Beta Theta returns to Minot State
After more than a 25-year absence, the Beta Theta Sorority has made a comeback at Minot State University. Twenty-one women completed the initiation process to become active members April 29. They are Emily Anderson, Jennifer Gravos, MacKenzie Nagel, Amanda Paulsen and Tess Thorp Foley, Minot; Kaylin Salwei, Bismarck; Kelsey Busch, Columbus; Rachel Pfenning, Velva; Rebecca Ryan, Williston; Sidney Bockoven, Elk Grove, Calif.; Arianna Norte, Livermore, Calif.; Kelsey Ramos, Tehachapi, Calif.; Brooke Domonoske, Plentywood, Mont.; Shelby Bowlds and Codi Thomas, Sidney, Mont.; Rachelle Brown, Reynoldsburg, Ohio; Rachael Kelly, Renton, Wash.; Alyson Parrill, Lander, Wyo.; Kelsey MacNaughton, Brandon, Manitoba; Brittnee Annetts, Carievale, Saskatchewan; and Marley Kotylak, Montmartre, Saskatchewan. Beta Theta alumnae from the ’30s through the ’80s attended the initiation ceremony.
The new members elected Ramos as president, Foley as vice president, Norte as secretary, MacNaughton as treasurer, Kotylak as executive at large and Thomas as pledge captain.
"In the past, Greek life was the spirit of Minot State," Ramos said. "By reviving our sorority, we are helping to bring the spirit back to MSU, as well as instilling leadership skills among our members."
The organization’s revitalization is a direct result of a Beta Theta Sorority reunion during Homecoming 2011, where Beta Theta alumnae decided to revive the sorority. This spring, they held an informational meeting and decided to act immediately due to overwhelming student interest.
The Beta Theta alumnae searched old pledge manuals and their memories to recreate a pledge program. Nancy Fuller, wife of MSU President David Fuller, joined the sorority as an honorary patroness.
As a service project during pledging, the new Betas sold 653 roses to raise money for the YWCA’s flood recovery. Extra roses were donated to Trinity Home residents.
The Beta Theta Sorority originally organized January 13, 1928, as the third sorority on campus. Through the years, the Betas chose to remain a local sorority, believing this feature best serves the sorority, its members and the school.
The sorority joins the Mu Sigma Tau Fraternity as the first Greek entities to return to the MSU campus.
For additional information, contact Linda Benson, MSU pubic information specialist and Beta Theta alumna, at 858-3199 or email@example.com.