The Skip Beebe Leadership for Life Program
It was Skip's vision to build an annual retreat for the undergraduates to focus on building their leadership skills and to continue those lessons throughout the year thru a mentoring program. Skip worked with several Beta Psi alums to build the program based on Brother Bill George's book True North. The program consists of an annual retreat, most recently held at Callaway Gardens, and includes food, accommodations, guest speakers, books and materials, and leadership exercises all for the benefit of the undergraduate chapter. Since the first session in 2001, it has been a tremendous success
Skip unfortunately passed away soon after the program started. As a testament to the impact Skip made in that first year, the undergraduates asked the Foundation to name the program after Skip and the Foundation quickly agreed. Further, the Foundation worked to establish an endowment, the Skip Beebe Memorial Fund, to help fund the program for years to come. The program has an annual cost of approximately $20,000. Brother Bill George and his Foundation recently made a tremendous investment of $100,000 to cover the costs of the program for the next 5 years! He also challenged the Foundation to match the final two year payments of $20,000 each.
The Skip Bebee Leadership for Life is a program developed for the Beta Psi community that is intended to not only instill valuable life lessons to Beta Psi undergraduates, but also to promote continued involvement from Beta Psi alumni in the lives and development of brothers and pledges. The program centers on providing enrichment to both students and alumni alike. It’s overriding premise and the Circle One program is based on the book True North by Beta Psi alumni Bill George.
The program is based around yearly retreats but will have prescribed activities throughout the year in between annual retreats. A very important aspect of the year-long activities is that they will involve participation with the students by alumni mentors. These activities will be based on a teaching technique used by Mr. George at classes he teaches at Harvard whereby students are divided up into small groups that meet at prescribed times throughout the course. These small groups, called LDG for Leadership Development Group, have been found to be very powerful in helping students to delve deeply into important topics. The same concept is being used now in a MBA class taught at Georgia Tech- taught by brother Bill Gunn.
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