Jean Beavers was the fourteenth president of Beta Pi Omega Chapter.  Her tenure was from January 1979 – December 1982.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Arkansas A M & N College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) where she was a charter member of Alpha Rho Chapter in 1951.  During her tenure as president, the chapter’s membership exceeded 100 members.  At that time, Corliss Baptist who was employed at Sears was able to secure the “Activity Room” for regular chapter meetings.  Beavers recalled that Barbara K. Phillips was National President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, during her tenure as Basileus. Beavers recalled Phillips' projection as a businesswoman.  During this time Beta Pi Omega was introduced to the idea of collaboration instead of constant competition with other organizations.  Phillips began the Capital Improvement Program to which a number of Beta Pi Omega members contributed.  The Chapter also expanded the scope of two service projects.  Odessa Talley’s idea of holding a public program and reception for our annual scholarship awards was developed, and the term “Youth Services” was coined to refer to all chapter projects involving service to youth.

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