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Why These Two Alumni Continue to Give Their Time

You have to want to do it. It’s got to be in your heart to sacrifice time to volunteer.

-Neil Anand ’04

Neil Anand '04 has been managing the alumni relations component of the alumni association for more than 10 years, and while some may find the prospect of volunteering a stressful task, Neil finds joy in giving back, as does Pete Burgum '65, who’s been at it for 35 years.

“I’ve always had a connection to Beta Rho,” Pete says, explaining why he’s committed so many years. “I was very involved as an undergrad. I even ran for commander and lost by one vote. I have a lot of love for the fraternity.”

At 73 years old, Pete jokes that he’s become the old guard. He’s dedicated a lot of time to property management over the years and has had the pleasure of working with many alumni who he says have been the heart and soul of Beta Rho.

While volunteering certainly takes time and commitment, both Neil and Pete say they wouldn’t trade it for anything. They say it’s just one more way they can stay connected and carry on the legacy of Beta Rho.

“I was president for two terms,” Neil explains. “I didn’t want to just fade away. Volunteering for the property company has allowed me to continue many of my friendships and stay connected.”

Is Volunteering Right for You?
If you think you’d like to give some of your time and talent back to Beta Rho, we encourage you to start by getting involved and attending events.

Worried about living too far from Penn to make an impact? Neil lives in Connecticut and only returns for key events, but still has made an incredible impact by making himself available. No matter where you are, there are ways to get involved.

“Give it a shot,” Neil says. “You’ll find it very rewarding, have fun in the process—and it will bring back great memories.”

To learn more, contact Neil at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Pete at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you can't volunteer, please remember how important it is to support the volunteers who dedicate their time to Beta Rho. Making an annual gift is a great way to pay tribute to your Sigma Nu experience and the volunteers that keep the chapter going. Gifts can be sent to:
Sigma Nu
University of Penn
Alumni Relations Processing Center
P.O. Box 7007
Albert Lea, MN 56007-8007

Or call our toll-free Donation Hotline at: 1-800-975-6699