The Abbey Leadership Foundation (ALF) is dedicated to the building of men of principle for a principled life through the support and development of the premier Fraternity living and leadership experience. The ALF provides the financial resources to aid the individual in personal and professional development, to ensure the perpetual care and maintenance of the chapter house, and to secure that the values Men of Principle Initiative, such as intellectual excellence, high standards of moral conduct, and responsible citizenship, serve as the pillars of the Alpha Upsilon experience for generations to come.
The Abbey Leadership Foundation
VisionThe ALF will become the exemplary standard for Fraternity based leadership and facility endowments and will utilize a two-pronged approach to create the ideal Beta experience. Through the financial support of the ALF, the Alpha Upsilon Chapter and Alumni will be able to achieve the following objectives:
- The Chapter House, located at 220 North Burrowes, will remain the premier fraternity living environment in North America and will continue to set the standard for the highest quality aesthetic and functional amenities available in student living.
- The Leadership Program will shape Alpha Upsilon Betas who become responsible leaders, engaged community servants, and principled men through a diverse educational and cultural experience that both compliments and supplements their formal college education.
- The Alpha Upsilon Fraternity experience will engender bonds of lifelong friendship, instill a deep sense of personal honor and integrity, and lay the foundation for the successful professionals, husbands, fathers, and community leaders of the future.
- By achieving these objectives, the Alpha Upsilon Fraternity experience will be universally endorsed by parents, the host institution, and leaders of business, government and the professions and they will advocate membership for talented young men who attend Penn State.
The Abbey Leadership Foundation
Executive SummaryThe Abbey Leadership Foundation (ALF) is a designated 501(c)-3 charitable organization established for the purpose of endowing the chapter house and leadership experiences of the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at Pennsylvania State University. The ALF endowment provides annual funding for the maintenance, improvements, and operating cost of the designated educational areas within the chapter house.* This funding provides the critical financial support, in addition to a chapter sinking fund, to ensure that the chapter house will forever remain the premier fraternal living environment in North America. In addition, the ALF funds the leadership development activities of the chapter through the Alpha Upsilon Leadership Program and by providing scholarships to Beta Theta Pi and Penn State leadership development opportunities.
The ALF is governed by the ALF Board of Directors who works closely with the Alpha Upsilon Corporation Board to ensure the long term financial viability of the chapter house and property, as well as the undergraduate chapter. While the ALF Board of Directors maintains full control of all financial decisions related to the administration of the funds, the Beta Theta Pi Foundation, located in Oxford, Ohio, provides fund oversight through its financial management service. All records, gift receipts, and donor appreciation communications are handled through the Beta Theta Pi Foundation on behalf of ALF.
Call to ActionThe Abbey Leadership Foundation (ALF) has successfully garnered pledges of over $500,000 to date. However, for the ALF to fully advance its mission and vision, an endowment of at least $3 million dollars will be required. This call to action is directed to every Alpha Upsilon alumnus, every Beta brother, and all who seek to ensure that a values-based fraternity experience will remain a critical part of the undergraduate experience at Penn State. Your time, talent, and treasure are required to actualize this goal and to ensure the future of the premier Fraternity experience in all of Beta’s broad domain and the respective Interfraternal world. To make a tax deductible donation to the ALF:
- Make your check payable to the “Beta Theta Pi Fraternity” and include “ALF” in the check memo
- Mail it to Beta Theta Pi Foundation, 5134 Bonham Road, Oxford, OH 45056
- OR Go to www.betathetapi.org and donate to the BLF and include “Donation for ALF” in comments
*The designated educational area of the chapter house, as recognized by the IRS, is currently 46% of the total square footage and therefore 46 cents of every dollar can go directly toward the house expenses, maintenance and improvements. The additional 54 cents can be used to support leadership programming and scholarships. The full amount of every donation is tax deductible.
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|2010 Programming Summary|
- Outreach: Schreyer Honors College Showtime – Aug. 18th
- The Abbey Leadership Foundation, brothers of Beta Theta Pi, and the Schreyer Honors College partnered to host a reception and BBQ dinner for all incoming SHC freshmen. This event provided an opportunity to introduce the brotherhood to a number of talented freshmen and gave the SHC students a positive first impression of Greek Life.
- Attendance: 340 students/brothers
- Professional Development Seminar: Resume Development – Sept. 8th
- In partnership with Penn State Career Services, the brothers of Beta Theta Pi had the opportunity to discuss the basics of resume development, professional networking, and career fair etiquette. On behalf of ALF, Director Jeff Rundle reviewed several resumes and provided feedback necessary for resume improvement.
- Leadership Development Seminar: Understanding Your Leadership Style– Sept. 22nd
- Career Services Director Bob Orndorff led the Beta brothers and pledges through the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to assess their personal leadership styles. This valuable exercise allows participants to understand how they lead and how to best work with different leadership styles and personalities.
- Attendance: 43 brothers/pledges
- Professional Development Seminar: Professional Etiquette and Dress – October 17th
- The professional etiquette and dress seminar, hosted by Executive Director Jeff Rundle, was an opportunity to cover the basics of dinner etiquette, appropriate conversation, and professional dress before the brotherhood began the fall career fair season. Chef Bill Deboer partnered with ALF for the event and provided a four course meal while the presentation and Q&A session took place.
- Attendance: 62 brothers/pledges
- Beta Alumni Panel: Traditions of Alpha Upsilon – October 24th
- Beta alumni advisors returned to State College to have a round table discussion with the brotherhood regarding the positive traditions and history of the Alpha Upsilon chapter. Topics such as dinner protocol, holiday decorations, social best practices, and chapter house history were all discussed.
- Professional Development Seminar: Graduate School Information Panel – November 7th
- Alumni and advisors attended Sunday evening chapter dinner and hosted a panel on graduate school experiences. Panel speakers provided information on law school, business programs, medical school, and masters programs and held individual discussion groups with interested brothers at the conclusion of dinner.
- Attendance: 65 brothers/pledges
- Leadership Development Seminar: Ethical Decision Making and Hazing – November 17th
- ALF sponsored Mr. Robert Smith, Director of the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, and Director Jeff Rundle to discuss ethical decision making in both personal life and fraternal life. The Beta brotherhood included guests from the Greek community and featured a discussion about personal values and alignment between our stated purpose and our actions.
- Attendance: 120 Greek students/brothers
- Beta Ritual Review – December 5th
- Director Jeff Rundle hosted a ritual review for the active chapter during the last chapter meeting of the semester to discuss the principles and obligations of the Fraternity. The discussion focused on translation of Beta values to daily decisions on the chapter and individual level.