Chapter Eternal - George Chapman Jr. '49

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.

George W. Chapman, Jr. '49 as he appeared in LaVie

George W. Chapman, Jr. '49 as he appeared in LaVie

It is with great sadness we report the passing of:

  • George W. Chapman, Jr. '49

George was born on August 18, 1925 and passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

George was a resident of Pennsylvania. 

George attended Penn State University graduation in 1949.

Services: A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 22 at 11:30 a.m. in The Cathedral Church of the Nativity, 321 Wyandotte St, Bethlehem, PA 18015. There will be no calling hours. George's arrangements have been entrusted to the Cantelmi Long Funeral Home, 500 Linden Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018. A memory tribute may be placed at www.longfuneralhome.com.

The Cathedral Church of the Nativity
321 Wyandotte St
Bethlehem, PA, US, 18015

In lieu of flowers, gifts in loving memory of George Chapman be made to The Cathedral Church of the Nativity (321 Wyandotte Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015) or the Lehigh Valley Chapter of Habitat for Humanity (245 North Graham Street Allentown, PA 18109) 

Summer 2017 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.

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INSIDE THIS EDITION:

  • Theta Chi's New England Patriots Defensive Coordinator
  • Expansion
  • Distinguished Achievement Awards 
  • Alumni and Undergraduate news and more

Chapter Eternal - Frederick Grun '47

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 we report the passing of:

  • Frederick H. Grun '47 - Feb. 16, 2017

Frederick Grun '47 in LaVie

Frederick Grun '47 in LaVie

Frederick H. Grun, 93, beloved husband and father, died Thursday, February 16 at the Lebanon Valley Brethren Home.

Born in Philadelphia on March 31, 1923, he was the youngest son of Frederick C. L. Grun and Florence Gigon Grun. A graduate of Frankford High School, Philadelphia, he received his industrial engineering degree from Penn State University in 1947, where he was a member of Theta Chi, Omega chapter. During WWII he interrupted his education to enter the U.S. Navy, receiving his commission from Officer Training School at the age of 21. He served in the Philippines, received his discharge as a Lieutenant Junior Grade, and returned to college.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Janet Hartman Ganter Grun; two daughters, Ellen Hunter of Dallas, PA, Emily Grun and husband, John Nasta of Hershey; their mother, Donna Kaplan; step-children Roberta and husband, Ed Hoffer of Annville, Allan and wife, Sue Ganter of Lebanon, Fred and wife, Dawn Ganter of Tampa; a brother, Bill Grun of Doylestown; ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brother, Bob Grun; sister, Bettie Roth; and first wife, Mary Louise Wollerton.

He began his career at Bethlehem Steel and retired as a Supervisor of Technical services after 35 years. After retirement he and Janet operated The New Rail Fence in Cleona, he worked for Light Heigel Assoc in Palmyra, and served as a Retail Merchandiser for several companies, retiring from SPAR Marketing in December 2016.

Frederick Grun

Frederick Grun

A 50+ year member of St. Andrews Presbyterian church, he served in many leadership roles there and enjoyed singing in the choir. Over the years he was involved in many Lebanon County organizations including Industrial Management Club, Cancer Society, Boy Scout Troop 21, PSU alumni club, and the Naval Reserve Officers' Group. He served as Auditor of North Annville Township and was a Board member of the Annville Free Library.

Fred loved life and always had a positive outlook. His property in Annville was a source of great joy as were his many friends and activities. He was an avid reader and Bridge player. He had a wonderful memory, was willing to help everyone, and could develop a 'solution' for any problem. He was a real pleasure to be around.

After moving to LVBH, Fred embraced many activities there including the Wood Shop, the Annual Sale, the Welcome Committee, and he was a champion Wii bowler.

Fred was a life-long fan of Penn State football and enjoyed many games at Beaver Stadium – never leaving a game early, despite the weather or the score.

Fred left us with many great memories, and he will really be missed.

Fred's ashes will be interred at Ft. Indiantown Gap with full military honors on February 20, at 2 p.m. A Memorial service in Fred's honor will be held on March 4 at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Lebanon.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Lebanon County Unit, 855 Tuck Street, Suite 2, Lebanon, PA 17042 in his memory.

Penn State Announces New Safety Initiatives for Greek-Letter Organizations

The below letter was emailed to various Penn State alumni on June 2, 2017 by Penn State University.


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Penn State's Board of Trustees today (June 2) supported a comprehensive set of new University initiatives focused on reforming the Greek-letter community. The new measures include an unprecedented transfer of responsibility to the University for disciplinary matters, which may include stringent sanctions for violations. These actions build upon a decade of efforts to address ongoing challenges associated with Greek-letter organizations.

Alcohol misuse among students is a challenge at nearly every college and university, including at Penn State. The problem is particularly vexing among fraternities and sororities across the country because the self-governance model of Greek life has failed to bring an end to excessive drinking, hazing, sexual assault and overly large disruptive gatherings within their organizations. The University and board are committed to implementing solutions that create a fundamental shift for Greek life in an effort to refocus on the positive aspects of these organizations.

"Our University community continues to mourn the death of student Tim Piazza and again sends our deepest sympathies to the Piazza family," said Penn State President Eric Barron. "I am resolved to turn the pain and anguish radiating through our entire community into decisive action and reform, concentrating on the safety and well-being of students at Penn State. These new safety and reform initiatives represent a significant departure from the Greek system's broken self-governance model and indicate steps necessary to address the complex problems."

New measures include:

  • University control of the fraternity and sorority organizational misconduct and adjudication process.
  • Hazing that involves alcohol, physical abuse, or any behavior that puts a student's mental or physical health at risk will result in swift permanent revocation of University recognition for the chapter involved.
  • Transition to deferred recruitment/rush process for fraternities and sororities.
  • Strict social restrictions.
  • Monitoring of social events by University staff members.
  • Relationship statement signed by all fraternity and sorority members that clarifies the respective rights and responsibilities of the University, the chapters and their respective members.
  • Further parent education: availability of report card, messages to reinforce with their students.
  • Capitation fee for support of extra services, spot-checkers/monitors, and educational activities.

There are other measures being discussed and will be instituted over time — all with a focus on prevention, monitoring and enforcement. These measures augment a series of actions taken earlier this year, which are being made permanent.

Barron will appoint a Greek Response Team, including government affairs and community relations, legal, police and student affairs, which will be responsible for directing and overseeing the implementation of these initiatives — reporting directly to the president on progress. This group will coordinate with local law enforcement, campus police and neighborhoods.

"The changes require significant shifts in the relationship among fraternities, sororities and the University," said Barron. "But true change will not happen without the chapters, alumni boards, housing boards, councils, and national organizations commitment and partnership in putting student safety first, and encouraging chapter members to bring safety issues to the forefront."

Recently, the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) also acknowledged that the fraternities' self-governance model is broken and has failed to prevent serious excessive drinking problems on college campuses. But NIC needs to take this further, including addressing the contradictory incentive created by its risk management policies that may deter individuals from calling 911 in emergency situations, according to University leaders.

In addition, the University has begun critical conversations regarding legislative initiatives for the entire student population:

  • Support for a congressional proposal to expand Clery Act reporting to include hazing violations;
  • Continue discussions with state officials on ways to strengthen penalties for hazing, especially hazing that includes alcohol, and on increased statewide educational initiatives on the dangers of hazing and dangerous drinking; and
  • Advocate to expand the current law on Medical Amnesty for Underage Drinking to apply to the individual who requires medical assistance.

"The board supports the important actions taken today by University leadership," said Penn State Board of Trustees Chair Ira Lubert. "These significant changes set a new standard among universities dealing with the challenges of Greek-letter communities. We hope this is a start for our fraternities and sororities to address these serious problems and focus on the more positive contributions these individuals and organizations make here at Penn State and beyond."

Chapter Finishes 1st for Fall 2016 Academics

The chapter has accomplished something great!!!

The chapter finished FIRST out of 48 fraternities and 13TH overall amongst all fraternities and sororities for the 2016 fall semester.

The chapter's GPA for the 2016 fall semester was 3.28. The All Fraternity Average GPA was 3.06 and the All Fraternity/Sorority Average was 3.19. The chapter also beat the Independent Men's Average of 3.14, the Undergraduate Men's GPA of 3.13 and the All University Average GPA of 3.2!!!

Congrats to all the brothers for a great accomplishment!! Keep up the great work!

Spring 2017 Graduates

We would like to congratulate the latest graduates (and newest alum) of Omega chapter. Good luck with your new pursuits and please keep in touch.

  • Brennan Bench - Chemical Engineering
  • John Broderick - Economics
  • Ryan Campbell - Management Information Systems
  • Connor DeKranis - Film
  • Frank Donato - Supply Chain Information Systems
  • Patrick Hilling - Labor Employment Relations
  • Colin Kaye - Engineering Science
  • Timothy Lagnese - Computer Science
  • Derek Miller - Accouting/Finance
  • Oduwa Pat-Osagie - Hospitality Management
  • Max Salon
  • Stephen Sandford - Mechanical Engineering
  • Joseph Saylor - Materials Science
  • Thomas Strnad - Energy Business and Finance
  • Michael Tapsoba - Management Information Systems

Brothers and Chapter Active on Campus and Off - Spring 2017

Theta Chi Bothers have been busy on campus and in town this semester.

Brother Ryan Gattoni and Stephen Sandford were part of an effort to create "Little Lion's Pantries".  Using the Theta Chi basement, Gattoni, Sandford and other students worked to create small food pantries that will be placed around town. They have both been very involved in working with "The Lion's Pantry" which establishes a way for impoverished students to get free food with no questions asked.  Read the article on WeAreCentralPA.com .

Also outside the chapter house brother Ryan Gattoni was once again elected to the IFC Executive Board and VP of Programming.  In addition, he was also selected to be on the Executive Board of Fresh Start.  

Brother John Broderick

Brother John Broderick is the Lead Program Coordinator for the Sexual Violence Awareness club on campus, Men Against Violence.  He has given multiple speeches this year and was recently selected to speak at the University sponsored Sexual Violence Prevention Gala.  

Brothers Broderick and Gattoni were in charge of "Walk a Mile in her Shoes", an event where male members of the community (mainly Greeks) wear heels and walk down campus in a showing of solidarity to those who have been sexually assaulted.

Brothers John Broderick and Ryan Gattoni leading the "Walk a Mile in her Shoes" event with many Theta Chi brothers behind them.

Brother Kevin Diguiseppe was selected to be a Greek Week Programming Captain. Brother Neel Parikh was recently chosen to be the Lead Analyst of Exotic Commodities for the Penn State Asset Management Group. Also, Bryant Narvaez was elected to be the Treasurer for the ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals for America).

And finally, the GI Theta Chi event was very successful and built on last year's event.  The chapter raised approximately $1000 for the USO through the event.  We will have more info and photos from GI Theta Chi soon.

GI Theta Chi 2017

What GI Theta Chi?

GI Theta Chi is a yearly fundraising effort to support the USO. This year we are organizing a three- day event consisting of Partial Proceeds Night, Letter Writing Night, and the main event featuring Water Balloon Battle Ship and a dollar hot dog cookout. EVERYONE can participate in the first two activities and the main event. In addition to participating in these activities, you and four friends can register a squad ($25) and participate in the water balloon battleship to compete with other squads for points. The squad with the most points will win McClanahan’s Gift Cards. 

Why the USO?

For 75 years, the USO has been the nation’s leading organization to serve the men and women in the U.S. military, and their families, throughout their time in uniform. From the moment they join, through their assignments and deployments, and as they transition back to their communities, the USO is always by their side. 

Click here to Download Brochure

Click here to Download Brochure

The Events

Partial Proceeds Night

DATE: March 2, 2017

MISSION: Have a meal at 5 Guys Burgers and Fries from 5-8 pm

OBJECTIVE: Earn points for your squad by dining at the aforementioned date

POINTS

  • 3 squad members: 5 points
  • 4 squad members: 10 points
  • 5 squad members: 20 points

REQUIRED: Take picture of squad AND save receipt 

Letter Writing Night

DATE: April 6, 2017

MISSION: Write a short, heart-felt letter to active military members - either domestic or overseas, injured veterans, or military families. OBJECTIVE: Earn points for your squad by writing a letter.

POINTS:

  • One letter: 2 points
  • Max of 20 points per squad 

The Main Event

Water Balloon Battle Ship 

DATE: April 9, 2017

MISSION: Compete in a tournament style water balloon game to earn points for your squad.

OBJECTIVE: During a match two squads will face each other and will be separated by a barrier. Each member will stand in place on their respective sides and cannot move. Each squad will be given a chance to launch water balloons over the barrier at the opposing squad. A squad is awarded one point with every hit. After five rounds the winner is determined by which squad has the most points in the match.

POINTS:

  • 1st place: 60 points
  • 2nd place: 30 points
  • 3rd place: 10 points 

As stated above, ALL are welcome to attend this event at Theta Chi Fraternity for music, games, $1 Hot Dogs, and Free Insomnia Cookies. Support the teams in Water Balloon Battleship and help us raise money to support the USO!!! 

If you need any additional information please let us know.

Steven Hatten
Events Coordinator