, unless otherwise noted in the weekly minutes. E-Board usually meets at 6, and Committees usually meet as part of chapter. Mandatory events are Bid Night, Pinning, Bylaw Night, and Induction, as well as Big/Little Ceremony and Big/Little Dinner if you are a Big.

What Do We Do?

Past events have included:

  • Fundraising: Cookoff Challenge, Munson's Chocolate Sale, Magazine Fundraising
  • ICR: NERC, AB Maryland Volleyball, Syracuse
  • Service: Relay for Life, Making Strides for Breast Cancer, Boys and Girls Club, TFA School Supply Drives
  • PR: Greek Week, Lip Sync, Letter Days

ICR Event

Our inter-chapter event this year is most likely going to be the Northeast Regional Conference (NERC). Please contact Samantha Marquardt at if you are interested in attending.

About Our Brothers

Many Brothers are "RA's" (Resident Assistants) on campus. This means that they are in charge of Residents in a specific living area of campus, while encouraging and enhancing the living communities they supervise.

Many Brothers are also involved in other organizations. These organizations include: The Chordials (all-female acappella), Alpha Lambda Delta, Fencing Club, UConn Outing Club, UConn Women's Club Rugby, UConn Women's Club Ice Hockey, Shir Modulation (acappella), Husky Sport, Husky Ambassador, UConn Jujitsu, Husky WOW, Women's Choir, UCMB (University of CT Marching Band), UConn Freethinkers, Active Minds - UConn Chapter, Kappa Alpha Theta, and MANY MANY MORE! We are all very involved active members of the UConn Community!

Chapter Leadership



Past Chapter Presidents

Initiate Classes

View main article: List of Beta Pi Chapter Initiate Classes

Alumni Advisors

Chapter Events & Activities

Founding Recognition

Beta Pi celebrates the national founding of Phi Sigma Pi by wearing our letters or dressing up with our pins on the 14th of each month. Initiates take place in this activity by dressing up on the 14th of each month.

Brother Retreat

Each semester our Chapter holds a Brother retreat, led by the HR committee. This event is mandatory for all Brothers, alcohol free, and promotes unity among all in our Brotherhood.

Alumni Penpals

Our Alumni Committee coordinates the pairing of an active Brother and an Alumnus of our Chapter to be penpals. This semester we are in the beginning stages of this program, but the Chapter is very excited about this. Any interested Almuni are encouraged to contact Sarah Papale (, Alumni Committee Chair.

Notable Alumni - Where are they now

Founding Member
Delta class (Spring 1997) - currently resides in New York, NY; Digital Associate Media Director at MediaVest Worldwide; completing MBA at NYU-Stern (May 2009). He helped produce the official recordings of the fraternity songs ("Brothers Are We" and "Brother") in 2002.
(Spring 2008) - Molly is currently teaching in Memphis, Tennessee as a Teach for America Corps Member.
Charter Class (Fall 1994) - Currently Dr. Dalwadi works in Pediatric Medicine as a member of the Children's Medical Group in Fishkill, NY
Gamma Class (Spring 1996) - Medical Conference Coordinator for the National Institute of Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM)
Delta Class (Spring 1997) - Todd attained his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Neuroscience from the University of Albany in 2004. He is currently employed at Vanderbilt University as a researcher in Breast Cancer.
2011 Rolla F. Wood Graduate Scholarship recipient

Chapter Honors and Awards

National Awards

Our Chapter achieved a variety of goals, including improving our recruitment program tremendously, and improving Brother ties. We achieved many goals as a Chapter and are proud to have received this award.

Kathy Sanner has been the advisor to Beta Pi chapter since the beginning, in March of 1993. She has been an extremely dedicated role model to the Beta Pi chapter, and has been a large part of the chapter's continued success. Without her, Beta Pi chapter would not exist. The members of Beta Pi chapter owe her continued respect and gratitude.

University Awards

  • 2008 Lip Sync, 2nd Place Fee Funded Organization

Individual Awards

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