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Among the most anticipated moments of each General Convention is the legislative body’s vote on the granting of charters to new or reestablished Beta chapters across North America. On Friday, two groups – the University of South Florida and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – waited anxiously as delegates debated their futures. In the end, both were officially welcomed into Beta’s band and will be officially installed in the coming academic year.

General Secretary John Stebbins, Emory ’92, gave the following remarks about the two chapters in the legislation hall immediately following the affirmative votes.

University of South Florida | Zeta Beta Chapter

South Florida was originally founded in 1994 before returning to campus in fall 2019. Since its reestablishment, Zeta Beta has since expanded to 26 men with over 330 lifetime members on its rolls.

The chapter is known for creating a deep sense of belonging, which is credited for elevating the standard for men on campus, and continues to shift the “bell curve” of IFC organizations by remaining the most diverse, involved and driven group in USF’s Greek community. Their dedication and experience is well reflected in their involvement as orientation leaders, school ambassadors and leaders in multiple collegiate groups.

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome back the Zeta Beta Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at the University of South Florida!” Stebbins said.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University | Theta Theta Chapter

Beta’s chapter at Embry-Riddle was established in fall 2019 and has since expanded to 23 men with over 55 lifetime members on its rolls.

In four years, the chapter has intentionally crafted brotherhood events, deep comradery and steadfast commitment to its community. In fact, the diverse backgrounds and interests of the brotherhood inspire them to choose a new cause to support every year during their annual philanthropic week.

Members at Embry-Riddle take pride in their operations, trust in their advisors and share an innate responsibility to each other. They emphasize the importance and impact of being each other’s “keeper” and ensure that no brother is left behind.

“With great pleasure, I would like to introduce for the first time, with its new Greek designation, the Theta Theta Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University!”

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