Summer 2019 Edition of the Rattle is Online

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INSIDE THIS EDITION:

  • Mike Greenberg feature

  • Norwich Housing & Foundation Chapter News

  • Expansion Updates

  • Alumni and Undergraduate news and more

Chapter Eternal - John Starkey '57

John L. Starkey ‘57 - LaVie portrait

John L. Starkey ‘57 - LaVie portrait

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:

  • John L. Starkey ‘57 - Dec. 30, 2018


John Lawrence Starkey ushered out the old year and slipped into the new on December 30, 2018.

Born July 3, 1935, to Ruth and Percy Starkey, John was a native of Easton, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Wilson High School (Class of ’53), John went on to Penn State, earning a degree in English.

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Hired by the Baldridge Reading School as a young man in his twenties, John quickly found himself transported from the snow and ice of the East to the blue skies, sparkling Pacific waters and bougainvillea draped walls of the Santa Catalina School for Girls in Monterey.

He remained in California the rest of his life-first living in San Francisco, then Berkeley for 14 years, and finally Sonoma County-his home for the past 45 years.

While in Berkeley, where son Ben was born in 1968, John obtained his M.A. in Political Science-happy to graduate, but disappointed it was the year before the Free Speech Movement. He worked as a Field Representative for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and also as a Project Coordinator for the Oakland Redevelopment Agency. Additionally, he taught Political Science at Laney College in Oakland and the College of San Mateo. An abiding love for the visual arts was fostered while partnering with his former wife, Lynn Piper, in a small gallery called the Artifactorie.

John migrated north to Sonoma County in 1973, living most of the rest of his life in Sebastopol and working as a real estate agent. He was devoted to peace and social justice; swimming at Ives Pool as long as he was able; all forms of the arts; radio, in general, and community radio, in particular, hosting a bi-monthly program, Voices and Vision, on radio station KOWS.

He was deeply loved and will be dearly missed by his partner of 33 years, Teresa Peele, son Benjamin Piper, grandchildren Besem and Zane, cousin Jeanne Young, and relatives Max Prokrivchak and Robert Okamoto.

A celebration of John’s life with his friends and family will be held at a later date. Donations in his memory can be made to the Sonoma County Peace and Justice Center, KOWS Community Radio Station, Western Sonoma County Swimmers c/o Ives Pool, or the Sonoma County YMCA.

Chapter Eternal - Anthony Crisci '55

Anthony Crisci '55 - LaVie Portrait

Anthony Crisci '55 - LaVie Portrait

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:

  • Anthony Crisci '55 - Dec. 23, 2019


Anthony Crisci, 92, of McDonough, Georgia, formerly of New Castle, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, at Piedmont Henry Hospital in McDonough, Georgia. 

He was born on April 19, 1926, in New Castle, a son of the late James and Rose (Valiensi) Crisci. 

Mr. Crisci was a licensed professional engineer (mining engineer) and graduate of both Eastbrook High School and of the Pennsylvania State University. 

He was a World War II Army veteran having served in the Pacific Theater. 

Mr. Crisci enjoyed coin collecting, watching golf and, most of all, his constant interaction with his grandchildren, whom he adored. 

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He is survived by his son, James Crisci and his wife, Barbara, of McDonough, Geoergia; his daughter, Rose Crisci, of McDonough, Georgia; his son, Anthony of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor (Salzano) Crisci, and his brother, Frank Crisci. 

Graveside services will be held at a future date at St. Joseph's Cemetery in New Castle. Arrangements have been entrusted to the William F. and Roger M. DeCarbo Funeral Home, 926 Cunningham Ave.

Chapter Eternal - Eugene "Gene" Raup '52

Eugene "Gene" Raup '52 - LaVie Portrait

Eugene "Gene" Raup '52 - LaVie Portrait

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:

  • Eugene "Gene" Raup ‘52 - March 7, 2019


Eugene “Gene” R. Raup, passed away peacefully on March 7, 2019 at the age of 100 years, at his residence at Medford Leas, Medford ,NJ. Husband of the late Edna M. (nee Plass). Father of Neil B. Raup, Nancy J. (Raup) Sullivan and Jonathan T. Raup. Also survived by 9 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren. 

A private interment will take place at the Westfield Friends Cemetery,  Cinnaminson, NJ.  Memorial service will be held on Monday March 18th2019 at 1:30PM in the Holly Room at Medford Leas, Medford NJ.

In Lieu of Flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the PYM Greenleaf Fund, 1515 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 Please Note: In Memory of Eugene R. Raup on check.

Pledges and a Sweetheart - Chapter News - April 2019

Omega pledged in 4 New Members this spring. We'd like to congratulate the chapter and the New Members and wish them all the best in their journey.

The New Members are

  • Tyler Adams

  • Michael Castell

  • Brendan Mulvey

  • Nick Vacca

L to R: Kayla Williams, Carson Schulz and Theta Chi Sweetheart Grace Halleran

Also the chapter has a new Theta Chi Sweetheart - congrats to Grace Halleran. Grace and fellow contestant Kayla Williams, tried to see who could put better makeup on chapter president Carson Schulz's face. It was definitely good for a few laughs. 

Congratulations to Omega Chapter from National Chapter

The following text appeared on National’s website - The below is from Omega's history from the 1927 Theta Chi history book and Rattle articles from 1919 & 1933. The installation article is a reprint from the April 1919 Rattle


Omega Chapter and Installation Committee, Penn. State College, PA. - March 14, 1919

Omega Chapter at Penn State University was installed on March 14, 1919. The installation brought Theta Chi’s third chapter located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Penn State, located in State College, began in 1855 as The Farmers’ High School. In 1862 it became the Agricultural College of Pennsylvania and finally in 1874 the Pennsylvania State College. The college was established in accord with the Morrill Act making military training mandatory for practically all male students. State College, a town of 2500 people, is located almost in the geographical center of the State of Pennsylvania.

In the Spring of 1915, a group of young men who were members of the Philadelphia Northeast High School Club of The Pennsylvania State College met with the purpose of forming an organization that would perpetuate certain ideals and standards in which these students believed. 

At the opening of the college year in 1915, the Northeast Club was established on a local fraternity basis. New members were selected with the greatest care and were of the highest type. By the Fall of 1917 the Club was well established and strong bonds of friendship existed among its members. Fully realizing that greater advantages could be gained by closer association with the fraternities of State College, action was taken to change the character of the organization to that of a local fraternity.

On February 23, 1918, permission was granted by the fraternity committee of the General Faculty, and the Northeast Club became the Phi Tau Alpha Fraternity. On April 6, 1918, the change was formally announced to the other fraternities by a smoker and reception at the chapter house. Shortly afterwards Phi Tau Alpha was admitted to the Intra-Mural Council, this marking the final step in the official recognition by the fraternities of the Pennsylvania State College.

The ambition of Phi Tau Alpha was to perfect a fraternity in which all of the members would “practice kindness and toleration toward one another, and attain, as nearly as possible, that brotherly feeling which exists between brothers of the same parentage. In doing this each should ever aspire to be considerate of the rights and opinions of others and never let any act go undone which would bring happiness and joy to another.”

Members of Phi Tau Alpha researched different national fraternities and Theta Chi rose to the top of their lists of finalists as it was the oldest and had the best record and reputation. Phi Tau Alpha members Raymond Poeppel and William Thompson had a friend who was a Theta Chi at Kappa Chapter at the University of Pennsylvania and they were convinced that Theta Chi was the best choice.

Phi Tau Alpha reached out to the Grand Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity expressing interest in affiliation and were subsequently visited by National Secretary Frederick W. Ladue and representatives from Kappa/Pennsylvania, Lambda/Cornell, and Pi/Dickinson. Following the visit, Theta Chi advised Phi Tau Alpha to submit a formal petition for installation

On December 2, 1918, Phi Tau Alpha President George W. Chapman submitted a petition and wrote, “Believing that affiliation with a well established and well reputed national fraternity would be most desirous, and believing the Theta Chi Fraternity to possess these qualities, we, the members of the Phi Tau Alpha Fraternity of the Pennsylvania State College, do hereby respectfully petition for consideration as a chapter of the Theta Chi Fraternity.”

On February 25, 1919, National Secretary Frederick W. Ladue informed Phi Tau Alpha that their petition had been approved and that plans would be made to install the chapter in the weeks ahead. It is interesting to note that another local fraternity at Penn State was petitioning Theta Chi at the same time as Phi Tau Alpha

Phi Tau Alpha became the Omega Chapter of Theta Chi on March 14, 1919. The Installation Committee was chaired by National Secretary Fred W. Ladue (Iota/Colgate 1912) and was composed of Earl R. Scrafford (Delta/RPI 1909), Herbert D. Leary (Gamma/Maine 1910), W. Howard Gottlieb (Kappa/Pennsylvania 1919), and Clarence R. Anderson (Pi/Dickinson 1909).

The installation began at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14, 1919 and was completed around midnight. Winfield E. Smith was elected and installed as Omega’s first Chapter President. After adjourning for the night, all remaining ritual work was completed by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday prior to the installation banquet.

The installation banquet was held in the chapter house on the evening of March 15 and served the following menu: Penn State Cocktail, Center County Consomme, Baked Shingletown Trout, Roast MacHall Chicken, S. A. T. C. Potatoes, Nittany Valley Filling, Green Navy Peas, Co-ed Sauce, Old Main Salad, Ice Cream a la Phi Tau Alpha, Lemont Bits, Bonbons au Gorgo, Danville Nuts, State College Demi Tasse, and Bellefonte Central Smokes. According to records, such a menu had never been seen before or since, but was evidently greatly enjoyed by those present.

The Charter Members of Omega Chapter are: Fred F. Bastian (1922), Clifford E. Beaven (1921), Ellwood B. Cassel (1919), George W. Chapman (1920), Charles A. Frederickson, Jr. (1920), Frederick J. Fuchs (1921), Maurice E. Kressly (1915), Donald E. Magill (1922), Murrell D. McKinstry (1920), Russell B. Nesbitt (1914), Robert E. Ockford (1922), Emil A. Petzold (1924), Anthony V. Pickard (1921), Raymond B. Poeppel (1920), Ellwood J. Rittenhouse (1920), Joseph E. Rowe (1910), Albert F. Schoeppe (1920), Walter E. Segl (1921), William W. Seltzer (1921), Walter B. Shaw (1921), William J. Shaw, Jr. (1921), John R. Skeen (1921), Winfield F. Smith (1919), William L. Sowden, Jr. (1922), Ralph D. Stauffer (1921), William C. Thompson (1919), Frederick T. Vansant (1920), and Hugo E. Zetterlof (1922).

Two of Omega’s Charter Members made notable achievements: Dr. Joesph E. Rowe (1910) would become President of Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY (home of Delta Sigma Chapter) and George W. Chapman (1920) notably served Theta Chi Fraternity in a number of capacities: as the first Regional Counselor, the key developer of the School of Fraternity Practices, for nine years on the Grand Chapter as National Marshal and National Treasurer, and as Executive Director from 1948-1967. During Chapman’s tenure as Executive Director, Theta Chi experienced a period of unprecedented growth, with 75 chapter (re)installed. He also authored and edited the first edition The Manual of Theta Chi Fraternity in 1947. George Chapman also chaired the inaugural meeting of The Order of The Arrow, the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America.

In the decades to come, Omega would produce additional notable alumni, including, Robert E. Eberly (1939), Former Chairman of Eberly Natural Gas Co. and namesake of the Eberly School of Science at Penn State and the Eberly School of Business at IUP; and Past Theta Chi Fraternity Inter/National President and former Executive Director, Howard R. Alter, Jr. (1941).

Congratulations to the alumni and collegiate brothers of Omega Chapter on 100 years at Penn State!

You can send personal notes of congratulations to Omega Chapter President Carson Schulz by clicking here. Omega alumni are planning to host a formal Centennial Celebration during this fall's Homecoming at Penn State, October 4-5, 2019. For more information, on Omega’s Centennial Celebration, click here.

In honor of their Centennial Celebration, we are re-printing the original article on Omega Chapter's Installation from the April 1919 issue of The Rattle. 


Installation of Omega Chapter

The Installation Committee arrived at State College about noon on March 14th, and was met at the station by a delegation from Phi Tau Alpha.

After the introductions and a visit to the chapter house, a sight-seeing party was organized for a short trip around the beautiful campus and the nearby town.

Upon returning to the house, which is very pleasantly and conveniently situated about two blocks from the main entrance to the campus, the Committee got down to business. The necessary paraphernalia was checked over and the remainder of the afternoon spent in preliminary arrangements.

Shortly after dinner, the hall was prepared and the ceremonies started at 7:30, with Fred Ladue, Iota, chairman, assisted by the following committee: Earle Scrafford, Delta; Herbert D. Leary, Gamma; W. Howard Gottlieb, Kappa; Dr. Anderson, Pi.

After the opening exercises the ritual for installation was followed and in due course the ceremony performed. New officers were then elected and installed and a short meeting held. The meeting closed in the regular form shortly after midnight.

Saturday morning, the committee instructed the officers of the chapter in the minute details of their various duties. After lunch, the committee put the brothers through the initiative degrees for new members and the chapter installation was complete by five o'clock, in time for the initiatory banquet.

The following brothers were initiated and now compose our Omega Chapter: – 

Alumni–Winfield F. Smith, of Philadelphia; Maurice E. Kressly, of State College; Joseph E. Rowe, of State College; Russell B. Nesbitt, of State College.

Albert F. Schoeppe, of Philadelphia; Ellwood B. Cassel, of Philadelphia; Ellwood B. Rittenhouse, of Philadelphia; William C. Thompson, of Philadelphia; George W. F. Chapman, of Philadelphia; Charles Frederickson, Jr., of Philadelphia; Murrell D. McKinstry, of Hatiboro, Pa.; Raymond B. Poeppel, of Philadelphia; Frederick T. Vansant, of Philadelphia; Clifford E. Beavan, of Philadelphia; Frederick J. Fuchs, of Philadelphia; Emil A. Petzold, of Philadelphia; Anthony V. Pickard, of Philadelphia; Walter E. Segl, of Philadelphia; William W. Seltzer, of Coatesville, Pa.; Wnlter B. Shaw, of Philadelphia; William J. Shaw, 3rd, of Philadelphia; John R. Skeen, of Philadelphia; Ralph D. Stauffer, of Reading, Pa.; Theodore G. Smith, of Philadelphia; Fred F. Bastian, of Berlin, Pa.; Donald E. Magill, New Hope, Pa.; Robert E. Ockford, Philadelphia; William L. Sowden, Jr., of Philadelphia; Hugo E. Zetterlof, of Philadelphia.

The banquet table was set for 5:30 and by this time several more visiting brothers had arrived, among them being Capt. James Beazly, Kappa, and Brother Harris, Pi. The banquet hour passed very pleasantly, the college and fraternity songs being giveen with great enthusiasm and spirit.

The post-prandial exercises immediately followed with Albert Schoeppe of Omega acting as toastmaster. The members of the initiatory committee were called on for a few remarks, followed by visiting brothers, alumni and active members. The banquet closed with the singing of the Omega Chapter song: –

COME OMEGA!

Words - G. W.F. C. 
Music - W. B. S.

Come Omega let us all join
In the highest praise
Singing of thy wond'rous fame
And of the joy of college days.
Ever to thee we'll be loyal
Honor we thy name
Every faithful loving brother
Helps to swell thy fame.

Loyal brothers of Omega,
Whereso'er we be
Whether home or on the campus
Let us think in joy of thee
We shall ever be as brothers
Steadfast to the core
One for all and all for one
Now and evermore.
When life's brightness, fair Omega,
Turns to shadows deep
We shall cherish all thy teachings
We shall then thy glories reap
Ever hon'ring ever praising
Till Life's span is past
Keeping foremost Theta Chi's
Teachings to the last.

Come Omega let us all join
In the highest praise
Singing of thy wond'rous fame
And of the joy of college days.
Ever to thee we'll be loyal
Honor we thy name
Every faithful loving brother
Helps to swell thy fame.

Loyal brothers of Omega,
Whereso'er we be
Whether home or on the campus
Let us think in joy of thee
We shall ever be as brothers
Steadfast to the core
One for all and all for one
Now and evermore.
When life's brightness, fair Omega,
Turns to shadows deep
We shall cherish all thy teachings
We shall then thy glories reap
Ever hon'ring ever praising
Till Life's span is past
Keeping foremost Theta Chi's
Teachings to the last.

Telegram from National congratulating on becoming Omega Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity

Telegram from National congratulating on becoming Omega Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity

Following the custom of the institution, a smoker was held at the Chapter House, after the banquet. All the fraternities on the campus were invited to attend and become acquainted with the new chapter, its alumni and visiting brothers. The smoker was a great social success and lasted until the wee sma' hours.

In concluding the report of the installation, the committee wishes to say for the benefit of the fraternity at large that Omega Chapter enters upon her career as a member of ΘX with as brilliant prospects for the future as any chapter ever installed. They have the college, the location, the house, the members and the spirit, and should make one of the best chapters of the best fraternity in the country, and we assure the members that ΘX is as proud of them as they are of ΘX.

Omega's 100th Anniversary!!

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Today Omega Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity celebrates its 100th Anniversary of joining Theta Chi Fraternity.

Telegram welcoming Phi Tau Alpha to Theta Chi Fraternity

Telegram welcoming Phi Tau Alpha to Theta Chi Fraternity

Photos from THON 2019

Photos of the brothers during THON 2019 - we will continue to update the gallery, as the images are uploading from the undergraduates.

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.

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