No real news today except that the Prayer
Breakfast is one that everyone should partake of sometime in their Beta
life. It is a very touching event and one that makes you proud to be a
The young men of Psi were there in full force. That event concluded the
Convention for the actives and all were happy to head to their planes or
to the pool for some well deserved R & R. And rightly so as most of the
actives and the young alums were up until 5:00AM, pool side at their
hotel swapping Beta stories and experiences with Betas from San Jose
State and several other colleges. What more could you ask for and what
more would you expect. All of us are better Psi Betas, Betas and people
for the experiences shared here over the last several days.
The young men (and do not forget the alumni support) worked hard to get
to where they are today and they are all so proud to have the problem of
carrying all that hardware home. (Art B -- you better be working on a
place to hang all of their newly acquired awards.)
And hopefully, someone is thinking about how to celebrate their
accomplishments?? The young men truly deserve the congratulations and
recognition. As Tom Purinton stated to the assembled body last night at
the Celebration Banquet, ".....historic Psi Chapter is back!!". Let's
not ever go away again!!!
As it is 115^ this afternoon, time for a dip!!!!!
PS: Plan on attending Psi Chapter's 150th Anniversary Celebration on
June 18 - 20, 2010 on Bethany's Campus. The planning is working hard to
make this an outstanding event that you will not want to miss
PSS: Mark your calendars for the 171st General Convention in Washington,
D.C., August 5 - 8, 2010. Just a short drive for so many of you and an
invaluable experience for all that attend.
PSSS: Byron -- be ready for an onslaught of pictures. The guys and their
cameras have been busy the last couple of days.
And the good news keeps
Tonight at the Celebration Banquet, the young men of Psi Chapter were
Francis H. Sisson Award. This is the third time that Psi
Chapter has won the Sisson. The award was presented to the Chapter
(Eric) by P. Thomas Purinton, president of the Board of Trustees and
Senator Richard G. Lugar. Eric look very proud as Senator Lugar
presented him with the award. In his commenting on the award and
announcing Psi Chapter as one of the winners, Purinton made the comment
that "....it looks as though the historic Psi Chapter is back!!!!"
Yeah Baby, we are back!!!!
And the actives already have their sights on the John Reily Knox Award
for next year!!
Speaking of next year, next year's National Conference is August 5th
thru August 8th in Washington, DC. Mark your calendars as Psi Chapter
should be able to there in large numbers. If you have never attended a
National Conference, I would strongly recommend attending. It really
rekindles the Spirit of Wooglin.
In another Banquet highlight, Vince Mikolay was call out as one of the
five Directors within the Administrative Office staff who had a
"significant role" in the early success in execution of the Men Of
Principle program. The theme of this year's Celebration Banquet focused
on the 10 Year Anniversary of the MOP program. A lot of Betas were
recognized for their involvement in, and commitment to a program which
resulted in the success and worldwide recognition of the program. We
should all be proud of the vital role that Vince played in the program's
success and the recognition he received tonight.
On a personal note, Suzy was serenaded tonight as a Beta Sweetheart, by
the "Beta Four" quartet, from Oklahoma State. She was impressed, I was
impressed and the other women at the MOP Anniversary Reception were
impressed!! (Singing Psi needs to be a big part of the 150th
Celebration, including sweetheart serenades for Beta Sweethearts
throughout the event!!). And these guys could sing!!
That about wraps it up for tonight. Prayer Breakfast tomorrow morning,
oops it ois already tomorrow (Sunday) morning!!
And for the convention update
that you have all been waiting for:
As of 4:15 (Phoenix time) you once again have a Psi Chapter of Beta
The actives of Psi "Chapter" are right now a very proud group of young
men. On their behalf, a sincere "thank you" goes out to all of you who
have helped these men along their journey. You should all be very
And the good
news continues. But first let me apologize to David Cottington. David
wrote an excellent letter to the Chartering Committee with his
recommendation as District Chief to re-charter the Psi Colony at Bethany
College. I should have mentioned it this morning, but had a senior
moment. While David, due to circumstances beyond his control, could not
be here in person supporting the Men he has worked so hard with, they
know that he is here in spirit.
A heart felt "thank you" to David is in order. And I should say to
everyone associated with the colonization and re-charting process:
I also apologize to Rod Hastie for totally butchering his name in the
earlier update. Psi Betas have a true friend and supporter in Rod. Many
"clicks" to Rod. Be sure to thank him for all he has done.
Now to the immediate good news. Psi Chapter was well recognized at the
Loving Cup Luncheon (just concluded) with the following awards:
•Charles Henry Hardin Award for Leadership Development
•Virginia Tech Award for Academics (highest GPA on campus)
•Risk Management Award for Leadership in Risk Management Practices
The young men did well and appeared very proud of their awards; and more
importantly, what they accomplished to earn the recognition. I was
honored to participate in the Loving Cup Ceremony with them.
As to attendees at this Convention, the following actives are in
Thank you CF and DA and others for making this happen!! Rest assured you
are well represented.
Recent alums here lending support to the actives are:
Add to that list Blake Rowe and Vince Mikolay and you have a great group
of individuals in support of Psi Chapter. We know that others are here
in spirit as well!!
(Please excuse any name misspellings or name omissions. The list of
"thank you's" is too long to type on a Blackberry. You know who you are
and should pat yourself on the back for a job well done!!)
Thirty (30) minutes until the Legislative Session. Keep your fingers
crossed. The actives are excited and looking at once again being Psi
Men of Psi are on their way back!!! Psi Chapter had its
peer review meeting this morning. Eric did an "excellent" job telling
the Psi story in support of the re-charter
application. Although a bit nervous; he was well prepared, confident and
extremely articulate in his presentation of Psi's case for
reinstatement. Ian McNulty, Rod Hastings, BOII Regional Executive, and myself were there for support.
Vince Mikolay is here as well and while he was not at the peer review,
he could be seen hard at work behind the scenes on behalf of the Chapter
(Has anyone seen his face on a billboard on Times Square??).
The review committee was tough, but fair, in their questioning. All were
well prepared to respond to their questions, and in my opinion, were
overwhelming in the complete and concise nature of their responses and
A lot of the review panel's focus was on the MOP approach to
self-governance by the active chapter, they were also interested in the
strong support, financial and otherwise of the alumni body. Combined it
was a strong case for reinstatement of the charter. Topics covered in
the approximate hour long session were:
Academics and Scholarship
Number of Actives
Pledge Process and Prospects
Bethany College Environment
Bethany's Support of the Greek System
The next step takes place at 3:30 this afternoon when the recommendation
of the peer review panel is presented to the Legislative Committee and
the delegates to the Convention for a vote. And we are all hoping for a
vote of approval, which I think will happen (Actually I think it is a
slam dunk.) Keep your fingers crossed.
That is the Convention update as of the the time of this writing. Let me
know if you have any questions or comments to pass on.
All-in-all there are about 15 Psi Betas here. I think 8 actives, 4
recent graduates, Ian, Vince, Blake Rowe for a short time yesterday and
yours truly. I know that the rest of you are here in spirit.
Damn Glad To Be A Psi Beta!!!!