On Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, the Beta-Kappa Chapter was officially re-installed at the University of New Hampshire, continuing a legacy that began nearly 113 years ago to the day. The Beta-Kappa Chapter was originally chartered on February 2, 1901, and initiated more than 850 men before the Chapter closed in 1992. After a more than 20-year absence, Beta-Kappa was re-colonized in April 2013 with 35 men and the support of Alumnus Advisor Dan Murdzia (Xi-Beta, Northeastern University, ’07).
Over the next 10 months, the Colony members held events during Homecoming to reconnect with Alumni, completed over 1,600 hours of community service and donated more than $9,600 to philanthropies. By January, with 53 active members, the Colony was able to petition to receive its Charter. On February 15th, Brothers from chapters across Massachusetts, New York and Vermont travelled to help initiate the Colony members. That evening, Kappa Sigma’s newest Brothers were joined by several Beta-Kappa Alumni when WGS Jeff McKenzie (Xi-Lambda, University of Delaware, ’97) presented both the original 1901 Beta-Kappa Charter and the 2014 Charter listing the 53 new Founding Fathers.