Chapter Endowment, WPI Student-Athletes, & Executive Council Candidates (June 2016)

Tau Beta Pi’s effort to permanently endow the Association’s activities that support any of our 245 collegiate chapters through our Chapter Endowment Initiative continues to see successes.

The first step to endow the Wisconsin Alpha Chapter, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been taken by John W. Bolender, WI A ’51. Additionally, the first step to endow the California Gamma Chapter, at Stanford University, has been taken by Franklin “Pitch” Johnson Jr., CA G 50.

Both of these alumni pledged a $20,000 match in support of their respective collegiate chapters and begin with a $5,000 gift followed by a pledge to match the next three gifts from others designating $5,000 minimum for WI Alpha and CA Gamma, respectively. While gifts of a minimum of $5,000 are being accepted for this effort, a gift of $100,000 is required to fully endow a chapter and we are trying to reach this amount for both WI A and CA G!

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The Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) athletic department recently honored twelve student-athletes with major awards. These awards are presented to student-athletes who excel both in the classroom and in their respective sports. Liz M. Pellegrini, MA A 2016, received the Patricia Graham Award “presented to a senior female who displays the best example of sportsmanship while a WPI athlete.” She became the first WPI female runner to earn All-America honors thanks to her second place, and school-record time, in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2016 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The night also included the honorees of the Ray Cherenzia Award, which highlights each team’s “unsung hero.” Tau Bates Jessica L. Orr, MA A 2016, women’s cross country and Emily Martin, MA A 2017, women’s swimming and diving were recognized for working hard every day and putting the team first over their personal goals. Click here to see the full list of student-athlete awards.

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This year’s Convention of the Association will elect three new executive council members to join the existing five members and serve for the 2017-20 term. Due to the timing of the ratification of the 2015 Constitution & Bylaws amendment, nominations for the TBP Executive Council will remain open through Convention (October 8, 2016), but Headquarters is asking that nomination packets be submitted by August 1, 2016 so that they can be processed and biographies can be published.

For more information, see the article seeking Executive Council candidates on page 14 of the Summer 2016 issue of The Bent or contact Tau Beta Pi Headquarters.

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