• If You Live Far Away from Your Organization, It Can be Hard to Remain Active

    It may be hard to stay in-the-know when it comes to Kappa Chapter news and happenings if you’re not local or living in another state. But the distance doesn’t have to deter you from staying involved and up-to-date as we move forward into a new year for our Chapter. Here are three ways to keep in touch with your Phi Sig Brothers even if you live from far away from Happy Valley.


  • This space is about you – the generous and thoughtful Brother who has given back to Psi Chapter over the past year. It’s also about you – the Brother who’s looking for a way to contribute to Phi Kappa Sigma’s future success but hasn’t yet. The time has come!

    With less than two months left in our giving year, we’re in a dogfight in the fourth quarter, a bit ahead of last year’s pace that saw Psi Chapter bring in gifts totaling $10,757 from 55 donors. Now is the chance to join our growing donor base. So far, 52 Brothers have contributed gifts totaling $8,526. We know we can do better with your help!


  • The Psi Chapter 125th Reunion was a great success with over 130 Brothers and their guests joining us for the three-day event in Happy Valley earlier this month! Trust us – you’re going to want to see the upcoming edition of Psidelights which will be hitting mailboxes in about a week or two! We’ll have a full, two-page photo spread of high-quality images thanks to William Ames Photography which shot our event.

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  • The Brothers of Phi Sigma Kappa hosted a battle of the bands November 11, 2015. The philanthropic event’s proceeds went to Special Olympics.

    Last year, with the help of the bands and multiple sponsors, $2500 was raised to Sponsor Philip Mahoney, an Australian basketball player in the 2015 Special Olympics.


  • In today’s time, it’s nothing to snap hundreds of photos and share them with friends and family all over the globe. Unfortunately, our photo albums are looking rather bare. Check out these awesome photos from our archives and don’t forget to send your own Kappa Chapter photos to our alumni relations office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    The best submissions could be featured in future publications!

    You can also upload your own photos to our website! Go to our photo gallery, log in and start uploading yours today!


  • The Skinny: Per Penn State athletic department rules, true freshman like Saquon Barkley aren’t allowed to speak to the media.

    That’s okay. The running back lets his legs do the talking for him and Barkley’s made a pretty vocal entrance into the world of college football with his quick feet, turbocharged burst and ability to make tacklers miss.

  • No Penn State player played the past few weeks with as heavy a heart as Anthony Zettel, whose father passed away the day before Penn State’s game against San Diego State after a long battle with cancer. Click below for a brief Q&A with Zettel, our Nittany Lion of the Month.

  • Can you believe the college football regular season is nearing an end already? Penn State began the season with six-straight games in Pennsylvania — with five at Beaver Stadium — and will return home once more on Nov. 21 to face a rising Michigan team.

    So in honor of our last chance to take part in “The Greatest Show in College Football” this season, we bring you nine characters you’re sure to meet in Happy Valley on game days!

  • Kappa Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa has been firmly committed to supporting the efforts of THON. Last year we raised over $51,000 for the Four Diamonds Fund though our canning weekends, THONvelopes, and other fundraising opportunities. We are proud to have recently formed a new partnership with Sorority Phi Sigma Rho. With this new pairing came another wonderful addition, our THON Family, The Beechers. Charlie Beecher, who recently celebrated his 7th birthday, was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma when he was sixteen months old. After 42 weeks of chemotherapy Charlie completed his treatment in 2010 and all post-treatment scans have been cancer free. The Beecher family, as well as the entire THON community, continues to inspire us every day to dedicate our time and effort for a cause that we feel passionately about.

  • We want to take another opportunity to thank all the brothers who gave to our annual fund this past year. Our giving year wrapped up on August 31 and we’re now taking donations for the 2015-16 annual fund.

    We finished 2014-15 with more than $15,351 in donations from 87 brothers. And with over 850 active alumni out there, we think we can do better!

  • Like the bonds we forged in Phi Sigma Kappa, Penn State football players share a special camaraderie in their own. Turn on almost any NFL team’s game on Sundays – or Mondays or Thursdays – and you’ll find that Nittany Lion football brotherhood strongly represented.

    When the NFL season began on Sept. 10, Penn State was one of the best-represented college teams with 32 former Nittany Lions on professional rosters. An additional 10 are members of coaching staffs.

  • Penn Staters know that State College becomes the commonwealth’s third-largest city on Penn State football game days. With more than 100,000 fans packed into the stadium, Homecoming is always a very special weekend and few need incentive to make the trip back to town.

    But in case you’ve forgotten, need any motivation or are wondering what will make this year stand out from other Homecoming weekends, keep reading!

  • Fifteen alums spent all of Saturday and a good part of Sunday getting the house ready for 40 actives for Fall Semester.  Here are a number of pictures of how the house looks..... in a word GREAT!  There was lots of painting, cleaning, trimming, repairing, moving, discarding, laughing and eating.  It was a truly enjoyable time, although there were rumors of sore muscles the following week. 

    This was a great way to get to know Brothers from different eras and to really contribute to the well-being of a great facility.  We'll be having another Work Weekend next summer, so why not join in the fun?

  • Football season is approaching and it’s time to look at – and discuss – where Penn State fits in the Big Ten picture.

  • A handful of Phi Sigs attended the Phi Sigma Kappa General Convention in Minneapolis, Minn. from Aug. 5-8.

    Check out a photo from the event and stay tuned for updates on what came out of the trip!

  • The end of our giving year is nearing, with just one month left to make your gift. We’ve raised an outstanding $39,943 from 98 donors—far more than our goal of 14,000! Many brothers have made gifts, ranging from small yet, impactful gifts to more substantial gifts. Each gift makes a difference.

  • The college football season is just around the corner, meaning it’s nearly time for Phi Sig brothers to pull out their blue and white jerseys and other Penn State football gear in preparation for Penn State’s second season under head coach James Franklin.

    It also means it’s time to start taking a look at where the Nittany Lions stand with training camp looming. So get caught up on who’s who and which players will step up to fill key roles for the Nittany Lions this season.

  • The Kappa Chapter Alumni Board has established a Scholarship Fund to assist deserving Actives fund their Penn State education. This fund is managed by the National Phi Sigma Kappa Foundation and contributions are fully tax-deductible. If you would like to help your younger Brothers meet their college expenses, please consider making a donation to this worthy cause. Once sufficient funds are available for meaningful distributions, the Actives, with the help of their Advisor and the Board, will select award recipients.

  • The Fifth Annual Phi Sig Golf outing turned out to be a great event.  Many thanks to the 16 golfers at Toftrees on Friday, the 27 golfers at Penn State’s Blue Course on Saturday and the nearly 40 people who attended the steak cookout and awards program at the House afterward.

    This year we remembered Brother Jeff Peffer '78 who passed away last fall.  His wife, Sue and son, Andrew joined us for the event. Some of the award winners were: Ed Bridgens (low gross score and winner of the green jacket!), Matt Cowen and Rich Newell (closest to the pin) and Matt Cowen (longest drive).

  • With Arts Fest rapidly approaching, we know many Phi Sig Brothers may be planning to trek back to Happy Valley and visit their alma mater.

    Arts Fest begins on July 9 and runs through July 12. As in years past, there will be plenty to do in State College. Catch up with other brothers for a beer, dinner or round of golf!

  • Shortly before our giving year began in September, we set a goal to raise $14,000 for our annual fund. Sure, it was a lofty checkpoint that we knew would take plenty of effort and generosity to reach, but we were able to eclipse that goal in October thanks to a substantial gift from Brother James Whipkey ’80. Since then, plenty more Phi Sig Brothers have chipped in and with two months left to go, we’ve raised $39,473 with the help of 95 donors.

  • The college football season is just around the corner, meaning it’s nearly time for Phi Sig Brothers to pull out their blue and white jerseys and other Penn State football gear in preparation for Penn State’s second season under head coach James Franklin.

    It also means it’s time to start taking a look at where the Nittany Lions stand with training camp looming.

  • We all bleed blue and white! Do you know how our Nittany Lions are looking for this upcoming season? With the NFL Draft in the rearview, rookies will be in and out of NFL cities over the next few weeks for mandatory rookie camps and symposiums. A handful of Penn State players were selected in the draft while a few more have signed free agent contracts or secured rookie camp tryouts. Their next step? Make their respective teams. Click here for the outlook for Penn State’s next crop of pro players as teams can hold rookie camps as early as May 15.

    Speaking of football, are you coming back to reunite with your brothers for Homecoming this fall? Homecoming Week 2015 will begin on October 4, with the Homecoming Football game against the Indiana Hoosiers on October 10th. Check out our future eLetters for more updates.

  • Looking for a reason to return to Happy Valley this fall? How about to see two of Penn State’s most followed teams in two of the best environments in college sports?

    The Penn State football and men’s hockey teams will begin play at Beaver Stadium and Pegula Ice Arena on Sept. 12 and Oct. 10, respectively. Combined, both teams will play 25 games in Happy Valley, giving Phi Sig brothers plenty of options for informal reunions!

  • Charles A. Kuhar '71 served as a platform, simulator and flight instructor. He was a Top Gun Instructor, a UN peacekeeper in Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, as well as a Space Shuttle Project Officer for the STS-3 landing and recover at White Sands, New Mexico. He lived all over the world and saw sights. Click below to read more about what Charles and a few other brothers have been up to.

  • This year, the active members of Kappa Chapter have had a rather full plate. This past fall, we inducted 18 quality members to join the ranks of our brotherhood.  Meanwhile, this spring, we have 6 quality associates who are currently earning their way into the house as they learn about both our tradition and rituals.

  • Here’s to the Men of the Year and the Superstars! This spring’s Men of the Year were recently honored at the Founder’s Day reception and dinner, while the Phi Sig Superstars began raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

  • Join us for our 5th annual golf tournament on May 29-31, which is dedicated to Kappa Brother Jeff Peffer, aka “Wally Peefers,” who passed away last Fall.  Wally pledged in 1975 and graduated in 1978.  He is remembered by his friends for his great attitude, sense of humor and his Army helmet.  The helmet was a fixture for all of his meetings as Inductor for the Spring 1977 pledge class, which included David Hyland ’80, Jim Whipkey ’80, Jim Mitchell ’80, Keith Whitman ’80 and Marty Perl ’81, and several others. Jeff was a great character, brother, husband, father, friend, and coach. He spent his entire professional career employed at the Providence Journal (Rhode Island). He is survived by his wife, Susan (Harvey) Peffer, and children, Andrew and Kristen.

  • In this season of giving, we'd like to thank the 40+ donors who have supported the Annual Fund since September 1. We are growing our group of supporters this year and we’re up by 27% compared to where we were this time last year. Find out how your support has helped...

  • It has been a long three seasons since the Nittany Lions made their way into a postseason bowl game. Well, we made it! Penn State will play Boston College at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, December 27 in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

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  • This time of year encourages us to take a step back, pause, and take a moment to think about and be thankful for the opportunities we have been given. We want to thank YOU wholeheartedly for your support.

  • We take this opportunity to welcome the new president of our Phi Sigma Kappa Association board, Brother Fred DeCock ’80. Fred lives in Hummelstown, Pa., and is the manager of Web Solutions & eMarketing at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He has been very involved with our chapter as a member of the board. Look for more on Brother DeCock in our future publications. Click below if you would like to send your congratulations to Brother DeCock.

  • The fall semester … It is time when a lot of change takes place. New pledges. New courses. New red shutters on the house (see photo to the right). And while we have changes to celebrate (which you can read in this article), we also take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt "Thank You" to Dick Doherty '58 who is stepping down from his position as our alumni board president. Please click below to read more.

  • For Brother Jeremy Frank ’97, it’s all about not getting carried away. The president and co-founder of KCF Technologies in State College, Pa., knows that the success of a business is dependent on the ability of the leadership team to stay focused … on finding customers. From there, it will all just fall into place. Click below to read Jeremy's story.

  • See how we stacked up!

    As most Phi Sig brothers know, Penn State is a prestigious and well-known university to attend. However, many have asked: “Where does Happy Valley rank in the spectrum of things?”

  • Find out what traditions we're looking for!

    You know better than anyone else. Tradition is heavily engrained in the DNA of every fraternity, in the blood of every brother, and in the memory of every alumnus. Most men tell their stories to their grandchildren – their traditions, their college days, and their working days.

  • Send us your white out photos today!

    Every year, one of the cannot-miss games that is played is the Penn State Nittany Lions versus the Ohio State Buckeyes. And every time it is played at home, it is usually a white out.

  • Old photos are like Thanksgiving turkeys. On one day out of the year, we take time to enjoy them and then wonder why we choose to enjoy them only on special occasions. Why can't we fix a turkey and stuffing on the Fourth of July? So, even though you may have put your Homecoming 2014 memories behind you already (yeah, that game was a tough one), we want to keep the spirit of the weekend alive. Specifically, we want to see your photos from the weekend. The best photo will be featured on our website home page later this month. Click below for details.

  • "I wondered why somebody didn't do something. Then, I realized, I am somebody." Does it matter who said it? No. What matters is that we have those "somebodies" who have chosen to give to our Annual Fund for the very first time this month. Click below to find out who those “somebodies” are and to join them on our Honor Roll.

  • We opened the photo vault. Check out what we found!

  • We want to share a story with you. This story comes from a Penn State fraternity … a situation that took place in 2013. One brother had a daughter who was facing a very serious genetic illness. The best doctor available in the area was in Baltimore, but he had closed his doors to new patients. As often happens, this brother’s dilemma was shared by one brother to another and to another. Thanks to the efforts of one brother, the base of those who knew about this expanded, and the doors (literally) opened. This young girl was able to see the specialist she needed and begin her path to healing. But that is not where the story ends. Click below to read more.

  • On the heels of the announcement that the NCAA has restored Penn State's bowl game eligibility and scholarships effective in 2015, along with the team's eligibility to play in this year's Big Ten Championship game, let us "raise the song, raise the song" with our brothers at Phi Sigma Kappa as we prepare for Homecoming 2014. Click below to read about events planned for the week and to get a behind-the-scenes look at the largest student-run homecoming in the nation.

  • Whether you ran a marathon this last year, welcomed your first child (or grandchild), traveled the world or met up with a few brothers for a PSU football game, we want to know it. Now is your chance tell us your story!

  • On Saturday, August 9, 11 alumni showed up at 501 S. Allen Street to take care of some jobs in preparation of the new fall semester and Homecoming. It was a great day of camaraderie, and a lot of tasks were completed by the talented work group.  Click below to read more about the projects completed and for a link to the day's photo album. And be sure to check out the house the next time you are in town.

  • As Coach Franklin ushers in a new chapter of PSU football, we invite you back to Kappa Chapter to be part of Homecoming (September 27). Join us at the house beginning at 5:00 p.m. for social hour, a pig roast buffet and our annual corporation meeting. Click below to see the full schedule and to register. Homecoming is less than 2 weeks away, so register today! 

  • The countdown is on for the 2014 Penn State football season with kickoff just a few short weeks away! That hopefully means your return trip to Happy Valley is around the corner! Whether you went to Penn State when the Skeller still had Ponies or could participate in the Phi Psi 500, there is something we can all agree on: It's great to be home. Click below to see the checklist of things to watch for when you come back to Happy Valley this fall!

  • The Rathskeller, the oldest bar in State College, celebrates its 82nd year this fall!  Countless Penn Staters have spent many a night at the well-known establishment, just as you probably did!  Check out the full story on the Collegian's website.

    Tell us your best and greatest Rathskeller memory. Email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll use your story in the next eletter! C'mon, you know you will enjoy sharing these and reading other brothers' stories!

  • Do you remember the words? "Wisdom comes with learning. Complementing the mission of higher education, we seek to help our members to combine formal and informal learning experience … to produce men of wisdom who will be better prepared to make positive contributions to society and all mankind." So, now is your chance. Brother Bill DeGrandis '77 has set up a fully tax-deductible scholarship fund to benefit Kappa Chapter actives. Click below to find out how you can contribute.

  • Kappa Chapter's 4th Annual Golf Outing brought nearly 35 alumni back to State College on the weekend of May 30-June 1. Brothers and guests golfed at Mountain View Country Club on Friday and on the Penn State Blue Course on Saturday. Following the golfing, everyone returned to the House for food and drink. But who walked away with the coveted Green Jacket? Click below to find out.

  • Are you planning a trip back to State College and Penn State this summer? Summer is a great time to enjoy the arts, food and entertainment in the area. For the next two months, you have many opportunities to reunite with brothers for some great times. We have listed 10 reasons for you to return — from weekly farmers’ markets to events that make national headlines. Let us know if you will be in town!

  • We need your help. Some of our brothers have lost touch with us. Job changes, moves, technology upgrades … there are a lot of reasons that our contact information changes. But some of you might know how we can get these brothers back on our mailing and email distribution lists. Click below to find out what addresses we are missing and how you can submit any information you have for these brothers.

  • On Friday, May 2, Brother Jay Brunetto '05 was joined by 13 of his Phi Sig brothers in Playa Del Carmen Mexico as he exchanged vows with his lovely bride, Carolyn Paugh. Click below for photos and more about this destination wedding which was complete with Whales Tales and celebration in true Phi Sig style. Don't forget to let us know what is happening with you as well.

  • It’s been announced. Saturday, October 25, 2014, 8:00 p.m. It will be televised on ABC and ESPN. And it is in Beaver Stadium! So, what are your plans for the HOME PSU. vs. OSU game? Can we get something organized at the house? Click below to read more and leave your thoughts and ideas about one of the biggest football weekends PSU will see this fall.

  • On Saturday, March 29, approximately 30 Kappa Chapter actives, alums, family members and friends met at Penn State’s new Pegula Ice Arena to kickoff the weekend’s Founders’ Day celebration. The exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the new facility moved from the lower level locker rooms, weight-training facility and media room all the way to the top-level private suites, including just about everything in between.

  • What does it mean to be Damn Proud? It means caring enough to participate in a chapter that supported you through your time at Penn State. All we ask is for one gift each year … at any level. As you read through this financial update, consider how you can participate and send in your contribution today!

  • We are issuing a challenge. In today's age of e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other digital channels through which we can stay in touch, there is one very interesting finding. Many would assume that it would be brothers graduating in the years of 2000 to 2013 who would be the most connected. Click below to find out which decades are ahead in the e-mail race.

  • It is a scene like none other. For those of you who have been part of THONs past, you know. Click below to read about Phi Sigma Kappa's contribution to the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.

  • It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of Brother Joe Fox, class of ’57. Joe lost his long battle with cancer on Saturday, February 8, in Bedford, Texas. Joe was a big supporter of Kappa Chapter. He was president of the chapter in 1956-57. We were told that he was a member of the Corp. Board in the ’70s, and he was one of the major workers in the Reason To Be Proud Campaign, making many phone calls to brothers in the ’50s.

  • We are counting on additional participation at the midpoint of our giving year to reach our goal of $20,000 by August 31. To date (as of January 13), we have raised $5,241.

  • We are pleased to announce that in coordination with our national office, we have set up a scholarship fund to make financial awards to deserving Kappa Chapter actives.

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    Alumni, we need your help! Last year, Kappa chapter raised over $35,000 for THON and the Four Diamonds Fund.

  • On Wednesday, Dec. 11, the Greek community at Penn State held their annual holiday house lighting competition. The houses looked great this year with the snow creating a winter landscape. Congratulations to Sigma Pi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Alpha Sigma Pi and Phi Gamma Delta for their award-winning displays.

  • Every five years, Phi Sigs from 1973 (plus or minus a few years) meet at Penn State to renew friendships and relive their times at 501 S. Allen St. This year, over 20 people gathered at Whiskers for refreshments, at the Elk Creek Cafe for lunch and craft beer, at the House for an excellent and humorous slideshow, at Champs for dinner and to watch PSU get trounced by Ohio State, and at the home of Melinda and Dan Stearns '73 house for a wonderful buffet breakfast the following morning.

  • The weekend of June 1st saw alums from six decades return to State College for the 3rd Annual Phi Sig Golf Tournament. The weather was perfect as 23 golfers attacked the PSU White Course. Several brothers were up for the challenge as they tried to earn some of the fantastic awards.

  • We are pleased to announce that Kappa Chapter has established a scholarship fund for our Actives.  The donations to the fund will be fully tax deductible and will be awarded to Actives who are selected by the Alumni Board with significant input from the Actives’ Executive Board.  
  • Calling all Phi Sigs! October 12 is just around the corner and we hope you're planning your trip "home" if you haven't already. Your brothers have a jam-packed Homecoming planned complete with a pre-game brunch and a tailgate.

  • Ever wondered how Penn State comes up with those final fundraising figures?  Or what portion of your gift actually goes FTKs?  

  • Ok, so the Christmas reference might be too soon, but you get the point. The board has compiled a list of our most pressing needs and desired activities this year. Check it out!

  • In a widely-circulated, recent article by John U. Bacon of the Wall Street Journal, Penn State Football is lauded for its ability to foster what epitomizes our love for the chapter and school: brotherhood.

  • Spencer Niles, author of this article, is a participant in the NCAA Lawsuit. He is a member of the PS4RS Board and is a Penn State alumnus earning his doctoral degree from the College of Education in 1986. He served as Distinguished Professor and Department Head for Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education in the College of Education at Penn State from 2000-2013.

  • With just August left to make donations that count toward the 2012-2013 year's operating costs, we are asking that brothers who have not yet made a gift this year get theirs in soon! We are only $425 short of the 2011-2012 total!

  • Red Shutters, Red Shutters, Red Shutters – come over. Or was it Red Rover? You get the idea. The red shutters were originally removed from the house around 2005 by order of the safety code inspectors. Now I am appealing to YOU to help get them back!

  • The Alumni Association is seeking alumni from the Washington D.C., New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg or Lancaster areas to help organize a regional Phi Sig PSU alumni reunion. Can you help?

  • The LFAA are facing off with the State College Borough yet again, only this time the new challenge relates to the Borough’s proposed changes to the point system that dictates suspension of rental properties. They have written a letter and have asked that we distribute it to all brothers. Please read the letter carefully as the matters discussed therein greatly affect Greek life at Penn State.

  • Penn State's new students will arrive on campus Friday-Saturday, August 23-24, which means fall recruitment is right around the corner. Get the jump on recruiting with this sneak-peak preview of Penn State's Fraternity Guide, not scheduled to hit campus for another week yet, and to see how Kappa is represented!

  • With nearly 70% of all Congressmen and senators belonging to Greek organizations, the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee (FSPAC) is rallying to gain their support for a tax break bill that would mean massive changes for every Greek organization. However, recent negative media coverage of the legislation threatens to derail FSPAC efforts so far.

  • The weekend of June 1st saw a number of alums from six different decades return to State College for the 3rd Annual Phi Sig Golf Tournament. The weather was perfect as twenty-three golfers attacked the PSU White Course. Several of our brothers were up for the challenge as they tried to beat out the competition for top prizes.

     

  • Have you seen the changes on our website? To improve your online experience, we are excited to share our revamped web platform, complete with a visual overhaul and new features to make reconnecting easier. The website is still available at www.phisigpsu.com, but your username and password have changed temporarily (you can change yours back when you login the first time).

     

  • Penn State Football is back in Happy Valley on September 7 as the Nittany Lions face Eastern Michigan at Noon. Get more details on the home opener weekend and other football weekends that include more University athletics and activities, and Happy Valley events.

     

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  • Heading to PSU
    Author: Chris Kohne

    I'm heading up to PSU this weekend with some DC friends. Would love to catch up with anyone going up for the game. Let me know../Kohne

    posted on 10/26/2005 by Chris Kohne

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    Author: Matthew Hilbert

    We have a lead on the Russ tailgate and are looking for more info. Check with Hilbert on Saturday at 215-266-4671

    posted on 10/28/2005 by Matthew Hilbert

  • Locating pledge brothers
    Author: Raul Azpiazu

    Roger Calabretta and I (Class of '75) are trying to locate our Pledge Brothers. We would like to see if we could have a reunion some time soon. A good date may be when "Bear" retires (June 17th). Let's get the ball rolling and see if we can get together.


    The last time I saw Ron Kolson (or was it Kon Rolson, famous Nortic Explorer?), a dog pissed all over him while he was passed out against a tree in the Mall outside of Williard Bldg on a beautiful Spring day in '74. There were several hundred other witnesses passing by between classes. Kon was mortified and disappeared after that .

    If you ever find Brother McClay, be sure to remind him that he owes a substantial sum in past due house bills dating from '73. Perhaps he would be willing to make a donation now of the past due principal plus interest.

    Gar

    posted on 07/28/2006 by L Steuart Brown

  • Some of you may remember that Brother Klein conveyed Justice to Brother Kane during his Third Degree sbject to the condition that Justice remain in the house subsequent to his graduation. Brother Kane disputes this claim and believes he was completely justified in retaining Justice upon graduation where it remains today. Can anyone clear the record on this one?


    I was not present for Brother Klein's 3rd degree, but I did room with Brother Kane for two semesters.... on that merit alone, I believe he should be sumped.

    posted on 03/06/2006 by Brian Tefft


    Justice was a gift to me, under no conditions but, as to have, hang out with, and hang out with cool buds (ie. friends). Unbeknownst to me Brother Klein had an extremely long winded Third Degree where I think time actually stood still, I probably passed out while he added this post-time stipulation; that it should remain in the house. Anyhow Justice is still alive.

    posted on 03/01/2006 by Matthew Kane

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    Author: Luke Spaseff

    It has been quite some time since I have been to Krapper Mansion. I know that some of you thought I would never leave, but all good things come to an end (no matter how hard we try to extend it). It has been my expereince that when God closes a door He opens a window, you just have to keep your eyes open. Such has been my life. I am married thriteen years to a great woman (have to be to put up with me). My twins (happy and healthy, soon to be 13) are playing soccer at a very high level: it keeps us busy on the weekends pretty much year round. How are the rest of guys from Fall 80 doing? Let me know.

    Luke

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  • Are you planning to go back to Penn State for a game? Everything you need to know to have an amazing tailgate is posted right here including directions to the Phi Sig tailgate!

  • Hi there, sports fans! If you have a countdown till the days you can don your blue wig, grab your tickets and head to State College for a game- don't worry, you're not alone! The Sporting News has ranked State College, Pennsylvania in the top 99 Best Sports Cities for 2006.

  • Beta Theta Pi was recently featured on the front page of the Centre Daily Times, State College's daily newspaper. The Beta house is undergoing extensive renovations that will be financed by the largest known gift an alumni has given to a fraternity. Don Abbey '70 has donated a $3.5 million to the project that he is also overseeing. Abbey's commitment, dedication and generousity serves as a milestone of the Greek Pride: A Return to Glory initiative and an inspiration to all greek alumni and undergraduates.

    To read the full article, click here.

  • On September 9, more than 20 Phi Sig alumni returned to State College for the kickoff of our capital campaign, a $1.5 million project to renovate the house interior. Though the Nittany Lions fell defeated to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, spirits were high, as it was announced that $600,000 of the $1.5 million goal has already been pledged to date.

  • Boring day? These hilarious memories are guaranteed to brighten your mood and put a smile on your face. Think you have a better story? Click here and share it with us.

    What is the memory that makes you laugh hardest today?

    "Catching Flork making noise after hours on the second floor and fining him 0.50." - Leonard Anthony Pasquini, '66

  • Veteran Nittany Lion coach Joe Paterno has often said, when two teams of the same caliber meet, the outcome will be determined by half a dozen plays. That certainly was the case in Ohio State's venerable Horseshoe Saturday, where Penn State's valiant attempt to upset the top-ranked Buckeyes failed when two gratuitous touchdowns on interception returns in the final three minutes turned a tight defensive struggle into a disappointing 28-6 defeat for No. 24 Penn State. The game was much closer than Ohio State's victory over defending national champion and second-ranked Texas by a slimmer margin two weeks earlier, as the Nittany Lion defense held the powerful Buckeyes 174 yards below their total offense average and 18 points below their scoring average and had the home fans worried about the 10-game winning streak and No. 1 ranking until 2:31 before the final whistle.

  • Name: Taylor DuBois
    Hometown: Laramie, Wyo
    Major: Information Science & Technology
    Graduation Year: 2008
    Current GPA: 3.45
    Why I joined Phi Sig: My brother lived here. I came out and liked all the guys.
    Favorite Phi Sig Memory so far: Initiation Night/ Pirate Party

    Name: Clifford Evan Enyeart
    Hometown: Elizabeth, PA
    Major: Bioengineering with Chemical Engineering option
    Graduation Year: 2009
    Current GPA: 3.7
    Why I joined Phi Sig: The Brothers
    Favorite Phi Sig Memory so far: Pirate Party
    Future Plans: Graduate and then go to med school or grad school
    Name: Robert Gonzalez
    Hometown: Poconos, PA
    Major: DUS
    Graduation Year: 2009
    Current GPA: 2.2
    Why I joined Phi Sig: Out of all the fraternities I've been to, Phi Sig was the ONLY one with brothers who made every effort to get to know me and befriend me.
    Favorite Phi Sig Memory so far: Pirate Parties 1 and 2
    Future Plans: Work at Micron in Virginia

    Name: Jeff Hudak
    Hometown: West Chester, PA
    Major: IST
    Graduation Year: 2009
    Current GPA: 3.04
    Why I joined Phi Sig: Warm, friendly environment. Fun People.
    Favorite Phi Sig Memory so far: Pirate Party/Superstars '06
    Future Plans: Planning to do Air Force ROTC; Working with technology in Air Force

    Name: Amos Hutchinson
    Hometown: Easthampton, NJ
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
    Graduation Year: 2007
    Current GPA: 2.93
    Why I joined Phi Sig: Some of my friends joined the semester before me, and I felt that it was a good organization to join.
    Favorite Phi Sig Memory so far: The original Pirate Party
    Future Plans: I wish I knew.

    Name: Jeff Marchozzi
    Hometown: Conshohocken, PA
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
    Graduation Year: 2009
    Current GPA: 2.99
    Why I joined Phi Sig: My brother came through the house and I liked the people and atmosphere when I visited.
    Favorite Phi Sig Memory so far: Trick or treating on Halloween for beer/ Pirate Party
    Future Plans: Bring the number of house brothers in the fraternity into the high 30's.

    Name: Barry Maurillo
    Hometown: Nutley, NJ
    Major: Finance
    Graduation Year: 2009
    Current GPA: 3.37
    Why I joined Phi Sig: The Brothers
    Favorite Phi Sig Memory so far: Pirate Party

    Name: Phil Stout
    Hometown: Latrobe, PA
    Major: RPTM
    Graduation Year: 2007
    Current GPA: 3.63
    Why I joined Phi Sig: Met great guys.
    Favorite Phi Sig Memory so far: Induction
    Future Plans: Work for professional arena doing marketing or management for the facility.

  • Find out everything you need to know about the Phi Sigma Kappa "Reason to Be Proud" Campaign. Click here to view documents that cover the case statement, bios of the campaign committee members, ways of making a gift and how you can help!

  • Beat the winter blues and visit Penn State this winter for a basketball game. All of the information you will need to know for the 2006-2007 season from where to get tickets to what to expect for the season is provided in below. Click here to download these documents.

  • On March 31, 2007 the Kappa Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa invites all to come and enjoy a great day of gathering and enjoyment of old friends. Come join us in celebration of this great Phi Sig tradition with good company, music and.... party with your Alumni brothers. The celebration will begin at noon with a social hour. We are planning to have a festive day and would like to hear from all of you, our Alumni, for suggestions of what activities you would like to have at the house. Such as, a speaker from the UniversityOs Greek community or PSK's Headquarters, a barbecue outside and dinner buffet in the evening, a band, music and dancing, an evening party..... please send us your suggestions. The actives, Board of Directors and your friends all hope to see you here.

    Barry Atkinson O62
    Secretary, Phi Sigma Kappa
    Board of Directors

  • Were you lucky enough to score tickets to the game on New Year's Day? Make a great vacation by visiting some of the area's greatest attractions!

    Tampa offers plenty to do and see as home to major attractions, recreational opportunities, nature, the arts and shopping. In fact, visitors may find it difficult to choose what they want to do.

  • A school record 78 Penn State student-athletes, representing seven fall sports, have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. The Nittany Lions' 78 fall recipients are the most among conference institutions for the seventh time in the last nine years.

  • Memorial services have been set for Robert "Bear" Koehler '58, who passed away January 3, 2007.

    The Smeal College of Business will hold a memorial service from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, February 2 in the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center Worship Hall at Penn State. Phi Sigma Kappa has been asked to be a part of this memorial ceremony. A reception will follow.

    Click here to read Bear's obituary as it appeared in The Centre Daily Times on January 9.

  • If you choose to donate to Phi Sigma Kappa in memory of Bear, please make your contribution to The Bear Koehler Fund. Monies donated to this fund will be allocated where most needed within the Kappa Chapter, and donors will receive special recognition that their gifts were made in memory of Bear. Your support will help preserve the legacy of Kappa Chapter, which Bear held so dear.

  • "It's still difficult to believe that Bear is no longer with us. He guided us through the wonderful 'immature' years of early manhood at Phi Sig/PSU and we gave him an ever growing family." - Bill Warfel '71

  • THON is approaching again, and your involvement as an alumnus is needed and appreciated. Thank you for all your support for THON while you were a student and for all that you do for the kids as alumni of Penn State. You can help support Phi Sigma Kappa's effort to raise money for THON 2007 by donating online today by clicking here. Make sure that you specify that you credit Phi Sigma Kappa for your donation. If you are in the area, come support the THON 2007 dancers at the Bryce Jordan Center the weekend of February 16, 17 & 18

  • We want to know about your attempts - both successes and failures - to woo women while you were an undergrad. Did you meet your current wife while an active member in the fraternity? Did your pledge brothers embarrass you while you were trying to impress a really hot chick? What is your memorable pinning moment? Share your greatest (or most embarrassing!) love and dating stories on our message boards in honor of Valentine's Day.

  • "What Phi Sig offers is not in textbooks. It won't be found in a professor's PowerPoint presentation. It is not offered in a course selection catalogue. What Phi Sig offers is something more than the limits of the classroom can teach.

  • With the help of Phi Sigma Kappa brothers, this year's THON total reached an all-time high of $5,240,385.17! This breaks the previous record by $1 million. The undergraduates' hard work and dedication to the Four Diamond Fund will benefit children with cancer.

    Click here for more THON coverage!

    What is your favorite memory from THON? Post it on the message board today!

  • The game time of 2:00 pm allows for plenty of time to tailgate before the
    event. Check out our "tailgating central" documents in the
    Download Center for more information on Penn State tailgating. Other events
    scheduled for the weekend include a carnival, children's
    games, food vendors, game worn football apparel booth and the student
    entertainment stage. For more information on the Blue-White
    Game, click here.

  • Want to share some pictures with the rest of the brotherhood but aren't sure how to? Look no further. Whether you have pictures from your days in the fraternity or one from a recent reunioin, upload your pictures to our online photo albums. And don't forget to browse through others' submissions.

    In this picture: Campaign Announcement Meeting

  • Congratulations graduates and welcome to our Alumni Association from Phi Sigma Kappa Penn State! Still haven't found that dream job, or know of a great position opening up? If so, help a fellow brother out and let us know where the jobs are by posting job opportunities on our message board. Also, graduates looking for jobs are encouraged to discuss your aspirations here as well!

  • The largest crowd in Blue-White game history sported orange and maroon on Saturday, April 21. The White captured a 30-6 victory, led by 126 yards passing and two touchdowns from junior quarterback Paul Cianciolo 116 yards receiving and two touchdowns from sophomore wide receiver Chris Bell.

  • Phi Sig active brothers raised $1,768 to donate to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at the annual Superstars philanthropy event, held April 28. Click here to read coverage in The Daily Collegian.

  • The times were announced for three Penn State football games. The much-anticipated Notre Dame game will kick off at 6:00 pm. The homecoming game versus Wisconsin will begin at 3:30 pm and the Ohio State game will be played under the lights, starting at 8:00 pm. For the full football schedule, click here.

  • Surely you have some great photos from your Phi Sig days or of a more recent reunion. Why not share them with the brotherhood online? Visit our photo albums to upload your best shots and to browse the submissions of others.

    In this photo: Bear with PSU sports trivia experts, John '63 and Donna Diercks, 2004 Blue-White Game.

  • As stated earlier, the house is closed for the summer. Phi Sig, along with several other houses, will have a roving security patrolling the houses during Arts Fest weekend. This has become necessary to protect the properties and housing corporations from points, fines and other costly problems with State College Borough. We appreciate your help in keeping Kappa Chapter on the "good list" with State College and our neighbors!

  • We need your support! Last year, alumni contributions totaled $12,911, allowing us to continue our communications program and keeping you connected with Phi Sigma Kappa and your brothers. So far in 2006-07, our annual contributions are not quite as high as we'd like them to be. Is your name listed among our loyal donors? If not, please consider adding your name to the list by making your contribution by August 31.

  • Whether our cheering forces the opposing team to call a timeout or Beaver Stadium is shaking from the jumping to "Hey Baby," Penn State fans rank among the top in the nation. No other school can compare to the intense tailgating on Penn State Fanatics, though. So line up the RV's, let's make Penn State Football 2007/2008 Season an unforgettable one. Follow this recipe by visiting the following sites to learn how you can make the best possible tailgating in Happy Valley.

  • Don't forget to donate to the Phi Sigma Kappa Annual Fund. The annual fund helps to hold alumni events and supports the communications program that keeps us all connected, including our web site, newsletters, e-Letters, online brothers' directory and scholarships for actives. Check out the list of previous donors!

  • Bill DeGrandis, '77, and John Bacon, '78, recently visited John Shaw in Falls Church, VA. Mr. Shaw is 101 years old, and is the oldest living Kappa Chapter alum.
    He lived in the present house when it first opened in 1927.

    John Bacon is a reporter for USA Today, and John wrote this story after this visit:

  • Our A Reason to Be Proud campaign is at a critical stage. We need your support now in order to secure financing by October. Watch your mailbox for more information on how you can get involved and show your support for the future of Kappa Chapter.

  • General Honor Roll
    Jason Babik
    Anthony Fusaro
    Harry F Zimmerman 1934
    Henry F. Nixon 1935
    Daniel G. Meckley III 1947
    Peter F. Kupcik 1948
    George P Washko 1948
    Donald F. Keck 1949
    Edward L. Trabold 1949
    John B. Roy 1950
    Raymond J. Dombrowski 1951
    Ralph D. Clark 1952
    Joseph R. Reed 1952
    John E. Russ 1953
    Miles H. Woodward 1953
    Robert M. Galloway 1955
    William L. Rohm 1956
    Joseph B. Fox III 1957
    Richard W. Doherty 1958
    G. Parker Eldridge 1958
    Robert W. Koehler 1958
    Peter E. Oechslin 1958
    John F. Caspero Jr. 1961
    Steven R Hanna 1964
    Curtis G Hepler 1964
    Kenneth W Marta 1964
    Donald A. Schnure 1964
    Albert R Sharp 1964
    Terrance R Henderson 1965
    Harold J Laine 1965
    James M. Parris 1965, 1967
    Thomas F. Florkiewicz 1966
    Geoffrey W. Gates 1966
    Donald N. Kirby Jr. 1966
    David W. Raub 1966
    Charles W. Grogan Jr. 1967
    Richard W. Newell 1968
    Steven H. Brose 1969
    Ronald C. Manning 1969
    Richard B. Nonini 1969
    Thomas R Saltarelli 1969
    Bruce M. Balmat 1970
    Craig R. T. Heckman 1970
    Ronald G. Hedges 1970
    Richard D. Richardson 1970
    Paul F Robertson 1971
    Lawrence E Marynak 1972
    Robert W. Kochman 1973
    Dan T. Stearns 1973
    Stephen W. Yorks 1973
    Stephen P. Handwerk 1974
    William H Horner II 1974
    Thomas A. Tylman 1975
    Robert K. Withrow 1975
    Stephen E. Courter 1977
    David S. Hyland 1980
    Jeffery E. Rehborn 1981
    A. Roy Roy Kern 1983
    Matthew D. Wierman 1985
    David M Hochberg 1986
    Brian C Trapani 1987
    Troy S. Thornton 1991
    John A Carfagno 1994
    J Gregory Donovan 1994
    J. Barrett Donovan 1994
    Paul R Vannatta 1994
    Keith B. Woodward 1994

  • Join us at the house for Homecoming on October 13! A brunch will be held at the house from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., so that you can still make it to the stadium to tailgate prior to the 3:30 p.m. kickoff. The annual meeting will be held at 11 a.m. Please let us know if you are planning to attend by contacting Dick Doherty at 610-323-3888 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Following the brunch, join us at Beaver Stadium for tailgating before and after the game. See the Phi Sig Tailgates article in the EVENTS section for details.

    On Friday, October 12, the actives will have a party at the house. All alumni are welcome. As of now, there is nothing formally planned at the house for Saturday night.

  • Penn State is ranked number 5 out of the Top 10 Best College Tailgating Scenes! Did you know that the small town of State College turns into the third-largest city during home games? So many fans come out solely for the tailgating aspect that officials had to ban the drinking of alcohol outside the stadium during home games. Like ESPN stated before, this definitely is the best place on Earth.

    Click hereto read the article!

  • Have you recently gotten married? Become a father or grandfather? Been promoted? Moved across country? No matter what your news, we want to hear about it!

    Submit your alumni update online! Your news and photos will be posted on our web site and possibly published in the next issue of Kappa News.

  • The "Reason to be Proud Campaign" is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors of the Phi Sigma Kappa Association recently voted to proceed with the house renovation project. While we have a long way to go, I want to thank all the supporters of the Campaign. We would not be at this stage without your support.

    We now have just slightly under $950,000 in donations and pledges for the Campaign, an increase of over $ 200,000 since the summer. Fantastic, way to go!!!

    While we fell slightly short of our $ 1 million goal, the Board concluded that we came very close and have a viable enough project to proceed. The Board also approved seeking a $ 1.2 million loan for the project. Steve Courter ('77) and the Campaign finance folks are now preparing the loan application. Dave Hyland ('80) and the Building Committee are working with our architect on the bidding documents for the project. We intend to close the house and start construction in early January, and be ready to re-open for the Fall 2008 semester.

    We are not out of the woods yet. Total project costs are likely to exceed $ 1.5 million, so we have over a half million dollar gap between total costs (expected) and total pledges received so far. This gap can grow once we see the responses to the bidding documents that we will distribute soon. Costs can further increase once work commences and the walls and ceilings of our 80 year old house are torn down and replaced. We still need much more financial support to make this project successful. The more we raise, the more we can include in the project. We really do not want to pare back the proposed project renovation/redesign project, since almost all of it is really designed to comply with life/safety requirements and to enhance the living experience at Kappa Chapter. We will place on our website soon drawings of the proposed redesign of the House and details of the proposed project.

    If you have not made a pledge yet, we ask you: did you benefit from your living in the house and being a member of Kappa Chapter? If so, will you help support our efforts to preserve Kappa Chapter for future generations?

    Will you be our Million Dollar Man? If you pledge $ 50,000 now and get us to the million dollar level, you will be recognized on our Phi Sig Hall of Fame plaque that honors all donors as our Million Dollar Man. If two people pledge $ 25,000 each, both will be recognized as our Million Dollar Men. If we reach $ 1 million through smaller contributions, no special mention will be made. The Million Dollar Man designation is for that person (or two people) who get us over this important milestone NOW. When we started this project, many doubted we could even raise more than $ 750,000. We want to build on this success.

    Do you have sons who are not college age yet? If they go to Penn State and want to consider a fraternity option, Kappa Chapter will be a choice for them. In the present condition of the house, which is clearly showing its 80 year old age, I am not sure many of you would let your son live in Kappa Chapter. Our proposed renovation will provide a long lasting, improved living experience for Kappa Chapter actives. I should also point out that many members of the Campaign leadership either do not have sons or have sons who have long since graduated from college. Yet, we all came together to work hard to help preserve our fraternity. We have supporters from as far away as Alaska (one of our two top donors, Kevin O'Leary) and Denmark (Tom Wylonis). They obviously do not live close by to visit the house regularly, yet they and many others have not let geographic separation dim their love of and appreciation for Kappa Chapter, nor what the experience at Kappa did to enhance their lives.

    I hope you will help support our Reason to be Proud Campaign. I will gladly answer any questions you may have, or direct you to the person who can answer your questions. Thanks!

    Fraternally,

    Bill DeGrandis, '77
    (202) 551-1720 -- work
    (703) 450-5176 -- home

  • In this picture: Keith Whitman, Matt Hilbert, Taylor Dubois, and Jeff Hudak.

    Have your own tailgating photos that you would like to share? Upload them to our website in our Photo Albums today!

  • We would like to wish all of our Brothers and their families a blessed Holiday Season and a very Happy and prosperous New Year!

    Board of Directors
    Phi Kappa Sigma Alumni Association

  • Right before the New Year the Penn State Nittany Lions will head to San Antonio to face the Texas A&M Aggies in the Valero Alamo Bowl.

    Click here too see other Phi Sigma Kappa's game day plans!

  • Gentlemen:

    We have now $961,000 in pledges and contributions to our A Reason to Be Proud capital campaign. Thank you to our brothers who have shown their support. I wanted to let you know that the national credit crunch that you have read about is impacting our project. At our last leadership meeting, Steve Courter reported last week that it looks like the banks, due to the national credit crunch and related issues, will only lend us about $500,000 or so, which is less than half of what we need for our planned project.

    To meet our construction schedule, we need to sign contracts by mid-January '08 before construction can begin by the end of January and be completed by August '08.

  • photo from www.examiner.com/photos

    In true Penn State fashion, record-setting attendance provided the perfect atmosphere for a victory. The 65,000-seat Alamodome hosted 66,166 fans as the Lions beat the Aggies of Texas A&M 24-17 in the 2007 Valero Alamo Bowl.

    The Nittany Lions were able to recover from an early 14-0 deficit in the second quarter with the efforts of Evan Royster's 38-yard touchdown run, and Deon Butler's 30-yard TD catch. Anthony Morelli passed for 143 yards and running back Rodney Kinlaw ran for 143 yards in the win.

    Coaching his 500th game, JoePa earned his 23rd career bowl win, the highest in major college football.

    Were you lucky enough to be in attendance?

    Share your bowl stories on our message boards and your photos in the photo albums!

    Click here for the ESPN article!

  • The Washington D.C brothers will again hold a winter social. This year it will be held on Monday, February 11th at the Brickskeller Down-Home Saloon. John Maslin and Jim Hancock are co-coordinating the event.

    Let's see if we can top 20 brothers this year-there are plenty of you in the area! Philidelphia, Pittsburgh, State College and Harrisburg to name a few!

    Find out who is in your area by using our website directory!!

  • As we pass the midyear mark of our 2007-08 giving year (9/1-8/31), we need your help in finishing the year strong! Your gift could help us to reach our goal of $13,500. The annual fund supports continuation of our alumni relations program, including publication of Kappa News and maintenance of www.phisigpsu.com.

    Click here to make your donation to our 2007-08 annual fund. Your name will also appear on our Honor Roll of Donors.

  • We are still moving ahead in the campaign for renovation of the chapter house. We expect to have a loan nailed down in the next few days. We also expect to sign contracts in the next several days. We can then get started on the bricks and mortar phase of the project. Stay tuned to www.phisigpsu.com and the upcoming issue of Kappa News for all of the latest details.

  • Over 700 dancers sat for the first time in 46 hours as the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon drew to an end. The dancers, along with a standing room only Bryce Jordan Center crowd, watched intently as the amount of money raised was announced.

    THON 2008 raised $6,615,318.04 in an effort to conquer pediatric cancer. The total shattered the previous record of $5,240,385.17 raised in 2007.

  • We're working on the spring issue of Kappa News, which will be mailed to our alumni in late March. Be sure you receive your copy by updating your contact information through the Edit Info link at the top of our web site (you must be logged in first). If you have not yet registered on our web site, you can do so by entering your Member ID at the top of this e-Letter when following the First Time Login instructions on the home page.

    If you have stories and/or photos to share in Kappa News and on our web site, you can email them to our editors or upload them in the Alumni Updates section on the site.

  • If you haven't been getting our monthly e-Letter in your inbox, it could be because we don't have your email address. Click on the Edit Info button at the top of our web site to update your email address and other contact information.

    If your email address is correct and you're a Verizon subscriber, our email may be getting blocked by your email address. Follow these instructions to unblock our monthly e-Letters, and you should begin to receive emails from our online community:

    Click here to download the Verizon Whitelist Request Form and follow these instructions:

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    If you fill in this information you should start receiving emails from the community.

    If you are receiving our monthly e-Letter, be sure to forward it to a friend for whom we may not have an active email address for. The more we can utilize electronic communication, the more money we can save on printing, paper and postage costs. Help us to increase the email list for our electronic communications by encouraging your Phi Sig friends to become frequent users of our web site.

  • Show your support of our Reason to be Proud capital campaign, which is funding the current renovations and mandated upgrades to the chapter house. Click here to download a pledge form and show your commitment.

  • Doc Landis '63 is running for Penn State Alumni Association Council. Doc says:

    If you are a member of the PSU Alumni Association, you will get a ballot for election to the Alumni Council sometime in late April or early May. I am running for Council member and would appreciate your vote. Many Thanks, Doc

    P.S. I don't think a PSU Phi Sig has ever been elected to the Council

  • The spring issue of Kappa News is in the works! Watch for your copy in your mailbox in the coming weeks.

  • Our $1.3 million, much needed construction/renovation project is underway. This is the most extensive renovation project ever done at the Chapter House since it opened 80 years ago.
    We greatly thank all of you who have contributed to the campaign. It is because of your financial support and time and effort that has enabled the Reason to be Proud Campaign to proceed. All floors of the house, including the basement, will have significant renovations. Stay tuned to www.phisigpsu.com for images of the floor plans and updated photos of our progress as we continue to move along.

  • Less than 3 weeks to go until our Founders' Day celebration, which will be held in conjunction with Blue/White Weekend this year. Join us outside the stadium for a tailgate celebration, which will include an informal dinner catered by Clem's BBQ. See the Events section of our site for full details.

  • A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday, April 24 to officially kick off the renovations at Kappa Chapter! Phi Sigma Kappa Council Director Bill Neugebauer, Kappa Chapter Campaign Chairman Bill DeGrandis and Penn State University President Graham Spanier made speeches at the ceremony.

    In this photo: Ben Jarmul '81, Penn State President Graham Spanier, and Campaign Chairman Bill DeGrandis '77 break ground at Kappa Chapter. Click here to see many more photos from our groundbreaking ceremony!

  • The Phi Sigma Kappa Association is pleased to announce the recent bequest of $160,195.88 from the Robert W. "Bear" Koehler estate to the Kappa Chapter's capital campaign, A Reason to be Proud. Brother Koehler had previously pledged an additional $25,000, making his total contribution over $ 185,000. The campaign is a $1.6 million fundraising effort to renovate the 82-year-old Phi Sigma Kappa house.

    "We had indications that the bequest might exceed $100,000 but did not know the final figure until know," said Richard Doherty, president of The Phi Sigma Kappa Association. "This is an even bigger help than we had anticipated."

  • Share your feedback on our message boards!

  • Haven't been able to make the trip back to Happy Valley? You can check out the progress of our house reconstruction in our online photo albums. Stay tuned for more visuals from our reconstruction.

    Support our reconstruction efforts by making a pledge to the A Reason to be Proud campaign!

  • Planning to be in State College for Arts Fest? Take advantage of the opportunity to see the progress on the chapter house. Mike Green, the on site supervisor, has agreed to be available that Fri. after 3:30 p. m. on Sat. from 10:00 a.m. until noon for walk-through tours of the project.

    If you're interested in a tour, please contact a day ahead on his cell phone at 814-280-2469 so he knows to be there. Mike will explain the project better than any of us could hope to. You will be amazed at the progress.

    Also during Arts Fest we will again participate with other fraternities in the roving security patrol. This is particularly important this year as we already had a break in over a month ago with theft of contractors material for the job. We're happy to say that the perpetrators were caught after robbing multiple other fraternities as well.

    Even if you aren't able to come back for Arts Fest, if you are having a get together, a social, a golf outing or any gathering with your brothers this summer or any time, please be sure to send in a couple of photos and a short recap of the event.

    If you aren't able to come back to Happy Valley for Arts Fest to get a tour of the house renovations, you can still watch the progress online in our online photo albums.

  • I stopped by the house last week to check on our progress. Too many things going on to write about all of it. But in summary, the place looks GREAT!

    A few comments:

    - The small green unit under the side porch IS the boiler for heating the basement and first floors
    - The red and blue piping and all the associated valves/ controls will allow us to turn off the hot or cold water to each individual fixture anywhere in the house. The controls are in the basement AND on the second floor
    - The stone work around the new basement entrance is beautiful
    - The basement is outstanding...new exposed stone, bathrooms, electrical panels, communication room, etc.

    Please contact me at (724) 457-3518 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want more details or have any questions.

    Click here to see a few pictures that capture the highlights!

  • Fall and the Penn State football season are just about upon us. Plans for a few Phi Sig game day events are in the works, including a Homecoming brunch on October 18. Stay tuned to www.phisigpsu.com for details. We hope you will take some time to join your brothers at these events particularly get by the renovated house.

    As the semester starts we will have a house to be proud of, a code of conduct for the actives and an active chapter on its way to being top on campus. Though we've seen great support from our alumni brothers, we still need some help. If you haven't already done so, please consider making a pledge - it would be greatly appreciated!

    We have a big fall season. Hope to see you at the games and the chapter house.

    Fraternally,
    Dick Doherty '58
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  • Several alumni recently shared their reasons for financially supporting the annual fund of The Phi Sigma Kappa Association. Here's what they had to say:

    "An important element that prepared me for a very satisfying career was the experience I had living in the Boalsburg Fort (Kappa). Many Alums who graduated before me contributed to renovate the house in 1962. Now it is my turn to help the actives get a good start. Yes, it feels good."
    -Robert 'Doc' Landis '63

    "Penn State has always been a big part of my life. As with most of us it was a transition period and one with many challenges. Helping cope with these changes were my years as a Phi Sig. We had a wide variety of brothers and a great mix of academic, social and athletic capabilities. Some of the brothers I met have become life long friends. I would love to see the tradition of Phi Sigma Kappa continue, who knows maybe I'll have a grandson continue the 'Bruno' name."
    -Richard B. Nonini '69

    "When I joined Phi Sigma Kappa, I took seriously the obligations of brotherhood for life. Kappa was not the chapter into which I was initiated, but I am fortunate to have benefited from the fraternal spirit of Kappa Brothers who invited me to affiliate with them during my graduate school years. I was even more honored to be chosen to serve a term as chapter president. I cherish the gift of brotherhood and do what I can to contribute to the opportunity of other men to benefit from the experience of Phi Sig Brotherhood that has meant so much to me."
    -Anthony Fusaro

    Let us know your reasons for supporting the annual fund on our message boards!

    Not yet a donor? Click here to make a donation to the annual fund!

  • Special thanks to our alumni donors for contributing $1,875 in the first month of the 2008-09 giving year. This is an 11.9% increase over what was raised during the same time period last year!

    Help us to continue this great momentum as we kick off our giving year by making a donation.

  • One good man for Alumni Board Treasurer.

    Contact Dick Doherty at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or any board member to express your interest.

  • With an undefeated record, a #6 ranking, and what could possibly be JoePa's final season as head coach, this is THE year to come back to Happy Valley for Homecoming. The Nittany Lions kick off their Homecoming game (which is also the only game at Beaver Stadium this month) at 4:30 p.m. vs. the Michigan Wolverines.

    Take 60 seconds and watch our video to get in the tailgating spirit:

  •  

    To Whomever at Phi Sig,

    I am now 91, in surprisingly good health, I still play 18 holes of golf weekly, jog and pump iron. I was at Penn State and at the house for only two years, two years for pre-dental, then to Maryland – Baltimore College. My father graduated in civil engineering in 1907, I believe.

    I found this picture tucked away and since I fairly recently received the August letter, Brothers of Kappa Chapter, I thought I'd send this photo along. One of our members at that time, Carl King (not in the picture) from Philadelphia, wrestled varsity with the 117 pound class. In fact, he kept me from the varsity. He'd wrestled all through high school in Philadelphia. I started at State College.

    Wish I could have met John Shaw '29 making it to 102 – what a guy.

    So for now, best to all,
    Ed Waltman

    To view our online photo albums, click here.

  • It sure is looking like a strong possibility for the Nittany Lions to play in the BCS Championship game! With their #3 ranking, an undefeated season and fresh off a bye week, the Lions look to finish the season as strong as they started: away at Iowa and home for Indiana and MSU.

  • On Saturday, November 1, alumni and undergraduates gathered to celebrate the re-opening of the chapter house. There was a reception followed by a formal dinner. Photos of the reception and some of the renovations are available here.

  • Our Kappa Chapter renovation project has been completed! We have committed every dollar of our funds to meet life and safety requirements and to improve the infrastructure of the house (heating, lighting, plumbing and bathrooms). Alumni and friends were on hand to see the house improvements first hand during the Grand Re-Opening Party held on November 1. Click here to see pictures from the party.

    The loan we obtained from Graystone Bank was acquired in large part on the basis of the pledges that have been made and the related payments that are made over the five-year pledge payment schedule. We really need the pledge payments in order to pay our contractors and to make the mortgage payments for the loan we obtained for the project. We owe the contractors at least another $100,000. If you made a commitment to the campaign and have yet to make a payment on your pledge, please contact Ellen Konkle at Affinity Connection (800-598-4050 x. 140) as soon as possible so that we can pay our contractors. If you would like to pledge your support to the capital campaign and our renovation project, click here to download a pledge form.

    We understand that the country is facing tough economic times. But we are also at a crossroads for our historic chapter house, which has served as our home at Penn State since 1927. Show your support of this project by making a new pledge (if you have not yet made a commitment), or by making a payment on your existing pledge. If you have any questions, please contact Bill DeGrandis '77 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (202) 551-1720 (work) or (703) 819-1379 (cell).

  • We welcome continued participation of the following Board members who were elected to new three year terms: Roger Barton, Matt Hilbert and Dan Stearns. We welcome new Board members Fred DeCock and Ed Pescatore, both of whom will serve for two year terms. Ed was the former Alumni board President in the 70s.

    Plus we wish to thank our current non-Board member volunteers, and welcome our newest ones:

    Greg Stevens -- House furniture project
    Gary Best -- House cleaning/maintenance project
    Craig Wilson -- Actives' Exec Board governance and officers' responsibilities
    Mark Rudulavage -- Lease Agreement and related rental issues
    Ron Hedges -- Standards of Conduct and implementation

    Thanks so much, gentlemen, for your help!

  • After an exciting win over Michigan State to clinch the Big Ten title, the Nittany Lions are heading to the Rose Bowl! Click here to stay tuned to the latest daily news about all things Penn State football.

    Are you going to Pasadena? Let other brothers know, and make plans to get together in support of the Nittany Lions while you're out west. Want to find out if your old roommate is going, or would you like to rally up a group from your pledge class to make a trip? Get in touch with them using the online directory and start planning your Rose Bowl reunion.

    In other Penn State football news, Joe Paterno was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. Continue reading for the full story...

  • Your friends at Kappa Chapter wish you and your family a happy holiday season.

  • Thanks to Dick Doherty for submitting this great picture of Kappa Chapter from 1956. To see more great pictures from our chapter's history, visit the online photo albums.

    We want to see the best photos from your era too! Send your best pictures to our editors.

  • As an alumnus, when you support the annual fund of Phi Sig, your gift does more than honor your own experience. Your gift is a way to pay it forward – to make sure that Kappa continues to make such a positive impact on the lives of young men at Penn State.

    Help us to pay it forward for future generations. Click here to make a gift to the annual fund.

  • THON 2009 raised a record breaking $7,490,133.87 surpassing everyone's expectations. After the 17 members of the dance marathon overall committee slowly raised the final number 7 of the total, the crowd erupted into roar that echoed throughout the packed Bryce Jordan Center.

    The undergraduates supported Phi Sigma Kappa dancers with piggy back rides, games and inspirational messages throughout the weekend. The energy in the Bryce Jordan Center kept dancers awake and on their feet for 46 hours. Stay tuned to hear their total!

    All proceeds of the Penn State Dance Marathon benefit the Four Diamonds Fund at the Hershey Medical Center. The fund provided emotional and financial support to families whose children are affected with cancer. In 33 years, the Dance Marathon has raised $59 million dollars for kids with cancer. Thank you to all alumni for their continued support with this cause. For more information about the weekend and about the Dance Marathon visit their website, www.thon.org.

     

  • If you have a profile on Facebook, you will now be able to "connect" your Facebook account to your profile on www.phisigpsu.com using the new "Connect with Facebook" application.

    The two web sites will be connected after a one-time process which links your Facebook account with your profile on www.phisigpsu.com. By connecting with Facebook, when you register for an event, make a donation or submit an alumni update, you will have the option to also publish that information in your Facebook news feed for your Phi Sig Penn State friends to see.

  • By Jonathan Ross

    The Kappa Chapter is celebrating its second semester in our fully-renovated chapter house by continuing their legacy of success in both philanthropy and recruitment. For starters, Kappa once again participated in the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, the world's largest student-run philanthropy, which raised a record $7.49 million this year for pediatric cancer patients at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Four of our brothers participated in the 46-hour dance marathon as a way to further raise money for pediatric cancer patients.

    In addition to THON, Kappa is also planning the 26th annual edition of our Superstars philanthropy, which donates money to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of our late Brother Vincent Sandoe. Superstars, a series of competitions between co-ed teams captained by brothers, such as tug-of-war and relay races, raised over $2,000 last year, and again, we hope to break that mark for this year's event.

    On the topic of recruitment, Kappa was able to initiate 12 new brothers last fall, our third consecutive large fall initiate class, putting the chapter at over 60 brothers. We use our completely-renovated chapter house as one of the main focuses of our rush program, in the hope of getting another large class of initiates to further grow our brotherhood.
    For these reasons, it is clear that the Kappa Chapter has much success to look forward to in 2009, as we celebrate our 110th continuous year of existence on the Penn State campus.

  • The Red Ribbon AIDS Walk is a 5 kilometer fundraising walkathon through downtown State College and the University campus benefiting the programs and services of the AIDS Project. This annual event brings together the State College, University and surrounding communities to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and to support programs and services that benefit the community.

    Kappa actives were involved in many facets of the walk, helping with the set up and tear down for the race. They also were "human race markers" at every turn during the race. One event organizer commented "how pleased we were with the Phi Sig guys. Walkers really seemed to appreciate being greeted at each corner by a smiling face." This year's walk raised over $27,000, with $11,000 from Greek organizations. Another reason to be proud of our actives!

  • Thank you to our alumni members who recently responded to let us know how Phi Sigma Kappa has influenced their lives. Here's what a few brothers had to say about their time in the fraternity:

    Ben McClure '62: "I learned civility, proper etiquette, how to and not dress and to get along with all kinds of people."

    Benjamin T. Jarmul, Jr. '81: "Phi Sig offered a great transition from high school to college life and college life to the real world. Great support system and family. Still family 25+ years after graduation. While my father questioned and cautioned me about pledging the house (when he dropped me off for our pledge house clean-up at the beginning of Spring 1978), he later remarked how this was the single best decision I ever made in life (of course before I met my wife)." Benjamin added, "I was an accounting major at Penn State so Bob 'Bear' Koehler, our chapter advisor for 4+ years, was my first professional mentor in life and got me an internship with Jartran Trucking in Coral Cables, Florida the summer between my junior and senior years (at the time I was painting for Bill Robertson, a Phi Sig who had his dental office on South Allen) that paved the way for an internship the winter term of my senior year with Ernst & Ernst (now Ernst & Young). I worked with Ernst & Young in Houston and Pittsburgh for fourteen years and Parente Randolph in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh for fourteen years. I always consulted with Bear throughout my career. Professionally, I owe Bear a ton and miss him and his words of wisdom and many, many experiences much."

    Michael Swank M.D. '66: "I learned the art of discipline and cooperation during my pledge time and the art of organization thereafter."

    To add your memories and explain how Phi Sigma Kappa influenced your own life, click on our message boards and your feedback may appear on the site as well!

  • The end of the giving year is fast approaching on August 31! Be sure that you're listed on the next published Honor Roll of Donors by making your donation before the giving year ends.

    A few of our donors recently shared the influence that the fraternity has had on them, and why they support Phi Sig in their alumni years:

    • "My best friends are my fraternity brothers."
    •  "Phi Sig has allowed me to be a strong relationship builder, which has helped me in my career. More importantly, it's allowed me to be a happier person."
    • "I would say the fraternity has completely influenced the person I am today."

    Hasn't Phi Sig had a similar impact on you too?

    Let us know the ways it has – and make your annual fund donation – before the giving year ends on August 31.

  • With the cost of a hard copy newsletter being approximately 50 cents to print, and the price of a postage stamp now at 44 cents, it costs approximately $991 to mail each edition of our printed newsletter.

    By providing us with your email address, you are literally putting $1 back into the wallet of Phi Sigma Kappa at Penn State. Click here to update your email address and other contact information today. Your email address will be used solely for Kappa Chapter communications, and won't be traded or sold.

    By updating our email database, we can begin relying more on electronic communications and decrease the frequency of print publications.

    Did you know that we're missing email addresses for 55% of our alumni? Help us to update the email addresses of other brothers! Click here to view our Lost Email List. If you are in touch with any of these brothers electronically, please follow the instructions on the page to update our database.

  • We're excited to introduce a new place in our new alumni community, where you can interact directly with groups of Phi Sigma Kappa brothers. You can participate in the brotherhood community, create a new group for you and your friends, or join an existing one! Within each group's page, the members have control over the content. You can upload and share links, videos, photos, events and comments with other members. Create and/or join as many groups as you'd like...such as a group for your pledge class, another for alumni in your major/career field, and maybe another for brothers in your state/region.

    Click here to get started!

  • 'Tis the season! Not for carols and presents or stockings and snow, for football. There's no season like football season when you're a Penn State alum. Time to dust off the coolers and inventory the tailgate gear...another Nittany Lion football season is here!

    Those Saturdays between Labor Day and Thanksgiving are our best opportunity to spend time with some of our best friends - including our Phi Sig brothers. Take advantage of the chance to reconnect with your old friends this season using our web site. You can plan tailgates using the message boards, find the email addresses of your pledge class in the online directory, and post pictures of your reunions in the photo albums.

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. when you'll be in town this season, and share your stories of meeting up with other Phi Sig alumni.

    Here are a few useful links to get you ready for this season (and beyond)...

    • HappyValley.com: For info on where to eat, stay and play when you come back to town. (Click here for game day information).
    •  Tailgaters, pay attention. Penn State recently adopted a new policy banning glass bottles from its grass lots.
    •  Why drive to the game when you can fly? Fly with the Penn State Alumni Association on a new Game Day Charter from the University Park Airport in State College to three away games this season: Illinois on Oct. 3, Michigan on Oct. 24, and Michigan State on Nov. 21. Click here for more info.
    •  DC area alumni, get ready...the Nittany Lions will be playing Indiana in your neck of the woods in 2010. Find out the details here.
  • Thanks to our brothers who shared the top Happy Valley moments, events and activities that helped define their college experience during their time at Penn State...

    Dave Hyland '80
    "Breakfast at the Corner Room"

    Barry Atkinson '62
    "My favorite prank from the '60s when we took bats the to Dracula movie in HUB."

    Luke Spaseff
    "The Phyrst on a Saturday night"

    Keep 'em coming! Click here to share the best from your era.

  • There's nothing better than a weekend back in Happy Valley to relive your youth. But let's face it...we're not the same early-twenty-something guys we were back then. Why settle for long lines, cover charges, cheap beer, elbow-to-elbow college crowds, loud music and so-so bar food? Take advantage of the many non-student hangouts that Happy Valley has to offer. Grab your KDR buddies and head out on your own "adult" bar tour this season. Be sure to add these places to your list.

  • Academics aside, college is all about the experience! So we're compiling a list of the Top 20 things that a student MUST do before leaving Happy Valley.

    We need your help to put together a great list of long-standing traditions on campus and/or in the State College community! We want to know the things you miss most about Penn State and Happy Valley, and/or the top things on your list of things to do when you come back as an alum!

    Here is our list...

    Play Ultimate Frisbee on Old Main or Hub lawn
    Climb Mount Nittany
    One word: Tailgate
    Get lost in the stacks of Paterno library
    Dance at THON
    Start a snowball fight with another residence hall

  • By Bruce Balmat

    Despite the snow and tailgate bans, the 2009 Homecoming Weekend at PSU saw over 20 alumni from six different decades return to the renovated Kappa Chapter House. The Actives and 18 new pledges had the House looking great for the pre-game party.

    The Alumni Association held its Annual Meeting and elected Dick Doherty, Bill DeGrandis and Martin Barbado to three-year terms.

    This was a great event and alumni were warmly welcomed by the Actives. Founder's Day, to be held in late March or early April, will give alumni another opportunity to rekindle old friendships and meet new Brothers...so watch for Founder's Day information and plan to visit the "new" Kappa Chapter House in Spring 2010.

    Click here to see more photos.

  • We have reported over the last 5 years about the progress of our Reason to be Proud Campaign. As we have noted in our newsletters and e-letters, the Campaign has been successful. Our $1.7 million renovated house reopened last year in time for the fall 2008 semester. We did a complete basement-to-top-floor renovation, with all plumbing, electrical and heating systems completely re-done and brought up to 21st Century standards. We are one of only half a dozen or so of the 48 fraternities at Penn State that have had a complete top to bottom renovation in the last five years. This was the largest renovation of the house since it opened in 1927.

    A recent Collegian article noted that there are a number of social fraternities at Penn State that have no houses. Still others are "gypsy" houses, moving from one vacant fraternity or rooming house to another each year. Phi Delta Theta's chapter has been shut down, with its house being rented by another fraternity. Beta Theta Pi, after a $7 million renovation, has closed its chapter, and is planning to recolonize. It was the collective efforts of over 220 of our alums who donated their time and money to ensure our beloved Kappa Chapter did not meet the same fate as these other houses. If you have not visited our Chapter house, we hope you do soon.

  • What's the Difference?

    Our Reason to be Proud capital campaign is a one-time, five-year fundraising effort to pay for the renovations at the Kappa Chapter house. The capital campaign is made possible by alumni contributing larger-scale pledges, payable over five years, toward our $1.5 million goal. Click here to support our capital campaign effort.

    The annual fund is a yearly fundraising program to support our alumni relations program, which includes publication of Kappa News, maintenance of our web site, upkeep of our alumni database and hosting of alumni events. Contributions to the annual fund help keep our program running year after year. Our 2009-10 annual giving year began September 1. Click here to make a gift to the annual fund.

    We appreciate your support of both equally-important fundraising drives.

  • By James F. Lee
    Wednesday, November 11, 2009
    Washington Post

    It's the football that makes it famous, of course. Driving into State College, Pa., from U.S. 322, I caught a glimpse of Beaver Stadium, Penn State University's 107,000-seat football temple, through the early fall trees. For just a second it revealed itself, dominating the landscape, its very size proclaiming what really counts in the Nittany Valley.

  • The fall/winter issue is in the works! Be on the lookout for yours to arrive in the coming weeks.

  • To all our brothers and their loved ones at this very special time of the year, we wish you all A Very Merry,
    Joyful and Blessed Christmas and New Year.

    From,
    The board members of Phi Sigma Kappa Association

  • The only thing better than our Phi Sig days is reminiscing about them through old pictures, like this one from the 1982 LaVie. (Click on the Continued link to see a larger image). Help us to preserve more of our greatest memories captured on film by sending the best photos from your era to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also find more archived pictures in the online albums.

    Can you name all of these brothers? See below to find out if you're right.

  • We want to feature more news and updates from alumni on our site, so we can continue to keep brothers updated on what's new in each others' lives.

    Thank you to Stephen Gavazzi '83 for answering our recent call for updates. He writes "I am a Professor at The Ohio State University in the College of Education and Human Ecology. I have just published a book entitled "Strong Families, Successful Students: Helping Teenagers Reach Their Full Academic Potential " that is now available through Amazon.com."

    We want to know what's new with you too! Click here to submit an update.

  • We want to wish all brothers a very Happy and Prosperous New Year. We look forward to seeing many of you during this year at the Kappa Chapter House.

  • Jon Little '66 sent the following message to Dick Doherty.

    He writes "...the House looked great when I visited during Homecoming 2008, and I'm glad that I was able to help a tiny bit. And what does it say about different brotherhoods when you compare Phi Sigma Kappa's broad, nickel and dime sustained success with Beta's multi-million-dollar renovation followed by the collapse of the chapter? And can you believe that Phi Delta Theta is no longer viable at PSU? Wow. I'm prouder than ever of our chapter and alumni: adapt and grow; or stagnate and die."

    Join Jon as a supporter of our capital campaign. Make a pledge today.

  • For many of us, the bonds we formed at Phi Sig grew into connections that make life more meaningful today. Many of us have no closer friends than those we made back then. Some of us got first job or reference from a brother, others have made great business connections through brothers. Some were our groomsmen or godfathers to our kids. Add to that the lessons we learned as a result of our association with the fraternity. These have helped to lay a foundation for the successes we have experienced in our personal and professional careers.

    Remember that our annual fund relies on support from our alumni brotherhood, and every donor makes a big difference. We can't continue our program without you.

    The annual fund is a separate, yet equally important, fundraising drive from our capital campaign. Thank you for your continued support of both efforts.

    Click here to make a contribution to the annual fund.

  • PHI SIGMA KAPPA FRATERNITY
    KAPPA CHAPTER
    ALUMNUS of the YEAR

    The Alumni Board of Directors of Kappa Chapter is initiating an annual award to recognize an alumnus of Kappa who has distinguished himself in service to the country, his profession, community and/or fraternity, including alumni functions, assistance with The Reason to be Proud campaign, mentoring actives, or assisting the Phi Sig National chapter. The individual selected will be one who exemplifies the Cardinal Principles of Brotherhood, Scholarship and Character by exercising leadership among his peers, neighbors and Kappa brothers to effect positive changes to his areas of attention. The nomination form should be completed and returned by February 20, 2010 to Roger Barton, 1 Fox Chase Circle, Harrisburg, Pa. 17111 or electronically at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It is expected that the awardee will be honored at the Founders Day celebration in State College on Saturday, March 20, 2010. Questions about the award and/or application process can be directed to Brother Barton through email or phone at 717-566-6001.

  • The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon raised a grand total of $7,838,054.36 at this year's 46 hour event held Friday, February 19th through Sunday, February 21st. The annual event raises funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer.

    Click here to read the full story in Centre Daily Times.

  • Dear Fellow Kappa Brothers,

    The time has come to wrap up The Reason to Be Proud Campaign. It is time to bring it all together to close The Phi Sig Circle of Brotherhood and finish what was started five years ago.

    Now is the time to make that investment in the future of Kappa Chapter and the many young brothers yet to be. This will assure the learning and brotherhood for many decades to come unlike the several chapters that have closed at Penn State in the past few years. Many of you have already contributed to the campaign. We thank you for your generosity and support. But we are not out of the financial woods yet. With a loan in excess of $900,000 and a changing interest rate every five years we must take every precaution to protect the financial stability of the chapter. Click here to download a pledge form.

    We have all experienced a strong bond with Phi Sig over the years in spite of where our travels may have taken us. Let us all join in supporting the future of Kappa Chapter as we continue to grow in the second century of our proud traditions. Again this can be done by making your investment now in the campaign. This will assure you a place on the honor roll of brother's plaque to be unveiled at the Founders Day celebration on Saturday March the 20th. Of course all are most heartily invited.

    The campaign and renovations have been the largest and most significant event for Kappa Chapter since the house was built in 1926. I look forward to having you all join in making this a very successful campaign as we all "Hail the Ever Growing Throng of Phi Sigma Kappa".

    Bill DeGrandis '77
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Chairman, Reason to Be Proud Campaign
    Vice President, Alumni Board

    Click on the links below for more information on our campaign:
    - Letter to our alumni membership (2/10)
    - Additional campaign information (2/10)

  • Download the current list of Active brothers - and stop in to meet them next time you are at the House! The list has all Actives, their majors, graduation years and if they are living in the house.

    http://www.phisigpsu.com/s/416/index.aspx?sid=416&gid=1&pgid=14&cid=80&curdir=6&catid=3&umode=1&mode=1&fileid=54

  • March 20, 2010
    Join the celebration!!

    Kappa Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa will celebrate its Founders Day in State College on Saturday, March 20, 2010. The chapter house will be the site of this year's activities to celebrate over 100 years of Brotherhood, Scholarship and Character within the fraternity. Plans have been made to enjoy a cocktail hour at 5:30 PM and then dinner at 6:30 PM. Also, new this year and the start of a tradition will be the announcement of brothers of the year for both the active chapter and alumni. In addition, brothers will be honored and plaques will be placed in the Chapter house identifying contributors to the "Reason To Be Proud" capital campaign.

    Brothers from all eras are encouraged to attend to meet the actives and renew acquaintances with alumni. This event is planned on a relatively quiet weekend at Penn State and accommodations should be available at some local hotels in and around town. So call some of those old friends and meet in State College for an enjoyable time reminiscing and sharing new stories. To assist with planning, a note of attendance to Roger Barton, Kappa '69, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., would be appreciated but is not required. So we hope to see many of you on March 20th in our newly remodeled and modern Kappa house.

  • Thanks to Jay Brunetto for submitting this photograph from a recent brother's wedding. Jay explains:

    "Brother Christopher Beck got married to his college sweetheart in the summer of 2009. A long time practicing catholic, brother beck converted to Judaism to make his wife happy. Several Phi Sigs were in attendance."

    Continue to send us your great photos and stories (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) so we share them with fellow Phi Sig brothers.

  • The Founders' Day 2010 celebration at Kappa Chapter ushered in the beginning of another new tradition. The "Man Of The Year" award is given to an outstanding Active brother and to an Alumnus who have shown commitment to the ideals of Phi Sigma Kappa through their actions embodying brotherhood, scholarship and character.

    Alumni candidates are nominated by other alums, and then selected by the Board based on the entry submission. Actives select their candidate, and both are presented a personal plaque memorializing their award. A plaque will also be placed in the Kappa house foyer as an ongoing tribute to award winners.

    This year's winners were David Hyland for the Alumnus award and Neel Shah as an Active brother. David was recognized for his house renovation project management efforts. He was quick to point out that there were many alums who should share in the award since it was a true team effort bringing Kappa house back to life. Neel Shah has shown leadership in all areas of Active brotherhood and was grateful to all his brothers for helping him.

    Start thinking about who you will nominate for next year's award now. And make plans to attend Founders' Day for the presentation and celebration!

    Click here to see more photos of the event.

  • ...According to Robert Glass '86 it was! He writes, "I remember having the Gravedigger's Ball through 1986. The basement was decorated like a cave. The hairy buffalo punch was always potent. Does Gravediggers still exist??"

    Share the stories of the best parties from YOUR era on the message boards. Have pictures too? Email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll feature them in future publications.

  • Recent headlines from the Daily Collegian...

    Interfraternity Council expels Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity
    The Interfraternity Council unanimously revoked Alpha Epsilon Pi's fraternity council recognition Tuesday night for at least two years. IFC President Max Wendkos said this is the most extreme punishment the IFC can issue.

    "There is no planned course of action necessary, because Alpha Epsilon Pi is no longer a recognized fraternity at Penn State," Wendkos (senior-marketing and psychology) said.

    Student could enter ARD in Dado furnishing case
    Penn State student Jennifer Clifford could enter the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program today in connection with furnishing alcohol to Penn State freshman Joe Dado.

    Clifford, 21, was charged with furnishing the alcohol to Dado, then 18, that police said he drank in his dorm room on Sept. 19, 2009. According to court documents Dado consumed it with friends before heading out to Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, 321 E. Fairmount Ave.

    Police said Dado then visited Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) fraternity, 319 N. Burrowes Road, before leaving to go back to his dormitory. But on his way back, the Latrobe native fell 15 feet to his death in an exterior stairwell near the Steidle Building, police said.

  • Click here to download your copy.

  • Congratulations to our active brothers for raising more than $2,000 through their annual Superstars event. The annual event benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which is dedicated to funding cancer research, education and patient services.

    Superstars began in 1984 as a way for the fraternity members to establish something in memory of Kappa Brother Vincent Sandoe, who lost his battle with leukemia in 1983.

  • Penn State buys former fraternity house, but reveals no plans

    From the 5/26/10 issue of The Daily Collegian...

    University officials say no plans have been made for the recently purchased property on North Burrowes Road, though one possibility is to turn the former fraternity house into a park.

    Penn State purchased the 240 N. Burrowes Road property from the Phi Delta Theta Alumni Corporation for $1.75 million on May 21.

    A property assessment will occur before the university decides how to utilize the property, university spokesman Geoff Rushton said. It could be a while until the university comes to any decisions, he said.

    Turning the property into a park is only one potential option, Rushton said. But, he said, no options will be considered until the preliminary assessment is completed.

    Though the university is still deciding what to do with the property, Rushton said there are no plans to sell the land to any organizations.

    Click here to read the full story.

  • Wouldn't it be great if someone could make a movie about our Phi Sigma Kappa experience? Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately, for some) the cameras weren't rolling during our days at Penn State. The experience we shared can only live on through our memories, stories and photos.

    While we all shared the same great experience, we each have our own unique stories to tell from it. And we need your help to document them! Tell us a great story or two that you fondly remember from your undergraduate days. We'll feature the best stories on our web site and in future print publications.

    We (somewhere) have a book, which documented when we invited President Ike Eisenhower to join our membership. It made all of the east coast papers and we had Secret Service agents at the house to 'interview' everyone. Bob Thompson '59 (dec.) made up a complete book-but understand it 'disappeared' in the 70's.

    It would be a great story if it could be found.

    Ken Ishler '59

    What's YOUR story? Click here to share it.

  • Phi Delt house to be demolished

    From the 7/27/10 issue of The Daily Collegian.

    The university's decision to convert the former Phi Delta Theta fraternity house into a "green space" has elicited disappointment from the greek community.

    Penn State bought the 243 N. Burrowes property for $1.75 million in May, after a legal dispute with the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

    The fraternity was disbanded in 2007 for drinking violations.

    The decision was made to turn the property into a "green space" -- complete with sidewalks and benches, university spokeswoman Annemarie Mountz said.

    The demolition process began Monday evening (7/26), when contractors put up fencing around the construction area, Mountz said.

    Click here to read the story.

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  • As we have noted by letter, e-newsletter and e-mail reminders, we are wrapping up the Reason to be Proud Campaign this month, and will be finalizing our plaque that recognizes the generous contributions of our donors. We thank all of our donors; without you, we would not have been able to finance the $1.7 million renovation of the Chapter House. We all truly have a Reason to be Proud, enabling future generations of young men to experience Kappa Chapter and to be part of our life long brotherhood.

    Per our Board approved rules, if you made a pledge but have never made any pledge payments, you will not be listed as a donor on the plaque. In addition, if you are behind in your payments (we have sent numerous reminders the last few months), you will be listed under the Society giving level based on your payments made, rather than your pledged amount. So please, let us know if you have any questions. Please access our web site for a full list of donors. If you notice an error regarding your pledge, please let us know right away. Now is the time to get up to date on your pledge payments, with the plaque to be installed early Fall.

    Contacts: Bill DeGrandis, Campaign Chair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  • Be sure to bring extra cash with you to your tailgates this season. Gameday football parking prices have doubled. Read the story in The Collegian.

  • Demolition of the Phi Delta Theta house began in mid-August. Do you agree with the University's decision to turn the property into "green space?" Share your thoughts on the message board!

    In other campus Greek news, we just learned that the Alpha Sig and SAMMY houses are up for sale.

    Thank you for your ongoing support to ensure that the Phi Sig house continues to thrive at Penn State.

  • Our 2010-11 giving year started September 1. Make a donation to the annual fund to add your name to the Honor Roll of Donors. Thank you for your support!

  • By Matt McClelland, Chapter President

    I just wanted to pass on some pictures of the house projects to show how the house overall is looking. The active brothers are all very happy and excited about the new changes to the house. I want to pass on to all of you on their behalf a thank you for your generosity and dedication to this house and brotherhood.

    In campus Greek news, the IFC hired a company Phired Up to come and speak with us about rush and how to have a better brotherhood. Overall it went very well. All of the Rush Chairs and myself attended many of the sessions, as did a number of brothers in the house. I was a lot about strategy and how to represent yourself. I think we learned a lot. I have been to their sessions before when I was in Altoona and it did help improve that chapter. Overall rush seems to be going well. We have a very long list of interested rushes that we are in contact with. Our rush chairs have also been very active and creating a great rush calendar with a lot of fun events. I have the goal of getting 20-25 new guys by the end of this semester. So we have work cut out to but I am confident that it is achievable.

    Hope to see you at the house this fall!

  • For Dick Richardson, the impressive gray stone mansion that sits at the corner of Allen and Fairmount is more than just a fraternity house. For Richardson, that house was a home, and like old photographs and memories, it is something he feels strongly about preserving.

  • Thank you to Bruce Balmat '70 for submitting the following...

    He writes, "Eighteen Penn Staters met for a few days this past summer in Yountville, CA to tour wineries and renew old friendships. Shown in the photo are Doug Arnold ('70), Rich "Bruno" Nonini ('69), Bruce Balmat ('70), Tom Petka ('70) and Craig Heckman ('70). Craig and his wife Barb hosted a picnic for the group at Rutherford Hills Winery."

    Do you have Phi Sig photos to share? Email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll feature them on our web site.

  • Tis the Season

    Ready or not, here it comes. The holidays will be here before you know it. Need some Blue-and-White gift ideas? Coming to Happy Valley for the PSU-Michigan State game over Thanksgiving weekend? Here are some Winter Sports Weekends that you should have circled.

    Look Ahead...Way Ahead

    There's still plenty of time left in the 2010 football season, but it never hurts to look into the future. The 2011 season kicks off with Blue-White Weekend - April 15-17, 2011. Click here for the complete 2011 and 2012 Penn State football schedules. PS: Next year's Homecoming date has not been finalized yet.

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  • By Roger Barton

    The Alumni Board of Directors of Kappa Chapter is continuing an annual award to recognize an alumnus of Kappa who has distinguished himself in service to the country, his profession, community and/or fraternity, including alumni functions, assistance with the Reason to be Proud campaign, mentoring actives, or assisting the Phi Sig National chapter. The individual selected will be one who exemplifies the Cardinal Principles of Brotherhood, Scholarship and Character by exercising leadership among his peers, neighbors and Kappa brothers to effect positive changes to his areas of attention.

    Send your responses to the questions below by February 5, 2011 to Roger Barton, 1 Fox Chase Circle, Harrisburg, Pa. 17111 or electronically at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    It is expected that the awardee will be honored at the Founders Day celebration in State College in March, 2011.
    Questions about the award and/or application process can be directed to Brother Barton through email or phone at 717-566-6001.

    I would like to nominate the following brother for "Alumnus of the Year":

    Nominee's Name: _________________________________Grad Year: ______
    Address: ___________________________________________________________
    Phone Number: ______________________________________________________
    Email: ______________________________________________________________

    Why I am nominating this individual (include significant information as to achievements identifying service to the country and/or successes in his profession, community and fraternity activities, whether involvement in alumni activities or the Reason to be Proud campaign, mentoring actives or with the Phi Sig National chapter).

    Nominating brother's information:

    My Name: ________________________________________ Grad Year: ________
    Address: ___________________________________________________________
    Phone Number: ______________________________________________________
    Email: ______________________________________________________________

  • Get your own piece of Phi Sig memorabilia this holiday season! All 2009-10 annual fund donors contributing $250 or more will receive this limited-edition ornament of the Kappa Chapter house. Ensure yours today by making a contribution to the annual fund.

  • Frederick Jacobs '69 is sharing his love for Phi Sig and the brotherhood. He Reminisces about past experiences in the house and says why he donates now as an alumnus. Staying active within the chapter is important to Jacobs because without support, the house could not survive. See why he is proud to be a part of Phi Sig's unique brotherhood.

    1.) Why did you decide to join a fraternity? Why did you choose Phi Sig?

    Brother Ron Manning '69 was given a bid and told the Brothers to invite me. I rushed several other fraternities, but Phi Sig was the friendliest and had the most quality guys, a wise choice.

    2.) How did your Phi Sig membership change your college years, and how does it continue to influence your life today?

    Fraternities were very big and prestigious in the late 60's at PSU. I think there were over 60 houses, mostly national. The tenants of Brotherhood, Scholarship, and Character hold true to this day. I made a wise choice.

    3.) Can you tell me a couple of your favorite memories from Phi Sig?

    We were a most social-oriented house, parties Fri and Sat nights, often with live music, known as "Jammies." We even had a "Jammie" on a Wednesday. Our social budget was huge one term, and we actually ran a deficit, had to charge an assessment to each brother to cover the debt, were going to impeach Treasurer Al Swett, but it wasn't his fault. Also remember "surfing" in living room and party room, bagging anyone who dared not be alert, tending bar, after "1's".

    4.) Why would you recommend others to join Phi Sig?

    My brothers at Phi Sig are some of the finest individuals I have ever known, and the experience is priceless. If I could do it again, I would change virtually nothing.

    5.) What was your involvement like during your college years with Phi Sig?

    I served several terms as Rush Chairman and was Assistant Social Chairman with Chairman Steve Brose(the term we busted the budget). I also represented the house in sports competition for Spring Week a few times; we did well.

    6.) Why do you make financial contributions as an alumnus? Why would you encourage others to do the same?

    Supporting the house and Phi Sig is a privilege and responsibility. Without our help, it would go away. The hope is that the traditions, fun, and Brotherhood continues and that future Penn Staters can have the experience we had at Phi Sig.

    7.) What year did you pledge and what did you study while at college?

    Pledged in Winter/Spring 1966, plan was to be a dentist, BA in General Arts and Sciences. My take on the college education is not so much that you learn specific things to use for your career (I am not a dentist), but that you had the discipline to see it through and graduate.

    8.) What is your involvement with the Kappa chapter now?

    I am a donor to the house reconstruction and have visited a few times, but have not seen the remodel.

    9.) What is your occupation now? Can you tell me about your family? Is there anything else new in your life?

    I am an architectural hardware consultant - I prepare security specifications for commercial buildings in Southern Calif., schools, churches, office buildings. I work at home on my own time, but am technically employed by Ingersoll-Rand. We sold our hardware distribution business in 2001, "retired" for 2 years, came back as a consultant. Plan is to do this about another year, then retire for good. I spend most of my non-work time training, teaching, and organizing tactical defensive weapons programs (pistol, rifle, and shotgun). I compete in shooting matches every weekend in San Diego and train and compete in Arizona and Central Calif. several times a year.

    10.) Why do you think it's important to remain active with Phi Sig as an alumnus?

    The Phi Sig experience is about as good as it gets, very important to stay active and in touch.

    11.) Do you still keep in touch with other brothers? Who? Would you like to be in contact with anyone?

    Patti and I have shared Thanksgiving Day with Brothers Denny Stick '68 and Bob Roberts '69 and their wives since 1981. Bob was Best Man in our wedding and I was Best Man in Denny's wedding. Had lunch with Brother Ron Manning '69 yesterday, he visiting from east coast, regularly communicate with Brothers Ken Demaree '70 and Al Swett '69. Recently heard from long lost roommate Tim McCoy '69, thanks to Kappa online newsletter.

    12.) Is there anything else you'd like to add?

    Very notable that the major stalwart supporters of the house renovation are from my era, late 60's to early 70's, simply the best, so proud to be part of this Brotherhood.

    Reconnect with Fred at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

  • Dear Alumni Brothers of Kappa,

    I was recently asked to give the alumni an update on the active chapter. As chapter advisor for the last four years, I am proud to say the chapter has strengthened significantly. The active brothers of the Kappa chapter have shown great character as they have worked together to improve not only their internal brotherhood but also their public appearance.

    I believe that they are viewed as a strong philanthropic and community-minded group not only by the Penn State Greek community, but as the State College community as a whole. An example of this comes to mind as recent as this past weekend when the active members volunteered their time with either a canning trip to raise money for THON or stayed back in State College to help with the Elves' Gift Shop at our local High School benefiting a local cancer assistance charity. Even our upperclassmen were volunteering their time, some with less than two weeks left as active brothers. I feel this character growth has not only shown through on their community service but with their internal fraternity involvement.

  • To all our brothers and their families we wish you A Very Merry and Blessed Christmas. May you all enjoy a Happy, Prosperous and Healthy New Year.

    Fraternally, Your Board

  • Remember the Train Station and The Whistle Stop? Bowling at Rec Hall? Or when swimming tests were "required" at Penn State?

    Click hereto read Happy Valley's list of places and traditions that are "gone but not forgotten." There's a GREAT video clip from the 1982 Phi Psi 500 to check out there too.

    What tops YOUR list of things that are gone but not forgotten at Penn State? Share them on the message board.

  • As the new president of Kappa Chapter, I thought it would be appropriate to introduce myself to the alumni. I have already had the pleasure of meeting a few of you, but for those who I have yet to become acquainted with I look forward to meeting you in person. My father Fred is on the board and it is my hope to carry on the excellence that he demonstrated through his presidency during his time here at Penn State (unfortunately without the moustache). I am very excited to take on this responsibility and look forward to working with all of you in the future of our Fraternity. Please do not hesitate to contact me via phone or email with any questions or concerns that may cross your mind.

    Fraternally,

    Christopher DeCock
    The Pennsylvania State University
    Industrial Engineering
    Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity
    717.829.3496
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  • Plans are In the Works for a Kappa May Golf Outing in Eastern PA

    By Roger Barton '69

    The Kappa Chapter Alumni Board is looking to create ongoing opportunities to bring brothers together in social settings to share old memories and build new ones. We are now planning a spring golf outing in eastern Pa. that we hope will attract brothers from many eras to start a new tradition of food, fun and brotherhood. Although the date and site are yet to be established, we are looking at the weekends of either May 14 or May 21 at a course near Harrisburg, York or Lancaster.

    We have learned that Sigma Chi has been very successful in this type of event and often have over 120 alums show up. The Board will be generating a list of names and addresses of alumni who live within driving distance of eastern Pa., and we will be sending out information via email to them as well as a general announcement to all through the print newsletter and our web site.
    So keep those dates in mind and spread the news to others that you see on a regular basis. Let's see if Phi Sig can duplicate Sigma Chi's efforts and establish an annual opportunity to swap stories and share a good time.

  • By Secretary Scott Shelley

    The men of Kappa Chapter have had a great start to the spring semester so far. We continue to participate in canning and other fundraising efforts to benefit the quickly approaching THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, which will take place February 18th-20th. Just this past weekend alone our canning efforts raised over $1,900 to contribute towards THON.

  • The Days Inn State College on S. Pugh St. is holding a limited number of rooms for Founders' Day, Saturday March 19. The rooms will be held only until February 19, so act quickly! Room rate is $95 + tax; rooms are non-smoking. To reserve, contact the Days Inn at 1-800-258-3297 and reference the Phi Sigma Kappa rooms for March 19. Rooms for 3/18 may be available on request.

    Founders' Day Head Count

    To help us plan for adequate food and drink, please advise if you are planning to attend Founders' Day and how many will be in your party. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     

  • In a weekend full of fun, excitement, and outstanding efforts from Dancers, Committees, Organizations, Alumni, Friends, and Family, THON 2011 definitely demonstrated it was "Together Without Limits". After 46 hours of no sitting and no sleeping, thousands gathered in the Bryce Jordan Center for the final moments before revealing the total amount raised for THON 2011. At 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, the anticipation was over as THON overalls revealed the final amount: $9,563,016.09. The place went wild with joy and excitement for the record breaking total (2010 total - $7,838,054.23).

  • Our great friend, Roger Barton, class of '69, passed away on Tuesday, March 22. As a fraternal brother, past President and current Alumni Board member, he was not only a life-long buddy to those of us who inhabited the house with him, but he also touched generations of brothers with positive understanding through his constant involvement and contributions to Phi Sigma Kappa, Kappa Chapter. Services were held in Hershey, PA at Hoover Funeral Home on Saturday, March 26th.

    Click here to read Roger's obituary.

    Attending the memorial service for Brother Barton were brothers Steve Brose, Dick Richardson, Jack Lloyd, Ron Hedges, Jon Little, Bill Warfel, Rich Newell, Keith Whitman, Fred DeCock, Henry Nixon, Ray Delp, Joe Mateer and Dick Doherty. All joined in performing the Phi Sigma Kappa Funeral Ritual as requested by the Family.

    Sincerely,
    Brothers of Phi Sigma Kappa
    Penn State

  • On April 17, 2011, the active brothers of Phi Sigma Kappa will be holding our annual spring philanthropy, Superstars, to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Over the past 28 years, we have proudly raised over $250,000 to Leukemia research.

    Established in 1984, Superstars is held in remembrance of Brother Vincent Scott Sandoe who lost his life to Leukemia shortly after becoming an active here at Kappa chapter. Superstars is held in honor of Brother Sandoe's incredible spirit and character; qualities brothers of Phi Sigma Kappa strive to uphold. Our philanthropy is comprised of events for which over 30 teams of five girls from sororities and clubs compete in. The energy and exuberance makes Superstars an incredible success and memorable experience every year.

    The brothers of Phi Sigma Kappa and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society would appreciate any support you can offer Phi Sigma Kappa Superstars. The entire house is passionate and dedicated to taking our fraternity's philanthropy to the next level by raising over $5,000 this year.
    Any contribution you make will help us reach this goal. All proceeds go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. If you would like to make a donation, please send it to 501 South Allen Street, State College PA, 16801 c/o John Rinaldo. All checks are to be made payable to Phi Sigma Kappa.

    We appreciate all the support of our incredible alumni body. This is my third year running this event and I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

    Sincerely,
    John Rinaldo
    Superstars Chairman
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  • Being part of a close-knit family.
    - Edward Buchan '74

    The close bond with my fellow brothers in all aspects of life
    - Willes Reeder '59

    The road trips, Whales tails, Homecoming, Movie Night, Saturday morning catch up, hay rides, theme parties, and tailgating. I gained a social education that I would not have gained anywhere else.
    - Luke Spaseff '87

    Read other brothers' submissions and share your own on the message board.

  • On March 19, Kappa Chapter celebrated Founders' Day at the chapter house. A large group of actives and alums attended, to celebrate Kappa Chapter's rich legacy and history and to renew our fraternity bonds and friendships.

    Dick Doherty (Board President) and Bill DeGrandis (Board Vice President and Reason to be Proud Campaign Chairman) unveiled the Reason to be Proud Campaign plaque, which honors and thanks our campaign donors for all their generous support of our successful $1.7 million renovation of the chapter house and revitalize Kappa Chapter. The campaign started in 2004, and raised money to finance a complete basement to top floor renovation of the chapter house, so it is up to 21st century standards.

    At Founders' Day, we also honored our Phi Sig Alum of the Year, Henry Nixon,Class of '35. Henry supported the campaign and has been very active in his community, was active in state government and hosted this year's Roger Barton Memorial Golf Tournament at the golf course that he co-owns.

    Matt McLelland was awarded the Phi Sig Active of the Year. Matt graduated at the end of Fall Semester, 2010, and is headed to law school. Matt has served as Chapter President and was active in the IFC while at Penn State.

    Our Phi Sig Men of the Year honorees this year graduated over 75 years apart, but they--together with all of our brothers--share our Phi Sigma Kappa, Kappa Chapter bond.

    Check out more photos from Founders' Day!

  • By Dick Doherty

    On Sunday, May 22nd twenty four Phi Sigs and friends gathered at the Manada Golf Course for a great day of golf and brotherhood with a bit of rain thrown in. This year's outing was in honor of brother Roger Barton who was organizing the outing until his sudden passing on March 22nd.

    Many thanks for picking up the lead on this event to Fred DeCock. Also thanks to Keith Whitman, Henry Nixon, co-owner of the course. and Dick Richardson for their assistance.

    Twenty one golfers took to the course, plus Brothers Newell, Lloyd and Richardson played a ball for Roger with his clubs. I was told that Roger did quite well. I am sure he would have been pleased.

  • Willes "Bill" Reeder '59 rushed multiple fraternities upon arriving at Penn State, but ended up joining Phi Sigma Kappa because he liked the guys and the house the best. It was a decision he looks back on with a great sense of satisfaction, even to this day.

    Had Bill not joined Phi Sig, his life would be entirely different. He was the social chairman during fall '57 and was in charge of filling the date list for an Alumni weekend. To complete this task he enlisted the help of a girl who was dating Harry Jones '58, named Lois, and ended up going to the party with her. They are still together to this day and Bill insists he would never have met her had he not joined Phi Sig.

    This is only one of the many fond memories Bill holds to this day. His most cherished memory involves jacking up the car of the late Robert "Bear" Koehler '58 and putting it on cinder blocks; Bear had no clue as to why his car wouldn't move and Bill believes he would still chuckle over the memory today if he were still around.

  • Phrases that hit us when we miss that opportunity with a brother. Read Ben McClure's '62 letter concerning the passing of his brother and roommate, Bill Clayton '62. As Ben exhorts, take those few minutes and make that contact. All the needed contact information is at your finger tips on the Kappa web site. Don't wait. Do it now before it becomes a regret. Ben also sent along a generous contribution to the Annual Fund in memory of Bill. Thank you, Ben, for your thoughtful Letter.

    All the best for a good summer.
    - Brother Dick "Doc" Doherty

    Letter from Ben McLure '62:

    Dear Doc:

    Please accept the enclosed check in memory of Bill Clayton '62, whose passing is noted in the current Penn State Alumni News.

    Bill, John Lloyd and I "inhabited" The Fort togehter for the 61-62 school year. Of course we made all the promises about keeping in touch, getting together, etc. The last time I saw Bill was in 1964! I never knew what happened, where he went, what he did, who he married or anything else until I saw his obit. Although I thought of him often, I was too damn lazy, stupid or whatever to make any attempt to track him down. Now it is too late.

    I would suggest to all brothers - call, text or email your old brothers. Don't wait to find their obits in a newspaper!

    Fond memories do recall us to the days of yore...but we need to do something more. Call your roomie, dammit! Now!!

    Fraternally,
    Ben McLure, Kappa '62

  • Calling all brothers who haven't come back to the house for Homecoming in a while! We want to really ramp up attendance at Homecoming this year and show Penn State what the Phi Sig alumni experience is all about. Please make plans to join us for our Homecoming celebration on October 15th (click here for full event details).

    Please also call or email an old friend and have him join you. Use our online directory to find contact information for other brothers from your era.

    See you on October 15th!

  • The homecoming alumni tailgate is again being graciously hosted by Cathy and Dave Hyland The location is on the south side of the stadium in the south parking lot. The spaces are #858 & 859. All alumni and their guests are welcome. The triple T's flag should be flying. Look forward to seeing all of you there.

    If you're planning to tailgate with Phi Sig this Homecoming, please indicate so on the message board, and include the number in your party. Contact Dave Hyland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or (412) 913-8850 (cell) with any questions.

    Click here for full details of Kappa Chapter's Homecoming celebration, including the post-game social hour and dinner.

  • The Alumni Board of Directors of Kappa Chapter is continuing an annual award to recognize an alumnus of Kappa who has distinguished himself in service to the country, his profession, community and/or fraternity, including alumni functions, assistance with the Reason to be Proud campaign, mentoring actives, or assisting the Phi Sig National chapter. We will also be awarding an active brother of Kappa whose leadership, scholarship, and dedication to the chapter has improved life in the fraternity.

  • A good leader is a dime a dozen, so we're lucky to have two qualified brothers leading us at the alumni and active chapter levels. Maybe it runs in the blood, because these two individuals are more than just brothers – they're father and son! Thank you to Fred DeCock '80 and Chris DeCock '13 for participating in this Then & Now profile to highlight their Phi Sig experiences and to show how much has changed (or stayed the same) at Kappa and on campus in the last 30+ years.

  • Pictures from this year's Homecoming are now posted in the photo album titled "Homecoming 2011." Click here to view all of the pictures.

  • To Our Newest Alumni...
    (excerpt from blog Fraternal Thoughts – reprinted from May 2010)

    Congratulations to those graduating this year! You deserve to celebrate and reflect upon your achievements. I also invite you to understand that in regards to fraternity, it ain't over. Not by a long shot.

    The other night, my son Jack pulled Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree off his shelf. In this tale, a young boy develops a relationship with a large tree, climbing her, playing in her branches, incorporating her into his imaginary stories, and simply resting beside her large trunk. The tree loved the little boy and the boy loved the tree.

    Click here to read the full blog.

    Give back to our fraternity! Click here to make a contribution to the annual fund.

  • It's been an emotional month for Penn Staters. Consistent with the values and ideals of our university, alumni are already stepping up to support the alleged victims, help our alumni community heal, and begin to set a course for renewal and rebuilding on our legacy.

    With the benefit of our fraternity community and the Greek community as a whole, we have many unique opportunities as alumni to contribute positively to the Penn State student and alumni communities when they need it the most:

    - Support THON, which kicks off February 17.
    - Cheer on our student athletes in all sports—now that football season is over, cheer on the Nittany Lions in basketball and wrestling. Visit www.gopsusports.com for schedules.
    - Take the time to reconnect with your friends to renew what your PSU experience means to you

    You can also participate in these initiatives started by Penn State students and alumni:

    Proud to be a Penn Stater
    We Still Are

    We Are... Penn State Forever

    Share your thoughts on our message board. This board is password protected and accessible only by Phi Sig alumni.

  • Wishing you and your family a joyous holiday season and a happy new year! Send other brothers well wishes this season, too! You can find their contact information in the online directory.

  • Several brothers were in attendance at the wedding of brother Russell Frederick Flail IV '05 on November 11, 2011.

    Shown here are brothers Jay Brunetto '05, Mike Cavanaugh '05, Ward Williams '05, Chris Loftus '04, and Tom Marchozzi '05, who received the best dancer award for his rendition of the Perculator after he caught the garter.

    Good times were had by all and best of luck to brother Rick and his bride Steph!

    Have you recently reunited with Phi Sig brothers? Share your stories and photos in the alumni updates section.

  • "In a cold world, you still need your friends to keep you warm." (The Big Chill, 1983)

    As we say goodbye to Coach Paterno, Penn Staters everywhere can take comfort in friends and in the deep sense of community that we are so fortunate to enjoy as Penn State alumni.

    Looking back, Joe played a role in the best times of our lives – from tailgating to Bowl trips to games at Beaver Stadium. For many of us, they still continue to this day.

    Joe's passing reminds us of what is most important in life: our lifelong connections to those who mean the most, including our Kappa brothers. There are plenty of opportunities to celebrate being a part of the Penn State community with the friends you met there:

    THON– February 17-19. You can honor Joe's wish (a fraternity guy himself) by making a donation to this great cause.
    Founders Day - March 31
    Blue/White Weekend – April 20-22
    Phi Sigma Kappa Golf Tournament - May 19
    Arts Fest – July 12-15

    Share your plans to reunite with brothers in Happy Valley, your fondest memories of Joe, how you'll remember him, or your condolences by clicking here.

  • We are always looking for continued ways to improve your alumni experience. Please share your thoughts, comments and updates to help us make your membership more meaningful.

    Click here to share your feedback.

  • Brother Ward Williams '05 (pictured center) is currently attempting to start his own line of flannel type shirts. Shown here with Brothers Cavanaugh and Johnson, Ward displayed several of his preliminary designs at his design kickoff party held in December.

    Best of luck to brother Williams in pursuing his dream!

    What's new with you? Share your news in the alumni updates section.

  • Dan Stearns '73 has many fond memories of his Phi Sig days that persist to this day including riding the floor buffer and deliberately torturing each other as a means of showing fondness. The bonds he formed were so strong that a group of 20 or so brothers from his era remain in daily contact via email, keeping the Phi Sig connection alive.

  • For generations, brothers like you have provided the financial backbone necessary to support the future of our organization. Please do your part to keep it going strong for generations to come.

    If you haven't yet made your 2011-12 annual fund gift, please do so today. There are three ways to contribute:

    1. Return the form from the midyear annual fund appeal you recently received in the mail.
    2. Donate online by clicking here.
    3. Call 800-598-4050.

    Thank you to the brothers listed on our Honor Roll who have already stepped up with their leadership and generosity this year.

  • THON undoubtedly has a great impact not only on the kids, but on students, alumni and the Penn State community. There is always a lot of talk about THON and every story and experience is important. So, we want to hear from YOU. What is/was the most rewarding part of your THON experience?

    Post your story on the message board.

  • (Photo credit: Joshua Sykes- Centre Daily Times)

    Despite economic malaise and a crush of negative publicity about their university during the past four months, Penn State students raised a record $10.69 million to support families of children with cancer.

    The exact amount, $10,686,924.83, was unveiled shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday at the end of the 46-hour IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon in the Bryce Jordan Center.

  • Brothers John Devaney '06 (pictured right) and Tom Marchozzi '05 (pictured left) recently attended a Locks of Love fundraiser event with John's long time friend Nikki Tremlinese (pictured center). John was able to donate 10" of his golden locks to the cause, which helps children suffering from diseases that cause them to lose their hair. Brother Marchozzi had recently gotten a haircut and therefore couldn't make a hair donation. However, he did make a large financial donation and pledged to let his hair grow until the next fundraiser in October so that he could make a hair donation as well.

  • Happy Valley and Penn State are filled with long-standing traditions that will withstand the test of time. But there are other great traditions from days gone by that no longer exist. From the Phi Psi 500 to the Train Station Restaurant, we compiled stories of the places and traditions that are gone but not forgotten:

  • Like other families, the Bests share many bonds and common experiences like little league, family get-togethers and football games, but unlike most families, the Bests share the bond of brotherhood as well. The Best's family ties with Phi Sigma Kappa began in the early '70s when Bruce '76 made the decision to join after rush.

    Bruce began college with the goal of joining a fraternity and got to know the brothers of Phi Sig through a high school friend, Bob Kotchman '73. The closeness and uniqueness of the brotherhood, along with their focus on academics and intramurals attracted Bruce.

    Because of Bruce, Gary '78 had some familiarity with the brotherhood prior to starting college. Gary's decision wasn't automatic, however, he still decided to rush other fraternities, but says he chose Phi Sig because, "The brothers had a nice diversity of membership, everyone got along really well and I felt comfortable with the demeanor of the house."

    Like his father before him, Alex '12 was also exposed to Phi Sig before beginning his freshman year. While visiting Penn State as a high school senior, Gary showed him around the campus and introduced him to some of the brothers at the Phi Sig house. The impression that visit left on Alex along with the unity of the members inspired him to follow in his father's and uncle's footsteps.

    After joining, the Bests didn't waste any time and got involved with the fraternity early, holding numerous positions including president, which Bruce and Gary each held in the '70s and Alex holds today. Alex admits that the family tradition of being president appealed to him, but says it also felt like the next step for him after holding positions like Vice President and Risk Manager.

    Bruce, the first of the three to be president, was proud of Gary for being elected and is proud of Alex too, saying, "It's pretty cool that (Alex) went to Penn State, joined Phi Sig and is president. It's not something I expected, but I am proud of him and he is certainly deserving."

    In January, Gary had the unique opportunity to sit in on son leading a chapter meeting when he visited Penn State for Joe Paterno's viewing. Visiting the house is not uncommon for Gary; he remains actively involved with Kappa chapter, especially because of Alex.

    A few years ago the chapter renovated the entire house and Gary, who owns two Maid Brigade franchises, worked closely with the actives and the pledges by showing them how to clean the house, repair maintenance issues and encouraging them to get involved in the fraternity.

    Since he started working with the active chapter, Gary has noticed a great improvement including a newfound love and respect for the Kappa Chapter, something that wasn't as prevalent five years ago. These results didn't come from merely from Gary, however. Dick Doherty '58, Fred DeCock '80, Bill DeGrandis '77, Dave Hyland '80, Ben Jarmul '81, Bruce Balmat '70, Dan Stearns '73, John Benedict '74 and the recently deceased Roger Barton '69 also played instrumental roles in improving the Kappa Chapter.

    Alex and the active chapter appreciate the efforts taken by Gary and the other alumni. Alex specifically enjoys his father's visits, saying, "It's awesome, he's very personable. When he comes over everyone's excited to see him, he relates with the brothers really well and he's closer to our generation than a lot of people."

    Although Alex is graduating in December 2012, don't expect Gary to be any less involved because of that. "I bleed magenta and silver," Gary says as he describes his pride for Kappa Chapter and the progress it has made in the past five years.

    Living close to Penn State in Virginia, getting back to campus and remaining involved with Phi Sig is relatively convenient for Gary. Bruce, on the other hand has been living and working in several distant states (most recently Texas) for over 30 years and isn't able to get back to campus often. That doesn't mean the bond is any less strong for Bruce, however.

    Five years ago, after Bruce's wife passed away, he received a lot of emails and support from brothers that he hadn't heard from in years. That they didn't forget about him and were there when he needed them despite the time and distance between them meant the world to Bruce, who has since reconnected with Bob Kotchman '73 who, like Bruce, also lives in Houston.

    This past Fall Bruce was able to make additional connections to his Phi Sig past when he traveled back to campus to attend the Nebraska football game where he had the pleasure of hooking up with Russel Lenor (aka Trash) '74 and former pledge brothers Steu Brown '74 and John Wall '76.

    Bruce's fondest Phi Sig memory is the emphasis the fraternity has traditionally placed on philanthropy. He specifically cites a Christmas party from his undergrad years in which they invited a family from Lewisburg that were victims of a flood and gave them presents, took them ice skating and hung out with them. Alex also feels strongly about the emphasis on philanthropy, calling the annual "Superstars" event benefiting the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society his favorite Phi Sig memory.

    Kappa chapter is lucky to have a family so dedicated towards carrying on the Phi Sig legacy.

    In this photo: From left to right, Bruce's brother-in-law Andrew Reeder, Bruce Best, Alex Best and Gary Best at the Rathskeller.

  • Dan T. Stearns '73, professor of landscape contracting, was one of three notable faculty members featured in this spring's edition of Penn State's AgScience Magazine. Here's an excerpt from the article.

    "Chances are you remember a teacher who changed your life – one who saw something in you that you didn't see, one who encouraged and pushed you a little farther. The college is fortunate to have teachers like that – mentors who engage students in learning, capture their imaginations, and transform them into thinkers. Meet three faculty members who take different approaches to teaching but share a commitment to equipping students with the tools they need to succeed after college...

    ...Dan Stearns keeps an open-door policy at this office, and his students make good use of it. "I encourage informal visits from students," says Stearns, who has taught landscape contracting since 1989.

    Stearns teaches two design studios for juniors and seniors. "I see myself as a mentor, encouraging students to be creative on their own," he says. "I can teach them current technology, but if I can get them excited about learning – and teach them how to learn – that's the key. I guide them and make sure they're not going too far astray while allowing them to come up with something that will be functional and aesthetic and meet the client's needs. If they can do that, they can attack any project, small or large."

    Each year Stearn's students work on a project on campus. In past years they have worked on the front entrance of the Ag Administration Building, the patio and plantings in front of Tyson Building, and the Hintz Alumni Gardens. The current senior class recently presented planting plans to managers of the Arboretum. Through this work students gain project management skills as they schedule their projects and coordinate with suppliers and the campus landscape crew.

    According to Stearns, students learn a lot from one another. "Somebody who's already built a brick patio will show a classmate how it's done," he says. "They take great pride in their accomplishments, and I hope in the future they will bring their kids and grandkids back to campus and tell them 'I built that.'"

    Sometimes it takes a while for students to catch on to Stearn's approach to teaching. "In the mid-1990s, one of my students came to my office right before graduation. After going through the normal pleasantries he told me that he didn't think he'd gotten his money's worth. I was quite taken aback and I said, 'Are you telling me you don't think you've learned anything?' He said, 'Oh, no, I've learned a lot – but I had to figure it out all by myself.' My response was, 'That's great! You just made my day.' He looked at me and after a moment it dawned on him – he'd just summed up my philosophy of teaching."

  • Despite pledging as a junior, Steu Brown '74 still enjoyed every minute of his Phi Sig experience and remains close with many of his brothers almost 40 years later. Steu enjoys connections at weddings, reunions and football weekends at Happy Valley and continues to enjoy the bonds of brotherhood.

  • Brother Logan "Horseshoe" Dubois '05 recently won a contest for tickets to March Madness weekend in New Orleans. While traveling with his younger brother Taylor "Highpitch" Dubois '07, he ran into his favorite college basketball analyst Dick Vitale. The two exchanged college stories and Mr. Vitale gave Logan some pointers for his future career in college basketball broadcasting. Logan is now an official PTP'er!

  • Phi Sig was filled with many fun memories, and served as the foundation for great friendships that have lasted well beyond graduation. But we know that the Phi Sig connections have likely led to great job opportunities too. Did you land a job thanks to a career network formed at Phi Sig? Share your story on the message board.

    Also, if you're looking for a new job or looking to hire, the Phi Sig brotherhood is a great place to network. You can share your details on the message board, and hopefully find your next career path or great employee.

  • As we approach the end of our giving year on August 31, we are striving to get 10% of our members to contribute to the annual fund. Right now, we are so close to reaching this goal. With your continued support, we can make it! The more participation we have, the more enhancements we'll be able to make to your alumni experience. Join the ranks of brothers who are committed to keeping the Kappa legacy alive.

    Our Honor Roll recognizes the brothers who stand up to make a difference for Phi Sig. Will you be counted among them this year?

  • The 2nd Phi Sig Golf Outing and Cookout, held May 19th, was a huge success and this event promises to become a regular Spring occurrence. There were 28 golfers and 27 folks attended the cookout following golf under perfect weather conditions.

    A gourmet steak dinner was prepared and served by Head Chefs Doug Arnold ('70), Paul Robertson ('71), Jon Little ('66) and Bruce Balmat ('70). Alumni President Dick Doherty ('58) presented the Outstanding Alumni Award to Bill Neugebauer (Indiana, '63) who attended with his wife Linda.

  • Phi Sig underwent some lawn and landscaping work this spring to improve the outside appearance of the house.

    A look at some of the landscape work done at Phi Sig this spring to improve the outside appearance of the house.

    Click here to view more pictures of the exterior beautification project at Kappa Chapter.

  • As we wind up our very successful Capital Campaign, we are contacting eligible donors for their room dedication choices. If you have been contacted by Affinity, please respond to them with your choice so that we can then approach donors who are next in line in the selection process. Per our previous notices, if you are behind in your payments on your pledge, you will be able to select your room choice when you are back on schedule (per Affinity Connection's records) with your pledge payments.

    If you have questions, please contact Melissa Gummo at Affinity Connection (814-237-0481 ext. 136; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Bill DeGrandis '77, Reason to Be Proud Campaign Chairman and Vice-President, Alumni Board of Directors (202-551-1720; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

  • If you or your pledge class held a reunion this summer, be sure to send us the details so we can post them on our web site and Facebook page! You can email your stories and photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (mention Phi Sig at PSU).

    Thank you to Len Pasquini '66 for sharing this story of a recent reunion with some fellow Phi Sig brothers: "I enjoy connecting with brothers from past years. I've connect with several brothers from the '60s, and recently connected with Mike Gallagher '66 after he posted his phone number. We had not communicated since graduation in 1966. We are now current with each other about our career's our children and grand children.

  • By Dick Doherty

    To all our brothers: Arts Fest is fast approaching, and as in the past I suspect many of you will attend. As in past years the chapter house is closed for the summer and locked. Nittany Co-Op will be providing roving security to several of our houses for the three-day weekend. There are too many out-of-towners in for the party, which has caused some of the house's severe damage in the past. As usual you are welcome to park at the house during the weekend, though please don't park on the lawn, as the borough will fine us. It would also help if you put a note on the dash stating that you are a member of Phi Sig. Thanks for your cooperation and have a good weekend!

  • Landscape enhancements were completed in early summer as part of continuing efforts to improve the functionality and appearance of the house and property. A menacing collection of weeds in the front beds was eradicated, with periodic spot spraying conducted throughout the summer. In addition, new holly and yew shrubs were planted to fill in gaps in the existing planting. The finishing touch of edging and mulching brought a clean, professional look to the property. The Actives have shown an interest in improving the overall level of landscape maintenance, and the new work commissioned by the alumni board will make their job easier and will hopefully encourage them to do more.

    Click here to view more photos of the landscaping renovations done to the chapter house.

  • Henry Nixon '35, a multiple time Alumni of the Year for the Kappa Chapter, passed away on July 22nd at 99 years of age. You can read Henry's obituary here. Henry remained closely involved with Phi Sigma Kappa and Penn State in his alumni years and was featured in a 2005 newsletter that can be found at this link. It is without a doubt that Henry's presence will be missed at Kappa Chapter, but the impact he made on our fraternity during his years with us is something we can never forget.

  • Have fun as an alum! In a new initiative to increase alumni participation in our communications program, we will be asking questions each month that will hopefully prompt some funny, meaningful and creative responses.

    Get involved by answering this month's question:

    What song (or songs) defines your college experience?

    Share your responses below or on the message board.

  • Thanks to Jay Brunetto '05 for proving that the Phi Sig bonds don't have to end after gradauting. Jay has been connecting with brothers for weddings, comedy shows and races and shares his stories with all of us.

    He writes: "Jay and Ward Williams '05 are pictured here enjoying some post race beverages. Although Ward was able to keep it a close race between the two, years of working in the fields gave Jay the endurance and stamina to maintain his winning streak over Ward. I hope to see more brothers participate in the upcoming years."

  • The Phi Sigma Kappa Association exists because you exist. Our promise to you is to serve and entertain you with opportunities to connect: with your experiences, with each other, and with the fraternity you became an integral part of when you pledged.

    You may not think so, but you are... integral, important, critical, vital, absolutely necessary. Your opinions and insights are more valuable than all our assets combined.

    Take this survey to help us drive our alumni program for the next 12 months in a way that matters to you.

  • Our hearts go out to our brothers in the northeast who tragically have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy. We've all seen the television reports about wide-scale power outages, floods, wind damage, and more. But for some of our brothers, the effects of this "superstorm" are devastating...and very real.

    As recovery efforts get underway, there may be ways for each of us to help. Whether it's giving blood or donations to the Red Cross, or other local relief efforts, we know that each of us will do what we can.

    We ask everyone to please keep our brothers from the coastal Tri-State area, and beyond, in your thoughts and prayers.

  • Have fun as an alum! In a new initiative to increase alumni participation in our communications program, we will be asking questions each month that will hopefully prompt some funny, meaningful and creative responses.

    Get involved by answering this month's question:

    Why did you join Phi Sig?

    Share your responses below or on the message board.

  • As we focus on strengthening our Kappa Chapter so its legacy will continue well into the future, we recognize that we will continue to have capital needs.

  • By Daniel Lourie

    At Kappa Chapter, Homecoming brought out the true meaning of hard work, determination and most importantly, brotherhood. The overall theme, "The Glory Echoes On", reflects on the traditions and values that all Penn Staters embrace. This year's Homecoming chairs were myself (junior, Political Science), Eric Gabriel (junior Landscape Architect) and Andrew Dreilbelbis (junior, Turf Grass Management).

  • Tim Scott '84 passes away.

  • In an effort to increase alumni participation in our communications program, we will be asking questions each month that will hopefully prompt some funny, meaningful and creative responses.

    Get involved by answering this month's question:

    How are the values you learned in Phi Sig still making an impact in your life today?

    Share your answers below or on the message board.

  • Above: The Casperos attend fellow alum Bear Kohler's retirement dinner.

    John Caspero '61 and his son John Caspero III ' 86 have a lot in common. Both served as presidents of Kappa Chapter. They were also both Business Advertising majors and NROTC members, and both eventually served in the Navy and married PSU coeds!

  • Alum Jim Vavreck '76 shares an update on his life and adventures! Starting with Hawaii... he writes, "I married a wonderful lady, Jill, about two years ago. We went to Hawaii and were married on Secret Beach, during a sunset ceremony. We have our own Brady Bunch, with six daughters between us."

  • A special congratulations and recognition to former Kappa Chapter Advisor Bill Neugebauer, who was recently installed as Grand President of Phi Sigma Kappa. Brother Bill's story with Phi Sigma Kappa began 48 years ago, when he joined a local fraternity, Sigma Kappa Phi, in the spring of 1964 at then-called Indiana State College. Little did Bill know at the time that his undergraduate years in Phi Sigma Kappa would only be the beginning of his service to the Fraternity.

  • THON has long been one of the largest and most widely recognized organizations on campus, but there are many things in THON's past that you might not know. Here is a list that Onward State compiled of things that you (probably) didn't know about THON, as well as a great history of THONfrom the university libraries.

    What are your best THON memories (either ones that we may know or things we may not)? Click on the headline to share them. And be sure to stop by the BJC if you're in Happy Valley the weekend of February 15-17 to support the dancers in the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.

  • There's nothing quite like romance in college. In the spirit of Valentine's Day this month, share your stories:

    • Describe your best or worst date from your college days? Did it lead to long-term love?
    • Do you think it was easier to find a girlfriend because of your association with a fraternity? Why?
    • How much do you think you spent on a typical date during college? And where did you take her?
    • Have you ever been set up by a fellow brother?
    • Any dating advice you'd like to pass on to our young undergraduate brothers (or suggestions on great date locations in Happy Valley)?

    Share your story below or on the message board.

  • This year, we have put forth an unprecedented effort towards our THON activities in an attempt to take our involvement with this extraordinary cause to the next level. House involvement in the canning trips was extremely high, and in spite of a reduced number of canning weekends, we surpassed last year's total for canning by around 50%. Currently, our mailing of THONvelopes is underway, but we feel the need to reach out to you, our alumni, in the next step of Phi Sigma Kappa really making a difference For The Kids.

  • Thank you to Jack Sillaman '74 for participating in this Q&A. He shares why he joined Phi Sig, how it made an impact on his life, and why he's counting his blessings.

  • By Jeff Hudak '09

    The Alumni Board of Directors of Kappa Chapter is continuing an annual award to recognize an alumnus of Kappa Chapter who has distinguished himself in service to the country, his profession, community and/or fraternity, including alumni functions, assistance with the Reason to be Proud campaign, mentoring actives, or assisting the Phi Sig National chapter. We will also be awarding an active brother of Kappa whose leadership, scholarship, and dedication to the chapter has improved life in the fraternity.

  • No matter how far away you are today, you share a great experience with 962 other brothers: getting to spend four (or more!) years living in Happy Valley.

  • Do you remember this photo? It was taken of a pledge class, but when?

    Help us out and comment by clicking on the headline! Also click the headline for an enlarged image.

  • This year's Decade Challenge report is in, and we'd like to thank our brothers from the 70s for being the decade of alums with the largest number of individual donors to our annual fund program so far this year! Approximately 21 men from this era donated a total of $3,500 since our giving year began last September. So yes, there is definite strength in numbers!

    We still have three months remaining in our giving year—and the brothers from the 50s and 60s aren't too far behind. If you'd like to add your name to our distinguished Honor Roll of Donors, please make your gift today.

  • Need a reason to reunite with Penn State friends? Want to show your kids where "the good old days" happened? The 47th Annual Festival of the Arts is right around the corner and guarantees a memorable experience for both your college crew and family.

    As always, Arts Fest offers an array of food, live music and, of course, row upon row of incredible artwork. With more than 125,000 people expected to attend, you might bump into some old friends and acquaintances along the way. Some hotels still have space available, or try hotels just outside State College. If you're close by, it's the perfect day trip. Hope to see you there!

  • We need your help! There are currently nearly 600 alumni on our lost email list, meaning that we don't have valid email addresses on file for them to receive our eLetter and other electronic communications. Please help us to reach more alumni more frequently and cost effectively by reviewing our lost email list. If you recognize any of the names on the list, simply click them to send an email to our alumni relations firm with their updated contact information. Our email database is used solely for chapter communications.

    Thank you for your help!

  • We recently came across this great story in the New York Times, featuring a 68-year-old man who enrolled in college – and chose to join a fraternity – at age 65. It's a great read and a testament to the true fraternity values and the definition of brotherhood.

  • Tom Conley '01 is running for the Penn State Board of Trustees this year.


  • Congratulations to our active brothers, who raised over $35,000 for THON with help from alumni.

    This was contributed toward THON 2013's overall record-shattering $12.3 million to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund, in the fight against pediatric cancer.

    Stay tuned for much more news from the active chapter in the upcoming Kappa News, which will hit mailboxes later this month.

  • On Saturday, March 23, we celebrated Founders' Day with a two hour tour of AccuWeather's world headquarters hosted by several of their senior executives. The actives (those who are 21 and older, of course) hosted a tour of some of State College's best bars. Following the tours, over 100 Actives and Alums gathered at the Chapter House. A delicious dinner was served, featuring barbequed ribs, mac and cheese and pasta. Everyone had a great time, and the alums met the 25 new Active brothers who pledged in the Fall and the four new pledges for Spring semester. Many thanks to Active Andrew Dreibelbis for his inspired menu and cooking skills, to Active Bryan Boyd for coordinating such a well-organized celebration and the cook, Jen for all her efforts.

  • Exams are over, the boxes are packed, and the cap and gown is pressed and ready for the big event. Graduation day is such a bittersweet moment in our lives, as we say goodbye to the youth and vitality of college life, and usher in a new era in our lives: full-blown adulthood. Think back to your own time and tell us a story about your graduation day. How did you spend your final days as an undergraduate member of Phi Sig? Were there any last hurrahs or memorable moments with brothers that especially stand out?

    Share your story below or on our message boards.

  • Remember, our alumni base is a vital entity to the success of Phi Sigma Kappa at Penn State, and we want to continue to prosper! Your involvement is this project is greatly appreciated.

  • Recently, Jack Sillaman '74 participated in a Q/A interview.

    He spoke about the brother that most acted as a role model for him, songs that defined his college experience, and much more.