By: Tyler Rogers
Tyler Rogers is an alumnus of the Pi Chapter of BYX at UGA
I left my small hometown of Pavo, Georgia, my family, and our farm, and headed to UGA in the fall of 2005. UGA was a huge change for me coming from a small town. I found a great church and some awesome friends, except that they were all graduating seniors. I began to look for more like-minded guys and in the spring of my freshman year I heard about a rush event for a Christian Fraternity that had just started that fall. I pledged spring 2006 in the Beta Class of the Pi Chapter of BYX at UGA. This wound up being one of the biggest and most life-changing decisions of my life. I went on to serve as social chair and later as president of the chapter at UGA. The guys I met there became my closest friends and many have remained as my closest friends today. The majority of my groomsmen were BYX men.
While at UGA I majored in Cellular Biology and Microbiology (I’m a nerd). I graduated from UGA in the spring of 2009 and decided to take a year off. During the year off, I moved to Fort Worth, TX and served on the staff for BYX. It was a huge year for me. The time away gave me some time to reflect on my future plans. That year I made two more life-changing decisions while on staff with BYX. With a lot of prayer and in community with the other BYX staff members, I decided to accept a position in the Mercer University School of Medicine, Class of 2014 and I decided to take a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army.
I spent the remainder of that year in Fort Worth growing while serving on staff. In the fall of 2010, I moved to Macon, GA and started medical school. That fall my life changed forever when I met another student named Megan and in the spring of 2012 I started dating her. Over four years later, I married her on September 17, 2016! We both graduated from medical school in the spring of 2014. I promoted to Captain and moved to Fort Gordon, GA and started a residency program in Family Medicine, and Megan moved to Columbia, SC to start a residency program in Pediatrics. We are currently happily married (even though we live an hour apart) and are both in our last year of residency. In June, we will graduate and have both accepted teaching positions on the faculty at Fort Gordon (me, active duty and her, civilian), and she and Maverick (our dog) will finally move to Fort Gordon with me.
BYX has impacted every single major event in my life since joining freshman year. From the men who still walk through life with me, to the lessons I learned in leadership while serving as president or on national staff, the impact of BYX on my life is immeasurable. The emphasis on mentorship is something that continues to push me to mentor and to be mentored in my life even now. I learned servant leadership which is something I use in my marriage, my job as chief resident, and in my relationship with my patients. I am so grateful for the path Jesus put me on when he sent me to what was probably the most unorganized rush even in the history of BYX.
Tyler Rogers, his wife Megan, and their dog Maverick
Every day, over 10,000 employees and hundreds of patients and families across numerous healthcare facilities rely on the leadership of Texas BYX alumnus Craig Cordola, who serves as the president of the central and west regions of Memorial Hermann Health System. Cordola, who has been with Memorial Hermann for nearly 13 years, points to BYX as a “training ground for leadership” that helped to shape him into the influential professional he is today.
“Actually being trained up as a leader of men really translates into the workplace to where I really try to show up every day and it’s not about me,” Cordola said. “It’s about how can we make people better and how can I both lead with integrity and as an example of what it looks like to be a leader of the people and for the people rather than over people.”
Craig’s experience as a member of BYX is not uncommon. Alumni brothers look back on their time as members of BYX fondly, acknowledging how the Lord prepared them for their future through the fraternity. Current brothers are in the midst of being shaped into the professionals, husbands, church members and fathers that they will be. While active membership in BYX is intended for a specific time and place, the impact of Beta Upsilon Chi stretches well beyond BYX.
Britt Hatcher, a member of the Nu Chapter, also serves as the president of an on-campus service organization focused on caring for underprivileged children in Nashville. As Britt serves beyond BYX, he sees how the fraternity has made him more effective in his other roles.
“It showed me that it’s not about you,” Hatcher said. “It’s not about how it makes you feel. It’s not about how it fits into your schedule. It’s more of a lifestyle of learning to give your self up daily to benefit other people. If I hadn’t seen that example modeled by older guys in BYX, I don’t know if I would have come upon it or if I would still be viewing service something as primarily for me.”
Men walk out of BYX ready to contribute elsewhere. Nowhere is that more evident than in the church. TCU alumnus Cody Dick believes that BYX equips men to make an immediate impact on their church, small group and community.
“It’s invaluable to churches around the country to have men coming in at age 22, 23, 24 who can be a vibrant and active part of their church who have some of this training at their back where a lot of people never get that their entire life,” Dick said.
“I think as men we are called to be leaders of the home and often called to be leaders of the workplace,” Cordola said. “While that’s not the sole purpose of BYX, I do think that that’s an outcome of BYX.”