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WE ARE THETA ETA

Welcome to the storied legacy of the Theta Eta Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity at Sam Houston State University. Established with Colony Status on April 22, 1987, and officially installed on May 13, 1989, our chapter has been a cornerstone of brotherhood and excellence for decades. In a momentous leap forward, we broke ground at 322 Bearkat Blvd on a sprawling 2,800 square-foot Fraternity House on January 26, 2001. Nestled on a lush 2-acre estate owned by the Gulf Coast Alumni Corporation (GCAC), the house welcomed its first occupants in November of the same year. Through these doors have passed hundreds of brothers, many of whom have soared to impressive heights in business and life.

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UPCOMING ALUMNI EVENTS

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GULF COAST ALUMNI CORPORATION BOARD

President: Donald Hawkins

Vice-President: Christopher Westerdahl

Treasurer: Frank Binetti

Secretary: William Haseltine

Board Member: Dan Lovelace

Board Member: Monty Meave

Board Member: Keith Ahee

Board Member: Nick Traylor (Chapter President)

Alumni Club/Events Gilbert Cruz

THETA ETA CHAPTER AT A GLANCE

A MESSAGE FROM THE GCAC PRESIDENT

The chapter just completed an outstanding Fall 2023 Rush, culminating in 19 pledges accepting bids out of 137 total. This ranked third out of a dozen fraternities, just behind Phi Gamma Delta (25) and Sigma Chi (20). We did finish ahead of Kappa Alpha (15), Delta Tau Delta (13), Alpha Tau Omega (10), Sigma Phi Epsilon (9), Tau Kappa Epsilon (8), Beta Psi Chi Christian Fraternity (7), Alpha Gamma Rho (5), Pi Kappa Alpha (4) and Phi Delta Theta (2)

I can’t say enough about the hard work of the chapter and it definitely paid off. We had brothers working freshman orientation and selling Theta Chi, as well as events last Spring and this Summer to get to know potential new members. We also hosted quite a few prospects at our Astros event where they got to see “Theta Chi for Life” in person.

 

I would also like to thank the following alumni for attending rush parties and sharing stories about what Theta Chi means to them: Chapter Advisor Joe Reed, Will Haseltine, Monty Meave, Heath Manuel, and Josh Wagner. The alumni support the chapter receives was recognized by rushes as well as our newly renovated fraternity house, all were very impressed and many said we had the best house on campus.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SHSU THETA CHI HOUSE PHOTOS 

I encourage all alumni to attend an event this Fall to meet the brothers and pledges, such as a pregame Bearkat tailgate, Homecoming, chapter meeting, or initiation later this Fall.

As I referenced earlier, the house renovations are essentially complete other than a few small items. At this point we are looking into enhancements to the property such as additional parking and a building for events, parties, and chapter meetings.

 

Monty Meave has generously donated a 1600 square foot building and we are in the process of planning the prep work and installation. If you would like to assist, financially or logistically, please reach out to myself, a GCAC board member or Monty direct.

I would also like to thank all of the brothers below that stepped up over the last year in helping us keep the house and assisting the chapter, both financially and with other assistance. I know I’ll probably miss some but here they are:

 

Brad Weatherford

Brandon Novosad

Brian D McRae

Brian Fallowfield

Brian Hall

Bryan Lee

Chad Lang

Chris Westerdahl

Christopher Hutton

Dan Lovelace

Dave Asher

Don Hawkins

Don Hawkins

Frank Binetti

Gilbert Cruz

Heath Brittain

Heath Manuel

Jake Schnoor

Jake Shafer

Jimmie Holloway

Joseph Reed

Joshua Wagner

Keith Ahee Jr

Kurt Overby

Matthew Reddoch

Monty Meave

Paul Norwood

Pierce Davila

Ramiro Martinez

Richard Hernandez

Robert Stephens

Russell Ledbetter

Sid Harper

Tate Markey

Walter Dyer

William Haseltine

One thing I’ve learned over the last year is how much of the chapter’s budget goes towards liability insurance and annual member fees. As they try to keep dues low since almost all of our members are working while going to school, a way to assist is to join our Men Since ’56 giving program. There’s strength in numbers and all donations add up. These allow us to maintain and improve the house, plan for long-term needs with our house and property, and assist the chapter with their needs, such as sending brothers to Convention next Summer in New Orleans.

If you can help, please click on the link below for options, or reach out to myself or another board member.

Once again, I’m very excited about the current state of our chapter and alumni group, and look forward to greatness in the future

MEN SINCE 56 ALUMNI PROGRAM

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CHRISTOPHER WESTERDAHL (FREEMAN)

DON HAWKINS (CENTURY)

MONTY MEAVE (CENTURY)

PAUL NORWOOD (CENTURY)

BRYAN LEE (FREEMAN)

WILLIAM HASELTINE (FREEMAN)

JAKE SCHOOR (FREEMAN)

KURT OVERBY (FREEMAN)

JOSEPH REED (FREEMAN)

FRANK BINETTI (FREEMAN)

CHAD LANG (FREEMAN)

DAN LOVELACE (FREEMAN)

KEITH AHEE (FREEMAN)

GILBERT CRUZ (FREEMAN)

RICHARD HERNANDEZ (FREEMAN)

PIERCE DAVILA (FREEMAN)

BRIAN D MCRAE (CHASE)

MATTHEW REDDOCH (FREEMAN)

BRIAN FALLOWFIELD (FREEMAN)

DAVE ASHER (CENTURY)

BRIAN HALL (CHASE)

HEATH BRITTIAN (CHASE)

TATE MARKEY (CHASE)

ERIC HENSLEY (YEAR PAID UP FRONT)

HEATH MANUEL (FREEMAN)

JIMMIE HOLLOWAY (CHASE)

RUSSELL LEDBETTER (CENTURY)

BRAD WEATHERFORD (FREEMAN)

JOSHUA WAGNER (FREEMAN)

WES STEPHENS (CHASE)

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