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John and Nellie Wooden Institute for Men of Principle

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!

Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and you must be an initiated member to attend. Participation is open to 25 members per chapter with a maximum of five members per chapter/colony per session. Because quarter schools cannot attend all sessions, they may register additional students but must contact Beta’s Leadership and Education Department (800.800.BETA) to do so.

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.

Wooden Institute Essential Information

Initiated Beta Undergraduates

Oxford, Ohio

Winter Session: January 9-12, 2020
Summer Session 1: June 6-10, 2020
Summer Session 2: June 13-17, 2020
Summer Session 3: June 27- July 1, 2020

$99 non-refundable/non-transferable registration fee, plus travel
Late travel submission/substitution fee: $25
Beta Theta Pi Foundation sponsorship (applied automatically upon registration): $650
No-show fee: $650

Winter Session - Registration opens October 1 and closes December 15.
Summer Sessions - Registration opens February 1 and closes May 1.

Questions and Travel:
For general questions, please contact Cody Golden at the Administrative Office.

An important note on the coronavirus (COVID-19) and Beta’s John and Nellie Wooden Institute for Men of Principle:

The health and safety of Beta Theta Pi’s members and guests, as well as those they interact with, is the Fraternity’s top priority. As planning continues for upcoming sessions of the Wooden Institute, questions have arisen related to the coronavirus’ impact on the event. The Leadership & Education Department has answered (and will continue to update) a number of the most frequently asked questions below.

Additional resources that may prove helpful to attendees: