Check out all the alumni news and updates for September!


Annual New York City Faux Founders Day Event

The annual New York City Faux Founders Day 2023 get-together with other Beta Pi brothers for drinks and conversation, organized by Parker Weil ’85, is scheduled for Thursday, March 2, 2023.

This year’s event had a large turnout even though some COVID protocols were still in effect. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet and greet with your fellow brothers from Penn.

NO EXCUSES. Set aside this date, further details to follow.


The 2022 PIKENow Challenge

The PIKENow Challenge was initiated last year by Pi Kappa Alpha Inter/National to address the negative effects that COVID-19 restrictions have had on fraternity life.

The fund-raising event was such a large success, it is being brought back by PiKA Inter/Nat’l. This time 50% of the funds generated from Beta Pi brothers will be used to elevate health and safety in all areas of chapter operations.

In the past, our Chapter Endowment Fund (CEF) could be used to offset certain expenses relating to registration at PIKE University, the annual convention, and other PiKA Inter/Nat’l events. This year, Beta Pi was chosen as the only chapter in a pilot program to allow the other 50% of the Beta Pi donations to PIKENow to be used for transportation and lodging for these events.

Help our undergraduate brothers NOW to learn leadership, chapter management, and the knowledge necessary to successfully operate a chapter. The fundraiser ends on September 30, 2022. You can submit your donation at this website: 


Bob Whitcomb, Beta Pi ’69, Remembers

Bob Whitcomb ([email protected]) desired social acceptance when he came to Penn. He found it in the long-lasting friendships at Pi Kappa Alpha.

While at Pi Kappa Alpha, Bob was impressed by the religious diversity in the fraternity, and he has fond memories of the new house at 3916 Spruce Street.

Bob gives back because “it keeps me connected and keeps the house active”.

Without Pi Kappa Alpha, I wouldn’t have the memories or friendships that have lasted.”


Visiting the University of Virginia

If you are in Charlottesville, Virginia, a trip to 47 West Range at the University of Virginia is a must. Pay your respects at the location where Pi Kappa Alpha and the source of many long-lasting friendships was founded.

Take a photo and send it to Morty Cohen at [email protected]. Accompanying this news item is a photo of Joey Cohen, Beta Pi ’02, and Morty Cohen, Beta Pi ’65.



Does Anyone Know the Answer?

Over 50 years ago, when Ken Widelitz and Paul Zaentz, both Beta Pi ’69, were sophomores at Penn, they made a $100 bet but the winner could not be determined until just recently. Ken won the bet and is pictured here enjoying his winnings. Can anyone guess what the bet was about and why it was made?