St. Lawrence University's Beta Theta Pi chapter won the Virginia Tech
Award at the fraternity's annual convention in Oxford, Ohio, this summer.
The award honors the chapter with the highest GPA in each of 14 Beta Theta
Pi regions, relative to each university's all-men's average.
Beta Theta Pi is the oldest fraternity west of the Alleghenies and numbers
some 118,000, including some 7,000 undergraduates in chapters on 135 North American
At St. Lawrence, the group had its beginnings in 1873, as the Five Lyres. They
later were known as the P.D. Society, then a chapter of Alpha Sigma Chi, and finally,
a chapter of Beta Theta Pi.