The award-winning John and Nellie Wooden Institute for Men of Principle is an incredible opportunity for initiated Betas that focuses on the ritual of Beta Theta Pi and becoming a better leader. The Wooden Institute allows Betas to interact with brothers and Friends of Beta from across North America. Participants share ideas, dissect Fraternity ritual, partake in challenging activities that focus on leadership skills, learn more about the history of Beta Theta Pi and reflect on the Fraternity’s heritage. Most importantly, participants have fun with other initiated Betas in Oxford, Ohio!
The Wooden Institute was endowed and named by Carol and James A. Collins, UCLA ’50, in honor of legendary coach John R. Wooden, Purdue ’32, and his beloved wife Nellie.
This program received the Most Outstanding Use of a Foundation Grant Award from the North-American Interfraternity Conference in 1999.
The award-winning Miller Nichols Chapter Presidents Leadership Academy (CPLA) provides an opportunity for all chapter and colony presidents to visit the Fraternity’s founding site in Oxford, Ohio. What follows is three days of intense leadership training and networking with other undergraduate presidents. This program concentrates on personal and chapter leadership.
Presidents learn to become more effective leaders, develop personal officer goals and design a framework for chapter success. The curriculum also includes reviewing Standard Chapter Operating Expectations and networking with top university professionals, General Fraternity volunteers and Administrative Office staff.
The Presidents Academy was named and endowed by the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation in memory of Miller Nichols, Kansas ’33.
This program received the HRH Fellow for Educational Program Development Award from the Fraternity Executives Association (2005), the Most Outstanding Use of a Foundation Grant Award from the North-American Interfraternity Conference (2005) and the Excellence in Educational Programming Award from the Association of Fraternity Advisors (2006).
Keystone Regional Leadership Conferences are a high quality, regional education experience focusing on chapter officer development, principled leadership and volunteer training. 2009 marked the final phase of Keystone’s expansion as it now services all chapters of the Fraternity. Six Keystone programs are offered annually. Keystone received the Excellence in Educational Programming Award from the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors in December 2008.
Beta Theta Pi promotes chapter housing that is safe, attractive and creates an environment that supports academic success and the Men of Principle Initiative. To that end, the Cornerstone Housing Program provides insurance, education, support and advocacy for our house corporations, volunteers and chapters. This full-service program can answer all your housing questions and connect you with industry experts, vendors and other Beta house corporations.
Cornerstone sponsors regular educational workshops, typically presented via webinar, for our house corporation volunteers. Topics range from how to start a house corporation to how to engage your alumni base, and everything in between. We typically present four workshops a semester.
The award-winning Hugh E. Stephenson Jr. Leadership Summit provides an opportunity for all regional chiefs, district chiefs, assistant district chiefs to meet annually to participate in high-quality training and partake in conversations that shape the future of Beta. Thanks to the generosity of James J. Ellis, Missouri ’55, and his wife Van, the Beta Theta Pi Foundation is able to provide this educational opportunity.
The curriculum will include activities with an emphasis on facilitation techniques, methods of recruiting and assisting volunteers and strategies for working effectively with university students. Participants will be given training and practice in utilizing all available resources of the Fraternity.
The Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI), hosted by the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), is a five-day institute that brings together fraternity men and sorority women from across North America to create opportunities to explore, define and enhance their leadership skills, personal awareness, commitment to their fraternity or sorority and grow to expect values based action from themselves and those they lead. At UIFI, you will be given the skills to improve your own leadership abilities and positively affect your chapter, council, and community.
Participating in UIFI means that you are willing to talk about how fraternity and sorority leaders live their Ritual. It means having the courage, character, and commitment to do what is right and devise a plan to change the current direction of some fraternities and sororities. It means having a vision of positive change.
The institute is interactive, fun, challenging, and intentional. During a session, you’ll experience hands-on interaction, experiential activities, discussion time, and personal reflection time. There is considerable focus on the positive aspects of fraternities and sororities in addition to important discussions about issues that threaten our future.
Each UIFI participant will develop their own unique personal plan of action and be challenged to make a commitment to leading positive change within their organization. Creating positive change is a challenge, one that each participant must be willing to undertake.
Beta Theta Pi’s General Convention is the Fraternity’s annual reunion where the Beta family cultivates new and old relationships, celebrates individual and chapter achievements and inspires attendees to continue to live Beta’s values. Leadership College and various general sessions provide enriching educational experiences, while our chapter delegates, Fraternity Trustees and Foundation Board conduct the business of the Fraternity.
Beta Theta Pi Foundation
Beta Theta Pi is recognized across the Greek community as "The Leadership Fraternity" and continues to set the gold standard with its award-winning leadership programs. These extraordinary programs are largely supported by the Beta Theta Pi Foundation. The purpose of the Beta Theta Pi Foundation is to advance the educational mission and goals of Beta Theta Pi toward the vision of the fraternity.
Although a legally separate entity, the Beta Theta Pi Foundation exists to support the fraternity by raising and collecting resources that are then granted back to the fraternity to assist its mission of developing men of principle for a principled life. The Beta Theta Pi Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization, which means that all gifts and donations are 100% tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Every year alumni, undergraduates, Friends of Beta, and Beta Parents support the Beta Foundation. To make a gift to the Beta Foundation, please click here.