THON Starts Tomorrow!! Support THON!

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Tomorrow, 16,500 Penn State students and 700+ dancers will take a stand in the fight to conquer childhood cancer.

Thanks to THONFour Diamonds provides essential funding for some of the nation’s most promising laboratory and clinical research programs.

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Your gift to THON gets us closer to that goal and helps kids in your community and around the world.

Will you join us in pursuit of a cure?

One Week Till THON 2019 - Support THON

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In just one week, the yearlong efforts of more than 16,500 student volunteers and 25,000 alumni will culminate in an annual forty-six-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon. For those forty-six hours, the Bryce Jordan Center will transform into a home of boundless energy, lively colors, and endless laughter all in support of families affected by childhood cancer. 

From February 15-17, the Penn State community will once again stand together to show what cancer cannot do. Since 1977, THON has raised more than $157 million for our sole beneficiary, Four Diamonds. THON’s contributions cover the cost of treatment for childhood cancer patients at Penn State Children’s Hospital, ensuring that no family ever receives a medical bill. THON’s support also funds innovative cancer research, helping to advance cancer research worldwide.

Join us in the fight against childhood cancer by making a gift today. With the help of our generous supporters, we will one day dance in celebration of a cure.

For The Kids

Chapter Eternal - Alex Gregal '54

We have been honored to call this man our Brother. The condolences of Theta Chi’s extended worldwide family are offered to the family and friends of our deceased brother.

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of:

  • Alex A. Gregal ‘54 - Jan. 29, 2019


Alex Gregal ‘54 - LaVie Portrait

Alex Gregal ‘54 - LaVie Portrait

Alex Gregal - 1954 - The Nittany Lion, relaxing before Homecoming weekend festivities

Alex A. Gregal, 87, of State College, Pennsylvania, passed away surrounded by family on January 29, 2019 in Irvine, California. 

Alex was born on November 28, 1931 in Osceola Mills, PA, to Luby and Alexander (Pops) Gregal and grew up in Houtzdale, PA.

Alex graduated from Penn State University in 1954. While at PSU, he was president of the Theta Chi Fraternity Players Social Club, was a member of ROTC and made many friends and memories during his four years as the Nittany Lion mascot. 

Alex later earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Airforce, Air National Guard and U.S. Airforce Reserves. He bravely flew wounded and dead soldiers out of Vietnam, earning the National Defense Service Medal.

In civilian life, Alex was a corporate pilot, co-owned an airport in New Castle, PA called Castle Aviation, was a top seller for Beechcraft Aircraft, and eventually started his own aviation sales company, Fortune-Aire. 

Alex was the president of the Youngstown Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association for many years. He enjoyed fly fishing, gardening, making wine, watching Fox News, traveling in his motor home, tailgating with his family and friends at ALL the Penn State home games, martinis, and pretty much any good party he could find or inspire. 

Alex married the late Joan (Cestone) Gregal, and together they had three daughters. He later married the late Juanita (Holencik) Gregal. In addition to Joan, Juanita and his parents, Alex was preceded in death by his brothers, Frank and David; and sister, Carol. Alex is survived by his daughters, Carol (Dan) Howard, Elizabeth Gregal, and Allison (Scott) Novosel; sister, Anna Mae Reifer; brother, Michael Gregal; grandchildren, Alex Howard, Hannah Howard, Dominic Stephens, Ian Novosel, and Cooper Novosel; and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Services will be held in State College this spring. Following a memorial Mass, friends and family will be invited to a tailgate to celebrate Alex's life. Specifics will be shared on this site closer to the date.

Alex will later be buried alongside his loving wife of 26 years, Joan Gregal, at Poland Riverside Cemetery in Poland, Ohio. 

In lieu of flowers, the family invites donations in Alex Gregal's name to Catholic Charities and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

Roar Lion Roar!

Jack Horner (L) and Alex Gregal - 1953

THON - Support Dancers and Kids with Mail Call

To scan and send Dancer Mail, click    here  .

To scan and send Dancer Mail, click here.

Alumni Dancer Mail Call

Unable to make it to THON weekend, but still want to get involved? Dancer Mail Call is a great opportunity to show your support for the dancers so they can be there for the kids. This year the THON community is asking all alumni to either mail in or upload mail that will be distributed to dancers throughout the weekend.

SEND THETA CHI THON DANCER - JORDAN REED SOME MAIL - DANCER #52A

Former dancer? Feel free to write a note about your dancing experience in order to inspire those standing up to childhood cancer for 46 hours this year.

For paper copy submissions, you can write messages on construction paper and mail it into the THON office at 227D HUB, University Park, PA 16802. You can also scan and upload your letter in the dropbox below. Below are some helpful hints for making dancer mail. If you have any questions, please reach out to alumni.campaigns@thon.org.

Hard copy submissions must be received or postmarked before 2/5/2019. Online submissions are due by 2/8/2019.

Things to include:

Keep it general (no specific names or organizations)
Make it positive
Be creative!
Tell jokes
Keep it FTK!
Tell your story with Penn State or THON

Things to avoid:

Sleeping or how tired they must be
Showering
The weather

To scan and send Kid's Mail, click    here   .

To scan and send Kid's Mail, click here.

Alumni Kid’s Mail Call

We are calling all of our alumni to write Kid’s Mail! Kids’ Mail Call is an hour-long event during THON Weekend in which Four Diamonds Families receive a collection of mail from the THON Community. This year, Kids’ Mail Call is circus-themed! A year’s worth of kids’ mail and support from the THON Community aims to further inspire and create “a million dreams for the world we’re gonna make.” You can write Kid’s Mail today by writing fun, inspiring notes on construction paper, and sending it in to the THON Office at 227D HUB, University Park, PA 16802, .

or by scanning it and uploading it here.

One important note is that there are some things to consider when writing Kids Mail. Below are some things that we ask that you do or do not do when writing. If you have any questions, please reach out to alumni.campaigns@thon.org.

Hard copy submissions must be received or postmarked before 2/5/2019. Online submissions are due by 2/8/2019.

Things to include:

Keep it FTK!
Encouraging messages, quotes, lyrics, kid-friendly jokes, etc.!
Have fun with it! Add drawings, lots of color, and/or stickers!

Things to avoid:

Specific names of kids
Any indication of illness (such as “Get Well Soon” or “Keep Fighting!”)
Any specific upcoming holidays
Any messages or jokes that are not FTK

2019 Board of Directors Elections Results

Dear Brothers,

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season with your beloved friends and family. I’m writing to you all today to ask that you please join me in congratulating the following Brothers for their election or re-election as members of the Alumni Board of Directors:

  • Chris Burke (Treasurer)

  • Paul Kirkegaard

  • Ed Wallace (Newly Elected, Incoming Secretary)

Brothers Kirkegaard, Burke, and Wallace will join Brothers Jonas, Maxwell, and myself to comprise the 2019 Alumni Board of Directors for our chapter. They will begin their two-year term effective immediately. We truly appreciate those of you who took the time to vote in our recent election. Per our chapter Bylaws, the next election will take place in Fall of this year (2019), where Brothers Jonas, Maxwell, and I will be up for re-election. If you participated (or intentionally did not participate), please provide us with feedback regarding your voting experience this election cycle. We want to hear your thoughts on the new process in order to seek continuous improvement, and to better reach all of you.

As you may have seen on our social media pages and website, Omega Chapter is celebrating our Centennial year this year! Mark your calendars for Homecoming Weekend (TBD, usually mid-October), and keep an eye out for additional information as we send it out via our website and social media pages. We are planning various events in State College through the weekend (Friday through Sunday). If you have any interest in helping with planning efforts for the event- packed weekend, please reach out to me via the email address below.

With the new Election cycle, I was selected by the other board members to serve as the next Alumni President. I look forward to continuing to serve our chapter with the other board members, alumni advisory board members, our numerous active alumni, and our undergraduate members. I intend to refocus our attention to strengthening the social bonds of brotherhood in the coming months and years. We faced significant challenges recently and I look forward to meeting those and future challenges head on for the betterment of our chapter. I aim to be as transparent as possible, and am always open to questions, comments, and criticism.

If at any point you wish to reach me, please feel free to email me at the address below. For those that prefer to communicate via phone, I will provide my personal cell number upon request. I look forward to meeting more of you and seeing you at our upcoming centennial celebration!

Once again, Congratulations to Brothers Burke, Kirkegaard, and Wallace! Love and Respect,

Aaron Speagle ‘12
Alumni President

Chapter Eternal - Elliott '56, Pershing '56, Ramsay '61 & Bullock '71

We have been honored to call these men our Brothers. The condolences of Theta Chi’s extended worldwide family are offered to the family and friends of our deceased brother.

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of:

  • Dean H. Elliott ‘56 - MS EMS - October 2, 2017

  • John H. Pershing ‘56 - Eng - August 29, 2018

  • Ian W. Ramsay ‘61 - Bus - September 1, 2018

  • Wayne J. Bullock ‘71 - Bus - August 25, 2018


Dean H. Elliott ’56

Dean was born on November 26, 1923 and passed away on Monday, October 2, 2017.

Dean was a resident of Billings, Montana at the time of passing.

Dean went on to earn two undergraduate degrees, one in chemistry from Cal.

August 1944, Dean enlisted in the United States Army, 383rd Infantry, 96th Division, Company E. and was deployed to the Okinawa beachhead May 1, 1945.

Funeral services will be held 12:00pm Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Billings. Committal services will follow at Yellowstone National Veterans Cemetery.

John H. Pershing ’56 - LaVie Portrait

John H. Pershing ’56 - LaVie Portrait

John H. Pershing ’56

John was born on February 11, 1933 and passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.

John was a resident of North Carolina at the time of passing.

John attended Penn State University and graduated with honors, earning a degree in Electrical Engineering.

Following in his family's footsteps, he served in the United States Army and was a descendant of General John "Blackjack" Pershing.

John Harrison Pershing Mr. John Harrison Pershing, 85, passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 PM Saturday September 1, 2018 at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with the Rev. Doug Klein officiating. Interment will follow at Forsyth Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the Doctors and Nurses at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Cardiology Unit for the attentive and loving care given to Mr. Pershing.

Ian W. Ramsay ’61

LCDR, USN Ian William Ramsay, 80, fought his last battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on Sept. 1, 2018 at the West Georgia Hospice Center. He was born in Grosse Pointe, MI on July 8, 1938. A Vietnam veteran, Ian graduated from Penn State in finance in 1961 before joining the USN. While at Penn State, he was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. He participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War, earning several distinguished medals including the Bronze Star Combat V, Navy Commendation Combat V, and Achievement Medals. He finished his career heading the Training Instructor School at Keesler AFB, MS. After 23 years of military service, he joined Electronic Data Systems (EDS) retiring as a Senior Business Analyst in Plano, TX. After making his home in LaGrange, GA, he married Pamela Louise Smrekar on June 7, 2004. While in LaGrange, he served as a board member of the West Point Lake Coalition where he participated in many poker runs for lake improvement and cleanups. He also held offices and was on the board of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). The Naval Career Officer was at home on both the water and the greens. As an avid golfer, Ian was always striving for the elusive hole-in-one. Although not in golf, Ian achieved his hole-in-one when he officially joined the Catholic Church on August, 7, 2018. He attended St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Ian was preceded in death by his parents William Warburton Ramsay and Annie Murray Cunningham Ramsay, both originally from Scotland, and his first wife, Joan Douthitt Ramsay. He is survived by his wife Pamela Louise Ramsay, LaGrange; daughter, Anne Kathleen Rowe (Mike), Buford, GA; son, Scott Ian Ramsay, St. Petersburg, FL; sisters: Sheila Buckert, St. Clair Shores, MI and Lorna Ramsay, Wyomissing, PA; step-children: Allison (Nick) Dubovsky, Ewa Beach, HI; Ruth Anne (David) Tomlinson, Jackson, WY; and Jacob (Dawn) Smrekar, Rock Hill, SC; grandchildren: Joshua Schaefers, Taylor Rowe, Megan Rowe, Stephen Rowe, Michael Rowe, Christian Smrekar, Victoria Smrekar, and Katelyn Tomlinson; and several nieces and nephews. Ian’s family would like to thank his church, golf, and military families, as well as, his many friends who have helped on his journey home. Funeral services will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. Visitation will be at the church at 10:00 AM with a funeral mass to follow at 11:00 AM. A graveside service will immediately follow. Those wishing to donate can contribute to St. Peter’s Catholic Church or the Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) Society in memory of Ian

Wayne J. Bullock ’71

Wayne J. Bullock, husband of almost 49 years to Margaret (Peggy) A. Evolo-Bullock, of Royersford, and formerly of Lake Harmony, passed away at his home on Saturday, August 25, 2018. He was 68.

Born on December 22, 1949 in Norwood, Pennsylvania, he was a son of the late Bertha (Johnson) Bullock. After graduating Interboro High School, he earned a Bachelor's Degree from Penn State University in 1971. Shortly after college graduation he started his first business in billboard advertising in the Hershey and Lancaster area. In the 1980's, he moved to cable advertising where he held long a career as an executive with Cable Adnet and Star Net, where he was recognized and won several awards as a pioneer in the cable advertising business. In the mid-90's he pursued his own entrepreneurial endeavors before being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2000.

They moved full time to Lake Harmony, PA where Wayne and his wife and family enjoyed many years on the lake. He enjoyed being a grandfather and loved entertaining family and friends.

In addition to his wife, Wayne is survived by Son, Wayne Bullock, II of Philadelphia; Daughter, Kimberly, wife of Russell Kingsbury of Phoenixville, PA; and Grandchildren: Jake, James and Christopher Bullock, Tyler, Andrew and Kevin Kingsbury.

Per his wishes, the family will celebrate Wayne's life with private services. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lake Harmony Rescue Squad (PO Box 564, Lake Harmony, PA 18624). Condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.PhoenixvilleFuneralHome.com. Arrangements are being handled by the Campbell - Ennis - Klotzbach Funeral Home, Inc., Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lake Harmony Rescue Squad (PO Box 564, Lake Harmony, PA 18624).

Ian W. Ramsay ‘61 - LaVie PORTRAIT

Ian W. Ramsay ‘61 - LaVie PORTRAIT

Ian W. Ramsay ‘61

LCDR, USN Ian William Ramsay, 80, fought his last battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on Sept. 1, 2018 at the West Georgia Hospice Center. He was born in Grosse Pointe, MI on July 8, 1938. A Vietnam veteran, Ian graduated from Penn State in finance in 1961 before joining the USN. While at Penn State, he was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. He participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War, earning several distinguished medals including the Bronze Star Combat V, Navy Commendation Combat V, and Achievement Medals. He finished his career heading the Training Instructor School at Keesler AFB, MS. After 23 years of military service, he joined Electronic Data Systems (EDS) retiring as a Senior Business Analyst in Plano, TX. After making his home in LaGrange, GA, he married Pamela Louise Smrekar on June 7, 2004. While in LaGrange, he served as a board member of the West Point Lake Coalition where he participated in many poker runs for lake improvement and cleanups. He also held offices and was on the board of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). The Naval Career Officer was at home on both the water and the greens. As an avid golfer, Ian was always striving for the elusive hole-in-one. Although not in golf, Ian achieved his hole-in-one when he officially joined the Catholic Church on August, 7, 2018. He attended St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Ian was preceded in death by his parents William Warburton Ramsay and Annie Murray Cunningham Ramsay, both originally from Scotland, and his first wife, Joan Douthitt Ramsay. He is survived by his wife Pamela Louise Ramsay, LaGrange; daughter, Anne Kathleen Rowe (Mike), Buford, GA; son, Scott Ian Ramsay, St. Petersburg, FL; sisters: Sheila Buckert, St. Clair Shores, MI and Lorna Ramsay, Wyomissing, PA; step-children: Allison (Nick) Dubovsky, Ewa Beach, HI; Ruth Anne (David) Tomlinson, Jackson, WY; and Jacob (Dawn) Smrekar, Rock Hill, SC; grandchildren: Joshua Schaefers, Taylor Rowe, Megan Rowe, Stephen Rowe, Michael Rowe, Christian Smrekar, Victoria Smrekar, and Katelyn Tomlinson; and several nieces and nephews. Ian’s family would like to thank his church, golf, and military families, as well as, his many friends who have helped on his journey home. Funeral services will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. Visitation will be at the church at 10:00 AM with a funeral mass to follow at 11:00 AM. A graveside service will immediately follow. Those wishing to donate can contribute to St. Peter’s Catholic Church or the Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) Society in memory of Ian

Wayne J. Bullock ’71

Wayne J. Bullock, husband of almost 49 years to Margaret (Peggy) A. Evolo-Bullock, of Royersford, and formerly of Lake Harmony, passed away at his home on Saturday, August 25, 2018. He was 68.

Born on December 22, 1949 in Norwood, Pennsylvania, he was a son of the late Bertha (Johnson) Bullock. After graduating Interboro High School, he earned a Bachelor's Degree from Penn State University in 1971. Shortly after college graduation he started his first business in billboard advertising in the Hershey and Lancaster area. In the 1980's, he moved to cable advertising where he held long a career as an executive with Cable Adnet and Star Net, where he was recognized and won several awards as a pioneer in the cable advertising business. In the mid-90's he pursued his own entrepreneurial endeavors before being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2000.

They moved full time to Lake Harmony, PA where Wayne and his wife and family enjoyed many years on the lake. He enjoyed being a grandfather and loved entertaining family and friends.

In addition to his wife, Wayne is survived by Son, Wayne Bullock, II of Philadelphia; Daughter, Kimberly, wife of Russell Kingsbury of Phoenixville, PA; and Grandchildren: Jake, James and Christopher Bullock, Tyler, Andrew and Kevin Kingsbury.

Per his wishes, the family will celebrate Wayne's life with private services. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lake Harmony Rescue Squad (PO Box 564, Lake Harmony, PA 18624). Condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.PhoenixvilleFuneralHome.com. Arrangements are being handled by the Campbell - Ennis - Klotzbach Funeral Home, Inc., Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lake Harmony Rescue Squad (PO Box 564, Lake Harmony, PA 18624).

2019 IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon Support

 Jordan Reed - 2018 THON

Dear Brothers,

Life is made up of millions of little moments. Moments that make us laugh, cry, feel deeply, and connect with others. It is through these experiences that we create the memories that will stay with us forever. For many children, their lives are changed forever by the diagnosis of childhood cancer. Yet, as a community we have the ability to shape their experience so that no family has to go through this process alone. We have the opportunity to shape dark moments into our motivation, and light moments into our inspiration. For over 40 years, incredible supporters like you have impacted THON in the most positive light, so that our THON families' lives can be filled with laughter, smiles, and happiness. How will you help shape the moment? 

Thanks to the support from individuals like yourself, THON has continued to grow as a yearlong fundraising and awareness campaign committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. Since 1977, student volunteers, alumni, and supporters have worked tirelessly so that one day we will dance in celebration of a cure. This year is no different, as Theta Chi supports THON by fundraising so that no family sees a bill and can focus on being by their child's side. 

To date, THON has raised more than $157 million for our sole beneficiary, Four Diamonds at Penn State Children's Hospital. Last year alone, THON raised more than $10 million For The Kids. We are proud of the fact that over 95 cents of every $1 contributed will directly provide emotional and financial support to more than 4,000 Four Diamonds children and families affected by childhood cancer, in addition to funding critical research with a global impact. 

Through my involvement with Theta Chi, I am committed to spreading THON's mission even further in 2019. With your continued support, we can help to ensure that all children's lives are shaped by beautiful moments. Please consider joining as in the fight against childhood cancer today by making a gift to THON in the name of Theta Chi. You can donate online at www.THON.org or make a check payable to the "Penn State Dance Marathon." 

DONATE TO THON

On behalf of the entire THON community, we thank you for your support of our organization and the fight against childhood cancer. On February 15th, we will take a stance through our 46-hour no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon to show the world what cancer cannot do. 

Growing up is a beautiful thing. Let's fight for it. 

For The Kids, 

P.S. You may be able to double your impact through the support of your employer. Find out if your company will match your gift at www.matching.psu.edu.  227D Hetzel Union Building, University Park, PA 16802 - 800.392.THON - www.THON.org 


2018 Donors Honor Roll Call

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We like to thank all of you who donated this year. Your generous support means a great deal to Theta Chi. Thanks to you, and a growing number of other Alumni who have responded with similar gifts, we are able to do more to support our fraternity and continue to keep Theta Chi competitive with the fraternity system at Penn State. 

Kurt Nathan ‘73
Richard B. Maltz '90
John A. Buyarski '91
Gregory M. Rush '91
Aaron L. Speagle ‘12
Edward J. Wallace ‘12
Timothy G. Kundro '16

Winter 2018 Edition of the Rattle is Online

The latest edition of the Rattle is available online at the National website. Read about what is going on with other chapters around the country and see what is doing with our National fraternity.

Click Here to Read Online

INSIDE THIS EDITION:

  • 162nd Anniversary Convention

  • 2017-18 Awards

  • Norwich Housing & Foundation Chapter News

  • Alumni and Undergraduate news and more

Celebrate 100 Years - Save the Date - Homecoming 2019

Join us in celebrating Omega Chapter's 100th year! Events will be scheduled throughout Homecoming Weekend 2019 (TBD). Keep a lookout for updates on all our pages.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to volunteer some of your time, please contact Aaron Speagle by clicking the image to the right.


Image designed and provided Pro-bono by Jess Wallace, wife of Br. Ed Wallace '12. Visit her website at www.jwpapercreations.com to say thanks!