Beta Eta-University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chapter Newsletter From the March 2017
Dear Brothers,
After electing a new executive board in an attempt to revamp communications with our esteemed alumni we are bringing back the Chapter Newsletter. Following a brief hiatus for winter break, school is back in swing and the Beta Eta chapter is back in the house at 102 E. Chalmers! Here’s a summary of what our chapter has been doing as we move into the Spring semester:
Spring 2016 Executive Board
As we enter into a new semester, we have elected a new executive board. Our new
executive board is dedicated to improving our house setting a new precedence for how we handle
ourselves. We would like to thank the past executive board for their hard work and dedication to
our chapter. Congratulations to all to the newly elected:
J. Christopher Clifford Jr.- President, Glenview, IL, Finance.
Matthew Crance- Treasurer, Schaumburg, IL, Finance and Entrepreneurship
William Boesen- External Vice President, Glenview, IL, Architecture.
Timothy Griffin- Internal Vice President, Arlington Heights, IL, Political Science and
Kenneth Woodruff- Sergeant at Arms, Aurora, IL, Economics.
Michael Babiarz- Secretary, Elk Grove, IL, Finance and IS/IT
Centennial Party
This coming fall we will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Beta Eta chapter. The
celebration will take place on October 14th on campus. On this date we will be attending the
football game where our presence and contributions will be celebrated at half time as present
alumni will take the field. There will be a tailgate and barbecue before the game which will be
followed by a reception that all alumni are welcome to attend after the game. We look forward to
getting to meet you and showing you around our beautiful house.
Beta Eta Mentor Program
In an attempt to connect current students to alumni established in their desired field of
work we will be implementing an alumni mentorship program. As an alumni mentor we ask that
you can make yourself available to take phone calls from us asking whatever questions we may
have about your profession. I strongly urge all of you to join this program as it will be extremely
beneficial to any kid that has questions or needs guidance and has no one to turn to. Your
experience is invaluable and we would love to take advantage of the opportunity to talk to you. If
you are interested in this program, please email
Spring Classic Philanthropy Game
This Spring we will be expanding our annual philanthropy hockey game to include two
more teams. We are teaming up with ATO, SAE, and Sigma Chi on Wednesday March 15th in
an attempt to raise money for Huntsman Cancer Foundation. This foundation is committed to
attempting to cure cancer by providing over 100,000 specialized cancer treatments. We stand
behind their work and are proud to help them achieve their goal. This is always a fun event
where our houses come together to revive athletic careers in an attempt to help out a worthy
Chapter Executive Conference
Over winter break, Michael Prochaska, Nicholas Quirindongo, and William Boesen
traveled to Memphis to take part in the Chapter Executive Conference. This gave them the
opportunity to meet fellow brothers from around the nation while gaining insight into leadership
skills to help push Beta Eta to its pinnacle point. This took place over January 5th-8th and gave
them the opportunity to learn leadership skills, stress control, operational practices.
Chicago Leadership Summit
Over the weekend of Feb 3rd-5th Nick Brady and Mike Stack attended the Chicago
Leadership Summit hosted by Pike University. While in attendance they took an in depth look at
fraternity values and how to not only be a better fraternity man, but also build a better
professional persona. They will both use this information to help our chapter excel and help push
us in the right direction.
New Appointments
The new semester not only brought with it a new executive board, but a number of other
new appointments. All of the following men are excited to give to the chapter and improve upon
the position they will be leading.
House Manager Michael Prochaska
Risk Chair Nicola Dama
Intramurals Chair Jack Abry
Morale Chairmen Harrison Young and Alexander Merrit
Pledge Trainers Kunal Kothari, Ryan Differding, John Nudera
Scholarship Chair Adam Maryniuk
Parent Coordinator Chair Matthew Darling
Philanthropy Chair George Sargent
Campus Involvement Brian Shiau
Beta Eta News Chair Chase Krumviede
Alumni Relations Chair Chase Krumviede
Public Relations Daniel Ramljak
Sorority Relations Herbie Marks and Drew Heitzman
Mom’s Weekend Chair Alexander Merrit
Website Chairmen Tyler Maher and Brian Shiau
Fireman’s Challenge Daniel Ramljak
Pike of the Month
In light of all the great work he has recently done we would like to highlight sophomore
Michael Babiarz as the Pike of the Month. Not only has Michael just been elected to the
executive board as our secretary, but he has achieved a plethora of achievements. This is most
notably that he has been accepted into Illinois Business Consulting as well as Delta Sigma Pi
business fraternity. Michael is a Finance/ IS/IT major that earned a 4.00 during a rigorous fall
semester. These are some of the achievements that helped him earn a summer internship with
Arthur J. Gallagher where he plans to learn more about the financial world. We are very proud to
see a member of our house making waves on campus and congratulate him on a great start to the
No Shave November
This past November the Beta Eta chapter once again participated in No Shave November
for cancer research. We had a very successful month in which we raised over $9,700 and even
placed in the top 20 for all teams in the nation! This money will go not only towards helping
fund procedures but also to the research and development of medications.
Fall 2016 Initiates
After another great semester, the brothers of Beta Eta welcomed 46 new members into the fraternity. Congratulations to all of the young men listed below:
Daniel Andress Schaumburg, IL
Anthony Ryan Chicago, IL
Timothy Cullen Schaumburg, IL
John Cullen Cary, IL
Jack Miles Schaumburg, IL
Caid Landers Orland Park, IL
Zak Razik Orland Park, IL
Robert Lindgren Jr. Arlington Heights, IL
Adam Loch Cary, IL
Kevin Knuth Palatine, IL
Jack O’Neill Lake Zurich, IL
Benjamin Getka Cary, IL
Jacob Findling Buffalo Grove, IL
Alec Jesse Nolan Buffalo Grove, IL
Michael Stack Niles, IL
Luke Howland Glenview, IL
Allan Bower Alton, IL
Daniel Simon Northbrook, IL
Mathew McElligot Monee, IL
Egan Gonzaldo Park Ridge, IL
John Parise Lemont, IL
Jake Trattner Naperville, IL
Ethan Senner Palatine, IL
Frank Paganis Gurnee, IL
Taylor Johnson Frankfort, IL
Ethan Tunstall Frankfort, IL
Kendall Huckins Vernon Hills, IL
Kyle Saxon Palatine, IL
Mark Candotti Hoffman Estates, IL
Michael Butera Rockford, IL
Charles Muck Park Ridge, IL
Nicholas Osikowicz Bolingbrook, IL
Luke McCurdy Saint Charles, IL
Inaki Bascaran Glenview, IL
Andrew Franklin Byron, IL
Anthony Karigan Lake Zurich, IL
Ryan Gillespie Chicago, IL
Nicholas Brady Carol Stream, IL
Nathan Sauers Glen Ellyn, IL
Anthony Vitucci Palatine, IL
Patrick Wojcik Park Ridge, IL
Marcus Rossi Morton, IL
Nicholas Simadis Lemont, IL
Sean Luszczak Palatine, IL
Congratulations to the Beta Eta class of 2020!


From the March 2013 PIKELine Newsletter

Alex D. Hepp

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Alex D. Hepp has been announced as Pi Kappa Alpha’s March 2013 Pike of the Month! Hepp a senior at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is one of many to apply for this great recognition. Proudly deserving of this award, Hepp has been a dedicated and motivated brother since his initiation in the Beta Eta Chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity in 2010.
Hepp, has served the chapter as treasure, external vice president, and continuing education chair. Most notably, Hepp was able to reach a 98% collections rate even after inheriting a 50% collection rate from the previous administration. As external vice president Hepp reformed and reorganized the alumni relations committee along with the alumni relations chair to establish more outreach and involvement. Along with the co-continuing education chair, Hepp reinvented the position, holding nearly 10 presentations during the spring 2012 semester. Hepp and his executive board accepted Beta Eta’s 7th and 8th Consecutive Smythe Award. Alex is a member of the prestigious Beta Eta Honors Program, a program ran jointly by the alumni relations committee as well as the Beta Eta Alumni Association. This program requires member to hold positions in the chapter, positions in other selective campus organization, and maintain a GPA of 3.33+.
Outside of the chapter Hepp is a part of the Phi Gamma Nu Professional Business Fraternity (president), OTCR Consulting (engagement partner), James Scholar Executive Committee (vice president), and Illinois Investment Banking Academy (member).
Outside of school Hepp gives back to community numerous ways through the positions that he has held in both PIKE as well as the Phi Gamma Nu Professional Business Fraternity. Through PIKE, Hepp was involved in operating Pike Presents – chapter philanthropy that provides Christmas presents to children of a local elementary school that are suffering in poverty as well as tutoring, soup kitchens, and adopt a highway programs. Through Phi Gamma Nu Professional Business Fraternity, Hepp was involved with Sweet Corn Philanthropy, Beer and Chili Philanthropy, It Starts at Home Tutoring, KickIt with Coop, and Compete for a Cure.
After graduating with a degree in Accountancy and Finance and minor in Technology and Management, Hepp plans to move to Chicago where he has accepted a position working in mergers and acquisitions for Lincoln International, a global middle market investment banking firm.
What did Hepps chapter brothers have to say about him?

“Alex encompasses and truly represents exactly what ever Pike should be: SLAG. His academic excellence is unparalleled, double majoring in Accountancy and Finance as well as being admitted into the prestigious co-op business and engineering Hoeft Technology and Management Minor Program, all while achieving a cumulative 3.68 GPA. Simultaneously, Alex has given back to the organizations that he has been a part of by holding executive board positions and going above and beyond the call of duty to step up and be a leader all the while performing with successful results. With recently accepting his offer at Lincoln International, a middle market investment banking firm, Alex has truly devoted his time and commitment to being the best of the best and proves to be a positive role model for both his own peers as well as those younger than him. As busy as Alex is, he is always willing to help and advance his fellow brothers in whatever they need and gives his time and energy back to the community through services provided by PIKE as well as Phi Gamma Nu Professional Business Fraternity. I know that Alex would be greatly honored to hear that he was nominated to be the Pike of the month, and he is one that will give back, not only to Beta Eta, but also to Pi Kappa Alpha” – Michael A. Cunningham (SMC)


From the May 2012 Nation News

Dear Brothers,

The school year has come to an end, and although the active chapter is glad to be done  with finals, we will all certainly miss life in Champaign! The end of the school year also meant that Beta Eta had send off of our graduating seniors. We thank our seniors for their dedication to the chapter, and we will miss them greatly. Below are a few seniors in particular that were honored at our senior dinner.

  • Pike-time Achievement Award: Tyler Weston – Tyler served Beta Eta in many roles including External IMC and SMC. Tyler put in many hours of service to this chapter, and the chapter greatly appreciates what he has done for us.
  • Most Influential: Tim Mueller – Tim has served the chapter in numerous roles, including Alumni Relations Chairman, External IMC, and THC. Tim has left a lasting impression on Beta Eta, and the chapter will miss his leadership and hard work.
  • Senior of the Year Award: Jim Platania – Jim also served the chapter in many roles, including Internal IMC. He was devoted to serving Beta Eta, and his senior year was no exception. Jim was always around to offer his advice and help to the underclassmen.
  • Most Involved on Campus Award: Chris Barbaro – Chris has served Beta Eta in multiple roles, most notably as Internal IMC. Outside of his leadership in the chapter, Chris has made a positive impact on the campus community in numerous organizations.
  • Lifestyle Award: Dan Dickson – Dan Dickson has also served our fraternity in many ways, including organizing our Pike Presents philanthropy. Dan won this award for exemplifying what a fraternity man should be- a scholar, leader, athlete, and gentleman.


College of Business graduates Tim Mueller, Ben Jacober, and Curt Mastio before the ceremony


Graduate Information

The dedication and hard work the graduating seniors of Beta Eta put into our chapter will be truly missed next year. The seniors who elected to share their information are listed below. Please dont hesitate to reach out to any of them with a congratulatory note- these men have certainly earned it.

  •  Jake Cooper, Advertising,  Working at Red Frog Events in Chicago
  • Chris Barbaro, General Engineering with a Business Minor,  Working at Accenture as a systems integration analyst
  • Mike Landuyt, Civil Engineering,   Working as a project engineer for Walsh construction
  • Erik Rice, Kinesiology,  Attending physical therapy school at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY
  • Tim Mueller, Finance and Entrepreneurship,  Working at Boeing in the BCFP finance rotational program
  • Curt Mastio, Accountancy,  Returning next school year to get his Master of Accounting Science and then working at Deloitte in the Forensic and Dispute Services Division where he interned this winter
  • Ben Jacober, Accountancy, Returning next school year to get his Master of Accounting Science and then working at Deloitte in the Audit practice where he interned this winter
  • Michael Mueller, Aerospace Engineering,   Working at Parker Hannifin in the Technical Sales Development Program
  • Jack Creed, General Engineering,   Working at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Technology Consultant
  • Sam Franklin, Accountancy,  Returning next school year to get his Master of Accounting Science and then working at Ernst & Young where he will be interning this summer
  • Herman Lynn, Accountancy,   Working at Kohls as a Merchandise Analyst
  • Michael Bordes, General Engineering,   Working at Automated Logic Chicago in technical sales
  • Tyler Weston, General Engineering with a Technology & Management Minor,   Working at ZS Associates as a Business Operations Consultant
  • Jim Platania, Accountancy and Supply Chain Management,   Returning next school year to finish his degree and then working at KPMG in Forensics where he will be interning this summer
  • Kris Gustafson, Civil Engineering,   Working at Union Pacific Railroad
  • Kevin Ofiara, Accountancy, Interning at Weltman Bernfield LLC this summer and returning next school year to get his Master in Accounting Science
  • Doug Houser, Civil Engineering,    Working at ARCO/Murray National Construction Company as a Project Manager


Pike Engineers in front of the house before graduation


Athletics Update

Pikes Dan Dickson and Matt Walker lead the Illini Mens lacrosse team to a conference championship and to the national championship tournament. Although the 13-4 Illini ultimately lost, this was a great accomplishment considering only sixteen teams from across the US were invited. Dickson, senior and three-year captain, was named to the all-conference team. Walker also did a fantastic job this year as Goalie for the Illini and will be returning for his senior season next year.

Tyler Muncy also helped the Illini Club Baseball team to the Club Baseball World Series. The Illini beat San Diego State and UC-San Diego before ultimately falling to Colorado State. Muncy was a vital part of the team at first base, and will be returning for his junior season next year.


School Year Wrap-Up

It has been a great year for Beta Eta. We spent our first full school year year in our brand- new mansion and had an amazing dedication banquet with alumni from all decades dating back to the 50s. We have continued to give back to the community with events like Pike Presents, Firemans Challenge, and our many community service activities. Through social and brotherhood events, we have built our bonds as brothers and also had some fun, too. As you can see with our successful seniors above, this fraternity has cultivated some fine men.

None of this would be possible, however, without the continued support of our alumni. We thank you for your support throughout this past school year, and hope to stay in touch in the future. If you have any questions or would like to come down to Champaign for a visit next fall, please do not hesitate to contact us.