The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) chapter of Beta Theta Pi earned the fourth highest fall 2008 GPA out of 118 chapters across the U.S. and Canada. The UMKC GPA was 3.524, behind first-place finisher Columbia University in New York City, which had a 3.752 GPA.
“We're very proud of our Beta Theta Pi chapter for earning one of the highest GPA's in the country,” said Kari Murphy, coordinator for Fraternity & Sorority Affairs at UMKC.“ As an increasingly residential campus, UMKC has found that students who live on-campus and become involved in extracurricular activities actually earn higher grades.”
Murphy said Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority has the highest Greek GPA at UMKC at over 3.53 cumulative. Beta Theta Pi is second academically at UMKC.
In addition to earning the fourth highest GPA, UMKC’s Beta Theta Pi chapter earned its third John Reily Knox Chapter Excellence Award. The Knox Award is the highest award a Beta chapter can receive.
The UMKC chapter of Beta Theta Pi was founded in 1984 and received chapter status in 1988.
Additional UMKC Greek Life Awards:
UMKC’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon earned national awards in the following three areas: Scholarship, Risk Management and University Relations.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon member Brian Gettinger received the 2009 North-American Interfraternity Conference Award of Distinction. The annual award is given to five North-American Interfraternity Conference members for their service, commitment, achievement and goodwill.
UMKC’s chapter of Lambda Chi Alphareceived the national fraternity’s 2009 North American Food Drive Award for raising more than 8,500 pounds of food.
UMKC’s chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi received the national fraternity’s 2009 Chapter of the Year award.
The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experiences.