June 17 - 20, 2010, Bethany WV

Beta Theta Pi Brothers Present $700,000 Gift to Bethany College

BETHANY, W.Va. — More than 150 brothers of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity’s Psi chapter gathered June 17-20 to honor the group’s founding at Bethany College 150 years ago. Highlighting the weekend was the Psi Celebration Dinner and Gala, when members presented President Scott D. Miller with a $700,000 check for Bethany College.

“Bethany’s Betas have long played a vital role in the College’s history,” Miller stated. “With this gift, they further the spirit of philanthropy and dedication to Bethany that has flourished since the Psi chapter was established. It was an honor to be a part of celebrating their rich legacy, and we are profoundly grateful for their generosity.”

Miller provided the address for the Psi Celebration Dinner and Gala on June 19. He spoke about the many ways the Psi chapter has served the Bethany community since its creation in 1860, as well as its successful and longstanding mission to build men of principle for a principled life.

The 150th Anniversary Celebration also featured a variety of recreational activities on and off campus — including a cookout at Bethany Park and golf at Oglebay Resort’s Arnold Palmer Golf Course — as well as a chapter meeting. Tours of Historic Bethany and lectures by College faculty members were offered throughout the weekend.

Bethany’s Beta Theta Pi Psi chapter was founded on December 8, 1860 — just 20 years after the founding of the College itself and less than a year before the start of the Civil War.

The Psi chapter has consistently distinguished itself among Beta Theta Pi chapters nationwide as one of the fraternity’s top academic achievers, winning local and national awards for members’ high scholastic standing. Beta brothers past and present have gone on to assume significant leadership positions both within the College and throughout the world — including Chairman of the Bethany Board of Trustees Gregory B. Jordan ’81, Global Managing Partner of Reed Smith.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.