Scott A. Mackler 5k Run/Walk Is Scheduled

             The Scott A. Mackler Memorial 5K Run/Walk (Mackler 5K) that is scheduled on Sunday, November 13, 2022, 12:30pm, at Temple Beth El, 301 Possum Park Road, Newark, Delaware. All proceeds and donations of the Mackler 5K are given to The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter (ALS Philadelphia). ALS Philadelphia administers these contributions in support of the Scott A. Mackler, MD, Ph.D., Assistive Technology Program.

If you wish to honor the legacy of Scott A. Mackler, Beta Pi ’77, and provide help that allows those stricken with ALS to endure the debilitating effects of this disease, please donate to this extremely worthy cause. You can reach the Pi Kappa Alpha team donations page at this website.


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. Do not miss the opportunity to meet and greet with your fellow brothers from Penn.

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


Beta Pi Undergraduates Achieve Membership in the 100% Phi Phi K A Club

            For the first time in our chapter history, Beta Pi has gained membership in the 100% phi phi k a Club. To become a member, PiKA Inter/National must receive a donation from every active member of the undergraduate chapter. This was done for the current year’s PikeNOW campaign. The funds will help cover travel and lodging expenses at PiKA Inter/National events.

            Congratulations to our active brothers for their display of loyalty and commitment to the ideals of Pi Kappa Alpha. 


Mackler Family Honored by ALS Philadelphia

            On November 10, 2022, at their annual celebration being held at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Center City, by the ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia Chapter, the Mackler Family will be named as the Flame of Hope Honorees in the category of Research & Innovation.

            ALS Philadelphia presents “the Flame of Hope Awards each year to highlight individuals and families who have exemplified the Chapter’s mission in ALS Care Services, Advocacy, and Research & Innovation.”    

            Harvey Mackler, Beta Pi ’72, organizes and manages the annual Scott A. Mackler 5K Run/Walk, now in its’ 22nd year, to raise funds to help those stricken with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The funds help make it possible to provide the most technologically advanced tools and equipment necessary to endure the debilitating effects of this disease. The charitable event is named for Scott Mackler, Beta Pi ’77, a medical doctor and brilliant scientist, who valiantly fought the disease for many years. Since the beginnings of this event, over $3,000,000 has been raised.


Shield & Diamond Identifies Beta Pi Scholarship Winners

            The Autumn 2022 issue of Shield & Diamond magazine recognizes Beta Pi scholarship winners from the previous academic year.

            Kaden Stenger ’19 received the Dave Herman Memorial Scholarship.

            Obed Antoine ’19 received the Scott A. Mackler, MD, PhD, True Grit Scholarship.

            Ronak Bhagia ’19, Joel Martinez ’21, Johan Martinez ’21, and Protik Nandy ’20 received scholarships from the Gregg J. Ormond Memorial Fund.

            The recipient of the Scott Mackler, MD, PhD, Medical School Memorial Scholarship was Jacob Charles Su (Tulsa, Gamma Upsilon).

            Special recognition was given to Kaden Stenger ‘19 for becoming Beta Pi’s newest member in PiKA’s President’s Council by pledging an annual $1000 donation to the Pi Kappa Alpha Foundation.

            Jason Lee ‘12 was thanked for five years of continuous service as a volunteer to Pi Kappa Alpha.


Penn Honors Alberto Joseph Chamorro with an Award of Merit

            On October 20,2022, the University of Pennsylvania presented Alberto Joseph Chamorro, Beta Pi ’75, with an Alumni Award of Merit in recognition of his leadership and volunteer work for Penn. Brother Chamorro is presently an alumnus member of Penn’s Board of Trustees.

            Alberto Joseph Chamorro is the son of deceased brother Alberto J. Chamorro, Beta Pi ’47, who was a highly successful commercial entrepreneur of many diverse industries in his native Nicaragua. Alberto Joseph joined the family business upon his graduation from Penn.

            Since his graduation, he has been a leader and valuable volunteer for Penn across Central America. He has been a strong recruiter and proponent for Penn in this region. He has also been a long-time supporter for student aid to enable qualified students from Central America to attend Penn.

            Our congratulations to brother Chamorro on his receipt of this well-deserved award.  


Founders Day Information

           Our annual Founders’ Day dinner will be held Saturday, April 1, 2023 at the Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel (3549 Chestnut Street).  The event will begin with a cocktail hour (cash bar) at 6:00PM followed by a buffet dinner beginning at 7:00PM.  For those of you who are in town earlier, we will hold an alumni association meeting at 4:00PM.



If you are planning on attending the dinner, please do the following:

 1)      Send a “Founders Day RSVP” email message to me at < [email protected] > indicating that you will be attending. 

 2)      Send a check payable to “Beta Pi Alumni Assn of PiKA” in the amount of $120.00.  If you have not yet paid your dues for 2022-23 (Minimum $100; suggested $150) you may include them along with any additional donations in the same check.  If you are not sure of your current membership status, please send me an email.  You may also include any subsidy or additional donation in the same check.  Please be sure to itemize what your check is for if it includes more than just the cost of the dinner in the following manner:

Dinner:  $ ____    /    Dues $ ____    /   U-grad subsidy $ ____   /    Association Donation $ ____

Please mail your checks to arrive no later than March 17, 2023 to:

Beta Pi A.A.

c/o Joel Catania

P.O. Box 7332

Garden City, NY 11530