As Coastal Carolina University continues to grow and flourish as a institution of higher learning, administration has been undertaking many new construction and renovation projects to accommodate increasing student enrollment. The most recently completed projects include: the Bryan Information Commons, Adkins Field House, two new academic buildings (Swain Hall & Brittain Hall), and the HTC Center. However, the University currently has multiple other projects under construction or in the planning phase. Currently under construction are expansions to the student center, new student housing (behind the HTC Center), and the current renovations taking place on the baseball and softball facilities. The most recent project to reach the construction phase, beginning in Spring 2014, includes renovations to Atheneum Hall. The University has put aside $2.5 million for the renovations, which will transform Atheneum Hall into a gathering place for returning CCU alumni.
In support of Coastal Carolina's renovations to Atheneum Hall, the Eta Pi Chapter has vowed to donate $30,000 over the next 5 years to help fund the project. In return for these monetary contributions, Pi Kappa Phi will receive naming rights on the patio that is also home to the Atheneum; the architectural symbol of Coastal Carolina University which is depicted in the University's seal and logo. This area will be named "Pi Kappa Phi Patio" and will have a rose garden with 8 rose bushes (one for each of the 7 original founders of Pi Kappa Phi, and one for Chad Michael Beaty who founded the Eta Pi Chapter). While the patio will be completed with the current renovations and finished in its first phase by 2015, it will not be dedicated until the Eta Pi Chapter celebrates its 25th year anniversary at Coastal Carolina in 2020.
As the construction begins on Atheneum Hall, the active members of the Eta Pi Chapter would appreciate any donations toward our $30,000 goal from friends, family, and community members.
If you would like to make a donation to the Pi Kappa Phi Patio Project or have any questions about the project, please contact one of the following:
Brian Forbus - 843 446 1697
Kevin Hagen - 843 655 6446
Eddie Bushong - 843 997 5332
Please see the video below for renderings of the Pi Kappa Phi Patio.
The Nationwide 5K is an event that is being promoted by Pi Kappa Phi's national philanthropy, Push America, to raise money and awareness to provide disabled athletes with a way to live an active and healthy lifestyle. This event allows anyone to organize and raise money for a 5K race of their own and stand up for the abilities of all people.
Eta Pi Alumni Henry LaRosa will be organizing, raising money, and participating in a 5K of his own in Mount Sinai, NY on April 6, 2014. Even after graduating from Coastal Carolina University in 2011, Henry has stayed committed to supporting Push America in various ways. This will be Henry's second Push America Challenge event, having participated in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. in October of 2012. With the help of friends, family, and supporters of Push America's values, Henry was able to raise over $3,000 for Push America by running in the marathon. He completed the 26.2 mile run in just 3 hours 54 minutes and 30 seconds.
Henry seeks your help in raising money for his own 5K event to enable all athletes to participate in recreational opportunities. Please visit the link below and donate to Henry's event supporting Push America.http://ipush.convio.net/site/TR/Events/General?px=1043595&pg=personal&fr_id=1480
On the evening of February 16, 2014, the lovely ladies of Gamma Phi Beta attended the Alpha Lambda Associate Member Class Pinning Ceremony. The ceremony began with the Alpha Lambda class taking their oath as an associate member of Pi Kappa Phi. After taking their oath, the new members lined up to receive their pins. The ladies in attendance were gracious enough to present each new member with their pin and place it on them to be worn with pride during their time as an associate member.Alpha Lambda Associate Member Class
- Matt Andre
- Patrick Ballow
- Joey Carr
- Ronnie Coiro
- Nathan Lively
- John Patterson
- Mike Phliponeau
- Patrick Sullivan
- Josh Squires
On February 8, 2014, the Eta Pi Chapter gathered at Coastal Carolina University to remember the life of Brother Chad Michael Beaty and the legacy that he has left behind. As the founder of the Eta Pi Chapter, the brothers of the fraternity host a memorial in his honor each year in February. This memorial honors the opportunity that Chad has given each member that joins the Eta Pi Chapter. Without Chad's outgoing personality, commitment, and perseverance, the Eta Pi Chapter, which is among the elite organizations at Coastal Carolina University, would cease to exist. Although the chapter holds a memorial each year, this year is special because it marks the 20th year since Chad's passing.
Born on November 23, 1969, Chad Michael Beaty had one mission in life; to impact the lives of others. Chad attended Clemson University where he started his membership with Pi Kappa Phi. On August 23, 1991, Brother Chad M. Beaty ZA 124 was initiated into the Zeta Alpha chapter of Pi Kappa Phi, with the mentoring of big brother Rondal Johnson. After a short tenure at Clemson University, Chad transferred to Coastal Carolina in the Fall of 1992. Chad instantly became involved on campus at Coastal Carolina by becoming the Vice-President of Student Government Association and becoming a part of the ODK honor society. However, Chad did not stop there. With the help of several others, Chad brought Pi Kappa Phi to Coastal Carolina. The chapter held its first meeting in November 1993 in the Student Government office. Just months later, on February 8, 1994, Pi Kappa Phi was approved as an organization at Coastal Carolina. It was only one day later, February 9, 1994, that Chad tragically lost his life. On November 11, 1995, the Eta Pi chapter received its charter. Although Chad could not see the chapter he started receive its charter, it was made known at a Supreme Chapter meeting of Pi Kappa Phi in 1996 that Chad Michael Beaty was announced as the founder of the Eta Pi Chapter. While it was important for his hard work and dedication to creating the chapter be recognized, the brothers did not stop there. At Supreme Chapter in 2002, Chad was recognized at the 124th initiate of the Eta Pi Chapter. Chad's legacy lives on not only through the brothers of the chapter, but around Coastal Carolina University as well. Chad has University awards in his name, a victory bell tower outside Brooks Stadium erected in his name, and a memorial stone on Prince Lawn.
After 20 years, the commitment, values, and dedication Chad exhibited still burns strong within the active brothers and alumni of the chapter. The members strive to emulate his attitude and actions in every aspect of their lives inside and outside of the fraternity. Brother Chaplain Isaac Galeone 251 was delighted to be assigned the task of planning and performing this years special memorial service.
Beginning at the memorial stone on Prince Lawn, the brothers and alumni in attendance observed a moment of silence in honor of Chad. After a short walk to Blanton Park, Brother Isaac Galeone spoke about Chad and the impact he still has on the chapter today.
"Even though the rain did not hold off for Chad's memorial service this year, we still all got out there to honor his memory and legacy. This marks twenty years since he passed away but he is still very much alive within in the men of Pi Kappa Phi. Though this was a somber event and emotions were visible as brothers took turns sharing memories, the Chapter's spirits were high knowing we had been part of something larger than ourselves." - Brother Chaplain Isaac Galeone 251
After giving his brief speech, Brother Isaac Galeone invited Brother James Dukes 003 to the stage. Brother James Dukes, who became very close with Chad during the founding of the Eta Pi chapter, shared some inspiring words and stories about Chad. Next, those in attendance took another short walk to the Chad M. Beaty Memorial Bell Tower by Brooks Stadium. It was at this point that brothers and alumni were allowed to share with the group the impact that Chad has made on their life. To conclude the memorial service, the group traveled to the gravesite of Chad in which each person placed a red rose on his grave.
Pi Kappa Phi has teamed up with CCU's Women's Soccer team to raise money and awareness for Relay for Life. The Relay for Life event, which will take place at Coastal Carolina University's track on April 4th, will be attended by thousands of participants who share a common goal of fighting cancer. Our team will have a special activity to raise money in addition to sale of food.
Please donate to our team and help us fight cancer!
Congratulations to our new associate member class, Alpha Lambda, for Spring 2014.
The Eta Pi Chapter is proud to release the schedule of RUSH events for Spring 2014.
Thursday, January 16th
Monday, January 20th
Wednesday, January 22nd
Thursday, January 23rd
Monday, January 27th
Wednesday, January 29th
Thursday, January 30th
Pick-Up Basketball in Williams Brice Gym
Meet & Greet on Prince Lawn
Meet the Fraternities
Hackler Golf Course*
Cookout at The White House*
Interviews in Arcadia Hall Conference Room
4:30PM to 6:30PM
2:00PM to 4:00PM
2:00PM to 4:30PM
5:00PM to 7:00PM
5:00PM to 7:00PM
10:00AM to 7:00PM
For more information or questions about RUSH events, please feel free to contact the following brothers:
External Vice President
As 2013 comes to a close, the Eta Pi Chapter recognizes yet another successful year of brotherhood, service, and academics. The following facts and figures are a summary of the accomplishments achieved throughout the year.
- Received three University Awards (Greek Organization of the Year, Outstanding Community Service, Outstanding Philanthropy)
- Approximately 1,500 hours of community service
- 3.088 Average Chapter Semester GPA for Spring 2013 (Ranked #1 in IFC)
- 25 New Initiates (22 Associate Members, 3 Alumni Initiates) during 2013
- $20,000 donated to the Will Andrews Foundation on behalf of Chapter Advisor Scott Hucks
- $500 donated to Fostering Hope
- 3 brothers participated in Study Abroad Programs (2 in Europe, 1 in Costa Rica)
- Luke Maslow (graduated spring 2013) completed the Journey of Hope for Push America
- Brothers participated in Push Camp and GAP Weekend events for Push America
- Brother Jake Eanes received the University Community Service Award
- Brother Tyler Van Moppes named to Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities
- Brother Ben Richard elected as Executive Vice President of Coastal Carolina Student Government Association for 2013-2014
- Fall 2013 Fraternity League Soccer Champions
- Fall 2013 Rookie League Indoor Volleyball Champions
- Began fundraising for the next University gift, the Pi Kappa Phi Patio (located behind Atheneum Hall)
- Participated in Relay for Life in Spring 2013
- Participated in Homecoming 2013 with Gamma Phi Beta (Placed First in Talent Show and Recycled Boat Race)
- 3 Brothers elected to IFC Executive Council for 2013-2014 (Stephen Markee- Executive Vice President, Diamo Streaser- Vice President of Finance & Communications, Gabe Pruitt- Vice President of New Member Education)
On December 7, 2013, the brothers of the Eta Pi Chapter took time out of their weekend studying for final exams to volunteer at Fostering Hope. Each December, Fostering Hope of Conway, SC holds a Christmas themed event for foster children in the area. During this event, the kids receive gifts and a surprise visit from Santa Claus, play games, and do arts and crafts. The brothers helped set up the day before the event and also helped run the games for the kids on the day of the event. At the end of the event, the brothers gathered around Fostering Hope owner and Eta Pi's first Rose Queen, Tabby Shelton, to present a check of $500 to the organization. The brothers look forward to this event each year and find it is a great way to bring the chapter together during the holiday season while giving back to the greater community.
On December 4, 2013, the Eta Pi Chapter initiated 18 new members into the chapter including the Alpha Kappa associate member class and two Alumni Initiates. The initiation class also pushed the chapter to a new milestone of it's 300th initiate. The chapter looks forward to the new initiates continuing the ideals and traditions that the founders and Chad Michael Beaty have instilled upon us. Congratulations to this fine group of gentlemen on becoming Men of C.L.A.S.S.
#287 Bert Looby (Alumni Initiate)
#288 Luke Hucks (Alumni Initiate)
#289 Tyler Gracon
#290 Eric Langenauer
#291 Daniel Lingerfelt
#292 Jake Long
#293 Matt Bass
#294 Daire Kullar
#295 Tyler Marsh
#296 Tyler Johnson
#297 Justin Wait
#298 Jay Dawsey
#299 Kendall Taylor
#300 Gabe Pruitt
#301 Matt Strange
#302 Java Nelson
#303 Shawn Miller
#304 Nick Fiorella