• **UPDATE** Our Annual Beta Rho NYC Happy Hour is just a week away! 

    Please mark your calendar and join us for the Annual Beta Rho NYC Happy Hour on Thursday, April 30. See below for full details:

    Annual Beta Rho NYC Alumni Gathering

    Thursday, April 30 - starting at 6pm

    Connolly's Pub & Restaurant

    14 E. 47th Street (Between 5th and Madison- just a few blocks from Grand Central Station)

    New York, New York

    (212) 867-3767

    Please contact Neil Anand (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any questions.  Spread the word to other alumni!  A contribution at the event is encouraged to help defray the costs of the event.

  • **UPDATE** Our Annual Beta Rho NYC Happy Hour is just a week away!  

    Please mark your calendar and join us for the
    Annual Beta Rho NYC Happy Hour on Thursday, April 30
    See below for full details

    Annual Beta Rho NYC Alumni Gathering
    Thursday, April 30 - starting at 6pm
    Connolly's Pub & Restaurant
    14 E. 47th Street (between 5th and Madison-
    just a few blocks from Grand Central Station
    )
    New York, New York
    (212) 867-3767

    Please contact Neil Anand (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any questions.  Spread the word to other alumni!

    A contribution at the event is encouraged
    to help defray the costs of the event.

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  • Thanks to all of our alumni who stopped by the chapter house for Homecoming.  It was a great opportunity for all brothers to reconnect.

    A special thanks to Neil Anand '04, who received the Alumnus of the Year award for 2015! Brother Anand served as Commander for two years as an active brother and currently serves as head of Alumni Relations for the Beta Rho Property Company.

    We hope to see you at homecoming next year!


  • Every year, you’re asked to give back to the Beta Rho Chapter of Sigma Nu. Of 743 active alumni, 31 brothers have made their donations so far this year—that’s 4.1% of alumni who are showing their support for Beta Rho. We are thankful for each and every one of these gifts, no matter the amount.

  • Beta Rho has hit the ground running in the new school year, with the gentlemen of 3819 Walnut Street looking to honor its past, spark its present, and prepare for its future. We have restored parts of the chapter house, revamped our philanthropy efforts, and planned for a successful rush season!

    Click below to get all the details.


  • In honor of Veterans Day (Nov. 11, this past Wednesday), we have begun compiling a list of our Beta Rho servicemen and veterans, as well as their stories. We have only scratched the surface. We need your help to build our list, tell the stories, and pay tribute to these men who honor our mission to live by the principles of Love, Honor, and Truth. Click below to review the list and to leave your comments. Look for our full story next month.

  • Beta Rho Property Company strives to facilitate lifelong friendships among alumni brothers, and provide support for the current active chapter so that our fraternity positively impacts the lives of young men and maintains a strong legacy at Penn.

    While we are thankful for our loyal donors who make a commitment each year, we are seeking more alumni participation. In reality, we receive voluntary financial contributions from between 80-90 alumni brothers—most of whom renew their gifts annually. This represents about 11% of Beta Rho alumni with whom we maintain contact through email and snail mail.

  • As of the end of the fiscal year, we have raised $5,800 for the Beta Rho Scholarship Fund. We are seeking additional donors to help us reach our $10,000 goal by the end of the year. 

    The Beta Rho Scholarship Fund, established in 2011 as part of the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation, provides meaningful scholarships to deserving Sigma Nu undergraduates. One of our extremely generous brothers, Robin Sommers ’66, pledged a $10,000 contribution to the fund and initiated a challenge to you to match another gift. Robin has made a provision that all donations up to $10,000 will be met by another equivalent gift from him.

  • This year, Cezary Podkul ’07 was honored and humbled to receive the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist Award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW). The award goes out to one journalist each year in recognition for excellence in work completed before age 30.

    As Cezary looks back at his 20s, he’s proud of the work he’s done. “There are so many times when you’re just getting started and you don’t know if you’re doing the right thing,” Cezary said. “This award, to me, just put a period on my 20s and looking back, it’s a confirmation that I was going in the right direction. It’s a nice culmination of everything I’ve done. I had a great experience at Penn and it really set me up for my career.”

  • We’re off to a great start this year, thanks to three generous donors who donated a total of $450 back to the brotherhood. Those donors included Dale Updegraff ’54, Hartwell Davis ’59, and Peter Burgum ’65.

    Our goal this year is to raise $24,000. To reach our total, we’ll need 471 donors to contribute $50 each—just a small commitment. Will you join these three donors and make a gift? Make a contribution here

  • Planning to come back for Homecoming on November 6 – 8? Philly is one of the best places to be and to visit, especially on Homecoming weekend when school spirit is at its highest. Check out these 4 reasons to come back, plus let us know why you'll be back for homecoming and share your photos from past homecoming weekends!

  • Here is a collection of four of the best Beta Rho photos ever taken. Or are they? Have a look! Do you have others that belong in this collection?

  • We want to hear from you about what you want from your alumni experience and how we’re doing when it comes to planning alumni events and communicating with you. Please take a few minutes and respond to this nine-question survey. Your responses are critical, as they will help us improve our alumni relations program and help keep our brothers connected long after their time at the chapter.

  • Each and every gift to Beta Rho Chapter makes a difference for our alumni and our undergraduate chapter. Your support helps strengthen our brotherhood and secure the future of our chapter by allowing us to:

    • Host alumni events and maintain a consistent communications program to keep our brothers connected
    • Fund important house projects to ensure the house remains in good shape
    • Make the Beta Rho experience available for future generations

    So far, we’ve raised $21,853 from 96 donors, and we are thankful to have such strong alumni support. We are just $2,147 shy of our goal, and are counting on you to help us reach our goal of $24,000 from 120 donors.

    If you haven’t made your gift this year, you’ve only got a few more weeks. MAKE YOUR GIFT before August 31, 2015 (the end of our fiscal year) to make a difference for alumni and undergraduates alike!

  • We want to hear from you about what you want from your alumni experience and how we’re doing when it comes to planning alumni events and communicating with you. Please take a few minutes and respond to this 13-question survey. Your responses are critical, as they will help us improve our alumni relations program and help keep our brothers connected long after their time at the chapter.

    We’ll share the results in our next eLetter, and move forward based on the results. Take the survey now to share your thoughts on Beta Rho chapter and our alumni relations efforts.

  • Alumni play a critical role in ensuring that the Beta Rho chapter lives on, and we are proud to have a loyal group of supporters that are committed to sustaining our chapter and perpetuating the Beta Rho experience for current and future undergraduate chapters. From our base of alumni, 90 of you have helped us reach $20,910 so far.

    We’re still a bit shy of our goal: $24,000 and 120 donors. Now is the time to donate—before our giving year ends on August 31. Your contribution will help fund alumni events, support critical house upgrades, and help perpetuate the Beta Rho experience for the future generations of brothers.

    Make a gift now to keep Beta Rho chapter alive and well. Every gift counts!

  • Thanks to generous alumni contributions we are completing several key projects this summer at 3819 Walnut Street. Thank you to all our donors this year who have helped fund nearly $20,000 of renovations. You’ve made the following projects possible:

    • installing new LED dusk lighting on the exterior for security purposes
    • installing new walls in the basement including staining
    • clearing shower drains and sink drains
    • mulching and trimming the front yard
    • installing a new panic bar and snaking the storm drain leading to Walnut Street
    • paying the final bill for sprinkler installation

  • With just three months left in our giving year, time to get your name on the honor roll is winding down. We’re at over 70% of our dollar goal, having raised an impressive $17,450 of the $24,000 goal we’ve set. This total has came from 77 donors, while our donor goal is 120.

    Thank you to all those who have donated so far! Thanks to you, we’ve reached 64% of the participation goal we set. Your gift makes a difference for our current and future brothers.

    For those of you who haven’t given yet, there’s still time to get your name on the honor roll. Just make your gift by August 31 in order to make it on the final published honor roll for this year. 

  • We are still accepting donations and will match your gift to the Beta Rho Scholarship Fund. The Beta Rho Scholarship Fund, established in 2011 as part of the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation, provides meaningful scholarships to deserving Sigma Nu undergraduates. As we mentioned in our last newsletter, one of our extremely generous brothers, Robin Sommers ’66, pledged a $10,000 contribution to the fund and initiated a challenge to you to match another gift. Robin has made a provision that all donations up to $10,000 will be met by another equivalent gift from him. Please highly consider making a 501(c)(3) fully tax‑deductible donation. Read more to for more information on how to make your contribution today.

  • Homecoming will be held on Saturday, November 7. Are you planning to come back? If you’re not sure, click below for five reasons you shouldn’t miss it!

  • In a world where breaking news is ideal, it is imperative to make sure your contact information is up to date. Unfortunately, 370 of your brothers are “lost”! Here are your missing brothers. If you know how to get in touch with these brothers, either have them email our alumni relations office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or email them yourself. Don’t end up like these missing brothers. If any of your contact information has changed, please update your information today!

  • We want to give a huge shout out to all of our alumni who took the time to support our annual fund this giving year, which started on September 1, 2014. Since then, we set a goal of 120 donors and $24,000, and we currently stand at 77 donors with $17,450. Thank you to all who donated! However, there’s still 3 months left to donate for the year, and we still haven’t reached our goal. Here’s your chance to help us meet our goal and join your brothers on this year’s honor roll. CLICK HERE to make a gift that commemorates your Beta Rho days at UPenn today.

  • This month, we interviewed Frank Shanbacker ’68, a producer and graduate of Beta Rho Chapter. We want to thank Frank Shanbacker for the time he spent answering our questions.

  • As usual, there has been a lot going on at the house in terms of renovations and upgrades. Thanks to the Property Company and your contributions, more recent work has included building the new billiards lounge in the basement, installing stainless steel cabinets in the kitchen, repainting the front doors and woodwork up to the second floor, installing new pavers on the front porch, and installing new drop ceiling in the basement.

    Our wish list for the rest of the year includes re‑carpeting the hallways and stairwells, refurbishing some of the bedrooms, repairing the organ pipe wall and repaving the parking lot. It won’t be possible to complete all of this without significant alumni contributions, so we hope you consider making a gift to continue to support the chapter.

    Therefore, I want to remind you what’s in it for you. Why should you support the chapter and these efforts? Here’s why…

  • The Beta Rho Scholarship Fund, established in 2011 as part of the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation, provides meaningful scholarships to deserving Sigma Nu undergraduates. As we mentioned in our last newsletter, one of our extremely generous brothers, Robin Sommers ’66, pledged a $10,000 contribution to the fund and initiated a challenge to you to match another gift. Robin has made a provision that all donations up to $10,000 will be met by another equivalent gift from him.

  • **UPDATE** Our Annual Beta Rho NYC Happy Hour is just a week away! 

    Please mark your calendar and join us for the Annual Beta Rho NYC Happy Hour on Thursday, April 30 See below for full details:

    Annual Beta Rho NYC Alumni Gathering

    Thursday, April 30 - starting at 6pm

    Connolly's Pub & Restaurant

    14 E. 47th Street (Between 5th and Madison- just a few blocks from Grand Central Station)

    New York, New York

    (212) 867-3767

    Please contact Neil Anand (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any questions.  Spread the word to other alumni!  A contribution at the event is encouraged to help defray the costs of the event.

  • Congratulations to Alan Corson ’62 for being this year’s recipient of the Ralph "Rox" Reynolds Alumnus of the Year Award.  We appreciate his dedication to Beta Rho, including most recently having served on the Property Company.

  • Congratulations to Justin Ortiz '10 on his marriage to Laura Ferro (also Penn '10).  Sigma Nu brothers joined in the celebration, including David Nguyen '09, Boris Dyatkin '09, Daniyal Hussein '09, Pete Eschenbrenner '09, Cem Atlas '10, and Jeremy Lautman '10.

  • On the morning of November 11, the fire alarm was accidentally activated at the Chapter House.   University police arrived, and they were amazed how quickly and responsibly the brothers responded to the incident.  Quoting an officer, “I was astounded as to how quickly they exited the house and made sure that everyone was safely out of there.

  • This time of year encourages us to take a step back, pause, and take a moment to think about and be thankful for the opportunities we have been given. We want to thank YOU wholeheartedly for your support of Beta Rho.

    The goal of our alumni relations and communications program is to keep our alumni connected to each other and the chapter. And, at the core, isn’t that what the holidays are all about? This holiday season, we hope you enjoy many opportunities to reconnect with loved ones and share fun times with family and friends.

    Find the time to laugh, love, and share some of life’s greatest gifts: friendship, fellowship, community.

    From your Sigma Nu family, Happy Holidays!

  • Ah, Thanksgiving. A time celebrated in America by eating way too much food, probably drinking too much, and falling asleep to football. But it also celebrated frequently by saying what exactly we’re thankful for this late autumn. Most people are thankful for their families, their friends, their own health and happiness.

  • …and he asks for your ID.

    Some of your addresses on your ID are blank! We are missing mailing addresses for 108 of our living alumni!

    If you know one of the following brothers, and know where they live, we would like to make sure they get the newsletter! Please send us their (or your) address toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • Sigma Nu does Vegas…the guys on the golf course!

    We are looking for Beta Rho photos past, present, and future!

  • Success!

  • Beta Rho brothers have been doing some fantastic work!  Click below to read more!

  • In our recent print newsletter, we mentioned the passing of Jonathan Lowe '65. We would like to issue a correction, as the name should have read John Lowe '65.  Please accept our apologies for this error.

  • We hope to see you at Homecoming on November 1! The Chapter House will have an open bar and food all day. Please stop by to see the house, meet the new brothers and reconnect with old friends.

  • "I wondered why somebody didn't do something. Then, I realized, I am somebody." Does it matter who said it? No. What matters is that we have those "somebodies" who have chosen to give to our Annual Fund for the very first time this year. Click below to find out who those "somebodies" are and to join them on our Honor Roll.

  • Check out what we found!

  • We hope to see you at Homecoming on November 1! The Chapter House will have an open bar and food all day. Please stop by to see the house, meet the new brothers and reconnect with old friends.

  • The brothers are excited to begin another great year at the University of Pennsylvania, and are enjoying some renovations to the old Rox Room that the Property Company completed this summer.

  • According to our records, we are missing mailing addresses for 104 of our alumni brothers. That means that 104 of you are not benefiting from our full alumni relations program, including printed copies of Sigma Nu's and other important mailings and announcements.

    Take a moment to review our lost list, containing the names of brothers for whom we don't have current mailing addresses. If you see yourself among them, follow the instructions to update your contact information. Also, if you know of the current whereabouts of any of the other brothers listed, help us update our database by sending us their addresses too. Our data is used solely for Beta Rho publications.

  • We're currently accepting submissions of alumni news, updates, stories and photos for the next issue of Sigma Nu's, to be mailed this fall! Thanks to James MacPherson '59 who recently shared his update:

    "I'm still working and enjoy it, especially in my current profession (patent, copyright and trademark law). I'm looking after affairs of two firms, which is very different from my past (restaurants/hotels in France, real estate development in US and Canada, medical related (Chairman of heart institute and invite to Moscow U for cancer detection studies) and software
    development at Carnegie Mellon U)."

    To submit your update for our fall newsletter, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • With less than a month to go in the 2013-14 giving year, we need your help to boost our annual fund participation levels. Your annual fund gift helps us to maintain an active alumni relations program, including publication of communications, hosting of events, maintenance of our house and mentoring of our active chapter.

    Help us to end our giving year on a high note by making your annual fund gift before August 31. Click here to learn where to send your donation. We sincerely thank all supporters who help keep our program going year after year when they add their names to the Honor Roll.

  • In a day and age where negative fraternity-involved events make for juicy headline news, and where the Greek culture seems to be changing from a values-based, character developing undergraduate experience to a fun-filled four-year party, it is more important than ever that we, as alumni, join forces to preserve the true legacy of the Greek experience.

    This blog post is a great testament to the lifelong experience of being Greek, and hopefully a good reminder to you to honor your commitment to and renew your participation with Sigma Nu in your alumni years.

    An excerpt from the blog reads "Being Greek means being a part of something far bigger than yourself. Not only are you part of a community, but you're also part of a history and a tradition. From the moment you're initiated until the day you die you're expected to honor your founders, breathe your values, and live your creed. While it takes someone special to receive a bid, it takes someone even more special to become an official member of one of our organizations. Being Greek is both a responsibility and a privilege."

    What are your thoughts? After reading the blog come back to weigh in in the comments section.

  • Thank you to the donors who added their names to the 2013-14 Honor Roll this month, including Hartwell Davis '59, Conrad Foa '62 and Henry Stewart '64. Thanks to the support of all of our 2013-14 donors, we have been able to maintain our alumni relations program this year, provide support to our active chapter, and make necessary repairs to the house.

    Compared to last year, our donor participation and annual fund dollars are down. We count solely on alumni donations to continue operations, and hope you'll get involved with our efforts this year. Please join these fellow contributors and add your name to the Honor Roll in support of our alumni organization before the giving year ends August 31. Any gift, big or small, makes a difference.

    You can make your gift by mailing a check payable to "Beta Rho Alumni Chapter" to:

    Sigma Nu at Penn
    Alumni Relations Office
    P.O. Box 7007
    Albert Lea, MN 56007-8007

    Thank you for your support!

  • Congratulations to our May graduates! We welcome Jason Littman, Sam Blumenthal, Dennis Harte, Devin Scanlon, Dan Friend, Alex Yau and David Stahl into our alumni brotherhood.

  • Attention alumni! As we approach the end of the giving year, our donor participation is down compared to last year. This means that we have fewer dollars in our annual fund to increase communications, hold more frequent events, make improvements to the house and support the active chapter.

    To exceed last year's donor totals and continue our annual fund on an upward climb, we need 17 more alumni to step up and make their annual fund donations before the giving year ends August 31. Are you one of the 17 we're looking for? If so, please make your contribution by sending a check payable to "Beta Rho Alumni Chapter" to our processing center:

    Sigma Nu at University of Penn
    Alumni Relations Processing Center
    P.O. Box 7007
    Albert Lea, MN 56007-8007

    Thank you for your support!

  • Does Greek Life truly equal happiness? A recent study by Gallup and published in The Wall Street Journal seems to indicate so. After interviewing more than 30,000 US college graduates, the study found that "...fraternity and sorority members are more likely than all other college graduates to be thriving in each of the five elements of well-being (purpose, physical, social, financial, and community). Thus, fraternity and sorority members are more likely than their non-Greek counterparts to find fulfillment in daily work and interactions, to have strong social relationships and access to the resources people need, to feel financially secure, to be physically healthy, and to take part in a true community."

    Click here to read more about the survey, then come back and click Read More to share your thoughts in our comments section.

  • We count on your continued support to operate our alumni relations program and to make ongoing maintenance upgrades at the house. Alumni contributions are significantly down compared to this time last year. If you haven't yet made your annual fund contribution, please open your wallet and make a gift today. Even a gift of $20 will go a long way to help us continue our efforts for another year. Click here to learn how to make your contribution.

  • We'd like to thank the alumni brothers who submitted alumni news items to be featured in the recent issue of Sigma Nu's, including Viren Vasudeva '06 who reports "I am currently doing a residency in neurosurgery at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Next year I will be moving on to do a fellowship in spine surgery also at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. It’s hard to imagine that it’s been 10 years since we blew the social budget on that damn mariachi band and their broken margarita machines."

    Click Read More to find many more updates submitted by your alumni brothers for the recent Sigma Nu's.

  • Sigma Nu brothers Ernie Barsamian '81, Pasquale Rosato '83, Mike Bear '81, Spike Curtis '82 and Ralph Rosato '81 will be meeting at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Fla. May 2-4 to celebrate Bonnapalooza. Bonnapalooza is a celebration of the life of Brian O'Neil '81, a Penn Kappa Sig who passed away from cancer. He was a pledge for Sigma Nu with Mick and Ralph in 1977, but decided on Kappa Sig instead. All Sigma Nu and Kappa Sig brothers are welcome! 

  • The Property Company would like to welcome Bryan Haworth, who joined the board in December and became Chapter Advisor in February. He writes, "Overall, I am very excited about the opportunity to serve Beta Rho as an alumnus. I've been able to meet almost all of the new brothers, and it has been awesome to see the tremendous levels of enthusiasm and dedication they exude." 

  • The Beta Rho Property Company works in partnership with a third party alumni relations firm to maintain a clean database of our brothers to ensure we're reaching as many alumni as possible through our print and electronic communications.
    As brothers move and change jobs, we sometimes lose touch of their current mailing and email addresses.

  • Thank you to John Niccollai '61 for sharing this great photo with us. He writes, "Sigma Nu gave me a second family that still remains close to this day. This photo of our 2013 holiday party, 52 years since graduation, is living proof of the Sigma Nu legacy."

  • It's finally here! The Annual Beta Rho NYC Happy Hour event at Connolly's Pub and Restaurant in Manhattan will be held Thursday, April 17 starting at 6:00pm.  Spread the word to your fellow brothers... we hope you can join us!

    Connolly's Pub & Restaurant
    14 E. 47th Street (between 5th and Madison, just a few blocks from Grand Central Station)
    New York, New York
    (212) 867-3767

    Hope to see you there!

  • The brothers are pleased to welcome 12 candidates as pledges and look forward to the pledge process.  They are off to a good start - they already surprised the brothers by making them dinner.  See them having dinner with brothers in this picture, which also showcases our new dining room furniture!

  • Sigma Nu Fraternity is pleased to announce the launch of SigmaNuStore.com – an online store that provides a full collection of Sigma Nu merchandise in one convenient location with simple online ordering.

    The new online store hosts a wide variety of Sigma Nu-branded apparel and accessories including performance T-shirts, polo shirts, business accessories, computer bags, and much more, at competitive rates. As an added service, SigmaNuStore.com offers monthly promotions for select items.

    Visit the new store today!

  • Beta Rho is in the middle of the 2014 Rush process. Watch for more information on how we did with recruitment and more on our new pledge class in the February eLetter.

  • Donations from brothers like you help us to complete specific items on our wish list this year. We are counting on additional participation at the midpoint of our giving year to reach our goal of $25,000 by August 31.

  • The Legion of Honor has garnered great success for 145 years by instilling in every members the core values set forth by our founders: Love, Honor, and Truth. The Fraternity's outstanding educational programs, supported by the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation, continually reinforce our values and produce ethical leaders dedicated to our vision of Excelling with Honor.

    Click here to learn more about supporting the important educational work of Sigma Nu Fraternity.

  • Hartwell Davis Jr. '59 writes: "Of the thousands of graduates in class of '59, 100% with whom I have contact with are my Beta Rho buddies. When I add in the brothers of nearby classes, it is still 100%. The Beta Rho Sigma Nu connection endures.

  • Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year!

  • At Homecoming this year, there was a special dedication to Bill Bentley '50, a fellow brother who made a lasting impression on the fraternity both as an active brother and as an alum.

    Pictured here is Bill's son, Bob Bentley, along with his wife Deanna, accepting the memorial plaque on behalf of their father.

  • We are very proud to announce that Beta Rho has been presented several awards from Nationals this semester. Among these awards are the Gallaher Cup for having the highest GPA of all Sigma Nu chapters in the country (for the second year in a row), and an "Increase in Manpower" award for increasing the size of the brotherhood by at least 25%.

  • Did you get the latest issue of Sigma Nu's in the mail? If not, click here to download your copy and be sure to update your address to ensure you receive future editions. To do so, click on Connect at the top of www.betarhoalumni.com and select Profile from the dropdown menu.

  • The latest edition of Sigma Nu's is in the mail. Watch for your copy to arrive in the coming days, if it hasn't already.

    Click here to download a sneak peek.

  • Thank you to Ronald Mizerak '76 for sharing this story. He writes:

    "The mid-'70s grads of the Penn Sigma Nu is a group that has amazingly been able to stay in touch by attempting to meet once per year since 2005, usually at the residence of a member. Andy Adelson '77 and more recently Jeff Kronthal '77 have both played the key role of hosts and organizers to the classes of 1976 and onward. These annual reunions provide an opportunity to rehash old experiences and discuss whatever is happening in ones lives and families. Based upon what I have heard from others, I am not aware of any activity as comparable and orchestrated at any other setting today."

  • Beta Rho celebrated a special Homecoming this year! Robin Sommers '66 received the 2013 Ralph "Rox" Reynolds Alumnus of the Year Award, the Bellak Room as rededicated as the new Ralph "Rox" Reynolds Memorial Library, and two brothers had plaques dedicated in their memories.

  • Each year, the Beta Rho Property Corporation is preserving the memories of three  Sigma Nus through plaques that will be displayed at the house. Learn more about the lifelong loyal brothers for whom these awards are presented.

  • Don’t forget! Homecoming is Saturday, November 9. We hope you can stop by the Chapter House and see all the incredible improvements over the past year.

    Here is the schedule of events so far:

    10:00 a.m. – BBQ and Open Bar

    12:00 p.m. – The Game – Penn vs. Princeton at Franklin Field

     4:00 p.m. – Special dedication to Jim Crummett ’64 and Bill Bentley ‘50 as well as presentation of the 2013 Ralph “Rox” Reynolds Alumnus of the Year Award

    We will be rededicating the current Bellak Room to be the Ralph “Rox” Reynolds Memorial Library, as we have decided this is a more suitable space than the current “Rox Room”.

    Contributions towards this, or to the memory of Jim and Bill, would be greatly appreciated.

     

    To make a contribution:

    Send a check, payable to “Beta Rho Alumni Chapter” to our processing center listed below:

    Sigma Nu, University of Pennsylvania
    Alumni Relations Processing Center
    P.O. Box 7007
    Albert Lea, MN 56007-8007

     

    We hope to see you soon!

  • For rush t-shirts this year, the undergrads have arranged for an account where alumni can individually purchase the shirt using a credit card and have it shipped directly to them.www.kotisdesign.com/PennSigmaNu/
  • Cruz Vargas '15, Eminent Commander submitted his report for the Fall of 2013. Keep reading to see his full report.

  • Bob Lynch '70's battle with cancer is over. His path to heaven was lit by a magnificent full moon the morning of August 21, 2013.

    Lynch's obituary can be found at The New York Times.

  • Ok, so the Christmas reference might be too soon, but you get the point. The board has compiled a list of our most pressing needs and desired activities this year. Check it out!

  • By now, our freshmen have already arrived on campus for what will likely become the most important four years of their lives. The choices these young adults make as they select their friends, community, and fraternity helps to shape their future and can lead to a very fulfilling college experience that is felt long after graduation.

  • Quaker fans the world over need never miss another Penn football game with the introduction of the Penn Sports Channel on the Ivy League Digital Network. Just in time, too---Penn Quakers have been picked as preseason favorites to win the Ivy League title!

  • Whoever said you can’t have beauty without brains? Penn University’s alumna Sarah Downs ’12, crowned Miss Idaho this past July, will head to Atlantic City this September to compete in the famed Miss America pageant.

  • With nearly 70% of all Congressmen and senators belonging to Greek organizations, the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee (FSPAC) is rallying to gain their support for a tax break bill that would mean massive changes for every Greek organization. However, recent negative media coverage of the legislation threatens to derail FSPAC efforts so far.

  • Have you seen the changes on our website? To improve your online experience, we are excited to share our revamped web platform, complete with a visual overhaul and new features to make reconnecting easier. The website is still available at www.betarhoalumni.com, but your username and password have changed temporarily (you can change yours back when you login the first time).

     

  • Exams are over, the boxes are packed, and the cap and gown is pressed and ready for the big event. Graduation day is such a bittersweet moment in our lives, as we say goodbye to the youth and vitality of college life, and usher in a new era in our lives: full-blown adulthood. Think back to your own time and tell us a story about your graduation day. How did you spend your final days as an undergraduate member of Sigma Nu? Were there any last hurrahs or memorable moments with brothers that especially stand out?

    Share your story below or on our message boards.

  • Did the latest newsletter of Sigma Nu's get lost in the shuffle this past April? Don't worry, you can link to it online by clicking here!

    Don't miss out on the opportunity to read what's new with your Sigma Nu brothers!

  • Congratulations to the graduating senior Class of 2013.

  • The 60s are leading the way in annual fund giving so far this year. Alumni contributions are the foundation of our organization. See how your decade is represented in the decade challenge, and make a gift today.

  • The Beta Rho Chapter recently established a scholarship fund at the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation, Inc. The scholarship will benefit members of the Beta Rho Chapter.

  • We recently received an entire photo album of pictures outlining the brotherhood during the 70s!

    But we are missing captions to go along with these great pictures! Help us identify who and what these pictures depict!

  • Many of you were at Homecoming last year where we had a special dedication toEd Shaud '58 and Robbie Risman '82.  Plaques in their honor are now proudly displayed at the fraternity house in the front hallway.  Recently, during this past Alumni Weekend, many stopped by to see the house and meet the new brothers.

  • Using only bed sheets, spray paint and determination, the brothers woke up early Sunday morning to build a community haunted house for the People's Emergency Center, a social service agency located on 39th Street just north of Powelton Avenue that provides housing and assistance for families facing homelessness and poverty.

    http://media.www.dailypennsylvanian.com/media/storage/paper882/news/2008/10/29/News/Serving.Up.Some.Scares-3511717.shtml

  • If you have a profile on Facebook, you will now be able to "connect" your Facebook account to your profile on www.betarhoalumni.com using the new "Connect with Facebook" application.

    The two web sites will be connected after a one-time process which links your Facebook account with your profile on www.betarhoalumni.com. By connecting with Facebook, when you register for an event, make a donation or submit an alumni update, you will have the option to also publish that information in your Facebook news feed for your Sigma Nu friends to see.

  • The June 2009 issue of Sigma Nu's has now been posted to our archives. Click here to download this latest edition.

    Didn't receive a copy in the mail? Click here to update your mailing address.

  • With the cost of a postage stamp now at 44 cents, we would like to begin to utilize more electronic communications to keep you informed of our latest news, activities and events.

    By providing us with or updating your email address, you are helping us to save money by building our email database for future electronic publications. Click here to update your email address and other contact information today. Your email address will be used solely for Beta Rho chapter communications, and won't be traded or sold.

    Did you know that we're missing email addresses for 58% of our alumni? Help us to update the email addresses of other brothers! Click here to view our Lost Email List. If you are in touch with any of these brothers electronically, please follow the instructions on the page to update our database.

  • Thank you to our alumni donors for putting us within reach of our $25,000 annual fund goal!

    As of July 15, we have raised $22,845. Will you be one of the brothers to help us surpass our goal before the giving year ends August 31?

    Click here to make your contribution.

  • A breakdown of our annual giving the past 5 years:

    2008-09 YTD: $23,245
    2007-08: $33,919
    2006-07: $17,970
    2005-06: $17,995
    2004-05: $13,950

    Click hereto make a gift before the 2008-09 giving year ends August 31.

  • We hope you and your family can stop by the House to meet the brothers and see all the changes.

    On Saturday, November 7, the fraternity will host a BBQ, starting at noon, and have an open bar all day. The game (vs. Princeton) starts at 3:30pm this year.

    Before the game, we will present the 2009 Ralph "Rox" Reynolds Alumnus of the Year award.

    Contact Neil Anand '04 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about Homecoming at Sigma Nu.

    Check out Penn's official Homecoming 2009 site: www.alumni.upenn.edu/homecoming2009

  • Do you cherish your Sigma Nu experience? Then renew as an active participant in your fraternity.

    Here's how:

    • First and foremost, show your support for our annual fund. We rely on alumni contributions to support our efforts, so your gift makes a difference.

    Submit an update and include a photo, especially of your reunions with other fraternity brothers. We also want to hear the best memories from your Sigma Nu days and see the best pictures from your era!

    Update your mailing address so you're sure to receive our print publications, as well as our electronic communications.

    • Rekindle an old friendship by reconnecting with a long-lost brother. You can look up the contact information of other alumni in the online directory.

    Help us to extend the Sigma Nu experience in our alumni years. Become an active participant in our program today!

  • Congratulations to our undergraduate members for achieving a 3.3986 GPA for the spring semester, which ranks them 8th among 18 IFC fraternities at Penn. This GPA also ranks well versus the All Undergraduate (3.408), All Non-Greek Male (3.3737), All Male (3.3675) and IFC (3.3445) averages.

    You can see the full report on the Penn Greek Life Office web site.

  • Check out some of Philly's top hot spots, courtesy of our friends at www.gophila.com.

    Their Top 10 lists include:
    Top 10 Places to Grab a Beer
    Top 10 Happy Hour Destinations
    Top 10 Things to Do this Fall

    You can also check out Philly's best-kept secrets at www.uwishunu.com.

    We want to know YOUR recommendations for the best places to go and things to do in Philly. Share your top picks on the message board.

  • Kevin Kiley '82 receives the 2009 Ralph "Rox" Reynolds Distinguished Alumnus Award during Homecoming weekend. Kevin is a true Sigma Nu and has been involved with the Property Company as President of the Alumni Chapter for many years. He is instrumental in getting alumni involved, particularly those in the NYC area. Mike Bear '81 accepted the award on Kevin's behalf, as Kevin was unable to attend in person.

    Pictured from left to right: Neil Anand '04, David Faber '11, Mike Bear '81, Pete Burgum '65, Ed Shaud '58, and Chris Cunningham '84.

    Check out more photos from Homecoming here... and upload your own!

  • Contributions to the 2009/2010 giving year are still off to a slow start. If you have not a already made a recent donation, please seriously consider doing so as without your support, some projects may not be able to be completed as planned.

    Coming soon, you will have the ability to contribute via credit card directly through this site. Until then, please follow one of the two options below for donating to the Annual Fund.

    1) Call the toll-free donation hotline, 1-800-975-6699, and pay by credit card (MasterCard or Visa); mention that it is for Sigma Nu at the University of Pennsylvania.

    2) Mail a check, payable to "Beta Rho Alumni Chapter" to the following address:

    Sigma Nu, University of Pennsylvania
    Alumni Relations Processing Center
    P.O. Box 7007
    Albert Lea, MN 56007-8007

  • Thanks to Kirk Moyer '86 for the following submission remembering Dean Berkiel '86.

    Surreal is the only way to explain the news that on the afternoon of October 21st, 2009 Dean Berkiel, age 45, died upon impact when his car veered off the highway and struck a tree in Rock County, Wisconsin. Additionally, there seems to be no reasonable explanation as to what made Dean veer off the road. Those who knew him understood he wasn't a big drinker, so alcohol is an unlikely excuse. Consequently, those who knew Dean (or had ever taken a drive with him) also recognized him as rather unorthodox; he liked to drive fast, and was prone to applying his own interpretation to traffic rules. Or maybe it was his decaying eyesight that led to the crash. Regardless, many lost a relative, friend, and Beta Rho brother.

    A son of the Chicago area, it didn't take Dean long to return home after his graduation from Penn. To say that Dean had been successful in his professional endeavors would be putting it mildly. After graduation, he worked 12 years as a stock options trader and retired in 1999 at age 35. Dean traveled extensively, read voraciously, and was engaged in scores of philanthropic acts during his "retirement".

    Dean was an accomplished story teller, and he had stories to tell. Whether it was his travels in the states, South America, India, or other parts of the world, it was always interesting to hear more about the world from Dean's perspective. I once asked Dean to share a story with my kids, and he proceeded to regale them with a tale about the intricacies of the Taj Mahal that had them mesmerized for a half hour. No easy task. Dean would (with little or no notice) hop on a plane to join even the most meager of reunions; his arrival was always met with delight. He was the genuine article, a person of extremes who could change a room with a ludicrously large smile and sincere, bearish hug. I don't think Dean had a mean bone in his body.

    Although Dean never married, he was close with his family in the Chicago area, and very involved with their lives. I will not forget rooming with Dean during our freshman year, nor pledging with him at Sigma Nu. Dean never lived at 3819 Walnut Street, but his antics were clearly enjoyed, whether during parties, final exam tension releasing bb gun battles, or his single handed destruction of the house video arcade game. Needless to say, Dean will be missed.

  • Wishing you and your family a joyous holiday season and a happy new year!

    Send season's greetings to a fellow Sigma Nu brother. Find contact info for other alumni in the online directory.

  • A message from Matthew Raimondi, the current Commander
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    On January 13, we kicked off Rush with free cheesesteaks and Chipotle. We took the momentum built at Open Rush into Closed Rush. Events included a Sixers game (the 76ers won) and bowling. Taking on a bit more relaxed atmosphere at the end of the first week, we stayed at the house and watched football and got to know the rushes a little better. The next week, we had a date party at Plough and the Stars, in addition to some dinners and a Rangers/ Flyers game. To cap it all off, we had our bid dinner on Friday, January 22. Alumni were at the dinner to help make the final sell, and at the end of the evening we gave out bids. Of the eleven bids we gave out, ten decided to pledge. Rush turned out great, and we're really excited with the new class of pledges:

    Markus Beissinger, Josh Bolgar, Michael Carajohn, Sebastien Issa, Zachary Kleinbart, Johnathan Mell, David Schwartz, Andrew Staniforth, Brady Sullivan, Sam Ware

  • We hope you can make it this year. Please hold the date... less than a month away!

    Continuing with our annual tradition, please join us for drinks at this year's Beta Rho NYC Happy Hour on Thursday, April 8.

    Annual Beta Rho NYC Alumni Gathering
    Thursday, April 8 - starting at 6pm
    Connolly's Pub & Restaurant
    14 E. 47th Street (between 5th and Madison, just a few blocks from Grand Central Station)
    New York, New York
    (212) 867-3767
    http://www.connollyspubandrestaurant.com/dev/index.php?page=14-east-47th-st

    We will have a room upstairs (the hostess can direct you when you show up).

    Please contact Neil Anand (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any questions.

  • The demolition of the Back House (3820 Sansom Street) is complete. While this had to be done, it is certainly strange to no longer see it there. The cleared plot of land will make room for additional parking spots. We hope to have this area re-paved in the spring.

    Thank you for contributing to help fund this emergency project. The good news is that we received close to $10,000 from the insurance company, so this combined with alumni support helped to pay for most of this unexpected cost. The planned re-paving will incur an additional expense.

    Post your favorite Back House memory on the message board by clicking here.

  • Congratulations to our undergraduate brothers for achieving a 3.55 GPA for the spring semester. This ranked 4th among all fraternities and sororities at Penn.

  • Date: 11/10/2010

    Undergraduate brother Sid Chandrasekhar was on College Jeopardy representing Penn on Monday, November 8. He won the game, moving him to the semifinals.

    Watch him go up against Yale and Florida State for a chance at the finals on Wednesday, November 17.

    For most, it will air at 7 pm on ABC. Otherwise check out local listings here: http://www.sonypictures.com/tv/shows/jeopardy/showguide/whentowatch/

    Sid is a senior from Saratoga, California. Click here to read Sid's blog from the Jeopardy experience. You can also send him your congrats: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Wishing you and your family a joyous holiday and a happy new year!

    Reconnect with a Sigma Nu friend this season using our online directory.

  • 2/24/2011
    Jeremy Estey '09 reports, "Dunno if he's mentioned it, but Cezary Podkul '07 wrote an article which made the front page of USA Today, put him on multiple radio shows, and is now inspiring legislation in the US Senate."

    Click here to read the article that appeared in the USA Today.

    We want to know what's new with you too! Share your stories in the alumni updates section.

  • Click here to download your copy.

  • The closeness of the brotherhood - having big brothers to look out for me and little brothers to look out for.
    - Craig Huttler '80

    The Fraternity! That's the close friendships, many lasting a lifetime.
    - Hartwell Davis '59

    All the great relationships and wonderful times I experienced.
    - Louis Earle '68

    Read other brothers' submissions and share your own on the message board.

  • Check out some very old pictures of the house:
    Click here

  • Thank you to Andrew Mozino '62 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for sharing this photo of a Christmas gathering with Beta Rho friends. Click on the headline to view a larger image.

    Share your reunion photos on our site (log in then click on My Photos) or on our Facebook page.

  • Brian Altman '05 reports "I recently accepted a position at the University of Pennsylvania and so my wife Jessica and I are back in the Philly area. We are now living in Ardmore and would love to hear from any alums in the area!"

    Look Brian up in the online directory to reconnect, and let our brotherhood know what's new with you in the alumni updates section.

  • Thank you to all alumni who contributed to our annual fund in 2010-11. Click here to see a final Honor Roll of Donors for last giving year, which ended August 31.

    Be among the first to donate in our new giving year! Click here to make your gift in 2011-12.

  • ALUMS FROM THE 60s ARE IN THE LEAD

    Attention Sigma Nu Alumni!

    We are kicking off a friendly "Decade Competition" this year to increase participation in our annual fundraising program. As you know, our first kickoff appeal just hit the mailboxes – and the results are rapidly coming in.

    Congratulations to alumni from the 60s! These generous and dedicated brothers have the highest level of participation since our campaign kicked off on September 1st. Nearly 7% of members in this decade who graduated between 1960 and 1969 made a contribution. Watch out though, as the grads from the 50s are only a couple of donations behind!!!

  • To Our Newest Alumni...
    (excerpt from blog Fraternal Thoughts – reprinted from May 2010)

    Congratulations to those graduating this year! You deserve to celebrate and reflect upon your achievements. I also invite you to understand that in regards to fraternity, it ain't over. Not by a long shot.

    The other night, my son Jack pulled Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree off his shelf. In this tale, a young boy develops a relationship with a large tree, climbing her, playing in her branches, incorporating her into his imaginary stories, and simply resting beside her large trunk. The tree loved the little boy and the boy loved the tree.

    Click here to read the full blog.

    Give back to our fraternity! Click here to support the annual fund.

  • Pat McHenry '92, Treasurer of the Beta Rho Property Company, receives the 2011 Ralph "Rox" Reynolds Alumnus of the Year award at our annual Homecoming celebration.

  • Alumni from the mid/late 2000s currently living in the NYC area recently got together for dinner and drinks.

    Do you have Homecoming or other reunion photos to share? Send them to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll feature them on our web site.

    Thanks!

  • Penn was named No. 1 among universities with the most powerful alumni networks. How have you benefited from networking with other Sigma Nu or Penn alumni? Share your story on the message board.

    Click here to read the story.

  • Wishing you and your family a joyous holiday season and a happy new year! Send other brothers well wishes this season, too! You can find their contact information in the online directory.

  • By Brady Sullivan '13, Eminent Commander

    During the first chapter meeting this year, the brotherhood decided to double-down on recruitment. We set a very simple goal: a bigger and better pledge class in the spring. I sent a clear message to the brothers: In order for our house to truly prosper and reach greater heights, we have to focus on the future, and that means gaining the interest of potential new members.

    With the help of a devoted executive board, I have managed to make recruitment a top priority. Our recruitment projects have included social events at the house, hosting football viewing parties on Sundays, and taking potential new members downtown to explore Philadelphia. As I write this, our rush team is drafting a letter that will be sent out to every freshman male over Christmas break.

  • Thanks to Robin Sommers '66 for participating in this Q&A

    Why did you join Sigma Nu as an undergraduate? I had a strong association with my fellow high school classmates in West Texas, but didn't feel that same sense of belonging at Penn as a freshman, so I decided to join a fraternity in order to gain that same sense of belonging.

    What is the funniest memory from your Sigma Nu days? Back in '63 or so, when I was a pledge, my mission was to call a lady at the women's dormitory to ask her to meet me in front of the Ben Franklin statue at College Hall. I told her I was going to bring her coffee but I was told to ask her to marry me, she was involved of course, but I had no idea and she said yes. I was pretty naïve.

    How do you stay connected with your brothers as an alumnus? We had the 40th year reunion in 2006 and I'll go back to the 50th reunion in 2016 and I have one brother in a younger class that I stay in touch with consistently and there are others that I stay in touch with intermittently and at reunions.

  • Sigma Nu has undoubtedly made a great impact on our lives. Let's celebrate the lifelong friendships and character-building skills that we formed thanks to our fraternity membership.

    Let us know, what does Sigma Nu mean to you? Share your story on the message board.

  • We are always looking for continued ways to improve your alumni experience. Please share your thoughts, comments and updates to help us make your membership more meaningful.

    Click here to share your feedback.

  • For generations, brothers like you have provided the financial backbone necessary to support the future of our organization. Please do your part to keep it going strong for generations to come.

    If you haven't yet made your 2011-12 annual fund gift, please do so today. There are three ways to contribute:

    1. Return the form from the midyear annual fund appeal you recently received in the mail.
    2. Donate online by clicking here.
    3. Call 800-598-4050.

    Thank you to the brothers listed on our Honor Roll who have already stepped up with their leadership and generosity this year.

  • Bryan Haworth '12 is a graduating senior from Somerset, Mass. He will earn his degree from the Wharton School in Finance and Legal Studies this May. After graduation, Bryan will move to Washington D.C. in July to become a Business Strategy Analyst with the hopes of going to law school. During his four years at Penn Bryan was heavily involved with Sigma Nu, having held the most positions out of all active brothers.

  • Though your college years have come to an end, there are plenty of ways to honor your lifelong commitment to Sigma Nu and stay connected with the chapter and the friends you met there. Please become an active participant in the Beta Rho Property Company.

  • Our alumni association exists because you exist. Our promise to you is to serve and entertain you with opportunities to connect: with your experiences, with each other, and with the fraternity you became an integral part of when you pledged.

    You may not think so, but you are... integral, important, critical, vital, absolutely necessary. Your opinions and insights are more valuable than all our assets combined.

    We hope you can spare just a few minutes to take this brief survey which will help us move forward our alumni relations program in a way that matters to you. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated by September 21.

  • Have fun as an alum! In a new initiative to increase alumni participation in our communications program, we will be asking questions each month that will hopefully prompt some funny, meaningful and creative responses.

    Get involved by answering this month's question:

    Who was your role model?

  • Skulls lawsuit similar to 1999 FIJI case

    A wrongful death lawsuit accusing the University and Phi Kappa Sigma of failing to properly maintain a fraternity house holds traces of a similar suit that was settled less than a decade ago.

    The parents of former John Carroll University student Matthew Crozier — who died in January 2011 after sustaining fatal head injuries from a fall at the PKS, or "Skulls," chapter house — are using the case of 1994 College graduate Michael Tobin in their claims against Penn, PKS International Fraternity and Skulls' independent alumni housing corporation.

    Click here to read the full story.

  • Wishing you and your family a joyous holiday.

    Please take a moment or two this week to share why you're thankful for your Sigma Nu membership. Share your story below or on the message board.

  • Have fun as an alum! In a new initiative to increase alumni participation in our communications program, we will be asking questions each month that will hopefully prompt some funny, meaningful and creative responses.

    Get involved by answering this month's question:

    Why did you join Sigma Nu?

    Daniel Cowell '56 responds: "I joined because Signa Nu seemed the most friendly and accepting of all the frats I rushed.I found that -even though pre-med, the more time I spent at the house,the more enjoyable was the experience.

  • Homecoming saw the largest turnout in years and included two special dedications as well as the annual Alumnus of the Year award.

    Mike Bear '81 joined via Skype to say a few words about his friend, Robbie Risman '82 (deceased). Kevin Kiley '82 also joined in the dedication. The Property Company remembered Ed Shaud '58 (deceased) and his many years of service to Beta Rho.

    Finally, the 2012 Ralph "Rox" Reynolds Alumnus of the Year award was given to Evan Fox '07 for his contributions in helping kick start our Scholarship Fund through the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation. Evan could not join in person, but we thank him for his dedication to Beta Rho.

  • By Neil Anand '04

    Happy fall! Did you have a chance to come back to see the house during Homecoming or another time since summer? If so, you will likely agree with me that it looks amazing thanks to the numerous improvements made over the last year, particularly over the summer. Included in this list is brand new furniture in the Chapter Room, Bellak Room and bedrooms. The basement also went through a facelift with new flooring, painting, and an upgraded bar area.

  • In an effort to increase alumni participation in our communications program, we will be asking questions each month that will hopefully prompt some funny, meaningful and creative responses.

    Get involved by answering this month's question:

    How are the values you learned in Sigma Nu still making an impact in your life today?

    Share your answers below or on the message board.

  • Beta Rho has many reasons to celebrate this year. The chapter won the coveted Gallaher Cup at the 2012 Grand Chapter, which is awarded to the Sigma Nu chapter with the highest GPA. This is a step up from the 2011 Certificate of Commendation for having the third highest GPA out of all Sigma Nu chapters, and an exciting accomplishment for our active brothers. Alumni can be proud of how our actives are excelling in the classroom. Sigma Nu's GPA also ranked second among all fraternities at Penn.

  • Daniel Cowell '56
    I work as an independent (psychiatric) consultant for a state and private agency. My wife Diana and I have four grown children, the youngest of whom is a police officer in Huntington, WV (where we still have a home) when I was on the faculty of the Marshall V School of Medicine as chair of the Dept. of Psychiatry and a professor. I (we) enjoy the beach, boating and hosting friends.

    What's new with you? Share your news, updates, photos, memories and more at www.betarhoalumni.com!

    Reconnect with Daniel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Rick Sica '66, in his most recent update, remembers how great the 40th class reunion went and encourages brothers to attend the 50th!

    He writes, "As a proud member of the U of P class of 1966 I am horrified that I'm only three and a half years away from my 50th reunion. I would like to send a shout out to my Sigma Nu classmates and ask that they start thinking about attending the reunion in May of 2016. We had a great 40th at the fraternity house and hope to organize something similar for the 50th."

    Reconnect with Rick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • We need your help! There are currently close to 400 Beta Rho brothers on our lost email list, including John Kearsley '51, Carl Henderson '65, Paul VanWie '72, John Blumberg '84 and Aaron Atkins '98. That means we don't have valid email addresses on file for them to receive our eLetter and other electronic communications. Please help us to reach more alumni brothers more frequently and cost effectively by reviewing our lost email list. If you recognize any of the names on the list, simply click them to send an email to our alumni relations firm with their updated contact information. Our email database is used solely for chapter communications.

    Thank you for your help!

  • Thank you to Daniel Cowell '56 for sharing the following. He writes: "I count my senior year experience at the house among the very best and most memorable years at Penn. My years at the house gave me many fond memories."

    Click here to read the rest of Daniel's story, and to share your own memories and the reasons you joined Sigma Nu.

  • The Class of 2006 reflects on the start of their pledging nearly 10 years ago.

    If you have class pictures or other great memories to share, please upload them to your personal album (click here for instructions) or send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (mention Sigma Nu at Penn).

    Thank you to Jonathan Zatz '06 for sharing this photo.

  • They say there's strength in numbers. We're counting on you to help ours grow through your participation as an alum!

    We've seen a significant decline in donor participation the past few years:
    2008-09: 113 donors
    2009-10: 112 donors
    2010-11: 95 donors
    2011-12: 76 donors
    2012-13 to date: 51 donors

    Contribute to our chapter's strength by helping to reverse our numbers. Show your support. Make your annual fund gift today. To donate online, call our toll-free hotline at 800-975-6699.

  • Rush 2013 is over and we welcome 20 pledges.

  • By Neil Anand ’04

    For those of you who have visited the chapter house recently or keep up to date with our monthly e-letters, you know that this is a very exciting time for Beta Rho.  We have built on the momentum of the last few years and once again recruited a large, quality pledge class this spring. In addition, the chapter is in good financial shape and thanks to your support we have been able to fund numerous house improvement projects. Go to Our Wish Listto see the complete list.  This has included replacing 27 windows, painting the Chapter Room, installing new window treatments all across the house and purchasing new furniture and carpeting. 

    We need your help to get more done, including upgrading stone and patio landscaping, refurbishing the remaining 50% of the basement, and repaving the parking lot. The most crucial way you can support our efforts is by making a contribution to the annual fund. See page 2 for more information.

    Stop by the chapter house any time to see all that we have done!

  • May is just several weeks away. This year, we’d like to share your thoughts, messages, and memories of those soldiers who have served their country. Maybe you want to send well-wishes to a brother who may have lost a family member in Afghanistan or Iraq? Or you simply want to share a fond memory of a long-lost brother who died in combat?  Now you can.

    Share your stories by commenting below (if you’re logged onto Facebook) or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We’ll compile your stories and message, along with those from other brothers, and release them in a special alumni eletter in May.

    Let’s properly remember those who fought to preserve our freedom.  May we never forget those heroes who died serving our country, the families who loved them and whom they loved.

    Thank you!

    Share your story below or on the message board.

  • We recently came across this great story in the New York Times, featuring a 68-year-old man who enrolled in college – and chose to join a fraternity – at age 65. It’s a great read and a testament to the true fraternity values and the definition of brotherhood.

    Would you do it all over again, and relive your fraternity experience in today's day and age? Share your response below.

  • No matter how far away you are today, you share a great experience with 812 other brothers: getting to spend four (or more!) years living on campus.

    What do you miss most about living on campus? Share your story below or on the message board.

  • Sigma Nu has been proudly recognized by the Interfraternity Council (IFC) as a chapter in Good Academic Standing, with the chapter's grade point average surpassing the average for all men at Penn and the all IFC average. Scott Smith, Director of Leadership Development, writes: "The chapter should be proud of its academic accomplishments. The Fraternity challenges the chapter to continue to improve and excel in this area."

    Here's how the GPAs stack up:


    Beta Rho Chapter: 3.45
    All Men's Average: 3.38
    All IFC Average: 3.34

    Congratulations to all active brothers on their continue academic success!

     

  • Thank you to Jeff Whitehead '82 for sharing this story.

    He writes, "At Sigma Nu, I learned how to become involved in a cooperative, political process which was far more significant than the outcome of the process. In the active military, working as an independent contractor, and as an executive in business ventures, the ability to work with others to achieve the best possible outcome and retain a sense of humor when that seemed pretty far off was a lesson that began, for me, in the fraternity and has served me well ever since."

    How has Sigma Nu made an impact on you? Click here to share your story.

  • Click here to download your copy.