• November is a month to celebrate veterans and service members as a whole and Kappa Sigma is proud to count a handful of military members among its ranks! Click below for a list of veteran and serviceman brothers.

  • The first month of fall semester has proven to be full of challenges and adversity for the Alpha Delta Chapter of Kappa Sigma. We were beyond thrilled to be leaving our previous location to move into a much larger residency.

    We expected a larger than normal rush turnout because in the past our lack of traditional housing was a hurdle for us to overcome with rushes. Every brother was enthusiastic and prepared to sacrifice time and energy to make this year’s rush historic.

  • 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.

  • We have a new house! After a challenging summer spent trying to find housing for active Kappa Sigma Brothers, we are excited to announce a move-in at 420 E. Prospect Avenue in State College has gone smoothly!

  • We want to know...why is Kappa Sigma Still Important to You? What have you been up to since graduation? What do you want your brothers to know about you? Click below to tell us all about it!

  • The Skinny: 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.

  • Like the bonds we forged in Kappa Sigma, 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.

  • We want to take this opportunity to thank all the brothers who gave to our annual fund this past year. Our giving year ended on Sept. 1 and we are happy to report that 100 brothers answered the call to give back to the organization that meant – and continues to mean – so much to all of us. We raised $16,674 in 2014-15 and we think – no, we know we can do better!

  • With over 900 active Kappa Sigma alumni spread out across the country, we’d like to know what everyone has been up to this summer!

    And since Fall is rapidly approaching, we’d imagine those summer vacations, picnics and parties are about finished. So what did you do with your summer? Go on a trip? Get married? Get a new job? Welcome a baby or grandchild into the world?

  • Last month we shipped out an old photo from Spring ’74 of brothers and friends of Kappa Sigma gathered outside, soaking up the sun. Here’s a photo from that same party from the inside!

    We’re sure more of you have photos boxed up somewhere. We’d love to see them!

    It’s easy to share your photos. Just click here, be sure to log in and start uploading!

  • Harvey (Jerry) G. Cook '55 has some advice for future brothers: stop the harassment. This does not help anyone. Treat all with respect and dignity. Click below to see what Harvey and a few other brothers have been up to.

  • The college football season is just around the corner, meaning it’s nearly time for Kappa Sigma 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.

  • We’re in the fourth quarter and nearing the two minute warning – the end of our giving year is nearly upon us and we need to finish strong!

    We have about two and a half months to go and so far 67 of you have contributed $11,489. Unfortunately, we’re a bit behind the pace we set last year when 85 donors had chipped in $14,110 at this point.

    The good news? We have 912 active alumni! Help us finish our giving year strong by donating here. Thanks for those who have donated! See our honor roll of donors here.

  • Where were you in 1974? By the looks of this photo, most of you were enjoying a beautiful day in Happy Valley during Spring Fling! What else happened in 1974? Read more for a reminder!

  • The college football season may seem far off at this point but the truth is Penn State will open its season in a little over three months. Plenty has changed in Happy Valley in the last few years but for the first time in what seems like years, the Nittany Lions will enter training camp in August with a sense of regularity.

  • We are very sad to report that Joseph Succop II ’48 passed away on February 9th, 2015 at the age of 91. Click below to read more about Joseph's time at Kappa Sigma and his life's accomplishments.

  • In a world where breaking news is ideal, it is imperative to make sure your information is up to date. Consider this email a confirmation that you are ready to accept the most recent news from Alpha-Delta Chapter. Even though you have a good email address in our database, many of your brothers do not. 436 of your brothers are “lost”! Click here for a complete list of our missing brothers. If you know how to get in touch with these brothers, either have them email our alumni relations office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or email us yourself. Thank you for your help in our effort to get all of our brothers reconnected to Alpha-Delta Chapter!

  • 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 herefor 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.

  • We had the opportunity to speak with Matthew Weisberg ’97 about Kappa Sigma, his infamous nickname, and what has come of his career since graduation.  Like many involved in Greek life, Weisberg had a story behind his choice in fraternity.  Originally, he rushed in the fall of his freshman year, but at this point he felt Greek life was not for him and he did not feel comfortable with them, nor did he think they were comfortable with him.  Those fraternities that he rushed in the fall seemed to be too homogenous, elitist and cliquey; in short, stand-offish...but this changed.  In the spring, he pledged and was initiated into the Alpha-Delta Chapter, but why the sudden change?  “Alpha-Delta at that time [and well before] had a history of personality diversity; simply, there were a lot of different characters; that mix made me as an individual feel comfortable, truly at home, and relaxed,” said Matthew about Kappa Sigma.  He had the assistance of his big-brother, Steve “Squash” Ruth ’96, and the kind and enthusiastic Rush Chair, Jeff “Monty” Montgomery ’94, “They had me at ‘hello’.”

  •  David E. Falchek '91

    (1705 Church AVe, Scranton, PA 18508; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    David was selected to a second three-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Wine Society.  This is the nation’s oldest, and largest, wine consumer organization. 

     Matthew B. Weisberg, Esq. '97

    (49 Cornell Road, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004-2104; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

    I am the sole proprietor of Weisberg Law.  In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Weisberg Law aggressively focuses on financial, consumer and real estate litigation (including legal and accountant malpractice, foreclosure defense, civil rights and employment discrimination, business disputes and consumer fraud). I am married to Tali Weisberg with whom I have two children, Carter and Chase. The Weisbergs live in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania (Montgomery County).  If you are looking to catch-up, kindly e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (cell:  215-370-7500).  Gooch would love to hear from you!

    Thomas E. Tatem, III '98

    (26 Springhill Rd, Randolph, NJ 07869-4316 USA; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

    This probably isn’t really news to most as it’s about 8 months old at this point, but if you’re looking for something here you go: My wife Amy and I welcome another baby girl, Finley Rose Tatem, in July.  She’s our 4th (and final) baby. She joins big sisters Haleigh (5), Peyton (3) and big brother Tommy (2).  I will be working until I’m at least 90 to pay for college and weddings. 

    I have one for my friend too, Darby Neidig (’93).  Darby recently had his "I love WHAM!" tattoo removed and can now wear tank tops without harassment to Steelers games.  

  • Our giving year starts on September 1st of every year.We also set annual goals for us to reach at the end of the year. This year’s goals were set at 140 donors and $27,500 dollars. We are coming through April and we want to look at our total results – have we grown the 20% that we’ve set out to achieve?

  • This is the LAST CALL FOR THON 2015!

    To secure a 100%, guaranteed-to-be-in-Kappa-Sigma’s name donation, you HAVE TO DONATE ONLINE.This is because checks, to be 100% guaranteed, have to be sent in by the 14th. But, nonetheless, the credit/debit card donations are open until 11:45 PM Saturday Night.

    To send in a donation for Kappa Sigma, please click here and follow the directions on the page.

    Make this your good deed for the day! Give to THON today.

  • In this season of giving, we'd like to thank the 50+ donors who have supported the Annual Fund since September 1. We are growing our group of supporters this year and are up by 77% 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.

  • Looking for the perfect gift for the Penn Staters in your life? Try one of these unique ideas...

  • 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.

  • Ah, Thanksgiving. A time celebrated in America by eating way too much food, probably drinking too much, and falling asleep to football. But it also celebrated frequently by saying what exactly we’re thankful for this late autumn.

  • …and he asks for your ID.

    Some of your addresses on your ID are blank! We are missing mailing addresses for 119 of our living alumni! Help us find the rest, please!

  •  Spring Fling 1974


    We are looking for Alpha-Delta photos past, present, and future!

    One of the best things about being an alum is looking back at photographs of your years with Kappa Sigma at Penn State. You might be embarrassed of your clothes or haircut, but the pictures bring back fond memories of the experiences you had. We’re always looking for more photos to add to our collection and share with other alumni!

  • The first quarter of the giving year is OVER! It’s time to discover how we stack up in the scheme of things. We sent the numbers to our numbers person who has been laboriously crunching numbers to come up with this.

  • A recent post from the Kappa Sigma undergraduate Facebook:

    As we continue our fundraising for THON 2015, it's great to reflect on our success from last year. We have over 78,000 reasons to be thankful, and over 78,000 reasons to be motivated to beat our total from last year. Thank you to everyone who supported us and continue to support us. We couldn't be more appreciative. With the help of our THON partners, Gamma Sigma Sigma, we will reach new heights in our efforts to conquer pediatric cancer! FOR THE KIDS!!!

  • 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.

    We’ll feature the best submissions in future eLetters! So send them in!

  • A Kappa Sig alumni and his wife got married at the tailgate! Click below to read more!

  • "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.

  • Check out what we found in the archives!

  • We want to share a story with you. This story comes from a fraternity in the Northeast... a situation that took place in 2013. One brother had a daughter who was facing a very serious genetic illness. The best doctor 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 a particular brother, the base of those who knew about the situation 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.

  • This summer at the 2014 Eastern Leadership Conference, Alpha-Delta's current chapter advisor, Chad Joyce (Theta-Zeta, '03), received an award for Outstanding Alumnus Advisor. Click below to read more about Chad, his experiences at Eastern New Mexico University and the good things he has observed at Kappa Sigma PSU.

  • 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 Kappa Sigma 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!

  • 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!

  • Congratulations to our undergraduates for bringing home the Founders Circle Award at last week's 2014 Eastern Leadership Conference held in New Orleans. This ranks them in the top eight chapters receiving this award among 314 eastern chapters. Click below to find out what other awards our actives received. We are Kappa Sig!

  • Have you ever wondered how you can find out which of your Kappa Sigma brothers is returning for PSU home football games? Now it's easy. All you have to do is register on our Kappa Sigma website for each game you will be attending this fall. Next month, we will be publishing the list of brothers registered to attend each game. This gives you all a chance to make plans as Kappa Sig alumni and reconnect. Click below to read more.

  • 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 Sunday, April 13, during our Blue-White Weekend, seven of our undergraduates were awarded scholarships. Administering the ceremony was Trustee Mark Breedlove ‘78 who oversees the Star and Crescent Scholarship Foundation. Click below to see photos of each scholarship recipient.

  • Congratulations to our undergraduates for a successful spring rush season. Last month, they welcomed 10 new brothers from their spring pledge class. Click below for more chapter news.

  • According to Wes Link ’55, 2013 was not his favorite year. While it was a productive year for business, he lost his wife of 55 years. Click below to read Wes's reflections on his Kappa Sig Sweetheart, PSU football and his new man cave.

  • "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where you go." With these words from Dr. Seuss, we introduce you to several of our graduating seniors as they set out on new adventures. Click below to read more.

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

  • Donations from brothers like you help us to complete specific items on our wish list this year. Our most pressing needs include:

  • We THON... because of Nick Tafel.

  • Spring Rush is off to a great start for Alpha-Delta.

  • Alpha-Delta elected new undergraduate officers last fall. We welcome in the new leadership which is excited about their clear and goal-oriented vision for the fraternity. We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to them.

  • On January 13, the Phi Sigma Kappa Twitter administrator posted this tweet: "James Franklin joins Dick Harlow as the 2nd Phi Sigma Kappa brother to become the head [foot]ball coach at PSU. #DamnProud."

  • Brothers, we're working on building out the photo album section of our website. With Homecoming last month, we thought we'd start with collecting Homecoming photos! Go through your camera cards or shoeboxes and find pictures of Homecomings past and present!

  • It's one of our favorite times of year—Thanksgiving.  Click "read more" to find out how our fraternity brothers gave us so much to be thankful for, no matter how inappropriate, and then be sure to share your own stories and photos!

  • Calling all Kappa Sigs! October 12 is just around the corner and we hope you're planning your trip "home" if you haven't already. Penn State has a jam-packed Homecoming planned complete with an ice cream social and an Alumni Zone Tailgate.

  • Do you believe in unicorns and the power of the rainbow?  More than 10,000 runners were asked the same question at this past weekend’s 5K Color Run in Happy Valley.  This race, dubbed as “the happiest 5K on the planet” drew a huge crowd, including teams of fraternity and sorority undergrads and alumni.  

  • 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!

  • This article about Penn State Football appeared in the Wall Street Journal. It is being widely circulated throughout the internet but I wanted to ensure that everyone had a chance to read it. What struck me most was Matt Milen's quote:

    ""Forget about what youlost,"  "This is what youhave. I can only promise you, you will have a brotherhood. You may not realize it now, but that's worth more than anything."

    This is what epitomizes our love for Penn State and Kappa Sigma. Enjoy.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.kappasigpsu.com, but your username and password have changed temporarily (you can change yours back when you login the first time).


  • Now that Alpha-Delta has a new home, it's time for us to outfit it for our new residents! This summer, we will be cleaning up and moving in... and we need as many brothers as possible to pitch in and donate to a special "Furniture Fund".

    Donating to the Furniture Fund makes a tangible impact on the chapter.


  • 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.


  • Now that Alpha-Delta has a new home, it’s time for us to outfit it for our new residents! This summer, we will be cleaning up and moving in … and we need as many brothers as possible to pitch in and donate to a special “Furniture Fund”. 

    Donating to the Furniture Fund makes a tangible impact on the chapter. When you visit the house next football season, you can actually point to a sofa, table or chair and say, “Hey, I made that happen!”

    Whether you donate $10, $100, or $1000, every gift helps as we proudly move into our new residence. Checks should be made out to “Kappa Sigma”.  Please write Furniture Fund in the memo area and mail them to the address below:

    Kappa Sigma Fraternity
    Alpha-Delta (Penn State)
    Edward D. Gorkes
    Alumni Corporation President
    1361 Worthington Court
    Ambler, PA  19002

  • Our Kappa Sig Brothers … where are they today?

    Larry H. Mack ’58 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Many good memories of living in the house from 1955 to 1958. I spent most of my free time playing bridge. On Saturday nights, we played from when the women had to go to their dorms until the spudnuts arrived Sunday morning. Retired to Pinehurst, NC, in 1995 and spend four hours on one of our golf courses four days a week when in town and the weather permits.

    Edward J. Schmidt ’61 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    I graduated 1961 and my senior year was the first year we moved into the house on Beaver Avenue. It was built around the old house we lived in, so I was fortunate to see entire construction.  The new house was built with significant financial help from Al Rockwell, founder of Rockwell Industries.  I was an officer in the house at the time and met with Al on several occasions when he flew into State College on his private plane to supervise the proceedings. It was a great time for Kappa Sig and I was glad to be a part of it.  Sad to see the house now abandoned when I last returned.  So many memories.

    Richard Armstrong ’81 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    I am involved with Prestige Building Company, LLC and Prestige Building Corporations out of Marlton, N.J.  We provide construction services for ground up and renovation projects primarily to the affordable housing community. We operate in multiple states and I act as the qualifying person on most of our licenses. That equates to travel time to various places, currently California, Louisiana, Kansas, Arizona, New Jersey, Delaware, and St. Thomas USVI. My new toy is a 1964 T Bird. Elaine and I are still living in Pottstown, and our son Brian is in the DC metro area. 

    Jon E. Pearson ’68 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    After college and graduating in 68’, I joined the Navy, specifically to avoid going to Vietnam, and was fortunate enough to explore many cities in Europe near the Mediterranean. After that, I moved to Raleigh, for five years where I met my future and present wife Elizabeth. We moved to Dallas and had three "Yellow Roses of Texas".  We stayed there for ten years and really enjoyed it.  Then we moved to Vienna, VA outside Washington, DC and have been here for 23 years.  All three girls have married and we have three grandchildren, with many more expected.  All this time, I have worked as a landscape architect and have loved it. I've had the pleasure of working on nearly half the buildings on the National Mall and even the White House, as well as memorials, monuments, and a large number of embassies around the world. I am currently working on the Eisenhower Memorial.  It has been quite a ride.  I am now semi-retired, working a 20-hour week mostly at home.  I am the Technical Director for Design for the Alexandria, VA office of AECOM, the largest A-E firm in the country.

    Richard A. Barron ’87 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Currently, I am living in Orlando, Fla. and have a wonderful wife and three beautiful children. We visit Disney World a lot and continue to follow Penn State football and other happenings there. I have spent the past 13 years as Software QA manager at a few different companies. Currently, I hold that position with Intelity Solutions, Inc., a mobile guest services company that provides hotels with technology for a more luxurious and personalized stay. It is headed by another Penn State alum!

    Kevin T. Coppins ‘92
    My wife CeCe and I welcomed Macie Margaret Coppins to the family on October 23rd, pictured here with her 5 year old brother Cash.  We still reside in Tampa, and have had the good fortune of adding Brother Brian Roakes ‘94 back into the Gulf Coast lifestyle.  Hope all is well with those I know, and I continue to pray for and support the undergraduates who are doing great work in the name of Alpha Delta.

    Randy S. Faurl ’93 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    I've been working at Guardian for 20 years this year. I have had many different roles along the way. Currently, I manage a development team in the Retirement division. – Additional responses in possible newsletter doc.

    Chris J. Foster ‘94 AKA “Vitas” (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    My wife and I are expecting our second child in April 2013.  Due to my recent promotion, my family and I will be relocating to Chicago, IL in July 2013.  True to my Kappa Sigma nickname, I, Vitas, and my family enjoy playing tennis. I especially enjoyed spending a week last summer in the Outer Banks with the families of Brothers Darby Neidig ‘93, Jason Striker ‘96, Tom Tatem ‘98, Kevin Hacker ‘98, Matt Dippold ‘98 and Matt Weisberg ‘97.  I also congratulate Brother (and fellow Memphian) Don Bradford ‘94 on his recent promotion to CEO of Ensafe Incorporated.

    Bryan M. Roth ’97 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    So many of my favorite memories come from traveling with the pledges and brothers to other campuses to meet other Kappa Sigs. The bonds that form on Bolts are very strong and bring together brothers that may otherwise not interact as much. Ironically, I was accidentally left behind on my own pledge bolt and did not get to make those initial memories as a pledge. What I mostly miss about State College was the lack of adult responsibilities.

    Mark Stemphoski ‘01 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  
    I have finished my MBA, got married, had a son and I am a senior field engineer and project manager.

    Nick A. Mendez ’02 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  I have moved to Houston, Texas and bought my first house with my wife of a year and a half, Eva.  I am still working with the same company, Aramark that I started with right after graduating.

    Alex Fatica ’09 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Since graduating from Penn State in 2009, I lived in Pittsburgh, Pa. and worked as a Corporate Buyer for Dick's Sporting Goods, more specifically, golf equipment. In October 2012, I moved back to my hometown Erie, Pa. and started working for my father’s company, Great Lakes Automation Services, Inc. I am a Sales Account Manager for the company.  I just purchased my first home and I am anxious for the upcoming football season. As a founding father of the Alpha-Delta Chapter at Penn State, I am very happy for the guys to finally get a house. Starting the chapter back up and not having a house was very difficult and at times inconvenient, so it's great to finally establish a location on campus.

    What’s new with you?  Tell us what you’ve been up to lately – either personally, professionally, or otherwise.  Send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Don’t forget to mention Kappa Sig at Penn State in your email.

  • We recently learned about the passing of Robert C. Bacher ’47.  This brother, who lived in the Pittsburgh area and was an avid
    supporter of Kappa Sig, passed away in 2012 at the age of 88.

    Bacher was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran and a retired vice president of operations for Bell Atlantic after 42 years of service. 

    A longtime member of Highland Country Club and past president, he was also a former member of the board of directors of Suburban General Hospital and a longtime volunteer at the St. Teresa Parish Festival.

  • 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!
    Don’t Miss the 47th Annual Arts Fest!

    Wednesday, July 10-Sunday, July 14
    State College, PA

    Music, Food, Shopping---and Art!

    If you are interested in learning more about all the amazing activities planned for Arts Fest 2013, along with everything fun and practical to know when planning your visit to State College this summer, visit the most-up-to-date authority on all things PSU and State College at HappyValley.com.

    Don’t miss your chance to reconnect with brothers in this fabulous Happy Valley event!

  • Now that Alpha-Delta has a new home, it’s time for us to outfit it for our new residents! This summer, we will be cleaning up and moving in … and we need as many brothers as possible to pitch in and donate to a special “Furniture Fund”.

    Donating to the Furniture Fund makes a tangible impact on the chapter. When you visit the house next football season, you can actually point to a sofa, table or chair and say, “Hey, I made that happen!”

  • What do you miss most about living in State College?

    "We have a granddaughter who wants to go to Penn State. The first thing she said when she got home was, 'Pop Pop', did they have that homemade ice cream when you went there?" I could write a book on the "most" thing, but this will suffice." - Bob O. Snelling '54

    "I miss the college life of living in State College. I live in a college town now with the University of Central
    Florida and it reminds me a lot of life at State College. I also miss the seasonal changes." - Richard A. Barron '87

    "How beautiful the area is, living with good friends and all the great memories I have from my short time."- Mark Stemphoski '01

    "The lack of adult responsibilities." - Bryan M. Roth '97

  • 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 Kappa Sig? Were there any last hurrahs or memorable moments with brothers that especially stand out?   

    Share your story below or on our message boards.

  • What’s spring without a little practical joke amongst brothers, right? From those memorable, light-hearted pranks to the ridiculous, harmless antics of our youth, one thing is clear: college life is full of laughter.

    In honor of April Fools’ Day, tell with us your funniest moments and/or harmless pranks from your fraternity days.

    If you are logged into Facebook, share your stories below.  If not, you can also email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’ll take your stories, clean ‘em up, and publish them for some fun summer reading!

    And don’t forget to check out these legendary college pranks online.

  • May is just several weeks away. This year, we’d like to share your thoughts, messages, and memories of those soldiers who have served their country. Maybe you want to send well-wishes to a brother who may have lost a family member in Afghanistan or Iraq? Or you simply want to share a fond memory of a long-lost brother who died in combat?  Now you can.

    Share your stories by commenting below (if you’re logged onto Facebook) or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We’ll compile your stories and message, along with those from other brothers, and release them in a special alumni eletter in May.

    Let’s properly remember those who fought to preserve our freedom.  May we never forget those heroes who died serving our country, the families who loved them and whom they loved.

    Thank you!

  • May is just several weeks away. This year, we'd like to share your thoughts, messages, and memories of those soldiers who have served their country. Maybe you want to send well-wishes to a brother who may have lost a family member in Afghanistan or Iraq? Or you simply want to share a fond memory of a long-lost brother who died in combat? Now you can.

  • For 2013 THON, Kappa Sigma and Gamma Sigma Sigma raised a combined $64,545.24 to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. 

  • We asked a handful of brothers to tell us something today’s brothers probably don’t know about our former digs. Here is what they said:

    When you look at the old pictures of the “Frat House” from 1950, they just cannot do it justice. It was a grand old home, with a huge, wide, wood staircase, high ceilings and entry hall. Just across the street, there was a place that made huge soft donuts and plenty of good hot coffee, which was especially great when we were late night studying. Walking over there helped get us awake! - Bob O. Snelling ’54 

    A little known fact I am sure is - How many screws held together the not so portable bar that was made by the our pledge class? 
    The answer was written inside the bar so no one had to remember and I am sure the bar is long gone now, but the answer was around 253 or some large number.  It was constructed of two by four and plywood with laminate top.  Bob Burkhart painted the star and crescent emblem that was mounted on the front for us.  It was my favorite pledge class question to ask. - Richard Armstrong ’81

    The current actives may not know how great Mary Ellen was. She was like a mother to all of us while we were away from home. - Mark Stemphoski ’01

    For many, the safe in the party room lead to another "secret" room where ritual events were performed. - Bryan M. Roth ’97

  • No matter how far away you are today, you share a great experience with 981 other brothers: getting to spend four (or more!) years living in Happy Valley.

  • February 15th to the 17th, we have our annual THON weekend. So far, Alpha Delta and our sorority pair, Gamma Sigma Sigma, have raised more than $49,000... and continues to increase daily. The money is given to the Four Diamonds Fund, in support of patients and families battling pediatric cancer.

  • They say there's strength in numbers. We're counting on you to help ours grow through your participation as an alum!

  • There's nothing quite like romance in college. Tell us your stories:

  • Thank you to Brendan Stenson '05 for participating in this Q&A.

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  • Thanks to Jim Charles '72 for sharing this photo.

  • Thank you to David Ludwig '65 for participating in this Q&A....

  • 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.

  • By GM Colby Delaney

    Several undergraduate brothers attended the Kappa Sigma Leadership Conference in New Orleans this summer. While at the conference the Alpha-Delta's were awarded with one of the Academic Excellence Cups for having one of the highest GPAs of all Kappa Sigma chapters for the past school year. The undergrads finished the 2011-12 school year with a 3.30 GPA in the spring semester. These marks tied us with Beta Sigma Beta for the fourth best GPA in the IFC, far above the IFC average of 3.14.

  • Rodd McDanel '77 has Kappa Sigma to thank for his lucrative career path. Thanks to Rodd for sharing this story!

  • 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.

  • Thank you to Bob Snelling '54 for participating in this Q&A.

  • The Pennsylvania Alpha-Delta 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.

  • 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.

  • Penn State Public Broadcasting will air a documentary Why We Dance: The Story of THON throughout Pennsylvania on Thursday, September 27.

  • Thanks to Tom McNulty '68 for submitting this update.

  • The Penn State community needs input from Kappa Sig alumni. Share your thoughts and opinions about how we can rebuild in this independent survey that is seeking to establish a meaningful dialogue among alumni, students, parents, faculty, local residents, local business owners and others about moving forward as a community. Results of the survey will be published and shared with participants.

  • Several undergraduate brothers recently attended the Kappa Sigma Leadership Conference in New Orleans. While at the conference the Alpha-Delta's were awarded with one of the Academic Excellence Cups for having one of the highest GPAs of all Kappa Sigma chapters for the past school year. The undergrads finished the 2011-12 school year with a 3.30 GPA in the Spring Semester. Their marks earned them a tie with Beta Sigma Beta for the fourth best GPA in the IFC, far above the IFC average of 3.14.

  • The summer months are upon us, but the men of Alpha Delta continue to work hard. Several brothers are enrolled in summer session to get ahead on credits and other brothers are spending their summer at an internship. Wegmans, Goodyear and URS Corporation are just a few of the companies that brothers are interning with.

  • Who remembers this photo from the '74 Spring Fling? If you can name anyone pictured or want to share a story from the event, please do so below if you're logged into Facebook, or discuss on the message board.

  • As we approach the end of our giving year on August 31, we are striving to get 15% of our members to contribute to the annual fund. Right now, we are so close to reaching this goal. With your 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 Alpha-Delta legacy alive.

  • Have a story of a recent get-together or reunion with your fellow Kappa Sig brothers or plans for a future reunion? Share the details here for others that couldn't make it or might want to join.

  • Brothers Mike Irwin '67 (football co-captain), Tom Stuart '67 (football, wrestling, chapter social chairman), Dick Hayes '68 (IFC, University planning committee), John Kennon '68 (GM) and Warren Hartenstine '67 met at Penn State for Blue White weekend where they joined a host of fellow Alpha Delta brothers from their era at a tailgate.

  • Kappa 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 Kappa Sig connections have likely led to great job opportunities too. Did you land a job thanks to a career network formed at Kappa Sig? Share your story on the message board.

  • Kappa Sig has doubtless had a powerful impact on the many brothers who have had the privilege of sharing the bonds of brotherhood. Kappa Sig provides brothers with a social and professional network, educational support and an opportunity to grow into outstanding young men and citizens. How has Kappa Sig influenced YOUR life?

  • Kappa Sigma received recognition at the Greek Column Awards this spring as a "2011 Chapter of Excellence" from the staff of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. This designation is given to only a select few fraternities that meet the high standards of recognition. Some of the qualifications of this award include attendance at programming events, community service and participation in Greek events and philanthropy. Hopefully the Alpha-Delta Chapter can build on this honor and use it as a springboard for future success.

  • For the first time since its rechartering, Kappa Sigma will have a THON partner! We beat out five other fraternities, all with real fraternity houses, to become Gamma Sigma Sigma's partner! With only about 20 sororities and roughly 50 fraternities at Penn State, it is a HUGE step for Alpha Delta to be able to acquire a Greek partner. All of the other fraternities that do not have a Greek partner are forced to partner with a club team or dance group. We set out with the goal of getting a Greek partner two years ago and after all of our hard work we showed that the character of our members and our consistent hard work can take us anywhere.

  • Thanks to Colby Delaney '14 for participating in this Q&A.

  • Check out this great Kappa Sig Homecoming 2011 video, put together by some of our alumni brothers. It's a great piece!

  • Thank you to Steve Uzupis '77 for participating in this Q&A.

  • Dancer and Kappa Sigma brother, Eric Ahrweiler, answers questions for a THON participants profile article for the Centre Daily Times. He responded with the following information:

  • The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, or THON, was a huge success this year for the Alpha-Delta chapter. Although the loss of one of our four canning trips due to bad weather and the Jerry Sandusky scandal posed a threat to our ability to beat our total from last year, Alpha-Delta overcame it all with a grand total of $37,873.45 for the 2011-2012 school year! Each year we have continued to build momentum and we hope that for next year's THON we will be able to secure a sorority or club partner.

  • 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:

  • 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?

  • 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.

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

  • Richard Armstrong '81 wants to know "Wondering how all those pledges turned out at the end of the day! Do deer always land on the roof with police knocking at the door? Does Charlie really still know how to play Tails? Does the Woj still eat popcorn when sitting in the rider's seat? Does the non-alcoholic punch still get left on the bar? How many screws were in that not so portable bar that was still in the house? If you don't change the water in a mop bucket, does the floor ever get clean? Did the mold ever get cleaned off the first floor bathroom walls? How is Joe Fielding these days? Does spaghetti still belong at the bottom of a stairwell? How many kitchen raids can occur in a week? Is summer school really school? Can Billy Z still fix anything? How much of this rings any bells?"

  • 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.

  • John Surma '76 has recently taken on another challenging role on top of his position as CEO of U.S. Steel. Last month Surma spoke for the Penn State Board of Trustees regarding the firings of Joe Paterno and Graham Spanier amid the child sex abuse scandal and has become the international face of Penn State. For more on this story, follow this link.

  • 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.

  • few weekends ago, a group of brothers went to the house of Nick, Kappa Sig's THON child, for a visit. Visit www.THON.org to learn more about THON and make a donation for Kappa Sigma and help us fight pediatric cancer!

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

  • Headlines include:

  • For Charlie Golden '79, getting initiated into Kappa Sigma after pledging is the single fondest memory of his college years.

  • Kappa Sigma's Alpha-Delta Chapter has set lofty, yet realistic goals for this upcoming school year. We had five of our members attend the Grand Conclave in Las Vegas this past summer and keeping consistent with the goals of Kappa Sigma as a whole, we aim to be number one on our campus. We know that we are a part of the "Most Preferred Fraternity in the World" and all of our members are striving to show our peers at Penn State why Kappa Sigma deserves that title.

  • Golf outings are just one of the ways John Waltz '07 stays connected with his Kappa Sigma brothers. He says they remain as close outside the house as they were when they lived there together during their undergraduate days. The key to maintaining this close relationship is keeping regular communication.

  • If you'll be in town this weekend for the game, the University will mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with pregame and halftime events at the Penn State vs. Alabama. Before the 3:30 p.m. kickoff, a color guard of New York City firefighters will be on the field for the National Anthem, which the Penn State Blue Band will play with a special lead-in. Immediately following the National Anthem, there will be a stadium flyover of F-18 Hornets.

  • While we were all members of Kappa Sig during our college years, we all have our unique stories to tell from our experience, and of why we financially support the chapter in our alumni years.

  • We've created a Google Map to pinpoint where our Alpha Delta tailgates will be held this fall. Plan to join us before any home game!

  • Thank you to Ricardo Ospino '09 for participating in this Q&A...

  • By Mike Vough, Outgoing President

  • Sam Harry '46 recently passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 89. Sam was an All-American wrestler at Penn State in 1946. He also won two Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) titles for Penn State, one before serving in WWII and one after. On top of that, Sam also has the distinction of being the first Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) wrestling champion ever in high school. Sam was 89 and is survived by his wife Betty and their four children.

  • Six years after graduation, Brendan Stenson '05 still cherishes the bonds he made during his undergraduate Kappa Sigma days, saying the bond still exists after all of these years and the interactions remain as genuine as they were years ago.

  • From the 4/20/11 issue of The Collegian, which discusses the possible future of the former Kappa Sig house...

  • What is your hometown, major, etc.?
    I am a freshman from Westport, CT and majoring in Finance. Year: Freshman

  • What is your hometown, major, etc.?
    I am currently a junior and I am studying Kinesiology. I am from Starrucca, PA.

  • By Ryan Morgan

    Penn State's IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon theme for THON 2011 was "Together Without Limits" and this is the attitude Alpha Delta took with us this year. Not doing as well as we had hoped in 2010, we really wanted to put forth a strong effort this year. We had two dancers this year, both seniors, Nathan Peck and Francesco Gordon. They did a great job and will remember take that experience with them for the rest of their lives. This year we were able to raise the highest total the Alpha Delta Chapter has ever raised. Our final total was $32,926.12. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us and supported THON.

  • Watch for your copy to arrive in the mail soon!

  • Thank you to Mackenzie Neumaier for participating in this Q&A...

  • From the 1/14/11 issue of The Collegian

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

  • Thanks to Mike "Wingnut" Carrell '86 for submitting the following.

  • Wishing you and your family a joyous holiday and a happy new year!

  • Thanks to "Crazy Joe" Kelty '86 for submitting the following story.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Phi Delt house to be demolished

  • Wouldn't it be great if someone could make a movie about our Kappa Sig 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.

  • So do we! That's why we need your help to preserve the best Kappa Sig moments that have been captured on film.

  • Click here to download your copy.

  • Recent headlines from the Daily Collegian...

  • Thanks to Bill Vitori '73 for sharing this great memory from his fraternity days.

  • Thank you to Bob Snelling '54 for answering our recent call for memories.

  • The Alpha Delta Chapter has big expectations for this semester with recent success and accolades from on campus activities. The Alpha Delta chapter recently finished participating in our first IFC related event, Greek Sing. The chapter was paired with Kappa Alpha Theta, a prominent sorority on campus, and our group finished in fourth place out of twenty pairs of fraternities and sororities. The chapter will also be participating in Greek Week in April with the rising sorority of Sigma Kappa.

  • 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.

  • For many of us, the bonds we formed at Kappa Sigma 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.

  • Thanks to Gary "Meatball" Carson for sending us this composite from 1966. Can you name all the brothers?

  • Check out the holiday newsletter that was published by the active chapter.

    Features include:
    - An introduction to the chapter officers and new pledges
    - A THON update
    - Brothers' reflections on being a brother of Kappa Sigma

    Click here to download a copy of the newsletter.

    (NOTE: Download may take a few minutes).

  • Thanks to Richard Fisher '75 for sharing the following story with us:

  • We have been working to get in touch with more alumni so that brothers can stay in touch more easily and reconnect with one another. Bill Murdoch '73 recently shared this playful note:

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

  • Orange? Fiesta? Capital One? While the Nittany Lions play the waiting game for their bowl invitation, we know you're just as eager to hear where we'll be playing this January.

  • The October 2009 issue of Alpha-Delta News has now been posted to our archives. Click here to download this latest edition.

  • Send your submissions to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • STATE COLLEGE, PA - October 7, 2009 – The Alpha Delta chapter of Kappa Sigma at Penn State University is quickly creating a name for itself within the Greek community by winning campus wide Greek competitions. Alpha Delta has taken an early lead in first place in intramural sports at Penn State out of 47 competing fraternities. The early success began with a 3rd Place finish in the intramural golf tournament, which was led by Zach Emery shooting a 72 and tying for the championship. Piloted by Anthony Parente, Matt Kapela, and Francesco Gordon finishing 2nd, 4th, and 5th respectively, Kappa Sigma finished 1st place as a team in the 5k cross-country race. The softball team also had a successful season just missing the playoffs; powered by sluggers Derrick Diksa, Mackenzie Bowser, and Matt Cambo.

  • By Philip Relic, Grand Master

  • 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 Kappa Sig 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.

  • Thank you to Robert DeCoudres '44 for sharing his top memories of Happy Valley from the 1940s!

  • Mary Ellen Nichols died June 8, 2009 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Born October 15, 1950 in Bellefonte, she was a daughter of the late Orvis and Dorothy Gardner. On April 5, 1968 she married Steve Nichols in Bellefonte, who preceded her in death. Mary Ellen attended the Bellefonte Area High School, class of 1968. She worked at Sunset West Restaurant for 11 years as cook/manager, and was the house cook for Kappa Sigma Fraternity for 13 years.

  • '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!

  • A breakdown of our annual giving the past 5 years...

  • 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 $1,040 to mail each edition of our printed newsletter.

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

  • It is with great pride to let all of our alumni know that our Charter is back and the Alpha-Delta Chapter has returned to Penn State! The colony did an outstanding job over the past two years completing all of the requirements from IMH (International Memorial Headquarters) and earning recognition from Penn State.

  • Watch your mailbox for the spring issue of Alpha-Delta News, which will be mailed in the coming weeks! This issue contains much more information from our Instillation Banquet and reports from our undergraduate members.

  • Click here to join our Facebook group.

  • We're excited to introduce a new place in our new alumni community, where you can interact directly with groups of Kappa Sigma 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 make a donation. Thank you for your gift!

  • A breakdown of the annual fund over the past few years...

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

  • 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.

  • Click here to make a donation. Thank you for your gift!

  • The colony is again going to be very active with THON this year. They actively began working on THON pledges in October. If you get a phone call from them, please support their efforts to raise money for this very worthwhile cause. Contact Jeff Watson (THON Chair) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make a pledge. If you donate directly to THON, please consider listing "Kappa Sigma" as the sponsoring organization so we will get credit.

  • The colony was challenged to a project by the SEC at the Eastern Conclave. We were asked to raise $1,000 to benefit war
    veterans and military heroes as part of Kappa Sigma's newly announced philanthropy the Kappa Sigma Fisher House. With the assistance of several alumni, our philanthropy chair and his committee, we organized the sale of long-sleeved "We Are Kappa Sigma" shirts. Many are still available and can be purchased by contacting Mike Gales. All earnings and proceeds will be donated to reach our assigned goal and will hopefully exceed the amount.

  • If you haven't been receiving our print publications, it's because we don't have your mailing address! To update your contact information, log in to www.kappasigpsu.com and click on the Edit Info button. You can also This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to send an email to our alumni relations office with your updated info.

  • Paterno named coach of the year

  • Click here to help continue this momentum and make a donation to the annual fund.

  • Thank you to JC Cover '63 for participating in this Q&A...

  • Congratualtions to our colony that won three prestigous awards at the Richmond Conclave. We are extremely proud of our colony for receiving these awards that are nationally recognized by International Memorial Headquarters .

  • Alpha Delta alumni, I would like to update you on the progress of the new Alpha Delta Colony. The Colony is really beginning to come into its own on Penn State's campus. We are extremely close to becoming recognized as an official student body organization as a campus fraternity, rather than an organization with pending status. This comes at a great time as we are thriving in many aspects of fraternal life.

  • The fall issue of Alpha-Delta News is in the works! Watch for its arrival in your mailbox in the coming weeks.

  • Click here to make a donation. Thank you for your gift!

  • Several alumni recently shared their reasons for financially supporting the annual fund of the Pennsylvania Alpha-Delta Association. Here's what they had to say:

  • Getting Joe to talk about Kappa Sigma is easy: The fraternity has been part of his life since 1943, so he has plenty of material on the subject. He is still actively involved. Even when the current colony is trying to get it's charter back, he still feels it is his duty and privilege to keep the group moving into the future. Read on to hear Joe's memories from his time with Kappa Sigma.

  • Penn State students and alumni anticipating the first ever concert in Beaver Stadium will have to keep on waiting as the festivities originally set for Blue-White weekend have been postponed indefinitely.

  • Our website, newsletter and other communications efforts are supported by your donations. Give back to Kappa Sigma and donate online today by clicking here. We appreciate your generosity!

  • 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.

  • Penn State's Blue-White scrimmage game is not only an opportunity to see the Lions warm up for the upcoming season, but a chance to visit Happy Valley for a weekend full of fun activities. With the first-ever concert in Beaver Stadium, your choice of baseball games, and a great opportunity to meet up with your fellow brothers, this Blue-White weekend is a can't-miss event.

  • Author: Michael C. Gales, Colony President

    As many of the Alpha-Delta alumni know, there is a new Alpha Delta colony at Penn State. I am the colony Grand Master. Last spring, a new colony began with the hopes of earning back the Alpha Delta charter. The colony was set in motion by several individuals who had interest in joining a fraternity but believed that they had missed the opportunity to do so being second semester sophomores or juniors. These individuals are friends of mine. We threw around the idea of restarting Kappa Sigma because it had been shut down while I was attempting to pledge two years ago.

  • Dear Alpha Delta Alumni,

    Exciting things are happening with our "Alpha Delta" chapter. Before I introduce the main focus of this newsletter, I want to provide an update on the sale of our property.

  • 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.

  • Stay in touch with your Kappa Sigma brothers in 2008. Use our searchable member directory to look up an old friend, the message boards to start discussions or post an alumni update to share news with the brotherhood.

  • 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 to see other Kappa Sigma's game day plans!

    2007 Valero Alamo Bowl
    Date: December 29, 2007
    Kickoff: 7 p.m. CST/8 p.m. Eastern Time
    Opponent: Texas A&M
    Venue: Alamodome
    TV Coverage: ESPN
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  • We hope that you have a wonderful holiday season. Join in the spirit of giving and put your name on the honor rolltoday by making an online contributiontoday!

  • 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.

  • What do YOU want out of your communications program? This past summer, alumni had the opportunity to voice their opinions in our electronic survey. Some of the results were surprising – for example, 81% of respondents would prefer electronic communication from Alpha-Delta News, yet only 38% have visited our web site!

    Many of our alumni from the 1950's through the 2000's tailgate together at every Penn State home game. Look for the "Kappa Sigma" flag! Detailed directions can be found by clicking here: Tailgating Directions. Stop on by for "Kappa Sigma" Style Tailgating!!!

  • Founders Club

  • Help us kick off the new giving year that started on September 1, 2007 by making a donation to the annual fund. You can donate online here. The annual fund supports:

  • Do you know of a fine, young man who would make an ideal brother? Maybe it's your nephew, your next-door neighbor's son, or even the local paperboy? Regardless, we are in search of fall recruits who can surpass our principles and follow in our rich tradition. If you know of any potential recruits, post your nominations to the message board and tell us why that person would be an asset to the brotherhood.

  • 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.

  • Check out our e-survey online to let us know what you think. Tell us what you like and dislike about your alumni communications program. Is there something missing on our website and in our newsletters? What would you like to see more of? Do you prefer to receive communications electronically or through the mail? We need to hear from you! Take our e-survey before it closes on July 16!

  • Do you have email addresses for brothers that you know do not receive our communications? Send their emails to our alumni relations firm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Be sure to include their full name. We are working on updating our email records because we will be increasing online communications and we want to make sure brothers don't miss out on important updates and information!. Also, make sure your contact information is correct by updating your profile.

  • Penn State alumni, along with their families and friends, are invited back to campus to relive their college days by residing in the dorms during the 41st annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, July 11-15.

  • Time is running out to donate to the 2006-2007 annual fund! Is your name on the honor roll? Making your donation is simple- either donate online or call our toll-free number at 800-975-6699. We appreciate your continued support.

  • 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.

  • Looking Down The Road

  • by Justin Lawrie, Grand Master

    The Spring '05 semester has a good experience thus far. Spring recruitment was successful and we look forward to initiating four quality men by the end of the semester. Thon was also a success this semester, as the chapter, along with our partner the Society of Women Engineers, raised over $17,000 for the Four Diamonds Fund.

  • By Kevin Rothberg

    With the spring semester upon us the time there has been an increase in the number of philanthropies that are sponsored by Greek organizations on campus. This spring the brothers of Kappa Sigma's Alpha Delta chapter will be participating in many different types of events. Of course we all ready have participated in Thon, which took place at the end of February. Brothers Mike Samick, Ryan Maxwell, and Frank Summa danced for Kappa Sigma this year and did a fantastic job.

  • 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.

  • 6/27/2005

    By Ryan Maxwell, Thon Chair

  • Roles of Alumni Corporation and Volunteers are Many

  • By Frank Summa, Grand Master

  • Thon Fundraising Begins - Goal is $30k
    By Mark Frome, Thon Chairman

  • Beginning with last semester's Halloween party, we've been working to spread the word that Kappa Sigma is more than just a fraternity and that we want to improve relations with the community. To further this goal, Kappa Sigma, with the help of the Tri-Sigma sorority, held its first annual egg hunt April 7, 2004, for the children of the community. Families enjoyed pizza and other treats as they watched their children decorate eggs with Greek students and then run around in an Easter egg hunt. About 10 children and their parents attended.

  • Musical Theater Major Just One of Chapter's Stars

  • President
    Edward D. Gorkes '79
    (215) 368-9907
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  • In an effort to raise our chapter's GPA, we have reinstated an academic raffle, whereby brothers can earn tickets for achieving academic excellence in their classes. At the last meeting of the year the tickets will be placed in a box and then a winner will be drawn at random to win a gift certificate to Best Buy. We use this as an incentive for the brothers to care about their grades, not only for their own future success but also so they can earn rewards for working hard in their classes.

  • By Andre Aklian
    May 2004

  • Dear Brothers,

    We have all heard the phrase "not for an hour, a day or a college term only, but for life." This phrase became much more meaningful this past summer.

  • By Toby Jantz

    As most know by now, the undergraduates are doing a fund-raising campaign for Mary Ellen. This is so we can buy her and a couple of her friends plane tickets and hotel rooms, and send her to the "Price Is Right." We are currently doing some activities and asking for donations from everyone.

  • Dear Alumni,

    Many of you might not know me, so I'll start by introducing myself. I am the current grand master. I pledged the house as a freshman in the fall of 2000, and I have also served as GP, rush chair and scholarship chair.

  • By Paul Hileman

    After two weeks of intramural football, Kappa Sigma had a commanding 2-0 record, posting two 20-12 victories. In the first game, Sigma Tau Gamma came out throwing, with two interceptions on their first two offensive plays. Both were picked off by me, and I also had two other interceptions and two touchdowns, while Justin Laurie picked up the third. Quarterback Darren Duhnke threw all three touchdowns and had only one interception to lead the offense. Dustin Kreider had a long catch to set up a short touchdown catch for me. Lineman Eric Zottola had a stellar game and one of the two-point conversions to clinch the victory. On defense, I had a total of four interceptions and knocked Sigma Tau Gamma's final prayer of out bounds to end the game.

  • Did you know...

  • These hilarious memories will put a smile on your face and take you back to your days as an undergrad. Relive your wild days and share your memories with us.

    What is the memory that makes you laugh hardest today?

  • Imagine cooking three meals a day for up to 40 still-growing young men. Now imagine cleaning up the kitchen after 40 men every morning before you start cooking. It really wasn't as bad as you imagined. Well, maybe it was. House cook for 13 years, from 1990-2003, Mary Ellen Nichols says, "even though that was my job, it was really something special because of the wonderful young men of Kappa Sigma."

  • Alumni Comments about Mary Ellen Nichols:

  • Tailgate, tail-gate, noun. definition: the perfect chance for you to spend time with brothers, eat great food, drink beer and watch a football game

  • Need more evidence that Penn State sports and fans that bleed blue and white rule? Probably not, but research from The Sporting News is too good to miss. State College has been named to The Sporting News' 99 Best Sports Cities list for 2006.

  • Greek life at Penn State is experiencing a major renovation. The birth of a campaign entitled "Greek Pride: A Return to Glory" has brought about many changes for the Greek community including a new set of standards and a Chapter of Excellence award. "Animal House" copycats are no longer the norm as chapters struggle to meet standards and raise money.

  • "Even without an active chapter, Kappa Sig Penn State exists in our strong alumni network" - Edward Gorkes
    Posted February 1st, 2006

  • Posted on 1/8/2004

    It was a different time. Brothers dressed in a jacket for dinner in the evening and in a coat and tie for Sunday lunch. Seniors usually wore jackets or suits to class - no t-shirt and jeans. Many of the upperclassmen wore felt dress hats. In the house, everything had to be quiet after 8:00 p.m. - no music or noise of any kind. It was all study time. There was only one telephone in the house, and it was downstairs. And no house mother was on-site to watch over everything. Pledges kept the house clean; that was their responsibility. Every fraternity had a pledge master - an upperclassman - supervise the pledges. Saturday morning was clean-up time.

  • Tim "Java" Weis '71 appeared outside the Kappa Sigma dining room windows waving a pizza -- taunting those who were suffering through some nondescript gruel.

  • John Surma feels honored to have recently been named president of U.S. Steel Corporation. John, a 1976 Penn State graduate with a degree in accounting, says, "The timing was a welcome surprise at this stage in my career."

  • 4/15/2003

    Why did you join Kappa Sigma?
    I was interested in joining a fraternity, but was not sure which one to choose. After heading back from a big rush event at the HUB, Curtis Huber '89 and I ran into Tim Madden '89 and Steve Fox '89 from our dorm and joined them heading out to Kappa Sigma. Tim's dad was a Kappa Sig. Once we got to the chapter house, which was jammed with a big party, we met John Martin Murphy '89 (senior from Camp Hill, Pa.) who remembered our names from the rush event! After that we found that everyone at the house was cool and down to earth, and stayed.

  • 2/4/2003

    The 1941-42 school year at the Pennsylvania State College started well for Alpha-Delta, with 18 pledges—the highest number to date. But the academic year was brutally interrupted when the Japanese hit Pearl Harbor with an unprovoked bombing attack that decimated the U.S. fleet in the Pacific.

  • 1/3/2003

    Q. Why did you join the fraternity?
    A. Kappa Sigma was nonpretentious and the brothers were easy-going, down to earth. There were good people in the house and an eclectic crew - Joe Coleman '88, Duey Rumancik '90, Ike, Mack, Jon Taylor, and of course Yabo.

  • Q: Why did you join Kappa Sigma?

  • 12/31/2001

    Here's a Q&A with Lou Koehler '69 with some help from Tom McNulty '68.

  • 12/27/2001

    Bruce Claflin '73, is president and CEO of 3Com, a multi-billion dollar networking company which does business in 65 countries. Here's a brief Q&A with our brother about his life and Kappa Sigma.