Beta Sigma Chapter

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Beta Sigma Chapter (Founded 19 March 1995) is located at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. The Chapter was founded by 132 chartering members at Michigan State. The Chapter is a member of the Great Lakes Region.

Chapter History


Early Years

The Active Chapter

The current Chapter is comprised of 82 Brothers, from Beta Sigma's Alpha Epsilon (ΑΕ), Alpha Zeta (ΑΖ), Alpha Eta (ΑΗ), Alpha Theta (ΑΘ), Alpha Iota (ΑΙ), and Alpha Kappa (ΑΚ) Classes.

The 2012 – 2013 Executive Board is:

The 2012-2013 Committee Co-Chairs are:

Other Chapter Officials

Past Chapter Presidents

Initiate Classes

Main Article: List of Beta Sigma Chapter Initiate Classes

Beta Sigma takes two Initiate Classes each year, which are generally composed of 12 – 22 members, one in the fall and one in the spring. The initiation process is six to seven weeks long, depending on the academic calendar.

The process is intense, but rewarding and creates strong brothers.

Initiates are required to do dialogues with 20 brothers, at least one alumni, and members of their initiate class to create a strong bond of fellowship. We have recently added an interchapter dialogue with willing brothers from other chapters in the area. They attend Sunday night business meetings and Thursday night events (which are centered around the three legs of the tripod and put on by our different committees, E-board, and Risk Management).

The initiates also develop and implement four initiate events as a rush class; These events are centered around the tripod: Scholarship, Leadership and Fellowship. They put on a service event, a scholastic event and a social event. The Alpha Zeta Rush class conducted a canned food drive for their service event, went to one of the many gardens on campus and had a tour of the greenhouse for their scholastic event, and put on a reality tv show competition for brothers for their social event.

We are looking forward to inducting the Alpha Kappa Class Spring 2012.

The Colin Dolehanty Tripod Scholarship

This award is named for a Beta Sigma Chapter Charter Member, Colin Dolehanty, who selflessly dedicated his life to the advancement of the Beta Sigma Chapter and the opportunities it affords the men and women of Michigan State University. He was also a man who demonstrated the ideals of the Fraternity: scholarship, leadership, and fellowship. After his untimely death, Colin's parents decided to give back to the organization for which he loved and cared. Each year at the Beta Sigma Founder's Day Banquet, the Dolehantys award this scholarship to the Chapter Brother who best exhibits the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and fellowship.

The winner of the Colin Dolehanty Tripod Scholarship in 2012 was Kailey Shelton

Chapter Events & Activities

Founder's Day

The Beta Sigma Chapter celebrates its founding typically on the weekend closest to March 19 each year. The event is commemorated with a banquet dinner and awards ceremony where the Beta Sigma Service Key Award is presented as well as the The Colin Dolehanty Tripod Scholarship.

Pi Mile 5K Run/Walk

The annual Pi Mile 5K Run/Walk is held every fall semester. The Brothers of Beta Sigma plan, organize, and execute the race which runs through MSU's campus with the proceeds benefiting a worthy cause. The 10th Annual Pi Mile raised over $6,000 for APAIDSCON, an organization dedicated to eradicating HIV/AIDS in India. The previous year, the 9th Annual Pi Mile raised over $5,000 for Teach For America and was endorsed by the Michigan Surgeon General and the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health. The event also won Outstanding Service Project Award at the 2007 National Convention.


The Teeter-Totter-A-Thon takes place every spring semester. A teeter-totter is placed in the middle of the Auditorium Field on MSU's campus on which Brothers must ensure two people are teeter-tottering for 24 straight hours. Through business sponsorships, donations, and, in 2007, a children's carnival, Teeter-Totter-A-Thon raises money for a local charity. The 11th Annual event in 2007 raised $2,000 for the Help A Willing Kid foundation based out of Lansing, Michigan.


Beta Sigma began a new event to be held toward the beginning of every spring semester. A Broomball tournament is held at Munn Ice Arena on a Saturday. The Brothers of Beta Sigma use this event to raise money for a worthy cause. Broomball is a game played on ice wearing street shoes. Players hit a ball around on the ice using a stick known as a broom. Beta Sigma is hoping to make this an inter-chapter event in the upcoming years and see it grow.

Notable Alumni

Vice President of Alumni Development

Chapter Honors and Awards

National Awards

University Awards

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Other Chapter Awards

This award is named for a Beta Sigma Chapter Charter Member, Colin Dolehanty, a man who unselfishly dedicated his life to the advancement of the Beta Sigma Chapter of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity and the opportunities it affords the men and women of Michigan State University. He was also a man that demonstrated the ideals of the Fraternity; scholarship, leadership and fellowship.

The purpose of this scholarship is to promote continued academic opportunities for Beta Sigma brothers of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity who have excelled in embodying the ideals of the Tripod through:

1. The acquisition and dissemination of information and knowledge through scholarship 2. The application of professional skills and the fostering of leadership qualities by promoting and advancing the welfare of humanity. 3. The fostering of non-discriminatory, fraternal fellowship within Phi Sigma Pi’s ranks.

It is awarded yearly to an outstanding Brother from the Beta Sigma Chapter of Phi Sigma Pi. We would like to thank the Dolehanty Family for their continuous effort to honor Colin and keep his spirit alive. We appreciate their on-going support of our Brothers and our Chapter.

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