Brother Nedza ’88 Enters Chapter Eternal

Brother Walter William “Tiger” Nedza III, Beta Phi ’88, product sales manager for Dermatran Health Solution, died July 8, 2014 in Phoenix.


 Brother Ben Butler wrote about him: “I will always treasure the year I spent with Walt as my roommate at Sigma Chi. As I recall the memories, the joy and laughter I feel in my heart will always outweigh the tears I shed for his passing.”


He was born on Jan. 26, 1966 to Sharon and Walter J. Nedza Jr. in Orange, Calif. Is parents survive him. He  also is survived by wife Mergime; daughters Nikki and Sydni; sister Cindy Lester; and brothers Daniel and Scott.


A memorial service was held July 20, Scottsdale.

10 Beta Phis Attend Balfour Workshop

Eight Beta Phi undergraduates and two alums attended the 2014 Balfour Leadership Training Workshop at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. From left in the front row are Bryan Johnson (Quaestor), Kyle Gunderson, Tyler Rice, Ian Fitzgerald, and House Corporation President Steve Schuyler.  In the back row are Kiarash Kavosi (Magister), Nathan Shearer (Recruitment Chairman),   Blake Amaral, Demetre (Pro Consul), Chapter Advisor Chuck Colton.  



10 Beta Phis Attend Balfour Workshop

Beta Phi sent eight undergrads and two alumni to the 68th annual session of the Balfour Leadership Workshop, at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. Some 1946 Sigs attended, the largest such gathering for the workshop.


During the session, it was announced that Beta Phi won another Peterson Significant Chapter Award. They were joined by two other chapters in the Grand Canyon Conference from Northern Arizona and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical College.


The workshop is the largest event of its kind in the Greek world and it just keeps on growing, Schuyler noted.  “What our young brothers brought home will benefit Beta Phi for years to come,” he said.


Beta Phi Pledges 6 Legacies, among 21

August 28, 2014

Six legacies are among the 21 new pledges at the Beta Phi Chapter this fall.


More pledges are from Scottsdale (7) that any other city or state. Four are from Phoenix, six from California and one each from Washington, New Jersey, Idaho and Missouri. There are no pledges from Tucson.


Seventeen are business majors, one each in pre-med, economics, political science and pre-physiology.


The six legacies are brothers Trevor and Jake Swenson, Andrew Curtis, Ryan Reading and Zach Shearer, all from Scottsdale, and John Patrick from Flemington, New Jersey. All are studying business, except Reading who is studying economics.


Here are the remaining 15 pledges:


Davis Berryhill, business, Saratoga, California

Dan Blackett, pre-med, Sammamish, Washington

Darien Lowery, business, Phoenix

Tommy Fraser, business, Phoenix

Kyle Frattali, business, Huntington Beach, California

Chase Sandera, business, Manhattan Beach, California

Jack Nealon, business, Dublin, California

Devin Abraham, business, Scottsdale

Quentin Tarini, business, Phoenix

Michael Weaver, business, Sun Valley, Idaho

Mattheu Raiola, business, Scottsdale

Daniel Basist, political science, Laguna Niguel, California

Kieran Sheridan, business, Pacific Palisades, California

Patrick McCarty, pre-physiology, Phoenix

Luke Frogge, business, Joplin, Missouri

Ward Named to UA Sports Hall of Fame

Pitcher Jim Ward, Beta Phi ’60, will be inducted into the University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame during Homecoming weekend.  

Brother Ward won 30 games for the Wildcats between 1958-60, which ranks him fifth in career wins. He won 13 games in 1960 and led the Wildcats to the College World Series, where he was named to the all-tournament team. He also ranks 10th in career strikeouts with 292.


The Wildcats’ coach Frank Sancet, Beta Phi ’33 coached Ward and his catcher was All-American Alan Hall, Beta Phi ’60. Several other Sigs played with Ward, including Mike Longo, Linn Wallace, Charlie Shoemaker, John Colyer, Bill Barraclough, Bob Wilson and Jim Geist.


The induction ceremony will be Nov. 8 and the honorees will participate in the Homecoming parade the next day. They also will be introduced at halftime of the Colorado-Arizona football game in Arizona Stadium.