May 2018 Newsletter

Spring 2018 Newsletter


We hope this newsletter finds you and your family safe, happy, and healthy. We are extremely sorry to hear about the passing of one of our chartering members, Butch Bryant. The brotherhood extends our condolences to Butch’s family, friends, and the brothers of Beta-Pi who were touched by him through the course of his life. A picture of Butch is below and a Remembrance written by Beta-Pi, Jim Cosby can be found here.

This spring, we had 14 pledges become brothers at Beta-Pi. They were here for our 10th Annual Surf ‘n’ Turf philanthropy event, which raised over $2,500 benefiting the Alzeimer’s Association. That was followed by the entertaining UVA tradition, The Foxfield Races.

Additionally, we are excited to announce that the Beta-Pi 60th Anniversary celebration will take place in early April 2019. We look forward to seeing our alumni join us for a weekend of fun, reunion, and brotherhood! A save-the-date will be sent out soon regarding details for the event.

We’re ready for an eventful summer to carry us into the next fall semester. As always, we welcome and encourage alumni to contact us or come by the house at any time.

Our 2018 Sage: Trey McKula |


Brother Updates

A total of 16 brothers wore the honors of Honor this spring, and graduated from the University of Virginia:
• William Bonner Ashe
• Former Fourth Counselor, Christopher Alexander Blankingship
• Former Sage, Henry Holden Booth
• Former House Manager, Henry James Buyas
• Robert William Carter
• Former Pledge, Herald John Richard Copeland
• Steven Joseph Gercken
• Bruce William Kay
• Tayler David Kehs
• Former Third Counselor, Zachary Charles Naimon
• Former Social Chair, Christopher Milton Olson Jr.
• Tyler Ross Saunders
• Former First Counselor, Zealand Colby Shannon
• Former Second Counselor and Chip French Award-winner Michael Edward Uhrig
• Shyam Venkatasubramanian
• Spencer Christian Wolfe

Connor Albrecht (SPC 16) placed in the top 18% in the National Cyber League cyber competition.

Jake Rhodes (SPC 17) helped run a crowdfunding campaign for the local technology healthcare startup Global eHealth Solutions.

Current Sage, Trey McKula (SPC 16) was elected to the Executive Committee as the Senior Counselor on the University Judiciary Committee.


Our philanthropy event Surf ‘n’ Turf raised over $2,500 benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association

Tim Schott (SPC 16) with Henry Booth (SPC 15). Tim earned the Michael Wagenheim Memorial Scholarship for an exceptional performance as an English major.

A Remembrance of Herman “Butch” Bryant By Jim Cosby. “I met Butch Bryant in the 1958 – 1959 school year at the University of Virginia. During that year, a group of undergraduate students who were not happy with the fraternity scene we found at UVA formed the Beta Pi Chapter of Sigma Pi Fraternity.” Continue reading here.
May 2018