Beta Theta Pi – Gamma Kappa Chapter

Beta Homecoming!!!!

Friday Oct 12:

5 PM to close Open House at the Chapter House

Burgers and Hotdogs will hit the grill around 6 and refreshments will be available as well

Saturday Oct 13:

10:30 AM Chapter update meeting at the Chapter House
1 PM Tailgating at the Alerus Center
3PM Homecoming Football game at the Alerus Center
6 PM Social Hour at the Hilton Garden Inn
7 PM Banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn ($25 per plate)
7:45 PM Speeches and the Loving Cup
8:30 – 12 AM Dancing, Mingling, Reminiscing, Good Times

If you are coming to the banquet please RSVP at

Rush Week

Rush week is now upon us and we look forward to seeing you at some of this weeks events:

Monday: Grill Out and Lawn Games, 6 PM

Tuesday: Grill Out and Super Smash Bros. Tournament, 6 PM

Wednesday: Football in University Park; Social to follow, 6 PM

Thursday: Grill Out and Wiffleball, 6 PM

Friday: Bonfire, Dusk

All events at the Chapter house unless otherwise specified. All are welcome, see you soon.

Spring 2012 Newsletter!

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Also, if you are in the Grand Forks area on Friday May 11 we are going to roast a pig on the front lawn to celebrate the end of an incredible year. Hope to see you there!

Guest Post: Las Vegas Reunion

This guest post is from Jess Nicholson, Gamma Kappa alumnus.

Thank you, all attendees, all that tried to make it, but for one reason or another, couldn’t.

That was a personally emotional, rewarding , entertaining, experience for me. There was a DEPTH of being which added to the linear of time, resulting in a richness  missed in youth. Not going to say it’s better than sex but maybe less expensive.


I hadn’t seen Don McKenzie since around 1968, he looked great , fought for 2 days to get there. A pending state business audit did not detour his resolve to attend . I enjoyed meeting his better half, Donna, which gave rise to the suggestion that an effort be made to bring females to the next gathering at least for one day/ night. Thanks, Tom Chase, for your input / help from beginning , in between and end. Chase , in Nashville , recently purchased a copy of his black Ford that he’s restoring, a road trip may bring him your way. Viddy had a surprise filming of us as different characters for his latest film “Vegas Ripper.”  Thru his connections at the South Point we enjoyed attention from eating establishments, waitresses, and local characters. Where or how he got 200 drink tickets, I don’t know , but thank you! (he had some for the other guys as well) His book on Romney ” The Man Behind the Mask” is bringiing him political attention. (  Margaret stopped by with her great smile and a warm greeting. Hugh Robinson & Al remembered some old sayings, jokes that had Hutchings (Handsome Harley) or (Matt Take Hutchings), & myself in pain. Hugh & spouse have purchased a 3rd home in Prescott, Az. Al has a 6 acre spread in Va. complete with fish pond & is practicing as a pharmacist.  Matt is phasing out of his prosthetic company, enjoys fishing & not afraid to make a wager, he was of great personal assistance to me. Doug Lewis shared philosophy over breakfast & at the pool on “The Crimson Tide” & the attributes of sunshine. Tho retired from the airline, he continues in the food and beverage business in Alabama where his wife practices law. Markert had a recurrence from a  broken back but was still able , tho in pain, to attend for 2 days. Jim Rolland  suggested some high end eatery’s and was gracious enough to handle reservations. He and Vidmar brought up  concerns over the Chapter House being lost & lack of articulation / damage control from alums directly involved. There were the traditonal reactions to entrapment, clarification of definition and remembrance of brother’s that have transitioned.

If you have yet to experience a chapter rendezvous , one promise, you’ll come away with a truth you didn’t realize before.

Mighty glad to be a Beta.

Your’s in -kai-
Jess Nicholson , 717




March Madness: A Monthly Report

Spring Break is just around the corner and much of the chapter is spending much of the time cramming for midterms that happen to fall around this much needed break. Apart from the perils and challenges of academics here’s what else is going on.


Our Sweetheart Competition and annual fundraiser for Backpacks for Brilliance, a local organization that helps supply needy children with school supplies, is coming up on Friday April 20.

The grill-out is open to the public, $5 recommended donation for food and all profit goes to the Backpacks for Brilliance program.

Housing Corp:

The Housing Corp. has been hard at work raising money in our goal to buy the 2600 real estate back from the University of North Dakota Alumni Foundation who currently owns it. We are roughly 10% of the way there and every little bit counts. If you wish to know more details about the situation or wish to donate (or BOTH!) please use the contact us at or the contact form here and we will make sure all of your questions are answered to the best of our ability.

Spring Alumni Event:

Spring Alumni involvement is something our chapter has always struggled with and this year we are going to combat this challenge head on. We are planning on holding an Alumni and Family Pig Roast on Friday May 11 (the day before spring commencement). This is a way where we can all get together in brotherhood, enjoy the spring weather, have a delicious meal and celebrate the graduation of our seniors as well as the culmination of another year of school. This event is still in the planning stages and any help is appreciated.


Flashback to the 1940s

The following pictures are from Dr. Ben Clayburgh’s (’45)  days at Beta Theta Pi while he acquired his undergraduate and medical doctor degrees.  (click on photos to enlarge)


This picture was taken at a Halloween party in 1946. Dr. Clayburgh can be seen wearing glasses and a necktie seated in the third row, center right with his future wife Mina Tennison. (’45)  Mina is originally from Petersburg, North Dakota.


This photo was taken at a joint formal between Beta Theta Pi and Kappa Sigma. Dr. Clayburgh can be found on the far left in a white suit with his future wife Mina.


This photo was taken at Beta’s Mother’s Day formal in 1942. Dr. Clayburgh is seated second from the left. Behind him is his mother Mrs. Anna Clayburgh and behind her is his father Mr. Marcus Clayburgh. This photo has been restored after it spent two weeks under water during the flood of 1997 in Grand Forks.

Gamma Kappa Update: February 2012

This is the first of many monthly chapter updates of the Gamma Kappa Chapter
Here’s what has been going on so far in the Spring of 2012

First we would like to thank Riley McAdaragh’s Father for getting us 2 beautiful new tables and chairs for our dining room.

New Initiates:
Congratulations to our 9 new members initiated on Jan 14, 2012
Eric Braasch
Rayan Janbi
Paul Skjervheim
Nick Johnsrude
Andy Lieser
Riley McAdaragh
Brent Shrum
Alex Abernathy
Will Hatfield

Housing Corporation
The Gamma Kappa Housing Corporation has recently been created and is working to acquire possession of the Chapter house. The housing corporation is made up of 4 Alumni and 2 Active members, and meets on a monthly basis. We currently are working to buy back the house in June and will have more about that in your mailboxes soon and an update next month.

New Advisers
We would like to welcome the following new advisers to the advisory team.
Chapter Advisor: Aaron “Red Dog” Kempenich
Recruitment Advisor: Mike Graalum

Backpacks for Brilliance BBQ and Grill Out

Beta Theta Pi is hosting a BBQ and Grill Out for the local Backpacks for Brilliance organization.  Backpacks for Brilliance is a local charitable organization that provides backpacks and school supplies to children with special needs in our Grand Forks community.

What: $5 Sloppy Joes and BBQ

Where: Beta Theta Pi, 2600 University Avenue, Grand Forks (Map)

When: Friday, April 8th, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

All proceeds go to the Backpacks for Brilliance organization in Grand Forks.

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Spring 2011 Recruitment Schedule

The Men of the Gamma Kappa Chapter of Beta Theta Pi are holding their Spring Recruitment January 24th – 28th, 2011.

Beta Theta Pi is located at 2600 University Avenue. Click here for a map.

Monday: Movie night at the Chapter house!

Tuesday: Game night!

Wednesday: Boot Hockey at University Park. Meet at the Chapter house and we’ll go over together.

Thursday: Root beer keg.

Friday: AXO Philanthropy. Playing dodgeball at the Wellness Center at 3 PM followed by a rootbeer float social at 6:30 PM at the Reed Keller Auditorium in the Medical Science building. Meet at Beta at 6 PM and we’ll go over together.

All events start at 8 PM at the Chapter house (2600 University Avenue) unless otherwise noted.  All times are subject to necessary adjustment, and outside events are weather pending.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Come over for a great week with the men of Beta Theta Pi and invite your friends!

Recruitment Schedule Fall 2010

The Gamma Kappa Chapter of Beta Theta Pi will be hosting its Fall Recruitment September 13th – 18th, 2010.

Beta Theta Pi is located at 2600 University Avenue. Click here for a map.

Monday, September 13th, 2010: Monday Night Football

  • Location: Chapter House
  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Monday Night Football opener on the front lawn with fan fare food including popcorn, nachos, soda, etc.

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010: Flag football

  • Location: University Park (Meet at the Chapter House and we’ll go over together)
  • Time: 7:00 pm

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010: Movie Night

  • Location: Chapter House
  • Time: 9:00 pm

Thursday, September 16th, 2010: Capture The Flag

  • Location: Merrifield Quad (Meet at the Chapter House and we’ll go over together)
  • Time: 9:00 pm

Friday, September 17th, 2010: Lawn Games, Cookout, and Bonfire

  • Location: Chapter House
  • Time: 6:00 pm

Saturday, September 18th, 2010: House Tours

  • Location: Chapter House
  • Time 4:00 pm

All Times are subject to necessary adjustment, and outside events are weather pending.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.