The Zeta Omega Chapter had a very successful year, culminated by earning multiple awards at the 2012 Order of Omega Award's Ceremony. Order of Omega is a national Greek honor society that recognizes the outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and community involvement of members of the Greek community. Zeta Omega was awarded the Academic Excellence Award for achieving the highest GPA on campus in both the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 semesters. Ryan Safar (front, right) was awarded the Male Greek New Member of the Year Award for his outstanding contribution to our chapter and the campus community. Lindsey Mercer (front, center) was awarded the Advisor of the Year Award, for contributing not only to our chapter's success, but to the Greek community as a whole by providing legal advice and going the extra mile to touch as many lives as possible. And finally, the most important award of the evening, the Dean's Trophy for fraternity excellence was awarded to the Zeta Omega Chapter for receiving the highest score in all five core values of Greek Life: social justice and selfless service, high social standards, leadership, academic excellence and brotherhood. We would like to congratulate all the members of Zeta Omega for their outstanding effort throughout this past year, and recognize Ryan Safar and Lindsey Mercer for a very successful year!
On October 6, 2012, the men of the Zeta Omega chapter held the fourth annual Surf As One charity surf competition. Brother Alex Elizarraraz organized the event and drove it to be extremely successful, drawing a crowd of about 400 supporters to Mission Beach. The event supports Life Rolls On, a unique non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury through the use of action sports to show the infinite possibilities beyond paralysis. Participants in the event included chapter brothers and the public, including the San Diego State University Surf Team who won the event. The fundraising results are still being tallied, but stay tuned to see how much Zeta Omega raised for this fantastic cause!
Beta Theta Pi held its 173rd General Convention in Chicago, IL this past August, 2012. The Zeta Omega chapter proudly won several awards at the convention, such as the John Reily Knox Award for Overall Chapter Excellence, Francis H. Sisson Award for Chapter Operations, Excellence in Risk Management Award, Virginia Tech Award for Academic Excellence, Charles Henry Hardin Leadership Development Award, and the Website Excellence Award for sdbeta.org. Zeta Omega is very proud of our advisor Lindsey Mercer, who won the Edward B. Taylor Advisor of the Year Award. The Zeta Omega delegation had a blast at the convention, making connections with the other chapters and building brotherhood among the other Zeta Omega attendees.
The Zeta Omega chapter of Beta Theta Pi, dedicated to developing men of principle for a principled life, acquired a 22-man pledge class for the Spring 2012 semester after a grinding recruitment week. “Bid-Day” was hosted in the university’s UC forums on Tuesday, February 21.
After deliberating over 50 potential new members for over six hours on Sunday, the Zeta Omegas decided to extend bids to 29 gentlemen. The fraternity achieved a 76% bid-acceptance rate, grabbing nearly every potential new member they aimed to take into the chapter. This was the Zeta Omega chapter’s greatest percentage yield thus far since its USD inception in 2004.
“This chapter worked harder than I had ever expected to recruit the selected, valued young men,” said Recruitment Chair David Bittner. “The percentage yield reflects the dedicated efforts put forth this past week.”
The “Omicron” pledge class, the 14th since the chapter’s foundation, is composed of 18 freshmen, 3 sophomores, and 1 junior.
“I am so stoked to be a part of this incredible pledge class,” said new member Matt Sirianni. “We are all dedicated to the same values and goals, which will greatly assist us in developing a cohesive group of young men under the name of Beta Theta Pi.”
Junior Duggan Clem, through his role as Pledge Educator, will lead the 8-week pledge process, striving to engrain Beta’s 5 core values of mutual assistance, intellectual growth, trust, responsible conduct, and integrity.