• We honor Beta Gamma Brothers who have served...

    November is a month to celebrate veterans and Phi Kappa Theta is proud to count a handful of military members among its ranks! Click below for a list of veteran and servicemen brothers.

  • Picking Apart Annual Fund numbers -- what do our giving totals tell us about ourselves?

    We’re in the Early Stages of Our Annual Fund and Looking to Increase our Donor Base. Will You Step Up?

    This space is about you – the generous and thoughtful Brother who has given back to Phi Kappa Theta so far this giving year. It’s also about you – the Brother who’s looking for a way to contribute to Beta Gamma’s future success but hasn’t yet. The time has come!

  • Saquon Barkley has emerged quickly, and the Penn State running back has gotten even better each week

    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.

  • A Toga Party from the 60s to THON '13, here are some top PKT Photos!

    We know many of you are probably sitting on some old photos from your college days and we’re wondering – why not dust off the old photo albums and submit them?

    Here are a few top shots we found combing through our archives. 

  • Your Voice Counts! Weigh-in on what Phi Kappa Theta means to you with this survey...

    We want to know...why is Phi Kappa Theta 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!

  • Anthony Zettel's played with a heavy heart for our Nittany Lions, find out how he's dealt with the passing of his father while leading Penn State's defense

    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.

  • Here are four reasons you should be in town from Oct. 9-11!

    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!

  • The Brotherhood is strong in the league!

    Like the bonds we forged in Phi Kappa Theta, 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.

  • How supportive is our group? Here are a couple thousand pieces of evidence...

    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 $6,670 in donations from 61 brothers. And with over 730 active alumni out there, we think we can do better! We may already be on track.

  • No alumni updates since May? That can't be! Submit your alumni news today!

    With over 700 active Phi Kapp 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?

  • The Bucks Stop Here? Can Penn State or another Big Ten team dethrone the Buckeyes?

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

  • Want to make a gift toward this year's annual fund? Time's running out!

    Thanks to many generous alumni, we’ve surpassed our goal of raising $15,000 from 100 donors, bringing in $21,522 from 118 donors. We are grateful to have such strong alumni support from loyal Phi Kapps! There's still time to set an all-time record for donations, though. If you haven't contributed already, you can do so here.

  • A Beta Sig Couple continues to help raise awareness for autism spectrum disorders: Check out their documentary!

    It was a routine trip to the pet store two years ago that evolved into what Jonathan Gould would jokingly refer to later as “the most expensive home movie ever made.”

    And one that’s been well worth it for the Beta Sigma Beta alum, his wife Heather, and now 14-year-old son, Cory – the focus of their homegrown film – For the Love of Dogs. Winner of a handful of film festival awards since it debuted last summer, the 26-minute film documents Cory’s journey from the National Dog Show to Westminster, while dealing with Asperger’s Syndrome.

  • What Happens when Beta Sig goes international? Find out from a brother who recently studied in Europe!

    This past semester I had the opportunity to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain with some of my closest Beta Sig pledge brothers.

    While the experience overseas usually has a positive influence on students, my takeaways exceeded expectations.  Living in a city where nobody speaks English opened my eyes to a new way of living.  Coming from New York City, things are entirely different in Spain.  For starters, the pace of living was far slower.  From walking down the street to dinner with friends, the culture emphasized family and friendship opposed to simply getting things done. 

  • Chapter Eternal: Tom Bodnar '82 (1959-2015)

    Most people who met Thomas Bodnar were instantly drawn to the man. It is with our deepest sadness that we pass along news of our beloved brother’s passing. We encourage any and all brothers who knew “Bods” – especially those from his era who were closest to him – to send us any memories, photos and stories you have about this man who was so instrumental in the growth and development of Phi Kappa Theta at Penn State. We would like to compile your memories and photos and do Bods’ legacy justice in a future publication.

    Click below for Bods’ obituary.

  • Miss parents weekend? We've got a recap and photos!

    Parents Weekend, held this year on April 11 – 12, is Beta Sig’s annual opportunity to welcome into our home the parents of our brothers. For some, it's one of the few times they get to experience the house, enjoy a first hand taste of Bobby's fine culinary skills and feel the camaraderie among the brothers.    

    We did not disappoint. 

  • Offseason Report: Breaking Down Penn State's position groups with training camp looming

    The college football season is just around the corner, meaning it’s nearly time for Phi Kap 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 new boiler has been installed but you can still donate!

    We’ve made progress since we announced the boiler in our house would have to be replaced before the weather turned cold this fall.

    The good news is the new boiler has been installed in the house and will adequately heat the property on East Fairmont much better than the old one did. We still have a ways to go in funding the expense of the entire project, however. To date, 81 Phi Kaps have stepped up and contributed to our campaign to replace the boiler. To date, $16,753 has been pledged with $13,601 paid. Thanks to those donors!

    You can still make a gift to the Boiler Fund! Click below to find out how.

  • Read on for an update on our Annual Fund

    If this giving year has taught us anything, it is that Phi Kaps are a caring, resilient bunch determined to see our organization on to a successful path! When we set off on this giving year, we set a short-term fundraising goal of $15,000. It may have seemed like a lofty expectation after our annual fund generated $5,695 from 55 donors last year. But we’ve already exceeded our dollar and donor goals thanks to the contributions of brothers! At this point we’ve raised $19,219 from 108 donors and there’s better news!

  • Photo Flashback: Remember This Night in 2010?

    Phi Kappa Theta has always been a popular destination for alums looking to celebrate homecoming with brothers and old friends. This night in 2010 was no different. Luckily, Brother David Gondak ’68 was on hand to document the evening!

    Our galleries are loaded with great photos, but could be more robust. We’re looking for more photos from you! CLICK HERE and log into your account to view more photos from Beta Gamma Chapter and upload some of your own! Having problems logging in? Contact support HERE.

  • Football Five Pack: A Full Spring Practice Recap

    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.

  • Boiler Fund Update: It’ll Be Cold Before You Know it

    As the weather has taken a turn for the beautiful, heaters and boilers have become an afterthought. Not for the handfuls of Phi Kaps who will call our beloved stone house on East Fairmont Avenue home this coming winter. Thankfully, however, many of you have stepped up in the final weeks of our old boiler’s lifespan and combined to contribute just over $8,000! Thank you all! But we still have to raise more if we want to replace the antiquated boiler that was cost inefficient and failed to heat the house adequately. And we have about five months before temperatures will start dropping in Happy Valley.

  • Ed Ernst: House Handyman and other Alumni Updates

    Robert M Ernst, ’79 said about his brother, Ed, "He put his blood and guts into the house in the 1970’s, and by doing so he did not graduate from Penn State. He worked on the house so much, he took too much time away from his studies. I would hope those who knew Ed would back me up and let all know how much the house meant to him. All you have to do is look at all the conduit that is in the house, probably more than in Old Main, and that is because of Ed. I would hope all who care about the house give Ed his due." Thank you, Ed!

    Click below to see what Ed and your other brothers have been up to.

  • Offseason Report: How Nittany Lions Fit on their New NFL Teams

    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.

  • We Still Need Your Aid With The Boiler!

    There are many ways to say it, but it really comes down to this: you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. You don’t really appreciate a warm house until the house boiler breaks. Our brothers know from experience. You recently received a letter from the board asking for your support to replace our chapter house’s 45-year-old boiler. So far, seven of you stepped up!

  • See What Your Brothers Said

    We sent a couple of surveys via email since we launched this regular alumni relations program a couple of years ago in 2012. What kind of alumni events do you think your brothers would attend? What do your brothers see as the most valuable part of the fraternity experience? Click below to see what your brothers had to say!

  • Here are the People That Donated Recently

    Thank you to everyone who donated this year for all of the support they have shown Phi Kappa Theta!  It is greatly appreciated and we are extremely thankful for all you have done! Click below to see which brothers have supported Phi Kappa Theta thus far.

  • Boy, this is embarrassing…

    You may recall in our last newsletter we mentioned that Brother Daniel Werntz ’70 had passed away.

    Well, Mr. Werntz would like to report that he finds his passing notice to be bizarre, considering that he is alive and kicking! Our apologies, Daniel! 


    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 35% compared to where we were this time last year. Find out how your support has helped...

  • PSU Headed to Pinstripe Bowl

    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.

  • Holiday Gifts Fit For a Lion

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

  • Holiday Wishes from Phi Kappa Theta

    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.

  • What Are You Thankful For?

    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. Most people are thankful for their families, their friends, their own health and happiness. We hope that you are also thankful for your brotherhood at Phi Kappa Theta. Click below to tell us what you are thankful for.

  • Beta Gamma Elects New Executive Board

    Congratulations to the new undergraduate executive board at Phi Kappa Theta! Click below to see who they are. And take a few minutes to send an email of congratulations!

  • Brace Yourself: Winter Is Coming

    This morning, we stepped out our front door, looked at the decimated leaf population, and then in our best Game of Thrones impression, we said, “Winter is coming.” Click below to find out how you can help us make it to spring!

  • Did You Miss Homecoming? Here's a Recap!

    Northwestern! Officers! Harry Potter floats? Confused? Click below!

  • To the Somebodies Like You …

    "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.

  • Cracking Open The Vault

    Check out what we found!

  • Can You Put a Price Tag on Belonging?

    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.

  • Alumni Board Gives Actives a Crash Course in Leadership

    Your Beta Gamma Alumni Corporation Board has been very heavily engaged with the undergraduate board this spring and summer. Unlike past years where the topics were primarily focused on renovation plans, we spent energy getting to know our undergrad board and work on leadership issues. Click below to read more about our 2014 Leadership Institute.

  • Great Leadership Begins With Picking Good Men

    It is a great quote from Teddy Roosevelt: "The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and the self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it." With that, we introduce you to a few members of our newly elected undergraduate executive board. They have been entrusted with the management of our chapter, and we look forward to hearing more from them in the coming months as they complete the fall rush season, plan for THON '15 and embark on other projects to boost the competitive position of Phi Kappa Theta at Penn State. Click below to read more.

  • Do You Realize You Own Investment Property in State College, Pa.?

    When you do your annual assessment of your assets... of all that you own... do you include your share of Phi Kappa Theta at Penn State? For most of you, the answer is most likely, "No. I don't even think about Beta Gamma unless it's Homecoming or I get a request to give money." Why not? Why don't you think about Phi Kappa Theta as part of you? Or did that end when you graduated?

  • So, What's Your Story?

    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!

  • Homecoming Is 4 Weeks Away … Are You Coming Home?

    As Coach Franklin ushers in a new chapter of PSU football this fall, we invite you back to Beta Gamma at Penn State to be part of it. With Homecoming only four weeks away, we have started making plans for the weekend (Sept. 26-28). We'll be sharing more details in the next few weeks. But be sure to include Phi Kappa Theta in your return to Happy Valley for this matchup against Northwestern.

  • Chapter Welcomes New Executive Board

    On August 24, our undergraduate chapter announced the names of their 2014-15 Executive Board. Congratulations to Peter Lerario (President), Zach Panos (Vice President), John Marchetti (Secretary), Adam Armendinger (Treasurer) and Andrew Wright (Standards Controller). Look for more information on the executive board in our future communications.

  • Want to Give Us a Piece of Your Mind?

    Are there times when you wish someone would ask you what you think? Well, now is your chance. We are conducting a survey so you can tell us what you want as a fraternity man from Phi Kappa Theta Penn State. Of those who have responded, 80% said they had an "Excellent" experience. And many of them are eager to participate in our Homecoming festivities. What about you? Click below to give us your answers.

  • 8 Tips for Your Return to Happy Valley This Fall!

    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!

  • Rathskeller Celebrates 82 Years!

    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!

  • Make Every PSU Home Game a Reunion!

    Have you ever wondered how you can find out which of your Phi Kappa Theta brothers is returning for PSU home football games? Now it's easy. All you have to do is register on our PKT Beta Gamma 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 PKT alumni and reconnect. Click below to read more.

  • How Well Do You Know Your Board Members?

    Who are these guys? Zach? Josh? Kevin? Matthew, Ryan and Owen? This is your Beta Gamma Corporation of Phi Kappa Theta. While this isn't a new board — they have been in place since October 2012 — they are often working behind the scenes. Over the new few months, through our print and e-mail communications, we will be introducing you to our board members. Click below to find out more about President Zach Meli ’10 and Secretary Josh Angert ’10.

  • Beta Gamma Welcomes 9 New Associate Members

    The very first step in recruitment each semester is Zone Day. As a member of the “blue zone,” we held our Zone Day on Wednesday, January 22. More than 40 potential new members came by to get more information on our house and what it’s like to be a brother of the Beta Gamma Chapter of Phi Kappa Theta. Click below to read more about the chapter's spring rush success.

  • Senior Billy Rose ’14 Launches Successful Clothing Brand

    How does a graduating English major plan for a career in this day and age? For this Westchester, N.Y., undergraduate brother, the answer can be found in social media. Thanks to Facebook and Instagram, Billy Rose ’14 and a friend from Fordham University, Stephen Bond, recently launched a new clothing brand … League Of Our Own. Click below to read more.

  • Beta Gamma Brings in $65,585 FOR THE KIDS!

    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 Beta Gamma's participation in the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.

  • Which Decade of Brothers Will Win the E-mail Challenge?

    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. WRONG!

  • Help Us With Our Wish List

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

  • Why We THON: Emily Johnson

    We THON... because of Emily Lindsay Johnson from Hershey, Pa.

  • Poker and Super Bowl? It Must Be Time for Spring Rush

    With 40+ interested rushes, Spring Rush is going amazingly well!

  • Coach James Franklin a Win for Greek Community: What Do You Think?

    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."

  • Updates from the Undergrads!

    The undergraduate chapter has been hard at work recently!  Click "Read More" to find out what they've been doing for THON, Community Service, Philanthropy, Scholarship, Outstanding Achievements, Events, and House Improvements!

  • Looking for Homecoming Photos Past and Present

    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!

  • I'm Thankful For Tasteless Humor and Terrible Roommates

    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!

  • Homecoming 2013 Celebration a Big Success

    How was your Homecoming?Longstanding Tradition October 11-12 a big Success

    It is a longstanding tradition of ours to have a grand Homecoming celebration for our alumni. In addition to holding a chapter meeting, brunch and pre-game tailgate, the undergraduate chapter hosted formal events Friday and Saturday night. A rousing Homecoming celebration is one of our great traditions; one we kept alive this year and for years to come. Thank you everyone for coming! Check out the pictures from James McHale from last year's event.

  • First Impressions

    By now, our freshmen have already arrived on campus for what will likely become the most important four years of their lives. The choices these young adults make as they select their friends, community, and fraternity helps to shape their future and can lead to a very fulfilling college experience that is felt long after graduation.

  • Blast from the Plast: Pledge Party Photo from 1964

    Can you help us identify the brothers in this fall 1964 pledge party image? Click below for an enlarged image with a list of individuals already identified.

  • PKT's Website Gets a Makeover

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


  • Get Ready for Fall Recruitment

    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 Beta Gamma is represented!

  • Attention: Lion Fraternity Alumni Association Face Off State College Borough

    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.

  • FSPAC Fights for Tax Break Legislation

    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.

  • Brothers from the 50s, 60s, and 80s Are Tops in Donor Participation

    As part of our annual decade challenge, we’d like to honor the top group of alums who had the largest number of individual donors to our annual fund. This year, we are pleased to report that we have a three-way tie between brothers from the 50s, 60s, and 80s.

  • Your Vote Counts

    As part of our commitment to keep our alumni connected beyond graduation, we are very interested in knowing what type of event you'd be willing to attend in the future. We've been conducting a poll online, and so far, Homecoming/football tailgate seems to be the winner (53%) followed by a summer golf outing or reunion (37%) and a spring Blue-White weekend celebration (11%).

    Cast your vote using the online pollon our homepage.

  • For David Gondak ’68, the Penn State Connection Lives On

    A special thanks to David Gondak '68 for responding to this spring's alumni outreach. In this Q&A, David reflects on his favorite Phi Kappa Theta traditions and the advice he might give to our younger generation of undergraduate brothers. David is also still a die-hard Penn State fan.

  • Our New Alumni Program is Off the Ground, Thanks to Your Support

    By Kevin McCarroll; Treasurer, Beta Gamma Corporation of Phi Kappa Theta
    Brothers from all eras and from around the country are reconnecting thanks to our revitalized alumni relations program. Whether you've rekindled old memories from the last issue of Beta Gamma Statesman, are planning to reunite with a fellow Phi Who this spring or summer, or rekindled a relationship with a long-lost friend through our web site, I hope you've begun to see the value in our efforts.

  • What's New at Phi Who

    By David Schappe

    The end of March was busy for Phi Who! We found Homecoming partners, planned some parties and raised money with video games. Also, the house manager is making some much needed repairs to the house, Greek week is now in the planning stages, an undergraduate run website will be created and brothers welcomed their moms and dads for Parents' Weekend. This has been fun and hectic semester for the brothers!

  • Bonding in Brotherhood

    Thank you to Russell Tanner for participating in this undergraduate Q&A. In it he shares why he joined PKT, his plans for the future, and the best part about meeting and connecting with chapter alumni.

  • The Story of the Phi Who Bunny

    One of the more recognizable traditions of Phi Kappa Theta is the house "mascot", the Playboy Bunny. It began in 1967, when Mike Lennon '68, painted a poor semblance of the (in)famous icon of maleness on the chimney of 338 East Fairmount. Brother Lennon's prank was not well received at the time, by the brotherhood, or anyone else for that matter. However, given the lack of motivation to go the roof and actually get rid of it, the bunny stayed in place for a number of years and finally became a point of interest. Such as, "Do you know where Phi Kappa Theta is? Yeah, its' the house with the bunny on the chimney." Acceptance followed and eventually, two brothers came along and did a better job of recreating the Hefner inspired symbol.

    The Bunny remained in its place until 1991 when the house was vandalized and an era came to an end. It remained missing until the Spring 2001 semester, when Brothers Agarwal, Astley, and Payne repainted the Phi Who Bunny. It now prominently adorns the fraternity chimney and is quickly becoming a well-known landmark once again. The peak of the Bunny's popularity was in the '70s-'80s, what has become known as the "Phi Who Era". Looking through old scrapbooks, you can find pictures of young women at our house in bikinis and bunny ears, just giving you an idea of how popular it really was. Now, more prolific than ever, the Bunny can still be found at various spots in the house. Even today, the Bunny always appears on the banner for another Phi Who tradition, Beach Party.

  • Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About THON

    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 THON from 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.

  • Ain’t Young Love Grand?

    There's nothing quite like romance in college. In the spirit of Valentine's Day this month, tell us 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 recommendations on a place to take a date)?

    Share your story below.

  • What Do You Miss Most about Living in Happy Valley?

    No matter how far away you are today, you share a great experience with 762 other brothers: getting to spend four (or more!) years living in Happy Valley.

    What do you miss most about living on campus? Share your story below.

  • Phi Who Provides a Great Opportunity for Responsibility and Leadership

    Thank you to John Cardellina '68 for participating in this Q&A...

    What song(s) best defines your college experience?
    Motown: Soul Man, Hold On, My Girl, This Old Heart of Mine (we were a dancing fraternity!).

    How did Phi Kap help make you into the man you are today?
    A combination of learning to live with guys from different backgrounds and points of view, and the opportunity for responsibility and leadership; in my case serving as house manager and later president.

    Tell us about a brother who served as a role model.
    My big brother John Valovich, who was quiet, focused and unflappable; and Mike Lennon '68 (one of the guys responsible for the bunny on the chimney) and my little brother Rick Thorne '69, both of whom enjoyed college far more than I did with their devil-may-care attitudes, but accompanied by big hearts.

    What role does leadership play in a man's life?
    In my case, what I learned about developing consensus in a group and leading my peers as a fraternity president was reinforced by my military experience and gave me an enormous advantage in all my endeavors in science. Scientists are trained to do research, not to lead or manage; thus, I have always been better than many of my colleagues in developing, staffing and managing research teams and projects. As the father of two daughters, I should note that leadership skills are important for men and women in today's world, as most young women now have professional careers of their own. I've certainly emphasized this point to my daughters.

    What's new in your life today?
    After a long career in chemical research, I may have finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up. In January 2012, I took a new position as Distinguished Scientist at McCormick & Co., the spice/flavor giant. Since my graduation (1968, BS Chemistry, BA Russian), I have served in the Navy and seen much of the world, worked in industry (Johnson & Johnson, McCormick), academia (Montana State University, University of Maryland Center of Marine Biotechnology) the government (National Cancer Institute, Office of Dietary Supplements, US Army Research Institute of Infectious Diseases), and a trade association (Council for Responsible Nutrition). I've lived in Virginia, Florida, Maine, Hawaii, Pennsylvania (where I met my wife of 37 years), Hawaii again (why not?), New York, Montana, and Maryland.

    Brothers can reconnect with John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Why Did You Join Phi Kappa Theta?

    Thank you to John S. Osen '59 for sharing this story.

    He writes: "At the time it was Phi Kappa. It was one of two Roman Catholic Fraternities at Penn State. As a young man I was somewhat of a backward kid. My years in the fraternity were important relative to social growth. I still remember those days fondly. I would do many things differently if I could redo college, but that's the result of lifetime experiences. Who had maturity at 19 or 20? My advice for an active brother would be all behaviors have consequences – good or bad. As a fraternity brother, always do the right thing; be kind, walk with a gentle, humble spirit. I'm enjoying my alumni years by meeting a few members of my fraternity along the way. They were younger than me. It was pleasant discussing their experiences v.s. mine in the 50's. Today, I'm presently retired- enjoying my family- grandkids etc. I'm enjoying the accomplishments of my children and grandchildren. Seeing and watching the values my wife and I imparted to them play out. One more thing: While at Penn State we were known as Phi Kaps- this Phi Who is somewhat of an anathema to me, but I realize it is a different time now."

    Why did YOU join Phi Kappa Theta? Share your story below.

  • Remembering Our Heroes this May

    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!

  • What's New?

    What's new with Phi Kappa Theta you might ask? Brothers of the Alumni Board have put together a weekly update to keep you informed on philanthropy and social events, community service, upcoming composites, the House, Parents Weekend, Homecoming and more! Write down dates, get in touch with current brothers or alumni, and get excited about what's happening at Phi Kappa Theta!

    • Philanthropy
    o This past Saturday, 8 of our brothers competed in Sigma Kappas annual Ice Follies tournament and dominated in Broom Ball and walked away with a 1st place win overall in the tournament. Pictures are attached.
    o This coming Sunday we will be holding a Super Smash Brothers tournament at the house for the Greeks. The event will be held in the main living area of the house on the ol' N-64. Our Public relations chair made some tank tops for the occasion.
    • Community Service
    o Coming up in the next few weeks, many brothers will be going to Centre County PAWS to help out and play with homeless and abandoned dogs and cats from the area. This coming Sunday a training session for the community service will be held and we have a good number of brothers that will be attending.
    o Brothers will be sending donations for Senior Prom out before the March 30th deadline. Every dollar that is donated equals one hour of service.
    • Composite
    o The newest composite is currently in production. An estimated finish date is currently unavailable.
    • Homecoming
    o The date is approaching to select a homecoming partner and we will vote on our partner at the next chapter meeting. The two choices are Sigma Alpha and Omega Phi Alpha. Those two are very interested in us as partners.
    • Social
    o We are actively working on scheduling champagne brunches with a few sororities and organizations. Some of these brunches should be popping up in the social calendar soon. This Thursday we have a social with Omega Phi Alpha, Friday will be a party with ADpi and some away bars. No scheduled event Saturday thus far.
    • Blue and White Weekend
    o The weekend of April 20th is set to be the weekend for Blue and White. I will be sending out an email to the alumni regarding this event this week. The email will also probably contain some other updates and information for the alumni.
    • Scholastic
    o Straight Talk may be March 24th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. The time may be moved to 6:30 for PAWS participants.
    • Inter Murals
    o Soccer is coming up soon as the next main sport. Domination is anticipated. Badminton is coming up as well. We will be coming in full force.
    • Fire Code
    o We completed our fire code inspection last week successfully with no bad marks.
    • Greek Week
    o This week we will be selecting our themes for our Greek Week socials.
    • Parents Weekend
    o The weekend of April 6th will be this year's Parents Weekend after Quo Vadis. We will be hosting a BBQ at the house. This weekend an email will be sent out to all of the parents.
    • March Madness
    o March madness has started and we are having a $15 entry competition in the house. Second place gets their money back and first places gets the pot.

    David Schappe

  • Party was a success!

    Our recent party was a smash! Glad to see you all there!

    We hope everyone can come next year.

  • A 20 Year Old with 48 Extra Years of Experience

    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.

    Would you do it all over again, and relive your fraternity experience in today's day and age? Share your response below or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Get Full Access to Our Online Community

    Are you missing out on full access to our online community? Certain sections of the site are password-protected, including the photo albums, message boards and online directory. If you don't yet have a username and password to log into our site, please register today by following the first-time login process. It's quick and easy. All you'll need is your Member ID to complete the first time login process.

    Click hereto learn where to find your Member ID.

  • The Last Hurrah of College

    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 PKT? Were there any last hurrahs or memorable moments with brothers that especially stand out?

    Share your story below or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Dancing "For the Kids"

    By Cooper Walsh

    This year the chapter saw major improvements in its presence in THON. We switched partners from Gamma Sigma Sigma to the Whiplash dance team. Together we raised a total of $65,192.72 for the kids. As a house, Phi Kappa Theta raised $26,991.24 - a major improvement from last year's total of $11,897.64.

  • Support the Annual Fund

    Please make a gift in support of our new alumni communications program. Your financial support will help us to print and distribute regular copies of Beta Gamma Statesman and maintain our new alumni community, in addition to funding our yearly operating expenses.

    This year, we need to offset some of the investment made this summer for house improvements (~$38,000). We also need to purchase flooring for the second floor and repair a leak in the library this year. Click here to make your gift.

  • From a Phi Who THON Dancer

    By Scott Gimber

    Dancing in THON 2013 was one of the most unbelievable experiences I have ever been a part of. The life lessons I got out of dancing in THON was that life is very short. You have to make the most out of every minute and love your family and friends, because cancer unfortunately can happen to anyone at anytime. THON was an amazing experience and I felt honored to be able to represent Phi Kappa Theta on the floor.

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